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Am I in Utopia or North Korea?

I mean where else can you get a heart bypass and be charged only $8 in cash when the hospital bill comes? This one came from then Health Minister, Khaw Boon Wan, no less.

Where else can you find a former prime minister explaining the concept of net happiness? Mr Brown thought it was so neat, he immortalized that concept in   mrbrown show – net happiness videoa very catchy song.

.The problem is I find it hard to apply that concept and I still feel net net unhappy

Then there were the floods. When our premier shopping street –Orchard Roadwas first hit, we were assured it was a freak event, which occurred every fifty years. Only in Utopia, or is itNorth Korea, can  fifty years pass so quickly. On one occasion, we were told that there were no floods – merely heavy rains causing “ponding” to occur. Where else can you find a distinction between “flooding” and “ponding”? I mean I do not even think “ponding” is a legitimate word!

hen the citizens lamented on overcrowding in trains, then CEO Ms Saw claimed that “people can board the trains, it is whether they choose to”. Our trains have infinite capacity! So you tell me, are we in Utopia or not

LTA raised concerns that roads are jammed during peak hours. Their solution? Get drivers to take public transport. More will have to make the choice to get into the NOT overcrowded trains! Hmm – wonder why when the trains broke down,SMRTtells us it is because of overuse and overcrowding? You choose – are we living inNorth Koreaor Utopia?

Here inSingapore, families earning less than $1.2k can buy their own house! The maths work on paper. And here inSingapore, it is possible to get $5 for every $1 of tax paid if you have a household income of $1.2k. How 2-room households get $5 for every $1 tax

Recently our COEreally jumped in price – for non-Singaporeans COE stands for Certificate of Entitlement. The holder is allowed to buy a new car. You can check  to see how it workshere

At the 4th April draw,COE for larger vehicles, 1.6l and above, stood at $83k. When the people complained, our esteemed Minister of Transport, Mr Lui Tuck Yew said that prices are going up because our economy is improving. Two weeks later, the same category of COE  rose to $91k – an increase of 9.6%. To use his rationale, it appears that our economy must have improved by that in a mere 2 weeks. Where is this possible, but in Utopia

So our GDP, our economy is getting better fasterer than we can hope for. Hence an esteemed economist, Dr Lim Chong Yah suggested we pay our low income folks more. All of a sudden, we were told by our minister, Lim Swee Say, and others, that income must be in line with productivity. Hmmm – so our economy surged, but not because of productivity? Since we use better economy, profit to justify the dizzying salaries of the people on top, it must be that some are much more productive than others, even though logic suggests that perhaps some are overpaid, while others are exploited. Ah well, in Utopia all things are possible.

I can go on and on – but I think I will just end with this last example. The recent Singapore Day in NYC cost a mere $4m. Amy Khor’s justification is quite unforgettable.

There’s a value to helping our Singaporeans remember their roots so that if they ever go back, it’s easier for them to adjust. You can’t put a price on that

Only in Utopia, or is itN Korea, can a one day event help anyone remember their roots. Not only that, by attending a one day event, an overseas Singaporean will find it easier to “adjust” – not sure adjust to what. Since from what I gathered, the participants of that event mainly went for the food, I assume the main adjustment is to food. In which case, and especially since this event is organized by a unit in the PM’s office, the PM is the one who needs to go. After all, he’s the only Singaporean I know who thinks that the normal meesiamis served with hum  (cockles)mrbrownshow presents mee siam mai hum

  1. SpeakSpokeWriteWrote
    April 27, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Something appears wrong with my keyboard and i am having difficulty putting in proper space and punctuation. Sorry and will try to see what i can do later – maybe it’s my word programme that is corrupt!

  2. April 27, 2012 at 3:20 am

    good one. Ok to re-post this on TRE? 🙂

    • SpeakSpokeWriteWrote
      April 27, 2012 at 10:40 am

      ok kojak – but please tidy up the punctuation ok?

  3. sgcynic
    April 27, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I know it’s Utopia where I can serve the public and yet still earn enough to retire in the span of not more than 5 years.

  4. RichDad
    April 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

    “Our public transport has improved a lot under his [Raymond Lim] leadership.” – 26 March 2011. – Lim Swee Say

    “She … is that rare flower that will bloom in the winter of adversity.” – on Tin Pei Ling, 2 April 2011. – Lui Tuck Yew

    “We decide on our own strategy. We don’t respond to Mr Low Thia Khiang.” – when asked if the PAP will field potential PM in SMC, as challenged to do so by Low Thia Khiang, 22 March 2011. – Teo Chee Hean

    PAP’s Claims vs. Reality…


    • SpeakSpokeWriteWrote
      April 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

      I hate it when they throw the grants and subsidies in our face. we all know that many cannot qualify. I also dislike it when they do paper maths – we all know life is not as simple as what paper logic makes it seem

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