The Circuit Breaker

There should really be adulations for the so-called magnificent efforts of PM Lee Hsien Loong and his cohort of mercenary ministers in introducing draconian measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus but instead they invoked extensive flaks from many Singaporeans for their so-called flaws in the presentation which was incredible and distressing. Why call the measures a circuit Breaker when they have all the makings of a Dorscon Red is beyond imagination. Does the word circuit breaker lightens the severity of the crisis? Does the government think that this will distract the discerning Singaporeans from the severity of the crisis?

Another flaw is that the government has acted too slow and too late. The people think that these measures should have been introduced much earlier when the situation was not so life threatening. This shows that PM Lee and his minister are not so competent, if not mediocre, when they pay themselves so astronomically from taxpayers’ money and perform so mediocally. It is a irony that they are voted in in every general election by seventy per cent of the electorate who fear that they would lose their livelihood if they did not do so. Another pertinent point is the lack of political talents among the Opposition to form an alternative government and is dogged by serious disunity.

Whether the measures introduced by the government will be able to contain the spread of the coronavirus is left to be seen because of the lateness of the introduction of the measures. But anyway I think it was an act of God that the government finally became awaked from their slumber to seriously consider measures to combat the spread the virus which has reached a state of acute calamity. It will not be too late to rename the code to Dorscon Red as this will really impress on the people the severity of the crisis.

I think Singaporeans will watch the situation with unabated anguish and will only be able to breath a sigh of relief when the situation is under effective control, if not completely resolved.

May God bless all of you.

 

Yoong Siew Wah

* The author was the director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department from 1971 to 1974. Before that, he was the director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). Mr Yoong is now retired and blogs at Singapore Recalcitrant.

 

 

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23 Responses to “The Circuit Breaker”

  • N.Jungne:

    The Real circuit breaker is VTO, without the PAP.

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  • A Nation Of Dafts:

    With spineless daft peasants come stupid greedy leaders.
    This is no surprise.
    Any action or no action is greatly worshipped and parroted.

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  • Stay at home:

    Just hope the new measures will help to reduce the spread.
    All must do our part.Stay home if possible.
    Wear mask when outside.Better still wear Surgical masks instead of reusable one.Should be more effective.

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  • Do your job properly:

    This Muddle-headed T.ass Force is a washout.

    With many members, they appear wishy washy, dishing out piecemeal solutions by trial and error.

    When the situation turns more dire, emperor without clothes pops out to add more saliva.

    This time, we are using an appliance called circuit breaker.

    What happens if CB still doesn’t work, next is to use juice grinder….

    Disappointing

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  • Anyone ?:

    What are the so call essential services that will still be active and operational for the month ?

    Example ,

    Will Daiso be open ?

    Will H&M be open ?

    Will insurance agent siam when u need to make claims ?

    Will private hire driver or taxi still active ?

    Will property agents still active ?

    Will library be open ?

    Will people renting the red box outside shops still operational ?

    Can food still be delivered ?

    Will little India be so quiet where little people moving around or will we still see crowds ?

    Many many questions ?

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  • Boh Kia See:

    Hi,

    What the PAP is doing is to lull the citizens into thinking that there are more tools in their toolbox,that they can still utilised. If they were to go to Dorscon Red, it means things are so bad the PAP has lost control of the situation and no longer has any new weapons to deal with the crises.

    The latest measures were all repeatedly stated by opposition parties advising the million$ Ministers what they should be doing. But when you think you are “the best” because of your pay, you also think you know more and not accept the advice of others, given for free.

    In the meantime, the election “bribery” has begun in earnest. But this time it has a different name–Resilient Package. There will be more to come under different names.

    Put remember, the PAP never gives money for free..they will collect it back with interest at a later date. That is the PAP.

    So remember when you get the warm fuzzies when they give you cash, they will call the GE then to capitalise on it. It shows their attitude towards citizens.

    Remember to VTO!! the PAP when the time comes.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Mr Yoong you should KNOW leh!!!…

    Nationalists & Patriots are called Communists

    and

    Patriots and Community workers are called Marxists

    but

    I agree that the Chief Idiot coming to his senses eventually took Drastic Actions amounting to code RED and a LockDown with some Leeway to save the Leesser Idiots stoopid faces…hence the word Circuit Breaker to attend to a Blackout…

    Enjoy your new-found faith in the Lord Jesus and Reveal the “TRUTH” posthumously by writing what you KNOW of the Evils of Lie Con You and get it PRINTED after you go home to the Mansions in the Sky

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Mr Yoong you should KNOW leh!!!…

    Nationalists & Patriots are called Communists

    and

    Patriots and Community workers are called Marxists

    but

    I agree that the Chief Idiot coming to his senses eventually took Drastic Actions amounting to code RED and a LockDown with some Leeway to save the Leesser Idiots stoopid faces…hence the word Circuit Breaker to attend to a Blackout…

    Enjoy your new-found faith in the Lord Jesus and Reveal the “TRUTH” posthumously by writing what you KNOW of the Evils of Lie Con You and get it PRINTED after you go home to the Mansions in the Sky

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    Mr Yoong you should KNOW leh!!!…

    Nationalists & Patriots are called Communists

    and

    Patriots and Community workers are called Marxists

    but

    I agree that the Chief Idiot coming to his senses eventually took Drastic Actions amounting to code RED and a LockDown with some Leeway to save the Leesser Idiots stoopid faces…hence the word Circuit Breaker to attend to a Blackout…

    Enjoy your new-found faith in the Lord Jesus and Reveal the “TRUTH” posthumously by writing what you KNOW of the Evils of Lie Con You and get it PRINTED after you go home to the Mansions in the Sky

    I am sure there are many who will finance the Printing and the proceeds go to the Families who suffered under an evil man

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  • You didn't hear it from me....:

    His satorial choice of neck-tie color should send signals to the sheeple….sneaky Gross Domestic Product.

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  • learn from taiwan:

    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/04/asia/taiwan-coronavirus-response-who-intl-hnk/index.html

    We can learn from Taiwan.Seem they are able to control the virus situation quite well.

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  • Conned Care:

    CONVID-19 is real serious and yet the government is taking the whole country on an experimentation journey. They know Singaporean are real idiots and started off this experiment with “no mask is needed when well”, gradual border shutdown etc . With the DORSCON level at Orange, they decided to come out with this amusing “Circuit Breaker” model. If this breaker do not work, I am sure they will come out with “Bond Breaker” model. When will all this nonsense finished.? Hope they make the fatal mistake of calling GE 2020 early and we VTO. The people are getting fed-up of being use as guinea pig

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  • Has CB start working?:

    Shit times reported big queues at mall.

    Ah chan, do something la. Otherwise CB no use at all.

    Come out and give them some favourite words, xia suay and idiots. They are adding to the risk of spreading.

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  • ganeshsk:

    Yoong Siew Wah

    It is the true measure of a man , not in times comfort and convenience but in times of challenge and controversy.- Martin- Luther King.

    “Another pertinent point is the lack of political talents among the Opposition to form an alternative government.” You are wrong Here

    You cannot fight on on a unfair playing field. But the one GRC was taken from that unfair playing filed in 2010 . That is Opposition talent and Your good old friend LKY faded away.

    Covid 19 is a test teh PAP just failed be cause the basked in lime light of carefree convenience.

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  • Over to You:

    This is a prelude to a General’s Erection!

    Mark my words, an Erections! Erections Dept will go out and make it into law that rallies are limited to 250 and powers given to Police to give you the rally licence with clearly marked ‘ no friend practice’ or called social distancing

    Pappies sure win because the msm is under their control……..erections broadcast will be limited to number of candidates for time slot!

    Oppo tough time!

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  • Police CLOSE DOWN:

    The Bible says Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

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  • opposition dude:

    Good to know that Mr Yoong also has the impression of PAP acting way too late. It won’t be called Dorscon Red since PAP would rather not lose face officially but would do so unofficially. Circuit Breaker is the new buzzword and expect to see memes and parody videos on your Facebook soon enough.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    All banks in Singapore (foreign and local) should so their part in helping Singaporeans. They should waive (not defer) interest on loans to individuals and local businesses during the pandemic crisis. They can claim the loss as expenses when pay their taxes.

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  • VTO:

    “Circuit Breaker”? How inappropriate silly nonsense used by PAP at a time like this. Are they thinking is still funny? I’ve never said this but I’ll say it once, VTO.

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  • PAPi failed:

    The waves of the latent infection effect are coming, all attributable to PAPi ill and brainless advice and till date refused to apologize and quickly enforce the wearing of masks.

    And all the circuit breaker meaningless buzzwords nonsense. Is not about threshold, is about trying to be special and failed causing extreme sufferings and hardships upon all of us.

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  • LHL is confusing Singaporean:

    A “circuit breaker” term is confused for many people. RED is the best, but the government is confused about the best colour and so worrying about creating a chaotic so just throw in a technical term which confuses people about the situation. We need a government with a clear mind to tell us actually what is happens and not get us in the dilemma of teh situation. We need an intelligence government to provide the necessary guidance, and not just today do tomorrow do that. Please be mindful of the term used.

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  • Nk:

    Never install require fixture eg(any circuits) is 100per cent contractor’s fault.

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  • Nk:

    Signing of assistance and collection of mask are dry run for voters.

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  • Tan Kin Lian April 9 dateline:

    PAP better have the word “Circuit-Breaker” patented.
    Trump might want to use it given the dire situation in USA.

    Also patent “KNNBCCB” in case Trump also want to use it on those daft Americans in future.

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