6/26/2017

Powerlifting world record by Matthew Yap

Matthew Yap sets world record but had no money to come home. After setting a world record at the World Classic Powerlifting Championship
in Belarus for lifting 208kg in the men’s Under 66kg sub junior division,
Matthew and his brother, acting as his coach, were caught in a
misunderstanding by the Belarus immigration. The immigration officer
demanded US$600 for not having the requisite visa. As a result of the ruse they missed
their flight and had to purchase new tickets at $1,470 each. They only had
$72 left.


MFA came in to assist to negotiate for the fare to be lowered to around
$1,000 each. The young men did not want to burden their father as he has
his own financial matters to take care of. Powerlifting Singapore too were
unable to help as it is not a National Sports Association and did not
receive any public funding. Friends of the polytechnic student then resort
to crowd funding to raise $2,685 to pay for their return.


Now who said Singapore is rich and everywhere is flowing with money when a
mere $2000 plus sum would have to go to crowd funding to rescue the two
young men? Pathetic, despite their effort in lifting the name of Singapore
in this sports, and with a world record to boot they were left in the
lurch. Where were the millionaires and multimillionaires to offer a helping hand?

6/25/2017

The Lee Family Feud – The public trial begins with the jury out there

Many of you have not noticed and still waiting for 3 Jul for the pre trial
of the Lee Family Feud. What has actually happened is that the trial has
commenced with the used of main and social media by the respective parties.
Hsien Loong’s position is being reported in the main media and Hsien
Yang/Wei Ling are getting their points heard over the social media, ie
facebook and other social media sites.


Both parties are throwing out punches and parrying with counter punches and
all reported fully in the respective media. This is as good as an open trial in court but
reported in freely for everyone interested to read. And it is as good as it
gets without the legal counsels trying to distract from the main issues
with their legal jargons and nuances. It is not that the legal counsels are
not involved. Every statement made by either party is carefully vetted and
advised by their respective counsels before being aired in the media.


Trump has been so disappointed with the main media with their lies and
private agenda and has resorted to Twitters to air his points as clearly as
what he intended to. Using the alternative media is now a tool of choice
for one to express one’s position without being distorted by the main
media or not being reported.


Hsien Yang/Wei Ling are adopting the same methodology, to use a media that
they can trust and have full control over what they want to say. Now who is saying social media is untrustworthy, producing fake news when such important issues are published in social media and deliberately avoiding the main media for their 'credibility' issue. Hsien
Loong is also using his choice media to say his peace, a media that he can
trust to say exactly what he wants.


And what comes out of this episode is a trial by public media, in an open
court and both know that the judges would be the people. Yes it would be judged by a jury and the jury is the public, the people at large. They are speaking
to the people to explain their case. And in a way acknowledged that the
people are the unofficial judges that they have to convince and win over.


This is a new development in the age of technology and instant
communication presenting exactly what the authors wanted to present. And
you, the people out there, you are the judges. Welcome to the brave new world
of instant media. And in such a trial, the person using social media
actually has an advantage over the main media as their positions are aired
instantly while using the traditional media would have to wait for the
media to be printed and delivered in the streets. The audience is wide and
plenty and not restricted to just a few learned judges to decide what is
what. Here everyone reading is a judge and would make his own judgement on
the case. Enjoy being entertained and being given the privilege to judge
this case in the comfort of your home. No need to pay for train or bus fare
to attend court, and at your own time.


PS. Happy Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all Muslims.

6/24/2017

NTU to remove Chinese words in foodcourt signages


Below is a post in All Singapore Stuff on the removal of Chinese signages in NTU.
‘Food stall vendors in the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are complaining about a new management regulation that is trying to force them to remove Chinese wordings on their signboards.
According to Chinese newspapers, the food court, North Spine Food Court, is managed by Select Group.

Vendors told reporters that they had received instructions from the management to remove Chinese wordings from their signboards by end August. Many stall vendors were unhappy with the change as the university has strong cultural ties with Chinese students.

However, many vendors said that they would comply with the instructions as they did not want to strain relations wit the management.’

What? NTU does not allow Chinese words in its premises? What is NTU? Nanyang Technological University!  What was it before? Nantah or Nanyang University, a Chinese university built by the Chinese community to provide Chinese education to their children. To think that Chinese words cannot be put up in the foodcourt except English is outrageous. What is happening? Who decided on this ruling? Does the person know the history of Nantah? Who is this person? A Singaporean or a foreigner?

The same matter has been reported in the Straits Times and a Professor Kwok Kian Woon, the Associate Provost has come out to explain that this was a misunderstanding. A misunderstanding or not wanting to understand? He said, ‘NTU would like to assure everyone that Chinese can be used in the signage in its foodcourts, as long as the same information is also displayed in English for the benefit of non Chinese.’ What is this nonsense? Is there anywhere in Singapore where one has to put up a Chinese signage, the condition is that it must also be accompanied by English or else not allowed? When is this ruling implemented in Singapore, in NTU? Who set this ruling?

Chinese is an official language in Singapore. Why should there be restriction or condition for its use? ‘The issue was not limited to the foodcourt. Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao reported yesterday that Prime supermarket, at North Spine Plaza, was told by NTU it could not have Chinese promotional signs displayed inside the supermarket. The foodcourt is located in the plaza.’ Is this also another misunderstanding? How can such a serious and unacceptable ruling be made without anyone in NTU objecting to it? How can this be a misunderstanding?

What is happening to NTU? What is happening to Singapore? Tan Siah Kwee, President of the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore said, also reported in the Straits Times, ‘that removing signs that had Chinese words on them “would not be acceptable at all”.’ Now, what would the Chinese Chamber of Commerce got to say about this? What would the Chinese Clans say about this? What have the Ministers of Education got to say about this? What has the Prime Minister got to say about this? Is having Chinese signage unconstitutional?

I suggest a Ministerial Committee be set up to find out why was this thing happening in NTU. Is it a misunderstanding? If not, the culprit must be made to answer for it. What is wrong with having Chinese signages in a university which has its roots in Chinese education? What is wrong with having Chinese signages in Singapore? Too many foreigners in charge?

Are we back to the Suharto era in Indonesia? My God, I almost faint reading this news. I feel so violated! This is Singapore isn't it, where Chinese is an official language and the language of the majority of its citizens. What has become of my country?

What would be next?

6/23/2017

London - White man drove car into Muslims after prayer

For several years, the Islamic extremists aka terrorists, have found a formula to hit back at the Americans and Europeans for attacking and invading their countries, destroying their economies, homes and lives. Of course the Americans and Europeans would deny such terrorist acts against the Islamic world. Where got, the Americans and European soldiers and bombers in the air were there for regime change, to rid them of their dictators, to save them from the horrors of their dictators. The Americans and Europeans were the angels of God to save the Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East states. The Americans and Europeans may still think it is their right, white men’s burden, to civilize the uncivilized hordes of Asia and Africa, particularly the Middle East. They took all the problems in the Middle East as white men’s problems and blasting them to the Stone Age is ok, killing and destroying their countries are ok, to help and civilize these people.
 

But these people are not going to accept this fate anymore. They are hitting back and found the best way is to drive cars into crowds in western cities, creating fear and destruction along the way to make these cities and countries inhospitable, just like the American and European terrorists did to their countries and people. No?
 

For every few men that rammed their cars into the civilians, the whole police force, including the military, would be jolted into action and the city locked down. But nothing really much could be done as the damage had been done and the terrorists were prepared to die for their acts. The western govts were hapless and did not know how to end this rage of aimless destruction of lives and properties.
 

Now one white man came out with the answer, tackle violence with violence of the same kind, applying the same formula. The white man just drove his car into a muslim crowd after midnight prayer in a London mosque and delivered the same destruction and hurt to the innocent crowd of Muslims. And he got the gumption to shout, ‘I want to kill all Muslims’.
 

This act alone has changed the picture of the war against Islamic terrorism and the Islamic terror war against the Americans and Europeans. The Islamic terrorists would not believe that white men could use the same method of terror to get even, to get at them, at their Muslim community, the innocent ones. The cries of hate, fear and anger were just as loud as the cries when the Islamic terrorists hit the innocent crowd of non Muslims.
 

What could happen is that there are just as many extremists in the white community as they are in the Muslim community that would think this is the way to deal with the problem. The Islamic terrorists think they could get away with their acts of terror but no more. The more they attacked the innocent whites, the likelihood of copycat attacks by some white extremists on the innocent Muslim community would be greater. It could and would become a game of tit for tat. You hit us we hit you where it hurts you badly. Both are acts of terror that should not be allowed to go berserk, uncontrolled and beyond control. Would sanity rule the day and bring an end to such terrorist acts from both sides? Or would the Islamic terrorists continue to do what they think is best and provoke more white extremists to return the favour, an eye for an eye? Would there be more white men driving their cars into Muslim crowds? When would this end? How would this end? Let’s pray for peace on earth. Let’s pray to God and Allah to do something right for the sake of human beans.
 

Shit, why have I this feeling that both are sleeping or on vacation.

6/22/2017

The world’s number one terrorist wants China to step up effort against terrorists

Who is the world’s number one terrorist? Judge not by what the media said but what the terrorists are doing. Judge them by how many wars of terror they are engaged in, how many cities, countries they have destroyed, how many lives they have taken, how many have been maimed, people, young and old became homeless. No matter what they called their terror acts, wars, legitimate wars, fabricated wars, wars against terrorism, wars against mad leaders, regime change, they are all acts of terror when many people were killed.

Incidentally, who have been training, breeding, feeding and arming the terrorists around the world, the number one terrorist of course. And after creating so many terrorist groups, training and arming them with the latest weapons from the Americans, the number one terrorist is asking China to help fight these terrorists. And if China says no, then China is irresponsible and not doing its part as a responsible nation.

Should not the whole world get together to stop the number one terrorist from engaging in wars of terror and wars of destruction all over the world first? This is like creating all the shit and demanding China to clean up the shit.

The number one terrorist should stop shitting and there would be no shit for anyone to clean. They are still stirring shit in the South China Sea, in the Korean Peninsula and tell China it is China’s problem to solve. They repeatedly provoke and threatened North Korea and tell China it is China’s problem. They want China to do their bidding, to undermine its relationship with its allies. How convenient, how clever?

In Today’s paper, Christopher Hill also chipped in with the American fabricated narrative that North Korea is planning to invade South Korea despite the American war machine and nuclear weapons hanging over his head.  The only country that has been invading other countries since WW2 is none other than the number one terrorist nation. They invaded Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria and latest the Philippines by sending in their soldiers without the consent of the Philippine’s President.

The terrorist problem in the world is everyone’s problem, not the American problem?

6/21/2017

Ministerial Committee versus Hague Tribunal

Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, another member of the SPP, described the Ministerial Committee as a “tragic joke”.

“It is like the Boss of a company has a quarrel with Mr Someone. Then the Boss gathers a number of his employees and empowers them to decide who is right: he (the Boss) or Mr Someone. Boss submits a long testimony to this group of his employees giving them his account of the events and his opinion about Mr Someone’s motives.

How on earth can such a group of subordinates, who are otherwise answerable to the Boss, be expected to act independently and to able to make an objective decision? Does such a dubious committee really have the option to decide against their Boss?

It is a rule of natural justice that a man cannot be a judge in his own cause: “Nemo judex in causa sua”. Asking your underlings to determine the outcome of a case in which you have a personal interest in, is to me a breach of that rule.

Tragically, the joke is on us, the citizenry. For it does not bode well for us when we cannot detect, turn a blind eye to or condone conflict of interests and use of state powers for personal benefits.”

After reading Jeannette Chong’s comment about the Ministerial Committee it straight away reminded me of the ‘UN supported’ Hague Tribunal that ruled against China on the SCS Islands case. In this tribunal, supposedly a private court that willing parties went for an arbitration but the western media trying to con the world that it was a ‘UN backed’ organization as if it was an UN body, it was set up unilaterally by the Philippines and its backers ie the USA and Japan, without China participating, chose its own judges, paid the judges to decide in their favour against China. And the Americans and some western countries including little USAs went about trumpeting that it was a fair and ‘UN backed’ court and that its decision must be complied with. Today all these silly buggers are like what the Hokien phrase said, ‘chui tat lan’, all voiceless, become dumb, after their scheme was exposed as hollow, silly and mischievous.

 

Now, would this kind of court be a tragic joke, ridiculous?  Setting up your own court, choosing and buying your own judges to judge against another party that did not agree and did not want to be a part of it? Compares the Ministerial Committee to this kangaroo court, which is the bigger joke? Was there any natural justice, did supporting this kangaroo court bode well for Singapore as a country that has been touting the rule of law?

6/20/2017

The Lee Family Feud – petty or grave

Singapore will not be dragged down by Lee family's 'petty disputes': ESM Goh


'Grave concerns' about how Lee Kuan Yew's last will was prepared: PM Lee

 

Above are two headlines in Channel News Asia online appearing one above the other on 17 June as if the editor intentionally placed them there to let the readers see the contradiction. Whether this is petty or grave is a matter of opinion, and depends on whether one is a party to the feud or just a bystander watching with disinterest on the sideline.

 

Many have been saying that this is a petty family matter and should not be out in the public as it concerns the inheritance of LKY. Is it that simple, about whether his family home should be demolished or to be gazetted as a national monument? Or perhaps it is like what Lee Sheng Wu said, if one’s million dollar salary depends on not understanding an issue, then it is petty to them. The second issue would be of public interest for sure. The squabbles between the siblings could be private and personal that the public need not know.

 

The open joint letter added a few other factors to make it a public concern, ie the abuse of power charges, using state organs and threats or fear of personal safety. What would these allegations mean to the public?  Petty or grave? The PAP likes to talk about the intent and purpose of an issue. The allegation of abuse of power is no petty matter, or is it? The abuse of state organs too is no small matter. What about the fear or threat of personal safety? This last part is more a digression from the main issue.

 

Hsien Loong is going to Parliament to defend these allegations. So, do you think it is petty or grave? Hsien Loong even lifts the whip and encourages all the MPs from both camps to question him vigorously. Not sure if the format of questioning is still the same, that MPs must submit questions one week in advance or something like that, or would they be allowed to throw questions at him off the cuff, on the spot?  Whichever, this is the first time that a PM has volunteered to be challenged and questioned vigorously, ie giving permission for the MPs to ‘tarok him jialat jialat’ in Parliament. He must have believed in the saying ‘genuine gold not afraid of fire’ or 真金不怕火. The MPs can light all the fire in Parliament but he would stand out unaffected.

 

See how grave is this matter? Hsien Loong even apologized to the people. Now who is saying that this is petty and the people are tired of it?

 

The next big question, would Hsien Loong dare to sue his brother and sister, the children of Lee Kuan Yew, or put them behind bars for whatever charges? The loyalists and the old guards would not allow it, the cabinet ministers would not allow it, the people of Singapore would not accept it. Doing so would be the downfall of Hsien Loong and the PAP, I think.

There is a stronger message in the joint statement that was made public. What did Wei Ling and Hsien Yang want the public to know that is more important than the status of the family home and the family squabble? What is the message?  I would not venture further than where the angels fear to tread. Obviously Hsien Loong and those that could see that this is not a petty family dispute can see the picture very clearly.

6/19/2017

The ultimate test for Singapore and all Singaporeans

A family feud is now in centre stage in Singapore’s plastic squeaky clean politics. Everything is now on display and the media could do itself more harm to attempt to take sides as the social media is there to offer the truth in its purest form, uncensored, as it is. Two opposing views will be aired unrestrained for all to see and judge. Every Singaporean, every foreigner living in the little island would be watching and would have his views and opinions plus a generous dose of gossips and wild interpretations of the event. The good, bad and ugly would have no where to hide but be exposed or exposed themselves.

Right at the very top is the integrity, honesty, conduct and honour of the PM at stake. What he said and what his siblings said would all be weighed and he has to come up clean and shining as before the event. Anything else would not be good for him and his party and govt. The PM is put on the spot light, put under severe test and severe examination and cross examination in the public court of the people.

Then the members of his Cabinet/MPs too would be watched carefully on what they said or what they did not say, what they did or failed to do right. They cannot be neutral or hide under ‘no comments’. They will have to take positions, legally, politically or morally on this feud. Can they afford to be neutral, to hide in the toilet? They are not just politicians but deemed honourable, righteous and responsible leaders of the country, to stand up, to speak out and not to hide under the table. How could they have no opinion or no view on this affair? Would they take positions based on political convenience, morally right or legally correct? My guess, the parrots would have lost their voice and remained ‘diam diam’ for good measures. No comment! Eh, this is not just a family affair, many aspects of it concern the govt of the day, the integrity of leaders.

The opposition political parties and politicians would also be expected to make their comments and keeping mum is not an option especially for those that have made this a second nature or a policy.

Govt organs and civil servants too would be watched on what they do or say. Making a wrong move, choosing the wrong side, could be deadly, a misstep can be very costly, pun intended.

And the people, the supporters of the PAP/govt, the grateful hoi polloi of LKY, and those that are in the opposing camp would be watching closely on the happenings and would be making their own judgement, not just on legal issues but moral issues and the issues of filial piety, issues on honouring their idol and fulfilling his last wish. Would they grant their hero his last wish or would they refuse him his last wish now that he is dead and gone? Worst, when the lion king is dead, would they devour his young lions?

This is an occasion when the whole country is under watch, put to a test. Singapore is a nation under a microscope. What is Singapore all about, what kind of govt and leaders are ruling this island are now being questioned. Is Singapore the honourable, rule by law, morally upright priesthood nation, or it has all been a myth, a bad dream, and the truth is ugly and embarrassing to talk about?

6/18/2017

Govt debunks a sms message on CPF nomination

SINGAPORE: When Central Provident Fund (CPF) members pass away, their savings will be given to their nominees in cash - and not transferred to their Medisave account as claimed in a message making the rounds on social media.

"There is absolutely no basis to this rumour," stated a post on the Singapore Government website on Saturday (Jun 17), debunking the message circulating on WhatsApp, SMS and social media.

"The truth is, by default, your nominees will receive your CPF savings in cash when you pass away. This is unless you have opted for a different type of CPF nomination," it said.


The above govt statement is to debunk a sms message going around saying that in the event of death, all CPF money would be paid to the nominee's Medisave Account. This sms message is not true or inaccurate. But what Phillip Ang wrote about the ENS scheme is true. Read the govt statement above,

"The truth is, by default, your nominees will receive your CPF savings in cash when you pass away. This is unless you have opted for a different type of CPF nomination," it said."

What is this different type of CPF nomination? The govt statement did not elaborate and stopped there. This different type of CPF nomination is the ENS or Enhanced Nomination Scheme that Phillip Ang was talking about in his post that I quoted in this blog on Saturday.

What Phillip Ang is warning about is this ENS scheme. Make sure this is what you want for your nominee when you opted for this ENS scheme. Your CPF savings will go to your nominee's CPF account and not paid out in cash if you opted for the ENS.

USS Fitzgerald collided with a ....

Transcript of an exchange between a USS Fitzgerald and ship captain, off the coast of Japan yesterday. This radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations after the incident.
Americans: “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.”
Ship Captain: “Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.”
Americans: “This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.”
Ship Captain: “No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.”
Americans: “THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES’ ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH. THAT’S ONE-FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.”
Ship Captain: “This is an ultra large crude oil tanker. Your call.

After landing American troops in the Philippines without the approval of Duterte, some Pinoys were very angry with the Americans....

6/17/2017

CPF - Watch it very carefully

Below is an abridged article by Phillip Ang posted in TRE that explained clearly what the Enhanced Nomination Scheme is all about. Be very careful that you want your nominee to receive your life savings in their CPF account and not in cash. When it is deposited in their CPF account, it will be subject to all the restrictive rules of withdrawal by CPF, ie it will be stuck for good like why you are unable to withdraw your CPF now. To me it is NOT and enhanced scheme.

Why is PAP still trying to scam CPF members?
June 15th, 2017

....A few years ago, CPF Board (CPFB) introduced the Enhanced Nomination Scheme (ENS) without any debate in Parliament, zero public input/feedback and no media announcement. The ENS allows a CPF nominee to receive CPF savings in their CPF accounts. Members are required to contact CPFB for details of the suspicious scheme.
The ENS is described in ONE SENTENCE on CPF website:

Some inconvenient questions for CPFB:
Why didn’t CPFB consult CPF members before the introduction of this scheme?
Why didn’t CPFB publish all material information on its website?
Why did CPFB introduce a scheme which defies logic and common sense?
I have checked with CPFB and what I found out should worry CPF members.
I’ll use the example of a CPF member with a $218,000 bequest to his nominee. Under this make-no-sense scheme, members are given 2 ‘options’ for the transfer:
1 – Top up Medisave Account (MA) limit followed by topping up Special Account (SA) limit with balance going into Ordinary Account (OA) or
2 – Top up SA limit followed by topping up MA limit with balance going into OA.
Under the ENS, MA and SA must be topped up to current limits of $52,000 and $166,000 respectively!

Hmm ....Clearly, the scheme was introduced to trap more CPF for GIC to speculate in risky foreign assets.
CPF members would have preferred all monies to go into the nominee’s OA which could at least be used to finance housing or education.
If the nominee is a 15-year old child under ‘option’ 2, the money will be trapped in the SA till he reaches 65, ie for 50 years! At the stroke of a pen, PAP hopes to trap our CPF for another 2 generations.
Why would any CPF member plan for the nominee’s retirement which could be 5 to 6 decades down the road?
This is a clear case of PAP trying to scam CPF members and it doesn’t help with elected MPs playing deaf and dumb in Parliament, WP MPs included.
Readers should share the information and be very wary of CPF Board. Do not anyhow assume your CPF will be, logically, transferred to the nominee’s OA. Once the transaction has been effected, your nominees will surely cry no tears as it will be impossible to be reversed. Can you imagine $200,000 trapped for 5 to 6 decades at GIC’s disposal?
Is GIC in such urgent need of funds that PAP has to resort to introducing a scheme to scam CPF members?

Phillip Ang
* The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.

6/16/2017

Dark clouds over Red Dot

The open letter by Hsien Yang and Wei Ling took all Singaporeans by surprise. The allegations were serious and Hsien Loong would probably in a state of shock. Could he have seen this coming? Not likely as he is on holiday mood.  He would not have gone on vacation if he has seen this coming.

What were the allegations?

1.     Abuse of power

2.     Fear of personal safety from state organs

3.     No confidence in Hsien Loong’s leadership

4.     Disagreement between Hsien Loong and LKY over the demolition of 38 Oxley Road house

Details of the allegations are in the open letter by Wei Ling and Hsien Yang at http://statestimesreview.com/2017/06/14/original-letter-what-has-happened-to-lee-kuan-yews-values/

The allegations are very serious indeed and Hsien Loong would be compelled to make a defence to clarify the matters raised or he would not look good. His integrity is being questioned. In other cases that were slightly similar in nature when Hsien Loong’s integrity was questioned, a legal letter on defamation would be delivered to the alleger in double quick time.

Would Hsien Loong follow up like before after returning from his holiday? Many things, negative things, are now on the table. Not disputing and clearing them would put Hsien Loong in a very bad light and Singapore’s reputation too would be affected. He has replied with a 41 points argument today.

How would this family saga continue from here? And the matters are not only just about a family feud, many of the allegations concern Singapore as a free and democratic state, transparent and rule by law. There is now a dark cloud overhanging the bright little Red Dot and the whole world is watching, not just Singaporeans, in silence. The whole episode would describe what Singapore is all  about, warts and all, baring all, for all to see. This will be the ultimate hard truth about Singapore that no one would be able to read under normal circumstances. The shocking revelation and truth that all Singaporeans and the whole world would finally see and read about are surfacing.

Who is going to sue who? Hsien Loong definitely has ample grounds to sue Wei Ling and Hsien Yang if the allegations were untrue. Do Wei Ling and Hsien Yang have any grounds to sue Hsien Loong before being sued? And whichever happens, more beans will be spilt for sure. This is Battle Royale uniquely Singapore that no one could expect coming from the near perfect family.

6/15/2017

QS ranking downright shady and unethical

Would anyone not under the influence of drugs believe that NUS and NTU are better universities than Princeton, Cornell or Yale? Well, some Singaporeans are gloating over this great achievement by the two local universities, no ill intent in my statement as one is my alma mater. I should be proud that my alma mater is better than top Ivy League universities in the US. Soon many top American universities would be asking for joint NUS degrees to boost up their reputation instead of Singapore begging to host joint Singapore American university degrees here.

Some of the Singaporeans that were so impressed with the rankings are the uninformed or ill informed uncles in the kopitiams and aunties in the wet market. I heard them chirping about it with great excitement, and I can understand, given their exposure and lack of understanding on the QS criteria for judging.

Ok, maybe on face value, maybe the top American universities are living on their past glories while NUS and NTU are what they are today by today's standard. The good American universities were good in the past but no longer. Time has changed. For the well informed, the comments are different and some are outright cynical of the outcome with good reasons. Below are some comments taken from the onlinecitizen.


'On Thursday (8 June), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was named Asia’s top university in the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, surpassing the National University of Singapore (NUS).

 
NTU is also ranked 11th in the world, ranking above other notable institutions such as Princeton University, Cornell University and Yale University, and two positions above its previous 13th spot.

 
Below is a response written by John Ouserhout on question-and-answer site, Quora on the question of "How accurate are the 2018 QS rankings? They seem to rank Nanyang Tech higher than Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and Berkeley."

 
Ouserhout's response in full

First impressions suggest it is almost laughably inaccurate. UC Berkeley at #27? This is the same university that is affiliated with 91 Nobel Laureates, 13 Fields Medals, 23 Turing Awards and 16 elements of the Periodic Table. The rest of the ranking seems similarly strange as well; NUS and NTU ranked right alongside or higher than Princeton, Cornell, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins?

 
(Haha, this Ouserhout does not know of the many great Nobel laureates hiding in the Singapore universities or akan datang, ie coming soon, going to happen).

 
Is it just my Anglo-American bias speaking? I know these universities have made rapid strides in funding and encouraging cutting edge research, so perhaps it’s inevitable that they’ve caught up and surpassed the more well known Ivy League universities. That is obviously partly the case, but after digging around for a bit, there seems to be a whole host of articles about the flawed methodology and downright shady practices of the QS organisation.

 
Some of the flaw methodology include counting more foreign students and faculty as good without any relations to academic merits. More foreigners mean more points. How silly.

 
And 50% of the points come from surveys from Academics and Employers. Look, there are hundreds of good American universities and only 2 or 3 good Singapore universities. In the latter, all the scores would go to these 2 or 3 universities while in the US the scores would be thinly spread. See the flaw? Which university would the Employers hired from? In the US they could hire from hundreds of universities but only 2/3 in Singapore.

 
Ouserhout went on with many other flaws in the methodology. Below are a few more.

 Secondly, QS’s business model is really shady:

  • A dubious Star ranking system, where universities pay to be evaluated. (Conflicts of interest anyone?)
  • ‘Branding Opportunities’ for $80,000 with QS Showcase
  • A highly lucrative ‘consultancy service’ to help universities rise up the rankings

In short, ranking systems might have their flaws, but this one is downright shady and unethical.

No need to say anything more, just let the daft to gloat over this mirage as a badge of honour.  I don’t blame the uncles in the kopitiams or the aunties in the wet market. I understand where they are coming from. Would any reputable academics bother to question the allegation by Ouserhout that the ranking system 'is downright shady and unethical'?

6/14/2017

Hsien Yang and Wei Ling leaving Singapore

From Yahoo News.

‘The siblings of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have issued a statement of “no confidence” against their brother, saying that they felt threatened by his pursuit of a personal agenda ….
Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling, …made the open statement through their Facebook accounts in the early hours of Wednesday (14 June).

In the statement, Lee Hsien Yang said he felt “compelled to leave” Singapore “for the foreseeable future”.

“This is the country that my father, Lee Kuan Yew, loved and built. It has been home for my entire life. Singapore is and remains my country. I have no desire to leave. Hsien Loong is the only reason for my departure,” the statement quoted Lee Hsien Yang.’

 Wei Ling is also saying the same thing, that she did not want to leave Singapore as this is home but will also be leaving.

Malaysia China relations: When shared interests dominate the narrative

The sale of Malaysia's national car, the Proton, to China has raised many objections from the nationalists in the country, especially Mahathir who gave birth to the idea. There must be good reasons for Najib to want to part with this national project that is all about pride and progress of the bumiputra policy. It is easy to criticise Najib for selling a national asset, though not strategic in any sense, on emotional grounds overriding economic and financial considerations. If the Proton is such an attractive proposition, not losing money but gaining popularity as a national car, with new technology and engines to propel it into an international product, Najib would not have done what he did.

 

The logic behind the sale of Proton to China is very similar to the sale of Lotus by Britain to Malaysia or Sweden selling its Volvo to China. In the case of Lotus and Volvo, there are technologies involved that the Chinese are interested. There is nothing of this when the Proton is concerned, an antique dressed up with bright colours to be sold only to the locals as a cheap product but losing its glitters as the days gone by. Najib either sells it now when there is a buyer or would have to end up folding the company when no one else is interested in this shell of a car manufacturing company. There is nothing worthy or worthwhile for anyone to want to buy the Proton unlike Lotus or the Volvo. Period. China is actually doing Malaysia a big favour by pouring money into a dead end product and giving it a future with the injection of modern technology and engines to give it a new life. Would the critics be able to see it in this light?

 

There are times when interests collide and times when common interests compliment and would bring about more cooperation to benefit both parties. China has a great strategic interest to want to invest in Malaysia for strategic and economic reasons. The greatest fear of China is the choke point in the water ways through the Malacca Strait and the Strait of Singapore. 80% of China's oil flow through these narrow channels of water and with the Americans posing a greater threat in its increasing belligerent rhetoric against China. The latter has to do something to avoid a blockage of the Straits by the Americans.

 

China is looking at the geography of the region and found several alternatives to break away from the choke points. China is making big plans to find alternative routes for its oil supply from the Middle East bypassing the Straits of Singapore and Malacca in Gwadar, Pakistan, oil pipeline in Myanmar, a possible cutting of the Kra of Isthmus and cutting across from peninsula Malaysia. The strategic plan would involved several options and Malaysia is just one of them.

 

Why would Malaysia want to be part of this Chinese strategic plan? What benefits would Malaysia derive from it? For centuries, Malaysia has been bypassed by the strategic location and infrastructure of Singapore as a regional transportation hub. In the Chinese plan, involving great engineering, infrastructure development and financing, Malaysia would become the next transportation hub of the region to rival Singapore. China stood to gain strategically with its development in Malaysia. And Malaysia stood to gain economically enormously in replacing Singapore as the new transportation and financial centre. When both countries have so much to gain, there are all the reasons for Malaysia to rethink its strategic interests to participate fully in a plan that would make Malaysia a vibrant hub of economic activities. Or would Malaysia choose to let this piece of pie go and seek closer ties with the Americans that are meddling in its internal affairs and could only offer to sell more arms and weapons that are totally unproductive and a waste of money?

 

Malaysia can also decide against being aligned and enmeshed intricately with China as some critics would caution. Malaysia has a choice, and so has the Chinese. If Malaysia does not want to come on board, China would accelerate its plan to cut the Kra Isthmus in quick time and by pass Malaysia totally. China has to do one or the other. Malaysia could choose one or the other. When China chooses to go the Kra way, all the benefits that Malaysia could gain would go up in smokes and Malaysia would remain on the side line of the world's major water way and transportation network.

 

The Chinese proposition makes a lot of economic sense to Malaysia. The Chinese would find a way out from the potential American blockage, and Malaysia would become the new shining centre of global trade. Najib and his govt must have gone through the whole thinking process to want in and the instant reward is the sale of a karung guni car that no one would pay a cent for to China, and at a good price and with potential of the Proton name gaining more traction with new technology and engines to compete in the international market. To Malaysia, there are so many avenues and opportunities to benefit from this strategic alignment with China's economic and strategic plan with no compromise to its national interests.

 

Now what would the critics say or could offer other than emotional gripes? Would the Americans buy the Proton for a song? Would the Americans turn Malaysia into a new transportation hub and a new financial centre, or into another war zone?

6/13/2017

Globalisation creates more and higher paying jobs for Singaporeans…or for foreigners


 
This is posted in the statestimesreview,

 

'In the latest interview with ABC Radio today (June 10), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that globalisation and the import of foreigners create more jobs and higher salaries for Singaporeans:

“In some countries, globalisation is viewed as a monster that wrests jobs from workers. But in Singapore, I see it as a creator of jobs and booster of workers’ wages. This is because as a globalised nation, we can play a role which is servicing the region, which is servicing the world. In doing so, we can have jobs in Singapore which are better paying for a wide range of our people.”'

 

How many of you agree with this statement that more foreigners create more jobs and higher salaries for Singaporeans? What I know, and what everyone knows, and reported in the media and govt statistics, is that more than 2m jobs were created for foreigners in Singapore and more than a few hundred thousands of these foreigners are earning higher salaries than Singaporeans, and many are earning millions in Singapore companies and govt linked companies. As for the number of jobs created by foreigners for Singaporeans and paying higher salaries, we need statistics to prove that this is the case. Would there be statistics to show how many jobs were created by the foreigners/foreign companies and how many are higher paying jobs occupied by Singaporeans?

 

The statistics so far proved that Singapore is creating more jobs, millions of jobs for foreigners and many paying higher salaries and many in the millions in Singapore companies and GLCs. Many CEOs of local companies and GLCs are foreigners.

 

What do you think? Can anyone prove otherwise that indeed more foreigners are creating higher paying jobs for Singaporeans? Name the million dollar Singaporeans that benefited from this globalization drive. Just the academia alone is providing thousands of foreigners with higher paying jobs that they could not get in their home countries.

 

The big question, is this a win win for Singaporeans and foreigners or a win for foreigners and lose for Singaporeans?

6/12/2017

The invasion of the Philippines has begun

China sent its troops to fight the terrorists in Marawi in response to the Philippines govt asking for assistance. The troops have landed in Marawi. Now President Duterte has denied asking China for assistance and for Chinese troops to fight in the Philippines. This is an invasion of Philippines territorial integrity. Come on western media, this is good opportunity to blast at China for invading the Philippines.

Of course this is fake news. There is no Chinese troop in the Philippines and neither did Duterte ask the Chinese for military assistance. The truth, the Americans have sent in their Special Forces on the pretext that the Philippines govt has asked for their military assistance. Be it China or the USA, the facts are the same, there is an invasion of the Philippines by foreign military forces and the President of the Philippines has confirmed this.

The President of the Philippines has confirmed that he did not ask for help from the Americans and did not give permission for the American soldiers to be in the Philippines, in Marawi.

The American Special Forces have invaded the Philippines without an invitation from the Philippines govt. Would the western media write about this invasion?

What do you think, got invasion or no invasion? What would the Filipinos think, is their country being invaded?

What is the game in the Philippines?

What is the game in the Philippines?
The seizure of Marawi by the ISIS created a new situation in the Philippines' relation with the Americans. When Duterte came into office, he wanted the Americans out, including the American Special Forces. The Americans begged to stay on the excuse that they were there to help the Philippines tackle the insurgency problems in the South. Duterte reluctantly agreed with pressure from the Philippines military that were beholden to the Americans and wanted the Americans to stay.



The Special Forces have been in the Philippines for many years and it is not sure what value have they added to the Philippines, what have they helped to quell the insurgencies and the rise of ISIS. Some were questioning whether the Special Forces were there to help and support the growth of ISIS and other insurgents in southern Philippines. For after being there and presumably working very hard for the interest of the Philippines, the ISIS and the insurgents continued to grow in strength. Did the Special Forces know of the ISIS plan before the capture of Marawi or they were sleeping or worst, have a role in the uprising.


What have the Philippines benefited from the presence of the American Special Forces? Apparently none. The 'call by the Philippines govt for assistance from the Special Forces' could be one way Duterte is telling the Americans, you are here, get to work and show us what you can do and prove how useful the Americans can be. There is no point in having the Special Forces sitting in the Philippines doing nothing or doing things that were against the Philippines. It is pay back time for the Americans to prove their worth. Can't imagine that they have done sweet fuck all during all these years in the Philippines.


Another view on the situation in Marawi is that it has to happen to justify the presence of the Americans. Now the Philippines, being so useless even against an insurgency, would now be more reliance on the Americans. The Americans now have a good reason to be in the Philippines, maybe to send in more troops to fight the ISIS exactly in the same formula as in Iraq and Syria. Someone could have started this ISIS attack and who stands to benefit from the fighting in Marawi? No need to guess.


Some quarters are gloating that it is the Americans that are coming to the aid of the Philippines ad not China or Russia. With the Americans present on the ground and working on the ground for so many years, why would Duterte want to call on China or the Russians to send troops there? Would it not only be logical for the Americans, presumably knowing the ground and fighting the ISIS and the insurgents as their sole reason to be there to be called to perform?


Calling the Russians or the Chinese to fight the ISIS and with the Americans hiding in the background can be a treacherous proposition. They would have to watch their backs very carefully and for every move they make. Very likely Duterte would like to see if the Americans are real in what they claimed to be doing. They could repeat the whole story of fighting an unending insurgency war to justify their presence in the Philippines forever like in Iraq and Syria until the Russians came in to turn the table against the ISIS. The Americans are pretending that they are now fighting the ISIS with some successes that they failed to claim in the past.


Let's see if history repeats itself and the Americans would take the opportunity to want to send in more and more troops to turn the Philippines into another Syria or Iraq and be forever at the mercy of the Americans, and eventually Duterte has to call in the Russians to wipe the ISIS off the face of Filipino soil. Duterte still has the Russian and China cards to play and would be watching the Americans like a hawk.

Now the latest news on the situation in the Philippines in the front page of the media. Duterte denied calling for American assistance. What does this mean? Duterte said he only heard about it after the Americans arrived. It is pretty clear that the Americans have passed on another piece of fake news, telling the world that they were asked to be in the Philippines but in fact no such things happened. But based on the fake news they fabricated, they moved in their troops into Filipino soil without permission.

The intention of the Americans is very clear. They want their troops to be in the Philippines and the causes of the fighting in Marawi becomes clearer, more like another cooked situation to facilitate the presence of the Americans that are claiming that their military cooperation agreement allowed them to intervene in Filipino internal affairs at will, even without Filipino permission.

A nationalist group in Mindanao has criticized the Americans' intervention. 'We oppose US meddling and intervention in the Marawi crisis.' Duterte would now have an American problem in hand, how to ask the Americans to leave Filipino soil and what if they refused to leave? This sneaky American military entry into the Philippines is all aimed at Duterte and he better be very careful of a regime change, a military coup as there are elements in the Philippines military that are pro American and beholden to the Americans.

Now you are witnesses to a fake American news fabricated right before your eyes to allow Americans to enter a sovereign country without its permission. Duterte has no reason to ask the Americans for help and would not have done so.

6/11/2017

China to balance the menace of the world

This is a statement that no one would utter to be politically right, meaning to be aligned to the American and western world view. Many Asians, particularly the English educated Singaporeans, are still trapped by the western narrative that the Americans are the righteous Empire and deserving to rule the world and China is the bad guy. So the call for China to balance against the menace of the world is just inappropriate, incongruent to the current mindset and political reality when the Americans are seen as the good guy.

China has always been painted as an aggressive and expansionist country by the West though the fact is that China was the victim of western imperialism. China was invaded and dismantled into a poor and dysfunctional country by the West, just like the Arab countries you are seeing today. Many parts of China and Chinese islands were seized by the conquering invaders, including Russia and Japan. The islands in East China Sea and South China Sea were Chinese territories but by deceit the Americans allowed the islands to end up in Japanese hands and also trying to take the position that the islands in the South China Sea were not Chinese and China is seizing these islands when the truth is that the other SE Asian countries are seizing Chinese islands. The expansionist countries are the SE Asian countries, not China.

The America side of the story is easy to gain traction by the SE Asian countries as it befits their intent and interests and was against Chinese interest. So China is flagged by the Americans as the aggressor and expansionist country instead of the SE Asian countries. So, how can China an expansionist country, be the country to balance the power of the menace of the world? This is the present story of geopolitics in the region. And you only hear silly Asian leaders uttering that the Americans, the world's menace, and the world's number one super power, has to be here to balance the rise of China when the Americans are threatening China in every way it could, warnings, pressure, threats of war and invasion by the American navy.

No one is asking why is there a need for the world's number one super power to balance against a much weaker emerging power. No one is asking why is there a void, that no one is calling for an emerging country like China to balance the menace of the world, to keep it from starting wars, conducting regime change, invading smaller countries, and breeding terrorist organisations all over the world, to destabilise countries and threatening every country that is not its ally?

There is this unspoken acceptance that the Americans are allowed to do what they want, unchallenged, unfettered, as the menace of the world, as if it is the right thing. No one is asking why are the Americans conducting wars everywhere and seen as a peaceful country whereas China is not involved in any war but seen as an aggressive expansionist country?

And every donkey is uttering that the Americans are a rule by law country when in fact the Americans are only following rules when the rules suited them but dismissing every rule that goes against its interests. The Americans are calling the rest of the world to follow the rules but not the Americans, the Americans are above the rules.

The Americans are violating all the rules in their wars of aggression and regime change, or to put it in the right context, removing legitimate leaders from power in foreign countries, interfering in the internal politics of every country. And the Americans could only do so with impunity because the silly leaders of the world, the American cronies, the little USAs, allowed the Americans to do so in acquiecence. And there is no country powerful enough to balance the brute force of the American military power.

The time is here for the rest of the world to rein in this menace by calling for other military powers to balance the military might of the Americans, to insist that the Americans observe the rules of law and play by the rules of law. No country should be above the rule of law, not the Americans, the menace of the world. As the blinkers are removed, more and more world leaders would come to acknowledge the fact that the menace of the world must be curbed in its wrong doings and the wanton use of force against smaller countries.

The menace of the world must be balanced by the growing might of the rest of the world to keep the world safe and peaceful. The menace of the world must not be allowed to continue to threaten other countries and world peace. In the new world order, there will be more calls for countries like China and Russia to balance the number one super rogue instead of the other way.

6/10/2017

Why Japan rescind the pacifist Constitution



The pacifist Constitution imposed on Japan by the Americans has served Japan well and keep this monster country at bay from wanting to cause mischief, to invade other countries again. Why is there an urgency and a need to abolish this pacifist Constitution? What the pacifist Constitution can and cannot do to protect and defend Japan as a sovereign nation state?

The main provision of the pacifist Constitution is to forbid Japan from engaging in a war of aggression. It does not forbid Japan to fight a war to defend itself and its territories from an invasion. Despite the Constitution, Japan has built the most powerful and formidable military force disguised under the name Self Defence Force that is second only to China. This Self Defence Force has the capability to invade any Asian country and run over them like in the Second World War other than China. With such a big military force, no Asian country would think of invading Japan and getting away with it.

Then why is there this need to tear away the pacifist Constitution? The key is to allow Japan to go to war at its own initiative, not when it is attacked. This is how treacherous and ambitious the Japanese today have become, very similar to their forefathers in WW2, that they should be allowed to wage wars of aggression when they think it is time to do so. With the pacifist Constitution, theoretically and legally Japan is not allowed to conduct wars of aggression unless attacked.

Now with the Constitution out of the way, the Japanese can go ahead to build an armed force as big as they want and get rid of the name Self Defence Force to whatever they want to call it, like the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces of Conquest or whatever. The aggressive intention of the Japanese is as clear as day light. They are free to conduct war once again like their vile and monstrous forefathers. Do not be deceived by the polite bow and the business suits they are wearing. Beneath this veneer of civility is the same barbaric Japanese of WW2, all ready to conduct wars of aggression when given a chance.

This is what the abolishing of the pacifist Constitution is all about.