A Challenge For Dr Tan `Salty’ Cheng Bock

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By: B Goode

So finally, the `cool cucumber’ mask that Dr Tan Cheng Bock slathered on his own face dried-up and cracked to reveal what lie underneath; the face of a bitter man. A salty man.

Throughout the debate on the changes to the Elected Presidency (EP), Dr Tan has tried to put on a veneer of respectability and surrounded himself with an aura of propriety and uprightness by staying above the fray even to the extent of giving a compliment (albeit a back-handed one) to the men of virtue.

But now that it appeared that those same men of virtue were not about to make any concession to allow Dr Tan to contest in the EP, Dr Tan issued a statement via his facebook:

 

SINGAPOREANS ARE VERY CONCERNED

Thank you all for your encouraging responses to my last post.

It reached 324,411 people with 1,369 shares as at 23sept.

I would particularly like to share a comment by a Mr. Cheah Kok Keong to my post. He wrote:

“When the Head of State is defined more by his wealth and race rather than his character, integrity and his track record of leadership in public, community, charity, volunteer, social services, what legacies are we leaving for our future generations?”

 

On the surface, that little posting seemed innocuous but if you removed the pretence, you’d expose and bring to the fore Dr Tan’s character flaw; a self-centred man who thinks that the world revolves around him.

First thing first. By using another person’s comment to enunciate his own feelings on the issue is smacked of political cowardice. Here is a man who said that he’d be the perfect foil to the government.  Yet, he had to hide behind someone else’s comment to whack the men of virtue. Getting your minions to do all the dirty work is easier than doing it yourself, isn’t it?

Now let’s look at that `I didn’t say it, someone else’s did but I am going it put it up anyway’ statement.

Personally, I find it utterly disturbing coming from someone with the obsessive desire to be Singapore’s Head Of State.

If Dr Tan thinks that race is not an issue, then he must read-up more and understand what the term `Head-Of-State’ means;  what are the other equally important roles and responsibilities of a President; what the Office represents: and most importantly to fathom the kind of State Singapore is. Hint: Does the concept of multi-racialism ring a bell?

If I was a Malay, and there had not been a President from my own race for about half a century, I’d feel slighted and I’d question the notion that Singapore is a multi-racial society. I’d quietly question why the other races are not prepared to accept a Malay to be the President.

And if Dr Tan thinks that you have to be wealthy to be the President, then he has to read up on the proposed changes to the EP, again. And again.

But what takes the cake is Dr Tan alluding to ‘his track record of leadership in public, community, charity, volunteer, social services’.

If the word `his’ is replaced by `her’ you might think that he was talking about Halimah Yacob. But we will get there later.

Since the last PE, what has Dr Tan achieved vis-à-vis that statement of his? Acting all Presidential when he has yet to be the President by going on walk-a-abouts, more recently to Coney Island, surrounded by his entourage for photo-ops does not count.

Being a good charitable Doctor (which he is) does not count either because he is not the only doctor who does that.

Being able to stand up to the government when he was the MP does not count either because then Sylvia Lim would far surpass his achievement.

What notable public, community, charity, volunteer, social services work has he done? Please tell. Inquiring mind needs to know.

Lastly, if Dr Tan and his rabble-rousers truly believed in what he had posted on his facebook, and I mean truly, sincerely, honestly and have I mentioned truly (?), I would like to challenge them on this:

Sit down and make an honest assessment and compare the achievement of these two personalities. Discount the race factor and solely based on the `criteria’ that Dr Tan had alluded to, tell us who would be more eligible to be the President of Singapore?

Dr Tan Cheng Bock Vs Mdm Speaker Halimah Yacob

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SMRT’s Disciplinary Actions : Fair Or Scapegoating?

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By: B Goode

 

Finally the NTUC has decided to assist the two SMRT train drivers to appeal against their sacking for the fatal train accident. An afterthought? Maybe but at least the NTUC has come to its senses after the uproar that the sackings have caused and perhaps agree with the popular opinion that the dismissals are harsh. Continue reading

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Elected Presidency : Say Buh-Bye To The Unqualified Doctor

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By: B Goode

When (not if) the proposed changes to the elected presidency are made into Law, the one casualty will be Dr Tan Cheng Bock. But he had no one to blame but himself because he decided to cross the road when the traffic light was red. Continue reading

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Zika Epidemic : A Symptom Of Incompetency

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By: B Goode

As expected, the Zika epidemic has spread to other parts of Singapore with more than 100 people affected including an expectant mother. More terrible news await in the coming days and weeks.

Almost overnight, a tiny insect has managed to expose the gross incompetency and lackadaisical attitude of the government in tackling this issue. The people are terrified and are on the brink of a collective panic attack. No amount of government propaganda and information massaging can change this fact. Continue reading

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Zika Outbreak : Why Are Migrant Workers Getting Free Screening But Not Residents?

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By: B Goode

What have we as a nation done wrong to the migrant workers so much so that they are compensated with benefits that even certain segment of our society don’t get to enjoy? Have we committed a sin so great to the migrant workers that if we don’t indulge them, we will be cursed with new-age biblical plagues such as TB, Dengue and Zika. Oh wait….

No seriously. Let me give you a rundown of what I am talking about. Continue reading

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Zika Outbreak : Time To Panic And Get Out Of The Country?

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By: B Goode

41 new cases of Zika have just been confirmed in Singapore. All locally transmitted. With more tests to be conducted on more people from other parts of Singapore, we can expect more cases in the coming days.

That’s a lot of mosquitoes…. Continue reading

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Why Am I Not Feeling The Feels For S R Nathan?

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By: B Goode

 

A former President dies and as a Singaporean I am supposed to feel something. Right?

I tried to feel sad. I tried to be bereaved. I tried to grief. I tried to experience a sense of loss. But I am finding it hard to do all of that. I simply don’t have the feels.

I only have apathy. Continue reading

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To Kill Or Not To Cull? That Is The Bacon

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By: B Goode

 

So wild boars are running amok in some parts of Singapore; dashing across roads causing danger to motorists and there was even news of attacks on passers-by.

And what are the authorities doing about this menace? They are still thinking….

In the words of Clint Eastwood:

It’s a very confusing era that we’re in.

I must be one of the few people in Singapore who still thinks that if an animal poses a threat to human lives, kill it! And if it is edible, might as well eat it.

Mother nature demands balance. The reason why wild boars are coming out of the nature reserves is because of over-population. Whatever little patches of forest that we have are no longer enough to support the burgeoning numbers.

In the past, there were tigers and leopards to control the wild boars population. Then came the human hunters. Now, hunting is prohibited in the nature reserves and so the wild boars threw a party, had an orgy and they were even confident enough to form conga lines across our roads and expressways.

I got all that from the Discovery Channel so it must be true.

Before someone gets killed, it is time that the wild boars are culled. Culling does not mean extermination but simply us humans acting as the predators to keep their numbers in check.

And culling is an accepted act in many other countries because in those countries their animal lovers truly understand what it means to love animals. They understand that culling is good for the health and well-being of the animals because a disrupted and devastated environment due to over-population will pose greater risk to the animals themselves and humans.

But here in Singapore, the animal lovers’ concept of animal-loving is to just leave them alone. This is not only irresponsible but downright implausible.

My suggestion is to bring back culling in the form of licensed hunting. Licenses are issued for the hunting of a pre-determined numbers of animals. It is a win win situation.

The government gets some money which they like, the hunters get some thrill and bushmeat, and most importantly the environment gets the balance that they are in desperate need of.

And I can safely walk along the roads without having to worry that an angry boar will come charging at me out of nowhere.

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Amos Yee : The Forgotten Footnote

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By: B Goode

Is anyone interested to know about Amos Yee?

No?

Guessed as much. Continue reading

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Racism, Racialism And A Preference For Chicken

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By: B Goode

Let’s start off with a joke (thanks Jenny!) that is so bad it is actually good. And it ties in nicely with this article.

During the NDR, PM Lee had actually wanted to announce Tharman as his successor. But just before he did that, he saw an image flashing in front of him.

This: Continue reading

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Debate On The Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill : The Workers’ Party Getai Show

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By: B Goode

This month is the month when hungry ghosts roam the earth looking for food and some entertainment. Yesterday in Parliament, they had some from the Workers’ party (WP). I don’t know about the food, but there was certainly a lot of drama dished out by the WP’s wayang troupe. Continue reading

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Hero Worshipping And National Service

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By: B Goode

All superheroes have their own humanly backstories. Batman and his murdered parents, Superman and his destroyed planet, Spiderman and his puppy love, Wonderwoman and her lack of manlove.

Joseph Schooling and his hormones: Continue reading

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Joseph Isaac Schooling The Olympic Champion!

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By: B Goode

I ran out of goosebumps that I might need to run to Tekka market to look for some geese.

Joseph Isaac Schooling has just won Singapore’s first ever Olympic Gold Medal!!!!

Dafuq!!!! Continue reading

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$7.2B Bus Contracting Model : Why Wasn’t Parliament Approval Sought?

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By: B Goode

The government has just announced a $7.2B deal for the two bus operators to…..run buses.

The agreement involves 11 bus packages with estimated total contract fees of S$5.322 billion for SBS Transit and S$1.865 billion for SMRT Buses.

First of all, let’s get the amount into perspective.

Yahoo, a company with a huge global brand recognition was sold for less than that amount. And the operating infrastructure for SMRT’s NSEW MRT lines was bought by the government for $1B.

So $7.2B is a freaking huge sum of money. And it was approved off-budget, meaning the expenditure was not tabled in Parliament as part of this year’s budget.

For that kind of money and for something as seemingly complicated and absurd as paying existing bus operators to operate buses, the government should have tabled a motion in Parliament for debate.

Of course we can argue that getting Parliamentary approval will be a meaningless exercise since the PAP government is in the majority but that is beside the point.

The point being; the government could then explain more in-depth and provide more clarity about the plan, rather than just issuing of a short statement which left people scratching their heads.

I for one would like to see the following questions being answered by the government:

  • How did the magic number $7.2B derived?
  • What is the money for? Since the government has already stated that there will not be any transfer of assets, what is the money for?
  • If the money is to ensure better performance by the bus operators, it is akin to saying that we should pay the Ministers more to get them to perform better. Oh wait!
  • If it is the cost of buying back existing contracts that were signed by the government many years ago with the two bus operators, could we then say that the $7.2B is the price that the government pay for its mistake?
  • Can the government assure us that this new bust contracting model will not be another mistake?
  • And finally, how will this money be disbursed?

Parliament is there for a purpose. It doesn’t matter if the elected members thought of themselves as mere estate managers. One of its purposes is to get the executive branch to explain things like this.

It is therefore incumbent for the government to show good faith in tabling a motion in parliament to get its approval for extra-budgetary spending.

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Peak Singapore

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By: B Goode

It was Singapore’s 51st birthday but what should have been a day of celebration, like many of us, I had nothing to do.

So as with tradition, I had wanted to write something nice about my country but I stumbled upon the dreaded writer’s block. It wasn’t because of the lack of nice things to write about. Platitudes were aplenty. But I found myself repeating what others had written and ended up being Captain Obvious. Continue reading

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Thank You Indonesia!

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By: B Goode

There are many reasons for us to be thankful for having Indonesia as a friendly neighbour.

Housemaids, cheap and reliable food source, supply of natural gas, 9 months of fresh air (hehe), billions of tourist dollars, billions more stashed in our banks, military training facilities, keroncong, dangdut, trade and the list could go on and on. Continue reading

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Three Best Eating Places That May Cause SPCA A Heart Attack

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By: B Goode

The Singapore Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) have advised the public not to buy the rabbit fur key-chains because…wait for it….wait for it….wait for it….they are made from real rabbit fur. Duh! Continue reading

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NUS Orientation Camps : Freedom Unleashed!

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By: B Goode

For a lot of Singapore students, the path to University is paved by hardwork, homework, tuition, tuition, tuition, anal parents, discipline, brand’s essence of chicken, chaperoned outings, dance classes, piano lessons, latchkeys and repressed emotions.

It is like living in a gulag. Continue reading

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War On Terror : But ISD’s Social Media Presence Is Weak

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By: B Goode

It is inevitable, isn’t it?

It is only a matter of time before Singapore is hit by a terror act. It is not about Singapore being bombed because let’s be honest; it would not be easy to smuggle in explosives into Singapore considering the chronic jam at the Causeway and Tuaslink which would turn off even hardened terrorists. Continue reading

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NUS Running Scared : All Orientation Camps Cancelled

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By: B Goode

In the aftermath of the sex-themed parties masquerading as orientation camps fiasco, the National University Of Sexually Starved Students Singapore (NUS) have decided to cancel all orientation activities.

This is like the old saying: Burning the bed after you discovered your husband was having sex with the maid on it. Continue reading

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