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11/29/2011

Kishore Mahbubani – top 100 thinkers

Kishore has been listed as one of the world’s top 100 thinkers by a US based Foreign Policy magazine. It is a great honour to be there among the Europeans in an European centric magazine that only understands western language and thoughts.

Who is this guy? He is not angmoh. He is the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He got to thank the school for not replacing him with an angmoh to give the school greater credibility and be more believeable in the western intellectual circuit. Think of it, it is one of the rare corners of Singapore where the top dog is a Singaporean. For this reason alone, it is worthy to keep this School relevant as a pride of the country, that a Singaporean is found good enough to head the school.

I am not sure how long before the CEOs of the 3 local universities be headed by foreigners as obviously there are just not enough local talents of international stature to raise the profiles and rankings of these world class universities. Having foreigners to front these universities, like many of the Singapore institutions, is a good thing as they will spread the news of Singapore and how great this island is. Their presence will put the universities connected to the best universities of the West.

Then again, if we do not allow out Singaporeans a chance to take on high profile positions, how would they gain recognition by the international community? How would someone like Kishore be recognized if he ended up just another professor in the School of Lee Kuan Yew or any local universities?

Our angmoh is good mentality is a self debasing policy. If we keep giving the plump jobs to foreigners, our local talents will forever have their heads under water, to be another statistics and nothing more. We need to give more chances to the local talents and thinkers to be in the limelight, to be seen and heard, to be recognized.

Good that we have someone like Kishore. But he could be the last, just like we have a Lee Kuan Yew, and he will be the last titan this little island ever produced.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anybody ever notice how certain politicians have all become "Special Advisers" ?

Raymond Lim
Senior Adviser
Swire & Sons

George Yeo
Senior Adviser
Kuok Group

Lim Hwee Hua
Senior Advisor
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P

Look at Tampines GRC team poster
Heng Swee Keat now stands in the centre.
And Mah Bow Tan stands on the right hand side of Heng Swee Keat.

More "special/senior adviser" appointments to come?

Why only "advise"?
Why not do & lead?

Matilah_Singapura said...

Another one of redbean's racist posts.

However, everyone, including redbean has the right to be racist in print and in speech.

This is not an "ang moh vs mama/ slanty-eyed gook" thing.

REAL Achievement is attained by what a person does, over time -- not the colour of his skin on the (usually fucked-up) culture he is born into.

>> he will be the last titan this little island ever produced.
<<


Another first class piece of unscientific bullshit.

An island doesn't "produce" anything. Human beings are produced by 2 other humen beings of opposite genders fucking each other. After the birth of the "produced" off spring, the original fuckers usually take it upon themsleves to guide and nuture this little cunt-expulsion into a worthy, mature and healthy adult human being who is capable of producing VALUE for himself and for others.

Remember, everybody's beginning can be traced back to their mother and father banging each other in a hot session of dirty, lusty, slippery sex.

Anonymous said...

You have been been watching too much porn. Keep it up

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Just ignore him.

Anonymous said...

Academics are living in clouds. How can they see?

Anonymous said...

(KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A new study has found that creative people are more likely to cheat than less creative people, possibly because this talent increases their ability to rationalise their actions.'Greater creativity helps individuals solve difficult tasks across many domains, but creative sparks may lead individuals to take unethical routes when searching for solutions to problems and tasks,' researcher Francesca Gino of Harvard University said in the paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the world's largest association of psychologists.Ms Gino and her co-author, Dan Ariely of Duke University, conducted a series of five experiments to test their thesis that more creative people would cheat under circumstances where they could justify their bad behaviour.The researchers used a series of recognized psychological tests and measures to gauge research subjects' creativity. They also tested participants' intelligence. In each of the five experiments, participants received a small sum for showing up. Then, they were presented with tasks or tests where they could be paid more if they cheated.

(read the rest in ST)

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

You are right and they are also right. But they are quite clever and polite to call cheats, people with character flaws, as creative people and not scoundrels or crooks.

Remember those things they called sophisticated products, which were really snake oils.

Or criminals they claimed to be mentally challenged or having mental disorder.

Today it is very difficult to tell a crook from a saint: )

Anonymous said...

Who selected the whos that selected the top 100 thinkers?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Stupid Matilah said my post is racist. I like to sneer at Asians who have this inherent mentality that they are more stupid that the westerners. I mean the SPG type when the IQ is, you can expect them to idolise the white gods.

In the first place they forgot that most of them are struggling with a foreign language that is steep in western culture, history and nuances. If they can't even articulate well, write or speak well in English, how are they going to convey their thoughts and ideas well and be understood and be called brilliant, be a thinker class?

The westerners have this added advantage of being very proficient in their own mother tongue/language and that helps to a great degree. They live and sleep with the language and are very confident in using it.

The Chinese helicopter will have immense great difficulty in stringing out a couple of sentences, how then to come out sounding briliant?

But this problem is being exaggerated only in Sin. In the major Asian countries each will have their own thinkers, thinking their own history, culture and ideas in their own language that they are comfortable with.

Anonymous said...

Agree with you on that. Shouldn't that answer your question why the local talents are constantly overlooked for the all important promotion and the job eventually goes to the foreigner?

I cringe when I listen to our people talk.

Anonymous said...

The most dangerous men are the educated rascals using their talents to scheme, pretend and con.

patriot

Anonymous said...

Quote the latest research: 'Greater creativity helps individuals solve difficult tasks across many domains, but creative sparks may lead individuals to take unethical routes when searching for solutions to problems and tasks.'

This is an issue of passion for knowledge or for glory. Some creative people are for for glory so they tend to cheat. For example, scientists, those real creative scientists who are really full of passion for knowledge will never cheat because cheating is not knowledge. So, you would expect researchers who begin their research with a aim to win a nobel prize or any personal glorified award will likely cheat if there is a chance without easily detected. There are already such examples like the Korean stem call scientist, Singapore NUS biomedical scientist, etc.

Anonymous said...

Who select who to select these top 100 thinkers? What criteria are used in the selection?

Kishore is just a Singapore civil servant and a crony to the Lee dynasty. He is a supporter of LKY's version of Asian Value. If he is not for his past association, do you think he can easily become the dean of that LKYPPS? What LKYPPS is actually doing? Is it just another PAP propaganda institution trying to promote this so-called Asian Value? There are many thinkers in this world. There are better thinkers than these 100 people. These 100 people are there because they are already at certain position to be there to be heard.

Anonymous said...

Kishore has an Ang Moh wife. Do you think he is Asian in thinking? For a matter of fact, many 'educated' Sinkies are not Asian even though they are looked like ones because they have the western thinking. They are not in a position to talk about Asian Value. What do they know about Asian Value with a western mind?

Anonymous said...

For those who read Chinese:

有人曾把这三地(新加坡、马来西亚、印尼)的华人分为两种:传统华人和海峡华人,前者一般说中文,谈到中国很亲切,甚至自称中国人,以陈嘉庚为代表。后者一般说英文,看海峡时报(英文),亲西方,甚至以自己的华人面孔为耻,以李光耀为代表。南洋华人这半个世纪以来的心理变迁,某种程度上,就是这两种华人的变迁史。

很显然,所谓海峡华人,就是自己已经放弃了关于中国的概念,他们心目中的祖国,在当时是英国。这种区别的来源也是很简单的:传统华人,大都是靠自己奋斗,创业,或富甲一方,或安居乐业。而海峡华人,则是靠给西方人做买办,或者打工,靠西方人吃饭。所以英文比中文说的好,甚至不会说中文,比李光耀。在他们心目中,中国是一个陌生的国家,和他们没有关系。一个英国议员曾经说,李光耀是苏伊士运河以东他见过的最英国的人。而李光耀本人,几年前被英国政府颁发了一个终身成就奖,他很感慨地说那是他这辈子得到的最高肯定,他说在他的年代,是以做英国人为荣,虽然到他儿子的年代要开始接受美国教育,以美国为荣。

李光耀推行英文教育的原因很简单:一是去中国化,二是推行英文环境,吸引西方投资。这两点他做得非常成功。但是,英文环境的强势,也有长远的负面影响。李光耀自己也承认,英校毕业的学生,没有华校生有人情味,讲团结,和自信。因为,英文授课的老师,对学生只能限于语言的交流而已,而没有任何文化的传承,甚至连语言中那种很微妙意思的表达也很难学会。要知道,各种语言的精华,除了词语里的历史文化含量,还在于各种言外之意的表达。而这些,是新加坡的学校里现在无法学到的。而在华校里,老师用中文讲述的同时,也传承下来五千年的历史,而这些,才是世界各地传统华人的自信根源。虽然英文教育出来的新加坡人,缺乏李光耀希望的那种自信和团结精神,但目前这似乎还没有大的负面影响,因为他们毕业后工作的环境,不是西方公司,就是新加坡政府或政府控制的公司,在这些地方,不需要他们有多少创造力和适应能力,只需要按部就班就可以了。只要李光耀在,一切都没有问题,因为,新加坡人要走的路,他都安排好了。但问题是,他已经八十多岁了。

《新加坡文献馆》

Anonymous said...

They want their steak but cook it in plum sauce and then sing praises about their brand of sauce.

That said, who eats plum sauce without the steak?

However, people will eat the steak without the sauce.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 10.12pm
Good point.

Please tell us more about the unique characteristics of Asian values.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

I don't think Kishore is talking about Asian values. He is talking about the rise of Asian civilisations after being plundered by the barbarians that came with guns and cannons. And the barbarians got rich and civilised from the loots of India and China.

Now India and China are picking up the pieces and trying to regain their self respect and be equal among the civilised barbarians.

The said...

There is no such thing as universal "Asian Values". Those that are touted - such as filial piety, hard work, respect, etc. are also Victorian values.

In any case, Asia is so vast, encompassing more than half the world, from Turkey in the West to Japan in the East. Are Australia and NZ Asian? So, whose values are we talking about? Aussie's. Kim Jong Il's values? The values propounded by the Myanmese generals?

The Kama Sutra had been in existence for millenia, and it is very Asian. Very advanced and liberal. So, it this a prime example of Asian value? How come, we keep hearing that Asians are conservative. What are Romance of the Red Chamber - very exotic and erotic. Asian value at its best?

Anonymous said...

The only Asian value is probably slut value championed by empty head sluts. They are so proud to be sluts.

Anonymous said...

You mean Asian intellectual masturbation rising to the occassion?

Chinese may have more pricks, but don't count on length to win the race.

Anonymous said...

Silly sluts just did not know what is going on. If a western slut were to claim that her hole is big, the Asian slut will claim hers is bigger.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Many Asians are still very pathetic. If an angmo were to claim that shit is nice to eat, don't be surprise some Asians will organise a shit eating contest.

Anonymous said...

Like scare the shit out of you Halloween is it?

Anonymous said...

also @ ANON 10.12pm

At this point in time, nobody has offered any unique Asian values.

How about the western mind? Is there anything that makes it different from the eastern mind?

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