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We will lead in our own way

I read with interest The Today’s report, “'We will lead in our own way': : Lawrence Wong takes office as 4th prime minister of Singapore” (May 15).

We can get some inspiration or enlightenment from the story of the 108 heroes in Water Margin: they originally had their own abilities, aspirations and ambitions. They were originally meant to serve the court or ruler at that time. However, because they were framed and obstructed by some venal and overbearing bureaucrats/officials in the court at that time, they had no choice but to give up their ideals, visions and aspirations and finally chose to confront the court.

Although, the extremely rare examples cited above seem to no longer exist in this advanced and democratic era. However, there will always be a small number of very capable, talented and ambitious "fish" who slip out of the “deliberate” net cast by those in power.

In our highly commercialised and industrialised, competitive and democratic society, there are basically two types of highly educated young people.

One is to position their goals, aspirations and ideals about making money and building their snug family life, but they are indifferent to politics or society. We should respect the freedom of choice of this
group of people.

On the other hand, some young people not only care about their own careers or career development and family happiness, but they can also sacrifice some time to pay attention to their country's development
trends, politics, social and people's livelihood issues, etc. For example, we can vividly remember the unreserved devotion and sacrifice of their precious time and energy of the opposition members of parliament and NCMPs.

Undeniably, the ruling party has been dominating the parliament for decades, but, it can’t entirely or initially come up of every workable solution, strategy and policy seamlessly. All these still require the brainstorming and collaboration of the current and future opposition members to carve and refine them.

Anyway, Singapore really needs to build a more inclusive, democratic, open and constructive political scene or atmosphere in order to take Singapore to a greater height in the turbulent, unpredictable, dynamic and challenging macro/global political landscape.

 

Teo Kueh Liang (Mr)

 

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19 Responses to “We will lead in our own way”

  • Observer:

    If Blackrock can ensure MNCs always use Singapore Port, Singapore may want to allow Blackrock and Singapore citizens to own shares in Singapore Port.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Anyway, Singapore really needs to build a more inclusive, democratic, open and constructive political scene or atmosphere in order to take Singapore to a greater height in the turbulent, unpredictable, dynamic and challenging macro/global political landscape.
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    Dear Teo,
    Our great PAP had been inclusive all the time.

    Our great PAP had rolled out many inclusive programme like NEA Community Auditor Programme which volunteer help NEA to keep Singapore clean and green.

    Residents in private estates help NEA keep tabs on neighbourhood cleanliness
    http://youtu.be/ZBnigOq5F8c

    Our great PAP also had CITIZENS ON PATROL which check on suspicious characters and their education credential authenticity.

    Oppositions are the one who are exclusive because they do nothing except talk cawk sing song and free ride on our great PAP achievement.

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  • 2Daft2Live:

    but they are indifferent to politics or society

    Yes, the selfish ones which happened to be the majority of the sinkies. Unfortunately, selfish people are often short-sighted and foolish when viewed from the long-term perspective as the Chinese saying goes, “利令智昏” or self-centered preoccupations rob one of wisdom.

    Sadly, many SG parents only realised their single-minded preoccupation with wealth and their own happiness meant that the country has now steered into a future that is dimmer, more uncertain and less rosy for themselves and their children when they or their children have problems finding a proper job and securing a good career. Higher cost of housings, worsening prospect of having good jobs and careers and overall higher COL are issues that creep in while they were sleeping and assuming that the government would take care for them. Many don’t even bother to read the news as below:

    https://theindependent.sg/hawker-food-prices-rose-by-more-than-6-last-year-the-highest-increase-since-2008/

    The daft ones are always behind the curve not only to political/social/economic issues but also potential dangers posed to the country. What if there is a sudden food and energy supply disruption due to climate change? Again, they just assume the government will take care despite the news (see below) already offering warnings that maybe we are just not equipped to handle such a scenario, being one of the 3 most densely populated countries in the world.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-05-21/singapore-boosts-food-sources-local-vegetable-supply-drops

    The daft ones believed in the broken promises by first GCT then LHL and will again believe everything promised by LW….but that’s why LKY call them daft.

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  • Confusion says:

    The prices of cooked hawker food increased by more than 6% last year, the highest increase since 2008, according to the latest data by the Singapore Department of Statistics.

    The data shows that people spent an average of 6.1% more on dining at hawker centres, coffee shops or food courts last year than the year before.

    Confusion says, “How much more people spend on food, is not the same as how much food prices have got up. You people never hear of people tightening their belts eh?”

    2Daft2Live: Many don’t even bother to read the news as below:

    https://theindependent.sg/hawker-food-prices-rose-by-more-than-6-last-year-the-highest-increase-since-2008/

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  • Strategic Crossroad:

    To lead you must learn to follow right.

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  • rice:

    “Lead in our OWN way”?
    He means the $ame way.
    OWN$elves Check OWN$elves.
    And,OWN$elves PAP(Pay And Pay) OWN$elves after OWN$elves Prai$e OWN$elves.

    HIGH KPI with LOW NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY?
    Tell us how.

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  • Justsayonly:

    Doing things his own way.

    How to interpret this statement.

    Is he doing things his own way different from the previous PM?

    Or doing things his own way different from what Singaporeans want.

    Either statement doesn’t sound promising.

    Lets just wait & see.

    As the GE should just be round the corner, it would be interesting to see how many ministers & political appointees step down.
    Next group to watch is the incumbent MP,how many will be asked to stay & how many be asked to stay away.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Confusion says:
    The prices of cooked hawker food increased by more than 6% last year, the highest increase since 2008, according to the latest data by the Singapore Department of Statistics.

    The data shows that people spent an average of 6.1% more on dining at hawker centres, coffee shops or food courts last year than the year before.

    Confusion says, “How much more people spend on food, is not the same as how much food prices have got up. You people never hear of people tightening their belts eh?”

    As usual, Oppositions like to complain and take no action.
    The prices of cooked hawker food increased?

    Boycott the hawkers, blacklist them on social media or cook your own meals.

    Nowadays NTUC and Sheng Siong had plenty of ready to cook ingredients (cut fish, curry paste etc etc) that does not hurt your pockets.

    Go visit NTUC Parkway Parade and see yourselves. NTUC certainly had evolved with times to serve the masses.

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  • Confusion says:

    Confusion says, “No know, just repeat after me. Sure know.”

    Singaporean R Free Rider: Boycott the hawkers, blacklist them on social media or cook your own meals.

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  • rice:

    Go observe.
    Besides gahmen (and its agencies including HDB)screwing own sgs,sgs also excel at screwing other sgs.
    Then,look at foreigners here.
    They jaga each other.
    Sgs screwing other sgs is a norm these days.
    So too some sgs who screw other sgs suck up to aliens especially Angmoh Tua Kee.

    Sgs are all,no exception, getting more stupid.
    Only good at Jingling themes like “We are Singapore” etc during NDP.

    Lions still?
    Stray cats maybe.
    Instead of roaring as “ONE”, sgs only good at “meowing”…
    Very “Ngeow”.

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  • Cease to exist:

    This place won’t exist in 50 years – Tucker Carlson
    The country will be sold to foreign investors and its population replaced through immigration, the former Fox News host has claimed.

    The xxx has “betrayed” this place and will destroy the country by selling off its land and “flooding” it with third-world immigrants, American journalist Tucker Carlson predicted.

    Someone so far away understands. Locals continue unaware.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Cease to exist:
    This place won’t exist in 50 years – Tucker Carlson
    The country will be sold to foreign investors and its population replaced through immigration, the former Fox News host has claimed.

    The xxx has “betrayed” this place and will destroy the country by selling off its land and “flooding” it with third-world immigrants, American journalist Tucker Carlson predicted.

    Someone so far away understands. Locals continue unaware.

    Why you fear your Ang Mo Tua Kee Master Americunt so much that you have to use XXX ?

    How to save Singapore like that if you are truly that concern about Singapore?

    https://www.rt.com/news/598633-tucker-trump-ukraine-betrayed/?utm_source=ground.news&utm_medium=referral

    The US has “betrayed” Ukraine and will destroy the country by selling off its land and “flooding” it with third-world immigrants, American journalist Tucker Carlson has predicted in an interview with former President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr.

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  • Pappies:

    That was about Ukraine? I thought it was about … we all know best.

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  • RIP:
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  • SAD:

    RIP:
    https://mothership.sg/2024/06/tcm-doc-donate-charity/

    She retires in peace!

    So sad! Only in SG she can’t rest in peace. Have to work till one drop dead & use the Coffin Provident Fund!

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  • rice:

    So,most common sgs have already spent their CDC VOUCHERS BUT prices are still getting higher.
    Even bank$ are reporting Bigger Profit$ than ever before!

    Has the G addressed COL that is one of the world’s highe$t and still CREEPING HIGHER ?

    CDC/GST VOUCHERS DO NOT HELP IN CONTROLLING COL IN PRACTICE.
    In our UNIQUELY SG’s case,COL goes higher as the greedy businessmen lu$t for more,more and more profit$!

    The G needs to ADDRESS COL ,not merely “covering” it up with CDC VOUCHERS.
    THAT IS NOT A SOLUTION.
    On the contrary,SUCH VOUCHERS ACTUALLY FUEL THE GREED OF businessmen,even hawkers???

    Go Check out the truth.

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  • rice:

    RIP,Madam.
    So,what does this show to the G?
    IT IS TIME TO BUILD FULL-FLEDGED RETIREMENT VILLAGES,IS IT NOT?
    HDB must look into building Retirement Villages that are self-sufficient in terms of LIVING CONDITIONS that are more suitable and RELEVANT to our Ageing Populace.
    Not all elderly have children living with them and MANY ELDERLY SGS are SINGLES too.

    A full-fledged Retirement Village can include a medicare facility for aged sick who are not in critical condition.
    Can provision for Physio/Elderly-centred excercise facilities,pharmacy,minimart ,theterette,Laundry Service,etc.

    All FLATS will be fully wired up to a Security Room.
    Security/Nursing officers can MONITOR the safety and “urgent” needs of elderly at an “instance” when the sick elderly occupant can PRESS A BUZZER connected to the Security/Nursing room.
    If any elderly is in need of assistance,help can be obtained almost unstantly/without undue delay.

    The RETIREMENT VILLAGE is to be FENCED UP for Better Security too.

    What we have now at Admiralty,Flexi 2-room,Community Flats are still LACKING UN VARIOUS WAYS.

    RETIREMENT VILLAGES THAT CATER TO SGS SENIOR ONLY CAN GO A LONG WAY TO MAKE BETTER LIVING FOR BOTH YOUNG AND OLD.
    The YOUNG N FAST-PACED CAN GO HURRYING AROUND WITHOUT HAVING TO CAUSE ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES TO THE LESS MOBILE(DYNAMIC) SENIORS.
    SENIORS CAN TRULY GO ABOUT AT THEIR OWN PACE AND TIME AND NOT BE SEEN TO CAUSE “OBSTRUCTION” TO THE FAST-PACED YOUNGER ONES.
    This way,SENIORS WONT BE ACCUSED OF COMOETING WITH YOUNG SGS FOR HDBs and only PRs can be blamed???

    The G must be more GENUINE in approaching HOUSING FOR OUR AGEING SGS.

    TIME TO ACT.
    TALKING HAS WASTED MUCH VALUABLE TIME.
    NO MORE TALKING,ACTION PLEASE.
    THANK YOU.

    PS: IF G NEEDS MORE FEEDBACK/IDEAS,PLS COME TO TR EMERITUS.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Yes, $inkies are f**king selfish. They will step on their own grandmother to buy that new Hello Kitty toy because they must have it.

    Now, we have a kaput economy. No more employers or employment as the international firms pack up and go home. This place is too expensive and nothing can be done here that cannot also be done by these companies in other cheaper locations – with less red tape and with cheaper labour and better lifestyle.

    So $inkieland is still importing FT – this will never stop – to up the housing market. So they think.

    Where is all that money that is used by thee Ft going to come from? From loans.

    What happens when the FT and locals cannot pay it back? The FT defaults and leaves. The $tupid $inkie lives on $entosa Beach and loses his roof. Is he employed – most likely he loses that too.

    When the economy is grown by underhanded means then the consequences will also have to be suffered by the $tupid $inkies.

    Of course, this only applies to those who are not dead yet from the mRNA jab.

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  • SAD:

    SAD: So sad! Only in SG she can’t rest in peace. Have to work till one drop dead & use the Coffin Provident Fund!

    https://mothership.sg/2024/06/bedok-reservoir-bicycle-shop-man-passes-away/

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