Saturday, November 3, 2012

"Don't talk much, just do what you can"

K Shanmugum in Straits Times:
One whole page (Straits Times Page A35 of 2 Nov 2012) was dedicated to Law and Foreign Minister K Shanmugum, headlined "Tempering the law with compassion". 

At the end of the piece, Shanmugum was quoted, "Don't talk much, just do what you can". I find it amusing that one who "doesn't talk much but let the work speaks for himself" would allow himself to be interviewed and take up a whole page in Straits Times.

Would listening to what he said here help us understand what law, compassion and the AG office in Singapore is all about?

George Yeo in Straits Times:
According to ST again, George Yeo is a businessman? I thought he's employed by the Kerry Group in Hong Kong. Or has he bought much shares with his past minister's salary and pension to be part-boss of the company? When George spoke of being "in the flow", was he referring to "sacrificing integrity, beliefs, friends and supporters to enhance one's personal well-being without a thought or care about the core value of trust and loyalty"? To be "in the flow" is to be in a "in the zone" which is to be "in a positive state". It is a shame that George has belittled a good phrase. I would not like to be in his flow! Neither would his supporters in Eunos GRC. In my book, if one is "in the flow", one would not have given up so easily and forsake one's followers and supporters!

Seah Kian Peng (this is not news in Straits Times):
If you have not read or heard about Seah Kian Peng's intervention in a traffic warden's job, it is probably due to the fact that ST does not think that it is newsworthy ... or ... they'd better be "in the flow" like George Yeo. PAP MP Seah Kian Peng of Marine Parade instructed a traffic warden not to issue summons to cars that were parked illegally at Jalan Riang [Please don't ask me how Jalan Riang in Serangoon ends up as part of Marine Parade GRC. Go ask PM Lee Hsien Loong as the Election Department comes under his jurisdiction]. 

In this so-claimed First World Singapore, do we have mini warlords telling enforcers of traffic rules to close one eye and neglect their duty? I cringe every time Singaporeans talk bad about our neighbours up north for their lack of integrity and their corrupt practices. Eg. How their traffic wardens or policemen can be bought by as little as 20 ringgit to close an eye on our speeding and other offenses. Or how their VIP politicians walk all over their citizens, milking and taking advantage of Malaysians without any respect for rule and order for the politician's personal benefit?

With the action of Sean Kian Peng are we, Singaporeans, any different? If a PAP MP can instruct a traffic warden to bend the rules, can a PAP Minister ask AG and judges to bend as well? I hope not. The thought is too scary to contemplate! What with the sex-for-contracts-blow-but-never-come-out episode that is causing much taxpayers' money and time in court!

When PAP MPs and Ministers are ballooned and pumped up, especially by our ex-MM to be creme-de-la-creme, beyond corruption and anything less desired, it's good to stick a pin into the balloon to wake up the humility in all of us! Can we stop this aksi borak first world crap and live humbly like real decent human beings?



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30 Comments:

At November 4, 2012 at 6:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a. Fantastic piece of real hard truth !

 
At November 4, 2012 at 9:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interference and obstruction to justice are the hallmarks of the ruling party.

 
At November 4, 2012 at 10:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can someone who is paid a salary be called a businessman?

When they fill up their social visit pass, many Indonesians simply just write "employee" under the column for Occupation.

I think Indonesians have a lot less bullshit than some ex-Ministers.

 
At November 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone is supposed to be equal before our laws and regulations.

But if the Muslims are exempted from being issued a carparking summons when they park their cars illegally for an hour or so along the roads during their Friday prayers, then why is the poor delivery man or lorry driver robbed of his daily earnings on account of having to pay for a illegal carparking offence for parking for a mere 10~15mins for making a quick delivery?

How can the authorities close one eye for a certain group of motorists but have the two eyes wide open for other groups ?

 
At November 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anon 12:21pm
You brought up an excellent point which Law Minister Sham should address publicly as part of NATCON, followed by more hard truths from LKY.

To further convince everyone on this island, perhaps CJ Chan can provide his logic for such a blatant double standard.

 
At November 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

But it still holds true that some animals are more equal than others.

 
At November 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moral preachings from Law Ministers here should be taken with a pinch of salt. They say justice should be tempered with mercy. But Singapore has, "according to Amnesty International, one of the world's highest execution rates relative to its population." Talking about "Tempering the law with compassion" doesn't wash the blood from your hands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Singapore

 
At November 4, 2012 at 9:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

An MP, which most Sinkies will honour as a VIP as well as a man with Authority(Ruler mah), instructed a traffic warden not to do his(traffic warden) enforcement duty, was he obstructing?
And obstructing an enforcement officer CANNOT AND SHOULD Never be equated to accepting bribe anywhere, local or otherwise. Our man and woman of authority will never stoop so low, never will. But, if offered sex, it could be a different story.

 
At November 4, 2012 at 9:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need another wake up call in 2016 so that they will dispense the right kind of equal justice for all, not the kind of justice tailored to suit some people according to certain people's whims and fancies.

 
At November 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Member Of Parliament obstructed enforcement officer from doing duty.

What and how did the Enforcement Agency react?

 
At November 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When MP can interfere wth the duty of public officer, what else are they allow to do?
Is this country not rule by law?

 
At November 5, 2012 at 9:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That again bring back my memory of Animal Farm. Lets not make fun of our neighbours any more. Pai Seh lah!

 
At November 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, the MP stopping the Enforcement Officer from doing his/her duty fitted in nicely with 'tempering the Law with compassion'.

Lol............

patriot

 
At November 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We used to make fun of our neighbours. Now the karma is working against us. Transport problems, immigrant problems, housing problems, procreation problems, morality problems, gambling problems getting more serious. It never rains but pours.

 
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