Sometimes when we read the weird world of the internet, we think that our politicians are daft and are looking forward to end their career. But is it really like this? Let’s try and understand a few of it:
THE story goes that in a kingdom of frogs, the tallest tower in the world is built for an annual competition. And when the event is held, many aim to become the champion by making it to the top, but fail as they are discouraged by the audience, who warn that the climb is too dangerous.
All except one frog who did reach the top. And when asked afterwards why he ignored the crowd, the frog said: ‘I’m deaf. I can’t hear them.’
Mr Lim’s point: Despite criticisms, the labour movement continues to address problems faced by low-wage workers and to improve their situation.
‘We never give up. We are like the little frog. We are deaf to all these criticisms,’ he said.
Ex-NMP Calvin Cheng was there in Parliament when Lim made the statement above. Said Cheng, “I was actually there when he said this, and I heard this live!” said Calvin Cheng. “It is the fable of the deaf frog…and it is not even his own story!”
“When a lie is told often enough, people believe it as the truth. The Internet has made it easier for these lies to be spread, especially by trashy websites,” said Cheng in reference to the sites of TemasekReview, TheRealSingapore and TheOnlineCitizen.
“Many things that politicians and public figures say are twisted and then posted, and people who don’t dig deeper just believe them. ”
The labour chief had used the above story in response to opposition MP Low Thia Khiang (Hougang), who repeated his criticism earlier that low- wage workers continue to languish.
Lim’s point was this: Despite criticisms like those levelled by the Workers’ Party chief, the labour movement must work better, and harder and continue to address problems faced by low-wage workers and to improve their situation.
What was said: “if I can get another 10 billionaires to move to Singapore and set up their base here… I think Singapore will be better off because they will bring business, they will bring opportunities”
“Food before philosophy” is the maxim that today’s government holds very strong. Without businesses and opportunities, there would be insufficient money to fund all the welfare, handouts, improvements and projects this city needs. Who would you rather the government get money from? The businessmen, or increasing your taxes?
Khan Boon Wan, you can’t eat a degree…
“If they cannot find jobs, what is the point? You own a degree, but so what? That you can’t eat it. If that cannot give you a good life, a good job, it is meaningless… Can you have a whole country where 100 per cent are graduates?”
Khaw Boon Wan responding to a participant who said the Government should set aside more university places for Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnic graduates.
Many a private school have open shop in Singapore and many a Singaporean has gone to collect degrees for the sake of getting a degree. This is impractical.
Moreover, our obsession with paper certification over skills is not sustainable, worse, it is needlessly discriminatory. Wong Kan Seng, “duh” statements…
‘The fugitive (Mas Selamat) was either still in Singapore, hidden by sympathisers, or had fled the country – a scenario he said was “more pausible” – Wong Kang Seng
DPM Wong was quoted saying this sometimes in Jan 2009, Mas Selamat was subsequently caught in JB (Malaysia) officially on 1 Apr 2009 over a year after his escape. The Straits Times, May 9 2009
What did you expect the man to say? It was a matter of national security and even if he did have exact information, what good would it be to say it and not arrest him? Remember how Malaysia dealt with the missing MH aircraft? Everyday they had something to say about “knowing” where the location was… what good did it do them? Lee Hsien Loong, GST helps the poor…
“GST hike is to help the poor.” – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Do you see this thing called uSave in your electricity bills? Have you heard of GST transfers? Every year, the government collects GST from across the nation and distributes this to low-to-middle income Singaporeans by means of transfers. It is a fact that the rich consumes more, and therefore pays more GST. Everyone doesn’t make as many purchases, but enjoys the transfers.
Do we really think that the politicians have nothing better to do than to annoy citizens and hope to get voted out? If they really wanted to keep their position safe, all they have to do is say nothing, keep quiet and play along to public sentiments…pretty much like what some political parities are doing.