Archive for category Singapore

Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better

indexIn the world of the rich and famous celebrities, a different set of morals applies. Such people live in a world that is alien to commoners. They live in a world of make beliefs and total disregard for morals and values that are dearly held in high esteem by people. They live like demi-gods with no regard for common law. An upper caste is where they belong and where they rule. The sad truth is that commoners accept their fate to be ruled by such idiotic aristocracy. To them it is fait accompli. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Mother’s Grief

indexAre a parent? If you are, you are more likely to emphatise with these short notes posted by a Singapore mum reproduced at the end of this post. But even if you are not, whether you are in your teens or late into your twilight years, you will also feel the heartbeat of a mother whose 16 (maybe 17 now) year old son was sent to prison for reasons that no sane people will comprehend. This is the story of a young (hyperactive) teenager ranting at the late Lee Kuan Yew, the once highly revered Prime Minister of the tiny state. That was his only “crime”. Read the rest of this entry »

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You Love Me, You Love Me Not

indexMarriage is forever – until death do us part. That belongs to the days of “archaic” and traditional values. Society today does not think that way. At least, most western-style societies think otherwise. It is a “use and discard” value system. Everything is disposable. So is marriage and family. It is not cool to be married. It is COOL to have partners that come and go at will. Partners can be of either sex. It doesn’t matter as long as you love (meaning have sex) that partner. You wake up not knowing who was that partner of the night. It doesn’t matter anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

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One Office, Two Gyms

indexIt is inevitable that there will be rich and poor in this fallen world (read “One World, Two Lives”). But when the rich sees the poor with disdain and treats them as a disposable breed, the conscience of fallenness has reached its nadir. It becomes a stigma to be associated with the poor. Politically, those living in a “free” world are too afraid to allow this caste system to be overtly expressed. Hence, in USA, it is Wall Street vs Main Street. In Singapore, the political elites demarcate the stratum as Cosmopolitans vs Heartlanders. In India, Brahmins rule over the Dalits. The list goes on. Isn’t it time to stop this hypocritical veiled societal separation and simply call a spade a spade. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Youtube Brings a Regime Down

Amos_YeeAmos Yee is a 16 year old boy who lives in Singapore. By Singapore’s standard, Amos is probably not considered a typical Singapore boy. He does not seem to conform to the mould that makes Singaporeans so unique – “law-abiding” (only while in Singapore) and totally subservient to the government. In a sense, he may be considered a “rebellious” kid by most standards. Actually, most growing up kids are somewhat rebellious to some extent. Like Nemo, they are just yearning to discover the world that they have yet seen. Recently, Amos made himself to the world stage, having been arrested for posting an “obscene” YouTube that portrayed the late Lee Kuan Yew (longest-serving Prime Minister of Singapore) in a less than favourable light. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hardness of Heart

imagesThe death of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, 91 invoked a torrent of social media discussions. Going by the views expressed, there are two distinct camps. State controlled media pounded the print and air news with praises beyond praises of the great achievements by the late Lee. Not a trace of negative words was mentioned. The mourning period is a solemn time. Perhaps, it is only “courteous” that the dead should be spared harsh words, and the family allowed some grieving space. The social media on the other hand went overboard with tirades highlighting the not so great deeds of Lee. Whether good or bad, dead man doesn’t speak. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Legend Dies

imagesOver in the tropical paradise Singapore, news went viral on 18 March 2015 that the founding patriarch, Lee Kuan Yew had died. The news was reported in major newspapers, such as CNN and major Chinese newspapers. Pictures of journalists piling up in front of the Singapore General Hospital started circulating all over the media were further confirmation that Lee had died. Having been warded since 5 February for severe pneumonia, the passing of the 91-year-old Lee was no surprise. But news took a turn. The Prime Minister’s Office denied the stories and posted the official news that Lee was in a critical condition, but he was still alive. The efficient police quickly arrested 16-year-old student suspected of posting the fake news. Read the rest of this entry »

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When is Enough ENOUGH

indexBusiness Insider: Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong earns 12 and a half times more than Putin at a whopping $US1.7 million. Loong’s salary is large enough to pay the for the leader’s salary of India, Brazil, Italy, Russia, France, Turkey, Japan, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Germany.

Loong’s Singapore is also the world’s most expensive city for a second year in a row, according to the Economist’s bi-annual Worldwide Cost of Living report.

(Note: what is reported excludes bonuses, which are classified as “secret” in Singapore, meaning disclosure is an offence. Bonuses could amount to many times annual salaries. Part-time jobs pay circa USD$3 an hour, cleaners you see at the beautiful first class Changi International airport are paid less than USD$1000 per month) Read the rest of this entry »

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Time for Change

imagesChange – everyone in this world wants change. What is happening? If we are living in modern-day renaissance, why is this tsunami of people wanting change. Six years ago, Obama was campaigning the presidency solely on one big word “CHANGE”. For USA, change it got. Based on track records, the change was not for the better. Pre-election, Obama wants to reign in the greed of banksters on Wall Street. Post-election, he changed. His policies reflect a president who is now in the pockets of the banksters.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Political Exiles

whistleblowerJulian Assange: Locked in exile in the Ecuador embassy in the UK since 19 June 2012.
His crime: Still not established as he has not been able to defend any of the charges against him in a neutral court.
Edward Snowden: Now exiled in Russia since 23 June 2013.
His crime: Alleged leaking state secrets and their criminal acts.
Chia Thye Poh: Imprisoned for 23 years without charge or trial under Singapore’s draconian Internal Security Act. (read Let our political exiles come home)
His crime: Conducting pro-Communist activities. Read the rest of this entry »

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