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Lessons from the Singapore Flyer, Seng Han Thong and our MOM Protestors [PRC & Singaporean]

The commencement of 2009 brought about a few surprises. And a few lessons too! 🙂

Last Friday saw me in an accident that sent me flying through the air. Nursing an injury from my first traffic accident, i also found out that it is not easy typing with just one hand.

Over the end of the year and the New Year, we also had a much touted Singapore flyer which not only failed to impress, it failed to work properly. In as much as the physical operation of the flyer could teach us, the lesson we must all draw from its failure is that what goes up must come down :). True enough, critics might say that, it is precisely that the flyer stopped operation that those at the top were stuck and could not come down. However, one should never forget the fact that the need to abseil to the rescue did not put the flyer in good light. It basically meant, if you resist nature, the high fliers will eventually have to come down to earth – unceremoniously.

On Sunday, we had PAPpy MP for Yio Chu Kang SMC Seng Han Thong attacked for the second time in his present term of office.

With regard to Seng Han Thong’s current plight, what lessons should we draw from this?

A close friend remarked that lightning should not strike twice on the same head. I agreed that it ought to be true.

However, when lightning does in fact strike twice on the same head – we inevitably question – why must it be him? Several questions in fact quickly come to mind:-

1. Did Seng Han Thong’s tenure so offend so many people so that he deserved to be attacked? Perhaps instead of trying to play up the alleged fact that the assailant was an IMH case, should not Seng and his PAP reflect a bit on their actions to see if they had in fact caused this second attack to occur?

2. If an MP was attacked once, you could say it was an isolated incident. If it was twice on the same MP, either Seng has to bear part of the blame or his PAPpy masters have to do so.

Now, now, please don’t misunderstand me, i am not using this perfect opportunity to run down the PAP. I have merely a foreboding of doom. With the Singaporeans’ lives made ever worse year by year by this useless government, it is no wonder anger would swell from the ground. AND Anger unresolved can explode. How often do we hear our PAPpy MPs complain that their hands are tied in the respective areas that the people grouse about. Do we ever wonder who tied those poor hands of the MPs? 🙂 I would say its the senior management of the Party 🙂

Therefore, it is apt to say that, if anything, part or all of the responsibility has to fall on Seng’s esteemed party leaders. 🙂 AND No amount of well wishing from his PAP colleagues can assuage the fried skin and burnt hair especially so when there is absolutely no remorse and self-reflection coming from the incident.

The PAP leadership in pretending that it still has the support of the people will tell its MPs that this was an isolated incident, the assailant is a mental case and they have to remain accessible to the public in discharging their public duties etc etc etc is actually putting its MPs at risk. The PAP’s shit that is being dished out to the nation as a whole will inevitably expose its MPs to the dangers of the world. Perhaps the PAP does in fact feel that its MPs are placed under acceptable risk since they are being paid so much, it is only fair that they be made to carry some burden for the party.

Perhaps also, if the PAP does not relieve Seng Han Thong of his duties and seat and allow his prompt resignation from Parliament and hold a prompt by-election in Seng’s Honour, the PAP actually expects poor Mr Seng to carry the cross of his parliamentarian undertaking to baptism. And it is a baptism of fire indeed.

I surmise from Media reports is that the PAP has used the opportunity to glorify itself again and is totally unsympathetic towards the pains of Mr Seng and his family. I understand that a number of ministers have granted interviews and made comments on the issue and yet the family of Mr. Seng has declined to be interviewed.  This is understandable, for I verily believe that the anger they have at the PAP for endangering its MPs in such a manner would be immense.

Someone told me that i come down very hard on the PAP. Perhaps so. Perhaps I should not see things only from my point of view, I should also try to be sympathetic to the interests and causes of the PAP.

The PAP is after all a political Party bent on enslaving a population and is truly on focused on its own benefit and retention of power and in so doing, its MPs are merely pawns in the game and they would be dispensable given the fact that there are many waiting in line to be on the PAPpy ticket in future elections. That is perhaps why we will see some MPs not lasting more than a couple of terms even though they may not be unseated or burnt off. 🙂

Now that was Sunday.

Yesterday (Monday) also put me into a position. My friends Chong Kaixiong and Seelan Palay were arrested on a pavement outside the Ministry of Manpower. They had tried to bring the plight of Burmese activists to the forefront of attention. [The Singapore Government sleeps with the murderous Burmese Military Junta and willingly denigrates and subjugates itself to be a lowly servant of the Burmese Generals. The Government has no sense of shame, they refuse to renew the work permits of specific Burmese who have protested during the ASEAN Conference in November 2007, is anyone supposed to believe that this was not done at the instruction and request of the Burmese Generals?]

Seelan and Kaixiong had conducted everything in accordance with the law and there were only 2 of them. However, they were promptly arrested and handcuffed and brought to Police Cantonment Complex. They were told that they were being investigated for criminal trespass. This was what i found out when I went down on the evening of yesterday to bail them. It was fortunate that Choon Hiong came down as well as the police insisted that there had to be 2 bailors for the 2 of them. This was something new. 🙂

I am very intrigued by such a requirement. Why is it that we would need to have separate bailors for each accused? 🙂 Contrast these 2 Singaporeans with the 200 PRC who protested outside the MOM standing not at the pavement by the road but right at the door of the Ministry of Manpower. Not a single bailor was required of them. Why? because none of the 200 PRC were arrested or investigated. The Singapore authorities had absolutely no balls to take action against PRCs 🙂

Perhaps the Police, the MOM and the AGC [if the AGC were directing this] have got different considerations when it comes to treating Singapore Citizens and foreigners [in this case PRCs]. We can either surmise that different laws and standards apply to different groups in Singapore or the administration was cowered into inaction by 200 angry PRC, perhaps the balls of the administration shrank to nothingness when it comes to dealing with people that they feel they cannot bully.

They often say that the administration in Singapore only knows how to bully its citizens and they are foreigner lovers. How true this adage has become! I also agree with it. However, I am more inclined to believe that the civil service is now staffed by many foreigners which might explain why the disparity in treatment when it comes to distinguishing Singaporeans from foreigners.

On a lighter note, I noticed a report in today’s Today newspaper which acknowledges the cause that Seelan and Kaixiong stood for is morally superior. I must say it is about time such acknowledgments came. 🙂 This is an indication of the times to come. As to whether Seelan or Kaixiong will be eventually charged, we shall have to see 🙂

All in All, i must acknowledge that the first fortnight of the new year had been extremely instructive.

We have all learnt that 1) what goes up must necessarily come down, 2) PAP MPs, albeit subtly but sadly, are deemed dispensable by its leadership, 3) the administration applies different laws and standards depending on your nationality [mind you being a Singaporean is not an advantage :)]

4) Most importantly, I also found hope and instruction from the events in that, there is a baptism of fire that awaits us irrespective of whether we are Motorcyclists, Singapore Flyer Commuters, Members of Parliament, or Civil Rights Activists.

5) The baptism might be more painful for some than for others but nothing can compare to the fires that await those who whilst in positions of power persist in doing deliberate wrong – to burn eternally in the depths of hell.


January 13, 2009 - Posted by | Politics


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