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 Forum: Business, Economics, Money and Macro issues   Topic: OBOR

 Post subject: Re: OBOR
Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 9:23 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 107


Life goes on as usual for middle income and advanced countries. They don't need improvement in infrastructure. Taking the slow train all in place instead of ripping off working systems with fast connections. Soon the developing countries will leapfrog and overtake them. No sweat. Better get China ou...

 Forum: The World and Foreign Policy   Topic: Singapore-China Relations update

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 9:21 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 71


Once again, undiplomatic ambassador at large's views have been held as authoritative and insightful by the state's newspaper and its leading opinion journalist, another product of the system of following the lead. Come on, Singaporeans are a heterogeneous lot, educated and worldly wise. Not easily d...

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: Theresa May's Manifesto Speech

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 9:11 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 39


Good luck. We who choose independent ways and persist, must be prepared for the struggles, come what may.

 Forum: Political Developments - General   Topic: To ban or not to ban foreign religious preachers

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:01 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 414


Singapore's dilemma in dealing with a third of the Malay, Indian Muslim population and migrants. How to appease every religious group and maintain harmony? We should bring back the good old days. Education provided the disadvantaged groups to seek higher education and good jobs. They did not aspire ...

 Forum: Southeast Asia   Topic: Singapore presidential elections made comical non-event

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:07 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 381


The results have been decided even going to the polls. The ruling government / party wants a female Malay professional as president. All the other potential candidates do not stand a chance because they do not meet the stringent racial and wealth management eligibility among other criteria. Has poli...

 Forum: World Cultures   Topic: PRC Image needs different perspectives - a Singaporean view

Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:41 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 526


There are PRCs and there are PRCs. Those who only see the negative and superficial layer of Chinese loudness (mainland, HK) and shrewdness (all over the world) are missing the positives from the inconspicuous silent majority. Try to make friends and learn more about individuals than to generalise an...

 Forum: Southeast Asia   Topic: Malay first, no need to copy Arab

Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:10 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 206


Arab countries may be rich but they are more backward than many Southeast Asian countries. It makes no sense for Malays to imitate Arabs. The Sultan of Johor has much to tell Malays not to adopt Arabic culture blindly. http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/stop-trying-to-be-like-arabs-johor-ruler...

 Forum: Southeast Asia   Topic: Singapore government investigates iman and professor

Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:57 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 285


Only whistleblowers and insiders are able to critique and provide a true picture of what is going on that fans violence. It is unconvincing to claim that the verses are innocently recited without ill intention to harm Christians and Jews. If no explanation or moderation is given by the iman, most Mu...

 Forum: Political Developments - General   Topic: Most Singaporeans don't want Amos Yee back

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:54 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 278


This writer has a good point. Amos Yee has been diagnosed with mental problem. This is not obvious to harsh critics because he's intelligent and high functional but has problems communicating convincingly and is socially inept, at the end of the autism spectrum. Any sympathy from those activists who...

 Forum: Social Issues   Topic: Ex Muslims need support and understanding

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:16 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 855


Unfortunately, some of these ex-Muslims are being accused of giving ammunition to the likes of Trump and Le Pan.
Yes and No. People cannot differentiate shades and tend to gravitate to extremes. This is no way to promote understanding and address global concerns.

 Forum: World Cultures   Topic: “Moderate” Malaysia:adopt Islamic penal code

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:14 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 178


It is only the UMNO bumi elite leaders and PAS that have chosen to "regress" as a way of desperately clinging on to power and control the dissident citizens. Every day and every opportunity, Muslims and non-Muslims are protesting against turning the clock back. Muslims prefer the relax goo...

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: China finishing South China Sea buildings

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:03 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 324


Some military experts claimed China has installed missiles on the islands or at least there is potential for such deployment. However, the US intelligence did not think it poses a military threat. Trump and his aides earlier declared US would respond. How and to what degree remains to be seen. Certa...

 Forum: Political Developments - General   Topic: Arbitrary Singapore government: twists to presidency

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:57 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 232


To those idealistic friends out there who said that Halimah is highly educated LLM and held senior managerial positions and a progressive female Muslim who wears the tudung, I regret to say things are not that simple. Intellectuals should be able to think above the government who are blinded by powe...

 Forum: Political Developments - General   Topic: Arbitrary Singapore government: twists to presidency

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:49 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 232


You take what you get in a country where the government continues its patronising role years after independence, and govern on the assumption that people either could not think or won't protest. First the government dominated by PAPa just decided one fine day last year that the next President must b...

 Forum: Friendship and Social Networking   Topic: Types of friends in the world

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:40 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 899


It's more than understanding religions. Personal experience counts, good or bad. People have to survive and become really political to advance their personal interest and protect themselves. They want to look good and make others look bad (though not deliberately, but by the way, it seems harmless t...

 Forum: Family and Relationships   Topic: Afghan girls practice wushu in the mountains

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:31 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 270


Proud of these brave girls. Afghanistan has always been Asian before the advent of European influence. It was a centre of Buddhist learning and practice until the Taliban destroyed most traces of the glorious past. Chinese companies there could contribute more to economic and social development, som...

 Forum: The World and Foreign Policy   Topic: Happy Christmas and a Good New Year

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:00 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 321


Johorians are encouraged to send Christmas wishes.
Apparently it is not against the Islamic faith, so the leader said.
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2 ... ss-muslim/

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: Moderate Islam is a myth

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:57 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 453


Johor is governed by smart leaders. They have learned and reasoned that acceptance makes them stronger, while exclusionist policy makes the state weak and stagnant. How materialistic and pragmatic can one get by welcoming foreign capital, billions from China to build megacity that competes with Sing...

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: The big and small, errors and contradictions

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:33 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 174


Hugh White NOV 29, 2016, 5:00 AM Asian countries must now hedge against a new risk - of American withdrawal. Options are limited. For many years now, Asia's smaller and middle powers have pursued a policy of "hedging" against strategic uncertainty. The uncertainty they worried about was th...

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: The big and small, errors and contradictions

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:11 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 174


By Invitation Choosing between America and China Hugh White For The Straits Times Sep 27, 2016, 5:00 am Current US policy in Asia is flawed and offers little hope of stable ties with China in this part of the world. As strategic tensions have mounted in Asia this year, it has become steadily clearer...

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: The big and small, errors and contradictions

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:48 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 174


Singapore armoured (unarmed) military vehicles seized in Hong Kong. Quick action and damage control. Nothing new that we don't know. Both sides are careful but an incident like this directed from China is certainly aimed at sending a strong signal to Taiwan and Singapore. http://www.straitstimes.com...

 Forum: The World and Foreign Policy   Topic: Former Minister George Yeo on China, Asean, US and world

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:57 pm 

Replies: 0
Views: 99


This may console Chinese and statesmen who are alarmed by Singapore's shift in favour of US against Chinese "aggression". Yeo lost his parliamentary seat and therefore ministerial post. This view of balancing seems closer to the late founder Lee Kuan Yew's position. At the moment, another ...

 Forum: Peranakan, Eurasian, Overseas Chinese, Diaspora, Assimilation and Mixed Influences   Topic: Malaysia's loss - language, civility, sense and more

Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:13 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 2311


When Indonesian natives and Thais are learning Mandarin, we ask why some Penang and Malacca baba are losing not only their Hokkien heritage but are not picking up universally used languages Mandarin and English. The author of the Malaysian news article has observed that political pressure to learn M...

 Forum: Business, Economics, Money and Macro issues   Topic: Without China, the world would already be in recession

Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:04 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 100


It's good to know where we are coming from. Most are shaped by our learning and previous experience. In multiracial Singapore bombarded with philosophy of harmony, any attempt to promote one race over another is condemned. Peranakan and Eurasian with strong Chinese lineage have no affinity towards C...

 Forum: America, Europe   Topic: From Mohamed to Mathias - conversion in Germany

Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:36 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 543


Only possible in countries where all religions are protected.

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: Military Cooperation or tension: Aus Sing closer to US?

Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:35 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 412


http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/china-and-spore-looking-back-to-understand-the-future

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: Military Cooperation or tension: Aus Sing closer to US?

Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:35 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 412


http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/china-and-spore-looking-back-to-understand-the-future

 Forum: East Asia   Topic: Leader of ETIM Terrorist Group Arrested by Turkish Police

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:31 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 959


Turkish government is two-faced playing terrorists against governments they don't like. At the same time, they're also playing with fire. At times, they need to contain terrorist movements. If this report is accurate as claimed.

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: Military Cooperation or tension: Aus Sing closer to US?

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:27 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 412


Some call for celebration of western military cooperation in recent days. Australia has denied that military exercises in the South China sea are not aimed at China. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-05/australia-defence-begins-joint-military-exercises-in-singapore/7906794 Singapore also claims tha...

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: War is destructive: Islamists & civilians - West & Russian

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:07 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 254


Your enemy's enemy is your friend. Or at least that was what strategists used to think.
Simple logic that originated in the West but they've forgotten because it no longer suits their purpose. Not a wise move.
Who is the greater evil? Autocrats? Communists? or Islamists?
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