Dr Chee: A wasted prime ministership

PM Lee

SO THE CABINET is in the throes of choosing a new leader. But who becomes the next prime minister should not be as important as whether he (or she) has the gumption to lead this country in a new direction for the current one that we’re on is taking us nowhere – and fast.

The winding up of Mr Lee Hsien Loong’s prime ministership will, if everything goes according to how he has planned it, end in an unremarkable manner. This contrasts with the fanfare that greeted him in 2004 when the reins of the government were handed over to him.

As the son of the late Lee Kuan Yew, and therefore a member of what one analyst obsequiously described as an “exceptional and talented family”, much of the country held high hopes for the newly minted PM.

But nearly a decade-and-a-half later, it’s hard to point to any achievement of import under Mr Lee’s reign.

Rather, what has stood out are blights on the political landscape that will define his dispiriting legacy. The PM’s tenure, dogged by debacle after outrageous debacle most of which were of his own contrivance, has been mired in controversy, rancour and distrust. Its end cannot come sooner.

The most significant scandal, by far, is the family meltdown he had with his brother and sister who, among other things, had accused him of abusing his official powers to thwart the deceased Lee’s final wishes of demolishing the family house at Oxley Road. Both Hsien Yang and Wei Ling went so far as to declare that they had “no confidence” in their elder brother’s leadership.

Embroiled in the dust-up was the PM’s wife, Ho Ching, who was accused of stepping over her boundaries and injecting herself in matters of the Prime Minister’s Office. The couple also stands accused of setting up the chips for their son Hongyi’s entry into Singapore’s dynastic politics.

And to ensure that the saga remains in the public’s consciousness, the Attorney-General – who, it was revealed, was PM Lee’s personal counsel prior to his appointment as the country’s top law enforcement officer – is prosecuting Mr Lee Shengwu, Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s son, for scandalising the judiciary over an obscure Facebook post which the junior Lee made.

Writers of Korean soap would be accused of over-dramatisation if they had come up with such a script. You couldn’t make this stuff up.

So what was Mr Lee’s response to the allegations of abuse of power? He summoned all the courage of a rabbit by convening Parliament of which his party more than dominates. He cried and invoked his late dad in an unseemly display of self-pity, and he predictably declared the allegations as “baseless” when the tears dried. The lawsuit-happy Mr Lee in this instance refused to take his siblings to court or to convene an independent hearing to let his accusers have a fair say.

A few months later, the PM bested himself in an act that would leave an appalling stain on his record. He ruled that the post of president be reserved for a Malay person and proceeded to amend the constitution to effectively allow one, and only one, person to run for the office – his party mate, Ms Halimah Yacob.

Rarely are Singaporeans perturbed by PAP’s machinations. But the tawdriness of the move had elevated authoritarian politics – even by Singapore’s standards – to a whole new level and it rubbed raw the people’s sensibilities. Public feedback was harsh which prompted Mr Lee to acknowledge that the measure was, indeed, unpopular. Nevertheless, he insisted, it was the right thing to do.

It never rains, so the saying goes, but it pours. And pour it did on 7 October 2017 which caused the MRT tunnel at the Bishan station to flood and disrupt train services for 20 hours. The incident capped a most unedifying history of malfunctions and breakdowns that had plagued the MRT system in recent years.

And just when you thought the situation could not get any sorrier, two trains collided at the Joo Koon station the following month that caused injury to 38 passengers. But to the authorities, the trains had merely “come into contact” with each other. Again, in response to public outrage, Mr Lee admitted that the incident had “hurt public confidence a lot”.

Just a year earlier, however, Mr Lee was on a political high when he was wined and dined at the White House at the invitation of then US President Barack Obama.

The PM had, presumably, bet that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would be the next president and figured that a Clinton presidency would continue with Mr Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’.

Based on that calculation, he made a series of moves that left a hostage to fortune in the months that followed. Mr Lee openly sided with the Americans over the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement and controversy in South China Sea while dissing China at the same time. He even made ghastly wisecracks about the Chinese to an American audience while on a visit to the US.

All this – who would’ve guessed? – infuriated the Chinese leaders who, in retaliation, confiscated a shipment of military vehicles en route from Taiwan to Singapore. More seriously, Mr Lee was excluded in a summit that Beijing held in May 2017 to announce plans to build the One Belt One Road system.

Mr Lee’s China missteps even stirred dissension within the soporific establishment. Mr Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), had penned a critique of Singapore’s geopolitical strategy in the Straits Times which he later denied was directed at the PM.

(This prompted a counterattack by ambassador-at-large Bilahari Kausikan, supported by Law Minister K Shanmugam, who charged that Mr Mahbubani’s ideas were “muddled, mendacious and indeed dangerous”. Mahbubani is no longer the LKYSPP’s dean.)

And we’re only talking about 2017. The family fracas, presidential fiasco, MRT mess, and the China dispute all happened within the last 12 months.

Going further back in time, there was the explosion of the Zika virus and the re-appearance of TB infections in 2016, the Hepatitis-C virus outbreak at the Singapore General Hospital in 2015 which caused the deaths of eight patients, the riot in Little India in 2013 which exposed the unpreparedness of the security forces to handle emergencies, the introduction of the reviled Population White Paper in 2012 which called for an even greater influx of foreigners into Singapore, and the jaw-dropping Mas Selamat escape in 2008.

Of course, not all these foul-ups are Mr Lee’s fault but being the Prime Minister, he chooses his personnel in the conduct of matters public and he has the final say in major decisions. He cannot run to power when it suits him and away from responsibility when it doesn’t. The buck, good and bad, stops with him.

Compared to his two predecessors, Mr Lee’s term has been particularly rife with messes and muddles.

Happening in the background to all this is an economy that is as pumped up as a sloth on Benadryl. GDP growth has been limping along for several years with no meaningful pick-up in sight and, worse, the government has given little indication on how to move the economy forward.

But let it not be said that I have been promiscuous in my criticisms of this prime minister. I wrote in this piece in 2015 urging Mr Lee to be the transformative leader our nation needed. I said at that time:

“The Prime Minister is in a unique position rarely accorded to people. He stands at a political crossroads. He can open up the system in Singapore and seal his legacy as an enlightened statesman, or he can continue the ugly spectacle of winning elections through undemocratic means.”

Given the juncture of our nation’s development, we desperately need a PM with the profundity and courage of a true statesman, one who will tear the political straight-jacket that decades of mind-numbing, spirit-draining authoritarian control has strapped on us. We must go bold, or else we will go bust.

PM Lee occupies a privileged perch to effect change – change that would have facilitated the development of a viable future for this country. Change that would have afforded him historic acclaim and preeminence. But, alas, change that he has rejected.

He could not see that circumstances, both within the country and around the world, have altered and altered radically and irrevocably. Carrying on with his father’s approach and policies was to hope for the impossible and indulge in the unfeasible.

It has been a wasted prime ministership.

The system inexorably grinds on as it churns out another dyed in the wool PAP politician as the next prime minister. A timorous society can only look on and hope that the new leader will do what the old one didn’t.

But fair warning: Holding your breath is hazardous to your health.

Chee Soon Juan

 

 

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51 Responses to “Dr Chee: A wasted prime ministership”

  • asd:

    shameless .

    changed all . .. .

    regardless of race, language or religion ??????

    to build a democratic society ?????

    based on justice and equality ????

    so as to achieve happiness, prosperity
    and progress for our nation ?????

    worst still majula . . become malula . . .

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    With CRABS crawling all over him and his BRAINS fried through Chemo…what do you expect a Normal human being that sashays instead of walking like a dragon as named???

    He is Simply put a FREAK sired by a pair of white Horse expecting at worse a Grey…

    BUT… retribution & karma delt a JUSTIFIED blow!!! with more to come for the descendants of the Evil committed!!!…Repay & Repent or Pay & Pay the price of evil!!!

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  • Bapak:

    It is very dangerous to have a potential PM candidate to say it is not their (Government Leaders) duty to provide answers. How could he ever can be promoted to be a General? Which school he went to?

    No wonder SG has no directions at all. All these MIWs having such thinkings? We have shrunked from a ship to sampan. Now this sampan is rudderless. Instead of heading towards land, we are heading towards the deep blue sea to be sucked in by whirlpool.

    Whoever norminals him is not having SG’s interests in mind. Too personal to go into details.

    Singapore has gone down and half dead, still breathing. But this boy will do use in, BURIED alive. Game over soon. Better run road while you can.

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  • LIONS:

    Yep,DrChee,the PRIME MINISTERSHIP has become A PRIME MINISTER-SHIT indeed!
    Its like “LEE LONG,LEE LONG”?!

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  • oxygen:

    PAST TENSE TOLD THE NATION in January 2010 – we grew the last 5 years SOLELY by importing foreign labor.

    PRESENT TENSE told the nation in 2015 – 10 years later – our economy has MAXED OUT.

    PRESENT TENSE told the nation in 2916 – our RESTRUCTURING EFFORTS HAVE FAILED.

    In 2017, the Committee for Future Economy told the nation practically this – WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY, DON’T KNOW THE CHUT PATTERN (discontinuities) that is going on, so no prescriptions of the pathway forward.

    In late 2017, Kee Chiu told the nation this – the 4th generation leaders in waiting is firmly rooted of no policy changes to AVOID DISCONTINUITIES. I start to wonder if the leaders in waiting is immune to the discontinuities that has ALREADY ENGULFED OUR LIVES AND BUFFETING OUR ECONOMY WITH UNPREDICTABLE TURBULENCE.

    So, I am REALLY PUZZLED IF WE ACHIEVE ANY PROGRESS since 2005 which PAST TENSE told us that our economy has surged PAST its use-by date.

    I feel so SAD AND MISERABLE that we ended here and blind of vision forward.

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  • oxygen:

    OH, I FORGOT to add this to my preceding post – the ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE in February 2010 – in its recommendations – says our reliance on foreign labor (warned by PAST TENSE only one month earlier) is UNSUSTAINABLE. It recommended that we need to shift strategy urgently.

    I was SHOCKED to discover this UPTURN THE DOWNTURN strategy in 2011 budget ahead of the election. It blows $6.2 billion on election lolly instead of restructuring the economy – and this is the BIGGEST ELECTION LOLLY given in history to “buy supporters’vote” policy instead of spending money on shifting the economy’s direction and gearing.

    I THOUGHT EITHER I WAS POLITICALLY NAIVE or the rest of the world has GONE MAD.

    Now I know – it is neither. Just that our economy sank into the quicksand and no way out of the quagmire.

    THANK YOU PAPpys for taking us to this “”joyous” destination of no opportunity but FEAR OF DISCONTINUITIES right from the very apex.

    The 70% dumbfarked peasants including some property-mad ones sucked in by PAPpys “asset enhancement politics” of estate upgrading etc etc, have to be grateful for this. In jobless poverty hunger – the property-mad fanatics can all eat their brick-n-mortar for the breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am satisfied with filling my hunger with bread-even-no-butter, thanks.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Dr. Chee, perhaps you could ask Minister Ong Ye Kung to tell his boss all these. See if Minister Ong got the ball to do so!!

    Anyway keep all these as a reminder for the 70%.

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  • Dr NO:

    Dr Chee writes very well but cannot even get elected into Parliament. That means TONA or Talk Only No Achievement. I admire his courage and resolve but not his wisdom. That is all I can say.

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  • Beware of Petty Man's dogs:

    After this masterpiece of criticism, Dr Chee gotta be extra careful in future postings. That Petty Man won’t take any criticism lying down. According to his own siblings, he even stopped talking to them just because of some family disagreements (like a petty gu niang, haha!). And to seek revenge for the embarrassment he has go through because of the oxley saga, he can even take out his anger on his own nephew.

    Surely his ‘Ah-Gongkia Canine’ will be watching Dr Chee every minute now. If those dogs can find fault with someone so far away in Trump’s territory, they’d have little trouble finding fault with Dr Chee who has always been one of the sharpest thorn in the Petty Man’s flesh, and one of the most vocal opposition in the social media.

    Watch out, Dr Chee! Beware of Dogs.

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  • Oracle:

    The top 3 choices publicised on mainstream media are
    Heng Swee Keat
    Chan Chun Sing
    Ong Ye Kung

    Next PM is likely to be someone unpopular, which I suspect to be Kee Chiu for the following reasons.

    1) Ong Ye Kung said he has someone in mind.

    2) PAP has declared war on “fake news”.

    3) Chan Chun Sing started mentioning “covert influences”, which implies that we might be seeing ISA which Malaysia abolished long time ago, being put to use again.

    This brings to mind 2 incidents, LKY being offered bribe by CIA, and former Solicitor-General, Francis Seow, accused of being an ISD agent and being detained and tortured for taking part in election to take out the “Singapore government”(PAP). He was accused of having received political campaign finance from the United States, but PAP has yet to release any evidence like they did for the LKY bribing incident.

    As we can see, all options will be on the table to ensure the smooth uninterrupted and unopposed rule of the next unpopular leader. ISA and setting up of special criteria(in PAP’s own words, unpopular and will cost them votes) are options of last resort specially tailored for the most formidable opponents, like Dr Tan Cheng Bock and Francis Seow, when the usual conventional tactics of suing and playing dirty fail to work.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    For good or ill, LHL has been molded in his “authoritarian” father’s image? Developmental psychologists have long said that, unless our young had been given “cognitive stimulation” so that they could rise beyond the level of “obedience orientation”, they would stagnate where they were as merely “good boys or nice girls” all their lives. So is it a wonder that, as Dr Chee claims, PM Lee has only been able to continue “obeying” his father in carrying on with father’s policies and styles?

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  • Prepare for the Worst!:

    Mr Lee has said that he intends to hand over the reins of Government to a successor by the time he is 70, in 2022.

    This means that the next prime minister will have the shortest run-up phase. PM Lee was deputy prime minister for 14 years, while Mr Goh spent 5 years as first deputy prime minister.

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  • TheLivingTruth:

    HUAT AH, Dr Chee!
    No one could have put it better.
    God bless you!

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  • "Achievement" of LHL:

    The following are the “achievement” of LHL.

    (1) Skyhigh prices with stagnant wages.

    (2) First World COST of living with stagnant wages. Singapore became the most expensive place to live in.

    (3) Thousands of Singaporean PMETs lost their jobs to foreigners. Many of them wind up driving cabs, UBER or GRAB.

    (4) Temasek under his wife Ho Ching lost billions during the 2008 financial crisis. GIC also lost billions when it invested in UBS.

    (5) Price of HDB flats more than doubled.

    (6) CPF accounts of Singaporeans are depleted after paying for “affordable and subsidized” HDB flat.

    (7) Productivity remains poor even negative growth for some years.

    (8) Unreliable public transport (MRT). Failed priuvatisation requiring partial renatinalisation of public transport.

    (9) Lost to a Singapore teenager in a US court twice exposing PAP hypocrisy and police state run by PAP in Singapore.

    (10) Made PAP pro-alien making Singaporeans 2nd class citizens in their own country.

    (11) Lee family scandal exposed his dishonesty and abuse of power.

    After 15 years, LHL has proven he is basically INCOMPETENT and DISHONEST.

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    Bravo !!! Eloquently and specifically put.

    An outright injustice and shame that this script should and could have been read by Dr Chee in person, in parliament, but for the numpties in Bukit Batok, where rain dancers have been commissioned and umbrellas and rainwear confiscated. “They” need to be cleansed !!!

    In addition to a wasted PMship, add to that a bloody waste of money too !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • doggie:

    Thank you 69.9%.
    For those amongst them who voted pee n pee out of fear, upgrades and other goodies but kbkp normal days, you deserved to be screwed, plus your children.

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  • Hopeless years under pinky:

    I have never seen such poor state of sg until pinky took over.

    -Grossly indecent cabinet pay yet teething issues unsolved
    -Highest jobless of sg citizens recorded
    -GRC boundaries changed with size fluctuate
    -Indian race can be Malay president
    -CPF payment delayed to 65-year old
    -Utilities (Water & Electricity) and S&CC fees goes up disguisingly
    -G4 Leadership is a mess and no clear sign as it is only 4 years left to pinky so-called stepping down
    -Shameless husband and wife pay in cabinet. Minister with a wife working as director or PS in govt sector
    -Look at pinky n lesbian Ho combined salaries

    Time to vote pap out in next GE next year and have a new government of heart and care for its people.

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  • Python 5:

    let’s list down all his failures,one by one in chronological order.

    2008-Mas Selamat escape.
    2016-terrex vehicles detention in HK.
    2017-Lee family dispute

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  • Purity of virtue:

    The prophets of old down to our times hold up this perennial caution: “As long as you deny your moral conscience, you will act out your baser desires.”

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  • Scandal:

    The KOM corruption and the ag’s slap on the wrists add more failings to his academia acclaim! His sick jokes on china while sipping American wine puts a big dent in his bad-mouthing tongue, not to mention his brother’s and sister’s accusation that he was not the filial son!

    He will sink Sinkiland further when he next takes on the ASEAN chair as China may not want to take part! Not with this pm who was not invited to the OBOR party!

    The 69.9% belongs to the timorous society we now have! This timid migrants to Sinkiland does not represent the rest who do not want to not only see a third lee but also a party which sucks all the vitality of a nation as there is no urgent sense to move forward besides rewarding themselves n cronies in large measures!

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  • Wrong Priorities:

    What has PAP been doing after Mas Selamat esacped?

    It’s been 10 years and JI is still not destroyed. Instead of going after JI, PAP send troops to fight ISIS, offended them and they even hatch a plot to shoot rockets at us from Indonesia. Luckily for us, the Indonesians are competent people, unlike the incompetent PAP which allow Mas Selamat to escape.

    Part of Donald Trump’s election promise is to defeat ISIS, PAP made not such promise to defeat JI for 10 years yet 70% dumb sinkies still gave them a blank cheque!

    So many scholars from Mindef and MHA yet, they can’t even destroy a small, incompetent terror group with no notable achievement since inception. PAP is indeed the most incompetent of the incompetent…

    Python 5:
    let’s list down all his failures,one by one in chronological order.

    2008-Mas Selamat escape.
    2016-terrex vehicles detention in HK.
    2017-Lee family dispute

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Dr Chee was being too kind with his assessment of PM LHL. In fact, the reality is more scathing of his near 15 years performance as PM.
    1. SHIFTING GEOPOLITICAL FACTORS
    PM LHL was tone deaf to the shifting geopolitical factors. He not only antagonize China with his pro-USA stance & jokes to the US-political audience but also failed to read the US electorate sentiments about Globalization & the 2016 US Presidential elections. And US President Trump had shifted focus from maintaining US hegemony to a America First policy. In short, the US is looking inwards; abandoning certain allies & looking to re-shore their industries & bring back offshore US capital. This has left S’pore exposed to China’s mounting anger & their determination to isolate S’pore & reduce S’pore to economic irrelevance. When the number 1 & 2 largest economies in the world ie. the US & China takes steps to isolate S’pore – S’pore is in deep trouble for the future!
    2. NO LASTING ECONOMIC BENEFIT
    The economic remaking of S’pore to a wealth management/tax haven had been short & lop-sided (2006 – todate). The PME class continued in their struggles & were still in structural decline as the remake benefitted foreigners over locals. The GDP metrics used in determining S’pore performance are fake & doesn’t reflect the ground. GDP per capita was misleading as this reflects the wealth parked in S’pore by overseas wealthy class – as no real wealth were generated within S’pore. GDP growth had no ‘trickle down’ effect as much of the growth were (1) govt-push inflation; (2) property asset bubbles which influenced a Construction boom (‘bubble?’) & property overinvestments due to the false perception of scarcity of land in S’pore & high inflation factors (resulting in high property prices & household debt – mortgage carrying debts). In short, the masses didn’t benefit anything under this remaking of S’pore.
    The sad fact is that S’pore under the PAP has had 2 remake/restructure cycles re: From the 1985/86 Pan-EL crisis; the rapid recovery from 1987/88 to 1997/98 (PC Electronic Cycle); a prolonged depression (1998 Asian Currency Crisis/2000 Electronic crash/2001 9/11 attacks, 2003 SARs epidemic) from 1998 to 2005; to the present day wealth management/tax haven model (2006 till todate).
    What was clear was that the recessions/depressions (restructurings) are getting longer; the recovery periods (remakes) short & lop-sided in terms of benefits; & the local population getting furthering behind in the process.
    In short, PM LHL is a failure within the history of S’pore. He will be judged accordingly years after S’pore reverts to a fishing village!

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  • oxygen:

    Dr No

    NOTHING WRONG WITH Dr. Chee. I blame his lack of presence in Parliament two principal factors – DICTATORIAL OPPRESSION from the establishment and, more importantly, the Dunning-Kruger effects that has on 70% peasants’voting behavior.

    Dunning-Kruger psychology basically says of people TOO STUPID TO EVEN BEGIN TO DISCOVER THEY ARE STUPID TO IMPOSSIBILITY.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/markmurphy/2017/01/24/the-dunning-kruger-effect-shows-why-some-people-think-theyre-great-even-when-their-work-is-terrible/#535643ff5d7c

    Dr NO: Dr Chee writes very well but cannot even get elected into Parliament. That means TONA or Talk Only No Achievement. I admire his courage and resolve but not his wisdom. That is all I can say.

    You may not have heard of this SENECCA EFFECTS – Growth (read achievement) is slow but collapse is fast.

    http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319572062

    PAPpys are guilty of this one – 15 years achieves next to nothing – except telling peasants the economy MAXED OUT, CLUELESS OF THE WAY FORWARD AND EVEN FEARFUL OF DISCONTINUITIES.

    How can we ever hope to progress out of this sinking quicksand & quagmire – except living in fantasy fairytale land of fiction wonder achievements (artificial beauties) and pretending that divine will sort out all our other failures and disintegration?

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  • SG in i.c.u.:

    LHL & CO has place our SINGAPORE in I.C.U.
    Can survive maybe but may be braindead!..

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    哇!徐博士写的太长了
    我长话短说
    这条烂虫是不行的
    我连牠的照片都不想看.烂鸟人.

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  • Disgraceful LHL:

    A BIG Thank You Dr Chee, for putting up this Fair, Truthful and Powerful post!

    You are a True Blue Singaporean! I cannot say that for LHL whose policies favours his inner circles of ruling elites. This has resulted in Singapore being one of the most unequal society (income gap/ wealth distribution) in the world.

    Under his premiership, the performance of most of his grossly overpaid cabinet ministers are complacently lackadaisical! Many are dysfunctional, simply just collecting $$$ (for fun) automatically credited into their bank accounts every month!

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  • Python 5:

    "Achievement" of LHL: After 15 years, LHL has proven he is basically INCOMPETENT and DISHONEST.

    put it simply the entire PAP is corrupted, incompetent and yet arrogant.

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  • Ruled like soldiers:

    Dr Chee

    Do you think Singaporeans has the political intellect to understand Democracy?

    They lack Political Sophistry.

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  • Bonkers:

    No hear, no see and no talk. Very well hidden!

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  • Perspective:

    Does anyone think this is not a fair and accurate assessment? This would be a good opportunity to shine and see your star rise in the sky. LOL!

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  • Change We Must:

    Dr Chee is a good ministerial material, unfortunately the PAP saw it and use all means to pull him down because he did not join their camp.

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  • 沉香:

    鸟龙的人:
    哇!徐博士写的太长了
    我长话短说
    这条烂虫是不行的
    我连牠的照片都不想看.烂鸟人.

    一个喜欢“推特”,一个喜欢在网络上长篇作文。

    你说阿全和特朗普有没有相同的地方?

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  • rukidding:

    WTF !

    CHEATERs and CONs !

    Basically “planned” themselves and “ramped” thru a Bill to INCREASE their OWN PAY ( without the majority shareholders blessing ! )

    This is a “CRIMED ”

    You may be VOTED to LEAD,…..but YOU DID NOT CONDUCT a PROPER HAREHOLDER’s meeting ( with the presence of a minimum attendance )( no public referendum ) to APPROVED YOUR REQUESTED PAY RISE !

    THERE was NO PHYSICAL VOTE or SHOW of HANDs !!!!!!

    Voting to select you as the Chairman and Directors ( physical paper votes was used )……does not give EQUAL RIGHTs to…..conduct such a MAJOR excercise ( HUGE PAY INCREASE )…without a MAJOR PHYSCAL VOTE being Conducted via Physical Paper votes!

    YOU have “CHEATED” the shareholders !!!

    I BET,…..the next CHAIRman ( no need to pretend)….must be ..

    CHAN KEE CHUI !!!

    Forget about all the wayangs ,…please !

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  • Anonymous incognito:

    Look it’s quite simple what needs to be done:massive decentralization. First all those agencies under the PMO need to be spun off as independent organizations under Parlimentary scrutiny.
    Next the Keppel scandal urgently requires Temask needs to be liquitated. The companies need to be sold,closed or merged and become private companies.
    No more access to CPF.
    Next GIC is only allowed to invest in less than 1% of CPF

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  • oxygen:

    THE NATIONAL DAY RALLY SPEECH OF 2014 PROMISED US ENDLESS UTOPIA of economic abundance but come 2015, the speaker told the nation our economy MAXED OUT, growth forward has to come from productivity gain which is in his wisdom word “very hard” to attain.

    The maths, economy and reality between the short 2-yr horizon DO NOT STACK UP. It can be described in two narratives:

    - 1% truth, 99% lies, fantasy and propaganda of dreamland fantasy dreaming in 2014 or

    - NDR 2014 was simply another page of WINDY HAPPY CONTRADICTION-filled utopia.

    It is – till this day, mindf^cking of illogic – that imagined wealth creation and economic boom can be grown and sustained by these cyclical policy initiatives

    - shift Paya Lebar military base to Changi
    - shift port wharf from Pasir Panjang to Tuas
    - build Changi Jewel (no enough dead retail mall??)
    - transport upgrades to meet with taller public housing (hara kiri cow told us always short of money, implying more indirect tax from peasants to fund more foreign influx need for infrastructure.

    Of course, we now got en bloc to kick start the moribund real estate sector by knocking down good building & rebuilding new taller ones but silent on more road congestion, MRT breakdown, asset bubbles, and stratospheric cost of living escalation.

    I WONDER WHICH ECONOMIST CANNOT SEE THAT ALL THESE “HOUSE-MOVING, artificial beauties fabrication, transport infrastructure catch-up, asset bubbles CANNOT AND WILL NOT ADD TO PRODUCTIVITY drive the preacher so earnestly pleaded in 2017.

    China walks past us of productivity drive by massive automation and exporting deflation (ex-factory prices). Read my comments on productivity in this TRE thread.

    http://www.tremeritus.com/2018/01/09/low-productivity-is-pap-myth/

    PAPpys productivity catcalls is a hypocritical fart & myth at best and at worst ignorance of real competitive economics. How can we sustain of economic drivers taking on China’s automation drive by importing lowest grade cheaper labor from third world countries, even from rural China?

    Nothing of the grandeur “robust” cyclical swings spin like Changi Jewel, house-shifting etc is substance of any EXPANSIVE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY of sustainable duration & continuing multiplier – unlike the upgrading of Chinese manufacturing and economic restructuring shift of strategy direction of permanent thrust and substance.

    We didn’t get to the starting block whilst China and the world ran off to the marathon at accelerated speed. Easy is bluff peasants BUT REALITY IS FAR MORE CRUEL OF UNFORGIVING REVELATIONS.

    Asset bubbles in housing will drive us bankrupt of degraded cost competitiveness.

    PAPpys failed us. Feel like crying.

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  • oxygen:

    ADDING ON TO MY PRECEDING POST, PAPpys THINK THAT THEY ARE GOD’S GIFT TO MANKIND – see how arrogance got into their heads of stupidity nonsense.

    SELF-IMPOSED RETIRED LTY, shot his big empty mouth off with this narrative in the opening volley of the 2011 election – We (PAPpys) are the tall green trees, foreigners traveling in from afar fly into Singapore to admire, opposition are like POISONOUS MUSHROOMS (as if parasiting on deadwoods) living on deadwood.

    WELL HE IS F*CKING DEAD WRONG. He didn’t contest the next election to show up as a gigantic tall tree managing our world-class rail transport system leaving that to a foreign-originated hara kiri cow tall tree to take over.

    The reality is that MUSHROOMS GROW ON DEAD TREES, THE MUSHROOM OF COURSE KNOWS BUT HOW WOULD THE DEAD TREE KNOW?

    Every elections, the PAPpys boast arrogantly – that they have harvest the FINEST CROP THERE IS CAN BE SEARCHED OFF AND SECURELY TAKEN IN already -to join them as tall trees of abundance of “ministerial material”.

    Most of the time, me thinks, PAPpys is living in the zoo circus of day dreaming – YOU CAN’T GROW THE TALL TREES OF WEALTH in the sky of fairy-tale dreams.

    With its abundance of tall trees harvest in every General Election shoring up whichever emperor/empress sitting on his/her imperial throne, I am thoroughly amused and mystified as to why after 50 years, our ECONOMY CAME TOTALLY UNSTUCK, THE IMPERIAL AUTHORITARIAN RULE CLUELESS OF WHICH WAY TO MOVE FORWARD AND the little dumbf*rked emperor-in-waiting even fearful of DISCONTINUITIES challenge (better pretend that these discontinuities of turbulence does not exist) – totally oblivious that these evolving turbulence have already engulfed our lives, threatening to wreck our economy and imperil our very survival.

    IF YOU ARE one of the daft 70% (but still TRULY PATRIOTIC) PEASANT WHO VOTED THE WRONG WAY IN 2015, REPENT NOW to save yourself, your children and more importantly YOUR COUNTRY. You haven’t got another country to go to when all the fake tall trees around you collapse.

    WE EITHER CHANGE DIRECTION OR WE ARE GONE – it is patently obvious that PAPpys just can’t make the cut anymore.

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  • YAWN:

    Yawn….have read all this before.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    this pap clown son of departed pap evil lky is prime example of what it means can study at one time in young life but cannot deliver thereafter the rest of ffffing useless life.

    prime example.

    other prime examples are, 1st the pap 3 star paper general who sank NOL and now second bite of the pap S$m cherry in sph; 2nd, the pap 3 star paper general who after 5 ffffing long years cannot fix mrt and worse mrt now langgar some more; 3rd, the pap 3 star paper general in AStar who only WTF knows how to waste taxpayer money with nothing showing. there are more examples, too many to waste our precious time.

    back to main issue. why so many can study in young life but cannot deliver thereafter the rest of ffffing useless life in pap government? BECAUSE pap clown is the one who cannot surround himself with anyone better than he. the root cause of current yes men yes women culture in pap government.

    get rid of pap clown. remove all the ones currently under his employ. put in New set of Singaporeans, viola, Singapore shall again move from 3rd world to 1st world. otherwise, Singapore shall remain in current 3rd world or worse go to 4th world. BY then, too late for improvement by others.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    which is worse? liars as government officials or bums as government officials? pap has both in one and the same people. double whammy. WTF.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • NotMyProblem:

    YAWN:
    Yawn….have read all this before.

    This is a good assessment of what PAP and the PM have done. Dr. Chee was only trying to be kind and polite, I am sure more could be added to the list. In the next 2 or 3 years, this list would be longer and you have more to read. Just for now, you can add the corruption cases in it.

    If the above is still not enough to tell the PM to get lost, we are just waiting to go over the cliff with eyes wide open.

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  • oxygen:

    @ YAWN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR AGREEING with us that all our grievances of the incompetences and failures of PAPpys above are all truths all along which you have read.

    YAWN: Yawn….have read all this before.

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  • PAP fears Dr Chee:

    Rabble-rouser: When the number 1 & 2 largest economies in the world ie. the US & China takes steps to isolate S’pore – S’pore is in deep trouble for the future!

    Agree with Rabble-rouser’s analysis.

    Sinkapore is slowing sinking under LHL’s lack of visionary foresight and complacency.

    Why did he allow his Foreign Minister to play ‘childish fire’ with China is beyond my comprehension. Where is eye doctor Vivian now? Have not heard from him for quite sometime! Has he disappeared from public view hiding somewhere counting his millions $ courtesy of PAP’s big-headed self appraisal performance? Surely he must know that China is Singapore’s biggest trading partner and also in a matter of 10 to 20 years, China will overtake USA as the largest economy in the world!

    We all know that racialist President Trump does not like Obama. Trump has dismantle every Obama’s legacy, Obamacare, Paris Climate Accord, Pivot-Asia policy to contain China, Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, etc. Bad luck for LHL, because Trump knows and do not like the fact that LHL worshipped Obama.

    I must congratulate Dr Chee for putting this magnificent post to highlight the truth of the multiple failures under LHL’s governing style and ethic. These facts are seldom properly reported by the government press due to their deliberate non-transparency culture and dishonesty.

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  • PAP fears Dr Chee:

    YAWN:
    Yawn….have read all this before.

    if you have nothing to contribute, go somewhere and yawn

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  • My Sperm splattered the wall:

    Why Singaporeans too timid to demand for audit into total LOSSS paid using the People’s monies ?

    Is this not a recipe for eventual systemic failure ?

    Why so STUPID ?

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    沉香: 一个喜欢“推特”,一个喜欢在网络上长篇作文。

    你说阿全和特朗普有没有相同的地方?

    2人是不相同的
    克林顿没将川普搞到破产
    全哥却被白衣雜种搞到破产坐牢
    你还想问些什么???

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  • oxygen:

    IF DR CHEE HAD FOUND HIS WAY into the legislative role 15 years ago,I strongly suspect that LEE-jiapore today might have now rotating in an entire different orbit INSTEAD of the CURRENT DEPRESSIVE, FEARFUL, BEWILDERED LOST STATE.

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  • 陈大婶:

    比共更共啊!

    鸟龙的人: 2人是不相同的
    克林顿没将川普搞到破产
    全哥却被白衣雜种搞到破产坐牢
    你还想问些什么???

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  • 沉香:

    鸟龙的人: 2人是不相同的
    克林顿没将川普搞到破产
    全哥却被白衣雜种搞到破产坐牢
    你还想问些什么???

    “川普”?

    阿拉猜你是“呆玩”人,或者是有个“呆玩”配偶,“呆玩”口水喝多了,讲话也“呆玩”起来。

    好,言归正传:—

    不是克林顿没把特朗普弄到破产,而是特朗普太大支,克林顿搞不腚。

    阿全和特朗普有很多相同的地方,最特出的就是他们是同样爱使用社交媒体,同样的疯狂。

    特朗普是幸运的,因为阿全不是美国人。如果阿全是美国人又在美国,特朗普就没有这么好捞啦!

    鸟爷,您的看法如何?

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  • oxygen:

    WHICH OF THE TWO NARRATIVES BEST DESCRIBES LEE-jaipore since the turn of this century?

    LEE-jiapore manages crisis?

    or

    Crisis manages LEE-jiapore?

    My judgment has it that it is CRISIS MANAGES LEE-JIAPORE – that is why we are in a torrid mess of total bewilderment and going through the fear and spasm of lost control of our direction and survival risks.

    The next generation of leaders are TOO FRIGHTENED TO MOVE – overwhelmed by DISCONTINUITIES that have engulfed the country. And 70% of the peasants voters are “too obedient, insecure and at times fearful of authority” to question what has gone so badly wrong.

    We need a bright charismatic economist – a maverick so to speak – to take us out of this quagmire and quicksand AND THERE IS NONE on the political stage.

    Give it another 5 years and massive foreign influx, we are going to see a lot more homeless poverty and desperate hunger on the street. The middle class will be wiped out silently.

    PAPpys now are utterly hopeless lot.

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    沉香: “川普”?

    阿拉猜你是“呆玩”人,或者是有个“呆玩”配偶,“呆玩”口水喝多了,讲话也“呆玩”起来。

    好,言归正传:—

    不是克林顿没把特朗普弄到破产,而是特朗普太大支,克林顿搞不腚。

    阿全和特朗普有很多相同的地方,最特出的就是他们是同样爱使用社交媒体,同样的疯狂。

    特朗普是幸运的,因为阿全不是美国人。如果阿全是美国人又在美国,特朗普就没有这么好捞啦!

    鸟爷,您的看法如何?

    川晋是幸运的,没在小黑点出生,也不生活在小黑点,要是生活在小黑点,川晋現在已破产坐牢

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  • More Good Years:

    The clown prince had a good time, getting plenty of riches while messing up the country. What wasted prime ministership are you talking about?
    It’s a good deal for an arrogant fool, a windfall.

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  • When Crooks In Government:

    NotMyProblem:
    @Dr. Chee, perhaps you could ask Minister Ong Ye Kung to tell his boss all these. See if Minister Ong got the ball to do so!!

    Anyway keep all these as a reminder for the 70%.

    If ong got balls, he will not be in PaP and in cabinet, and got in through GRC backdoor.
    To pass the tea test, one needs to be ball less good arse lickers, always says the right and nice things, in addition, above all else, must be an amoral, greedy, selfish arrogant prick.

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