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Singapore’s Leaders Today Fear Diverse Ideas and Sparring with Intellectual Equals?

TATTLER: The first generation leaders were not afraid of contrarian ideas, and sparring with intellectual equals. For instance Toh Chin Chye, although over ruled, always maintained that health care should be free. What we have today is the perversion of preaching to the choir, preferably with a select audience with double digit IQs. “Let’s Think About It – Episode 2” opens up with a million dollar minister driving a small Japanese make. Maybe the Mrs has the other car, or COE has breached the stratosphere. Whatever, it really sets the stage for the credibility level.

This guy pays $1,800 for “professionals” and expects daft Singaporeans to respond in droves. Are we even on the same planet?

“Salaries are being compressed” – right on, brother. He may not be invited on another panel but truth, expressed with rare honesty, is always refreshing.

“To hire a foreigner is not cheap” – so why descriminate against home grown? Clue: predilection for aliens, even married one.

30% to 40% of his nursing staff are foreigners – and he wants more. He is probably tired of scolding Singaporeans for their “poor upbringing” just because some patrons did return their trays after dining at hawker centres.

Her half of Singaporeans won’t slave long hours like her half of Vietnamese staff – Saigon has been renamed Ho Chi Minh City. Why not rename Singapore as Little Red Saigon?

“When was the last time we had a serious recession” – how the hell does he know? This fellow had a kevlar plated iron rice bowl since day one. Maybe when he is kicked out like George Yeo’s GRC team, he will appreciate what it feels like to be displaced by foreign talents, armed with a resume padded with degree mill certificates.

“I foresee a day when Singaporeans may have to adjust” – not contented to play the movie role of a horrible person, this character starts to behave like one, talking down to a fellow Singaporean who dare justify hiring a domestic help to look after grandparents, parents and the kids while husband and wife slough it out in the workplace to make sure the Medishield Life premiums will be paid on time.



This commentary was written by Tattler and first published on Singapore Notes.
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  1. Alan Yeo

    June 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    This show was worth watching. The debate was constructive, a long row of proposals from various voices.

  2. Azizah Fiqah

    June 3, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Comprehensive thoughts and ideas heard in the show. Hope this show can reach out to many more others in Singapore. Applause to this talk show for creating a rapport between us and the government. Hope to have more episode of it please.

  3. Gayle Seah

    June 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    3 episode is definitely not enough for such informative concept TV talk show, we need more of it. There are still so many issues that can be touch on and be address further. I believe many people will be interested watching such an interesting talk show.

  4. James Tan

    June 3, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    The past few episode has been great, I think we really need more of this kind of platform to allow the government to address such current issue. This show offers a fresh, comprehensive, and discerning examination of politics in the media age. It will be good to have more episode with more other issues being address and cover. Good Show!

  5. Aziz

    June 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I am not a fan of talk shows, not to mention a show that seemed like a propaganda move from the government. But as I started watching, it kind of made me watch further. Some of the points that was mentioned in the show, I do have to agree on. There have been so many issues, complains, grumbling & negative feedbacks about foreigners in Singapore in the recent years. I have also read many negative and even rude comments on social media. It is good that they are open to discuss these issues on national tv, and the govt is actually listening too.

  6. hannah

    June 3, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I am actually kind of surprised on how open the government is this time round, talking about foreign talent issue openly on national tv. I think this is a good approach, to be able to voice out our concerns, and be sure that the government gets to listen and have a better understanding on the problems. The show also covered some issues regarding our doubts, and it is good to know what kind of approach the government is taking

  7. Jane Lim

    June 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    The foreign talent issues may be going on for a while but is good that this show address this topic even more in-depth so that we can better understand and identify this issue even clearer.
    Hope this show can reach out to many more others in Singapore

  8. Cheng Yang Ong

    June 3, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Let’s think about it really makes you think about it while watching the show. For the past few episode, I have been thinking about it while watching the show. This show not only allows us to hear from different perspective but also make you really think about it
    It paints a clearer vision of this phenomenon and allows us to understand this issue in different perspective. Not to deny, it is a very innovative and informative concept show.

  9. Zahara Ali

    June 4, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Did not have high expectation of this kind of political talk show in the beginning, but the 3 episodes has change my opinion. It has allow me to gain insights on this future phenomenon which I felt that we should all be aware of since we live in Singapore. Not to deny, there are bound to be comments that we might not like to hear but there are also comments addressing the doubts that we have. We should be glad that the government is finally addressing this problem and not taking as though it does not exist at all. It is impossible to please everyone but we can at least allow most people to gain an insights over the topic addressed over the show.

  10. manfred

    June 4, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    A good discussion platform, at least this shows that the govt is making effort to limit the number of foreigners working in SG.

  11. remy lim

    June 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    You’re disgruntled at what the government has done in terms of foreign labour policy.

  12. LTAI

    June 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    • Whining is easy, how about you forming the government and manage the country?

  13. Jamie Chua

    June 9, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    This is a great and in-depth show that reflects our society nowadays and addresses deeply of many current issues the country is facing now. Excellent!

  14. Jeneen Lim

    June 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Has watch all 3 episode of the talk show and I found it very informative as the speakers share their views on the topic. This show has proven its success by having so many people discussing about it. Good show because there are so many discussion about the show. Nice topic chosen

  15. leemin

    June 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Gd Show.The debate was constructive, a long row of proposals from various voices

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