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我没有聪明的答案但可投我一票?

06/11/10

作者/来源:Feed Me To The Fish (30-10-2010)
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23岁,即将毕生的南理大宇航学学生Lim Zi Rui问:吴作栋资政他是否知道许多年青人已经失去了对新加坡的原有归属感?

回答是:
‘如果这是年青人中的普遍现象,那我们所面对的是一个真实的问题。’吴资政说:‘如果大多数的人都不认为这是属于他们自已的地方,那么,我们面对着的是一个重大的问题,那我会问我自已,我为何要在这里?我为何要为这一群不认为自已是属于这个地方的人服务?

我感谢Zi Rui把那群在象牙塔里沉睡的人唤醒。

我相信许多人不愿意分享他们的想法,或者去追问白衣人尤其是那些拿百万薪酬的部长们。这原因是明显的。每当你提出问题,鲜有例外的,他们往往会把事情扭曲而不是直接回答问题。他们以人民行动党式的精明,有如一名干练律师,以提问来回答你的问题。他们为了自卫会以攻击式的反驳来让你象个白痴。他们希望着如此的效应。

一些典型的例子:
‘你要房子,谁去为你盖房子?’
‘这是你的国家,你要我做些什么去使到你有归属感?’
‘我为何要为这一群不认为自已是属于这个地方的人服务?’

吴作栋先生经常引用的对话是‘在我们进行沿户访问选民时,经常会有些人问:“我从来没有见到你,除了在大选时候”。‘我的回答总是,“是的,为何我从来没有见过你” ’海峡时报2010年10月30日。

7条重大理由为何我们从来没有见过面:
1、你总是在你的象牙之塔(除大选期间之外)
2、你有着辜加兵守卫,如何去拜访你?
3、我不愿意被看成是一个会奉承的谄媚者
4、我不需要你那一张选票
5、我只是一个凡人
6、对我而言,你太富有了
7、那有时间,必须工作以养家糊口

‘我为何要为这一群不认为自已是属于这个地方的人服务?’

神奇的,那些无数的金钱!他肯定是在开玩笑吧?他是一名资政,我不知道资政的工作规格包括些什么职务,但是,我相信让人民有归属感会是其中一项工作。你如此轻易的就把人民放弃,你又怎么能够去责怪他们丢失了归属感?资政的回答背叛了新加坡应有的关怀,凝聚力与团结一致的国家属性。我们的信约中提及的‘我们团结一体’的誓言去了那里,如果他如此轻易的就放弃,很快的新加坡就会变成一个‘逃兵’的国家。

海峡时报图文并茂报导,Siobhan Lau女士是今年南理大部长论坛的主席。吴先生提及1986与1996两届论坛的主席R. Sinnakaruppan 先生与 Zaqy Mohamad先生都成为人民行动党的国会议员。‘或许,Siobhan也是?’他打趣道。

看起来是在开一个玩笑,我感觉到人民行动党是灵巧的到南理大招兵买马。

原文来源:http://feedmetothefish.blogspot.com/2010/10/i-dont-have-clever-answers-but-can-you.html

I don’t have clever answers but can you vote for me?
Saturday, October 30, 2010

Final year NTU aerospace student Lim Zi Rui 23 asked: Did SM Goh Chok Tong know many young people no longer felt a sense of ownership in Singapore?

Answer:
“If that is prevalent among young people over here, we’ve got a real problem,” SM Goh said, “If the majority feel that they don’t belong here, then we have a fundamental problem. Then I would ask myself: What am I doing here? Why should I be working for people who don’t feel they belong over here?”

I thank Zi Rui for waking up the idea of those sleeping in their ivory towers.

I think most people are reluctant to share their ideas or seek answers from MIW especially Million Dollar Ministers. The reason is obvious. When asked a question, more often than not, they twist and turn instead of giving you a straight answer. Trying to act pap-smart, they behave like “lawyer buruk” answering your question with a question. They can also get defensive and act offensive by giving you retorts that makes you appear like a retard. They hope.

Classic examples:

  • “You want to have a home. Who is going to build your flat?”
  • “This is your country. What do you want me to do to make you feel you belong?”
  • “Why should I be working for people who don’t feel they belong over here?”

Mr Goh Chok Tong, recounted an exchange he often has: “When we go on house-to-house visit, very often we come to someone who says, “I’ve never seen you, only at election time.”
“My reply has always been, “Yes, how come I’ve never seen you?” .ST 30 Oct 2010.

7 magnificent answers: You’ve never seen me because:

1. You are in your Ivory Tower all the time (except election time)
2. With all the Gurkha guards, how to visit you?
3. I do not wish to appear as a sychophantic toady
4. I don’t need your vote
5. I’m just a lesser mortal
6. You are way too rich for me
7. Where got time? Must work to feed myself and family

“Why should I be working for people who don’t feel they belong over here?”

Holy $,$$$,$$$! He must be kidding? He is the Senior Minister. I do not know SM’s exact job specifications are, but I believe making people feel that they belong should be one of them. If he gives up on them so easily, can you blame them for having lost their sense of belonging? SM’s answer betrays the caring cohesiveness and unity that Singapore should have. What happens to “Pledge ourselves as one united people . . . . . “ If he quits on them so easily, very soon Singapore will be be a nation of “quitters”.

Reported from ST with picture, “Ms Siobhan Lau is the organising chairman for this year’s NTU Ministerial forum. Mr Goh noted that the chairmen at his previous two appearances at the forum in 1986 and 1996 – Mr R. Sinnakaruppan and Mr Zaqy Mohamad – both went to become MPs. “Perhap, Siobhan. . .?” he quipped.

Jocular as it may seem, I detect a very subtle PAP recruiting drive in NTU.

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