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What is there to be proud of country that cannot self-criticise?


Taiwan’s media is free to criticise the island’s education policies.

I remember years ago when I visited Taiwan, their newspapers ran reports on Taiwan coming up tops in Math and Science in the international Olympiads.

But far from being ‘proud’ and ‘boastful’ of their ‘achievements’ (things you would fully expect and anticipate in Singapore newspapers), their newspapers either gave neutral reports or negative ones – yes, negative ones!

Some headlines ran like this: “Stop training our students to be exam-smarts!”

While others were highly critical of the Maths and Science results, because Taiwan was not producing enough engineers, save Nobel laureates.

Today, the NGO Save The Children (yes I got the name from LHL fb, which was on a boasting mode!) published the survey which ranked Singapore no. 1 for children development.

I would not deny or discredit the survey. After all, when we compare with countries like Papua New Guinea, or Africa’s Sudan, of course we have education opportunities, in adundance even – to the extent some of our kids take things for granted – compared to those who need to walk 10 km to school, or have to weigh between food and education.

But should we be so proud like LHL – who ended his piece with this sentence: “While tackling our social problems, let us not lose our sense of reality and perspective.”

Why doesn’t the same LHL post when surveys rank us bottom in happiness and say we (he) need to reflect? Or when our rich-poor gap is one of the highest in the world? Or when reports rank us rock bottom in human rights, press and electoral freedoms?

Really, this Pinky should just lose like Najib, because he is not going to bring us any progress or improvement. Already we are doing worse and worse in public transport, and so many other areas.

The Malaysians have done it. When will we?

Albert Tay

Can Singaporeans even read news properly?

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Headline says, ‘Mahathir’s Japan visit signals less dependence on China’. And very quickly, PAP IBs came in to say: “Who can not depend on China!’

Of course, the PAP and Najib cannot, but that’s not the point.

The point is, nobody can work without China these days. Tun Mahathir or the new Malaysian Government would not stop trading with China. But the keyword here is ‘how much’ to work with China – definitely not to the extent of selling away the country like Najib did (and maybe also PAP).

Mahathir didn’t say ‘don’t work with China’. Singaporeans must stop this ‘absolute thinking’ trained by the PAP.

Albert Tay

S’pore Govt seeks to create a digital identity system

Propagating in the newspapers today as providing ‘digitalisation’ for ‘almost all’ govt services to the people, the PAP government is planning to create a digital identity system of its citizens.


Mr Teo Chee Hean. PHOTO: EPA

According to DPM Teo, who announced the plan, the changes will be extensive and will see much of individual, industry and Government digitalising and exploit the “full potential of the new digital technologies”.

Mr Teo, in his opening speech, said the blueprint will see the Government not only “improving the user-experience interface where citizens interact with a greater range of government e-services; but also important back-end, whole-of-nation enabling systems.”

The plans will see the Government committing to the creation of a digital nation by reshaping core processes and bringing multiple services together online.

These plans are within the Digital Government Blueprint revealed yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean at the Smart Nation Innovations Week Symposium at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

Along with the digitalisation of payment, users of government service platforms will be able to have their online forms pre-filled with government-verified data.

This will be done through MyInfo, a Government-backed digital vault of personal data that allows users to sign forms such as those for opening bank accounts and applying for public housing, as part of the Government’s goal to create a digital identity system.

The centralisation and digitalisation of such services is intended to make accessing government services more convenient and effective for Singaporeans, says DPM Teo.

More on: TNP

Common sense vs Rules-based: Singapore vs the world

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Lee Hsien Loong and his ruling elites seem bent on ‘rules-based’ agreement, as if the affairs of the world – just as those in Singapore – can simply be settled and resolved based on its ‘rules-based’ principles.

Not hard to understand why from the technocratic perspective. Because in Singa-bloody-pore, nobody questions the ‘rules’ set by the PAP, which can reset and redefine them any time, anyway.

It could also explain why LHL’s team is doing so badly in foreign affairs and screwing up our diplomatic ties with China, etc.

The world thinks in terms of common sense, and reacts according to flexible and at the same time, principled solutions, not some fair or unfair ‘rules’.

And Singaporeans seem to disagree more and more with our out-of-touch leaders, and agree more and more with the global line of thought.