Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sacrifice For The Greater Good

I appreciate Dr Lily Neo. I perceive her as an extraordinary PAP MP who works with a heart, caring for the needy and less fortunate. Who could forget Dr Balakrishnan's famously callous remark: “How much do you want? Do you want three meals in a hawker centre, food court or restaurant?“ to Dr Lily Neo’s calls for the government to increase public assistance to the poorest of the poor. Or Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon gunning her with: “How far you want to cover? You want to cover up to 30 per cent, 40 per cent or 50 per cent (of the population)?”

The other MP who speaks a little different from standard PAP suck-up drivel and fights for the underdog is Ms Denise Phua. It's reported that she's helping Rochor residents affected by the North-South Expressway get higher compensation for the demolition of their homes "after a tense hour during which more than 200 residents aired their grievances at the launch of an exhibition of the new flats they are being offered in Kallang." ST Nov 19.

I sincerely hope that Ms Phua will not get a: "How much you want to pay them for their flats? 30 per cent, 40 per cent or 50 percent more?" from the minister of the "Singapore-is-Shangrila-&-Happier-than-Bhutan" fame, when she asks for more compensation for the Rochor residents.

It is more than money that the Rochor residents lose. They get uprooted. Their lives get disrupted. They lose their way of life. They lose the convenience they now have. They lose their freedom of choice, to be where they want to be, to stay put.

"I hope they understand that their sacrifice is for the greater good," said Ms Phua in Straits Times.

I hope so too. But greater good for what and for who? For more economic activity and better GDP so that ministers (or is it Gerard Ee now?) can justify their million dollar salary and bonuses?

Sacrifice for greater good? While we are at it, how about knocking some houses off the numbered avenues in Bukit Timah to lessen the jam in Bukit Timah/Dunearn Road and PIE? Or make Oxley Rise a more public road?

It is sad that common Singaporeans like Rochor residents serve as sacrificial lambs while gloriously rich and powerful gluttons are served lamb chops!



At November 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM , Anonymous Sgcyic said...

I hope Gerard Ee is able willing to tell the ministers soon that their sacrifice is for the greater good. However, going by track record, I doubt it.

At November 19, 2011 at 10:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sgcyic, good one.. I'll also like to fantasize seeing the face of the Ministers when they r told to sacrifice for e greater good. But alias, it will only b a dream, never will come true in Sg.

At November 20, 2011 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

Excellent article! Well said. Thks.

At November 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM , Anonymous Denise Phua said...

Thanks FMTTF. I fully understand the emotions and I will do my best to represent my residents. I don't remember saying we have to sacrifice for the greater good n I will check with the media ; but I do remember saying not everyone is reluctant to move as there are already appeals for more units and upgrades. Some want to move complaining about noise and traffic ; some don't want to move at all and most want higher than 15 nov Market value compensation. Agents have moved in with potential buyers offering additional $100k for the new package at Kallang River. Not easy n I understand the mixed feelings. Will definitely do my best. Having served Rochor since 2006 I wish I could continue there too.

At November 20, 2011 at 2:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read more into it - convenient way for govt to remove population and build a new swanky condo 10 years down the road and make foreign talent pay millions for it. Got to give the government credit for this awesome plan. Has anyone asked what will be built over it after the road tunnels are done.... Key central district......

At November 20, 2011 at 2:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks futile to fight this govt to stay put. The residents and shopkeepers affected should get together to obtain the services of a law firm to fight for compensations based on what the potential FUTURE value of the area would be after development. THE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES WHO HAVE TO MOVE MUST OBVIOUSLY BE ENTITLED TO A CUT OF THE PROFITS TO BE MADE BY BOTH GOVT AND NEW BUILDING OWNERS AND TENANTS OF THE DEVELOPED AREA - CALL IT A DEVELOPMENT COMPENSATION TO EXISTING RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES!


Think about it. There is a difference between make a sacrifice for the 'greater good'? -whose anyway? and BEING SACRIFICED FOR IT!

At November 20, 2011 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous Thesiger said...

Think it's best to fight now for better relocation benefits, such as cheaper/free movers, cheaper/free DBSS renovations. Always look forward. Kallang MRT area pricing is also quite high. 4 traffic lights away, not that bad ad compared if they throw the residents to Boon Lay. =)

At November 20, 2011 at 3:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's now or never.

At November 20, 2011 at 7:15 PM , Anonymous did-she-say-it-or-did-ST-say-it said...

-Seems that Denise Phua did not make the "sacrifice for the greater good" statement. So might have been ST putting words in her mouth..but ST also mentioned her saying "It's difficult but we have to accept the Government's decision". And therein lies the problem..After the last election, PM Lee said they needed to listen to the people..but do they even ask for the people's opinion?

At November 20, 2011 at 7:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Singapore needs a strong Opposition to protect Singaporeans from any potential rogue government.

"Greater good"
No, not for me. I won't be getting anything by chasing out the Rochor people.
So please count me out as part of the "greater good".

Give me a list of specific names that make up the "greater good".
Then I believe you.

At November 20, 2011 at 9:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

everything that fish said applies to pple who are forced to undergo an en bloc in a private estate. the breaking up of a community etc etc. and plse dont tell me how much money i will get in return compared to what i spent on my home. these days the compensation will not get you anything similar.

en blocs are a ponzi scheme.

one of the things the rochor guys will be giving up is a fantastic location within the CBD. everything within walking distance - for now at least.

soon the bulldozers should be moving in on other old parts of the city; the heart of old spore. and all for the greater good of course. i wonder how cutting 5 mins off your journey can be so fantastic, so beneficial.

At November 21, 2011 at 1:59 AM , Blogger FeedMeToTheFish said...

Dear Denise,

Thanks for visiting. I'm surprised that you or any PAP member would visit this "cowboy" site and listen to my "noise" :)

Lest I be accused being a "daft cowboy" who writes irresponsibly, I wish you to know that the Nov 19 Straits Times article appeared on Prime News, Page 2 was written by Feng Zengkun.

"Both Ms Phua and Mr Lui sought their constituents' understanding. 'I hope they understand that their sacrifice is for the greater good,' said Ms Phua"

The above quote-unquote is the last paragraph of the article, "Rochor residents voice unhappiness"


At November 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM , Anonymous Joseph Tan said...

No one can talk sense into this government. For example this Rochore case, their propaganda is already blasting how good this will be for the residents and everyone. You see they don't listen because they always think that they are already doing us a favour and we still complaint, with this mindset there is no way to get through their numbskull.

At November 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel sad for the soon demise of rochor center. As my father and uncles r affected, they hv shops there. I hv grown up there, so I do feel for that place. My father's shop used to be at Victoria street, they have to made way for raffles hospital ? As it's unsightly ? That block was a 1room rental flats for the lower income lesser mortals. Until today, the same site is still vacant. Not sure why.

I am really quite sick and tired of the relentless upgrading in Singapore, the constant dust, noise and road block do not seem to end.

Singapore reminds me of micheal Jackson, too much artificial enhancements and lost it's original charm and character !

One project really puzzle me, garden in the bay, do we need to built an artificial garden to house trees from the mediteranean ? How can the survive, if they do survive, I wonder at what cost ? Think of the electrical bills ? Mind boggling !

At November 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So once again everybody;

Who is this "greater good" that they are talking about?

I want to see some Singaporean names and i/c numbers that can qualify as part of this "greater good" project.

I want to know exactly who is benefiting.

At November 21, 2011 at 10:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can an MP say this? "It's difficult but we have to accept the Government's decision". The MP is part of the government. Or has she forgotten and thought that she is just an ordinary mortal?

At November 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Singapore Humour

How many PAP Members of Parliament does it take to change a light bulb?

None. PAP MPs do not want a new light bulb. They want to keep the old light bulb and "change it from within".

Are PAP MPs part of the Singapore government?

Do they represent you the voter, or do they they speak for the Singapore government?

At November 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, so ST is putting words into Denis Phua's mouth by saying "sacrifice is for the greater good" or Denis has amnesia and forgot what she said? Whichever way, PAP is Straits Times, Straits Times is PAP. Shamugam is still living in denial on the friendly co-relations of PAP-ST.

At November 21, 2011 at 3:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That remark about 'Sacrifice for the Greater Good' should be directed at and start with the PAP ministers and MPs.

Now, taking millions in salaries is no great sacrifice for the Greater Good in my defination. Taking little but giving back plenty is.

Before the MIW/WIW start to ask Singaporeans about sacrificing for the Greater Good, they should first put their hands on their hearts and examine their conscience before uttering such words.

It is an unstated truth that if not for the mass immigration policies for economic growth, allocating and clearing more land for highways would not have been necessary.

So, yes, for whose greater good are we talking about?

At November 21, 2011 at 8:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Importing more aliens is for the sake of keeping Sin afloat and in progress.

Without the foreign talents, sinkies can survive? Lolx.......

At November 22, 2011 at 2:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Singaporeans can certainly survive without foreigners loitering in our backyard. Our lives have been happy and our fertility rate is sustainable until the stupid PAP policies came into play in the name of GDP? Or should I say money no enough for PAP to gamble our billions reserve in sick foreign banks. Oh, when come election, these ministers are just stupid cry-baby asking forgiveness and hope to maintain their high salaries? Wake up! this is our world and no longer PAP world. Without Singaporeans, PAP wouldn't have been so cocky. If you want foreigners, than Singaporeans should stop serving national service and see who is greater in this country. Life has to be fair in this regard. There is no such thing called sacrifice for the greater good when PAP is not setting by example.

At November 22, 2011 at 2:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Afterall this country has already been invaded. Singaporeans are now held up like prisoner of war - expensive property, crammed hospital, transport, education, high jobless rate and all these foreign aliens have no regard to our space, culture and totally show lack of respect to their host country. It is not that they are true talent, they are just PMET who is cheaper and not necessary knowledgeable. Many are here to steal knowledge from locals not impart them. This is the situation worse than anywhere in the world. Singapore is an exceptional country betrayed by its leader.

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