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Archive for September, 2012

PM Lee: Govt help is not something Singaporeans are absolutely entitled to

Posted by temasektimes on September 30, 2012

Singaporeans should not expect too much from the government and needs to ‘adjust’ accordingly ‘without going overboard’, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

In an interview with “The Australian” newspaper, PM Lee was asked if there were any lessons Singapore could learn from the Western world, which is suffering from a crisis of entitlement spending.

“Singaporeans are not poor, but feel less well-off relative to others in society and that there is a relative sense that they should get an entitlement,” he said.

PM Lee added that from giving very minimal welfare, Singapore has gone on the basis of growth, high employment and low unemployment.

“Singaporeans will get help, but the help is not something they are absolutely entitled to,” he quipped.

Though Singapore has one of the highest GDP per capita income in the world, it also has a wide income gap between the rich and the poor.

There is no comprehensive social safety net for Singaporeans who are expected to work as long as they can without being a burden to the state till they drop dead and die.

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My thoughts on the Ng Boon Gay corruption trial

Posted by temasektimes on September 30, 2012

Ms Sue must not forget she is only a witness and not the complainant in this case.

All she needs to do is just tell it the way it was for the sake of the administration of justice.

Whether Ng is finally acquitted or convicted is none of her business but that of the prosecutors’.

But her demeanor displayed thus far is exposing her to public scrutiny and even ridicule. Why the trouble. What she would need most is a lawyer to advise her accordingly instead of the flabby bodyguards.

One can be a prosecution witness in any case and whatever the outcome at the end of the day both sides can still be friends.

Sexual exploitation and sexual harassment are common tools used by sexual predators around the world. In South Korea, company directors sexually exploited a starlet until she committed suicide.

Singapore with the patriarch passionate about being the first in everything is trying to introduce sex as a bribery tool.

In the same vein many years ago they tried to introduce a charge of “raping prostitutes”.

I remember a police sergeant and 2 constables under him were hauled to court with a charge of raping a prostitute. During the trial at the high court the mattress used by them and hundreds of the prostitute’s clients was exhibited together with the grim.

Even the sergeant smoking a cigarette exhausted after the “rape” was given as part of the testimony. They were convicted but fortunately exonerated the appeals court.

Sex is a service provided willingly by prostitutes and the act committed by the policemen was none other than not paying for services rendered. Otherwise it is like charging restaurant patrons for robbery for not paying for the food.

The way I look at it Ng could only be guilty of sexual exploitation if ever there is one. We shall see.

 

SIMON WEE

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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VIDEO: Dr Chee Soon Juan thanks supporters for helping him raise $30,000 to discharge himself from bankruptcy

Posted by temasektimes on September 29, 2012

Singapore’s opposition leader Dr Chee Soon Juan gave an inspiring speech thanking supporters for helping him raise the $30,000 needed to pay former Prime Ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong to help discharge him from bankruptcy.

Watch his speech below:

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‘Ah Peks’ packed the courtroom in early morning to attend corruption trial of Ng Boon Gay

Posted by temasektimes on September 29, 2012

Public interest in the sensational trial of former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay has spiked with some 30 to 40 people queuing since Friday morning to enter the 32-seat courtroom, most of whom are senior men in their 50s to 70s.

The case has gripped the attention of Singaporeans with mind-boggling description of Ng’s sexual liaisons with IT saleswoman Cecilia Sue Siew Nang.

Ng was charged with corruptly obtaining sexual gratification from her to further her business interests.

Speaking to queries from the state media, 50 year old businessman Wong said he attended the hearing because he is interested in the ‘legal’ aspect of the case:

“The case is quite high-profile. The legal aspect is quite interesting … like how they prove corruption. I’m not that interested in the gory details,” he said.

Another 77-year-old retiree said:

“I’ve been here since 8:45am, but only managed to come in after lunch because we had to queue…It’s my first day watching the trial but I’m always interested in how good lawyers argue the case. … I want to see how the lawyers argue his case because they are paid $2,000 an hour and how the counsel is able to challenge the deputy public prosecutor.”

Words such as “Ng Boon Gay” and “Cecilia Sue” have taken the third and fourth spot of the most searched keywords on Yahoo! Search as well, a sign of how ‘popular’ they are.

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Be realistic: Impossible for government to meet expectations of everybody

Posted by temasektimes on September 29, 2012

Government works for the people, but they are not God. They work in the best interest of the country and its people, but not for the unreasonable individual requests. Don’t blame all problems on the government, some are self created. Take housing for example, everyone is assured that price for HDB first time buyer is affordable. But many ended homeless because they used their flat as a trading commodity.

They sold their first flat, making good profit and spending them all, bought another unit with maximum loan and hoping to make another good profit again. Some did it a few times, until a day when they have problem servicing their loan, they ended up homeless. These people then approached HDB to buy or rent but was rejected because they already used up all their entitlements of buying twice directly from HDB and pocketing good profit. If HDB were to help these people then more will treat their flat as commodity trading.

When become homeless request for aid got rejected, the blame again falls on the government. Someone mentioned why we need foreign cleaners to clear trashes. It is because many Singaporeans are littering and not many Singaporean want to be cleaners. We also need other foreign workers to drive the economy otherwise businesses will go to other countries and we will have less jobs for our people. We need more businesses here to create job for ourself otherwise we will end up finding jobs in other country, and how much can we earn? Now talk about inflation. Yes, cost is going up, but inflation happens in all countries around the world. We import everything we use and we want only quality goods.

Transport fare increases but compare with many other advance city ours is still considered reasonable cheap. Food prices at many coffee shops and hawker centers are very affordable. Many of my overseas friend find our costs of living affordable and reasonable, given the amount of income we are earning. They admire the quality and price of our public housing. They envy the peace and security we enjoy. They wonder how a small island city state, without any natural resources or vast land is able to enjoy such a high level of success. I told them because we are blessed with a good, capable and honest government. Of course there are some fellow citizens who are not doing as well. They really need helps from the government and I know there are many bodies and organizations out there offering helps. There are people talking of free health care, free this and free that. This will means more taxes from the people, and it will also lead to misuse and wastage.

Don’t complain of having to wait for BTO flats. Flats are buying something that can be built over nights. We should instead plan in advance what we want in life accordingly. Government cannot meets every individual expectations or wants, some of which are really unreasonable. It should only work the country overall interest at large and not give in to unreasonable demands.

DESMOND CHUA AIK HONG

*The above was first posted as a comment on PM Lee’s Facebook.

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PM Lee: HDB flats are ‘affordable’ for first time buyers

Posted by temasektimes on September 29, 2012

Though the prices of HDB flats have almost doubled in the last decade or so, they remain ‘affordable’ to Singaporeans, insist Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Speaking to queries from the media, PM Lee acknowledged that public housing has become more expensive, but is adamant that it remains ‘within the reach’ of young Singaporeans.

“We’re building for Singaporeans. So if Singaporeans say they can’t afford to buy the flat, who can afford to buy the flat?” he said.

PM Lee added that the government will continue to build flats and sell them to Singaporeans at an ‘affordable’ price:

“It’s not my purpose to build flats and leave them on the shelf. It’s my purpose to build flats and sell them to Singaporeans at a price which they can afford, which is what we’re going to do.”

Till today, the construction and land cost of HDB flats remain a mystery as the elected ‘opposition’ dare not raise the question in parliament. It is not known how much monies HDB has made from the building and selling of HDB flats.

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Cecilia Sue suspects child’s father is Boon Gay after having unprotected sex with him

Posted by temasektimes on September 28, 2012

The plot thickens in the ongoing corruption trial of former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay as more juicy details emerges from the statements given by the prosecution’s key witness Cecilia Sue Siew Nang at CPIB.

Ng was accused of soliciting sexual gratification from Cecilia in return for contract.

In a statement given on May 3 and signed off by her, Cecilia wrote:

“When I was pregnant in the first quarter of 2010, I asked Boon Gay what if the child is his. At that time, I felt Boon Gay was an irresponsible man because he did not want to show responsibility and did not comfort me either. He broke my heart. It was then I decided to end my relationship with him. After I told him I wanted to end the physical intimacy in September/October 2010, I did not remember giving him any indication that I like him.”

The investigating officer then referred to another paragraph of an earlier CPIB statement whereby Ms Sue had mentioned that:

“I’ve made myself clear and do not want history to repeat itself or cause another scare. What I meant was I would not like to have another sexual penetration with Boon Gay anymore because of the pregnancy scare.”

It is not known if a DNA test was done to confirm the parentage of her child. Cecilia’s husband was absent throughout the trial.

When defence lawyer Tan Chee Meng questioned her if divorce proceedings have commenced, she denied it and claimed that all is ‘going well’ in her marriage.

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Singapore’s population continues to grow with increase in number of foreigners

Posted by temasektimes on September 28, 2012

Despite promising earlier to ‘moderate’ the inflow of foreigners, Singapore’s population grows by 2.5 percent this year with the relentless influx of foreigners.

In the latest annual Population Trends publication by the Singapore Department of Statistics, the country’s total population reached 5.31 million at end-June.

The number of Singapore citizens grew by close to 28,000 to 3.29 million over the one-year period while the non-resident population grew 7.2 per cent to 1.49 million in the reference period.

Non-Singaporeans now make up a total of 38.2 per cent of the country’s total population.

Singapore’s Supreme Leader Lee Kuan Yew had proclaimed recently that Singapore needs MORE foreign workers, a policy which received strong support from the elected ‘opposition’ in parliament.

 

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Cecilia Sue: Boon Gay inserted his dick into me, but did not ejaculate inside

Posted by temasektimes on September 28, 2012

The constant flip-flop by the prosecution star witness in the trial of former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay not only cast doubt on her testimony, but shifted public opinion in favor of Ng as well.

Ng was charged with one count of corruptly obtaining sexual gratification from IT sales representative Cecilia Sue Siew Nang in return for contracts which can see him spend 5 years behind the bar.

The defense argued that Ng only had an affair with Cecilia and was not corrupt.

During the third day of the trial yesterday, Ng’s lawyer Tan Chee Meng revealed excerpts from Cecilia’s statement given to CPIB which painted a different picture of what happened:

The pair was supposed to meet at Great World City one day in 2009, and when they reached a service apartment he rented for his mother after which Ng made his ‘move’:

“Boon Gay started to hug and kiss me and that he quickly striped himself of clothes…He shifted my panties to insert his private part in me. He was very fast… he did not ejaculate inside me. When he was lying down, I gave him a blowjob. I blew him on his private part for awhile. During this occasion, he ejaculated in my mouth. I recall because I spit out his ejaculation out in the bathroom toilet. I didn’t tell anyone… I was in a daze… I feel more liking for Boon Gay.”

When questioned by Tan, Cecilia flip-flopped and admitted that she gave false information to CPIB:

“I admit the initial statement with CPIB wasn’t truthful enough because that was the first time I was brought in by CPIB. I was confused… I had no sleep.”

Will the authorities now investigate Cecilia for giving false information to a civil servant under Section 182 of the Penal Code or will they continue to act blur and allow her to make a mockery of our justice system in public?

 

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PM Lee reminds Singaporeans: Lack of ‘consensus’ within society will lead to dysfunction

Posted by temasektimes on September 28, 2012

It is important for Singaporeans to reach a ‘consensus’ on their future direction as failure to do so will lead to dysfunction in society, warns Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

In an interview with a newly set up socio-political blog set up and run by the establishment, PM Lee was asked if the ruling PAP will continue to be ‘dominant’ in the future:

“The question is whether Singaporeans can come to a consensus on the direction they want to go. If ‘yes’, then there can be one party which has a strong mandate and can work on behalf of citizens effectively,” he said.

PM Lee then cited countries like the US and India where divisive politics has led to gridlock and dysfunction, which can happen to Singapore.

“If we don’t have that consensus within society, like in America where there is a deep divide between the Republicans and Democrats… then you have gridlock, dysfunction and it can happen to Singapore,” he added.

Singapore has been under the iron-fist control of the PAP since 1959 which controls all institutions of the state including the so-called elected ‘opposition’ in parliament, an unique political system not seen elsewhere in the world.

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