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Shut down ERP all over S’pore for rest of the month as mark of respect for Lee Kuan Yew

Shut down ERP all over S’pore for rest of the month as mark of respect for Lee Kuan Yew

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He would have wanted it, yes.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe they must not shy away from paying tribute to those who deserve it, have formally written to the government urging them to shut down all ERPs for the rest of the month as a mark of respect for the first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

This after hundreds of events and tributes have been put up all over Singapore during this one-year anniversary of his passing, but none have been significant enough to impact the DNA of society like a ERP shutdown can.

One Singaporean, Yee Ah Pee, said he understands the rationale behind this gesture: “It was a difficult decision for Lee Kuan Yew to make years ago when he had to even consider allowing ERPs to operate in Singapore.”

“As we have seen so far, ERPs have brought nothing but strive and debt to thousands of people and ruined countless of lives.”

“As a mark of respect, it is imperative for both ERPs be shut down and have all their revenue for the rest of the year donated to charity.”

At press time, Singaporeans are also petitioning the government for free bus and train travel for the rest of the week.






S’porean family of 5 to undergo plastic surgery to look like Lee Kuan Yew as tribute

S’porean family of 5 to undergo plastic surgery to look like Lee Kuan Yew as tribute

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They feel that most Singaporeans have not gone far enough in respecting Lee Kuan Yew.


Declaring the need to respect the late Lee Kuan Yew and keep him in their memory for all time, a Singaporean family of five will undergo plastic surgery to look like the first prime minister of Singapore.

The family, consisting of the father, mother, son and grandparents, will all undergo plastic surgery simultaneously so they will look like the late prime minister at the same time before the one-year anniversary of his passing on March 23 and also to preserve their family resemblance.

Zhen Rong, the mother, said her family is just doing what they can to pay their respects: “Singaporeans are letting the late Lee Kuan Yew’s memory slip away barely one year into his passing”

“We know that it is difficult to embody the principles that Lee Kuan Yew espouse, so we thought it is easier to just look like him and it will remind Singaporeans that Lee Kuan Yew is still here around them today.”

Other Singaporeans who heard of this family’s decision to look like Lee Kuan Yew, said they feel heartened.

One local, Tao Nao Pai, said: “I hope the family can impress upon the current PAP members and MPs that they too need to look like Lee Kuan Yew if they wish to run Singapore in a way befitting of their founder’s legacy. That way, they can start to really be like Lee Kuan Yew.”

“But so far, they have failed, but this doesn’t take away from the fact that this is perhaps one of the better tributes this week.”






Thousands of S’porean men volunteer as tribute to go to prison on behalf of Serina Wee

Thousands of S’porean men volunteer as tribute to go to prison on behalf of Serina Wee

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They will each take turns to go to jail to complete her sentence.


Thousands upon thousands of Singaporean men from all walks of life, who believe in Serina Wee, The Goddess of Nectar and All Things Divine, have volunteered themselves as tribute.

This after Serina Wee was found guilty of all charges, including criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts, levelled against her and the other five current and former City Harvest Church leaders.

They all face jail time and fines and are awaiting sentencing.

One Singaporean man, Qu Zuo Lao, said: “Let me atone for her sins on her behalf.”

“This is the cross I bear that she gave to me.”

Other Singaporean men said going to prison on Serina Wee’s behalf is an honour.

Hen Ai Ni, another local, said: “I must be quick to forgive her of all her sins.”

“This is the true meaning of love, acceptance and forgiveness, which she taught me and my fellow men.”

“If Serina Wee fronted the Crossover Project, I would have converted by now.”






S’porean man halfway through 91cm-in-91-days run to pay tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

S’porean man halfway through 91cm-in-91-days run to pay tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

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Another 45cm to go in the next 45 days.


A seasoned short distance endurance runner is now in the second stretch of the LKY91 run, where he has been running 1cm daily over the past 46 days.

The short distance runner, Mai Sng Seow, is still pushing on strong, keeping his focus very much on the remaining journey of 45cm over the next 45 days.

This is a running feat that will see him complete 91cm over 91 consecutive days, or 1cm per day. He started the mission in April, and is now on his last 45 days.

The pace has been gruelling although he has now settled into a routine. As to what keeps him going, he said it is his desire to make a significant contribution to Singapore as it turns 50, as well as to pay tribute to the nation’s founding father, the late Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away at age 91.

“In order for our country to continue to be successful, we need the values of resilience, determination and perseverance. Personally, I consider myself very ordinary, in terms of ability, but I have this slogan that says, ‘Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary feats’,” he said.

This feat would not be possible without the support and encouragement that the man has been receiving from family, friends, colleagues and the public since he started on the 1cm-a-day run.

An entourage of runners, pacers and volunteers is with him every step of the way.

Mai’s wife has also put her life on hold, getting up every morning to prepare energy drinks, fruits and energy gels for all the runners.

“I would like to dedicate this run to our nation and also to hopefully motivate more people to take up exercise as a form of lifestyle,” Mai said.

Some of the challenges the short distance endurance runner faces are heat and humidity, and getting used to the short distances as he has had experience of running longer distances of between 50cm to four metres, as and when he gets off the couch to answer the phone or head to the fridge to get a cold sausage to munch on during commercial breaks.

He said previously: “I don’t think I have tried to go a full 1cm without over-exceeding the distance before. To do 1cm each time will send my body into shock as I have to prevent myself from completing the full 91cm distance in just one day.”

His run will end with celebrations of fireworks to mark this wondrous achievement of the human body and also to remember Lee Kuan Yew.


When he first made the pledge to run 91cm in 91 days, people thought that he was risking his life:

S’porean man vows to run 91cm in 91 days to pay tribute to Lee Kuan Yew










A personal history of 9/11

A personal history of 9/11

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It’s been 10 years since the world was introduced to the term ‘9/11′ but the legacy of the fallen twin towers still lives on. By Fang Shihan

Courtesy: ibtimes.com

You don’t really give a shit about things when you’re 15.

I know I was having a nap during English class when I first heard about the World Trade Centre attack in New York.

In fact I was probably a little confused because when Ms. C our teacher asked us if we knew what the place was, I immediately thought about cable cars and the yearly family trip to Sentosa.

I really didn’t care – not even when a classmate watched an online video of a plane crashing into one of the twin towers, and not even when another classmate related a probably made-up story of her friend making a phone call to her saying that the plane just flew past her office window.

The O Levels then came and went in 2002 with almost no mention about Osama bin Laden or Islamicism. I probably knew the text of Julius Caesar better than the causes of the 9/11 attack or the implications it had on the global economy.

It was only in 2003 that I starting taking note of the legacy it made in the world. And it all started with a television broadcast of the war in Afghanistan.

After a long hike through Tioman island, a bunch of us JC kids (including pre-NS weapons enthusiasts) decided to sit down for dinner at a restaurant which happened to have a TV set tuned in to the evening news.

I didn’t understand a word of Bahasa, but I did understand the footage. In a dusty city somewhere in the Middle East, U.S. troops were driving though town squares in heavily armored vehicles, flashing their machine guns while civilians were being killed every minute. No war is without collateral. At that time my only point of reference was World War II and we all know WWII, in a nutshell, sucked.

Fast forward to university. After going through various texts and theories of war, international relations and exhaustive arguments with culture relativists, I decided to pick up religious studies as a minor because

1) I didn’t understand why people would pick on a religion that when translated, literally meant ‘peace’
2) why terrorists would terrorise for the promise of 72 virgins
3) why some Muslims were so hard up on a bunch of Danish cartoons when the rest of the world lampoons Christian nutters with little resistance
4) why people would wuss out on talking about the problem of obviously conflicting opinions, choosing instead to say “Oh everyone has a right to an opinion.”

Obviously everyone has a right to be nuts, but there had to be a reason why some opinions are considered more nutty than others.

And that was also when I decided that being in the news industry was pretty cool. Different aces report on the very same issues so differently, with so many consequences.

And we have no way of drawing any proverbial line on the black/white, right/wrong, objective/ subjective. Is Al Jazeera wrong for publishing shit about everyone else in the middle east except its pay masters, the Qatar royalty? Is Fox News being unobjective for slamming the liberals and having a Christian undertone when the liberal outlets have their own slant too?

So a decade down the road since 9/11, here i am at New Nation, where we write about stuff that happens everyday. It’s been a long time since the first image of the twin towers collapsing was etched deep into my memory but in truth, 9/11 has really stuck.

So what if Osama’s dead. Obama’s still getting flak for having a Muslim middle name, people are still making money talking about Islamic security threats (real or imagined) in the region, and Muslims are still being detained in Singapre by Internal Security for being terrorist threats.

The truth is, 9/11 just gave the developed world an excuse to pick on something else after the Cold War. And until we find that something else to demonise, there can be no closure to the event that will shaped the histories of Muslims, Americans, Singaporeans and the like, for better or for worse.