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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Please stop lying to us!

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In the past year alone, the Singapore government – through its investment arms of Temasek and GIC – invested a whopping $34, 560, 000, 000.00 in various investments worldwide.

That’s $34.56 billion.

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Is MM Lee still relevant?

leekuanyew-listening.jpgThe other day I was asked a question – a question which is getting asked more and more nowadays.

“Do you think MM Lee Kuan Yew is still relevant to Singapore?”

It took me a while to ponder on it and come up with an answer. My answer is not one which is 100% against the man. After all, the guy, old as he may be (85 this year!), he still has a ticking brain and a ticking heart.

My answer is this:

MM Lee was – was – relevant. In my very humble opinion, I don’t think he is anymore. The reason I say this is, he is too old. In fact, some years ago he himself admitted that he is not as fast on the uptake, especially with young people. He also recently spoke about how physically weaker he felt.

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A load of crap from the education minister

I haven’t been blogging for a while but I have to say something about this because it makes my blood boil when I see adults putting kids down.

I was floored when I read what was reported in the Straits Times recently about a school principal’s “advice” to her students.

“The Straits Times reported on Saturday that the principal of a girls’ school had told one of her Sec 5 classes they might as well apply now for places in the ITE because as they were unlikely to do well in the ‘O’ levels at the end of the year.” (ST)

Imagine my horror when the Minister of State for Education, Lui Tuck Yew, defended the principal by saying:

“Principals need to do their job to convey this message to the students and teachers to do their part to challenge them, set high goals and to help them achieve these goals.”

Did anyone notice the double-talk by the minister? A deft sleight-of-tongue, if you will.

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Is it necessary to be confrontational in politics?

There is nothing wrong with being “confrontational” in politics. Every politician does that – in varying degrees. So, why do Singaporeans have this aversion to it, seemingly, whenever the word “confrontation” comes up?

Before we go into that, 2 things to keep in mind. First, the word needs to be defined properly. Second, confrontation must come with another quality – respect – unless the situation is an unique and special one, such as in Burma or Darfur.

In the older days of Singapore politics, the style of political parties was more confrontational. One can almost still hear the loud noises, accusations, diatribes ringing in one’s ear. It was as if every politician truly hated the guts of his opponents so much so that they threw respect for the person out the window.

Perhaps it was in accordance with the times – when life was hard, street gangs and secret societies were everywhere, crimes were rampant, people were less educated and so on. It was a more “uncouth” society.

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Hooligan politics by COWARDS exploiting children

Now, I am a supporter of the opposition as a whole but I detest hooliganism, even in politics. In fact, especially in politics. Call me wet behind the ears but I do believe that in human interaction there must be respect, civility and maturity.

And most of all, I detest and abhor totally people who exploit children.

So, what am I talking about?

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