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梁文福 – 歷史考試前夕 with English Translation

June 29th, 2012

 

 

作者,梁文福, 是新加坡文学,音乐坛之宝

 

 

如果秦始皇燒書都燒完 我不必讀到三點半
如果周公真的忙著治天下 何必不斷催我入夢鄉

三閭大夫不投汨羅江 賣粽子老王生活怎麼辦
如果楚霸王當年不到烏江 隔壁班劉邦不會這麼囂張

西施不浣紗 昭君不和番 現代的古典美人做何打算
如果劉備哭不出諸葛亮 會不會鬧出一陣劇本荒

只看過薛丁山 偏要考安祿山 知道馮寶寶她演過楊玉環
若非十二金牌將岳飛來調返 今天還吃不吃到油條香

我吃過月餅當然知道朱元璋 吃榴槤知道鄭和下西洋
胡金銓的戲裡聽過東西廠 看金庸小說知道袁崇煥

只嘆林則徐燒鴉片燒不完 西太后偏偏相信義和團
珍妃不該嫁給那個光緒皇 幾千年等到一個孫中山

萬里長城長 沒有歷史長 考試題目比那絲路還彎
五胡亂華亂 我的腦筋更亂 心情比那個八國聯軍慌

多少年的改變已經很習慣 多少次革命總是革不完
謝天謝地近代史老師講不完 下一代歷史考試不敢想像

 

 

Lagi One more!

梁文福 – 一步一步來

 

 

童年時候多自在 樣樣都可愛
哥哥天天上學去 我等著他回來
我問爸爸何時我也讓那校車載
爸爸笑著對我說 一步一步來

上了學校才知道 考試不可愛
上課總是看手表 哎喲假期幾時來
我問老師何時才能將那方帽戴
老師笑著對我說 一步一步來

太陽下山明早依舊爬上來
夜裡不要通宵看那錄像帶
花兒謝了明年還是一樣地開
考不好未必有機會重頭來

十七八歲多古怪 學人談戀
情書寫了十多封 在車站苦等待
吃飯跳舞真不壞 送她回家說good night
她的媽媽開門說 你給我一步一步來

畢了業我才知道 社會更可愛
應徵前後幾十次 只有一次沒失敗
薪水不敢說出來 夜裡要把工開
現在行情壞 我的老板說 你要一步一步來

太陽下山明早依舊爬上來
星期天能不能慢點爬上來
花兒謝了明年還是一樣地開
哪家公司今年又將人員裁

結了婚我才知道 什麼叫做債
老婆總算娶回來 沒錢生小乖乖
家俱電器真不賴 價錢更精彩
夜夜繽紛看開懷 其他一步一步來

什麼時候駕著車往兒子學校開
放學的兒子告訴我他明天考天才
天才不是人人做 平凡也不壞
我說搭巴士也要把隊排 你要一步一步來

太陽下山明早依舊爬上來
高樓再高它還是要爬上來
花兒謝了明年還是一樣地開
只要空氣還沒污染得太壞

太陽下山明早依舊爬上來
我的青春匆匆地鐵那樣快
花兒謝了明年還是一樣地開
人生最好還是一步一步來

 

 

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不支持电梯翻新的5个理由 with English Translation

June 27th, 2012

 

 

Baey Yam Keng

《我报》19-6-2012

炎下之意(专栏)
文/马炎庆

 不支持电梯翻新的5个理由:
上个星期,我们一家人随樟林旅外同乡会去了汕头探亲。

第一次拜访我的大伯父一家人。他十多年前从老祖屋,搬进目前的单位,那是一栋五层楼高的住宅,大伯父的单位在三楼,共有三个房间。大伯父和大伯母已经80岁左右,天天爬上爬下,身体还很硬朗。

这次旅程,我们也去了厦门游玩。厦门是个相当现代化的城市,高楼林立。导游要我们留意,多数的住宅楼宇都不超过8层楼。导游解释,厦门政府规定,高过8 层楼的住宅才需要装置电梯,所以,一般厦门居民的住家都没有电梯,就算住在8楼,搬家、提东西、抱小孩,老老少少都得走楼梯。

新加坡早期盖的屋子都没有电梯。多数旧的低楼私人住宅,到现在还没有电梯。我太太的外婆多年前老家住在四楼,后来,她搬去女儿的政府组屋住,部分原因就是因为组屋有电梯。
电梯翻新工程

估计花55亿元
新加坡政府许下“居者有其屋”的远大承诺。建屋局自1960年便为国人兴建实惠的政府组屋。

当时,很多新加坡人住在甘榜,居住环境简陋。搬进有电源、有自来水、有抽水马桶、刮大风不会被吹毁、下大雨屋顶不会漏水的组屋,大家都心满意足。那时的组屋,电梯只停留在某些楼层,主要的考量是装置和维修费,以及兴建的速度。

当时居民搬进祖屋,不需要再爬山坡、走烂泥路,就算得爬楼梯,他们也无所谓。

1990年之后兴建的政府组屋,每一层楼都有电梯停留。因为人口逐渐老化,多位前辈议员当时极力呼吁政府为4000座建屋局组屋装置新电梯,让住在每一 层楼的居民都能享受到电梯的便利。于是,政府在2001年开始了电梯翻新计划,再过几年,这项计划就能大功告成,估计耗资了55亿新元。

我这6年来,在女皇镇和淡滨尼前前后后负责了大约10项电梯翻新工程。每次基层领袖和建屋局职员都会挨家挨户向居民解释工程的详情。由于受惠的组屋单位 (即:住在没有电梯楼层的居民)得支付一小部分的费用(最多是10%或3000元,其余由建屋局和市镇会承担),电梯翻新计划只有在得到至少75%受惠单 位投票支持的情况下才会通过。

可分期偿还翻新费

翻新费用一般居民负担得起,而且只有在工程完成后才须缴付。居民也可以选择通过分期付款的方式偿还,每个月几十元,甚至可以选择将来售卖组屋时,再从售价扣除。所以,居民应该不会因为经济问题而反对翻新计划。

根据我的经验,居民不支持的理由有以下几个:

  ●嫌工程带来不便、灰尘和噪音。

  ●担心新的电梯架构阻碍景观和影响风水。

  ●觉得自己不介意爬楼梯,习惯把爬楼梯当成运动。

  ●不满有些居民无需承担任何费用(有些居民居住的楼层已有电梯停留,他们不会因为新电梯而受惠,所以无需投票。)

  ●认为这是组屋设计当年出了差错,觉得翻新费用应该全部由政府负责。
说服居民为将来设想

每次,我们都会苦口婆心尝试去说服这些居民改变看法。有些人虽然现在爬楼梯没问题,但将来老了走不动了呢?就算认为自己不需要电梯,也总有急需电梯的左邻右舍。我就碰过行动不便的居民,因为没有电梯而没法出门,整天呆在家里。

翻新工程肯定会带来不便,但两年的忍受,换来永久的便利,是值得的。

况且,组屋有电梯,转售价格肯定会提升。

我们都希望社会继续进步,生活条件不断改善。走道变成有盖走廊,行人天桥除了楼梯,现在还有斜坡走道,以后还可能有电梯或扶梯,新的多层停车场都有电梯了,旧的也会逐步装置。

若干年后,厦门的居民是否会怪当地政府以前定下的电梯条例?还是会感谢政府让他们天天有爬楼梯做运动的机会?

祝福大伯父大伯母继续老当益壮。

 

English Translation:

Last week, my family went on the Chung-Lim Community Overseas Association’s trip to Shantou to visit our relatives.

It was the first time I paid a visit to my uncle’s family. He moved from his old ancestral house into the current three-room apartment more than ten years ago. My uncle lives on the third floor of this five-storey building. He and his wife are in their 80s, but continue to scale the flights of stairs each day, very much hale and hearty.

We also visited Xiamen during the trip. Xiamen is a modern city of soaring skyscrapers. Nevertheless, the tour guide highlighted that the height of most residential buildings do not venture beyond eight storeys. She explained that the Xiamen government laid down regulations to install lifts only for residential buildings taller than eight storeys. Therefore, a large majority of the residential buildings is not equipped with elevators. Residents, young or old, continue to take the stairs with their heavy grocery bags, infants in their hands or bulky furniture when they move house.

In the early days, most of our buildings were not installed with lifts. In fact, the older walk-up private apartments do not have lifts, even up till today.  My wife’s grandmother moved out from her old residence on the fourth floor to live with her daughter at her HDB flat partly because the HDB block is serviced by lifts.

Following the inception of the “Home Ownership Scheme” by the Singapore government in 1960, Singaporeans have since benefitted from affordable housing.

A lot of Singaporeans lived in kampongs in the earlier days. Most rejoiced at the huge improvement in living conditions to relocate from the leaky and decrepit makeshift houses to HDB flats, with easy access to electricity, water and proper sanitation. Nonetheless, the lifts then only stopped on certain floors, taking into consideration the costs of installation and maintenance, as well as the rate of construction.

Gone were the days where residents had to surmount slopes and trudge muddy tracks. Moving into HDB flats was a blessing to most even if it meant having to use the stairs.

All the HDB flats built after 1990 have an elevator landing on every floor. Given the rapid transition into an ageing population, several of my seniors in the parliament then actively appealed for new lifts to be installed in 4000 blocks of flats, so that residents on every floor can enjoy the added convenience. Therefore, the government started the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) in 2001. In a few years, this programme would be fully completed after spending an estimated S$5.5 billion.

I have handled about 10 LUPs at Queenstown and Tampines over the past 6 years. Each time, grassroots leaders and HDB personnel would call on each resident to explain the LUP in detail. Given that a maximum of 10% of the installation fee or $3000 is payable by residents living on floors previously not serviced by lifts, the LUP for each block would only proceed when at least 75% of the beneficiaries vote to lend their support. The remaining majority of the installation fee is borne by HDB and the town council.

Most residents are able to afford the upgrading fees. In fact, payment was made only after the successful completion of the installation. Residents could choose to pay by monthly instalments in the range of tens of dollars. They also have the choice to have the amount deducted from the future sale of their flat.

Based on my experience, the reasons for residents objecting to the LUP are as follow:

  • The LUP causes inconvenience, dust and noise.
  • The newly installed lift shaft might affect the view and fengshui of the residents.
  • Residents do not mind taking the stairs and are used to doing so as an exercise.
  • Unhappy that some residents do not have to bear the costs of the LUP (Some floors within the block are already serviced by lifts; therefore these residents do not have to vote or pay for the LUP.)
  • Some residents feel that this is a flaw in the design of the HDB flats, therefore the government should bear full responsibility in the upgrading programme.

Each time, we would earnestly try to persuade these residents to change their mindset. Some may find it a breeze to take the stairs now, but what happens when age starts to catch on? Even if one does not need the lift, there are bound to be neighbours who are in urgent need of the added convenience. I have actually come across physically immobile residents who are confined to stay in the entire day just because there was no lift serving their floors.

Undeniably, upgrading programmes bring about the short-term disruption to daily routines. However, the indefinite convenience thereafter would be well worth the two years of patience and forbearance.

Furthermore, the resale price of a flat serviced by a lift would definitely be higher.

We all wish for society and living standards to continually improve. Covered walkways, ramps appended to pedestrian overhead bridges, and in future, perhaps also serviced by lifts and escalators, are all examples of improvement measures that serve to improve our lives. The new multi-storey car parks all come with lifts.  I am certain that the old ones will have their own “LUP” in the near future.

I do wonder whether the people at Xiamen would castigate the local government years later for the lift regulations or be grateful for a healthy lifestyle by making them climb the stairs every day.

And I do hope my uncle and aunt remain strong and  healthy.

 

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Learning Hokkien is as easy as ABC

June 27th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Laughter is Infectious!

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Lobang Ah – Part-time Teachers and Tutors

June 8th, 2012

 

EDMAS Inc Pte Ltd is an English Enrichment Provider, will be recruiting part-time teachers and tutors for their English Enrichment Programs focusing on delivering wholesome training and customised softskill for students at the primary school level.

 

If you meet the following qualifications and are willing to take up on the responsibilities listed,
please contact Mdm. Chang at chang.ans68@gmail.com

 

Qualifications:-

1)  Minimum 2 years experience in teaching/tutoring English Language program
2)  Must be familiar with current school syllabus
3)  Minimum “A” level or equivalent with good grade in English Language
4)  Passionate in teaching
5)  Kind, caring and patient with children
6)  Able to start work at short notice

 
Responsibilities:-

1)  Conducts weekly English lessons to primary school pupils
2)  Prepares additional teaching materials when required (lesson plans and materials will be provided)
3)  Keep track of pupils’ progress via our online Progress Tracker
4)  Hold regular meetings with parents to update them on their child’s progress
5)  Prepare term reports for parents

 
 

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Lobang Ah – ‘Immuned” Stocks from the Recent Market Turmoil

June 8th, 2012

 

The stock market has been hammering the players since 02-May-2012, a falling knife that cannot be caught but instead bleeded badly.

For the past 1 month, STI had dropped 220+ points i.e. 7+% from the high floor of 3000+.  Most stocks had been battered and lost 10% to 30% from their highs.

However, these 3 stocks  are always within my radar and they seem to have  ‘immunization’.  They are not meant for contra-ing, you will lose money instead.

Boustead has been holding around $0.85, trending upward instead, dividend around $0.07 last year and this year todate has declared S$0.03 dividend.

Singpost has been holding around S$0.98 to S$1.02 for the  past 1 month, trending sideways.  A stock that normally gives $0.0748  dividend. This year todate, declared $0.0375 dividend.

Mapletree Ind most bouyant and obviously trending upward, IPO in 2011 and had given out $0.0748 dividend.  This year up to May, already declared $0.0438 dividend.

Imagine, if above stocks are bought at below S$1.00, your yield is mostly likely more than 7% of return.

Imagine again, that if you bought 100 lot of each stock, your annual income is around S$21,000.  Taxable?

 

Seeing possibilities where others can only see rocks.

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上载抱婴儿照片 被网民批评造作 with English Translation

June 6th, 2012

 

 

 

《我报》5-6-2012
炎下之意(专栏)
文/马炎庆 (MP Baey Yam Keng)

上载抱婴儿照片   被网民批评造作 

几天前,有一名网友对我在Facebook上载一张沿户走访时抱婴儿的照片有所意见,认为我在造作,并强调,抱婴儿不代表我们有爱心,跟人握手不代表我们友善。

另一名网友针对这评语作出反应:“有拜访就说他造作,没拜访又说他没做。他笑又说他假笑,他没笑又说他骄傲。”

我感谢这两名网友的分享,毕竟社交媒体就是一个让大家交流的平台。

当了六年的议员,我学到无论我们做什么,总会有人赞赏有人批评,就如政策一样,照顾到国家大多数人民的利益,却无法确保没有人会受到负面影响。

可是,我不能担心有人批评就凡事不敢做。

Nonetheless, I cannot be hindered by this fear of criticisms and become paranoid of doing anything.

认为该做的,就尽力把事情做好,有成绩不可沾沾自喜,有批评有建议,应该好好聆听接纳,为的只是要把事情做得更好,让国人的生活过得更好。。

居民也质问他:

为何去颁《红星大奖》?

我跟大众传播媒体颇有缘,不时有机会尝试一些平时没机会尝试的新鲜事。

我没有演戏的天份,却硬着头皮为仁慈医院的筹款节目,演了祝英台的父亲、为推广华语运动而变装扮演罗汉、波斯王子和草药师。

五音不全的我,还上Don’t Forget Your Lyrics斗唱游戏节目,一心希望替女皇镇日间康复中心筹款。

有居民在KopiTalk问我,为什么会去颁《红星大奖》,我解释说,我是以新闻、通讯与艺术部政府国会委员会(GPC)副主席的身份,表扬最佳时事报道和新闻报道。

类似We Are Singaporeans的节目,可让观众看到我们轻松的一面。

我们除了平时要很认真地处理选区内的大小事物、细心照顾居民,以及在国会讨论国家议题,其实我们也可以开开玩笑,自娱娱人。

 

形象与挑战之间求平衡

到现在,还有人会提起看到我几年前上《小兵迎大将》,对我能够答对所有问题,表示赞许。

我会笑着回应说,都是小学的课文范围,如果我都答不了,岂不是很丢脸?

就因为这些“课外活动”不是做议员平时会接触或擅长的,我们还得顾及到形象问题,另一方面,也要豁然接受新的挑战,在两个考量之间取得平衡。

有人觉得上这些节目浪费时间,倒不如花这些时间出席社区活动或照顾选民。

我肯定得把我的选区和公务职责放在第一位,时间许可才会考虑和接受媒体的邀请。

我也认为,在媒体曝光和为民服务之间,其实并不会互相抵触。不是每一位电视观众都有参与社区活动,如果他们可以从媒体更加认识我,也不是件坏事。

我知道选民不会因为我会抱婴儿、在Facebook上载很多照片、或频频上电视,而对我的表现特别宽容。身为议员,最重要的终究是认真是好好处理选区的事务,有效和有心地为选民服务。我们有没有做到、做得好不好,选民会知道,选民也会在大选为我们评分。

 

English Translation:

Some days ago, a netizen commented on a Facebook picture of me carrying a baby in my arms, taken during one of my weekly block visits.  He thought it was just a pretentious move and highlighted that cradling a baby or shaking hands with others does not genuinely reflect a loving or friendly personality.

Another netizen remarked against this: “When he drops in to visit, you accused him for being pretentious and when he doesn’t, you slam him for being indifferent.  When he smiles, you brush it off as a smirk, but when he doesn’t, you chastise him for being a snob.”

I am grateful for both comments.  After all, social media is a platform for interaction.

After six years as a MP, I have learnt that for whatever we do, we have to prepared that there will be both approving and disapproving voices.  The same applies to government policies which are devised to take care of the interests of the vast majority, but cannot prevent a minority from being affected negatively.

We should always give our best in what we reckon should be done.  However, we cannot allow success rule over our heads.  We should also listen and learn from feedback and criticisms so as to improve the way we do things and the lives of our fellow countrymen.

The mass media has been quite kind to me and I am grateful for the various opportunities it has provided me.

I am no thespian, but have bitten the bullet to act in front of camera, eg as the father of Zhu Ying Tai in Butterfly Lovers during the Ren Ci Hospital charity show, and as a Rohan monk, Persian Prince and a herbalist for the Speak Mandarin campaign.

Even though I am tone deaf, I went on the “Don’t Forget Your Lyrics” game show to help raise funds for Queenstown Multiservice Centre.

In response to a question by a resident during KopiTalk on my involvement at the recent Stars Award, I explained that I was there to present the “Best Current Affairs Reporting” and “Best News Reporting” Awards in my capacity as the deputy chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Information, Communications & the Arts.

A game show such as “We are Singaporeans” would allow people to see the less meditative side of us.

While we take our role seriously to look after various matters in the constituency, take care of residents’ needs and debate on national issues in parliament, at times, we can also appreciate good humour and let our hair down.

Till today, people still remember my appearance in “Gatekeepers” gameshow some years ago, and that I managed answer all the questions correctly.  I always smiled and replied that it would be rather embarrassing if I fail to of take on questions from the primary school curriculum!

It is therefore important to strike a good balance between exposing our unfamiliarity in such “extracurricular activities”, and taking on such challenges gamely.

Some feel that showing up on these programmes is a waste of time.   They felt it would have been more productive for MPs to attend community events and look after the needs of residents.

Without a single doubt, the interest of my constituency and public service is my top priority as a MP.  Only when my schedule permits, will I consider accepting such media invites.

In my opinion, media exposure and public service are not mutually exclusive.  Not all residents take part in community activities and the public can also get to know me better through the media.

People will not be any less demanding in their expectations of me just because I can carry babies well, post many pictures on Facebook or appear on TV frequently.  As an MP, my first and foremost duty is to serve with sincerity and humility, ensure that all matters within the constituency are properly managed, and that the needs and concerns of residents are adequately addressed.  We will ultimately be subject to the appraisal by residents and their rating during elections.

 

Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past,
negative thoughts or things you cannot control.
Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.


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Lobang Ah – Temp Background Screening Analyst

June 6th, 2012

 

 

Looking for a Temp Background Screening Analyst (4-5 mth) to work in a bank.
Salary: $2,500/mth
Requirements:
– Min Diploma Holder
– Singaporean or PR
Please email resume with recent photo to Karen Chia @  email4yenyen@yahoo.com.sg

 

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Economics 101 ….. Think about it !!!!

June 5th, 2012

 

Wah say,  I like this article and wish everyone reads it and think about it.  Thanks Chee Seng for the article.

 

Subject: FW: Economics 101….Think about it!!!

When the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. 


Is this man truly a genius?



An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Socialist’s plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.


These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this? Neither could I.

 

Remember there’s no substitute for hard work!

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