We live in an age that has lost her trust on leadership

Called goshi-won, such cramped living quarters in South Korea are increasingly becoming permanent homes to young people from low-income families who call themselves "dirt spoons"

In the recent article entitled “Moon feels the heat from the dirt spoons sinking without hope”, President Moon conceded that he had fallen short on promises he had made to the people of South Korea about “equal opportunity, a level of playing field and justice.”

The disillusionment of the majority here struggling with dirt spoons are best captured in the lamentation of a 25-year-old living in his small and cluttered room. He said: “If I try hard enough and get a good job, will I ever be able to afford a house. Will I ever be able to narrow the gap that’s already so big?”The dirt spoons (as opposed to the silver or gold spoons) are those who are “born to low-income families who have all but given up on social mobility.”

This gap was widened even further by the advantages and privileges those with golden spoons in their mouth are enjoying. And this became more glaring and in-your-face when Korea’s former justice minister Cho Kuk and his college professor wife “were accused of using their position me to help their daughter gain admission to medical school in 2015.”

Serving only one month, Cho stepped down and his wife is currently facing trial on charges of forgery and financial fraud. Well, I hope the irony doesn’t escape you. One represents justice and the other higher education.

Alas, I believe this “fallen short” (or unbridgeable gap) is the backlash that narcissistic demagogues like Trump and Boris are surfing grandly on to take them to Capitol Hill and 10 Downing Street.

And for me, their arrival at the coveted seat of power and control does not represent the triumph of our time, but its lowest point. Kim, 26, who lives in a goshi-won cubicle said: “I can’t complain that we have different starting lines. But it makes me angry that there are people who are getting help improperly.”

As a background, Kim “works as a part-time waiter at a bar near his school and gets by on 400,000 won a month for rent, food and allowance. Most meals are “cup rice” – menial fare of rice and basic toppings of eggs, half an onion and sauce – that he prepares in the shared kitchen.”

We must not forget that every age cries out for a leader with vision and character to lead them out of a place of desperation and hopelessness. The lsraelites had their King David, the people of South Africa under apartheid had Nelson Mandela, and the African Americans had Martin Luther King.

Who do we have today? Well, we have leaders like Trump, Erdoğan, Boris and Putin. We have leaders who think the world of themselves. Leaders who use power as a means to their own ends, mainly, self-preservation. Leaders who assure their people that they will fight to bridge the gap but are themselves the cause of it. And leaders who hide behind religion to promote a cause that perverts the very foundational values the religion represents.

That I believe is the state of the world we are in. It is one where the gap is so wide that many are giving up hope on the promises that leaders are making. It is also a world that has lost its true north and is betting on anyone that comes along who possesses the form of godliness, but denying its power or not living up to its high calling and its self-sacrificing virtues.

We live in an age that has lost her trust on leadership, her hope on the promises they make, and her faith in the values they claim to represent.

 

Michael Han

 

 

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33 Responses to “We live in an age that has lost her trust on leadership”

  • pap INDIAN is malay president:

    we are not the 70% sheep poor.

    but we do not trust pap because it lies.

    how to trust when INSIDE 200m is not within 200m?

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  • So ..... .... ?:

    So …. Solution ?

    3rd world war ?

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  • oxygen:

    CHILE, THE RICHEST ECONOMY in South America is LIKE HONG KONG NOW, even worst. The income disparity between the haves (politics)and have-nots (peasants) are UNSUSTAINABLE.

    It is like a tall skyscrapers (read bubbles) built on a foundation of rotting wood (exploitation and scamming of the poor/weakest) instead of solid steel foundation.

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  • John Richards:

    Michael, like so many other haters you are wrong about Trump. His policies are helping the minorities and women. Nothing wrong in putting America first. It is what he campaigned on. He most certainly isn’t a rich man’s president.

    We need someone like Trump to overturn the apple cart in Singapore. We need someone who is bold enough to rethink the entire system. That includes the CPF, HDB, foreign immigrants, GLC and TLC dominated economy, red carpet treatment for scholars, general and admirals, transparency (including Ho Ching’s salary), 10M population, just to name a few.

    Michael, you may be happy with the current situation and the little tweaks, enhancements and a couple of hundred dollar top-ups to Medisave account. I think the system is broken and needs to be fixed urgently. Do you seriously think Heng is going to do anything?

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  • Dear Michael:

    You missed out someone.
    “Who do we have today? Well, we have leaders like LEE Hsien Loong, Trump, Erdoğan, Boris and Putin. We have leaders who think the world of themselves. ”
    PAP talks about equal opportunities and levelling up. Now we know some Singapore children cannot even get their PSLE certificate, not that they failed the exam, but because their parents didnt pay their school fees!

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  • Dont trust PAP:

    Politics is dirty the saying goes. Dont trust politicians.
    At least Moon admits his shortcoming. He is President for less than 1 term, solving deep set problems created in the past is not easy.
    Look at Singapore.
    PAP keep saying all the things they do are for the good of Singapore. It is in power for more than half a century!
    But they are creating new problems affecting Singaporeans.
    The ponzi scheme like population increase, import of immigrants with “good” genes, CPF and retirement fund retention, ever rising properties prices (sorry, only for private properties, not for zero-upon-lease expiry HDB flats), rising inflation, forever rising GST, training and retraining for lower paying job (except for PAP ministers and civil servants)

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  • the success of neoliberalism:

    well the success and illusion of neoliberalism ? from so-called hard life (poor ?) under agricultural / farming and country side living – however in a bigger area and space – chasing good jobs in city life (economic well beings) and chic and cleaner city housing – then slowly from big housing unit to smaller unit and then to cage-size unit (& a big chunk of your live saving going into just a roof over your head) – hence a wealth transfer from individuals to developer businesses / garment ?

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  • position of jartist ministar:

    //And this became more glaring and in-your-face when Korea’s former justice minister Cho Kuk and his college professor wife “were accused of using their position me to help their daughter gain admission to medical school in 2015.”//

    lousy system lar, that is why ‘using such powerful esteem position of jartist ministar’ can still get caught and may get penalized over in KOLEAR ?

    should learn from white idiots, where 4 = 5 and selected = elected is the order of the day, many offsrings of the white idiotic ones work hard to get good grades and can get scholarship and overeseas studies lar ?

    and also don’t need use position, high salary (ownself-declare-ownself talented deserving high salaries) is more & good enough to pay for expensive education for their off springs (don’t need to miss paying on primary school fees at all) in better overseas unis and come back as another cohort of talents ?

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  • RDB:

    Dear Michael Han,
    You are talking about dictatorship. It knows no boundaries to dominate and dictate. It is evil at it’s worse. If you do believe in creation, then have faith that there WILL BE A JUDGEMENT DAY. Only the Christian Bible talks abut it.Nothing is wishy-washy. May God Bless you through Jesus Christ who came to save our souls by His Crucifixion on His Holy Cross at Calvary. Amen

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  • Flabbergasted:

    and… those who shamelessly pay themselves millions from public coffers but unwilling even to pay a minimum wage to menial workers.

    Rubbing salt into gangrened wounds, won’t even release exam results because the subject students’ fees were not up to date due to sheer poverty.

    They can’t even spare S$156/- to lift an innocent child to less than level playing field.

    How humanity has deteriorated?

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  • Slimy Surrogate Singapore:

    Pseudo first-world Sinchiapor Inc.: The Betrayal of the Republic of Singapore, Jewel of third-world arising.

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  • Art of Deception:

    Baby Boomers worked very hard to achieve what they have today. What does Millennial and Gen Z done? Are they prepared to suffer the same as their forebears who had “blood, sweat and tears” to achieve it. Or spent time with latest smart phones and on-line E-commerce and Internet related business AND start protests/riots on the streets when REALITY hits them hard?

    Just admit that this is the easy generation enjoying the fruits of their ancestors and coveting what don’t belong to them. They don’t even walk a mile in their ancestors’ shoes. They need to use PMD. Can’t even go to hawker centres to buy their own food. Need Grab to deliver to their doorsteps.

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  • Like PH,:

    Like PH, moon promises too much. End up cannot deliver so divert attention by having rows with Japan.
    Japan retaliate then blame Japan.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    John Richards:
    Michael, like so many other haters you are wrong about Trump. His policies are helping the minorities and women. Nothing wrong in putting America first. It is what he campaigned on. He most certainly isn’t a rich man’s president.

    We need someone like Trump to overturn the apple cart in Singapore. We need someone who is bold enough to rethink the entire system. That includes the CPF, HDB, foreign immigrants, GLC and TLC dominated economy, red carpet treatment for scholars, general and admirals, transparency (including Ho Ching’s salary), 10M population, just to name a few.

    Michael, you may be happy with the current situation and the little tweaks, enhancements and a couple of hundred dollar top-ups to Medisave account. I think the system is broken and needs to be fixed urgently. Do you seriously think Heng is going to do anything?

    Bro, when ” Fake News ” like the ONES we are subject to daily you cannot Blame them…CONditioned mind are followers not FREE “to think” for themselves shackled and fearful of the TRUTH…Living off the Lies of Illusions created…

    The Idiotic PM returning from a “free” trip claim like all FAKE news in the USA that Trumps’Economy and govt are failing when the Stocks are Record High and unemployment is Record Low…

    That is a world that silly sheep LIVE in through the EVIL of a man who Con them better known Lie Con You

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  • expensive fanciful buildings:

    //Just admit that this is the easy generation enjoying the fruits of their ancestors and coveting what don’t belong to them. They don’t even walk a mile in their ancestors’ shoes//

    really or not ? ancestors or older generations worked hard but at least they were in an era that they could work and at the time grow together with sinkie land nation where housing units could easily be paid of within 10 years or lesser and everyone including manual labourers have been paid decently in the past ?

    so did the older generations (guided by the white monkey idiots) pass on a better sinkie land place (better future) to the current generations or a lot of expensive fanciful buildings under a worst 151th environment and also a lot of competition deliberately brought in by the white monkey idiots via open-leg policy ? and a basic roof over the head now may cost them a bomb relative to the kind of job offering (& earnings) where many may not be able to afford of owing a home (opps leasing for 99 years) or even start a family ?

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  • Like Americans we also....:

    “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits…. I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

    - President Thomas Jefferson

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  • Sinful nation:

    What do you see when the book of revelation opens?
    Change is coming. Change is disruptive and comes at a time of great sorrow and upheavals.
    The master of the house(the image we should have been but not)) had come and left his foot print or blue print. He went into the house, which origin was of “the seed/genesis of seduction” and exposed the core of corruption by condemning it.

    You are the children of that temple. A HOUSE of thieves. It walls are restrictive and deprive of light and truth.

    Mat 24:1-2 KJV 1 And Jesus went OUT, and DEPARTED from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

    He left the buildings because it was not made after him, who is THE temple.

    And it is this gospel which must be preached to ALL nations( mat 24) and there shall be no exception, for peace on earth.

    Destruction of cities shall befall those who lay claim to “the temple” in the name of sovereignty( opposing the sovereign one) because in so doing you reap destruction and wars(violate the spirit of peace).

    Mar 3:28-29 KJV 28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men(governments of men), and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation(assured destruction):

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  • Art Of Deception:

    John Richards:
    Michael, like so many other haters you are wrong about Trump. His policies are helping the minorities and women. Nothing wrong in putting America first. It is what he campaigned on. He most certainly isn’t a rich man’s president.

    We need someone like Trump to overturn the apple cart in Singapore. We need someone who is bold enough to rethink the entire system. That includes the CPF, HDB, foreign immigrants, GLC and TLC dominated economy, red carpet treatment for scholars, general and admirals, transparency (including Ho Ching’s salary), 10M population, just to name a few.

    Michael, you may be happy with the current situation and the little tweaks, enhancements and a couple of hundred dollar top-ups to Medisave account. I think the system is broken and needs to be fixed urgently. Do you seriously think Heng is going to do anything?

    You know why US can’t afford to be like Uncle Sam as before? MONEY. MONEY. MONEY. American prosperity is ending. The West had it so good for too long. It is about time for change.

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  • Art of Deception:

    expensive fanciful buildings:
    //Just admit that this is the easy generation enjoying the fruits of their ancestors and coveting what don’t belong to them. They don’t even walk a mile in their ancestors’ shoes//

    really or not ? ancestors or older generations worked hard but at least they were in an era that they could work and at the time grow together with sinkie land nation where housing units could easily be paid of within 10 years or lesser and everyone including manual labourers have been paid decently in the past ?

    so did the older generations (guided by the white monkey idiots) pass on a better sinkie land place (better future) to the current generations or a lot of expensive fanciful buildings under a worst 151th environment and also a lot of competition deliberately brought in by the white monkey idiots via open-leg policy ? and a basic roof over the head now may cost them a bomb relative to the kind of job offering (& earnings) where many may not be able to afford of owing a home (opps leasing for 99 years) or even start a family ?

    Yalor, go on KPKB here. See whether your life improved. VTO lor, see whether your life improved. one thing for sure. Don’t give all yours excuses/blames to be a ‘justified’ parasite to your parents.

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  • TruBlu:

    Sure we can TRU$T the PAP..to $crew you deeper n deeper till YOU DROP DEAD from *gang-rape*?!

    Who says we cannot tru$t them?

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  • Art Of Deception:

    patriot of TUMASIK: Bro, when ” Fake News ” like the ONES we are subject to daily you cannot Blame them…CONditioned mind are followers not FREE “to think” for themselves shackled and fearful of the TRUTH…Living off the Lies of Illusions created…

    Aren’t you a Singaporean also?

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  • Art Of Deception:

    John Richards: Michael, like so many other haters you are wrong about Trump. His policies are helping the minorities and women. Nothing wrong in putting America first. It is what he campaigned on. He most certainly isn’t a rich man’s president.

    This world would be a better place. Hope, the same goes for your present neighborhood that you lived in. Fair comment?

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  • Art of Deception:

    Sinful nation:
    What do you see when the book of revelation opens?
    Change is coming. Change is disruptive and comes at a time of great sorrow and upheavals.
    The master of the house(the image we should have been but not)) had come and left his foot print or blue print. He went into the house, which origin was of “the seed/genesis of seduction” and exposed the core of corruption by condemning it.

    You are the children of that temple. A HOUSE of thieves. It walls are restrictive and deprive of light and truth.

    Mat 24:1-2 KJV 1 And Jesus went OUT, and DEPARTED from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

    He left the buildings because it was not made after him, who is THE temple.

    And it is this gospel which must be preached to ALL nations( mat 24) and there shall be no exception, for peace on earth.

    Destruction of cities shall befall those who lay claim to “the temple” in the name of sovereignty( opposing the sovereign one) because in so doing you reap destruction and wars(violate the spirit of peace).

    Mar 3:28-29 KJV 28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men(governments of men), and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation(assured destruction):

    One thing I can tell you, bro. Singapore will still be blessed until the day 377A is repealed.

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  • For Mike & Good Co.:

    The Selfishness of Si Gu Kia Syndrome vs The Trustworthy Economic Worldview

    https://youtu.be/th3KE_H27bs

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  • lot of parasites:

    //Yalor, go on KPKB here. See whether your life improved. VTO lor, see whether your life improved. one thing for sure. Don’t give all yours excuses/blames to be a ‘justified’ parasite to your parents.//

    Yalor ?

    just becos white idiots wayang, if don’t kphb, can improve meh (if no signal all at being sent to the white monkey idiots) meh ?

    vto is just to stop the ‘rot’ from getting worst lar, not that you can fully eliminate the ‘rot’ lar (once ‘cancerous’ or ‘rotten’, you may not be able to cure lar) ?

    6.9m or 10m open leg policy, ‘excuses / blames” meh ? don’t worry lar, kpkb will not create parasite at all because everyone needs (coming to the crunch) to put their fair share of hard work to survive lar ? does trying hard to find work and not being parasites = getting jobs ? and if so, why there is an unemployment rate ? Heard that a cosmetics chain (called SAR SAR) is leaving sinkie land after many years hor, now what happened hor ?

    but if social conditions are rotten, automatically you will see a lot of parasites lar ? by the way, are the white idiots also promoting ‘parasites’ then by giving assistance to those in need of help ?

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  • Mr KiaSu will CHEAT:

    I DO NOT TRUST CECA Heng!

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  • Mr KiaSu will CHEAT:

    I also
    Do NOT TRUST Swiss standard You
    And
    Do NOT TRUST FLAT PRICE NO DEPRECIATE OLD DEAD MONKEY !

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  • Who can prove GDP ?:

    Trust is how a garment can control it’s people.

    Eg. Can garment be totally honest and reveal everything? Unlikely. So if need not be honest, how low can it go?

    So far I cannot find anyone , any economist who can prove any GDP.

    Until I can find one, I would insist the GDP is a Claim and it’s not proven.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Art Of Deception: This world would be a better place. Hope, the same goes for your present neighborhood that you lived in. Fair comment?

    AoD…you are a long way from the Master Lie Con You in fact you are way back to his idiotic son

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  • also 'ban' GGRRAADD FOOT:

    //They don’t even walk a mile in their ancestors’ shoes. They need to use PMD.//

    aiyoh ? last time got only shoes and no PMD lar ? last time, ancestors took ships as their travelling mode lar and not budget airplanes ? I also believe our own white idiots swam or walk to overseas for meetings lar ? i also believe the white idiots and gang use pigeons to communicate with overseas contacts instead of smart phone or modern communication devices ? Do you drive a car, many “lazy adults” (i think it includes many white idiots & gang) also drive and not use PMD or walk as a form of exercise ?

    //Can’t even go to hawker centres to buy their own food. Need Grab to deliver to their doorsteps.//

    you mean all higher white idiots + gang will set good example by buying their own food or they need 1 car for each family member and a platoon of helpers ? else why need to draw multi-millions pay package ? what’s good for the goose is good for the gander lar ? why not ask the white monkey idiots to also ‘ban’ GGRRAADD FOOT or they have some investment in it ?

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  • oxygen:

    WHERE THERE IS MONEY INVOLVED,the calculus is different, NEVER TRUST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS until consistently proven otherwise.

    Like politics, who cheats and gets away with it WINS THE DAY.

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  • Art of Deception:

    John Richards: Michael, like so many other haters you are wrong about Trump. His policies are helping the minorities and women. Nothing wrong in putting America first. It is what he campaigned on. He most certainly isn’t a rich man’s president.

    Art Of Deception: This world would be a better place. Hope, the same goes for your present neighborhood that you lived in. Fair comment?

    patriot of TUMASIK: AoD…you are a long way from the Master Lie Con You in fact you are way back to his idiotic son

    John Richards is advocating selfishness, you agree with him?

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  • Art of Deception:

    @ patriot of TUMASIK

    patriot of TUMASIK: AoD…you are a long way from the Master Lie Con You in fact you are way back to his idiotic son

    ‘Deception’ doesn’t rhythm but yours does: Patriotic, Idiotic, Hypocrite?
    How appropriate!

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