Scary how well-educated Singaporeans could espouse short-sighted views about regional politics

As Malaysians are celebrating the dawn of a new political age, it would naturally flow to the Singaporean mind (at least to mine) of how this watershed Malaysian election would affect our little island state?

While we are two separate countries, it would be imperative to remember that the Singapore story is inextricably linked to the fate of its far larger cousin across the causeway. Singapore’s position in the region makes it susceptible to the events that happen to the countries that surround it, and indeed to international events. To think otherwise would be naive and foolhardy.

It, therefore, strikes me as odd that a self-professed public figure like former Nominated Member of Parliament, Calvin Cheng would tout views such as “it does not concern me how Trump’s policies affect the average American” or being “worried” about the opposition win in Malaysia as Najib was more friendly to Singapore.

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Really??? To me, that is a dangerously myopic view.

Najib was beyond corrupt pushing Malaysians to the brink. If you push people too far, there can only be one outcome – rebellion. If there is rebellion in Malaysia, how good is that for Singapore?

In this regard, Cheng’s views are short termed at best. Anyone who possesses a basic understanding of people management will realise that you can only push the masses up to a certain point before revolt take place. It appears to me that Malaysians were reaching the boiling point under Najib. So no, I do not agree that Najib remaining in power will be good for Singapore by any yardstick. As for whether Mahathir is the answer, I defer to the old adage – only time will tell.

The same theory applies to Trump’s America. America is the largest economy in the world, an economy that Singapore is affected significantly by.  Stirring up local American sentiments, pitching factions against each other leads only to deadlocks and failures of administration. Failures of administration will lead to uncertainties in the markets (which once again, includes Singapore). Is Cheng blind to the international implications of Trump’s follies and how vulnerable Singapore actually is to external influences?

Singaporeans paying attention to international events and how these affect the relevant citizens of those countries is not a mindless exercise of Singaporeans forgetting their national identities and thinking that they are citizens of the directly affected countries! It is displaying prudence and understanding that what affects those citizens may well have spill over effects on Singapore! We are all interlinked and to suggest that we should go into insular self protection mould is completely irresponsible!

History has repeatedly shown that insularity does not serve the interests of any country. Look at the Meiji period in Japan or the Qing period in China! Short term gains and hubris for long-term defeat. In short – Unsustainability!

One may argue that those were different times and that the age of imperialism is over. However, in our digital age, connectivity is all the more important!

It is scary that well-educated Singaporeans boasting international entrepreneurial experience could espouse such short-sighted views!

 

by Ghui

 

 

 

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20 Responses to “Scary how well-educated Singaporeans could espouse short-sighted views about regional politics”

  • Singapore tsunami:

    in all societies, there are always 3 groups, the pro pap, the fence sitters and the OPPOSITION.

    30% die hard clown pap, 40% fence sitters, 30% die hard OPPOSITION.

    if 20.1% of the 40% fence sitters see the light, Singapore tsunami takes place, regime changes, and pap Ljs and pap Cbs run road.

    in order to convince the 20.1% why it is very good to have New Government, seeing what Dr Mahatir has done, tells us local OPPOSITION has been doing it wrong the past 50+ years in their execution. local OPPOSITION has been fighting each GE just hoping to join parleement which hardly convinces 20.1% fence sitters to swing to their corner.

    as Dr Mahatir has shown us clearly. right at get go, the fight must be to form New Government.

    local OPPOSITION must unite. the biggest winner in the coalition becomes PM, the next biggest winner becomes DPM, with FM and HAM going to PM and DM going to DPM. the PM needs both FM and HAM to start immediate actions on pap Ljs and pap Cbs, to prevent them from run road (HAM) and to investigate the sources of their S$m wealth (FM).

    the other remaining smaller winners can be HDB minister or Water minister or whatever minister there needs to be.

    since not everyone can be PM or DPM, smaller winners must accept, right upfront before GE takes place, it is far better to be minister than next to zero chance to be member of parleement. in fact, once a minister, in whichever department or portfolio, chance to check and balance the pap Ljs and pap Cbs is guaranteed.

    more than this, make history by changing parleement back to its rightful place as parliament.

    it can be done. the smaller OPPOSITION just need to take note a minister in a coalition New Government is far better than zero chance as member of parleement. the benefits are huge, such as spitting back anytime the pap Ljs or pap Cbs who managed to get a seat in parliament (PARLIAMENT) each time these pap yes men dogs and pap yes women cats open their Lj or Cb mouth to talk nonsense.

    it can be done.

    watch all the rally speeches of Dr Mahartir GE14 closely. see how he does it. there is no shame to copy the master. no shame at all. remember. the goal is to form New Government.

    and we the 30% die hard OPPOSITION is right behind you. remember. no need all 40% fence sitters to swing. just 20.1% and the job gets nicely done.

    let us together make Singapore tsunami possible. let us together form New Government to right all current pap rot, and put as many of pap Ljs and pap Cbs behind bars, legally, as they justly deserve.

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  • LIONS:

    Najib *friendlier* to us than Dr M has ever been.

    Hahaha!
    Najib n Ah long are *friend$* indeed.
    When Najib looks at $,sure become friend$.

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  • rukidding:

    I have always find it “odd” that the railway corridor and tanjong Pagar station deal was so “easily” resolved when Botak and our Naked emperor were “handling it”……..I could remember this issue was a “thorn in the butt” between Dr M and LKY.

    It makes you wonder what “magical friendship” was “forged” ???

    People become “friendly” between each other for “various reasons”….don’t they ?

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  • opposition dude:

    Calvin Cheng has shown repeatedly that he is a true blue PAP supporter so his views will always be that PAP is good and that the opposition is bad. Thank god he isn’t an NCMP anymore.

    We can’t compete against foreign companies since we have never developed our own. Perhaps SIA and Creative Technologies are 2 examples but what other local brand is well known internationally?

    Trump wouldn’t be that dumb to make American companies close down worldwide, imagine the chaos this would cause with people losing their jobs worldwide and all that.

    For now though, let’s see what Mahathir does and how goondu Loong together with keechiu Chan handle him.

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  • MarBowling:

    opposition dude:
    May 14, 2018 at 10:59 pm (Quote)
    Calvin Cheng has shown repeatedly that he is a true blue PAP supporter so his views will always be that PAP is good and that the opposition is bad. Thank god he isn’t an NCMP anymore.
    For now though, let’s see what Mahathir does and how goondu Loong together with keechiu Chan handle him.”

    Response: once everything is settled down and resolved in his country Dr M will proceed to put goondu LOONG inside his left pocket and Kee Chiu Hum Kar Chan aka Bugs Bunny Chan inside his right pocket. Once a while, to exercise his aging fingers esp the Middle One, Dr M will put both his hands inside both pockets to SQUEEZE the whatever contents inside them.

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  • Nimcompoop:

    He did not know Najib stole from 1MDB…………the Malaysian people’s Hard-earned Money?

    Oh come come ………….remember Wee tiong boon or the one who committed suicide……minister mnd! This ncmp or nimcompoop must be sleepwalking! Is he dead?

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  • Not fully ripe yet?:

    Everybody acts in their own interest.
    The degree of selfishness and greed and self-centredness and “stupidity” vary from one to the other, politicians included. The same goes for the degree of their concern and care for their fellow citizens as elected representatives.
    At 92, you think Mahathir is in all this for the prestige, the money, ego etc……….or his firm belief in a mission to save his country. You judge. In his previous 22 years as PM he did his best for his country. The records were exemplary. All sorts of rumours were swirling around, that’s the politicians’ dilemma everywhere. Yes his sons grew rich. So what, many others grew rich too.
    LHL is younger and more prone to filling up his “ego” quota. You judge. Now that he is much older there are signs of a realisation awakening creeping in which will be good for him.
    Ultimately history will judge them.
    As for Calvin Cheng let us tolerate his personal free wheeling analytics for whatever it is worth given his relative experience, babyish unintelligent immaturity in terms of his political years. He has to learn that there are better and friendlier easy ways and expressions when you are dealing especially with next door neighbours.

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  • It's The End Already.:

    .CC are just one of the many few who benefited from sillystate cronyism and kleptocracy. The corrupt state has fed many of these public perception influencers to shape dafts thinking and perception.
    This is where bolehnation differs greatly from sillystate. Over there simpletons do the pilfering, while in sillystate, the schokars used their intelligence to craft evil schemes against educated dafts. As old fiack once said confidently, you think it’s so easy to change government?

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  • Great Selfie Mates:

    rukidding:
    I have always find it “odd” that the railway corridor and tanjong Pagar station deal was so “easily” resolved when Botak and our Naked emperor were “handling it”……..I could remember this issue was a “thorn in the butt” between Dr M and LKY.

    It makes you wonder what “magical friendship” was “forged” ???

    There is always a good connection between like-minded crooks.

    People become “friendly” between each other for “various reasons”….don’t they ?

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  • LKY fumbled big-time:

    “We can’t compete against foreign companies since we have never developed our own.”

    Absolutely right. Consider Korea. It created world-class companies like Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia, etc. Not LKY. He took the “soft-option” (easy) by relying on MNCs? He also (stupidly) used GDP (instead of productivity) growth as main economic KPI. That is why Singapore is NOT a real 1st World country with 1st World wages and standard of living. It only has 1st World COST of living with STAGNANT wages and OVER-PRICED public housing.

    LKY (and PAP) was focused (and still is) on “putting concrete on the ground” instead of money in the pockets of Singaporeans to raise their standard of living.

    Follow Malaysia. TIME FOR REGIME CHANGE.

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  • No love lost:

    PM Dr M said he’s going to put the HSR and some of the OBOR contracts will be reviewed or put on the back burner.He wants to focus on needful issues first, like incoming investments etc.
    Oredy he is frustrating our sg gov. .
    Good, make them work hard for the mil$ salaries abit.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    It is typical of the current PAP “leaders”. There is an attitude that floods their views and opinions. This attitude is one of personal self interest. In reality, there are not concerned about anything or any event around the world–so long as it does not affect the rule of the PAP.

    They are all feeding from the trough and am happy to go on doing it. Did you hear anything about Singapore or Singaporeans? That seems to be a blind spot of in their vision and in their thoughts.

    So in order to continue feeding from the trough, they have to ensure the PAP stays in power.

    Opposition parties should think of the repercussion of that mentality.

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  • Don't get worked up!:

    He is just another Tony Fernandez, like many PAP cronies and sycophants.

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  • never voted pap:

    Just back from coffee shop.

    It was a good discussion this morning. Especially energized about the OPPOSITION coalition that is going to form New Government after GE2019.

    One important point was raised. pap PA paid IBs are very active in cyberspace trying to discredit PH, with main objective to paint the picture OPPOSITION coalition in Singapore isn’t really such a good thing and isn’t going to work in pap Singapore.

    All of us agreed to do our duty in informing one and all about activities of pap PA paid IBs. What they do is subtle. They thumb down on very good posts. Or, they agree with a post, always with that BUT last statement.

    For example, a post that makes great sense about OPPOSITION coalition shall attract many thumbs down. For example, they may say, OPPOSITION coalition may be a good idea BUT you know 70% sheep isn’t going to agree. For example, they may say, OPPOSITION coalition may work BUT the people in them don’t know how to run government.

    And many such pap PA paid IB tricks of the IB trade, which won’t work today in rotting pap regime.

    Even so, let us folks here in TRE be mindful of pap PA paid IB subtlety, especially when topic is about OPPOSITION coalition forming New Government after GE2019.

    Anyway, until Ms Sylvia Lim or Mr Lim Tean calls the first OPPOSITION coalition meeting to firm up the coalition agreement for GE2019, we must remain vigilant of pap PA paid IB activities trying to kill the initiative before the coalition agreement for GE2019 is signed.

    Just like najib did. failure has a heavy price. For najib umno and for himself. For clown pap and for all the pap Ljs and pap Cbs in clown pap.

    so pap PA paid IBs are not resting until GE2019 is over. so we should remain vigilant of their activities until New Government forms and the pap Ljs and pap Cbs found legally to have abused power to be in changi chalet.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Why bother about an IDIOT’s comment they will Bark & Attack for their Bread & Butter

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  • Ca Chng:

    It’s scary how well-educated sporeans can PLP (those of PAP’s) until such a level.

    Of coz Najib has been far friendlier to SG than Dr M was. $ buys fake friendship.

    Just wait until Dr M’s govt expose all those skeletons in Najib’s closet.

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  • oxygen:

    CC DOESN’T KNOW YET that the PAPpys are licking the butt of LTK of the Workers Party in parli? They arm-chair him politically, praised him and thank him.

    This was after they farted so much stinking gases on WP’s condemnation of their floating trail balloons.

    Is kissing Dr TPT’s bottom the next move on the PAPpys’s agenda?

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  • Selfish AristoCATs !:

    Many share the sentiment with this writer “Ghui”.

    -
    He wrote -
    ” It, therefore, strikes me as odd that a self-professed public figure like former Nominated Member of Parliament, Calvin Cheng would tout views such as “it does not concern me how Trump’s policies affect the average American” or being “worried” about the opposition win in Malaysia as Najib was more friendly to Singapore.”
    -
    AristoCATs Casinos Policy for foreigners –
    Bring your loads of money to the casinos !!! :(

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  • Regime Change A Must:

    oxygen:
    CC DOESN’T KNOW YET that the PAPpys are licking the butt of LTK of the Workers Party in parli? They arm-chair him politically, praised him and thank him.

    This was after they farted so much stinking gases on WP’s condemnation of their floating trail balloons.

    Is kissing Dr TPT’s bottom the next move on the PAPpys’s agenda?

    It’s far better to have an easy co-driver than to be replaced by a new driver.
    Be careful of forked tongue snakes and back-stabbing hypocrites.

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  • Rude thoughtless neighbor:

    It is just sheer hard luck to have a neighbor like him with such a suspicious negative mentality.

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