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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Half in and half out

We have heard of that before. Now the latest catchphrase is 'One third in, two third out'. Redbean.

Is that the reason why so many people are simply disappointed?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notable quote by Hsien Loong

‘Drawing on our reserves should only be an absolutely last resort’ Lee Hsien Loong

Hsien Loong cautioned against the worsening world economy and that the govt may have to dip into the reserves again. But this will only be done as an absolutely last resort thing.

I also remember Leong Sze Hian saying that during Nathan’s term as President, the reserves were used for something like 29 times. Correct me if I have misquoted Leong Sze Hian. I think my memory is still ok and I am not suffering from dementia. And one of the reasons for using the reserves was for SERS, en bloc resettlement of HDB flats. True or not!

Pulling down old flats to build new ones is so serious that our reserves were used. Must be absolutely last resort or else something serious would happen to our economy or maybe the new immigrants will go rioting for not having a place to live.

If SERS scheme could justify for the use of the reserves, what else can’t? I think I must have heard wrongly, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with my dementia. Hearing problem? Maybe.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notable quote by Leong Kai Yan
‘Serving NS in non combat positions just as taxing.’ By Leong Kai Yan.
This is an article in the ST forum today by a Kaiyan Leong. I didn’t know that Kaiyan is a western word like Tom or Jerry to be placed in front of a Chinese surname. I am getting out of touch with the new generation. Anyway, a better version will be ‘Serving NS in non combat positions just as dangerous.’ Ok, this is my version.
How so, sitting in the comfort of aircond offices can be dangerous meh? Why not? He can be electrocuted when typing on the keyboard. Or he could trip over a carpet or a slippery office floor and hit his head against a sharp corner of a furniture.
Or the secretary may pour a cup of hot kopi on his face by accident and burn his whole face. What about a ceiling fan dropping down and chop off his head?
Mine, non combat positions are terrifying and truly dangerous. A jeep or tank can overturn. So can a car on the road. Both equally dangerous. A hand grenade exploding? What about the danger of a letter exploding when opened?
I concede that non combat positions are equally dangerous, and taxing too. No wonder not many PES A NSman were allowed to be in non combat positions. Oops, there are some exceptions to the rule.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notable quote by Dr Yik Keng Yeong
‘Beware of political opportunists online.’ By Dr Yik Keng Yeong
Redbean’s quote.
‘Beware of political opportunists in the main media.’
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notable Quotes by Zaqy Mohamad
‘Mr Zaqy Mohamad, MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC and member of the PAP New Media Sub-Committee, said he's also seeing more Singaporeans "frustrated" by what they deem as "misinformation" online.’
I think the safest place for readers who want to read only the truth instead of misinformation will be the main media. These are official and professional news media whose articles are written by professionals who took great pride and integrity in their work and would double and triple check their work for accuracy and truth before publishing them.
All thinking people who are hungry for the truth and cannot figure out what is truth, untruth, misinformation, propaganda, half truths etc should just read the main media for their own safety. And for the unthinking, where else is the safest place to read the truth without having to think?
PS. Now that I am telling the official truth, I hope my blog will be classified as safe for reading and those who want to read only the truth and not misinformation will come visiting: )
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Govt has to acknowledge that segments of the population have been left behind. K. Shanmugam

This is the most profound statement that has come out from a minister for a long time. Why is this so important? It says that there are segments of the population that have been left behind. It also says that the govt is not acknowledging this fact. See how frightening things have become. People have been left behind, the govt knows, but refused or not going to admit it. Or maybe the govt really does not know, only Shanmugam knows. Which is which?

This is very similar to the claims that housing was not a problem and housing is affordable. That housing is a very serious problem that demands Boon Wan to work extra hard, and HDB to ram up building of HDB flats are remedies taken urgently to solve the housing problem. By why were people given the impression that there was no housing problem?

Then the affordable claim. Really, that housing is affordable, or people just have no choice but to buy and to work for it for the next 30 years? Would any minister wish to stand up and say it honestly that it is not affordable? Or would it just be like housing, was never a problem and just live with it?

I would like to ask again. Is it true that there are people who are left behind? And why is it that the govt must acknowledge that there are people who are left behind? What is all this about? Got problem pretends no problem or did not know there is a problem, or know got problem but did not want to admit there is a problem? Either way, this is a very serious situation to prompt Shanmugam to say such a thing. I think he tak boleh tahan oredy.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Discriminatory practices have no place in Singapore

- Minister of State for Manpower and National Development, Tan Chuan-Jin
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notable quote from LKY
"If you don't include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave
them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society...So what happens?
There will be less bright people to support dumb people in the next
generation. That's a problem." - MM Lee in 1983
Someone sent me this quote and after reading it I was a bit puzzle. I can’t figure out ‘less bright people to support dumb people in the next generation.’ I think I got a mental block here. I am intrigue by this quote. Please read it carefully and find the intricate truth it is revealing.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MDA reviewing book due to title error
I quote the mypaper, ‘The Media Development Authority said it is reviewing a series of satirical short stories, poems and essays about life in Singapore because of a discrepancy in titles and not because of its contents.’
This is uniquely Singapore. It reminds of the guy who told everyone to stay 100m away from a hut that had a bomb inside but people inside the hut is okay because inside the hut is not violating the order to stay 100m away.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The use and meaning of quotes

Very often we like to quote what other people said in our posts. And we quote for various reasons. One major use of quotes is that the person is an authority and what he said is important or makes sense. The famous quote of Lord Acton is being used daily in cyberspace, ‘Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.’

When people make this quote, they are agreeing completely with the author. Absolute power corrupts, a fact. But people may make this quote and then explains why they agree or even disagree. And they will explain why they disagree, sometimes by writing a whole book on it.

Some may misquote or quote it partially by saying power corrupts, and power corrupts absolutely, which has a slightly different meaning. It needs not be absolute power to corrupt absolutely. But the person who quoted is happy that as long as it is power, needs not be absolute, it can still corrupt absolutely. Other wise there is no point in making the reference. He believes that power alone can corrupt absolutely.

This is different from Acton’s original intent or idea. Acton only pronounced that in order for power to corrupt absolutely, it must be absolute power. His criteria is more demanding, not anyhow power, little power, small power, as long as it is power, it corrupts absolutely.

When someone quotes, it is quite easy to understand his intent or thinking, his values, what he subscribes to, what he agrees or disagrees, or what he believes in what he quoted.

‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ Anyone making this quote must agree with the saying or enjoys the brevity of making a profound expression with so few words. This is an artistic reason for making a quote.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notable quote by Josephine Teo

‘Many realise that with the same skills, they can find more attractive jobs, such as driving tour coaches or delivering goods for logistics companies.’ Josephine Teo, Minister of State
Josephine said this when propounding the idea of paying more to bus drivers to attract Singaporean. Just don’t forget about train drivers. I am thinking of my train driver friend. But then he cannot jump ship to drive tour trains. There is no such thing as tour train, only tour coaches. It will be nice if all the bus drivers decide to join the tour coach companies. Singapore will instantly become a tour coach country, or logistic hub..
The concept is valid though. If we don’t pay our politicians well, they can go and be politicians in other countries that pay better to their politicians. Ok, ok, I admit this part of the argument is flawed. No other country is paying their politicians more than ours. But there are other hedge fund companies that can pay much more, like Goldman Sach, Citibank, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch. The options are plentiful.
Now I got carried away. Let’s get back to manual workers. Are security guards in this category? We are not getting the best able Singaporeans to work as security officers and what happened is that many are toothless Ah Peks or some may even be wearing yellow ribbons when applying for jobs. Of course there are many foreign talents waiting to be employed as security guards too.
I think the most dreaded profession must be construction workers or machine operators. The former is hot and tough. Understandable that our highly educated and qualified Singaporeans will give it a miss. Maybe change the working condition and the terminology to construction specialists and pay them triple. No, no, tripling their pay is against the CBF mantra. Maybe should try to lure them as machine operators if there are still factories operating here.
Whatever, the concept is simple. Pay them well if you want to employ Singaporeans or they will work elsewhere that pays better. Some may not even want to work until the next best job comes along, or waiting hopefully to become politicians.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have no solutions, shut up.

“Was told if I was going to comment on something, I should provide solutions instead of just talking. My reply:” then what am I paying u 4?” Tay Ping Hui on DPM's comments to the Pre U Students Seminar.

Another comment when asked for solutions by the DPM, a student replied. 'But I am on 17. What do you expect me to say?'
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Zen of Thoughtlessnes
Just saw this cartoon strip of a senior monk telling a novice or student monk. ‘I have never met anyone so thoughtless in my life. Keep up the good work.’
And the novice monk replied, ‘Thank you master.’
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote from Seah Chiang Nee

'As the public opposition grew, the pro-government media argued strongly for the players, and acting Cabinet Minister (for Social and Family Development) Chan Chun Sing congratulated the table tennis team for “uniting the nation”.

Seah Chiang Nee wrote this in his column in The Star paper.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote by Joey, a blogger in TRE
This is a quote by a blogger in TRE to my article on How much have GIC and Temasek contributed to the public coffer. And I take liberty to modify it a little. This is the original comment, ‘People working harder and harder for lesser and lesser to feed an elite group which is getting fatter and fatter.’
This is my extended version…People working harder and harder for lesser and lesser to buy smaller and smaller flats at higher and higher prices and the elite getting richer and fatter.
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