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WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN [till the next boo-boo]

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$ingtel's Free Speech advertisement found on buses and posters. The other sacred cow slaughtered in $ingapore - freedom of speech. Media in $ingapore is controlled/owned by two groups with close ties to the totalitarian government. Their mission is to be "nation-builders" reporting to the Ministry of Truth.

FREE SPEECH IN $HEEP CITY?

"Really? Oops, it's just an advert by the government-owned monopolistic telco, SingTel - if you sign up for the mobile student plan, you can talk for free on 20 campuses!"
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, July 20, 2007.

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THERE ARE ONLY THREE CERTAINTIES FOR $HEEP IN 2007


Died in the wool $ingaporean.

When you wake up on July 1, 2007, the high cost of living will have gone up higher when the new 7 per cent GST tax is implemented.

The other certainty is that your 1999 CPF cuts, which cost $ingapore workers S$7.5 billion in earnings a year, has not been fully restored. That's an estimated S$52 billion that workers have sacrificed so far. In 2006, older workers aged between 50 and 55 had their wages cut further when the employers CPF contribution (pension) was reduced from 11 percent to 9 percent. Talk about helping the aged.

Also, your million-dollar PAP ministers have increased their salaries. They are now your multi-million-dollar PAP ministers. To build a "democratic" society based on "justice and equality"? Who fives a guck for $heep City?

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"I WILL NEVER FORGIVE"



The nation-builder press, June 1, 2007. (Woman in graduation gown is the late Ms Selvaraniee Raja, poisoned by Slim 10.)

The passage in the memorial by surviving sister GP Sharlin Raja reads: "Five years has passed and yet everything seems like yesterday / My innocent sisters and mum / I hear your crying voice in agony, pain, loss / My Heart Aches In Pain And Anger / Those Responsible, I Will Never Forgive." Before Ms Selvaraniee Raja died, she asked that justice be done on her behalf. After she died, her mother and sister also passed away.

SLIM 10 MAN SEMON LIU DISAPPEARS



The nation-builder press, February 28, 2007.

In 2002, Ms Selvaraniee Raja died from massive liver failure after taking Slim 10 pills, brought into $ingapore by a company run by Semon Liu. In a February 2007 report, Semon had apparently disappeared. So has the story about what's to be done next.

HER FINAL WISH



The nation-builder press, June 2. 2002. (Ms Selvaraniee Raja died on June 1, 2002.)

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The PAP government have recently raised their own salaries April 2007. It was a pay "surge" with cabinet ministers getting hundreds of thousands more.

"THE MIRROR OF OPINION" (slight return)

IT'S BEEN GOOD ENOUGH FOR BUFFETT FOR 25 YEARS



Wall Street Journal, March 16-18, 2007.

"For the past 25 years, Mr Buffett has received the same salary of US$100,000 and US$114,250 in other compensation, representing director's fees..."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 13, 2007.

NO BUFFET. FINE DINING ONLY



The above first appeared on Asia1.com. But was quickly revised until it now looks different. Click here to see the revised banner: http://www.asia1.com/specials/government_payhike/images/header.jpg

"Tonight and every night, roast leg of lamb. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha..."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 13, 2007.
$heep City's Prime Minister earns S$3,091,200 (approx US$1,932,000).



$heep City, $ingapore.

WHY THEY CAN'T ORGANISE OR PROTEST



The nation-builder press, April 13, 2007.

"The silence of the lambs."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 13, 2007.
The Singapore Democratic Party's attempt to hold a forum to discuss the PAP ministers pay surge was stopped. The police refused them a permit while the Immigration Dept did not approve the visit passes of foreign speakers. Why? "$ingapore's politics are reserved for $ingaporeans. As visitors to our country, foreigners should not abuse their privilege by interfering in our domestic politics." You want to be a resident of $heep City?

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SPEAK UP OR ORGANISE

BE PREPARED TO LOSE YOUR BALLS



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THE PAP'S FUTURE...



The nation-builder press, February 24, 2007

"There will be clean running water, greenery and boardwalks for people and children to enjoy these streams and ponds - fishing, boating or dining al fresco. Hotels, condos and HDB homes that front these canals or drains will look out on greenery and water."

- Mentor Minister Lee Kuan Yew, $ingapore's former Prime Minister, speaking at the Tanjong Pagar GRC dinner, Feb 23, 2007.

...YOUR NIGHTMARE



The above poster was spotted at the Toa Payoh bus interchange.

On October 6, 2006, a 64-year-old $ingaporean man failed to pay his bus fare. Instead he attacked the bus driver when asked to pay his fare. For threatening the bus driver with a "pen knife with a 10-cm" blade, the old man has been sent to jail for two months.

The above poster has been put up at bus terminals in $ingapore as a "news flash". It reads like a warning to us.

It provokes the question - WHY COULDN'T THE OLD MAN AFFORD TO PAY BUS FARE?

Bus companies, taxi companies and the MRT have never failed to show dramatic profits year after year. They also like to raise their fares - a bit at a time. These transport companies have close links with the government.

By raising the sales tax GST to 7%, the PAP government says the move will help the poor. Go figure.


$INGAPOREANS SEE WHAT YOU'VE BEEN REALLY MISSING



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THE LAST WORD ON "INCOME GAP"

"It should be no surprise that when rich men take control of the government, they pass laws that are favorable to themselves. The surprise is that those who are not rich vote for such people, even though they should know from bitter experience that the rich will continue to rip off the rest of us. Perhaps the reason is that rich men are very clever at covering up what they do."

- Andrew Greeley writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, February 18, 2001.

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THE RETURN OF "THE MIRROR OF OPINION" (slight return)



WHAT IS A TWO-FACED BASTARD?

Weeks after pledging major investments in renewable energy, President George W. Bush is calling for cuts at Colorado's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, The Denver Channel reported. The move has drawn complaints February 5 from two of the state's Democratic lawmakers. A centerpiece of Bush's State of the Union speech this year was a 20 per cent cut in gasoline use by 2017 made possible in part by increasing the use of renewable fuels. The lab does the nation's primary research on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

WOULD I LIE TO YOU?



"Consumers in $ingapore are highly optimistic about the Republic's economic prospects for the next six months, even in the face of an impending hike in the Goods and Services Tax [GST]..." The nation-builder press, January 19, 2007



"Most $ingaporeans are still worried about the economy and job security, placing these two as major concerns over the next six months..." The nation-builder press, February 1, 2007



Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said: "You'd lose all credibility if you are known to censor or fabricate news. To maintain your credibility, you have to develop a reputation for reporting, not distorting, the facts. When you become a journalist in $ingapore, you have one of the most difficult jobs." The nation-builder press, February 9, 2007

THIS MAY BE AN INCONVENIENT TIME TO BRING THIS UP BUT KISHORE MAHBUBANI DID SAY THIS:



"There are no homeless, destitute or starving people in $ingapore. Poverty has been eradicated..." - Kishore Mahbubani, $ingapore's former representative to the United Nations, Jan 15 2001. He is author of the book, Can Asians Think? $ingapore is planning to raise the sales tax (GST) from 5 per cent to 7 per cent - the reason given is to help the "poor".


The nation-builder press, February 9, 2007.

$ingapore's Second Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said: "The poor spend more of their income each month and so will be more affected by the GST." The report added: "But there will be a raft of measures to offset the impact on them."

"Sheep cannot know the difference."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Feb 9, 2007.

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MONEY NO ENOUGH


The nation-builder press, Dec 14, 2006.

Temasek Holdings is a government company that is headed by Ho Ching, the wife of General Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of $ingapore. What $ingapore needs is not a rise in the sales tax to 7 per cent but... (click on the banner).



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REMEMBER THIS? MEET THE NEW PLEDGE, SAME AS THE OLD PLEDGE


The nation-builder press, November 3, 2006.


In just 11 days after the "pledge", the PAP government announced they will raise the cost of living in $ingapore by lifting GST (sales tax) to 7 per cent. At 7 per cent, the estimated GST haul will likely be S$5 billion. They want to spend S$5 billion to help the estimated 330,000 poor $ingaporeans?

THERE ARE ONLY TWO CERTAINTIES FOR 2007

When you wake up on Jan 1 2007, the high cost of living will be going up higher when the new 7 per cent GST tax is implemented.

The other certainty is that your 1999 CPF cuts, which cost $ingapore workers S$7.5 billion in earnings a year, has not been restored. That's an estimated S$52 billion that workers have sacrificed so far. In 2006, workers aged between 50 and 55 had their wages cut further when the employers CPF contribution (pension) was reduced from 11 percent to 9 percent. Talk about helping the aged.



The nation-builder press, November 14, 2006.


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THIS MAY BE AN INCONVENIENT TIME TO BRING THIS UP BUT KISHORE MAHBUBANI DID SAY THIS:



"There are no homeless, destitute or starving people in $ingapore. Poverty has been eradicated..."
- Kishore Mahbubani, $ingapore's former representative to the United Nations, Jan 15 2001. He is author of the book, Can Asians Think?

WHAT $INGAPORE NEEDS... IS ALADDIN'S LAMP

"To be FRANK, if money is urgently needed it might be the government companies that need them. In a November 14 report in the nation-builder press, the PAP government's Temasek Holdings is said to have made a paper loss of US$1.5 billion after purchasing the Thai company Shin Corp in January 2006. The Thai legal system is currently scrutinising the deal for illegalities. The Thai government is reported to be seeking US$2.6 billion in damages from Shin Corp's TV business. $ingapore is a country that boasts it has well over US$100 billion in reserves. And they don't have enough to support 330,000 lowly-paid Singaporeans?"

- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, Nov 14, 2006.

NOTE: $ingapore's Temasek initially paid US$1.9 billion for 49 per cent of Shin Corp but due to Thai laws, Temasek and their "partners" had to buy up 96 per cent of Shin for a total of US$3.8 billion or S$6.2 billion. That's how much is at stake.

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MEET THE NEW PLEDGE, SAME AS THE OLD PLEDGE


The nation-builder press, November 3, 2006.

REMEMBER THE PROMISE



"Members of Parliament yesterday supported the government's promise to put people first and to promote active citizenship that was laid out in President SR Nathan's address to Parliament last week." - the nation-builder press, Oct 12 1999.


PEOPLE FIRST?


The nation-builder press, January 19, 2006.

IN THE SEVEN YEARS SINCE 1999, PRESIDENT NATHAN HAS SEEN HIS SALARY RISE TO $2,627,800.


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The nation-builder press, Sept 29, 2006.

END OF "A PAINFUL BUT FRUITFUL POLICY"? REALLY?

On Friday Sept 29, the PAP government of $ingapore announced the "end" of streaming a week after it also announced it would partially stop the "gifted" program by removing it from secondary schools. The "gifted" will still be discovered and nurtured at the age of 10. There will be no end to this "streaming." No sacred cow slaughtered.

Streaming in $ingapore's schools meant children at the age of 10 would take an exam whose results would decide on which "stream" they would be placed for the rest of their school life. Every parent's dream was to see their child placed in the "gifted" stream.

SANDRA SAYS ONE THING...


The nation-builder press, Dec 7, 2002.

SANDRA TAKES ANOTHER SPIN


The nation-builder press, Sept 29, 2006.

Over the past 26 years [streaming was introduced in 1980], children in $ingapore have been subjected to this educational experiment that wanted to find and nurture its best and brightest. But the result must have been underwhelming for $ingapore's social engineers.

The deputy prime minister who started streaming Dr Goh Keng Swee led a team of 12 "system engineers" in 1980 to tinker with $ingapore's education system. After 26 years, $ingapore has produced no intellectuals, no Nobel prize winners, no world class artists, no literary giants, poets or painters, no entrepreneurs or inventors. At least not from its "gifted" ranks.

Instead, $ingapore has an abundance of scholars and administrators with iron rice bowl careers and state-sponsored artists and entrepreneurs who can never do wrong. An elite class with no "gifts" to show for their ranking, except the ability to extend an open palm.


The nation-builder press, Mar 16, 2001.

But this 26-year-old "rigorous" policy has produced some unsightly effects:

- in 2005, 540 deaths were ruled by the courts as SUICIDES. Another 850 were arrested for attempting suicide. Youth suicide is among the top three causes of death among the young in $ingapore. And study stress is one of the reasons that push the young to attempt suicide. In April 2004, $ingapore BRAGGED that it had lowered the suicide rate among the elderly to 17.8 per 100,000 in 2000. In 1995, $ingapore's elderly suicide rate was the second highest in the WORLD. The current high suicide rate is being pushed up by the young.


The nation-builder press, April 4, 2004.

- In April 2004, it was reported that 300 patients below the age of 18 were sent to the Institute of Mental Health for extreme aggression, schizophrenia and suicidal tendencies.

- In March 2001, it was reported that 20,000 children sought psychiatric help in 1998.


The nation-builder press, Mar 2, 2001.

There seems to be no end in sight for the streaming of $ingapore's "gifted". Perhaps it will take another 26 years to figure that our "gifted" are really not "gifted" after all. The sacred cow will be 52 years old.

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In early 2006, $ingapore's state investment company Temasek Holdings together with other investors paid Mr Thaksin US$1.9 billion for a 96% controlling stake in his Shin Corp. The sale triggered city-wide protest against Mr Thaksin and a military coup ultimately toppled Mr Thaksin on September 19, 2006. The military have opened a probe on Mr Thaksin's business dealings claiming "rampant corruption." The regulators, prior to the coup, had already been looking at the deal to see if it breached any laws.

Thaksin Shinawatra is now taking a holiday in London. His wife has joined him. It is unclear if he has all of the US$1.9 billion paid for Shin Corp with him.


Deposed Thai Premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

YOU'RE WELCOME

The silence of the lambs. Temasek paid with taxpayers funds.

Click here to read Eric Ellis' Madame Ho's Temasek still in the firing line after Thai coup.


MEE SIAM, MAI HIAM
(Thai noodles without the chili, please)



Very hiam (spicy) in old Siam for the General and his wife.




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THE SONS OF NEVER-WRONG


The nation-builder press, Sept 27, 2006.

Justified again...

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TEMASEK TO BORROW 1 BILLION EUROS?

On Sept 27, 2006, Reuters reported that the $ingapore government's investment arm, Temasek Holdings, is said to be borrowing 1 billion Euros (about S$2 billion) by selling 30-year bonds [See report in the link below]. Temasek said in a statement in response to reports: "We are always looking at various funding options... If and when we do go to the market, we will make the appropriate announcement."

Last September, Temasek also borrowed US$1.75 billion by selling 10-year bonds.

Click here for the article: http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060927/3/2qi6f.html





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$INGAPORE'S FOREIGN TALENT POLICY YO-YOs



The nation-builder press, July 12, 2001.

This is what Trade Minister George Yeo said: "There's always temptation in an economic downturn to say 'out first with the foreign workers and protect the jobs for $ingaporeans.' I would caution against such an instinct because the reason why we are attractive to many foreign investors is the assurance we give them that... if they need engineers, accountants, cartoonists, if you can't find them in $ingapore, you can bring them in... If in an economic downturn, we suddently say, well, you are foreign, you go out first even though he may be doing a good job, this will unravel the reputation that we have built up painstakingly over the years."

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT MENTOR MINISTER LEE KUAN YEW, FOUNDING FATHER OF $INGAPORE, SAID:


The nation-builder press, Sept 7, 2006.

THIS IS HOW A NATION-BUILDER PAPER ALSO REPORTED IT


The nation-builder press, Sept 7, 2006.

$INGAPOREANS, CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT YOU'VE BEEN MISSING


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WHO FIVES A GUCK FOR $INGAPORE?
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Sept 16, 2006 - "Empower $ingaporeans" Rally


Sept 17, 2006

More Pictures - Sept 16, 2006



Sept 16, 2006 (Night)


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THIS ACTIVIST WON'T CONTEMPLATE JAIL-TIME FOR HIS CAUSE


President of Think Centre Sinapan Samydorai in the nation-builder press, December 10, 2004.

THIS KIN-BLOGGER WAS PRAISED

A 'VERY TALENTED MAN'



The nation-builder press, August 21, 2006.


The nation-builder press, Sept 4, 2006.
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The nation-builder press, Aug 23, 2006.


Article was posted on June 30, 2006.


Three-part series that was posted from Aug 1, 2006.



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