Animal Farm Revisited

One of the famous quotes of this classical political satire is that All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. This state of affair came to passé when the pigs usurped the power given to them by default by the other animals in the farm. The pigs conveniently took over the farm and treat the farm as their rightful inheritance and the rest of the animals as their slave workers.

In our Constitution, every citizen is equal under the law, has equal rights to what everyone should have as a citizen of the state. No one is more equal than others unless one achieves greatness, or appointed/employed to positions of power and authority when the power and authority are vested in those positions. Before that, everyone is just an ordinary citizen, everyone is an Ah Kow, Ahmad or a Muthu, equal under the law.

There is now a Constitutional Commission to rewrite the laws and regulations on the eligibility to be a candidate to stand for election as the Elected President? Before this, it is already regulated that only some clever and powerful people have the right to be Elected Presidents, in other words more equal than other citizens. Is this a violation of the rights of the citizens provided in the Constitution?

So far no legal minds have stood up to say anything about this change, that some are more equal than others. Does this silence mean that it is legally right, constitutionally right, to legislate that some are more equal than others by virtue of wealth and position?

The Constitutional Commission is reviewing the eligibility criteria for the Elected President. Maybe, with the privilege of having two high court judges in the Commission, that this issue be aired and cleared once and for all. The privilege and rights of the people as equals provided by the Constitution is sacred and must not be violated and legislated away.

No, the Constitution can be changed and some should be made more equal than others? Would Singapore turn into an Animal Farm like the animals allowing their rights to be taken away without any resistance or protest?

What do you think? Anyone writing to the Commission wants to bring this point up? Non issue? Not important, no need to defend this right? Ok, I heard it, the legal minds and all the wise men and wise women have spoken, in silence. And they said silence is consent.

I rest my case. Four legs are good, two legs are better.


Anonymous said...

Protect the Singapore Constitution.
Vote Opposition at Bukit Batok.

Anonymous said...

Rb, are u writing to the commission or u just kpkb here only?

Anonymous said...

You must write to the commission then got count. Write here or talk in kopitiam, no count. They don't know. They can't hear and nobody will tell them. They are not reading your blog, no IBs here.

Anonymous said...

Don't be a fool Redbean, there is no equality here on this little rock. You have the " get out of my elite face " group, the bo-chap middle class group and then you have the " cleaners and sweepers ' group. Where is equality?

Anonymous said...

Equality is supposed to mean equality of opportunity, too.
Got lobang to that opportunity or not?

Anonymous said...

If you are a nobody in Singapore without " connection " or " lobang " you will never get anywhere. Your connection in your church group, your drinking kakis, your golf kakis or even your morning walk kakis are all connections you must have to get you the jobs, positions you need. Without these you gey nowhere.

Anonymous said...

Roadmap for daft Sinkies


Anonymous said...

Now they are closing the lobang for average sinkies to become the president and to collect the millions.

Anonymous said...

" In my Inaugural I laid down the simple proposition that nobody is going to starve in this country.
It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.
By "business" I mean the whole of commerce as well as the whole of industry;
by workers I mean all workers, the white collar class as well as the men in overalls;
and by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level-I mean the wages of decent living. "

Franklin Roosevelt's Statement
on the National Industrial Recovery Act
June 16, 1933

Franklin Roosevelt was a real elected President.
A leader who actually worked hard for his people.
A leader who led the American people out of the Great Depression.
President Roosevelt was not paid a million dollar salary.

The full text of his speech is worth reading.


"As in the great crisis of the World War, it puts a whole people to the simple but vital test:--"Must we go on in many groping, disorganized, separate units to defeat or shall we move as one great team to victory?"

Anonymous said...

Animal Farm is a lasting illustration of politician s scheming and consequence. The pigs were ousted. Equality was word to play on animal s common sense for them to feel good.
The pigs were on get-rich through politics scheme. Making use of animals hard work for pigs luxurious life style.

The hard hitting character was the horse. He worked hard for his life, when sick, the pig sold him to the butcher for horse meat. Have u seen citizens being sidelined for foreigners to take over their jobs at 40s 50s? Who are the pigs?

If RB thought there is equality coming from the politicians mouths, then he has not learned for living in this little dot.
The president is a powerless modeling post. It should be abolished, similar to NS which send many young men from poor families to struggle for making 500pm for 2 years.
Poor men sons have to be poorer and indebted for NS, worse mati during training, this called equality?
Elected president collect million dollar, what does he do? Its a position to reward someone the politicians feel appropriate to do so. To use tax money to create a millionaire.
The change stated to ensure minority race to have a chance. Forever, minority race is branded as failing. They need special help. In US, the black can be president without manipulation. In singapore, it cannot? There must be scheme, such as GRC, president election rules changes to cater for the minority race.
It is a bad, branding on this grouping of people, whom many are rich lawyers, judges, businessmen. It a game plan to please some groups, but in real sense, from an ordinary citizen s eyes, it is an insult to their abilities too. GRC is a concrete example. Agree

Anonymous said...

Three legs supreme

Virgo 49 said...

Legal minds dared to speak their minds??

No renewal of practising licenses then you know.

See Mr Eugene Tan, speaks his mind not nominated NCMP.

See Chia Yong Yong. Said CPF monies not your monies.

Nominated another term.

Hear only the good things. Class 90.5 in sinking land.

You shall go far.

As long you having good life, why bother the unfortunate as Ahgongkia said lazy, choosy and fussy.

Anonymous said...

Jack n the bean stock also another classic novel

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

I don't know why there are so many idiots here who don't know shit about what a constitution is or how it is to be interpreted. And so they anyhow lanyak some illogical and incoherent jibber-jabber which would get them kicked out of 1st year law in NUS.

The ONLY agency who can determine if something is constitutional or not, is the Supreme Court and its tiers; the High Court and the Court of Appeals.

A bunch of kopitiam-uncle bloggers over-estimates their ability in jurisprudence, and BELIEVE that they and their non-smelly shit know the law better than the learned bench at the Supreme Court. 😂😂

Joker lah.

P.S.: no such thing as "equality". Nice word for duping gullible people though. A "must have" in any political operator's vocabulary. Use it often. Use it with emotion. It works everytime! 🐽

Anonymous said...

Equality is a dirty word in the PAP volcabulary.
Just like Welfare is a dirty word to Mini-Lee.
And the word Sorry was a dirty word to LKY.

b said...

A lot of words (equality, freedom, human rights) are invented to win votes (aka power) and enslaved the people. So long as power rests in a small bunch of people, it is an elitism regime. Whether it is left or right, power will corrupt eventually. Fortunately, no empire can last forever.

b said...

Sometimes it is better to just be a minion - a mini and a serf. No need to worry about losing all your wealth and power one day since have none.

Anonymous said...

"Sometimes it is better to just be a minion - a mini and a serf. No need to worry about losing all your wealth and power one day since have none."
March 18, 2016 5:37 pm

Do you think you sound like a well trained PAP-LKY slave?
Are you the final product of 50 years of training and brainwashing?
Do you think you can sink any lower?

" If you can select a population and they're educated and they're properly brought up, then you don't have to use too much of the stick because they would already have been trained. It's like with dogs.
You train it in a proper way from small.
It will know that it's got to leave, go outside to pee and to defecate.
No, we are not that kind of society.
We had to train adult dogs who even today deliberately urinate in the lifts. "

Anonymous said...

By changing the presidential election rules to appease some minority groups, so that they do not be concerned of other grouping s exogenous. Its similar to playing with a voter's wife s breasts and cibye without the emotional inclination to marry her. Take no accountability to the consequence for playing with the cibye. Upon the husband's discovery and his protest the lover opts to go, bye bye. Has the lover done a good jobs for resigning?

The husband is left with a half loved wife between 2 men. The same as the little dot. After 10-15 years, upon knowing the present days' secrets, the citizens in future years are surprised and uncertain to deal with the new demographic groupings.

In the husband s rational mind, he would prefer the lover playing with his wife cibye to take his wife completely away. To love her most and to marry her. A determined husband does not want to have a woman he suddenly finds strange, sleeping next to him.

Same for citizens, in the nation, citizens will want to deal with problems openly and daily. They do NOT want to be surprised like the husband, to deal with groups of populations of unknown of significant numbers around them.

"Equality" used as excuse to make changes to pacify potential problem s consequence is common tactics. Will it work? Its a matter of when is the breaking point. eg Will a husband happy with the wife continues to live with him after the lover leaves? Imagine if you were the husband, will you feel satisfied with the solution? If you are citizens and do not know what the politicians have done on major demographic changes, do you continue to trust the politicians?

patriot said...

Simply put, no president is needed in Sin.
Bo matter how flowery he or she is described, the President ib Sin is no better than a puppet. Only this Puppet collects millions of Sin Dollars travelling, attending galas and dinners.

We need more butchers who will slaughter the Pigs to make 'char siew', roast pork, pork chop and barbecued bak kwa.
Pig makes delicious food stuff.


Anonymous said...

Any dragon slayer around ?