Focus on the positive

I was having breakfast with a friend at a hotel in Jakarta.

He saw another friend at another table and invited him to sit next to us. He introduce me to his friend. He said – This is Mr. Tan Kin Lian from Singapore. If you look at Wikipedia, you will see that he contested the presidential election.

My friend was not bothered that I did not win the election. He was also not bothered that I had a low vote. What mattered to him was that I was qualified to contest the election and I did contested it. It was all that mattered.

On another occasion, I was invited to a company function in Indonesian. The host introduced me to that large gathering, comprising of a few hundred guests in the same manner.

There were a few other similar incidences in the past years.

I get the impression that these friends focused on the positive aspect, and not on the negative aspect.

I wish the people of Singapore would also adopt a positive approach. It marks our character. It is how people can work together and friendship can develop.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

 

 

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24 Responses to “Focus on the positive”

  • TKL naive:

    A fish and the bait.

    TKL is so naive and should migrate there. Don’t need to slam Singaporean negatively.

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  • Darth Vader:

    Okay tkl, let’s focus on the positives. We’re positively happy that you, who had taken votes away from TCB, did NOT become president. We’re also positively happy that EVERYONE other than gms, pap and opposition alike is ignoring ALL your stupid “suggestions” that you keep spewing here. And we’re all positively over the moon with joy knowing that both you and your good buddy gms will NEVER be elected into public office since both of you talk nonsense all the time

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    What are you trying to IMPLY Tan ahhhh??? you lost miserably and was a SPOILER during the PE…your ego is really OVER the TOP leh!!!

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  • my $8 heart bypass:

    You caused TCB to lose to the PAPIGS when you entered the PE and split the votes.
    And you are so proud of what an idiotic act you have done.

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  • A close friend and former senior civil servant once told me:

    If you made a mistake, just accept the consequences and admit it. Learn from it and move on.

    Don’t bother to find excuses to wriggle your way out of a situation you handled badly because that would make you a hypocrite and others are unlikely to forgive or forget what you did.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “… I was qualified to contest the election and I did contested it.”

    @Mr. Tan; yes, you are qualified to contest the election, that’s was you were qualified according to the rule, good for you. But were you suitable, according to the voters?

    Just like the rule said only reserved for a Malay President, but an Indian was selected, she was unwanted because she is not a Malay!

    Our positive approach was you spoiled the chance of a better candidate!! You did not had the positive approach of withdrawing your candidacy then!

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  • Harder Truths:

    So you want only positive things said about you?

    Alright. I can do that.

    I am positive you are a loser.

    Is that ok?

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  • pap stroke heng:

    if not for your spoiling votes, Dr Tan CB would have been in istana fixing pap clown swee swee.

    ffff.

    haven’t you learned enough from your pap master lying mentor lky on importance of winning, which is everything?

    anyway. go write in Indonsia forums. TRE is for OPPO alliance to topple clown pap. not for vote spoilers to tell what to do. go ffff spider.

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  • Durian is from Malaysia:

    To be Positive in SG is not easy. So much stress and pressure.

    How negative are Singaporeans?

    Last time, TCB pap mp. Residents no fear seeing him.
    Now, he running for elections. Some see him not PAP scared. It’s the same kind of scared as when they saw JBJ.

    How to be positive when surrounded by negative forces who are ruled by fear and unquestioning and ignorant?

    From this article by TKL, we can see that even TKL himself is affected by negativity of Singaporeans. Kia Si. Kia Su. Kia ChengHu.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    Dear Mr Tan,
    Yes, agreed with you to focus on the positive.

    By paying Politicians, Ministers and civil servants sky high salaries and giving them privileges like 1 dollars parking, SG successfully keep out corruption and bribery.

    Yes, the positive outcome of high salary is near zero corruption.
    (Please support 9% GST so that we can give politicians pay rise)

    Here is the irrefutable facts.
    Malaysia Corruption #1. 2018: Look at Malaysia ex PM Najib wife Rosmah bag
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2147614/malaysias-former-first-lady-becomes-bag-lady-why-rosmah-mansors

    Taiwan Corruption #2. 2019: Look at Taiwan President Tsai security team smuggled duty free cigarettes.
    https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3750072
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN6DRcC3ESY

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

    Australia Corruption #3. – for the benefits of Ang Mo Tua Kee Oxygen
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_politicians_convicted_of_crimes

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  • oxygen:

    @ PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

    OI OI OI, RUBBER TAPPER FROM BOHLEHLAND, your desiccated coconut run out of thinking/memory juice?

    You so quickly forgotten about your usual fart of fiction of 1 ringgit rising rapidly to 3 sing $ full of bullshit?

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20: Yes, the positive outcome of high salary is near zero corruption.
    (Please support 9% GST so that we can give politicians pay rise)

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  • TruBlu:

    The PEOPLE OF SG are rather nice.
    Go SPEAK TO THE PAPple instead.
    Go check to see how GRASSLOOTERS abuse and rape the PAP SYSTEM to their advantage.
    Even CIVIL SERVANTS KOW-TOW to them

    Even police has got to do what grasslooters demand them to do?

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  • An Ostrich VS A Hawk:

    It’s ok to kid ourselves sometimes, but not everytime.

    Be careful of conmen that preach prosperity gospel.
    Con hee fatt choy preached that everyone should give money freely to him,
    so he (“everyone”) could live in abundance.
    This gift of the gab, the conman hee, is very powerful and alluring, as many fell for it.
    This talk about staying positive is only for parrots with very weak minds, who would rather avoid the issues than confronting the truths.
    This kind of sheep succumbs easily to the flowery lies of conhee fatt choys, who will claim dishonesty and outright scams as “cross border projects”.

    We have never heard anything really positive from the greedy dead old man, he was constantly preaching that sillypore should be on guard and be prudent, so that the country could stay afloat, paranoid about beating competition and adversity to survive, hoarding money for rainy days, punching above our weight.

    So who would you prefer, a greedy strong man who lectures constantly but delivers or a naive weak fool, say the right nice things but lost his deposit?

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  • Bapak:

    Did they tell you what they said after that kind intro? If not, let me tell you,…
    - wah lau, this guy was spoiler otherwise TCB would be President.

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  • oxygen:

    Why do dogs eat shite? I found this in Google. And the simple answer is this -

    Google :If you mean coprahagia, it’s because their owners allow them to and fail to correct this behavior….because theyre retarded

    https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20170524140724AA8v5zo&guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAABmv3F0iv_Qvg6HXKE_DESEh9d-ZqQUE3bgGpX9LS2pYbN8QYOfulQFU1_xk78AJwLWi33Vje9v0pRyBq_PlJphOD_cDvTOuPcavDZqFBlY9VSnoaewI2XO2QoJuc_8WSTMAGXgmP3_Ajfo9PYf4RK0bdPMrTfBvhSsvuJ5Ew_x

    So the fault and blame lie with the “owner”. Who is or was the “owner” of the retarded puppy?

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  • pap clown ends before 70:

    Bapak:
    Did they tell you what they said after that kind intro? If not, let me tell you,…
    - wah lau, this guy was spoiler otherwise TCB would be President.

    clap clap clap, bro.

    exactly our sentiments.

    only the emperor with no clothers, or the vote spoiler with no brains, hear only the good stuff the 1st half and conveniently forgets the 2nd half the important truthful half.

    let us repeat the 2nd half the important truthful half —

    wah lau, this guy tan kin lian was spoiler otherwise TCB would be President.

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  • oxygen:

    ON POSITIVISM, David Stockman, Budget Director- Reagan Administration told Wall Street insiders, ex-actor before elected to President, COULD NOT EVEN ADD UP TWO SETS OF NUMBER.

    He got elected, definitely not retarded puppy.

    Paul Keating, never got into any University (or maybe they shreded his application if he put one to attempt qualifier) also got elected PM and was praised by the World Bank as Australia’s best finance minister in history. After he left political office, he went on to teach public policy as a professor in the University of New South Wales.

    Paul Keating is definitely not a retarded puppy.

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  • SGs still sleeping, real idiot:

    @PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    Hey Pimp, please do not betray your ladies in your family.

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  • Partial truth?:

    @ Focus on the positive

    Theres a saying something like …

    A person who’s always positive thinking are either he’s in MLM or he’s nutcase.

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  • Left Handed Masturbator:

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:
    Dear Mr Tan,
    Yes, agreed with you to focus on the positive.

    By paying Politicians, Ministers and civil servants sky high salaries and giving them privileges like 1 dollars parking, SG successfully keep out corruption and bribery.

    Yes, the positive outcome of high salary is near zero corruption.
    (Please support 9% GST so that we can give politicians pay rise)

    Here is the irrefutable facts.
    Malaysia Corruption #1. 2018: Look at Malaysia ex PM Najib wife Rosmah bag
    https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2147614/malaysias-former-first-lady-becomes-bag-lady-why-rosmah-mansors

    Taiwan Corruption #2. 2019: Look at Taiwan President Tsai security team smuggled duty free cigarettes.
    https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3750072
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN6DRcC3ESY

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

    Australia Corruption #3. – for the benefits of Ang Mo Tua Kee Oxygen
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_politicians_convicted_of_crimes

    I DEBUNK you right now, even with my left hand on my Tommy.

    You are debunked :
    1. You cannot prove there is no corruption. There is a LACK OF TRANSPARENCY.

    HOW can you debunk me?

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  • @ Why do dogs eat shite?:

    子非鱼安知鱼之乐 ?

    Until one day we speak their language or they speak our language , we will never really know.

    Just as when i walk pass a big puppy , they like to sniff my crotch area. Always give me a sense of uneasiness and sometimes a good laugh.

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  • oxygen:

    @ PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

    YOU HAVE BEEN DEBUNKED by @ Left Handed Masturbator, what say you? If you can’t, just own up that you are just another retarded puppy owned by PAPpypolitics eating shite.

    Left Handed Masturbator: I DEBUNK you right now, even with my left hand on my Tommy.

    You are debunked :
    1. You cannot prove there is no corruption. There is a LACK OF TRANSPARENCY.

    HOW can you debunk me?

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  • Asd:

    Tan King Kong talking cock that is all he can do for sinkiepore with his vast knowledge of ntuc can food

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  • tan chinko:

    Tan kinlian think he can do alot more for people here. I think he is dreaming la

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