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Dismissive Nature of The Government

If the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic was a real war, then it is obvious that Singapore would be doomed by now.

Touted by PM Lee as the “crisis of a generation” in his national broadcast in June last year, has anyone realized that there is no ex-general or medically-trained politician in the MTF?

Is the PAP deliberately withholding their best politicians from this crucial battle for some strategic reason?

The Singaporean-Factor:

Defence and social cohesion, nurtured over many years through our collective effort in Nation Building, used to be the bedrocks that define our existence as a sovereign nation.

That was when many Singaporeans looked up to our first generation of leaders and granted them the trust and respect needed to govern our country and overcome adversity.

Ask any Singaporeans then and they can tell you about our Economic Plan by way of analogies, such as the importance of having a “Twin-Engine for Growth” or speak proudly of our Presidents, and almost everyone show high regards for political leaders like Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Keng Swee, Devan Nair or Ong Teng Cheong.

Through hard work, discipline and trust in the leadership of our First Cabinet, we prosper as a nation until a few politicians start believing that they are more superior and have been more instrumental in forging our earlier success than the rest of the nation.

Absolute Rule – The PAP’s Way Or No Way:

But the seed of our self-destruction was conceived just a couple of years earlier, before the First Cabinet collectively stepped down in 1985.

Money politics became the new norms when the Pension Scheme for civil servants was replaced by a one-off gratuity while our National Savings Scheme (CPF) was turned into a Retirement Scheme.

But for the privileged politicians and their subordinates in public service, their pay scales were revised upward, and upon retirement, they were further rewarded with a luxurious Pension Scheme, much better than any welfare state in the world.

Can anyone ever forget how a Health Minister, after being paid millions in remuneration, have the audacity to openly boost about having a heart-bypass for a mere S$8 while the average Singaporeans are resigned to costly medical bills?

From being a pragmatic and prudent society that is grounded in Confucius values, we traded away our value-system and started spending extravagantly.

Our Singaporean Workforce was rapidly diluted with high influx of cheaper foreign workers while Permanent Secretary position in our ministries were reduced from being “equals” of ministers to being their subordinates.

Mismanagement, Misjudgment & Miscalculation:

Fast-forward, the follies of those politically-driven changes are finally being exposed by the pandemic.

The old PAP that Singaporeans have trusted is gone, replaced by a corporate PAP in the form of SG Inc.

We have unwittingly adopted the brutal culture of Corporate America because the majority of Singaporeans continue to give them a “blank cheque” at every general election, and many Singaporeans are finally getting a taste of its brutality for the first time.

Truth be told, the caliber of the many of the 4G politicians are nowhere close to high performing Americans as the pandemic has shown us.

By presuming that the pandemic will go away by itself, the government has been caught off-guard on several occasions, only to realize that even the mRNA-vaccination is proving to be ineffective and their strategy of herd-immunity is no difference than that of a mirage in the dessert.

Against such a backdrop of failures, contradictions and growing discontention, it is only natural that concerned Singaporeans start questioning our government about the soundness of its strategy against the pandemic.

Many Singaporeans, especially parents, wanted to know more about the many unknowns of the mRNA technology and its side-effects as infection and fatality rates start escalating despite our high vaccination rate of over 85%.

It is wrong for Singaporeans to feel nervous when things are getting from bad to worse?

Instead of providing answers and more data to reassure concerned Singaporeans, or putting more effort into finding out why some Singaporeans remain unvaccinated, it is totally absurd for the government to be dismissive, and instead, put the blame of the rise in infection on the unvaccinated and start implementing discriminating policy against them.

When PM Lee made a remark at the end of the G20 Summit in Rome to the media early this month that Singapore is “making progress” when the reality is that our infection and fatality rates are soaring out of control, he was in for a rude shock when the EU placed Singapore on its list of travel restriction a week later, and subsequently, when Denmark disallows Singapore residents quarantine free travel access into their country.

Concerned Singaporeans, like the EU and Denmark, are not gullible to fall for such political rhetoric.

What Are We Fighting Exactly?

What is troubling is that there is a massive difference between the official narrative and the reality on the ground.

We spend millions stationing Safety Ambassadors at our hawker centres island-wide to control access but almost anyone can still walk into our hawker centres undetected through the many glaring physical gaps.

We exact punitive punishments on fellow Singaporeans when they fail to keep to the prescribed safety measures but seem to be turning a blind eye when it comes to foreigners.

A taxi-driver told me that every Sunday, he notices that foreign workers are bringing their FDW-girlfriends to budget-hotels across Singapore for a short-term stay of a few hours, and this is happening from Geylang to Tiong Bahru.

He even told me that besides these rendezvous at budget-hotels, there are also several karaoke that are still openly flouting safety measures.

How on earth can MOM, MHA, MOH and the other governmental agencies remain clueless about such blatant discrepancies that are happening right under their noses?

Don’t just take my words for it but do go around and see for yourself or ask taxi drivers about such exploits.

So where is our government’s resolution in fighting the pandemic?

In light of all these glaring discrepancies, who should we hold responsible for the recent rise in infection and fatality in Singapore – unvaccinated Singaporeans or those gallivanting foreigners and errand operators?

Is there even a basis to be discriminating against the unvaccinated when the government cannot get its own act together in the first place?

Is the MTF A Political Hot-Seat By Design?

How on earth can the MTF or MOH be expected to manage our fight against the pandemic when other ministries and agencies are not taking their responsibility seriously?

What is the probability that the MTF is being used by some of the PM-wannabes to get rid of their opponents?

Who can concerned Singaporeans and parents turn to for help if our government continues to be dismissive of their concerns and needs for clarification?

Shouldn’t Lee, as a former brigadier general, don his military amour once again and rally his legion of ex-generals and all his shortlisted PM-wannabes into the battle against the pandemic and save Singapore?

In so doing, we can at least be assured that the “whole of government” will be as committed as Lee in his fight against the “crisis of a generation”.

Until our government act in better faith, the Hard Truth is that more lives will be lost needlessly and Singapore will become more divided as a nation.

Is this acceptable and do we still believe that Singaporeans deserve better?

 

Joseph Nathan

 

 

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20 Responses to “Dismissive Nature of The Government”

  • justtryingtobefair:

    If there was an ex-general in the MTF, Mr. Nathan would say, “What would an ex-general know about pandemics?” The PAP have done many mistakes, but we shouldn’t adopt the mentality that the PAP can do no right, and everything the PAP does is wrong.

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  • MarBowling:

    Wise saying by Confucius : “Your Life Is What Your Thoughts Make It” meaning OUR LIVES(ESPECIALLY THE COMMON FOLKS AMONGST THE 85% VACCINATED AND THE REMAINING UNVACCINATED FOLKS)ARE WHAT SHIM(HOLEE JINX)THOUGHTS MAKE IT, PERIOD!

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  • oxygen:

    @ justtryingtobefair:

    TRYING TO BE FAIR or pretending?

    PAPpypolitics expects all peasants to be happy owning NOTHING in a life span of labor, energy and creative exertions but be living a life of permanent (till mortality ending) bondage slavery at its commands and cunning deception.

    justtryingtobefair: The PAP have done many mistakes, but we shouldn’t adopt the mentality that the PAP can do no right, and everything the PAP does is wrong.

    NO QUESTIONING OR CHALLENGE FROM ANY QUARTER (even mere dissenting voices from peasantry) WILL BE TOLERATED.

    Where does “fairness” or its pretensions commences?

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  • Cloud:

    Para 19.”blank check”who give one?

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    justtryingtobefair:
    If there was an ex-general in the MTF, Mr. Nathan would say, “What would an ex-general know about pandemics?” The PAP have done many mistakes, but we shouldn’t adopt the mentality that the PAP can do no right, and everything the PAP does is wrong.

    we disagree. we say, for sure, everything that pap does is wrong. once bitten twice shy is the operative wisdom.

    anyway pap is proven to be a lying force. believe anything pap is as good as willingly falling into a hole which is in front.

    maybe many have been educated the pap way, from kindergarten to U, causing failure to be discerning.

    the good thing is, there are also the rest who have managed to escape the brainwashing by pap, mostly at the U level, so that everything that pap does is clearly wrong is clearly seen.

    INSIDE 200m is not within 200m?

    HDB is an asset, when value goes to zero at the end of expired time?

    minimum wage is bad but S$m pap for pap folks is a must?

    the fixing of OPPO is the full time job of pap chief clown?

    pap needs a malay president and proceeded to appoint an INDIAN one?

    etc. etc. etc.

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  • xoxo:

    Actually,there is one general available.
    Teo Chee Hean shud oversee.
    He is in charge of Defense n Security as SM?
    WHY NO PICTURE,NO SOUND AT ALL?
    This pandemic is a sort of war.
    And,we all know WHO LET IN THE *enemy*!
    Delta *BATALLION* from CECA COUNTRY,yeah?

    How did the MTF ministers’ bo$$ become a BG?

    Letting in the enemy waiting at the gate?
    Why LOCKDOWN AT ALL then.
    Then,*DUMP IN* the DELTA FORCE?
    HOW STUPID!

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  • John Doe:

    Is it a BIG BIG LIE when it’s claim SG is making progress BUT EU and USA is advising NO TRAVEL to SG?

    So WHO IS TELLING LIES to whom?

    Of course I CANNOT take issue of the MEANING of ‘making progress’ because the issuer of these words DID NOT CLARIFY what it’s meant and who it’s intended for.

    Perhaps the intended audience has the wisdom over SGpns to understand what’s ‘making progress’.

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  • nansha:

    It is a multi Twist-n-Turn Taskforce. yawn

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  • norwich4e:

    The government is not only dismissive but delusional and vindictive as well. So-much for their claims of ‘living with COVID’ and ‘endemic’, anyone here remembers the promise to open up when we hit 70% vaccination rate? Why are the medically-exempt allowed to bypass the VDS measures even though they are more susceptible than the average, healthy unvaccinated person? Here we are with 94% of the eligible population vaccinated and yet cases are still in the THOUSANDS everyday, double digit deaths a day, increased restrictions, apartheid for the unvaccinated and YET the government is still opening up more avenues for foreigners to swarm in. It seems besides brainwashing and coercing the entire population to get vaccinated (preferably with Pfizer), they refuse to explore other ideas even when the vaccines have proven to be far from effective.
    The 5% unvaccinated are now viewed by the government as convenient scapegoats just like the Jews in Nazi Germany whereas in reality the problem lies in the government’s approach to the pandemic and the failure to learn from the repeated cock-ups time and time again. Why are other countries with a much lower vaccination rate like Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan or those that have lifted restrictions such as Denmark, Portugal, Sweden etc. are faring so much better than us?
    It is clear that the present government doesn’t give two hoots about the lives of the average Singaporean and will stoop to every low-down trick to preserve their political power and import more foreign scum for $$$ and votes.

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  • opposition dude:

    Well the dath toll is over 600 as of now and the number of cases are still 4 digits daily. They love talking about the weekly infection rate in the daily updates since it’s something they invented which has no relevance nor meaning to the rest of us.

    They did badly for this endemic pandemic and the best joke is, they told us they learnt from SARS!!!

    HA HA HA HA HA!!!

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  • Harder Truths:

    $inkies onkly deserve the government they elected. Nothing more nothing less.

    Why are you thinking they deserve more? By what metric? Goodness of heart? Cleverness? Hard workers? None of them sorry to tell you.

    $G sheep have high expectations but have imported too many FT to compete with them. No matter what the situation there is someone who is more clever, more hardworking and more heart than them.

    $G citizens are good for only two things : Guinea Pigs for Big Pharma and National Service (or known as free labour for conscripted slavery). What other use do they have or require to have? They are replaceable and ballsless. So your claim they deserve something more has no credibility.

    Sorry but $inkies time has run out. They only need to worry about whether they die from ‘vaccine’ within the next year. Otherwise they can stay t home and rot. No one really cares about them anymore.

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  • justtryingtobefair:

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day. I’m not a PAP supporter — in fact I agree with what you wrote on the compact the party and the citizenry — but it seems you’ve let your hate for the PAP blind your objectivity. Let’s keep the discussion back to the topic. I don’t think having an ex-general (or general) in the MTF makes a difference. As I wrote, even if there was one, Mr. Nathan could make a valid argument on “what would these generals know about pandemics?”

    oxygen:
    @ justtryingtobefair:

    TRYING TO BE FAIR or pretending?

    PAPpypolitics expects all peasants to be happy owning NOTHING in a life span of labor, energy and creative exertions but be living a life of permanent (till mortality ending) bondage slavery at its commands and cunning deception.

    NO QUESTIONING OR CHALLENGE FROM ANY QUARTER (even mere dissenting voices from peasantry) WILL BE TOLERATED.

    Where does “fairness” or its pretensions commences?

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  • Roki:

    Covid will change into a super strain.

    That’s for sure.

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  • Claw machine:

    sg is a “claw machine” city!

    Also living with CV can be given a red card!(circuit breaker ed)

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  • Run:

    Covid really deserve a red card.

    Tackle with serious injuries!(ICU)

    Nurses also kena tackled!(surrender)

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  • Their NDP ignited it on 21 Aug:

    “Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not. A man must not be without shame, for the shame of being without shame is shamelessness indeed. The people are the most important element in a nation; the spirits of the land and grain are the next; the sovereign is the least of all.”

    - Mencius the Sage

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  • oxygen:

    @ justtryingtobefair:

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR REJOINDER. IF Lee-jiapore depends on the broken clock being right twice a day, it WOULD NOT SURVIVE even without the pandemic. Present Tense told the nation in 2015 that our economy “maxed out” (and in 2016) that there is still “so much pain” because restructuring has failed.

    justtryingtobefair: Even a broken clock is right twice a day

    With the ghosts of pandemic haunting the globe and engulfing us (Present Tense said) “it upended our economy”, what survival chance there is residual? I agree with his gloomy assessment – unfortunately and sadly.

    Looking at what is sweeping global financial markets over the past 24 hours, I am scared (my money is in this “casino”). The picture is not pretty.

    - Equities DOWN/ energy(oil price) Down
    - US Bond rally/US 10 yr yields down
    - US$ down, Jp Yen/Euro Up BUT GODDAMED SATAN CAME VISITING,
    - GOLD DOWN in NY, along with gold shares/ETF down
    - High yield corporate bond ETF slight increase.
    - Emerging market ETF tanked
    - Central Banks globally sat on their hands/a*ses staring at the new South African covid variant

    WHEN EQUITIES/BOND YIELD/ GOLD/US$ ALL COME TUMBLING DOWN TOGETHER – meaning there is no safe havens, which finance ministers in the world not wet in the pants?

    The broken clock is still right twice, I agree. What about survival?

    And this much-welcomed rebuff from you is mind-boggling of windy happy contradiction.

    justtryingtobefair: in fact I agree with what you wrote on the compact the party and the citizenry — but it seems you’ve let your hate for the PAP blind your objectivity

    My mind allegedly filled with “hate for the PAP” somehow “discover” the sweeping “objectivity” such that you “in fact” agree with what I wrote “on the compact the party and the citizenry”?

    My mind is on my shoulder, not yours. So how do you know what/how (of imagined hate) I think?

    I am lost of your conflicting logic of “hate” having been engulfed and dwarfed by my “objectivity” that swept you off your feet, apparently?

    Is is the art or science of muddling through of your own published confusion?

    BUT I AGREE WITH YOU ENTIRELY ON THIS ONE!

    justtryingtobefair: I don’t think having an ex-general (or general) in the MTF makes a difference. As I wrote, even if there was one, Mr. Nathan could make a valid argument on “what would these generals know about pandemics?”

    My private view is that MILITARY men/women GLOBALLY AND I STRESS THE WORD “globally” DON’T MAKE good government. What do they know about economy & financial market?.

    Contemporary history proved this fact.

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  • oxygen:

    @ justtryingtobefair:

    ADDING TO MY PRECEDING POST, it is not just govts globally CANNOT BE TRUSTED of their competence/incompetence in this pandemic crisis handling, it is the health regulators (the protector of humanity’s survival) whose integrity have been found to be compromised.

    And political cows just tagged along. It is POLITICS, not science that rule decision choices and action taken, and with that blindfolded trapped the entire humanity survival at risks of ending.

    Dr. A. Fauci, now confessed the FDA approved vaccine for the “fully vaccinated” is so useless that those who were vaccinated 6 months ago, needs to receive “booster” jabs of the SAME USELESS ARTIFICIAL CONCOCTION of what I call “sn*ke oil” creation, OTHERWISE THEY ARE IN THE SAME EXPOSED RISKS AS THE UNVACCINATED!!

    The FDA panel approved of its use within 48 hours of its own rejection on account of “lack of clinical data” from Big Pharma. Does that mean that Big Pharma “INVENT” its clinical data, analyse it, documented it, sent to FDA panel to read it ALL WITHIN 24 hrs and ALSO APROVED IT WITHIN how many “seconds” of reading its content?

    Political cows of the world fart the same music and fragrance to endorse its use of the most vulnerable and at risks from death from vaccination!

    HOLY COWS FARTING IN CONCERT!

    And if you READ THIS WEBLINK and believe its content of revelation (and I won’t share my private view here) it is SCARY that the CDC is similarly tainted of integrity and competence as the scandal-tainted Fauci/FDA.

    :The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have devised a set of rules pertaining to the classification of infectious disease and death. These rules simultaneously inflate the number of covid cases in the unvaccinated and allow hospitals to classify dead vaccinated people as “unvaccinated” deaths.

    Hospitals and laboratories are required to follow these rules and report official covid-19 data based on these rules. It appears that these rules were designed in a way to conceal the number of covid cases in the vaccinated and to conceal the number of deaths caused by the covid-19 vaccines.

    This medical fraud and morbid treachery allows the CDC to continue on with the false narrative that the nation is suffering from a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” People who die from the vaccine are used as props to falsely advertise the need for more of these deadly vaccines.

    CDC Allows Hospitals To Classify Dead Vaxxed People As “Unvaccinated”

    https://www.cracknewz.com/2021/09/cdc-allows-hospitals-to-classify-dead.html

    IS THIS HOW POLITICAL COWS AND HEALTH REGULATORS of the world “PROTECTING” THE LIVES OF HUMANITY – ACTING IN CONCERT?

    Conspiracy theorists are all “liars”?

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  • oxygen:

    @ justtryingtobefair:

    SCARY OR NOT of how dismissive is political cows,Big Pharma and regulatory bodies like CDC to public scrutiny of their competence and integrity of work, just listen to this U-tube documentation of what Dr.Rochelle Walensky replied OR DON’T REPLIED IN ACTUALITY under Congressional hearing.

    Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) asked CDC Director Rochelle Walensky about her department’s vaccination rates.

    ‘What Percent Of CDC Employees Are Vaccinated?’: Cassidy Grills Walensky At Senate Hearing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QabAtYBnqro

    The question asked sought to discover the level of “in-house” confidence among CDC’s own employees of their confidence in CDC’s pronouncement and public assurance of vaccines’s safety.

    Rochelle almost did a “strip-tease dance” on the Senate hearing floor in her replies.

    Freedom to choose of vaccination or otherwise is a DIVINE-GIVEN RIGHT (and I don’t even believe in divine!) and respect/obedience is owed only the one that bring us to this world – NO SUCH OBEDIENCE AND COMPLIANCE TO DEMAND is ever owed to any other mortal entity or political monkeys.

    THIS IS ONLY FAIR.

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  • justtryingtobefair:

    oxygen:
    @ justtryingtobefair:

    BUT I AGREE WITH YOU ENTIRELY ON THIS ONE!

    My private view is that MILITARY men/women GLOBALLY AND I STRESS THE WORD “globally” DON’T MAKE good government. What do they know about economy & financial market?.

    Contemporary history proved this fact.

    At least we are in agreement on this. If you re-read my initial post, that was what I posted about, until you brought it on this wild tangent.

    oxygen:
    @ justtryingtobefair:

    My mind is on my shoulder, not yours. So how do you know what/how (of imagined hate) I think?

    I am lost of your conflicting logic of “hate” having been engulfed and dwarfed by my “objectivity” that swept you off your feet, apparently?

    Is is the art or science of muddling through of your own published confusion?

    I’m afraid you’re the confused one. In my initial post, I wrote — just because the PAP does something, does not mean it’s automatically wrong — and I still stand by that sentence. Your long replies (with longer tangents) to things I never claimed may have confused you.

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