Monday, August 30, 2010

Will $9000 make NSmen STFU and vote PAP?

I've been there, I've done that. Having watched my father (same age as MM Lee) deteriorating and finally dying from a terminal illness, I do not wish upon anyone to witness the agony and the suffering of a loved one going through a long debilitating terminal disease. However, we live some, we die some. To every life a little rain must fall.

On a day when the sister was lamenting publicly in the Sunday Times [Link] of the pain of a sick mum, the same evening the brother was on TV, radio and internet selling snake oil according to Insane Polygon [Link]. The Snake Oil Salesman must have pissed off some TV addicts who had to miss their favourite Taiwanese serial, . They must have asked Heaven why Media Corp has to dedicate all TV channels to one man's 'fixing and buying' "我问天, 我问天. . . Thank Heavens, 谢天谢地, there was no repeat of 'mee siam mai hum'!

He spoke for almost 4 hours and here are some of the highlights:
  1. With all the bad press in alternative media, he had to justify the YOG and make a song and dance of how successful it was. I'm surprised that he said he was congratulated for a job well done!
  2. He had to defend the FT policy with silly examples like adorable lady bus driver missed by Singaporean passengers in Pasir Ris. What I don't understand is: What has Microsoft losing talents in USA got to do with imported bus drivers, cleaners, casino workers, construction workers, sales personnel and prostitutes in Singapore?
  3. He spoke about honouring founding fathers which everybody knows his daddy is the 'foundingest' (as in Lim Swee Say's 'betterest') of them all.
  4. He spoke of how he feels for Singaporeans and why Singaporeans (new citizens?) should come first before PR, before foreigners.
  5. He spoke about 'fixing' the Education System which I'm glad.
  6. He spoke about 'buying' NSmen at $9000 per male which I'm sad. Very sad.
As a prime minister, he made a mockery of nation building by paying himself millions, almost five (or is it four) times Obama's salary. Now he is demeaning NSmen by moneytising their contribution to national service. I did my crime (of being a male Singapore citizen) and I did my time. I didn't like to be treated like brainless draftee ('daftee' in MMspeak) in the army in the late 60's with crazy 'change parades' and 'point drills' but I'm proud that I wasn't bought! I had to forgo a $200 technician job for a $90 'sai kang' pay to serve my aspiring city? state? country?.
  • Is this $9000 going to make NSmen more willing to do 'sai kang' like building tents and setting up chairs for National Day Parade and YOG?
  • Is this $9000 going to make Reservists more forgiving to PAP for upsetting their careers by importing male immigrant to compete against them?
  • Is this $9000 (I guess not cash but paid to CPF) going to buy PAP some votes?
  • Is this $9000 going to make the NSMen shut the fuck up, stop bitching about their misery and say, "Thank you very much Mr Prime Minister, Sir"
  • Is this $9000 going to make many people like Insane Polygon say, "FUCK THAT. FUCK HIM. The PM and his entire fucking cabinet and especially Raymond Lim the transport minister, they should try taking public transport to work and home during rush hour for a year and see how it feels." [Link]

With $9000 or no $9000, we must know that:

There is more to life than money.
There is more to life than power.

As much as they try, money & power cannot buy health!
As much as they try, money & power cannot buy integrity!
As much as they try, money & power cannot buy respect!
And thanks to the Beatles, money can't buy you love!

Admittedly, it may buy you some votes . . . but not all!

Thanks to Insane Polygon [link] for the above pic.



At September 1, 2010 at 2:40 AM , Anonymous krusty the clown is PM said...

the picture above proves beyond a doubt PM Lee looks very convincing in the costume and hairdo.
perfect you might say. everything expected of a circus clown.

for that, i must thank LKY for putting him there to make people like me laugh and not take PAP politicians seriously.

however i feel the circus act has gone on for too long and LKY should put an end to his joke on singaporeans.
afterall, it was LKY who created this circus and it's time to run the affairs of the country seriously with real leaders.

At September 1, 2010 at 9:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL...This beats Zorro Lim hands down

At September 1, 2010 at 10:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll pay the government double the money to exempt my son from NS. It's a waste of time, an unfair transaction, particularly when we bring in foreign trash by the boatloads.

At September 1, 2010 at 10:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Like Krusty said, LHL look really the part with the clown suit. Want to share with you a story. I cannot claim originality but I think you will enjoy: -

Post Turtle
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, whose hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to one of the political candidates.

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Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was.

The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'".

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain.

"You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, and he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, and you just wonder what kind of dummy put him up there to begin with".

At September 1, 2010 at 11:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friends, relatives and family memebers will still Vote for Change in the upcoming GE no matter what PM Lee had said in the National Day Rally.

Enough is Enough! The damages from his stupid or half baked policies must be stopped at all cost otherwise, I really worry for the next generations.

At September 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appreciate your views (albeit the bit of vulgarity).
The tragedy is however less of the following:

1. To vote for or against the PAP VERSUS the poor alternatives available to voters if only to reduce any risk of complacency on the part of the country's ruling party.

2. To be "perfect" VERSUS to ignore its consequence of less than dedicated new age human resource, the growth of drug use across our society and the abrupt surge of preference for homosexuality including exemplified public displays of intimacy that would shame the same of heterosexuals.

At September 1, 2010 at 1:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, todays BT says the $9000 only applies for youngsters going to NS and paid in 3 stages. If you have finished your NS and reservist (as I have), Thank You for your time, and Sorry no money for you.

At September 1, 2010 at 5:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not going to buy them 'some' votes.

Those older NS men with a bit of common sense and pride, who in the past voted for them, are going to do something different, after being drag over the coals and treated like garbage. I certainly will do the same.

Obviously they are now doing things with intention to spite and taunt us. Their arrogance is overwhelming.

At September 1, 2010 at 5:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha...the $9k will probably deduct against arrears by lesser mortals to govt. when they give GST credits

At September 4, 2010 at 4:32 PM , Anonymous Singapore Kopi Tok said...

Ironically, with the $9,000 plan, the PAP has isolated itself further politically rather than gained ground. The lau peng have been forgotten and the lau peng would not forget.

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