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Shit Stirrer or Shit Cleaner?

Me, Myself anf I

One of the most important developments to happen to me was to become a regular feature on TREmeritus, one of our prominent socio-political websites. Along with the Online Citizen, TREmeritus forms what you’d call the backbone of Singapore’s alternative media or the place where the voices that the mainstream refuses to acknowledge go to vent.

The way it works is simple, I rant on my little blog that’s struggling to get a reader beyond me, myself and I and then TREmeritus picks it up the posting and my struggling rants get beautifully amplified, so much so that when someone told me that I was “known as a political writer,” I had problems comprehending the fact that I was known at all.

One of the greatest joys of having your work published in sites like TREmeritus is the fact that you’ll develop a “fan” base of sorts. I am referring to the group who will inevitably have something to say about whatever you’re ranting about and they’ll do their best to make their opinions known. As a rule of thumb, the majority of comments will probably be offensive and be said in the most offensive way possible. However, I enjoy reading the comments and I get a certain thrill in returning the favour and republishing the most offensive ones on my social media. My ego is inevitably stoked when I realise that I somehow provoked someone into a new level of being “interesting.”

One of my biggest fans is called “Tracy.” She inevitably makes it clear that she detests me to the core. Her hatred for me has reached the extent where it’s taken a curious sexual undertone and a part of me suspects that this is an ex-wife who hasn’t forgiven me for not treating a “normal” middle class life as a means to an end. I’ve had offers to be on the receiving end of a golden shower and been challenged to have thing done to me with her private bits. I just that if I were to take Tracy on her offer, that she’s presentable (I’m past the age of expecting “babes”) and washes down there.

Anyway, Tracy is the inspiration for this current posting because I noticed that in three of my last post, Tracy decided that I was a “shit-stirrer” who was always picking quarrels and that I should suffer a horrible fate for being a “shit-stirrer.” Tracy then proceeded to expose me as an ignoramus by telling me that whatever happened to “Zhang Zhan” should happen to me.

I got to confess that I ended up having to Google Zhang Zhan because I didn’t know who the heck she was and I realized that if Tracy’s dreams were ever to come true, it would be a good thing. Sure, I’d suffer a horrible fate but at least, my little life would have been of some value to the greater good – as in the type of good that more than makes up for whatever you didn’t do in terms of material achievement.

Zhang Zhan is probably what you’d call the “unsung” hero of Covid-19. She is the “citizen journalist” who exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to cover the full extent of Covid-19. For her efforts, Ms. Zhang was arrested and thrown into a gulag. However, thanks to her, the world got a much clearer picture of the virus and its effects. The story can be found at: [LINK]

While the comparison with Ms. Zhang was flattering, I am, unfortunately an insignificant speck on the scale of things. Ms. Zhang braved a brutal communist regime’s attempts to cover it’s shit so that people would be informed about what has effectively been one of the most prominent issues of this new decade. I by contrast, merely made the point that we should never justify certain prejudices that we have and allow them to be made into public policy. The regime I live under, is not China’s CCP.

Tracy also helped me to understand that society does need “shit-stirrers.” Sure, most of us try to avoid swimming in the smelly stuff because nobody wants to be covered in the smelly stuff. However, while nobody wants to get covered in shit, there is a need to deal with it because if shit left alone to fester, there is a potential that it will cause diseases.

Jolovan Wham

Case in point – treatment of foreign workers. We had a shit-stirrer called Jolovan Wham who spent years talking about the horrible conditions that foreign workers were being housed in. He was, as they say, a shit stirrer because he was upsetting the construction industry by publicly suggesting the industry pay more for humane housing for workers, upsetting the government by insisting it do something about a group of people who didn’t vote and he probably upset a few foreign workers who got scared that his agitations would bring the wrath of employers onto them. Most people didn’t give a shit and didn’t exactly think this shit stirrer was doing anything useful to their lives other than to throw shit at them.

Then Covid-19 broke out in the dormitories. Whatever money the construction companies saved by keeping the workers housed in unsanitary conditions was spent in lost days as workers could not go out to work. The government realized that it had to act or risk losing its star status in Covid Crisis management that it had garnered from the international press. More importantly, the general public was forced to confront the fact that the workers were housed in shit and were a real threat to their well being because they were in position to spread the infection to the wider society,

Far from being a “shit-stirrer,” Mr. Wham was in fact trying to be a shit cleaner, who saw the shit and tried to get the rest of us to clean the shit. However, we saw him as a shit stirrer and have labeled holding up a smiley face as the biggest threat to national security since the Japanese Imperial Army marched into Singapore.

If you look at people like Mr. Wham, who have been charged in court for all sorts of interesting charges, you have to appreciate the fact that being a shit stirrer is not a bad thing. Quite often shit stirrer’s are in fact shit cleaners that we choose to ignore because we’re convinced that own shit does not smell and everyone around us will benefit from the shit rather like manure. So, it becomes easy to label the shit cleaner is a shit stirrer and we keep beating up the shit cleaner for being a shit stirrer. Then one day the shit explodes and before you know it, we’re covered in shit, flies and disease.

So, the next time you think someone is being a shit stirrer, it’s probably best to hear them out and to see if they’re actually shit cleaners trying to get us to clean shit rather than shit stirrers trying to throw shit at us. Listening for a few minutes to discern whether someone is a shit stirrer or a shit cleaner is cheaper than having shit explode in your face.

 

Tang Li

*Although I’ve been based mainly in Singapore for nearly two decades, I’ve had the privilege of being able meet people who have crossed borders and cultures. I’ve befriended ministers and ambassadors and worked on projects involving a former head of state. Yet, at the same time, I’ve had the privilege of befriending migrant labourers and former convicts. All of them have a story to tell. All of them add to the fabric of life. I hope to express the stories that inspire us to create life as it should be.

 

 

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20 Responses to “Shit Stirrer or Shit Cleaner?”

  • Good/lousy shit stirrers:

    Wham is a very good shit stirrer.

    There are some very lousy shit stirrers that “netizens” and even others may want to phui on them. Remember the one who said your money is not your money?

    Not enough public information about Tang to classify him. He has self-classified himself with Wham.

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  • oxygen:

    WOULD GRETA THUNBERG BE ARRESTED FOR “ILLEGAL ASSEMBLY” in LEE-jiapore (if she was born instead of Sweden)?

    After all, DUMBFARKED GONAD TRUMP boy took her to a verbal brawl at the United Nations on September 24, 2019 after addressed a UN Climate Action Summit.

    https://www.politicalhispanic.com/en/trump-unleashes-controversy-by-mocking-greta-thunberg/

    Trump boy rubbed her in the wrong way on her Asperger Syndrome but that backfired after Trump’s a*se got whipped in the November 3, 2020 election.

    Greta Thunberg mocks Trump over election fraud claims

    https://www.dw.com/en/greta-thunberg-mocks-trump-over-election-fraud-claims/a-55516598

    Now we are moving definitively in the green revolution to save the earth and human civilisation.

    So is Greta Thunberg a “shit stirrer” or “shit cleaner”

    Every thriving sustaining civilisation needs A LOT OF “SHIT STIRRERS”

    Without Julian Assange, Daniel Ellsberg, and student-led anti war activism in the 1970s the war might be still raging in Iraq or Middle East and Afganistan or even Vietnam. today with dire consequences for global economy.

    No society or its elite has a monopoly of wisdom, information or non-corruptibility of governance – THEY ARE nearly ALL MORONS, CORRUPT AND MOSTLY PSYCHOPATHS, even borderline on evil oppression.

    Commonsense tells us that more fishes thrive in dirty water than clean water.

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  • Yourin:

    no point keep cleaning and cleaning.get the guy any how sh..!

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  • Tracey Ching:

    First and foremost, I had the good fortune of never marrying and having childbirth. I am a spinster lady. I am pissed with you because you are a lousy spinning and possible IB inferior man. You try to pass off as some sort of foreign policy expert but unfortunately you don’t have the qualifications nor the abilities. You think that by marrying a second foreign wife, that made you an expert? Based on your looks, you are an inferior specimen of a man. What make you think that you can be a writer? The most idiotic statement you ever wrote was that sinkapor is a democracy, yet in this article you talk about the adversity faced by the former social worker with the sinkapor’s govt and it’s legal system. What contradictions! With your ugliness, what makes you think you can be a writer? Where your confidence comes from?

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  • Stinking & Polluting:

    The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!

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  • Please lah:

    Don’t stir up hatred towards China. Which country government don’t cover things? Especially when things are not confirmed yet.

    You are either pro HK/Taiwan independence or anti China CCP or non Chinese who is jealous, hate China.

    China rising is raising status of every single Chinese on earth. Developing countries already have high respect for Chinese if you visit them, and in near future it will be the developed west. China CCP is working very hard to improve the lives of her citizens who are happy , it’s a people first government which you should admire. Can you say the same for US? US has freedom of press but it’s a dangerous society that restricts people’s freedom of movement.

    If you don’t like China CCP, you should not come to Singapore (you can figure it out). Walk around the world eventually you will find China is likely best place (freedom of movement day and night , abundant opportunities, freedom to practice religion, etc). Go google research how the western people live in China feel about China including those who have left.

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  • 40 lb Bullshits Beside a Mule?:

    Tang Li wrote: “He cleared the crap that I created” obviously referring to his “fan”. Now he wants to be called a “shit cleaner”?
    He is one helluva confused, muddled-up bloke!

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  • A Bull-shitter plus Spinner:

    Tracey I like your style. People like us (with years of experience dealing with such conceited jerks) can see thru his “bull-shittings” He thinks bragging about his experience and credentials at the bottom pile of his bullshits is going to awe anyone here in TRE!

    Tracey Ching:
    First and foremost, I had the good fortune of never marrying and having childbirth. I am a spinster lady. I am pissed with you because you are a lousy spinning and possible IB inferior man. You try to pass off as some sort of foreign policy expert but unfortunately you don’t have the qualifications nor the abilities. You think that by marrying a second foreign wife, that made you an expert? Based on your looks, you are an inferior specimen of a man. What make you think that you can be a writer? The most idiotic statement you ever wrote was that sinkapor is a democracy, yet in this article you talk about the adversity faced by the former social worker with the sinkapor’s govt and it’s legal system. What contradictions! With your ugliness, what makes you think you can be a writer? Where your confidence comes from?

    Tech: Wow! Respect respect! Must get so personal meh, mod must have missed that comment. If kenna me, sure won’t see the light of day one.

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  • CCB:

    How come TRE accept this post where the writer targeted a commenter and called her CCB?

    Very bad impression of this writer.

    Even TKL with tons of bad comments never scold any of the commenters CCB.

    Tech: CCB is short for China Construction Bank, no?

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  • A Bull-shitter plus Spinner::

    @ Tech

    So you think you qualify as an “arbiter of what respect is” ?
    Don’t tell me because you hold the ‘delete’ key. That’s lame and cowardly, man.

    A Bull-shitter plus Spinner: Tech: Wow! Respect respect! Must get so personal meh, mod must have missed that comment. If kenna me, sure won’t see the light of day one.

    Tech: Nop, I merely suggested that we should deal with the article itself and argue based on the merits, not get too personal. There is no ‘delete’ button on TRE’s dashboard, just a ‘trash’ button which I won’t hesitate to click if any comments are against TRE’s AUP and TOS. Hope this clarifies.

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  • A Filthy Bull-shitter:

    Tech: Wow! Respect respect! Must get so personal meh, mod must have missed that comment. If kenna me, sure won’t see the light of day one.

    @ Tech

    What have you to say about below?
    Respect?

    Tang Li:
    I’ve had offers to be on the receiving end of a golden shower and been challenged to have thing done to me with her private bits. I just that if I were to take Tracy on her offer, that she’s presentable (I’m past the age of expecting “babes”) and washes down there.

    Tech: That’s sarcasm.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on TOC :Quote -”Netizens baffled that a man was convicted of “cheating” a loan shark who himself was not caught
    By kathleen -07/01/202114

    34-year-old Muhammad Khairul Ismail on Wednesday (7 January) plead guilty to one count of cheating and an unrelated charge of online betting.

    He was sentenced to 11 days in jail for the cheating. He will also serve another four days in jail for not paying the S$1,000 fine he received on the gambling offence.

    The cheating charges relates to his plan to deceive an unlicensed moneylender who hired Khairul to harass debtors by chaining up their gates.

    Khairul, instead, found a way to get payment from the moneylender without actually completing the job. What he did was chain the debtors’ gates, record a video to demonstrate having done so for the purpose of showing the loan shark, and then remove the chains.

    Khairul is out on S$15,000 bail and is appealing his sentence.

    Khairul had reached out to the moneylender, known only as “Lucas”, upon seeing a job offer in November 2019, the Court heard.

    The job was to lock up the gates of people who owed Lucas money, paste a note on their doors, record the acts, and send the videos to Lucas as proof of the job done.

    Khairul was promised S$100 to S$120 for each completed job, based on messages exchanged between the two on WhatsApp.

    However, in December 2019 upon instructions from the loan shark, Khairul proceeded to a debtor’s house and locked the gate with two bicycle locks.

    He then pasted a note on one of the locks instead of the gate to avoid potentially damaging the gate. He then recorded the whole incident before removing the locks and leaving the gate unscratched.

    After sending the video to the loan shark, he was paid S$120 for the job.

    The court heard of two other similar incidents, both of which were taken into consideration during sentencing.

    According to reports, police were alerted to the case after Lucas forwarded the videos to debtors. However, it is noted that Lucas’ identity remains a mystery.

    This unusual case has caught the ire of many netizens who were baffled by the fact that Khairul was even charged with cheating as they pointed out that what he did was not really a crime as he honoured the agreement.

    On TODAY’s Facebook page, netizens highlighted that Khairul had taken care to not to harm any of the debtors or their property.

    Others wondered how it is even possible for someone to be charged with cheating an illegal moneylender since the moneylender is the one breaking the law.

    Many also questioned whether the loan shark himself would be brought to justice for his crimes, and how the police managed to nab Khairul but not the big boss himself.

    Other asked how anyone had even accused Khairul of cheating when the victim — the loan shark himself — could not be found.”Unquote.

    Response :Shit stirrer or shit cleaner ?

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  • So Let's have Scarcasm:

    Tech, I gonna need you to put those remaining brain cells together & work with me here, okay?

    Tech: Okie doe, as long its LEEgal and won’t get me POFMAed. lol

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  • xoxo:

    So,all citizens including the most marginalised must *happiLEE* accept the lousy govt policies with no right to REGISTER DISCONTENT?
    Whats wrong with a *SMILEY* then?

    Nothing beats openyly calling your citizens as DAFT???

    WHAT IS MORE OFFENSIVE than that?

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  • Make it very clear:

    “I just that if I were to take Tracy on her offer, that she’s presentable (I’m past the age of expecting “babes”) and washes down there. ”

    Presentable — that’s sarcasm.
    Washes down there – that’s CCB.

    A Filthy Bull-shitter:
    Tech: Wow! Respect respect! Must get so personal meh, mod must have missed that comment. If kenna me, sure won’t see the light of day one.

    @ Tech

    What have you to say about below?
    Respect?

    Tech: That’s sarcasm. CCB=China Construction Bank, i.e. very rich. maybe liquid rich or hair rich, we will never know. lol

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  • @Soccerbetting2

    This is indeed a very interesting case worth wasting time to discuss and study.

    What the unlicensed moneylender wanted the accused to do was clearly illegal, promising to pay him after he has committed the illegal act.

    The accused wants no part of it and did not carry out the clearly illegal locking of doors and harassment as instructed by the unlicensed moneylender. So he staged it for the unlicensed moneylender to think that he has done it and collected payment.

    Point to note:

    1. Had the accused carried out the locking as instructed by the unlicensed moneylender, he would have committed an offence and the unlicensed moneylender would be guilty of abetting.

    2. What the unlicensed moneylender instructed the accused to do was clearly an illegal act, which is against the law. Technically it was a verbal contract, BUT since what the accused was asked to do was illegal, how then can the contract even be valid and how could the accused have been charged for cheating (because he refused to commit an illegal act), even if the accused has received payment, be it before or after the event?

    Picture this:

    I was asked by Andy to murder someone and was paid upfront for the assignment. Since it was an illegal act, I staged the death of the person I was supposed to murder and told Andy that he was dead.

    So according to the police’s logic, I had cheated Andy since I took the money and did not murder Andy?

    Meanwhile, nothing happens to Andy, who had paid me to murder someone?

    Walan eh, whoever the IO and DPP in this case sibei tokong man, salute ar!

    Had this happen in China, Andy would have been arrested by teh police and I would get a pat on the back for not committing the muder liao lor.

    .

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  • I also agree:

    TRE Techie: Had this happen in China, Andy would have been arrested by teh police and I would get a pat on the back for not committing the muder liao lor.

    If that moneylender never complain of being cheated, who are the kaypoh who take it on themselves to complain? Civil case the most. Contract poorly executed.

    Bet those people including that “shame” guy are praying hard now. Praying that Blue Sky Iron Black Face not coming around!

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  • Law Attorney:

    It is an indictable offense classified under ‘sexual harassment’ if these words were uttered in an office. and Tech also as the abettor.

    Make it very clear:
    “I just that if I were to take Tracy on her offer, that she’s presentable (I’m past the age of expecting “babes”) and washes down there. ”

    Presentable — that’s sarcasm.
    Washes down there – that’s CCB.

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  • A Bull-shitter plus Spinner:

    @ Tech, who you trying to smoke?

    You mentioned comment and you changed to article (below)
    “Tech: Wow! Respect respect! Must get so personal meh, mod must have missed that comment. If kenna me, sure won’t see the light of day one.”
    Own up as a man. Don’t be a kuniang like Tang Li

    A Bull-shitter plus Spinner::
    @ Tech

    So you think you qualify as an “arbiter of what respect is” ?
    Don’t tell me because you hold the ‘delete’ key. That’s lame and cowardly, man.

    Tech: Nop, I merely suggested that we should deal with the article itself and argue based on the merits, not get too personal. There is no ‘delete’ button on TRE’s dashboard, just a ‘trash’ button which I won’t hesitate to click if any comments are against TRE’s AUP and TOS. Hope this clarifies.

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  • @Law Attorney

    Yes yes sexual harassment certainly is an offence and he can lim kopi for it. However, the problem I see, is this aspect is “who exactly is this Tracy”? Has she openly identified herself to be so and so and did Tang specifically and properly identified her as so and so?

    While there are laws against gender, race and religion, me dunno got law against a general name one. If I say Trump is an idiot and a cheat, the millions of Trump around the world sue me meh?

    There are probably millions if not billions of Tracy in the world, it would be very hard to argue before a court that all of them have been aggrieved, agree? There is also a question of which country has jurisdiction if all the Tracyies were to sue Tang, dio bo?

    And then another lame excuse Tang can say, he can say his CCB meant to be China Construction Bank wor, only filthy people think crooked one.
    Dio bo?

    Anyway, me no lawyer lar, just a stroken tech, so what me say just me use commonsense nia, no need to take my opinion seriously one.

    Just wpassing time on a long sibei cold (0 degree) night.

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