Measured displays of grief, manageable and modest crowds

March 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Written by Ng E-Jay
23 March 2015

Thus far, reports have been coming in that the reaction to Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death has been measured, perhaps even muted. Crowds at condolence boards have been modest at best, and there has not been any massive or widespread outpouring of grief.

This is consistent with Martyn See’s (film-maker, activist) observation made earlier today on Facebook:

“Let it be noted that on this Monday morning of the 23rd of March 2015, some 7 hours after the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, life goes on for the people in Singapore. Despite what the internet or the media would like you to believe, there is no sign of any bereavement in public. Even here at the Singapore General Hospital where Lee’s body lie, the atmosphere is muted. It is a perhaps a fitting tribute to a man who led his flock by trading emotion for economics, ideals for pragmatism and compassion for politics.” — Martyn See, Facebook, 23 March 2015

Low Thia Khiang’s condolence message to PM Lee and Lee Kuan Yew’s family

March 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of the Workers’ Party, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Mr Lee was Singapore’s first Prime Minister, heading the Government for over three decades and thereafter serving another 21 years in the Cabinet as Senior Minister and Minister Mentor. He led Singapore with a group of like-minded individuals through our tumultuous early years of nationhood, including a difficult merger with Malaysia and subsequent independence in 1965.

Mr Lee served in public office for almost his entire adult life. His passing marks an end of an era in Singapore’s history. His contributions to Singapore will be remembered for generations to come.

With deepest sympathies,
Secretary-General, Workers’ Party
Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC

Lee Kuan Yew’s rebuttal of NMP Viswa Sadasivan in August 2009

March 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Mr Lee Kuan Yew made a Parliamentary Speech rebutting Nominated Member of Parliament Viswa Sadasivan in August 2009. The latter had made an earlier maiden speech which touched on a broad array of topics including race and religion (see here and here).

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Sir Alex Ferguson and Singapore

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By Dr Wong Wee Nam
16 May 2013

When Sir Alex Ferguson announced his decision to quit as manager of the Manchester United football team, he created a shockwave in the football world. Who would have expected the most successful football manager in the world to leave so suddenly when his passion for the game is still evident in recent games? Nevertheless, the decision is a correct one. Age is catching up on him. He has to leave sooner or later. So what better time to leave than at the pinnacle of his career?

I like Sir Alex, not only for bringing up the great MU teams that have given me countless hours of viewing pleasure, but also for not forgetting his roots and always feeling for the working class in spite of his success and wealth.

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A fraudulent election outcome

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I will NOT post the Malaysian General Election 2013 results on my blog or on my FB page, because I believe that any election outcome that is fraudulently obtained is NOT WORTH MENTIONING AND NOT WORTH DISCUSSING.

Where Have All Our Morals Gone?

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Dr Patrick Kee (link)

Where have all our morals gone? High flyers straying!
Where have all our morals gone? So many lusting.
Where have all our morals gone? Something is missing!
When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?

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Low Thia Khiang reacts to Michael Palmer’s resignation

December 12, 2012 by · 3 Comments
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Everyone should listen carefully to Mr Low Thia Khiang’s reaction to Michael Palmer’s resignation. Unlike how the mass media and the PAP launched scathing attacks in the wake of the Yaw Shin Leong saga, Mr Low was scrupulously fair to all parties concerned, and he even recognized Mr Palmer’s valuable contribution as former Speaker of Parliament. The contrast is so distinguished it really puts the PAP and the MSM to shame.

This is what politics can — and should — be.

PM Lee sets up facebook page

April 21, 2012 by · 2 Comments
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WARNING: Some paragraphs are ever so slightly tongue-in-cheek.

Written by Ng E-Jay
21 April 2012

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong set up his own facebook page on Friday, 20 April 2012. It can be accessed here.

In his “welcome” message, Mr Lee said that “the social media (has) changed the way we live, work and play, especially the way we connect with one another”, and that having watched his colleagues on facebook, he has decided to “join the fun”.

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Cherry Picking

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While Malaysia’s government is forced to embrace change, our government still resists change

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Written by Ng E-Jay
19 September 2011

A very significant political development happened in Malaysia last week. On Thursday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that Malaysia’s Internal Security Act (ISA) would be completely repealed, along with the 1969 Emergency Ordinance which also allows for detention without trial.

According to PM Najib’s press release (attached at the bottom of this article), these laws would be replaced with ones which incorporate greater judicial oversight as well as limit police autonomy, and the new laws will be enacted under Article 149 of the Federal Constitution.

Point number 25 of the press release states: “Above all, the government will ensure that the rights of those involved will be safeguarded. Legislation formulated will take into consideration fundamental rights and freedom based on the Federal Constitution. The new laws will provide for a substantially shorter duration of police custody and further detention can only be made with a court order, except laws pertaining to terrorism which will remain under the jurisdiction of the minister.

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