Shanmugam gets angry in Parliament and continues to insult Sylvia Lim despite Tan Chuan-Jin stepping in

(States Times Review) Law Minister K Shanmugam openly insulted Opposition MP Sylvia Lim today (Mar 1) and engaged in name calling when she pointed out that Singaporeans are largely against the GST increase:

“Can I invite her to agree that that’s a thoroughly hypocritical and dishonest statement and typical of the statements she makes in this House? Sylvia Lim’s suggestion are baseless and she was making an accusation that the government is behaving willy nilly, dishonestly. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong first spoke about a tax increase during the National Day Rally several years ago. Heng had also mentioned a possible increase during last year’s Budget, something referenced by PM Lee late last year. Sylvia Lim must withdraw her remarks.”

The Workers’ Party woman MP was however undaunted by the foul-mouthed Law Minister’s bullying and retorted:

“In typical fashion, he always accuses me of dishonesty when, as far as I’m concerned, I acted honestly. My remarks amounted to an honest suspicion of the government’s intentions, citing parliamentary privilege and her right to come to Parliament to advance honestly held beliefs or suspicions.”

Minister K Shanmugam was agitated and started to interrupt her speech and talk over the Opposition MP, to which Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan Jin had to intervene to stop the Law Minister.

Minister K Shanmugam then continued his insults and said the High Court has previously called Sylvia Lim dishonest:

“The Latin saying suppressio veri, suggestio falsi (“the suppression of the truth is equivalent to the suggestion of what is false”), a High Court judge had previously said the same of Sylvia Lim.”


Focus of debate should be on rise of China and use of technology to boost economy, not be distracted by GST that is a 2021 affair: Low Thia Khiang

“Singapore’s first-mover advantage in predicting the rise of China is now irrelevant. We have to make ourselves useful again to the new Asian capitalism centred on China by fundamentally transforming our economy.

Low Thia Khiang argues that in order to connect better to the Chinese not just rationally, but also affectionately, learning local dialects in addition to Mandarin is important.

However, Low cautions that we must bear in mind that Singapore is first and foremost a multiracial and multilingual society, and that he is personally wary of the political ambitions of China as a Global-Asia superpower. He is worried that Singapore, if we are not careful and if we fail in our economic strategy to become a Global-Asia node, will become a pawn on the chess board of great power games in Southeast Asia.

He adds that in a Budget that seeks to strategically position Singapore within our wider geopolitical context, the announcement of the GST hike has become an unnecessary distraction from the vision articulated in the Budget, and implores the Government not to let this opportunity to lead Singapore with this vision go to waste.”

Singaporeans: LHL is wrong, digital media not to blame

While Lee Hsien Loong tries to blame the falling performance of state media SPH and MediaCorp on the ‘challenging media environment’, ‘digital disruption’ and more absurdly, ‘fake news’, surveyees of a survey conducted by BlackBox, itself a government-backed public opinion-gathering organisation, found a 70% majority of people disagreeing with Lee’s take.

Giving the MSM a tight slap, they said the ‘quality’ of programmes and coverage – instead – form the basis of the ‘problems’ faced by TODAY, Straits Times, etc.

lhl, media

Youth’s apathy and general lack of respect culminated in middle finger

So by now you would have seen this:

And this:

And I’m sure thoughts are running in your minds.

Under the leadership of Lee Hsien Loong and his highly-paid Ministers, our society and education environment seem to have entered into a breakdown situation, if not evolved into chaos.

It seems the brazen actions by these kids cannot be untied with the fact that our youths are living a ‘soul-less’ life. A life that only tells them to get good grades, yet not teach values. This is yet another manifestation (out of many more, just ask your teacher friends) of a youth who holds no regard of respect to national or societal belonging and who is easy in displaying disrespect and disregard for others and the larger good.

Wayang like “values-driven, student-centric education” coined by ex-Minister Heng Swee Keat cannot undo the “students are customers” mindset set by ex-Minister Teo Chee Hean. Today’s parents also spoil the rod in favour of such a mindset.

Add to that lack of respect, the lack of knowledge and understanding of society through MOE’s indoctrination-in-education and censorship and whitewashing of history and political education in our curriculum, plus the mainstream media’s rubbish news and programmes. It would not be a surprise at all that these youths are unable to think and feel because they are otherwise docile and ignorant ‘digits’ anyway. People who can scream at their Korean idols and would not hesitate to scold their parents, but sit still and keep their mouths shut when injustices happen in the society around them.

On a much larger scale, a quick look at the news show us:

Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 9.21.30 AM.png

Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 9.21.39 AM.png

It seems all is not well. And violence and crime in society are always a reflection of a breakdown in the economy (or distribution/equality/equity of wealth) and/or societal breakdown.

Just recently, we also saw a spate of armed robberies, almost unheard of during Lee Kuan Yew years due to the heavy legal penalties.

Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 9.22.50 AM.png

What has happened to Lee Kuan Yew’s values, or simply, basic, human values?


Two boys showed middle finger at NDP on national TV yesterday

This screengrab of a boy showing his middle finger to the camera at the live telecast of the National Day Parade on MediaCorp channels last night, has now gained the attention of many people in Singapore.

There was also a shot of the boy supposedly getting reprimanded by Parade organisers.

To add salt to injury, perhaps less widely-known, is the fact that there was another boy who also showed his middle finger to the cameras, if not more brazenly:

Perhaps this is what our education system, under the leadership of Lee Hsien Loong and co., have produced these recent years.

Hang on to a better future ahead!