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Yoong Siew Wah, Chia Thye Poh And The Ghosts Of Lee Kuan Yew’s Past

Mr Yoong Siew Wah

Yoong Siew Wah is a former ISD Director from 1971-1974.

In his blogspost on Lee Kuan Yew’s passing, Yoong Siew Wah repeated what LKY’s dissenters have already made; that LKY was ruthless when it came to his political opponents. He went further to advise LKY’s son, Lee Hsien Loong “to redeem a little bit of your late father’s handiwork by relaxing the inordinate persecution of Francis Seow and Tang Liang Hong by allowing them safe return to Singapore to lead a normal life.”

It is not my intention to discuss whether LKY was a saint or a sinner. History has an impeccable way of writing itself.

What caught my eyes when reading that article was a name; Chia Thye Poh.

Chia Thye Poh is the longest person to be detained without trial in Singapore; for almost 32 years, since the mid-sixties. Longer than Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

So you would expect that Chia Thye Poh, more than Francis Seow or Tang Liang Hong, to be given more `air-time’ by Yoong Siew Wah in his article about the LKY’s erroneous ways. But nope. He was only given a cursory mention, as if the writer was ashamed to mention Chia Thye Poh’s name, or was hiding something.

And why wouldn’t he? When Yoong Siew Wah was the ISD Director from 1971 – 1974, Chia Thye Poh was still in detention under the ISA. So whether he likes it or not, he was complicit in Chia Thye Poh’s detention. After all, as the ISD Director, one would think that he had to pen his signature on the Detention Order somewhere.

What were his assessment and recommendation with regard to Chia Thye Poh? Understandably he will not be able to provide the answers as he is still governed under the OSA. But the fact that Chia Thye Poh was detained throughout the 3 years or so that Yoong Siew Wah was the ISD director showed that he had at least assessed that Chia Thye Poh was a security risk.

Or if he had assessed otherwise, then it would mean that he had allowed his conscience to betray him in that he had consented to LKY continuing to detain Chia Thye Poh.

So which is which? Either way, it wouldn’t look good on his resume.

So why this sudden urge to champion the cause of Tang Liang Hong and Francis Seow, both cases happened way after his stint as Director ISD? Why not champion the cause of a case he had intimate knowledge of? Was it because he found his closet too small that he had to poke into others’?

If he wants to attack a man, a dead man, at least be consistent. Do not try to release a red herring or two hoping that people will not see the dirt under the carpet.

Now that he has retired and is enjoying the fruits of his labour, mostly earned under LKY’s patronage, he should just keep his peace or continue to make observations about the MRT or the present political climate. Indeed about almost anything under the sun.

But just don’t go wander off somewhere where he might see ghosts, because those ghosts might haunt him.

 

* Article first appeared on The Singapore Beacon.

 

 

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33 Responses to “Yoong Siew Wah, Chia Thye Poh And The Ghosts Of Lee Kuan Yew’s Past”

  • Fire:

    Aren’t history repeating but with different approach .

    Decorated with cartoon superb hero .

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    Many asked whether we were the one who penned the above article?

    No. We aren’t.

    But we still believe in justice.

    This Yoong fellow, as the above writer has mentioned, is complicit.

    This young fellow couldn’t pass the eyes of pap liar lky so he wasn’t in the higher echelon of pap liar lky and remained as a small fry. So what? Well, like tkl, this young fellow, now that pap liar lky isn’t around to say otherwise, is trying to portray that he, the Yoong fellow, is somebody when he isn’t.

    BTW, esteemed Mr Chia Thye Poh is someone we shouldn’t mention in the same breath as anyone else. Esteemed Mr Chia Thye Poh has backbone and cannot be broken despite all attempts by pap liar lky and his lackeys such as the Yoong fellow.

    It is our honor in our short life in pap regime to have someone of esteemed Mr Chia Thye Poh in our midst.

    Let us repeat. This Yoong fellow is no different from tkl. Both are pap lackeys. Both didn’t catch the eyes of pap liar lky. So both are always trying to BS that they WERE somebody then when truth be told, they aren’t.

    They are merely small fries in the eyes of pap liar lky. PERIOD.

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  • Lim Chin Siong:

    Chia They Poh is Not the only one .

    The authors [of the book Men in White] fail to highlight Lee Kuan Yew’s more ignominious (i.e. shameful) persona. . .Lee Kuan Yew knew he had to depend on Lim Chin Siong and his mass base to advance his political ambition. The word gratitude is not to be found in Lee’s lexicon. In fact, it would have been a great joke if Lim’s detention caused [LKY] any grief.”

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  • xoxo:

    WELL,nothing unusual for YOONG to discourse about the plights of francis or peter or paul,ya?

    if someone wants to talk about CHIA,go ahead.
    there is no need for yoong TO DO IT,right?

    afterall,someone else can take it up and throw mud at YOONG for being the ISD Director overseeing CHia’s specific case.
    i am sure Yoong would not mind at all?

    not necessary for yoong to do it himself.
    in fact,its better for someone else to nail him n let him explain,me thinks.

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  • PAPPYcron:

    As a neutral observer – it’s hard to believe LKY allow Yoong to make fully independent decisions off him, about Chia’s detention (and freedom) and gave him a free hand to do whatsoever as a ISD Director on Chia’s situation at hand during incarceration.
    Albeit though, it seems Yoong do has an axe to grind.

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  • The Ghost:

    I don’t think the Ghost in 1971 would be interested in Dr Chia as he has no Red Army to bring the Govt into a topple?

    I can sense that during this period 71 to 74, Dr Chia was left to the machination of isd and the bald-headed Ps to earn their living!

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  • Indranee Rajah talking cock:

    Straits times: GST hike cannot be put off forever, but impact will be delayed for S’poreans: Indranee Rajah

    The Government is NOT open and transparent its finances. It just claims the GST hike is needed without proving it. This is unacceptable.

    A proper discussion on GST hike requires, inter-alia, full disclosure of government reserves, actual government surpluses, including those of self-funding stat boards like LTA, SLA, JTC, CAAS, URA, etc. These are not included in the Budget. These stat boards make billions each year and are holding billions more because MOF does not need the money because the Budget is already in surplus.

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  • PAP MPs talking cock:

    Straits Times: Singapore should prepare itself to capture opportunities in green economy: PAP MPs

    PAP MPs do not know what they are talking about.

    What is “green”? Solar power, wind power, electric cars, etc. If the TOTAL CO2 emissions from solar and wind power and electric cars are taken into account (this includes their manufacture, operant and disposal) they are not really “green”. “Green economy” is a gimmick. The only “green source of power” is nuclear energy. But it is not “politically acceptable” to environmentalists.

    “Green” is just another “rent-seeking” (revenue generation) exercise for the government.

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  • Know any "pigs"?:

    Straits times: In a first, US man receives a heart from a genetically altered pig

    Greedy/over-paid politicians are also called “pigs” because their greed is unsatiable.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    At his age n convert,tell the TRUTH and Shame the devil in Jesus name or is the pension too good? N the FEAR of classified info greater than his current acts of REPENTENCE?

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    Indranee Rajah talking cock:
    Straits times: GST hike cannot be put off forever, but impact will be delayed for S’poreans: Indranee Rajah

    The Government is NOT open and transparent its finances. It just claims the GST hike is needed without proving it. This is unacceptable.

    A proper discussion on GST hike requires, inter-alia, full disclosure of government reserves, actual government surpluses, including those of self-funding stat boards like LTA, SLA, JTC, CAAS, URA, etc. These are not included in the Budget. These stat boards make billions each year and are holding billions more because MOF does not need the money because the Budget is already in surplus.

    pap has many things to hide.

    the good thing is, pap does not rule forever, and within a few years from now, a New Government shall be in power and shall be able to indict all pap culprits, alive or dead, of their wrongdoings.

    BTW why is pap propping up dying dinosaurs such as the states times and the mediacorpse? hahaha. because these are tools pap uses to BS cotton sheep. alas for cotton sheep. pap uses cotton sheep monies to do so and when coffers are empty, pap raises GST on cotton sheep and cotton sheep happily says to pap, the more the better Sir.

    Do note that pap said it has spent S$100b on cotton sheep? Really? each cotton sheep at most received S$600 each. There are less than 3m of them, about 2m to be exact. Let us use 3m. 3m x S$600 = S$1.8b. Let us round it up to S$2b.

    Where has the S$98b gone to?

    hahaha.

    pap PA paid IBs please note. The S$98b has gone to pap S$m salaries in everything pap such as gic temasick and all the generals in pap hierarchy, besides the pap airlines and such.

    WHY cotton sheep allows pap to abuse its monies to prop up pap airlines is a joke. Listen to how pap justified abusing such monies. pap said it is NECESSARY and stops there. necessary for what? hahaha. for pap political advantage, and to reward pap loyals.

    After all, in the Internet age, does anyone really need a states times or a mediacorpse or a pap airlines?

    Surely NOT.

    BTW these pap entities, the pap folks running them, don’t come cheap despite all the cotton monies lavished on them. How much did the pap airlines guy make in 2021 when pap lavished a lot of the S$98b on the pap airlines? How much did the states times guy get in 2021 despite the fact that this pap useless fatty general need to seek monies from pap hat in hand?

    Don’t be fooled. pap folks are all paying each other S$m pa. 9% GST or 19% GST is peanuts to them. cotton sheep who agrees, when mostly jobless or underemployed, sure as sunrise very stupid.

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  • Trust only myself:

    Yes this Ind Rajah is talking cock in parliament……
    Mr Leong mentioned about teacher scolding a student without vaccination and she asked Mr Leong to show proof……?
    Why don’t they go investigate instead……?

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  • Stupid Singaporeans Vote PAP:

    Therefore, SG is classified as UNKNOWN.

    Indranee Rajah talking cock:
    Straits times: GST hike cannot be put off forever, but impact will be delayed for S’poreans: Indranee Rajah

    The Government is NOT open and transparent its finances. It just claims the GST hike is needed without proving it. This is unacceptable.

    A proper discussion on GST hike requires, inter-alia, full disclosure of government reserves, actual government surpluses, including those of self-funding stat boards like LTA, SLA, JTC, CAAS, URA, etc. These are not included in the Budget. These stat boards make billions each year and are holding billions more because MOF does not need the money because the Budget is already in surplus.

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  • Harder Truths:

    he is just another wanker abandoned in his old age by his masters to die in a bus shelter, while hoping for more chicken rice at the next election.

    No pity for this evil minion. He now tries to pretend he is part of the people when in fact he was a ruthless servant of the dictator.

    Karma is a b*tch Mr Yoong. Enjoy your last days as a relic of the dead dictator’s evil plans.

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  • Indranee Rajah talking cock:

    Straits Times: Indranee gives stern reminder after Leong Mun Wai fails to prove claim on rules for unvaccinated kids

    Indranee also made a claim that GST increased cannot be put off forever. Where is the proof that GST needs to be increased at all. Vague statements on the issue to justify the planned increase is not “proof”.

    Openness and transparency is required. Indranee should “walk her talk”. “What goes around comes around.”

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Frankly, this Loong sounds like a someone trying to “redeem” his soul before dying – for it is said everyone ultimately fears death. But then he also sounds like the typical once-pappy-always-pappy who not sincere, doesn’t ATONE for his participation in such detentions; it is like Nazi concentration camps commandants who after the war said they are merely soldiers following orders even though they “admitted” that the camps was wrongful.

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  • Yoong Siew Wah:

    Good. I am not in the least perturbed. It’s quite exciting and I think it’s a good thing for these people to let off steam sometimes.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    You really think that those put in positions close to LKY and the likes of him, and who submitted reports and recommendations to him, could be sincere? My limited experience with such beings showed rather this. They took pains to ensure that they said the politically right thing, not the whole truth, and there were always your lower bosses and colleagues who would praise that as being wise, accusing you of naivety to object. Once I wrote a paper for Goh Keng Swee, but was told by my then Director to change my conclusion only because “Goh Keng Swee wouldn’t like it”. I changed only a key term used, but retained the meaning. My Director approved and the paper went through! So, empathise with this erstwhile ISD guy, who had to submit to one more formidable than Goh Keng Swee.

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  • George Yeo talking cock:

    Straits Times: S’pore should prepare for up to 30 years of US-China rivalry: George Yeo

    “Singapore thus needs to organically “reroot” itself in the region and become a capital city of Asean, he added, noting Singapore’s links to other members of the 10-nation bloc through their sizeable communities here.”

    What does “reroot itself in the region” mean? What will it accomplish?

    The facts are:
    1) China is engaged in a “land grab” in the South China Sea. It is illegally occupying Philippine territory.

    2) Only the US can effectively counter Chinese aggression in the region.

    3) Pandering to China will not solve the problem.

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  • This is Singapore!:

    If no gst increase, how is Ho Ching’s Temasek Holdings going to give out free masks to Singapore residents?

    Also, where is Temasek going to get money to bail out SIA, Semb Marine, etc?

    How is Temasek going to privative profit and social losses – splitting Capitaland into CLI and a higher risk Capital Development Co (privatized and assumed by Temasek)?

    Indranee Rajah talking cock:
    Straits times: GST hike cannot be put off forever, but impact will be delayed for S’poreans: Indranee Rajah

    The Government is NOT open and transparent its finances. It just claims the GST hike is needed without proving it. This is unacceptable.

    A proper discussion on GST hike requires, inter-alia, full disclosure of government reserves, actual government surpluses, including those of self-funding stat boards like LTA, SLA, JTC, CAAS, URA, etc. These are not included in the Budget. These stat boards make billions each year and are holding billions more because MOF does not need the money because the Budget is already in surplus.

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  • This is Singapore!:

    Maybe he can go overseas like many exiled or self exiled victims and spill the beans.

    Devan Nair did that but there were only The Straits Times, Zao Bao and other SPH papers and SBC (MediaCorp) controlled by PAP then.

    Never got to hear the full narrative from Nair.

    PAPPYcron:
    As a neutral observer – it’s hard to believe LKY allow Yoong to make fully independent decisions off him, about Chia’s detention (and freedom) and gave him a free hand to do whatsoever as a ISD Director on Chia’s situation at hand during incarceration.
    Albeit though, it seems Yoong do has an axe to grind.

    PAPPYcron:
    As a neutral observer – it’s hard to believe LKY allow Yoong to make fully independent decisions off him, about Chia’s detention (and freedom) and gave him a free hand to do whatsoever as a ISD Director on Chia’s situation at hand during incarceration.
    Albeit though, it seems Yoong do has an axe to grind.

    A proper discussion on GST hike requires, inter-alia, full disclosure of government reserves, actual government surpluses, including those of self-funding stat boards like LTA, SLA, JTC, CAAS, URA, etc. These are not included in the Budget. These stat boards make billions each year and are holding billions more because MOF does not need the money because the Budget is already in surplus.

    PAPPYcron:
    As a neutral observer – it’s hard to believe LKY allow Yoong to make fully independent decisions off him, about Chia’s detention (and freedom) and gave him a free hand to do whatsoever as a ISD Director on Chia’s situation at hand during incarceration.
    Albeit though, it seems Yoong do has an axe to grind.

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  • This is Singapore!:

    Revenue from GLS is not revenue for use in current budget – PAP says that.

    Not sure about GST, ABSD of relating to it.

    Anyway, PAP policies are to enrich themselves and cronies.

    CityDev is making money in Singapore from buyers of its residential properties but losing billions of dollars on overseas.

    Ho Bee is making tonnes of money in Singapore. It bought Sentosa land on the cheap and made billions of dollars when its chairman Chua TP was the Chairman of Sentosa Board (a Stats Board or equivalent). Now he is member of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) to our Indian-Malay minority President Halimah!

    Temasek Holdings are not only bailing out its controlled companies but also PAP crony companies. PIL a private company owned by a crony was bailed out, this came into light only because along the line (indirectly), a PIL subsidiary is listed in HKSE and this info need to be made public and some investigative reporter revealed this.

    Food prices have already gone up in 2020 and 2021.

    Expect more price increase this year.

    Indranee Rajah talking cock:
    Straits times: GST hike cannot be put off forever, but impact will be delayed for S’poreans: Indranee Rajah

    The Government is NOT open and transparent its finances. It just claims the GST hike is needed without proving it. This is unacceptable.

    A proper discussion on GST hike requires, inter-alia, full disclosure of government reserves, actual government surpluses, including those of self-funding stat boards like LTA, SLA, JTC, CAAS, URA, etc. These are not included in the Budget. These stat boards make billions each year and are holding billions more because MOF does not need the money because the Budget is already in surplus.

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  • Uncle Foong do tell us more!:

    The Singapore generations behind you deserve to know the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so may God help us all…..

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Indranee Rajah talking cock:
    Straits times: GST hike cannot be put off forever, but impact will be delayed for S’poreans: Indranee Rajah

    The Government is NOT open and transparent its finances. It just claims the GST hike is needed without proving it. This is unacceptable.

    Indranee is just another lanjeow-riding minister simply echoing a script given to them to read. True, prices are increasing worldwide due to say supply chain disruptions, but the way the pappies justify the GST increase is so lame.

    Why don’t Indraneyney tell us firstly how many million$ are wasted through LAPSES in the yearly AG audits of gov organizations? 200m? 500m? 1b? Can the useless Loong’s administration first prevent such wastage BEFORE passing on the fault to Singaporeans to bear? Indraneyney is too stupid in organizational management to know that tackling inefficiency must take place BEFORE any other measures to raise revenue hor. This again shows the low standards of the current lot of PAP – when they fuxk-up, they just pass the burden to the people, hor.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    George Yeo talking cock:
    Straits Times: S’pore should prepare for up to 30 years of US-China rivalry: George Yeo

    “Singapore thus needs to organically “reroot” itself in the region and become a capital city of Asean, he added, noting Singapore’s links to other members of the 10-nation bloc through their sizeable communities here.”

    What does “reroot itself in the region” mean? What will it accomplish?

    Talkig COCK in or out of parliament as long as they are SYCOPHANTS they will talk “COCK” Liu Tai cock
    The ex city planner says 10million PoP for PaP is ok…an island piece of noseshit with hostile neighbours with our attitudes towards them n NO hinterland…THAT is the MOTHER of all COCKS

    in the region.

    3) Pandering to China will not solve the problem.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    This is Singapore!:
    Revenue from GLS is not revenue for use in current budget – PAP says that.

    Not sure about GST, ABSD of relating to it.

    Anyway, PAP policies are to enrich themselves and cronies.

    CityDev is making money in Singapore from buyers of its residential properties but losing billions of dollars on overseas.

    Ho Bee is making tonnes of money in Singapore. It bought Sentosa land on the cheap and made billions of dollars when its chairman Chua TP was the Chairman of Sentosa Board (a Stats Board or equivalent). Now he is member of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) to our Indian-Malay minority President Halimah!

    Temasek Holdings are not only bailing out its controlled companies but also PAP crony companies. PIL a private company owned by a crony was bailed out, this came into light only because along the line (indirectly), a PIL subsidiary is listed in HKSE and this info need to be made public and some investigative reporter revealed this.

    TALK COCK QUEEN she needs to get married n have ONe instead of talking…Action is better than WORDS
    Food prices have already gone up in 2020 and d and2021.

    Expect more price increase this year.

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  • Lanjiao Liu:

    Temusik Patriot: Talkig COCK in or out of parliament as long as they are SYCOPHANTS they will talk “COCK” Liu Tai cock
    The ex city planner says 10million PoP for PaP is ok…an island piece of noseshit with hostile neighbours with our attitudes towards them n NO hinterland…THAT is the MOTHER of all COCKS

    in the region.

    This lanjiao* should let the bali dancers compliment from his pop’s slap him front and back till can’t talk cock forever.

    *Don’t know got lanjiao anot? why first wifey left?

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  • Chan Chun Sing talking cock:

    Straits Times: Less than half of PSC scholars from 2019 to 2021 from RI or HCI: Chan Chun Sing

    PSC scholarships are based mainly on academic results and are not need-based. This gives students from well-off families a big advantage because they can afford private tuition to get better grades. Private tuition is a BILLION $ industry.

    It is also a fact that the MAJORITY of PSC scholars break their bond with the help of their well-off parents. They actually do not need the scholarship but still go for it because it looks good in their resume.

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  • Western Propaganda Best:

    Another brainwashed.

    George Yeo talking cock:
    Straits Times: S’pore should prepare for up to 30 years of US-China rivalry: George Yeo

    “Singapore thus needs to organically “reroot” itself in the region and become a capital city of Asean, he added, noting Singapore’s links to other members of the 10-nation bloc through their sizeable communities here.”

    What does “reroot itself in the region” mean? What will it accomplish?

    The facts are:
    1) China is engaged in a “land grab” in the South China Sea. It is illegally occupying Philippine territory.

    2) Only the US can effectively counter Chinese aggression in the region.

    3) Pandering to China will not solve the problem.

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  • other elite schools:

    //Less than half of PSC scholars from 2019 to 2021 from RI or HCI: Chan Chun Sing//

    aiyoh. every year or on average over the three years ?? only RI or HCI ?? 49.9999% also less than half ???

    how about the other elite schools and not-so-elite schools; and the breakdown to know the proportion given to elite schools ??

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  • to CHANGE direction:

    //Let us repeat. This Yoong fellow is no different from tkl.///

    BUT BUT BUT hor, you need many “small fries” to CHANGE direction to “AX-POSE” the white monkey gang lar ?? in times to come, here will be a BIGGER wave of “small fries” doing their flying skills ?? so, the white monkey gang are the BIG FAT FRIES who get to decide who the “small fries” are as they are ‘disagreeable’ ??

    or one is trying to discredit “small fries” to distract attention away from the white monkey gang ???

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  • Fire:

    還好 我沒讀 豬

    豬 讀得太高 也是 豬

    other elite schools:
    //Less than half of PSC scholars from 2019 to 2021 from RI or HCI: Chan Chun Sing//

    aiyoh. every year or on average over the three years ?? only RI or HCI ?? 49.9999% also less than half ???

    how about the other elite schools and not-so-elite schools; and the breakdown to know the proportion given to elite schools ??

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  • GenieGeorgie Organic Re-root?:

    What the freaking Pappy creature is that all about Oh green CPF goblin?
    Wherefore sheeple retirement? Oh kanasai…..

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