Thoughts on Our 51st


Yesterday was National Day, our 51st.

For me it was a time for reflection.

What has our beloved country done to us?

It has dropped us like a hot potato the moment we turned 40; preferring to hire young punks who think they know it all – but who would crumble at the slightest pressure – at a fraction of what it would cost to keep us on the payroll.

As we age, it tells us to lower our expectations and to switch careers – from manager to janitor, from secretary to hotel housekeeping crew member – at less than half our previous salary.

It hires foreigners when many of us are able to do the job, and do it way better; it seems easily swayed by articulate, smooth-talking “foreign talents” who excel in self promotion and who can’t always deliver.

It seems to treat outsiders better, and the rest of us citizens like doormats.

It ignores the poor and the disadvantaged by convincing itself that all that can be done to help the population at the bottom of the pyramid have been done, that it is our very own fault if we are still in deep shit.

It believes that old people collecting scraps and garbage for sale at a pittance do so because they want to get some physical exercise.

Its priority seems to be to ensure that ass kissers and apple polishers, after their stint as top dogs in the armed forces, get parachuted into CEO jobs for which they have zero qualification and experience.

It gives a millionaire minister a bypass that costs only eight bucks while the rest of us lament that it’s cheaper to die than to get sick.

It makes the disgruntled and the weak-willed flee to third-rate countries and get treated like dirt by the ang mohs there.

It has pitted us against one another as it focuses on elitism and meritocracy; it has reduced us to competitive animals, reflected – among other behaviors – in the inconsiderate way we drive, and – listen! – even in our places of worship, religious leaders play politics. (These diabolical bloodsucking swindlers and scammers who suffer from mental constipation and verbal diarrhea ought to comport themselves with a certain degree of decorum instead of engaging in one-upmanship!)

For sure, Singapore has done right by many, and there is much to be thankful for. For comparison, just look at our neighboring countries, kleptocracies where common thieves, buffoons and thugs rule the roost. Or turn to the west where Europe, despite its rich history and culture, is in a sorry mess and to the US of A, where out of a population of over 300 million people, the best they could produce is a Hillary Clinton and a Donald Trump as presidential candidates – both big-time con artists and barefaced liars, personification of greed and evil.

But one other – random – thought before I hit the bottle: many people say “I’m proud to be Singaporean” so my question to those who make this rather meaningless bullshit declaration is “What have you done for this country? Does the mere fact that you were born here makes you feel proud? If you were born in Venezuela, would you be proud to be Venezuelan?”

Indeed, what price progress?

Is the loss of your soul worth it?

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Political Correctness Gone Mad


Kevin Roberts, the chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, quit after sparking uproar by saying a lack of women in high-powered jobs in advertising was not a problem and that some women lacked the “vertical ambition” to make it to the top.

In an interview with a website, Roberts said some women at key junctures in their careers did not want to lead businesses and people, and that managers should reflect on how to deal with the ambitions of female and male employees who “simply want to be happy and do great work”.

In the interview, Roberts appeared to argue that “idiotic dinosaur-like men” were trying to make women conform to Darwinian urges to acquire wealth, power, and fame.

“Their ambition is not a vertical ambition, it’s this intrinsic, circular ambition to be happy,” Roberts was quoted as saying.

For that Roberts lost his job.

Someone claimed that what Roberts meant by “vertical ambition” was that women had “horizontal ambition” instead, ie, preferring to rise in their career through granting sexual favors.

I doubt that’s what he meant though. Of course if you have something against someone, you will always be able to find reasons to attack him. I believe what he meant was that women don’t always seek upwards career movement and progression. That’s why he referred to “an intrinsic, circular motivation.”

Indeed I have met many bright and capable professionals – men and women alike – who do a great job but have no wish to climb the corporate ladder; they are happy in their current positions and some even decline promotions. They are not shirking responsibilities or anything like that, they just have their own personal reasons why they rather stay happy and do great work where they are.

And I think Roberts is entitled to his opinion and to voice his opinions and people shouldn’t be so hypersensitive and try to be be overly politically correct.

Common sense and good judgment must prevail.

People should just try to be correct, not politically correct.

“Politically correct” is often a term used by whiney-assed pussies who need shit sugar-coated.

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Garmen Bin Kooning

World's most expensive bin center.

World’s most expensive bin center.

Inadequate controls and weak governance seem to be very fashionable these days.

The Ministry of Education has revealed that it lost S$7.16 million, as of June 2015, to students who default on their education loan. The sum cannot be claimed back because the defaulters and their guarantor are foreigners.

The Education Ministry is currently stuck with S$511.49 million of outstanding education loans, and 1.4% (those S$7.16 million) are considered “unrecoverable.” Statistically, the amount seems small – 1.4% – but it’s still S$7.16 million!

Meanwhile National Arts Council had paid a consultancy fee of S$410,000/- for the construction of a bin center costing S$470,000/-. “There was inadequate assessment on the reasonableness of the exceptionally high consultancy fee, at 87.2% of the cost of construction,” the Auditor-General’s office commented.

And if I forget to pay a 30-dollar utilities bill, electricity supply to my house will be cut.

Fantastic country this. Looks like the government’s been sleeping.

No wonder those who can’t hack it flee to some third-rate angmoh country nearby and try to convince everyone – themselves especially – that they are very happy being treated as second-class humans by the whites.

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Insulted? Quick! Run Crying to Nanny! Ask for a Ban!

Overgrown baby who can't take a joke.

Overgrown baby who can’t take a joke.

You are 51 years old, and when you feel the slightest hint of being insulted, would you run to your daddy and mummy and nanny like a whining baby and demand that the person who disrespected you to be barred from your house?

Now, that’s ridiculous, you say, no 51-year-old of sound mind would do that.

But that’s what we just did – Singapore’s National University has banned all freshman orientation activities.

The boisterous horseplay often associated with freshman orientation in universities and institutions of higher learning as well as in many different types of social groups, including sports teams, military units, and fraternities and sororities, is part and parcel of campus life and while sex-oriented and risqué activities are not authorized and should not be carried out, a blanket ban on all orientation activities is yet another knee-jerk reaction by the powers that be.

And what is so bad about dunking? Lest anyone thinks this is derogatory, you should have been in National Service during my time. We suffered atrocities far worse than being thrown into the pool! Moreover, when I became a father, when I was appointed chairman of senior management, when I scored a hole in one, when in 2006 I paid US$1500/- to enjoy one of the first Cohiba Behikes ever made and when I missed SilkAir Flight 185, and didn’t die in an air crash, I was dunked and I took it in stride.

It has been a habit of many Singaporeans to quickly call on the authorities to ban whatever they deem “undesirable” but does such a mindset make us a better nation? Hazing – and dunking – is already outlawed, therefore, in this case, perhaps questions should be asked as to the reasons why risque and crude activities are still being carried out so that pertinent issues can be addressed at its root. A draconian crackdown is a solution that overlooks root causes. Calls for a blanket ban also disregard the fact that university students are young adults who need to be empowered to make their own decisions. Let’s stop making the strawberry generation (nice to look at but easily bruised) any worse.

Fun and games go a long way to fostering bonding and breaks the ice for freshmen as they embark on university education to prepare them for life. I am not condoning activities that are sexual in nature or those that may be detrimental to racial and religious harmony but Singaporeans must not lose their sense of humor. A nation that can laugh at itself instead of invoking bans for the slightest reason is a mature nation that will go far. At tough times, a sense of humor can even carry us through. One shouldn’t be crying like a baby at the remotest hint of being slighted or insulted. And even if the insult is real, one should develop enough balls to confront the culprit directly instead of hiding behind mummy’s skirt and conning others to do one’s bidding by behaving like such an aggrieved victim.

In the US, Singapore Prime Minister told President Obama that Singapore has named an orchid hybrid in honor of President and Mrs Obama. Prime Minister Lee’s toast to the presidential couple came with a quip about the conspiracy theories in the US that claim President Obama was actually born in Kenya.

“This is a hybrid of breeds native to Singapore and Hawaii, where the President was born, most of us believe,” said Lee to laughter from the dinner guests.

That President Obama did not whinge like an infant or waste time complaining about the joke is a sign of his maturity as a person, his sense of security and his self worth. Obama is certainly a man cut from a different cloth, so unlike some of the parasitic whiners and cry babies I’ve encountered who have never done an honest day’s work in their lives. (No wonder they suffer from such low self esteem!)

And buttinskies who get offended for other conniving retards are the biggest assholes of all. If it’s not your problem, busybodies, butt the crap out. What? You are just watching out for them? They can’t be trusted to protect their own interests? Do you enjoy being “offenderatti by proxy”?

Singapore is 51 years old already, let’s act our age, unless we want a nanny state to babysit us from cradle to grave.

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Beware Smiling Tigers

Minions will help the evil with the stabbing.

Minions will help the evil with the stabbing.

You can never trust politicians.

In taking up the transport minister’s post, Khaw Boon Wan said “I believe in raising Singaporeans’ quality of life further in a city where public transport is so convenient, accessible and reliable, much like public utilities, and that Singapore can be car-lite.”

Yup, we can all see that’s he’s working hard on it.

All I can say is I may have been born at night, but not last night.

For sure, the minions are now all talking about “car-lite” with hordes of civil servants and transport ministry apple-polishers and ass-kissers promoting the “car-lite” idea with nary a thought given to other vital considerations.

For Pete’s sake, allowing retards to carry bicycles into SMRT trains or allowing cyclists to share footpaths with pedestrians is NOT making Singapore “car-lite.” If that’s a strategy by the overpaid scholars in our midst to make Singapore “car-lite” then sorry, Singaporeans, we’re in for the rough ride indeed. (Pardon the pun.)

And meantime in the greatest country on earth, peopled by the smartest human beings on earth, an election campaign provides much entertainment as well as invaluable lessons.

Bitter rivals in the last election, Obama now says that there is no one better than Hillary to lead America, not himself, not even Bill Clinton and they hugged that hug that looks almost post-coital in nature.

You may say that Obama was being sporting, as sporting as Bernie Sanders now endorsing Hillary, but come on, kids, grow up; it’s all politics, where words mean absolutely nothing.

So the next time somebody says nice things to you please watch out because the same person could be stabbing you in the back the next available moment. Stab you with a big knife, while hiding behind a façade of being a real nice guy. Yes, the smiling tiger. Everyone knows what smiling tigers are all about, that is, unless you’ve been living under a rock.

I know, I was just blindsided.

In the most unlikely of places, I must add.

One day, all will be revealed – yes, and I mean ALL, complete details with full names, rank and serial numbers (as they say in the movies) – in my memoir.

Wait for it.

It’s a promise, not a threat.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

A smile in front and a knife in the back, I was brutally and mercilessly stabbed. The end result? I was robbed of a mega-million dollar project.

Money stolen is one thing but some nitwits apparently thought that they can gang-bang me and get away with it.

Siddhartha said “I can wait, I can fast and I can think.”

So can I.

Though for now, I have to mentally overcome the betrayal first.

Lessons learned.

What I learned propels me onto stuff that truly matters.

Yes, I’ll leave the parasitic fortune-cookie-quoting muttonheads to their asininity and their sloppy games.

They have plummeted to new lows even by their own standards.

They have to know that if they want to take me on, they MUST kill me. There isn’t any quit in me.

Finally may they relish their journey down the road to perdition.

May they have a great afterlife!


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Thanks, But No Thanks


Invited some people to a soirée recently – gave everybody advance notice – but was surprised at how rude some Singaporeans have become.

One replied to say “Whatever free time I have I spend on my son.”

“My Sundays belong to my wife,” responded another.

Another said “I have an event to plan.”

Yet another asked “What time will it end? I may come after my visit to my in-laws.”

No “thank you”s and no apologies.

A few didn’t even bother to RSVP.

Don’t get me wrong; the majority of those who accepted did so with grace – “Thanks so much for the invitation, it’s my pleasure to attend” and they came bearing gifts.

The majority of those who couldn’t make it were equally kind – “Thanks so much for the invitation, I would love to be there, unfortunately I have a prior engagement and regret that I am unable to come. Please have a great time, I will be with you all in spirit” or words to that effect. One couple even sent a lovely bouquet of flowers.

What caused this deterioration in good graces?

Could it be because people who are familiar with you take liberty in being discourteous, ie, they don’t see a need to be polite with you anymore?

Could it be because of smartphones and instant messaging, people, used to being sparing with words, dispense with courtesy altogether?

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O Cha Cha Cha O Cha Cha Cha

I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing.

I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing.

It doesn’t take much to lighten up my mood.

I just have to look at news from neighboring countries – in Malaysia, a big gorilla with a fake British accent is now top dog but his misdemeanors are so transparent it is laughable, in Indonesia, clowns continue to rule the roost but it is Thailand that had me roaring on the floor the other morning.

Two 8-year-old girls have been charged under a draconian Thai junta law for tearing down voter lists for an upcoming referendum, as that Neanderthal Prayut Chan-o-cha goes to increasingly bizarre lengths to muzzle dissent.

The junta led by this mongrel attack dog is determined to see a charter it drafted pass in the August 7th poll and has outlawed critical discussion of the document with a 10-year prison sentence.

Campaigning of any kind is also banned and authorities have already arrested or warned scores of people for handing out critical leaflets or wearing “Vote No” T-shirts.

The 8-year-olds fell foul of the law after confessing this week to tearing down voter lists outside a school in northern Thailand because they liked the paper’s pink color.

Can you beat that?

Prayut Chan-o-cha is better off as a security guard.

Let me explain – most security guards (wannabe cops) I have encountered are utterly inflexible and stick by the books without exercising what little brain cells they have.

To allow someone with that level of IQ to become prime minister of Thailand is a suicidal move by the Thais.

Sure, rules are there for a reason but dogmatic and blind adherence to rules is sheer stupidity.

Let’s say there is a law forbidding people to work on public holidays but if your child drops into a well, on such a day, does it mean you are not allowed to go rescue him?

Maybe only parents will understand this.

As for the likes of Chan-o-cha, I don’t know.

If those two innocent school girls are his granddaughters would he arrest them?


He looks like the type who would throw his own mother under the bus.

Yeah, sure, lock me up; the lèse-majesté law is for insult to monarchs, not to buffoons.

Singapore ministers should take care not to outdo some of their counterparts in the neighboring countries.

This can be tricky because when you are doing what you are doing, you often can’t tell how ridiculous you really are behaving. This is more so when you harbor the perception that you have the support of the majority or are surrounded by bootlickers whose sole purpose of their existence is to suck up to you.

It often takes bystanders outside the furor to observe what an idiot you have become with your actions and words.

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Amateur Hour


Unbeknownst to many, the question that’s always at the back of people’s minds when they interact with you is “Are you worthy of my liking and respect?”

Some people say “I don’t need anyone to like me, just respect me.”

Some, on the other hand, think that it’s more important to be liked. After all, “conventional wisdom” is that if you like someone, you would gladly do things for them.

Both are wrong.

Liking and respect go together.

How do you like someone without respecting him?

How do you respect someone without liking him?

I for one, cannot.

Many are confused about this whole issue so they either behave in a manner that they think will gain them respect or in a manner that will guarantee that people will like them, that is, be the nice guy, say only things people want to hear.

Having lived and worked internationally for decades, I have met all kinds of people; plus my professional training enables me to size people up very accurately – I am right 99.99% of the time.

One other thing: a person’s position does not automatically bestow respect on him. Respect has to be earned and it is earned by how you conduct yourself.

So watch your steps. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prayut Chan-o-cha both suppress freedom of speech – neither are being liked or respected. They are feared.

But those who strike fear will crumble in the face of the pros – truth be told, I have on numerous occasions seen grown men many years older than me cower and literally break down in tears in front of me when they tried to play politics with me and were crushed by me instead.

I’m 59, age has its edge. That plus experience and intelligence.

Go figure.

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California Dreaming

She's not the only one sleeping.

She’s not the only one sleeping.

California Fitness is not so fit after all.

In Hong Kong, employees of California Fitness said they are owed about US$1.3 million in salaries and customers may have pre-paid about US$130 million in fees.

Arrests have been made there.

As in Hong Kong, the abrupt closure of all its gyms in Singapore recently is yet another oft-repeated story of a business biting the dust after collecting advance payment from gullible customers.

The only difference is that here in Singapore, we don’t seem to see any intervention by the authorities or consumer watch dogs.

It’s as if they have been sleeping.

There is no excuse for the lack of preemptive action especially when we have seen more than our fair share of such cases – gyms, spa, yoga studios have sold packages and then suddenly close, leaving customers in dire straits with little chance of recovering their money.

The market has been rife with information about the troubles brewing within California Fitness, yet nothing was done to protect consumers.

Surely the powers that be know that consumers will be baying for blood when California Fitness goes down!

But was anything done to protect consumers?

The media carry reports of customers signing expensive long-term packages just days before the chain collapsed.

Singaporeans are suckers for packages.

Now we suffer for that.

Two factors drive this phenomenon:

(1) Greed – too many of us are enamored with discounts, so when crafty marketers promise to throw in a couple of “free” sessions, we bite. We willingly pay in advance for services not yet rendered. Why? To enjoy the discount. Even when we know that bailing out halfway involves paying a penalty, we sign up merrily. “Got discount mah!”

(2) Marketers exploit our greed and our gullibility. But they themselves aren’t all that smart too. Just because a chain is large doesn’t mean it is being managed by astute business people. Which retard can’t open a large network of stores when there is a huge infusion of funds? Remember many familiar names, big chains that used to dot our landscape – where are they now? There is such a thing called “burn rate” and when your outgo is more than your income, your upkeep will be your downfall eventually. You may have deep pockets but nobody can lose money forever.

Of course, now that the chain has gone kaput, everyone has something to say about it. There is no lack of instant experts. (Yours truly included.)

But one view I came across makes a lot of sense – the opinion of Dr Leng Ho Keat, Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sports Science at the National Institute of Education. In talking to the media about why chains like California Fitness collapse, he cited the selling of lifetime memberships as a foolhardy move by gyms.

“If you’re selling a lifetime membership to a 20-year-old, he can exercise there for free for the next 60 years of his life,” he said. “So you need to be very prudent and calculate how much it costs to offer such packages.”

When businesses fail to recognize this, they may use up the money thinking it is profit and this could result in cash flow issues in the future, he added.

“So it’s not about not getting enough customers, but not managing their cash flow properly.”

Well said indeed.

That’s why he’s a professor and I’m just a noise maker.

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From Hero to Zero

Meet our former CEO.

Meet our former CEO.

An organization I am familiar with was suffering from 24 consecutive quarters of negative earnings.

The inevitable had to happen.

Even superior performers who had been with the firm for decades were laid off in a bid to minimize operating costs.

But a very small group of execs remained unscathed.

These were protected members of the CEO’s inner sanctum.

When the CEO first assumed leadership, he pulled along two of his buddies from his previous company.

The three of them, The Unholy Trinity, became the troika of power.

The mafia that could do no wrong.

They ran the company as they saw fit.

Even the deputy CEO was ousted.

In fact, anyone that outshone any member of The Unholy Trinity was put down.

Worse, this insidious group pandered to their sycophants, protecting and shielding them.

Lots of talented resources were suppressed so that The Unholy Trinity could gain eminence.

All these at the expense of the organization and the constituents it was meant to serve.

The organization continued to be weakened until a coup was mounted and the mutiny resulted in the disposal of The Unholy Trinity.

One sees many similar parallels in history –  from Lenin and Stalin to Saddam and Gaddafi, despots were eventually disposed.

There are lessons for us all here.

First, people are not blind. It is said that “when you are in it, you don’t see it” but people can see your shenanigans.

Second, everyone has a boss – The Unholy Trinity met their downfall when disgruntled employees and shareholders petitioned head office. Those at headquarters are usually protective of the local leaders they have appointed, but when the disgruntlement reached epic levels, headquarters had no choice but to act. The axe fell. So while the mafia insiders were getting their knobs polished, their downfall was being meticulously planned. Yup, their victims were not sitting on their hands, they were plotting the mafia’s total annihilation, step by step.

Third, you may enjoy being at the top, but it’s a law of nature and a matter of time before you will be brought low and humbled, if not humiliated. Like they say, “every dog has its day” and you will get your comeuppance, eventually.

Dickwads come and dickwads go, one day you’re cock of the walk, the next you’re a feather duster.

The plebeians of the world have all the time in the world to wait you out and see you bite the dust.

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