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A Salute to MM Lee Kuan Yew – A Great Man of High Integrity, Foresight, Vision and Perserverance

April 20th, 2012


I came across this video uploaded by Jasmine Tan.

Yes, MM Lee Kuan Yew and his team of loyal, honest and dedicated men made us so happening and so proud to be called SINGAPOREANS, so envy by people all over the world to the extent of jealousy.羡慕已了!  妒嫉已了!

Henry Kiong’s email footnote comes with this sentence:

After your thirst has been quenched, DON’T forget the source, YES, definitely a good reminder.



We LOVE Singapore!

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Mr Gopalan trying to “brainwash” us to be anti-Govt

June 3rd, 2008

Ha, this morning I learnt that  Mr Gopalan was being charged for contempt of court.  Serve him right.  I wanted to blog about him last week but I was very busy making over 200 Bak Chang and helping out at School Bazaar. 

Last Wednesday,  my daughter of 14 and myself went to the High Court.  My main intention was to see my idol,  MM Lee Kuan Yew but I was disappointed.  I should have gone on Tuesday where he was cross-examined by the Chees.  But, I don’t think I want to see the cross-exam either because I learnt from the Lawyer that the Chees acted like hooligans, shouting and pointing fingers at my idol.  How can they do that?  Aren’t they insensitive. Even if they don’t respect MM Lee, they should respect him as an elder.  Where did all the education gone to?

We went early around 12.30pm as we afraid that we are unable to get into the court due to overwhelming support.  As the crowd was thin at that time , we decided to take our lunch. There is only one Bistro and it is called the Academy of Law.  Wow, imaging sitting amongst the lawyers eatng tuna salad, fresh orange juice and beef burger.  The food is fantastic so is the bill. We have to eat slowly, not making so much noise.  It’s quite an experience! Cool!

While sitting at the bench waiting for the  court session to commence at 2.30pm, 1 young couple, an indian guy and a chinese girl, both studying in US, the guy majoring in business  and the girl majoring in politics, seated beside us.  They are spending their Summer Holidays back in Singapore. Seated next to them was Mr Gopalan Nair.  He started the conversation with the couple about the freedom of speech in Philippines and Indonesia; how restrictive in Singapore.  Every word from his mouth was out to slander Singapore and to brainwash us.  Luckily, this young couple proclaimed that they were so proud to be Singaporeans and tried very hard to defend our Singaporean system. 

Mr Gopalan said how we can stay in Singapore with such condition.  I “bey tahan”,  told him that he was “exceptional”.  The young indian complimented me “well said”.  Mr Gopalan went to the extent to say that during a survey on primary students, 50% of the students wanted to migrate!  What a lie?  Primary Students wanted to migrate?  Talk C*ck!

Mr Gopalan started conversation with me:

Gopalan:  Where are you from?

Me        :  Singapore lah

Gopalan: Ya, I know but what are you doing?

Me        : Homemaker

Gopalan:  From your face, I can tell you are from the R.C (I presumed RC
                 = Resident Committee)

Me        : No, I am not from R.C.

Gopalan: Look at the people sitting behind you, they are all from R.C

Me        :  I can swear that I am not from R.C.  But because of you, I will
                join R.C.

r Gopalan was taken aback.  He changed subject.  He waived at those people he had tried to “psycho”  during the last few days but most of them avoided him, giving him excuses that they will catch up with him later.

Wahaha, I was so delighted that I defeated him.  Hello, you know WHO AM I? Singaporean, OK.

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How Mentor Lee Outsmarted Malaysia – Mr by Ahmad Mustapha

May 21st, 2008

Patriotic ME will love to read this piece of article over and over again!

Why look East to Japan for good governance when Singapore is just next door?

Answer: Because Malaysia does not wish to ‘kalah bulu’ without realising that it is already more than ‘kalah bulu’!
At 84, the fire still burns! —–By Mr Ahmad Mustapha:
Singapore ‘s Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, who was Singapore ‘s founding father, has always been very direct in his comments.

This was the man who outsmarted the communists in Singapore (with the innocent help of Malaya then and the willing help of the British) and who later outwitted the British and outpaced Malaysia in all spheres.

Singapore practices corrupt-free meritocracy and Malaysia affirmative action. The former attracted all the best brains and the latter chased out all the brains.

The Singapore cabinet consists of dedicated and intelligent technocrats whereas Malaysia has one of the most unwieldy cabinets. Not only that, brain- wise it was, below par not even good for the kampong. With that kind of composition, one that is very brainy, naturally Singapore , with no natural resources could outstrip Malaysia in every aspect of development.

Malaysia , on the other hand, was too much preoccupied with its Malayness and the illusory ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ and was also more interested in useless mega iconic development rather than real social and economic development.

Whenever Mentor Lee utters anything that deemed to be a slight on Malaysia , voices were raised admonishing him. Malaysia would never dare to face reality.

That Singapore had shown that it could survive was a slap on those who believed that Singapore would fold up once it left Malaysia . Therefore it was natural that these doomsayers would try to rationalise their utterances to be in their favour to combat on whatever Mentor Lee commented. It is political jealousy.

Singapore achieved its development status without any fanfare . But here in Malaysia, a development that was deceptive was proclaimed as having achieved development status. It was trumpeted as an achievement that befits first world status. This was self delusion. Malaysians are led to believe into a make-believe world, a dream world.

The leaders who themselves tend to believe in their own fabricated world did not realise the people were not taken in by this kind of illusion.
Lee Kuan Yew believed in calling a spade a spade. I was there in Singapore when the People’s Action Party won the elections in 1959. He was forthright in his briefing to party members as to what was expected of them and what Singapore would face in the future.  Ideologically, I did not agree with him.We in the University of Malaya Socialist Club had a different interpretation of socialist reconstruction. But he was a pragmatist and wanted to bring development and welfare to the Singaporeans. Well! He succeeded .Malaysia was so much embroiled in racial politics and due to the fear of losing political power, all actions taken by the main party in power was never targeted towards bringing wealth to all. Wealth was distributed to the chosen few only . They were the cronies and the backers of the party leadership to perpetuate their own selfish ends.Seeing the efficiency and the progress achieved by Singapore caused the Malaysian leadership to suffer from an inferiority complex. That Malaysia should suffer from this complex was of its own making.

In a recent interview, Mentor Lee said that Malaysia could have done better if only it treated its minority Chinese and Indian population fairly. Instead they were completely marginalised and many of the best brains left the country in droves. He added that Singapore was a standing indictment to what Malaysia could have done differently.  He just hit the nail right there on the head.

Malaysia recently celebrated its 50th year of independence with a bagful of uncertainties. The racial divide has become more acute. The number of Malay graduates unemployed is on the increase. And this aspect can be very explosive.  But its sad to see that no positive actions have been taken to address these social ills.  

Various excuses were given by Malaysian leaders why Singapore had far outstripped Malaysia in all aspects of social and economic advancement :-

Singapore was small, they rationalised and therefore easy to manage. Singapore was not a state but merely an island. There was one other aspect that Malaysia practises and that is to politicise all aspects of life. All government organs and machinery were ‘UMNO-ised’. This was to ensure that the party will remain in power. Thus there was this misconception by the instruments of government as to what national interest is and what UMNO vested interest is.

UMNO vested interest only benefited a few and not the whole nation. But due to the UMNO-isation of the various instruments of government, the country under the present administration had equated UMNO vested interest as being that of national interest. Thus development became an avenue of making money and not for the benefit of the people. The fight against corruption took a back seat.

Transparency was put on hold. And the instruments of government took it to be of national interest to cater to the vested interest of UMNO. Enforcement of various enactments and laws was selective. Thus a ‘palace’ in Kelang, APs cronies and close-one-eye umno MPs could exist without proper procedure.  Corruption infested all govt departments, the worst is the police and lately even in the judiciary.  

Singapore did not politicise its instruments of government. If ever policisation took place, it was guided by national interest. To be efficient and to be the best in the region was of paramount importance.

Thus all the elements like corruption, lackadaisical attitude towards work and other black elements, which would retard such an aim, were eliminated. Singapore naturally had placed the right priority in it’s pursuit to achieve what is best for its people. This is the major difference between these two independent countries.  

Malaysia in its various attempts to cover up its failures embarked on several diversions. It wanted its citizens to be proud that the country had the tallest twin-tower in the world, although the structure was designed and built by foreigners. Its now a white-elephant wasting away in the glow of the sun and the moon.

It achieved in sending a man into space at an exorbitant price. For what purpose? These are what the Malays of old would say “menang sorak” (hollow victories).  

It should be realised that administering a country can be likened to managing a corporate entity. If the management is efficient and dedicated and know what they are doing, the company will prosper. The reverse will be if the management is poor and bad, the company will go bust.

There are five countries around this region. There is Malaysia, and then Indonesia . To the east there is the Philippines and then there is that small enclave called the Sultanate of Brunei. All these four countries have abundance of natural resources but none can lay claim to have used all these resources to benefit the people. Poverty was rampant and independence had not brought in any significant benefits to the people.  

But tiny Singapore without any resources at all, managed to bring development to its citizens. It had one of the best public MRT transport systems and airlines in the world and it is a very clean city state.

Their universities, health care, ports are among the best in the world. It is impossible to compare what Singapore has achieved to what all these four countries had so far achieved. It was actually poor management and corruption, and nothing more.

Everything is done for the vested interest of the few. Malaysia , Indonesia and the Philippines and the Sultanate of Brunei need good management teams. They would not be able to do this on their own steam.

I would advise that they call on Mentor Lee to show them what good governance is. Why look East to Japan when the answers are all there just next door across the causeway?

Well said, Mr Ahmad Mustapha. 

We, Singaporeans, do wish to see our neighbours prosper, peaceful and progress together.  A bullet-train across all countries are also our dreams so that we can visit each other over the weekends, like old neighbours.


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