Posts Tagged Singapore

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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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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Broke, But Buy Arms

warIf the world stops spending money on killing machines, the amount of money saved is staggering. According to, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the world spends circa US$1.7 trillion every year on defence. The top three are USA, China and Russia, each spending US$640, US$188, and US$87 billions respectively in the year 2013. Ironically, these are the countries that are not enjoying “peace”. Tensions are at all-time high. Those small nations that do not even make it to the high spender list probably enjoy more peace. We don’t even hear of them as the are left to themselves, free for the military hegemony of these “rich” nations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ellitism or Egalitarianism

8b219b4938209Did God make all man equal? It depends on which god or gods you believe in. Naturally, atheists and agnostics are not in the position to suggest an answer to this enigmatic question. Many people think that a good God presides over a world where all man are equal. What does the Christian God says? Are all man made equal? The answer may not please many people, but going by the Bible, equality is not the central theme in the kingdom of God. There is more to equality than meets the eye. Read the rest of this entry »

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Clean and Green

imagesIn the world of tourism, the mentioned of Singapore conjures up two divergent imageries. The positive reviews cite this tiny piece of real estate at the southern tip of Malaysia as: clean, green, efficient, safe. The naysayers highlight the nation’s prolific use of fines to solve problems. You get fined for chewing gum, fined for jay walking and littering. Every little errant act attracts a fine. Hence it is a “fine” city. A gathering of more than 5 (without approval) in public places is illegal. This rule is seldom applied though. When it does, it is usually for political gatherings only.  Read the rest of this entry »

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A Modern Caste

ftThe term “FT” is Singapore’s unique colloquialism. It means “Foreign Talent” and is the latest notorious entry into the local jargon. The mention of FT invokes sentiments of xenophobia. It is tragic. It shouldn’t be that way. Singaporeans of the first generation were generous and hardworking migrants. The young men, now with graying hair, were enlisted into compulsory conscription to serve the country as it emerged from the cocoon as a new nation. Barely 50 years have gone by since. The first 3 decades were tough years but most citizens cherish those moments. Suddenly, something sinister crept surreptitiously into the nation in the last decade. The cheerful spirit floated away. Today, “contempt” is being felt at the mention of FT.  The troubling question is WHY? Read the rest of this entry »

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