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Why I do not like the American style of ‘democracy’

I do not like the democracy that is practiced in America and other countries that follow their system.

It is a flawed system.

It does more harm than good.

It gives the impression that the people can choose their government. In practice, they get the same kind of government, although the elected people may change.

They generally get corrupt and incompetent leaders.

The corrupt politicians like their “democracy”. They know how to play the system to their advantage. They know how to win elections.

After they get into power, they know how to use their power to their advantage, and to benefit their political sponsors.

They know how to change the law, to entrench their power. They pass laws that do not respect justice and honesty.

There is another system of “democracy”, not practice by America and its followers, that produce better leaders and better economic and social outcomes for their people.

Hehehe. I shall not say what is this better “democracy” here. OK. I shall describe it in a separate post.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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38 Responses to “Why I do not like the American style of ‘democracy’”

  • oxygen:

    IS IT BECAUSE YOU like to go back and reside in the Stone Age cave, running around NAKED and there is no police to arrest you for indecent exposure?

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  • Homeless Cat:

    America’s democracy is not perfect, as it is a work in progress. The country that you think is better is closer to fascism than anything else.

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  • Tan Kim Lan:

    waliao eh….. why ‘bo chi’ to mention China, sinkapore? Must waste space for next post.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    After they get into power, they know how to use their power to their advantage, and to benefit their political sponsors.
    ========================================================
    TKL, you are definitely right on this one.

    Election are not free… you need money to run campaign..

    If someone sponsored you, you have the obligation to return the favours.

    This is called you scratch my back and I scratch your back. Everywhere is the same.

    Only stopid Oppie supporters do not know this.

    If you vote in racist PSP, SG will bow and knee down to kiss dictator Commie China.

    And you get full kampong of fake degrees Chinese in SG.

    Readers be forewarned.
    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer

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  • Fire:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index

    You could choose the Dark Green.

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    In many ways, all systems in the world, including Taliban or American, are better than pap system.

    In many ways.

    pap PA paid IBs ask, are you sure? In what ways?

    1, which government pays each other in the same political clan S$m per annum for doing ffff-off?

    2, which government has a leader who chairs gic whose wife runs temasick? even najib and wife don’t do such things.

    3, which government in the world, even the most crooked ones such as South Korea, abuses parleeement to approve S$billions for pap use in pap PA?

    4, which government in the world rewards loyalty by employing time expired loyals in S$m positions that have zero accountability? pap PA paid IBs were very vocal on this, saying, no such thing, no such thing, no such thing. ffff. these pap PA paid IBs sure cannot read. They don’t read temasick reports showing how it throws away dollars reaping cents. They don’t read reports how pap folks throw away heirlooms such as NOL. They don’t reports how pap awards its folks in SMRT SPH etc with S$m jobs that fail to deliver performance.

    5, which government in the world tackles covid as if covid only attacks in foodcourts restaurants malls when almost all infections originate in crowded buses mrt trains?

    There are over 67 points. We are listing the 5 least harmful to cotton sheep who voted pap into power. The other 62 points even the Talibans or Americans shake their heads and say, we have a better system.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    朝鮮朝中社報道
    https://m.weibo.cn/detail/4691884302401636

    An example of communist NK reporting ( pls click pic and expand )

    Over to you , Mike!

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  • Like it or not, no choice???:

    https://freedomhouse.org/country/singapore/freedom-world/2021

    In Singapore, elections are largely free of fraud and other such irregularities, BUT they are UNFAIR due to the advantages enjoyed by the incumbent party, including (1) a progovernment media sector,(2) the GRC system, (3) high financial barriers to electoral candidacy, and (4) legal restrictions on free speech….and why does the Elections Committee have to report to the politically-invested Prime Minister’s Office?

    How does it profit a soul that it should gain Dominion over the world but lose itself to perdition in the afterlife?

    “Charity resides in the heart of man, and righteousness is realized in the path of men. Pity the man who has lost his path and cannot follow it and he who has lost his heart and does not know how to recover it. When the people’s dogs and chickens are lost they go out looking for them, and yet the people who have lost their own hearts do not go out and search for it. Therefore, the principle of self-cultivation consists in nothing but trying to look for the lost heart.”
    (Mencius the Sage)

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Mr. Tan, I am sure you prefer the North Korean way, there is no election. Why crack your head every four or five years queue to elect your representative in parliament.

    You would has saved your $48K in deposit lost during the EP.

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  • suntan:

    I may not really fancy the americunt brand(style) but the PAP style is,to me, extremely abusive n abhorrent in many more ways.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Totally useless article. The American system at least is based on 3 independent pillars to check democracy – the gov, the media and the industry. In SG, the system (under the Golden Prince) seems to be based on the 3-legged principle or PLP. Apparently TKL is or wants to be the third leg, hor.

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  • DeBarge:

    You could easily be describing Singapore. OK our politicians, they aren’t corrupt.
    But they’d be stupid to be corrupt when they are paid the fortunes they earn just by turning up.
    Are they competent ? What’s your metric ? Are they worth what they are paid ? Some yes, others no.
    In the American system a corrupt leader can be removed ( eg Trump ).
    Harder to do here.

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  • opposition dude:

    Sounds like the PAP. Knowing how to game the system and have your wife be head of the SWF, entrenching your party in power and making all sorts of laws to crush any opposition.

    But nothing lasts forever though and we are slowly seeing PAP get fewer in number in parliament and the rise of the opposition. We already have double digit opposition MPs in parliament already so let’s see if we get any new NCMPs after the next election. For all you know it might be someone from SDP or PSP again asking uncomfortable questions whcih PAP does not want to answer and turning the tables around by saying they are divisive or some other nonsense.

    More opposition and less monkeys please thank you!

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  • demoncrazy:

    There is one democracy that pays ministers million dollar salaries to make colourful statements like

    “(We) don’t have too many sheep in Singapore to produce cotton.”

    “You need a very small space to have sex.

    ”For our East Coast residents, we also have a plan for the East Coast. We have a East Coast…”

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  • Smart Nation:

    illiterate pap voters:
    In many ways, all systems in the world, including Taliban or American, are better than pap system.

    In many ways.

    pap PA paid IBs ask, are you sure? In what ways?

    1, which government pays each other in the same political clan S$m per annum for doing ffff-off?

    2, which government has a leader who chairs gic whose wife runs temasick? even najib and wife don’t do such things.

    3, which government in the world, even the most crooked ones such as South Korea, abuses parleeement to approve S$billions for pap use in pap PA?

    4, which government in the world rewards loyalty by employing time expired loyals in S$m positions that have zero accountability? pap PA paid IBs were very vocal on this, saying, no such thing, no such thing, no such thing. ffff. these pap PA paid IBs sure cannot read. They don’t read temasick reports showing how it throws away dollars reaping cents. They don’t read reports how pap folks throw away heirlooms such as NOL. They don’t reports how pap awards its folks in SMRT SPH etc with S$m jobs that fail to deliver performance.

    5, which government in the world tackles covid as if covid only attacks in foodcourts restaurants malls when almost all infections originate in crowded buses mrt trains?

    There are over 67 points. We are listing the 5 least harmful to cotton sheep who voted pap into power. The other 62 points even the Talibans or Americans shake their heads and say, we have a better system.

    Your questions are so specific that the answers are self-evident. LOL!

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    This is a typical frog in the well Oppie supporters who had not seen/heard the reality of world politics.

    Let me debunk you point by point.

    illiterate pap voters:
    1, which government pays each other in the same political clan S$m per annum for doing ffff-off?

    ans:
    At least 11 Americunt presidents have appointed family members to executive branch positions for doing ffff-off.
    https://ballotpedia.org/Fact_check/Have_presidents_before_Donald_Trump_appointed_family_members_to_White_House_positions

    illiterate pap voters:
    2, which government has a leader who chairs gic whose wife runs temasick? even najib and wife don’t do such things.

    ans:
    Najib wife don’t do such things because she just ask and it will be given to her.
    While demoncratic US President don’t appoint their wife to run state fund, they appoint their own kaki lang also.

    Even demoncratic Tsai also appoint her own 表姐夫 into top legal position to block investigation into her degree.

    少康開講│最高行政院長表姊夫就任
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwYaMjwUYjI

    Democratic control media
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdk7cc6SnD8

    illiterate pap voters:
    3, which government in the world, even the most crooked ones such as South Korea, abuses parleeement to approve S$billions for pap use in pap PA?

    ans:
    abuse parleeeement? hohoho… just look at your Roy beloved democratic roc taiwan…just google it yourselves.

    illiterate pap voters:
    4, which government in the world rewards loyalty by employing time expired loyals in S$m positions that have zero accountability? pap PA paid IBs were very vocal on this, saying, no such thing, no such thing, no such thing. ffff. these pap PA paid IBs sure cannot read. They don’t read temasick reports showing how it throws away dollars reaping cents. They don’t read reports how pap folks throw away heirlooms such as NOL. They don’t reports how pap awards its folks in SMRT SPH etc with S$m jobs that fail to deliver performance.

    ans:
    employing time expired loyals? hohoho… just look at your Roy beloved democratic roc taiwan…
    外戚掌權抄家政敵? 小英裙帶關係”用人唯親”!? 新聞大白話 20210727
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSwEWqjwAYA

    illiterate pap voters:
    5, which government in the world tackles covid as if covid only attacks in foodcourts restaurants malls when almost all infections originate in crowded buses mrt trains?

    ans:
    hohoho… just look at your Roy beloved democratic roc taiwan…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Py2JDK_hfE

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share

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  • You mean thisbugger, Kin Lian?:

    (The corrupt politicians like their “democracy”. They know how to play the system to their advantage. They know how to win elections.After they get into power, they know how to use their power to their advantage, and to benefit their political sponsors.
    They know how to change the law, to entrench their power. They pass laws that do not respect justice and honesty.)

    Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley says that the evidence suggests that father Joe and offspring Hunter reimbursed each other, and mingled their finances while Joe was vice-president to Obama.

    https://youtu.be/GCk4RlPkFSQ

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  • Smart Nation:

    “After they get into power, they know how to use their power to their advantage, and to benefit their political sponsors.

    They know how to change the law, to entrench their power. They pass laws that do not respect justice and honesty.”

    Response: Do you not think that your description sound very much closer to home? By ” their political sponsors” you mean “cronies?” PAP should be very happy that SG has no shortage of people like TKL from RI. Not lousy school, ok. LOL!

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    This is a rather interesting murder or man slaughter case in China.

    http://www.huogua.net/a/45363
    福建莆田残忍命案2死3伤!围观网友却都在同情杀人凶手?

    The culprit a poor man is really pitiful.
    Strangely he need his neighbour’s approval before he can construct his house???

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  • RunSilentRunDeep:

    TKL lives in Utopia apparently…

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  • TKL go hide somewhere:

    Recent US Presidents go to wars to protect their way of life. How dare you criticize their democracy!

    Go hide underground somewhere and avoid all modern gadgets, else their drones will get you!

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  • Norway?:

    Perhaps, TKL likes Norway? The democracy there is awesome.

    The welfare there is fantastic. S$80 billion YEARLY welfare budget for its population of 5 million.

    Singapore gov distributes $600 once, already kpkb increase GST.

    Migration time!

    Tan Kim Lan:
    waliao eh….. why ‘bo chi’ to mention China, sinkapore? Must waste space for next post.

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  • I am MIKE:

    TKL

    You are really sick in the mind.

    And that is no surprise, a condition typically caused by CCP infection.

    P/s: to correct one reader above, NK does have election. Haha just somehow the Supreme leader gets 100% votes all the time. Just like what tech like to say, CN have erection all the way from village frog to NPC. And they follow the works and realization of ‘Three Principles of the People’ under the directive of another historical crook : Sun Yat Sen.

    Yes, our education had brain washed us about Sun Yat Sen, he is not what he is when your read his life story.

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  • Fire:

    Norway?:
    Perhaps, TKL likes Norway? The democracy there is awesome.

    The welfare there is fantastic. S$80 billion YEARLY welfare budget for its population of 5 million.

    Singapore gov distributes $600 once, already kpkb increase GST.

    Migration time!

    Nice.

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  • just join the club:

    //This is a typical frog in the well Oppie supporters who had not seen/heard the reality of world politics.//

    hahahaha. do you mean to say that many (if not all) are wayang layang ?? so there is a template (world right ??) for wayang layang to continue and carry on (just join the club and present a “false front” the public since the latter can be fooled without knowing it ????) ??

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  • big space with good air:

    //The welfare there is fantastic. S$80 billion YEARLY welfare budget for its population of 5 million.

    Singapore gov distributes $600 once, already kpkb increase GST.

    Migration time!//

    aiyoh. norway is not open-leg wide wide policy like sinkie land ?? why share need to share a big country with big space with good air & greenery plus the goodies (welfare ??) with outsiders with all the chat-ba-lang behaviors who may abuse and corrupt it ??

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  • hoping for a benevolent leader:

    ah tan ah, better choose democracy than non democracy ?? even on papers fake democracy has recognized that democracy is better than other forms ?? just that fake democracy (maybe authoritarian or dictatorial ??) like to fool those they govern that they have a choice ???

    once non-democracy is in place, it is very difficult to change the system and institutional mechanisms already there for a long time unless through force (aka revolutions ???) which will result in many casualties ??

    it is better to have a good system by design (which gives people the option to vote out bad leaders ??) rather than hoping for a benevolent & wise leader (where all the institutional mechanisms ‘manufactured’ by himself / cronies confer him absolute power which are difficult to be taken away from him ??) from a non-democracy ??

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  • mrWie:

    The 3 pillars of democracy: Legislature, Executive, Judiciary
    They are for checks and balances, make sure that the three powers interact in an equitable and balanced way.
    The 4th pillar is media.

    Sadly all the pillars here are controlled by one person.
    We may call ourselves DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    TKL go hide somewhere:
    Recent US Presidents go to wars to protect their way of life. How dare you criticize their democracy!

    Go hide underground somewhere and avoid all modern gadgets, else their drones will get you!

    So to upkeep their Americunts good way of life it is ok to enslave others, destroy others and rob others ?

    US history riddled with massacres, genocide
    https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/us-history-riddled-with-massacres-genocide/2261696

    The boarding school experience for Indian children began in 1860
    http://www.nativepartnership.org/site/PageServer?pagename=airc_hist_boardingschools

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  • xoxo:

    This bloke lost the EP election by a huge margin for obvious reasons.
    I dont think he can even win an MP seat at the rate he is going.
    He shud just resigned himself to BOOT-LICKING like he did at NTUC INCOME.

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  • mrWie:

    we will never forget you for contesting in the presidential election
    just to dilute votes in favour for the incumbent party.

    a wolf in sheep clothing, indeed.
    thank you for revealing your identity!

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  • Reboot:

    After they get into power, they know how to use their power to their advantage, and to benefit their political sponsors. They know how to change the law, to entrench their power. They pass laws that do not respect justice and honesty.
    —————-The above is from TKL———————-
    Did realise that what he said represent Singapore more than US. In US, the President tried to change the law but was rebutted by the courts, the civil service stopped the abuse. Trump was not able to get away with his totalitarian approach and was forced to step down. Even his Vice President, he refused to collaborate with Trump and handed over. US democracy isnt perfect but they have independent civil service and military, they will only take orders based on the election outcome and also if the laws do not fit, they stop it at the courts. Now, you are saying SG system is based on US democracy? Which part? The election part or the independence of civil service, courts or military?
    ————————————————————–
    https://asia.nikkei.com/Editor-s-Picks/China-up-close/Analysis-The-man-who-knew-too-much-of-Xi-s-power-plays-is-out

    TKL loves China, he is trying to hide his love in this article. Please read the whole article about dictatorship, TKL used the man to remove all his political enemies and once all the political enemies are removed, the man is also being removed. You are saying a imperialist dynasty of a man controlling every sector of the society by having his own family and friends in place. You are talking Singapore should model after this?

    Fortunately you did not win the EP, the more you wrote, the more expose on your naivety.

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  • Reboot:

    In Australia, my uncle is getting retirement fund of $600 a week, his wife too, he got 3 houses rented out. And his medical is FOC, covered by Australia National Healthcare and going on public transport is free for old folks above 60.

    Norway is vibrant with transparent sovereign fund, the largest in the world, CEO pay is $1M SGD only. They made so much money that the citizens are all enjoying life.

    https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20180709-unlike-most-millennials-norways-are-rich

    Norwegian social welfare encompasses comprehensive unemployment benefits, retirement pay, and health care coverage that covers just about everything. We all really agree on public, free education for all.

    By keeping the pressure on, feminist organizations have kept even today’s more conservative parliament focused on the plight of the working class.

    Norway is one of the happiest country in the world where the young and old does not have to worry about almost anything. They are also the richest with lots of welfare and money and one of the most advanced nation on the globe.

    They do not pay their civil servants, ministers like us but this pandemic they have done so well. TKL is still thinking about the hainanese girl he met in the bakery and TR Tech is thinking about his wife who did not dessert him while Norwegians enjoy everything and life that Singaporeans nor PRCs could only dream of.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Reboot:
    TKL is still thinking about the hainanese girl he met in the bakery and TR Tech is thinking about his wife who did not dessert him while Norwegians enjoy everything and life that Singaporeans nor PRCs could only dream of.

    TR Tech wife will immediately deserted him if his wife read here how he and his friends goes KTV to raba raba and play naked mahjong with hostess…

    For those who donated money to TR Techie medication funds, you may want to demand to see how your donation is spent…

    Is the donated money really spent on his much needed medication or raba raba play naked mahjong with hostess…

    If you want to do charity, help others, better do a check before you do it.
    Don’t be like stopid stopid gong gong Gilbert Goh who was scammed/conned big time by Singaporeans.

    https://theindependent.sg/activist-files-police-report-against-woman-who-said-she-lied-about-being-evicted-by-hdb-to-seek-donations/

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer

    Tech: Yes yes, she will desert and divorce me for sure. So sad.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    https://m.weibo.cn/detail/4691670472065389

    China no difference. This case prove one thing No money no power no brains no relationship no sar kar no EQ….真是好慘.

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  • BK:

    TKL tries hard. But he never faces the data and facts, liked the typical China trolls, they are liked robbers who take a bath in search of a clean get away.

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/09/24/china-great-power-united-states/

    China with Xi Jingping has reached a peak. The article states very succintly why, just highlight some points here:

    1. China is also approaching a demographic precipice: From 2020 to 2050, it will lose an astounding 200 million working-age adults—a population the size of Nigeria—and gain 200 million senior citizens.

    2. State zombie firms are being propped up while private firms are starved of capital. Objective economic analysis is being replaced by government propaganda. Innovation is becoming more difficult in a climate of stultifying ideological conformity. Meanwhile, Xi’s brutal anti-corruption campaign has deterred entrepreneurship, and a wave of politically driven regulations has erased more than $1 trillion from the market capitalization of China’s leading tech firms. Xi hasn’t simply stopped the process of economic liberalization that powered China’s development: He has thrown it hard into reverse.

    3. Since the late 2000s, however, the drivers of China’s rise have either stalled or turned around entirely. For example, China is running out of resources: Water has become scarce, and the country is importing more energy and food than any other nation, having ravaged its own natural resources. Economic growth is therefore becoming costlier: According to data from DBS Bank, it takes three times as many inputs to produce a unit of growth today as it did in the early 2000s.

    Personally, I think it is a medium term peak. And I said it before, Im for the Chinese ppl to find their mojo, a political challenge must come from the biz community.

    The Chinese State has a kind of stasis maturity for a long time. Emperors, War Lords, CCP, are different versions of the same bland dish.

    The Chinese Civilization with its resilience and assimilation but fettered to a Leninist political chain, will break free.

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  • Brainwashed:

    The one who swallows western propaganda is BacK.

    The original writers are from AEI, which receives millions and millions of donation from the renegade province Taiwan to write smear on China.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Brainwashed:
    The one who swallows western propaganda is BacK.

    The original writers are from AEI, which receives millions and millions of donation from the renegade province Taiwan to write smear on China.

    Hey Chinacunt, do you mean China are goody two shoe and never smear other others ?

    Your naivety is laughable.

    兵不厌诈。。every country will do whatever it takes for survival. Period.

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