The Prime Minister who advocates care for fellow citizens but personally adopts the mantra of winning at all cost

Last week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong encouraged parents to nurture “intangible but essential values” in their children, so they show care and concern for classmates and fellow citizens.

He was quoted saying,

We must also understand the world around us, feel a sense of nationhood and community that we are one people, and have the resilience and determination to overcome adversity, defend ourselves, prosper and thrive in the world.

That depends not just on what knowledge you have picked up in school – language, science and mathematics, economics and history – but also the intangible but essential values – caring for your classmates and fellow citizens, being willing to contribute to the common good, taking pride in our country, and standing up for it.

The richness of the irony is clear to see, considering that he is continuing to sue fellow citizens and his family feud has taken yet another ugly turn.

While he preaches care for fellow citizens, the Prime Minister resolutely keeps to the mantra of winning ugly and winning at all cost. In fact, he previously talked about spending time thinking of how to “fix” the opposition and urged Singaporeans to “steal other people’s lunches.”

Not surprisingly, winning ugly has become the cornerstone of the ongoing Lee family feud, also known as Oxleygate.

The siblings, nephew and sister-in-law of the Prime Minister simply do not stand a chance. As alleged by Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling, even “organs of state” and a “secret” ministerial committee have been used against them because the idea is to win at all cost.

The family members can cry foul but PM Lee, as Singapore’s most powerful man, married to the country’s most powerful woman, holds all the cards.

He could easily vanquish all who stand in his way and emerge victorious in Oxleygate.

But at what cost?

What is the message he is sending to our children?

Why preach the importance of “intangible but essential values” but practise anything but that?

 

Augustine Low

* The author is a proud but concerned citizen. Voicing independent, unplugged opinion is his contribution to citizen engagement.

 

 

 

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19 Responses to “The Prime Minister who advocates care for fellow citizens but personally adopts the mantra of winning at all cost”

  • If we could turn back time:

    I long for those good ole days of the 60s, 70s, 80s..
    We had no money to spend on material luxuries but we were so much happier & carefree.
    Even a tv set or telephone was considered a luxury back then.
    We’ll never get them vack again but i feel fortunate to have experienced that life.

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  • opposition dude:

    “What is the message he is sending to our children?

    Why preach the importance of “intangible but essential values” but practise anything but that?”

    Because he is talking cock, to put it simply.

    After all didn’t his party also say that we own our HDB flats and that “holistic” measures are implemented in granting PR and letting in aliens?

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  • PC Ong:

    The message PM Lee send to the nation is: This is a Lee family affair. The public must not take sides. PM Lee and his siblings can take whatever action they wish against each other. This message applies to everyone with family problem. Nothing negative about it. With regards to sueing, PM Lee is treating everyone equally, regardless of if they are his family or not. If someone do wrong, they deserve to be sued. Fair.

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  • Calling A Deer A Horse:

    “官” talk with two mouths

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  • Bapak:

    Certainly, Pinky is the last person on this www to preach creating essential value to show care and concern for classmates and fellow citizens. Another piece of TKSS where his actions speak otherwise loudly.

    What the FUCK is happening to you Sinkies70? How can you support such a person?

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  • sued only in SG:

    considering that he is continuing to sue fellow citizens

    Why does he sue them as well as the oppositions in Singapore? Because he knows he will win?

    Why does he not sue them or anyone who makes even more ‘defamatory’ comments about him when they are outside the legal jurisdiction of Singapore?

    I recall him threatening the late NYT journalist William Safire that he will be sued he dared to come to Singapore.

    Is the fate and rice bowl of the judges at the mercy of the powers that be in Singapore?

    What happened to the fate of the judge who ruled in favor of JBJ?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    A useless Spineless piece of shit a mama’s boy and papa’s stooge passing off as a worthy successor who Could or Should be PM @35 had he NOT been papa’s son so says Papa now dead…

    No papa, no mama, there is ONE wearing the pants neither a She or a Him but a SHIM he can hide behind…That is the HardTruth not the BS’hard truth’ of papa!!!

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  • Singapore Fooled Again n Again:

    Totally agreed with you. Those time people around 55 yrs old are into retirement and families with a single person, usually the father working is enough to feed a whole family. See what is happening now? We have the most expensive government to feed and multiple expensive showcases and billions of SG $$$ invested in other countries all over the world leaving SG a hollow economy that need to inject 50,000 to 70,000 new citizens and PRs a year to prop up the stagnant economy

    If we could turn back time:
    I long for those good ole days of the 60s, 70s, 80s..
    We had no money to spend on material luxuries but we were so much happier & carefree.
    Even a tv set or telephone was considered a luxury back then.
    We’ll never get them vack again but i feel fortunate to have experienced that life.

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  • consensus by manipulation:

    this guy dont practice what he preach with his own family members. How to beleive him>

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  • Can't Even Care For Own Bro...:

    No kid us please!

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  • To Dishonorable Son:

    Please lead by example, not by talk or Wayang.

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  • Where's My CPF?:

    Swiss standard for you, hardships for me.
    You make us pay for everything and every mistake you have made.
    First is CPF, then is HDB.
    Your greed is boundless.
    You openly lied about HDB asset enhancement yet you stole my HDB. It’s land grabbing and asset enhancement for you only, then why made us paid for it?

    We are going to kick you out to get back our fair share for retirement.

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  • Gottosay:

    I honestly think the straw that broke the Camel back is when this clown decide to obsolete his father’s will.
    NO! we Singaporean’s will never accept this! All parents, whether dead or alive, will NOT accept this.
    By abusing his power using state organs to settle his private matters brings shame and embarassments to him, his family and his further generations.
    Already all these are recorded in the history books and when his future generation reads that LHL invalid his Father’s will, they will have to bear the shame he gave to them.
    I am very sure that all parents are against his move and I am very sure many, many of them will tell him in the next GE.

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  • President Lincoln's plea:

    “My son starts school today. It is all going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish you would treat him gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All adventures that probably include wars, tragedy and sorrow. To live this life will require faith, love and courage.

    So dear Teacher, will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know, teaching him – but gently, if you can, Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero, that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader.

    Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned is of far more value than a dollar found. In school, teacher, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win.

    Teach him to be gentle with people, tough with tough people. Steer him away from envy if you can and teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Teach him if you can – how to laugh when he is sad, teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success. Teach him to scoff at cynics.

    Teach him if you can the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder the extreme mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hill. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if every one tell him they are wrong.

    Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone else is doing it. Teach him to listen to every one, but teach him also to filter all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.

    Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind, in God.

    This is the order, teacher but see what best you can do. He is such a nice little boy and he is my son.”

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  • John Richards:

    Anything this useless PM says henceforth will smack of hypocrisy. Be it Asian values, family values, caring government, transparency etc. I have no clue who his advisors are but if he allows himself to be manipulated, his fast fading legacy will slip into oblivion.

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  • LIONS:

    Care for the people.
    PEOPLE as in People’s Action Party.
    He means PAPple!

    So,if you are not a Pig or Piglet,YOU DIE YOUR BUSINESS.

    He shall be condemned forever as the most useless PM sgs ever have.

    Why is he still hanging around?

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  • 敗家子:

    Not only to his famili but to the country. SIN painfully accumulated funds r not used for the welfare of her people for for self glorification by throwing it around like a family failure trying to buy his reputation which he knows not what!

    PAP leader entrapped within the v4 gang of traitors bred in the gorilla den , dream of trying to make an impression in international arena like their negative invester lazooed in by lau lee to help his mischosen famili failure but only belatedly awakened in his dying days, rather late to rid of the gorilla stenched fart worms getting increasingly apparent hostility to rid of his roots n stenched with the gorilla fart. Famili failure was glad with karma realized upon his first love.

    To build famili vendetta n to use the stupidity embedded in greed n dynasty wet dream upon the country n her people will usher in their nine generation destruction upon their wet dynasty dreams. Karma is awakened n rapidly appearing by the heavy stench from the evil of all evils gorilla. The next GE will see the plp of lau lee awakened n felt betrayed. Together with the incessantly persecuted those haters of gorilla foul stench will revive the island in the sun n restored the democracy adulterated by greed of pea brains.

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  • rukidding:

    A classic case of ” Chwee Kong,…Lan Par Song” !!!

    Only dafts and fools would be “taken in” !

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  • rukidding:

    Reflect the same upon our Indian /Malay “Milo” rep .

    Ha,ha, ha,…Do Good, do together ???

    ….we must “empower” the ????

    Simply ,…birds of same feather….flock and fcuk together !

    And people like PC Ong will happily “clean up” those “stains ,mess and used condoms” after those bunch of “people’s action” ?

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