anti-National Service speech by Charlie Chaplin

By Charlie Chaplin

I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge as made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.” The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder! Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

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Punggol East SMC by-election is a National Referendum

OPINION PIECE

How do you get the government to listen? Hit them where it hurts most – votes.

This is one electoral contest where the people could give the PAP government a report card of their performance since the watershed election in 2011 which sees the ruling party losing a GRC for the first time in history. The ground today after the election has been bitter and worsening each day as the PAP government failed to live up to their election promises in controlling the foreigner population and keeping reign on the HDB prices. Fresh issues like flooding and public transport breakdowns also top Singaporeans’ grouses especially with the mismanagement of the SMRT.

Despite the changeover of leaders in the Transport, Manpower and the National Development Ministries, the respective area of governance continue to see discouraging figures and news reported even by the PAP-controlled mainstream media themselves. Particularly in the limelight is Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, who have not only advocated “cost-sharing” of the supposedly-private transport operator’s operational losses, he also initiated a fare hike on the PTOs’ behalf when the PTO has been charting consistent and growing profits since inception. Although unfortunately Minister Lui Tuck Yew’s constituency is not available for a by-election, Singaporeans living in Punggol East could use the by-election as a National Referendum to table a resistance against untimely and inconsiderate policies.

The onus of the problems facing Singaporeans is the PAP government’s incompetence to get anything done. Unlike other governments, the PAP do not face any opposition strong enough to object against policies they proposed. Policies are often bulldozed across Parliament as the ruling party gets 93% of the seats despite winning only 60.1% of the votes. Housing affordability, over-population, widening income gap, falling birthrate and rising living costs have already been on Singaporeans’ agenda for the past decade, but the PAP government failed to use its political leverage to push for solutions or even be seen trying to find a solution. Instead of solving problems, the ruling party put more effort in conducting a massive public relation exercise called the “Our Singapore Conversation” and pushing for Internet Censorship through a “code of conduct”.

It has become apparent the present PAP administration has been the dose of bad government former Mentor Minister Lee Kuan Yew has warned Singaporeans against. They are not in power to solve Singaporeans’ problems, they are in power to stay in power. While it is encouraging to see more former PAP-supporters realizing the truth and converting to support the Opposition, a large number of them are still shackled by the ruling party’s vast economical and employment influence, and often vote the ruling party to safeguard their own interests. It is time we do more than just being changed politically ourselves, it is time we reach out to engage pro-PAP supporters to better test the “Opposition notion” and hopefully have them converted into good influences for others as well.

Lets start today, if you know of any friends or family members living in Punggol East, have them talking about what they wish Singapore to be, and most often than not, they may find themselves inherently Opposition-inclined after all.

Co-editor, Wiki Temasek
Alex Tan

PM Lee Hsien Loong thinks every Singaporean wants to have a piece of land

Lee Hsien Loong - AFP

Lee Hsien Loong – AFP

“Residents also had worries about public housing – if flats will become smaller.

Mr Lee said: “If you want everybody to have a piece of land (like a) kampung plot, I think (it is) difficult.” ~ CNA [Source]

When asked if new housing flats will become smaller during a dialogue session with residents at Ang Mo Kio, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a remark suggesting that every Singaporean wants to have a piece of land like a kampong plot. It is not known whether if the Prime Minister has been distastefully funny or outright sarcastic in his dismissal of the issue of smaller living space.

According to HDB CEO Dr Cheong Koon Hean, the average home size have shrunk 5 to 10 percent over the last 20 or 30 years.

In an official QnA on the HDB website [Source], it says:
“The short answer is that the typical HDB flat today is indeed smaller in size than what it was 20 or 30 years ago.”

With out-of-touch leaders like Lee Hsien Loong, it is no wonder young Singaporeans continue to be price out of affordability and retirement by the ever rising HDB price.

 

29 in 30 Punggol East Residents polled supportive of by-election

election-map-punggol-eastIn a recent street survey conducted by Today [Source], 29 in 30 Punggol East residents are supportive of a by-election in the Single Member Constituency left voided by former PAP MP Michael Palmer who resigned when his extra-marital affair were exposed by an anonymous member of the public. 16 out of the 30 polled felt there is no rush when the by-election could be called while the rest wanted the by-election to be conducted within 3 months.

The sole decision maker of the by-election contest is Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, whose ruling party is expected to lose the ward amidst a series of national problems that have worsened since the last election. Among the bugbears is the Public Transport, where the PAP government is passing operation costs to taxpayers through a $1.1 Billion drawdown from the National Reserves and a fare hike promoted by the Transport Minister himself. Most Singaporeans except for the hardcore party supporters are unsympathetic of the increased costs faced by the 2 Public Transport Operators(PTOs) because of their consistent yearly profit where up to 60% of the profits are distributed as dividends to private shareholders [Source].

According to reliable sources from the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council, both Michael Palmer and Laura Ong have left Singapore respectively on their own accord. In the meantime, Punggol East SMC is temporarily managed by Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Teo Ser Luck. There have been unconfirmed news that MP Teo Ser Luck was “over-intimate” with Laura Ong from the latest photos released by the media but the MP was quick to dismiss them as rumors.

Punggol East SMC is a quiet town in the East of Sengkang whose residents are largely middle class couples who bought the BTO flats in 2006. Most of them are laden with a 30 year housing debt and it is unlikely they will be supportive of any calls to lower housing prices. Unlike the General Election, a PAP loss in the by-election will not change the government of the day and it is very likely Punggol East SMC will fall upon the Opposition Workers’ Party as discontentment against the PAP government continue to compound following the worsening of the foreigner population and public transport issue.

Tribute to Justice Philip Pillai

philip pillai

3 April 2012 – Judge Philip Pillai dismissed the attorney-general’s arguments to have the application by Vellama Marie Muthu thrown out in the Hougang By-election Case.

1 Nov 2012 – Justice Pillai denied AG’s claim for legal costs from Mdm Vellama. He ruled that no costs will be paid by either party of the Hougang by-election case.

12 Dec 2012 – Judge Philip Pillai to retire

Philip Pillai has served only just 3 years as a Judge, making him the only Judge on the shortest tender in Singapore history [Source].

Lui Tuck Yew needs to get his facts right on SMRT dividends

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew: “The purpose of fare increases is not to boost the short term profits of PTOs. It is also not just to improve salaries of bus drivers but to improve service to commuters while keeping public transport operations commercially viable. This is why we must work with the PTOs to ensure that when granted any fare increase, they would re-invest part of this revenue to improve the PT system to benefit commuters.” [Source]

In his defense against his highly unpopular comment correlating the impending fare increase and the drivers’ salaries, PAP Minister Lui Tuck Yew revealed that the sole purpose is to keep SMRT and SBS “commercially viable” so that the 2 only government-approved transport operator will “re-invest” their revenue to improve the public transport system.

Unfortunately, in an article by the Singapore Business Review, an analyst representing DBS bank revealed that the public transport system pays out 60% of its net profit in dividends instead of “re-investing” as Minister Lui has suggested.

DBS:”60% dividend policy. SMRT has a dividend payout policy of at least 60% of net profit. In fact, in the past few years, it has paid over 70%, hence providing a reasonable yield.”[Source]

Call for a By-election in Punggol East SMC

MP for Pasir Ris Punggol GRC Michael Palmer has resigned the PAP due to an extramarital affair with a staff of the People’s Association in the Pasir Ris Punggol GRC Town Council.

Workers’ Party should send in their candidate Lee Lilian to contest for the SMC. Fellow Singaporeans please petition and strongly push for a by-election contest in Punggol East SMC.

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