Friday, May 06, 2011
The NSP (National Solidarity Party, a party that I had little knowledge of, but turn out to be the biggest contesting one with quite a few good candidates) was not going to let her off so easily. They put Nicole Seah in their group of candidates to contest Marine Parade. Though a few years younger and somewhat inferior in her diction, Seah has made an impact with her fiery speeches, so much so that everyone is now referring to NSP as Nicole Seah Party.
Politics in Singapore can wake up from the deep slumber every 5 years.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The fact is, which may not be obvious to him, most Asians are unlikely to view Indonesia as a model for emulation. After all, its long history of institutionalised discrimination against its own ethnic Chinese had only recently been lifted, and it is unable to shake the entrenched corruption in its society.
Such an open endorsement by the US President will only reinforce the suspicion by many that his visit is only for winning support through their fear of China, and has little to do with principles.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Singapore has been loudly derided, accused of various crimes of human rights abuse and dictatorial policies. The danger of this form of political purity is that it leaves no room for any deviation from the ideal state to cope with economic or social imperfections. The population may indeed come to the conclusion, should they feel the pure democracy had failed them, that the only alternative was a dictatorial ruler.
The Germans came to that conclusion in 1933.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Late last year Yvonne applied for a postgraduate course in Applied Finance. She innocently said, during an entrance interview, that she wanted to be able to manage Finance, hers and ours for a start. The interviewer told her that the University was more interested in training people who manage "billions for companies like BHP". She was told she was not good enough.
Yvonne went on to attend the course another university, a more modest one, but she was good enough to score High Distinctions and Distinctions.
I explained to the caller in no uncertain terms how unhappy we are with Macquarie University. We were certainly not contributing. They should approach their good pals, like BHP, for funds and not ordinary folks like us. Hope she will pass that on.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Hu was widely painted as impeccable when in reality few knew what the charges were.
Eggs rained on many of them when Hu admitted to bribery charges during the trial.
It does not take an expert to understand that if one wants to bypass the rules in China, then one should not rock the boat as well. Rio, and their executives, thought they could do both.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The latest article by Jeremy Au Yong "They're doing jobs Singaporeans shun" again took the official line claimed that Singaoreans reject $1,300 jobs which foreign workers are willing to do for $800. (Straits Times 18 Jan 2010 http://www.straitstimes.com/Singapore/Story/STIStory_478655.html?sunwMethod=GET)
Au Yong seemed to have gone along with the authorities in ignoring the fact that Singaporeans cannot live on $1,300 while foreign workers can return to their country and live well on $800.
It seems that Singapore has to lower the standard of living if not the costs.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Yesterday, Michael Sainsbury brought the criticism to a new height (or was it new low?). (“For China, Burma is a thorny territory”, The Australian 8 Sep 2009 http://wl.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26039367-7583,00.html) In commenting on the disturbances in Burma close to the Chinese border, he commented not just about China trading with Burma but extended his general comments to all Chinese living in the region.
If one takes Sainsbury’s comments literary, then all mining of Burmese jades and rubies are carried out by Burmese generals, Chinese are hated all over Southeast Asia, and Singapore is an enclave set up for Chinese like Israel was for the Jews.
Perhaps he will one day propose a new Final Solution for the Chinese?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It explains easily, the fascination with Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer during her recent visit. When it comes to Kadeer versus China, a David and Goliath tussle, the media easily took on the side of David. Of course China is an easy target for criticisms; there are lots of issues that one could find fault with.
However, if only the media would look deeper into Kadeer’s background, especially in relation to her claims that she was no separatist, a claim that the local media seemed to swallow so readily. For China, separatism is a threat akin to treason.
The respected New York Times had no reason to hide her background. It published a photo of her in her Washington office with the flag of East Turkistan Independence movement prominently displayed behind her (NYT, 9 July 2009). (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/world/asia/09kadeer.html?_r=1&scp=10&sq=rebiya%20kadeer&st=cse)
Gunaratna is no stranger to the local Australian media and yet when it comes to comments on Kadeer, they chose to ignore him.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Henderson conveniently forgets he was also asserting that China had arrested Hu without reasons.
Prof Russell can rest on his past records, can Henderson, knowing his past biases ?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Why is it that there is always such a hue and cry when one of us runs into trouble with other countries’ laws? Is it just because the world is full of unjust systems? Or is it because we have ingrained in many of us an attitude of superiority we cannot accept that an Australian could possibly break any law anywhere?
Since we demand that only we should decide who comes to Australia and the circumstances under which they be allowed here, is it not only fair that the other countries demand the same?
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
An angry migrant might say that their tummies did not have enough space to finish the sentence . . .
Full of what ? Of S**t ?
Sunday, October 05, 2008
When I posed the question, the answer is always there isn't enough workers and Singaporeans are not willing to do some of the jobs. Perhaps this is only partly true. It may be true of jobs requiring special skills but if Australians are willing to do labouring jobs at high pay, surely some Singaporeans will too. Neither would want to work for the money that the Bangladeshi workers get. So is the policy merely to get things done cheaply? Is Singapore boasting of high average income only because those hundreds of thousands earning low income are not counted ?
The next question is, how much growth does Singapore really need ?
Monday, September 29, 2008
Mary-Anne Toy ( "Milked to the degree of danger", September 27-28)
asked a most relevant question about how a nation that can spend billions on a space venture such as the space walk cannot ensure the safety of milk powder for its vulnerable babies. Sadly this is a question that can be asked of many nations. Even the US, the most powerful nation on Earth, was unable to rescue its own citizens in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Closer to home, we should also question how we could allow so many Aborigines to live in such a parlous state of existence. If we cannot understand our own inability to fairly appropriate our resources, how can we comment on others?
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating is one person who has a great sense of history. And is reflected by what he wrote about China in his recent article (“Keating’s New World Order in The Age http://www.theage.com.au/national/keatings-new-world-order-20080823-40yz.html )
the relevant paragraphs of which are quote below :
. . . We can see with this the twenty ninth Olympiad, the questioning of China and the resentment at its pretensions about being one of us. Even, becoming one of us! The Western liberal press featured, generally in critical terms, the world-long torch relay, juxtaposing all that it represents and is good about it, with what it sees as China's democratic defects, viewing it almost exclusively through the prism of Tibet.
Saying, almost, that the aspirations of this massive nation, a quarter of humanity, a legatee of a century of misery, dragging itself from poverty, is somehow of questionable legitimacy, because its current government's attitude to political freedoms and in specific instances, human rights are not up to scratch. Ignoring the massive leaps in progress, of income growth, of shelter, of the alleviation of poverty, of dwindling infant mortality, of education, of, by any measure, the much better life now being experienced by the very great majority of Chinese.
In a Western and elitist way, we have viewed China's right to its Olympic Games, to its 'coming out', its moment of glory, with condescension and concessional tolerance.
The Western critic feeling the epicentre of the world changing but not at all liking it, seeks to put down these vast societies on the basis that their political and value systems don't match up to theirs. . . .
Good on you, Paul !
Sunday, August 17, 2008
No, none had expressed any disgust like they had done over China in Tibet. They couldn’t care less. But some cautiously mentioned that it was a Muslim country, hinting that it was something to be feared.
What annoyed most was it confirmed my suspicion that the issue over China and Tibet was not human rights. It was fear of the Chinese. The R word, R for racism.