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The growing importance of engagement

I read with interest the Editorial, “The growing importance of engagement“ (ST, Nov 6).

Foremost, the prerequisite for any top-down engagement to be organised successfully and meaningfully, the person who calls the shot must equip with sincerity, modesty and integrity besides having his/her objectives and vision in mind.

Let me cite a historical Chinese story about Cao Cao to illustrate how importance of the basic trust between the ruler and his people.

Cao Cao was a Chinese statesman and the penultimate grand chancellor of the Eastern Han dynasty, and he amassed immense power in the dynasty’s final years. When he regularly suffered migraine and acute headache, he sought for medical treatment from then well-known surgeon – Hua Tuo. Hua sincerely advised him and also would like to perform an acupuncture surgery upon Cao’s brain. Due to Cao Cao’s suspicious nature, he suspected Hua harboured evil intention by plotting against him. As a result of this unfortunate incident, Cao decided to put him to death.

When Hua anticipated his doomsday in the prison, Hua Tuo intended to pass down his medical book to someone to inherit it. But, no one dares to accept his medical book.

The refusal of it was obvious, it was simply because no one dares to offend Cao Cao.

In short, the underlying meaning of this story is that it takes two hands to clap if hoping everything to be seamlessly succeeded. It depends very much upon the integrity of the steersman.

In reality, I notice most people like to hear or read words of praise and then feeling pleasant about it, ignoring or forgetting the importance of assessing the praise or words of advices, whether are they genuine, meaningful and significant or not?.

Simultaneously, I also observe most people would get angry, disappointed or upset if they hear somethings which are brunt, unvarnished or unfavourable.

Undeniably, all these are truly human nature. In fact, it is no exception in politics.

Thus, there are common scenes in many political forums or social discourses, the invitees are generally quite discreet and reserved in their speeches and comments. Most probably because they are the pro-government “voices”.

In reverse, I seldom see the critics in the opposition camp be invited for any public discourse or social forum. Why and what to be afraid of?

Anyway, it is very significant and meaningful for the ruling party which should equip with sincerity, modesty and integrity to steadfastly engage its people from diverse backgrounds for the ultimate objective of looking after their future and wellbeing.

 

Teo Kueh Liang (Mr)

 

 

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19 Responses to “The growing importance of engagement”

  • xoxo:

    As much as DICTATORSHIP CAN BE LIKEN TO SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP, DEMOCRACY IS MORE AKIN TO A PUBLIC LISTED COMPANY.
    The SOLE proprietor needs not report to anyone BUT the CEO AND SENIOR MANAGERS MUST ACCOUNT TO BOD AND TO STAKE-HOLDERS .
    So it is the DUTY N OBLIGATION OF OUR GOVT TO *REPORT*/ ACCOUNT TO US,THE SHAREHOLDERS , WITH FULL ACCOUNTABILITY.
    We can REPLACE THEM IF FOUND WANTING OR WE CAN EXTEND THEIR TENURES.

    MINISTER INDRANEE is a well-qualified lawyer, she shud know it is her duty and that of her colleagues to answer to our *OROXIES* AT SUCH *SHAREHOLDERS* MEETINGS(PARLIAMENT SESSIONS)?

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  • only stupid people vote pap:

    We only vote OPPO.

    We are born before independence and we have never voted pap whenever we get to vote. So far we can tell you, no pap ampai has ever knocked on our door at midnight.

    We state categorically it is Not Meaningful to have any engagement with pap.

    We doubt Anything Will Be Achieved in the engagement with pap.

    We say the Real Important Thing is to vote out pap and let WP PSP form the new government to rid the once great small island of all the pap S$m pa thieves.

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  • xoxo:

    Sorry,*oroxies* shud read as PROXIES.
    Shaky fingers this old sg uncle.
    PS: proxies = MPs.
    Not just OPPO MPs but RESPONSIBLE PAP MOs?WHO TRULY CARE ABOUT THEIR SACRED DUTY (ASSIGNED TO THEM BY us).

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Example quoted cao cao hua tuo totally irrelevant and ambiguous.

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  • Stupid Singaporeans Vote PAP:

    Cannot blame our “great leaders” lah. Any government knowing how stupid Sinkies are will do the same lah.

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  • Popcorn:

    Please note, it is not meaningful to vote for PAP again, after all, these idiotic politicians are brain dead, even though most are holding high posts in the commercial world, like doctors, accountants, CEO, lawyers, etc.

    Over the years, after every election, you will see some clowns or Sai Suy appears and talk rubbish, like Cotton from sheep, old folks doing exercises from collection cardboard for daily bread, no meaningful to disclosed, etc…..

    I wonder are they deserve to get a million dollars paycheck and let all our old folks suffer thru a hardship, and a high cost of living and some even cannot afford to see a doctor.

    I hope Heaven will act fast to dispose of these clowns before all the local-born Singaporeans die faster thru these silly policies.

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  • Pappy Insane B:

    “Anyway, it is very significant and meaningful for the ruling party which should equip with sincerity, modesty and integrity to steadfastly engage its people from diverse backgrounds for the ultimate objective of looking after their future and wellbeing.”

    Want to sing pappy tunes, try cartoon.

    We know who the pappy take care off.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Teo Kueh Liang (Mr):
    Simultaneously, I also observe most people would get angry, disappointed or upset if they hear somethings which are brunt, unvarnished or unfavourable.
    =======================================================================
    Yes, this I agreed. Even hypocrite In God We Tru$t Anglo Saxon also don’t like to hear the truth.

    I truly love Indian, Prof Kishore Mahbubani tell reporter off.
    Watch video at 4:15
    https://bit.ly/3NYIZUu

    Prof Kishore:
    Your question capture very well the anglo-saxon media the perception
    of China and I would suggest you very bluntly that it is a distorted
    perspective of reality…well rebutted.

    I dislike the evil CCP bullying smaller nations in SCS just like what the Americunts did.

    But we PAP Singapore dare to stand up and rebut Anglo Saxon is itself punching above its weight.

    This show that our great PAP open door policy is correct.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Simultaneously, I also observe most people would get angry, disappointed or upset if they hear somethings which are brunt, unvarnished or unfavourable.
    =======================================================================
    Dear Teo,
    Ask your Pastor/Christians/Opposition this question and watch/record their reaction.

    Question: Is it right to blow up the undersea gas pipeline and exploit Europe by selling gas to them at 4 time the market price?

    Nord Stream blast ‘blew away 50 metres of pipe’
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63297085

    Who Attacked Nord Stream 2?
    https://www.cato.org/commentary/who-attacked-nord-stream-2
    extract:
    For years the US objective toward Nord Stream 2 was simple: to destroy it. US opinions were many and hostile. Legislative sponsors of US sanctions threatened companies involved in the project with “crushing and potentially fatal legal and economic sanctions.”

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  • Billy ma:

    People who had attended so called Townhill conversation gatherings will know that only PAP supporters be there.
    Therefore, you don’t heard complaints about PAP policies.
    And also the organisers will insert some of their people with prepreparted questions in case too few questions from the general crowd.

    This is a very common practice. Plus those questions are phased such a way for the PAP speakers to self praise.

    So there is no need to place too much attention to such dialogue. It’s strictly a PR exercise.

    And there is no way to change because this a PAP culture & means to look like engaging the people.

    You know I know & of course PAP knows.

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  • only stupid people vote pap:

    Billy ma:
    People who had attended so called Townhill conversation gatherings will know that only PAP supporters be there.
    Therefore, you don’t heard complaints about PAP policies.
    And also the organisers will insert some of their people with prepreparted questions in case too few questions from the general crowd.

    This is a very common practice. Plus those questions are phased such a way for the PAP speakers to self praise.

    So there is no need to place too much attention to such dialogue. It’s strictly a PR exercise.

    And there is no way to change because this a PAP culture & means to look like engaging the people.

    You know I know & of course PAP knows.

    pap is a clan of snakes. thieving snakes. snakes that love S$ and implemented a parleeement approved system of paying each other S$m pa on the basis of ownself pay ownself basis.

    worse, pap as a political party steals S$ in order to function. the money is stolen via the vehicle called pap PA, to the tune of S$B pa.

    pap organizes a once every 2 years gathering of over 3,000 pap Ljs and Cbs, gushes the pap States Times Cb. yet, this pap Cb conveniently forgets to say who paid the bill for venue. We, as we have said before, do not know if food and drinks are catered. if yes, once more, we ask, who paid the bill for the food and drinks for the 3,000 pap Cbs and pap Ljs. Note that the venue is not a school sports hall or a pap community centre hall but a LUXURIOUS location in downtown prime estate.

    kDramas teach all human beings of whatever stripe that all political parties need S$ to function. the bigger the political party, the more S$ are needed in order for the political party to function.

    kDramas also teach all human beings the truth about any RULING political party, that is, how the folks in the political party garner the slush funds needed for the political party to remain in power. NOTE that kDramas also teach all human beings, the stupid sinkies and the wise OPPO supporters, that the one holding the purse strings in the political party is KING and is also the KING maker.

    back to dirty politics inside pap in pap Singapore. Notice who chairs the pap PA, that is, managing the S$B pap steals from sinkies.

    sinkies all are so stupid. pap says approved by pap parleeement sinkies all stop their brains from thinking. Where does pap get the S$B to function if not from sinkies monies?

    doesn’t it show clearly why sinkies cannot get back their CPF monies in one lump sum at age 55 and also why sinkies pay exorbitant prices for 99 years rental leases and why sinkies pay high subsidized prices for medical care.

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  • 2Daft2Live:

    Engagement is a dirty word, a politician’s way of blinding the populace to the fact that there is none. The exchange between the rulers and the ruled in SG had been institutionalized a long time ago. Basically, it’s the top people speak and the bottom people listen. Don’t talk back, don’t complain, don’t even make any whimpering sound.

    I am really curious…..when the daft ones are jobless, penniless and futureless. Do they whimper or make any sound? Or do they go to a quiet corner and sob quietly, hoping not to make a nuisance to others?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    2Daft2Live:
    Engagement is a dirty word, a politician’s way of blinding the populace to the fact that there is none. The exchange between the rulers and the ruled in SG had been institutionalized a long time ago. Basically, it’s the top people speak and the bottom people listen. Don’t talk back, don’t complain, don’t even make any whimpering sound.

    Are you describing Americunt ? I say you listen, don’t talk back.

    HardTruth#1
    Americunt force ROC Taiwan to buy Boeing 787. Americunt say, Chinese listen.
    https://bit.ly/3RVeos3

    Americunt: We hope to strengthen the ties even more economically. We hope you buy the 787..

    Translator was stunned and skipped translating the 2nd part of the speech

    You buy 787 and I, Americunt help you push Taiwan Policy HALF HEARTEDLY …

    Anyone here has any doubt ? You tru$t Americunt, you die fa$ter.

    2Daft2Live:
    I am really curious…..when the daft ones are jobless, penniless and futureless. Do they whimper or make any sound? Or do they go to a quiet corner and sob quietly, hoping not to make a nuisance to others?

    I had been through 2 retrenchment and each time I was able to get job quickly because I had good reference and testimony.

    Thanks to PAP. If you are hard driving and hard striving, there are plenty of jobs.

    But if you are lazy and unmotivated, of course you had no moral ground to talk back. Understand ?

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  • Spec Ops:

    17:50

    “How to survive as the Parallel Society through the coming 2nd Renaissance, is to not get involved politically.

    I hear all the time people saying they will get politically active.

    I despise all politics. The answer is to walk away.

    I am seeing that kind of naivety among well-meaning people. It will only end up in disaster for them.

    Because they will be betrayed by weak, frightened little men, [loyal only to themselves], with a fear of existential dread that’s not even real.

    Wasn’t the year 2020 existential dread to those who fell for it?” – Thomas Sheridan

    ‘Oh Frightened Little Man, How Wretched Art Thou’
    https://odysee.com/@ThomasSheridanArchive2:7/oh-frightened-little-man,-how-wretched:b

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  • Spec Ops:

    A Ballot Box – The Coffin Where Good Intentions Rot

    https://odysee.com/@ThomasSheridanArchive2:7/a-ballot-box-the-coffin-where-good:8

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  • C clearly:

    People who give out money or grants got two intention.you figured it out ok!

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  • Clearly c:

    Drugs will get you addicted.

    Drugs will make you surrender whatever you have!

    Money same as drug when feed little by little!

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  • Clearly c:

    What exchanges during a drug transection?! ,$ ( almost every time.) So basically $=drugs or drugs= $ mathematically equal!

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  • O I c:

    What happens when there is love? There is sex. So love=sex and sex=love.

    When a man says “I love you” to a woman, everybody knows what he wants.

    Clearly c:
    What exchanges during a drug transection?! ,$ ( almost every time.) So basically $=drugs or drugs= $ mathematically equal!

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