Saturday, 23 September 2017

More liberal, Less Fear, and so, Accept the Controversies.


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The aftermath of the walkover Presidential election shows the true color of “Black and White Face” (黑白脸) strategy of the People’s Action Party government.  

    Before the “election”, the PAP uses hard and harsh tactics to push through the reserved PE - using the Parliament to change the Constitutions, making the walkover, even change the race identity.

After the “election”, the PAP is aware of political price and so they need to do damage control. First, Goh Chok Tong said the PE is controversy. Then, Tharman followed up by projecting a “liberal and less fear” Singapore as compared to the past. Singaporeans also feel less constrained.     

Now, the PAP is projecting a moderate, liberal, open and reasonable image. Goh Chok Tong agreed there are controversies. Tharman also said the same and ‘did not agree with every tactic by his colleagues’.     


Once again, Singaporeans suffer a backstabbing.  Instead of the PAP saying sorry to us, we have to say sorry to the PAP. Look at Tharman’s reply:

[“Singaporeans judge. … Singaporeans judge at each election, and they will judge the PAP in the next election.”

“I do not think Singaporeans are fools.”]
  • The new Paper, 22 September 2017.
     
It is quite clear that the “Black and White Face” tactic work very well for the PAP - past, present and future?.

Singaporeans are not fools but why they can’t see the clearer and bigger picture. The controversial PE may lead to some pro-PAP supporters to feel unhappy.  The PAP hardliners know the political price. But when the moderate PAP leaders call for unity, understanding, rational choices, majority of the unhappiness will disappear.     

This is the reality of Singaporeans, who judge the PAP under the “Black and White Face” wayang.  And they are too happy to be fooled. 

Friday, 15 September 2017

一个人的Dishonorable选举,一个人的Dishonorable决定。败国之象,民主之哀。


    一个人的选举 - 总统。
    一个人的决定 - 总理。

    无论选举还是决定,都是Dishonorable.

    Dishonorable son 形容没有诚信的人子,没有荣耀的儿子。延伸开来,也可以是败家子,不孝子。

李显龙就是这样被弟妹冠名。几个月前,他在处理李光耀遗属的所作所为已经被弟妹认定为没有一点诚信,没有一点荣耀。弟妹们也暗示这种行为可能导致败家败国。

现在,从民选总统的一个人的选举中,一个人的决定,Dishonorable son又再一次被落实。

    不过,这一次,却是从家庭延伸到国家。从失信于家人,家族蒙羞到失信于国人,让国人蒙羞。从败家到败国,李显龙的一意孤行,不但害了李氏家族,也把国家给害了。因此,人们形容新加坡是第一世界的经济体,第三流的政治体制。

    想一想,如果李显龙继续败家败国下去,新加坡还可能成为第一经济体吗?一个人的选举,就是完全的垄断,没有竞争,不管做什么生意,只要一家公司提供服务就可以了。在政治上,就是一党独大,不需要制衡。

【一个人的决定,还是集体迷失、迷思】

    不论在总统选举修宪辩论上,还是国会辩论李显龙弟妹的指控事件上,行动党的一些资深领袖和内阁部长,都冷漠对待,没有发声,没有给意见。到底他们是沉默的认同,还是不敢发声?

    如果这些最后的决定,都是集体决定的话;那么,总理的决定,政府最后的方案,决策,就是集体的责任。沉默不出声,甚至反对,但又不表态,并不表示,作为内阁成员和资深领袖,就可以逃过责任这一关。最少在道义上,也要负起责任。

    当然,在政治上,也有两边吃的现象。不表态,就是等待机会,万一李显龙出了大问题,越来越不受欢迎;那么,这些保持沉默的领袖,就可以名正言顺,挺身而出,捞好处,行动党就可以“拨乱反正”,以改革的新形象出现,再一次骗得选票。

    两边吃的机会,似乎不太可能。内阁部长,高级官员的家底,都需要向总理报告,这些人的背景对外人是秘密,对于总理来说,却是公开的资料。而在一党独大和一个人的决定下,两边吃的情形,微乎其微。事实证明,过去50多年来却是如此。

    既然两边都吃不到,那么,就是一个人的决定。而这个决定就是建立在集体迷失、迷思的基础上。整个内阁里,就像一党独大一样,总理的权力大到让内阁迷失方向,失去思维能力,放纵总理为所欲为,依照自己的意愿行事、决定。

【一个人的决定和只有一家公司招标】

    行动党喜欢玩一个人的决定,因此,在很多政府的决策上,也变得只有一种选择,一种供给,一种人选。在委任新议长时,也是一种选择。在组屋翻新问题上,国家发展部是“一个人的决定”。公积金如何借款给政府,也是一个人的决定。储备金如何投资,结果如何,也是一个人的决定,连总统都管不了。

    人们似乎习惯了一个人的决定,久而久之,就依赖,过度依赖一个人的决定。新加坡人认为,没有总理人一个人的决定,他们就会失去方向,不知所措。

(新加坡民主,国外开花?)  

最可怕的是,这种过度依赖还延伸到国外去。

一位在欧洲砖石店工作的朋友,最近反应,他被投诉。因为,他在服务新加坡客人的时候,对于李氏父子的所作所为有所不满,对新加坡政治做出评判。他原本认为新加坡人到了国外,和在国内会有所不同,思维上也会比较开放。哪里知道,这种过度依赖一个人的决定的思维,依旧留在新加坡身上。

新加坡人出国也不忘行动党的集体迷失、迷思。甚至在欧洲民主国家,也要求新加坡式的民主。难怪,李显龙可以我行我素决定,一个人的选举。他当然也认为一个人的选举代价不高。

但是,新加坡真的是小虾米。欧洲砖石店的生意,如果只靠新加坡客人,就只有关门大吉。一个中国客人或者一个俄罗斯客人的购买力,就能够轻易的超过一团新加坡游客。

新加坡人在行动党集体迷惑、迷思下,如何看清自己小虾米式的所谓民主?

    在行动党的集体迷失、迷思、迷惑下,还直接造成没有人敢投标,没有公司敢投标的怪现象。当我们仔细研究阿裕尼-后港市镇会和工人党议员的司法纠纷时,为什么会出现一家公司投标的问题?这是否和一个人的决定有关,为什么没有公司要投标?

    新加坡独特的“一个人的决定”的民主方式,造就了一家公司敢投标的怪现象?在一个人的决定下,政府关联的管理公司,却步反对党的市镇会。而在迷思、迷惑下,新加坡人的印象中,就是工人党议员失职,没有担任好管理员的角色。

【一家公司投标和总统、总理失职】

    说到责任问题,失职问题,如果拿相同的标准来衡量,我们是否可以拿市镇会管理和总统、总理的管理国家来评论。事实上,总统、总理的责任更加大,反而似乎不需要负什么责任。

    在正常的选举制度下,做得不好,或者失职,下一次连任的机会就降低了。但是,在一个人的选举下,在一个人的决定下,那丹,陈庆炎是否失职,没有人问?或者,在具体迷思下,没有人敢问,敢看清楚。

    这就回归到制衡的问题。总统没有问储备金的管理问题,是不是失职?淡马锡,政府投资公司到底如何管理新加坡人的钱,有没有失职,没有人敢问?偏偏一个反对党管理的市镇会,就百般刁难,迷惑国人,反对党照顾自己人,没有尽责。

    新加坡的民主悲哀,问题不在民主,而是人民一直被行动党迷惑,迷失方向,走向入迷思不解的死角。而看清楚迷局的知识分子,就像行动党的沉默派一样,明哲保身,忘记了在民主制度下的个人责任问题。当然,这也是一个牺牲自我的问题。

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Mid-life Challenge: Job Market is Bad. Chuan Jin Accepts Pay Cut.



    Tan Chuan Jin’s problem is an ordinary Singaporean problem. Job market is bad but as a mid-career, mid-life (PMET) person, he has many personal and family commitments. This is not a political price issue but a bread and butter problem. So, he has to accept a pay cut and re-deployment.

What are the mid-life challenges?
  • Housing loans, may be for second home.
  • Car loans, perhaps a second car.
  • Education fees for children.
  • Parents maintenance expenses.
  • Insurance - life, endowment, investment-linked products, medical etc.
  • Medical expenses (he was once ill)
  • Entertainment and holiday for family.   

    When a PMET is retrenched or redeployed, he will need to adjust his lifestyle and try very hard to maintain his quality of life as before. This is especially when one faces a pay cut.

    Being a former Manpower Minister, Chuan Jin knows too well that ‘CPF money is not your money’. Between age 48 to 55, Chuan Jin cannot withdraw CPF saving for own use even though he has a handsome balance with CPF Board. Only after 55, he can withdraw CPF saving above the required minimum sum.  He also cannot withdraw Medisave as he wishes because there is a limit. This means there is a need of cash top up.

    Luckily for Chuan Jin, his pay cut does not affect his financial commitments so much. He can still afford to have holidays, allowances for children and parents, serving housing and car loans, and paying insurance premiums promptly. His medical is still covered by the government.

    So, his political price or compromise is well taken cared of.

    However, if you are a PMET earning more than $100,000, a pay cut of 50% or same scale as Chuan Jin, you will face a real challenge. Most likely, you will have less entertainment and holidays, giving less allowances to your children and parents, perhaps some problems paying insurance premiums, housing and car loans.

    Now, you can understand why Chuan Jin accepts a deployment and pay cut. You may still recall Lui Tuck Yew, from a minister to our current ambassador to Japan.  Certainly, the pay for ambassador is lower than a Speaker of the House. Luckily, Tuck Yew is above 55, he can withdraw CPF money to meet his personal financial commitments.

    Chuan Jin or Tuck Yew, both scholars, in fact can be better deployed to GLCs like SMRT, Keppel, Singtel, Capitaland, etc to earn million dollars. Why not?

Unfortunately, both may have choose the wrong path. This is their political price. They are not the political materials that Lee Hsien Loong wants.

No matter what, Chuan Jin and Tuck Yew are still drawing handsome salary on tax payers’ money. This is very different from most of the PMETs who have to face the real challenges in life and in career.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

李显龙的幻象:新加坡人对他的 dishonorable 行为无动于衷。


    李显龙的焦虑,最近特别的明显。焦虑后的行动决策,如,总统选举,李光耀孙子李绳武事件,议长人选,都显示他的幻象。他认为,新加坡人对他的所作所为,无动于衷。国人心里虽然不满,但是,在高压和照顾既得利益者的背景下,新加坡依然可以保持稳定,经济继续成长,政治上没有改变。

    李显龙当然有焦虑,正如他的妹妹和弟弟对他的指责:Dishonorable son。李显龙害怕人们对他的诚信起疑心,因此,在国会搞了一个自辩。既然国会没有提出相关资料证明他的诚信有问题,那李显龙就是清白了。

    同时,李显龙也明白,自己的清白,只是国会里才站住脚。在国会外,当然有不同的解读。李显龙还不至于把英国广播公司BBC给关掉,因此,英美的广播和新闻,还是,可以对新加坡政治发展做出评论。李绳武在脸书上对纽约时报对新加坡司法的评论文章,就让李显龙焦虑不已。通过私人管道,进入李绳武的私人脸书部分,焦虑的把私人空间,公开化并且告上法庭。李显龙不顾个人隐私,既然为了个人的焦虑,不惜进入别人的个人空间,这简直就是内安法恐吓手段的升级版。

    新加坡人真的如李显龙幻象中的,无动于衷吗?原本上个星期六,在演说者角落,有一场抗议总统选举的活动,由于当局的种种限制,最后不得不叫停,从室外的公开活动,改成日后的室内活动。这不也是李显龙的焦虑吗?

    李显龙的确有焦虑,但是,他却认为新加坡人很乖,很听话: 给你们什么总统候选人,你们就会认命接受; 想提告什么人,就提告,法律面前人人平等,没有人有意见; 给什么议长人选,国会就认命接受; 地铁误点误事,任何解释,人民都会接受; 无现金就是无限金,跟不上是你的错; 糖尿病就少吃白饭,多吃糙米饭;。。。。

    这是一种李显龙独特的焦虑幻象。他很焦虑,自己无法做得比老爸好,甚至连吴作栋都不如。他也焦虑在后工业时代,新加坡无法创造高薪职位给年轻人;新加坡无法照顾贫穷老弱,无法为他们提供医药服务; 接班人无法胜任挑战; 新加坡人在无限金时代,成了乡下佬; 地铁和教育服务提不上来; 。。。

陈川仁自愿减薪出任国会议长,不论是升职还是降职,已经充分说明,他在国会外,在行动党的职业保护伞外,无法找到一份比国会议长,还要高薪水的工作。
这点显示他不如海军出身的吕德耀。吕德耀即使找不到高薪职位,也毅然离开内阁和国会。
陈川仁,为李显龙成川成仁,却也凸显接班人的素质问题和骨气问题。他们离开了行动党的大树,如何面对现实生活?李显龙能够不焦虑吗?问题出在,李显龙越焦虑,他自己就制造出更多幻象。

    因此,李显龙幻想创造自己的幻象: 利用修改宪法,制造司法独立的假象; 利用马来人总统候选人,制造虚假社群和谐; 利用无限金,表示国家进步; 利用李绳武事件,表现大公无私; 利用支持一带一路,表示和中国亲近; 利用5元特价体检,表示关心人民的健康;。。。

幻象中看不到行政管理赤字 Governance Deficit#

    李显龙在为自己制造的各种假象,幻象中,不忘自我selffie,自我留影,在脸书上炫耀一番。他看到自己,只顾自己,就像国王的新衣,没有理解国人的感受。

    新加坡一向来以行政效率高,生产力高(?),来推动经济发展。政治上也是如此。一旦出现对李显龙,行动党不利的局面,就马上纠正。选举政治的不断改变,经济政策的改变,在一党独大下,可以很快进行,如:集选区,候选人资格认证,官委议员制度,公积金最低存款,媒体管制,假新闻等。

    在李显龙的幻象中,他没有看到行政管理上出现赤字。简单的说,在一直干扰政治、经济、社会等各方面的活动后,往往出现不协调的问题,导致效率和生产力不如从前。从西方的角度看,他们在经历了高度发展后,也觉得本身出现行政赤字 - 低成长,一些行业出现低生产力,低效率,管理失效,错误,冲力不足,等问题。

    在新加坡,我们看到地铁的问题;一些政府部门的浪费,甚至,没有适当授权,也可以将合同合法化; 公共服务跟不上; 补习成风; 突然发现没有理工人才; 突然发现跟不上无现金时代; 突然发现外交无间道; 突然发现南中国海方向不对; 突然发现成了(一马)洗钱中心;。。。

    李显龙连表面的行政赤字,都看不到,或者选择性的看不到, 那么,在他焦虑的幻象中,又如何看到人民的不满,一种内存的爆发力。当然,李显龙假定,这股爆发力不会爆发,因为,新加坡很乖,无动于衷。

    事实上,很多国家就是没有看清这股爆发力。苏联解体,阿拉伯之春,国民党惨败,特兰普上台,英国脱欧,似乎看起来不可能发生。爆发力发生的时候,并不是这些国家政治经济最坏的情形,但是,人们在心理上还是觉得值得一试。

    李显龙焦虑有其道理,他害怕国家败在他的手里。但他在解决焦虑时,充满幻象,他认为可以通过高压手段,限制言论,管制媒体,操控政治,垄断(国营)经济,修改宪法,来达到目的。而他最大的幻象,就是认为,新加坡人,对于他一举一动,无动于衷,没有反对,没有出声。 这就如庄子的【螳螂捕蝉,黄雀在后】,李显龙没有看到幻象后面的危险,他考虑是个人的焦虑问题,把国家面临的挑战,置之不理,考虑的只是个人的焦虑。因此,Dishonorable son (of Singapore) 的称呼,合情合理。

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pascal-lamy/addressing-the-global-gov_b_4646573.html




Friday, 1 September 2017

Smart President, Stupid Prime Minister?



As Tony Tan stepped down as President of Singapore, many say he is a ‘do nothing’ useless President. However, he is not stupid. Indeed, he is very smart by being silent and leaves everything to the Prime Minister.

The smartest person, according to Dao De Jing (Laozi), is practicing ‘wu wei’ and leaving all things to nature.  He is just doing this and lets all the things to the Prime Minister.  The PM instead has to worry about the natural and unnatural developments, including how to fix the reserved Elected President issue and find another suitable nothing to do President as Tony Tan’s replacement.    

Dao De Jing Quotes:

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”

“A leader is best When people barely know he exists.Of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will say, “We did this ourselves.”

The only missing point is “we did this ourselves.” Do nothing is ok but without the interventions or disruptions. Here we see the presidential election developments are disrupted by the Prime Minister. Hence, Tony Tan is smart to leave everything and do nothing but the stupid prime minister keeps on changing the rules of the game. It makes “we did this ourselves” impossible.

Tony Tan ‘do nothing’ mistake is he agrees and changes the Constitutions and so everything did change. As a result, Singaporeans miss the opportunity of “we did this ourselves”.  The EP system itself is unnatural and now with the prime minister’s new interventions, the coming EP election will become a man-made beauty - the worst development so far for EP.      

The coming EP is an insult to Singaporeans, especially the Malays. “We did this ourselves” is not only impossible, the Malays have to pretend the reserved election is for their own good.  

When a leader tries to disturb the “we did this ourselves”, the matter will become worst.

The influential Muslim modernist Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905) is known to have expressed his sentiment on his return from a long study trip to Europe, “I went to the West and saw Islam, but no Muslims; I got back to the East and saw Muslims, but not Islam.”

In Singapore, we see election but ourselves. Perhaps, without an election (walk-over) and without ourselves. How to do good and do together.



Friday, 25 August 2017

老子用法,儿子乱法,孙子受罚。


老子用法整人害人;
儿子乱法变本加厉;
孙子依法受罚受害。

    这是李家的现世报。可悲的,这也是新加坡人的现世报。我们现在活生生的看到李家这面镜子,从用法、乱法、到下一辈被司法和法律整、玩、用和处罚。从李家折射出来的大问题,就是每一个新加坡人,都有可能成为受害者。既然李光耀的孙子,都被用法,乱法伤害,一般普通人,能够幸免吗?

李光耀的“用法”道德价值判断,从新加坡独立以来,众所周知。这一段血泪史,不容否认。人民行动党把这个伟大的价值,奉为金科玉律,发扬光大,恶名遍布全世界。

李显龙利用修法,改法,来变本加厉他的“乱法”认知,现在已经越来越明显。孙子受罚,只不过是其中的一个例子罢了。他不但没有意思在国民教育和意识比以前高的背景下,拥抱民主自由,反而开倒车,趋向专制。

陈清木的民选总统上诉案,被判失败, 就是一个典型“乱法”例子。我们想一想一个以微差落败的2011总统候选人,现在,都受到用法和乱法的伤害,新加坡人有必要认清这个现世报,这不只是发生在李家,而是遍布全国,与我们每一个人息息相关。陈清木说,国会要求林瑞莲向法庭寻求解释 -第一任民选总统的定义。但是,现在,法庭却把球抛回给国会,法庭说国会具有最后的决定权。

再来看民选议员的权力和市镇管理权。现在,变成民选工人党议员,却要由法庭来决定,他们在管理阿裕尼-后港市镇理事会时,是否失职业。选民已经给予工人党管理市镇理事会的权力,现在却要被法庭来决定有没有滥权渎职。这不是乱法的另一个实例吗?

独立52年,新加坡取得辉煌经济成就。但是,当我们步入智慧国的同时,我们是否应该反省,在我们的智慧心灵中,是否要继续依赖行动党那一套用法的价值判断,和乱法的认知。我们一再的容忍李显龙和人民行动党的“用法乱法依法治国”理念,即使新加坡被称为所谓的智慧国,我们的脑袋也是空空如也,是非不分。难怪,新加坡部长到了上海,就成了乡下人。或许,他根本不知道,在中国,抗议示威是常有的事,尤其是为不公而上访和房地产纠纷有关的事。(《我不是潘金莲》,《人民的名义》)

    新加坡典型的用法,乱法现象,其实就是一种民主倒退。新加坡人在经济进步的热潮下,愿意妥协,让行动党为所欲为,只要大多数人有钱赚,少数人跟不上,赶不上,不是大问题。这是一种 “Authoritarian Bargain”独裁者的妥协。人民不要理政治,而放权让行动党为所欲为。什么制衡,国会,修法,全部由行动党来包办。

    事实上,在52年的用法,乱法的过程中,行动党并没有把人民的贡献放在第一位。他们关心的是李光耀和建国元勋的贡献。

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    新加坡之所以有今天,正如李光耀所说的,天下没有免费的午餐,这是新加坡人,老一辈不同族群人士的努力贡献。因此,行动党称这群人为建国一代。这种情形和差不多同一时期发达的中东产油国一样,国家都变成有钱起来。一个依靠努力打拼,一个吃着天上掉下来的馅饼,不劳而获。所以,他们没有建国一代。

    现在,产油国面对低油价的问题,国内财富再分配出现问题,民怨四起。过去,他们可以利用高油价所得,为人民提供各种福利。但是现在,钱从哪里来?
    我们看一看新加坡,过去,经济成长高的时候,人民,尤其是建国一代没有得到好处,低薪的继续低薪,生活没有改善。行动党并没有把国家的经济成长所得合理分配给他们。再想一想,在未来,当我们步入智慧国,经济成长放慢,行动党怎么可能做到财富合理分配呢!
    李显龙,以及他所谓的接班人,就是害怕做不到合理分配,因此,才频频利用“用法”,“乱法”的动作,来达到一党独大,为所欲为。当然,在过程中,他们不会忘记给一些好处,李显龙在国庆群众大会说的学前教育,对抗糖尿病,以及智慧国的概念,就是一种朝三暮四的独裁者的妥协。
    智慧国新加坡的国民,是否有足够的智慧心灵看懂行动党的居心,读懂李显龙的用心?
【缺少自信心,Republic of Fear 恐惧惊吓共和国】
    就像产油国那样,过去有丰富的外汇收入,现在趋向保守,甚至反民主自由,就是要维护他们的专制统治。这里面当然有我们熟悉的各种恐吓手段,时不时的出击,才能取得最佳效果。归根结底,就是没有了天下掉下来的高价馅饼,中东产油国,无法满足他们与人民协定的独裁者的妥协。
    同样的,李显龙和行动党在面对低成长的未来,在缺少自信心的情况下,如果要继续一党独大,就要采取比李光耀和吴作栋更加专制的手段。这些手段表面上比内安法来的文明,通过司法法律来达到目的。(除了亲兄弟以外)
    上面提到的李光耀孙子,陈清木,工人党市镇会等例子,再加上已经通过的媒体管理制度,假新闻的定义,电眼广泛设立,资讯管制,等等;一方面表示李显龙的自信心出问题,另一方面,也显示李显龙希望他的接班人也依然故我,走着和他一样的专制路线。难怪,吴作栋会提出警告,下一批接班人不要Group Thinking集体思维。
    可惜,李显龙就是要把新加坡创造成为一个集体思维的智慧国,继续进行他的独裁者的妥协。问题是,他的妥协,如公积金问题,外汇管理,高官的选择,已经越来越不公开,不透明,越来越有心无力。


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Lee Hsien Loong’s Over Simplicity: Preschool, Anti-Diabetes, and Smart Nation.



    Once again, Lee Hsien Loong shows his short-sighted simplicity about his long-term plan for Singapore. In his National Day Message, he highlights 3 key issues for his action plan, namely preschool, diabetes and smart nation.

It is a case of over simplicity. He believes he can cut short Singapore problems into preschool, diabetes and smart nation. The bigger problems, however, are education, healthcare and development. Preschool is just a part of education problems Singapore is facing. Diabetes can not run away from our under protected healthcare services. Smart nation can not be just machine smart.

In total, all three issues touch on the level playing field, social mobility, poverty, inequality and most importantly, culture of help, mindset and social change.

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Lee Hsien Loong tries very hard to preserve the status quo, just like he wants to retain 38, Oxley Road or as reported, the estate of Lee Kuan Yew is not entitled to use or have copies of the oral history transcripts. He makes changes so to have conservation.   

To a conservative, the goal of change is less important than the insistence that change be effected with a respect for the rule of law and traditions of society. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Conservatism

Preschool, anti-diabetes, and smart nation are changes for Lee Hsien Loong’s conservation. However, these means of change serve only one purpose - continued conservation, or in a more prestige name - the Lee Kuan Yew Legacy/Founders’ Memorial.

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The Lee Hsien Loong’s short-sighted simplicity is to maintain a winner takes all economy. This model as experienced in the USA is facing its critical moment and threatens the capitalist system. Singapore as a role model of Reaganomics and Thatcherism can not avoid the same ills - social mobility, inequality and poverty. 


This is why when Lee Hsien Loong talks about anti-diabetes, he fails to realise the root causes. “The number of adults estimated to be living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled over 35 years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said, warning that it has increased drastically because of "the way people eat, move and live".” (http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-is-no-2-nation-with-most-diabetics-5-things-about-diabetes)

They way we eat (hawkers centres), move (MRT breakdown), live (high HDB prices) are contributing factors to diabetes. These and the education demands translate into a stress level that our past conservative culture finds difficulty in coping.

Referring to the smart nation development, Lee Hsien Loong will neglect the social mobility issue. When we decide to abandon dialects, we never consider the communication problem. When we are experience high economic growth, we fail to raise the pay of lower income workers. In order to make ‘winner takes all’ possible, we lower the tax rate and remove estate duty. 



Friday, 11 August 2017

不适当总统,不适当总理,国难当前,真正的PAP党人和国人会站出来吗?


    2017年只走了八个多月,新加坡的政治乱象已经层出不穷。目前,摆在我们面前的,可以肯定的,就是一个不适当的总统 -不论是现任还是准备上任的。同时,也出现一个不适当的总理-一个认知出现问题的领袖。

    以往,不适当总统,原本就不是问题,因为,总理和内阁团队,可以在人民行动党创党精神,信约精神,李光耀价值,和国人勇于牺牲,刻苦耐劳感召下,克服困难,取得成果。

    但是,2017年却告诉我们,无论总统选举是否是直通车,答案已经很清楚,行动党要一个看不懂账簿,不知道外汇交易,更加不知道国内外经济的前任议长,来担任民选总统。因此,这是一个货不对办的民选总统,国人不可能对未来总统寄予厚望。连熟悉财经的陈庆炎都无能为力,无法履行民选总统的职务,前任议长行吗?这里完全是以总统作为一个新加坡人来看问题,与种族背影无关。因为,我们立国以来,就是一直强调能者胜任的原则。

    (李光耀如果还活着,对于李显龙推出这一号人物,不知是否要从棺材里跳出来,高呼一声“不”。)

    很不幸的,总统人选的问题,也突出李显龙的认知问题。从修改宪法,陈清木高庭上诉,到人选的种种决策上,李显龙都是背着民意走。李显龙的认知问题,也出现在外交上,现在不只是假新闻的问题,李显龙似乎连假情报也分不清楚。当然,最大的问题,李显龙一直到现在还不知道为何自己被套上 dishonorable son 的称号。

    一个不适当的总统,遇到一个不能胜任的总理,虽然2017年预测经济成长2.5%,新加坡表面的经济稳定,这只不过是一个表象,内部的腐烂,经过一段时间后,如果不及时制止,那么,新加坡50年来辛苦建立起来的经济,也将会一下子迅速倒下。这不是不可能发生的事,而是很可能发生的悲剧。

    国难当前,为避免悲剧发生,真正的行动党党人和爱国人士,会站出来吗?

    自从李显龙担任总理以来,我们就看到一些爱党爱国的人士出来发声,有些人笼统、简单的把这些人归纳为行动党B队。他们对李显龙团队有所不满,只是没有公开反对罢了。

    1.行动党B队。这个比较明显,以陈清木为主。他们没有公开反对行动党,只是希望能够制衡政府,要求一定程度的政治开放。

    2.学术界。李显龙在挑选国会议员候选人的时候,无法吸纳大学和学术界人才,反而,反对党中出现这些人才。最近,由于假情报事件,李光耀公共政策学院似乎成了反李显龙的学术组织。

黄靖的错误消息,“假情报”事件,凸显李显龙无能的认知问题。到底这是一个单面还是双面间谍的问题,新加坡外交部,没有说清楚。甚至,也可以是无中生有,方便为李显龙认知问题找借口。当然,也可以是学术界的两派之争。

    几年前,学术界出现过,对于人力部的统计数据提出不同解读,而被部长训话。也出现过,10年来低薪雇员没有加薪的论点。

    3.李玮玲、李显扬、知识分子。这些人本着爱护新加坡的心,提出和李显龙不同的看法和意见。他们希望行动党内部纠正错误,本着李光耀价值来治理新加坡。何光平,许通美,还有其他一些知识分子,对于新加坡未来也提出一些看法。

    4.奖学金得主。2011和2015年大选,出现不少奖学金得主加入反对党,他们相信信约精神,政府为民服务的价值。可惜,他们无法突破行动党的围困,进不了国会。他们的失败,导致一些愿意献身政治的人,却步反对党政治。这间接造成李显龙的认知错误,以为反对党成不了气候,那么他就可以为所欲为。

    5.潜伏的B队。即使李显龙在行动党党内一手遮天,行动党内部还是有一股势力,温和的开明派。这个温和派,往往在关键时刻,还是默许李显龙的所作所为,最近的国会辩论,李显龙自吹自擂,自己没有渎职滥权,好多行动党议员都没有说一句话。或许,这是明哲保身,也或许时机未到。更或许,就是在捞好处。我们可以期待潜伏B队,对国家做出贡献吗?

    新加坡其实没有缺少和李显龙、行动党不同意见的人。只是现行的政治局面,行动党一党独大,令人却步。任何时代,都需要爱国具有献身精神的人,每个人有不同的解读,有些人认为是时候了,而大多数的新加坡有识之士,却认为,时机还未成熟。这无形中,进一步加深了李显龙的认知失调,一错再错,最后,连李光耀的老本也输光。

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Lee Hsien Loong’s Stupidity: Parliament Self-Defence, Presidential Controversy, Public Mistrust.



It is a well planned stupidity.  Whether the reserved presidential election or self-defence/self declaration of (non)abuse of power in parliament, these are all well planned strategies by top administrators in Singapore. However, when we look at the outcome, perhaps, it is only a self-satisfaction of Lee Hsien Loong.

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Smart people do stupid things.  In fact, it is a reflection of inner self with obvious ill intentions. So much so that it not only puts Singapore in a bad shape but creates internal and external confidence problems. There is only one proclaimed winner, putting own self interest above the nation.

It is very surprise top advisers to Lee Hsien Loong have not studied or smart enough or dare enough to point out the stupidity - definition of first elected president, definition of “malay”,  politics of kinship, appointment of attorney-general, ….

Arguments put forward by Lee Hsien Loong and his advisers are far from convincing. There are full of holes which can only be filled by the authority of one-party state machinery.

Lee Hsien Loong’s stupidity also exposes the quality of his top advisers and our top administrators. Are they under stress? Can they withhold the trust and principle of “without fear and favour”? Can they think and judge Independently? If not, it sad to see they are as stupid as Lee Hsien Loong.  And is there a future for Singapore with such a leadership and teamwork?

We are telling people; be it investors, businessmen, salary workers, or professionals; we are practising double standard. If you are my brothers, you are protected. If your racial status is not right, the government can make it right.  We have a unique system to define who is first and who is second. However, if you are not happy, you can still file a lawsuit in Courts.