Sunday, January 29, 2012

Singapore inflation numbers 2011 December and comparison

On the month December 2011, CPI increase as below
Singapore 5.5% 
Malaysia 3.0% 
Indonesia 3.79% 
Thailand 3.53%

Why are our neighbours reining inflation at 3% while our best government in the whole world unleashes CPI like wild fire.

This is what our government has said about inflation. Department of Statistics said the lower CPI reading was largely due to a smaller increase in the cost of private road transport, which moderated at 12 per cent year-on-year compared to 14 per cent in the previous month.

But accommodation costs - which increased 11 per cent during the month - kept inflation elevated. For the whole of 2011, inflation averaged 5.2 per cent.

While PAP always claim that we cannot control inflation because we import everything, in reality, even DOS admit that it is property and a lesser extent transport, that keeps our CPI elevated. In short, PAP and especially the cronies banks/landlords are profiting on our misery.

Then PAP will come and tell us, we must not let our salary rise to keep ourselves competitive -- at the same time hiking property and causing business cost to rise. The wickedness of PAP are difficult to detect except for the financial savvy. Property is a tool to transfer monies from the poor to the rich.

In this game, PAP is reluctant to rein inflation because they themselves and a certain number of super rich FT benefited massively from it, despite that it injures Singapore terribly in the long run,

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The drug mule get hang, the drug lord just get some detention

The Chinese Lianhe Zaobao has repeatedly trump our English MSM in reporting. There is new progress on the case of drug mule Yong Vui Kong, and to the time of my writing, are reported online only with Lianhe Zaobao and TOC.






至于杨伟光,他声称他只是个跑腿,罪责较轻,却被控死刑罪;反之他的老板罪责较重,只是被控方以刑事法(临时条款)(Criminal Law, Temporary Provisions)拘留。

Yong Vui Kong is facing the gallows and awaiting presidential clemency, and meanwhile a criminal motion was filed against AG, for violation of constitution in fairness, in prosecuting him with death sentence while merely detaining "his boss"

Malaysian drug trafficker Yong Vui Kong (24) was sentenced to death for 47.27g of Heroin.

He failed appealing through legal channel few times and is now waiting for the result of presidential clemency.

Yesterday, he filed through lawyer Ravi Menon, accusing AG of unfair treatment of himself versus boss Chia Choon Leng. He perceives discrimination of AG and its contravention of constitution 12(1), "before the law, everyone are equal". Yong wants Court of Appeal of Supreme court to get rid of his charges, and to throw it back, for AG to decide whether to charge Yong with the same thing as his boss.

Or to change the charges, stop prosecuting for death sentence, to prosecute under non-capital punishment in the same way as his boss Chia received.

Yong claims that he is just a runner, but he got death for lighter felony. The more culpable boss merely got himself lock up under Criminal Law, Temporary Provisions.

Chia was charged previously, but charges against him was dropped for lack of evidence.

Is it so difficult to prosecute drug lord?
First we look at another scenario. There is a conspiracy of intellects and governments to feed public with bullshit that corruptions are extremely difficult to prosecute and to prove.

Nothing can be further from truth. Corruption is the easiest crime to prove and yet it is so rampant and no one get convicted except until the old quo is being replaced by new one. It is easy to steal $1-2 but to embezzle millions, you would leave trails of accountants, private bankers, large amount of bank accounts transactions...etc

These are the easiest things to track down.

Similarly, a drug lord will leave trails of money laundering that involve a squadron of accountants, financial advisors, and dubious transactions, which cannot be explained. He will have a lackies of bouncers, runners which could provide pieces of jigsaw puzzle to unravel the criminal empire.

Persecuting drug lord threatens the status quo
Put it this way, a significant portion of powerful people in the society have connections in organized crime. There are less such people in Singapore, but many Hong Kong and Taiwan tycoons like Stanley Ho, Henry Fok...etc are well-known to be involved in criminal activities.

And even more people, have dealings and business interest with these mafia bosses.

Hence, the game is such that, the investigations and prosecutions must not target anyone higher than the field soldiers. It is extremely easy to trace up drug lords by investigating the chain of command when one drug mule is captured. However, this is never done throughout the whole world.

The exceptions are when certain drug lord severely injured the interest of large number of elites, examples are those Colombia cocaine bosses. Or when government want to place some control on increasing unruly and ostentious mafia including Al Capone. For the later, the anti organized crime campaign is often short in duration and target only one or two arrogant mafia bosses who have made too much enemies. The rest are unmolested. These campaigns are just for public showcase.

Below is what Australian a newspaper wrote about Singapore connections with drug lords.

Both the Burmese generals and drug lords have been able to take advantage of Singapore's liberal banking laws and money laundering opportunities. In 1991, for example, the SLORC laundered US$400 million through a Singapore bank which it used as a down payment for Chinese arms. With no laws to prevent money laundering, Singapore is widely reported to be a financial haven for Burma's elite, including its two most notorious traffickers, Lo Hsing Han and Khun Sa (also known by his Chinese name Chang Qifu).

Lo Hsing Han is chairman of Burma's biggest conglomerate, Asia World, founded in 1992. His son, Steven Law, is managing director and also runs three companies in Singapore which are "overseas branches" of Asia World. Although Singapore is proud of its mandatory death penalty for small-time narcotics smugglers and heroin addicts, both father and son travel freely in and out of the friendly (to them) island-nation.

In 1996, when Law married his Singaporean business partner in a lavish, well-publicized Rangoon wedding, guests from Singapore were flown in on two chartered planes. According to a high-level US government official familiar with the situation, Law's wife Cecilia Ng operates an underground banking system, and "is a contact for people in Burma to get their drug money into Singapore, because she has a connection to the government." According to the official, Ng spends half her time in Rangoon, half in Singapore; when in Rangoon, she is headquartered at Asia Lite, a subsidiary of Asia World.

The husband-wife team are also the sole officers and shareholders of Asia World subsidiary, Kokang Singapore Pte Ltd. Founded in Singapore in 1993 with $4.6 million, the company "engages in general trading activities in goods/products of all kinds/descriptions.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Armenian Genocide 3: The Glory of Eastern Church

Today, most people think of Turkey as a Muslim country. Very few knew that the land of Turkey, known also as Asia Minor or Anatolia was formerly a stronghold of Christianity.

The seven churches of Revelation hail from Anatolia.

The glorious Constantinople/Istanbul
Constantinople, now known as Istanbul was the former seat of Eastern Church. Hagia Sophia, the HQ of Eastern Church in Constantinople was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520. Hagia Sophia was converted a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931.

From the greatest church to the biggest mosque, the event is the pain and shame of all adherents of Eastern Church till this day. Finally the building was secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.

Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture.

Former church is the biggest mosque for a long period of time and template for all mosques in Turkey

Today, any visitor would note the mark differences between mosque in Turkey compared to elsewhere. This is the legacy of Hagia Sophia.

Hagia Sophia, was once the largest church for 1000 years

For almost 500 years the principal mosque of Istanbul, Hagia Sophia served as a model for many other Ottoman mosques, such as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque of Istanbul), the Şehzade Mosque, the Süleymaniye Mosque, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque and the Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque.

On the conversion into a mosque, the bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed and many of the mosaics were plastered over. Islamic features – such as the mihrab, minbar, and four minarets – were added while in the possession of the Ottomans.
Any paintings to do with Jesus were covered with plaster for 500 years when someone used the former church as a mosque, until very recently. All those Jesus pics finally see daylight when the building was converted to a museum. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Our scumbag ministers

Over the years, Singaporeans' moral values have been utterly destroyed by wicked LKY. Kuan Yew's vision of Singapore is a nation of liars, back-biter, rich panderer....etc. In short, we can expect nothing good from Kuan Yew.

Recently, our million dollar ministers cried foul when they suffered some haircuts in their salary. They still have more than one million dollar a year. To get pay raise, both the old and new formula are to make the rich richer and poor poorer. In the new formula, their salary was peg to the middle of 1000 rich man. So I would expect they will devise policies that target salary hike for those top 1000 richest.

To our ministers, living frugally is a fairy tale. They are too used to having a few cars, landed properties all over the world and sending their kids to ivy league universities. They love the bullshit that they themselves will corrupt or would not join politics unless their salaries are way beyond us.

To these idiots, I can only shake my head.

Lets compare our scumbags to leaders of Taiwan

Pictures below obtained by googling 马英九 住所.

For three decades, President Ma Ying Jeou wears the same watch given by his in-laws. The watch was spoiled and sent for repair for many times.

Ma's sending his sport shoe for repair. (He is too frugal to throw them away)

Ma's wife was famous for taking bus to work. She had been taking public transport even when her husband was Minister of Justice, and later mayor of Taipei. She stopped taking bus only after her husband became president as it will cost the country more to ensure her security.

Mrs Ma was fond of shopping for own groceries before Ma became President.

Ma's house in the 3rd storey. No landed property, no posh condos.

The neighbourhood of Ma's house is middle class, or maybe lower middle class. Try find our minister staying in HDB?

Ma's house

Ma is a avid jogger. He is doing more swimming these days as that requires fewer security guards 

Ma's eldest daughter, an Havard graduate.

Ma's youngest daughter, studying in Brown University

Ma's youngest daughter receiving awards from her father, the then mayor of Taipei. She has received in more than one occasions, in her high school days, commendations from her father when he was holding the office of Taipei's mayor.

Ma's family is elite of Taiwan since the days of his father Ma Ho-ling. They did not seek to enrich themselves excessively through public office.

Political oppenent DPP's Tsai Ing-wen. She is from a rich family. She simply does not need the public office salary. She does not need to work at all.

She runs for presidency for her passion and love of the land.

For such talent to serve the people, a country must get rid of scumbag like Kuan Yew. He is the one who prevents the really best to stand forward. He will ISA or bankrupt anyone who does not listen to him.

Our leaders go eat shit. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Armenian Genocide 2: Turkey's low christian population

Below are Christian of various middle east in percentage of overall population according to wikipedia and CIA factbook

Turkey    0.13%
Syria       10%
Jordan     6%
Lebanon  39%
Egypt      10%

Syria and Lebanon fell under Muslim after AD 638, while the whole of today's Turkey was only conquered after AD 1453. Before these dates, these were Christian countries. In short, while Christian still exists in Syria and Lebanon today, after almost 1500 years of Muslim rule, its population fell to 0% in Turkey in around 500 years. And this is despite the fact that Turkey is closest in proximity to Christian Europe than any middle east countries.

Ottoman conquest of Christian land
After the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to Ottoman Empire, the children of Eastern Church found themselves isolated and surrounded by a sea of Muslim population, like an abandon child.

Other than Asia minor, the Ottoman Empire conquered large amount of then Christian land, and even besieging Vienna twice. The last attack of Vienna by Muslim Turk occurred in 1683, just 73 years before the birth of Mozart.

Christian under the Ottoman: The tolerant period
Under the emerging Ottoman, Christians were subject to the whims of their Turkish and Kurdish neighbors, who would regularly overtax them, subject them to brigandage and kidnapping, force them to convert to Islam, and otherwise exploit them without interference from central or local authorities. In the Ottoman Empire, in accordance with the Muslim dhimmi system, they, like all other Christians, were accorded certain limited freedoms (such as the right to worship), but were in essence treated as second-class citizens and referred to in Turkish as gavours, a pejorative word meaning "infidel" or "unbeliever.

At this period, state sponsored mass slaughter generally did not occurred. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Armenian Genocide 1: French senate votes to criminalize Armenian genocide denial

Few days ago, Al Jazeera, a news channel controlled by Islam Qatar and heavily influenced by puritanical Saudi Arabia did some of the unthinkable that deserves a loud commendation. It reported in a direct and critical way on the Armenian genocide, which in reality is a genocide of Muslim against Christian, instead of Turks against Armenian. To put it more specifically, Sunni Muslim against Eastern Church. In addition, Al Jazeera aired a dramatic documentary (above) pissing off the Muslim Turks, which belongs to the same Sunni Sect as Qatar and Saudi.

Al Jazeera is far from altruistic as I will write more about it in my later blogs, of supporting Christian causes against Turks. Nevertheless, Al Jazeera is increasingly proving itself to be more credible than any other western news sources, including BBC and CNN. (However, Al Jazeera won't criticize Saudi and Gulf States for sure )

France's upper house of parliament has approved a bill that will make it illegal to deny that the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago amounted to genocide.

The French upper house voted 127-to-86 in support of the bill after debating it into the night on Monday, nearly a month after the French national assembly voted overwhelmingly in favour of the draft law. The bill was approved by the lower house in December.
France recognised the killings as genocide in 2001, but the new bill would go further, by punishing anyone who denies this with a year in jail and a fine of 45,000 euros ($57,000).

Armenia says that at least 1.5 million Armenians died when Ottoman Turks deported them from eastern Anatolia to the Syrian desert and elsewhere in 1915 to 1916. They were killed or died from starvation or disease.

Turkey estimates the total to be about 300,000. It admits that atrocities were committed but argues that there was no systematic attempt to destroy the Armenian people and argues that many people on both sides died amid the chaos of World War I, in which all sides suffered.

Armenia is the first Christian Nation and home to Noah's Ark, source of Euphrates

Mount Ararat, where Noah parked his ark. Before this was Christianland,
today there are zero Christian here. They were all murdered.

The great Euphrates river which gave birth to Babylonian civilization as
well as Abraham has its origin in Armenian land. 

In 301 AD, Armenia adopted Christianity as a state religion, becoming the first nation to do so. The Armenians collective has, at times, constituted a Christian "island" in a mostly Muslim region.

The cradle of Armenian lies in the highlands surrounding the Biblical mountains of Ararat, upon which Noah's Ark is said to have come to rest after the flood. To the south is Lake Van. The Armenian land is also the source of Euphrates river, which give birth to great Babylonian civilizations.

Abraham was from the city of Ur, on the western bank of lower Euphrates.

Zakarids Armenia around early 13th century, the last independent Armenian kingdom

Armenian demographics in Turkey's Western Anatolia before the genocide 1870. [ link

Monday, January 23, 2012

The lies of PAP's foreign talent marketing 14: Starving Singaporeans to feed foreigners

Days after days, the PAP genocide against Singaporeans get ever more clear to all other than those imbecile. PAP has secretly lavished scandalous amount of monies to foreigners hoping to squeeze out Singaporeans, in jobs, social standings and everything they can think off. All these are kept secret but occasionally snippets of newspaper reports inadvertently  give us cues on the luxury and secret propping given by PAP.

Few days ago, Yahoo News SG reported a stories whereby a PRC student was found dead in her hostel. The passages that caught my attentions are as below.

Lan (the student) first came to Singapore to study slightly more than a year ago, in December 2010. She reportedly won a scholarship with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and was supposed to choose her major this year after her bridging course at the university, which she started after moving into its hostel a month ago.

The one-and-a-half year bridging programme acts as a preparatory course, which allows international students to take introductory courses in disciplines they may want to major in, and learn English as well.

It is really a madness to give scholarship to students that includes a package for prep course of 1.5 years for English medium university. I cannot recall any country that host English medium university does that. Why can't MOE just dump them into the university and let these scholars compete with locals? Certainly if they are smart, the will out-perform anyway, maybe not in the first year. All foreign self-funded students from non-English countries who are able to survive without prep course. Besides, non-native English speakers all over the world go straight into the universities of US, UK, Australia..etc, without such molly-coddle of prep course.

Everyone in the world has taken English as a foreign language. Even if there is a need of bridging course, I do not see a duration of more than half a year given that most students in the world would have studied at least 6 years of English upon high school graduation. Even with these prep course, there are still some FT scholars who are unable to compete with locals. They will still get scholarships, while locals incur lots of debts.

For Singaporeans studying in Taiwan and PRC under scholarships or self funding, I have not heard of any language prep course. Singaporeans are forced to survive.

The reasons for all these nonsense is PAP want to take good care of foreigners. They want to make sure foreigners get good grades against the locals. The 2 prong approach is to ramp up their English in a slow pace of 1.5 years. To reduce their workload in university, foreigners are allow to take some introductory courses during the period.

Doling out scholarships to the most undeserved FT while making our students incur debts
Recently I wrote in my blog regarding some passages from Lianhe Zaobao.


PRC Hubei's Dong Zhihong (24 years old), graduated 2009 Shenyang Normal University in International economics law, came to Singapore the same year for 1 year IT masters degree in NTU. He got a Singapore government scholarship and need to serve 3 years bond.... What the hell is PAP doing by giving scholarship to someone from the most obscure provincial "teachers college", depriving our own students.

The craziness PAP is beyond comprehension in this case that this Dong Zhihong studied "International economics law" as undergraduate. He was awarded a scholarship to study master degree in IT. In short, he is total unqualified and neither is he a talent.

But, with a masters from NTU, this very ordinary person is going to have unfair advantage against Singaporeans first degree graduate. Poor Singaporean graduates has to work as too much debt is incur in studies while unqualified FTs get master degrees and trump the local in job market.

Hopeless PAP spinning it give welfare to poor again
Starving our old, and meanwhile give every social welfare to FT. Today, CNA has another spin.

A new welfare programme, providing housekeeping services for the elderly living in the central district, will begin in April.

Called "Hands For Homes", it will replace mattresses to prevent bedbug infestations - a common problem among senior citizens living in rental flats...... It will take an estimated S$200,000 a year to run the programme. 

PAP are funding ten of thousands of FT students for free over these years while keeping quiet. When it decide to splash S$200,000 to help the old, PAP goes to the roof top and shout its welfare program proudly. This amount can easily be raise by sending 4 FT scholars back home.

I can only see despair and nothing else for Singaporeans under PAP.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Man gets 12 months for stealing $32 to buy mummy food

I was made aware by Lucky Tan's blog regarding a 12 months jail term was sentenced to an unemployed man for stealing -- $32. AsiaOne reports. A jobless man was sentenced to one year in jail today after he had stolen $32 from a mosque.

......40-year-old Noraizam Abdullah pleaded guilty last month to stealing the money to buy food for himself and his wheelchair-bound mother.

He also told investigators that he had stolen the money out of desperation as he was not able to get help from the mosque.
The Straits Times report also added that Noraizam had served six jail terms since 1997, which includes five years of corrective training in 2002.

The white man does not get jail term here even for more severe theft
Lucky's blog also contains other interesting cases. The son of M1 ex-CEO was merely fined by stealing $13,000. This amount is 406 times greater than what Noraizam Abdullah has stolen.

The son of former MobileOne chief executive was fined a total of $23,000 on Friday for theft from his boss and forgery.

Briton Alexander Montefiore, 28, a former sales trader of Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial services company, stole a total of $13,000 from its managing director, Mr William Louis Selig, using his DBS debit card.

For Singaporeans that are rich or well-connected or those from elite schools, another set of law applies to them as well
Our judicial system is designed in such a way that the elites get off hook for whatever felon they committed.  This is done in several ways, and I will list some below.
  • A psychiatrist will jump out to testify that the accused is acting involuntarily due to his mental conditions, such as depression, kleptomania, or even sex addiction...etc
  • The accused's parents, relatives, pastor (from rich church), elite school ex-teachers, friends (obviously rich and well-connected), and all kinds of clowns will come forward to speak of the cherished memories with that accused, and to prop up the accused with a list of fantastic past testimonials.

For certain serial thief, the doctors invented an arcane jargon call "kleptomaniac" to get them off hook. One day, if some rich kids choose to murder one after another, I am 1000% sure doctors will come out with something like "murder-maniac". The rich murderer walk free.

However, if you are poor, come from a bad school, I doubt you get the privilege of "kleptomaniac" classification. You are just a rogue if you steal.

The femme fatale

Merely, 6 months back, there is a case in court whereby a certain Goh Lee Yin, mitigating herself with kleptomania by several doctors. She is from a rather humble background. She did well at school, scoring a PSLE aggregate of 257. She attended CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School, Anglo-Chinese Junior College and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

The total amount of theft is more than $9000. She committed theft repeatedly despite probations and many appearance in court, since 2005. Eventually, she was given 6 weeks for all these 6 months ago. If she is a guy and from a bad school, I seriously doubt whether the judges would have let her off lightly in so many occasions.

The followings are from AsiaOneShoplifting history

April 27, 2005: Stole an $83 skirt from a Ngee Ann City boutique.

May 12, 2005: Stole an $80 haversack, 167 hangers, two bottles of wine, two bottles of lotion, one towel, two bottles of wine cooler, worth about $233, from two stores in Bishan.

May 16, 2005: Stole 18 boxes of shaving cartridges, one razor, eight packets of insoles, one skin file and two boxes of dental floss worth some $306 from a Thomson Road supermarket.

Stole body shaving system valued at $90 from a department store in Orchard Road.

Stole four bottles of sun care lotion, each valued at $45, from a department store at Paragon shopping centre.

August 2005: Jailed 21/2 months by district court. Appealed against sentence.

Oct 15, 2005: Stole four pairs of earrings valued at $70 in total from a department store at Wisma Atria.

November 2005: On appeal, jail term set aside by then Chief Justice Yong Pung How. Two years' probation, with stringent conditions, was ordered.

Nov 20, 2006: Stole $375 wristlet clutch bag from Coach boutique at Raffles City Shopping Centre.

Stole Louis Vuitton denim handbag valued at $1,960 from LV boutique at Raffles Hotel.

When caught, she was also found with a $143 blouse, a $39 handbag and a $56 handbag, for which she was charged with fraudulent possession.

May 2007: Fined $8,000 and jailed one day by district court. Prosecution appeals.

Nov 29, 2007: Appeal dismissed. Further 18 months probation ordered for breaching the original probation order.

February and December 2010: Stole a $4,790 Chanel bag, $3,200 Gucci dress and $610 Emporio Armani sweater.

May this year: Pleaded guilty to two shoplifting charges, with one similar charge taken into consideration. June 25

Charged with stealing items such as women's magazines, shower cream, canned fruit and jelly powder - totalling $83 - while out on bail.

July 22: Jailed six weeks and fined $4,000 by district court.

The reputedly harsh judicial system only targets the poor. For a certain group of people, Singapore's law is one of the kindest and most gentle in the whole world.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A very special foreign talent 1

Robert Friedland born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on August 18 1950,  lives in Singapore and runs Ivanhoe Capital from here. According to wikipedia, Robert Martin Friedland, also known as "Toxic Bob", is an international financier and major player in the junior mining industry...... He is the founder and Chairman of his private, family-owned firm, Ivanhoe Capital Corporation,...... and Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoe Mines — a Canadian public company listed on the New York, NASDAQ and Toronto exchanges. Robert Friedland's net worth is estimated at $2.8 billion by Forbes Magazine.

Very few other than miners would heard of this man, before Steve Jobs published his memoir.

Drug Trafficker
Robert's dad was a survivor of Auschwitz, who later became successful in the construction industry in Chicago. Bob, a charismatic young student, got an early start in dubious trafficking at Bowdoin College in Maine in the late 1960s, where he ran an LSD smuggling business out of a college dormitory until he was busted by local undercover cops. He was found with 24000 tablets of LSD worth USD 125000 in value.

Boss of Student Union
He went to Reed College in 1972. Immediately, he stand and was successfully elected for student union leader. The theme of his rally was to seek justice from the unfair judgement he received (for drug trafficking).

Jobs and Friedland and their first rendezvous
According to Jobs memoir, he first met Friedland when he decided to sell his IBM typewriter as he needed some cash, during the days of Reed College. Job brought his wares to the room of the buyer saw that guy was -- screwing a girl. While Steve Jobs started to leave, the buyer invited Jobs for a sit and to wait for him finish his screw job.

That buyer was Robert Friedland.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The sick lies about graduate salary

For the past few years, there has been considerable madness in reporting of graduate salary. On one hand, MSM rub salt into wounds by bashing unemployed graduates, which is obviously existing in large numbers. The below passages from AsiaOne are especially venomous.

While university graduates are wallowing in self-pity over the latest news that more of them are unemployed than are polytechnic graduates, the latter group is laughing all the way to the bank.

The Manpower Ministry recently found that more than 20 per cent of the unemployed in Singapore were university graduates, while just 6 per cent were polytechnic graduates.
So eat humble pie, university graduates, because you can't have your cake and eat it too.

On the other hand, MSM keep hyping graduates' starting pay shot through the roof, and being snapped up like hot cakes as below.

Top Median Gross Monthly Salaries (in brackets are the 75th-percentile salaries)
  1. SMU Information Systems Management (4-yr programme) Cum Laude and above – $4,000 ($4,600)
  2. SMU Economics (4-yr programme) Cum Laude and above – $3,200 ($4,000)
  3. SMU Economics (4-yr programme) – $3,000 ($3,763)
  4. NUS Business Administration (Honours) – $3,000 ($3,600)
  5. SMU Business Management (4-yr programme) Cum Laude and above – $3,000 ($3,500)
  6. NUS Chemical Engineering – $3,000 ($3,500)
  7. NUS Industrial & Systems Engineering – $3,000 ($3,450)
  8. NUS Dental Surgery – $3,000 ($3,400)
  9. NTU Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering – $3,000 ($3,300)
  10. NTU Aerospace Engineering – $3,000 ($3,250)
  11. NTU Arts (with Education) – $3,000 ($3,200)
  12. NUS Information Systems – $2,975 ($3,250)
  13. NTU Physics & Applied Physics – $2,950 ($3,000)
  14. NUS Computer Engineering – $2,900 ($3,440)
  15. NTU Chemistry & Biological Chemistry – $2,900 ($3,300)
  16. NUS Computer Science – $2,900 ($3,290)
  17. NTU Computer Science – $2,900 ($3,250)
  18. NTU Science (with Education) – $2,900 ($3,200)
  19. NTU Computer Engineering – $2,900 ($3,200)
  20. NUS Mechanical Engineering – $2,900 ($3,200)
  21. NUS Science (Honours) – $2,900 ($3,200)
The Dumping Grounds by Starting Pay (Gross Monthly)
  1. NTU Art, Design & Media – $2,300 ($2,800)
  2. NTU Accountancy (3-yr direct Honours programme) – $2,400 ($2,500)
  3. NUS Business Administration (Accountancy) – $2,400 ($2,500)
  4. NUS Applied Science – $2,500 ($2,500)
  5. NUS Science – $2,500 ($2,600)
  6. NUS Arts – $2,500 ($2,600)
  7. NUS Business Administration (3-yr programme) – $2,500 ($2,700)
  8. SMU Social Sciences (4-yr programme) – $2,500 ($2,850)
  9. NTU Maritime Studies – $2,500 ($2,900)
  10. SMU Accountancy (4-yr programme) – $2,500 ($2,950)
  11. NUS Nursing – $2,550 ($2,700)
  12. NTU Environmental Engineering – $2,600 ($2,900)
  13. NTU Communication Studies – $2,600 ($2,900)
  14. NUS Real Estate – $2,600 ($3,000)
  15. NUS Applied Science (Honours) – $2,600 ($3,000)
  16. SMU Accountancy (4-yr programme) Cum Laude and above – $2,600 ($4,000)
It seems that PAP and her institutions cannot live a single day without lying. The reality is the numbers above are gathered through mail surveys. Will those jobless graduates respond to these survey? Without a single doubt, the numbers are skewed fraudulently towards high income earners.

In my case, the surveys NTU sent me ended straight away wiping by backside, after I had relieved myself. I have responded to none of them. I have never like my ala mata NTU. I think she is the most sickening school I ever been. I gave her staff a round of scolding the last time she send someone to call me for donation.

If PAP really wants to reveal the truth, a few keystroke by the CPF operator would do. What is the need for such ridiculous survey?

My advice to fresh grad is, it is always the sworn aim of PAP to make Singaporeans feel bad. It would be foolish to take their lies seriously.

Below is from a blog which explains further.

I’m not sure how rampant this is in other countries, but here’s a problem caused by Singapore’s universities and tertiary schools that can herald more serious consequences than they foresee: the fudging of average starting salaries of their recent graduates.

Reading the figures every year can be a very humbling experience. According to the numbers, the average bachelor’s degree holder should make S$5000-6000 dollars at his first job, and the average diploma holder (it’s like an associate and vocational degree) should make S$3000-4000.
Here’s an old saying that applies: there are lies, there are damn lies, and there are statistics. In this case, badly reported statistics.

Ask your average recent graduate on the street and most of them will exclaim that their starting salaries are nowhere near these rosy figures. By most accounts, the average degree-holder makes S$2000-3000 and the average diploma-holder receives S$1500-2000. Exceptional cases exist, such as those on commission-based positions or are employed by rich business-owning relatives.

So what accounts for this horrible discrepancy? A valuable find clued me in: someone working in a reputable business school here, which is one of the most guilty parties in this charade of lies, revealed that very few students respond to such job surveys – the sample size was just 16 in the previous year.

For those of you who know some basics of surveys design, 16 is an outrageous figure to draw any conclusion from. For a minor study you need 30; for something as important as a cohort-wide survey of average incomes, you should get hundreds of respondents.

Every single faculty member in those schools should warn their employers to not publish such disgustingly fudged poppycock. In fact, all 3 mainstream universities in Singapore are positioning themselves as “research-intensive” institutions, and this makes the issue even more of a farce.

How does the pathetic respond rate lead to high average incomes? Simple: it means only those who are proud to reveal their salaries respond – the salesmen, commission-based jobbers, and family business employees.

So what well-intentioned disasters can result from such false reporting? I count at least three.
1. They may be feeling the intense competition for good students, which compels them to report higher starting salaries to get the best candidates. But how would the students feel after spending 3-4 years at the school and getting a mere fraction of the promised “average salary” upon graduation? Have the schools considered the ethics of, effectively, cheating their students?

2. The average degree or diploma graduate who is not aware of the true story ends up feeling really sorry for himself, especially when relatives start to question his salary in comparison to the “averages” they see in the papers. He will be even less likely to respond to future employment surveys too – why get involved in something that has (deceptively) made you feel inferior?

3. And what happens when these graduates find out the truth? They’ll feel really mad, and their alma maters can forget about maintaining lifelong links with them or even soliciting their donations. (Incidentally, alumni relations is a disastrous issue in most Singapore tertiary institutions, for a variety of reasons other than this; it’s worth another lengthy post)

So here you are. Don’t feel too bad about your “lower than average” starting salaries. Those aren’t even real averages. It’s a disgusting deception to attract quality students in the next recruitment drive.

And most unfortunately, expect your salary to stagnate even more because in most of Asia, employers are still fixated on minimizing costs and taking the lowest bidders as their staff.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Singapore and arm sales to Iran

Two months ago, CNA reports few people were arrested for selling "military technologies" to Iran.

The United States charged four Singaporeans and an Iranian on Tuesday with illegally exporting US-made radio equipment to Iran that ended up in roadside bombs targeting coalition forces in Iraq.

The United States has requested the extradition of the Singaporeans, who were arrested on Monday in Singapore, but the Iranian is still at large and lives in Iran, the Justice Department said.

Three Singapore-based companies and an Iranian company were also charged in the indictment, which accuses Iranian national Hossein Larijani of masterminding the illegal export of 6,000 radio frequency modules from a Minnesota-based company to Iran.

The modules have encryption capabilities and a range that allows them to transmit data wirelessly as far as 40 miles (65 kilometers) when configured with a specialized antenna.

At least 16 were discovered by US forces in Iraq being used in remote detonation systems for IEDs (improvised explosive devices), which, according to the indictment, caused roughly 60 percent of American combat casualties in Iraq between 2001 and 2007.

"Yesterday, authorities in Singapore arrested Wong Yuh Lan (Wong), Lim Yong Nam (Nam), Lim Kow Seng (Seng), and Hia Soo Gan Benson (Hia), all citizens of Singapore, in connection with a US request for extradition," the Justice Department said.

"The remaining individual defendant, Hossein Larijani, is a citizen and resident of Iran who remains at large."
Admiral Mike Mullen, then the top US military officer, said in July that Iran was stepping up its support for Shiite militants in Iraq, supplying them with more sophisticated weapons that were being used against American forces.

I see the charges made by US as a moral bankruptcy. First, triggering a remote control bomb certainly does not requires a RF device of 65km range. Which crazy man would trigger a road side bomb at 65 km away, without seeing the target passing by real time. A clear line of sight is needed for such operation. A simple off the shelf Bluetooth which can be boosted to 200 m range is more than enough. A couple of Bluetooth used as repeater could trigger a bomb 2-3 km away. I do not see the rationale a "high class' 65km long range RF module being use in road side bomb.

Regarding IEDs in Iraq, most are planted by Sunni militias who are the enemies of Shiite Iran. The former Iraqi Shiite arm men now form the backbone of Iraqi army and police.

While its true that Iran tries to buy sensitive military technologies, US is at the same time guilty of hyping Iranian threats and make false accusation of terrorism against Iran.

Further Singapore arm sales
The greatest benefiter of our arm sales is not Iran, but ironically Saddam Iraq, when he was a lackey of US fighting the Mullahs of Iran. According to wikipedia, Singapore was the largest Chemical supplier to Saddam, for him to gas the not only the Iranian, but also the kurd in the Halabja poison gas attack.

The Kim Al-Khaleej firm, located in Singapore and affiliated to United Arab Emirates, supplied more than 4,500 tons of VX, sarin, and mustard gas precursors and production equipment to Iraq.

Selling a few RF module brings some small people in trouble. On the other hand, no one goes after the Kim Al-Khaleej. Till now, no one in Singapore is aware what the company Kim Al-Khaleej is about.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Bankers remove an enemy

These days, bankers are so powerful that those who propose a fairer and less dangerous banking system are immediately fired. The tenets of banks are others can starve and die but we must have our bonus. The MSM quickly vilified anybody whom bankers deem threatening to the status quo.

Recently, such misfortune visits Phillip Hildebrand, the president of Swiss central bank, the SNB. The super-rich former hedge fund manager is accused of insider trading just because a currency deal of his wife netted -- a pathetic amount of US$83,000. He resigned.

People are being gorged by MSM to believe that Phillip Hildebrand is a bad guy. Political coup may be more accurate picture of the truth.

Below are from NYT on fights between Hildebrand and banks to save bankers from their own greed and to make the world a safer place.
Mr (Phillip M) Hildebrand, the president of the Swiss central bank, was called "arrogant" and "egotistical" by bankers quoted anonymously in the pages of Swiss newspapers. His supposed sin: Wanting banks to hold extra capital. The fact that Mr Hildebrand was himself a former hedge fund manager in New York seemed only to heighten the sense that he had betrayed his profession.

"He'll never find another job in Switzerland", the Swiss newspaper Der Sonntag quoted an unnamed high-ranking banker as threatening Mr. Hildebrand in 2010.

The unusually bitter attacks on a central bank chief were a measure of what was at stake. Mr Hildebrand, 48, had a high-visibility role in a struggle between bankers trying to preserve their most lucrative business practices and regulators trying to defuse a system that, many believe, nearly blew up the world economy.
In response, Mr. Hildebrand as well as top officials in the United States and Britain began trying to revive an old-fashioned idea, the so-called leverage ratio, as an extra layer of insurance in addition to tougher capital requirements for risk-weighted assets.

The aim was to set a minimum level of capital to be held against gross assets, regardless of estimated risk, to restrain the banks’ strong incentive to make optimistic assumptions and supercharge leverage.

Banks considered the leverage ratio a blunt tool, an insult to all the investments they had made in the last decade to create sophisticated risk management systems, as well as a threat to potential profits and payouts to top bankers.
But there was powerful resistance from organizations like the Washington-based Institute of International Finance, whose membership includes most of the world’s largest banks.

In Switzerland, Mr. Hildebrand pushed for local rules that would be more rigorous than the Basel rules. It was this push that inspired so much bile from the banks in 2010.
But circumstances were on Mr. Hildebrand’s side. As Swiss legislators were debating the proposals earlier this year, UBS disclosed that a 31-year-old employee had caused losses of $2.3 billion by making unauthorized trades.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Israel strikes gas

I have heard a joke regarding land of Israel something about Abraham was led to the very few spots in middle east without oil.

The reality is much bleak than that. Abraham's place of birth Ur, which is widely believe to be within Iraq, is the only place in middle east that has both oil and water, with the most fertile soil in the region. The land of Iraq is so fecund that the it gave birth to the first great civilization of mankind, Babylonia, whose hedon and material well-being reaches the greatest height not seen before its time. 

Israel, on the other hand, is a piece of desert today, and since aeon it is dearth of water. Abraham's old home seems to me more like land of honey and milk rather than Canaan. Abraham must have had a lot of faith, still believing despite of overwhelming contradicting evidences.

Today Iraq has the 3rd largest oil reserves while scantly anything underneath the grounds had been found in Israel -- until very recently.

Since the past 3-4 years, Israel has strike giant gas field one after another. While its earlier field Mari-B of 1 tcf is somewhat 2/3 depleted, the past 4 years of discovery amounts to around 33.3 tcf. That is just a little smaller than the known gas reserves of India. These reserves can supply Singapore for 100 years base on our current consumption.

For Israel current consumption, the gas could last more than 250 years. Should Israel decides to base its entire energy consumption on gas, which includes converting its entire fleet of vehicles to CNG, the gas would last for around 26 years.

Besides, geologists have speculated that Levant Basin, which all Israel gas reserves are located, could have potential for further gas and even oil discovery. 

Overnight, Israel was transformed. Its enegy security assured.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The predicament of non-PR residence

PAP under LKY never failed to formulate policies without the slightest concern for plight of people. Below is by Lianhe Zaobao of the distresses faced by recent batch of graduating students.




Since early 2010 when government tighten the immigration, ICA ceased to send PR invitations to foreign students.

The PR invitation letter serves a proof to the employee of PR eligibility, and hence, company here often considered somebody with such letter. Otherwise, the students would lose considerable advantage in job market.

Many found difficulties in adapting to changes. 2 years have passed and many have returned without serving their bonds......


One student said "Half of my batch of students have gone home one year later......"
So as to say many of those on scholarship never serve a single day of 3 years bond. Nevertheless, PAP will look the other way at the same time going after Singaporeans in NS matters full force.


PRC Hubei's Dong Zhihong (24 years old), graduated 2009 Shenyang Normal University in International economics law, came to Singapore the same year for 1 year IT masters degree in NTU. What the hell is PAP doing by giving scholarship to someone from the most obscure provincial "teachers college", depriving our own students. With a masters from NTU, this very ordinary person is going to have unfair advantage against Singaporeans first degree graduate.


Without PR invitation, there will be limitations in job market. Minimum salary to qualify for EP was raised from S$2800 to S$3000, while first degree and master degree may not reach S$3000 starting pay ( I thought PAP say now starting pay for graduate is above 3k). Without EP, FT students need to go back if they do not want to settle for S permit.

MOE the biggest culprit
Over the years, MOE have dished out scholarship to the undeserving foreign students, in almost all levels of our institutions. Locals incur crushing debt while PAP crank up school fees. Monies were then used to support foreigners. I used to teach in a secondary schools whereby local students having the same grade as foreigners scholar need to pay, while foreigner scholars get everything free.

Unfair advantages give foreigners a big edge against Singaporeans
Many FT came from the dumb university in their home countries and got master degree in local college funded by PAP. Hardworking Singaporeans students crush under debt load, and often academic path ruined by low grades from teachers, have to work after first degree. If there is a matriculation exam, I believe many local students will out perform those FT scholars.

With many FT having master degrees, Singaporeans lose out.

Singapore need to extend humanitarian policies to landed aliens
My opinions is we give PR to most of those (probably 80%) who have received scholarship from universities before 2011. Next we need to cut back wasteful scholarship scheme to foreigners.

Being a particular brainless and foolish organization, I believe MOE is still throwing out scholarship to dumb foreigners freely even though the PR window is somewhat being tighten. This should be stopped immediately. I believe we need foreign students but most importantly, but scholarship must be for the best.

For the non scholars we set the cut-off date as 2010. For these folks who landed before 2010, we consider them case by case on humanitarian grounds if they apply PR. Those came after 2010 must be subjected to harsher immigration rules.

Singapore's own H1-B
Other than MOE, Singapore should cut back substantially intake of foreigner workers from overseas. We need to implement something like the USA H1-B visa, not just on technical field but across all spectrum. Inflow of foreign workers are subjected to yearly quotas, slowly reducing the intake to zero. Singapore is just a tiny red dot.

However, top talent such as Nobel Laureates....etc are always welcome.

Singaporeans need to show magnanimous and graciousness even to racist foreigners
I have worked in quite a few engineering companies. It is fair to conclude that once certain groups of foreigners (Indian PRC Malaysian Pinoys) become the managers, they hire their own kind. This is especially true to FT Indians and you can testify it by going to Citibank CBP tomorrow morning.

I used to worked with a PRC manager from other department. He hires ZERO Singaporeans but welcome some of the unqualified and incompetent PRC. Singaporeans have enough. Despite of the ugly racism suffered by Singaporeans, we must still offer help to foreigners on humanitarian grounds.

Above all, we must reduce the intake of foreigners other than the top talent, targeting close to zero intake. We are too small. But for those who got in, we treat them nicely.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Buying power from Malaysia

I wrote in my previous post that while we are selling surplus power to Malaysia at the moment, PM Loong and Najib is discussing a deal that we buy power from Malaysia.

Malaysia's power surplus
Malaysia is extremely well endowed in hydro power. Unfortunately, they are all located in Borneo, inaccessible to consumers of the peninsular. Since the completion for Bakun Dam in Sarawak, it has an additional capacity of 2.4GW. Currently Sarawak generates around 0.9GW and it does not need any.

There are plans to build 12 more hydro in Sarawak, that will bring additional capacity to 8-9 GW including Bakun Dam.

This would not be viable unless someone finance a HVDC transmission line to peninsular. The line to bring Bakun power would cost around SGD4 billion, and to bring the entire 9GW would certainly cost more.

At SG peak consumption of 6.5 GW, Sarawak alone would be more than enough to supply us. According to a source, the entire hydro potential of Borneo is 50 GW, and Malaysia Borneo alone has around 25 GW. The average consumption of Malaysia and Singapore is around 15GW. Hence, Malaysian Borneo hydro will be able to supply the whole of Malaysia and Singapore.

Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand consume about 30 GW of electricity, and a grid from Malaysian Borneo, plus constructions of series of dam in Malaysia and Thailand could in theory do away with all thermal power station.

When such infra-structures are in place, it would open up the other 25 GW of hydro potential in Indonesian Borneo.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Singapore's opaque power generation market: A labyrinth of deal makings

Few people in Singapore know that we are actually selling electricity to Malaysia. Reuters reported June 2011 as below.

EMA said Singapore's total power generation capacity is about 9,800 megawatts (MW), while its peak demand for electricity is around 6,500 MW.

Singapore recently began its first-ever cross-border sale of electricity to Malaysia, where supply has been disrupted by the maintenance shutdown of gas production platforms owned by state oil company Petronas.

Singapore's excessive spare generation capacity
According to Reuters, we have a spare capacity of 50%. Our generating capacity is 9.8 GW while our peak demand is merely 6.5 GW. That is to say, its going to be a long time, before all these capacities are eaten up.

Given the hollowing out of our industries, unless PAP ramp up FT intake, these capacity is not going to be utilized in the foreseeable future by domestic demand. Selling electricity to Malaysia make sense.

Selling our power plant to Malaysia
In December 2008, Malaysia's YTL Power International Bhd announced that it will pay S$3.6bil cash and take on a debt of $201 million for PowerSeraya Ltd. PowerSeraya is the second largest power generation company in Singapore by installed capacity, supply about a quarter of Singapore's total licensed generation capacity. It has a licensed generating capacity of 3,100MW and is situated on Jurong Island.

It remain unclear why PAP sold to Malaysia the whole power stations rather than just electricity. Power is a strategic industry. If we would like to sell electricity, others expect certain concessions to be given, that may be one of the reason we sold our power plant to Malaysia. Nevertheless, this is merely my speculations.

Now we are discussing to buy power from Malaysia
Straits Times reported today.
Singapore is open to buying a share of its electricity from Malaysia if the terms are right.

The Prime Ministers of both countries discussed the possibility as they met in Putrajaya on Thursday. As PM Lee Hsien Loong said, Singapore is working out a framework for importing electricity from its neighbours.

Buying power from Malaysia when we have 50% overcapacity?
Below is my take on the deal. While Peninsula Malaysia may be short of capacity, Sarawak has too much of it due to the recent completion of Bakun Dam on 6th August 2011 which is able to generate 2.4 GW.

A HVDC transmission line would be needed to bring the power to peninsula Malaysia where consumers are found. A deal where we finance the HVDC system, and get cheap Hydro would be a win-win for everyone. It would also open to future deals whereby Indonesia and Malaysia Borneo are full of unexploited Hydro potential.

My biggest concern is the resettlement of aboriginal in the jungle of Borneo who stay along the rivers. They are very often cruelty short changed by corrupt officials. They will be endangered when the grid opens up opportunities for more hydro projects. Next will be environmental impact on the dam buildings.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Singapore's rule of law in tatters

Singapore's court and AG have been increasingly unable to be impartial, especially during the past few years. It seems more and more that our draconian laws are only there to target the most disadvantage groups of people.

In addition, time has change and as we become more globalized, it has become more difficult for such draconian laws, that have once so effective in terrifying the citizens, to apply itself appropriately in vastly complex situations.

Ammo trafficking case hush up
Australia NT News reports.
Jessica Powter, 34, of Katherine, was facing a mandatory five-year jail term after unwittingly bringing the two 8cm-long bullets used to shoot buffalo into Singapore - but she was let off with a warning.

Only then, our prostitute MSM follow up. CNA reportsAn Australian woman was reportedly detained for 23 hours here after two rounds of live ammunition were found in her camera bag when she arrived at Changi Airport on Oct 12 last year.
Responding to TODAY's queries, a police spokesman confirmed that "an Australian woman was arrested at Changi Airport Terminal One on Oct 12 at about 1.35pm for an offence of unlawful possession of arms or ammunition".

The spokesman added: "After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, and in consultation with the Attorney-General's Chambers, she was issued with a warning in lieu of prosecution."

Singapore's ARMS OFFENCES ACT (CHAPTER 14) states
any person who is in unlawful possession of any arm or ammunition shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 5 years and not more than 10 years and shall also be punished with caning with not less than 6 strokes.

A clear trespass of Arm Offences Act 
Jessica Powter has clearly transgressed the Arm Offences Act. However in her case, the rule of Law did not apply. For certain strange reasons, AG decided against hauling her to court, even such offence incurs mandatory 5 years inside the cage.

Besides, all were hushed up. It was not until the Australia newspaper reporting that everyone are aware of the case. Such things are going to be more frequent in the future. Some foreigners break our law, PAP let them off hook. These foreigners then tell their stories in their homeland MSM. PAP get ever more discredited in the eyes of Singaporeans.

PAP is a bully towards citizens but a bootlicker facing foreigners.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Singapore inflation numbers 2011 November and comparison

On the month August 2011On the month November 2011, CPI increase as below
Singapore 5.7% 
Malaysia 3.3% 
Indonesia 4.15% 
Thailand 4.2%

Our CPI once more emerges the ugliest.

According to ST, Transport costs, which rose the quickest at 11.6 per cent over a year ago, was mainly due to the rise in Certificate of Entitlement premiums. Housing costs spiked by 10 per cent from last November, as rental costs remained sticky.

Excluding transport and accommodation, core inflation as defined by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, grew 2.4 per cent from a year ago. Core inflation was 0.3 per cent higher in November against October.

Almost all other economies other than Singapore seen their CPI peaked. Inflation is a hidden tax imposed by PAP. It can be solved by letting SGD rise, increasing bank reserve ratio, increasing interest rate...etc.

In Singapore, certain thing are allowed to rise while others are not. PAP and elites have allowed of their wares, COEs, properties...etc to increase exorbitantly while suppressing price level of all others.

Taking out housing and transport, the inflation is only 2.4%.

PAP is morally bankrupt.