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Steering with stability in transition times

I refer to The Straits Times’ Editorial, “Steering with stability in transition times” (May 16).

Let us analyze and interpret this specific subject from a broad perspective, how Singapore should respond and adapt to the evolution of the entire international situation and formulate its foreign policy that is extremely beneficial to it, and we will not analyze and study it from the perspective of domestic politics.

Scrutinising at today's ever-changing world order, I doubt which country’s political leader is not strategizing for the future of his country, and formulating policies which are most pragmatic, favourable
and useful for the country's future development, so that the country is able to adapt to the dynamic changes and unpredictable challenges in the world situation. This is especially true for any advanced
countries.

In Chinese’s "Yan Zi Chun Qiu", Yan Zi said this: "Those who understand the current affairs are heroes, and those who adapt to changes are heroes."

This clearly underlines that those who can adapt to the trend of the times and grasp the pulse of the times are the real talents.

Undeniably and unfortunately, Singapore is a tiny cosmopolitan city/country. It has no other better choice but to brainstorm of every possible, pragmatic, rational, sensible and self-beneficial means and strategies to survive in this highly competitive and complex world.

In view of this, Singapore must continue to maintain its neutral, non-aligned and friendly diplomatic stance and policies and engage in all-round trade, economic, technical cooperation and cultural exchanges with countries around the world. Only in this way, it will be the best to serve Singapore's own national and security interests as well as development strategies.

Regardless who is in power, as long as Singapore adheres to the above national development strategy, Singapore's future should be bright and stable.

As for the present domestic political landscape, the entire opposition camp still has a long way to consolidate its foothold. Hence, for at least another decade, they still won’t pose a substantial “threat” or “challenge” to the ruling party.

 

Teo Kueh Liang (Mr)

 

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READER COMMENTS BELOW

22 Responses to “Steering with stability in transition times”

  • VOTE:

    The road ahead for SG in the next decade is going to be turbulent with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war & Middle East conflicts between Hamas & Israel extending to the rest of Arab & Islamic nations & potential China invasion of Taiwan pulling down the whole wide world economy & nations’ stability & survival!

    IT IS NOT WISE TO CONTINUE THE SAME PATTERN UNDER PAPPY!

    WE NEED A COALITION GOVT TO STEER SG OUT OF THIS IMPENDING TURBULENCE – LEARNING FROM THE SIA SQ321 PLANE HIT BY UNEXPECTED SUDDEN TURBULENCE LESSON!

    THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO SIDES OF A COIN IN ANY SITUATION BE IT POLITICAL ETC – IT TAKES A COALITION FORM OF GOVT TO LAY DOWN A CLEAR & STRONG STRATEGY TO STEER SG SAFELY!

    VOTE OPPOSITION THIS COMING ELECTION!

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  • Closed Eyes:

    Some people love to analyse with closed eyes.

    Yes, we are continuing to be neutral. Closed eyes.

    Yes, “I doubt which country’s political leader is not strategizing for the future of his country.” Closed eyes.

    Even closed ears.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    In view of this, Singapore must continue to maintain its neutral, non-aligned and friendly diplomatic stance and policies and engage in all-round trade, economic, technical cooperation and cultural exchanges with countries around the world. Only in this way, it will be the best to serve Singapore’s own national and security interests as well as development strategies.
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    Dear Teo,
    I agreed with you on this and I believe you copy this idea from our great PAP leader Lee Kuan Yew.

    李光耀1967年讨论中国及东南亚新加坡关系
    https://youtu.be/UTA93EVPgjM?si=kPSHNZJc9PM1YwQ7

    In LKY words, a country destiny has to be decide by mature and wise people, not LGBTQ or some young punk or pastor who block you from seeking truth.
    http://youtu.be/ZFK0jCozq2o&t=2s

    We must continue to vote PAP to have matured and wise people to lead Singapore.

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  • 2Daft2Live:

    Just the usual bootlicking and gratuitous praises that never address anything. Avoid identifying any real issues thus no need to come up with any solutions. A clever strategy to hide any shortcomings and weaknesses from public scrutiny. Most importantly, avoid any guarantees or benefits to the daft ones (that will cost a bomb), just empty promises that the future will be brighter (primarily, for those in power).

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ LEARNING FROM THE SIA SQ321 PLANE HIT BY UNEXPECTED SUDDEN TURBULENCE LESSON!

    Yeah! And the lesson is such incident will happen to any plane unexpectedly.

    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2024/05/26/world/qatar-airways-turbulence-dublin-injured-intl

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  • rice:

    It is a volatile world.
    If the volatility continues,all countries would be cajoled to “take sides”.
    Fence-sitters cannot sit precariously and hope to remain in that stance permanently.

    This is going to be the Hard Truth.
    We need wise leaders.
    We cannot afford to continue to rely on mere “GROUP-THINKER$$$” who only see their own side only.
    We are in need of good oppo leaders not the one$ who merely want to be just co-driver$.

    Good oppo sgs are waiting to SERVE.
    Sgs need to be more open and broad-minded.
    Oppo MPs bring balance and check idle group-thinking .

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    PAP mandate strong:
    @ LEARNING FROM THE SIA SQ321 PLANE HIT BY UNEXPECTED SUDDEN TURBULENCE LESSON!

    Yeah! And the lesson is such incident will happen to any plane unexpectedly.

    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2024/05/26/world/qatar-airways-turbulence-dublin-injured-intl

    Well said.. such incident will happen to any plane (or people) unexpectedly..

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    BolehLand
    https://youtu.be/_2lHRgGZ8dM?si=xlBK2-RlDEb3xYfk

    Jepun
    https://youtu.be/qfzCUkEIZgE?si=psOq7fkq0FHovqpt

    Anglo Saxon
    https://youtu.be/_XxhPb-NOHQ

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  • VOTE:

    If I can use the analogy of the “plane & safety belt” to steer through the turbulent times to land safely.

    Lesson from the plane SQ321 encounter sudden turbulence – those who belt up avoid certain injuries & paralysis etc. Those who don’t end up as casualties in hospital or mortuary!

    In times like these we need both the “plane & safety belt” . I liken it to a form of coalition govt that will be synergistically strong enough to steer SG to land safely!

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  • SINGAROAR:

    Are we really neutral? VB was quick to condemn Iranian response to Israel on the killing and bombing of their consulate in Syria but refused to do the condemnation of Israel. Did we send any condolences to the Iranians on the death of their President? Why not? Why is it we have no consulate in Iran? We need to be friends with the world but in reality we are bent towards the USA and it’s cronies even if it means going against International Laws. The writer is delusional.@VOTE is right, we need a coalition government that will bring in a new thought process to the changing global events and also to stop the unnecessary continued building of new expensive structures which do not support the rising temperatures. A govt. that works for foreigners should not be rewarded any further at the ballot box.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Closed Eyes:
    Some people love to analyse with closed eyes.

    Yes, we are continuing to be neutral. Closed eyes.

    Yes, “I doubt which country’s political leader is not strategizing for the future of his country.” Closed eyes.

    Even closed ears.

    And Ukrainian vote with closed eyes for Opposition Zelensky so called freedom, democracy and human rights but ran away from defending Ukraine.

    https://youtu.be/KXhC8WREVKM

    Yes, Ukrainian vote with closed eyes.

    Anyone here disagree ?

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ In times like these we need both the “plane & safety belt” .

    A ha ! A hidden agenda. Purposely you ignored the ” pilots ” !

    Pilots equally important if not most.
    Very unfortunate for the incident resulting in casualities, no airline wants that. But utmost priority, the plane land safely.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    VOTE:
    If I can use the analogy of the “plane & safety belt” to steer through the turbulent times to land safely.

    Lesson from the plane SQ321 encounter sudden turbulence – those who belt up avoid certain injuries & paralysis etc. Those who don’t end up as casualties in hospital or mortuary!

    In times like these we need both the “plane & safety belt” . I liken it to a form of coalition govt that will be synergistically strong enough to steer SG to land safely!

    hahaha, I had a good laugh at your analogy. On surface, it sound logical but if you use the pro democracy idiots/LGBTQ thinking, you get below:

    The Hong Kee pro democracy idiots/LGBTQ like Joshua or Jolovan Wham will say:
    1. the plane is freedom, democracy, human rights
    2. the safety belt is law to tie down/suppress freedom, democracy, human rights

    Applying your Americunt ma$ter words, the plane is freedom and the safety belt is tyranny.

    So, will you defend freedom (not putting on safety belt) or tyranny (belting up)

    According to your ma$ter, you can only choose one. Freedom or Tyranny ?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Rider:

    Closed Eyes:
    Some people love to analyse with closed eyes.

    Yes, we are continuing to be neutral. Closed eyes.

    Yes, “I doubt which country’s political leader is not strategizing for the future of his country.” Closed eyes.

    Even closed ears.

    This is so applicable to religious people.
    A good example is Pastor Kong, Venerable Ming Yi.
    Let me re-phrase it for you.
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    Some people love to believe god with closed eyes.

    Yes, we are continuing to be neutral. Closed eyes.

    Yes, “I doubt which religion’s leader is not strategizing for the future of his religion.” Closed eyes.

    Even closed ears.

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  • VOTE:

    VOTE:
    The road ahead for SG in the next decade is going to be turbulent with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war & Middle East conflicts between Hamas & Israel extending to the rest of Arab & Islamic nations & potential China invasion of Taiwan pulling down the whole wide world economy & nations’ stability & survival!

    IT IS NOT WISE TO CONTINUE THE SAME PATTERN UNDER PAPPY!

    “One has to consider that PAP candidates are primarily sourced from the public sector, not because of monetary disincentives but due to a preference for conformity.

    The talk on the ground is that generals and public servants are already given a roadmap to their career progression once they sign on as scholars, and at the end of the route is a political career, as many ministers in the PAP have taken.

    If the career progression is indeed set for these scholars, would there be any need or even a vacancy for private sector candidates? If any, these private sector candidates would likely be left as backbenchers, who can only utter words of concern and be held back on key issues by the use of the party whip.

    The past selection of candidates raises questions about whether the PAP’s recruitment strategy is inadvertently screening for candidates from a pool of talents of the same nature, thereby potentially stifling innovation and critical thinking in governance.”

    https://gutzy.asia/2024/06/08/rethinking-leadership-the-need-for-beyond-pap-perspectives-in-shaping-singapores-future/

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:
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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    PAP mandate strong:
    @ In times like these we need both the “plane & safety belt” .

    A ha ! A hidden agenda. Purposely you ignored the ” pilots ” !

    Pilots equally important if not most.
    Very unfortunate for the incident resulting in casualities, no airline wants that. But utmost priority, the plane land safely.

    And based on pro democracy idiots, if the pilot ordered everyone belt up, he is tyranny..

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  • VOTE:

    @SRFR
    Don’t leave your brain at the museum!

    You are taking my analogy OUT OF CONTEXT!

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  • Open your eyes:

    Lavrov said last month that the sole purpose of the event is to impose an ultimatum on Russia. He added that the meeting completely ignores other peace initiatives, while Switzerland – which has joined the Western sanctions on Russia – has lost its neutral status.

    Sg minister claims to stand with Ukraine and sanctions Russia.

    Singapore has not been neutral since decades ago.

    When the West+SK attacked Vietnam, Sg busily supported US. When the West attacked Iraq, Sg was part of Bush coalition. When the West attack Yemen, Sg was part of the threatening group. It wants to defend “freedom of navigation” over the entire earth, and the moon, and Mars.

    Come on, closed-eye analyst, open your eyes!

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  • Pappies:

    When the pilot orders everyone to belt up. The crew are under company orders to continue serving food and drink. This is the example of a capitalist tyrant. Profit comes first. Workers can die.

    Singaporean R Free Rider: And based on pro democracy idiots, if the pilot ordered everyone belt up, he is tyranny..

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  • VOTE:

    SINGAROAR:
    @VOTE is right, we need a coalition government that will bring in a new thought process to the changing global events and also to stop the unnecessary continued building of new expensive structures which do not support the rising temperatures. A govt. that works for foreignersshould not be rewarded any further at the ballot box.

    As reinforced & highlighted by SINGAROAR we need a coalition govt that will safely steer SG out of the pending turbulence etc, avoiding casualties with the new thought process to circumvent the conformity pattern of pappy which is bad!

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  • rice:

    How to steer with stability when you have folk$ who are unsteady?

    Get good sgs in,no need $cholars.
    Not a FEW FROM OPPO SIDE are good talents that can be of GOOD PUBLIC SERVICE.
    What is important is not just scholastic talent but more so PRACTICAL TALENTS.

    Look at Gen Umbrage or Desmond K.
    And,so many other $scholarships like them.
    Even USA MAKES USE OF OPPOSITUON TALENTS AS LONG AS THEY CAN SERVE THE NATION WELL.
    MANY OF THEM EVEN SACRIFICE BIG PAYCHECKS FOR SALARIES THAT ARE MUCH LOWER THAN THE AMATEUR$ WE HAVE HERE???

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  • CKS scold SAF-type system:

    “钱主任:昨日军校演讲,本写明十时,为何通知书中写九时集合?即使集合时间要早几分,亦不必要一点钟以前集合。此种无脑筋之事,究为何人所主持?查明即报。”

    Who are the brainless generals!

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