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HONEY, I SHRUNK THE NEWS



"TRANSFER OF RESERVES" NEWS FOUND IN THE LAST PARAGRAPH


GOH CHOK TONG'S LAST ACT?



The nation-builder press, April 20, 2004.

If you want to read more, you can go to this site, but you must be able to read Chinese.
http://www.zaobao.com/sp/sp025_210404.html

Goh Chok Tong will pass the Prime Ministership to his deputy, General Lee Hsien Loong, sometime in 2004.


CHUA MUI HOONG WASN'T WEARING HER GLASSES THAT DAY LAH




The nation-builder press, April 20, 2004.

In the above commentary of the parliamentary sitting of April 19, 2004, nation-builder Chua Mui Hoong [whose sister is Chua Lee Hoong] did not comment on the "transfer of reserves" amendment.

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On Apr 19, 2004, the $ingapore parliament passed an amendment to the constitution which allows for the transfer of government reserves to government companies and statutory boards. As far as we can tell, there was no debate inside parliament. The nation-builder press gave a one-paragraph report at the bottom of an unrelated story.* It is also unclear whether opposition MPs Chiam See Tong and Low Thia Khiang and NMP Steve Chia said anything that afternoon. Their websites are silent on this matter. To date, we have only found one comment, an open letter to Singaporeans, and we present it below.

TRANSFER OF RESERVES: SINGAPOREANS IN REAL TROUBLE
April 24, 2004


The SDP has learned that Parliament has amended the Constitution to allow the transfer of reserves from the Government to statutory boards and government-linked companies.

If true, this step has ominous implications for Singaporeans and our future. The Government must come clean and unambiguously explain to the people what it is trying to do with this latest change of the Constitution.

The fact that the ruling party continues to amend the Constitution at will (four other amendments were apparently passed at the sitting) to suit its own needs is troubling enough. But the present amendment to allow the transfer of our nation's reserves to government bodies and businesses is in a category all on its own, and signals a dangerous level into which the state-management of Singapore's economy has descended.

With a system that is as non-transparent and unaccountable as the PAP's, this opening up of the vault to our reserves may yet be the latest sign of the desperate financial situation the government organizations have found themselves in. Without proper accounting and a transparent system where the opposition, civil society, and media can probe the propriety of these financial transactions, how can the people be assured that the reserves, which include the life savings of Singaporeans, will not be misused and abused?

It is equally vexing, but unsurprising, that the issue has received so little publicity in the media. Apparently, news of this constitutional amendment was buried in the 15th paragraph of a report entitled "More foreign-born kids to get citizenship" in the Straits Times.

And yet questions abound: How much is allowed to be transferred to any one company? Who will determine/approve the transactions? Under what criteria will the transfers be deemed to be necessary? Will it be guaranteed that the money will not be lost through ventures, business or otherwise, conducted by the statutory boards and GLCs? Most important, do Singaporeans agree for the Government to make these transfers in the first place?

As usual, the PAP has manipulated politics to the point where it can do anything and everything it wants. Nothing and no one in Singapore can prevent the Government from abusing the system.

Some may say that, given the deteriorating political and economic situation in the country, Singaporeans will send a message to the PAP and vote for the opposition at the next elections. Singaporeans must realize that at the present rate we are going under the present system, hell will freeze over first before the PAP allows Singaporeans to hold it accountable through elections.

Chee Soon Juan
Secretary-General
Singapore Democratic Party
http://www.singaporedemocrat.org

You can also read the full amendment in parliament-speak here.

http://www.parliament.gov.sg/Legislation/Htdocs/Bills/0400012.pdf


$INGAPORE GOVT COMPANY MAY HAVE TO PUT UP EXTRA QUARTER BILLION U.S. DOLLARS



The nation-builder press, April 29, 2004.

Government company ST Telemedia may have to come up with US$252 million or about a quarter-BILLION US dollars. It may or may not be eligible under the new transfer of reserves constitutional amendment for funds. The constitutional amendment has been passed to allow for transfer of funds from $ingapore's reserves to government companies and statutory boards but to date there have been no public discussions of its implications. ST Telemedia is part of $ingapore Technologies, a government company.


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IF VIVIAN WAS A MAN...


The nation-builder press, April 21, 2004

"...he would be debating with 32 professors from institutes of higher learning, doctors and professionals, lawyers and accountants... not 32 students."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 21, 2004.

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WHY IS PAP MINISTER LIM BOON HENG SMILING?



The nation-builder press, April 19, 2004

"He is expecting his million-dollar salary to be restored in June 2004. Only 42 days to go. Yippee for him, boo hoo for you."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 19, 2004.

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QUESTIONS 67 AND 68: "WHERE TO CUT AND HOW?"



The nation-builder press, April 17, 2004



ANSWER FOR "WHERE TO CUT": PEOPLE LOR


The nation-builder press, April 17, 2004



This is what an NTUC leader said: "Looking back, port workers' union chief Lee Mun Hou said last year's decision to 'swallow the bitter pill' of wage restructuring was the right thing to do."

He has forgotten that much of PSA's woes began when management chased customers away by unilaterally rasing the rates. They moved to Tanjong Pelapas. This is the result of poor leadership.

"Since February 2003, 800 PSA staff were asked to leave. It is always, always the people's fault."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 17, 2004.



ANSWER FOR "HOW TO CUT": NANNY SAYS CHANGE THE LAW LOR


The nation-builder press, April 21, 2004

The above report said "union leaders no longer need to seek the approval of (its) members when they seal collective agreements with management..." Just how a nanny would behave.

"The headline can also read: Union workers have no say in talks. $ingapore is a NANNY state."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 21, 2004.



DON'T FORGET TO REMEMBER TO FORGET




"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.


"Our 'active' citizens are not allowed to be part of the union/management process."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 21, 2004.


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THE BASH STREET KIDS


The nation-builder press, April 17, 2004

Why are the Americans determined to put Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir behind bars? He has repeatedly denied links to Jemaah Islamiah (JI) and was only jailed for immigration offences. He was due to be released April 30. And why are the Americans, Malaysian and $ingapore governments not interested in the next item...

WHY NO ARREST FOR THE BLACK MARKETEER OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS?



The nation-builder press, Feb 10, 2004



The nation-builder press, March 4, 2004

In the above report, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said: "The whole thing is over already." He was referring to US accusations that a Malaysian permanent resident Bukary Syed Abu Tahir was manufacturing nuclear bomb components with a Malaysian company directly linked to PM Abdullah Badawi's son, Kamaluddin.

Although Malaysian police have published a report that confirms Mr Tahir was sending the parts to Libya, the police did not arrest him. Tahir is a Sri Lankan citizen married to a Malaysian.



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THE $INGAPORE-BASED COMPANY


A $ingapore company was also supplying parts to the nuclear black market. The company was Bikar Metal Asia Pte Ltd. They have said they were unaware their parts were meant for a nuclear weapons ring. The only account of this $ingapore connection is in the Asian Wall Street Journal. No $ingapore paper carried a comprehensive report on Bikar Metal. But we get plenty of reports on Abu Bakar Bashir.


The Asian Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2004

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"LIKE A VIRGIN, TOUCHED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME"



- Ex-ISD agent Chua Lee Hoong writes about trust in the nation-builder press, April 8, 2004.





"One thing you can trust is that PAP ministers pay cuts will be restored in 53 days."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 8, 2004.


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BLAH, BLAH, BLAH AND MORE BLAH



- The nation-builder press, April 7, 2004.



"This is the same man who said 'the future is so bright'."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 7, 2004.


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"WHY IS GENERAL LEE SMILING?"




- The nation-builder press, April 6, 2004.

"You would too, if your pay cut is going to be restored in 55 days."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 6, 2004.



"Million-Dollar Ministers Allowed To Debate With KIDS ONLY"



- The nation-builder press, April 6, 2004.

"We all know how the PAP handle adults who dare to speak up. Ask Capt Ryan Goh."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 6, 2004.






"$ingapore's April FOOL"




- Tay Yimian writing in the nation-builder press, April 5, 2004.





"Your PAP ministers are sharing the load by asking and getting MILLION-DOLLAR SALARIES while you and your children must be 'PUSHED' to slave for $ingapore. Geddit?"

- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, April 5, 2004.


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"NO HOPE"

- The nation-builder press, April 3, 2004.

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Another promise, 62 days before he gets his pay cut RESTORED



- The nation-builder press, Mar 30, 2004.

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THE CRUCIBLE ACCORDING TO CAPT. GOH

BY X’HO

There are so many cracks on the nation-building pavement that, of late, the pulp press has foregone some subtlety to go shameless in propping up agendas to help Remake $ingapore like it’s on Desperation Blvd. Take for instance, The Sunday Times’ report "Why the casino rethink’ (Mar.14, ’04). I don’t need to read it in full to know. Let’s see, good for the tourist industry, the economy and no one’s objecting to the Govt’s decision (not that anyone can or bothers to anymore; Capt Ryan Goh of the pilots’ union… anyone?).

Still, there was, of course, a very valid reason for casinos to spring up in $ingapore now, we are told. "Industry players say huge revenue generated is too good to pass up" is the official reason. Don’t gasp, we all know about implications; not that we care to voice them. Capt Ryan Goh!

Ironic that below the casino report was one about why the Govt draws the line on some theatre-group’s desire to stage a gay-forum, citing the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and the Hindu community’s support of the prohibitive stand. I guess the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and the Hindu community are cool with all the licensed gay saunas in our midst now — on OUR VERY SHORES - housing Sodom & Gomorrah free-sex; cos they’re not heard objecting to those depraved haunts. Nor are they cited to object to building casinos in $ingapore. So it’s probably not a burning issue, shall we say, when it comes to the moral ethics of gambling. Don’t have to say, we already know. When push comes to a hard-shoved economy’s thrust, we just have to go pelvis-Elvis and sing Wooden Heart (now, is that a good enough pop-culture excuse for you, Big Brother?).

I certainly am not complaining. I’m a ‘historian’ to save amnesiacs. The juicier the details, the better for me. Here’s crack no.2…

"Don’t impose mother tongue as second language" — the top story in Commentary/ Analysis from Straits Times’ Political Desk on Mar.6, ’04. (Not that mother-tongue wasn’t already imposed in the first place!) This comes some 30 pages after another top story (on page three) about a college-grad rejoicing that admission to local university does not require a second-language admission-pass anymore. "No need to go overseas now" is what she says. That, of course, is the point of the story. That and its positioning as a prelude to the essay from the Political Desk to convince everyone that nothing is just the Govt.’s decision. (Capt Ryan Goh?)

Crack no.3…

"Why $ingaporeans return: they simply miss home" (ST, Mar.7, ’04). Don’t laugh. The quote highlighted in that report was - "Always an outsider… you’re not one of them and never will be, no matter how hard you try." Now, shall we inform the thousands of recent Chinese immigrants on our soil about this too? How about rubbing it in on Capt Goh? Let’s just move on to crack no.4, shall we? Ironies have hit a mind-boggling level of mass hypnosis for us to really bother about anymore.

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RELIGIOUS GROUPS DON'T OBJECT TO CASINO MEH?

"Ironic that below the casino report was one about why the Govt draws the line on some theatre-group’s desire to stage a gay-forum, citing the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and the Hindu community’s support of the prohibitive stand. I guess the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and the Hindu community are cool with all the licensed gay saunas in our midst now — on OUR VERY SHORES - housing Sodom & Gomorrah free-sex..."


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Wait… There’s something we have to acknowledge - the hip-&-funky new look of Ms. Chua Mui Hoong as seen in the picture for her column Reflect. Hence, the retro-swinging specs and the slightly unkempt hair. Oooh, how ratty. Gone is her previous serious administrator look to speak for the moral majority. Since we know now that the older moral majority are so successfully boxed in, there’s really no need to work on them that much. Therefore, like those Satanists who rally: We have (now) come for your children (!), it’s their little maturing mindsets we have to set our eyes on for now (hence, the Heeren glasses!). Of course, it takes the "no longer young but more daring ones" (quote from The New Paper, Mar.7, ’04) to activate the mind-buzz. I should know. So, ‘media whore’? Yes, congrats to Ms. Chua, for success is just that hint of cleavage revealed.

Back to crack no.4 (and it’s not her top!) …

‘Twas she who announced with her new makeover look on Mar.7, ’04: "Oh baby, baby, it’s a harsh world" in relation to the nation’s falling birth-rate that needs to be rectified. In conclusion, she added that she was merely giving "suggestions… in the spirit of encouraging a no-holds-barred debate on the baby-making issue". What a triple-whammy crack — babies, subtlety and no-holds-barred! Not quite the old paternalistic argument we’re used to then. In other words, Father may have thought he knew best but Father couldn’t fix everything, could he? In that case, know best for what? I also know best, what. Just that I couldn’t bear to have a ‘wooden heart’ for everyone’s good and for the sake of…yes, ‘industrial-peace’. God bless the glasses… with Ryan Goh in tow!

Truly. And listen to this other Ms. Chua argument— "Why use my tax dollars to persuade couples to have kids?" (she wrote on that very same day!). Don’t gasp. No-holds-barred open-society tactic with unkempt hair, may I remind you! Exactly. That’s sort of like — Big Sister as foil to show Father up but still gets him what he wants. A tad obvious, isn’t it? Well, that takes care of not only crack 4 but 5 and 6 as well.

Besides, since when have we persisted in asking what’s done with our tax-dollars? That’s why Ms. Chua to do the honors, lor. Now you know why it’s imperative to have at least me as ‘historian’, otherwise old truths will get wound like endless circles pointing in Big Brother’s favor and it would be for your own good. See, I know the tune real well.

Crack 7— "Baby talk dominated the seven-hour Budget debate, an issue dubbed a national imperative by leaders" (ST, Mar. 9,’04). Lest you’ve forgotten, they did say a long- long time ago, I can still remember, how that music was played to the tune of "we’ll cross the bridge when we get to it". So cracks? Just another long series of bridges, luv. Bottom of the bridge — NO future leaders, darl. But wait, that’s not their fault! Since, we elect our leaders, of course it’s our problem. Let me be Big Sister then and say, in that case, case closed… on 4, 5, 6 and 7, cos they’re oh-so justified.

Ah… but the specter of Ryan Goh suddenly appears just when you thought you’ve tackled the no-holds-barred open-ness with all the baby-cradling subtlety to nurse your frazzled and fried minds. "It’s your ‘duty’ to procreate," an MP was reported saying with great alarm on Mar.10,’04 in the Straits Times! (Never mind that he qualified that statement later). It’s all Ryan’s fault, isn’t it? He of superfluous ‘unions’.

Nine months ago in July ’03, I had reported in these Files that a certain bespectacled servant of Big Brother had called for artistes in Singapore to be ‘civil society actors’. I’d also warned that they be careful not to end up being civil society puppets. Well, look what that same ‘servant’ wrote with regard to what he called "the near-blanket media coverage of the Great Baby Debate"— "Do the math, fall in love"! (ST, Mar.14,’04). Maybe Mr. Glasses is being a Joan of Arc for all his fellow thespians so that they’ll be spared of falling into our new no-holds-barred open-ness and committing that same Ryan Goh-‘heresy’.

You never know. We’re about cunning cleavages these days, as in - Sex And The Baby, with the Catholic Church subtly in tow. Desperate is as desperate does, babe.

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FORTUNE-TELLERS AT WORK



The nation-builder press, Mar 22, 2004.

THE DAY AFTER...



The nation-builder press, Mar 23, 2004.

THE SMALL "MISTAKE"



The nation-builder press, Mar 22, 2004 (PM edition).

How much more "credibility" can you take?

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TODAY Friday, March 19, 2004 is the FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. LED INVASION OF IRAQ

IT HAS BEEN ONE YEAR SINCE THE WAR BEGAN AND STILL NO WMD* HAS BEEN FOUND IN IRAQ.
*Weapons of Mass Destruction.

WAR IS GOOD



The nation-builder press, Mar 12, 2004.

On Thursday, Mar 11, 2004, $ingapore's million-dollar Foreign Minister S Jayakumar said $ingapore was not wrong to support the US-led war on Iraq as it would curb the spread of "banned weapons."


TERROR IS BAD



The nation-builder press, Mar 12, 2004.

Without warning, bombs exploded in Spain, a strong backer of the US-led invasion of Iraq. It happened on Thursday, Mar 11, 2004, the same day Foreign Minister Jayakumar was praising $ingapore's decision to back the US.


AKAN DATANG [translated: coming soon]

London attack 'inevitable', says police chief

Sir John Stevens said while anti-terror officers were "working three times harder than ever" to defend against atrocities such as that committed in Madrid last week, it would be a matter of time before "some sort of attack gets through".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,12780,1170514,00.html

Intelligence chiefs had no hint of al-Qaeda bomb plot

The absence of any prior intelligence about a planned Islamic attack in Madrid is now one of the biggest causes of concern among security chiefs in both Europe and the United States. No code orange, yellow whatever...
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,12589-1038896,00.html


"The blind leading the blind."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror Of Opinion, Mar 19, 2004.

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The nation-builder press, Mar 21, 2004.

12 SONGS TO SING AS YOU LEAVE YOUR FAVOURITE HOTEL

§§ DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALL RIGHT - Bob Dylan, Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963 §§

§§ DOWN UNDER - Men At Work, Business As Usual, released 1982 §§

§§ HELLO GOODBYE - The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour, released 1967 §§

§§ LOVE IN VAIN - The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed, 1969 §§

§§ I'M LEAVING - Elvis Presley, single released August 1971 §§

§§ LEAVING THIS TOWN - The Beach Boys, Holland, 1972 §§

§§ LEAVING ON A JET PLANE - Peter, Paul & Mary, Album 1700, released 1967 §§

§§ A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN - David Bowie, Low, released 1977 §§

§§ CALIFORNIA DREAMING - The Mamas and the Papas, single released 1966 §§

§§ BY & BYE - Lesley Duncan, Earth Mother, 1972 §§

§§ CALIFORNIA BOUND - Frank Black & The Catholics, Black Letter Days, 2002 §§

§§ GOODBYE - Mary Hopkin, Those Were The Days, released 1995 §§



Captain Ryan Goh

PAP, YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW

SDP blasts Govt on pilot’s PR revocation
Mar 10, 2004

The revocation of Captain Ryan Goh's permanent residence status brings the PAP's infamy for vindictiveness and pettiness to a new low. The pilot was well within his rights as a member of the Alpa-S to do whatever he could to influence the decision-making process of the union.

Whether he is a Singaporean or not, has a house in Perth or not, or has sold his HDB flat for a profit or not is no business of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his ministers. What matters is whether Mr Ryan Goh acted within the parameters of his role as a member of the pilots' union.

Will the Government tell Singaporeans whether Captain Goh has trespassed any law in Singapore or was his offence merely one in which he crossed the Senior Minister? What are the deeds or misdeeds of Mr Goh that led the Government to say that he is an "undesirable immigrant"?

Should the mere fact that he is only a Singaporean PR but having a say on issues affecting Singaporeans matter? If it does, then what about the foreigners (who may not even have PR status) who sit on the board of the National Wages Council to determine the wage levels of workers in Singapore? Does the hypocrisy even occur in the mind of the Government or has PAP become so callous through all these years of having no opposition to challenge its unjust ways?

Not only have the authorities not have the guts to tell Singaporeans the real facts but it now absurdly asserts that the pilot's "(PR) status does not have anything to do with his role in last year's ouster of the pilot union's executive committee." Singaporeans may have been silenced. But they are not dumb. The day will come when the voices of the people will be heard and the PAP will have much to account for.

It is inconceivable that in this present time when Singaporeans need to think independently (and yes, this includes disagreeing with the PAP Government) and act on one's belief, the Government remains so pig-headed and resorts to petty nit-picking and personal vendettas. This will no doubt intimidate Singaporeans even more, if that is possible, and give the PAP yet more control but it will drive another nail into the coffin that carries the entrepreneurial can-do spirit of the country.

The PAP would do well to remember the old adage: You reap what you sow.

Chee Soon Juan
Secretary-General
Singapore Democratic Party


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