Police investigates post of Singapore flag shown being ripped apart

The police are investigating a Facebook post which allegedly disrespected the Singapore flag, that was posted on Facebook.

The Facebook post in question showed a black T-shirt with a graphic depicting the Singapore flag being ripped apart to reveal an India flag underneath.

The post was made by a Singapore Permanent Resident Avijit Das Patnaik on Tuesday (14 Aug) in a “Singapore Indians and Expats” group, which contained about 11.000 members.

The Hindi words “Phir bhi dil hai…” is taken from a popular song and roughly translates to “Still my heart is…”. Incidentally, Wednesday (15 Aug) marks India’s 72nd Independence Day.

Mr. Patnaik told the mainstream media that he had seen the post on various accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Whatspp and did not think twice about sharing it.

I did not design the image and had already seen it being circulated widely… which is why I assumed it was okay for me to post the image.

I love Singapore deeply and am always singing praises about this country, so my intention was never to cause so much grievance. I just felt that the image represented that deep inside, the heart also beats for our motherland.

Despite this, comments on social media suggest that many Singaporeans view it as being disrespectful.

One netizen Gerald Tan commented that such a post was not acceptable:

After being here for more than 10 years and getting the opportunity to earn more than 20 times of what he can make back, he should have known better than to bite the hand who fed him.

DBS – where Mr. Patnaik works – commented that they are looking into the matter.

Under the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act, any person who treats the national flag with disrespect faces a maximum fine of $1,000.

 

 

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44 Responses to “Police investigates post of Singapore flag shown being ripped apart”

  • LIONS:

    Lets STOP PRETENDING.
    Good to witness THE *HEART* TRUTH OF LEE AH LONG’$ FTs.

    Never mind lah pls welcome them with *OPEN HEARTS* as depicted by the ripped T-shirt?!
    Maybe OPEN LEGS is better,ya?

    Lee Ah Long,SHAME ON YOU FOR DUMPING SUCH FT(FOREIGN TRASH) here.

    You ought to be shamed publicly.

    You think you have been a great leader?
    You are really thick-skinned.

    You are the epitome of the de truly DAFT like your old man said.

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  • Haigen-diaz:

    So this ingrate wants to show his love for his motherland. So he rips our flag at a time when we’re celebrating our National day? Neither Avijit Das Patnaik, nor any of his ilk should be put in charge of our banking industry. The whole thing seems to be built on the idea that we need to bring in foreign talents to grow the economy. Foreign talents? We don’t need no stinkin’ economic refugees from 3rd world countries! We are already letting these foreigners extract millions from us, why more? The evidence is clear and unambiguous. Policy set by our bureaucrats and think tanks has brought our nation to its knees. It has embraced mediocrity and mendacity as positives. How people of this country have put their brains on a shelf never to think or see, is the scariest thing bothering me now-a-days. It’s not that Singapore looks like a different country from the one you grew up in. It is a different country now. Our Education and skills are nothing if there is no demand for it. The fact is that creating educated young people who have the capacity to lead productive lives and then thrusting them into an ill-tended economy for foreigners is just cruel. Furthermore, the motivation for getting a higher education shouldn’t be status and money, but getting to do something you find interesting or are talented at. That is a reward in itself. My sense is that most Singaporeans still don’t understand this reality. They still imagine that when push comes to shove, our leaders will come together to do what’s necessary (Wishful thinking, perhaps.) Things will not get better for the average Singaporean until they’re willing to risk everything to make this country theirs again.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Why INVESTIGATE something that is TRUE…the system open the doors WIDE…so what is wrong with tearing a “T” wide to REVEAL what is TRUE??? the only thing missing in the revealing “T” is the face of The Wooden Shit & The Pink Panty!!!

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  • Python 5:

    DBS will pay for him the fine of $1000. and then nothing will happen.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    The graphic may not be liked by a lot of Singaporeans but it essentially state the truth. Some truths may not be palatable but nonetheless, it is the truth.

    If all the Indian FTs walk out and fly home, Singapore will grind to a standstill. That is what is likely to happen. That is what the PAP has done to the country. We have got a lot of citizens with no skills and drive. They prefer to sit in air conditioned offices, wearing ties.

    In my younger days, I used to see Singaporeans climbing scaffolding to build flats and houses—not anymore. It is the FTs who is doing that so construction standards are poor and so are the locals who are supposed to inspect the work as they have no experience of the work. Unless there are skill transfers, the FTs should best be left in their own homeland. In fact it might be better to send Singaporeans overseas to gain those skills. But President’s scholars are all reserved for connected people who are ushered into universities. For common people–no need to get a University degree–because you can’t eat it.

    It is the PAP that created such a situation and the 70% should wake up now and be ready for the next election. Campaigning should commence now with a lot of leg work and education.

    Do that preparatory work now.

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  • Ikan Selagat Kunning:

    Oop!

    Heart being ripped by people using both hands with brute force, it is just very painful and terrifying!

    It is much, much more painful and terrifying when you know the it was done by people we invited so cordially into our country.

    They not only get good jobs, but also good housing, good food, clean water(which we had to strive to obtain) and good education for their children. Now, they are safe in a very safe environment but instead they chose to do this.

    Oop, the pain is now so unbearable………..,

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  • H-e-l-l:

    Also means….Indian power fueling your economy. Likewise, China Chinese power , the more their number is… the greater their Chinese National talents print or footsteps in Sg.

    Your love of talents has come round to screw your backside. There is no integration of people at the core or heart. For MONEY, these foreigners will say anything you want to hear but behind closed doors….you are all first class honour hypocrites.

    Are there future for hypocrites?

    Yes, to h e l l

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Hah! Finally an article that is NOT fake news!

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  • BornStupid:

    Resorting to the use of law only suppresses the truth.

    To build on pride, you have to live in a LIE

    A lie your father has built into the foundation of the nation.

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  • Mayb TRE wont print this:

    Everyone suffers when FTs or PRs are living above our hdb flats.
    My family n i suffered for years.
    Sickening blardy 3rd world mentalities. Busy bodies no 1 , dirty n uppity !
    They think our gov loves them..in fact some had uttered words to that effect. In reality our gov loves them cuz theyre cheap slaves!
    Hate me n thumb me down all you wish for this rant but if u havent gone thro what i have, you wont know..

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  • Will gov wake up:

    Gov still waiting for a terrorist attack to hit our sg.
    Shamu said “its not if but when”.
    Reality is the ‘terrorists’ are already here!
    In many forms n ways.
    Wake up you greedy mediocre gov!

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    To the Investigating Officer,

    Foreigners help us Singapore punch above our weight…

    Heck, my uncle son platoon had Singaporean Japanese and Singaporean Korean.

    PAP had successfully make SG part of every country like India, China, Korea and Japan.

    Beside, it is just a picture.

    Drop the case or just wayang and give a stern warning.

    PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2019/20

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  • Sri Nair:

    Plse send him back home as he is home sick. This is the truth of all INdian working in Singapore. They only interested in making money and suck Singaporeans job thru the help of PAP gov.

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  • pap clown hypocrisy:

    LIONS:
    Lets STOP PRETENDING.
    Good to witness THE *HEART* TRUTH OF LEE AH LONG’$ FTs.

    Never mind lah pls welcome them with *OPEN HEARTS* as depicted by the ripped T-shirt?!
    Maybe OPEN LEGS is better,ya?

    Lee Ah Long,SHAME ON YOU FOR DUMPING SUCH FT(FOREIGN TRASH) here.

    You ought to be shamed publicly.

    You think you have been a great leader?
    You are really thick-skinned.

    You are the epitome of the de truly DAFT like your old man said.

    we are not racists. actually we were shocked when pap clown said Singapore needed a race based president.

    at one height of pap clown hypocrisy, pap clown said malay president when he actually intended INDIAN president, now also milo.

    at the peak of pap clown hypocrisy, pap clown said family is VERY important but he had chosen to persecute his own siblings and nephew for the sake of a piece of landed property.

    so when someone tells us in coffee shop Singapore is like INDIAN we are not surprised. the indian flag in the picture above confirms what the someone has said. who is at fault? it is pap clown, who opened Singapore legs and told the indians Singapore belongs to everyone.

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  • Jman:

    Terrible.

    This guy is going to face a big backlash.

    In the ST article, one observer was quoted and said it should not be blown out of proportion. I totally disagree. It is a big sign of disrespect, and this should be accorded a strong response.

    Having said that, I hope things don’t get out of hand for him to lose his job.

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  • HarderTruths:

    FT do not give a shit about the $G flag.
    They do this on purpose and say they do not see anything wrong with it.

    If the indian flag is being treated in the same way will this indian show it on his FB post?

    All $G is to the FT is a stupid island that bows to them. Why should they respect anything from here – especially a $G flag made up symbols from other countries’ flags?

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  • nizhemoshou:

    What this spr ah neh definitely smacks of arrogance. Dont think he was as he claimed now that he was simply blindly following what others who posted the same before him ?
    So who are the others. Are they from the same group he belonged to ? Is police going to arrest them as well. Worse the fact he did it in the name of a group he belonged to , means that investigation cant just stop at this individual. If others in the group have posted what he did, it should raise eyebrows about the activities of this group. Is this group engaged in propagating n reinforcing what is already in the minds of these people here that SG is as good as belonging to them and it is just a matter of time for their taking? Isnt tearing SG flag apart to show their country beneath it is sending a subtle msg to this effect. ell that was the impression I get

    Is clown leeder going to punish the spr ah neh and the others doing the same jialak and kick them out of their jobs and back to their hellhole rapist country? Is he going to investigate and monitor this ah neh group. Or does he think he can still play play the clown to these people after little india riot. Tens if not hundreds of thousands of these people have arrived here by planeloads since the riot bcos of the CECA agreement he bloodily inked with the rapist country. This bloody clown should also be kicked out of power n thrown to jail for his ultimate betrayal of this country to the foreigners all for his own agenda.
    These people will get bolder and perpetuate their arrogant mentality if they are lightly let off by the clown.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:
    To the Investigating Officer,

    Foreigners help us Singapore punch above our weight…

    Heck, my uncle son platoon had Singaporean Japanese and Singaporean Korean.

    PAP had successfully make SG part of every country like India, China, Korea and Japan.

    Beside, it is just a picture.

    Drop the case or just wayang and give a stern warning.

    PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2019/20

    Do you think when you open your mouth, or are you absent a brain? Methinks the latter be a possibility. The PAP will fall. And when it does, Singapore can be a democracy.

    And we will get answers to questions we have all been asking. Payback, too.

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  • Goondu Willing, Sure Can:

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:
    To the Investigating Officer,

    Heck, my uncle son platoon had Singaporean Japanese and Singaporean Korean

    Drop the case or just wayang and give a stern warning.

    PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2019/20

    What a good idea, get him to also join your uncle son platoon, then drop the case. Not only no need warning, CMPB will throw him a party before shaving his head.

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  • Bapak:

    What is the point of just a $1K fine and let him stays? The whole bunch should be repatriated and ban from even visiting Singapore forever – if PAP G is serious about expecting respect.

    In some country, this guy probably is dead on the road. Sinkies are damn bo chap. Look like FTs are more united than us. This country is going down with true blues’ apathetic attitude.

    These FTs have spoken the hard truth. The one to be charged should be the one who signed the CECA and PAP!

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  • Bapak:

    Only one type of people will make his country part of other countries – TRAITOR!

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:
    To the Investigating Officer,

    Foreigners help us Singapore punch above our weight…

    Heck, my uncle son platoon had Singaporean Japanese and Singaporean Korean.

    PAP had successfully make SG part of every country like India, China, Korea and Japan.

    Beside, it is just a picture.

    Drop the case or just wayang and give a stern warning.

    PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2019/20

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Senseless importation of large swathes of foreigners into S’pore runs the risk of creating political security issues & the potential dangers of creating a FIFTH COLUMN within a fragmented society.
    Wikipedia describes “A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group from within, usually in favour of an enemy group or nation. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. Forces gathered in secret can mobilize openly to assist an external attack. This term is also extended to organised actions by military personnel. Clandestine fifth column activities can involve acts of sabotage, disinformation, or espionage executed within defense lines by secret sympathizers with an external force.”
    The PAP govt themselves are doing themselves no favours being more concerned with buttressing their own high pay (GCT abhorred utterances to a concerned RC member about doing more for the elderly through sacrifices). The high inequitable income situation in S’pore will bring down the PAP govt if they are not careful. But there is a political void because of the All-or-Nothing political mechanism inflicted on S’pore by the PAP one-party rule for 50 years.
    And S’pore Crony Economy knows no cohesive national interest/identity nor any loyalty to the State ideology. It’s monetary interests ($$$) that counts & economic privilege (Meritocracy Policy) that matters. And that is the tangled web that the PAP had woven for themselves.

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  • Tatman:

    You meant the rest of the articles is fake?!?

    Everything here are true stories, mind you.

    Homeless Cat:
    Hah! Finally an article that is NOT fake news!

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    Why is the Singapore flag allowed to be flown only during a month before and after National Day? Is it because the ruling party is afraid Singaporean will become more patriotic and will differentiate between the country and the ruling party causing regime change? What do you think?

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  • They are Bold & Arrogant!:

    Previously, they will think twice before increasing taxes and prices at one go.

    These days, they are not bothered how you suffer as they are enough new citizens to vote for them and keep them in power.

    Singaporeans need collective effort to keep them in check!

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  • N.Jungne:

    Orh oh, she is also Indian at heart.

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  • Send them home:

    Honestly, i dont know what our sgs get in return by signing ceca after ceca agreements with India????!!
    Only fattens the wallets of the people at the top.
    They arent Talents by any measure.. only in their gift of the gap! Clever talkers.

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  • Bapak:

    Indian Government is doing their job to create employment to their people. If they can’t create jobs in India, they will PLAN & CREATE opportunities for them to work overseas.

    CECA was created to trap greedy pigs to India’s vast land & resources. They use their market as bait to fish greedy & yet very stupid government to open their doors to allow the people access to their job market.

    Many countries saw through their plan & made amendment b4 signing. Only the greedy PAP mediocre scholars without ground experience felt into their trap. The people suffer as the result of voting in the wrong government.

    Just like Dr M saw thru China taking advantage of the greedy Nabji allowing China to walk in to Malaysia building many fake projects. Dr M halting all OBOR projects is doing Singapore a favour. China was all out to cut SG off with their OBOR projects in JB & ports development. Stupid Sinkies don’t know who are friends who are enemies. Nabji was another Smiling Tiger Hidden Dagger same as Pinky. Pinky no fight to him.

    And Dr M also saw thru Pinky a no substance PM gave him less than 1/2 hr meeting whereas Jack Ma got 1 hr. Frankly, he see him no up. Wonder what Sinkies saw in this useless PM?

    Send them home:
    Honestly, i dont know what our sgs get in return by signing ceca after ceca agreements with India????!!
    Only fattens the wallets of the people at the top.
    They arent Talents by any measure.. only in their gift of the gap! Clever talkers.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Rabble-rouser:
    Senseless importation of large swathes of foreigners into S’pore runs the risk of creating political security issues & the potential dangers of creating a FIFTH COLUMN within a fragmented society.
    Wikipedia describes “A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group from within, usually in favour of an enemy group or nation. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. Forces gathered in secret can mobilize openly to assist an external attack. This term is also extended to organised actions by military personnel. Clandestine fifth column activities can involve acts of sabotage, disinformation, or espionage executed within defense lines by secret sympathizers with an external force.”
    The PAP govt themselves are doing themselves no favours being more concerned with buttressing their own high pay (GCT abhorred utterances to a concerned RC member about doing more for the elderly through sacrifices). The high inequitable income situation in S’pore will bring down the PAP govt if they are not careful. But there is a political void because of the All-or-Nothing political mechanism inflicted on S’pore by the PAP one-party rule for 50 years.
    And S’pore Crony Economy knows no cohesive national interest/identity nor any loyalty to the State ideology. It’s monetary interests ($$$) that counts & economic privilege (Meritocracy Policy) that matters. And that is the tangled web that the PAP had woven for themselves.

    R-r…No need for a fifth column lah!!! they are practically in every column currently and soon they will overrun Parliament and take over…just WATCH!!!…if the LEEgaly Corrupt system is NOT removed & Replace within TWO GE

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  • Verbal Warning & Case Closed..:

    Let’s give him the benefit of doubt.

    Hopefully, no one will repeat the mistake!

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  • disgruntled:

    Desecrating the Singapore flag is an offence more serious than what other FTs who were fired by their SG employers have done, i.e. insulting Singaporeans on Facebook. Yet it seems this FT from India gets to keep his blue IC & his job at our national bank. This is outrageous. Silence is golden for ICA & SPF?

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Tatman:
    You meant the rest of the articles is fake?!?

    Everything here are true stories, mind you.

    Allow me to clarify. Context of said statement was put in regards to what is printed on the Straits Times, our very mediocre national newspaper.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Verbal Warning & Case Closed..:
    Let’s give him the benefit of doubt.

    Hopefully, no one will repeat the mistake!

    Really? There are mainland Indians in dire need of a reminder that they are guests. A slap on their wrists? Is our judiciary spineless?

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  • Irene Vanessa Wan Si Hung:

    Just curious. How come the US and UK flags can be used as fashion items, towels and underwear?

    I was at the other bathroom.

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  • nihon:

    why are they here?

    who allowed them to come here?

    did you vote wisely?

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  • Python 5:

    Prostitute police force investigating the prositute PAP govt CECA’s guests. still investigating??

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  • Honourable Citizen:

    This mamak Avijit Das Patnaik from the land of rapists should amend his text to read “I LOVE SINGAPORE $ DEEPLY AND AM ALWAYS SINGING PRAISES ABOUT THIS COUNTRY STUPIDITY & IGNORANCE, SO MY INTENTION WAS NEVER TO CAUSE MUCH GRIEVANCE BUT JUST INSULT TO SINGAPOREAN STUPIDITY & IGNORANCE. I JUST FELT THAT THE IMAGE REPRESENTED THAT DEEP INSIDE ME MY TRUE FEELING OF SINGAPOREAN STUPIDITY & IGNORANCE, AS MY HEART IS ALWAYS FOR OUR MOTHERLAND INDIA BECAUSE I CAN GO AROUND RAPING ANYONE I LIKE AS PASTIME.

    Singapore govt should kick this India Indian (II) HOME on the first available Air India flight before he starts an India Indian club in Serangoon rd promoting raping as a pastime.

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  • Solaris8899:

    Disrespectful to a country flag in other country with just walk away with $1000 fine?

    This man should go to jail.
    Remove his stay here.
    Bar him from coming.

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  • great ability to think:

    disgruntled:
    Desecrating the Singapore flag is an offence more serious than what other FTs who were fired by their SG employers have done, i.e. insulting Singaporeans on Facebook. Yet it seems this FT from India gets to keep his blue IC & his job at our national bank. This is outrageous. Silence is golden for ICA & SPF?

    The message that this picture is saying is that inside them they are Indians, not Singaporeans at heart. Courtesy of Goh Chok Tong (and now Lee Hsien Loong) who deemed themselves to be the most talented leaders with great ability to think and who deserved to be paid the highest salaries in the world.

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  • Varanus:

    What if the Singapore flag was ripped off to reveal the PAP flag? I think this is more likely the case.

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  • gets tougher and tougher:

    //And S’pore Crony Economy knows no cohesive national interest/identity nor any loyalty to the State ideology. It’s monetary interests ($$$) that counts & economic privilege (Meritocracy Policy) that matters.//

    haha. well said. $$$$ buying support / agreement until it collapses as it gets too heavily untenable to sustain and lopsided.

    because on one side of the equation, rewards for cronies & supporters get more and more expensive and on the side, the stress and obligations to subsidize / support the former gets tougher and tougher.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Varanus:
    What if the Singapore flag was ripped off to reveal the PAP flag? I think this is more likely the case.

    Now THAT is an idea…

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  • Mysterious phone call:

    great ability to think: The message that this picture is saying is that inside them they are Indians, not Singaporeans at heart. Courtesy of Goh Chok Tong (and now Lee Hsien Loong) who deemed themselves to be the most talented leaders with great ability to think and who deserved to be paid the highest salaries in the world.

    The daft swiss goh once talked about being nationalistic to singaporeans in 2002 to prevent them from migrating.. Now ask him again , do the Fts have nationalistic interest at heart ?

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  • Python 5:

    how many days have passed already?? where is the outcome of the police investigation????

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