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  1. How to Deflect Blame Like a Politician by Benjamin Lim Cover photo by Aviation International News. If tai chi was an Olympic sport, Singapore could very well win gold. Transport minister Khaw Boon Wan demonstrated his prowess yesterday when he attributed the reason for the flooding of the North-South Line’s tunnels to the incompetence of the maintenance team and bad luck. Even life itself was thrown under the bus. But not Mr Khaw, the tai chi master himself. Granted, as the one who oversees the country’s transport infrastructure, he did not have a direct hand in Oct 7’s mess. He was also probably busy with the 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting, hence his inability to handle the situation quicker or even post an update about the situation. Thus to Mr Khaw, a simple apology from him would have sufficed, while everyone else took the blame. Classy. Here are other ways to do it. 1. Gan Kim Yong, 2016 Singapore General Hospital’s (SGH) staff and the Health Ministry came under fire in 2015 after it was revealed that a hepatitis C outbreak in the hospital had only been made public six months after the first case was diagnosed. The outbreak at SGH’s renal ward affected 25 patients, of which eight died. When Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Leon Perera asked for the names of the individuals responsible for the mishandling of the case, as well as details of their punishment, health minister Gan Kim Yong shrugged off his request. He said: “Instead of naming the individuals and developing a blame culture in our healthcare institutions, we need to encourage a learning culture to make our hospitals as safe as possible for the patients. Revealing the names of the officers and specific sanctions each individual received does not contribute to better care of patients. In deciding what to disclose, we have to bear in mind the longer-term impact on our healthcare system and healthcare workers, and strike a careful balance.” Contrast his reasoning with the Oct 7 flooding incident, when a scapegoat was swiftly identified just a week later. Vice-president of maintenance Ng Tek Poo was redeployed to another role at SMRT, an internal memo revealed. One can only hope that Mr Ng’s punishment would encourage a “learning culture” at SMRT to make our train services much more reliable. 2. Wong Kan Seng, 2008 When Mas Selamat notoriously escaped the Whitley Road Detention Centre and vanished shortly after, former home affairs minister Wong Kan Seng was also reluctant to put the blame on any one party. Even the director of the Internal Security Department was exonerated. “Director ISD met me and told me that he accepted responsibility for what has happened and apologised. Having known him for many years, I told him that I have full confidence in him and he must carry on,” said the minister. During a two-hour parliament session, Mr Wong did his very best to shield his ministry, colleagues and himself from the barrage of inquisitive questions from MPs. Workers’ Party’s Low Thia Khiang asked the minister if Mas Selamat’s escape was the result of complacency in the home affairs ministry and its failure to supervise the agencies under its charge. Mr Wong replied: “What we do is to make sure that we find the right people to run the organisation. From time to time, problems do take place and this is one instance. Does it mean, therefore, that the whole ministry and all the Home Team departments are complacent? I think that would be stretching the argument too far. Within individual units, there could be some slackening. I can’t guarantee that that will not happen because in any human organisation, from time to time, there will be human weaknesses being displayed and, unfortunately, things do happen that we don’t want to see.” In other words, no matter the gravity of the situation, human error is always reasonable. Blame the error, but not the person who committed it. 3. Yeo Cheow Tong, 2003 The duopoly in the train operator market was originally established to increase competition between players, which would ultimately benefit commuters. However, SBS’s huge losses in 2003 led then transport minister Yeo Cheow Tong to comment that the operator of the North-East Line could hand over its rail line to SMRT or even consider a merger. This would allow for a return to single train operator. The Straits Times reported that this was a government “U-turn”, prompting the Transport Ministry to fire back a clarification that Mr Yeo’s suggestion was not a policy “reversal” but a “rethink”. Different nouns with slightly divergent definitions on paper, yet ultimately they both lead to the same conclusion. 4. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, 2009 Inclement weather was the guilty offender once again in a national crisis, this time in 2009. A diversion canal from the main Bukit Timah canal burst its banks during a torrential downpour, causing knee-high flood waters to partially submerge vehicles and ground-floor buildings. “What happened was very unusual. The intensity was tremendous,” said then Minister for Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim. Almost 110mm of rain fell that day – a “freak” event occurring once in 50 years which could not have been prevented, said the minister. Yet more than half a year later, Orchard Road experienced heavy rainfall about the same intensity as 2009’s, causing flooding that reached half a metre deep. Mr Yaacob, who must have been baffled at the frequency of such remarkable natural occurrences, said, “Every event is a new learning experience for us. This rainfall was totally unexpected, I can be very honest about it.” Honesty is the best policy, and displaying your keenness to apply oneself to the challenges at work excuses you from your mistakes. https://www.ricemedia.co/how-to-deflect-blame-like-a-politician/
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  2. Quote: Israeli vaccine adviser shocking interview "We have made mistakes" there a tinpot country that blindy follow Israeli . the tinpot country should quote: We blindly follow and made mistakes
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  3. @The_KingYou should interview him and take notes on off-grid living in sg
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  4. Problem: Man is too old and has no education or skills to provide for himself and his family. Solution: Give him a labor intensive job and make him pay rent.
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  5. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the Republic is much better prepared than it was during the Sars outbreak of 2003 @socrates469bc U doubt him & his harem of scholars???
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  6. Boss u no jab, how u go SGX/office?? U show pinky photo ah?
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  7. the reno will be funded by issuing bonds. sure will have kgks invest in the name mbs one. kgks in the world many many. wahahahahahahaha
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  8. Reno cost is for tax write down one. Instead of give to gov, use it to beautify the assets!
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  9. Wah...... You are unvax????? If so, Salute ! How do u go to work or SGX? U are a rare untainted one! If those vax starts to drop one by one, at least still got u to tell our story here!
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  10. based on an intelligent guesstimate, that is why limpeh me believe that there is 60% chance of a marked increase in cardio arrests by 2025 based on near term increased incidences of cardio inflammation in isreal. there is a reason why clinical trials last 10 yrs and live human trials or what is now termed as human challenge trials were carried out b4 1990s to validate the effectiveness of vaccines/medicines. wahahahahaha
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  11. Hannar hannar I mit my atb gf for lion dance rah, not massage nia wahaha
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  12. limpeh just waiting to see if there is increased incidence of cancer, particularly of the blood and liver, and cardio issues by 2025. looking at the side-effects being reported from mrna-engineered vaccines, limpeh cannot discount this possibility. even cdc also diam diam on this possibility. limpeh is afraid we have unleashed something worse than the cure. wahahahahahahhaha
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  13. Functioning as a retail and office building during the day, Orchard Towers is famously known for its bustling nightlife. The iconic building has even been referred to as the ‘Four Floors of Whores’. Source Now, Orchard Towers could potentially be sold for $1.6 billion in an en bloc sale. An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) will be conducted on 18 Feb for its unit owners to discuss the details. Discussions ongoing for en bloc sale of Orchard Towers In order to commence the en bloc tender, at least 80% of the owners would have to agree to the details of the transaction, reports Business Times. During the upcoming EGM, they will be voting on the proposed price and how proceeds will be distributed among them. However, ERA head of research and consultancy, Nicholas Mak, had earlier said that it is not guaranteed that the deal would go through — it’s possible that owners may disagree on the apportionment methods. However, if the sale is successful, it would be the most expensive collectives sale in Singapore. Opened its doors in 1975 When it opened in 1975, Orchard Towers was designed as a family-friendly retail hub. Source This changed over time as it became known for its thrilling nightclubs and was the site of several infamous murder cases. Source Nevertheless, roots of the early Orchard Towers still remain and it is still a great place to find delicious Singapore cuisine. Anticipating the outcome of en bloc discussions Given that it could potentially be Singapore’s most expensive collective sale, we look forward to the outcome of the EGM. In any case, given its rich history, this definitely wouldn’t be the first time Orchard Towers becomes the talk of the town.
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  14. A 79-year-old elderly man was living in the Sungei Tengah forest in Singapore all by himself for 33 years before being discovered recently. His homeless status was only detected by the authorities after he was caught illegally hawking vegetables in Teck Whye Lane in Choa Chu Kang on Dec. 25, 2021. The vegetables, which were confiscated, were believed to have been grown by him. Lived by pond, tended to own garden The sensational story about a man having resided in the wild over so many years was originally published by Shin Min Daily News on Jan. 17. A follow-up piece in English about the man moving to a one-room rental flat was subsequently published by The Straits Times on Jan. 28, and makes for a mind-boggling read. The articles essentially highlighted how it is possible for a person in Singapore to be a rough sleeper for more than three decades by making do with very little and just a makeshift tent in the forest. Lived in Sungei Tengah forest According to ST, Oh Go Seng was living in the forest in the northwestern part of the island, but the exact location was not disclosed. He had remained in the area after his kampung home was cleared. He is understood to have been shuttling between his forest residence and the wider nearby housing estate to be acquainted with the rest of society to earn money by selling vegetables there and finding work as a hard labourer. As he was living in the forest, he grew his own vegetables, such as chilli padi and pandan leaves. He would cook with an open fire and ate mostly porridge with preserved vegetables. He would draw untreated water from a nearby pond for cleaning purposes. And the clothes he wore were given to him by other people. His tent was made out of plastic canvas and propped up with wooden sticks. Photographs of his dwelling showed the barebones state of his accommodation in the midst of lush and haphazard greenery, with the barefoot man wearing filthy and torn clothing, while sitting on the ground strewn with rubbish, such as plastic packaging, soiled containers, and empty cardboard egg holders. To catch a glimpse of how dense the Sungei Tengah forest is, you can check out a runner's vlog that also showed how deserted it can be. Claims to have family in Indonesia Speaking in Hokkien, Oh was quoted by ST as saying that he never saw snakes in the forest, and that mosquitoes were his friend. He also claimed to have a wife in her 50s and a daughter, 19, who is studying medicine, and that they both live in Batam. He also said he sends them S$500 monthly -- money he saved up working as a labourer. But his wife and daughter are unaware of his well-being, according to Oh. Over the past two years after the pandemic struck, his savings started to run out when he could no longer work as a labourer at the pasar malam (night markets). Relocated to rental flat After he was caught illegally selling vegetables and given a warning, his situation became known to Bukit Panjang MP Liang Eng Hwa. authorities checked and found that Oh has a relative who lives in Bukit Panjang, Shin Min reported in a follow-up article on Jan. 18. The relative is the daughter-in-law of Oh's late brother. She was asked if she could give him shelter temporarily. Oh then moved in with her and her family for about a week as a one-room rental flat in Choa Chu Kang was arranged for him. Oh has since been relocated to the rental flat. Still has to work at age 79 ST reported that volunteers will work with the grassroots in his new community to find him spaces to continue to grow his vegetables. Besides a new dwelling, it was also reported that Oh has since found a job as a gardener at a horticulture company and earns S$1,200 monthly, but has to pay rent for his flat. It was not mentioned how much rent he now has to pay. People in community knew about his existence in the forest Chatter online after Oh's story broke suggested that people in the Choa Chu Kang area were aware of Oh's existence sleeping rough. This was so as they gave him food for sustenance and clothing over the years, and people in the Teck Whye estate do buy his vegetables. Hikers and runners have also said on social media they have come across Oh and his dwelling in the Sungei Tengah forest, and were also aware that he was living there. The sentiment expressed by those who claimed to have seen the elderly man in the forest said they chose to let him be. Not everyone processed this news the same way though. Over on the ST forum, one letter writer understood the story somewhat differently from the rest of the population, as he praised the elderly man for showing resilience to overcome adversity. https://mothership.sg/2022/02/man-live-singapore-forest-33-years/
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  15. Onli weak dkgks kip fapping, skks do the real lion dance! Naoadays I onli fap 2-3 x/month to nice aunty teacher jdramas rike dis, the other times I pew ish when I wif atbs wahaha Dis one muz be @Homelander's fav wahaha. Ani huan noe y? wahaha
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  16. Good to stay close to nature. My late grandmother complained when we moved to hdb flat from a shophouse that cement is too cooling for our feet and can cause leg problems. She said walking on solid ground was better for health.
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  17. cant la. stay in urban too long. all these cant. unless i hybrid which is my plan . i will post a lot more video on off grid thread once my bto is ready
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  18. this one, i dont think i can ever match and i dont want stay in forest with bug
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  19. Towkay me came across it while reviewing regional osat and ems opportunities. unsurprisingly, bolehsia and siamland offers better osat/ems plays compare to sgx. siamland's stars micro is another interesting one as well.
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  20. loctor will say zz is getting on in age so nothing to worry after looking at ecg but ecg doesnt give the full pic of cardio fitness. limpeh me suggest zz to do a cardiorespiratory fitness test and see if there is a markedly below average vo2max. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325487 Cardiorespiratory endurance is an indication of a person’s overall physical health. Cardiorespiratory endurance tests monitor how well the heart, lungs, and muscles perform during moderate to high-intensity exercise.
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  21. You really got good foresight. This one will not lose $. Better than ah loong's investment in casino.
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  22. bird didi so kumgong de. sgx is trade online de. bird didi never hear of home office meh????? wahahahahahaha
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  23. This is how to suan the poopies!!! Must be unvax behind this!
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  24. that is a bad sign. don't be silly by trying to go for jogs to improve stamina.
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  25. SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 10,390 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday (Feb 5), comprising 10,208 local and 182 imported infections. There were two fatalities, according to the latest infection statistics on the Ministry of Health (MOH) website. This takes the death toll from coronavirus complications to 868. The weekly infection growth rate is 1.44, up from Friday's 1.39. Under MOH's new approach of presenting infection numbers, the daily case count includes the number of Protocol 2 cases - those who are well or assessed to have a mild condition. Among the cases reported on Saturday, 7,505 are Protocol 2 infections, comprising 31 imported cases and 7,474 local ones. Another 2,885 cases were confirmed via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests - 151 of them imported and 2,734 local infections. As of Saturday, Singapore has recorded 390,071 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. HOSPITALISATIONS AND VACCINATIONS There are 1,068 patients in hospital, with 86 requiring oxygen supplementation. Twenty-three patients are in the intensive care unit. As of Friday, 92 per cent of Singapore's eligible population have completed their full vaccination regimen under the national vaccination programme. About 59 per cent of the total population have received their vaccine booster shots. Source: CNA/ga
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  27. Go jippun slum kia restoran for CNY Day 5
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  28. mrt will not cut , simple mrt is like this factory production line... fast in and out mean more $$$$$$. if ppl like me take bus, take life slow then eco GG liao
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  29. The world has unleashed the unspoken Kraken there is no going back now human civilisation in future will remember that in the years 2020-202x, a major event took place and mankind became what they are. no more gender. humans can breed into half animal and half human. and these so called half humans will be hunted by the pure breed for food. cheers should be a Blockbuster
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  30. the objective of welfare transfer in economics. but in singapore, welfare transfer is........ nb, if cut out on the many unneeded mrt lines , confirm budget is in surplus for the next 10 yrs.
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  31. limpeh me is not that kumgong to be lab rat for tiongland or bee kok. luckily now got internet, so everything can buy online. wahahahahahahahahha
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  32. only those ya kun types r still roasted with additives and they use cheap viet/indo/bolehsia robusta beans. thats why u find them to be hard-hitting. quite a few kopi specialty cafes such as craftsmen/dutch colony etc.
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  33. Now eat keto + workout to burn it off
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  34. Eat sleep eat sleep sure bery fast... No piakpiak oso...
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  35. this one not really on my list. cause look boring, i rather go to JB abandon building to explore and video
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