20161128 Can we really punch above our weight after we kena punched?

PAP started believing its own propaganda years ago and this had led to Lee Kuan Yew proclaiming Singapore’s ability to punch above its own weight.  Feel good factor to many blur sotongs but the fact remains:

A small country = a small country.  Singapore has to tread extremely carefully, cannot afford to be a loose cannon like some ex NMP.

Although PAP has access to hundreds of billions from our CPF and reserves, we must remember that money can only buy fair-weather friends.

It was not the ability to punch above our weight that produced a ‘vibrant’ economy as LKY claimed: it was at the expense of locals whose wages have been depressed, retirees who cannot retire even uncomfortably, elderly slogging till their last breath, massive infrastructure screw ups, etc.  LKY was merely talking cock and the MSM was rope in to magnify PAP’s echo chamber.

The echo chamber effect has convinced PAP elites that it is their birthright to shoot from the hip, never mind not only what peasants think but even superpowers.

And so our PM has started to lecture superpowers as if there are no consequences.  PM Lee not only stepped on China’s toes but congratulated Donald Trump in a manner unbefitting a head of state link.  Still buay song, his lecture continued after the APEC summit. link  Who’s next?  Which country needs unsolicited advice from Singaporean aristocrats?

PAP elites have to be mindful because other countries are watching and may respond at the opportune moment.  And it appears one such moment has arrived – Singapore just kena punched from China all because PM Lee couldn’t control his gap.
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When will China return the nine Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles? link  Will China make us go down on our knees?.

China is one country which PAP should not play play.  China is a much bigger than PAP:  PAP only draws the rules in our country but China does it on the global stage and has already rejected the international tribunal’s ruling  in the South China Sea dispute.

If international ruling could be ignored, domestic legislations could also be rewritten.  Besides the confiscation of our military equipment, what’s more at risk is the more than $100 billion of our reserves – including CPF funds – which have been invested in China.

Will China bully Singapore the way PAP bullies citizens?  Will PAP be bitten by the bitch Karma?

Our aristocrats should bear in mind that they should not treat superpowers as if they are docile Singaporeans who are easy to makan.

‘If you don’t talk, nobody says you are dumb’ was my mother’s advice decades ago.  If Diplomacy for Idiots is demeaning to our scholars, then perhaps they should heed my mother’s advice.  9 Terrex vehicles and billions of our reserves are now at risk.

Singapore must tread very carefully, don’t anyhow trumpet our ‘success’ because of self inflated wealth, don’t kaypoh in other’s affairs and there’s no need to lecture much more powerful countries.  Or we risk getting punched again.

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4 Responses to 20161128 Can we really punch above our weight after we kena punched?

  1. Tan hwa says:

    Always be humble even you want to tell someone off.Even you want to scold your kid you must do so in the way he/she don’t feel hurt by your comment.They take it as advisory then comment.

  2. mechaman says:

    just write off the 9 items. case closed.

  3. Sinkie says:

    “If you don’t talk, nobody says you are dumb” — this was true 30+ years ago, but today’s society culture is such that if you keep quiet, you’re seen to be stupid, cannot contribute. That’s why you see preference being given to talkative, outgoing youngsters. Society sees them as being precocious & intelligent. Bosses prefer employees who are outgoing, able to sweet talk & give suggestions, even if bosses don’t realise that these employers are angkat bola & sabo-ing colleagues. In today’s fast-paced and short-attention span society, the fast-talking, bullshit-spewing, high-EQ person is much more employable compared to one that thinks more & talks less.

    As for China’s confiscation of S’pore’s 9 Terrex, it is becoz of PAP’s recent public announcements regarding China’s SCS claims and PAP’s tacit support of US stance against China.

    For the past 30 years, SAF has been ferrying all sorts of vehicles (3-tonners, M113s, Bionix IFVs, even AMX13 light tanks) to-and-fro between S’pore & Taiwan without much issue from China — even when the carrier ships have stopped overs at Chinese ports or HK. And LSTs used to frequently make trips between S’pore & Taiwan too, with stopovers in HK — never had any issue with HK or Chinese authorities even though everyone knew it was for military exercises & operations in Taiwan, and usually in seas claimed by China.

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