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S’pore to celebrate Tanksgiving Day on Nov. 23 every year, make it a public holiday

S’pore to celebrate Tanksgiving Day on Nov. 23 every year, make it a public holiday

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Give tanks with a grateful heart.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who appreciate that they can give tanks, are giving tanks profusely.

This after it was announced that Singapore will celebrate Tanksgiving Day on Nov. 23 every year from now on and will be making the day a public holiday.

One Singaporean, Gan En, said: “Since we gave China nine tanks on Nov. 23, 2016, it is good to look back on this day from now on annually as a reminder that there are other things in life to give tanks for.”

“Giving tanks should be customary and a ingrained practice.”

However, other locals said China taking the nine Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles do not really constitute giving tanks.

Another local, Huan Geh Wo, said: “No tanks, I’d rather they be mine.”

“Then, it would really be… explosive,” he said as he put on his sunglasses as The Who came on.

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans react to Yaacob Ibrahim’s insistence there’s desire for Malay president

S’poreans react to Yaacob Ibrahim’s insistence there’s desire for Malay president

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Three thoughts you must have had.

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Minister in charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said the desire to see a Malay president in Singapore cuts across the Malay community.

Many from the community would, in private in closed-door discussions, be in favour.

This is so even though younger Malays have grown up with meritocracy as the basis of how society is organised and appear reluctant to see a “circuit breaker” in the Elected Presidency (EP) to ensure minority representation, he said.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “The desire to see an Indian prime minister cuts across Singapore.”
Zuo Zhong Li, 44-year-old ballot box manufacturer

 

sian-half-uncle “The desire to see a bald Indian prime minister cuts across Singapore, to be more precise.”
Bee Jiao Zun, 66-year-old dartboard maker

 

happy-bird-girl “Singaporeans would love to see Tharman Shanmugaratnam become prime minister next.”
Jian Zhen De, 17-year-old student

 

 

 

 

 

 





Nationalise private tuition in S’pore to make education system truly great

Nationalise private tuition in S’pore to make education system truly great

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Private tuition is what allows students to reach full academic potential.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who recognise what works and what doesn’t, have come out to urge the government to take over the private tuition industry.

This after they said the billion-dollar tuition industry is what makes education in Singapore truly great and deserves to be nationalised to take over their best practices of helping students score good grades.

Currently, the public education system is focused too much on making students not hit their full academic potential as they are urged to be balanced and nurture other life skills.

One Singaporean, Pu Xi, said: “The public education system in Singapore is okay on its own at best. Most Singaporeans who have gone through it made it despite the public education system.”

“Because what really works is the private tuition industry, where the best help is rendered.”

“When the government makes private tuition a public good, it would be accessible to all, for all, without discrimination, which is truly fair and great.”

Other locals said making tutors become public servants would allow them to serve their true calling as educators.

Another local, Xi Shen, said: “Private tutors have been making scholars out of students and must be recognised as well as or even more than public school teachers.”

“By becoming on par with public school teachers, they can now carry out their tasks knowing they are doing it for other people’s benefit and not their own private gains.”

“That would be very noble indeed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





Rio Olympics wrap-up: S’pore mainstream media still disappointing, ranked 154th in world

Rio Olympics wrap-up: S’pore mainstream media still disappointing, ranked 154th in world

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Report card grade: F-

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In a post-mortem report dissecting how well Team Mainstream Media Singapore did this Rio 2016 Olympics, Singaporeans from all walks of life have given them an F- grade in their report card.

The collective opinion of Singaporeans is that reporters, also referred to as keyboard athletes, have lived up to expectations of a 154th rank media in the world.

One Singaporean, Mei You Yong, said: “It was noted that none of the reporters in Singapore are Olympians. They have not participated in any major international competitive sport, but were seen to be talking smack quite a lot comparatively.”

“It must have been exhausting working out those fingers of theirs the last two weeks though. Instead of directing hard questions at politicians, they direct hard questions at sports persons.”

“Overall, it was as expected, an F- performance.”

Other locals said there is a silver lining though now that the mainstream media in Singapore is ranked so low internationally.

Qu Chi Sai, another local, said: “Singapore’s media put up a disappointing overall Olympic media campaign, including conveniently forgetting the hard work of each and every athlete and their team, who did their best to represent Singapore despite the lack of support they received in the build-up.”

“So, no one notices how badly the mainstream media performs anymore these days until they do something stupid to bring it upon themselves.”

“So the only way to go is up, I guess.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





Foreigners unhappy with S’pore must aim higher by insulting everyone on a global level

Foreigners unhappy with S’pore must aim higher by insulting everyone on a global level

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Think big, go far.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who are ready to introduce people to Perth as a good place to hide out, are inviting foreigners in Singapore to freely vent their anger and insult Singapore and Singaporeans.

This after a foreigner freely insulted Singapore and Singaporeans and was called out by locals, resulting in him getting fired from his job.

One local, Hor Gao Kan, said: “Foreigners who are unhappy with Singapore should not feel the need to bottle up those feelings and suffer inside.”

“They should feel free to vent them out in public, especially on social media, where more people can see and share it for posterity’s sake.”

“After which, the foreigner will promptly have more free time to spare to ruminate about life, in general.”

However, other locals said foreigners targeting Singapore and Singaporeans alone can be dangerous as it is self-limiting.

Siow Pah, another Singaporean, said: “It is important for foreigners to target their anger at Singapore and Singaporeans, but more can be done.”

“To really make an impact beyond Singapore, the foreigner who is angry must go on a non-discriminatory rant against everyone without being blinded by race, religion or nationality and even sexual orientation.”

“That is the true spirit of embracing globalisation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’pore’s politics must remain above race, religion but not extra-marital affairs

S’pore’s politics must remain above race, religion but not extra-marital affairs

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Some things are just harder than others.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who agree to a wide range of platitudes, said they fully support the statement that Singapore’s politics must remain above race and religion.

This after it was reported that it is wrong for those who are aiming for a position of power in politics to make divisive comments about race and religion, in reference to the US presidential election.

One Singaporean, Bee Jiao Hao, said she concurs: “Singapore politics is very special and different one. We are not afflicted like other countries.”

“We must remain above race and religion, and must wear a halo and be different and untainted.”

However, other Singaporeans said being above race and religion is a good thing, but not the most ideal.

One other local, Bao Kah Leow, said: “Why stop at being above race and religion? Why not be above everything else?”

“Singapore’s politics must remain above race, religion, science, geography, mathematical certainty, biology, home economics, literature, Cubism, international relations, spirituality and entertainment.”

“However, if we asked David Ong if Singapore politics can be above extra-martial affairs, he would say ‘No’.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’pore govt will protect everyone, especially those who oppose the ruling govt

S’pore govt will protect everyone, especially those who oppose the ruling govt

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You will be kept safe and sound.

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The Singapore government has pledged to protect Singaporeans from all walks of life from the threat of violence, regardless of a person’s sexual orientation, race, religion or political affiliation.

This stance was reiterated by the authorities after the Orlando gunman carried out a mass shooting on Sunday.

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe the government will no doubt go the extra mile in its duty of protecting its citizens, said those who oppose the ruling government will be especially well taken care of and receive more attention.

One Singaporean, Qu Zuo Lao, said: “If you are an ordinary Singaporean, ordinary surveillance will be deployed to make sure a watchful eye is always there to keep you safe from harm.”

“If you are a Singaporean who opposes the ruling government, there will be more watchful eyes making sure you are alright all the time.”

“Very professional.”

Other locals said they agree with this sentiment.

Another Singaporean, Ai As Dee, said: “Once in a while, you might even have some people check up on you at night and pick you up from your home to make sure you are okay.”

“They might even bring you to a safe place with good sturdy locks and copious amounts of coffee to be watched over round the clock, so that no one can harm you at all, let alone contact you.”

“Then you will be given free lodging and free food for a period of time to make sure you are alright.”

“Then when you come out of the place with good sturdy locks after being watched by professional people for a period of time, you might still be paid a visit from time to time to check that you are okay and no one has gotten to you.”

“Then you might be followed, just in case.”

“Or transferred to an island, where no one and no harm can get to you for your own protection.”

“And then you might be even given a chance to say that you want this sort of protection because you deserve it.”

“Such protection.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





Nothing much happening this Sunday evening in S’pore

Nothing much happening this Sunday evening in S’pore

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Nothing to get alarmed about.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who are not alarmed or jolted to take notice or get angry about something, are blissfully unmolested by the lack of anything really major happening in Singapore on Sunday evening.

This after nothing really major is happening on Sunday evening.

One Singaporean, Kuah Dian See, who is catching up on shows on Netflix, said: “This season’s episodes are really great. Another four episodes to go.”

Other locals said the weather has cooled significantly this evening compared to the past two months and wondered if that would make it into the news tomorrow.

Another local, Gong Jiao Wei, said: “Given how news works in Singapore, it will surely make it into the mainstream media, waxing lyrical about how the monsoon winds have changed and there is a cold surge heading Singapore’s way and expect cooler temperatures from now till end of July blah blah blah…”

“It’s almost as if there is no news to report these days.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans praise success of plans toward a car-lite S’pore

S’poreans praise success of plans toward a car-lite S’pore

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This is working, they said.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who like to take public transport and ride electric scooters because cars are for rich people, are clapping their hands and praising the transport system.

This after they saw that plans towards a car-lite Singapore are successful as a family of five were spotted riding on a two-wheel electric scooter.

One Singaporean, Dian Dan Che, said: “Look at this. Five family members on a two-wheel bike. Towards a car-lite Singapore indeed.”

“It is heartening to see cars no longer playing a part in some Singaporeans’ life in such a significant way.”

Other Singaporeans said Singaporeans who take the initiative to move towards a car-lite Singapore must be praised.

Chen Zhan, another local, said: “This is such a bold move. You really need to be bold to be on the move like this.”

“Pity those who can drive. They won’t get to experience not being able to drive.”

 

 

 

 

 





Root causes of AHTC lapses can be traced to founding of S’pore

Root causes of AHTC lapses can be traced to founding of S’pore

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By going upstream, root causes would have been eradicated if Singapore remained unmodernised.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe in going back to the original source, said they agree fully with the audit firm report detailing the root causes of lapses at the Workers’ Party-run Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC).

This after they saw that the root cause can be traced to the opposition party, if one is being short-sighted, or to the ruling party and how Town Councils were set up and run, if one is far-sighted enough.

However, there was no doubt among the local population that all lapses stemmed from the founding of Singapore.

One Singaporean, Lai Fo Shi, said: “If Singapore remained unfounded and left to the aboriginal population, none of these lapses would have occurred or been registered because the native population didn’t have Town Councils to begin with.”

“As a country that is advanced and modern, it is important to go upstream and look at what really caused these lapses to happen so that the problem can be nipped at the bud.”

“The first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew might need to be blamed as AHTC lapses would not have occurred if he did not found modern Singapore.”

At press time, Singaporeans are also blaming Sir Stamford Raffles and the physical separation of Singapore land mass from the Malay Peninsula 10,000 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 





All accounting firms in S’pore to close down immediately as no one left to blame

All accounting firms in S’pore to close down immediately as no one left to blame

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Thousands of auditors, accountants and professionals become jobless overnight.

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All accounting firms in Singapore, from the Big Four to smaller boutique outfits, will be closing down for good.

This after there is no one left to blame in Singapore as a culture of blame has been done away with to be replaced with a culture of learning.

Mei Gong Zuo, a former employee of a major accounting firm, said it is inevitable she has been retrenched: “With no more blame left in Singapore, there is simply no point in trying to protect people from it.”

“This business model of striving for others to remain marginally right, has truly gone to the dogs.”

“Furthermore, for those who are feeling like they did do wrong or that they need to be blamed, to be living with the pain and regret is punishment enough.”

At press time, all companies in Singapore will no longer be required to be audited as rumours swirl that the next to be retrenched will be lawyers and judges, followed by the entire police force.

 

 

 

 

 





Solar eclipse in S’pore was omen by Lee Kuan Yew warning about PAP MP’s personal indiscretion

Solar eclipse in S’pore was omen by Lee Kuan Yew warning about PAP MP’s personal indiscretion

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Singaporeans, take heed.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who know an omen when they see one as they are very in tuned with the other side, are convinced the solar eclipse that took over the morning sky on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, had been ordained by Lee Kuan Yew to serve as a warning that something major was about to happen.

Shortly after on Saturday afternoon, March 12, Bukit Batok PAP MP David Ong resigned from the party and parliament.

One Singaporean, Jian Gui, said the solar eclipse omen was definitely by Lee Kuan Yew as a way to tell Singaporeans he still has their interests at heart: “Lee Kuan Yew is watching from up above. He just wants to tell Singaporeans to ready themselves.”

Other Singaporeans said this warning and many others that previously appeared in Orchard Road, that included a spate of fires, could have been in response to other unresolved issues in Singapore that Lee Kuan Yew would like to attend to and he is trying to force the hand of the authorities.

One other local, Hei An, said: “More warnings will carry on unabated until Lee Kuan Yew’s 38 Oxley Road house is demolished just as he had wished.”

“If his will is to be defied anymore, be prepared for the whole of Orchard Road to be razed to the ground while the sky turns black.”

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans angry new book tries to pass off Lee Kuan Yew as a mere mortal

S’poreans angry new book tries to pass off Lee Kuan Yew as a mere mortal

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Enough of these lowering of status, they demand.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who know that Lee Kuan Yew is the reason they are Singaporeans, have panned the latest book about the founding leader.

The book launch of Up Close with Lee Kuan Yew at the National Gallery Singapore on March 15 was met with sighs and head-shaking as Singaporeans said the new tome tried to show that Lee Kuan Yew was only a person who had unseen sides that reveal him to be affectionate, funny, thoughtful, loving, benevolent, indefatigable, nurturing and kind, among the 300 other human attributes commonly associated with pleasant people.

One Singaporean, Ai Guo, said these supposed revelations about the revered leader fell short as they are not new updates and serve to lower his stature: “We know all that already. Singapore is Lee Kuan Yew and Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore. Having another book published is not going to change that fact.”

“I dislike how the book wants to portray Lee Kuan Yew as a person, like you and me. That’s ridiculous.”

“He is a deity and it is sacrilegious to paint him otherwise and vulgar to even think him as a mere mortal.”

“Whoever sanctioned this book must be sentenced to 15 years of hard labour.”

“What an insult to Lee Kuan Yew’s memory.”

 

 

 

 

 











‘From Swamp To Skyscrapers’ narrative ignores fact that S’pore still has swamps

‘From Swamp To Skyscrapers’ narrative ignores fact that S’pore still has swamps

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This false narrative gives outsiders the impression that mudskippers stay in high-rise apartments.

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A BBC article framed Singapore’s journey in the last 50 years as one about going from “swamp to skyscrapers”.

A lot of Singaporeans from all walks of life are familiar with this narrative.

However, if we stopped to think, we’d realise that this narrative paints a false picture of what life is really like in Singapore.

Because, the truth is, Singapore in 2016, still has swamps.

By insisting on the “From Swamp To Skyscrapers” narrative, what we are doing is send a wrong message to outsiders beyond Singapore’s shores: We are effectively telling foreigners that the water monitor lizard, mudskipper and Great Egret do not live in the swamps here but in high-rise apartments.

When we do that, what we are doing is effectively whitewashing the biodiversity and the countless species of flora and fauna that live at the intersection of freshwater and saltwater habitats.

Have we considered what Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve would feel?

Or Pasir Ris Park? Nee Soon Swamp Forest?

How about Chek Jawa?

By continuing to perpetuate this false narrative to create a false consciousness, we will inflict symbolic violence on innocent habitats.

Therefore, we need to stick with the “From Swamps To Skyscrapers With Pockets Of Swamps” narrative for a new beginning to dawn.