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Is Singapore a PAP Utopia?

Since Sir Stamford Raffles set foot on Singapore in 1819, it had undergone a dramatic generational progressive transformation to what it s today as a world renowned metropolis. It was under British Colonial rule from the early days but political awakening among colonised people in the word necessitated the British to relinguish power to local politicians. So there emerged two very astute politicians vying to take over from the British. One was a Cambridge-trained lawyer Lee Kuan Yew and the other was a dynamic pro-communist activist Lim Chin Siong who had obviously the imprimatur of the Communist Party of Malaya. With the help of Singapore Special Branch and the Chief Minister at the time Lim Yew Hock, Lee Kuan Yew eventually became the prime minister of Singapore, much to the relief of the British colonial masters.

The much-vaunted PM Lee Kuan Yew did a monumental job in bringing Singapore from a third world country to a first world status. But he also had a less human aspect of his persona in the inhumane way he treated his political opponents like Lim Chin Siong, Dr. Lim Hock Siew and Chia Thye Poh.

His successor Goh Chok Thong was supposed to be a seat-warmer for his son Lee Hsien Loong but managed to excel and remained prime minister for more than a decade. Lee Kuan Yew’s prodigious son Lee Hsien Loong took over and has remained prime minister till today and maybe much longer because the 4G successors are not so promising.

It started in Goh Chok Thong’s era that the prime minister and his mercenary ministers enrich themselves with millions of dollars as salaries from taxpayers’ money. There had been a slight compunction in Lee Hsien’s administration by reducing a minuscule amount but the sums are still obscene. Is this what is called a PAP utopia? It may be for the PAP charlatans but do they realise that there are considerable number of Singaporeans who sleep in the open without any shelter. Is this what they call serving the people which is blatantly hypocritical because they are actually serving themselves by dipping their fingers into people’s money. Is this not a travesty of the worst kind over the sovereignty of the people’s wealth for selfish end?

So what is the kismet of Singaporeans as long as the money-minded PAP leaders stay in power? Can we get enough of politicians like Pritam Singh and Jamus Lim to dislodge them? As long as they have precarious-minded electors to suppport them it may take a long time for this to happen, may not even be in our generation, In the meantime the PAP leaders will wallow in their utopia and the rest of Singaporeans, especially those eking out a living, will live a life nearer that of a purgatory. Does this ever evoke any feeling of compassion from our callous million-dollar Prime Minister and his mercenary ministers who wallow in their ill-gotten (no?) luxury? Is this what is called an idyllic version of an equitable society? Do Singaporeans have a choice and could they really be resolute in shaping their destiny?

 

Yoong Siew Wah

 

* The author was the Director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department (ISD) from 1971 to 1974. He was Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in the 1960s, and had a distinguished career in the Singapore Special Branch in the 1950s.

 

 

 

 

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28 Responses to “Is Singapore a PAP Utopia?”

  • Reboot:

    I stopped reading after he mentioned “excel and remained”.

    Pinky wasnt better than GCT, they both leverage on old man’s foundation, GCT was really the seat warmer as old man was around to ensure his prodigal ascend to the throne. GCT gave up after 2 terms and made way for the son.

    Singapore has been in deterioration ever since under Pinky, the only strategy is to tax and squeeze more from all the policies and to import foreigners and convert them into locals for GDP and votes. Things are failing with numerous never before but now becoming a norm, from corruptions, sex scandals, higher crimes and parliament under him is like a ghost town.

    4G not good enough? But they keep advertising they are the pillars and showcase all their potential on newspaper. Pinky is clinging on for his prodigal son and wife, that we are sure. He is learning from another dictator Xi to continue to ensure his power will remain within his control. This is a problem with one party and no term limit to leadership.

    Pritnam, Slyvia and Jamus are the kind of politicians Singaporeans should welcome. If it is money and power they are looking for, they would be like the 89 white MPs who can get part time $600,000 jobs as Mayors. These people fight for citizens while risking their lives and career. White MPs are self serving and defending Pinky their slave master, his self serving policies.

    Looking at his face, you know his time is near.

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  • #08-193 Huang Ba Dan:

    Yes. The system is rigged to pressurize people, make them miserable and to keep them on tenderhooks. It starts from school. You feel the insane atmosphere with the needless rush.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    “The much-vaunted PM Lee Kuan Yew did a monumental job in bringing Singapore from a third world country to a first world status.”
    —————————————————————

    I think it’s high time we stopped believing and spreading this bullshit started by the Old Idiot himself when he wrote the book “From 3rd World to 1st World”.

    Use your brains and think. Both Singapore and HK were British colonies for nearly 150 years. Remember HK was also one of the 4 Asian dragons in the early 80′s and they were still under Britain. The same Britain also governed Singapore for 150 years and Singapore still a “3rd World country”? In fact, under the British Singapore was already a thriving trading port, otherwise the southern Chinese from China won’t swarm into Singapore to seek employment and sent money back home. Who will want to come to a “3Rd World” country?

    So Britain transformed HK into an Asian Dragon in 130 years whereas after governing Singapore for 150 years, Singapore still a 3rd World country? And must wait until LKY to come and transform it into a first world country in 30 years?

    That’s what LKY wanted Singaporeans to believe that without him, Singapore would have sunk.

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  • xoxo:

    Nothing in this wretched world is perfect.
    We can only try to make it a peaceful and safe place for ourselves and our families while striving to be prosperous.

    The good foundation the 1G leaders built and established has been eroded.
    Sgs are less prosperous,on average, ,save for the PAPple and their doggie$.

    The G ministers talk about austerity when it comes to the citizens’ WELFARE AND WELL-BEING.
    PUBLIC POLICING,for instance,has been compromised with CARDBOARD POLICEman standing guard at shop-fronts or CCTVs located along out roads to collect more money?

    Hooliganism is back on track after being cleaned up by 1G.
    Even Grassroot members are linked too?

    Public SECURITY is not AUTOMATIC.
    So far,it is the OLDER SGS FURNISHING A SORT OF * CUSHION* to the deficiency in public security after daft WONG KAN $ING slashed *COSTS* for policing using *dummies* as policemen?
    No plastic or cardboard can replace REAL POLICE OFFICERS on duty!
    Those *Wong Kan Sings* can be easily replaced instead!

    With increasing crowding-out by job-scavenging FTs here and more jobless sg-youths,hooliganism will be on the rise.

    WE CAN SQUANDER $100BILLION ,as if like peanuts,i sincerely dont see WHY THE G FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO SPEND MONEY TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR OWN sgs and PUBLIC SECURITY is one of the important aspects besides housing ,education and healthcare.

    Oh yes,the MINISTERS HAVE POLICE GUIDING THEIR GATES OR OUT-RIDERS ensuring their safety on the roads.
    So,they dont feel there is need to look into such matters anymore.

    Maybe PAPple like WONG KAN SING have lots of money to employ personal bodyguards,so they do not care?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Reboot:
    Pritnam, Slyvia and Jamus are the kind of politicians Singaporeans should welcome. If it is money and power they are looking for, they would be like the 89 white MPs who can get part time $600,000 jobs as Mayors.

    Don’t talk C sing song. If WP is not out for money, why WP did not volunteer to cut their 16K MP salry to 8K?

    Why many Oppie say my PAP talented MP 16K salary too high for part timer and demand it to be cut.
    But Oppie like yourselves never say WP no talent MP 16K salary is too high.

    Talk C Sing Song. And you are sure we PAP will appoint WP member as Mayor?

    Reboot:
    These people fight for citizens while risking their lives and career.

    Again, talk cork. What risk they facing for their lives? Assasination in your imagination?
    Oppie just like to exaggerate…

    Reboot:
    White MPs are self serving and defending Pinky their slave master, his self serving policies.

    Again. Talk Cork. Your Ang Mo Tua Kee not self serving?

    Your Ang Mo Tua Kee is using human rights as cover to self serve themselves first but you never complain ?

    【國際直球對決完整版上】新疆棉風波也要美國優先? 人權價值飄銅臭味? @全球大視野 20210328
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3ktU5obXrY

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3OBrp_BWxs

    Readers, International politics is about self serving, self first and whose fist is big will dictate it all.

    Money talk Bullshit walk… never ever trust those who spout Ang Mo Tua Kee democracy or Chink communist like Tan Kin Lian.

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    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$

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  • left behind:

    God give everyone the choice to choose between God and Satan. Everyone will have a different life when they choose between God’s side or the devil’s side. God side is about justice, love and peace. Devil side is about money, slavery, injustice and hatred. Once he or she choose money, the choice is devil and the price to pay is suffering. God is forgiving but the devil is not. So it is not easy to change side. However, if you put in the effort and will to change, God will be with you.

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  • Incorporated Sheeple Dystopia:

    As clear as daylight: The original People’s Action Party principles and initiatives of chairman Dr. Toh Chin Chye, and vice-chairman Dr. Goh Keng Swee had been mutated since the 1980s by the singularly ambitious internally voted secretary-general (who won narrowly by 7-6 votes over party treasurer Ong Eng Guan) to become PM. If it wasn’t for the stalwart leadership of Goh and Toh and the first natural aristocrats who conceived and constructed the institutions of this Republic where would LKY have been? – after being cast out by PM Tengku Abdul Rahman from the federation for his conceited personal ambitions over that country…..

    The second DPM and Minister of Finance, Goh K.S. gave us JTC national development, MAS financial leadership and EDB technological advancement. He also designed MINDEF and the world-renowned HDB, together with the stellar Lim Kim San… Toh C.C. on his part contributed his brainchild NUH and led the design and construction of NUS and S’pore Polytechnic. Dr. Toh, the first DPM and Minister of Health also designed Singapore’s hospitals and health care system. Of course LKY contributed foremost to national security against the MCP communist insurgency and Soekarno’s totalitarian regional ambitions.

    However, things went sour and the PAP schismatized during the early 80s when LKY decided his own son was almost fated to lead Singapore after him …. bye bye republic hello emperor dowager Sinchiapor Incorporated heeheehee. The wise old men insisted against LKY that the CPF accounting must remain transparent and it was unethical and unsustainable to award party politicians with grand corporate level remunerations that departed exponentially from the people’s median wages….now, over to you Mr. Foong.

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  • PM LHL IS A FAILURE:

    Reboot:
    I stopped reading after he mentioned “excel and remained”.

    Pinky wasnt better than GCT, they both leverage on old man’s foundation, GCT was really the seat warmer as old man was around to ensure his prodigal ascend to the throne. GCT gave up after 2 terms and made way for the son.

    Singapore has been in deterioration ever since under Pinky, the only strategy is to tax and squeeze more from all the policies and to import foreigners and convert them into locals for GDP and votes. Things are failing with numerous never before but now becoming a norm, from corruptions, sex scandals, higher crimes and parliament under him is like a ghost town.

    4G not good enough? But they keep advertising they are the pillars and showcase all their potential on newspaper. Pinky is clinging on for his prodigal son and wife, that we are sure. He is learning from another dictator Xi to continue to ensure his power will remain within his control. This is a problem with one party and no term limit to leadership.

    Pritnam, Slyvia and Jamus are the kind of politicians Singaporeans should welcome. If it is money and power they are looking for, they would be like the 89 white MPs who can get part time $600,000 jobs as Mayors. These people fight for citizens while risking their lives and career. White MPs are self serving and defending Pinky their slave master, his self serving policies.

    Looking at his face, you know his time is near.

    LHL’s face shows he knows he is a FAILURE. His biggest mistake is believing his father’s (“Lee Con You”) self-serving bullshit compounded by keeping him in Cabinet. With Lee Con You in Cabinet GCT and LHL cannot change anything without his approval. The problem is that Lee Con You likely believes any change means he made a mistake so changes are needed. Being an egomaniac he will never admit he made a mistake or allow the Cabinet imply he did. That is why PAP will never change.

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  • Self-Serving:

    When money is the sole draw, and with it comes power, privileges and status, you can be sure to attract all kinds of people into politics for all the wrong reasons. Politics become a “get-rich-quick” scheme by riding on the backs of the people.

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  • Stupid idiot:

    British colonial rule will transform the colonies from third world to first world?

    What happened to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and many more! The British ruled the Indian Subcontinent for more than 350 years, by Zhenzidan’s theory, countries in Indian subcontinent should be world superpowers by now!

    Zhenzidan:

    Use your brains and think. Both Singapore and HK were British colonies for nearly 150 years. Remember HK was also one of the 4 Asian dragons in the early 80′s and they were still under Britain. The same Britain also governed Singapore for 150 years and Singapore still a “3rd World country”? In fact, under the British Singapore was already a thriving trading port, otherwise the southern Chinese from China won’t swarm into Singapore to seek employment and sent money back home. Who will want to come to a “3Rd World” country?

    So Britain transformed HK into an Asian Dragon in 130 years whereas after governing Singapore for 150 years, Singapore still a 3rd World country? And must wait until LKY to come and transform it into a first world country in 30 years?

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  • gallanttool:

    Yoong Siew Wah,

    you should stop perpetuating Lim Chin Siong as communist to make yourself feel good and justify your own action to bring Lim down. There is no evidence to show he is communist from finding of Thum Ping Tjin, the very person that you and your PAP want to destroy just because he want to find out the truth.
    You can read about it in
    https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2014/05/08/lim-chin-siong-was-wrongfully-detained/

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Stated above :Quote-”Since Sir Stamford Raffles set foot on Singapore in 1819, it had undergone a dramatic generational progressive transformation to what it s today as a world renowned metropolis….”Unquote.

    Response :Today ,I was at Changi Airport Terminal 3 basement 2 kopitiam.I bought fried Mee Hoon costing $1.60 as every other things are either super expensive, boring foods,or food that I don’t eat . Even though the mee hoon wasn’t anything nice, I still bought it to fill my stomach and I asked for a wooden chopstick .The b**$* woman operator then told me that now the wooden chopstick is for takeaway only and eating inside kopitiam needs $0.30 more for a wooden chopstick ! See,what a robbery system the Changi Airport has become ! You all will see all this coming soon or already happen in Singapore – plastic bag,plastic fork,plastic spoon,plastic straw,….everything will be charged $0.30 next time ! So next time e*** b**$* woman Amy Khor Lean Suan and Masagos will expect all of us to bring along wooden chopstick ,spoon and fork when we go outside to eat !

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Stupid idiot:
    British colonial rule will transform the colonies from third world to first world?

    What happened to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and many more! The British ruled the Indian Subcontinent for more than 350 years, by Zhenzidan’s theory, countries in Indian subcontinent should be world superpowers by now!

    Bro, you missed out Myanmar which is also former Britcunt colony.

    And by idiot Zhenzidan’s theory, Myanmar must be firt world now.

    Ah hahahahah….

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Self-Serving:
    When money is the sole draw, and with it comes power, privileges and status, you can be sure to attract all kinds of people into politics for all the wrong reasons. Politics become a “get-rich-quick” scheme by riding on the backs of the people.

    If you don’t pay top dollars, you will never get top talents.
    Instead, you get dudes into politics.

    Look at ROC Taiwan, from KMT(国民党)to DPP(民主进步党)everyone use fake degree and doctorate.

    But Democratic Progressive Party(民主进步党) takes the cake.

    President Tsai Ing-Wen (蔡英文)fake her Master degree and Doctorate degree.
    “論文門”盼能真相大白 “賀德芬.林環牆”司法抗爭控不公
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqtdIe3fSHk

    Money talk Bull shit walk… Chink are full of lies and we must up our safeguard against fake degree from the Chink.

    We must follow the good professor Denis Peng who sue Tsai for faking her Doctorate degree.

    We will sue the Chink in SG with fake degree. I shall end my post with BK quote.

    BK:
    The history of world powers are clear, big fish eat small fish. But today, with social media, this dialectic is more dynamic, we cannot let the Chinese trolls roam freely, we challenge, pushback, we try create an ecosystem, that small countries are not subsumed. And Asean is key.

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    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Stupid idiot:
    British colonial rule will transform the colonies from third world to first world?

    What happened to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and many more! The British ruled the Indian Subcontinent for more than 350 years, by Zhenzidan’s theory, countries in Indian subcontinent should be world superpowers by now!

    You really live up to your moniker. Did I say the British transform Singapore from 3rd world to first world? I am merely casting doubts about whether Singapore was really a 3rd world country before independence. You have problems comprehending my English?

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  • Stupid idiot:

    Write poems lah!

    You are a poet, aren’t you?

    Zhenzidan: You really live up to your moniker. Did I say the British transform Singapore from 3rd world to first world? I am merely casting doubts about whether Singapore was really a 3rd world country before independence. You have problems comprehending my English?

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Bro, you missed out Myanmar which is also former Britcunt colony.

    And by idiot Zhenzidan’s theory, Myanmar must be firt world now.

    Ah hahahahah….

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$

    Haha… Just got the message, Leong hit his $133,000 target already after only 10 days!

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Zhenzidan: Haha… Just got the message, Leong hit his $133,000 target already after only 10 days!

    Of course I am a poet
    Unlike you who’s called Stupid Idiot
    You make yourself look so retarded
    You can see that I am very talented
    Writing numerous poems and never feel tired
    Biggest satisfaction is poem-fucking a bast**d
    He is Singaporean Are Free Riders that piece of dirt.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Stupid idiot:
    Write poems lah!

    You are a poet, aren’t you?

    Of course I am a poet
    Unlike you who’s called Stupid Idiot
    You make yourself look so retarded
    You can see that I am very talented
    Writing numerous poems and never feel tired
    Biggest satisfaction is poem-fucking a bast**d
    He is Singaporean Are Free Riders that piece of dirt

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  • Stupid idiot:

    Standard dropped so drastically!

    You have aged and become senile and so stupid?

    Zhenzidan: Of course I am a poet
    Unlike you who’s called Stupid Idiot
    You make yourself look so retarded
    You can see that I am very talented
    Writing numerous poems and never feel tired
    Biggest satisfaction is poem-fucking a bast**d
    He is Singaporean Are Free Riders that piece of dirt.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Bro, you missed out Myanmar which is also former Britcunt colony.

    And by idiot Zhenzidan’s theory, Myanmar must be firt world now.

    Ah hahahahah….

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$

    You are actually the biggest idiot here who can’t understand essence of what I wrote. You previously said Leong will not reach his target. But he achieved it in 11 days. So how now? Better commit suicide!

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Stupid idiot:
    Standard dropped so drastically!

    You have aged and become senile and so stupid?

    That’s why you call yourself stupid
    You challenge me to write poem which I did
    You yourself can’t even do a single bit
    My poetic talents no one can beat
    Take me on, they end up in defeat
    Continue to challenge me and you will have something to eat
    Which is my smelly shit

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  • Stupid idiot:

    Still lack far behind your previous jobs!

    Understandably, oyou must fiacked too many mei mei, you love fiacking too much and this has taken a toll on your everything!

    May god bless you!

    Zhenzidan: That’s why you call yourself stupid
    You challenge me to write poem which I did
    You yourself can’t even do a single bit
    My poetic talents no one can beat
    Take me on, they end up in defeat
    Continue to challenge me and you will have something to eat
    Which is my smelly shit

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  • Stupid is as idiot does:

    The sign of an intelligent person is his ability to control his erratic emotions by sound and valid reasoning.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Stupid idiot:
    Still lack far behind your previous jobs!

    Understandably, oyou must fiacked too many mei mei, you love fiacking too much and this has taken a toll on your everything!

    May god bless you!

    You are indeed very right
    I fiack pretty meimeis every night
    Sometimes we also fucked in broad daylight
    One on my left and one in my right
    To do blowjob for me sometimes they fight
    To be the first one to receive my love bite
    You can offer your daughter to me if you like
    But make sure her puss* not too tight
    If not I need to use all my might
    When I finish, she might have died.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Stupid is as idiot does:
    The sign of an intelligent person is his ability to control his erratic emotions by sound and valid reasoning.

    I don’t need idiots to tell me if I am intelligent
    No matter what fucking emotion
    Readers here can already see my poetic talent
    Many scientists also have erratic emotional quotient
    My poem-fucking is to deal with any retarded netizen
    You are welcome if you want my poems as a companion.

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  • Stupid idiot:

    Ah hahaha, ah hahahahaha……..

    Very good, keep it up!

    Zhenzidan: You are indeed very right
    I fiack pretty meimeis every night
    Sometimes we also fucked in broad daylight
    One on my left and one in my right
    To do blowjob for me sometimes they fight
    To be the first one to receive my love bite
    You can offer your daughter to me if you like
    But make sure her puss* not too tight
    If not I need to use all my might
    When I finish, she might have died.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Stupid idiot:
    Ah hahaha, ah hahahahaha……..

    Very good, keep it up!

    Thank you very much. If want some more, feel free to ask for more. Chinese poems also I can.

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