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Crazily Entertaining Creepy A***Holes

If you want to do a study of Singapore, you could do no worse than to read the “White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga. This book irritates the hell out of my expat Indian friends because he gives the “shinning India” that former Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee a “good dressing down” in a very sarcastic manner. The novel’s main character talks about India being divided into the “light” and the “darkness” and divides the caste system into “men with bellies” and “men without bellies.”

As much as my Singaporean friends would hate to admit, what the White Tiger describes of India, also applies to Singapore when it comes to the area of foreign worker relations. If you look at the industries involving foreign labour, there is inevitably the “light” and “dark” Singapore. Talking about light and darkness in these industries has racial undertones in as much as the people living in the “light” are inevitably Chinese and thus fair skinned and the people living in the “dark” are usually South Asians, who are inevitably a darker shade of pink.

The differences between the light and dark in these industries is more than skin deep. The people in the light inevitably live comfortable lives, whilst the lives of the people in the dark, is well, pretty dark.

Covid-19 made this very clear. The thing that caused our first major outbreak that led to the initial circuit breaker in April 2020 came from an outbreak in the worker dormitories, which is filled with people who live in the darkness. It shouldn’t have surprised anyone because, foreign workers had died of other diseases due to unsanitary living conditions and a virus that thrives on close human contact found a very fertile breading ground in the worker dormitories. The then Minister for Manpower, Ms. Josephine Teo had the unenviable task of admitting that the worker dormitories were unsatisfactory and a government that made so much about doing the right thing rather than the easy thing was also forced to admit that they had held back on pushing the construction industry to upgrade conditions for workers because the industry would squeal about the rising costs.

At the onset of the outbreak, the government stepped in and agreed to share the costs in helping the dormitory operators get their facilities up to a livable standard. Personally, I thought this was offensive. The “dormitory” business is highly profitable, doesn’t create anything of great value or create high paying jobs for Singaporeans so there’s no logical or moral reason for the tax payer to subsidize them for providing the basics to their customers. Singapore takes great pride in being “non-welfare,” especially when it comes to lower income people asking for a few cents more. I took issue with this and got a letter published in the Straits Times Forum (Singapore’s flagship daily) questioning why companies like Centurion Corporation, which made S$103 million in profit on revenue of $133 million should receive money from the tax payer. My letter can be found at: [LINK]

Mr. Koh Chee Min, the CEO of Centurion Corporation thought I was worthy enough of a reply and set out to set me straight on my “mistaken beliefs” about how dormitory operator’s function. He accepted that standards had to be raised in view of Covid and assured the public in his letter that he was glad that we had discovered concern for migrant workers. His letter can be found at: [LINK]

You could argue that mistakes were bound to happen in the initial stages of the pandemic. It was unique situation and the government had its reasons for stepping in to help the dormitory operators to bring their buildings up to scratch. You would also have assumed that the government and the operators would have worked some form of contingency planning.

Let’s be clear, the Singapore government is known around the world for being far sighted. Our government is known for planning for every possible scenario.

Yet, more than one year after the tax payer was forced to bail out a highly profitable industry, the issues have clearly not been solved. This was made clear when riot police had to be called in to deal with workers in the Westlite Jalan Tukang Dormitory who had the audacity to be unhappy about their living conditions (contrary to popular belief, people who are forced to live in disease causing conditions are bound to get upset and you cannot argue that the people making others live in such conditions are the victims). The story can be found at: [LINK]

He sleeps here in a pandemic

So, here’s the question – if the tax payer had to step into subsidise the dormitory owners in an extraordinary time, why was it such that this incident happened? The only response that the employer (SembCorp Marine) and the dormitory operator (Westlite, which is owned by Centurion Corporation) have offered an apology of sorts and mentioned something about conducting regular testing.

However, why is there even a need for an apology. The incident should never have happened in the first place. Unlike last year, we know more about Covid and its clear that protocols should have been put into place. They clearly were not and I’ve argued in public that this is not how things should be, as expressed in my letter which was published by the Straits Times: [LINK]

Tax payer money was used to ensure that the dormitories would not be an issue in the fight against Covid. Yet this has not been the case. Hopefully the tax payer did not have to help sustain the lifestyle of Mr. Koh’s boss’s wife: [LINK]

So, she can continue living here:

It should be noted that Centurion Corporation’s financial figures have remained very healthy. While they have dipped a little (which business hasn’t in these times), the shareholders have no reason to be unhappy with what’s being delivered: [LINK]

Covid-19 has caused a lot of misery around the world. However, it has caused many of us to relook at social contracts. Why should the highly profitable receive tax payer subsidies to provide the service that they’re selling? Shouldn’t people who take public money be held accountable to the public?

 

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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27 Responses to “Crazily Entertaining Creepy A***Holes”

  • Botak Screwball:

    Always got fetish for a*se-holes is called botak, crazy-ass.

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  • Don't play God:

    This guy is worst than crazy. He is ev*l. May God have mercy on him.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Tang Li,
    Do you like to pay taxes ? No ?

    Then why should company dip into their own pocket to help the workers if the company could avoid it ?

    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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  • Sleeping in the clouds:

    Workers sleep on the ground.
    Elites in castles above the clouds.
    The rest are in the middle of nowhere.
    What a Stark Contrast!
    First World, indeed.

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  • Neo Sia Lan & Wan Pat Pat:

    Compare and contrast photos.

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  • Neo Sia Lan & Wan Pat Pat:

    Why do you want to pay for them? And go Huat Huat Huat?

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Tang Li,
    Do you like to pay taxes ? No ?

    Then why should company dip into their own pocket to help the workers if the company could avoid it ?

    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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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Even for the Evergranda crisis, China gov doesn’t bail the company out. The Chinese is saying let this be a lesson for (private) companies that build their business on unsustainable policies – if they succeed, OK they reap the benefits, but if they fail then why should it be the taxpayers’ problem? So, why should FW dorm operators in SG be subsidized by the SG gov to improve their operations/facilities when they had been making good profits prior to the covid situation? Cronies of the pappies/MOM/BCA/MND/PMO/etc…?

    What’s more, it is understood that the recent Westlite Jalan Tulang is a new purpose-built dorm specifically designed with covid requirements in mind, and DEVELOPED BY JTC (aka using taxpayers monies?) too. Yet it can fuxk-up with 25% of its workers unvax and apparently poor protocols and welfare.
    (1) Was public money used for its development/construction?
    (2) If so, why should public money be used?
    (3) How much has Centurion actually bear the cost of its concepts, construction, operations, maintenance?
    (4) If public fund was used, why did its operations still fuxk-up?
    (5) Why the relevant ministers in MOM/PMO/MND/JTC/MOH/MOF/AGC so quiet why public funds have obviously be ineffectively or/and inappropriately used to finance private firms operations?
    (6) Was the situation so serious that riot police MUST be deployed??? If so, who is responsible to allow such a situation to become “so serious”?

    Dun expect any answers from the pappies or their doggies, hor?

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  • @theforgottongeneration

    You don’t need to know. It’s a matter of National Security, they would say. lol

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  • Just chicken feed lah:

    The rich-poor contrast is much,much more distinct in the huge country and the world biggest democracy of India.

    Mumbai, the commercial hubs of the country where the world largest slump is located is the showroom of this distinction———billionaire’s 10 stories extremely luxurious apartment building, built at at a cost amounting in the millions, with state of the arts design, fixtures, facilities and all the modern conveniences, is sitting just beside a slump. The building has only 5 people living in it and after a short period of stay, the billionaire family moved out and relocated to UK.

    The worker’s dorms contrasting HDB houses in Sinkiland, as compared to the example in Mumbai, is just chicken feed lah!

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  • workers also help company:

    //Do you like to pay taxes ? No ?

    Then why should company dip into their own pocket to help the workers if the company could avoid it ?//

    why not leh ?? workers also help company & bosses to make $$$ and company (bosses) help workers in employment lar and vice versa ?? it only depends how the balance is tilted (by statutes or company compensation package ???) on the distributed benefits / profit between company (senior executives / bosses) and workers ??

    just that the legal structure / decision-making culture of companies allow benefits (directly also contributed by rank-and-file workers) to flow more to top executives / bosses who get visibly taxed more (indirectly contributed by the same rank-and-file workers) ???

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  • Bad Boy:

    @ Even for the Evergranda crisis, China gov doesn’t bail the company out. The Chinese is saying let this be a lesson for (private) companies that build their business on unsustainable policies –

    Did we rescue Hyflux???

    Wah u really take in everything China dished out ?

    民營 or 私營 maybe ( why maybe ? e.g. look at Alibaba ant saga, remember is it a success or a failure ? ). As for 國營 ? You see they rescue or not ?

    China also said 1 country 2 systems , HK 50 years no change and curently its not even half of the period.

    Zheng Zhou flood deaths , initial they reported 2 figures. Subsequently they reported 100 plus. And when the flood’s blown over, no longer a spot light of attention. When everybody not looking no more , they reported 300 plus.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    TRE Techie:

    You don’t need to know. It’s a matter of National Security, they would say. lol

    Aiyoh, deployed riot police already of course they must say National security, lor. You expect Shamni to say because his backside itchy, meh? Lol.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Living REALITY in A World of ILLUSION…The Pavement n The CONdo…created by a bastard aptly named CON-YOU!!!

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Tang Li,
    Do you like to pay taxes ? No ?

    Then why should company dip into their own pocket to help the workers if the company could avoid it ?

    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.

    To “Singaporeans R Free Riders”, you seem to be avoiding me and scared to debate with me ah? LOL.

    Now, that you know that dorm company is owned by PAPies Cronies, so why don’t you ask Tang Li to “quote his source” about the claims above? Scared that others speak the Truth and burst your bubble of LIES and OBFUSCATION? LOL.

    You know, there is such a thing a KARMA?

    Since, you Luv your PAPies so much, your next life you can join them, ok?

    But Not as Aristocratic rulers, they (like you) may be born as those they Oppressed and Exploited now – i.e.) become born as a Foreign laborer earning a pittance and toiling like a slave under the sun, eating food with bugs in them, and then sleeping in cramped & crowded dorms. When all your PAPies Cronies friends dies eventually (No choice hor… too bad everyone rich or porr has to die :), they will reincarnate and join you in the same dorm bunk too, then you all can be one happy laborer team, yah? LOL.

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  • Why ?:

    Why must our money be used to help private companies (Grassroot Leader company) in their business ? WHY ?

    When they make money do they share it with the public or via charity ? NO.

    They used the profit to buy luxurious bungalows in Sentosa and other locations for their wives to enjoy. Can the PAP Government explain why this is allowed. WTF

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  • #08-193 Stoopids:

    Where can I show off my hairy but sexy legs?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Spineless Sinkie Syndrome: To “Singaporeans R Free Riders”, you seem to be avoiding me and scared to debate with me ah? LOL.

    Now, that you know that dorm company is owned by PAPies Cronies, so why don’t you ask Tang Li to “quote his source” about the claims above? Scared that others speak the Truth and burst your bubble of LIES and OBFUSCATION? LOL.

    Want to debate ? Bring it on …

    List all the name here no one is stopping you…

    But make sure you have guts to last a long long time like Professor Peng who investigated the fake degree of demoncratic Tsai Ing-Wen.

    Tech: You have been warned before, any comments containing alleged fake degree of Tsai will be deleted automatically by the AMS, I pulled this out from the trash to remind you.

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    To “Singaporeans R Free Riders”:
    I finally got the little weasels attention, eh? LOL.
    No need to act blur …the info were already in the link given to you previously. Then you talk nonsense to divert attention to what “fake degree of Tsai Ing Wen”?? LOL.

    Weasels like you talking about guts? You don’t even have “balls”, especially after the (mRNA) jabs neutralized your manhood like the neutered DOG you are. LOL.

    Tech: No need to tease him lar, we all know he kenna snooked, chui tat lan liao. lol

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  • Shenkoji Buchikonya:

    Society is always prone to accept a person offhand for what he pretends to be, so that a crackpot posing as a genius always has a certain chance to be believed. Frankly, I’m sick of it particularly because we live in an era which is, itself, full of sins and for which we seem incapable, despite the certainty of our self-righteousness, of doing anything about it. The book ‘White Tiger’ itself has become a force for good in the world, in fact illuminating many people (including myself) to the deep scars of colonial abuse and systematic racism that continues to shape the nations of prize-winning authors to this day basically illuminating the inequality being one of the most controversial attributes of capitalism. but important truth. Where do we start, and where do we end?

    Several years ago I was in Dubai giving a political lecture. It was July and extremely hot, daytime temperature was around 116 to 120 degrees. But it was a construction boom and most of the laborers were Muslims from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan etc. They had to pay a hefty fee to a Dubai man who sponsored them and surrender their passports. They lived in containers that there made living quarters. Imagine these metal containers in such intense hot climate.They had no recourse. Slavery is in another name! So when I hear about human rights violation in some countries, I just roll my eyes in such hypocrisy. So it gives some an opportunity for employment they would not otherwise have. That is no excuse for not according these people some basic respect, reasonable working conditions and treatment as human beings. They are escaping conditions in their home countries that make them look past the dangers that very possibly will be awaiting them. They figure they just might have a chance of something better than the grim reality they live with at home.

    Our enemy is no longer the Communists, Marxists, or even the Islamist radicals, but from within, and our increasing indifference to human and civil rights. What we are seeing now is just the beginning of the end, complacency, no fire in the belly, ants trapped in maze getting just enough crumbs to survive as the puppet masters rip us off and we see more clearly all the time that they are not Divine, not omnipotent, just more Wizards of Oz behind screens of their own greed and lust for power and control as can be seen in the treatment of our own citizens (notwithstanding migrant workers) in depriving them of their human rights during this pandemic.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:
    To “Singaporeans R Free Riders”:
    I finally got the little weasels attention, eh? LOL.
    No need to act blur …the info were already in the link given to you previously. Then you talk nonsense to divert attention to what “fake degree of Tsai Ing Wen”?? LOL.

    Weasels like you talking about guts? You don’t even have “balls”, especially after the (mRNA) jabs neutralized your manhood like the neutered DOG you are. LOL.

    Tech: No need to tease him lar, we all know he kenna snooked, chui tat lan liao. lol

    Just a question.

    TRE Techie make use of his FT wife to gain some privilege in his FT wife land, is it not cronyism ?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cronyism
    Cronyism is the practice of partiality in awarding jobs and other advantages to friends or trusted colleagues……….

    11 US presidents have appointed family members to executive branch positions.
    https://ballotpedia.org/Fact_check/Have_presidents_before_Donald_Trump_appointed_family_members_to_White_House_positions

    Crony Capitalism, American Style
    https://www.hbs.edu/ris/Publication%20Files/15-025_c6fbbbf7-1519-4c94-8c02-4f971cf8a054.pdf

    Yes, it’s legal for Trump to hire his family as White House staff
    https://qz.com/1496272/yes-its-legal-for-trump-to-hire-his-family-as-white-house-staff/

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Want to debate ? Bring it on …

    List all the name here no one is stopping you…

    But make sure you have guts to last a long long time like Professor Peng who investigated the fake degree of demoncratic Tsai Ing-Wen.

    Tech: You have been warned before, any comments containing alleged fake degree of Tsai will be deleted automatically by the AMS, I pulled this out from the trash to remind you.

    There… caught you.. TRE only allow discussion on CECA fake degree but disallow discussion of Chinese fake degree….

    Ok.. got it.

    Like my master say, those who oppose CECA are racist and we PAP is right.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Shenkoji Buchikonya:
    Society is always prone to accept a person offhand for what he pretends to be, so that a crackpot posing as a genius always has a certain chance to be believed. Frankly, I’m sick of it particularly because we live in an era which is, itself, full of sins and for which we seem incapable, despite the certainty of our self-righteousness, of doing anything about it. The book ‘White Tiger’ itself has become a force for good in the world, in fact illuminating many people (including myself) to the deep scars of colonial abuse and systematic racism that continues to shape the nations of prize-winning authors to this day basically illuminating the inequality being one of the most controversial attributes of capitalism. but important truth. Where do we start, and where do we end?

    Several years ago I was in Dubai giving a political lecture. It was July and extremely hot, daytime temperature was around 116 to 120 degrees. But it was a construction boom and most of the laborers were Muslims from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan etc. They had to pay a hefty fee to a Dubai man who sponsored them and surrender their passports. They lived in containers that there made living quarters. Imagine these metal containers in such intense hot climate.They had no recourse. Slavery is in another name! So when I hear about human rights violation in some countries, I just roll my eyes in such hypocrisy. So it gives some an opportunity for employment they would not otherwise have. That is no excuse for not according these people some basic respect, reasonable working conditions and treatment as human beings. They are escaping conditions in their home countries that make them look past the dangers that very possibly will be awaiting them. They figure they just might have a chance of something better than the grim reality they live with at home.

    Our enemy is no longer the Communists, Marxists, or even the Islamist radicals, but from within, and our increasing indifference to human and civil rights. What we are seeing now is just the beginning of the end, complacency, no fire in the belly, ants trapped in maze getting just enough crumbs to survive as the puppet masters rip us off and we see more clearly all the time that they are not Divine, not omnipotent, just more Wizards of Oz behind screens of their own greed and lust for power and control as can be seen in the treatment of our own citizens (notwithstanding migrant workers) in depriving them of their human rights during this pandemic.

    Very thought provoking …. but it is normal:

    1. Everyone wants more (money, advantages, privileges..) for themselves only
    2. Nobody wants an inch less and much less self-sacrifice for the good of others.

    Even Venerable Ming Yi and Pastor Kong also wants more $$$ just for themselves….to enjoy better lives over others…

    In Dollar$ We Tru$t..Human rights?You tru$t U$?

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  • Shenkoji Buchikonya:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Very thought provoking …. but it is normal:

    1. Everyone wants more (money, advantages, privileges..) for themselves only
    2. Nobody wants an inch less and much less self-sacrifice for the good of others.

    Even Venerable Ming Yi and Pastor Kong also wants more $$$ just for themselves….to enjoy better lives over others…

    In Dollar$ We Tru$t..Human rights?You tru$t U$?

    Used to tell my students, his “masters”.
    Don’t be a muckraker or “useful idiot”. An idiot was someone who did not know what he was talking about but would not stop talking until he got everyone’s attention and proved his ignorance.
    No more wasting of time with this obtuse ‘toady’

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  • To AhLibaba & Co.:

    “Be wise among the wise; pretend to be dull when among fools.
    There is no greater wealth than Virtue; and no greater loss than to forget it.”

    Thiruvalluvar the Sage

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  • Kama Sutra Wisdom?:

    To AhLibaba & Co.:
    “Be wise among the wise; pretend to be dull when among fools.
    There is no greater wealth than Virtue; and no greater loss than to forget it.”

    Thiruvalluvar the Sage

    Art on virtue of sexual predatory & perversion on lone young girl?

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  • Heeheehee Kama Mama.....:

    Deva Lingam (pha*lus) & Devi Yoni (v*gina) erotic offsprings of the Elephantine Lord of Castes & Cartels…. Alibaba and the 40 thieves…..

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  • rein in and control it:

    //1. Everyone wants more (money, advantages, privileges..) for themselves only
    2. Nobody wants an inch less and much less self-sacrifice for the good of others.//

    that is why < $500k is mediocre ?? and public service servants in the highest office in sinkie land is the highest paid in the world ???

    and sinkie land is still the country with the highest cost in this part of the region with 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy to add in the fun ???

    of course, everyone wants money, advantages, privileges (especially in EXCESS) BUT the people entrusted with the highest power of the country must rein in and control it AND must not be part of the gang encouraging and perpetuating it lar ???

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