Thursday, January 1, 2009

MOM's Joke

The omen is good for 2009 when I can laugh on the first day of the new year!

"For a more convenient way to reach us, log on to today" was the sign shown clearly at the Ministry of Manpower but below sat the unpaid China workers.

These China workers don't get it , do they?

Why can't they just use a computer to log on to MOM and complain instead of "crying foul over unpaid salaries" in such an unSingaporean manner.

How dare they create such unholy mayhem which only cancer patient and activists like Seelan Palay or Chee Soon Juan or Kangaroo 3 have the audacity to do. Don't they know it's a crime to gather like that? 1st world Singapore's not the place for such contemptible unlawful act!

Lest anyone takes me seriously for what I wrote above, when I saw this in ST today, I thought I've missed the first 3 months of 2009. Is today 1 Jan 2009 or is it 1 April 2009? April Fool's Day? The funnybone in me could not miss the candid camera moment of the above picture.

On a serious note, I sincerely believe when push comes to shove, one will do whatever it takes to fight for what's worth of one's value - be it salary, survival, justice, conviction, belief and/or freedom!

I sincerely hope that the workers get what's coming to them. For fear that I be misunderstood again, I mean their pay and not jail time for demonstrating for their universal human rights (Article 23).

Some like to smoke. Some are hooked to gambling. Some are addicted to drugs. Others can't stop carrying. On the 2nd page of the same ST, in her optimistic take on 2009, Chua Mui Hoong mentioned, "Another trait that is positive for Singapore is its strong government. In good times, people tend to lament the existence of a strong state. The state should step back and allow private enterprises and civil society a chance to grow, people say when things are going well. When things aren't, the very same people will turn to the state." She added, "The current situation affirms the wisdom of the fiscally conservative approach to budgeting : Being Kiam Siap (Hokkien for tight-fisted) in good times allows one to to be kang kai (Mandarin for generous) in bad."

Far as I know, the government was very "kang kai" and "kar si" (Hokkien for dare to die, meaning brave) in throwing billions to ShinCorp, CitiGroup, Merrill Lynch, UBS, ABC Learning etc. but was very "kiam siap" by giving only $330 to those who need public assistance after asking, "How much do you want? Do you want three meals in a hawker centre, food court or restaurant?"


From the bottom of my from my heart, I hope we can really make it in 2009.



At January 2, 2009 at 8:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have stopped reading articles from the ball carrying sisters...

At January 2, 2009 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Daniel Ling said...

Nice joke, regarding the photo. =D

But sincerely, i personally do not like the outcome of this issue either. Becoz in the end, the punishment for the employeer is only to Back Pay the wages of the workers. Which effectively should ve been wat the employeer should ve done in the very first place.

So, no punishment. =D
Let's hope that other employeers won't start pulling this sort of tricks anytime.

At January 2, 2009 at 12:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me very 1 kind gotta play the leader's role here, otherwise people don't understand or misunderstand our good intention.

Alamak....have to be kiam siap when giving free money to people directly because "we have to teach people how to fish and not feeding them the fish" mah!

Have to be kang kai when pumping hugh sum to those corporations as we see them as the ocean who can provide the people the fishes.

$330 is paid to those needy not as "free fish" but for them to use to buy fishing gears.

Ultimately, go catch your own fish!! Mau makan ikan, sindiri ankat ikan!! 靠山山倒,靠人人跑,靠海海燥,靠自己最好。

At January 2, 2009 at 2:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing - 200 China people can SIT IN at MOM, but none of the DBS high notes people can do the same at DBS bank !!

At January 2, 2009 at 4:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why they believe foreigners have more rights than Singaporeans. Amazing!

At January 2, 2009 at 5:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually 200 poeple did not sit in at DBS, but one gung ho lady wore a placard and went to the bank. That girl got balls.

At January 3, 2009 at 8:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They don't know where else to go. Or they think they're the only ppl MOM is serving. Or they were told to wait. Or they didn't have any place to live.

I hope those employers get poked by some barbeque stick! Pay or no pay!

At January 5, 2009 at 10:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

U think the S'pore govt dare to bully the people of ROC ? The stupid old man and his doggies try to curry favour with china leaders. U see what happened to the myamar FWs in s'pore who were deported recently.

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