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Making a mountain out of a molehill

The Committee of Privileges (COP) has made history! For the first time in Singapore’s parliamentary history, it has recommended that two witnesses be referred to the public prosecutor for further investigations for allegedly speaking untruths during the committee’s hearing. Poor Pritam Singh and Faisal Manap! And poor Sylvia Lim too.

Sylvia Lim is apparently spared because she had cooperated with the COP. Really? Is the COP so kind? Or is it just wayang?

Make no mistake. PAP leaders are never kind or magnanimous. If they can eat you up, they will. This “Making Mountain out of a Molehill” Raeesah Khan saga is just another scheme (paid for by taxpayers) to demolish the Workers’ Party. PAP leaders are sophisticated schemers. Letting Sylvia off is just an attempt to divide the party. If they succeed, they would gloat.

Another possible reason for letting Sylvia off is to prevent the accusation of an overkill. The COP has to pretend that they are fair minded, that they give credit where credit is due. They like to reward “when reward is due”. Conferring the title of “Leader of the Opposition” is one such reward that attempts to blind the beneficiary of the title. Only the gullible would fail to read the motive behind.

What harm did Raeesah Khan cause? Nothing really. She exaggerated her role, (probably with the aim of making it more credible) when she claimed that she accompanied a victim to the police station. She forgot that PAP leaders are vultures in parliament, ever ready to pounce on the slightest error.

Did she cause anyone to be jailed? No! Did she cause anyone to lose his reputation or job? No.

The Reform Party in its press release of 12 February 2022 concluded:

“No Opposition politician is safe in Singapore from the first breakthrough MP J B Jeyaretnam with his frequent and scathing attacks on the Government to the modern day compliant politicians. This will continue to be true until at least one-third of the seats in the House are under Opposition control.” (LINK)

I agree with the statement with reference to parliament. Despite the popularity of JB Jeyaretnam, the PAP leaders have no qualms in referring him, on various occasions to the committee of privileges over petty matters. For example, as a resident of Anson, I had received newsletters reporting on the committee’s proceedings. I was shocked that even that was wrong in the eyes of PAP leaders.

With regard to opposition politicians in general however, they have never been safe since the Barisan Sosialis was born in 1962. They were arrested, tortured and detained without trial. Even elected members of parliament suffered detention under the Internal Security Act. Lee Tee Tong was arrested, humiliated and imprisoned without trial for 18 years. Two other MPs suffered detention too – S T Bani and Loh Miaw Gong.

The 4G leaders have to resort to all kinds of tricks because they know that their opponents are more capable than them. As in their record and history, every opponent must be nipped in the bud. They must never be able to gather enough strength to topple the PAP. Losing Aljunied GRC and then Sengkang GRC are lessons they will never forget.

Today, the PAP is not in a position to destroy opponents without receiving some flak in return. People are better informed. Many of us can see where Singapore is heading to if we remain silent and do nothing. We realise that we have to take responsibility for ourselves, to build a Singapore that is kinder and not always geared towards making money and ensuring a prosperous Singapore where the benefits belong to the powerful and the rich.

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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34 Responses to “Making a mountain out of a molehill”

  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Dear Teo,
    You said “Make no mistake. PAP leaders are never kind or magnanimous. If they can eat you up, they will.”
    =======================================================================
    Do you think your Americunt master is kind ?

    Selling weapons to Ukraine and instigate/encourage them to fight to the death while Americunt count money ?

    Ukraine First Lady: While you in the West are counting money, we in Ukraine are counting victims (bodies)
    https://baltics.news/2022/09/04/olena-zelenska-while-you-in-the-west-are-counting-money-we-in-ukraine-are-counting-victims/

    Any Opposition want to answer this question?

    Here’s is BK answer. Anyone here don’t agree ?

    BK:
    Politics is a business of knives. If honesty and purity is your thing, please join the temple, church….u may not even find it there.

    Of course, we want a transparent polity, but that does not mean, u just spill your guts all over the place. Any organization needs discipline. Otherwise be an independent.

    Leadership is never about being a Saint but straddles charm, guile, cerebral but with empathy; it shuttles between being a realist and an idealist.

    WP is the only proper party outside of PAP. PSP is new, SDP has good ppl but too idealistic.

    If u represent Spore, and u are idealistic, u think others wont take advantage of u? The only requirement is that u protect the interests of Sporeans.

    If voicing your honest opinion is the greatest gift u have, do a radio show. We need leaders who are tough, able to lead, cunning, intelligent, and most of all for the opposition at this point in time is to build a party that can compete.

    All your opinions are useless if u cannot compete at the national elections.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Stupid Pritam once put his arm around the shoulders of Cancerman and boasted he was going to be a ‘co-driver’ in the Regime car. The useless bugger is being run over multiple times by the same car until his insides become outsides.

    I do not blame him. He is the product of a retarded voter population that kills off good men and women every time they stand up to do something good – like the good old game of ‘whack-a-mole’.

    The arrogance or stupidty – or both – of voters is they thought they can continue to do this to play both sides. Wrong. The end result of all voter backstabbing is people like Pritam and his Clown Circus. They are no threat to anyone. They just provide endless entertainment to the Regime who think up new ways to kick them in the balls.

    $inkies should see the truth that there is no longer any credible opposition because there are no credible people who are willing to be betrayed by the electorate. The Regime knows this as do the opposition. But both sides play the game because both are looking to fleece the $heeple.

    And Pritam is just another idiot who thought he could bet on being clever enough to have his cake and eat it. Being an opposition, siding with the Regime and doing nothing of substance. But amateurs like him will learn the hard lesson that everything has a price – especially stupidity.

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  • opposition dude:

    Basically this is a soap opera being dragged on for year after year. When the opposition lies they are the scum of the earth according to PAP. So therefore have to form committee lah, wayang court lah, refer to prosecutor lah and so on.

    But when a minister says that the TraceTogether data can be accessed by the mata there is absolutely no issue at all. All that has to be said is that it was “forgotten” to be mentioned and that said minister had so called “sleepless nights” over this issue. No need any committee, judge, prosecutor or whatever.

    This is what you call a lousy wayang and double standards. Any of you still remember how much fire PAP had towards WP over Yaw’s alleged affair? And when their own Michael Palmer was found guilty of an ACTUAL affair they promptly shut the hell up and called for a press conference to announce Michael’s resignation ho ho ho!

    It’s no small wonder that PAP have lost 2 GRCs in the last 3 elections. When you stoop to such underhand tactics against an educated electorate there can only be one outcome.

    Looking forward to more GRCs being lost in the next election! We definitely need a far stronger opposition presence in parliament because 9 right now just isn’t enough!

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Million$ PM/ministers with no integrity finding fault with 200K MPs, suspecting of having no integrity. Uniquely Pappies culture, hor.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Any Opposition want to answer this question?

    Here’s is BK answer. Anyone here don’t agree ?

    What BK said is generally true for any politicians. But being a Dishonorable Son as well … now how many politicians can YOU name has that qualification?

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  • Politics is a dirty game:

    There they go again…”culling” in progress.
    Their ever so frequent finding the slightest fault in the alternative party members..
    Like as tho the PAPs are white as snow…peleeezzz!

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  • BK:

    Singaporean R Free Rider:
    Dear Teo,
    You said “Make no mistake. PAP leaders are never kind or magnanimous. If they can eat you up, they will.”
    =======================================================================
    Do you think your Americunt master is kind ?

    Selling weapons to Ukraine and instigate/encourage them to fight to the death while Americunt count money ?

    Ukraine First Lady: While you in the West are counting money, we in Ukraine are counting victims (bodies)
    https://baltics.news/2022/09/04/olena-zelenska-while-you-in-the-west-are-counting-money-we-in-ukraine-are-counting-victims/

    Any Opposition want to answer this question?

    Here’s is BK answer. Anyone here don’t agree ?

    Lol. Bro , answer always contextual. U paste here and there, u using me as cannon fodder (:

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  • xoxo:

    Ms Khan’s lie is just a *white lie*.
    It has not caused any harm to the people.
    No doubt it was wrongful for her to *make up* a story to MAKE A LIKELY TRUTHFUL POINT.
    She should have put more effort to search for real victims of such incident.
    Nonetheless,i am inclined to believe in that the white lie could indeed reflect real incidents.

    Why do we spare no efforts on such matters ,even the AJ TOWN COUNCIL’s so-called mishandling of funds,when we dont even give much weight to HEAVIER NATIONAL ISSUES LIKE ACCOUNTING FOR HOW OUR $100 BILLION OF SGS’ RESERVES WAS APPLIED IN GREATER N MORE TRANSPARENT DETAILS than what AJ’s comparatively ayam sum was spent?

    And,is Ms Khan’s white lie in trying to relate a truth cobduct of a possible police’s misconduct so unforgiveable than the misconduct itself?

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  • Trust only myself:

    What happen to the domestic worker Parti case when a crony can made a false police report and when no one was punished and no COP to investigate all the MPs for keeping quiet?

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  • C’est la vie:

    ******
    If they’re so desperate to tarnish and total the opposition, … just go create Op ColdStore Mark 2, which is well within and not beyond the lightning brigade’s capabilities, … and be done with it !!!

    Rather than all of these pathetic “piecemeal” offensives !!!

    Certain, that the people will embrace it, … as they did with the “dead one” !!!
    ***
    ******

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  • PAP the Narcissist:

    Corrupted People’s Party as usual tricks after tricks, frauds after frauds – that’s the template of power grab and manipulation of the Red Dot.

    And worst – SGpns MONEY and retirement FUNDS are dispensed to achieve hegemonic aims.

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  • John Doe:

    Sorry to say, Pritam has NOT mastered the art of PAP kind of deceitful and cunning politics.

    Many many of us has already seen thru how the PAP Administration operate to KILL Singapore and Singaporeans.

    Just look at how Liz Truss solve their high energy prices compared to PAP style of giveaways and subsidies to BLUFF SG the kindness and goodness of PAP – to impress the goodness of PAP WHEN THE FOOLISHNESS OF VOTERS FAILED to realise its their VERY OWN MONEY.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Since when the Bastard usurp POWER backstabbing friends n fellow “comrades” change??? The Evil LEEgacy lives on until it is DESTROYED @ballotbox

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    BK: Lol. Bro , answer always contextual. U paste here and there, u using me as cannon fodder (:

    Lol Bro, your post is super factual but there are so many people who are so naive and idealistic.

    This guy aptly describe it. Just like you.

    https://www.tremeritus.net/2022/08/30/silence-is-a-deadly-foe/

    not illegal, not promoted:
    Why people cannot understand?

    “Not illegal” is not the same as “legalized”.
    “Not illegal” is not the same as “highly promoted.”

    Sugar babies are not illegal, but do schools teach how to be sugar babies?

    Group sex is not illegal, but do you want universities and CC/RC to organize, openly, group sex?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    The PAP makes no mistake;

    Inside 200M radius is not within 200M.

    The mistake was made by the admin. She did not said anything during the cooling off day.

    Hep-C deaths in hospital was not reported. Let’s move-on we have a no blame cultures.

    No need to apologise because the foreign workers did not asked for it.

    Trace together app/token was only for contact tracing. Period. No idea it could be used by the Police.

    etc. These were never a mistake! Nothing to see here, get moving.

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  • xoxo:

    That the OPPO parties are still weak n defenceless is not due to weak support for the oppo but the LACK OF OPPO UNITY in general.
    WP prefer to go it alone and its time for WP to seriously consider to amalgamate with the other oppo sgs.

    Insofar as oppo stays fragmented,expect more TRASHING from PAP.
    NO UNITY,NO STRENGTH.

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  • SS:

    Miss Teo, political brinkmanship has become a winner-take-all contest, where each side tries to best the other with competing data, escalating nastiness, or sheer volume. Aristotelian exercises are all well and good, but you need a high level of macro definition to begin with, because the devil is in the details.

    It is important to understand that the “ideas” of politicians are just a veneer on expressions of the self-interest of voters whose support they seek. The elephant in the room is confirmation bias. Help me see this differently!

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  • I fail ownself check ownself:

    Make no mistake… this is not the Party that Acts for the People no no…. Ahgong did away with that in the 90s….. it’s his heirloom Sinchiapor Inc. with his Emperor Dowager lineage in sitting. Don’t believe? Ask the spirits of 1st PAP chairman Dr. Toh Chin Chye & 2nd PAP chairman President Ong Teng Cheong…..they both were played out by the old wolf in sheep’s clothing even as the wolfp wiped out the Barisan Sosialis. Ahgong always believed he could and would ownself check ownself… hahaha!

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  • BIG STORY: Stop the PAP Steal:

    One fine day, could be soon – Singaporeans will FIGHT BACK AGAINST the PAP, hardest.

    PAP Administration, don’t be smug, don’t be arrogant, you people are NO Gods, don’t ownself disillusion ownself.

    The higher Gods in heaven WILL TAKE REVENGE on behalf of HIS people when humans try to be gods and act as gods.

    Filter and separate your evils towards people. Governance is MEANT for the sake of people’s interest. Forget about mandate is to give you sweeping powers – it is BECAUSE YOU HAVE MANIPULATED it dirty.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Lee Hsien Yang should know? The story has been he was the black sheep of the family, resisting big daddy’s schooling, unlike dutiful elder son. He therefore knows, from the inside, real motives, etc., etc., despite outward declarations of integrity and commitment? And he, even today, continues to fear big brother? So, Miss Teo’s concerns and suspicions should also be our concern?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    theforgottongeneration: What BK said is generally true for any politicians. But being a Dishonorable Son as well … now how many politicians can YOU name has that qualification?

    Yes, I can name one, the most Dishonorable one…don’t fall off your chair.

    Read this before you shoot off your mouth
    https://eatnews.co.uk/article-1/a-joint-statement-british-universities-side-with-president-tsai-on-doctorate-scamming/

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Yes, I can name one, the most Dishonorable one…don’t fall off your chair.

    Read this before you shoot off your mouth
    https://eatnews.co.uk/article-1/a-joint-statement-british-universities-side-with-president-tsai-on-doctorate-scamming/

    What has Tsai got to do with SG politics??? BK didn’t mentioned her, I didn’t mentioned her, the article didn’t mentioned her, nobody mentioned her. Did you tried to woe her, but got downright rejected? Is that a problem for us to discuss?

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  • BK:

    theforgottongeneration: What has Tsai got to do with SG politics??? BK didn’t mentioned her, I didn’t mentioned her, the article didn’t mentioned her, nobody mentioned her. Did you tried to woe her, but got downright rejected? Is that a problem for us to discuss?

    Yo bro, thats funny! Free Rider is Kramer of Seinfield; he at least no malice (:

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    theforgottongeneration: What has Tsai got to do with SG politics??? BK didn’t mentioned her, I didn’t mentioned her, the article didn’t mentioned her, nobody mentioned her. Did you tried to woe her, but got downright rejected? Is that a problem for us to discuss?

    This is what you said. any politicians … did you specify it is SG ONLY politician?

    Woe her? hahaha..unless you are into triad, no sane man will want her.

    Enjoy the greatest lies of the century…english version
    https://bit.ly/3BCWPHC

    theforgottongeneration: What BK said is generally true for any politicians. But being a Dishonorable Son as well … now how many politicians can YOU name has that qualification?

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: This is what you said. any politicians … did you specify it is SG ONLY politician?

    Woe her? hahaha..unless you are into triad, no sane man will want her.

    Enjoy the greatest lies of the century…english version
    https://bit.ly/3BCWPHC

    So, has anyone labelled Tsai a Dishonorable Daughter? Unlike our Dishonorable Son by his own siblings? Only you wants to think so. But then who are you?

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    BK: Yo bro, thats funny! Free Rider is Kramer of Seinfield; he at least no malice (:

    Hi bro, the dumb doggie just admitted Loong is just as dishonorable as Tsai. What an idiot! If Tsai is indeed “dishonorable” (which is debatable), then openly comparing her with Loong is CONFIRMING that Loong is a dishonorable person – from the pappies camp itself!

    The pappies standards and logic are truly appalling nowadays.

    Anyway, no point arguing with such obvious trolls. Yeah, I am eating my own words!!!

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    theforgottongeneration: So, has anyone labelled Tsai a Dishonorable Daughter?

    Yes, in fact worst.
    hard truth: https://bit.ly/3xjDDMs

    Had Tsai not revoke the license of media who are critical of her, more people would have known about it.
    https://bit.ly/3BioZGo

    theforgottongeneration:
    Unlike our Dishonorable Son by his own siblings? Only you wants to think so. But then who are you?

    I am not the only one who think Tsai is dishonorable… there are plenty …
    so many that your great demoncratic UK/LSE dare not answer truthfully questions that are put to them..

    Read latest Richardson report updated 12 Sep 2022.
    https://bit.ly/3S0IcDl

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  • WP need to do more:

    WP need to do more for the people, especially in Parliament.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    Isn’t the COP about using taxpayers’ monies for PAP propaganda? A party that wants to stay in power for the next 100 years as confirmed by CCS, will keep bullying and working towards removing the Opposition from Parliament. The popular JBJ was humiliated, bankrupted and driven out of Parliament. His win in the Privy Council was denied. LKY ensured that all appeals will be heard only in Singapore and his grandson uses the term “pliant” to explain the result of LKY’s actions. LkY would have never thought that his actions will make his own family suffer. JBJ was an honourable man dealing with the d**honourable LKY. LHL is as arrogant as his father. He continues to rule in the same manner in not keeping the Judiciary, Legislative and executive powers separate. He is the regulator as well as the investor. He competes with citizens using our own monies. After which we become the customers of the govt. He hides our reserves and remains as chairman of our GICs. We do not know the actual losses or gains of Temasek or the GICs. His good friend NR tried the same in Malaysia and was caught by the DOJ. Malaysian judiciary seems to have separate powers from the State. Up to date. LHL’s wife’s salary has never been declared publicly. The PAP will continue to harass, bully and imprison the Opposition using the COP or any other means as they want to remain in power. We allowed JBJ and others to suffer because we citizens continued to vote for the PAP making them the despicable and arrogant party they have become. The power to change is in our hands. Those who voted for the PAP are partners in the persecution of the Opposition and the suffering of the people.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    @Singaporeans R Free Riders

    You are running around in circles, like puppy chasing its own tail. So, state your stand once and for all – Tsai is dishonorable like Loong is dishonorable. Yes or No?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    theforgottongeneration:
    @Singaporeans R Free Riders

    You are running around in circles, like puppy chasing its own tail. So, state your stand once and for all – Tsai is dishonorable like Loong is dishonorable. Yes or No?

    Tsai is dishonorable。
    1. She use her fake degree to enter Presidential election and got elected as President.
    2. She use her fake degree to land job at high position for 27 years.
    3. This is of public interest.

    Our PM Lee is NOT dishonorable.
    1. PM Lee use real degree to enter election.
    2. PM Lee use real degree to land job.
    3. The word dishonorable was uttered by a family members and it is a family matters. It is NOT public interest.

    Just like techie say his gay brother showered thousands dollars on his many “girlfriend” instead of helping him with his medical expenses.

    This is Techie family matter and does not affect TRE forum operation as long as everyone can post their view.

    Yes or No ?

    Also, instead of only condemning CECA fake degree, will you opposition also condemn Chinese fake degree ?

    Yes or No ?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    BK: Yo bro, thats funny! Free Rider is Kramer of Seinfield; he at least no malice (:

    LOL .. no problem.. I can handle most, if not all type of people with different mentality and personality.

    Volunteering at the frontline is indeed an eye opener.

    One lady was very naive and said she wanted to distribute food to homeless people at void deck ALONE.

    I told her, has it occurred to you that those homeless people could be murderer, rapist or criminal on the run from the law ?

    Her jaw dropped. Apparently she thought all human are good people with no hidden or evil agenda.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Our PM Lee is NOT dishonorable.
    1. PM Lee use real degree to enter election.
    2. PM Lee use real degree to land job.
    3. The word dishonorable was uttered by a family members and it is a family matters. It is NOT public interest.

    You didn’t mention:
    4) Loong hijacked parliament for 2 days just to air his own personal issues. Which democratic parliament does that?
    5) Highest paid PM but Singaporeans still waiting Swiss standards.
    6) “Dishonorable Son” is a publicly acknowledged reference to Loong nowadays. Still not public interest, hor?
    7) Need more examples?

    Again you are running around like puppy. Why bring in off-topics like techie and CECA/Chinese fake degrees? Write any article and post it if you are so strong about these.

    By your logic Tsai is NOT dishonorable:
    4a) She did NOT hijack TWN parliament for air her own personal issues.
    5a) She is not highest paid leader, did not claim Swiss standards for Taiwanese.
    6a) “Dishonorable woman” term is not widely acknowledged in TWN. Only for you who got rejected trying to woe her.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    I told her, has it occurred to you that those homeless people could be murderer, rapist or criminal on the run from the law ?

    Her jaw dropped. Apparently she thought all human are good people with no hidden or evil agenda.

    Yeah, your name already says Singaporeans R Free Riders. Like your Dishonorable master who lan-lan didn’t get a strong mandate in last elections, so blame voters. Sore Loser.

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