[Disclaimer: I know Dr Janil Puthucheary personally]
I find it very interesting that people make such a big deal about Dr Janil Puthucheary’s father and his history. Some folks will find any reason to not vote PAP, even going as far as to cast aspersions about Janil’s filial piety. As an outsider, I have no real idea what the younger and elder Puthucheary’s relationship is like. I only know Janil and have never met the elder Mr Puthucheary.
I feel rather incensed that outsiders feel as if they know the relationship between father and son better than the parties themselves. So I had to go online to check out what the older Mr Puthucheary feels about his time in Singapore (before moving to Malaysia). As far as I can tell, I do no think that he begrudges what happened to him. I’m not saying that he didn’t suffer, I’m saying that he put it behind him. I think the older Mr Puthucheary did not transmit any sense of anger or hate to his children, which is a good thing. I would never dream of burdening my sons/daughters with my personal struggles. Unlike most folks, the elder Mr Puthucheary is a generous and big hearted man, he doesn’t hold long grudges and is willing to accept and support the choices his son makes. I can only hope that I will be as generous and supportive a father as he has been to Janil.
As for Janil, I believe he has very strong empathy for the residents that he works with. I knew him before he popped up as a possible candidate for the PAP, and I believe that he is truly sincere and passionate about serving the residents. He has a great sense of humour, friendly and is a very helpful person. He spent time talking to the residents in a gentle manner and tried to figure out how he could better help them. He really didn’t mind dishing out free medical advice to the other volunteers who asked.
I do not see a problem for fathers and sons to disagree about politics and to join different parties. And I agree with the older Mr Puthucheary that service to the community is far more important than the ideology. I leave the ideological bickering to the party hacks on all sides. All I know is that, I would vote for Janil because of his character and personality. Unfortunately, I doubt he will be standing in my constituency.
So I ask all the sensible Singaporeans out there to judge my friend by his personality and not the history of his father, especially when his father does not harbour any ill will to those who made him suffer.
I will say one thing about his first press conference though… He really needs to relax more and practice more. Hah!
There was a letter sent to Today on today (yeah I know… funny) requesting the government cap prices on essentials, and bak kwa. I hope the writer is not suggesting that we have a bak kwa price regulatory authority, along with a bak kwa police.
Personally, I don’t eat bak kwa (despite my mother’s best efforts to hoist the bak kwa on me). I also, personally, do not think there should be a price cap on bak kwa. It isn’t an essential item. I am sure our ancestors made do without bak kwa during Chinese New Year.
The writer also mentioned poultry, fish and cabbage, but I am sure other food stuff will also go up. What I would like to know, is if NTUC also raises prices.
If the big supermarket chain don’t change their prices, then I see no reason to introduce a price cap. It is up to the consumer to decide for themselves what price they want to pay for food. The local wet market sellers may be keen on turning a quick profit during this festive season, but you have the choice to go for a substitute good in the local NTUC. I know people like to point out the difference between “fresh” and “refridgerated” meats, but honestly it makes no difference. Meat is meat. And let’s be honest, you will have to refridgerate the “fresh” meats you buy from the wet market anyway, because you need to have it last past the 2 day public holiday.
I would also like to suggest to the writer to go to JB to buy food if the prices are really capped there. It is a viable option for many Singaporeans, as can be seen by the long jams at the Causeway every weekend.
I know that there are poorer members of our community that will need help during this period. I am sure the various welfare organisations, as well as the Comcare committees of all constituencies, will be distributing food to needy families during this festive period.
A cap is not a good idea because it depresses the actual value of the goods sold, and distorts market forces. It also imposes a financial burden on the goverment. Subsidies are hard to remove once given, and people will expect prices to remain at that level forever, even as real costs escalate. It also mean added bureaucracy for the monitoring of prices, and the implementation of price caps. That is money wasted. I am not a big fan of bureaucrats, and the less of them out there the better.
A better idea is to exercise your spending power, head to the cheapest seller and send a message to those who are price gouging that you will not be taken for a fool. And please, no bak kwa police.
Found some interesting stuff from the Advance Census Release of the 2010 Census. [Comments are all tongue-in-cheek]
Our overall population grew from 4.0279 million to 5.0767 million in 10 years.
Citizens grew by 8.20% but their share of the overall population fell from 74.13% to 63.64% [Make more babies!]
PRs grew by 88.17% and their share of the population grew from 7.14% to 10.66%.
Non-Residents grew by 72.96% and their share of the population grew from 18.73% to 25.70%
In terms of ethnicity (CMIO):
Chinese fell by 2.7% (76.8% to 74.1%) [Make more babies!]
Malays fell by 0.5% (13.9% to 13.4%)
Indians grew by 1.3% (7.9% to 9.2%)
Other grew by 1.9% (1.4 to 3.3%)
Also 22.8% of the Resident population (Citizens and PRs) were not born in Singapore [Make more babies!]
Malaysians made up the bulk forming 44.74% of the non-Singaporean Resident population, seeing a real increase of 80,600 Malaysians (22.39% increase from 2000)
China/HK/Macau made up 20.17% of the non-Singaporean Resident population, seeing a real increase of 20,200 of them (13.03% increase from 2000)
Indian Sub-Continent made up 14.47% of the non-Singaporean Resident population, seeing a real increase of 63,100 of them (104.47% increase from 2000)
Indonesian made up 6.14% of the non-Singaporean Resident population, seeing a real increase of 21,900 Indonesians (67.38% increase from 2000)
The rest of Asia made up 10.53% of the non-Singaporean Resident population, seeing a real increase of 67,700 of them (302.23% increase from 2000)
The rest of the World made up the remainder (3.95%) seeing an increase of 14,500 of them (89.5% increase from 2000)
Here’s the real interesting bit. As it stands, there are now more females than males in Singapore (1:0.974 or about 50.65%), as for the non-Singaporean Resident population about 55.80% of them are female.
Malaysia: 56.68% female [I wonder how many of you are going to Ipoh to look for wives?]
China/HK/Macau: 58.49% female [Who go Chengdu to look for wives ah?]
Indian Subcontinent: 46.09% female [Why no one go Bombay to look for wives?]
Indonesia: 66.18% female [No good men in Indonesia?]
Rest of Asia: 58.00% female [Japanese wife fetish?]
Europe: 36.90% female [Please go to Nordic countries to find wives]
USA & Canada: 48.20% female
Australia & NZ: 47.60% female
Others: 50.46% female
As for born-in-Singapore residents 50.86% are male. [There! You have your justification to find a non-Singaporean wife. Not enough Singaporean girls].
I look forward to the full census data and what interesting insights they reveal.
Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 1“It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers’” – Matthew 21: 12-13
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” – Mark 11: 15-17
Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” – Luke 19: 45-46
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” – John 2: 13-16
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