On Sun, 6 Feb 2005 01:33:06 +0800, "ardeedee" <***@hotmail.com> wrote:
... and the lies, lies and more lie, ppl really believes them, voted for them
repeatedly. Not only they believe the lies, they "humtam" and laugh at the
oppositions. Whom do you blame?
Do you really think you can change the entrenched one party/family system?
I strongly disagree with MADCOW you or anyone who think they can
change. The party/family have too much to loose, will fight tooth and nail to
retain the control that benefit them.
Get that into your thick skull, you cannot change the system. Learns to live
with it or get the hell out of Sinkapore. Don't be a hero, look at brilliant
lawyer Francis Seow, stubborn bulldog JB, brilliant tactician Devan Nair. With
more than 45% brain dead Singaporeans, You loose before can start.
Get a life, enjoy life elsewhere for yourself and children elsewhere. If you
cannot or unable to get out, my best advice is jump down your leased pigeon
I paste an old posting which I really enjoyed reading and I hope you agree with
From: ***@yahoo.com (John A. Tessensohn)
Subject: Sayonara SINTERCOM
Date: 29 Aug 2001 02:58:51 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: 29 Aug 2001 09:58:52 GMT
As an active participant in this non-partisan cyberspace platform, I
come not to praise SINTERCOM but to bury it.
The heady days of the birth of SINTERCOM where like-minded
Singaporeans wanted a pure grassroots, non-partisan cyberspace
platform for the exchange and exposition of ideas and solutions are
still fresh in my mind.
An ideal vehicle and medium was the Internet where Singaporean readers
and Singaporean contributors from diverse landscapes of Japanese
castles or the Canadian Rockies could exchange & engage views about
the land of their birth & the land that they love.
The flowering & withering of SINTERCOM is Singapore's cyberspace
equivalent of Czechoslovakia's 1968 Prague Spring. Like that brief
period, Singaporeans could breathe & speak free on the Internet.
Although there were no SAF tanks that crushed SINTERCOM's computer
servers or ISD agents ripping out the telephone lines, the SBA
regulations were a less bloody, but equally effective, weapon.
The SBA regulations were always there but I guess that all of us were
in a suspended state of denial and the Singapore government has
decided to wake us to the reality of the rule of law.
Nevertheless, it is useful to consider the following in the context of
the shutting down of SINTERCOM:
You still have powers of monopoly, you still have powers of legal
violence over your own citizens. You can do nasty things to them. You
can make life miserable for them. You can hound them for taxes and so
on. But eventually the smart ones will say, "Why must I put up with
all this hassle? I can be just as comfortable in Hong Kong as I am in
New York or Sydney." Governments are being forced by external
competitive pressure to change and reform.
George Yeo, quoted in REMADE IN AMERICA, Jim Rohwer, 2001 pp 350,
It appears the obsequious fawning foreign media coverage about how the
Singapore government is re-inventing itself and engaging in creative
destruction are all puff pieces of propaganda. It is difficult not to
arrive to the conclusion that the message makers of S'pore Inc. are
merely carving up carefully calculated cant to assuage foreign fund
managers that Singapore is lightening up but the grim reality of
SINTERCOM's adieu is more demonstrative of the truth.
The Singapore government may talk the right talk, but it is definitely
not walking the walk. Outright oppression with an internal security
apparatus with unaccountable detention without trial is fine for
controlling the teeming masses. Bureaucratic doublespeak is a
necessary evil in the business of government.
But raising Everest-like expectations while dragooning those who are
contributing to that expedition through the unnecessary & unjustified
regulations, like the SBA ones which torpedoed SINTERCOM, is downright
counter-productive and hypocritical.
Forgive my outrage, but as an active participant in this non-partisan
cyberspace platform, I come not to praise SINTERCOM but to bury it.
In my published letter in the August 16, 1999 edition of TIME, I had
already predicted that in spite of the PAP government's slivers of
liberalization, there were still "stark Stalinist tools available to
the PAP government for repressing the arts or just plain old
The SBA Regulations that shut down SINTERCOM as Stalinist as get.
Given the track record of the PAP government to take no prisoners
against those who flout the law, as a lawyer, even I would have little
choice but to advised SINTERCOM's webmaster to shut down the website
in view of the possible legal exposure.
The outrage is not the fact that SINTERCOM had shut down but rather
the heavy ham-handed haranguing by the SBA against SINTERCOM. This is
emblematic of the "hassle" that Minister George Yeo was speaking about
in the aforesaid extract. Perhaps, just as the Czechs had to wait for
20 years after the 1968 Prague Spring to exorcise its Communist
dictatorship with the 1989 Velvet Revolution, Singaporeans would have
The demise of SINTERCOM will reinforce the message to overseas
Singaporeans to remain comfortably in Hong Kong or New York because
there isn't even any comfort in cyberspace, let alone Singapore terra
John A. Tessensohn