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S’poreans regard Tharman Shanmugaratnam as Nobel Peace Prize winner

S’poreans regard Tharman Shanmugaratnam as Nobel Peace Prize winner

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No matter who wins.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe in peace and progress, have come out to regard Tharman Shanmugaratnam as their Nobel Peace Prize winner.

This after it was announced that a group of political activists and opposition politicians have nominated former political detainee Chia Thye Poh for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying his fight for political rights is an inspiration for current activists.

One Singaporean, He Ping, said Tharman Shanmugaratnam deserves the Nobel because he is a unifying statesman: “Tharman is the only Singaporean that people from both 70 percent and 30 percent factions can agree is capable and promotes unity.”

“And he can do that by not even being a political detainee.”

However, not all Singaporeans agree that awarding Tharman with the Nobel Peace Prize is a no-brainer.

One other local, Zhen Zhou Dao, said: “I feel it is not right to give this Nobel Peace Prize to Tharman Shanmugaratnam.”

“This is because it doesn’t go far enough in acknowledging his contributions to the world.”

“The Nobel Peace Prize should be renamed as Tharman Peace Prize instead.”

“That would really reflect his contributions to society.”






Six WTF moments in the Nobel Peace Prize history

Six WTF moments in the Nobel Peace Prize history


You boys (and lady) get an surprise for playing nice for half a century — was what the Nobel Peace Prize committee effectively said to the European Union today, awarding the economically distressed bloc the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.

Sympathisers applaud the committee for using the award as a morale booster at a time when the future of the union is uncertain. Sceptics are bewildered that the prize was given to an institution that should never have been formed in the first place.

(Brief background information: Greece has now sucked up US$258.03 billion worth of loans to in two years, but the birthplace of democracy seems nowhere getting their act together. Germany is reaching its breaking point when even post-WW2 guilt might not justify continued bankrolling of debt belonging to others.)

But like what they say about the eurozone crisis — it could have been worse. Here’s a list of five other facepalm moments in the Nobel Peace Prize history.

1) 2012 — Thein Sein nominated for Nobel Peace prize

Former Burmese general and current President of Myanmar, Thein Sen was nominated by Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the Oslo Peace Research Institute. He acknowledged that giving the prize to Thein Sein would “stir controversy”, but insisted that “the prize is not to be for saints only,” especially if “it makes a difference in processes unfolding, even if that may carry high risk.” Thein Sen continues to be accused of condoning the military’s war crimes against civilians.

2) 2009 — Barack Obama won Nobel Peace Prize for giving a speech. Did not win prize for announcing Afghanistan drawdown in 2011.

The first black president of the United States of America was nominated for the peace prize after 12 days in office, and received it officially within ten months on the job. The chairman of the Nobel committee said that “We have not given the prize for what may happen in the future. We are awarding Obama for what he has done in the past year, ” and that the committee was influenced by a speech Obama gave about Islam in Cairo in June that year. Three years on Obama has announced a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, cut down the number of Navy personnel and killed Osama Bin Laden. No awards for that though.

3) 1973 — Le Duc Tho (North Vietnam revolutionary) and US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize

Vietnam war enemies Tho and Kissinger were jointly awarded the prize for their efforts in negotiating the Paris Peace Accords. Tho declined the award because no peace agreement had been made and in 1975, annexed South Vietnam. The awarding of this prize is still considered the most controversial to date because of Kissinger’s alleged involvement in various atrocities in Latin America, and the US bombing in Cambodia at that time. Two Norwegian Nobel Committee members resigned in protest.

4) 1937 to 1948 — Gandhi nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times, but never won.

It was only after the the advocate of non-violent protesting and one of the fathers of independent India kicked the bucket, that the Nobel Committee publicly admitted that they should have given him the peace prize while he was still alive. In 1948, he was nominated for the last time but was assassinated before nominations closed. That year, the committee decided not to award the prize stating that “there was no suitable living candidate”. Today he’s acknowledged by the organisation as “the missing laureate“.

5) 1939 — Hitler nominated for Nobel Peace Prize before annexing Europe

Hitler: Nominated by a member of the Swedish parliament as a satirical criticism of the political debate in Sweden. She viewed the nomination of then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin by other parliamentarians as a joke, and proceeded to countering that with a funnier idea (Hitler — a peaceful man? *chortle). The nomination was apparently not well received.

6) 1945 — Stalin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for ending the war, then for heading the Soviet Communist Party

Nominated for “his efforts to end WW2″ together with seven other candidates who were the victors of the war, the Russian dictator was nominated yet against in 1948 by a professor from Prague University for being the secretary-general of the Soviet Communist Party. He won in neither of the nominations.

Is the Lee Kuan Yew = Nelson Mandela quote sinister or stupid?

Is the Lee Kuan Yew = Nelson Mandela quote sinister or stupid?

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Maybe both, because there is something really sinister and stupid about Nelson Mandela that I bet you didn’t know about.

By Belmont Lay

So if Lee Kuan Yew = Nelson Mandela, then Lee Kuan Yew should get a Nobel Peace Prize too. Picture: Belmont Lay

ALL IT takes these days is a quote blistering with fawning adoration for Lee Kuan Yew and everyone inside the Internet is riled – again.

“Lee Kuan Yew is the equivalent of Nelson Mandela to Singaporeans”, said Cheo Ming Shen, a 27-year-old co-founder of Internet start-up Netccentric, who was later exposed as YPAP Chairman of Toa Payoh East by netizens.

Cheo’s comment appeared in The Sunday Times (Jan. 16) and was about his admiration for Minister Mentor Lee who has a new book coming out that is in need of some flogging.

And netizens are miffed because some felt Cheo should have revealed his political affiliations. Others felt that Mandela was not in the same league as Lee.

While others are blaming the reporter, Elgin Toh, for not making Cheo’s YPAP affiliation clearer.

And I think all of these is a fuss over nothing, because obviously everyone is mistaken about who Mandela really is.

Especially so, when you find out about the kind of lunacy he actually got up to in his heyday and any form of comparison that is supposed to evoke admiration turns to crap.

Because if you thought Mandela is a saint who also happened to have been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, you just bought one of the best stories the media ever sold.

So, besides acknowledging that Mandela is the world’s second-longest imprisoned person in the universe after Chia Thye Poh, what else do you know about him?

He ended apartheid? Ok, fair enough. I’ll give that to him.

Ok, yes, Mandela has become a bastion of democracy and symbol of hope for oppressed people everywhere.

And then what else?

Ask yourself this and be brutally honest: Do you even remotely know why Mandela went to jail in the first place?

Hint: In the early 1960s, as a communist, Mandela pushed the African National Congress (ANC) into armed conflict.

More hints: He and his co-conspirators from ANC and the South African Communist Party were caught with a stash of 48,000 Soviet-made mines and 210,000 hand grenades.

Mandela advocated terrorism and he has a jaundiced view of the world that is coloured by nothing but pronounced racial politics.

So, no, he wasn’t incarcerated for his political views. Mandela was imprisoned for 23 acts of sabotage and for conspiring to overthrow the government through armed conflict.

And you know what was his pet name? He was known as the Black Pimpernel.

Why? Because Mandela advocated terrorism and he has a jaundiced view of the world that is coloured by nothing but pronounced racial politics.

In as late as 2002, when giving his views about his opposition to the Iraq invasion, his far-out radical views about race were nothing but loud and clear when he explained why the US and Britain defied the United Nations and went ahead with the war.

Mandela said: “When there were white (UN) secretary generals you didn’t find this question of the United States and Britain going out of the United Nations. But now that you’ve had black secretary generals like Boutros Boutros Ghali, like Kofi Annan, they do not respect the United Nations. They have contempt for it…”

What Mandela essentially said was: White leaders are a threat to peace. More so, when the UN had a black leader.

Does that sound racist or what?

And guess what? He was deeply concerned for the plight of one of the Lockerbie bombers and has expressed support for Libyan’s Gadaffi and Cuba’s Castro

Saddam Hussein was also his friend.

He even singled out Cuba for its human rights and liberty. (What? Cuba? Human rights? Liberty?)

Not to mention, he shared a stage with three Puerto Rican terrorists who had shot and wounded five US congressmen in 1954. Mandela said he supported anyone who was fighting for self-determination.

And when did he make these views? In the 1970s? No… He made them during the 1990s.

Plus, his second wife, Winnie Mandela, was a self-confessed advocate of terrorism and violence and was even accused of murder.

In 1986, she told a Soviet Union communist party newspaper that anyone who opposed her would be “necklaced”.

You know what that is? It means being burned alive with hands and feet tied with a burning rubber tire sauced in petrol thrown around the neck of anyone who opposed her.

On top of all that, Winnie was a convicted fraudster and thief with a penchant for Pirelli necklaces.

So what does all these tell me?

Here’s the point of this missive: Cheo knows nothing about Mandela. Toh is just as clueless. The rest of the people inside the Internet getting riled should just stop it because they only know half the story most of the time.

The end.