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这些年,我们一起穿红衣 with English Translation

August 13th, 2012

 

《我报》8-8-2012
炎下之意(专栏)
文/马炎庆

 

这些年,我们一起穿红衣

RC上门卖国旗,居民反应一般

上个星期六下午,我在滨海中心看到很多人穿着红衣,想必是要去观看国庆日典礼的预演。过去几年的8月9日当天,我注意到街上很多人穿红衣。他们看来并非全都出席国庆庆典,多数是凑凑热闹庆祝国庆。似乎新加坡人已养成穿红衣表达爱国情怀的习惯。

另一方面,政府鼓励国人在国庆期间张挂国旗,居委会成员还会沿家挨户售卖国旗,呼吁居民响应,但是,反应却很一般,看到的多数是基层组织的国庆布置。

冯天薇胜利,为何诸多质疑?

乒乓女将冯天薇一个星期前,在伦敦奥运会为新加坡赢得一面铜牌,也是我国有史以来的第三面奥运奖牌。这可算是给新加坡第47个生日最好的礼物,可是,有些国人却认为,冯天薇原藉中国,不能视为新加坡的荣耀。网民还因为她得奖后把手花丢向中国球迷,质疑她的效忠。

后来,在现场的新加坡球迷为她辩护,解释冯天薇和金牌及银牌得主是在离开会场的前一刻把手花丢向观众,刚好中国球迷就坐在附近。新加坡球迷当时坐在体育馆的另一端,方向和角度的问题,冯天薇无论如何也无法把手花丢向他们。

冯 天薇是乒乓神童,7岁就拿到黑龙江省第一,2002年夺得中国全国青少年锦标赛的女单冠军,同年入选国家青年队。可是,国家一、二队升降级比赛中,冯天薇 只排11名,与国家一队擦肩而过。不久后,冯天薇被诊断出患有心肌炎。2005年,她在教练的劝说下,放弃世界乒坛的最高舞台,去日本打职业球赛。两年 后,新加坡乒总教练挖掘冯天薇。5年来,新加坡投入资源继续栽培冯天薇,果然不负众望。如果她留在中国,可能永远进不了国家一队,更别说参加奥运会。新加 坡要为冯天薇的胜利领点功,当之无愧。

现在的社会,犹如叛逆的青少年

有 些新加坡人对我国昨天刚夺得的奥运乒乓组合铜牌和于2008年北京奥运会赢得的相同项目银牌也不认同,因为选手李佳薇、王越古和冯天薇都不是道道地地的新 加坡人。多数人认为,只有在1960年罗马奥运会夺得举重银牌的陈浩亮才真正是我国的光荣。可是,大家可能不知道陈浩亮其实1933年出生于中国汕头,也 是外来人才!

我们都渴望有个国家英雄为我们争光,让我们欢呼,让我们感到自豪。可是,为什么同样来自中国,有人可以把陈浩亮当成自己人,却视冯天薇为外人呢?

为什么国人喜欢穿红衣,不爱张挂国旗?

这种心态是微妙的,也是复杂的。

或许,新加坡人不喜欢政府过于干涉,处处左右人们的选择。

现阶段的社会民情犹如一个青少年,属于青春叛逆期,政府越是鼓吹,人们越想抗拒。

张挂国旗等于响应官方号召,但要不要穿红衣是自己的决定。

政府无需超之过急

当陈浩亮举起我国的第一面奥运奖牌时,当年的新加坡还只是一个未独立的自治区,资源有限,陈浩亮为了追求自己的梦想,除了在国泰机构当文员,还打多一份技工的工作,自己赚钱供举重训练,以不屈不挠的精神创下奇迹。

虽然现在政府花钱礼聘的外来运动健将也流了血汗,他们集训锻炼背后的辛酸鲜为人知,而体育专业化的世界趋势也无法扭转,但是,冯天薇等人要引起国人的共鸣时,就少了陈浩亮草根性的感染力

观念的转变需要时间,政府也无须超之过急。

祝福大家国庆日快乐,让我们一起穿红衣吧!

 

Translation:

Let’s Wear Red!

Last Saturday afternoon, I saw many donned in red tops at Marina Centre.  I gathered they must be making their way to National Day Parade (NDP) preview. Over the past years, I have noticed many wearing red on 9 August. I do not think they are all going to be at the NDP, so I guess they are joining in the fun to indulge in the festive mood. It appears that Singaporeans have grown accustomed to associate wearing red with patriotism.

On the other hand, while the government is encouraging us to display the national flag during national day period and RC members have been walking the blocks to sell flags, the response has been mediocre.  Most of the national day decorations we see are put up by grassroots leaders.

Last week, table tennis player Feng Tianwei successfully clinched the bronze medal at the London Olympics. This marks our third Olympics medal in history, probably also the best gift for Singapore’s 47th birthday. However, some do not recognize this to be Singapore’s glory given that Feng was originally from China. Netizens even cast doubts on her loyalty to Singapore after she tossed her hand bouquet towards supporters from China.

Singaporeans who were in the audience later defended Feng, explaining that she joined the other medalists to toss the flowers towards the spectators just before they left the stadium and coincidentally, the Chinese supporters were seated in the vicinity.  Feng was not able to reach out to Singaporean supporters only because they were seated quite a considerable distance away.

Feng was a table tennis child prodigy. She seized the top spot in Heilongjiang province at a mere age of 7, was conferred championship in the 2002 Chinese national table tennis youth competition and was roped into the national youth team that same year. However, she missed her chance to be in the country’s top team when she was ranked 11th during the national relegation competition. Feng was later diagnosed with myocarditis. In 2005, she was persuaded by her coach to give up on the sport at the foremost platform and relocate to Japan to play professional table tennis. Two years later, Feng was discovered by the coach from Singapore Table Tennis Association. For five long years, Singapore pumped our resources to groom Feng to the rising star she is today. She might never be given the chance to make it to the first team had she continued to remain in China, not to say take part in the Olympics. Singapore can thus claim some credit to Feng’s astounding achievement and success today.

Some Singaporeans also do not quite recognize both silver medals won at this and last Olympics for the table tennis team competition.  This is because Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu and Feng Tianwei are not born and bred in Singapore. It appears that the vast majority can only identify with the silver medal won by Tan Howe Liang for weight lifting during the Rome Olympics in 1960. However, most may not be aware that Tan Howe Liang was originally born in Shantou, China in 1933. He is also a foreign talent.

We all yearn for a national hero to bring glory to the nation, whose achievements we would celebrate and rejoice with pride. However, why do we accept Tan Howe Liang but not Feng Tianwei as one of us when both came from China?

Why are we donning red but not putting up our national flag?

This behavior is interesting yet complicated.

Perhaps Singaporeans are less receptive towards governmental intervention.

The current societal sentiment is akin to the phase of rebellious adolescence. The more the government tries to advocate, the stronger the societal push-back. Putting up the flag would mean responding to the call of the government, whereas wearing red is a personal choice.

Singapore was only a self government with limited resources when Tan Howe Liang brought our first Olympics medal home. In order to pay for the weight lifting training to fulfill his dreams, besides his job as a clerk at the Cathay organization, Tan also worked as a mechanic.  His tenacity earned us our first Olympics miracle.

Even though the foreign athletes attracted by our government do put in blood, sweat and tears, and there is a global trend of sports professionalization, it would still be more challenging for Feng Tianwei to gain the recognition of our people as she did not have the same grassroots appeal of Tan Howe Liang.

Perspectives need time to change, therefore our government should learn to be patient.

Wishing all Happy National Day.  Let’s wear red!

 

Happy 47th Birthday, SINGAPORE!

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Feng Tianwei – Our Bronze for Table-Tennis 2012 Olympics

August 3rd, 2012

 

Hey Tianwei, thank you VERY VERY VERY MUCH for the medal which we direly desired and needed to put Singapore PROUDLY on the world map again.

What? Foreign Talent? WHAT are we complaining about?  Great Countries like America, Germany, etc who have  xxxxx times of people more than us, also use Foreign Talents.  So funny!  Why can’t they train their own citizens to represent them?

Feng Tianwei is a SINGAPOREAN.  Isn’t long long ago Singapore already filled with foreign talents.  Where are our grandparents come from hah?  Our PM’s great grandfather was a foreign talent too!

How many Singaporeans can make it to Olympics?  Very few right?

Why?  Because, we, ourselves, disallowed our children to join sports.  No future – 没前途 mah.

How many Singaporeans have the perseverance, tenacity, 坚韧不拔 and with unyielding spirit to persist till the end?  Only, people who can withstand harsh condition and tough training can make it.  CAN WE?  Think about it?  Not another 52 years!

Look at her resounding 4-0 win over Ishikawa of Japan.  She is so steady and cool with an unyielding spirit!

 

Tianwei never gave up her hope to go into final.  She fought so hard, a never-die spirit.  Although she didn’t make it but she gave China, Ding Ning a good and competitive fight.

 

 

We, Singaporeans, have yet to see this unyielding spirit, in us.  We are better of complaining and whining, haha!

BUT, nothing is static.  We can change.  Singaporeans are very adaptable!

Hope Tianwei has inspired us and we can excel too, if we have made up our mind to go for ‘it’.

 

坚韧不拔 – firm, tenacious and unyielding

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Tooth Implant – What an experience!

April 19th, 2012

 

My right side left only 1 small molar tooth and 2 empty slots.

All the left teeth had been filled again and again and the filling getting bigger and bigger, probably need crowning in the near future, the result of always using it to chew food, especially nuts.

I had considered tooth implant times and again but didn’t make a decision because to me, it’s a big operation and I pinched  about the S$5,000+ a tooth.

Besides, the dentist, to protect his profession, stated that there is a chance that it might hit my nerve and the result is no more feeling e.g. if you drink and when it drips out, you wouldn’t feel it but the chance is only 0.001% and so far has yet to happen. BUT, what if I am that 1 in a million?

The dentist advised that I should carry out the operation especially when I am still healthy (i.e. no high blood, no cholesterol, no diabetics, ……) and still ‘young’, haha.

After several checks and x-ray, I finally made the decision.

On that fateful day, I sat on the surgical chair and was very very tense.  After the local anesthetic, I can hear drilling, sawing and digging but no pain.  Finally, the hole is ready to receive the screw, haha.  However, the screw wobbles not because of the screw.  It’s because my bone is not strong to hold it firm.

The dental surgeon gave me 2 options.

ONE – leave it there, hoping that the bone will eventually grow strong and bind it but you can feel the ‘shake’ if, otherwsie.

TWO – Pull it out and close the gap.

Please take it OUT!

So, the surgeon tried  but CANNOT.

SO HOW?  Leave it lo.  But, he again tried very diligently, probably seeing my ‘dismayed, lost and blank’ expression and finally, got it pulled OUT and the surgeon put some bacteria or whatever to grow the bone or make it stronger.  I was advised to go for the 2nd operation.

Wah Say, 真受 不了!

After 3 months , I should be ready for operation.  I delay the allotted appointment after appointment for almost a year and finally make the decision.

YESTERDAY WAS THE DAY and it falls on the day the stock market was moving up.

Ai yo, I need to SELL, my ‘shoulders’ are very heavy already and I need to off-load as there is money to make leh and it’s on margin.

I thought of ‘lao sai’ on the surgeon but my conscience told me that I should have some social responsibility.  The theatre was booked for me and if I didn’t turn up, I am guilty of wasting alot of public resources, the doctor and nurses time and the productivity of the OT and I deprive someone’s opportunity.

I went with heavy heart.  Wah say, what if it’s another failure.  The nurse saw my fear and I confided to her that my 1st operation FAILED.

I told myself not to show ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ to the surgeon, otherwise, he will aslo lose confidence in himself. The nurses there are so gentle and attentive.  One of them hold my hand and gently strokes my hand to calm me and keep talking to me.

THE OPERATION IS A BREEZE!  Hooray!  Everything goes smoothly.

I thank the surgeon profusely and appreciatively, and the nurses too.  We must sincerely thank service staff when they do a good job.  This will spur them to go more further.

What is my cost of operation?

Original cost is S$1,795, after subsidy = S$1140.62.

I help my hubby to save almost $3,000 to $4,000.

Where:  Our National Dental Centre, SINGAPORE, OUR PRIDE

 

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Little Red Dot News – June 2009

June 18th, 2009

 

1) 02 Jun 2009:  Singapore was voted the most liveable city in Asia in the latest Woldwide Quality of Living Survey by Mercer.  The little red dot has risen 6 places in ranking of cities with the highest quality of living, surpassing famous cties such as Paris, Hononlulu and San Francisco.  Hurray!

The little red dot is the only Asian city on the top 100 list that managed to increase its ranking this year, with the rest largely maintainig their previous positions.

What makes Singapore ticks ah?  Of course, it’s the excellent housing, Marina Bay and Sentosa Cove as new waterfront living areas, good schools whether public, private or international, lol.

2) Total population increases to 4.84 million in 2008 –  Cheh, boosted by “import”.  Wah lau, what happens to Singaporeans?  Work harder leh.  Not in the office but at home.   Ai ya, never mind lah,  any race, any colours also can as long as they are good-natured beings.  No issue, so what it’s is “imported”.

Kaypoh News:
Chinese Star Jet Li is a Singapore citizen now.  Some more, he boosted up our economy by buying an almost S$20m property. See property marktet, where got die wan.

Wah, so many stars want to become Singaporeans.  Last year, Gong Li became Singapore citizen too.

SINGAPORE – indeed is the BEST from the rest.

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“AWARE” of this negligible Lobang

May 10th, 2009

 

Hey,

Do you know that simply SMS and 5 of us will get a chance to make S$50 voucher out of Singapore Government?  Very kiasu and kiamsiap loh, valid until 16th May 2009.  And, you better also not kiasu.  SEND ONCE ONLY or you will be disqualified. :mrgreen:

 

HOW? ……

Answer the below question:

Q:  You can transfer your CPF above the prevailing MS of S$106,000 to your loved ones’ CPF?
        (A)   Very True                    (B)  Very False

 

ACTION:
Just SMS your answer in the followng format to 74688:
    CPF<space>ST3<space>Answer<space>I/C Number<space>Name

EXAMPLE:
CPF ST3 A S8888888Z Marmalade Ng

 

Tips:
1)  Send ONCE ONLY
2)  Name must be exactly the same as in I/C
3)  You must be Singaporeans and Singapore PRs
4)  You must be aged 18 and above
5)  I think the answer aldy given to you
6)  Last day of submission is 16th May 2009, 11.59pm
7)  After 16th May, standby your phone to receive the good news!

 

GooD         The            LucK           For           The           Miserable             S$50    NTUC   Voucher           Which      I     Don”T         MinD        To                Receive!8-)

哎呀!没有鱼,虾米也好啦!

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The Difference Between Rich & Poor

April 30th, 2009

To reflect and ……….  ACT!

The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country. 

This can be shown by countries like India & Egypt, that are more than 2000 years old and are poor.

On the other hand, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, that 150 years ago was inexpressive, today are developed countries and rich.

The difference between poor and rich countries does not reside in the availability of natural resources.

Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture and cattle raising, but it is the second world economy.  The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw materials from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.

Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolates of the world.  In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year.  Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality.  It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order and labour, which made it the world’s strong safe.

Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin colour are also not important: immigrants labelled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich “adopted” countries.

What is the difference then?

The difference is the Attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education and the culture.

On analyzing the behaviour of the people in rich & developed countries, we find that the great majority follow the following principles:

1)  Ethics, as a basic principle

2)  Integrity

3)  Responsibility

4)  Respect to the laws and rules

5)  Respect of the rights of other citizens

6)  Work loving

7)  Strive for Saving & Investment

8)  Will of super action

9)  Punctuality

In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.

We are not poor because we lack natural resouces or because nature was cruel to us.

We are poor because we lack ATTITUDE.  We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich and developed societies.

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The above article is issued in Public Interest by Fropki.com.

 

If you love your country, muack, muack, SINGAPORE, let this message circulate for a major quantity of people could reflect about this AND:

                         CHANGE   YOUR   ATTITUDE

                         ACT NOW

* If you are in the service be it in tourism, retail, govt services – GIVE YOUR BEST SERVICE & PUT ON A SMILE

*If you are employed – DO YOUR BEST, GIVE YOUR 100%, DON’T SKIVE

*If you are self-employed – LAGI BEST SERVICE & PUT ON A SMILE

*If you are young adults – GIVE YOUR BEST IN WHATEVER YOU DO, SAVE AND INVEST ASAP

*If you are a student – STUDY VERY HARD & PLAY VERY HARD TOO, LOVE & RESPECT YOUR PARENTS, TEACHERS, YOUR JUNIOR, YOUR SENIOR, WHOEVER. BE HONEST, BE KIND.

*If you are Seniors – GAIN RESPECT BY RESPECTING OTHERS TOO.  BE HAPPY AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE. SMILE PLEASE

*If you are nobody – DO YOUR BEST, WORK HARD, SMILE, FOR YOU ARE STILL ALIVE.  You will be somebody, someday.

*If you are parents – LOVE & GUIDE YOUR CHILDREN, PLAY WITH THEM AND GIVE THEM LOTS OF LOVE

*If you are a human being – BE HARDWORKING, BE KIND, BE HONEST, RESPECT OTHERS, PLAN FOR YOUR RETIREMENT, SMILE ALWAYS

*If you are an animal – WE LOVE YOU

*If you are Chee Seng, my friend – THANK YOU BEING MY FRIEND

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Happy Birthday To MM Lee, 16-09-08

September 16th, 2008

Happy Birthday to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

Every year, I wish you good health from the bottom of my heart but this year I have a chance to express it openly on my website.  And many more to come.

We are here today is because  you and your great team have faith, fighting spirit, vision, leadership and corrupt-free.

We are lucky to receive education, plenty of jobs created for us to work.  We have a home that is safe to live in.  We are given opportunties to strive for better.

We are indeed very blessed to have you and your team to lead this nation, Singapore.   Of course, not forgetting Mrs Lee, a great pillar to our nation’s great man.

Take Care.

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Future Singapore Road with ERP Systems

July 16th, 2008

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Singapore ERP System In Year 2015

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This will be next………

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没完没了, 喘不过气了!

Thanks, Ming.

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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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Pedra Branca Belongs to Singapore

May 27th, 2008

 

   
 English –  Pedra Branca    Chinese – 白礁  

(Pinyin)  – bái jiāo 

 Malay     – Pedra Branca 

 Tamil      – பெட்ரா பிராங்கா

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At Last, on 23rd May 2008, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), had awarded Singapore sovereignty over Pedra Branca and Middle Rocks to Malaysia. The Court also decided that South Ledge belongs to the country in whose territorial waters it is located.

Thanks to the hardwork put in by Professor Tommy Koh, the Attorney-General Mr Chao Hick Tin, the Chief Justice Mr Chan Sek Keong, Professor Alain Pellet and Mr Ian Brownlie, Q.C.

What is Pedra Branca?

Pedra Branca is an island that sits at the eastern entrance of the Straits of Singapore. It lies about 24 nautical miles to the east of Singapore.

Its location has long been of strategic importance to us as it commands the entire eastern approach to the Straits of Singapore, through which almost 900 ships pass daily.

The oldest feature on the island is Horsburgh Lighthouse, which was built on the island by the British between 1847 and 1851.
 

What are Middle Rocks and South Ledge?

Middle Rocks and South Ledge are two maritime features to the south of Pedra Branca. Middle Rocks consists of two clusters of rocks situated 0.6 nautical miles south of Pedra Branca. South Ledge is a low-tide elevation (in other words, it is submerged at high tide) further south, 2.1 nautical miles, of Pedra Branca. 
 

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