Some UMNO leaders are pushing for more curbs against the non Malays in Malaysia to champion Malay superiority. This time they want to close down vernacular schools. And they pushed out the cart of fear that the Malays would become the Red Indians of the USA. I think the possibility of Sinkies becoming the Red Indians is 100 times higher than the Malays in Malaysia. With supreme political, economic and military power in the hands of the Malays, with rising awareness and a political conscious Malay core, with the control of the economic and political system designed for Malay dominance, it can never happen unless the Malays decided to want to change the system.
It is so naïve, sorry for telling this straight, to raise the fear of Malays in Malaysia become Red Indians. The White Europeans could do it with the help of technology and the gun. The Malays in Malaysia not only control the gun but everything in Malaysia. Malay dominance is protected by the Constitution. The fear is a red herring in all aspects.
Najib has come out to caution against alienating the non Malays further and eroding the trust and support for UMNO by the non Malays. Can the UMNO ultras believe that what they are doing would increase support for UMNO? The only option is to turn the non Malays into Red Indians. Is that in their agenda? We are in the 21st century.
Is the cry for Malay superiority for real? What superiority are they talking about when they have all the powers of the country in their hands? That is the only thing superior that they can have and to show. What else, technology and science, arts and culture, language and history, economic and military power in the world stage? Religious superiority?
When one is good or superior, there is nothing to crow about, no need to shout and trying to impose that superiority on anyone. The West, with its advancement in science and technology, arts, culture and language, is superior to the rest of the world beyond any doubt. There is no need to demand to be superior. The rest of the world simply turn to the West, look up to the West, learn from the West, imitate the West and want to be like the West. That is superiority! You can chose to put on blinkers and claim that you are superior and reject the West and all its achievements and progress in science and technology. Close the door and look inward like China and Japan did before. Both suffered greatly as civilizations and fell behind until they opened the door and embrace what is good from the West. Turning away from the breakthrough in science and technology is only committing hara kiri on the whole people.
What is so superior of the Malays vis a vis the West and the rest of the world that you want to ignore and want to impose on others? All the Malay elites and the progressive Malays are sending their children to the West for the best education they can have, learn a different lifestyle and modernization. If the Malays are so superior in their ways, there is no need to go West, to look West. The rest of the world, the local non Malays, would be adopting everything Malay, arts and culture, science and technology. There must be real superiority in the Malay culture and way of life for the rest of the world and other communities to want to adopt and learn to be Malays, the Malay ways of life.
If UMNO chooses to close up to the world, not to learn from the rest of the world, to want to learn only the Malay ways of life, Malay science and technology, culture and literature, where would it lead to? Would the Malays become superior vis a vis the non Malays and the rest of the world?
Japan opened up to the West and became a super power in the 19th Century. China opened up to learn from the West and is now the largest economy in the world and challenging the Americans for world supremacy. None of them is claiming to be superior but are superior in their own ways without having to thump their chests, ‘We are superior!’
Wither the Malay superiority if UMNO takes on a path of not wanting to learn from the world, from the strength of others? You can claim all the superiority you want, but what are you superior in that others admired and wanted to learn from, wanted to be Malays and live the superior Malay ways of life?
Kopi Level - Yellow
The controversies arising from Desmond Lee’s raised concerns about the financial health of AHPETC’s have led to the MND releasing some data on the granting of govt grants to the GRCs and the criteria for such a grant. The amount of grants varies according to flat types. One room flat will get $33.70, two rooms gets $26.20, three rooms getting $17 and $9 for four room type per month.
A sum of $7.2m was given to AHPETC with a household of 71,760 and 29% of which are 3 rooms and smaller. MND also revealed that 10,000 households out of the 16,000 households in arrears started in 2010 after WP was elected. 50% of the commercial tenants, 8.25 of the hawkers and 29.4% of households were in arrears.
The statistics said that AHPETC has a relatively high percentage of flats of 4 rooms and above, at 71% compared to 61% in AMKTC and 41% in TPTC. Relatively speaking, using flat size as a factor, AHPETC has more higher income households than the two TCs mentioned. It also explained that the higher income households in AHPETC were having more difficulties paying S&CC than the lower income households in AMK and TP and falling into hard times in 2010. This is also the case for the commercial tenants as 50% of them are in arrears. 2010 was also the year when 10,000 more households fell into arrears, from 6,000 to 16,000. Only 8.2% of the hawkers are in arrears. MND did not give any statistics on how many commercial tenants and hawkers were in arrears before 2010 or how many more after 2010.
I am unable to figure out the 29.4% of households in arrears as 16,000 of 71,760 gives me 22.29%. Which is the correct number, 29.4% or 22.29%? For Desmond Lee to show concern, WP must thank him for his interest and special care for the welfare of AHPETC. WP may want to suggest to Desmond Lee that as a minister, there are bigger problems and sums of money that were lost or at stakes that would require his care and concern as well. AHPETC and the sum of arrears is not enough big enough to be a peanut. By the way, how many town councils are around 22.29% or 29.4% in areas?
What comes out as a very important factor is year 2010. Other than WP taking over the running of the town council, were there other great events that happened that led to the households and commercial tenants falling into financial difficulties in 2010? Or they fell into financial difficulties because WP was elected and thus cannot afford to pay their S&CC? It would be good to understand the financial problem they are facing and find a direct correlation in their financial well being and the election of WP. Then it can be concluded that voting WP has led to financial problems for households and commercial tenants. How I would not know. Anyone can put a link or explanation for this phenomenon to be valid?
Is this falling into arrears in S&CC also happening in other town councils for the same period? If there is, then it is a national thing. But if there isn’t, then circumstantial evidence could be used to say voting WP would lead to financial difficulties for the households and commercial tenants and all voters must be careful when voting in the next GE. Can it be so simple or could there be other reasons? But if said often enough, daft Sinkies would believe it is so.
Could the falling into arrears be due not to financial difficulties but because they just did not like the WP, did not vote for the WP, so refused to pay up? Well, that was what one resident was claiming. If this is the reason, then based on the 65% of votes for the WP, there should be 35% of households, hawkers and commercial tenants not voting for the WP, the so called hardcore.
The fact that 22.29% or 29.4% of households were in arrears, and taking away the original 8% in arrears, it means 14% or 21% of households are not paying because they did not vote for WP. In the case of commercial tenants, it is likely to show that more of them did not vote for WP, above the average of 35%. Or maybe they were not even living in the area but hardcore anti WP voters. So 50% in arrears can be expected.
In the case of the hawkers, only 8% in arrears which means no change from the original 8% before WP was elected. Heheh, the WP can count on their support from this group. Or maybe the hawkers’ business was not affected with the change of town council management.
What to make out from the above commentary? WP, how are you going to deal with the 50% commercial tenants and the 10,000 more households in arrears? Got to work harder to win their support I think. But if they are hardcore, if their not paying the S&CC is political, then nothing much could be done except to go legal. Let’s hope WP is big enough not to adopt the underhand and despicable practice of fixing them ok?
Kopi Level - Yellow
The Angsanas are well known as instant trees in the island. They are planted everywhere as stop gap measures when instant trees are needed. They have good foliage and provide good shade under the hot sun. Superficially they looked good too. But they also snapped or get uprooted quite easily under strong wings. Maybe it is their nature, or maybe they are just instant trees with shallow roots. Unlike the hardy local trees that could withstand strong winds with their deep roots, the Angsanas would always be Angsanas. They will snap or get uprooted.
What is disturbing is a piece of news this morning about two old schools, Griffiths and Qiaonan, that have to make way for Angsana. The two schools with a combined history of 145 years, with many histories and old boys and girls who were proud to be students of the schools, would have their memories wiped clean, all because someone decided that Angsana should replaced them as the name for the new school, but devoid of any history except the fame instant tree image.
Why would the decision makers choose to have something new and nothing exceptional to replace our heritage? And why would the MOE and the Singapore Heirtage Board allowed it to happen? Aren’t they the public institutions and guardians that believed in our history and heritage? Are these people obsessed with the Angsanas? Or is there a message that they are sending out, Angsanas are good and should replace the locals?
The old boys and girls and teachers are all perplexed. They have all the good reasons to want to preserve the names of the two schools. They protested. Why would they want to replace the names of their schools with something like Angsanas? It reminds me of the fetish fad of replacing the PMEs with their wealth of experience with unknown elements from overseas.
There are a lot of sentiments involved. This is our history. This is very sad. Our past and memories are wiped out, no more, by this naïve and simplistic decision. The old boys and girls just want something to remember, their past, the times they spent in the schools, their alma maters. Why can’t the new school be called Qiaonan Griffiths to give it some history and a link to its past golden days? Qiaonan and Griffiths anytime sound better than this thing called Angsana. And one of the criteria of the Schools Naming Committee is whether the name resonates with the community? You mean Angsana resonates with the community better than Qiaonan and Griffiths?
And this Angsana Primary School is supposed to build on the histories of Qiaonan and Griffiths! What have they been smoking? Maybe Angsana resonates with the national policies of bringing more instant citizens into the country. Every Angsana, every instant tree, is a treasure, a talent, better than the locals or the Qiaonans and the Griffiths. It is better to do away with Qiaonan and Griffiths and glorify the new future of Angsanas.
Kopi Level - Yellow
In the 19th century, Hong Kong was ceded to England in perpetuity after the Opium War in an Unequal Treaty. It was returned to China together with the New Territories in 1997. In the not too distant future, England may want to return the favour by offering Ireland to China in perpetuity, not for losing a war, but for its own interests and survival.
In another 60 years, the UK and Europe would be taken over by the Afro Asian migrants. The White Europeans would have become an absolute minority and lost control of their countries to the immigrants. These migrants came to Europe for economic reasons, that their God forsaken countries could not give them a better quality of life due to their incompetence and unprogressive mindsets to run a modern country. Europe and the UK were their hopes for a good life.
The funny thing is that when they became the majority in these countries, they changed everything to return to their old ways of life, the very way of life they ran away from, and turned UK and Europe into the same mold of their God forsaken countries. These European countries would then become just as inhospitable as their God damn countries before. Not only the Europeans wanted out, they themselves, the more progressive ones, would also be looking for more new pastures, hospitable countries to migrate to.
The USA would be just as bad as the migrants there too have become a majority and the country would be in the same sad condition. The Americans too would be fighting for their dear lives and could not offer the Europeans and Brits any help.
The only hope is to hand over Ireland to China to be run like China, without the influx of the Afro Asian migrants and their medieval way of life. Then whatever left of the White Brits could jump over to Ireland to live the life they were used to before the migrants became a majority and took control of England.
Would the future of Europe and England be turned into rubbish dumps by the Afro Asian migrants with their work ethics and primitive ways of life, and the White Europeans becoming economic refugees? Of course many would have migrated to Australia long before Europe returned to the Dark Ages.
And of course what I wrote above are purely fiction and at times bizarre. But do not discount them as many academics have predicted that this could be the fate of Europe if they did not stop the inflow of more migrants and allowed the migrants to dictate how the countries should become to suit their old ways of life.
No need to worry for Singapore. We have brought in the best of the foreign talents and we would all be smarter and our city would also be known as smart cities for smart people. The original Singaporeans that were not smart enough would have left, squatting in Bintang, Batam and JB.
Kopi Level - Yellow
The Silver Brigade is back, all 1m of them, and growing. Yes, there are 600,000 seniors in the age group 55 to 75, taking 30,000 for each cohort. And the 45 to 55 would soon join the ranks of the Silver Hair to add another 300,000 of them. There are 1 million seniors out there.
The Silver Brigade will not go away and are digging in, and coming back to roost. Many have been sidelined, fired, sacked, retrenched, retired, by a dysfunctional social economic system that is still sleeping. Today, with modern medicine, good living environment, health and wealth, a 60 year old is as good as a 40 year old of yesteryears. A 60 year old is still as sexy and gorgeous and physically able to run the marathon. Their predecessors would have not seen the light anymore, but a 60 year old today could expect to live another 20 or more years in healthy condition.
And if you look at 91 year old LKY still strutting around as the undisputed leader of this island, and still calling the shot, you know that a 60 or 70 year old is still young and has many good years to strut around.
On the other end you have the boys and girls brigades bitching around in the internet like little ignorant asses attacking the Silver Brigade as useless fools, ignorant, stupid and good riddance, time to kick the bucket. These little flies are behaving like what George Yeo said, ‘boh tua boh suay’ or disrecpectful of the elders. Wonder what kind of upbringings they have or who are the evil ones encourageing these unruly tarts to act and behave as such. It is unlikely that their parents and grandparents, all members of the Silver Brigade, would let them misbehave in these ways.
It is time that the Silver Brigade, all 1 million of them, to reassert themselves not only for their own good but more for the good of their children and grand children. The misguided boys and girls and the misguided policies must be put right for our children. There are many very intellectuals and wise ones out there, full of knowledge, experience and wisdom, and feeling very frustrated at the way things are happening to the country they built, and feeling quite helpless, with their wings clipped, told to be out of sight, and stayed as spectators but knowing fully well that they could contribute their worth for many tens of years. I called upon them to come back to the main stream of activities, to right the wrongs. Tell the boys and girls that you have enough of their stupidity and misguided policies. You have many good years to contribute for the good of country and future generations. Do not let misguided little kids run this country to the ground and to tell you off, that they know best.
Things are bad but still reparable. There is still some time to re chart the course and avoid going over the cliff. The boys and girls have run out of ideas. They are the real lost sheep and pretending to lead, to know the way. This is the moment of truth, a very serious crisis in the making demanding great minds, men and women from the Silver Brigade to come forward to do their parts. You have done it, been there, and sure you know that things are not right. You cannot afford not to do anything, to be on the side lines and let the vacuum heads and the irresponsible destroy this country that you played a big part to build.
It is very apparent that the young of today are deluded. How could they be allowed to wipe out a good generation of Singaporean talents from the 40s to the 70s, to call them obsolete and to be replaced by 3rd world bums and fakes? They could not see their wrongs, could not see anything wrong, and continue to go down the wrong path but believing that it is the right path. The Silver Brigade must resist this condemnation of our local talents into the waste bins.
The Silver Brigade has the responsibility to save this country from destruction, for the well being of their children and grandchildren. Staying out or doing nothing is to give up the future of the children by default. And at the very least, they must regain their dignity, not be abused and dismissed by little boys and girls as has beens, dried orange skins when the kids are lost themselves. How can the Silver Brigade allow the boys and girls who are empty in between their ears to lead everyone over the cliff?
It is time for the Silver Brigade to fight back, for their dignity and for the sake of country and people before it is too late, before this country is lost to the foreigners. Little boys and girls, please step aside and make way for the Silver Brigade. You have been given enough time and strings to hang yourselves. The Silver Brigades are your papa and mama and your Ah Kong and Ah Mah and will come out to teach you a thing or two, and are doing it for your own good. And if you choose to remain naughty and silly, they will use the cane on you.
Those that can lead must come out and lead. They must not allow the disabled and deluded to mislead. You have no choice. It is a fight for the life and death of a people and their children and grand children. The country needs you. Your children and grand children need you. Do not opt out for their sake. Do not wait until it is too late.
Kopi Level - Green
The ugly Americans have been complaining that China is not doing its part in contributing to the world order. China now comes out with a huge sum of cash to set up the AIIB but the ugly Americans are crying foul again. What the Americans are demanding is for China to help the Americans to continue as the big bully against small nations. What the Americans are demanding is for China to be out of the way so that the Americans continue to exert control of the world through the World Bank and the IMF.
The Americans’ complaint against China is that China would be the major player in the AIIB without the Americans and that is bad. The AIIB can only be good if the major player is the American and with them pulling the string. So World Bank and IMF are good, AIIB bad.
21 Asian countries hungry for cheap loans that they often could not get from the American controlled World Bank and IMF have agreed to join the AIIB. They know where their interests lie and what is good for them. China may be the major contributor of funds to the AIIB, but if it takes the organisation and run it in a high handed manner against the interest of the participating nations, it would not last and AIIB would be a non starter.
This is the 21st Century and there is no place for colonialism and imperialism and gunboat diplomacy. China would have to treat every country in the AIIB as equals. There is no other option. AIIB can only exist with the support of all the participating countries with equal rights. Bull to the Americans.
Good riddance to the American semi colonies for not joining. It is a blessing that they, especially Japan and Australia have been left out. Their participation would only be as spoilers and as proxy to the Americans.
The intent and purpose of the ugly Americans are all about world domination and control and the exclusion of China from the World Order of the Americans. The TPP is another American creation to exclude China from the system. Many countries have been victims of the Pax Americana and the time is ripe for an alternative platform and system for the victims of the American empire to offer them a better deal.
Asia, Africa and Latin America must strike out a new path on their own where they can manage and determine their own good and future with the Americans pulling all the strings. The AIIB is only the beginning to the dwindling influence of the Americans. And they are protesting loudly and even twisting the arms of their allies and semi colonies not to join. The World Order is shifting.
Kopi Level - Green
Who is complaining that Sinkies are ungrateful? I will not be surprised if the views were expressed in the MSM. But for such views to be expressed in the social media it means a lot. Social media is always seen as anti establishment, anti govt, anti PAP and of course anti Lee Kuan Yew. It is thus very surprising to read so many positive views about how disrespectful it was to make LKY an MP. It is also very heartening to hear that many people sincerely believed that paying him anything, any amount, is not enough for all the good he has done for Singapore. How can the Govt be paying him a miserable $16,000 as an MP? Disgusting! And such views are expressed in TRE, would you believe it?
No amount of money is enough to pay him for bringing Singapore from 3rd world to 1st world and for making almost every Sinkie a millionaire, with many becoming billionaires. So what is the big deal for LKY to be sitting in the Istana as an MP? Nobody could see anything wrong with it except maybe Tan Cheng Bock.
Tan Cheng Bock knows what democracy is all about and what democratic practices should be. It is called 民主, by the people, of the people, and for the people, not a dynasty or monarchy, 皇朝, where one is a monarch for life. In a democracy, you are elected or not elected. You are the elected President, PM or just an MP and you must know your place. And your position and status as a political leader ends the day you are not elected by the people. It is not a never ending position.
From the praises and adoration and reverence expressed by the people in social media, democracy or western democracy does not mean anything to a deserving leader. The people are blind, or could or would turn a blind eye to such formalities and protocol. There is nothing wrong for a deserving MP like LKY sitting in the Istana forever. And they felt aggrieved and hurt that the Govt is paying him a miserable $16,000 pm. LKY should be very pleased to know that he is so highly looked up to by the people who are grateful for what he had done for them.
Perhaps dynastic rule is in the blood of the people even though they are descendants of migrants from China with thousands of years of dynastic rule. Not sure if the other racial groups share this attachment and sentiment. Given a choice, I think these people would not mind changing our democratic system to a Constitutional Monarchy to perpetuate the rule of LKY. To them, this country is like belonging to him. And he is deserving of it in every sense of the word. I think there will be very little resistance if someone would to propose a change of the democratic constitution to one of Constitutional Monarchy.
The people seem willing and have a penchant for it when there is a deserving ruler. I don’t think there will be another deserving leader in the future. This kind of thing doesn’t happen too often, definitely not every 50 years. And 50 years of democracy, or was it democracy, would not change the ancient mindset of deference to power and the mandate of heaven. Many Singaporeans still do not know what is democracy and why monarchy is obsolete.
What do you think?
Kopi Level - Green