Friday, August 10, 2012

Listen to this 'National Conversation"

On 8 Aug, eve of National Day, I was having so much fun doing the Singapore Cheer with my 4-year-old granddaughter "S.I.N...G.A.P.O.R.E   . . . . oooooh  . . . Singapore!" She just learned it in her nursery school.

It was spontaneous and I sensed the rest of my family members were a little uncomfortable (embarrassed) because this 61-year-old geezer, behaving like his 4-year-old granddaughter was attracting weird stares at, of all places, T3 Changi Airport!  But heck, my dear granddaughter and I were having such fun!

She did the Cheer after seeing the display of "SINGAPORE" with certain letters replaced by durian and pineapple at T3. We we taking a stroll after our dinner. I do not know what it means to my granddaughter to be so happy shouting the Singapore Cheer. Me? I was momentarily struck by a sense of joy, pride, love, nationalism? I'm not too sure. All I know is my granddaughter and I had the "happy together moment" with our country Singapore and it felt good!

Which leads to another happy story.

"Red is the New White"

For the first time is decades, I managed to watch the National Day Parade on TV without hurting my eyes. In past NDPs, when the TV camera panned or focused on the area where the MIW sat, I got a bloody headache. Yes, I'm allergic to white! This 2012, it was such a wonderful sight to have them dressed in shades of red!

Now seriously, because of my perception of PAP's arrogance, greed, self-interest and callousness like
  1. Declaring "Buying and fixing" citizens who disagree
  2. Asking if poorest of the poor have "3 meals in a hawker centre, food court or restaurant"
  3. Making a song and dance of "$8 Heart Bypass"
  4. Ignoring the latest hippo-ducky-mah-bow-tan tender contract which concerned citizens are dying to know,
I keep myself sane (and loyal to Singapore?) by writing what mainstream media refuse and neglect to do.

Isn't it a shame that paparazzi and newshounds were camping outside the house of Prof Tey (day and night without a thought for his wife and daughter) on the sex-for-grades corruption case but none of our professional journalist/reporter bothers to investigate and write about the latest hippo-ducky-mah-bow-tan tender affair. How discriminatory (sucking up?) can journalists be?

However, a kate is a kate and spade is a spade and I must give credit where credit is due. I am grateful for the following:
  1. I'm delighted to note that finally, NDP is no longer tainted by white. Whether by choice or by pressure (what with the continuing loss of electoral votes), I believe PAP has wised up not to advertise white PAP on NDP.
  2. PM Lee Hsien Loong has called on Education Minister, Heng Swee Keat to set up a committee to study how to have a country that "must offer hope for the future, it must have an inclusive society and it must be a home that everyone loves" 
  3. 'No sacred cows' in review of policies: THERE should be no sacred cows as Singapore reviews its policies and principles in the national conversation being started by the Prime Minister, said several MPs and government leaders yesterday. ST 10 Aug 2012.
Action speaks lounder than words. Having seen them stripping off their whites for NDP, can we see more of PAP doing right? Sincerely do more to heal Singapore with kindness of heart for the those less endowed especially the old, the poor and the sick?  
  • Can PAP leaders change to become true leaders of the people instead of puppets of leeders? 
  • Can PAP leaders tighten the immigration rules to help Singaporeans breathe and live easier?
  • Can PAP leaders loosen the taxpayers' purse strings to help the Singapore's needy without making the them beholden to PAP?
  • Can PAP leaders and their supporters, especially leeders in RC's and CCC's who somehow win "pingats" (medals) at every National Day and those working in CDC's not take away the dignity of Singaporeans in dire straits by insulting them when they ask for help?
  • Can PAP leaders step up the block and stop kidding us that HDB flats are subsidised?
  • Can PAP leaders be transparent about CPF and use it for the benefit of common Singaporeans and not the fat cats in Temasek and GIC? (The unbelievable ruling of having to pay an admin fee of $3plus to use one's Medisave in Polyclinic is a joke that must die. Truly, have a heart for the old and poor before coming up with atrocious policies like this. Not unless, it's meant to help decimate the helpless poor, giving them another reason to kill themselves by jumping MRT track or skydiving HDB highrise!) Or does PAP finds financially unproductive citizens of Singapore so undesirable that they prefer them better off dead?
  • Can PAP leaders come clean instead of talking clean when committees are set by Heng Swee Keat to  'offering hope for the future, building an inclusive society and building a home that everyone loves'?
For once, I'm hopeful that this may be the real thing. At the rate that Singapore is going, though arrogant, PAP leaders are not daft not to know that current social fracture can and will lead to dire consequences even before 2016! When push turns to shove, hell may break loose!

Let's see Swee Keat and his committee can come up with mindful policies that will heal and reunite Singaporeans. Let's listen and see how he and his team "reviews its policies and principles in the national conversation being started by the Prime Minister" for a more decent Singapore where leaders lead by example in building a democratic society based on justice and equality regardless of race, language, religion, gender, age and/or political affiliation!

My sincere hope on the 47th year of Singapore is that this ministerial committee that 'offering hope for the future, building an inclusive society and building a home that everyone loves' will not come to pass as another of the many pappycocks we've heard and seen so often performed by Lee Hsien Loong and his rich merry men and women  to divert attention from problems at hand . . . ending up as naught!

PAP, you hear me. You hear the people sing. Unless you do right and do fair to the people, you know your 60% support will turn to less than 50% in 2016.

Meanwhile, stop playing "masak". Stop treating common Singaporeans like duds. It's hard but you have to respect your citizens without whom your current riches and luxurious playground would not been nothing but a pipe dream!

If you can stop your silly pappcocks; If you can start being humble; If you can be transparent with kindness and care like a real human instead of 'wayanging' all the time, there may be hope yet for my little granddaughter and her kid brother to continue living in Singapore!

And hopefully when I'm finally fedtothefish, my grandchildren can continue to cheer "S.I.N...G.A.P.O.R.E   . . . . oooooh  . . . Singapore!" 

So PM Lee and Education Minister Swee Keat, this is my contribution to the "national conversation being started by the Prime Minister" which your coming committee may or may not like to hear. I'm not charging you $860,000 as Mercers did in the Ministers' Salary Review.

You are getting this free of charge from a true blue Singaporean!



At August 11, 2012 at 5:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You expect a guy who wants to reward kids showing basic decency and humanity with money, to actually slaughter sacred cows?
What have you been smoking, Fish?

At August 11, 2012 at 7:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fish, dream on lar nothing will happen

At August 11, 2012 at 8:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No sacred cows"?
I heard this story before.

From Millionaire VB if I remember correctly. Apologies if I got my memories wrong.

This was around the time the movie "Coyote Ugly" and dancing on bar tops were the rage.

And we had the new era Millionaires-In-White dancing on bar tops to show how hip & happening they were.
Just before the casinos were announced.
And the introduction of the burlesque (topless) show "Crazy Horse" in Singapore.

And now we have another review again.
Another pronouncement of "no sacred cows"?
By the same old Millionaires-In-White.
With the same old values.

What a waste of time and money!
A leopard cannot change its spot.
You are not fooling anybody.
You are only fooling yourselves.

You had your chance.
Please bugger off.

At August 11, 2012 at 8:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a website of all the times the Millionaires-In-White try to slaughter "sacred cows".

It seems bar top dancing was legalized in 2003.
So Sinkies.
Has your life been "transformed" yet?
Never mind.
George Yeo said in GE 2011 that he will transform PAP.
Just you wait and see.

Hey George!
Tan Ku Ku leh.

At August 11, 2012 at 8:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suddenly everyone is getting excited about a new committee .. perhaps PAP has seen the light?? No sacred cows!!

Just think about it for a second :

You're the PM, You've the cabinet. Suddenly ALL THESE HIGH-POWERED PEOPLE are supposed to subcon their powers to a committee, who has the power to slaughter sacred cows, override policies?? You really think that will happen??

Lets look at the last wayang .. Ministerial salary review committee. The terms of reference were made very narrow. Only ministers, not civil servants. Once the terms is narrowly defined, the outcome becomes predictable. Instead of very very very high, its very very high.

At the end of the day, it boils down to this -- no committee can substitute for essentially poor leadership in the PM. Lets see how long it takes for people's hopes to be deflated. Mine lasted <24 hours.

At August 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM , Blogger Chua Chin Leng蔡镇龍 aka redbean said...

Is Swee Keat being bestowed the heavenly sword allowing him to slaugher before hearing the explanation?

At August 11, 2012 at 9:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by believing in this new wayang committee.

The only sacred cow that needs to be slaughtered in Singapore is the belief;

"Only the Pro Alien Party has the ability to form a government".

And we don't need a "high powered" committee to slaughter this sacred cow.

60% of your friends & relatives voted for the Pro Alien Party in GE 2011.
Your personal mission.
Convert one of them into an Opposition voter for GE 2016.

If every 40% of us did this.
We will be 80% in GE 2016.

But make no mistake.
Even with 80% votes.
Pro Alien Party will still form the government.
Thanks to gerrymandering.

At best we can only hope to double the number of Opposition seats to 12 from the current 6.

At August 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please lah!
you don't need a committee to start a "National Conversation".

You mean you don't have conversation everyday?
Oh! Sorry.
I forgot.
Millionaires only talk to other Millionaires.
George Yeo's "What is high and what is low".
And you are deaf frogs.
You hear only the "good stuff".
Not the "noise" or the "voice in the wilderness".

So what has changed?
Why suddenly this need to have a national conversation?

"National conversation" is nothing new.
I have been having a "national conversation" with the Opposition Parties for many years now.

At August 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

National CONversation?

At August 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"not come to pass as another of the many pappycocks we've heard and seen so often performed by Lee Hsien Loong and his rich merry men and women to divert attention from problems at hand . . . ending up as naught!"

They are still showing the other Singaporeans that the people are all excited and worked up over the olympic bronzes and there will be an island wide victory parade atop an open top bus. Diversion of the FT immigration problem?

At August 11, 2012 at 10:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other day I saw an uncle lining up to pay just for one loaf of white bread at NTUC Fairprice counter. I was thinking he must be living a very frugal life.

Definitely not that frugal life where you can own 3 Casio watches or your sister-in-law can buy 20 skirts at one short.

Look they are still trying to con us into believing how frugal our leaders are. If they are, they wouldn't ask for themselves to be paid that kind of obscene salaries, isn't it ?

Slaughter sacred cows are simply bullshit to me. Do you think PAP can ever survive without all those 'you scratch my back, I scratch yours kind-of-support from their cronies ? Just like UMNO means it is simply nothing without all those corruption.

At August 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, PAP wants to start a National Conversation!?

Here are my humble suggestions -

1. Release tight control on MSM. Stop devising new CoC (control) on new media. That's how you can have REAL conversation instead of propaganda.

2. Abolish ISA.

3. Severely limit libel lawsuits.

4. Be TRANSPARENT. Your citizens are no longer uneducated. You can't keep secrets for long (Wikileaks). But the most important thing is to regain trust and integrity with transparency. Account for the reserve today!

5. Get rid of GRC. Every MP must be elected and accountable to the people.

6. Allow free speech, freedom of assembly and peaceful protest.

That will be a good start.

At August 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM , Anonymous ape@kinjioleaf said...

Mr Fish, glad that you find happiness with your grandchild.
Have you also noticed on TV that there was a whole contingent carrying the Lightning logo (I'm not sure, might have seen wrongly). If ape's eyes weren't playing tricks, will we see contingents carrying Hammer, Star, Arrow, Sun etc next year?
Btw, it's a fresh view this year... at least on TV. No sob stories, no sea of white at the grandstand and ape sang Majulah Singapore and recited the pledge with his children at home in front of the tv. Children can be such beacons of hope.

At August 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that SINCITY is the only country in the world with the greatest number of committee established with its size ratio.

But committee is always a wayang and diversion to let the tiger escape its cage and to buy time to let people forget if history is the indication. If the committee didn't work in the past, you expect them to work in the future. What is their terms of reference in the committee ? I bet millions dollars is that nothing is going to change at all because it is just wayang as usual.

If in it is in other democratic country, the government will be charged by the public by spending huge money on these wayang committee. Unfortunately we have all the systems in placed controlled by family and they are designed to appease the extraordinary family to be the world's happiest family.

You are just asking PAP to do the "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE".

At August 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

You mean Seee Jeat is the new Justice Bao bestowed with that special imperial (not heavenly) sword? Really?

At August 11, 2012 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

Datuk Fish,
If you contd to speak in fishy language, I'm afraid they have problem understanding you. They will need to get another fish to interprete your fishy language lah. Langgar!

At August 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first reaction, when I hear another committee is formed, is shaking my head.

At August 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM , Blogger FeedMeToTheFish said...

ape@kinjioleaf wrote:

"Have you also noticed on TV that there was a whole contingent carrying the Lightning logo"

Hi Ape,
Ooops . . . I missed that. If so, then I take back what I wrote about PAP not advertising themselves on NDP. So they are still the same contemptible opportunists that they are!

I agree with you that the scumbags should allow other political parties to have a contingent of members carrying alternative party flags too.

If PM Lee and Swee Keat think that they can pull off another wayang this time round, I'm afraid the price they have to pay in 2016 will be too costly for them.

And it will be mind-blowing change. Can you imagine CPF, PA, NTUC, GIC, Temasek, GLCs, etc. no longer under greedy control of PAP?

With the change in government, together with my grandchildren, you and I can do "S.I.N..G.A.P.O.R.E.... oooh ..... SINGAPORE' Cheer!


At August 11, 2012 at 5:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

T thot Fish is prepared for them to siphon all the water in his tank.
Now, Fish seems to sense that the PAP will change the stale water and give him fresh supply'


At August 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

I wonder in the planet of the apes, do they also celebrate National Day like we do here? Lol!

At August 11, 2012 at 6:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

National Monologue,
I mean CONversation.

After 47 years.
countless letters to the Straits Times;
feedback unit;
Temasek Review;
socio-political blogs

What part of our unhappiness don't they understand.

At August 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want National Conversation.
Go talk to the Opposition Parties.

I've got nothing more to say to you.

At August 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM , Blogger patriot said...

When the Men and Women in White talk less.
We, the people of Singapore will be less bothered.

If they help us less, we will worry less.


At August 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please do homework when you engage in National Conversation with the Millionaire.

Be prepared for questions like;
a.What do you think?
b.Do you have a constructive solution?

c.What do you want? 3 meals in a hawker centre, food court or restaurant?

Can somebody help me with the rest of their standard verbal tai-chi.

At August 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i not even sure if they can do anything anymore. the housing bubble they inflated has not burst yet, the misallocation of capital to blow up such bubbles will get worse if they try to save the housing bubble from bursting. Moreover we are not likely to escape intact without serious problems if the euro, japan, uk or finally when the us bond market burst.( the us bond market might not burst before 2016, more likely between 2016 to 2020)

At August 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see Mr Fish having so much faith in
Heng Swee Kiat and Heng Swee Kiat's Master for a change.
Mr Fish will bring his grandchildren
to attend the 2013 National Day Parade.
Hooray to PAP.

At August 12, 2012 at 12:54 AM , Blogger FeedMeToTheFish said...

Sorry mates, it lasted less than 24 hours.

With all the feedback I received from you good folks, I must admit that I have made a mistake. I am sorry.

Watching NDP live with my grandchildren in NDP 2013, no chance! Its just beyond me to beg and "tikam" for the tickets from the ringmaster.

Thank you so much for the gems at ttp://

I'm so glad that I broke my piggy bank to buy 5 "Democratically Speaking" books by Chee Soon Juan to share with my dear friends and relatives the gift of being bold.

Please accept my booboo with kindness at my next post


At August 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What part of our unhappiness don't they understand."

How can they ever understand if they never want to understand in the first place ?

Giving themselves excuses and ridiculous reasons and denies to perpetuate their self-serving policies and interests, wayanging and forging ignorance at expense of taxpayers' money.

At October 29, 2012 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Planet of the Apes, well, any ape or fish is smarter and better (i.e. mortally) than the PAPies. PAPies are more like single-cell organisms, or maybe worse.

The other day I went to NUS-ISS for a course, an instructor was singing praises of PAP in the middle of a lesson, in front of a class full of FTrashes.

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