I Am New Citizen

I became a new citizen from 10 years ago, I see growing anti foreigners’ sentiment and I could understand why. But the local born
needs to understand that all of us were migrants looking for better life. Singapore government has been going to third world countries, placing advertisements and videos to promote Singapore a place of opportunities and migration. Most of us had seen these videos, they left in-depth impressions on us. I would say even remote villages would know of Singapore and many of them want to move here.

You put yourself in our shoes. If for example, Australia gives you good paying jobs, priority over their locals, housing and PRs or new citizenship; would not you not be tempted to move and be happy? We humans always want a better life for the family, this is why your ancestors moved to Singapore. You blame the migrants or your blame the government who implemented this policy?

A lot of my peers who moved here felt indebted to the government and would support them in election. This is why new citizens would choose to vote the ruling party because they felt appreciated and rewarded. But again, we are all wrong. I did political science so I am quite aware of what the government is doing. All of us are political pawns, at some stage we will be government’s pawns. What the local people normally say “rat race”, where all of us are put onto a wheel running for our lives. We just keep running for our master until the day we get burnt out.

The government continual to import foreigners from third world is strategic. Its for GDP growth, increase domestic market and for elections. On top, our people appreciate life more here as we make more money and the place is clean and low level of corruption.  Don’t be fooled, every country has corruption. In other countries, they have corruption at every level, so citizens can get weary. When they come to Singapore, they felt Singapore is so different and appreciate. In Singapore context, it is authoritarian state, the power is in the hands of a group of elites, mostly inherited. But the packaging was well down that the people believed its meritocracy, perhaps the leaders also think they were there because of their own hardwork. Look at the leaders today, mostly paper generals; sons and daughters of ex-ministers. Most can’t solve problems but they have utmost loyalty because they are paid millions.

Our neighbours are more democractic, they are slowly maturing. From Philippines to Indonesia and now Malaysia. The reasons that they have not been able to compare to Singapore is the corruption level. But over time with better transparency and accountability, they will further develop. These countries will improve over time.

Since I am here more than 15 years, I had made my own observations. The locals like to talk about Singaporeans being the frogs in the pot. I tell you this is the model and true. The locals and old migrants are at the bottom of the boiling pot. In a way, you see older PMETs being replaced by newer migrants. Once a migrant comes to Singapore and lives for 10 or more years, they start to see the realities of life here. The ever greedy government going after your CPF, the sky cost of flats and living will eventually sink in. The new migrants are the frogs at the top of the pot, they don’t feel as much, as time goes they sink to the bottom. A number of my friends went back to India, and sold their flats at good prices. A lot of them also moved to US or Australia. The newer migrants does not think Singapore is a good place to live, they want to leverage if they can, especially those highly skilled PMETs. I also had a lot of them driving Uber or sitting at home, they are replaced by newer arrivals. Singapore is heading towards 10M, that I am also very sure. But there are not so many jobs, a lot of PMET jobs would be taken by incoming foreigners.

Singaporeans are not used to a hostile environment, they are like flowers in the Orchard, if they are left out to the wild, they would wither fast. The system has very successfully tuned their mental and behavior; Singaporeans become very timid, obedient and fearful  (the locals call it kiasu kiasi). Singapore has the aster the art of marketing, deception, camouflage and instilling fear and doubts on a timid society. In every election, the art of manipulation, the fake promises and oscar award acting are usual. Not that the locals don’t have the mind to think or they don’t know; they are just too afraid and fearful, a very successful tuning program since young.

To conclude, I say this to everyone, we are all political pawns. The winner is always the ones ruling, the loser is always the people living here. As we are one of the frogs into the pot, it is a matter of time, we will hit the bottom of the pot and be boiled alive. Next is our next generation will be affected if we do nothing. We moved here for better life but if our life and next generation.

We are political pawns, this you need to remember. Without balance of power, we will always be fed to the sharks. So the call is eat the cake they give you but still vote against them.

 

Senggupta

 

 

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31 Responses to “I Am New Citizen”

  • Mr New Citizen:

    10 years still call new citizen. But the big question is, Did you do NS?

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  • New citz feeling the heat:

    Dont need to rub salt in sgs wounds.
    We’re already well aware about what you stated.
    We dont need an ex Foreigner to tell us what we only know too well…and we are going to do something about it.
    The olden day migrants cant be compared to this new tsunami like yourselves.they worked hard with the licals and took sg to what it is now. Unlike the new comers who just are oopportunists.
    what about you? You and your kind,new citzs, still going to keep showing your
    loyalty to the ‘emperor ‘?

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  • RDB:

    Singaporeans are not adventuress at all about governance. They love to feel save and sorry by grumbling about the govt they keep voting in by complaining like they never voted for the same political party again and again. Yet some proclaim about what other political parties make sense. A bunch of insecure fraudsters of themselves at every GE. No Meh?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Senggupta, first and foremost, no government in planet is so stupid to allow foreigners going into the country without any condition like Singapore. Singaporeans never dislike foreigners, we blame our PAP govt for the free and easy ways of allowing foreigners in to become citizen.

    This PAP govt is taking the easy way out to increase GDP for their own good. Singaporeans do not benefit from this GDP growth.

    Singapore was a 1st world country, one of the 4 Asian dragons. With the importation of 3rd world foreigners, SG is slipping over the cliff.

    Singaporeans love the country. We cannot allow the PAP to ruin this country for our children and grand children. We need the help of new citizens to vote out the PAP. Our population now is 40% ex-foreigner citizens. Tolong, tolong vote against the PAP in the next GE.

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  • pap clown and his S$m gang:

    did you serve NSF?

    of course no NSR if you have not.

    2.5 years of our lives wasted for ffff?

    up to 40 days a year to age min age 40, or more, for ffff?

    clown pap can do all it wants as long as it does not harm local born.

    clown pap open leg policy has harmed local born.

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  • Frog:

    You will also be at the bottom of the well, in 10,20 or 30 years’ time?

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  • Vote opposition any use???:

    Many said that PAP dominance and ability rammed Thru unpopular policies easily were because of weak and ineffective opposition MPs! I agree fully. The WP MPs were so vocal and convincing during the 2011 and 2015 GEs promising Haven and earth and made all the motherhood statements just to get our votes but once in parlaiment all were forgotten , you die your business. There are so many pressing issues affecting the voters which need to be addressed yet they chose to remain silent knowing that only their noises made in parliament will be noted and Papaministers have to respond whether they like it or not! Cost of living, retrenchments, under employment, unemployment cost of healthcare, CPF issues and retirement inadequacy, zero housing value after 99 years,foreigners influx, high minsters salaries, GST impending increases, wage stagnation, low incomes, train woes, govt dept lapses, AGO’s adverse reports, dengue deaths, blah balh balh…..
    Many have urged to vote in more opposition because the current 6 + 3 WP MPs are a weak voice to make their presence felt so they are forced to keep quiet , just pocketing the 16 K monthly allowance which is a lot of money for pastime job! Many would remember the years when there were only 2 opp MPs in parliament Chiam and JBJ, it is sad that we were never ever able to see the commitments of such oppo MPs any more and mind you their MP allowances were less than 5 K , yet there are so committed so fearless, we sorely miss them to speak out for us! So next GE don’t urge to vote in more opposition, what use? What impact? What for?

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  • Disingenous:

    “Singaporeans become very timid, obedient and fearful (the locals call it kiasu kiasi)”

    The foreigners who come here waste no time in learning to be timid, obedient and fearful. They conveniently left their democratic roots behind and become mind controlled slaves to Singapore’s economic system. C’mon, the money’s and lifestyle too good to protest right? More modestly, way better than where you all came from, yes? Admit that’s the reason.

    Senggupta, you are willing to be a pawn because it pays well.

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  • Bapak:

    Please help to spread your experience by giving this writing to all new arrivals. New arrivals will never understand the locals’ sufferring until they become local. By then they had been tricked into voting PAP.

    At least you wake up, there are many still sleeping. Go wake them up.

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  • huamariam:

    Welcome ah seng, ah gupta. Sinkingpoor is a good place and welcome to take over the dafts.

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  • I am Patriotic Citizen:

    “Three things cannot be long hidden – the sun, the moon and the truth.”

    From how the govt is running the country, it is obvious the pap is no longer a clean white party. In fact, many foreign-born residents of sg have already found out the true colours of the party.

    Foreigners with just work permits can’t be bothered and just want to earn a living.
    PRs would choose to remain PR and remain bo-chup coz they have the choice to return home any time when pap screwed up things here.
    New citizens are like the writer says, still on the top of the boiling pot and may find the heat still bearable, choose to remain quiet and see how things go.

    I wish more wise new citizens would bravely speak up like Senggupta. Even ex-pap-mp Inderjit Singh has called for sporeans to speak up sincerely. Speaking up is to raise awareness but speaking up alone is useless to an arrogant govt.

    So, please “Use Our Hands” to “Keep SG Clean”! Let’s use our votes to stop lawful corruption.

    “Count On Us” singapore, our families and our future generations. We’ll Vote Them OUT!

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    SUBERB CONTRIBUTION!!! absolutely SUPERB if you are for real if NOT, a very good analysis of an EVIL Dynasty when a Bastard created an ILLUSION where Frogs at the BOTTOM will be the 1st to suffer after all their CONTRIBUTIONs and the NEW frogs are percolating above waiting to sink BELOW

    “THINK” and you are NO longer a Frog…New or Old…Destroy the Dynasty and all its EVILNESS and we may just be right again…Maybe NOT imaginative RICH but nevertheless RICH as a Human once again where a Neighbour is considered a friend and NOT a NEW frog scrambling to get out of the POT!!!

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  • LIONS:

    Lee Ah Long has never had to suffer the consequences of bad economic outcomes or LOUSY POLICY ACTIONS.
    He has always had it good,more than most singaporeans!
    DO YOU THINK HE UNDERSTAND YOUR PLIGHT N DO YOU THINK HE CARES IF YOU SUFFER FROM HIS ANTI-CITIZEN POLICIES OR PRO-RICH SCHEMES?

    This DAFT BLOKE is A NATIONAL LIABILITU N HE GOT THE CHEEKS TO THINK HE HAS DONE LOTS FOR THE NATION?

    He is totally useless!

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  • oxygen:

    EVERY ONE GOT EQUAL CHANCE of being recycled out to the industrial heap in PAPpys Population Recycling Economics – that is COMPLETE REALITY – this writer, @ Senggupta is spot on. He is honest to reality.

    The Population Recycling Economics is a scam claiming the virtues of “meritocracy” i.e. a fleeing thief calling out a thief. If there is really mritocracy of talent and its grooming, how come G3 fails so spectacularly of an economy confessed MAXED OUT in 2015 after claiming a a long trajectory of bright shining growth awaiting us in the National Day Rally speech of 2014 (Present Tense promises us Jewel in Changi, shifting military airfield to Changi and shifting port from Pasir Panjang to Tuas…ha ha we create wealth and get rich by incurring expenses of shifting houses???).

    My head goes groggy hearing this genius illumination of rudimentary economic kindergarden first level principle.

    And where were the 4Gs in apprenticeship? THEY WERE ALL DIAM DIAM DIAM – PROBABLY EVEN MORE CLUELESS than the speaker, Present Tense in that NDR 2014 rally!

    My minute simple naive comprehension of kindergarden level economics is a little more complex than that.

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  • Equality Was Stealthily Remove:

    Spot on. On Target.

    Beautifully said and argued.

    I agree with writer. Lets take monies given by Najib(as a bribe for
    votes) and vote for Tun Mahathir.

    Lets vote for our life and family, lets go for CHANGE.

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    “A lot of my peers who moved here felt indebted to the government and would support them in election”.

    This proves Singapore got stupid immigrants for the following reasons:

    (1) After the economic migrants become “new citizens” they are in the same boat as the “old (real) citizens. If the latter are suffering and complaining they should take note.

    (2) The economic immigrants do not owe the government anything. They are expected to contribute to Singapore’s economy. They are not in Singapore for free.

    (3) There is a big difference between PAP and the Government. The former is just a political party running the Government. It is not the Government. It is certainly not Singapore.

    Now it is clear why PAP got immigrants from 3rd world countries. They are likely to be less educated and also stupid.

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  • Bystander:

    You are not bright also, you also kena deceived to come here.
    If regret, can go back.
    The people here have no balls lah. These green house bred paper Generals will bring Singapore down. So be smart, make preparations for your kids.

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  • No through Road:

    Senggupta is absolutely correct in what he said and rather than be critical of his comments, we should appreciate his honesty and frankness. It is too difficult to compete against developing countries for growth (they don’t know how anyway) so the easiest way is internal growth through increased population and construction (local consumption). But this cannot go on forever and a dead end will be in sight at some point. I foresee a time when foreign talents on work visa or PR (even new citizen with “silent” dual citizenship) will leave in droves when the going gets tough and Singapore will be left with massive infrastructure – housing, hospitals, schools etc with few people to occupy. Even a person like Senggupta who is appreciate of the government will leap out of the pot before he hits bottom!

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  • Dafts Will Be Dafts:

    The intelligence quotient of sillypore is fast depreciating.
    The PAP government loves ignorant digits who only know how to pay and pay.
    The smart ones take no time in using it as a stepping board to greener pastures.
    Enough already said about the symptioms and problems that PAP government caused this nation.
    The only viable next step to stamp the rapid decline is to kick out all Pappies in the next election.
    There are many articles urging government to answer, listen and to do this and that.
    Such attempts are stupid and futile. PAP has been ruling for more than five decades, it is not capable of renewal. Sinkies should explore the next government without PAP rather than following the silly ramblings of useless shittytimes ex reporters talking about PAP.

    Just like any enduring companies, management should be subjected to constant scrutiny and measurements against performance and results. This is the only sure thing for a lasting nationhood. Of course, all culprits must pay for the ill management through dismissal and litigation. In sillypore, it is obvious that some of politicians will go to jail.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Singapore (with a PAP) is not safe for Singaporeans and yet people wants to become Singaporeans, I scratch my head

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  • Old timer who did ns:

    I am Glad new citizen seen the light; do tell all yr new spore citizen cronies that things here not that great; when elections come around you know what to do;
    A fallacy that new migrants believe in and repeat like parrots is that all original sporeans were migrants;
    Yes that is true to certain extent but we all started fr same base line; the British stamped British subject on all our ic
    And I’d papers and we all toiled to build this republic starting fr Stamford raffles times ; we did not take anyone’s jobs; the boiling pot was level and horizontal all of us were equals fr the Indian money changer to the Malay fisherman to to the CHINESE shopkeeper and the Eurasian clerk or Keranis; you all out there take note ; donot let new foreign trash pull this false hood on you ; no one took jobs fr others and displace them; say what you like the British were fair in implementing the law although they look down on asians ; they referred to CHINESE as chinks and others as natives; it makes me sad to see sporeans still fawning over the white skins like our shameless girls in the SIA;
    Glad that is reducing now; when I travel on SIA and see that I always launch a complaint to the Snr Steward

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  • rukidding:

    Father became a “Traitor” and work for the Japanese during WWII, while others “slogged” to survive !

    Son also same…..became a “Traitor” and “replace their original vote/supportes” with newer ,New CItizens ( or rather ,…another batch of sillyzeans”.

    Both”Cheated’ by “giving away Sillyzeanships” in less than 10 years.

    All in the name of “Buying Vote Bank” !

    Its time for a “Sea of Change”.

    Those “Pimps and prostitutes” (P.a.p.) are just “playing” every single one of Us ,…jus to “maintain their power and continued existence”

    Let them “perished” to the “lowest/deepest level in hell” !

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  • no small steps, no giant leap:

    Vote opposition any use???:

    Many would remember the years when there were only 2 opp MPs in parliament Chiam and JBJ, it is sad that we were never ever able to see the commitments of such oppo MPs any more and mind you their MP allowances were less than 5 K , yet there are so committed so fearless, we sorely miss them to speak out for us! So next GE don’t urge to vote in more opposition, what use? What impact? What for?

    What use? What for?

    If you are going to continue to vote for more of the same, why keep complaining? Expect to get more of the same.

    LKY and the PAP never felt the need to pay much attention to Chiam and Low TK for they never felt threatened by either of them. Not with JBJ though. JBJ made them sit up and pay attention. Like typical tyrants, the PAP crippled and massacred him, like they did to Barisan and many others.

    There were others who have also demonstrated certain resembling fortitude, who were able to make the PAP to feel the heat. Although they too were vilified and crippled by the PAP, some are stll around. Such as Dr. Chee and Roy. Despite being crippled, they persevered hoping to be able to carry on their fight to Parliament. And might have been able to effect some change to Sinkies’ lives. Yet, despite paying a high personal price in their personal crusade, Sinkies didn’t give them a chance to do more.

    For lamentably or stupidly, Sinkies did not want to believe in them and chose the refuge of the status quo. And continue to vote for more of the same. Yet somehow, hoping that the heat in the pot will not boil over for the next five years.

    Then there are also notable firebrands such as Lim Tean, KJ and GMS who may also offer some glimpse of hope to the tyrannized Sinkies, if Sinkies would give them a chance too. Of notable mention also are Phillip Ang and Leong Sze Hian, if they too would step into the fray.

    Nevertheless, considering the pathetic reality of the overly slanted overwhelming dominance of the PAP in our political landscape undemocratically imposed upon the Singapore electorate by the PAP, the crux of the issue for Sinkies to determine is not to expect miracles to happen overnight by asking ‘what can oppositions do for me?’. If Sinkies do not start to take small steps to get more oppositions into Parliament, don’t expect that giant leap to happen.

    Sinkies need to make the PAP feel the heat, if you want to get the PAP to really listen.

    And be made to be afraid to abuse or to serve their self interests.

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  • How many oredy regretting:

    Many new citizens seem to be regretting their decision.
    The scheme entices you with ‘milk n honey’.
    Once you take the ‘bait’ they reel you in and get ‘slaughtered’ like the rest….to become digits to feed their insatiable greed n arrogance.

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  • pap clown and his S$m gang:

    Vote opposition any use???:
    Many said that PAP dominance and ability rammed Thru unpopular policies easily were because of weak and ineffective opposition MPs! I agree fully. The WP MPs were so vocal and convincing during the 2011 and 2015 GEs promising Haven and earth and made all the motherhood statements just to get our votes but once in parlaiment all were forgotten , you die your business. There are so many pressing issues affecting the voters which need to be addressed yet they chose to remain silent knowing that only their noises made in parliament will be noted and Papaministers have to respond whether they like it or not! Cost of living, retrenchments, under employment, unemployment cost of healthcare, CPF issues and retirement inadequacy, zero housing value after 99 years,foreigners influx, high minsters salaries, GST impending increases, wage stagnation, low incomes, train woes, govt dept lapses, AGO’s adverse reports, dengue deaths, blah balh balh…..
    Many have urged to vote in more opposition because the current 6 + 3 WP MPs are a weak voice to make their presence felt so they are forced to keep quiet , just pocketing the 16 K monthly allowance which is a lot of money for pastime job! Many would remember the years when there were only 2 opp MPs in parliament Chiam and JBJ, it is sad that we were never ever able to see the commitments of such oppo MPs any more and mind you their MP allowances were less than 5 K , yet there are so committed so fearless, we sorely miss them to speak out for us! So next GE don’t urge to vote in more opposition, what use? What impact? What for?

    hey. don’t be a cock. pap mouth pieces states times and mediacoprse will never show the truth.

    local OPPOSITION in parleement are constrained by first, pap speaking of parleement, and second by pap mouth pieces states times and mediacorpse.

    unless you are pap PA paid IB, you shall know by know how clown pap produces fake news to FIX WP.

    ffff your mother Cb AND your sister Cb if you say you don’t know.

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  • Michael:

    Singapore need a strong opposition party to win . Period . If we want to have a shot at regime change like Malaysia

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  • Forever Be Third World:

    N.Jungne:
    Singapore (with a PAP) is not safe for Singaporeans and yet people wants to become Singaporeans, I scratch my head

    It’s relative, those who can’t get to first world can settle with the third best. So sillypore will forever be third world, with waves of migrants coming from underdeveloped nations to find cheap jobs. The first wave of Chinese is long gone. Chinese could enjoy more opportunities, freedom and amenities in their own country. Now is the era of Indians and Filipinos, very soon will be Burmise and regional. When these progressed, perhaps developing Africans will take the places. So sillypore will forever be the stepping Stones of third world nations to first.
    This kind of evil cheap policies any crooks can come up with, dafts do not need to pay billions of dollars for such modern day crooks.

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  • Why Mass Import FTs:

    More money to collect through CPF contributions and levies. Quality of the FTs⁄FWs not important and also their purchasing power not important.

    Why can’t singapore be like Macau where citizens enjoy high salary per capita, higher than Singaporeans, just focus on one or few industries. Definitely on! SG needs to push up population to maybe as high as 7 or 10 millions as long as gov need more money to collect. To achieve it need to be lax in foreigner immigration policy at the expense of Singaporeans in terms employment, etc.

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  • Dun complain:

    Did u serve NS?
    If no, then you dont qualify to write about how unfair life is getting for you as a new citizen.
    Go to a corner and suck your thumb!
    We have no time or energy for you new citizens’ grieviances.
    You deserve what you get ..just as those who keep voting these fffff gov in !
    Those that didnt vote them in oso have to suffer along.

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  • orbit cha cha:

    all i can say to you Senggupta is
    “good luck to you and your family”
    the pigs mantra here is
    “you die is your own business”
    you thought you could come here and beat the “system”
    well surprise! surprise! – political science ah?
    these pigs have been tweaking the system for the past 50 years
    you are done buddy – ure just another “digit” now
    assume the position mate!
    this is gonna hurt and will leave a scar!

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  • Lk:

    No way this was written by a ‘new citizen’. Nice try TRE…another artIcle to whip up sentiment against foreigners and drive up your page views.

    I know you will never dare publish this comment but I thought I should say to whoever is in charge of deleting unfavourable comments – Shame on you!!

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