Monday, May 18, 2015

Founding Father?

I don't have time to go digging through our National Archives to ascertain what Singapore was like in the 60s.

This pro-LKY supporter had claimed that LKY had turned a backward fishing village into the modern day Singapore as we know of today. He challenged me to prove otherwise and that he had read up extensively and I was well... wrong.

Basically I got lambasted for challenging the notion that LKY was Singapore's 'Founding Father'. I have been repeatedly told that I was disrespectful (and unfilial?).

Monday, May 04, 2015

Critical and critical voices - we need both

We all kinda figured out that the Singapore General Elections (GE) is near when the PAP starts:
  • Dishing out goodies and freebies,
  • Having widespread newspaper articles crowing about the PAP success stories,
  • Threatening us that with a bad dose of government and our mums and sisters will end up as maids,
  • Reminding us with knuckledusters and spurs that we will need to repent, etc.
Or come on an offensive approach to clamp down alternative or dissenting voices.

The latest victim of such 'culling' is the suspension the The Real Singapore (TRS) (link at http://therealsingapore.com/).

Update: I can no longer access the site :(

I reiterate - dissenting voices are actually both critical (fault-finding) and critical (essential) feedback to any organisation and country. Without which it will be hard for any  progress or break-away from the norm and think out-of-the-box.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Lesser of two evils

Which is of a lesser evil?
  1. Employee faking an academic qualification, or
  2. Employing company dissing the fake qualification as not required for hiring entry criteria
Allow me to state this clearly - I am NOT on a witch-hunt with regards to the recent degree mills saga. Neither am I 'bashing' the Foreignt Talent (FT) Immigrant Policy.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Worse of two evils

Short and sharp for today's post -

How come we are 'crucifying' and charging a school-dropout and a rebel teenager who published his 'I hate LKY' video online with no threats of death and with the public braying for his blood (Amos Yee)

vs

Attempting to understand and even showing sympathy to a scholar sponsored by taxpayers to study in Stanford University (mind you, it's Stanford!) with a predestined career to be a future CEO of a government-linked agency (Ouyang Xiangyu) but had tried to poison her schoolmates.

One no matter how many hate videos published can't make the dead come back to life; the other if poisoned successfully will make a live person dead.

One was not condonable, the other forgiveable.

One with pitchfolk mob and shouts of 'crucify him', the other 'let's understand what happened and the situation she was in'.

Hmm... Singapore, have we gone cuckoo?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

It's never been about Christianity, it never did

C'mon it's never been about Christianity.

In regards to the infamous Amos Yee's insulting video about LKY and the disparaging remarks on Christianity (link), it never has been.

I am a Christian. It has never bothered me about people's criticism about Jesus or Christians.

My opinion is it is about insulting LKY and these pro-LKY and PAP supporters can't take it sitting down. Who is this young punk who dare insult our Founding Father. But please don't go chasing the rabbit trail and make a piecemeal about insults on Christians and creating religious disharmony. It never has been.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Heart-felt story shared by daughter of political detainee

Heart-felt account of the daughter of a political detainee under ISA. This is an excellent piece of sharing and kudos to her father Ong Bock Chuan for forgiving. There is so much healing in forgiveness.

My words to her:
It's not easy for all of you and I'm glad you spoke up. I have always been intrigued by the aftermath and impact of the immediate families of these 'wrongful' political detainees. There is a 'dark' side of LKY that needs to be shared and looked at objectively.

Monday, March 30, 2015

What's next, Singapore?

I had left my opinions and comments in various reads:
  • "What LKY's death tells us about the culture of Singapore" in LIFT blog (link);
  • Attested to similar kinship to state-controlled media propaganda (link); and
  •  Writings about my stand that we need to attribute LKY's contributions and not some fishing village story (link)
After which I feel I have been on trial - lambasted by 'good-natured' friends, online readers and LKY mourners.

Like it or not, LKY had always been a person whose statements can be conflicting direct and peppered with 'contradictions'.