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A Communist

I’VE READ MAO TSE TUNG. I’VE READ KARL MARX. I’VE READ LENIN. THAT DOESN’T MAKE ME A COMMUNIST.

– GENERAL MARK MILLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF.

There used to be old joke among my friends which talked about a general being interviewed by a reporter about teaching kids how to use a gun. The reporter questions the general and argues that teaching kids how to shoot makes the killers. The general’s retort is “You’re equipped to be a prostitute but you’re not.”

Interestingly enough, the world got to see the real-life version of this joke being played out in the American Congress when Matt Gaetz, the Congressman from a district in Florida whose main combat experience has been dealing with sex trafficking allegations and any attempt to increase funding to combat human trafficking, decided to grill the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs for allowing member of the American military to study “Critical Race Theory.”

Despite his best efforts to deny the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s any speaking time, his criticism with rebutted by General Mark Milley, a combat veteran who has seen action in places like Iraq. The general explained to the Congressman that it was important for members of the military to be well read and to understand the country that they were sworn to defend. Details of the exchange can be found at: [LINK]

Combat Veteran versus Veteran Combat Against Sex Trafficking Allegations and Preventing More Power to Deal with Human Trafficking

As with the usual exchanges between politicians from prominent families and members of the military, it was the former who made sense. The General explained that studying an ideology did not make you a believer of that that particular ideology and if you wanted to “combat” that particular ideology, you had to understand it. He gave the example of how he read communist thought from the like of Karl Marx, Lenin and Mao and had not become a communist.

For coming up with a common-sense answer, General Milley, who had nominated as Chairman of the Joint Chief’s by Donald Trump, earned the ire of Tucker Carlson, a talk show host who believes that facts are a political conspiracy. Mr. Carlson, proceeded to call the General all sorts of derogatory names and went as far as to insinuate that the General only got his job by “sucking up” and by implication was somehow part of the corrupt swamp. More on Mr. Carlson’s ire can be found at: [LINK]

This latest exchange in America is unfortunately just the latest example of how inconvenient facts can be dismissed as being a “right/left wing conspiracy.” Critical Race Theory, which seeks to provide a theoretical frame work or a set of perspectives in which institutional racism can be examined, is the latest example of an academic discussion that one side is dismissing as a conspiracy of the other. If you listen to Mr. Gaetz’s criticism of studying critical race theory, you’ll realise that the main thrust of his argument is that it should not be studied because it will make one side feel that they’ve been screwed over and therefore be divisive. The fact that Mr. Carlson, who has a history of denying the need to discuss racism, seems to agree with Mr. Gaetz only confirms this.

Unfortunately, I can’t dismiss this as something particular to America or the Western world. It also happens in Singapore, a nation that takes great pride in being “regardless of race.” The critical difference between denying the obvious in Singapore and the West is that we’re actually much better at it. We can make morally ambiguous things sound reasonable.

Let’s start with the obvious place – the messenger. In America, the people who deny the existence of racism and argue that any attempt to discuss racism and the feelings of “hurt” that the aggrieved party might feel is in fact worse than the racism itself, are inevitably those whose sanity you are likely to question. Think of Tucker Carlson, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor-Green.

In Singapore, the guys doing the same are inevitably the intelligent and somewhat rational people. Interestingly enough, the guys denying racism and any discussion of racism are inevitably the guys who from the minority community.

Let’s look back at the “Blackface” incident, which involved a Chinese comedian painting his face black and brown to impersonate an Indian and a Malay. Two Singaporeans of Indian descent made a rap video to express their displeasure at having their community parodied, which earned them official ire for stirring up racial divisions.

Interestingly enough, the Minister leading the charge against the two was non other than Mr. K Shanmugam, who is of Tamil decent and Amrin Amin, a Member of Parliament who is of ethnic Malay. More can be seen below:

The government got upset with the people who spoke about their feelings getting hurt by something which denigrated their community. Using a member of the “minority” community to lead the charge gave the government “cover” from accusations of racism.

Interestingly enough, you had the same minister rushing to comment on how shocked he was at the extent of racism in Singapore in the latest incident. It was as if Mr. Shanmugam had realized that we can be quite racist despite our official claim of being otherwise.

Singapore has also been pretty good at giving room for steam to be let off whenever an incident takes place. Just look at the current incident involving the “racist lecturer” accosting the interracial couple. All sorts of discussions involving racism are suddenly appearing in the main stream. Little worms of racism are being allowed to come out of the woodwork like the lady who beats a gong every time her neighbour tries to pray and the lady making racist remarks on the train. These discussions will appear for a while, the government will look good and then that will be that.

What is missing is the fact that the question of institutionalized racism. The only attempt to question if the system itself, came from our new finance minister, Mr. Lawrence Wong who had to answer a question on the claim made by the ruling party that the country is not yet ready for a non-Chinese Prime Minister.

No one, for example has questioned if a non-Chinese military officer will ever make it to become Chief of Defense force. Why, for example, haven’t we had a non-Chinese Commissioner of Police since independence (the last non-Chinese being John Le Cain in 1967). Are we seriously lacking in talent for the job from the minority communities? Sure, the military has argued that we can’t have Malay-Muslims in sensitive positions as our most likely enemies in the war situation would be Malay-Muslim majority nations. However, can you use that argument for the police?

I’m not trying to suggest that our institutions are inherently racist. However, its surely worth having a public audit and discussion on the wider topic. Still nobody discusses these issues in a serious manner and you get the likes to the government’s favourite lap dog, the Fawning Follower, writing about how there is “No Racism” in Singapore.

Sure, our record looks pretty good from the outside. However, that doesn’t mean problems don’t exist and denying the problem, no matter how “slick” you do it, isn’t going to solve anything – unless there is no intention of actually solving anything.

 

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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29 Responses to “A Communist”

  • Singaporeans First. Always.:

    Straits Times: Review of hall vacancies sends NTU students scrambling for alternative accommodation

    If NTU plan to reduce the number of students that can stay on campus priority for campus housing should be given to Singaporeans. Foreign students, especially those on scholarship using taxpayers’ money, should be the ones to be thrown out of campus accommodations first. If they cannot find or afford housing outside campus they should go back where they came from. It is that simple.

    Singaporeans First. Always.

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  • A "racist":

    Singaporeans resentment towards foreigners should not be considered “racism” or “xenophobia”. It is justified because they take away jobs from local, depress local wages and drive up prices. Sadly, like in the US, politicians often like to “spin” issues for political purposes.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Tangfastic, lets admit we are all closet RACISTS one way or other. Why plsy it ip over a single or a small group showing their disdain??? N BLOW it into a Volcano Eruption…CONtain & CONclude it and move on…if RACISM is blown up the way it is there will be no System of Governance as the Govt is Snake’s lair where RACISM is BRED

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  • xoxo:

    Strangely,sometimes its the minority who tend towards racism?

    But,hey,i want to see Tharman as next PM.
    He is the most qualified if merits are taken into account.
    I am not just a chinese,i am a SINGAPOREAN .

    I played soccer,shared a plate of mee siam(mai hum) with malay classmates.
    I did 4-legged race with an indian classmate and came in first at a school’s sports day.

    I visited my eurasian classmates during Christmas and danced witb their sisters.

    I dont care if an Indian becomes Sec Gen of PAP as long as he performs.

    Sg is for sgs.
    If you come here thinking like a red commie or Delhi indian,pls think of going back home!

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  • Chinky Tang:

    If you hadn’t used the word “Chinks” to described the Chinese, I would’ve believed your article above. It seems you harbors some sort of antagonism against the Chinese from your past writings and love for “other races”. Why this hatred? Did your dad ill-treated your mum?

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  • Tangli Is Like An Idiot:

    You sound like an idiot. People usually keep long stories short, you make a short point become a long story until it sounds idiotic.

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  • mike:

    I don’t know this topic is about communism or racism?

    If it is about racism, we are fxxking all racists!
    If not, why should i say “my Chinese friend” instead of just “my friend”?
    It is normal to be racist but being racist does not give us the right to do injustice to others.

    If this is about Communism, then i have this to say:
    Communism had died the day Berlin wall was down and Gorbachev dissolved it.

    What communism we see today is actually a Frankenstein pretending to be Socialism, feeding on Capitalism and is actually a Fascism.

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  • SEND FOREIGNERS HOME:

    Straits Times: Half of S’pore worry over job prospects; 7 in 10 identify as working or lower-middle class

    This problem is easy to fix if PAP has the “guts” to adopt a “Singaporean First” policy. The Government should start cancelling the work visa of foreigners working in Singapore to force them to go back where they came from. Their job in Singapore can be taken over by a Singaporean. This will also solve the unemployment and underemployment among Singaporeans. Demand for worker will likely go up as foreigners leave in large numbers. This will likely cause a rise in wages.

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  • Shit-stirrer is back!:

    Bro TP, if you read in-depth this guy’s past articles. He keeps stirring shits against the Chinese in support of one particular darker skins race Wonder what is his motive?

    Temusik Patriot:
    Tangfastic, lets admit we are all closet RACISTS one way or other. Why plsy it ip over a single or a small group showing their disdain??? N BLOW it into a Volcano Eruption…CONtain & CONclude it and move on…if RACISM is blown up the way it is there will be no System of Governance as the Govt is Snake’s lair where RACISM is BRED

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  • xoxo:

    Communist Rich or so-called Capitalist Rich,whats the difference?
    Both kinds subjugate the lesser mortals in each of their own way$.

    The WORLD IS RE-ENTERING INTO A *FEUDAL LORDS* $ystem with the help of govt$ ,be it capitalists or communists/socialist or PAPi$m???

    The clear losers are the commoners.
    PS: Look at how,during a pandemic-stricken global economy,the number of Billionaires and their net worths both increase?

    Capitalist or communist,what does it matter?
    The REAL ISSUE we are facing is EXTREME GREED AMONG YHE RICH & POWERFOOL$$$!

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  • 599 Malaysian Students - NTU:

    No wonder my child cannot get into NTU – it was mentioned that there is a Union of 500 Malaysian students at NTU . And we are paying thru our taxes to educate them.

    Thank you PAP for looking after the foreigners. You will not get my vote forever. KNNBCCB

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  • Pervert:

    Totally unrelated to racism, sex is the highlight of this story.

    Tangli Is Like An Idiot:
    You sound like an idiot. People usually keep long stories short, you make a short point become a long story until it sounds idiotic.

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  • Harder Truths:

    The Regime (a.k.a. The Communists) use the race card to further their own ends.

    The Dead Despot made sure every $G was branded one race or another -and we had to live by what his regime allowed the races to do.

    Now we cannot discuss CECA or anything that touches on foreigners brought to replace us because this subject is racist and will be met with our punishment

    It is clear $G – born are already out and need to beg to stay alive, never mind the Swiss standard of living.

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  • Everybody is racist by some:

    The question who is more racist?

    In the west and india, you have minorities being killed due to racism. In india, the north east state mongoloid people were killed in New Delhi due to racism, even worst in the us and the west. Did any one get killed in Singapore due to racism? Did black or Indian being killed in China due to racism.

    You notice racism violence seems rare or non existence in oriental or Confucian countries?

    If Indian or Malay don’t indianised/malaynised Singapore, non Chinese PM is fine. But singaporean Chinese dare to take risk?

    Chinese in China don’t care about communism, they live daily lives by capitalism and socialism, please don’t use communism to demonise China, ok? China government have transformed China from almost nothing to economy, military, technology, sport, etc superpower in such short period of time. World champion government belongs to China.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Dont like Tang Li’s articles.

    Just Look away.

    He dislike chinks nothing wrong just as PRC complain our neighbor cook curry everyday.

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  • Tangli Buchikonya:

    Nope.
    Just flaunting his highfalutin “Critical Race Theory” and demagoguery about ‘Institutionalized racism’ in Singapore.
    Looks like he’s beseeching for another scholarly thrashing.

    Pervert:
    Totally unrelated to racism, sex is the highlight of this story.

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  • PAP mandate strong?:

    You talk more like an Ah Qua, same LGBT advocate as Tang Li?? “don’t like lah… don’t like…just look away…” hahaha

    PAP mandate strong:
    Dont like Tang Li’s articles.

    Just Look away.

    He dislike chinks nothing wrong just as PRC complain our neighbor cook curry everyday.

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  • PAP mandate strong?:

    People talk racism; “PAP mandate strong” talk cock about curry and you talk sex? Come-on.

    Pervert:
    Totally unrelated to racism, sex is the highlight of this story.

    PAP mandate strong:
    Dont like Tang Li’s articles.

    Just Look away.

    He dislike chinks nothing wrong just as PRC complain our neighbor cook curry everyday.

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  • Ahli's verbose Sophistry.....:

    A Fallacy, or Sophism , is a false argument; or otherwise, it is an argument that leads to a false conclusion. The use of such arguments may be due to intentional Sophistry; which in complex cases, may be quite difficult to detect. Therein lies the satanic craft of the perverted self serving pundits.

    When the premises of an argument are false, or unsupported by evidence, or irrelevant, then it is known as “material fallacy”; but when the error lies in the process of reasoning over the basic premises, then it is called a “logical fallacy”.

    * In reference to the author’s long rant above, his intentions remain unclear. What, for example, does Critical Race Theory (CRT) say or does not say about the human race? And while we don’t have a non-Chinese Chief of Staff in MINDEF, our Chinese PM had delegated a female individual of mixed Indian-Malay parentage to be President of our country. What says AhLi with his understanding of CRT about this? Does one have to resort to CRT to explain racial and social class discrimination? Isn’t CRT a propagandistic political tool of the fascist leftists?

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  • Pervert:

    It’s the writer that talk sex. Got it?
    Read what he says: The general’s retort is “You’re equipped to be a prostitute but you’re not.
    Right at the top of his story.

    PAP mandate strong?: People talk racism; “PAP mandate strong” talk cock about curry and you talk sex? Come-on.

    Pervert:
    Totally unrelated to racism, sex is the highlight of this story.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Hahaha.

    Well if speaking from the angle of sex we do have Mr Zhenzhidan here as example.

    Mr Edison Chen’s leaked video which many seen and “enjoyed” here but all faking act moral.

    We do have our local example of the infamous Annabel Chong which many have forgotten. Or leak video of poly student Tammy.

    And China dont have leaked videos or pervert videos ? Well obviously you dont know where to look.
    And China dont have lgbt or ah qua ? ( in china ah qua is call 偽娘 ). All this PRC very popular 肖戰 or 鹿含 dont look ah qua ah qua.
    This pro chink fans obviously in denial , dont know where to look for and obviously watch too much cgtv.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Shit-stirrer is back!:
    Bro TP, if you read in-depth this guy’s past articles. He keeps stirring shits against the Chinese in support of one particular darker skins race Wonder what is his motive?

    A free world @TRR bto

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Temusik Patriot: A free world @TRR bto

    A free world @ TRE bro,The SHIT in the system is just as bad if not WORSE

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  • PAP mandate strong?:

    Not talking about sex, lar.

    The general is being ‘sarcastic’ and taking a ‘swipe’ at the press liken them as ‘prostitutes’ just like our own Shitty times.

    Most reporters/writers are also equipped to be a ‘prostitute’ but I cannot say Tang Li is not. No offense. lol

    Pervert:
    It’s the writer that talk sex. Got it?
    Read what he says: The general’s retort is “You’re equipped to be a prostitute but you’re not.
    Right at the top of his story.

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  • Shit-stirrer is back!:

    Time to choke the system and every bit counts.

    Temusik Patriot: A free world @ TRE bro,The SHIT in the system is just as bad if not WORSE

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  • Bad Boy:

    @ PAP mandate strong

    U forget to mention another ah qua ah qua 華晨宇.
    Songs also not nice but some how very popular in China.

    Guess different strokes.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Shit-stirrer is back!:
    Time to choke the system and every bit counts.

    DITTO!!!

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  • #06-195 Me 3:

    And they’ll probably get jobs in civil service when they graduate…

    There were a few instances of NUS students seeking donations for their annual hop (dance party). No shame.

    599 Malaysian Students - NTU:
    No wonder my child cannot get into NTU – it was mentioned that there is a Union of 500 Malaysian students at NTU . And we are paying thru our taxes to educate them.

    Thank you PAP for looking after the foreigners. You will not get my vote forever. KNNBCCB

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  • Ah Ha:

    You Sir are so full of yourself and your so called social crusades’ it is almost putrid to read your dribble. This selection of your verbal gibberish is especially nauseating. You should get out more and see some of what you try to write about, surely you can’t make a living with garbage like this.

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