Sunday, 29 April 2018

Forget About the 4G Ministers, Think 5G instead, like the wireless technology.

Perhaps, Lee Hsien Loong likes it. Perhaps, Singaporeans like it too as 5G means faster speed, better coverage.

4G PAP ministers are a lost generation even Lee himself cannot confirm who will be the fourth Prime Minister of Singapore. It is taking longer than expected to decide and by the time the matter is settled, like mobile technology, the time has arrived for 5th generation leaders.

Perhaps, Lee is waiting for this moment.

While technology is changing so fast, and our so-called PAP leadership renewal is so slow. Perhaps, in wireless technology term, the conservative renewal is at 2G, 2.5G or the most 3G stage.

In Singapore politics, 4G means over protection, no competition, and is motivated by money.

If we look at the education system, 4G means junior college education (A level), limited university places, and scholars centred. 5G see the changes, IB programs, more universities including private universities, and 6-year Integrated Programs. Even these changes may not meet the demand of 5G education demand and requirements.

The world is welcoming 5G. It means business, money and opportunities. However, Lee is trying to use 3G (himself) and 4G technology and education to compete in the world of 5G.  No wonder we have to learn from China how to become a cashless society.

Singapore will be in trouble, even we always talk about technology advancement, efficiency and productivity. Our mindset is still in 2G or 3G. And this 2G or 3G is only restricted to the PAP and their leaders.

The talent pool is limited and exclusive to PAP members. Hence, we see the over protection and no competition of 4G ministers.

Just considering the post of prime minister. In 1G era, besides LKY, we have other potential ministers who can take over the PM post. In 2G, besides Goh Chok Tong, we also have a few selections. But we add in a new condition - no Indian PM. When comes to 3G, the pool is even smaller, in addition to no Indian PM, it seems to be a Lee-only PM. Now, we are at 4G stage, there is no suitable candidate.

Do not forget, Singapore’s first chief minister is not a Chinese. It seems we are moving away from meritocracy. And 4G is a product of such movement. 

From 1G to 4G, Singaporeans are blinded with the white PAP cloth. Will 5G make a change? Or can we move away from the PAP’s G?  

Sunday, 22 April 2018

李显龙领导有方? PAP人才调零、渐行渐远。



如果你是新加坡的精英人才,你会这么想? 这似乎在重演淡马锡找总裁的故事。






Saturday, 14 April 2018

Can Lee Hsien Loong handle Mahathir if there is a change of government in Malaysia?

If there is a change of government in the coming Malaysian general election, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will, once again, become the prime minister of Malaysia. It means Lee Hsien Loong, like his father, will have to face Mahathir (and later Anwar) as the fourth PM of Singapore is yet to announce.

This will keep Lee business from May 2018 until the next GE.  He will not only face an old man but an experienced and skilled politician. In 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, Mahathir used capital control to fight against currency speculators, like George Soros. In 2006, Malaysian ex-premier Mahathir and billionaire Soros end feud” .

While in Singapore, we are now worrying over the influence of Soros over our local politics.

Mahathir used capital control in 1997 to handle people like George Soros. While in Singapore, besides company registration control, what will Lee Hsien Loong use to face off George Soros?

Is Mahathir at such an old age standing against Najib an unexpected event?

It is not unexpected.  Like Lee Kuan Yew, it is in Mahathir’s blood that when he sees something wrong in Malaysia, he will stand up and fight against it.

Here are quotes from Lee Kuan Yew on leadership and motivation.

On leadership and motivation:

“Even from my sick bed, if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.”

“What I fear is complacency. When things always become better, people tend to want more for less work.”
“I do not yet know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course.”
And Mahathir chooses to leave UMNO and setting up a new party to protect the Malays and Bumiputera.

[Lee Kuan Yew values, Mahathir values]

Standing up for your country and fight for the core values are important motivation moving forward.  

It seems the current government leaders in both Singapore and Malaysia have “values” issues. They are moving away from the founding values of the PAP, UNMO, Lee Kuan Yew and Tunku Abdul Rahman.

In Singapore, Lee is challenged by his siblings and is accused of being a 'dishonourable son' for failing to maintain Lee Kuan Yew values.

We may argue Singapore is different. We are a better run country and as efficient as other advanced economies. We also have strong reserve and less corruptions.

However, when citizens shift their focus from democracy to values judgement, meritocracy, fairness, equal opportunities and protection of rights as what Lee siblings have pointed out, they will have to think of their own future and benefits. 

Singaporeans know there are limited freedom and democracy, like PE2017 and the GRC by-election issues.  So, they want to measure their benefits against the LKY values. More unhappiness will appear when they find out the discrepancy and feel short-changed.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

反面教材之李光耀故居: 利益冲突、莫须有和历史真相














覃炳鑫在陈情书中说,假新闻对新加坡冲击不大,唯一例外是——“冷藏行动” (Operation Coldstore) 。他说,人民行动党政府的论述是:1963年展开代号“冷藏行动”的逮捕行动是为了维护国家安全,要制止极端共产主义者密谋颠覆国家政权,但“解密档案证明,这是一个谎言”。他又指,“冷藏行动”是出于政治目的,没有证据显示,被捕者涉及任何颠覆国家政权的阴谋。覃炳鑫还称,当时的总理李光耀在私下向英国驻新加坡专员坦承,展开“冷藏行动”是为了政治利益。









Sunday, 1 April 2018

Public Hearings of A Failed Political Imagination

The People’s Action Party government has a political imagination of fake news which they want to show the world how to handle it in Singapore’s parliament. They imagine, as in the past,  they can manipulate or question the witnesses to suit or support their purpose so that they can pass or amend laws meeting their political expectations.

The little red dot wants to teach the world how to define fake news, in a rush act pointed out by Facebook, and how an effective government, under a one-party state, should deal with it.

However, there is no Lee Kuan Yew, the only known international statesman of Singapore. During his time, there are some controversial but operative (and successful) political imaginations like the merger and separation from Malaysia, Operations Coldstore, Operation Spectrum, and international admired Electronic Road Pricing, CPF and HDB programs etc.   

We may not agree with the above political imaginations but they works well for the PAP and perhaps, for majority of voters in Singapore too. Is that because of fake news,  according to Dr Thum Ping Tjin?

In his submission to the Committee, Thum asserted that fake news has not had much of an impact in Singapore, with one major exception: the “falsehoods” that the People’s Action Party (PAP) used to justify the detentions of thousands under the Internal Security Act from 1963 to 1987.
“Beginning with Operation Coldstore in 1963, politicians have told Singaporeans that people were being detained without trial on national security grounds due to involvement with radical communist conspiracies to subvert the state. Declassified documents have proven this to be a lie.”

Historical events can turn a fortune of a country, a political party and her political leaders.  It, of course, affects the other side, and the fate of people. Operation Coldstore is certainly one such example.    

PAP’s political imaginations work and function well because they are mainly domestic issues which the PAP enjoys monopoly in power and in parliament. Externally, it also has the support of Cold War political climate.

We are now at a different environment and unfamiliar situation. However, the PAP still believes their own political imagination on fakes news and deliberate online falsehoods.

Social media and online news are different, especially for a country which ranks so low internationally for press freedom. However, the PAP’s political imagination is still the same, using the absolute majority in parliament to legalise their action. Do you think the Select Committee can really provide a “world” solution on fakes news? Or will it be just another stamping of the political imagination of the PAP?

The Select Committee invites international organisations and internet players to provide views on fakes news. The PAP tries to put the world views into Singapore context and re-package it as a pioneer solution for the world, like the ERP.  Many advanced countries have the technology to implement our current ERP system but choose not to. Why? In Singapore, it is easy and it matches the political imagination of the PAP: people just obey and pay without thinking.

However, fakes news and deliberate online falsehoods are more complicated. Just like the merger and separation from Malaysia, Operations Coldstore, Operation Spectrum, ERP, CPF and HDB programs etc.  Partial interpretation or selected reporting can also be a source of fake news. For the advantage of the PAP, they will just imagine the beneficial ones as reliable news and publishes them in the mainstream media. However, for social media, the game play is different and it is beyond the PAP’s imagination. Hence, there is a need to control the so-called online falsehoods.
One good thing about the Public Hearings is we get to hear the other side of the story that K Shanmugam, acting like a prosecutor, questioning the witnesses. Why must a minister spending his valuable time asking questions not within or fitting the imagination of the PAP?