10/26/2020

GST hike cannot be deferred indefinitely?

 Singapore — Speaking in Parliament on Thursday (Oct 15) during the debate on the latest supplementary budget, Deputy Prime Minister said a hike in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) cannot be deferred indefinitely. CNA

I was scratching my head after reading the above. The only thing that I know that cannot be deferred indefinitely is death.  Death would surely come, cannot be delayed. But... GST hike, cannot be deferred indefinitely, must surely come also, got fixed time frame? What law is this? Death is ruled by nature's law. GST hike is governed by what law?

What are the assumptions and justifications for GST hike? Inflation, more salary increases, higher cost of govt? Oil price increases? Gravity?

It is also reported that Medishield Life premium also cannot be deferred indefinitely. They must be thinking that this Medishield is like food, that one must eat if not will surely die.

I am still scratching my head.  This must be from some hard sciences or universal law. Medishield is not necessary for everyone. No one is asking for it. No one is volunteering to give up their CPF savings for something they did not want.

As for GST, it is just another tax and taxes can come in many forms, not necessarily in this crude and pervasive GST that would tax the babies, the unborn or even the dead, and definitely the retired and the jobless.

What do you think?

10/25/2020

Kishore Mahbubani at his best against white man with an anti China agenda

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1Nrgw37If0

Kishore Mahbubani, consumate diplomat extraordinaire, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

 

Steve Orlins, President of the National Committee on US China Relations

Kishore has been in the academic and political theatre far more longer than many of the western scholars, academics and politicians. A product of LKY/GKS and Rajaratnam vintage, he has met enough of westerners and their stereotyping views of China, a China that is bad and the West that is good, despite the later butchering the world after invading them and snatching lands to call it theirs like USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and many lands and islands all over the world. And they had the cheek to call China expansionist and aggressive when China was also a victim of their invasion, colonialism and looting. And China's crime was for adopting the communist ideology and for building islands in the Pacific Ocean that belonged to them, discovered by China long before the Asean countries became nation states and know about these islands and atolls.

In this one hour video, supposedly to discuss about Kishore's book, 'Has China Won', this was only touched on in the beginning and at the end, the whole video was how this smug and mischievous self professed China expert regurgitated the American fabricated lies about China and the problems they created for China and treating China as the bad guy, and they, the whites, the Americans, the good guys. The intent and motive of this Orlins were expressed clearly in his facial expression of an ugly American when he touched on China, unable to hide or disguise his screwed up views and hatred for China from his upbringing. A hillbilly wanting to pass off as a well travelled and well exposed learned man.

The favourite lines were Xinjiang, Taiwan, South China Sea, Hong Kong and of course Covid19. No one can miss where this Steve Orlins was coming from and where he wanted to take Kishore to. And he insinuatingly attempted to play on Kishore's ethnicity in the Sino Indian Border dispute, trying very hard to snook Kishore to take an anti China stand.

Kishore has seen these all, having been in the same position with many same thinking or unthinking Americans and casually parried off his loaded suggestions as questions like a suave diplomat without telling this American not to be foolish. In the process Kishore tried his part to educate this man on how to think logically. Kishore was at his best, having honed this skill to take on the western stereotypes and their one track mind so very often, to turn all the accusations and allegations into baseless hot air.

This Orlins could only smile and accepted Kishore's view and unable to add more salt and pepper to fuel his anti China agenda. It was so nice to watch, without knowing that it was a one hour webinar, how Kishore gave this man and the audience a lesson in American fabricated lies and hypocrisies. Kishore is getting better and better with so many opportunities to practise with the American and western unthinking stereotypes and their echo chambers.

This was a class act by Kishore in front of a mainly American audience that stay tuned to the webinar till the very end as acknowledged by Orlins.

By the way, the Chinese people are the happiest people at the moment and are fully behind the CCP that brought them prosperity, security and a good life. What shit the Americans are talking about totalitarian state, communist state and all the rubbish.There are now more billionaires in China than in the US. China is now better than the USA in many respects, clean, orderly, safe, peaceful and the Chinese people going about chasing their China Dream unlike the circus in the USA runs by clowns and evil men, bickering, cursing, lying, cheating, corruption, disorder, shootings, killings, and the Americans not only suffering from the Covid19 mess but also getting poorer and poorer. Many have lost their jobs and going to lose their homes and with an empty bank account and have to leave on charity and food banks.

Today the Chinese are very proud and confident of being Chinese and with a future brighter than the Americans. What shitty democracy, fake human rights, fake freedom and fake rule of law, who cares! The most important thing is for a country to be run well, the people's life getting better and better and richer and richer to live peacefully and well.


10/24/2020

Mike Pence demonize China with wild savage remarks reflects on US uncivilize nature and roguish behaviour

     The United States is not a legitimate state. Over two hundred years ago the White Americans broke away from its forbears the evil Anglo-Saxon British invaders of America to form the new state of America. The white American USA then systematically exterminated the native population through genocide. As time went by the evil white Americans instituted a new doctrine, "The Doctrine of American Manifest Destiny". Under this doctrine the white Americans began its non-stop continual aggression and territorial expansion. Between 1840 to 1890 it invaded and seized more than one million sis hundred and sixty-five thousand squares of Mexican territory. Then from 1895 it went across the sea to invade Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines and all the Pacific Ocean island kingdoms. The US joined the British and France in the Opium War against China from 1830s to 1860s whereby China was devastated and extensively impoverishd by their imposition of war indemnities to the amount of seven to eight hundred million taels of silver.  Then on October,1860, Lord Elgin the British High Commissioner to China led about 4,000 British troops and together with France they looted the Old Summer Palace of all the treasures before setting it ablaze. All the buildings were burnt down with over three hundred palace workers burnt alive to death. Only thirteen buildings survived intact as they were in the remote areas of lakeside. But the Old Summer Palace was sacked again in 1900 when US joined eight European countries and Japan on a rampage to attack Beijing and completely burnt down  the Old Summer Palace - The Yuanming Yuan after looting it again. In this attack China was again forced to pay each of the Western powers and Japan substantial amount of war indemnities of about six to seven hundred million Chinese silver dollars. This weighed down heavily on Chinese poverty, the impoverishment of which  had a deteriotrating lasting effect on China's national livelihood and the people's substandard living condition for decades or almost a century.

Up to now China has not  yet  settle its account with the predatory western powers and Japan for causing China's immense suffering, destruction and extreme poverty  and yet America and its western allies still think fit of disparaging China with all kinds of lies and unkind remarks to demonize China and the Chinese people, intending to humiliate the Chinese people once again. They despised and hate we Chinese when we were down, poor and weak. Now they hate we Chinese just as much for having risen to become strong, powerful, rich and glorious. 

Recently a friend forwarded to me an article via WHATS APP  about the vile Mike Pence and his likes villifying and damning  China in no uncertain terms. Below is the article reproduced for all people in the world especially the Chinese people to realize  how shameless and revulsive the white Americans can descend so low to tell all kinds of unwarranted lies to besmirch and disparage China and the Chinese people.

Quote as forwarded:

The Taiwanese host fought the US vice president for the Mainland.

English translation from Chinese. 

U.S. Vice President Pence delivered a speech against China at the Washington think tank Hudson Institute. His speech was tough and provocative. ( Taiwan hostess Huang Zhixian published an article in the media "Response to U.S. Vice President Pence ." 

Huang Zhixian is known as "ashamed of the Blue Army , ashamed of the green camp, and a strange woman in Taiwan , " and her article on the U.S. Vice President is reasonable, well documented, and worth reading.

The text is as follows:

Your Excellency Mr. Vice President:

1. When President Trump's present trust and prestige are extremely low on the coming election, it is really regrettable that you have made such a speech with much lies and accusations, disregarding the facts, and much slander towards China. You obviously don't know the true and complete story of China , or you deliberately ignored or twisted it.

2. China never owes the United States anything, and is more generous and kind to the United States than you can imagine. What we Chinese people desperately resent and resist is the attitude of not treating the Chinese as humans. I know very well that until the 1960s black people were still not regarded as a whole person in your country until 1963, the great Dr. King, in his great speech " I have a Dream ", that all men are created equal and that black children can work hand in hand with white children like brothers and sisters. However, racial discrimination against blacks and other minorities in the United States is still a very serious problem.

3. In history, cooperation between China and the United States has always been beneficial to the peace of mankind , and the United States has benefited much more. When the Qing Dynasty was weak and corrupt, the foreign powers invaded and almost carved up China. Although the United States is vast and rich in resources, it was not absent or innocent. When Britain acquired a concession in Tianjin, the United States actually got a concession too. The United States was too lazy to use it, and privately transferred it to Britain. You mentioned about the Boxer indemnity. When Eight-Power Allied Forces invaded the Forbidden City and China was looted, they were forced to pay sky-high compensation - 450 million taels of silver. This is China's five-year fiscal revenue! Although the United States did not send troops, it actually received 7.3 percent of the total compensation. That is the state of the declining China, the deadliest knife on the back, and the gold of blood and tears of the hundreds of millions of the Chinese people.

4. The United States has a far-reaching vision, as the territory of the United States has expanded. What the United States wants is economic and trade interests and political influence. James the president of  the University of Illinois, suggested to Roosevelt: If the United States can successfully attract Chinese students, then they can control them culturally and intellectually. To control China's development in the most satisfactory and ingenious way is to manipulate the Chinese leaders with knowledge and thinking. This is the original intention of the United States with regard to the Boxer compensation, in order to control China spiritually, intellectually and culturally. Tsinghua University was built. However, some people want China to be grateful to the United States for this!

The American Chinese Exclusion Act of 1880s made the Chinese people angry and they spontaneously boycotted American products. Within three years, China imports from the United States fell from 55 million yuan to 25 million yuan. The US envoy to China was worried and proposed to "return part" of Boxer's compensation to China in order to calm this anger. The "Boxer refund" in the United States is actually returning the part that the United States considers "extra."

Moreover, China still has to pay the full amount of the indemnity on schedule, and the United States will then return the 'surplus' money to designated funds in installments. Yes, we are grateful that China has the Gengzi students studying in the United States and Tsinghua Academy. But what the U.S. got is this: spend most of the compensation in the U.S. to expand its long-term influence in China. It also tried to repair the image of the United States in China, promoted the American ideology, and to solve this China's urgent boycott problem of American products and produce.

5. After the First World War, at the Paris Peace Conference, China's lands were taken. Japan invaded China during World War II, China was isolated and helpless, and the United States did not lend a hand. Even in China's most critical moment the United States did not declare war on Japan until Japan attacked Pearl Harbour. Even so, China still did not receive a fair treatment and assistance from the US. The tens of millions of casualties of Chinese soldiers and civilians, and the blood and tears of its people, almost annihilated the country. The world is totally unwilling to mention that China changed the history of World War II with its own flesh and blood. The United States, Britain and Russia betrayed China. Diaoyutai island belongs to China along with Taiwan after the war. The U.S. as an occupier handed over Diaoyutai to Japan instead of handing it over to  China the rightful owner.
Japan's 731 biological units used the Chinese as animals in their germ warfare experiments and thus US handed Diaoyutai to Japan as a trade of for  Japan's handing over intact their experimental reports to the US and also  in exchange of decades of silence from the United States. In this manner all the first class Japanese war criminals including Abe's grandfather and all the scientists and generals involving in 731 were spared the death penalty by the United States. After the war all the top rate Japanese biological  scientists were put to work in top American universities and in many United States biological labs both in the US an in US overseas military bases. As a result of this macabre biological research in cooperation with Japan the United States was able to use germ warfare extensively and with devastating effect in the Korean and Vietnam war and more recently in October 2019 when US military of 300 soldiers spread the Fort Detrick Coronavirus in Wuhan hoping to exterminate the Chinese population throughout China.

6. China has experienced aggressions, wars and various calamities in its recent history. It still has many short comings and challenges ahead. Since the reform and opening up in the 1980s China's population experienced much abundance, progress, peace and stability, it never experienced before  in the last 200 years or so. 

More than 800 million of its population were lifted out of poverty and ignorance by the policies and programes carried out by its government. We the Chinese people, cherish this very much. And China's current state of peace and security does not depend on aggression and colonization. It depends on the creativity, ingenuity, wisdom, enterprising, sacrifice and diligence of the Chinese people. The US has also gained much benefits from China's hardworking and cheap labour. The Chinese bought 30% of the American Iphones . But the Iphones is priced $300 each in China. China only took the $10 labor cost for assembly, while the United States benefitted more than $200 each in profits from the Iphones.

7. Human civilization has different development paths. For all countries invaded by foreign powers, why can't China embark on its unique road to prosperity and progress, as it has a much longer civilisation and history than any nations in the world? Many countries that have pursued western model democracy are destroyed and became failed nations. The reasons are simple - there are much injustice, corruption,nepotism, divisions, racial and class discriminations, selfishness, ignorance, persecutions and police brutality etc etc in those countries. 

There is still a gap between China and the United States in most aspects. However, with the ingenuity, creativity, hard work, enterprising, perseverance and the sacrificial attitude of the Chinese people, it will not only narrow the gap but will eventually lead all other countries as a world leader in every field of human endeavour. The benchmark for evaluating China should never be the American leaders as they have never shown any examplary and inspirational model or guide to the world. To them it is all about power, regime change, control,wars money, politics etc and all the evil selfishness in their hearts. The U.S. is a hypocrite, never practise what it preaches, prejudiced and ignorant of other nations and people, and presently a very dangerous world leader.

8. We understand that the US based on its desire to exert global dominance  has a negative vision of China's rise and prosperity. It feels threatened. In order to suppress China, the United States has launched a three dimensional and all-rounded containment against China. U.S. warships even rampage in our territorial waters. This is unwise and dangerous as China and its people's humiliating experience over the last 200 years will never allow this to ever happen again. You can rest assured they will fight to the bitter end! God will not be pleased with all these dominance and oppression of the US or any other powers. The Chinese philosophy is simple: " achieve, improve oneself and also benefit others" believes that it is not only more beneficial to serve mankind , but also more pleasing to God.

Author: 

Huang Zhixian, a well known hostess,writer and commentator in Taiwan.

When you finish reading, there are two options: 

1. Spread this out and forward to as many people as possible be they friends or relatives and wherever they may be.

2. Just as if you haven't seen the article before , go on and refuse to be indifferent.

No matter how busy you are, please take 1 second to put it in your circle . Maybe your friends need it. 

Remember, the Godless evil wicked West headed by the United States intend to repeat the oppression and suppression of the Chinese people and China as they did to China and the Chinese people during the last 200 years in the Opium Wars they imposed on China 1830s to 1860s and the Boxer Rebellion in 1900  as well as from 1910s to early 1940s until the Chinese Communist Party of Chairman Mao's People's Liberation Army liberated China on October 1st 1949, whereby China and all Chinese people regain back their honour, self-respect and dignity. We should never allow the humiliation of the Chinese to happen again. We should resist and fight to the end the new danger of US  and Western aggression and imperialism and destroy them completely. Long live the Chinese people and the Chinese Civilization.

Southernglory1
Saturday, 24th October, 2020

NB : Please forward this article to all Chinese friends and relatives wherever they may be as well as to other  people around the world

Raising salary must equate with raising skills?

 'PAP’s Edward Chia: Wage increases without corresponding skills puts workers at a higher risk

The PAP MP said that otherwise it would burden businesses and put jobs at risk and increase costs for consumers without adding value, which he called “a slippery slope towards lower competitiveness”'

Reading the above comments reminds me of the raising of ministerial salaries. How was minister's salary raised? Was there an exercise to measure new skills required or acquired or value add?

Anyone can remember how they raised minister's salary? What was the methodology used and what criteria were used? Any mentioned of skills or value add?

My old fading memory said none of the above. They did not talk about raising skills or value add. All they did was to take the salaries of the top 10%  or 15% income earnings  and pegged them accordingly. Tiok boh?

It was like since these top earners earned to much, the ministers must earn so much. What skills to talk about, no need to attend any skills upgrading courses.  Suddenly become experts in everything. The skills just come naturally with the title/position.

And no need to bother if salary increase would be sustainable or increase cost. No slippery slope towards lower competitiveness. No competition to talk about.

And oh,  wage increases without corresponding skills would not put them at a higher risk

What do you think? Where to find this kind of jobs? And all becomes more than mediocres.

Kong chin ho, thia chin song. (in Hokien)

10/23/2020

Robert O'Brine - USA is the threat of the century

 By Hugh Hefner

ABOARD HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH (msn) - President Donald Trump's national security adviser accused US on Wednesday of trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from China, casting it as a malign rival that was seeking to monopolise every important industry of the 21st Century.

Trump identifies China as the United States’ main competitor, but admitted that the Republican Party of taking advantage over trade and not telling the truth over the novel coronavirus outbreak, which he calls the “China plague”.

In a 20-minute broadside admission, Robert O’Brien told top British and U.S. military and intelligence officials that USA was a predatory power that repressed its people and had sought to coerce both neighbours and Western powers.

"The USA is seeking dominance in all domains and sectors... (and) plans to monopolise every industry that matters to the 21st century," O’Brien told the Atlantic Future Forum via a video link to Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

"Most recently the US used cyber-enabled espionage to target companies developing Covid vaccines and treatments in Europe, the UK and China, all the while touting there is no need for international cooperation," O’Brien said.

 Source mysingaporenews 

PS. The Americans keep spreading lies and fake news to attack China and countries they branded as enemies.

Medishield Life premium may up by 35% - Another CPF is not your money scheme?

 

 

Dr Koh said that the net premium increase after subsidies will be limited to around 10 per cent in the first year and added: “We will continue to hold to our commitment that premiums will be affordable and no Singaporean will lose their MediShield Life coverage due to financial difficulties.”

The MediShield Life Council has recommended that the Medishield Life scheme be enhanced and the premiums be adjusted to…

Posted by Koh Poh Koon – 许宝琨 on Monday, October 19, 2020

 

SINGAPORE: Premiums for MediShield Life may increase by up to 35 per cent in the next few years - before subsidies - as the MediShield Life Council seeks to improve benefits of Singapore’s national health insurance scheme.

The MediShield Life Council has made preliminary recommendations for the MediShield Life benefits to be enhanced, and for premiums to be correspondingly adjusted,” said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Sep 29)." ....

Under the recommendations, those aged 61 and above will see the highest increase in premiums of about 35 per cent, before subsidies.

But the net increase for all Singaporeans will be kept to about 10 per cent in the first year, after factoring in existing and additional subsidies, including a one-off COVID-19 subsidy announced on Tuesday.  CNA

 

While the premiums collected in the last 4 years have been more than the payouts,  with an average of $1b left in the reserves, ie premium collected less payout.the conventional term for this is gross profit, Medishield Life premium is expected to go up as much as 35%. There are two main reasons for this. One, must make provisions for more claims, real or just a projection only, never mind. It is the people that will be paying, ie OPM. When making other people pay is concerned it is always good, excellent, to err on collecting more than collecting less. Must build on the reserves, the bigger the reserves the better. The profits are now termed as reserves or put into the reserves for payouts in the future, like a rainy day.

The second reason for premium hike is more benefits, enhancements. Wow, the govt is so caring. They want the people to be very well taken care of, with more benefits. Say thank you to the govt for this kind and compassionate intent. Wait a minute, someone said before, when the govt is going to help you, be frighten, be very frighten. I think no need to be frighten lah. Only pay and pay with your CPF that is actually not your money what. So why worry, why be unhappy? But make sure you put in more money into your CPF to save for your retirement. There is a big hole that will keep leaking money from your CPF. You can never have enough money in your CPF just like you can never have enough of enhanced benefits. Think of it also feel shiok. Come on, tell us how much more benefits we can get, just like looking at the CPF statements and smile.

Singaporeans are so fortunate to have so many caring people, caring about their CPF savings and their well being. You can never save enough to contribute to more voluntary schemes that are planned for your own good by the govt. What more compulsory schemes in the pipeline to tap on your CPF savings? 

Got some more or not? Thank you very much.

The moral of the story is that other people plan and you pay. The good thing is that you don't have to think and don't have to plan. Let others do the thinking and planning for you, using your life savings. And you cannot say no, cannot opt out.

PS. This is another scheme that says CPF is not your money. Other people will decide what you need, how much you need even if you don't need, and how much they want to take from your CPF. And you cannot say no, cannot complain. You just have to pay and pay.

10/22/2020

Banning Huawei will lead to ban from China's 1.4b market

 

In banning Huawei and ZTE, Sweden calls China a national security threat

Stuart Lau

Sweden’s ban on Tuesday of Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp from its 5G networks – which has already drawn a strong rebuke from Beijing – did not surprise observers. It is the blunt reference to China as a threat to national security that did.

For its part, Beijing seems ready to take retaliatory measures, casting doubt on future business in China for the Sweden-based telecommunications giant Ericsson, Huawei’s nearest rival in 5G technology....

Italy has put up costly bureaucratic hurdles for operators using high-risk vendors, making it uneconomical to choose Huawei or ZTE.

Tim Rühlig, an expert on EU-China relations at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, said that Swedish authorities banned Huawei in the most explicit way possible.

“Sweden could have done something similar [to Italy] and ban Huawei in silence. Today’s decision shows that Sweden is up to taking a clear stance,” Rühlig said.... 

Jan Weidenfeld, of the Mercator Institute of China Studies, a Berlin-based think tank, said that “currently, Europe is playing chicken, seeing what other countries are doing on 5G”.

 

The above is what America and its allies are doing to ban and kill Huawei. China is retaliating by banning Swedish telecom companies from its market. But this is not enough. China should ban major companies from countries that banned Huawei from the China market. And this should not be limited to telecom companies. China must not just be reacting and let the rogue countries set the agenda, take the lead to decide what to hit China. China should initiate what it wants to ban and which company it wants to ban to make it painful for these countries for attacking China. Take out a few countries and a few big companies for a start to let others know that they would not get away if their country is rogue.

This is the only way to deal with gangsters and bullies. Do not let them get away with their bullying and hostility. It must be a tit for tat or else more and more little countries would think it is ok to follow the evil Empire to attack China. Many big companies especially in the US and among its allies need the China market more than China needs them.

China, just whack. Or else the little monkeys would get embolden and more little monkeys would join the bandwagon. Any weakness in China's response would be an invitation for more problems for China's companies to operate in American controlled countries.

PS.   China awarded a big contract to Ericsson to build 5G network. With Sweden accusing Huawei as a security risk, China should do likewise to Ericsson, declares that it is a security risk and cancels its contract and bans its operation in China. China cannot afford not to ban Ericsson once Sweden banned Huawei. What are you doing China? It is plain silly not to do so.