Saturday, December 31, 2011

Annus Mirabilis?

Or are Singaporeans mere gullible 'ikan bilis' to the power that is?

Someone asked why am I so anti-PAP? Is it the hubris of PAP that gets my goat?

No, it is not only the arrogance. It is more than that. It includes but not limited to the following:

  • Disrespect for Singaporeans: How on earth can a PAP leader justify the obscene salary paid to his 'Kar Kiahs/Kakies' by saying that my mother, wife, daughter and even grand daughter will end up as maids in other countries if ministers are not paid by the millions!
    Surprisingly, they have realised their grave mistake and Junior is now in damage control with Gerard Ee's help. Whatever the outcome and how much mintsters will be paid, the damage is done!
    Gerard has just cleared the hurdle and has passed his Report to the PM. Now let's see if PM is happy with Gerard's work? Or is it going to be another time wasting "Much Ado About Nothing" Wayang of "Dad, should I cut our pay and pensions?"

  • Faking Democracy, Meritocracy & Transparency:
    When the Election Department is under the control of the Prime Minister;
    When grassroot leaders are defined and selected by Peoples' Association and PA is chaired and boarded by PAP's top brasses;
    When the savings in our CPF can only be withdrawn on the whims and fancies of blokes we don't really know;
    When Temasek and GIC is so 'transparent' that it's like Peoples' Money being moved around like chips in gambling dens in Marina Bay Sands and Resort Sentosa,

    it is time to wake up to the fact that a joke can only go so far . . .
  • Very Difficult to Pardon Comments:
    When "I stand corrected" silenced all and sundry after bad and wrong examples were made of Muslim/Malay's inability to integrate, unmarried Malay teenage pregnancy [Link], and most painful of all, Muslim family not sharing rice with other races.
    When someone said that the National Pledge is nothing but an "aspiration", we aspire to know, "Then why the fook are the school kids wasting their time every school going morning reciting it?"

  • Expose, Expose & Expose:
    Dr Lim Hock Siew's detention [Link] & [Link]; Teo So Lung's book, "Beyond The Blue Gate"; Vincent Cheng's tortured non-torture; Alan Shadrake's "Once A Jolly Hangman" [Link] and his stay at Prison Singapore and Chia Thye Poh being honoured recently [Link] show that we are slowly arriving.

  • Their Creme de la Creme MPs:
    'Kate Spade' leg stompin' "I don't know what to say" comes to mind. 'Janil Puthutcheary who never did a day of National Service but ‘I’ve spent the last 10 years saving kids’ lives.’ [Link] is another. But the one I love most is 'he' who refused to appear for PAP in the last election and caused a "oops... who to replace him?" at Tampines GRC! What's his name?
I'm sad that a caring and decent politician like Chiam See Tong and his wife Lena were not voted in in the last election. I'm thrilled that Low Thia Khiang and his party retained Hougang and succeeded in Aljunied GRC. The photo-finish win of Tony Tan as President of Singapore shows Singaporeans may not be that gullible after all.

With the loss of Aljunied; the admission that Minsters' Pay sucks big time that led to a review; the wayang apology that doesn't mean squat (what with the ever increasing population that continues to find it difficult to breathe in trains and every where else; the crazy unaffordable pigeon hole called HDB flat; the distressful increase in taxi/bus fares and the comical but possibly dangerous SMRT Fiasco; the once-in-50-years-flood that happend many times in 2011, I must say 2011 is the Annus Mirabilis for PAP! Or is it Annus Horribilis? Whatever turns you on ;)

Will it get better in the year of the dragon?

We'll see.

Meanwhile, I'll pick up my guitar and learn how to sing the Ballad of Chia Thye Poh. See the [Link] here and learn how to sing here. [Link]

And when I thought I was getting serious, I got to see this! [Link]. If anyone thinks Malays do not know how to share their rice with others or accept advice from others on unmarried teenage pregnancies, they've got to watch "Gemuk Girls"! Apart from other virtues they possess, they have talent!

Let's respect races and religion (or non-religion) other than our own!

We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.

Malay version
Kami, warganegara Singapura,
sebagai rakyat yang bersatu padu,
tidak kira apa bangsa, bahasa, atau ugama,
berikrar untuk membina suatu masyarakat yang demokratik,
berdasarkan kepada keadilan dan persamaan
untuk mencapai kebahagiaan,
kemakmuran dan kemajuan bagi negara kami.

Chinese version
Wǒmen shì Xīnjiāpō gōngmín,
shìyuàn bù fēn zhǒngzú, yányǔ, zōngjiào,
tuánjié yīzhì,
jiànshè gōngzhèng píngděng de mínzhǔ shèhuì,
bìng wèi shíxiàn guójiā zhī xìngfú, fánróng yǔ jìnbù,
gòngtóng nǔlì.

Tamil version
சிங்கப்பூர் குடிமக்களாகிய நாம் இனம்,மொழி,மதம்
ஆகிய வேற்றுமைகளை மறந்து ஒன்றுபட்டு,நம் நாடு
மகிழ்ச்சி,வளம்,முன்னேற்றம் ஆகியவற்றை அடையும்
வண்ணம் சமத்துவத்தையும்,நீதியையும்
அடிப்படையாக கொண்ட ஜனாயக
சமுதாயத்தை உருவாக்குவதற்கு
உறுதி மேற்கொள்வோம்!

For more than 4 decades, I've been doing my utmost to do and live it! But it is just an aspiration for some.

Happy New Year!



At December 31, 2011 at 9:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year FMTTF.

Thanks for the message to us ikan bilis.

At December 31, 2011 at 10:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the ikan. A happy new year to you too!

At December 31, 2011 at 12:15 PM , Anonymous jeffgoh said...

Happy New Year. the 21st century is the turning point for all ikan bilis of the world -

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.": Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - (1749-1832)

At December 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your ikans bilis and the title of the blog don't present a gay enough message.
Look at the bright side of public transport. Smarter for you perhaps.
Impressed with your multilingualism.
Xin Nian Kuai Le.

At December 31, 2011 at 12:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Fish;

many are with You.

Wish You many BETTER
Years ahead.


At December 31, 2011 at 5:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WE pledge because we are daft. Meritocrats can choose whether they want that to be aspiration or pledge to aspire or aspire to pledge or not to whatever. Do you have a chance to defer NS for 6 years and of the hundred of thousands who did NS how many get 12 years or have a father who is President? Fishfood is not quite talented enough to select the genes with the connections for meritocracy, hence his display of blogging talent here.
May you be happy and blog more in the coming New Year.


At December 31, 2011 at 8:47 PM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

Datuk Ikan,
May you live forever! I am your loyal fan. Really like to read what you have to say.
Can u advise me how to solve this "fooking" problem? I thank you in advance. Thks.

At January 1, 2012 at 12:26 AM , Anonymous Ah Low said...

Criticism of the ruling party is not about being anti pap but being pro singapore!!

At January 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Satire Pledge/Aspiration:

We the PROUD ARROGANT PEOPLE of Singapore,
Pledge ourselves united against poor & middle class Singaporeans,

Regardless of race, language or religion.
To legislate more PRO ALIEN POLICIES.

Based solely on GDP growth and POOR ALWAYS PAY policies.
So as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our PARTY AGAINST PEOPLE.

At January 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for articulating what we ordinary people are feeling all this while. I like the fact that you're giving voice to the little people, the ordinary men and women on the street. Thank you once again.

At January 2, 2012 at 1:47 AM , Blogger NIZHEMOSHOU said...

Happy New Year. May u live long long in good health and outlive that Horribilis of horibilis himself.

At January 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why vote for a political party,
whose founder father,
keeps telling you that your children are daft, complacent
and need spurs to work harder?

At January 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To this very day I am still amazed that the PAP can still claim that grassroot organisations are non political. Hard to believe that the PAP still thinks they can hoodwink Singaporeans when the reality is so apparently obvious that only they can think that way.

Happy New Year to all and may Singaporeans be more politically enlightened looking forward to 2016.

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