Who do all these benefit?

Sometimes good news makes one wonder. For example, look at this headline from Channelnewsasia:

 

“S’pore set for tourism record-breaking year,

unveils $360m tourism talent plan”

I don’t know whether to celebrate or cry, really. Such headlines happen so often nowadays. Yet, when you think about it, the government is not sharing all the fruits of these good news which come about through the sweat and toil of ordinary Singaporeans.

All they will give you is some handout just before the elections. When you are old, they tell you to buy your own annuity insurance. Even those most desperate and needy on the public assistance scheme gets only $290 from the government.

So, what do headlines like these mean to the average, ordinary Singaporean?

Should we jump with joy for having worked our asses off to attain “record this and record that”?

Or should we start demanding that the govt share the fruits of our hard work – instead of just gratifying themselves with multi-million salaries and bonuses?

Something to think about, huh?

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SDP gone bonkers

 

When an opposition party starts attacking the leader of another opposition party, you know something is up.

The Singapore Democratic Party did just that. 

The SDP takes issue with Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim’s reply to a question at the recent IBA Symposium in Singapore.

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The depths of hypocrisy some will sink to

To pick up from Martyn See’s blog post – One Country, Two Systems – I have one more example to add.

But first, a recap of what the authorities said about “political” and “cause-related” events, and how conducting outdoor events will lead to all kinds of problems both for the police and the public.

“You may be well behaving, but there may be other people whom you come across when you cycle who may stop you, may want to debate with you and that may attract a crowd, therefore will result in problems the police want to avoid…. This policy applies to all political parties.” – Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs Ho Peng Kee (link) (link)

The rub here is MOS Ho’s statement that “this applies to all political parties”. Well, lets see if this is true.

REJECTED: In 2003, The TWC2’s application to hold a symbolic march from the Esplanade to Boat Quay to mark International Day Against Violence Against Women was rejected by PELU. (link)

INVESTIGATED: On the 10th of December 2006, SDP held a “Freedom Walk” to commemorate the International Human Rights Day. Almost all participants of the Freedom Walk are now under police investigation, including Dr Chee’s wife who was also present with their 3 children. (link)

REJECTED: People Like Us’ application to hold a “Pink Run” at the Botanicals Garden. “The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a premier botanical institution. We do not want it to be used as a venue for interest groups to politicise their cause,” said the National Parks Board when rejecting the application.

But in September 2007, the PAP Women’s Wing participated in the Yellow Ribbon Walk 2007 from Pasir Ris Town Park to Prison Link Centre Changi on 2 September 2007. (link)

 

Now, before they quickly take down the web page, notice that the headline says: “PAP Women’s Wing Participated in the Yellow Ribbon Walk 2007.”

 

WHAT HYPOCRISY!

Banning everyone else and then doing it themselves!

 

 

Mr Han, Mr Han…. oh my goodness!

 

Hmm… an interesting series of 3 incidents happened recently. First, MM Lee Kuan Yew pooh-pooh Reporters Without Borders and Freedom House’s rankings of Singapore press freedom. MM Lee spoke on Sunday, 14 Oct.

He had said:

“I do not measure myself by the yardsticks of Amnesty International or Freedom House or Reporters Without Frontiers.”

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Fight your fight – but please keep your clothes on!

I support the online petition to repeal section 377A of the Penal Code. I also support the Parliamentary petition. It is good that at least one MP, albeit an NMP, would be taking up the issue in Parliament.

I think it is a shame that not one of the 82 PAP MPs or the 3 opposition MPs in Parliament have spoken up for the gay community. No doubt it is a political decision – to not risk alienating the majority “conservative vote” in Singapore.

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City of Possibilities or City of Hypocrisy?

 

The arbitrary application of laws in Singapore has reared its ugly head yet again.

In a Channel News Asia report titled “US expert on how S’pore can enhance its global reputation”, it quotes the “US expert”, Mr Peter Schwartz, as saying:

“Singaporeans were, he observed, more tolerant of gays than what the law allows and the reputation of the country would be hugely enhanced if there was, for example, more room for dissent.”

Now, my oh my, isn’t that a direct commentary and interference in our domestic affairs? Not convinced? See what our dear Minister of Home Affairs Ho Peng Kee said in Parliament just last month, as reported by the Straits Times here, when he was explaining why the police rejected a permit for Douglas Sanders to speak at a forum organized by Alex Au:

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