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9/20/2012

Abolishing this and that, ISA, PSLE, death sentence….

Are we entering a phase of history in the making when the mantra of the day is to abolish everything, or slaying everything? Maybe it is good huh, destruction is the mother of creation.

A couple of days ago there was this big news calling for abolishing the PSLE. Why don’t abolish examinations altogether. Why must there be winners that are so happy about their achievements and losers that feel so sore and painful even in sports? Give prizes to everyone and make sports a game for happiness, no winners and no losers. Give every child a degree of his choice. Won’t that be wonderful?

Today’s big hit is the withdrawal of a letter by the Archbishop Nicholas Chia of a letter to a group called Function 8. The letter was purportedly in support of the abolition of ISA. And it seemed that the Archbishop had had several visitors and invited for tea before he changed his mind and withdrew the letter.

What is really important about the ISA and the PSLE or for that matter, the death sentence? They are all instruments that are invented for some purpose, presumably good. They were useful before and could still be. Should they be abolished or replaced, and replaced by what? If they have a purpose for their existence, abolishing them would only see something else cropping up to take their place.

Actually these are neutral tools and in the hands of the good and wise, can do a lot of good and save a lot of lives. In the wrong hands, in the hands of the wicked, in the hands of people who think about their own vested interests first, these instruments, or any instrument, could be misused to do harm.

What really matters is a good heart, good intention and a little wisdom. Without them, even a simple thing like building homes for the people can become a big problem, messing people’s lives. Or an excellent savings scheme can become a pain to many, a farce to many. Without good intention, even the civil servants or the soldiers/police who are there to defend country and people could be turned against the people.

Stop beating around the bush and barking up the wrong tree. It is the people in control, applying the rules and laws that matters. Do you people believe the rules and regulations for purchasing of inventory for the civil service is so flawed? Or is it the people that are flawed?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I heartily agree with you on this.

When wise people with good values are in charge, good things happen.

But when the people in charge have only one value;
maximization of profits;
Shit generally happens.

Our machine men, with their machine hearts and machine minds have only one value;
Maximization of profits.

That's why even a simple thing like having a conversation becomes so difficult for them.
Everything must be calculated down to the last decimal place.
Who to invite.
What questions are acceptable.
What stones should be left in the same place.

Anonymous said...

Just abolish the bad, the ugly and the selfish assholes.

Anonymous said...

This shows that the government is controlling what, where and when you do your things.

Anonymous said...

“Sadder than destitution, sadder than a beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradicts the laws of man or beast, for animals always do each other the honor of sharing or disputing each other's food.”
Jean Baudrillard

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Luke 9:23-27

23)Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24) For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25) What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26) Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27) “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”


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John 21:15-19

15)When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16)He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17)He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18)Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19)(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”


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(What did Jesus mean when He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me”)
http://www.gotquestions.org/take-up-your-cross.html

(Singapore Notes Pride In Our Standards)
http://singaporedesk.blogspot.sg/2012/09/pride-in-our-standards.html

(Diary of A Singaporean Mind National Conversation - Need to break out of old ideas___)
http://singaporemind.blogspot.sg/2012/09/national-conversation-need-to-break-out.html

Joshua Chiang

Anonymous said...

May I also add,

Abolish CPF so that workers have money in their hands to do what they want, be it at casinos or Batam,

Abolish ERP and COE, so that a car will not cost a hand and a leg,

Abolish Means Testing, so that everyone can demand Staycation in hospitals with world class standards, at only $20 a day

Abolish Income tax, which means more money to the people

Money is the root to all evil. Only when we have a govt with heart, then citizens will be happy and country will propsper.

Anon 2.30-2.32