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The Zen Master Of The Asylum

Growing up as an ethnic minority in the UK in the 1990s, I developed a great pride in being part of the “Overseas Chinese” community. My pride stemmed from the fact that “MY” people had the great talent of being able to make everything from nothing. From where I stood, the Chinese were what you’d call a necessary people. Singapore and Hong Kong had become bywords for building everything from nothing and Chinatown in any Western city was an oasis on sanity. These were pockets of prosperity built by people who came to the country without a penny to their name and without speaking a word of the native language and yet they built things for themselves. I used to enjoy baiting my friend by telling them that “MY” people could build something in their country from the ground up whereas “THEIR” people could only come to “MY” country if they were part of a big company.

In a way, you could say that I got sold on Singapore’s propaganda even though I hadn’t really grown up in Singapore. It’s become something of religious mantra to talk about how Singapore was a fishing village, with no natural resources or hinterland to speak off and yet prospered within a generation. It’s often repeated that we are an oasis of stability in a chaotic region and our “Great Leader,” Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was a master strategist in navigating troubled waters.

There is no doubt that Mr. Lee was an amazing national leader who was able to do the necessary with the circumstances that he had to face. However, Mr. Lee did do a good job with poor circumstances, he is not actually the master of creating everything from nothing. If you were to look at our history beyond what the PAP government tells you, you’ll find that Singapore did have a few things going for it. For a start, we were not exactly a fishing village. Our colonial masters set us up as a port and we had an administrative infrastructure. Furthermore, whilst we did face real threats of invasion in our early days (Both the Malayan Communist Insurgency and Konfrantasi were real but we were helped by the British), the region, and in particular our immediate neighbours of Malaysia and Indonesia stabilized, thanks to the rise of Mahathir and Suharto. As one Indian expat said “Singapore and Malaysia have creative competition – you build a port, I build a bigger one as opposed to destructive competition of India and Pakistan – you build a bomb, I build a bigger one).

The real master of building everything was from nothing is not from Southeast Asia. He was from the Middle East. That man was the late King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan, who reigned from 1952 until his death in 1999. Unlike Mr. Lee who was 32 and with a successful law career when he first entered politics, King Hussein was thrust onto the throne before his 17th birthday when his father, King Talal was forced to abdicate due to his health.

I will leave the analysis of the late Jordanian King’s life to the better qualified. One can get an overview of his life and achievements from the following Wikipedia: [LINK]

What I will say is that the biggest miracle of the Jordanian monarchy was the fact that it survived and whilst Jordan may not have the GDP per capita of one of the Asian Tigers or one of the Petro-States in the Arabian Gulf, it has become an oasis of calm in a really rough neighbourhood.

Sure, Malaysia and Indonesia may seem chaotic when compared to Singapore. However, the last armed conflict between states in the ASEAN region was in the 1970s during the conflict in Vietnam and Cambodia. States in the ASEAN region have pretty much kept to themselves and whilst there have been a few skirmishes like during the liberation of East Timor (or Timor-Leste as it is now known) there’s not been a major conflict that has driven masses dispersed.

It’s a different story in the Middle East. Jordan’s immediate neighbours include Israel, the Palestinian West Bank, Iraq and Syria, all of which in seemingly never-ending state of conflict. Yet, despite this, Jordan has managed to keep these conflicts out of its borders. One of King Hussein’s major achievements was to drive the PLO from Jordanian soil so that they would not use Jordan as a base to launch terrorist attacks against Israel, thus making Jordan a target for Israeli aggression.

Then, there’s the issue of population management. Jordan has been in a position where its had to absorb waves of refuges from his its neighbours since the 1948 and as at 2016, Jordan is the largest refugee hosting nation in the world. Nearly a quarter of the accepted refuges have since been given Jordanian citizenship and whilst the influx has caused a strain on the Jordanian economy, Jordan still manages to accommodate them and integrating them into Jordanian society.

With the possible exception of Saudi Arabia, Jordan does not have a “Must be in” trade partner in the same way that Hong Kong has China and Singapore has Indonesia.

In Singapore, we’re lucky in the sense that whatever waring parties are out there, they seem to understand that they have to behave in Singapore. We’ve hosted the most unlikely of pairings. There was the Trump-Kim Summit and we even hosted Taiwan and China.

This hasn’t been the case for Jordan. The influx of refugees brought emotions about conflicts beyond its borders into the country. One of the largest groups of refugees are the Palestinians, who had been kicked off their home land by Israel. The Jordanian government has needed to be sensitive to domestic passions. One of King Hussein’s more harrowing moments came in the aftermath of the Gulf War to get Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. Jordan stayed out of the coalition, which displeased the Western Powers and the Gulf Arabs did not take kindly to it either. However, domestic sentiment in Jordan was “Pro-Iraq” and there was no way the King could have joined the coalition without causing domestic disturbance.

Yet, the late king managed to get his country through both foreign and domestic turmoil’s. He was the second Arab leader to sign a Peace Treaty with Israel. Yet unlike Anwar Sadat who got frozen out of the Arab League after signing the Camp David Accord, King Hussein remained a respected figure.

When King Hussein died in 1999, the world mourned. Old enemies like Yasser Arafat paid tribute. Four US Presidents attended. Enemies like Israel, Syria, Iraq and Iran all turned up at the funeral. A more complete attendance list can be found at: [LINK]

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How did a monarch of a small nation with no natural resources to speak of, managed to become so respected by the rest of the world? He was what you’d call a “Zen Master in an Asylum” and his status as such was clearly seen when leaders of the world powers flocked to his funeral. The world should miss this Zen Master of international diplomacy.

 

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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14 Responses to “The Zen Master Of The Asylum”

  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Tang Li,
    Why you kapo until middle east so far away ?

    You should concern yourselves with the region here, especially the Chinese Communist who is trying to conquer/control South China sea and the latest Laos.

    Meet Laos’ First High-Speed Train: China’s BRI Delivers Again…(BS)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dTXmR3VxfA

    Ev1l Chinese Communist will begin its invasion on 2 December 2021 when the high speed train start operation from KunMing to Laos.

    Stopid Laos will be debt ridden and Laos still happy with it. Stopid people.

    Luckily Dr M kicked out the Chinese Communist BRI project.

    Dr M also kicked out the Chinese in Forest City and Forest City is now a mega useless project.

    (watch video at time 9:28)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on2yz8SN3fg

    Dr M save Malaysia and Singapore from ev1l Chinese Communist invasion.

    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

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Tang Li,
    You should also concerned yourselves with ROC Taiwan who might deliberately start a war with China so that their fraudster fake Phd degree President Tsai could escape law suite brought about by Professor Denis Peng.

    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: I have warned you on numerous occasions, ANY mention of President Tsai and/or her supposedly fake degree (no matter how you twist, infer, turn and cover) will be deleted, regardless even if what you have written is the ultimate cure for Covid 19, i.e. regardless of the merit of your comments.

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  • xoxo:

    Zen master or not,RECONCIALATORY QUALITY BRINGS ABOUT PEACE N REMEMBRANCE.

    RIP.

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  • AhLi the mischievous Pappy IB:

    (There is no doubt that Mr. Lee was an amazing national leader who was able to do the necessary with the circumstances that he had to face)

    MachiaveLee the master strategist?

    https://youtu.be/we8I06PlzGU

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Which worldeaders came when fhe bastard who CON YOU kicked the shit pot? One hand 5 fingers

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  • Ong Ye Kung is right:

    Yahoo news: ‘Absolutely wrong’ to refuse vaccination because of Omicron variant: Ong Ye Kung

    It is stupid not to get vaccinated now even if it is not yet clear if the current vaccines will be effective against Omicron variant.

    Reasons are as follows:

    (1) Delta and the “original” COVID virus are still around and they can still kill you if are not vaccinated.

    (2) The current vaccines MIGHT provide some protection against the Omicron variant. All that is needed is another booster.

    (3) It takes a few weeks (to a few months) before vaccines are effective. It might be too late to get vaccinated by the current vaccine (assuming they are effective) or a new vaccine if one is infected by the Omicron variant.

    There is really no downside to getting vaccinated now with the current vaccines. If and when a new vaccine comes out for the Omicron variant another jab can be taken.

    Only stupid people refuse to get vaccinated if they do not have a valid medical reason. It is that simple.

    Tech: Natural immunity is the best defense against the C19. The vaccine is almost useless against the Omicron and ineffective against Delta or whatever variant, vaccinate to increase the chances of dying from adverse events? Only a warped mind will think this way. Is there strong evidence to suugest that those unvaccinated SURE TO DIE from an infection?

    Those who are infected are dying from the vaccines and the C19, falling like flies in UK and Isreal, no read world news?

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  • Turn Zombie Already?:

    Ong Ye Kung is right:
    Yahoo news: ‘Absolutely wrong’ to refuse vaccination because of Omicron variant: Ong Ye Kung

    It is stupid not to get vaccinated now even if it is not yet clear if the current vaccines will be effective against Omicron variant.

    Reasons are as follows:

    (1) Delta and the “original” COVID virus are still around and they can still kill you if are not vaccinated.

    (2) The current vaccines MIGHT provide some protection against the Omicron variant. All that is needed is another booster.

    (3) It takes a few weeks (to a few months) before vaccines are effective. It might be too late to get vaccinated by the current vaccine (assuming they are effective) or a new vaccine if one is infected by the Omicron variant.

    There is really no downside to getting vaccinated now with the current vaccines. If and when a new vaccine comes out for the Omicron variant another jab can be taken.

    Only stupid people refuse to get vaccinated if they do not have a valid medical reason. It is that simple.

    Tech: Natural immunity is the best defense against the C19. The vaccine is almost useless against the Omicron and ineffective against Delta or whatever variant, vaccinate to increase the chances of dying from adverse events? Only a warped mind will think this way. Is there strong evidence to suugest that those unvaccinated SURE TO DIE from an infection?

    Those who are infected are dying from the vaccines and the C19, falling like flies in UK and Isreal, no read world news?

    @ Techie

    Now we know what 2 jabs+1 booster can do to ones’ body? This guy/gal already talking incoherently. Wonder what he/she is so uptight about? Already vaccinated. Maybe the toxin is taking its’ effect. Even post in this wrong thread where monk Tang Li is talking about Zen. He/she is talking about vaccination? What more proof do we need? lol

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  • Zen & the Pappy instincts:

    A Pappy Zen student went to a temple and asked how long it would take him to gain enlightenment if he joined the temple.

    “10 years,” said the Zen master, ”just to free you from your freeloading habits.”

    “Well, how about if I really work hard and double my effort?” implored Ah Li.

    “In that case, 20 years….”

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  • Zhenzidan:

    “In a way, you could say that I got sold on Singapore’s propaganda even though I hadn’t really grown up in Singapore. It’s become something of religious mantra to talk about how Singapore was a fishing village, with no natural resources or hinterland to speak off and yet prospered within a generation. It’s often repeated that we are an oasis of stability in a chaotic region and our “Great Leader,” Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was a master strategist in navigating troubled waters.”
    —————————————
    First of all, our history books and msm never said that Singapore was a fishing but prospered within a generation. These were twisted by foreign ass-lickers especially from PRC. They even called LKY the “Founding Father” of Singapore. The MSM never used that phrase. They only called Founding Prime Minister.

    That Singapore was a fishing village before the British came to Singapore is what was taught to us in our history books. That “Singapore was transformed from 3rd World to First World” was what the old idiot wrote in his own book “From Third World to First World” to claim credit. The PRC media then stupidly repeated his story, glorifying him until those PRCs who migrated here started trying to teach Singaporeans “to 感恩”(be grateful). I came across a number of these act-smart PRC migrants and fucked them, told them “I grew up in Singapore before independence, don’t try to teach your father how to fiack!”

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  • Harder Truths:

    Here we go again fellas – I salute the brave $G citizens willing to die for Big Pharma.

    Covid Vaccination Has Produced a Reported 31,014 Deaths and 2,890,600 Injuries in Europe

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/11/30/covid-vaccination-has-produced-a-reported-31014-deaths-and-2890600-injuries-in-europe/

    To wit

    “…31,014 Deaths 2,890,600 Injuries Following COVID Shots in European Database of Adverse Reactions as Young, Previously Healthy People Continue to Die not from Covid but from the vaccine

    Remember, only a small percentage of deaths and injuries are reported. The actual numbers are much higher.

    Do not expect the Western media ever to report the facts. The presstitutes are busy at propaganda work in behalf of Big Pharma’s profits and the advancing Gestapo State…”

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/31014-deaths-2890600-injuries-following-covid-shots-european-database-adverse-reactions-young-previously-healthy-people-continue-die/5763028

    Can we conclude that this is what is now happening in $G BUT has been suppressed by the Regime’s minions in the heath system?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Tang Li,
    You should also concerned yourselves with ROC Taiwan who might deliberately start a war with China so that their fraudster fake Phd degree President Tsai could escape law suite brought about by Professor Denis Peng.

    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: I have warned you on numerous occasions, ANY mention of President Tsai and/or her supposedly fake degree (no matter how you twist, infer, turn and cover) will be deleted, regardless even if what you have written is the ultimate cure for Covid 19, i.e. regardless of the merit of your comments.

    Dear Tech,
    Pray tell… why cannot tell the truth ? It is the hard truth you know…

    Tech: Simple, repeating the same thing again and again and again, is considered SPAMing, against our TOS, get it? lol

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  • Respect:

    A wise king.Good for his people.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Tech: Simple, repeating the same thing again and again and again, is considered SPAMing, against our TOS, get it? lol
    —————–
    Just ban this fucking idiot lah! Talk so much to him for fiack?

    Tech: If he is banned, then there won’t be any alternative views and TRE would be a very boring place, no?

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Tech: If he is banned, then there won’t be any alternative views and TRE would be a very boring place, no?

    We are better off without those fucking “alternative” views. Like what you said, repeating the same old shit and spamming, and you still call this “alternative views”?

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