Why Wong Kan Seng is incompetent – and not just for the JI escape

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Lets not mince words.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs minister Wong Kan Seng should resign.

I say this not just because of the monstrous security lapse which resulted in JI leader Mas Selamat Kastari’s escape from detention. If you think this is the first time that he has completely embarrassed Singapore on an international scale, think again.

Wong Kan Seng’s incompetence Number One

First of all, as everyone is asking, how does a limping man escape from the Internal Security Department’s detention centre, which is guarded by elite Gurkhas? Second, with all the attention and money and effort spent since 911 on beefing up security procedures, manpower and processes, how is n alleged terrorist, named as “Singapore’s Most Wanted” at one point, able to escape through a toilet window?

I think I will leave all the other questions to everyone else.

Wong Kan Seng’s incompetence Number Two

In 2006, to reverse the falling birth rate, Wong Kan Seng was put in charge as “Minister-in-charge of Population Issues”. His task was specifically to do this – bring up the birth rate.

His handling of the issue leaves much to be desired. After trying out various schemes, Wong Kan Seng finally threw in the towel and decided that the task was a hopeless one. In its place, he – along with his colleagues, I am sure – decided that the solution was to bring in more foreigners.

Doing so has resulted in so many problems for Singaporeans – such as security issues, transport issues, housing, healthcare, wages, etc.

Wong Kan Seng’s incompetence Number Three

During the World Bank and IMF meeting in Singapore, Wong Kan Seng threatened foreigners who wanted to protest with not just caning but also being shot! Wong Kan Seng then compromised and allowed “indoor protests” during the meetings. This was carried by international news wires and agencies. It made Singapore look stupid, intolerant and barbaric. Yes, it was a national embarrassment for all of us Singaporeans.

Having threatened foreigners, Wong Kan Seng then turned his attention to Singaporeans, particularly the members of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).

Instead of allowing the SDP to go ahead with the protest, as many other countries’ governments did during the meeting, Wong Kan Seng sent his goons down to Hong Lim Park. They physically surrounded and restrained Chee Soon Juan, Chee Siok Chin and the other SDP supporters.

Never before have I seen such total incompetence.

What transpired was a 3-day stand off between Singapore Police and the SDP.

It was a huge miscalculation by the Home Affairs minister as pictures, videos and news reports of the stand-off were publicized throughout the world.

Again, it caused Singapore a huge amount of embarrassment.

And not to mention the other inconsistencies in granting permits for public events.

Why Wong Kan Seng must resign

In any other country, so many instances of inept and woeful incompetence would result in not just the minister resigning but also those immediately below him.

Now with the escape of the number terrorist IN CUSTODY from Singapore’s detention centre, Wong Kan Seng should and must come and accept total responsibility.

Anything short of this is unacceptable.

 

And remember this: This is not Kastari’s first escape from Singapore. According to AFP,

“Kastari had fled Singapore in December 2001 following an Internal Security Department operation against JI, Singapore‘s home affairs ministry has said.”

Someone just reminded me that Took Leng How and Richard Yong also escaped in the beginning before being handed back to Singapore by other countries – Malaysia and Hong Kong, respectively!

It’s the same for Kastari, according to AFP again:

“He was later released but arrested again by Indonesian authorities in January 2006 before being handed over to Singapore.”

It seems like Singapore under Wong Kan Seng is like a bloody leaking sieve, in spite of all the media spin about how great our security forces are! We allow detainees to escape and then wait for other countries to capture them and hand them back to us!

I truly truly truly hope that as a minister and deputy prime minister, no less, Wong Kan Seng will not start finding scapegoats and assigning blame to one and all except himself.

When others fall short, especially opposition members such as James Gomes, Chee Soon Juan and JBJ, the PAP government holds nothing back. Their merciless attacks and abuse of their political opponents is known to all. It is legend.

Thus, forgive me if I show no mercy to Wong Kan Seng.

He has failed on at least three occasions – mentioned above. And the minister has embarrassed the country on an international scale on at least two of those three occasions.

Mr Wong, please do the right thing as a man of honour.

Resign!

Singapore Rebel – Censorship under the PAP : 1959 – 2008

 

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Ban taxis from midnight

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Ok. As I said previously, I am going to offer out-of-the-box ideas to problems. And the first problem I will deal with is about taxis disappearing around midnight.

We all have experienced this before. The government and the taxi companies have tried to solve the problem through all sorts of schemes, ideas, incentives, etc.

To no avail.

Why don’t we consider banning taxis from operating from midnight onwards?

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I am going to offer constructive criticisms and out-of-the-box ideas

I am going to offer constructive criticisms and out-of-the-box ideas

This is a challenge to myself. I may fail miserably or succeed wonderfully. What am I talking about? We bloggers are mostly complainers – complaining after the fact.

So, I will try to stop doing that. But I know I will not be able to resist complaining. Heck, what will  I do if I can’t complain, right? So, what I will do is to try and post constructive criticism and out-of-the-box ideas and suggestions to problems we face, along with the complaints.

This is a personal challenge to myself – to see if I have better ideas and solutions to problems.

Shoot me. Criticise my ideas. Lambast me.

At least I try.

Singapore needs a Wee Kim Wee in politics

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In recent weeks, the Prime Minister, Senior Minister and Minister Mentor all spoke about finding the next generation of leaders.

What is conspicuously missing in all that they said are the details – or pre-requisites – that they would be looking for. But being the PAP, it is not hard to fathom or guess what kind of a new leader he/she will be. Probably one with a hard nose for the economic, business, finance, a management genius, and of course one who can be politically ruthless.

It would be extremely sad if our next prime minister were someone like that.

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NOPE. NONE. ZILCH. NATTA.

So, The Online Citizen is caught in a controversy – or is it?

Controversy, by its very nature, is a devious animal. To get to the bottom of it, one would have to be patient, meticulous, and critical enough to sieve out the chaffs from the wheat. Distillation of the truth from the bullshit, to put it bluntly.

And so, lets look at the comment by “Jasper”, posted on Singabloodypore and which started the whole witch-hunting and frenzy feeding – well, at least by the rabid motley crue of anti-PAP Nazis which includes the rather dubious blog which names itself “Wayang Party Club of Singapore” (taken, obviously, from the comments of a PAP minister during 2006 GE about the WP).

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Is the Prime Minister seriously out of touch?

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In a Straits Times report, “PM: Let’s tackle cost fears together”, the prime minister was quoted as saying:

No need to buy branded bread. Bread is bread, rice is rice.

The report also said:

Consumers can also go for supermarket house brands, which are cheaper.

The PM seems to be saying that “non-branded” bread are cheaper. Perhaps he is right but if you think about it, when has “non-branded” bread been more expensive than “branded” ones?

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YAY! No more blood will be shed for skimpily clad women!

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This is so hilarious I almost fell off my chair. The police has given the green light for “skimpy servers” (New Paper) at 2 out of 7 entertainment outlets.

This brings back a dash of nostalgia vis a vis MCYS’ minister Vivian Balakrishnan’s fears about allowing bar top dancing. Balakrishnan had said:

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