By handing out goodies in his NDR Rally, PM Lee is skirting aside pertinent issues affecting us

During the NDR, what we heard from PM Lee is a glowing straight line development plan based on the original plan upgraded.

He very quickly skirted the problematic global issues that will affect us drastically and just put it aside in his eagerness to trot out the planned goodies expected of him to an electorate trained to see near and small rather than far and big.

Thinking Singaporeans need to think seriously of new survival issues and strategies the global situation is throwing at us. How to prepare to face these will seriously alter all those plans PM trotted out.

These will necessarily involve a totally new survival plan that involves a new regional policy, a new economic strategy, a new education system and a much more open talent identification, development and deployment strategy, the resolution of lingering bitterness of past injustices unreconciled, of smallness of mind made too complacent, of outdated developmental methodologies, of need to regain moral leadership lost to the false premise of large financial compensations, of the prevalence of crass transactional values that undermine deeper national sentiment and the creative impulse etc.

The challenge of the future is to catalyse a new pioneering spirit, unafraid to stare problems in the face creatively among the new younger generations so that they have the gumption to go beyond the hard truths of LKY’s vision of human limitations in a much changed world.

 

Tay Kheng Soon

 

 

 

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18 Responses to “By handing out goodies in his NDR Rally, PM Lee is skirting aside pertinent issues affecting us”

  • old man:

    He has only this plan all these years…to give out handouts to be a popular PM…..SAD FOR SINGAPORE!

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  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    The POTUS has just threatened to quit the WTO. The whole world will experience economic chaos. PM Lee has not prepared the nation for a new world order. His concern is about the future of the PAP. He has become a frog in a well with tunnel vision. Singapore used to be one step ahead but under PM Lee, the nation has regressed. This year’s NDR may well be his last. Singapore needs a more dynamic and far-sighted leader to face an uncertain and free-for-all future.

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  • Life goes on:

    Sg politics revolves around pinky who calls the shot.

    4Gs, for that matter any Gs, are merely spineless and sycophantic like puppets.

    Unless pinky goes to join papa eventually, nothing will ever change.

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  • DeadlyPursuit:

    Well captured in an overview nutshell.

    He is continuing his father ‘s vision of a “prosperous and peaceful” sg with basically the same economic strategies not knowing that its end, if pursued relentlessness, is intractably catastrophic.

    His eyes have been conditioned, as his father, to see the best in cities in world and attempt to emulate or dublicate its ostentatiousness and its glory.

    When he looks at his own city, he sees the vibrancy of Las Vegas, and build on that. But alas, look closely, it is a barren land of costly concrete and a fruitless one.

    He thinks his people are successful when they can afford to live in his city when they are actually a very low quality self centered breed or slaves.

    He thinks he is a good man and can’t see blood on his hands.

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  • Haigen-diaz:

    It’s no surprise that PM Lee confuses “the country” with “my company.” I’ve developed a conviction that he and his 4Gs do not care one whit for the improvements to most Singaporeans’ lives. The government, instead of serving all citizens equally, has turned their focus on picking winners and losers. Through a strategy of divide and conquer, implemented by their ‘rule of law’ and the media, they have benefited enormously, as evidenced by an unprecedented level of income and wealth inequality! It seems most people are afraid to acknowledge that we are, for all intents and purposes, a failed republic. We no longer have a representative democracy as a result of egregious gerrymandering. Our society is already showing serious signs of strife and this is pulling us apart. Our PAP 4Gs don’t need new ideas — they need a CLUE. New ideas? I’ll vote for a candidate that believes in a few old ideas like honesty, integrity, frugality, kindness of spirit. Find me such a PM candidate. I think the new idea should be, why do we continue to accept the authority of an organization that is completely useless and unacceptable? Where are the benefits? Why would anyone continue to support failure?

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  • rukidding:

    Correctly and well said !

    PAPpy n Lee still thinks that its Native Citizens are all still “daft” !

    The only group that will “buy” into his “koyok” would probably be his New sillyzeans !( mostly recruited in double quick time and with no quota limit which seriously drowns off and marginalised off the native voting share )

    I think what Malaysia’s Agong did to donate his “birthday celebration fund” to help the needy is really “admirable” and is what a “Good Leader” should be doing !

    It is so sad to even hear our Lau Goh saying that the current 4G servants pay is still “too low” ????

    Ghee,…what a “Big Contrast” !

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  • F-Off:

    What problematic “global” issues are there when other countries are doing better. No point so much of empty rhetoric.

    Don’t try divert the attention from self created failures and problems away. We cannot be fooled again and again. Every year same.

    We don’t pay millions of dollars for nothing but “Problems and failures”. That have been the problem with Paper Qualification Mediocres, self said to be Able.

    Who got chased out of the 1belt1road? What problem is that?

    Can’t perform, F-off. Bloody empty talk from paper qualification empty vessels.

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  • LIONS:

    the scholar-gahmen love to harp on LACK OF ‘NATURAL’ RESOURCE FOR SG BUT the same blokes IRRESPONSIBLY WASTE THE ONLY ‘RESOURCE’ THAT WE HAVE WHICH IS OUR PEOPLE – AN UNUSUAL BREED OF WELL-EDUCATED,HONEST AND HARD-WORKING CITIZENRY which was the ENVY OF OUR NEIGHBOURING GOVTS N PEOPLES.

    BESIDES,our pseudo-NATURAL RESOURCE,that is our VAST ACCUMULUATED RESERVES,has been put to WASTEFUL APPLICATIONS IN SO MANY WAYS?

    IN BAD ECONOMIC TIMES,RESERVES CAN GO A LONG WAY TO STABILISE THE NATION SOCIO-ECONOMICALLY.

    HOWEVER,THE SCHOLARS CHOSE TO SQUANDER AND WHEN THEY ARE FINISHED SQUANDERING,THEY go about collecting more money from oredy impoverished sgs?

    how can they call themselves ‘good’ or capable or aristocrats?

    they are mere CRAPS!

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  • LIONS:

    SOCIO-ECONOMIC SECURITY IS AT ITS LOWEST IN 5 DECADES IN ‘REAL TERMS’!

    WHEN SG WAS STARTING UP AND MOST SGS WERE POOR, BEING ONE OF THE POOR IS NOT TOO BAD.

    AT LEAST,YOU CAN PLANT A FEW VEGETABLES AND FRUIT TREES,REAR A FEW CHICKENS N DUCKS and fried eggs for meals.
    these days,if you are jobless or poor,you can wait to ‘drop dead’ in HIGHLY EXPENSIVE AND SELFISH SIN CITY!

    prolonged under-employment n joblessness have brought about family instability and this leads to national instability and affects the general level of national security in so many ways.

    bringing more dubious n carelessly checked FTs is causing more social problems generally in crowded SG.

    CIVIL SERVANTS,ESPECIALLY TOP-ECHELONS,are more concerned with their PAYCHECKS than caring about providing GOOS PUBLIC SERVICE and even the once vigilant SPF now TELLS SGS NOT TO ALERT THEM OR SEEK HELP UNLESS VERY,VERY ‘SERIOUS’ INCIDENTS?

    WHAT EXACTLY IS SERIOUS INCIDENTS IF NOT BREWED FROM SIMPLE EVENTS.IN THE FIRST PALCE?
    DID ANY SMART POLICE-SCHOLARS ENVISAGE THE DANGER AT LITTLE INDIA when ‘SMALL INCIDENTS’ STARTED BEFORE THE BIG BLASTS?

    LIKE IN MEDICINE,PREVENTION OF CRIME IS BETTER THAN ‘CURING’ THE CRIMES???

    MINISTER SHNMUGAM,ARE YOU LISTENING,YOU ARE AN ASTUTE MAN OF HIGH IQ,BEING A TOP NOTCHED LAWYER BEFORE.

    TAKE EXAMPLE,neighbor disputes that if left unttended to may give rise to more serious issues later like murder or serious injuries.

    police too busy,so cannot call them till someone got killed?

    can CCTV STOP DISPUTES OR FIGHTING OR MURDERS?

    I AM SURE OUR POLICE SHCOLARS AT THE TOP CAN ANSWER SUCH SIMPLE QUESTION!

    I MUST GIVE CREDIT TO LKY N HIS TEAM FOR REMOVING GANGSTERISM N HOOLIGANISM FROM OUR STREETS BUT HIS EFFORTS ARE BEING WASTED AS ALL OF US CAN SEE.

    EVEN FOR CLEAN N GREEN,LKY would take on personally to walk the grounds and ordered his officers to do the neccessary.

    at least,he did his work.

    what about current cohort of ministers n perm secs?

    all just want more pay,more n more pay for SHAKING LEGS N BALLS???

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  • N.Jungne:

    He underestimated

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  • Boot PAPs Out:

    Theyre just resting on their laurels, and boasting about our SG’s bright past achievements,instead of moving forwards.
    LKY’s greatest mistake–helicoptering his son in as PM.
    Son is not a “chip of the old block” at all!

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  • HarderTruths:

    Handing out goodies? You mean bullshitting.

    There is a big difference between spending the island’s wealth on citizens and taking a million dollar salary from them instead.

    Big difference.

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  • Sda:

    Pay ownself million tax payer $ but hide everything… no accountability… also hide oneself… why not have live tv q&a with the citizens ???

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  • Apply If You Qualify:

    The world will be in a very chaotic situation and Singapore survival is at stake. Therefore we will need a New Leader to guide us out of the chaos.

    You must be a cool and dynamic person with very high EQ and has the ability to think and anticipate problems and most importantly have the ability to know when to shut or open your mouth when necessary. You must be able to get along and play along with the other world leaders and guide our country to a advantageous position.

    High IQ is not necessarily good. Please apply if you think you can do the job to save our country. VERY URGENT

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    Bottom line: Singapore needs REGIME CHANGE.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    2018 is getting to be a world of turmoil yet LHL’s NDP speech speaks of more goodies for the Merdeka Generation (a continuation of the PAP’s vote buying practice during pre-GE2015 with the Pioneer Generation goodies). It either shows LHL’s denial of world events or simply that he’s got a bankrupt mind (No idea)!
    S’pore’s present-day Economic Strategy of being a Corporate Tax haven & a wealth management centre are unraveling! Trade & financial flows under Globalisation are dying with the spectre of Trade Wars initiated through US President Trump’s agenda. The US controls the Global Monetary Policy through the US$ which is the world’s reserve currency. A reversal is taking place as we write. Emerging markets like Turkey, Argentina, South Africa & closer to home, Indonesia were all facing their own falling currency turmoil due to prospect of market contagion & monies flowing back to the US as a safe haven. As capital heads home to the US, the US$ liquidity tide recedes exposing whose been swimming naked. Alas, economies that are indebted to foreign capital inflows & have a high debt-to-GDP ratios are at risk. And S’pore has a high debt-to-GDP ratio & our banking system is full of foreign wealth funds which were converted into S’pore’s Property Bubble.
    S’pore’s already high cost of living & PAP’s incessant cost-push inflationary measures (water rates, electricity prices, GST up 2%, etc) are destined to contract the economy & reduce economic activities. Already Trump tax reforms in 2017 are starting a slow reshoring of MNCs back to US territory. And the recent renegotiation of US-Mexico bilateral trade agreement (post-NAFTA) will realign manufacturing & economic opportunities from Asia back to Central America.
    PAP’s long-term population growth policies are nonsensical when such economic shifts are taking place at breakneck speeds. With 5 or 6 years running as the world’s most expensive cost of living economy, S’pore can only attract 3rd world economic refugees willing to work for repressed wages. Yet the population explosion create fiscal pressures on Infrastructural Spending to accommodate the numbers. This on top of the already high debt-to-GDP ratios that create the GDP Growth mirage from the last decade (since the casino projects).
    The saddest thing is that very few voters are aware of the financial contagion that awaits them. Many are still investing in S’pore properties unaware that it’s a deathtrap!

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    “The challenge of the future is to catalyse a new pioneering spirit, unafraid to stare problems in the face creatively among the new younger generations so that they have the gumption to go beyond the hard truths of LKY’s vision of human limitations in a much changed world.”

    It is easy to have a “pioneering spirit” and be “unafraid to stare problems” for LHL and PAP Ministers (and senior civil servants) when they have million $ salary, millions more in the bank, and millions $, fully-paid, freehold landed property. On the other hand, most Singaporeans only have stagnant wages (or no job), over-priced and depreciating HDB flat and depleted CPF accounts.

    LKY’s hard truth of human limitation is self-serving crap. With is “pick-the-winner” scheme he deprived most Singaporeans of a good education by limiting the number of each cohort that can go to local universities.

    The REAL challenge for Singaporeans is to have the courage to vote for REGIME CHANGE. PAP is a spent force. It is time for change. It is time to make Singapore a REAL democracy with openness and transparency and REAL accountability.

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  • DOOOM:

    I dreamed about lky last night, 2nd time since 2011 election.

    Lky was singing rock n roll, just like elvis….

    King of Hades must be amused….

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