Flipping through the MND Newsroom from 2009, I read some laughable replies from MND, in response to why Opposition MPs cannot be the main player for estate upgrading. This goes down to my Top 10 List of Ridiculous Replies from PAP. I guess the only way to change it is to replace the 'ruling party' with more opposition parties to form a voting bloc in Parliament.
சிங்கப்பூர் வர்த்தக நகரமான தேக்கா என்னும் இடத்தில் கடந்த ஞாயிற்றுக் கிழமை இரவு 9.30 மணிக்கு பஸ்சில் ஏறும் போது தள்ளிவிடப்பட்ட தமிழக இளைஞர் பரிதாபமாக இறந்தார் என்ற செய்தி பரவியது. இந்த செய்தியறிந்த அதே தேக்கா பகுதியில் நின்ற இளைஞர்கள் திடீர் கலவரத்தில் ஈடுபட்டனர். இதனால் 10 க்கும் மேற்பட்ட வாகனங்கள் நொறுக்கப்பட்டு எரிக்கப்பட்டது. 20 போலிசாருக்கு காயம் எற்பட்டது.
One hard pill Singaporeans may find hard to swallow is that the events that unfold in our country (Chinese Bus Driver riots, Little India Riots and even the regular ‘pondings’ around country) lack the simplistic idea of ‘causes’ they demand. The idea of causes, as our commonsense understanding of it demands, doesn’t work particularly well in complex systems. In artificial, man-made mechanical contraptions like washing machines, you push a button and get an exact response.
Every now and then, history gifts humanity someone who embodies all that we aspire to but did not have the courage to pursue. Nelson Mandela was just such a man. Together with the rest of world, the SDP mourns the passing away of this truly great man. Universally beloved, Mandela's legacy is not that he possessed riches or power, for he craved neither. Rather he leaves behind a vision of peace brought about by compassion and the unwavering love for justice. He cherished freedom, fought for democracy and celebrated human rights.
With all the focus in Singapore these past few days on the Little India riot, let us not forget that a major world incident happened just last week. December 5th - saw the passing of former South African President and Nobel Laureate, Nelson R Mandela. Mandela aged 95, died of lung infection in his Soweto home last Thursday at 8.50pm local time. A 4 hour memorial service was held today (December 10th) and he will have a state funeral on Sunday, December 15th.
But first, really I expect more of the president and the police commissioner – President Tony Tan Keng Yam has urged Singaporeans not to let the violence in Little India last night undermine their confidence in the society. Instead, he said, the people should redouble their commitment to keep Singapore safe, peaceful and strong. – Police commissioner Ng Joo Hee said of the riot,”It is not the Singapore way.” Lest they forget, the riot was not started by S’poreans.
As many of you might know, I was an officer with the Singapore Police Force (SPF) for ten years and spent quite an amount of that time plying my trade in Little India. I left the force in 2005 for a several reasons, one of which was the way the SPF was turning out to be. With so much documentation and miscellaneous duties, policing became too much about following procedures rather than fighting crime – and worse, victims, perpetrators and every human being in the process became just another inanimate feature of each case.