Are intangible ethos important or GDP numbers?

In a troubled world, few societies can devote themselves to such intangible ideals, much less act upon them. But here in Singapore, thanks to the heroic efforts of several generations, we can all realistically aspire to live by these values, and turn our vision into reality. –  Lee Hsien Loong

I am pondering over this statement by Hsien Loong in his latest new year message. He acknowledged that the effort and wisdom of several generations of Singaporeans have led us to what we are today. No doubt Singaporeans have come a long way to this state of affluence and hopefully this will continue to go the way of future Singaporeans. We are still having good times and living in prosperity, with some more prosperous and some less prosperous, and a few being left behind, fallen through the cracks. The latter is unavoidable but could be managed more carefully and could be avoided if there is a determined will to do so. We have the money and resources to do it. (I hope so).

How long would our good fortune last? With the influx of wildlife with different mentality and cultures, many inferior, being forced into our midst, would the new mix of Singaporeans be better off than before, to  toughen our will to succeed? Or will the high content of wildlife dilute and weaken the social fabric of Singaporeans and our social ethos? The idiots do not think so, the main reason why they are importing so many without any worries, just to boost up the GDP to justify for the million dollar salaries and high bonuses.

It is very difficult to build to what we have today, like how many families built their fortunes over generations. But it is so easy to destroy everything in one generation or by the irresponsible appearance of a prodigal son. Would Singapore be destroyed by one generation of stupidity of its leaders? We have yet to witness how Singapore would turn out in another few decades ahead and all everyone is saying is that what this govt is doing is good. Really?

The glory of an Empire would burn its last flame, the last flicker could be the brightest, before being snuffed out forever. No empires could see the making of their last days as bad, thinking they were doing their best and everything was right, and the empire would last forever in their good hands. The British Empire in Singapore could not believe that they would be overrun by the Japanese within a few days. The Americans could not believe that they are no longer the uncontested and unchallenged Number One Empire today and are furiously and desperately clinging to their glories for a few more years before being eclipsed for good.

Are we seeing the last few good years of Singapore before the curtain falls? When there are so many wrongs being ignored and even insisted as good, the days of reckoning are near. The moment of death is usually preceded by a few moments of life as if the dying has recovered. The American Empire is in this state of health under Trump, looking like it is great again but could be in its last gasp before the end.

Whither Singapore and Singaporeans?
 
 
 
Chua Chin Leng
 
*The author blogs at http://mysingaporenews.blogspot.com/

 

 

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22 Responses to “Are intangible ethos important or GDP numbers?”

  • NotMyProblem:

    I did not hear or read the PM speech, as I know very well it would only be all lie.

    I do not wish to feel good knowing it would end up with disappointment like all his other promises!!

    It is just talk and no action. I know because he doesn’t know HOW!

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  • Tom Lee:

    There is a huge difference between building on past achievements and squandering past accomplishments. One gives hope to the future, while the other causes a deep apprehension of the future.

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  • Please dont hard sell:

    Intangible ethos ?

    Can you share a few examples ?

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  • Fake Professorship:

    Dear Chua,
    As long as we continue to vote PAP, our lives will be better and better.

    Look at Malaysia, Dr M say he will remove GST but he just change the name to SST… hahahaha

    Many Malaysians were conned big time.

    Dear readers, do not be conned by opposition.

    Look, PM Dr M con Malaysians. He did not remove GST, he just rename it.

    Look, Taiwan President Tsai (蔡英文)enacted ISA to stop people from critizing her. You can sing praise of her but not critizie her.

    My evidence : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TmfV6wN6HI

    Look, Tsai (蔡英文)even fake her professorship and dare not show it when many asked her to show it.
    My evidence : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H61WJ7iCl6Y

    Opposition are all conman and you better not fall for their lies.

    Vote PAP and your lives will get better and better.

    PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2020
    PAP Huat, Huat, Huat ah

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    The suffering of Singaporeans since LHL became PM is indeed TANGIBLE (i.e., real). That is why Singaporeans should vote for REGIME CHANGE. VTO.

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  • Singapore OR Sinchiapor Inc.?:

    Long live the Emperor & Empress of Sinchiapor Empire of Crony-Capitalists!!!

    Nigeria and Singapore are among a group of governments that are fueling inequality, according to a newly released edition of the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index developed by Oxfam and Development Finance International.

    The overall ranking combines all three core pillars on which the index is based: social spending, progressive taxation policies and labour rights.

    Most committed countries:
    1 Denmark (Global Rank #1)
    2 Germany (Global Rank #2)
    3 Finland (Global Rank #3)
    4 Austria (Global Rank #4)
    5 Norway (Global Rank #5)
    6 Belgium (Global Rank #6)
    7 Sweden (Global Rank #7)
    8 France (Global Rank #8)
    9 Iceland (Global Rank #9)
    10 Luxembourg (Global Rank #10)

    Least committed countries:

    1 Nigeria (Global Rank #157)
    2 Uzbekistan (Global Rank #156)
    3 Haiti (Global Rank #155)
    4 Chad (Global Rank #154)
    5 Sierra Leone (Global Rank #153)
    6 Bhutan (Global Rank #152)
    7 Madagascar (Global Rank #151)
    8 Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Global Rank #150)
    9 SINGAPORE (GLOBAL RANK #149)
    10 Bangladesh (Global Rank #148)

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  • HoLeeWood wayang:

    Tommy Koh has lamented that sg is a 1st world country with 3rd world people. But why did he even need to complain? Is it not expected to be so when sg is now half filled with people from 3rd world countries?

    Our earlier generations leaders took a lot of effort and trouble to improve our lives and changed people’s mentality and habits. Sg and singaporeans were almost near to Swiss standard of living if not for a 败家子, a useless LEEder cum trait** who cares only about their G*d Damned Pay.

    Singapore will most certainly sink and be renamed as SINKapore one fateful day, why not?

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  • United OPPO sure win GE2020:

    NotMyProblem:
    I did not hear or read the PM speech, as I know very well it would only be all lie.

    I do not wish to feel good knowing it would end up with disappointment like all his other promises!!

    It is just talk and no action. I know because he doesn’t know HOW!

    neither did we listen nor watch. we cant stand his clown Lj face, all fake and if not for his papa appointing him probably private school maths tuition teacher also doubtful.

    btw we don’t watch pap tv nor read pap states times if clown face appear since blood boils each time see the clown Lj face.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    The STAGE is Bared and we the Patriots and Nationalists are Standing there with Emptiness all around…

    and…if Patriotism-Integrity & Honesty don’t come BACK…they can Bring the CURTAINS DOWN!!!

    How can an IDIOT talk about How we came about when he is the one to Empty the STAGE through his STOOPIDITY!!! even though his evil father was part…repeat!!! “PART”… NOT total in the Previous Play!!!

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  • Dammed Sian:

    Chua, what you say is nothing new and even make issues more confusing & ‘murkier’. Don’t re-bottle old wine if you’ve got nothing of insights to write.

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  • Bapak:

    Aside from Laos, none of the rest of the ASEAN countries are in the ‘top’ 10 list and we are just 8 points behind Nigeria. Surprisingly, North Korean is not on the list. Well done Sinkiess, you should be very proud of your master.

    Singapore OR Sinchiapor Inc.?:
    Long live the Emperor & Empress of Sinchiapor Empire of Crony-Capitalists!!!

    The overall ranking combines all three core pillars on which the index is based: social spending, progressive taxation policies and labour rights.

    Least committed countries:

    1 Nigeria (Global Rank #157)
    2 Uzbekistan (Global Rank #156)
    3 Haiti (Global Rank #155)
    4 Chad (Global Rank #154)
    5 Sierra Leone (Global Rank #153)
    6 Bhutan (Global Rank #152)
    7 Madagascar (Global Rank #151)
    8 Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Global Rank #150)
    9 SINGAPORE (GLOBAL RANK #149)
    10 Bangladesh (Global Rank #148)

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  • Harder Truths:

    A creep who puts children in prison and tortures them because he cannot stand to listen to any criticism is a failure, as a human being and a leeder.

    Make no mistake – the sins of the unfilial one will be paid for by the population who voted for him.

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  • Greed & Deception Proclivity:

    Anas bin Malik reported that the Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

    “If the offspring of Adam had a valley filled with gold, he would want to have two valleys full. And nothing will be sufficient for his mouth but the dust of the grave. Yet God Most Merciful will relent to whomsoever that repents to Him.”

    source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6075

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  • TruBlu:

    GDP PER CAPITA will be out-moded as a significant econ stat soon as it has lost its meaning due to UNEQUAL DISTRUBUTION OF INCOME/WEALTH of nations especially those like $IN CITY.

    ETHOS IS NOW SPELT WITH *$* as in etho$?

    Money is the govt’s major concern.
    Even aspiring PAPple want to know how much they could $queeze out of the $ystem!

    As for MORALS,they have long been flushed down the chutes!

    Btw,i am at PLQ MALL n i notice there are quite a few MILK TEA SHOPS doing good business.
    Maybe TH will start a MILK TEA CHAIN SOON N IT WILL BE NAMED HO JINX MILK-IS-MILK TEA?

    LIHO will have a run for its regulars then?

    Oh,my number is flashed for my CHICHA SAN CHEN milk tea…

    I am waiting to see how HO JINX MILK TEA taste like…

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  • Kick him out asap:

    What intangible ideals did this clown devote his time and work to improve? POFMA?

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  • Kick him out asap:

    HoLeeWood wayang:
    Tommy Koh has lamented that sg is a 1st world country with 3rd world people. But why did he even need to complain? Is it not expected to be so when sg is now half filled with people from 3rd world countries?
    ……………

    3rd world trash with such uncivilised mentalities coming in by the planeloads to live & work among us.
    I fear for our young ones!

    http://theindependent.sg/indian-tourists-harass-singapore-tour-bus-driver-for-refusing-to-overload-vehicle/

    https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2020/01/04/indian-software-engineer-tells-judge-kissing-girls-hands-part-of-his-culture/

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  • 69% mandated:

    69% mandated dont buy what you said.

    Plus you probably CCP insurgents

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  • Bad Boy:

    U mean like China ?

    西安一高中生办公室杀害5旬女教师后翻门逃离
    https://m.sohu.com/a/364717179_114988/?pvid=000115_3w_a

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  • SureDie:

    It is high treason – I mean high as in HIGH up there! No political nations will be spared. Take a good look at every city which build High Up(milking from real estate)…they all have many sinful things in common and many cities are burning, if not already at war or from within. Singapore is a VERY divided city(demonic equivalent because of the economy and self interests). In Sin, Probably 30% are hardcore PAP worshipper(means no conscience and crazy). 40% voted for PAP, many anti govt, have no other better choice but to serve self interests(pigs) and voted PAP(pigs who are abuser of wages and law). 30% hardcore ANTI GOVT.Everyone is caught up in the world of money making and for self survival will betray values anytime. Nobody gives a shit about each other( seriously , do you LOVE your neighbours – love is very hard and sacrificial). Absolutely NO – please and don’t lie. The greatest is love and you are on empty tank. Your political leaders and religious leaders are the worst in the department of love(all hypocrites and blatant liars) No one who has gotten rich, especially ridiculously rich, is without guile and wickedness. The richer you are, your hands are bloodiest. From rich businessman to the financiers/merchandisers/educators who lead societies(including Politicians and religious leaders), all are guilty of high treason or selling out souls for personal gain.
    In short, a huge ANTI GOVERNMENT build up ALL over the world, including Singapore. Wars and conflicts,betrayers, wickedness etc etc. as a result. Singapore is no exception to the build up of anti Govt sentiment. I shall stop here and you do the math. You think you will not be accounted for bloodshed in your hands ?(Part of global treason)
    You are a bloody blood sucking parasite of the highest order talking crap about intangible like bloody idiotic religious leaders talking about love!( no love means you go to hell)

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  • Mammon:

    ALL have Sin, fallen hell short. Ask the PAP people to sell all(sacrifice) and give to the poor and you know where their values lies.
    They will say, obey my laws and work(slave for them) or no bread on your table(your fault). Sound right, right? What wickedness of the rich.

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  • Failed Elites:

    That joker gave a speech? Better watch a cartoon.

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  • Dry Orgasm:

    Every evil man dies within expected human lifespans.

    Old evil bast**d died.
    Likewise, dishonorable will die too and he has more health issues than old man for the same age.

    The billions will not ever be spent or used by him. What he is earning will not be enjoyed.

    Who am I talking about? His name is c***b** longan

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