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My Summer Wine is Made of All These Things… March 29, 2007

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Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring…

WARNING: contains nudity.

I am Singaporean XXI – The Green-Eyed Peasant. March 29, 2007

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So someone on YoungPAP has asked us if we’re being green-eyed monsters regarding the astronomical pay raise. It makes me wonder if it’s just a simple knee-jerk reaction. What he’s saying is basically what our political masters have been telling us peasants:

Being a politician is a specialised profession. Therefore, since you can’t understand how politics (especially in the local microcosm) functions, and because you will necessarily fail if you try to go it alone, so pay us and let us do it. We’re the professionals. We’re worth every dollar. You peasants are only grousing because you are jealous, green-eyed monsters.

Yeah, we’re so envious of how much our politicians get. I’m so envious that my complexion is green now.

Even common sense would tell you that it’s absurd! It’s disturbing, for me, just for one reason – are our politicians really doing it out of passion or out of the salary? God, how do such articles even make it to youngPAP? Are they THAT desperate that they will accept any article from any random Tom, Dick or Harry off the streets?

So us peasants are green-eyed and jealous. I’m sure we all are. But to think that we are unhappy just because we are jealous – that’s elitist, no, make that very elitist, very better-than-thou, and it shows how out-of-touch the king is with his peasants. Or, at least, this particular servant of the Royal Court.

HELLO, we can think, and we are unhappy for reasons much better than your simple claim of jealousy. If appreciating that your clients are saying so just because they’re jealous, then please go right ahead and let them represent themselves. You CAN quit the Bar…make yourself a better person by not letting others get jealous over you loh. But no, you still want to earn their money. You don’t really care about their moral stand, as long as the moolah keeps coming in.

Maybe our lords don’t really care about us peasants too. They’re just interested in making our moolah work for them. And, thus, all the name-calling. They’re not even willing to engage us peasants.

Happy Western Music March 28, 2007

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Presenting to you Texas Lightning, with No No Never.


I am Singaporean XX, cont’d – An Answer. March 24, 2007

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Being on the salary issue, i chanced upon something on young PAP…a treatise on moolah and why it’s vital to pay our ministers top dollars. I guess it can be summed up so: if you want top banana, you got to peel back the skin.

Nonsensical? No, not nonsensical. That is, i suppose, what our politician friend has been trying to tell us. It’s as if all along, we’ve been eating bananas without peeling back the skin (highly idiotic, of course – she means our blindness to the life of the politicians) and she’s here to give us Instructions on How to Peel a Banana. (To enjoy the succulent sweet flesh of a banana, we have to peel the skin back – she peels the ‘skin’ off the politicians and shows us why they deserve such a kingly salary.)

It is, however, also quite natural for someone drawing a high pay to rationalise it. Let’s take this article apart paragraph by paragraph.

Money is the proverbial carrot. No matter how many people put themselves on the moral high ground, Money still talks for most others. If you want to get a job done you can’t do well yourself, pay some one well to do it well. If you want to get a job superbly well done, pay superbly more. Similarly, if we want Singapore to stay on the “Best Of” world list for a lot of things, we jolly well got to pay top dollar for the best people who can keep us right up there.

Agreed, money is the proverbial carrot. I’m sure that ministers aren’t on the moral high ground too. The main disagreement is the ‘paying top dollars for the best people to keep us up there’ part. So we’re up there in terms of GDP, development, yadda. Too bad that things don’t really look so rosy at home. Just take a walk along Orchard Road on a Sunday and see the folks selling tissue packets. This ‘Best Of’ list is a list which is used to judge the ranking of a nation against some universally-recognised standards – GDP and what have you. It’s NOT reflective of how the scene actually is. For example, it doesn’t take into account the rich-poor divide.

That these people are the best, that remains to be seen. It’s always an assumption that they are the best to keep us up there. Oh, really? Maybe they are the best, but not in terms of communicating to their charges. One particular MP telling people to accept the ‘cold, hard truth’ which will turn around and kick you in the nuts if you’re careless is one example.

Not only are these economies self sufficient, they have people resources – to the extent where Supply far Exceeds Demand for geniuses at the top.

We’re a country of idiots! I knew it. That’s what they thought of us all along. Hello, education has come a long way. No wonder so many don’t feel appreciated and pack their bags.

This government put Singapore, a country with no resources, with no historical ties or allies to begin with, on the world map in less than half a century. But will this last forever? […] Today, we have the PAP with a number of good men. Will we have the same people tomorrow and always? I’m not sure. I find it rather myopic and sadly presumptuous for so many of these forumers to assume that Singapore is forever going to be where it is, and that we will forever have exceptional geniuses willing to throw their lives to keep Singapore on its feet.

Yes, this government put Singapore on the world map, yadda, yadda. No, it will NOT and CANNOT last forever. You see, perhaps Gahmen have been blind and deaf to the sociological, ideological and other aspects of being in power. Increasingly, people are seeing our Gahmen’s moves to be moves of naked power, moves which, despite protests, are being carried out anyway. Yes, you have to be the fucker at times. But listening to the disagreements and carrying on without any heed to them reeks of complacency. This paragraph above also brings my argument into perspective – Singapore may not be forever going to be where it is, but we’ve been brought up in such a perfect, protected environment where we believe it to be so. Myopic and presumptious we may be, but it also takes a myopic and presumptious government to proceed in such a manner. They presume that our loyalties lie with them forever because, well, they put Singapore on the world map and they blame quitters, people who have no loyalty, people only chasing money.

In my humble opinion, THEY brought us up to be so.

The life of a Minister is not attractive. How many are willing to sacrifice every evening either at Meet the People Sessions, chairing Review Committees and carrying another baby in a HDB kopitiam even on precious weekends? A platoon with the acumen of Bill Gates, risk appetite of George Soros and the heart of Mother Theresa, I would think. And the compensation? Priceless. Haven’t we all heard this all too often, “Pay Peanuts Get Monkeys”.

Indeed. So what do our ministers do at Meet the People sessions ANYWAY? Carrying another baby in a HDB kopitiam – come on. I didn’t know these were considered as CHORES to our ministers. (Well, the writing style tells me, at least, THIS politician’s view of it.) Well and good. Since you don’t want to meet the people and don’t want to carry babies and tickle him/her, then why should we, the people, place our trust in you? In case you forget, WE are not just answerable to you, dear Government. YOU are also answerable to us. It’s all written in monetary terminology – what ‘compensation’? I thought that as a politician, as someone who really cared, you wouldn’t be asking for compensation.

Pay Peanuts, Get Monkeys though is an interesting quote, especially if you combine it with ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do.’ I still remember our ministers singing the praises of the new budget…sounds like echoing, anyway.

So where does that leave us?

At the very least, one should remember that this IS a political blog. They espouse the views of a certain political party. It would be unwise to accept it as gospel truth. The next question would be: Since it’s the views of a certain political party, will discourse be useful at all?

麻坡的华语 March 22, 2007

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谁来唱  《新加坡的华语》?

I am Singaporean XX – Singaporeans in Demand? March 22, 2007

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It seems that Singaporeans are in demand everywhere. The article smells of ra-ra-Singapura and flag-waving…but oh well, it’s Channel NewsAsia. Heh.

Well, in my opinion, Singaporeans are in demand everywhere but in Singapore. So…there’s going to be another civil service pay raise. (Admittedly, i’m also going to be a civil servant, but i don’t know if it’s going to apply to me…i keep thinking that it applies to the sewer serpents and not the civil servants…i mean, i don’t see us swimming in moolah.) And look at this…

Mr Lee said the government is also reviewing salaries for the political, judicial and statutory appointment holders.

I think that in Singapore, a salary review probably implies a pay raise. And did you notice that the ‘political, judicial and statutory appointment holders‘ refer to PAP politicians/social elite mainly? Will someone tell us if our opposition friends are also getting a pay raise? Anyway, our PM sure has a really good sense of timing, because he announced the pay raise right after the tax raise. Perhaps he believes that we, the citizens, have been too well-conditioned not to question the decisions of the government. Perhaps that is mostly true. But that doesn’t stop us from making logical conclusions, does it? Now, i quote again:

He added that it is critical for Singapore to keep their salaries competitive so that the country can bring in a continuing flow of able and successful people to be ministers and judges.

I don’t like saying it but i think it’s not a very good investment just to bring in people who are deemed to be ‘able and successful’ to become ministers and judges just by attracting them with a large sum of money. Perhaps the brain drain IS a result of Singapore’s smooth-going life. We should ask ourselves now, for those staying in and working in Singapore (or, more importantly, in the civil/sewer service): What are we working for?

With the brain drain and the importing of the so-called ‘foreign talent’ (some of which aren’t even talents at all) i think this question is one which has to be asked time and time again. Our Gahmen seems to be obsessed with money…because money can buy everything. Sadly, it seems, money has not been able to buy just about everyone over. So…exasperated at this brain drain, our Gahmen decides to zhng our little island to make it look ultra-attractive and all and attract foreign talent to the country. After all, since they want Singapore to stand up there on the GDP rankings, they have to do it.

And, to bolster the civil service (i.e., attract people with the brains and talent,) our Gahmen forks out humongous sums of money to keep them there. To me, it seems that even if these people ARE talented, they may not have the passion or even the right capabilities for whatever they are assigned to do. I mean, it sure is a good life for those who are talented but lazy: no baptism of fire, smooth-sailing as long as you don’t fuck up, make the right moves and bring in a million a year. Who wouldn’t want that kind of life? Don’t forget that the biggies in the civil service have their salaries pegged to ‘two-thirds of the median income of the eight top-earning professionals in six professions’! It remains to be seen, however, if they are actually worth it.

For some Singaporeans, Singapore is not a home anymore. Indeed, and perhaps sadly, i count amongst them. For me, Singapore is only home because my friends and family are here. I would fight if Singapore went to war, but for my friends and family. I doubt i’ll be fighting for some flag or some politician – i doubt i’d fight for my ex-NS CO even. But for people like me, who wish to pursue a passion, something you know you can do well at, or maybe something which you’re not very proficient at, but which you’ve found an unspeakable kind of joy at (because in Singapore you’re not likely to get a job based on pure passion), Singapore is not the place to be.

Others leave because Singapore is stifling and the work atmosphere is…let’s just say it’s not very healthy. But even average or slightly above-average Singaporeans, when given the free room to do things, can really shine overseas and get paid their due! Some go overseas and find that satisfaction. In the meantime, our Gahmen continues to use the line that Singaporeans are in demand overseas (true) and that people in our civil service are being headhunted (is this true? Any statistics?) as a reason to increase civil servant/sewer serpent salaries to keep them in the service! (illogical!)

Is our Gahmen too fixed on a quick solution by increasing salaries and attracting foreign talent (considering they have mountains of money) to concentrate on captivating the hearts and minds of Singaporeans? They are on home ground and should have a great advantage at keeping Singaporeans in Singapore (the ties of home, most importantly) and yet they are losing people like a torn sieve… Foreign talent are also mercenary. They come and once an even bigger carrot is dangled before their eyes, they’re gone again. Singaporeans are Singaporeans. But i guess, it’s monkey see, monkey do. Seeing how the talk of town is always foreign talent this, foreign talent that, and with civil servant pay-packets getting bigger while the people who these civil servants are supposed to be answerable to pay more taxes, with the government making the people answerable to them (instead of the government being answerable to the people), it’s no wonder why people choose to leave.

As a foreign talent overseas i’m pretty sure they can get quite a handsome sum too. And although taxes overseas are higher, have we considered the benefits they get for it? Oh, i’m sorry…i shouldn’t have used that word. It’s a swear-word in Singapore. You could use the words ‘benefit’ and ‘welfare’ to cuss at a politician here. Also, maybe people are getting tired of the lack of social responsibility, especially socio-political responsiblity here. Apathy causes us not to care about who we’re voting in, so the PAP gets power time and time again, to the extent that the use and abuse of that power has been fully given over to the politicians’ consciences.

It’s no wonder that with increasing education, Singaporeans feel exploited, the parts of an efficient machine – if they worked no more, it’d be fine – there’re always replacements. Replacements made in China, India, Europe, and everywhere else.

What happened to ‘Made in Singapore?’

It’s All Going Down. March 16, 2007

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It’s all going down. I really, really don’t know what i want with my life. I’m really unhappy. Singapore never felt so cold. She’s not there. My Hausarbeit is staring at me. So is the mountain of books on my table. Maybe i should watch Top Gun. Again. I want a cup of hot teh. No, no conspiracy theories. I drove home after a gin and tonic and a whiskey dry. I don’t want to think. There’s so much work to do. Sometimes i admire the MOE folks in London. They have so many friends. I come back more like a German than a Singaporean. Is that why? Why? I don’t know. Don’t guess. I drove a manual car today to a gas station. She was resplendent. I’m just so tired.

So, so tired.

Regen und Meer. March 9, 2007

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du bist nicht wie ich, doch das ändert nicht
dass du bei mir bist, und ich zuseh’ wie du schläfst
du bist noch längst nicht wach, ich war’s die ganze Nacht
und hat mich still gefragt, was du tust wenn ich jetzt geh…

und jetzt verlass’ ich deine Stadt
ich seh’ zurück und fühl mich schwer,
weil gerade angefangen hat, was du nicht willst und ich zu sehr
ich bin der Regen und du bist das Meer…

ich hab’ gedacht, ich kann es schaffen, es zu lassen, doch es geht nicht
s’ist ein bisschen übertrieben, dich zu lieben, doch es geht nicht
nichts unversucht gelassen, dich zu hassen, doch es geht nicht
es geht nicht…

ich bin nicht wie du, ich mach’ die Augen zu
lauf’ blinde durch die Straße, hier bin ich doch wo bist du?
sei das alles sein, ich war so lang allein
es war alles schon in Ordnung, ganz okay und dann kamst du…

und jetzt verlass’ ich deine Stadt
ich seh’ zurück und fühl mich schwer,
weil gerade angefangen hat, was du nicht willst und ich zu sehr
ich bin der Regen und du bist das Meer…

ich hab’ gedacht, ich kann es schaffen, es zu lassen, doch es geht nicht
s’ist ein bisschen übertrieben, dich zu lieben, doch es geht nicht
nichts unversucht gelassen, dich zu hassen, doch es geht nicht
es geht nicht…

A Fairytale Gone Bad. March 4, 2007

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tell them it’s me that made you sad, tell them our fairytale went bad…

god, i hate myself.

Blind Men Seeing ‘The Truth’ March 2, 2007

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This is the Truth speaking.

I noticed from Aaron’s blog that there has been a debate about Why (not) be gay? And there is a certain whybegay posting that gays will be the downfall of society, yadda, yadda. YES! We should support the PAP government whole-heartedly, believe everything they feed us, and make whybegay a public hero. Then yawningbread can be arrested under the ISD, and we can have a healthy Singapore, wholesome and saccharine, with boys holding girls’ hands.

What’s missing is just a field of sunflowers and a TV camera.

Whybegay, in my opinion, is just another blind man attempting to spread the Truth. I can’t say whose truth it is, but i have a sneaky suspicion that it’s his own. I bet he’s got a home-written copy of his Bible, his Penal Code, and everything as well. It’s pretty amusing, because all he does is condemn gays, say that the Penal Code will destroy them, yadda, yadda. And he calls everyone else non-existant, immaterial phantoms whose words carry no weight and are but a passing breath.

It sounds like a particular political party in Singapore! Maybe WBG is a SPY. After all, these people also don’t listen to us what.

Coming back to topic, let’s see how his argument develops. I am basing my analysis on the comments on 2 of Aaron’s entries: Why not be gay? and why be gay?

So it starts off with ill-substantiated arguments (proof, proof.) riddled with logical fallacies. Let’s see. So, if homosexual molest in buses are problematic, then heterosexual molest isn’t? Like that all the cheekopeks who grab the ass of some girl in the bus should be let off too…it’s not just about the sexual divide, it’s more about privacy, although i think WBG doesn’t acknowledge that such a thing exists. Oh wait! There’s more! Public decency laws, he claims, are flouted time and time again by homosexuals. I think public decency laws are flouted more by heterosexuals, thank you very much. I wonder where he gets all his figures. Maybe he has a random number generator of sorts.

After all, in subsequent posts, he told Aaron (a journalism student, fer Gawd’s sakes) to write an essay and how to write it…someone doesn’t know who he’s dealing with, obviously, and the total lack of acknowledgement of privacy is here. If his blog isn’t about witch-hunting, then he’s probably carrying out the Inquisition on Aaron’s and Kitana’s blogs. Of course, cannot hunt witches at home lah. Problematic lei. Best to hunt in other countries.

Next, his determination of homosexuality as a psychological problem to be solved. So we should cart yawningbread off to the IMH, because he is gay and an advocate of gay rights. I think outright homophobia is the psychological problem to be solved here, because it blinds the person to reason and causes him to propagate his truth. It’s interesting how his comments seem to be a monologue, considering how he does not react to any points given by Aaron (which is a characteristic of a dialogue) but seems to reiterate and reiterate his own points. This is a person blinded to others, living a world of make-believe where he is God.

If you, dear reader, will read WBG’s blog, you will notice on his January 16th entry that he was ‘terrorised’ by a ‘Human Rights Terrorist,’ the poor maggot. WAIT! He talks about HUMAN RIGHTS! Don’t gays have human rights too? Because they are still HUMAN…WBG treats them as sub-human, inhuman maybe – the thing which should catch your attention is the fear he writes about. THAT is a psychological problem which needs rectifying.

So much for Part I. In Part II of the little war, he actually tells us to encourage the PAP and build a nation! Hello, BUILDING a nation includes making society inclusive – which means you WILL have to live with gays. Build what nation? As for the PAP, that’s another story, but that’s another beautiful own goal in terms of logical cohesion. WBG then goes on to proclaim himself above the APA, meaning that he should be an authority in the field of psychology already – which sadly he isn’t. He then proceeds to accuse Aaron and Kitana of having ‘seditious content’ on their blogs and all. So, the main theme was lost, degenerated into simple finger-pointing and name-calling. Mostly on WBG’s side, when he challenged them to voice out criticism on p65.

Hello, NO ONE reads p65. I suppose only people like WBG, who have 5 to 6 anti-gay locks, chastity traps, and even mind scans guarding the main door to his home at night, do, to retain that safe, fuzzy feeling that no gay is going to break into his house and try to give him a Dirty Sanchez. If we have something to say, why can’t we say it on our own blogs? Not as if criticism is taken seriously at p65 – if you post there got increased risk of Defamation Lawsuit some more. And in the process, WBG showed how blind he was to the world around him, while trying to propagate his gospel.

WBG, come and comment. Even better, don’t comment here. Why don’t you comment on yawningbread’s blog? Don’t dare because he speaks to well so you only dare to strike at students ah? Tsk, tsk…pick on someone your own size, and smarten up…because when you picked on someone you perceived you could beat, you still got your ass kicked (read: arguments taken apart) anyway.