Saturday, April 26, 2008

That escape: Crucial Issues aplenty, so let's move on...

Reading Straits Times articles often makes my blood boil.

Especially recent ones on the Mas Selamat Kastari incident and the Committee of Inquiry findings disclosed by Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng in Parliament this week.

Too many Straits Times Journalists:

  • Obviously have no ability to think beyond what the PAP tells them to think, yet they think that they are in a position to pass judgment.
  • Seem to feed on what the government feeds them, and try to outdo themselves in sakah-ing the powers that be; and
  • Have no sense of perspective, seeming to think the escape of one detainee is an insignificant incident that does not affect Singapore's reputation on the world stage.
How many of those writing for the Straits Times really mean it, I wonder?

Or will they be like Mr Lee Hsien Loong who will readily defend the country's ministers whether they seem competent or not?

How many of them set up straw men or hurled red herrings and other fallacies to defend the government when the hint of governmental responsibility was suggested? How many pushed the party agenda instead of holding the ruling party accountable to Singapore's people even when the people cried out for aid in times of recession?

If a government official failed in his duty, will the press not rise up to defend the incompetence while pushing the blame onto others?

In both cases, there has been negligence - And the press in Singapore has readily risen to the challenge to quash all inquiries of the public that dare to challenge the omnipotent wisdom of the PAP.

Common sense will tell you that it will only be a matter of time before the public will figure out the lies that the broadsheet is spreading, or there will be no accountability left in no time.

This is not to say that the press will change. Even when a block of flats is found to be unsafe, for instance, due to shoddy workmanship, writers like Chua Lee Hoong will still find a way to divert responsibility away from those in power and push the blame to complacent Singaporeans, even if we tried to call attention to it.

If a hospital was found to have been awarding tenders to its CEO's family and friends, and if the Health Minister knew but did nothing, the press would still be able to spin the story so that we have a new governmental policy to reward the elites in society.

And the Mas Selamat escape? Singapore is now the laughing stock of the world security wise and face? Well...What does Singapore have besides its reputation?

If he were a homicidal maniac, he would have been shot in Outram Road MRT station. But since he's only the leader of one of the major terrorist cells that's active in Asia means that according to Chua, we're as safe as we were before we let the homicidal terrorist, probably pissed as hell about being imprisoned for 2 years, escape.

The escape has been a big stain on the reputation of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). But it has really placed Singapore on the world map for the SNAFU of epic proportions for letting what is now known as a limping man without pants on escape the long, efficient arm of the law. If you talk to people on the internet, the escape has been no more than a long line of screw ups that our lucratively paid ministers have witnessed under their watch.

But this does not mean nothing more has to be done. After such a high signature event, there can be closure only if there are two things: a new press with the actual gumption to be responsible to the people that it claims to serve, and heads seen to roll. Such is the way that human nature is wired.

To Chua - a PAP stooge who only serves as a tripod for the genitalia of the government that she so obviously seems to love, as those who have followed her writings closely over the years will know - there has been unprecedented transparency in the way that the MHA disclosed misinformation (What was he wearing? Pants. Yellow. Chicken suit. Limping only when he runs) over these two months.

Yes, there was moments of absolute clarity, such as when we were informed that a terrorist had escaped. MHA will no doubt have learned from this experience not to actually say anything at all.

Watch as the Straits Times then pulls a red herring comparison between a country that's over 2000 times bigger than Singapore and ourselves.

Word is that there will be a shirking of ministerial responsibility and a round of scapegoating by the next parliament sitting.

Meanwhile, there really are many other things that I would rather focus my mind on.

Like the next general election.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

One has to imagine...

...that this is what the Opposition Parties are talking about in their offices at the moment.

And one certainly hopes that they've got a plan, because like it or not, they're playing with the big boys now.

Look, nobody hired you because you’d be a brilliant campaigner. You’re a beginner in all this. Yes, at the moment, you’re a liability, but you’ll get the hang of it. You’re here because you know how to run a country. The conversation I’m interested in is how do we build a four year plan where you don’t know what kind of Congress you’re going to have to work with.

That’s what transition is about.

I don’t want to wait until transition. I want a plan in place. I want to spend transition hiring a staff that can execute it and on day one I want to get to work, not dickering around for the first three months. You want something to worry about, worry about that."

The West Wing: S07E01: The Ticket.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Salad Preferences.


"I'd like to order a money salad with a heap of privileges, perks and prestige."

"I'd also like it upsized."

"Responsibility? Sure. But I'll like it on the side please."

"Easier to enjoy when the responsibility's nice but not all responsibilities are that nice."

"It'll cost integrity? Sure."

"No problem."

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Luxury is...

...a door for the urinal area of a toilet...

Because that's what I've always wanted but never experienced in an upscale shopping center like Paragon or a luxurious hotel like the Ritz Carlton...But apparently they've got it in the ISD detention facility. I love how my tax dollars are put to work...Don't you?

What's next? A look at Mas Selamat's personalized 5 star mattress with the memory foam top layer and the caviar that he gets served with 2 meals a day? (3 meals would be an extravagance...)

Perhaps it's time we started treating our criminal masterminds (oftendetainedwithouttrialforanunspecifiedamountoftime) like criminals (oftendetainedwithouttrialforanunspecifiedamountoftime).

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Sunday, April 20, 2008


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Saturday, April 19, 2008


'He gave us a lot of freedom, but was always there to lend his support at each stage...He trusted me and shielded me from possible problems by taking care of dissenters for me.'

Such is the language of sycophants...and of those who require toadies to support their little tyrannies.

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Friday, April 11, 2008


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Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Times They Are a-changin'.

Come gather 'round people

Wherever you roam

And admit that the waters

Around you have grown

And accept it that soon

You'll be drenched to the bone.

If your time to you

Is worth savin'

Then you better start swimmin'

Or you'll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics

Who prophesize with your pen

And keep your eyes wide

The chance won't come again

And don't speak too soon

For the wheel's still in spin

And there's no tellin' who

That it's namin'.

For the loser now

Will be later to win

For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen

Please heed the call

Don't stand in the doorway

Don't block up the hall

For he that gets hurt

Will be he who has stalled

There's a battle outside

And it is ragin'.

It'll soon shake your windows

And rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers

Throughout the land

And don't criticize

What you can't understand

Your sons and your daughters

Are beyond your command

Your old road is

Rapidly agin'.

Please get out of the new one

If you can't lend your hand

For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn

The curse it is cast

The slow one now

Will later be fast

As the present now

Will later be past

The order is

Rapidly fadin'.

And the first one now

Will later be last

For the times they are a-changin'.

Bob Dylan

One wonders if the government has heard as the whispers of dissent grew into a rumble as more and more repeated them.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

I'ma tryin' this this Saturday...

Bourbon Pork Ribs

From Derrick Riches,


  • 4-5 pounds whole spareribs, trimmed and membrane removed
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup beer, preferably ale
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Combine all ingredients, except ribs, in a small saucepan until brown sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cook. Place ribs in a large dish. Cover with marinade and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 5-6 hours.

Preheat grill for medium heat. Remove ribs from dish, reserve marinade. Place ribs on grill and allow to cook for 20 minutes. Cover ribs loosely with foil and cook for an additional hour or more. Reheat reserved marinade by bringing it to a boil and serve with ribs.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

How to siam questions.

The Straits Times today has a great email interview with the Emperor Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew where in it, he once again manages to escape the more difficult questions that he is posed. Wait...


Note that this means that he has no excuses (like misunderstanding the question, tone and otherwise, getting carried away on a tangential thought etc...) for missing the point of the questions posed...Unless he (SHOCK) did. Because if he did, that means that he would probably have failed his GP essay and therefore not been in the top 600 students who are now in the Singapore reality show called "Singapore Idol: Prime Minister Edition". Where would Singapore be without him then? Lost I tell you! LOST!


Anyway, because of password failure etc, I can only post a photograph of the transcript of said interview.

Question: Some people have argued that it's not just an issue of complacency, but also incompetence. Do you agree?

Answer: When you are complacent with handling a wily detainee, then you have been negligent.

I guess it's troubling when you have a person paid that much a year giving you answers like that.
As a teacher, I would say that he's gone off topic and has not addressed the issue inherent in the statement. As a Singaporean, I'm concerned that he's being paid THAT much to give us answers like that. As a political observer, I applaud him for siam-ing the question quite effectively.

I like how in all his tirades so far, he's been very focused on his lambasting of the security officers who screwed up (although I'm surprised that they haven't picked out a name to scapegoat just yet). I agree that the people directly involved would be the ones most responsible for the great escape. What's interesting is that the media seems more interested in converting said tirade into a lecture on how ALL Singaporeans need to be less complacent.

After all, we're hardly ever in the position to deal with these things are we? I thought that that's why we're paying our ministers such huge salaries? The reasons given were that if we didn't, we'd be screwed as a country and we'd have to work as construction workers and maids...right? And terrorists would break out of pris...uhm...never mind.

Now I realise that the reason that we pay such huge salaries to our government is so that accountability can be thrown out the window and questions can remain unanswered.


But I'd like my money back now please.

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