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Serious Leaders With ‘Zombie Ideas’

As a lifelong admirer of Einstein, I thoroughly enjoyed his spirit of inquiry, his open-mindedness and his quest for the truth, and my admiration is due not only to his “science superstar” status, but also to his philosophical thought and his endearing humility. Einstein’s place in the history of thought seems secure. Indeed, he was not an experimenter so much as a theorist, a *thinker*, and we should do well to reflect on the role played by mind – an open mind – and by imagination in the ideas he bestowed to us. He allowed no orthodoxy to stifle his study of the universe and I am confident he would be the first to welcome challenges to the one he established. He would see no threat in questioning our agreed upon concepts of reality. But I’m not convinced this was a vision of our future or fabled clueless leaders who were operating on a grand scale. There is either a group of leaders who know what they are talking about or there is not. Now, of course, some people get offended when you refer to their ideas as zombies.

Here are a few examples of the Newspeak currently in vogue in our increasingly Orwellian Sinkapore:

  1.  “If we truly believe that FTAS have been good for our country, we have nothing to fear in releasing these data for further study and scrutiny” – WP
  2.  “Data and transparency are a means to better governance but data is not always an “unmitigated good”, but you can look at many other countries which have similar Freedom of Information provisions, and that has not helped to improve public trust, or public confidence in policies.” – MOF
  3.  “As we have highlighted again and again, the main focus of the ‘JobsDebate’ is on how to improve the jobs and livelihood of Singaporeans. CECA is not our main concern and has been thrust upon us by the Government.” – PSP
  4.  “This is a seductively simplistic argument that workers facing challenges at their workplaces can identify with, and has stirred up a lot of emotions, Ceca-themed websites have sprouted, filled with “disturbing xenophobic views” about Indian immigrants.” – MOH

And of course this is my favorite on the same topic: 5) “If it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, it is a duck.”- MOF

I am not being snarky. Well, the right-wingers did their job very well, and they did mostly with words, images, and the manipulation of the human mind. As a friend of my said: One good word can be worth a thousand pictures. Not only for its rhetorical and stylistic points, but mainly to underscore the impact language has and why integrity in its use is so important. To quote Orwell: “if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” When that happens, especially if that corruption is intended, the destruction of fundamental freedoms is not far behind.

George Orwell, by the way, was not just a polemicist and moralist; he was also an astute political thinker who knew where the real levers of power were located, and thus knew who to blame. Orwell was really attuned to the power of language and political persuasion. Reading his books during my youth is probably one of the reasons I became so fascinated by political psychology.

Right decisions can’t be made when the basic realities of government escape our political leaders. They’re fun to toss around, but unless, as in the original exercise, you get down to cases, we’re just playing intellectual volleyball with hot-air balloons. When you go backstage after the show, and your friend asks what you thought of his atrocious performance, every actor knows the response: ‘My dear boy, I didn’t even know you were capable of giving a performance like that! I’ve never seen anything like it!’

“We all know that light travels faster than sound. That’s why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.” – Albert Einstein

Here’s one for the road: “I always jokingly say immigration is the story of unrequited love. Those that we want may not want us. Those that we don’t want may all want to come.” – MOT (now MOE)

At least he’s good at something ….Cheers!

 

Sjorne Shen

 

 

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10 Responses to “Serious Leaders With ‘Zombie Ideas’”

  • Open mind please:

    Need open mind to look at old problem.
    Put the full datas on the table and discuss openly.
    No need to put up the usual defence…no one is blaming anybody.
    No need to cloud the issue with non related matters.Be respectful.

    Just want to find where is the real problem and solve the problem and help our poor Singaporean who are either unemployed or underemployed.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Open mind please:
    Need open mind to look at old problem.
    Put the full datas on the table and discuss openly.
    No need to put up the usual defence…no one is blaming anybody.
    No need to cloud the issue with non related matters.Be respectful.

    Just want to find where is the real problem and solve the problem and help our poor Singaporean who are either unemployed or underemployed.

    Yes, we @ PAP had many ideas to help Singaporeans.

    If you had been boarding train at Joo Koon and speak to some of our OCS boy,
    you would realize we had Singaporean Japanese officer, Singaporean French officer, Singaporean Thai officer, Singaporean Burmese officer, Singaporean Korean officer.

    If I am Oppie, I will unite Singaporeans under Jobs for NSF first.

    And, I will campaign for all job advertisement to state that applicant must have serve NSF.

    And, I will organize job fair for NSF Singaporeans.

    But too bad, Oppie are stopid with no ideas.

    What a bunch of democratic morons.
    PAP supporters please copy/paste/print/share my post widely.

    In $$$ We Trust, Prai$e be with the $$$, Glory be with the $$$

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

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  • illiterate lousy school:

    Open mind please:
    Need open mind to look at old problem.
    Put the full datas on the table and discuss openly.
    No need to put up the usual defence…no one is blaming anybody.
    No need to cloud the issue with non related matters.Be respectful.

    Just want to find where is the real problem and solve the problem and help our poor Singaporean who are either unemployed or underemployed.

    pap has many things to hide.

    pap therefore never tells the truth, only always telling half the story, the good half about how great pap is.

    1, pap PA channels taxpayer monies for political purposes of pap the political party. THIS is wrong by whatever argument. pap says, it is legal since it is approved by pap parleeement. THIS is theft by any definition. Approved by a pliant pap parleeement is as good as 1mdb being approved by najib and wife. Intention is to churi S$.

    2, pap lies that 6.9m and 10.0m are planning parameters. Such a big lie. That is why, die die nobody can know truth about how many ceca ah nehs are already infesting small island. When asked why so many ceca ah nehs are allowed into small island, pap from lousy school, aka illiterates, twists and turns and says, You are against FTA.

    3, pap has many ah nehs with forked tongues. Look at snakemugam. Look at bala. All fakes. Actually, all are alcoholics pretending to be whiter than white.

    What are we to do?

    Well, let us work unitedly for 39% to be 51% so that we can have a better group of fellow citizens to form New Government and indict all the pap liars thieves alive or dead.

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  • xoxi:

    Seriously,sgs cant just sit down quietly and nonchalantly when the ministers,one after another,including the PM,keep branding us as XENOPHOBIC.
    If we are,we accept but we are not!

    Pls do nit just simply call us xenophobic unless you furnish FACTS LIKE STATISTICS OF SUCH INCLINATION.
    HOW MANY CASES PER CAPITA OF XENOPHOBIC OCCURRENCES did we have?
    As a NATION,me thinks we are no xenophobic at all!
    If we truly are,i would say NO SENSIBLE FT WOULD CHOOSE TO COME here even if the PAY IS BETTER.

    IT IS THE DISREGARD BY THE G OF sgs’ lives and livelihoods that cause more and more sgs to VOICE OUT.

    And,on the contrary,it is the FTs who practise WORKPLACE/JOBS DISCRIMINATION AND THROW THEIR SENSE OF SUPERIORITY onto sgs instead?!!!

    What do the G say?
    They pretend NOT TO KNOW AND NOT TO PASS JUDGEMENT on the FTs THE WAY THE G CONDEMNS us,sgs,all the time EVEN IF THEY SEE such anti-sgs things happening.
    So,the converse of Einstein’s observation is also true here.
    * Sound suppresses LIGHT*,THATS WHAT THE G
    IS DOING TO us.
    THE silent *light* of TRUTH IS BEING COVERED WITH AGRESSIVE LOUD NOISES here so as to distract?

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  • $eriously a parliamentary joke:

    What do you call a lame duck?
    A duck with a quackitude.

    What do you get when you cross-breed a duck with a politician?
    A pappy with a quackitude.

    …. and what about the zombie ideas? Well….. we’ll just let the Speaker do the quacking

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  • Billy ma:

    Expect PAP to ‘turn shame into anger’

    PAP plot to turn Singaporeans against Singaporeans is not working well.

    Trust PAP to be even more shameless in the coming weeks as the number of infection goes thru the roof.
    Expect PAP to turn the guns onto Singaporeans & target Singaporeans as the cause of this latest wave.

    Expect PAP relentless talking points & narratives to show their angers towards Singaporeans.

    PAP is so powerful that it has no care nor concern about Singaporeans.

    The senario is simple, ‘no opposition, victory 100% guarantee’.
    No need to convince nor do much yet winning absolute is absolute.

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  • Heaven has eyes:

    This is a seductively simplistic argument that workers facing challenges at their workplaces can identify with, and has stirred up a lot of emotions, Ceca-themed websites have sprouted, filled with “disturbing xenophobic views” about Indian immigrants.” – MOH

    In the same light there are several SGporean-bashing websites..filled with insulting and racist views about SG and SGs…
    Foreign interference. Some even acting out in public..as online videos frequently protray
    How come the authorities arent doing any remedial action on them?

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  • associated with being xenophob:

    //Seriously,sgs cant just sit down quietly and nonchalantly when the ministers,one after another,including the PM,keep branding us as XENOPHOBIC.//

    the white idiots may “BET” that daft sinkies will be ashamed and not wanting to look bad and unreasonable and be associated with being xenophobic and racist ?? so the white monkey idiots are betting BIG BIG by invoking / playing with the “xenophobic and racist” card ???

    if daft sinkies can be gainfully employed with good enough decent pay with plenty of big space, who will care much what the white monkey idiots will sign whatever agreement (until the agreement starts to show bad consequences ???) ???

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times :Quote-”Lab-grown meat isn’t about sustainability, it’s big business…..”Unquote.

    Response :Wait till corona virus fall on the lab grown neat and multiply on every meat .All those that eat such meat will become zombies very fast !

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times :Quote-”

    FOR SUBSCRIBERS
    Yale-NUS students get $70,000 subsidy a year, 3 times that given to those taking arts or science degree

    The costs of educating students at Singapore’s first liberal arts college has come under scrutiny.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

    Sandra Davie
    Senior Education Correspondent
    PUBLISHED7 HOURS AGO
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    SINGAPORE – The Yale-NUS College may have provided a first-rate liberal arts education, but tuition alone came at a high cost of $90,800 per year for each student. Singaporean students paid $20,500 a year for tuition on their own, while the government subsidised the remaining $70,300 a year.

    In comparison, a Singaporean student enrolled this year in the newly set up College of Humanities and Sciences (CHS) at the National University of Singapore will pay $8,200 in tuition fees yearly and receive a tuition grant of $22,300 from the government. The total cost amounts to $30,500….”Unquote.

    Response : “government subsidised the remaining $70,300 a year.” ????

    Lee Hsien Loong whole government do not need to use the party whip to hauled out all your women MP and Ministers to use the party whip to whip all the women backside ! $70000 subsidy a year from the government ? Is this type of university fees pricing logical ,acceptable and fair pricing ? It sound like exorbitant overcharge school fees,tuition fees pricing structure ! Like that only zombies can afford only ! The whole buncj of women wing Lee Hsien Loong government know and understood such pricing is evil,ridiculous and overcharging but failed to voice out such issues in government Parliament meeting but still want to waste more time in Parliament talking about more women welfare issues ! And WP He Tin Ru and that WP woman Raxxxx Khan keep on wasting time in Parliament on women issues ! Is all these people women MP and Ministers all sleeping ? Certainly one shameless woman MP Khor Kean Suan is caught sleeping in Parliament according to recent TISG news ! LHL must give her a big slap on her shameless face !

    And MAS going to issue some bonds to get $2.6 billions loan ! Better wake up before all the reserve money all disappear and nobody knows with such rich women welfare system ! Better start firing off all the women pre- school teachers and women principals as home based online learning do not need so many overpaid women teachers amd women primcipals ! All those Billions still continue to support JSS ? Has all those “error” JSS payments from gobernment fully recovered already previoisly ? If not,LHL shpuld slap Indranee Rahxxx on her face to wake her up too ! Money missing no need to recover,np need to fire off those women accounts staffs ? Eveey time assume it is genuine error meh ?

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