The PAP government have always argued that it is important to pay our MPs and ministers high salary so as to attract the right talent. Personally, I don’t disagree with it. However, despite all these high pay, our PM don’t even have the balls to stand up to conservative Christians when it comes to debate of gay equality. How can our PM, ministers and MPs justify those salaries they are getting when those in other countries who are paid less can already do a much more better job protecting the discriminated in good conscience and with gumption?
Of all the protest that had happened in Thailand in the recently years, the only one that I thought was worthwhile was the recently one against the Amnesty Bill. This one is clearly aimed to get criminals, especially on the Red side, a get-out-of-jail-free card. That one was not an ordinary protests, Reds had thugs and hired guns to threaten, bomb and kill people; buildings were being torched and burned. If the Amnesty Bill passed, this will set a precedence on what you can do in a protest.
However, I am rather sad to see that the protest has escalated and continued even after the Bill was dropped; this time to topple the current “Thaksin” government. Sometimes it is incredible how one man who is lively comfortable in other countries enjoying companies with his well-heeled friends can have so many people suffering either for or against him. Does he really care? Maybe all he cares is to plunge Thailand into a chaos, all while sleeping soundly in a nice comfortable bed. On the hand, had the army not initiated the coup, none of this may have happened. I mean, who would not be pissed off in Thaksin’s position?
As an outsider, I really don’t think ousting the current “to gain democracy” is of any help, because the current government was elected democratically. Yes, there are vote buying and perhaps some fraud, but I believe this happens on both sides, whereas the recent Malaysian election was truly a one-side corruption. What kind of democracy are they restoring? Putting the people to the vote again, I am sure the “Thaksin” lackeys will win again; is that not a valid democratically election government? Are the protesters only happy if people they like gets into and run government? Is that their definition of restoring democracy? By preventing a democratically elected government from functioning?
If they are so eager to win votes, they should work with the politicians to win back the votes from the “Thaksin” strongholds. They must be doing something right that people love them and voted for them. One problem with liberals is that we tend to think that logic and reason will prevail and people will think clearly once present with the facts, but we know that this is not true and most people including those in rural areas vote who they like not because they are stupid but because they may perceive that politician can look after them and their demands. Which is why pointing out how corrupted and bad the rice-buying scheme will not make them vote otherwise, after all who just benefited?
The most disagreeable thing for me is the taking over of some of the Ministry buildings; to me this is a act of terrorism. I am surprised police are not arresting people for destroying and transposing government properties. Only gangsters can think of ever doing something like that. All they care ever about is what they want, but how it impacts other people. In a Buddhist country touted for its Buddhist value, one of the most fundamental principles is not to act in anger, violence or intentionally harm others. Buddhist values are obviously very far away from the protesters’ mind at this point in time.
The Reds are not out of my woods. For me they are just a bunch of stupid folks who worships Thaksin as a savour and will do anything including killing other Thais and burning down and destroy the country just so that one Thai person can become their king again. There are no dumber movement than the Reds.
Okay, this is not exactly what this writer, Daniel Chia, say, but that is the message he implies, as below
The push by the Housing Board to supply more new flats to singles is not good news for the nation (“HDB to roll out more new flats for singles”; Sept 24).
First, these flats will discourage the formation of family units.
The Government has been encouraging people to get married. But offering new flats to singles will have the opposite effect.
Second, when two singles who own such flats get married, what is to become of the units? Are they allowed to keep them?
The age criterion for ownership should be raised to 45 and the salary ceiling lowered to $2,500.
The Government should not give in to pressure from singles.
What dear Daniel doesn’t seem to be unaware (what world does his live in?) is that this is only the first time HDB actually builds HDB and give some priority to singles. Yes, the government also tried to sell some unsold HDB flats in far flung reaches of Singapore to singles some time ago. But for the longest time, the policy against singles has never changed and yet Singaporeans are not getting married at the age the governments wants them to and not having enough babies. It should be obvious the issue is more than just flats.
Worst, Mr Chia, perhaps as a Freudian slip, implies that people are getting married only to get a HDB flat because it requires two persons (ok parent-child still can), if not there is no meaning in getting married. I don’t know if this Daniel is married or not, but it looks like this is could be reflection of his own life. Perhaps he wished the government offered new HDB flats for singles so that he would not need to get married and is now really pissed about this dilemma.
And almost insidiously, it feels like another hidden agenda against gay equality. After all what does “Pressure from singles” imply? Which singles forms the biggest pressure group but LGBTs? Actually it is very easy to solve this problem, just equalise marriage and you will not have such a big “singles pressure group”.
Anyhow, for someone to say that such move will encourage Singaporeans to stay single is just plain stupid. I can imagine conversations around dinner gong like this:
Mom: When are you getting married?
Single person: I am not getting married, the government allows me to buy house as single, no point getting married.
Your current partner: Let’s get married and get a HDB flat
You: Nah, I think I prefer to stay single because I can get a HDB flat on my own without getting married to you… thanks for the offer
You: Yes!! Now that I can buy a HDB flat as a single person, I have no desires to get married and have children
To paraphrase one my friend: ”Govt should not sell HDB to stupid people”
It appears that in some countries as the world and education and knowledge progress, the children and their citizens seems to become more stupid instead of more informed and enlightened.
The recently judgement in Malaysia that the word “Allah” cannot be used by other religions because it could confuse Malay Muslim is an example of stupid people syndrome. Whilst the government and the self-serving religious groups are happy with the decision, their actions have the opposite effect. They give impression to the world looking at this circus that:
- Malay Muslims in Malaysia are stupid. They cannot tell the difference between Allah used in different religious text and may (gosh!) mistake the Christian bible as the Quran because the word is used.
- Malay Muslims in Malaysia have weak faith. Their faith is so weak that any mention of “Allah” in any faith or text will make them switch religions.
- Malay Muslims in Malaysia don’t know their own teaching: They don’t understand what the Quran have to say about the word nor how to be compassionate, tolerant and accepting of other faiths
I am not saying that this is the case, but this is really what the judgement and the government says and are protecting against, because any other reasons don’t make sense. But we know that this is not true because my own experiences in Malaysia is definitely not just all that ignorance and intolerance. What has happened to the renaissance of Islamic culture that gave us advances in thoughts, science and culture centuries ago? So I really hope that Muslim friends in Malaysia who don’t agree with the judgment do come out in strength and make your voice heard, because in this case, silent is really consent and silent means you support the violence amd discrimination against those whose rights are supressed by this government.
An article in Malaysian insider blames both sides for the intolerance and the fate we see now and calls for an interfaith dialogue. This is really blaming the victim again. One must ask, who and which persons and organisations have been fire bombing churches and hanging cow’s head in Hindu temples? Who are the people (surely not the other ethnic groups) who supports the Malay KKK policies instead of an equal Malaysian one and who have benefited with sleeping director roles in companies just for being bhumiputra? The division in 1Malaysia is a Malay Muslim created problem that only vocal and enlightened Malay Muslims themselves can stop this and heal the wounds between cultures, faiths and people.
Posted this on http://ieatishootipost.sg/2013/09/ultimate-hawker-fest-2013-best-hawkers.html, which will never see the light, but I think it is important for me to voice it out.
“I understand what you are doing and fully support it, I also enjoy your blog, despite very obvious religious affiliation.
However, it pains me to support such a great event as the Ultimate Hawker Fest as it support Touch Community which we know is under Pastor Khong and part of the American militant right-wing Christian agenda.
As much as I know the money will help many people, the same money will help to promote hatred in families in Singapore with LGBT folks to drive them out of the house, get beaten by the parents, abused by their religious leaders and friends, cause attempted suicide and ostracize by society.
In other words, for 10 persons it save probably one LGBT person is abused by the Christian agenda to dominate Singapore politics.
I know for sure this will never be on your blog. Perhaps its because you support what Pastor Khong’s agenda is or is unaware of the harm and division it has done to society
Nonetheless, Hitler’s charity is still Hitler’s charity, Jews beware.”
A recent report from Today, DPM Teo’s reported pointed out several fault lines “emerging” in Singapore
I regret to inform the misinformed DPM that the fault lines is already there and society is already divided. It is now the job of the government to repair those fault lines, especially reviewing policies and penal codes that created them in the first place! If you want a cohesive society, then you better think about what the government has done wrong. Read the rest of this entry
Many time, we heard Ministers and MPs complaining that Singaporeans are ungratefully. If you at postings on the Internet and social media, most of the comments are negative towards the ruling party AKA PAP. This is very untrue. Yes, if you only read those negative comments, you may come to a conclusion that there is a disaster in Singapore and citizens are being locked up or sued till bankrupt. The fact is, it would be hypocritical for any Singaporeans to sit there in their air-conned room, earning those salaries they do and able to walk safely in the night streets and not be grateful of the good governance that brought about these comfort, safety and prosperity.
Here is what the new generation of coat-tailed MPs don’t understand, all these achievements were possible with the 1st generation of opposition AKA PAP who became the government, led by none other than LKY himself. His daring vision for economic prosperity and stability for this country allows it to be transformed within 40 years to what we have today. Of course, along the way, his ruthless authoritarian control of the state, the law and citizens allowed all these to happen, to the expense of human rights, a robust and just judiciary and politician diversity. On its wake, rearing a generation who are fearful of the government, apolitical or even indifference to unfairness in the system, a civil service that is only obedient to the ruling party instead of serving Singaporeans and other who practically worships them like god (with benefits attached of course!). Read the rest of this entry
Normally, I won’t bother to reply to established nonsense, but one problem with that is that when it goes unchallenged and gets repeated enough, it becomes the truth. This is what the right-wing movement in Americas tries to do with their agenda from abortion to evolution. Some people, even gay people, will say “enough of this debate already.” But like I said, if harmful assumptions goes unchallenged they soon become reality. Anyway, Let’s just get on with it:
First of all, I want to very clearly state that I don’t believe in discriminating against anybody in terms of the basic human rights. In fact, I just spent a whole day rehearsing with the dancers for my magic show, and more than half of them are living the homosexual lifestyle. It’s not a problem. They are good dancers, we use them. But I disagree with the lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry
Bhante Dhammika recently posted a comment on the practise of animal release and I have to agree with him that in our modern society this has become a fast food convenient way to gain merit and promotes an ”unthinking” attitude towards understand Buddhist teachings
Many people are aware of my view point on Buddhist animal release rituals, basically, I am against the practise unless in a true insightful manner. Take the example giving in his article about a monk asking the woman to release birds to gain merit for the husband who recovered after that. I have a lot of problems with such simplistic and even harmful understanding. Read the rest of this entry
It is very common to see Chinese burning paper in the form of hell notes and objects like cars and mansions to offer to the dead. It is a believe that these offerings can be used by the departed in the underworld which works similar to the real world. It is even more common to see these sort of offerings during the lunar 7th month period which is believe to be the hungry ghost month, where wandering spirits are allowed to roam the world as the gates of the underworld is opened. Many people claim that they received visions or dreams from the departed to burn them more offerings or that they are very happy to “receive” so much offerings and can live happily in the afterlife.
To me, these are nothing more than cultural and social internalization. These visions or dreams only come to those who have been internalized to believe in such rituals and another Chinese person who grew up in America without such knowledge would probably have experiences closer to those of Western cultures. This is the same reasons why people see visions of Goddess of Mercy or the Buddha in the form that they are familiar with. Read the rest of this entry