27 Sept 2014 Hong Lim Park Event – YMCA and “Return our CPF” Protest


I was intending to go to the Hong Lim Park today to see the chain of events happening in Hong Lim Park today but in the end I did not turn up. I came to know about the crash of the events two days ago (26 Sept 14) after Han Hui Hui complain in the facebook that grassroots’ leaders are intimating her against holding her protest on 27 Sept 14.
At the later stage, I came to know that the event held there will be YMCA annual event and being organized by volunteers. YMCA is a Non Government Organization (NGO).
As what had happen on 26 Sept 14, nobody knows except those few people involved including Han Hui Hui. I should not said anything here but highly suspicious of the intention of Han Hui Hui.
How could the events be better managed?
1) Npark are the ones approving these two events  but failure to recognize the seriousness of these two event held on the same day.
Although these two events are approved on two different dates, Npark should have kept a record of event that happening on the same day and should have advise the organizers accordingly.
If Han Hui Hui had been informed about the clash of event, I believed that she would not want to held the event on the same day with YMCA. Rather she would have chosen another date for the protest.
2) Npark director should have better prepare himself when approaching Han Hui Hui as shown in the Video. With the seriousness of chain of event, he should at least prepare himself with the firepower with rules and regulations not waiting for his man to provide him with the information.
While I respect the Police IO his calmness on handling of the situation which he advise Han Hui Hui accordingly.
What happen can be avoided and this is  a total failure from the NPark!
In event day itself, videos from Yahoo, another video here. The chain reaction was a careful planned by Han Hui Hui. Whether had she sought the advise from lawyer on the planned collusion is in question.
But what happen today is a sad day from activists as what had shown in the videos had shown what she had done through the “hooligans” way of protest. It’s also sway away the fence-sitting voters away from the alternatives parties. While a lot of activists are helping the alternatives parties in gaining votes but it all wash down the drain within one day of collusion.
All along I had declared that I’m not the fan of Han Hui Hui or Roy Ngerng. But now I shall openly declared that I have no dealing with these two activists and will not support their events (past or future).//

How many Singaporean in the banking industry?


A few days ago, in the newspaper, it reported that the lowest ratio of Singaporean/PR to Foreign Talent in the bank is 70% local/PR. Namely the Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank, DBS etc.

Look Again!!! 70% Local and PR are employed in the Banking industry. What does it tell about?

To me, they are hiding some of the details:

1) At what percentage is Singaporean in the management level?

2) What ratio is Singaporean compare to PR?

All along the above statistic is not made known to us! We should demand the government to give us an answer for that.

Now I will deliberate more on point no 2 – What ratio is Singaporean compare to PR in the Banking Industry.

Most will agree that the banking industries is full of Indian and Pinoy and other nationality. We would hardly see Singaporean (which I say Singaporean have becomes minority in the industry.

They have categorised Singaporean and PR together to let us know they indeed employ locals. But Hey!!! We would like to see more data! What is the real ratio of True Blue Native Singaporean vs others.

In my speech at the press conference in the May Day Protest in Hong Lim Park organised by Gilbert Goh:

Press conference after May Day Protest at Hong Lim Park

Jump to 25th minutes of the play that I had spoken about the issue.

Although EP is not counted in the quota system (Not considered as Foreign quota). But when a foreign talent becomes a PR, this will increase the foreign quota that the company can employed. Thus this will enable to company to bring in more foreigner to Singapore instead of looking locally for a suitable candidates. This is true if the company is headed by a certain nationality.

Even Acting Minister for Manpower Tan ChuanJin, had acknowledge that workplace discrimination against Singaporean in the work place.  They are now focus more on fair employment practices by TAFEP.

It is time that PR should be separated from the foreign quota as only Singaporean should be allocated at least 60% for the company instead of 70% inclusive of PR. I hoped that Acting Minister for Manpower Tan ChuanJin would seriously consider implementing the suggestion of separating PR from the local workforce. This will give Singaporean a fair chance in the industry.

Is Singapore Youth less patriotic than the Malaysia Youth?


Yesterday a group of youth (about 100 of them according to the strait times) assemble at the Merlion park to stage a peaceful protest against the Malaysia General Election although it is deem illegal in Singapore. 

Here I’m not talking about the illegal assembly by the Malaysian but I’m writing about their patriotic toward their nation. They dare to voice out their unhappiness and together they want change in Malaysia. Respect is the only I can describe towards them.

But are Singapore Youth less patriotic?

Singapore Youth are no less patriotic than our neighboring country. The only different is that one talk about it while the other action it.

I happened to ferry a couple of youth yesterday evening and we had a casual chat over Singapore politics. One is a PMET while the other is a young chap working in the service sector.

They are all concern about Singapore politics. One stopped writing the facebook due to peer pressure as she would not want to jeopardize their friendship while the other talk to his parent occasionally.

Both are equally concerned about the 6.9M white paper, but they resigned to their faith as talking about it can’t do much.

One was asked if she had attended the Hong Lim Park Protest on the 16 Feb and 1st May organize by Gilbert Goh? She said that she heard about it and love to attend but thing crops up in the last minute that she couldn’t make it.

A short trip with a short conversion actually makes me feel relieved that the youth in Singapore are generally still concern about politics/policies in Singapore. They are just as patriotic as the Malaysian Youth just that they show it in different ways.

While the government are busying engaging the youth these days, we too must engage these youth. Telling them criticizing policy will not make them less patriotic if the policy are against the Singaporean.

Here I would like readers, especially the youth to write in the comments column. or msg me in the facebook, your concern and how can we better engage the youth. Your input is important as I hoped that your valuable input will help us to have more youth attending the Hong Lim Park protest in the future.

The youth are our Singapore future!!!