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Hong Lim Park fanatics to protest: ‘Jobs For Dummies, NS For S’poreans’

Hong Lim Park fanatics to protest: ‘Jobs For Dummies, NS For S’poreans’

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They want to protest against dummies taking over the population.

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Hong Lim Park fanatics from some walks of life, who don’t have jobs because globalisation and liberal foreign talent policy, are going to start a protest.

This after they spotted a dummy by the road side performing a job that could otherwise have gone to a Singaporean, which drew howls of protest from some quarters in society.

Filbert Foh, a local disenfranchised Singaporean for Singapore, said: “Why are we made to compete with dummies for job?”

“NS for locals but jobs for dummies!”

“I did not serve NS to protect dummies who come here to take away our jobs.”

Other Singaporeans for Singapore who are upset said this will only lead to more oppression of Singaporeans.

Milbert Moh, another Singaporean for Singapore, said defensively: “First, we lose our jobs to foreigners. Next thing what will happen? Give jobs to dummies who don’t have proper qualification?”

At press time, it is reported that non-locals who have degrees from non-accredited universities and degree mills are still finding employment in Singapore.

 

Previously on ‘Jobs For ______, NS For Singaporeans':

S’poreans to protest use of drones in F&B: ‘NS For Locals, Jobs For Robots!’

 





S’poreans to protest against lawyers, doctors who are too expensive

S’poreans to protest against lawyers, doctors who are too expensive

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Hong Lim Park rally to be called #ReturnOurFees.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who are sick and tired of paying for exorbitant doctor and lawyer bills, are taking things to Hong Lim Park this weekend to protest against doctors and lawyers that charge very expensive prices.

This after it was revealed that the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) lawyers engaged to fight Dr Susan Lim, who was found guilty by SMC for overcharging a patient, had overcharged Dr Lim.

One of the SMC lawyers is Senior Counsel Alvin Yeo, a PAP MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC.

One Singaporean, Kwa Nor Koon, said: “So now who is going to investigate the overcharging lawyers? Is there a law equivalent of the Singapore Medical Council? Why is the Law Society silent? I thought all lawyers very talkative and argumentative one?”

Other Singaporeans said more has to be done to bring doctors and lawyers back to reality.

Another Singaporean, Mei You Qian, said: “Who is going to take action against overcharging lawyers?”

“Is the Law Society toothless? This case has sullied the reputation of all doctors and lawyers.”

At press time, ordinary Singaporeans said they are contemplating forming their own citizens’ committee to investigate the matter.

 

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Thousands of donors demand Roy Ngerng return their donations after he heckled special needs children

Thousands of donors demand Roy Ngerng return their donations after he heckled special needs children

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ReturnOurDonation protest in Hong Lim Park to ask for $100,000 in donations back.

Photo stolen from here

Photo stolen from here

Thousands of donors who contributed more than $100,000 to Roy Ngerng’s charity fund are asking for their money back.

This after the CPF blogger heckled special needs children at Hong Lim Park on Sept. 27, 2014.

The donors, who initially gave willingly to Ngerng to shield him from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s legal advances, said they did not expect their money to be used for unruly means and intimidation.

Kong Chee Kim, a Singaporean said: “We didn’t give Roy Ngerng money so he can disturb children. We want our money back. Return my donation! Return my donation!”

To demand their money back, other donors said they will be rallying together to organise their own Hong Lim Park protest in a few weeks’ time against Roy Ngerng.

Called ReturnOurDonation, the aim is to call attention to the lack of transparency and accountability in the way Ngerng has handled their donations.

However, to pull off the Return Our Donation rally, the donors who want their money back will also be launching a donation drive of their own to raise money to start the rally.

The Return Our Donation rally organisers said they will be transparent and accountable with how they handle the donations.

 

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‘Return Our CPF’ protester wakes up to find his CPF monies returned to him

‘Return Our CPF’ protester wakes up to find his CPF monies returned to him

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A bag of cash was found at his doorstep a day after he attends Hong Lim Park protest.

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A “Return Our CPF” protester woke up this morning to find all his CPF monies accumulated in his compulsory CPF account returned to him by the government in cold hard cash.

This after he protested the day before at Hong Lim Park on June 7, 2014, to demand the government return all of his money in his CPF account.

Kong Chee Kim, the Singaporean who has been angry for so many years about not being able to withdraw his CPF money, said: “This Hong Lim Park protest to demand the government give us back our CPF monies is really super effective.”

“We spend so much time, money and effort setting the place up and gathering people under the hot sun to hear a bunch of other people give speeches and then we get what we want in return.”

“So this just proves that all we have to do is shout slogans and write up placards and sell T-shirts with some words on it and we will have our demands met.”

At press time, the man said he just woke up and the experience of having his CPF monies returned to him is just a dream.

 

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S’poreans disappointed big turnouts for Population White Paper protests dwindling

S’poreans disappointed big turnouts for Population White Paper protests dwindling

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This means people are back packing shopping malls, eateries again.

Photo stolen from Yahoo! News

Photo stolen from Yahoo! News

Singaporeans from all walks of life are bemoaning the fact that the turnout for the Population White Paper protests over this weekend has dwindled.

This meant that people are not going to Hong Lim Park, but instead are are back at the shopping malls and eateries, making these places crowded again.

The first protest in February drew between 300 and 78,000 people, according to sources on Facebook.

The most recent protest held on Oct. 5 drew between 32 and 600 people, according to figures drawn from online.

Kee Sho Peng, a local said: “That time many people go protest, Singapore suddenly become more livable. MRT got place to sit. Suddenly, everywhere got more space.”

This prompted some Singaporeans to suggest keeping the protesters holed up in Hong Lim Park every weekend.

Kee Hong Lim, a Singaporean, said: “The protest organisers should get some government funding to organise protest every weekend. Then they can lure the protesters with free food and drinks.”

“This will keep them away from the rest of Singaporeans who can eat and shop with more space to themselves.”

 

 

 

 

Businesses around Hong Lim Park prepare for black out

Businesses around Hong Lim Park prepare for black out

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Congregation of Malaysians there on Mother’s Day likely to cause power outage.

With the lights out, it's less dangerous

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous

Businesses surrounding Hong Lim Park are preparing for a black out tomorrow evening as a planned protest there at 630 p.m. will likely draw a crowd of Malaysians.

The rally at Hong Lim Park is open to Singaporeans who want to show solidarity with the Malaysians following their unpopular election results last week, although Malaysians are allowed to be present as observers.

It has been historically shown that a congregation of Malaysians at any given location will cause lights to go out.

And it is this presence of Malaysians in large groups that has sparked fear among businesses surrounding the protest rally site.

Some business owners have taken preventive measures to address the potential black out.

Zho Seng Li, a pub owner, said: “I burn quite a lot of joss paper this morning to pray that it rains heavily tomorrow. This will dissuade them.”

The concerns of businesses are legitimate as the congregation of Malaysians caused a black out at the CBD two days ago when 200 Malaysians showed up at the Merlion Park to protest.

The black out is similar to what Malaysians experienced on election day when electricity went dead at the polls.

S’porean ladies shocked to see sexually attractive guy at protest

S’porean ladies shocked to see sexually attractive guy at protest

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His presence at May Day protest a clear indication times are hard.

Photo stolen from The Online Citizen Facebook

Photo stolen from The Online Citizen Facebook

Some Singaporean women New Nation interviewed said they were stunned to see one sexually attractive guy attend the May Day protest at Hong Lim Park.

One woman, said the good-lookingness of at least one protestor is an indication how bad things are.

The lady, Sue Pearl Felicia, said: “Good-looking people usually have it easier in life, be it finding employment or making friends, getting laid. So, if a good looking guy attends a protest, it means there must really be hardship going around.”

But all is not lost.

The presence of the sexually attractive guy has spawned good will among Singaporeans, to the extent some are offering personal help.

Another woman, Jess Trawling, said while flicking her hair and giggling: “I’ve never thought good looking people had problems.”

“But if the sexually attractive guy needs help, he can call me maybe at 9-9953-6413.”

 

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S’poreans should learn to write shorter slogans

S’poreans should learn to write shorter slogans

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Long-winded slogans are hard to chant, impossible to remember.

“Short and sweet” is not something Singaporeans are good at, as placards bearing slogans at today’s Hong Lim Park afternoon protest attest.

Long-winded slogans are not only unwieldy but also an eyesore.

And they cannot be chanted for effect.

Always remember, there are only two things in life that should be long: Love-making and your dong.

Therefore, these are the slogans that should be rewritten:

#01
Could be edited as: "We speak truth!"

Could be edited as: “We speak truth!”

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#02
Could be edited as: "Repent!" *clap clap clap "Repent!" (As in "Defence!" clap clap clap "Defence!")

Could be edited as: “Repent!” *clap clap clap* “Repent!”
(As in “Defence!” *clap clap clap* “Defence!”)

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#03
Could be edited as: "Serve the people!"

Could be edited as: “Serve the people!”

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#04
Could be edited as: "Power to the people!" (Just like the advertisement)

Could be edited as: “Power to the people!” (Just like the advertisement)

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#05
Could be edited as: "Law over man! Not man over law!"

Could be edited as: “Law over man! Not man over law!”

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#06
Could be edited as: "Show me the money?"

Could be edited as: “Show me the money?!”

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#07
Could be edited as: "Stop at two they said, it will be fun they said!"

Could be edited as: “Stop at two they said, it will be fun they said!”

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#08
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Could be edited as: “Overrated!” clap… clap… clap-clap-clap “Overrated!” clap… clap… clap-clap-clap

#09

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Could be edited as: “Where are our rights!” clap… clap… clap-clap-clap “Where are our rights!” clap… clap… clap-clap-clap

#10

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What… I don’t even…

But could be edited as: “Show us more love!”

Tourists excited to see S’poreans protesting

Tourists excited to see S’poreans protesting

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Tour groups highlight Hong Lim May Day Protest as a place of interest to visit.

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The upcoming May Day Protest at Hong Lim Park is not only drawing the attention of local authorities — it is widely anticipated by tourists who will be in Singapore on May 1.

This is due to the rarity of public protests here.

And many tourists will be flocking to where the action is as they are already exchanging tips on online travel forums, excitedly mentioning Hong Lim Park as a major place of interest to visit.

A European tourist, Fromme Elleswear, said: “Seeing Singaporeans protesting in public is as rare as witnessing a camel mating with a salmon.”

“It never happens.”

The Hong Lim Park protest is also catching the imagination of tourists from authoritarian landscapes.

Huwantu Id-Sheed, an Arabian man, said: “It would be my pleasure to provide Singaporeans some tips at Hong Lim Park on how to carry a banner and pump their fist in the air while chanting slogans with gusto.”

However, Singaporeans interviewed by New Nation said they are not too keen of the idea that tourists will be at the protest to take their photos.

Boh Tao Nao, a local, said: “First they take our jobs, then they take our public transportation. And then they take our women. After that they also take our flats and our schools.”

“You mean now foreigners want to come and take our photos? I better store my photos in a safe place where they cannot find it.”

May Day protest could attract 1 million people

May Day protest could attract 1 million people

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Hong Lim Park might turn into a giant sinkhole.

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The May Day protest on May 1 that is going to take place in a week’s time might just break all known and previously held records in Singapore.

An estimated one million people are expected to turn up in full force carrying banners and sweating buckets, largely due to the immensely unpopular series of happenings and the perceived injustice that has prevailed the past few days.

Firstly, a somewhat unknown cartoonist named Leslie Chew got arrested for possible sedition for drawing a series of Demon-cratic Singapore comic that reflects politics and life.

This has angered some segments of Singaporeans who see this a clamp down on expression that is not even that funny.

Next, Nizam Ismail, a former director of the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) stepped down from the organisation after he alleged that he was hinted to tone down his critical views by some members of the ruling government.

It is a known fact that he had openly participated in the Population White Paper protest and a Workers’ Party forum, and he will be at the May Day protest as well as a speaker.

Lastly, foreigners have been warned to stay away from Hong Lim Park on May Day by the protest organisers, which is seen as a playing up of a non-issue by authorities.

All these events are compounded by the seething anger already boiling over among Singaporeans for years, to play out into an epic event of biblical proportions.

However, with so many people congregated at one location, there is a fear that a sinkhole might formed.

Sinkholes have been making appearances all over the island the past few months because Singapore might actually be sinking.

And online sources will estimate that the sinkhole was due to two million people showing up for the protest.

S’poreans shocked to find so many of them around

S’poreans shocked to find so many of them around

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Some at Hong Lim Park protest resort to demanding for lesser foreigners, as well as lesser locals by 2030.

Hong Lim Park protest draws a crowd of between 1,000 and 45,000 people, depending on who you ask. (Photo stolen from Choon Hiong)

Hong Lim Park protest draws a crowd of between 1,000 and 45,000 people, depending on who you ask. (Photo stolen from Choon Hiong)

Some Singaporeans among those who turned up in droves to attend the Hong Lim Park protest on Feb. 16, were shocked to see that there were so many of them around.

This caused the initial protest against the PAP government’s plan to increase the population by importing more foreigners to take a turn. Some locals ended up calling on the government to limit the number of Singaporeans as well.

One Singaporean protester, Jin Juay Lang, said: “There is really no place here already. You see for yourself. Cannot stand so many people. So stuffy. Everybody so sticky some more.”

The large turnout for the protest was unexpected, given that there was a heavy downpour. And it was the Chinese New Year weekend.

However, one Singaporean Chinese couple, who are childless, said they “chose” to attend the protest as they “wanted to” support the other protesters even though it was the Chinese New Year weekend.

The man, who refused to be named, said: “I actually came here to siam the Chinese New Year visitation today because every year must give ang bao but cannot receive very siong one, you know.”

Estimates of the number of protesters have ranged from 1,000 as reported by mainstream media to 45,000, according to some online sources on Facebook.

Others who were shocked to see so many Singaporeans congregate at one location, said this reminded them of the good old days of yesteryear when Singaporeans were united together for a common purpose: Such as The Great Singapore Sale 2012.

Da Zhe Kou, a Singaporean shopaholic, said: “This is like Zara. But outdoors. And raining. But the smell is quite similar.”

Protest shows that Singapore respects civil liberties: Asian Freedom Index

Protest shows that Singapore respects civil liberties: Asian Freedom Index

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Assembly for anti-establishment cause allowed to proceed undisturbed

Singapore is an exemplary example of a country that respects freedom of expression, said a press release by The Straits Times today, which published the inaugural Asian Freedom Index.

Unlike many other countries which do not respect the right to free speech, such as Myanmar, North Korea and China, Singapore has consistently outperformed its counterparts by allowing protests to take place, said the release which ranked 30 countries in Asia according to indicators formulated by Singapore’s national broadsheet.

One example was yesterday’s protest against the high immigration rate, which attracted more than 5,000 people despite the rain.

Pic stolen from Say "No" to an overpopulated Singapore facebook page

Pic stolen from Say “No” to an overpopulated Singapore facebook page

“We did not arrest anyone, nor did we try to bring in the tanks, or throw tear gas into the crowd, which could potentially be rowdy,” said a spokesperson from the Singapore Police Force Zhuo Jing Cha.

“The speakers were allowed to spread their misinformation about the government on stage too, and we allowed the slander against our leaders continue undisturbed. They only have to apply for a license beforehand. Isn’t that a hallmark of an exemplary democracy?”

Singapore ranked tops among all the indexes of the Asian Freedom Index which included indicators for freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of media and labour rights.

“As the country’s gold standard of journalism, we aim to report only the facts,” said Editor at The Straits Times, Warren Fernandez who also served as lead researcher for the index.

“The fact is, Singapore is a country brimming with vibrancy, colour and freedoms. The ill-attended event at Hong Lim with only 1,000 participants is a key example of how we respect the right to opinion, even if it is wrong. I am heartened to know that the government is big-hearted enough to accommodate the views of the lunatic fringe who obviously don’t understand that a 6.9 million population is actually not that much at all.”

Concrete ideas needed for public transport subsidies

Concrete ideas needed for public transport subsidies

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Or else, it might just come back to haunt the folks in parliament in the future.

By Belmont Lay

It was Bernard Chen from the Worker's Party who first brought up this issue of unfair pricing for polytechnic students years ago! We, the YPAP, are just stealing it now for political capital after suffering a bruising encounter with WP during May's General Election! Photo borrowed from YPAP Facebook.

To prove that they possess some semblance of street cred, the YPAP were at Hong Lim Park on Saturday banging on about how unfair it is for polytechnic students to be paying more fares to take public transport.

Here’s the current deal: Students from junior colleges and the Institute of Technical Education are post-secondary students. So, therefore, they get to enjoy subsidised rates.

On the other hand, polytechnic students are considered tertiary-level students. They, therefore, picked the shorter stick. Sorry.

So poly students have to pay about twice as much. For being the same age and getting packed into the same overcrowded trains and buses to get to school to acquire an education as their brethren in school uniforms.

And why the double standards? Er… as far as I can tell, even with a brain, I can’t really work out the rationale going backwards.

Well, but what I am aware of is that unfair fare subsidies have been going on for the longest time. It has been the case since my junior college days 10 years ago.

And strangely, it doesn’t take anyone with an IQ above that of a snail to notice this: The entire bloody problem with public transport fare pricing for students stems from the moment some idiot savant of a policy-maker decreed that JC and ITE students pay less simply because they are wearing school uniforms.

Yes, it’s true. Poly students have to bear the brunt only because they are not in Communism-inspired garb.

The distinction is as simple and as arbitrary as that.

There is no other more succinct way to put this.

Look, if you took just 5 minutes to browse through the rationalisation (documented here by the honourable Bernard Chen of the Workers’ Party) as to why public transport fares differed between the two groups, you will shake your head in disbelief at all the after-the-fact rationalisation used to defend this current pricing scheme.

You would note that the reasons are nothing but bunk. Crap. BS.

Worse, the onus to explain the rationale behind how fares are subsidised is always passed back and forth. The public transport operator and the good old folks in parliament sure enjoy volleying.

It’s all typical civil servant mentality.

And what about the Public Transport Council?

As the third shareholder with a stake in this debate, the council could effectively be made up of eunuchs and zombies.

They are there, but somewhat lacking or absent, if you happen to know what I mean.

Which also translates, in other words, to the notion that they are useless.

Nonetheless, the oft-repeated argument has been that the government cannot step in to intervene any time they like. Pricing mechanisms work as the market dictates. The government only steps in when there is a need to help the needy. (And even then…)

As public transport operators are businesses, they know their own financial situation best.

Public transport operators have argued that concessionary rates are currently based on cross-subsidies. This means that the adults and upright public transport users who pay full fares are subsidising the rides of those receiving concessions.

With only so much cross-subsidies to go around, any more and the system will go tits up and we all die in agony.

But let me just ask one simple question: Whose bright idea was it in the first place that students in junior colleges and ITE require Mao-approved uniforms?

Whose eureka moment was it to come up with labels like “post-secondary” and “tertiary-level”?

The Ministry of Education, right?

So the issue, if you look at it, needs to be brought back to the starting point. Right back to the heart of the ministry.

If I was a Minister sitting inside a Cabinet, and I know full well I make something like $2 million a year, and I need not owe anyone a living except my people and constituents, I will issue a diktat stating plainly that anyone under the age of 21 will enjoy subsidised rates when they use our First-World public transport system.

They can be in JC, or poly, or home-schooled, or out of school, or out of work, or out of their minds, I don’t care.

And uniforms be damned.

Once anyone becomes old enough to vote, which means you’ve lived long enough to not be dependent, your public transport subsidies get revoked.

And how in the blue hell are we going to finance this seemingly two-bit idea?

A fraction, say 5 percent, of the money collected from ERP gantries every month will go towards the public transport subsidy fund.

Any time parking fines amassed throughout the month exceeds, say, $1 million, the excess shall go towards the pot too.

HDB season parking revenue? We’ll round it off to the nearest million at the month’s end, and take the rest, thank you very much.

Road tax? COE? Carpark coupon sales? Fuel taxes? Revenue from Traffic Police speeding tickets?

Mmm… I’ll just take 1 percent from each of these components and add it to the tally.

And if Orchard Road floods? We shall dock Vivian’s pay, say 10 percent each time, and give it back to the young ones in the form of cheaper fares.

Hey, I mean what good is a road if you can’t use it because it is choked full of water? Someone’s got to be penalised for the equivalent of a modern, cosmopolitan faux pas.

Come to think of it, imagine if it floods in Orchard Road three times a year, and if you took just 1 percent from all the road-related revenue above, there might even be enough to provide free transportation for the disabled and those aged above 55.

Till kingdom come.

But here’s the point of today’s missive: Just because we here at New Nation incorporate humour into our articles doesn’t necessarily mean we pull arguments out of our ass.

That is my personal chopped, signed and guaranteed quality assurance to you, my dear reader.

Fairness is like a cherry pie. You got to explain why a slice isn't too big or too small. And how it is just nice.

Three weeks ago, we published a truncated article about “fairness” and its role in policy-making by a professor of psychology at the Singapore Management University.

Basically, what the don was trying to say is that there is fairness in outcome. And then there is fairness in process.

An accompanying picture showing a cherry pie being cut up was put up (pictured right). The manner in which a pie is cut alludes perfectly to fair outcomes and processes.

In this instance of transport fares, poly students have been receiving a smaller share of the pie. Because they have been paying more fares for using the same transport system. That is an unfair outcome.

Worse, they don’t even know why that is the case for a long, long time. No one gave a compelling answer. Therefore, there isn’t any fairness in process.

Ipso facto, in five years’ time, come 2016 General Election, the youngest of today’s batch of polytechnic students shall at least be 22 years old.

Just saying.

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