11/28/2016

The silence of the intelligentsia in Red Dot

Anyone notice that there is not a word coming from the intelligentsia about the issues and problems facing the little Red Dot for quite a number of years? There could be many reasons to this. Maybe there is no problem, no issue in the Red Dot. Or maybe there is no more intelligentsia left in the Red Dot. Or maybe….

These assumptions are unlikely to be true. How can there be no issue and problem in the Red Dot? The withholding of CPF savings from their rightful owners, income inequality, millions of immigrants, PMETs losing jobs, Elected Presidency and the creation of special privileges to a ‘bumiputra’ class, high cost of living, economic decline, million dollar incomes for the elite, etc etc. There are numerous problems facing the people in the little Red Dot.  Unless the above mentioned are not problems or the intelligentsia did not think so then that is another of looking at things.

Who and where is the intelligentsia? The academics, the thinkers in the universities, the thinkers and professors in the Lee Kuan Yew and Rajaratnam Schools, the professionals in the professions are the people that made up the intelligentsia. There must be many thousands of these elites out there. Why are they not saying a thing about the issues and problems the people are facing, the country is facing?

Or maybe the intelligentsia mainly comprises foreigners, foreign talents that do not care a hoot about the problems here as long as they got their jobs and good pay here, not to open their mouths and risk being thrown out of the little Red Dot. Where is Tan Khee Giap? No more Singaporean intelligentsia left? Cannot be right?

Why is the intelligentsia sealing their lips, especially the Singaporeans, so quiet?  They don’t have anything to add, to say, no views, unthinking like the masses? Isn’t this strange, the silence of the intelligentsia?

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is something called Fair Weathered Friends. Good times, everybody talk cock sing song. Cannot go wrong one. Bad times, all keep quiet. Play safe.

Anonymous said...

When the intelligentsia of a country shut up, things must be real bad.
It means no alternative voice, opinion, views.
Or so frighten to open their mouths.

Anonymous said...

These intelligentsian r all well paid & well fed, any sensible persons will not go against their masters Lah, as 1 retired civil servant has once said b4 even their wives or spouses would stop them as they wan good life so why change it & make themselves in trouble...that's the silence of the lambs here in SinkieLand..in time to come SinkieLand goes kaput & these elites would juz migrate...

KSIS said...

Redbean, The intelligentsia are not to be blamed.

Remember George Cherian and many others before him? Lessons well learned.

You should have asked: Who or What brought about this culture of silence? Who benefited the most from this culture of silence?

Contrast this with the vibrant culture of Taiwan or South Korea, Singapore's decline is no coincidence.

Anonymous said...

Better I keep quiet and continue to receive my million dollar salary.
The dragon will call me if he needs my help.
I should not presume to know what is good for Singapore.
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"Remember your place in society before you engage in political debate… Debate cannot generate into a free-for-all where no distinction is made between the senior and junior party… You must make distinctions – What is high, what is low, what is above, what is below, and then within this, we can have a debate, we can have a discussion… people should not take on those in authority as ‘equals’”
– Former Foreign Minister George Yeo (1994)

virgo49 said...

Intelligenstia, all their mouths SEALED with KORTEX.

Don't want our comfortable lives with enough assets and cash to knock our heads against the walls.

You know how vindictive this vain Pinky Loon can gets when he don't get things his way.

Even want to defy DT on the TOP and can even spite PRC. Top elechon

Anonymous said...

When SomeboLee said he will rise from the dead to save Singapore.
I keep quiet and continue to collect my million dollar salary.

HE is dead today.
My mouth is still shut.
And I am still alive (not in jail) with my millions of dollars in salary.

patriot said...


Think folks here are too busy doing their own research about Sin or searching Sin earnestly to know where they
are standing; many are lost.

Watch Channel News Asia and read up the Straits Times to stay updated.
Sin is having great times.
Tampines Hub on 24 hours service to the People.
Singapore Police and Singapore Airforce having Roadshows and open house.
Jurong Lake Area Developments asking Sinkies for Ideas and Sin Stock Index climbing every session.

Where got quiet or intelligentsia missing or
hiding?

Everyday, we can see the Sexy
Josephine Teo, Amy Khor and the Bevy of the Other Sexy Female Cabinet Members telling ah gong and ah ma how caring they(rulers) they are.

24/7, Sin lntelligentsias are working very hard to keep Sinkies inform of the great job they are doing.

Why do You think Sinkies are
looking forward to DPM Tharman and sacked ex-Foreign Minister Yeo George to run Sin?
lt is all because they contribute a lot of ideas to
guide Sinkies.
lndeed Sinkies will be guided by the Wise Intelligentsia from Cabinet Members to Professional Diplomats like Tommy Koh and Others.

Personally, l prefer the Folks in Social Media who
do not get paid for their ideas. But could instead be
harassed.


patriot


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Anonymous said...


The answer to your question (anonymous 9.38am) is YES!

Where to find?

Anonymous said...

Understand the rules of engagement between the classes.
Your piece of diatribe must not threaten the elites power base
Your suggestions or solutions must not threaten the elites manifold wealth and properties
Your unhappiness must not infringe upon their rights to a more abundant life than yours
Your speeches must and at all time respect the pecking order.
Lastly, speak out but cannot be louder than the rights nor the interests of the elites.

Always wear white on the outside

Now speak if you agree with the above rules.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing to debate or talk
It is one way

Anonymous said...

Can you ask the monkeys to step down? No right?

Can you ask the donkeys to stop embarrassing themselves in parliament? No right?

However, you can go fuck yourself. Now that you can do

Anonymous said...

@ Patrait
//Everyday, we can see the Sexy
........., Amy Khor and the Bevy of the Other Sexy Female Cabinet Members .....//


Ah Pek,

The 2nd "auntie" u mentioned almost 60-yo le (50+) ......

U still call her "sexy"?

If a 80-yo ah ma call yew "shuai ge", how ......?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Hi KSIS, welcome to the blog.

You got a point there. Yes Cherian is one of the intelligentsia.

Anonymous said...

patriotNovember 28, 2016 9:39 am
//Sin is having great times.
Tampines Hub on 24 hours service to the People.//


"Scholars" run out of brain juice le .....?

(Pretend) Do those thing make (70% daft) oldies VERY HAPPY?

Ask them go compete in the international mkt many faces turned white liao?

Anonymous said...


Living in singapore is like that lah. You dont know meh?

Everyone was kpkb-ing n kpkb-ing but at the end, a massive 70% OK-ed!

So, be happy and worry less!

Anonymous said...

Intelligentsia? None of them knows the answer. Answer to zillion dollars question. How to get out of Sin? I am still waiting. Intelligentsia my foot. Talk Chee bye better

Anonymous said...

Intelligentsia in Singapore means "Intelligent sia. So diam, diam lor."

Anonymous said...

Uncle Virgo49,

How is weather there at Genting?

Got Christmas mood?

Got atas Christmas food and good wine like those sold in Cold Storage supermart?

Anonymous said...

Brains enter $$$$$ ...... oops ..... water le?

Anonymous said...

There is no more Intelligentsia is Sin City.
They have all scattered and scoot to another country,
Next and near to the the place with crimes aplenty,
So that they can have best of both worlds with sanity.

Some have lost their balls with fear of castration instilled.
Some have changed their profession seeking their bank accounts to fill.
Some simply ran far away to rid of the regime's cruelty and ill.
Some went insane through fear, agony, despair and hopelessness and pill.

Anonymous said...

AnonymousNovember 28, 2016 11:44 am
//There is no more Intelligentsia is Sin City.
They have all scattered and scoot to another country,
Next and near to the the place with crimes aplenty,
So that they can have best of both worlds with sanity.

Some have lost their balls with fear of castration instilled.
Some have changed their profession seeking their bank accounts to fill.
Some simply ran far away to rid of the regime's cruelty and ill.
Some went insane through fear, agony, despair and hopelessness and pill.//


Sounds like in 2015, when many eyes pasted stamps, a 16-yo still had clear vision?

Anonymous said...

AnonymousNovember 28, 2016 11:44 am
//There is no more Intelligentsia is Sin City.//


When mee was an undergrad some years back, ....... seemed already like that?

Many (ex-)intelligentsia (and non-intelligentsia) hibernating .......?

"Hanya bangun"?

Anonymous said...

All these years, many (ex-) intelligentsia's "conscience" (if they originally had one) already "traded with the horrible devil" ........?

In other words, "conscience" long ago thrown to the stray dogs, eaten up and long (turned into faeces and) gone?

Left "soulless zombies" (worst than man-made robots?) walking around liao ........?

Tan "Chee Chiap"?

This one confirmed such tinkie ......?

Eerie, rt?

Anonymous said...

Why is the intelligentsia sealing their lips, especially the Singaporeans, so quiet?
RB

Because talk no use mah, if there is no action that really matters, tio bo?

And people like me also not capable of any kind of action that matters, least of all actions to make the Sinkie opposition strong and ready to be govt.

So I just talk and comment for the fun of it lah, after I jiak pah liao (eat full) and having taken care of myself.

And those jiak buay pah (eat not full yet) where got time and energy to talk?


Anonymous said...

How abt those kena "castrated, eunuchnised", emasculated?

Jiakpa already but "no balls" liao ......talk also "so scared"?

Liddat human or "soulless zombies"?

virgo49 said...

Only 1GP point for Choy San Yeh set of 2017 calendars

Not bad nice.

Just collected 900RM$ for roulette winnings.

Better go and buy some nice Nike gym wear b4 giving back to them plus interests .

Cheers

Anonymous said...

Ok Calendar set for Jan 2017 .......

Go there Yeng Choy San, Jiep Choy San ......

Huat Ah!

virgo49 said...

Chrirtsmas not yet.

Still early

Next month go Pebble Terrace and enjoy your Christmas Buffet lunch or dinner at RM54/78 (off peak 48/68) to your heart and stomach content

Next lane the main Restroom, can discharge the digestion there.

Afterwhich, go Monte Carlo and enjoy another round of Roulette.

Either you pay them back double or they pay you back triple

Cheers

patriot said...


l am of the View that those
Malaysian Born Parliamentarians in Sin Cabinet and those Malaysian Born Professionals working
in the Various State Institutions and operating businesses in Sin are doing
Local Born Sinkies into their
Ploy of taking over Singapore.

l CANT help thinking that
Malaysians turned Simgaporeans will call the
Shots soon.

What say others here?.


patriot



Anonymous said...

Ic ......

But next month gg "motherland" leh .....

Gg to see curving ice sculpture .......

And the "Heavenly Peaceful Gate" ......

And sit on the "Dragon Throne" (as a tourist), ha ha ha ......

Anonymous said...

Think Jan 2017 Lou Hei cum "BattleShip" Buffet better ......

Go there Yeng Choy San oso and watch lion dance ......

Huat ah!

Unfortunately no (time &) budget (or interest) to visit the MBS ...... oops ...... casino

Learnt too much on the "Statistic" subject liao ........?

b said...

Better to migrate than to oppose pap. Better do not encourage people to oppose pap because their family will be hurt, they will lose their jobs, lose their savings etc. E.g. Chee and his family will be better off had he migrated to australia rather than oppose pap. No use oppose pap just like no use oppose chinese emperors in the past. In the end, they will be invaded and conquered by barbarians.

b said...

Only in white rulers countries there is some form of free speech. Otherwise it is only elites speech. White rulers still better even if they are not perfect. Yellow, brown and black skin rulers detest freedom, free speech and monogamy.

Speedwing said...

Hi Redbean, Speedwing here. When I was in your fair island last, I did not notice or felt there were any problem in your country. Singaporeans seem to be a happy lot and things were moving like clockwork. The MRTs were a little crowded but that happens in most other countries. Compared to the Tokyo MRT, The MRT in Singapore is good.

Singaporeans should be very happy, with good schools, good medical facilities, good governance and above all, prefect safety. No need to look for problems. Right?

All the best.

Anonymous said...

China turned a blind eye to Singapore military training in Taiwan for so many years
because China enjoy Special relations with Singapore under LKY.

Today, the special relation has significantly diminished . LHL does not view China as Friend.
Instead, LHL had viewed China as " potential enemy" in SCS which they need India, US , Japan, Australia to contain their rise .

Singapore favoritism and total silence on Indian aggression, bullying, intimidation.
Singapore unilaterally step in the dispute between Japan and China over Japan aggression. LHL is telling China to keep their mouth shut because Japan had offer many apology .

State media and Singaporean official had imply that China teaching of those past Japan aggression to Chinese people is Wrong because it promote Hatred against Japanese.

On many occasion, Singapore hailed itself as role model for world that he has move forward and let go of history - Japan aggression. He did not demand Japan to offer apology for what they did in last century.

LHL make fun of Chinese problem in front of Foreign delegates. - beijing smog.
Would a true friend would make jokes at this Special friend in front of his Guest?

Anonymous said...


I m not here to spread fear!

I m not here to spread fear!

You said 2016 was bad.

How about 2017?

I think the WORST is yet to come!

All the best and take care!

Anonymous said...

No local media is telling people about this unknown media org- Factwire.

Factwire had intentionally exposed the news about Singapore armoured been impounded in HK. It make this incident as a " serious diplomatic problem".

Beijing has long opposed any nation to have military ties with Taiwan.

If such news was not exposed by Factwire,
this issue could have been resolved behind the scene peacefully and quietly.

Factwire exposed the defective China trains was transported away from Singapore back to China on Night secretly. It create a huge outrage against China product and Singapore govt.

Anonymous said...

RB,

Global times - "Singapore's hypocrisy exposed by seized military vehicles"

Where are LKY when they need him?

Anonymous said...

4.09pm
Factwire is a very newbie in hk news media. There are so many sites and papers reporting all kinds of news including reporting rubbish blocking hotel entrance.

It is the only problem:
news worthiness. If broken mrt and armor cars had no owners on shipping papers are not news worthy, then, HK can not be such a vibrant place with daily so many flights landing at HK airports, of course, with so many ang mors and businessmen going into main land from HK.

No one will like to land at a place reading only 4 to 5 news, and can talk about blacking out news like mrt cracks and armor cars being deemed smuggle.

You are the very few who subscribe to this kind of news blackout. Bad luck to singapore as the intelligent sia are about the same: good news report, bad news do not report.

Singapore cannot last longer than next 15 years. I see the hub is formed in HK due to their openness. They will further fine Singapore for smuggling armor cars ie no proper permits. Next 15 years when china is booming, HK will gain maximum benefits.

Singapore will be left out and collapsed. The Malacca port will be ready in few years time, being a closed black out society, there will be fewer travellers, similar to Qarta. Tourism down, export down, port down, industries cannot pick up due to adjusted S$, S$ cannot lower due to immigration created inflation.

Blackout news, high cost, little place worthy of going comparing to HK back by mainland, there is little hope for new generations. Unless voters vote for new teams that are more inclusive and bold and open.

My advise is: if dont want HK to catch them on armor cars, spent time to fill up the forms, this is international laws, no one can be exempted.

Anonymous said...

Rb can you write your perspective about China protest after tangkat the sg armoured cars. Nit tear China in the past does not know about sg training there but they closed both eyes but now sg oissed them off so they play this Lor

Anonymous said...

Rb can you write your perspective about China protest after tangkat the sg armoured cars. Not that China in the past does not know about sg training there but they closed both eyes but now sg pissed them off so they play this Lor

Anonymous said...

At present, the son of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, earns about $1.7m (£1.14m, €1.56m) per year, equivalent to the combined annual pay of the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/singapore-pm-lee-hsien-loong-remains-highest-paid-country-leader-1-7m-annual-salary-1493952

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Salaries of World Leaders:

Germany - Angela Merkel (US$234,400/year)
Japan - Shinzo Abe (US$203,000/year)
France - Francois Hollande (US$194,000/year)
UK - Teresa May (US$178,200/year)
Italy - Matteo Renzi (US$124,600/year)

The leftover spare change can also buy the additional services of:
China - Xi JinPing (US$22,000/year)
India - Narendra Modi (US$30,300)

https://www.statista.com/chart/6754/trump-turns-down-400000-salary/

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Singapore punching above its weight?
Intelligent sia ?

You will faint if you only knew just how difficult it is to govern Singapore ... one of the smallest countries in the world.

Anonymous said...

China on Monday press conference demand Singapore to follow HK regulations to resolve the 9 armor cars problem.
China also expressed to Sin side to follow one china policy.

Sin side should punch china now. It is the right time to tell china to mind is own policy as Sin side do not care and Sin side must get back the amrmor vehicles immediately not until tomorrow. China must follow Sin side instructions. Obama may follow up if Sin side makes very small noise only. Be very careful of what Sin side will do. That should be a good example of "punch above its weight"

Actually, in my mind is "above whose weight"? feather weight? "spurs not stuck in the hides" want to punch with weight, its like that old man now, how to?

"中方已就此事向新方提出交涉,要求新方严格遵守香港特区有关法律,配合香港特区政府做好后续处理工作。

  耿爽称,中国政府一贯坚决反对与中国建交的国家与台湾地区开展任何形式的官方往来,包括军事交流与合作。“我们要求新加坡政府切实恪守一个中国原则。”

Anonymous said...

In my long career, I've worked with many Singaporean old birds like redbean.
These old birds can close one eye and solve the problem very quietly in one or two day's time.
(But must be respectful when you ask them for help lah).

But if you ask the Government scholar to solve this problem ... I think you better bring out the popcorn and armchair.
This is going to be a long running Chinese serial drama.

Anonymous said...

@ November 28, 2016 6:44 pm

So for the same salary, we can get the services of:

Germany - Angela Merkel (US$234,400/year)
Japan - Shinzo Abe (US$203,000/year)
France - Francois Hollande (US$194,000/year)
UK - Teresa May (US$178,200/year)
Italy - Matteo Renzi (US$124,600/year)
China - Xi JinPing (US$22,000/year)
India - Narendra Modi (US$30,300)

Seven world leaders for the price of one. Wow!

patriot said...


The Sin Prime Minister has as many as five Ministers working for him in the Prime Minister's Office
Dont know if the US, European and Other Leaders have the Privilege enjoy by the Sin Prime Minister.


patriot


patriot said...


The Sin Prime Minister has as many as five Ministers working for him in the Prime Minister's Office
Dont know if the US, European and Other Leaders have the Privilege enjoy by the Sin Prime Minister.


patriot


Anonymous said...

8:41pm b.

U assume China s industries are built by the west. Even Apple phone assembly Foxconn or real name Hon Hai is not western company.

I do not think China will collapse when the west pull out their investments. I think the west may collapse if they pull out their factories in china. No joke.

Its the relative sizes i am talking about. European companies are very small factories in china. There will be unemployment in china if these companies pull out. But china has local firms to take those chinese workers. This is true at shenzheng areas. eg there are phones makers like Oppo, Huawei, many. Apple s Hon Hai wants to go, chinese will say good bye Kuo zhong. Thats all. There is effects, sure, not serious enough.
But when Hon Hai Foxconn pull out, Apple will have close shop problem. Do u know that?
Hon Hai will also close shop because he borrowed lots of money to buy Japan Sharp. He will go broke. China handphone Huawei is world number 3 in volume.

Samsung is no longer a good handphone company, so Andriod phones will be over taken by Chinese phone.
U go to search for chinese handphones, the specs are very good and fast. I will take chinese phone once samsung kaput. I never want to spend on an apple. There are many handphone users never touch apple at all due to the high price.

If apple pulls out of china, i guess the chinese handphones will lapse forward as world number 2 or even 1. China chinese use their own local made phones, thats why their volume is so big. Add on with world market, the chinese jia beh liao if Apple pull out of china. Why? Apple price will go higher for made in usa. Now the cost is 30% in china for almost 80 to 90% of a complete phone. For that profit is 80% of whole phone, US plant add small % of cost in assembly, heard was some propitiatory hardware, software and chips. Apple cannot afford to pull out from china to assemble everything on its own in usa as Trumps wants it. Apple tax rate is cheap outside USA until the rate goes down. In Europe, the tax rates will be killing, if the west pull back the investments.
The west must do a lot before investment money can go back to the west.

Anonymous said...

@ patriot @ November 28, 2016 9:29 pm

Do you know how many Cabinet Ministers President Obama have?
ANSWER: 23
- 16 Cabinet Ministers and 7 Cabinet level ranked positions.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/cabinet
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You will surely faint if you know just how difficult it is to govern a small island like Singapore.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how many cabinet ministers our Prime Minister Lee have in Singapore?

ANSWER:
I'm not really sure myself.
But according to Wiki ... it is 19 Cabinet Ministers.
- 19 cabinet ministers compared with USA's 23 cabinet ministers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_of_Singapore#Appointment_of_Cabinet

Stupendously Greedy said...

To add to Anonymous @ November 28, 2016 6:44 pm

[ At present, the son of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, earns about $1.7m (£1.14m, €1.56m) per year, equivalent to the combined annual pay of the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK.]


Lee Hsien Loong's salary of US$1.7 million is his Official BASIC CONSOLIDATED SALARY, for Public Consumption.

That amount does not include his perks and bonuses. How much he earns in terms of annual bonuses nobody really knows. The annual bonuses are of two components - fixed bonus (based on the Gross Domestic Product) and variable bonus (based on a Magic Figure drops down from the Sky.

However, based on past annual bonuses of 8 months to 36 months per year for Senior Executives at the People's Association (a Statutory Board) to Senior Ministers, one can extrapolate and assume that the Prime Minister's annual fixed bonus would be between 8 months to 36 months.

His variable bonus and those of the other Ministers would remain Super-Top Secret. It simply cannot and must not see the light of day. Otherwise, all the Leaders on the Earth would collapse and die of an acute heart attack! Then there will be total chaos throughout the world. See how smart and powerful the Elitist Multi-Millionaire Ministers of the tiny City State are?

Anonymous said...

3 points:
A) Anyone who cared and spoke up are oft disappointed by a KiaSi, Kiasu populace who will vote in their oppressors while privately complaining about their situation.
B) Over time, the smart guys who are unwilling to enrich themselves by joining a corrupt system will leave because they can. The alternative of speaking up or changing the system becomes less and less attractive because their views are not welcome by anybody in Singapore. Everybody thinks they can get a leg up as long as the next person fights the system and they can report on them.
C)This process is a negative feedback loop. Good, honest people who can leave continue to leave as they lose this illusions. You see it elsewhere in Lebanon, Palestine, etc.

Stupendously Greedy said...

I left out the PERKS in monetary form The PM would most probably have enjoyed:

1. As Chairman of GIC concurrently - he gets a Chairman Salary, Allowance and Perks.

2. As Chairman of the Board of Directors of the People's Association - he gets a Director's Fee.

3. As Finance Minister concurrently - he gets an additional Finance Minister's
Salary, Allowance and Perks.

4. As Secretary General of PAP - he gets an allowance, amount is unknown.

5. As MP of AMK GRC he gets an allowance like any other MP.

Anonymous said...

What about the pension? Still drawing? How much is that?

Anonymous said...

6.44pm
//You will faint if you only knew just how difficult it is to govern Singapore ... one of the smallest countries in the world.//


???

Anonymous said...

Didn't SomeboLee faint recently?

Anonymous said...

US did not bully Singapore. LOL

Singapore already join USA camp .
Singapore allow US navy to docked at its port.
US allow the sale of high tech , sensitive technology military to Singapore.
US allow Singapore to become one of their NSA members in Spying program.
Singapore take part in Iraq war and Afghan war - illegal War.

Why do US need to bully their own Ally,Singapore?

In short, Singapore is not neutral at all.

Singapore always brainwash their citizen that US is a beign Superpower.

US did not want occupy more Territories. LOL

Every inch of US territories comes from their brutal annexation from their Smaller and weaker neighbor.

denk said...

hmm,
did my comment disappear ?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Yes denk, no need to reply to those nitwits and let them have a chance to spit their unthinking rubbish here.

denk said...

ok tks noted rb.