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redblood



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'One of the lessons which he impressed on me was to be true to yourself, to say what you believe in, even if it means being disagreeable.' Vivian Balakrishnan.

The above was what Vivian commented on Howe Yoon Chong. And from the other comments of personal experiences by other politicians, Howe Yoon Chong was indeed his own man. He did not minced words and he said what he meant. And for that, he naturally would find being a politicians difficult.

And for that it is an admirable quality of a man who was true to himself all the time. No hypocrisy, no double talk. Just stuck to his principles and what he believed in, come what may.

How many politicians can live to be like Howe Yoon Chong and be their true self? If we cannot respect such a man, what else can we respect?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Redblood, I fully agree with your suggestion that we must pay the lawyers all the peanuts they deserved. That will save the profession from more similar problems.

This is the miracle cure of Uniquely Singapore.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

‘We can’t have a situation where we protect you even from yourself. If the entire population needs to be protected from their own choices, then we will be in a very, very sorry state in the future.

“My own sense of it is Singapore is now a much more mature society and, generally, the vast majority of Singaporeans can be trusted to make up their own minds, exercise their choices and act responsibly.


“The fundamental question is, are we ready as a society to let people make choices of their own, take responsibility for their actions and face the consequences?”


Minister for Community, Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan during the debate on the casino issue.

Obviously many in the cabinet did not agree with Vivian that Singaporeans are mature enough to take care of themselves. That is why their CPF money must be kept for as long as possible, with some left behind after they are dead, for safe measures. Just in case, just in case.

Now are we in a sorry state now?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I don't want to have anybody who is 85 years old or 90 years old and say ‘my CPF finished, I have no insurance, and now I need to live. And I have nobody to look after me… then what happens?" PM Lee Hsien Loong

Now how to make sure that everyone will have money at those queer ages? Take their money first and keep them till they reach 85. Its elementary. The people must provide for themselves. There is no charity. Problem solved.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'No one in Singapore should be bereft of someone to turn to if they should need legal advice or help, including those who cannot afford to pay for it. Assoc Professor Ho Peng Kee

Wah say. Help is available and on the way, to those who cannot afford to pay for it.

I have several people owing me between $5k to $15k and I cannot collect from them short of bringing them to court or send a few debt collectors to paint O$P$ on their doors. Going to court would mean that I will have to cough out $3k-$5k for each case without even sure of getting my money back.

Can I get help? Definitely no. Cause I can pay for it. But should I pay for it when the cost of recovery may be more than what my debtors are owing me?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'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, and therefore will result in problems the police want to avoid.' Ho Peng Kee replying to Low Thia Khiang

I just have to quote this. It was one of the reasons why WP was not given permission to hold a mass cycling event in East Coast Park.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'I need you to spout poetic lines to convince your constituents that these measures re meant to help them. Spew forth with passion your Hokkien lyrics and poetic metaphors.' Ng Eng Hen

Reading these lines really made me worried. When one is selling diamonds, does one need to go to the extend of spouting poeting lines?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Bloggers, on the other hand, just sound off as they please. They are not bound by professional standards and ethics, and are responsible to no one but themselves. So you read them at your own risk, or peril. Newspaper editors who give bloggers space, or even prominence, in their pages, in the hope that this will attract younger readers, are doing damage to their calling.” Leslie Fong, SPH Editor

Dum, da di dum, dum dum : ) Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On CPF money

'And if anybody thinks he can do better, he's welcome to take his money and go to a fund manager and try and do better.' Lee Kuan Yew.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was reading Eng Hen's views on political renewal reported by Lynn Lee. He shared his thoughts on the recruiting process and that PAP was wary of those too eager to please.

After the lengthy article came this quote at the end that is hardly related to the renewal process but the effectiveness of blogs.

'Progress will not be marked by the pings of a thousand hits on your blog, but from quiet yet determined voices willing to work for a better tomorrow.' Ng Eng Heng

What is he saying? Bloggers are ineffective and does not contribute anything to society nor do they do anything useful. Or perhaps he is telling those young and aspiring politicians who blogged, that they are wasting their time. People like Goh Meng Seng and those at TOC should take note and stop blogging. They should go about quietly to do something for society without creating all the din in cyberspace.

The question I would like to ask is whether the compulsory annuity scheme and the delay withdrawal age would have been pushed through if not of the noises in cyberspace. Or would the further study on the proposals a result of msm and grassroot feedback that make the govt do a rethink?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One man's 'acceptable business practice' is another man's kickback. Loh Chee Kong

This quote is quite universal and can be applied to many situations.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'My plea is to prevent malicious individuals and aggressive lawyers from abusing the litigation process.' Bala S Rajaratnam

In view of the rising legal cost and the lessons of Jonathan Lock, people are more concerned with how people and lawyers can abuse their financial and professional clout to the disadvantage of the poorer and weaker citizens.

It is timely that there is a called for an alternative route for justice. Not the kind where you need money to buy justice.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'The police have no intention to monitor what takes place online...Neither should Netizens, bloggers and the many of us who regularly send SMS messages worry.' Ho Peng Kee

The is the strongest and clearest message coming from the govt that they are not monitoring cyberspace activities. I believe Ho Peng Kee is telling the truth. The police have many more important things to do than to waste public resources on such activities. The only time when they start to monitor is likely to be in response to some official complaints.

And those two doggies that were trying to mess up my blogs, disappeared recently, were definitely not from the police. As where they were from, your guess is as good as mine.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'There is enough land in Singapore. There's no need for anybody to get alarmed that this is the last chance and if you don't get on, you will miss the boat.' Lee Hsien Loong

This is what Hsien Loong said when he addressed the Unionists on the state of property market in Singapore. Should the people feel at ease? We have enough land, all 700 sq kilometers.

I think Hsien Loong must know something that the people do not. For our land is limited, and another 2 millions are set to come in soon to achieve the target of 6.5 millions.

The only way is up. Many low rise will have to be pulled down to make way for high rise, that's for sure.
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