Ooi Boon Ewe intends to run in Punggol East by-election
By Kimberly Spykerman | Posted: 10 January 2013 1237 hrsSINGAPORE: The man who failed in his bids to contest in the 2011 General and Presidential elections said he'll be back as an independent candidate in the Punggol East by-election, set for 26 January.
Mr Ooi Boon Ewe, 71, was the first to show up at the Elections Department at 10:40am on Thursday to collect the nomination papers.
He told reporters that he's running for the seat, as politics is in his blood.
Mr Ooi, who lives in Sengkang and is self-employed, said he'll be a full-time Member of Parliament, if elected.
But he acknowledged that it'll be a tough fight, and added that he's prepared for it.
Mr Ooi said even though he's not confident because of what had happened in his past attempts, he'll continue to come up with new ideas. "When you're an experienced politician, you're not scared of anything. You're a fighter. So you fight," he said.
In the late afternoon, Mr Zeng Guoyan showed up at the Elections Department to collect the nomination papers.
Mr Zeng was the only independent candidate who received the Political Donation certificatein the Hougang by-election in May last year, but did not file his nomination papers.
Singapore Democratic Party collects three sets of nomination forms for Punggol East by-electionEdited by Dalforce 1941 10 Jan `13, 5:12PM
Piers Morgan discusses with guests on U.S gun control and the bullying of ultra right-wing gun nut Alex Jones
Jon Stewart mocks right wing gun nut Alex Jones rant: Guns needed to fight ‘imaginary Hitler’Edited by Dalforce 1941 09 Jan `13, 7:20PM
Punggol East by-election on 26 Jan
Posted: 09 January 2013 1614 hrsSINGAPORE: A by-election will be held for Punggol East Single-Member Constituency (SMC), after Member of Parliament Michael Palmer resigned over an extra-marital affair.
Nomination Day will be held on 16 January 2013. If more than one candidate stand for nominations on Nomination Day, Polling Day will be held on 26 January 2013. Polling Day will not be a public holiday.
The president issued the Writ of Election on Wednesday.
The Nomination Place is North Vista Secondary School at Rivervale Link.
The Returning Officer is Mr Yam Ah Mee, chief executive director of the People's Association.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he had decided to hold a by-election in Punggol East to give the residents their own Member of Parliament, before Singapore focuses back on national issues.
In a statement, he said: "We have a busy national agenda this year. The White Paper on Population will soon be debated in Parliament. Budget 2013 is around the corner. The Our Singapore Conversation is translating the views of citizens into programmes to improve our lives."
Mr Lee hopes Punggol East residents will vote for the candidate who can best represent them in Parliament, solve their problems and improve their lives.
He said Minister of State and Mayor Teo Ser Luck has been overseeing the constituency, while Mr Zainal Sapari has been chairing the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean has also taken a personal interest in the residents' welfare.
- CNA/xqEdited by Dalforce 1941 09 Jan `13, 4:55PM
New face in Punggol East a sign of polls to come?
by Woo Sian Boon04:45 AM Jan 09, 2013
SINGAPORE - The first clear sign that polls could soon be held in Punggol East emerged yesterday, as covering Member of Parliament Teo Ser Luck attended to the Single Member Constituency's first Meet-the-People Session (MPS) in the new year flanked by an unfamiliar face.
Dr Koh Poh Koon, 40, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, was brought around and introduced to constituents by Mr Teo, portending the People's Action Party's (PAP) campaign machinery has been cranked up amid recent reports that party activists in the ward have started buying plywood for election posters.
While Dr Koh was side-by-side with Mr Teo for much of the MPS as the latter spoke with residents, Mr Teo otherwise gave little away on the possibility that Dr Koh could be the PAP's candidate should a by-election be called.
Mr Teo described Dr Koh as a "keen volunteer" and a friend who was there "observing and sitting down with other volunteers to understand the (residents') needs".
He added: "I think he knows that I'm handling two constituencies at the same time. I have a couple of friends tonight who have joined us, he's not the only one."
Dr Koh took a similar stance, telling TODAY he was "just (there) to help … because it is a busy" day. He declined to say whether he had been approached to stand as a candidate "because people will always speculate".
Dr Koh said that he had attended a "tea session" - a moniker given to PAP recruitment sessions.
When asked if he would consider contesting should he be asked, Dr Koh replied: "If anyone is approached, I think they will have to consider seriously because it doesn't just concern themselves, (they) will also have to consider the welfare of the residents."
Since 2002, Dr Koh has served as an Executive Committee Member at the Telok Blangah Dover Crescent Resident's Committee and as an Assistant Liaison Officer (Singapore Police Force) for Telok Blangah Dover Crescent Neighborhood Watch Zone. He is also a Member of the Community Emergency Response Team.
Responding to reporters' questions, Mr Teo reiterated that he had "not heard anything" about the date of a possible by-election.
Still, given yesterday's development, political analysts believe that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong could be calling one soon to elect a replacement for former MP Michael Palmer.
Said former Nominated MP Siew Kum Hong: "It looks like (Dr Koh) is going to be the PAP candidate for Punggol East and that preparations for a by-election are kicking into high gear."
The National University of Singapore's Dr Tan Ern Ser agreed, hazarding May as the likely period for a by-election.
"It is after the White Paper on population issues, the Budget, Labour Day, and at a later phase of the National Conversation," he said.
The Punggol East ward, vacant since Mr Palmer's resignation lastmonth over an extramarital affair, has attracted strong interest from Opposition parties, with at least three firmly indicating that they would field a candidate, if and when a by-election is called.
With a multi-cornered contest on the cards, analysts had mixed reactions to Dr Koh's possible candidacy.
Mr Siew said: "If this is presumably the new PAP candidate … then you are parachuting in an unknown; a completely new face into a by-election that will be quite hard-fought since so many opposition parties have registered their interest."
"One possible conclusion is that the PAP is having a hard time finding candidates. For example, one obvious question would be, 'Why is it not Ong Ye Kung?'"
Mr Ong was a first-time candidate on the PAP Aljunied GRC team which lost in the General Election in 2011. Touted to be of ministerial calibre, Mr Ong recently quit the National Trades Union Congress and joined the private sector.
Mr Siew added: "Another possible conclusion is that the PAP might have done some calculations and perhaps thought that with at least a three-way fight, an unknown PAP candidate can still have a good chance of winning."
But Dr Tan pointed out that "any candidate the PAP put up is likely to be new anyway, unless it sent Mr Desmond Choo (who lost in Hougang in GE 2011) to Punggol East as a candidate, which I see as unlikely."
Meanwhile, Mr Teo told reporters he welcomed the keen interest from opposition parties in Punggol East.
"I've always thought that the residents would have more choice if it's a multi-cornered fight … Like I've said before, it's always important that the interests of the residents must be placed first," he said.
About 80 residents attended the MPS yesterday. Mr Teo attributed the larger-than-normal turnout to the fact that the MPS was not held for two weeks due to the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Asked what qualities Punggol East residents would be looking for in a candidate, Mr Teo said he has to be someone who can "engage the ground effectively and also someone who can understand the needs of the very young to the very old, and also the middle income group".
He added: "Most importantly, their heart must be in the right place and have a passion to serve."
What do we know about mood disorders?Edited by Dalforce 1941 09 Jan `13, 3:25PM
Conspiracy nut Alex Jones goes bananas on Piers Morgan's show. All good fun, but Jones doesn't speak for gun owners
By Tim Stanley
Alex Jones appeared on Piers Morgan’s show last night to explain why Piers should be deported from the US. Jones is a Right-wing radio star who deals in wide-eyed conspiracy theories of the “Queen Elizabeth is a Communist Lizard” variety. So, predictably, Jones brought on the crazy. Some highlights:
1. The US government is killing everyone with suicide pills, otherwise known as “Prozac”
2. Britain is something between an anarchy (“you have hordes of people burning down cities and beating old women’s brains out everyday”) and a police state (“they arrest people in England if they defend themselves”)
3. Barack Obama is building himself up to an all-out war against the suckers who voted for him (“the government buys 1.6 billion bullets, armoured vehicles, tanks, helicopters, predator drones, armed now in US skies, being used to arrest people in North Dakota”)
4. The only people in the world capable of resisting the New World Order tyranny are those with guns. According to Jones, that leaves America and Switzerland – surely the strangest, most useless alliance for liberty ever concocted. “You’ll take my Swiss Army Knife from ma cold dead hands…”
I’ve written before that conspiracies often reflect interesting things about the culture that produces them, but that shouldn’t deflect from their basic insanity.
Alex Jones is a fruit loop, pure and simple – and proof that he’s a fruit loop is that he doesn’t realise he’s a fruit loop.
The mad are mad because they do mad things but don’t think it’s mad to do them: most insane people operate by a rational order of their very own. Jones’ rambling, shouting, pointing and victorious asides are symptoms of a man who thinks he’s winning his fight with Morgan simply by turning up. His face reads, “I’m really blowing their minds back home right now!” Alas, the only truly blown mind is Mr Jones’.
But anger at this segment should not be directed at the demented augur of the New World Order. It should be directed at Piers Morgan. There are plenty of sane, articulate pro-gun people out there that he could have interviewed – so why give airtime to Jones? True, Morgan has spoken with Larry Pratt, Ann Coulter and others. But it's almost slander against conservatives to suggest that Jones is a legitimate spokesman for mainstream libertarianism. Indeed, there’s little justification for having Jones on the show other than he makes Morgan look good by comparison – and conservatives bad by association. This is the first debate that Piers has hosted that he’s definitively won. And that’s largely because Jones never lets him speak.
Although, his guest does land a couple of punches. For instance: “Everybody is fleeing [Britain] because — you’ve had to flee, bud. Yeah, you fled here. Why don’t you go back and face the charges for the hacking scandal?” Ouch.
Hysterical right wing nutcase Alex Jones rant with Piers Morgan On Gun Control Live On CNN
Piers Morgan discuss the dangerous influence of U.S right wing nuts with Prof. DershowitzEdited by Dalforce 1941 09 Jan `13, 7:20PM
PAP mis-AIMed, faces blowback, part 6Published 7 January 2013 politics and government Leave a Comment
Facebook postings about the sale of town council software to Action Information Management Pte Ltd (AIM), a PAP-owned company, fell off dramatically soon after news broke that Lee Hsien Loong’s lawyers had sent me a letter. Possibly, people felt very unsure what was safe to talk about anymore.
Therefore, I think it is important for me to clarify that the statements in the article that I had to take down, and that Lee took exception to, were not, strictly speaking, statements about the sale of the software to AIM, but phrases and sentences pertaining to him. They were statements and questions I had asked that Lee felt questioned his integrity, corruptibility and abuse of power should he not launch an investigation. The 21 readers’ comments that the lawyers cited as defamatory were of the same vein.
I have apologised for them, though readers might want to consider the broader ecology of defamation threats and suits in Singapore. I draw your attention to Angela Faye Oon’s Facebook posting of Friday 4 January 2013 (I hope she doesn’t mind me archiving it here because many readers of Yawning Bread may not be ‘friends’ with her, but I’ll take it down if she asks), Cherian George’s comment in Journalism.sg (For whom the libel tolls: government loses even as it wins) and Tan Kin Lian’s article on his blog (Threat of defamation suit).
Obviously, our ministers do not like people to question their integrity. And as in my experience, you might get into trouble if you did. But it is important to bear in mind that all I have said so far about AIM and the town councils were not cited by the lawyers as defamatory, only those statements directed at Lee.
Another reason why social media talk about the AIM saga has fallen off is that there has been no new revelation except the letter of termination released by the Workers’ Party. Even then, it merely confirmed what had earlier been revealed.
The only juicy part was how AIM was so gauche as to use the same address as the PAP headquarters. As a reader said to me, “It’s as terrible as it gets!”
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Teo Ho Pin et al may take this respite to mean that the worst is behind them and say no more on the matter. But what would be interesting is if the Workers’ Party tables a question at the next parliamentary sitting.
The thing about parliamentary questions is that they are directed at the government. A minister, or junior minister at least, has to stand up and reply to them. This means that Khaw Boon Wan as National Development Minister will likely be in the hot seat since MND generally oversees town councils, issuing assessments and ratings periodically. So far, none of the ministers have said a thing about the AIM affair, but when faced with a parliamentary question, Khaw or someone else from government will have to reply.
What will he say? Of course, much depends on how the Workers’ Party phrases the question (if they choose to ask one) but basically Khaw will have two uncomfortable choices.
One would be to stoutly defend Teo Ho Pin and the PAP town councils that chose to sell the software to AIM. But Khaw would then also have to defend not just the decision to sell, but the rather convoluted arrangement that was dreamt up, and the very suspicious-looking execution of the tender. He would have to dismiss as irrelevant or malicious all the remaining unanswered questions. Yet, if he stands up to defend it in toto, then the government takes on the responsibility for the mess, and if any wrongdoing is later exposed, the government will have it on their shoulders.
This scenario also presupposes that Khaw is personally comfortable defending it. What do I mean by that? Suppose his cabinet colleagues think the government should defend it stoutly, but what if Khaw personally has doubts? How will he reconcile his personal conscience with his duty to act in a way the cabinet as a whole wishes?
The other route Khaw can take is to tell parliament that he himself is not completely satisfied that the AIM saga passes the smell test. He could promise an independent investigation. Doing so might draw the sting out of the affair.
The problem with this route is that it would mean hanging Teo Ho Pin out to dry, for anything less than a stout defence may leave Teo feeling damned by faint praise. His position would become untenable; he may choose to resign.
This would then present the party and the prime minister with a new headache: demands for another by-election. And, as I have discussed in a recent article, the party probably already has enough recruitment troubles with Punggol East.
It may not be visible to the layman, but I think the AIM saga is still keeping the PAP awake at night. It has become a ‘heads you win, tails I lose’ situation.
Workers' Party hopes to raise S$1.5m to purchase a HQ
Updated 07:39 PM Jan 06, 2013
SINGAPORE - The opposition Workers' Party (WP) is hoping to raise S$1.5 million for the purchase of its own headquarters.
The party's secretary-general Low Thia Khiang and chairman Sylvia Lim said this at the party's first musical concert, titled "Brick in Blue".
Ms Lim said since the 2011 general election, the party has raised some S$500,000.
The money came from monthly contributions from its elected Members of Parliament, as well as private donations from friends and acquaintances.
The rest of the money, she said, will be raised through public donations.
Ms Lim said the S$1.5 million will be used for the down payment of the property, while the balance of the purchase price will be financed through a loan.
Speaking to reporters during the intermission of the musical, Mr Low said the party has yet to find a suitable property.
He said proceeds from the concert will go towards the party's building fund.
The party is currently renting an office along Syed Alwi Road. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
No, voting for the correct political party in 2016 is not one of the ways to help Singapore progress that I’m going to talk about in this article.Why wait until 2016?2013 by-elections can vote for opposition in Punggol East already. He is forgetting about Punggol East.
Who is this bastard to come and lecture to Singaporeans? pui. Nothing but a dog of PAP.
Fucking bastard, criticise Singaporeans he dare, criticise PAP, criticise Lee Hsien Loong, criticise Harry Lee Kuan Yew, criticise Tony Tan he don't dare.
This type of PAP dog is worthless to me.Edited by Dalforce 1941 06 Jan `13, 1:54PM
What's the Big Deal?
The Irrational, Racist Fear of Chinaby ANDRE VLTCHEK
Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Libya are in shambles, crushed by the heavy boots of Western imperialism.
But we are told to fear China.
The entire nations of Indochina were bombed back to the stone age, because Western demi-gods would not tolerate, and felt they did not have to, tolerate, what some yellow un-people in Asia were really longing for.
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos – millions of tons of bombs dropped on them from strategic B-52’s, from dive-bombers, and from jet fighters. The falling bombs rained on the pristine countryside, murdering children, women, and water buffalo – millions of people perished. No apologies, no admission of guilt, and no compensation came from the tyrant-nations.
Indonesia, the leader of the non-aligned world, with a huge constitutional Communist Party, was destroyed in the coup of 1965, through the alliance of Western governments, Indonesian fascist military and the elites, as well as religious bigots from the largest Muslim organization – NU. 2-3 million people died, including those belonging to the Chinese minority. Teachers, artists, thinkers – all killed or silenced. Here, imperialism created a submissive nation with almost no intellectual base; unable even to analyze its own downfall.
But now we are ordered to be conscious of China’s rise.
Latin America: raped again and again, from Mexico to the Dominican Republic, from Cuba to Granada, Panama, Haiti, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile. For years, decades and centuries. Almost all the countries in Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, were ravaged at some point in history, by the racist and outrageous implementation of the “Monroe Doctrine”.
The latest coups against the progressive governments in Honduras and Paraguay were enacted under the ‘soft leadership’ of the liberal West’s supreme leader and ‘upholder of global democracy’ – President Barack Obama.
But it is China that has to be deterred, we are told! Not us – not the West – but China.
In the Middle East, entire kingdoms and emirates are bending over themselves, competing with each other over who will become the most subservient collaborator with Western business interests, who will place more US military bases on its soil, who will kill, arrest or torture more people – the opponents of global Western dictatorship.
But it is China, naturally, which is unacceptably endangering the European and North American’s inherited right, to reign over the world. Or to be precise, the ‘danger’ is shared among China, Russia and Latin America – three places that managed to wrestle themselves from Western shackles, and to embark on their own political, social, cultural and developmental paths. Whatever they are, but their own!
But China is the ‘worst’, because those Russkies and Latinos still look kind of white, or at least most of them do. But to imagine that the world’s most important country would be firmly placed in Asia would be unthinkable, unacceptable, and truly sacrilegious.
In Africa, which of course does not matter much, as it is, in the eyes of multi-nationals and the Western governments, inhabited by the lowest breed of ‘un-people’ (to borrow Orwell’s lexicon), entire enormous geographical areas and cultures had been plundered, divided, debilitated, virtually canceled. Ridiculous borders were erected, great people’s rulers like Patrice Lumumba of Congo, assassinated. Murderous maniacs such as Paul Kagame and Museveni were groomed in and by the West, armed and brought to power, then sent on various missions; to plunder and police on behalf of Western interests.
Congo lost some 10 million people during the reign of Belgian genocidal-king, Leopold II (now the national hero of Belgium, celebrated by countless statues all over Brussels). It is losing a similar amount of people now, as Washington and London’s military darlings from Rwanda and Uganda are invading freely, overthrowing governments and pillaging that vast and battered nation on their doorsteps.
Somalia is virtually no more – forcefully divided, and regularly invaded by Western allies – Kenya and Ethiopia. Europeans are dumping toxic waste near its coast and then appear to be outraged by the piracy – one more justification for the continuous militarization of the entire region. The proud ‘African Cuba’ – Eritrea – is being tortured by sanctions; while the country/military base called Djibouti has been glorified and pampered, standing as a polluted, frustrated and grotesque symbol of French and US militarism; of Western imperialism, in the region that gave birth to the human race.
In West Africa, in Algiers, in Angola and Namibia, in Congo and Somalia, and in dozens of other countries of Africa, tens of millions of people have been slaughtered by Western imperialists in the 20th and 21st Centuries. And the dreadful count was not any better in the preceding eras, with a direct holocaust against native populations, with genocides like the one performed by Germans in what is now Namibia, with slavery, torture, rape and the absolute disrespect for non-white human lives.
But would such a legacy make Western nations humble, reflective, and apologetic? Would there at least be some pathos of profound guilt that could give birth to hope for global reconciliation? No – far from that! There is no remorse in London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Washington, or in the French countryside, the US Midwest or South. Or if there is some, it is concentrated in small, mainly urban pockets, disconnected from the mainstream.
But it is China, which is now blamed for ‘doing business with African dictators’! And it is China whose guilt is being manufactured, inflated and implanted in the brains of people all over the world, by the Western propaganda apparatus, and by local media outlets, owned and ‘trained’ in the West.
For instance, a mining accident in Zambia, whenever some Chinese company is involved, the situation gets overblown to tremendous proportions. The result is that dozens of people who died due to negligence are put on the same scale as dozens of millions who perished because of savage Western imperialism, the slave trade, colonialism and neo-colonialism.
The same propaganda tactics are used all over the world. For instance, the Goethe Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia, not long ago, arranged a photo exhibition of Polish workers in Gdansk clashing with police, in the Solidarity days. Few people died then.
But the Goethe Institute arranges no exhibitions commemorating the millions of Communists, atheists, intellectuals and Chinese people who died in 1965 and later, in Indonesia! It is almost like saying: “You see, those 3 million Indonesian lives had to be sacrificed, to prevent the scenario in which 30 people were later killed in Poland.” Interesting logic. But supported by mountains of cash, and it works!
In Oceania – in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia – the British, US, French, Spanish, German and other colonial masters, smashed and then reshaped the complex universe that used to belong to the proud people inhabiting tens of thousands of islands, islets and atolls of the South Pacific.
The local inhabitants were then pushed into slavery, effectively; their kingdoms, their geopolitical entities were first divided into colonies, and then into nation-states. Their leaders were killed, sidelined, threatened, and finally corrupted and bought.
Western nations fought battles over the islands, performed nuclear experiments on the local people, and then invented a so called ‘strategic deterrence doctrine’, making sure that no ‘enemy’ ships, no unsuitable ideas and anti-imperialist ideology would enter this tremendous universe, encompassed by an endless mass of water.
In the end, huge military bases were constructed; US, British and French; all sorts of toxic waste was dumped, and the pristine atolls like Kwajalein, were converted into missile testing grounds.
Waste, radiation, junk food; all led to countless medical emergencies, which became so great that only climate change and the consequent rising level of the seawater, could realistically be considered as a greater threat to the survival of the people and states of Oceania.
I lived in the South Pacific for more than 4 years, and I traveled and worked in all the countries there, except in Niue and Nauru. I wrote about the struggle of the islanders inhabiting the South Pacific in my non-fiction book Oceania.
Several countries – Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, as well as the various islands and atolls now belonging to other states – are rapidly becoming uninhabitable. The seawater is rolling over their low-lying land, and the vegetation is dying.
The West, which is responsible for most of the pollution, the carbon dioxide emission and global warming, has been doing close to nothing to save these countries from vanishing.
The foreign aid the US, EU, Australia and New Zealand are donating, is often as damaging as the poisonous gasses themselves. It is habitually being used to corrupt local government officials; to fly them around the world, embedding the so called ‘per-diem mentality’. Tamed and corrupt, the local rulers don’t demand real compensation and real solutions for their suffering countries. ‘Foreign aid’ is also being used to pay for foreign experts to visit, to ‘analyze’ and to write countless and mostly futile reports. All that, just in order to create the perception that something is being done: and just to make sure that nothing ever will!
The people of Oceania do not want to be evacuated; most of them want to fight for the survival of their islands. I talked to them: in Kiribati, Tuvalu, FSM, RMI and elsewhere. But the West and local governments are insisting on idiotic evacuation schemes, for many unsavory reasons.
At one point, China began helping, in the spirit of internationalism; the way a socialist country should. It rolled up its sleeves and started to construct schools, hospitals, government buildings, roads, and stadiums, as well as protective walls and other heavy infrastructure, designed to defend endangered populated areas.
The West immediately attacked all those efforts, injecting nihilism, dragging through dirt everything pure and decent. The first stage of Western propaganda, the same that has been used in Africa and elsewhere, consisted of the barrage of negative messages that China does ‘nothing altruistically, ever’; it simply follows its dark self-interests and designs.
‘Philosophical’ and propaganda punch lines are predictable and simple: “If we are shits, if our culture sends us to plunder and enslave the world, then humanity should be convinced that others have the same essence as we do. This way, what we are doing would not be seen as extraordinary. We are all human, all the same!”
It is rubbish, of course, and even people like Gustav Jung saw Western culture as exceptionally aggressive, as some sort of pathology. But, as was proven many times by Western propagandists like Joseph Goebbels and Rupert Murdoch, if propaganda is repeated 1,000 times, and if we corrupt/pay enough people all over the world to repeat what we tell them to, the rubbish converts itself to shining diamonds of truth, and eventually to unchallengeable common wisdom.
But back to China and Oceania:
When the blitzkrieg of discrediting China failed to work, or at least it failed in the countries benefiting from China’s assistance, the West invented a unique strategy: it went to Taipei and began ‘encouraging’ Taiwan’ to get ‘involved’. The Taiwanese were willing and ready, and began offering bribes to the leaders of Oceania, in exchange for the recognition of Taiwan as an independent country. Once Taiwan is ‘recognized’, something that even US or EU refuse to do, on most occasions China (PRC) retaliates by breaking diplomatic relations.
And that was, most definitely, the plan of the old sly colonial powers.
While countries that stuck with China, like Samoa, got their protective seawalls, stadiums and Parliament buildings constructed in solidarity and with socialist optimism, countries like Kiribati, a place that could be easily described as one of the true basket cases in Oceania, were flooded with Taiwan-inflicted nihilism. Cash flowed in, but not to the people; into the deep pockets of the government.
While entire small countries in Oceania are near extinction, their leaders, mostly groomed and trained in Australia and the US, are busy selling their UN votes: voting in support of Israel’s occupation of Palestine, in support of US invasions all over the world, or against the environmental resolutions that could have a direct and positive effect on the plight of their countries!
“One day I was besieged by an Israeli television crew”, I was told by a priest in the capital of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). “The Israeli public wanted to know: who are these creatures that are constantly voting in support of Israel, alongside the US and against the entire world?”
Well, the same ones that welcome Taiwanese battleships, and their crews that play national anthems on the beaches, and march all over the place like maniacs, holding flags!
And, by the way, those who think that China cannot act altruistically, should read Fidel Castro, and his powerful and grateful words, describing how Cuba got rescued by the Chinese nation, following Gorbachev’s fit of madness and Yeltsin’s Western-encouraged, glorified alcoholic orgy, with the destruction of the USSR and several dreadful years of unopposed plunder of the world by the Western Empire, as its aftermath.
When the Chinese media interviews me, I am often asked the same question: “What can China do to appease the West”.
And my reply is always the same: “Nothing!”
Western propaganda is not looking for objective ways to analyze China; it is not looking for China’s good-will. It is there, to twist and to harm any country that insists on its own development model, on serving its own people instead of submissively succumbing to the interests of the West, and those of multinational companies.
The West tries to destroy socialist China as it had been trying to destroy Vietnam, during what is called in Asia, “The American War”. As it expended a tremendous effort to ruin Moscow, right from the 1917 Revolution, till the very end. As it tried to destroy all the countries that insisted on their own principles: Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Chile, Nicaragua, Eritrea, and Iran before Shah, to name just a few.
Some, like North Korea, were first ravaged and then pushed to the extreme, forced to radicalize and then ridiculed and paraded on television screens as some freak example of Communist gaga-land.
What the West has in store for China is clear, and it is not much different from its designs during the Opium War. The perfect scenario would be a crippled, divided and submissive, West-admiring nation. The best ruler would be some Chinese Yeltsin who would agree to commit treason, break the country to pieces, open it to oligarchs and foreign interests, cancel all social aspirations and bomb the Parliament full of the people’s representatives that still believe in socialism.
Then we could ‘do business with China’, and give it full ideological and propaganda support.
My usual advise to the Chinese media is: “Use numbers! Numbers are on your side.”
But it appears that China’s propagandist team is no match to Westernapparatchiks.
China is too timid, too soft, as actually almost the entire world is, compared to the Western political and economic gangsters.
In a series of deadly strokes, the West can bomb a country, poison its people with depleted uranium, impose sanctions that kill hundreds of thousand of defenseless women and children, then bomb the place once again, invade it, plunder it, and make sure that its own companies will make billions in a reconstruction process that actually shows no concrete results.
Such an approach cannot be matched by anybody; neither by China nor by the Soviet Union, which always made sure that its satellite states had higher standards of living than Moscow!
If China doesn’t do it, let me do it, in brief. Let’s use numbers and show to the world, especially to those ‘concerned’ Western citizens, how China is really doing. Let’s compare. And let’s do it on a per capita basis, the only fair way.
How many people were murdered by the West beyond its boundaries, since WWII; in the Arab World, in Asia Pacific, in Africa, Latin America, Oceania; actually almost everywhere. I calculated, and my conservative estimate is between 50 and 60 million. Well over 200 million in indirect actions.
China – a few thousand, during its punitive and erroneous invasion of Vietnam, after Vietnam liberated Cambodia from Khmer Rouge. But that was the worst China ever did! And it withdrew rapidly. And it never bombed Vietnam to the stone-age!
So if, let’s say, the Chinese invasion took 10,000 lives, the West killed at least 5,000 times more people than China. Simple math, isn’t it?
How many governments that the West overthrew, including those that were elected through painstaking and enthusiastic democratic processes? I don’t have the patience to go through all of them: Nicaragua, Chile, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Iran, Zaire, Paraguay, and dozens of others. Basically, any government that Western companies and politicians did not approve of, went up in flames.
The West really gave the world great lessons in democracy!
But let’s continue our comparisons.
Who is vetoing UN resolutions on Palestine and on other key international issues?
Who puts itself out of the reach of international courts of justice, even threatening to invade Netherlands in case its citizens are brought to the international court in The Hague?
Who is the greatest polluter, on a per capita basis? China does not even match the Scandinavian nations, and it becomes the number two environmental threat, after US, only if the absolute numbers are applied, a totally bizarre way to utilize statistics. To use the same logic, one would conclude: ‘there are more people smoking in France than in Monaco’.
Even the former US Vice-President, Al Gore, hardly a China lover, wrote that China has tougher environmental laws than US.
But let’s return to defense, to that ‘threat’ which China is allegedly posing to the rest of the world.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI 2012 Yearbook), The United Sates, with a population of 315 million, spends (officially) approximately 711 billion dollars on military expenditure. Many analysts insist that the number is really over 1 trillion dollars; others say that the amount is even higher than that, but incalculable, because of a complex and non-transparent interaction between the government and private sector. But let us stick to official numbers and accept, for argument’s sake, the lowest estimate of 711 billion dollars.
Close allies of US are all great spenders as well; they all zealously shop for their nukes, missiles and jet fighters: The UK with 63 million people spends 62.7 billion dollars on ‘defense’. France with 65 million people spends 62.5 billion. Japan with 126 million people, forks out 59.3 billion, although, officially it does not even have an army. Two of the closest Western allies in the Middle East, are even more radical:
Saudi Arabia with 28 million people spends 48.2 billion dollars, and Israel with population of only 8 million, spends 15 billion, proportionally similar amounts.
China, the most populous country on earth, with 1,347 million people, spends 143 billion dollars, approximately as much as UK and France combined, but with over 10 times more people to defend!
On a per capita basis, the US is spending over 21 times more on defense than China. UK more than 9 times and Saudi Arabia more than 16 times!
And one has to wonder: Who do France and the UK ‘defend’ themselves from? Could it be Andorra, Monaco or Ireland? Or maybe that outlying bit of Europe, Iceland?
In contrast, China, which was attacked on several occasions; which was occupied, colonized and plundered by Western powers, notably by the UK and France (whose barbarity in ransacking Beijing was legendary), now has hundreds of strategic bombers and nuclear missiles pointed at its face, from the directions of Okinawa and Guam, from the US fleets in the region, and from the bases in nearby former Soviet Central Asian Republics.
The US, in defiance of the constitution of the Philippines, is conducting military exercises at the Clark base and other military installations on the territory of its former colony. It has a heavy military presence in South Korea, just a stone’s throw from China, and is making overt and covert overtures towards Vietnam, trying to, bizarrely; lease some its old bases, which were last used during the war. And it is no secret that Mongolia is now one of the staunchest Western allies, with thousands of kilometers of a long border with China.
What justifies such contrasting military expenditures between the West and China?
The answer is – nothing! Like in the case of the “Monroe Doctrine”, the West does not need some silly justifications. Its presumption of racial and cultural superiority, unpronounced but assumed, seems to suffice in silencing all internal skeptics and critics.
The elites, ‘intellectuals’ and media in most of the world are trained and paid to kneel and bow to that obvious but unchallenged farce.
What I am doing here; asking all these questions, is not only unacceptable in Europe and US, it is considered impolite!
And China, many times a victim of Western aggressions, now finds itself on the defensive, accused of ‘flexing its muscle’, despite its disproportionally low defense budget and almost no history of invasions and imperialism.
China is portrayed as a threat, when shoulder-to-shoulder it stands with most of the progressive Latin American nations and with Russia, blocking UN resolutions designed to open the door to the Western invasion of Syria.
In the eyes of the Western regime, to try to prevent an invasion, amounts to a supreme crime, almost akin to terrorism. Countries that are standing in its way become vilified through the most vitriolic propaganda.
One has to recall that the same rhetoric was used by Nazi Germany, during the war. Members of any resistance, partisans, and opposing forces – were all called terrorists. And who can forget those colorful insults reserved for the nations that were about to be attacked! Or for the Soviet Union that faced Nazis, finally defeating them!
According to my investigations in the region, Western forces are training not only ‘Syrian opposition’, but also Saudi and Qatari jihadists and mercenaries, in so called ‘refugee camps’ in Turkey, near Hatay, and at the US air force base in Adana.
But who will forgive China, Russia and Latin America for trying to prevent yet another Libya-style, horror scenario?
And then, there are those Spratly Islands; that tour de force of Western propaganda!
The Spratly Islands could actually be the only proof that China is ‘flexing its muscle’, or that it is ready to defend its interests.
The Government of the Philippines, a former US colony, is at the fore-front of harsh criticism directed at China.
I went to talk to Philippine academia, to top scholars in Manila, and I managed to speak to several of them.
Opinions were generally similar, summarized by Roland G. Simbulan, Senior Fellow and Professor in Development Studies and Public Management at the University of the Philippines, explained:
“Frankly speaking, those Spratly Islands are not so significant to us. What’s happening is that our political elites are clearly encouraged by the US to provoke China, and there is also a big influence of the US military on our armed forces. I would say that the Philippine military is very vulnerable to such type of ‘encouragement’. So the US is constantly nurturing those confrontational attitudes. But to continue with this type of approach could be disastrous to our country. Essentially we are very close to China, geographically and otherwise.”
In Vietnam, the US clearly exploits old rivalries, pitching two socialist states against each other.
Then the human rights issue.
Again, let’s compare.
There are more people in jail in US than in China. Not just more, but incomparably more.
According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, the US has the highest number of people in prisons, than anywhere in the world: 730 per 100,000 of population! Out of 221 countries and territories from which data was collected, China ranks 123th, with 121 prisoners per 100.000 of population. That’s six times less than the US, and even less than Luxembourg (ranks 120th with 124 prisoners per 100,000 of population) or Australia (ranks 113th with 129 prisoners per 100,000 population).
It is a known fact that in the US, many prisons are privatized and prisoners are basically held as free or cheap labor. If it is not a violation of human rights, to hold millions of people in jail, for minor offenses, just in order to keep the coffers of private companies full, then what is?
The use of torture is accepted and used by US interrogators all over the world.
China still executes more people than the US, even on a per capita basis, which is unfortunate, but the number of executions in China is decreasing, as is being reduced, the number of crimes punishable by death.
But while the death penalty in China is often mentioned in connection with human rights violations, it is rarely stated that the US is applying extra-judicial executions in several parts of the world, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, where it uses so-called drones, to arbitrarily target terrorist suspects, including women and children.
And what about the main propaganda chip – Tibet? If we compare the situation there to that in the territories ruled by the Western allies, like Indonesia and India, we come to very uncomfortable conclusions.
Indian rule over Kashmir can only be described as outright carnage; Indonesian rule over Papua, with over 120,000 people killed (a very conservative estimate) is nothing short of genocide.
But India and Indonesia are never described as nations that should be deterred because of the record of gross violations of human rights. Nor are the Western nations for their endless crimes against humanity on all continents.
Are human rights only for those at home? Are 50, 60 or even 200 million that West murdered mostly in poor countries, not ‘human’?
To claim that there is no racism in the way China is perceived would be ludicrous.
I have friends, otherwise sensible and progressive men and women, who, when China is mentioned, close their ears and begin to scream: “No, I never want to go there. It is terrible!”
Communist, socialist, or capitalist, the success of Asian nations is never taken lightly in the West.
Who can ever forget the sarcasm and ‘mistrust’ directed towards Japan when it bypassed, economically and socially, most of the European nations. And until now, when someone mentions that Singapore has many social indicators that are better than those in Australia, he or she is immediately countered by derogatory outbursts, directed at the tropical city state.
Both Singapore and Japan are staunch Western allies and highly-developed market economies integrated in the global capitalist system.
China is different. It is developing its own model; it is clearing and creating its own path through unknown territory. It is unwilling to follow orders from others. It is too big, its culture too old.
In the past, like Japan, China was closed, living in its own realm, never externally aggressive, with no expansionist ambitions.
Westerners arrived and forced it to open. What followed were bloodbaths and deceits, confusion and a long period of national humiliation and stagnation.
Then came the struggle for independence, and revolution. Not easy, not smooth, but China once again grew, began rising to its feet, educating its people, housing and healing the poor.
It went its own way; a complex way of balancing between its own culture and global conditions, between socialism and the capitalist reality that is dominating the world.
It experienced some setbacks but many more accomplishments. And it did not really ‘rise’; it just began regaining its rightful place in the world, the place that was denied to it for so long, after years of plunder and debilitating invasions.
It is generally a benign nation inhabited by kind hearted people. Almost all those that know China, agree on that.
But it is also an extremely determined and proud nation. It is wise, and in search of harmony, always willing to compromise.
To try to corner it, to provoke it, to attack it, would be insane, and almost suicidal. This time China will not yield, not when essential issue are involved. There is still the fresh memory there, of what happened when it did.
The West, blinded by the fear that it could lose the privileges of the dictator, is doing the unthinkable: sticking an iron rod into the dragon’s mouth. Here in Asia, dragons are respected and loved – mythical creatures of great wisdom and power.
But dragons can also be fierce when good-will is broken, and invaders are threatening to ravage the nation.
China is growing and trying to understand the world, to interact with it. Its people are enthusiastic about what they see; they want to make friends.
The West is acting in the most antagonistic way: once again triggering an arms race, spreading the most vitriolic propaganda, corrupting entire nations in Asia and Oceania into adopting an anti-Chinese stand.
Understandably, the West did not sacrifice all those millions of people, all around the world, just to abandon its dictatorial and exclusive grip on power. It did not destroy dozens of freedom-seeking countries; it did not bomb tens of millions to oblivion, just to back up now.
In the future, confrontation cannot be excluded, and it is clear who will be at fault.
China will not abandon its course. There will be no Chinese Yeltsin. By standing firm, China is showing an example to the world.
As these words are being written, Latin America is resisting and winning. Russia is resisting while searching for its own direction. And others may join. Africa is dreaming about resisting, but still does not dare; still too damaged. Arab countries dare, but have yet to decide in which direction to place their dreams.
But discontent with the boots crashing freedom is growing. And China is not the one who is wearing them.
The irrationality and racism of the West may backfire.
Published 5 January 2013 politics and government Leave a Comment
On Friday, 4 January 2013, a letter from Drew and Napier came to me.
Lawyer and former PAP member of parliament, Davinder Singh, acting for the firm which represents Lee Hsien Loong (in his personal capacity) said Lee was defamed by various allegations of corruption on his part in my article dated 21 December 2012, titled ‘PAP mis-AIMed, faces blowback’, as well as in 21 comments following it made by readers (referred to as ‘posts’ in the letter below).
Because I moderated the comments, the letter said, it meant I “subscribe to and endorse” the views expressed by those comments.
I accept that I was wrong and am publishing an apology and undertaking as requested:
Readers can look forward to a further article from me further discussing the effect of this turn of events on the AIM saga. Yes, there will be a part 6. Stay tuned.Edited by Dalforce 1941 05 Jan `13, 3:47PM