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An important lesson

I was walking along Ang Mo Kio Central tonight, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted an old uncle standing blankly next to a bin. I’m not sure what prompted me to approach him but he had a strange despairingly look. It was a look I was not familiar with.

“Is everything okay?’’, I asked him in mandarin. He seemed quite surprised by my question and said he was okay, but just a little hungry. He then immediately asked if I could spare him some money for food.

Instinctively all my alarm bells went ringing. This has to be a scam and I’m not about to be your victim. I’m not going to fall for your little pity ploy. So I said sure, let’s go to a nearby coffee-shop and I’ll buy you some food. He seemed relieved by that suggestion.

Upon getting a seat, and at his request we ordered a bowl of fishball soup and some iced milo. We started to talk. Uncle is 83 this year and he has a wife at home that he cares for, however she isn’t with him as it is inconvenient for her to leave the house. His son, in his fifties, gets by earning $1000 a month, which is insufficient to support the family. And therefore, to avoid being a burden, he resorts to asking for meals and money from the public when they get hungry.

And then suddenly, I was overcome with shame. Here I was, an able bodied working adult, earning a decent salary and never having to worry where my next meal was going to come from, yet here I was, worried that an old man was about to swindle me of a couple of dollars. Uncle said that the people who were most willing to help were usually the youngsters because they were the least suspicious. And it taught me an important lesson today.

It seems that we have become a nation of detached, distrusting strangers. As we grow older and as many of us enter the corporate world, we grow increasingly disillusioned of the world and its devices. We learn to look after our own interests first. We become cautious, skeptical and apprehensive. We forget to take care of one another. Perhaps if we learn to care for one another a little more and choose to see the good in people, then maybe, just maybe we can make the world a slightly better place for those who need it most.

A short while later, I left him with some money and went on my way. It was probably the most meaningful amount of money I’ve spent in a long long time. Sometimes we forget how blessed we truly are.

 

Poh Ler Hern

 

 

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41 Responses to “An important lesson”

  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Poh,
    Good that you chip out to help.
    1. But did you refer him to COMCARE or to see his PAP MP who is more than willing to ask Singaporeans to donate to help?
    2. Also, did you check and double check how he ends up in this state ? example, did he spend all his money on horse, drinks, woman ?

    Bangkok Thailand – She said: I like old men – Vlog 66
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz9a55KJc2s

    Youngster should not be too trusting of old uncles and aunties..and should ask question and check and check…

    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/$hare my post.
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    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
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    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    A short while later, I left him with some money and went on my way. It was probably the most meaningful amount of money I’ve spent in a long long time.
    ============================================================

    And later you realize you had been conned/scammed.

    Better check and check and check before you dispense any help.

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  • Billy ma:

    It’s so sad.
    But what’s worse is that there’re many more in such dire situation.

    Meanwhile, the great & mighty PAP are complaining they’re not paid enough.
    They’re just asking for a mere $million only.

    But here we have Singaporeans just want another meal.

    If the problem is bad now, with the greying population growing, this problem will explode.

    What will PAP do about it?
    Nothing.

    PAP ministers got their $million million, why would they care a darn about poor Singaporeans.

    Tech: These oldies but goodies are dying off due to C19, remember. Maybe that’s the plan that comes with “living with the virus”?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Why Singaporeans always whine and whine and expect other people to come to their help ?

    Why Singaporeans does not have spine to stand on their own 2 feet like the Japanese ?

    Old man pulls and sets up his handcart by only human power
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHiWYvhxUI4

    Young man pulls and sets up his handcart by only human power
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i9SU1DSYJY

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/$hare my post.
    In Dollar$ 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
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Neo Sia Lan & Wan Pat Pat:

    People donate and uoi say its a possible scam. Haiyo.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    A short while later, I left him with some money and went on my way. It was probably the most meaningful amount of money I’ve spent in a long long time.
    ============================================================

    And later you realize you had been conned/scammed.

    Better check and check and check before you dispense any help.

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  • John Richards:

    You did good Poh. We can all help in our own little way. Do not expect this heartless government to care.

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  • entry level barrier:

    //Why Singaporeans always whine and whine and expect other people to come to their help ?//

    of course whine and whine lar ?? are you suggesting protests and demonstrations ?? and it must mean ‘getting help’ in the sytle as defined by the white monkey idiots ???

    //Old man pulls and sets up his handcart by only human power//

    what old man & young man pulling handcart ?? in sinkie land, you can pull handcart meh ??? can you set up nasi lemak stall at your void deck (stand up with your own two feet ??) ??? or the entry level barrier is high (even businesses & towkay need support during this convit99 periold leh ??) ??

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  • serious or not:

    //But did you refer him to COMCARE or to see his PAP MP who is more than willing to ask Singaporeans to donate to help?//

    serious or not ?? what COMCARE or see tualiak ?? is it you say one (same nick leh) :

    “”"”"”Why Singaporeans does not have spine to stand on their own 2 feet like the Japanese”"”"

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  • Blue:

    Who is this “Singapore R Free Riders”?
    Been spewing rubbish everytime.

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  • lliterate pap voters:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Poh,
    Good that you chip out to help.
    1. But did you refer him to COMCARE or to see his PAP MP who is more than willing to ask Singaporeans to donate to help?
    2. Also, did you check and double check how he ends up in this state ? example, did he spend all his money on horse, drinks, woman ?

    Bangkok Thailand – She said: I like old men – Vlog 66
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz9a55KJc2s

    Youngster should not be too trusting of old uncles and aunties..and should ask question and check and check…

    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/$hare my post.
    In Dollar$ 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
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

    hahaha.

    hahaha.

    hahaha.

    have you tried getting a S$ from comcare?

    it is easier to pull teeth with pliers.

    it is sad we have such pap PA paid IBs from Msia in our midst. we are sure these talk cock folks from pap PA are from Msia. because no local born, whether 39% or 61%, can be so ffffing stupid.

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  • lliterate pap voters:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    A short while later, I left him with some money and went on my way. It was probably the most meaningful amount of money I’ve spent in a long long time.
    ============================================================

    And later you realize you had been conned/scammed.

    Better check and check and check before you dispense any help.

    No wonder all the Msians mostly run road. because they made their nation unlivable since which angle they turn they think they see con or scam. ffffing stupid people employed by pap PA as pap IBs.

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  • Charity is a Business:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: 1. But did you refer him to COMCARE or to see his PAP MP who is more than willing to ask Singaporeans to donate to help?

    Charity is a business with profit & loss statement to file. Charity organization can take up to 75% of the taking to offset expenses, etc.

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  • Willing to help, but . . .:

    John Richards: You did good Poh. We can all help in our own little way. Do not expect this heartless government to care.

    Believe many are willing to help fellow Singaporeans, but not being fooled by con artists (and charity organizations).

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  • Kevin:

    When people said they are hungry, I usually don’t question their motive. I rather risk being conned by one person to save many other unsuspicious needy souls. Otherwise, the victim is not us, but those who were genuine in need of help. Don’t let one rotten tree make you burn down the entire forest.

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  • Ah Ha:

    Who gives a fiddlers fuk if he lost his wealth with women, gambling or just bad luck, the man was in need of a meal. Pretty sorry state when compassion is void but problem is many are and run to church on Sunday for forgiveness and salvation. Maybe Free Riders Merc will have two flats at 2 am on the PIE who would help him if they knew who he was…KARMA!

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Billions are Spent in Bailout of the rich & famouse even FTs too…students n FAKE talents… and here we have an OCTO who contrubute to Nation Building From 1959…

    Good for you Poh, its people of your calibre that MADE The Nation…NOT the Hipocrites in their Ivory Towers.

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  • Touched:

    Is ok.cov2 is here to shorten our sufferings.

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  • Taleban:

    “Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    October 25, 2021 at 9:13 am (Quote)
    Why Singaporeans always whine and whine and expect other people to come to their help ?

    Why Singaporeans does not have spine to stand on their own 2 feet like the Japanese ?

    Old man pulls and sets up his handcart by only human power
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHiWYvhxUI4

    Young man pulls and sets up his handcart by only human power
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i9SU1DSYJY

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/$hare my post.
    In Dollar$ 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

    “Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Are you stupid or what?
    You ask Singaporean to follow the 2 Japaneses in your video??
    It is illegal hawkering!!!
    Sell tissue paper also cannot. Illegal hawkering.

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  • Taleban:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    October 25, 2021 at 9:13 am (Quote)
    Why Singaporeans always whine and whine and expect other people to come to their help ?

    Why Singaporeans does not have spine to stand on their own 2 feet like the Japanese ?

    Old man pulls and sets up his handcart by only human power
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHiWYvhxUI4

    Young man pulls and sets up his handcart by only human power
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i9SU1DSYJY

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/$hare my post.
    In Dollar$ 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
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Are you sleeping or what?
    You ask Singaporeans to follow the 2 Japaneses in your video??
    It is illegal hawkering!!!!
    Even selling tissue paper is illegal hawkering.

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  • Trust only myself:

    Why uncle already no CPF monies to use at this age?

    Did you ask uncle who he voted for last 50 years?

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  • This one needs help:

    https://www.zaobao.com.sg/news/singapore/story20211025-1206567

    This old man gets free vaccine volunteered on him. Will vaccine help him?

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  • limpei:

    Did you get his permission to share his photo online?

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  • xoxo:

    I say again the $100 BILLION has gone to wa$te!
    Just a fraction could have gone a long way to give more decent assistance to old n needy sgs like this one at AMK,the PM’s GRC?

    POOR sgs are too greedy to be given help but well-heeled sgs n FTs can be extended generous amounts from sgs’ own reserves in big sums?

    WTF is happening here?
    The poor subsidising the rich directly or indirectly.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    entry level barrier:
    //Why Singaporeans always whine and whine and expect other people to come to their help ?//

    of course whine and whine lar ?? are you suggesting protests and demonstrations ?? and it must mean ‘getting help’ in the sytle as defined by the white monkey idiots ???

    //Old man pulls and sets up his handcart by only human power//

    what old man & young man pulling handcart ?? in sinkie land, you can pull handcart meh ??? can you set up nasi lemak stall at your void deck (stand up with your own two feet ??) ??? or the entry level barrier is high (even businesses & towkay need support during this convit99 periold leh ??) ??

    1) Singapore is democratic and you can protest at Hong Lim Green. No one is stopping you … just make sure you don’t uproot the plant there else you have to have for all damages to NPark.

    2) Who say you cannot setup stall at void deck ? You can set it up on Carousell and call it HDB void deck Nasi Lemak stall or any name you want.
    Your customer can pick up your Nasi Lemak from you at your void deck.

    See, we PAP very creative …. this kind of thing also need us PAP to tell you.

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/$hare my post.
    In Dollar$ 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
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Ah Ha:
    Who gives a fiddlers fuk if he lost his wealth with women, gambling or just bad luck,

    Oh Ok … you ok with people who enjoy life gamble away their money or enjoy life womanize away their money.

    Pattaya Thailand – She said: You are handsome boy! – Vlog 85
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR6EdyzOAyU

    you don’t care, don’t question, don’t check, don’t double check.

    Hear .. hear .. we will send all who claims that they are poor to you.

    Please leave your contact here.

    Thank you.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    lliterate pap voters: No wonder all the Msians mostly run road. because they made their nation unlivable since which angle they turn they think they see con or scam. ffffing stupid people employed by pap PA as pap IBs.

    Cannot argue and resort to name calling ?

    I had rebutted your 5 major points already… so print your other 62 points here.

    Anyway, Malaysia univ is better than your NUS …

    1- Taylor’s University
    2- Sunway University
    3- KDU University College
    4- Nilai University
    5- Nilai Polytechnic

    to name just a few and we serve honourably in SAF and never keng ….

    Malaysians are pro actively engaged and not pro actively disengaged (bo chap)

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  • to showcase:

    // is democratic and you can protest at Hong Lim Green. No one is stopping you//

    4 = 5 selected = elected ?? yar lor, no one stopping you lor ?? HLG is just a showcase for white monkey idiots and gang to showcase lar ??

    //Who say you cannot setup stall at void deck ? You can set it up on Carousell and call it HDB void deck Nasi Lemak stall or any name you want.
    Your customer can pick up your Nasi Lemak from you at your void deck.//

    aiyoh. you hoseh or not ?? setting up stall at void deck is different from set it up on carol-SELL lar ?? hawker centre is different from your house or office unit managing CaroL-sell account lar ???

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  • dave:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Someone that could not find a job in Malaysia.

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    dave:
    Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Someone that could not find a job in Malaysia.

    Yes, yes, yes.

    Very well said, bro.

    Agree.

    We made it a point when we go into a shop and the Msia accent comes on, we just walk out. Why in such a small island we need these Msian useless we just cannot accept.

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  • holeejinx:

    i think (Singaporeans R Free Riders) must be from delta strain smelly and poisonous

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  • Don't Talk Nonsense:

    @Sporeans Are Free Riders

    You mentioned that the Japanese can take care of themselves eg pushing handcarts to sell things. In Singapore if you have a handcart to sell things, where can you park the handcart? Within one day the The National Environment Agency will come and arrest you and confiscate all your items.

    The evil PAP govt will not allow people to sell things on the road and without paying a monthly license fee. The only way is to rob to survive and if you go to jail at least you get free food.

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  • as long as possible:

    //because no local born, whether 39% or 61%, can be so ffffing stupid.//

    exactly ?? when 4 = 5 selected = elected ownself-check-ownself one curry party function plus noted 160th environmental standard plus PORTMAR plus FISSSCAR, what more can one get ??

    white monkey idiots need plenty of FTs (6.9m or 10m open leg policy ?) to help them “overwhelm” daft sinkies and keep them as daft as long as possible ?? that’s how talented the white monkey idiots and gang are ??

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    dave:
    Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Someone that could not find a job in Malaysia.

    Yawn… sour grapes….I am a talent whereas you are a whiner … period.

    I had proudly serve SAF and continue to serve out my last term of in camp training..
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/03/27/lee-wong-military-patriot-video/

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    illiterate pap voters: We made it a point when we go into a shop and the Msia accent comes on, we just walk out. Why in such a small island we need these Msian useless we just cannot accept.

    Luckily TRE Techie and Singaporeans at large is not narrowed minded like you…otherwise he will not have a FT wife and get to enjoy big land big house…

    This is called networking. Stopid old goose.

    Tech: Big land big house? Please lar, the only asset I ever owned was a 38 metre^2 office space which was bought at RMB 100,000 in 2018 and even that, has been sold off to finance my medical expenses.

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  • Be kind:

    Be kind.
    Many are suffering in this Pandemic. Many do not know how to get help or ComCare has failed to reach them.

    Help them whenever you can.It does not cost much from you but it matters to them.

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  • ownself-say-ownself talent:

    //Yawn… sour grapes….I am a talent whereas you are a whiner … period.//

    aiyoh ?? do you mean talent in fire-fighting the “fire” resulting from the white monkey idiots policies ?? ownself-say-ownself talent just exactly like the white monkey idiots ???

    no wonder many daft sinkies can be fooled and the monkey idiots need ‘magnanimous’ FTs to create jobs (not steal / compete jobs for themselves hor ???) for daft sinkies hor ???

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  • populated and congested:

    //will not allow people to sell things on the road and without paying a monthly license fee. The only way is to rob to survive and if you go to jail at least you get free food.//

    rent-seeking (you pay more but things do not seem to be easier / better ??) ???

    one makes the country so populated and congested (via 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy ??) and then make them pay / compete saying market price for the so-called scare resources made even more scare (e.g land space use for businesses / living or road or pavement use for pedestrian and vehicles / bicycles) ????

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  • #06-195 Copy fake:

    Can sell online but beware of the following when chatting:

    1) They will ask you if your chicken rice is real or fake. And they want proof. For eg, you sell $2, it’s fake. Priced at $5 is real. Basically they can’t tell the difference. Becos they have no taste.
    2) They will lowball you. Say One packet is $3, they demand 10 packets at $1. And they want them to be wrapped nicely,, brand new. Next day, you seee your chicken rice sold at $6 a packet on the same website.
    3) They take their own sweet time, sometimes days, to reply you. Then last minute say want to collect.
    4) They want to know if you are the first owner. As if that matters.
    5) They ask you the same questions again and again. Each time phrased differently. Even if the answers can be found in your listing.
    6) They say want to buy but they stay east, you stay west. So very far. Ask for mailing even though you already listed as collect in person.
    7) They say you stay very far, meet central mrt. They say they donch want exit gantry.
    8) They insist on PayNow even though you say cash only. And refuse to pay by cash. Some even sulk and grumble. $10 cash also say don’t have. Must explain in detail they must go atm. As though Spore is lacking in ATMs.
    9) They ask if they should call la la move to transport their purchase. Even though the item can be hand carried. Then keep mentioning la la move during your chat.
    10) Some want to inspect your goods and then compplain if there are slight defects in the second hand goods. Cheapskates.
    11) All want brand new, price very low. Ai pi ai chi ai toa ni ni. Cheapos. So they can brag to frens :”see? I bought this brand new so cheap!”
    12) Ask you to give them good reviews even if their buying behavior has been exasperating.
    12) Lots of fake buyers, pretend want to buy but never.
    13) Some chat with you. Talk nonsense. Try to be funny.

    Mostly too cheap to buy first hand but expect second hand goods to be brand new.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    2) Who say you cannot setup stall at void deck ? You can set it up on Carousell and call it HDB void deck Nasi Lemak stall or any name you want.
    Your customer can pick up your Nasi Lemak from you at your void deck.

    .

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/$hare my post.
    In Dollar$ 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
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Where r billions $ gone?:

    Yeah but billions r taken out from the reserves. Where have they gone.?
    A good qutestion Americans r asking also in US since Trumpism n r still asking?
    Singaporeans r asking also but poo oh fart will sue by their ma till ur pents drop!
    Very clean but only compliance aka bootlicking cootlicking, brownsing, fart worming, bc?
    All for what?Good question? Perhaps the stale peanutty SW will taell u? Perhaps TCB, TK, n the retire CBs now shitting on many boards will? Doubt it? Ask LHY n LWL the CBs n dynasty wikis will explain ?

    Wayang Wayan till the damn cows crow happily to pay handsomely for thy compliant service!

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  • Cheap & Good labour:

    even the grassroots learned to talk like the MP.. learn the american way.. boss around grassroots show their faces.. in short the failure of the grassroots system.. the grassroot are disillusionesd too.

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  • Cheap & Good labour:

    singaporean stopped bitching… i am fat loaded well paid well-fed.. how can i understand your bitching problem .

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