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PAP and the Art of Name Calling

Bigotry Ever wonder why Singaporeans are called many names? From time to time, we see Singaporeans being labelled ‘Xenophobic’ or ‘Bigot’ or ‘Infantile’ and many more names. It seems very convenient for the media to employ name calling all the time, but are we really what they called us to be?

Just recently we have been called a ‘Bigot‘ and ‘Disgrace’ when there is conflict over the Philippine Independence Day event where Filipinos being targeted online for planning to celebrate their Independence Day in Singapore. Well, I’m not going into a lengthy discourse over that phenomenon. Let’s explore the underlying interest of the PAP controlled mainstream media and the Art of Name Calling (or Labeling).

Name Calling is a form of psychological abuse which can cause devastating effects that affects your inner thoughts and even exerts control over your life indirectly. It destroys healthy relationships even relationships with yourself.

Verbal bully is one of the forms of bullying. The objective is to intimidate others into complying (changing someone’s behavior due to the request, orders, or commands. Victim give in but not necessarily agree to their rules), or to make fun of others whilst drawing attention or encourage criticisms in the process of doing so. Media like Stomp! and the Saturday Straits Times are a few channels which likes to employ name calling to satisfy and increase their readership.

This is a good example:

Singapore PMET

Singapore PMET – Pampered, Mediocre, Expensive, Timid – when foreigners see such news do you think they will respect local PMETs?

As you can see the mainstream media employ such sweeping generalization with the use of Name Calling to achieve their underlying agendas (increase readership and profit making). They inadvertently created a perpetuating social stigma among different groups of people, the employers and employee group in this context. The media capable of influencing readers, they created the “Us vs Them” mentality and encourages criticism openly and erodes social cohesion. It creates group disharmony among the population through instigating faulty beliefs. The mainstream media acting like an outlaw that abuses media use in a socially irresponsible way, this is inconspicuous during election campaigns.

Name calling again; Xenophobia (see below)

Xenophobia

Xenophobia – Published on Straits Times newspaper

Instead of addressing the social behavioral problem, the media resorts to Name Calling – calling Singaporeans Xenophobic. When in fact the hostile social behavior stems from their heedless immigration policies which impacted the social fabric and national resources. This underlying social dynamics is identified as Realistic Conflict Theory (When a new group of immigrants from a specific ethnic background arrive in great numbers, members of the group often met with profound prejudice because they were viewed as competitors for resources like jobs, public infrastructure, public spaces, social services, healthcare, education, etc)

Economic Sociology of Immigration was inadequately addressed – the social cause and effects of economic phenomena. For instance; the massive influx of foreign workers has created intense competition, which allowed employers to impose very long working hours for lower pay and hence creating unhealthy working conditions for employees (symptoms of uncontrolled immigrations policies).

They are working to discard the national identity, transforming the economy, and moving forward to a global identity for economic benefits. From my research, in my opinion they are bias towards the functionalist point of view in globalizing a city especially being economically beneficial. Social impacts from eroding national identity from Interactionism (Symbolic meaning of nationhood) and Conflict perspectives, was trivialized in favor of functionalist ideals.

Research depicts the pros of globalization by deregulating policies that adheres domestic multi-ethnicity and cultural diversity. On the other hand, it tends to ignore the repercussion that comes with social and political cost of intense competition from foreign migrants. From 2007 onwards, locals began to raise socioeconomic issues such as depressed wages, discrimination in favor of foreigners, soaring housing prices, high cost of living, overcrowding, etc.

If Economic Sociology is thoroughly researched, decisions have been made more meticulously, it would have potentially forestalled many social problems. Is it due to Groupthink within their ranks, and the absence of opposing robust views that led to the mediocre decisions?

Now that they have failed (PM Lee has admitted the government did not have 20/20 foresight),  trains are breaking down and overcrowding in public spaces is like everyday affairs. Shortage of hospital beds and now tents is the new IN thing. Qualified Singaporeans pushed out of their jobs to make way for foreigner’s old chums from back home. Wages never catching up with the cost of living, and many locals precipitated in myriads of social and economic problems. The PAP, adroit at using the same insidious ruse now projects blames onto Singaporeans by calling them names, disguising it as criticism so as to gloss over their mistakes. At the same time, it distracts us from the very issues that plagues us, guiding us into our self-criticism.

More Name Calling below:

PM Lee laments Ugly Singaporeans

PM Lee laments Ugly Singaporean Behavior – Published on Straits Times Newspaper

Remember the case of the Fairmont Hotel Director Brian Tan who criticized Singaporeans that they are ‘weak and lazy‘. Similarly, we have Dr George Wong who rebuke and criticized ‘Ugly Singaporeans to grow up‘. This is clear example how the media can influence employers into adhering to harmful stereotypes, prejudice and negative beliefs they read on newspapers. Then we have MM Lee criticizing Singaporeans in an interview with National Geographic interview in 2010 and i quote;

“MM Lee says, Singaporeans have become “less hard-driving and hard-striving.” This is why it is a good thing, the MM says, that the nation has welcomed so many Chinese immigrants (25 percent of the population is now foreign-born). He is aware that many Singaporeans are unhappy with the influx of immigrants, especially those educated newcomers prepared to fight for higher paying jobs. But taking a typically Darwinian stance, the MM describes the country’s new subjects as “hungry,” with parents who “pushed the children very hard.” If native Singaporeans are falling behind because “the spurs are not stuck into the hide,” that is their problem.”

MM Lee: If native Singaporeans are falling behind because “the spurs are not stuck into the hide,” that is their problem

MM Lee: If native Singaporeans are falling behind because “the spurs are not stuck into the hide,” that is their problem

MM Lee: Voters must be 'Daft'

MM Lee: Voters must be ‘Daft’

To sum it up, I have compiled the list of agenda behind the Art of Name Calling. Recognize such negative tactics they employ, repel them and do not take them seriously. Most of the time, it has nothing to do with the victim (you) and usually the problem lies with the Abuser or Name Caller. They resort to unethical ways and tactics to manipulate your thoughts and behaviors, all of which tries to achieve the same purpose; to make you comply to their demands.

Name Calling

Underlying Intentions behind Name Calling

When foreign immigrants and locals conflicts over nationalism – they call you ‘Bigots’. When foreign immigrants failed to integrate with locals – they call you ‘Xenophobic’. When Singaporeans do not want to cooperate – they call you ‘Ugly Singaporean’. When they want your votes – they call you ‘Dafts’. When they failed to garner your support at Aljunied GRC in GE2011, they call you to ‘Repent’. There are probably more that I lost count but you should be able to catch the idea behind their Name Calling tactics. If you view Name Calling from another perspective – it is a sign of desperation, sense of insecurity rather than confidence. Does it sound like sour grapes?Sour Grapes So as we speak, the abuser might gain advantage for their short term goals, but it causes harmful psychological effects that impairs the development of members of society, us. We must not condone to such emotional abuse and threats at their whims and fancies, thus it is best to remove the PAP’s political control over SPH, Singapore’s only media – to curb the abuse of the mainstream media for the well being of the society.

Self Concept

Self Concept

Consequences of Name Calling and excessive Criticism is disastrous in long term, it erodes self-esteems of the populous, damages one’s identity (self concept) when repeatedly called names like “stupid, ugly, lazy”. Moreover, it encourages observers to blame and criticize the victim and this is called Scapegoating. When done perpetually it creates an unrealistic perception of the self or the group and effects self-criticism such as “Singaporeans are not good enough, I am not confident, Singaporeans cannot communicate well, etc”. This can turn into a self-fulfilling prophesy when the victim is unaware and has low self esteem which often leads to poor decision making. When unrealistic beliefs sets in and emanate within the society like a social stigma (negative social norms that shapes behaviors and cues within a  group) in a self perpetuating cycle, it becomes difficult to remove. (Not even laws can effectively curtail negative social values and beliefs) Social Stigma Along these lines, it also impacts our mood and causes us to become angry, resentful, frustrated, extreme emotive experiences. Name-calling can have serious consequences on mental health. In fact, researchers feel it is one of the most damaging forms of bullying. For instance, some victims become so depressed from the name-calling that begin to feel worthless, helpless and out of control. Some victims may even contemplate suicide if they failed to succeed at achieving the unrealistic or high expectations of their parents or society.

Rules of engaging a skilled manipulator:

Do not think that by telling them how you feel can change their ways. To put it simply, the manipulator does not care; he most likely is incapable of empathy altogether. The only effective strategy to change the manipulator is to change yourself. The greatest weakness is not the weakness itself, but not knowing the unknown – the lack of awareness. By becoming aware of their tactics and stop complying, pleasing, responding to their manipulative tactics. And when that happens it becomes harder to let others control you or influence you so as to make them become ineffective, hence they will likely give up or try other tactics. Raise your level of awareness while changing your behavior and so you will become familiar with their manipulative patterns and roles.

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How to defeat the PAP government (Part 1) – by Bullshit Politician

Political Strategy

Summary of context:
1. Question & Scrutinize

2. Cast Doubt & Ridicule
3. Tarnish their Reputation
4. Insinuate & Predict
their reactions
5. Instigate findings
6. Expose their Hypocrisy
7. Keep drumming their Mistakes & Gaffes

Using the above political-psychological strategies for radicals and activists, it can be used against a dishonest tyrannical government and our empowerment to take back our civil rights. Bullshit Politician shall explain how political strategists used some of the above to their advantage, and in this context we can use these techniques to see with more clarity and defeat the deceptive ‘masters’.

1. Question & Scrutinize their work

Question the fundamental principle behind the purpose of everything – beliefs, values, processes, systems, and philosophies. When you scrutinize deeper you might discover their oversights and blunders that contradict our common virtues. A questioning public that can think critically and capable of controlling one’s thinking, reaction, and emotions is intimidating to the government as minds of millions will often triumph those of a few.

Scrutinize their work to keep them on their toes allowing them to have little respite, prevent them from thinking of ways to implement apparatus to keep you on your toes!

2. Cast Doubt & Ridicule

Spare no effort to leave behind insinuating comments on articles concerning national affairs and political news, as other readers viewing the same story have tendency to form opinions and ideas from the comments. By casting doubt over the PAP, one raises the public distrust in them and hence subconsciously influence them into doubting their sincerity. Doubt is a potent weapon, and by spreading skepticism about the PAP, it leaves them in a state of quandary. Even if they deny the rumors, there is still left over ‘crumbs’ of suspicion left in people’s minds. If they fail to address the rumors, this makes people even more suspicious.

Succeeding doubt is Ridicule – A subtle form of attack. Ridiculing them pokes holes in their reputation; a declining reputation is a serious drawback as it will impact how people view them, thus detrimental to their goodwill. Reputation can make or break an entity – A bad reputation eventually erodes every aspect of the foundation of their power. The whole idea behind Doubt & Ridicule is to attack their reputation, their basis of power (See #3. Tarnish their reputation)

Having brought to awareness, you will see such subtle attacks in political cartoons or comics, and memes. You can draw political cartoons with familiar caricatures of political figures or write sarcastic satires – the purpose is to entertain whilst the same; Ridicule. By making them an object of ridicule and disgust, naturally people will learn to disrespect them as enemy of the society.

Examples some of the local political cartoons:

3. Tarnish their Reputation

If you look at the PAP, in the past they have good reputation as leaders – almost every success and goodwill is attributed to them. Whereas today their reputation turned bad, all sorts of failure is attributed to them and people tend to be more wary and suspicious as a result. Furthermore a bad reputation is very hard to restore, if at all. If one have a history of dishonesty, people will tend to remain skeptical despite best of intentions.

On the contrary, a good reputation increases your presence and goodwill, exaggerates one’s strengths without actually spending much effort. A good reputation can protect you, inversely a bad reputation works against you. An example is small friendly gesture by Worker’s Party is praised lavishly.

The PAP have a history of putting forth ‘poison the well’ or smear attacks on opposition members and used against the very people themselves so there should not be any hard feelings or remorse.

4. Insinuate & Predict their reactions

The ability to insinuate and predict their reactions or actions requires observation of the past by which how the PAP handle situations. The rigidness of their behavior unwittingly makes themselves very familiar and predictable; it is almost impossible to respect or fear someone whom we all can predict. In such manner, we can use this to our advantage to insinuate and predict them. Successive anticipation will thus make people feel superior to the person whose actions they can predict and ridicule. The habitual rigid practice, once effective, now ironically looks comical and makes them lose respect. As a result of losing respect, even the weakest enemy will grow bold, and boldness is dangerous thus power will not accrue to someone who inspire such emotions. Ultimately a repeated show of the same inept to change their ways, they elicit boredom which dampens their influential power in the long run.

Writing commentary article or a satire is a good way to apply ‘Insinuate & Predict’.

5. Instigate findings

This is a risky business which can raise some serious red flags. Find out what are some of the restrictions and what not to get involved in; examples are seditious instigation.

You can see the mainstream media instigating news to garner greater viewership which can later be used for other purpose ala profit making or political attacks. Do not be surprise the PAP themselves would be using the same techniques; examples like the Hawker Center Saga, Yaw Hougang MP saga, etc.

To instigate is to stir emotional issues to draw public attention, highlight their failures and subsequently influence the readers into viewing them in a negative spotlight. This way it questions the capability of the government, and successful attacks supported by evidence cripples their already bad reputation.

6. Expose their Hypocrisy

People often judge others at face value which can be deceiving – People mistake sincerity for honesty. Do not trust their outward appearance as you do not know their real intentions. Appearing honest is a great disguise for all kinds of deception which can be employed later in politics. For a political entity to gain your trust one can either do what is right, or express false adulation and act otherwise. You must trust your own senses and intuition, rather than told what to think and feel (Social psychological studies shows downward comparison make you feel better, thus greatly utilized by the mainstream media).

Faulty deceptive claims as exemplified: “GST is to help the poor, COE is to help you own cars, Foreigners are here to help create jobs, NS is a privilege for citizens, Pay highest ministerial salary to prevent corruption, Every flat unit HDB sells, they lose money, To succeed S’poreans have to bite the bullets, not one but at least 3 bullets, S’poreans need to ‘reflect’ when foreigners call us dogs, etc”

The psychological weakness of an unaware person which can be manipulated and exploited:
1. Rule of reciprocity – people to feel a sense of indebtedness to return a favor to someone whom does you a prior favor (discussed in earlier article – link here)
2. Commitment and Consistency – people do not like to be contradicted and when they have committed to an idea or belief
3. Social proof – people assume the actions of others reflects correct behavior and perceive as acceptable “social norms”
4. Authority – people have the tendency to obey to authority
5. Familiarity – people like what is familiar and reject uncertainty which cause them to suffer mild anxiety
6. Scarcity – people perceive what is desirable due to its rarity and uncommonness

*All of the above is a phenomenon sometimes referred to as herd behavior, often leads to compliance regardless of correctness.

Expose their hypocrisy – it degrades their credibility which influences their reputation of the aforementioned. In addition, it informs others – this influence them to make informed decisions. In political games do not judge your opponents by their role and assertions but by the effects of their actions. One ought to observe with better clarity through their actions and leading outcome rather than what they preach; a liar can lie about everything but their actions will not lie. Believing a politician to work for your interest with no strings attached is dangerous, it could turn out to be a great con artist. The best deceptions are the ones that claims to have your interest at heart, but its actions causes much detriments and confusion. Train your eyes to follow the results of their moves, the outward circumstances, and do not be distracted by anything else.

Deception is a similar behavior in a Prey-Predator situation. The Predator disguises in different ways such as feigning to be harmless like a crocodile using wooden twigs. In order to lure a prey, it disguises itself as tree logs and then snaps the prey when it is within the vicinity of its jaws. An octopus in the ocean camouflaging, changing its skin colors to the underwater terrains, waiting for its prey patiently for an upcoming meal. There is an adage; “All warfare are base on deceptions.”

Crocodile waiting for its prey

Crocodile used twigs to disguise as logs, waiting for its prey

6. Keep drumming their Mistakes & Gaffes

Using the same “indoctrination” tactics employed by the mainstream media, drumming and instilling their ideas that evidently effects of exploiting social influence (see psychological weakness, #6.5). Akin to “Argument from repetition” fallacy – Repeating an argument or a premise over and over again in place of more supporting evidence, until nobody cares to discuss it any more. You see the same silly idea being reiterated in media over and over again, undeniably. Falsehoods repeated long enough, subconsciously becomes familiar and registered in our minds and thus accepted as beliefs.

Common beliefs frequently appear in talking points, campaign slogans, and symbols.

Empirical examples are as follow:

“Singaporeans should be grateful…”
“Without the PAP, there will not be Singapore…”
“If PAP loses power, the economy will collapse…”
“Without the PAP, our women will become maids in foreign country…”
“Always comparing Singapore with African countries…”
“Ugly Singaporeans, Singaporeans are lazy, never good enough, not creative, are dafts…”

"Time for the Ugly S'porean to grow up"  Published on Straits Times newspaper

“Time for the Ugly S’porean to grow up”
Published on Straits Times newspaper

Nip 'Ugly Singaporean' habits in the bud

Nip ‘Ugly Singaporean’ habits in the bud
Published on Straits Times newspaper

"Do Singaporeans deserve their wages?"

“Do Singaporeans deserve their wages?”
Published on Straits Times newspaper

Singapore PMET

Singapore PMET “Pampered, mediocre, expensive, timid”
Published on Straits Times newspaper

The whole purpose of the media disparaging S’poreans and drumming such news repeatedly is to sow public discord through divide and conquer, as well as to indoctrinate and instill falsehoods into your subconscious mind that S’poreans are inferior. The difference in our radical approach of drumming their Mistakes & Gaffes – is to register their mistakes and ill-will into the minds of people to neutralize and introduce conflict to the previously advocated falsehoods/ideas.

Exploiting using fear and uncertainty creates a mental barrier that resists new ideas and entraps the weak individual in a perpetual Stockholm syndrome. This is what you call psychological structuring of the mind, or a form of mind control. You will laugh at how silly these political manipulations are, but it is used extensively without moral scruples. You should be convinced by now, of who is the “Anti-Singaporean” political party at helm after looking at the above newspaper snippets. Does a truly caring govt disparage its own people, and at the same time in favor of foreigners? or are Singaporeans merely pawns?

(This article is part 1 of 2 – stay tuned for part 2 touching on 7 more points below)
8. Capture their remarks
9. Deny them of Ideas & Solutions
10. Shape public opinions
11. Whistle-blow and Leak embarrassing information
12. Set them up using Baits
13. Guard your Credibility
14. Refrain from threatening them openly

Cheaper, better, faster model might have outlast its usefulness

The infamous notion advocated by Union Chief Lim Swee Say on Cheaper, Better, Faster (CBF) economy might be a bad model, however it works for “still” developing countries but obsolete for countries making transition into an advanced knowledge economy.

Elaborating what CBF means according to Union Chief LSS – Cheaper is to be more productive, Better is more capable, Faster is more adaptable.

Such model as modus operandi, it fails to create niche value and is thus always undercut by developing countries with cheaper operating costs. Cheaper products & services also prevails over high productivity. Cheaper better faster comes with detrimental effects often at the expense of workers in the name of economic growth.

Singapore presently a nation with strong currency, can never be cheaper without cutting back profits and leading to declining wages thus compromising the quality of life of S’poreans workers. The consequence of such model appears contrary to the fundamental governing principle, to improve the lives of its citizens.

Let’s take a look at one of the examples;

which abide to CBF rule and leads to eventual demise of photography company Kodak (Read more):

Kodak

“Far too often, companies spend most of their innovation dollars on making their products cheaper, operate better, faster or do more.  (HBS Press, 1997). Most R&D, in most industries, and for most companies, is spent trying to sustain an existing technology – not identify or develop a disruptive technology that would have far higher rates of return.

While this is easy to conceptualize, it is much harder to understand.  Until we look at a storied company like Kodak.

Kodak invented amateur photography, and was rewarded with decades of profitable revenue growth as its string of cheap cameras, film products and photographic papers changed the way people thought about photographs.  Kodak was the world leader in photographic film and paper sales, at great margins, and its value grew exponentially!

Of course, we all know what happened.  Amateur photography went digital.  No more film, and no more film developing.  Even camera sales have disappeared as most folks simply use mobile phones.

But what most people don’t know is that Kodak invented digital photography!

They were the first to create the technology, and the first to apply it.  But they didn’t really market it, largely because of fears they would cannibalize their film sales.  In an effort to defend & extend their old business, Kodak licensed digital photography patents to camera manufacturers, abandoned R&D in the product line and maintained its focus on on its core business.  Kodak kept making amateur film better, faster and cheaper – until nobody cared any more.

In Jan 2012 Kodak filed for bankruptcy in a bid to survive a liquidity crisis after years of falling sales related to the decline of its namesake film business. (link)

Kodak Stocks

Kodak’s Plummeting Share Price

Unfortunately, there are few companies that make the transition.  But there have been thousands that have not.  Companies that had very high market share, once made a lot of money, but fell into failure because they invested in better, faster, cheaper rather than innovation.”

To thrive in an advanced knowledge economy, the economics are not of scarcity, but rather of abundance. Knowledge enhanced products or services can command price premiums over comparable products with low embedded knowledge. It require new ideas and approaches from policy makers, managers and knowledge workers. The new model should instead be Creativity, Innovation, Receptivity (CIR).

Creativity is thinking up new ideas. Innovation is doing in a new way. And Receptivity is to exchange ideas freely. To make this transition, the government must liberalize many of its current policies and allow free exchange of ideas, a la freedom of expression, and to create an innovative environment that foster creativity, soft skills and independent critical thinking. Government must make perceptible improvement to education and civil liberties, lower the barriers of restriction and stifle information suppression. The old cheaper better faster model probably outlast its usefulness and reach the stage of redundancy.

Since Singapore reached “first world nation” status in the early 2000s. Why is the Singapore economy and workforce yet to be transformed in this aspect? – what is your standpoint, leave your comments below.

Trick the people into False Dilemmas

One of the ruse put forth by the PAP to hoodwink the public, is suggesting options they proffer under the circumstances they dictate, in which leads to the same outcome. Thus the Morton’s Fork; a specious piece of reasoning in which contradictory arguments lead to the same (unpleasant) conclusion. Lose-lose situation for the common Singaporean, and win-win situation for them and their sycophants. Thusly this is one form of the many deceptions.

Control the options: Get others to play the cards you deal“The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give other person a choice: Your victims feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets. Give people the options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose. Force them to make choices between the lessor of two evils, both of which serve your purpose. Put them on the horns of dilemma: They are gored wherever they turn.”

Pace of LIfe

Fig 1: Morton’s fork Situation (Fallacy) from mainstream media, Straits Times – Click for full size

Teo Chee Hean on extreme views

DPM Teo Chee Hean condemns extreme views on immigration stance, however the fallacy comic in fig 1 clearly illustrates their posturing oxymoron. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Uninhibitedly slower Pace of life attest a better quality of life (increasing personal and family time nurtures happiness), however this might not be the case as showed in fig 1 and a minister’s crowing remark that “Slower pace of life, economic growth not mutually exclusive”. PAP unquestionably menace or rather ‘implies’ that this could mean reduction in salaries (already low), bonuses, etc. Despite PM Lee preaching their “strategic shift” and “new way forward”, the fallacy only shows their obstinateness and the ostensible purpose but real goal; status quo.

The false options:

1. High Economic Growth, maintaining the status quo
2. Moderate Pace of Life attest better Quality of Life

Proffering false options and using this method of controlling people’s alternatives, they choose the options that give you power because neither are pleasant. Putting issues into “black or white” terms is a common instance of this fallacy. A la the infamous quandary “Grow at all cost” or zero growth, all or nothing and discerning tug between the two. In this case giving you something, and take away something, leaving you with a false dilemma – believing you have a choice between the two.

Tug

“Minister K Shanmugam has said a slower pace of life cannot be divorced from economic growth.

He was responding to a recent survey by the Institute of Policy Studies that revealed the majority of Singaporeans would like a comfortable pace of life over economic development.
Mr Shanmugam was speaking at a fireside chat with law students from the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University.

He noted that people often divorce the idea of growth from their personal income, but he stressed that economic growth has a direct impact on employment and salaries.
Mr Shanmugam also said while a greater amount of online discourse has emerged — which means having to engage public opinion on specific issues of interest — the essential nature of how the government operates has not changed.

– K Shanmugam
Law and Foreign Affairs Minister” – source

The thesis if Economic growth is solely derived from long working hours, and hasty pace of life – it is likely due PAP’s failure to raise the level of productivity and efficiency of our economy. If government do not advocate whilst push companies to do their part on raising productivity and efficiency in the workplace for workers, thus Singaporeans will have to work longer hours to achieve the same level of productivity compared to other “first world” countries.

Singapore being the country with the highest GINI Coefficient, do you even assume large part of the “Growth” is trickling down to benefit the common workers?

Singapore Gini Coefficient

Gini Coefficient / Income Inequality (Singapore) <Credits: TheHeartTruths>

Words like “options”, “freedom”, and “choice” evoke a power of possibility far beyond the reality of the benefits they entail. When examined closely, the choices we have – in the marketplace, in elections, policy decision making, in our jobs – tend to have noticeable limitations: They are often a matter of a choice simply between A and B, with the rest taken out of the picture. Yet as long as the faintest mirage of choice flickers on, we rarely focus on the missing options. We “choose” to believe that the game is fair, and that we have our freedom to choose.

They force our hand, but indirectly: We seem to have a choice. Whenever people feel they have a choice, they walk into their trap that much more easily.

This supplies the clever and cunning with enormous opportunities for deception. For people who are choosing between alternatives find it hard to believe they are being manipulated or deceived; they cannot see that the PAP are allowing them a small amount of free will in exchange for much more powerful imposition of their own will.

An adage: The Bull backs you into a corner with its horns – not a single horn, which you might be able to escape, but a pair of horns that trap you within their hold.
Run right or run left – either way you move into their piercing ends and are gored.

Gored from Bull fight

Gored from Bull fight

Don’t fall for the perpetual reciprocation trap laid by the PAP

Manipulation

The perpetual replay of the indebtedness to the PAP on the “success” of Singapore becoming a first world nation has to cease. The rule of reciprocation can used as a dangerous weapon against the un-witty population, in attempt to manipulate its ignoramus into compliance.

To understand how the rule of reciprocation can be exploited by one who recognizes it as the weapon of influence as exemplified by a simple case, of being in a situation of deciding to buy products from a smiling attendant in a supermarket. Do you feel obligated to buy some of their products after you have tried their “free samples” or do you have thick-skin to return toothpicks and turn down the offer?

Propaganda list of "Grateful" opinions from expats to instill a sense of gratefulness and repaying obligations into the populace.

Propaganda list of “Grateful” opinions from expats to instill a sense of gratefulness and repaying obligations into the populace. (Click pic for full size)

Be Grateful, S'pore Propaganda

Be Grateful, S’pore by a Canadian (Propaganda)

With the endless drumming of indebtedness to the PAP from the mainstream propaganda media, PAP has created a mindless populace eager and obligated to repay back the “kindness”. One of the reasons reciprocation can be used so effectively as a device for gaining another’s compliance is its power. The rule possesses awesome strength, often producing a yes response to a request that, except for an existing feeling of indebtedness, would have surely been refused.

If you walk down the streets interviewing random people, it is not surprising to get this “Thankful” remark repeatedly. Singaporeans in the past have been conditioned and socially engineered to the advantage of the PAP, to even realize they have been manipulated as accordance to the expected result of responses. Utilizing such skewed opinions helps to influence and manipulate the populace whilst shaping the public opinions on many national issues.

“Like a Rove beetle, by using a variety of triggers involving smell and touch, the rove beetles get two species of ants to protect, groom, and feed them as larvae and to harbor them for the winter as adults. Responding mechanically to the beetles’ trick trigger features, the ants treat the beetles as though they were fellow ants. Inside the ant nests, the beetles respond to their hosts’ hospitality by eating ant eggs and young; yet they are never harmed.”

Here are some of the brainwashed Thankful zombies:

“Be thankful for what we have – We have indeed come a long way since the old days of rioting and massive misunderstandings, and it is time that non-Singaporeans stop judging us based on our eventful history.

I must confess, I did feel slightly disconcerted when I first read the article. Then I began counting my blessings:  I have shelter; yes, a small four room flat with my family which is albeit a little old but still very cosy. I have a job, I’m paid enough to save up and go for a short getaway to Hong Kong or Taiwan every one to two years. I don’t have to worry about not being able to buy my next meal. I own an iPhone 5 when I renewed my SingTel contract last December. I just went to watch “Ah Boys to Men 2” over the Chinese New Year period with my family, with tickets that cost S$10 each.

Before we complain and grumble further, shall we take some time to count our blessings and realise how fortunate we actually are?

Amanda Yang, 25
Tuition Teacher
source

“I, too, agree that Singaporeans must learn to be thankful for what we have.Most of us are blessed with shelter over our heads, good food on the table, a job and our children can go to school.

 I’m a stay-at-home mum and I’m thankful that I can be home to take care of my two boys when my husband is working hard at his job.
 I’m thankful that we can put food on the table, the children can study and we can enjoy the simple joys of life. Activities like going to the park, cycling or playing at the playground doesn’t cost us.

Sharon Heng, 33
Homemaker” – source

“Singapore is one of the most developed and richest nations in Asia. The standard of living here is one of the highest in the world. However, we take many things for granted. What are the things we would miss most if we lived in another country?

First is our water supply. Unlike in other places, we can drink water straight from the tap. The fact that we can do so, and not have to buy bottled water from the supermarket, makes life convenient. In other countries, the tap water may not be safe for consumption even after boiling.

Second is our safe and secure living environment. Thanks to our hard-working police officers, our crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. Here, I can go out at night without fearing for my safety.

Third is our clean streets. Before the crack of dawn every day, thousands of hard-working cleaners are sweeping the streets, keeping the country clean. In Singapore, many things have been done for our benefit, bringing much convenience, efficiency and security to our lives.

Singaporeans should cherish what they have.

Maa Zhi Hong
ST Forums
source

“We should be thankful that we are living in an environment where security is tight and corruption is minimal.

On top of that, Singapore is situated in a safe location, away from the boundaries of the tectonic plates, protected from calamities such as earthquakes and tsunamis, unlike countries such as Japan and China.

Before we even find displeasure in the pleasures in life, we could look at our circumstances from another perspective and know that we are well-off. Our current situation could be much worse, and we can choose how we want to feel, to be appreciative or unthankful.

Singapore is like a bubble, and we live safely in it. However, we must realise that the bubble can burst in the blink of an eye. It is wiser to embrace the blessings we have now than to regret should we lose them all.

Lim Ying Ning
Todayonline
source

The rule says that we should try to repay, in kind, what another person has provided us. If a woman does us a favor, we should do her one in return;
if a man sends us a birthday present, we should remember his birthday with a gift of our own; if a couple invites us to a party, we should be sure to invite them to one of ours.

Excerpts taken from books on reciprocity:
The European scientist Eibl-Eibesfeldt (1975) provides the account of a German soldier during World War I whose job was to capture enemy soldiers for interrogation. Because of  the nature of the trench warfare at that time,  it was extremely difficult for armies to cross the no-man’s-land between opposing front lines, but it was not so difficult for a single soldier to crawl across and slip into an enemy trench position. The armies of  the Great War had experts who regularly did so to capture enemy soldiers, who would then be brought back for questioning.

The German expert had often successfully completed such missions in the past and was sent on another. Once again, he skillfully negotiated the area between fronts and surprised a lone enemy soldier in his trench. The unsuspecting soldier, who had been eating at the time, was easily disarmed. The frightened captive, with only a piece of bread in his hand, then performed what may have been the most important act of his life. He gave his enemy some of  the bread. So affected was the German by this gift that he could not complete his mission. He turned from his benefactor and recrossed the no-man’s-land empty-handed to face the wrath of his superiors.

More bizarre still is the more recent case of an armed robber who crashed a Washington, DC, dinner party – waving a gun and demanding money – but who changed his mind, apologized, and left upon being offered some of the remaining wine and cheese.

By virtue of the reciprocity rule, then, we are obligated to the future repayment of favors, gifts, invitations, and the like. In a pork-barrel political arena such items comes in form of “free gifts”, subsidies, rebates, aid, donations, and benefits. What they have created is a system of extracting wealth from the public and later dangled as benefits to the electorates creating an environment of due relentlessness gratefulness.

By accepting such “free gifts” and sold the story of their sole efforts & merits in transforming Singapore into a first world nation, the innocent has fallen into a sense of indebtedness to repay their “kindness” – hereby a future request to vote for the PAP during elections. Like a ransom it has held many of an obligation to pay back subconsciously, as it has proven to be very effective with the old folks as well as the young in general.

The adage and prediction of “post-LKY era” analyzed by those who understand the underlying meaning is; without the reciprocation figure LKY, the reiterated view on PAP is likely uncertain. The rule of reciprocity is not only laughable but it’s dangerous as a weapon of intent.

Singaporeans it’s time to take action, don’t NATO!

No Action Talk only (NATO)

No Action Talk only (NATO)

Dear Singaporeans, it’s time to take action. What do I mean by taking action?

Taking action like sharing news (on social media like facebook, twitter, forums, whatsapp, etc), and influence the people around you. We do not much time left, in fact we are racing with time – the 6.9 million white population paper is still in effect and it will continue to dilute our vote every year and it will weaken our power to vote for change. You do not sit in your easy chair and wait negligently thinking you can vote the PAP out in 2016, just by the power of the 40% (no. of oppositions voters last election).

new citizens(Number of new citizens per year – from Straits Times)

population(This is a simple prediction chart  – 2016 is your last chance as Singaporeans dwindle in numbers)

Just by knowing and keeping the knowledge within yourself is not sufficient, as you should have known by now that your goal post is shifting every year. Every year the PAP is importing foreigners (25k annually) and converting them into new citizens, thus naturally new citizens shall give them their votes in exchange for benefits. At the same time native Singaporeans are declining steadily due to our low fertility rate, aging death rate, and emigration (people are leaving). You need to influence and convert people into supporting the opposition at a faster rate than PAP can convert foreigners into new citizens.

Shifting goal post every year

Shifting goal post every year

The things you can start doing on an individual level:

  • Read and share political news from social media pages with friends on Facebook (pages like Theonlinecitizen, TR Emeritus, The Real Singapore, Publichouse.sg, New Nation, etc)
  • Add new friends that you see commenting on such pages (where they seem to argue a lot – becareful check their profile before adding, avoid stalkers or PAP IBs)
  • Talk about the problems we are facing now with offline friends, let them know what are the root causes
  • Speak out on forums, groups and exchange knowledge & wisdom online
  • Attend protest events and ask your friends along, you can meet people with similar orientation and make new friends at Hong Lim Park too

For people who cares more and have skills & creativity:

  • Set up blogs and blog your opinions about public affairs
  • If you have good artistic ability, you can draw/photoshop satires and submit them to Facebook pages like TRS, TOC, TRE, publichouse.sg, etc. I’m sure they will be welcoming these contributions.
  • Join TRS, TOC, TRE, publichouse.sg, etc as editors, writers, researchers, and cartoon artists.

If you want something done, do it yourself, don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. Too many Singaporeans expect others to do the job for them rather than get their own hands dirty.

This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was a very important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got very angry about that because it was really Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could have easily done it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when really, actually Nobody asked Anybody.

Above Quote from: Limpehft

There are a number of activists already contributing and doing the above behind the scene, you might have come across one which you are unaware of. So start doing the “Right” thing now and you will not have to repent in 2016. Cheers to those who are already an activist and hope to see you do the right thing come 2016!