Elitism Quotes (PAP)


Small collection of quotes by PAP Ministers etc. on the “aristocracy mentality.” Thanks to readers for contributing some of these :)

1. “Without a natural aristocracy. . .society will lose out.”
— Lee Hsien Loong, 2015

2. “I don’t respond to anything on The Real Singapore, which is a Facebook page and website written by morons, commented on by morons, and read and shared by morons.”
— Calvin Cheng, 2014

3. “The problem today is that PAP is a bit too elitist. . .they don’t feel for the people; overall, there is a lack of empathy.”
— Ngiam Tong Dow, 2013

4. “Maybe it made lesser mortals envious and they thought maybe he was a little bit boastful.”
— Charles Chong, MP (on senior civil servant Tan Yong Soon’s S$46,000 five-week course at a prestigious French cooking school)

5. “I feel my own angst riding with the common people. But I suppose it’s good to get the feel from the ground every now and then, to connect with the peasantry.”
PAP Supporter and former Law Society employee, Nicholas-Seth Leong on his second MRT trip in 2012

6. “Please, get out of my elite uncaring face.”
— Wee Shu Min, scholar-daughter of former MP Wee Siew Kim

7. “Remember your place in society before you engage in political debate… Debate cannot generate into a free-for-all where no distinction is made between the senior and junior party… You must make distinctions – What is high, what is low, what is above, what is below, and then within this, we can have a debate, we can have a discussion… people should not take on those in authority as ‘equals’.”
— Former Foreign Minister George Yeo (1994)

8. “They (top civil servants) get paid more, they’re highly educated, and they have bigger egos, bigger than any government employees I’ve met anywhere else in the world. It’s not good or bad, but they consider themselves superior to almost any government employee in the world.”
— Renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith on civil servants’ ego in Singapore (2011)


9. “$600,000 a year is peanuts.”
— Mrs. Goh Chok Tong (2004)


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10. “We are our own check. The integrity of our leaders, of our MPs. That’s where the check comes from. . .not this seductive lie of check and balance.”
— Goh Chok Tong, 26 August 2015

11. “I didn’t ask for it. That was the rate for the job, that’s what I accepted. You don’t like the rate, I can’t help it.”
President Nathan who doesn’t feel he needs to defend his high salary which was criticised extensively online. (The Sunday Times, 7 Aug 2011)

12. “I don’t think that there should be a cap on the number of directorship that a person can hold.”
— PAP MP John Chen who held 8 directorships

13. “It’s not for the money because some of the companies pay me as little as $10,000 a year.”
— PAP MP Wang Kai Yuen who held 11 directorships

14. “One evening, I drove to Little India and it was pitch dark but not because there was no light, but because there were too many Indians around.”
— Former PAP MP Mr Choo Wee Khiang, in a speech in Parliament in 1992

15. “Smaller Medisave means you’re lazy and work less.”
Khaw Boon Wan (2013)

16. “There’s no ladder to climb when the top rung is reserved for people with a certain name.”
— Forbes (2009)

17. “The elite’s privileged position in decision-making and exclusive formulation of organisational policies will only serve to reflect the elite’s self-interests instead of that of the masses.”
— Classical elite theorist Robert Michels, via Soh Yi Da

18. “Our funds are accountable to the government. I would not believe that transparency is everything.”
— PM Lee Hsien Loong, The Telegraph UK

19. “As an anti-PAP retired civil servant, I can tell you that all the PAP media events are staged with great care. Every photo opportunity is meticulously planned. As a former government press officer told me, we must manipulate the message.”
TRE Comment

20. “We are same — same but different.”
— Lim Swee Say via Teo Chee Hean (2015)

21. “Only rich or corrupt people work for free.”
— Vivian Balakrishnan, when asked about the salaries of Members of Parliament (2015)

22. “The reality as societies developed is that leaders often come from the same social circles, educational backgrounds and even family trees.”
— Lee Kuan Yew, 2011

23. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.”
— Lee Kuan Yew, 1987

24. “In short, the elite.”
— Lee Kuan Yew, 1966


Google search for meaning of “Elite”

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For more PAP ministers’ quotes, check out the following resources:

1) Top 30 Quotes from the Ivory Tower (TOC)

2) Photo Album (Martyn See)

3) Great PAP Quotes (Comment saved by Chris Ho)

4) Infamous Quotes by SG Leaders (AskMeLah)

Calvin Cheng Quotes


Quotes by Ex-NMP, Calvin Cheng (followed by a selection of rebuttals)

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QUOTE #1: “I was confident that it [would] not in any way affect my ability to be impartial, objective and non-partisan.” — Calvin Cheng (July 2009)

Rebuttal: “Mr Cheng is missing the point. If NMPs are truly supposed to be non-partisan, he should have resigned from the party upon submitting his application to become an NMP, not only after the results are out.”
— Ng E-Jay / Socio-Political Blogger (July 2009)

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QUOTE #2: “The biggest danger I feel are an emerging group of Westernised, educated, champagne socialists and latte liberals who pontificate about social inequality, democracy and freedom in the comfort of their condos.”
— Calvin Cheng (Oct 2014)

Rebuttal: “The greatest threat to Singapore is in the form of reactionaries who promote self-serving policies under the guise of pragmatism and meritocracy.”
— Terence Ng (Oct 2014)

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QUOTE #3: “[The association had ‘noble goals]. . .if wages of models have been left higher and they have benefited permanently, it’s a good thing.”
— Calvin Cheng (Oct 2013)

Rebuttal: “Calvin Cheng played a central role in price-fixing as president of the Association of Modelling Industry Professionals (AMIP). . .he knew [it was] wrong, and he did it all the same.”
RedWireTimes c/o Terry Xu (Oct 2014)

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QUOTE #4: “I don’t respond to anything on The Real Singapore, which is a Facebook page and website written by morons, commented on by morons, and read and shared by morons.”
— Calvin Cheng (Oct 2014)

Rebuttal: “Disgusted to see that a Hwa Chong alumni can behave in such a pathetic manner. Never have I been more embarrassed of the fact that I too, am a Hwa Chong alumni. The tone of your comments and posts here, or anywhere else for that matter, reek of elitism. You have gone against the values that you were supposed to have as a ‘distinguished’ alumni of Hwa Chong. Quite disappointing indeed. In case you were wondering, I do read TRS too, and let me tell you this: many of the people reading/commenting on TRS are fairly smart. They are intelligent people, able to make their own judgements and form their own opinions.”
— 17 y/o Tim Ling (Oct 2014)

Rebuttal:Thanks for your mercy and snobbishness.”
— Angie Ng (to CC’s reply that she “represents the low IQ segment of the public”; Oct 2014)

Rebuttal:Calvin Cheng, reading through your earlier comments in this thread, you have clearly lost your argument to 17 year-old Tim Ling, who has shown a greater level of maturity than you. . .TRS/TRE may seem to you to be ‘moronic’ reporting, and it is so simply because it goes against the same elitist ideologies you share with the ruling elites. At least reports in the TRS/TRE are neither restrained nor controlled like that in The Straits Times which gives it a greater appeal. Thousands of readers that include ardent PAP supporters like Jason Chua (who founded Fabrications About the PAP), several PAP MPs and yourself take the time to read TRS/TRE frequently, so I presume that makes you and the people that support or are in your beloved PAP party morons.”
— Mike Tan (Oct 2014)

Rebuttal:How on earth is this loser a ‘nominated member of parliament’? I would have expected a basic amount of political correctness and common sense, instead he spends his time on Facebook trading petty, personal insults with random strangers like a 12 year old. Ridiculous.”
— Bob Chan (Oct 2014)

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QUOTE #5: “Are Singaporeans so easily offended? Please. Have more of a backbone and thick-skin. Are you going to go on a frenzied witch hunt just because some foreigner called you a loser on the Internet?”
— Calvin Cheng (Jan 2015)

Rebuttal:This smug Calvin is not the only idiot in town. He is a boon to the opposition — his silly pieces do not do Oxford University proud. Why wasn’t Ello arrested for his blast against the Muslim religion?”
Comment (Jan 2015)

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QUOTE #6: “Chee Soon Juan’s reply to Minister Chan [Chung Sing] is completely nonsensical and disingenuous, rebutting a point that was never made. Nowhere did Min. Chan call Chee a failure. Min. Chan called Chee Soon Juan a POLITICAL failure and that’s a fact. Even by the most stretched definitions, I don’t see how Chee could possibly be called a ‘political success’. ”
— Calvin Cheng (Jan 2015)

Rebuttal:I consider Calvin a success too. He single handedly proved the NMP system is a joke.
— Eric Chionh (Jan 2015)

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QUOTE #7: “Faith in our legal system and our police force underpins our hard-won social harmony and stability. By inciting people to question this and shaking the faith in the pillars of our society, these [half-wit] dissident-bloggers and websites are plainly speaking, inciting sedition.”
— Calvin Cheng (Mar 2015)

Rebuttal:Mr Cheng, I am concerned about the state of your mental health. Best regards.”
Lim Yong Chin (Mar 2015)

Rebuttal:But Mr Cheng, I notice you haven’t specifically said if you believe [what I mentioned about other parties putting anti-PAP flyers into people’s mailboxes] would be legal. Are you doubtful?
Ng Yi-Sheng / Singapore Literature Prize Recipient (Mar 2015)

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QUOTE #8: “I tell you what freedom is. Freedom is being able to walk on the streets unmolested in the wee hours in the morning, to be able to leave one’s door open and not fear that one would be burgled. . .These are the freedoms that Singaporeans have, freedoms that were built on the vision and hard work of Mr Lee, our first Prime Minister. And we have all of these, these liberties, while also being one of the richest countries in the world.”
— Calvin Cheng (March 2015)

Rebuttal:There are at least three elementary mistakes that Cheng makes in his piece that allow for it to be a very useful case study in logic and politics classes. The first, and the most obvious one, is that he has mistaken security for freedom. The second mistake that Cheng makes is that Singapore never had to sacrifice freedom for security, and democracy for an effective government.”
Donald Low / Associate Dean at LKYSPP (Mar 2015)

Rebuttal: “We are a country where Human Rights are seen as luxury. The security that is achieved in Singapore is not secured by respect and understanding, it is achieved through ignorance and fear.”
Rizzy Khaos / Blogger (Apr 2015)

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QUOTE #9: “Amos Yee will be charged in court. The kind of freedom he exercised is exactly the kind of freedom no civilised society needs. Insulting another’s religion, and trying to incite hatred during a time of national unity and mourning. And so, in order to secure the freedom of our civilised society, this boy should lose his.”
— Calvin Cheng (March 2015)

Rebuttal: Are we such a petty and insecure people that we have to demand blood whenever someone insults us on the Internet? Your own words, Calvin.”
— Joshua Chiang / Former TOC Editor (March 2015)

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QUOTE #10: “There is no such thing as total anonymity on the Internet. Troublemakers can be found and will be found. Troublemakers can set up new websites but they will similarly be hunted down. I do hope that the 2 editors of TRS already charged will be handed lengthy jail sentences as a warning and deterrence to others who may have similar intentions.”
— Calvin Cheng (May 2015)

Rebuttal: “Calvin Cheng will surely be greeted with strong approval by the PAP government. He is trying to scare the people. I will suggest that he try something more intelligent. Unless there is a legitimate ground, most notably a terrorist threat, I don’t think you can just walk into another country and hunt down the foreign sites. Don’t embarrass yourself, Mr Calvin Cheng!”
— Dosh / TRE Comment (May 2015)

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QUOTE #11: “Kudos to the NAC. More grants should be revoked from those who publish objectionable content. Taking tax payers’ money to publish content the majority don’t agree with is a social sin.”
— Calvin Cheng (May 2015)

Rebuttal: Because [it’s about] Operation Spectrum. Nobody likes to talk about Operation Spectrum.”
— Acedia Nazrul Amri Tristitia (May 2015)

Rebuttal: The art that Cheng is calling ‘subversive’ is, in essence, critical. “
— Ng Yi-Sheng (May 2015)

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QUOTE #12: “The self-radicalisation of the ISA-detained youth by ISIS propaganda is worrying. People like Alfian Sa’at for example need to be careful of their irresponsible rhetoric. . .the Government should watch commentators like Alfian Sa’at closely and if red lines are crossed, the use of the ISA on these domestic agitators should not be ruled out.”
— Calvin Cheng (May 2015)

Rebuttal: Self-radicalised Oxford-educated PAP zealot Calvin Cheng hopes the government will invoke the ISA on playwright Alfian Sa’at.
— Martyn See / Filmmaker + Blogger (May 2015)

Rebuttal: “If anyone is behaving in a traitorous manner, it is this abomination called Calvin Cheng for constantly and insidiously trying to turn Singaporeans against Singaporeans who dare to speak up on social political issues. He has made a serious and unfounded allegation against Alfian Sa’at and he should apologise if he has any conscience.”
— Min Zheng / Jentrified Citizen (May 2015)

Rebuttal: “The scary thing is not just what Calvin Cheng posted. The scary thing is also that he is probably not the only one in the pro-PAP camp who, in their increasing and blatant arrogance, think like this.”
— Andrew Loh / TOC Founder (Post #1 + Post #2)

Rebuttal: “CC: You claim that you had sought legal advice from a senior counsel and that Alfian should take proper legal advice instead of advice from armchair lawyers. Well, I happen to be a lawyer too, Calvin. And I think you’re in pretty serious trouble.
— Respect Singapore (May 2015)

Rebuttal: I believe I speak for Oxford when I say we are ashamed that a graduate of this institution would suggest using detention without trial to silence an honourable man.”
— Thum Ping Tjin (May 2015)

Rebuttal: In other more important news, my short story collection Corridor has been republished by Ethos Books. And contrary to what Calvin Cheng would like to insinuate, it’s not on ISIS’ reading list.
— Alfian Sa’at / Playwright (May 2015)


CALVIN CHENG was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore. He currently serves on the Ministry of Communications and Information’s Media Literacy Council, and the Media Development Authority’s Board for The Singapore Media Festival.

Calvin was formerly the Head of Elite Models for the Asia Pacific region. Calvin is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

CC Online: Facebook | Wikipedia | LinkedIn | Parliament SG

Martyn See, Blogger/Filmmaker


I first surfed into Martyn See’s blog some time ago on a Google search for “LKY Knuckledusters.”

Martyn See is a Singaporean political blogger and filmmaker, who has made films on Dr Chee Soon Juan, Mr Said Zahari and the late Dr Lim Hock Siew.

His blog (online since 2004!) is a great resource in terms of research, quotations, and documentation. I am glad to have seen his name referenced in a couple of non-fiction Singapore books I’ve read. For anyone with an interest in Singapore’s history and current political landscape, do check out his blog and other links at the bottom of this post.

If I had to list some of my favourite posts from Martyn See’s online updates, this blog post might never end. Therefore I have semi-randomly selected a few excerpts and screenshots, which should be of utmost interest to “discerning Singaporeans” (to borrow a description from the scholarly Mr. Yoong).

This list is not exhaustive, as it is meant to serve as a quick introduction to the scope of Martyn’s research.

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POSTS / IMAGES BY MARTYN SEE (political blogger/filmmaker)

1. On LKY: “It is a perhaps a fitting tribute to a man who led his flock by trading emotion for economics, ideals for pragmatism and compassion for politics.”

2. On Davinder Singh: “The aristocrat’s hatchet man is laughing all the way to the bank while shadowed by the ghost of a moral conscience which he aborted and left for dead at youth.”

3. On K Shanmugam potentially making an illegal political party film

4. On LHL: World’s Highest Paid Minister

5. Top 10 Quotes From PAP Chairman Khaw Boon Wan

a) On Your Medisave: “I work hard, I earn more, my medisave is bigger. You’re lazy, you work less, your medisave is small.”

b) On University Degrees: “If they cannot find jobs, what is the point? You own a degree, but so what? That you can’t eat it. If that cannot give you a good life, a good job, it is meaningless.”

c) On The Elderly: “Singaporeans could consider living in nursing homes in Johor Baru. It would be cheaper.”


6. Tale of Two Teos

On ministers’ pay versus NS men’s pay.


7. Lee Kuan Yew’s Analects, Part III

Quoted verbatim.


8. 1994 – 2012: A Chronology of Authoritarian Rule in Singapore

Dec 1994: Novelist Catherine Lim’s column in the Straits Times is suspended after Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong publicly reprimanded her for two articles which suggested that the PAP Government may be out of touch with ground sentiments. “If you land a blow on our jaw, you must expect a counterblow on your solar plexus,” said Goh, who added that Lim must enter the political arena if she wants to continue airing her views. Lim subsequently apologises.


9. The ISA as a Political Tool

The second installment of a five part excerpt from an Amnesty International report, first published in 1980.


10. PN Balji, former SPH editor, on growing old in Singapore

“I am hitting 66 and a suffocating and crowded environment are beginning to get to me. There is no hinterland to escape to. Johore, the closest Malaysian state, is a pain to get to because of the exorbitant tolls and massive jams on the Causeway link. . .”


11. A nation that refuses to heal its wounds

KC Chew, a Harvard graduate imprisoned twice under the ISA for the bogus charge of a Marxist conspiracy in 1987/88, urges the government to seek reconciliation by issuing a national apology for the wrongful arrests and torture of ISA detainees.


12. Video : Dr Chia Thye Poh

Detained without trial by Lee Kuan Yew’s government for 32 years, Dr Chia Thye Poh was the longest-serving political prisoner of Singapore. This video documents his first public appearance since his release in 1998.

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(Martyn See on the right, with Dr. Chia Thye Poh on the left)

MARTYN SEE is a Singaporean political blogger and filmmaker with two banned films, two police investigations and a conscience that just won’t let him rest.

Martyn See Online: Blog (Best ISA Resource) | Facebook | Photo Album | Interview | YouTube

Yoong Siew Wah – Former ISD Director (Quotes, Part 2)

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The original quotations post was getting a bit long, so I’ve shifted some of the excerpts onto this new post, which features Mr. Yoong’s blog excerpts from 2014+.

Be sure to check out the enlightening essays in their entirety at Singapore Recalcitrant!


Excerpts from “Singapore Recalcitrant” (2014+; latest at the top)


(1) “The fact that Dr. Thum Ping Tjin is an authentic reputed Oxford Historian can never be detracted by any amount of denigration by any party though there was no lack of such attempts as seen in his six-hour questioning in the Select Committee. The Operation Coldstore controversy will go on indefinitely because there can never be a definitive conclusion to it.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 4 May 2018)


(1) “Singaporeans are so inured to the sophistry of the PAP demagogues that they now take it in their stride for its face value. . .the Malays do not appear to be comfortable with the presidential election in 2017 reserved for them as many, especially the more discerning ones, regard it as a gesture of tokenism by the PAP Government. ”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 1 April 2017)

(2) “Cannot our thick-headed PM Lee sober up for once and think of a more civilised approach to China? By now it should be abundantly clear to PM Lee and his Cabinet that there will be no resolution of the Terrex issue without President Xi’s nod.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 9 January 2017)

(3) “Is it not an indictment of the PAP Government that it requires the tragic death of a promising 14-year-old Benjamin Lim to jolt it into making a review of the criminal investigation procedures to protect vulnerable teenagers [when] they are hauled in by the benign police for interrogations? ”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 6 January 2017)


(1) “How on earth can the 70 % electorate vote in such a mediocre PAP government is still an enigma. But they will have to face up to the unpalatable fact of voting in a self-serving government giving mediocre service to the public. . .there is an appropriate Chinese saying: “A wrong step will lead to an eternal regret” (一失足成千古恨).”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 29 November 2016)

(2) “It was just a matter of time for the precarious honeymoon between China and Singapore to come to a head. It was done by China with such finesse that it came as a severe jolt to the disoriented PAP leadership, especially the day-dreaming PM Lee Hsien Loong.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 28 November 2016)

(2) “It has now become a comic opera with the introduction of the Remote Gambling Act (RGA) to curb online gambling. . .the PAP Government is not comfortable in denying that it is sending “confusing and conflicting signals.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 11 October 2016)

(3) “Some bright spark in the Cabinet, probably PM Lee himself, came up with a life-saving solution of establishing a Constitutional Commission to review the EP Scheme — which would set the eligibility criteria so high that Dr. Tan Cheng Bock would automatically be precluded from standing as a candidate for the EP.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 19 September 2016)

(4) “Ex-President Ong Teng Cheong had brought immense progress to Singapore even before he became President as a PAP lawmaker and Minister. . .the question of the withholding of his State Funeral upon his death will not go away from the people’s mind and will resurface from time to time to the discomfort of the PAP wallahs, especially PM Lee Hsien Loong.
Singapore Recalcitrant, 24 August 2016)

(5) “True to their character, the PAP leaders are never slow in their haste to claim credit for the global honour to Singapore that Joseph Schooling has brought.

[It] was left entirely to the parents of Schooling to finance his training, especially his mother May Schooling. They spent more than a million dollars for his training and the Singapore Government is not known to have made any financial contribution to it.(Singapore Recalcitrant, 17 August 2016)

(6) “[My letter] must have come as a shock to Mr. Shanmugam but I am not too optimistic that the high and mighty Law Minister would have the humility to reply to a plebeian. My letter could have caused not a little ripple as it brings to the public notice a disturbing and unusual situation in the administration of justice.

The State Coroner was scheduled to give his verdict on the tragic death of Benjamin Lim on 8 June and quite inexplicably he gave a no-show without any announcement of any postponement. . .[this] could have serious repercussions on certain quarters like the police. Could there be a possibility, even if remote, for the State Coroner to have suddenly found himself to be in an unpardonable situation where he had to act against his own conscience and abstained from giving his verdict?”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 3 July 2016)

(7) “It is therefore more prudent to assuage the public mind to our counter-terrorism measures in a less pushy manner so as not to incur the animosity of the terrorists.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 1 July 2016)

(8) “It is a well-known fact that the Straits Times is a PAP propaganda organ. For it to come out now to portray itself as a purveyor of unvarnished news to the public is stretching the imagination to the limit.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 15 Jun 2016)

(9) “[This is reminiscent] of the British colonial days when you get civil servants writing in an uncultured manner chastising the disconcerted public for any minor infringement.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 8 Jun 2016)

(10) “Bilahari is not too young and one would have thought that at his age there will be some maturity in his actions towards others, especially members of the opposition.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 1 Jun 2016)

(11) “Dr. Chee Soon Juan is a picture of composure in answering deftly all the accusations levelled at him by the PAP speakers. [He] is aware that he is pitted against a party with enormous financial and manpower resources and above all a ruling party. From observations and reports, Dr. Chee is making reasonable headway in his campaign and this is what irks the PAP leaders.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 30 Apr 2016)

(12) “This is a deeply earnest appeal to the Bukit Batok voters to exercise your sacred votes in favour of a candidate who will bring improvement in welfare and municipal services to your constituency and more important to act as a potent alternative voice in Parliament in matters of public interests affecting your political life and livelihood. The loss of one seat in a by-election is not going to cause any dent in [the PAP’s] armour. If elected, Dr. Chee Soon Juan will become the most successful underdog to win a seat in Parliament. May God bless you.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 27 Apr 2016)

(13) “His intention may not be to portray Lee Kuan Yew intentionally as a villian who betrayed his comrades-in-arms in order to sustain his one-man rule but is a sincere effort in presenting history as he saw it. There is a Chinese saying:When a war is won, tens of thousands will have perished (一仗功成万骨枯)。”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 6 Apr 2016)

(14) “True to its slavish character as a PAP propaganda organ, The Straits Times produced voluminous columns of celebratory articles extolling the so-called virtues of Lee Kuan Yew, the distinguished father of PM Lee. Who would want to read such a huge amount of literary trash except the fanatical fans of the late Lee Kuan Yew who had nothing better to do?”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 24 Mar 2016)

(15) “[PM Lee and his ministers] try to impress the public that they owe their living today to Lee Kuan Yew. To put it cynically, nothing can be more preposterous. . .where is the sense of integrity and duty to the public for the PAP propagandists to say that it is a one-man show by Lee Kuan Yew to transform Singapore to its present stage?”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 21 Mar 2016)

(16) “Minister K. Shanmugam is known to be very loquacious at other times especially in his crusade against the cruelty of cats. Does this mean that a human life is less worthy than a cat in his lofty views? Just like the Chinese saying: To treat the people like grass.(視人民如草芥).”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 6 Feb 2016)

(17) “They should always bear in mind that minors are a vulnerable class and should be treated compassionately and decently. . .If we can henceforth see significant improvement in the police procedure in dealing with minors, the the tragic death of Benjamin Lim will not be in vain.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 2 Feb 2016)

(18) “Now both Lee Kuan Yew and Francis Seow have departed from the good earth and it is a matter of intricate diplomacy whose name is more morally accepted to the people. The netizens will have no difficulty in picking Francis Seow as their man of the moment. Renowned historians have not so far given any verdict on Lee Kuan Yew.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 22 Jan 2016)

(19) “So let’s see what possible motive ESM Goh could have on his mind in requiring such egregious action on the part of his neighbour. If it is from the ethical voyeurism point of view, people will be wondering what is there so sexually stimulating to peep from two who are over the hill in their youthful exuberance. . .Could it be that he drew his inspiration from his late political master Lee Kuan Yew who ordered that apartments in Cavenagh House be covered up to prevent snipers from taking aim at the Istana? But ESM Goh is not Lee Kuan Yew and has not reached his stature.

Is ESM Goh a law unto himself and is that how an exemplary minister should conduct himself? Above all, has he got the imprimatur of PM Lee Hsien Loong to issue his order to his neighbour? In any case, PM Lee is duty-bound in principle to come to his defence even if he had not been consulted. There is an old Chinese saying: Behead first and petition the Emperor later.(先斬後奏)”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 12 Jan 2016)


(1) “And in line with his flamboyant character Cowboy Khaw could hardly hide his ecstacy as his appointment could provide him with the golden opportunity to flaunt his so-called extraordinary prowess to deal with an extremely intractable rail problem which had caused the political demise of his two predecessors.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 4 Dec 2015)

(2) “Khaw said maintenance is not sexy which may not be comprehensible to the public. To be fair to Cowboy Khaw Boon Wan, his almost daily regalement could not but have attracted the rapt attention of the public but sometimes it may seem to be a little bit long-winded. . .maybe he should try to open up his window a little bit and consider the nationalisation of the transport system as a panacea to all the transport ills. The only drawback is that this idea originated from the Workers’ Party which is anathema to the PAP. ”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 29 Oct 2015)

(3) “The automatic reaction of immediately putting the WP on the defence without examining the merits of the suggestion may not go down well with the public, but the PAP flush with their recent GE victory may choose to ride roughshod over the WP’s suggestion with impunity. There is nothing the WP or the public can do if this is how the PAP wants to show its hubris. ”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 28 Oct 2015)

(4) “Some who had voted the PAP out of fear of WP’s dominance are now regretting their hasty decisions. . .even those who voted for the PAP were also unhappy. One friend pointedly exhibited his dissatisfaction: “I want PAP to win but do not want them to win so numerously.” There were others more agitated who angrily said:”This is the regression of democracy.” It will be interesting to find out how widespread this dissatisfaction is.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 21 Sept 2015)

(5) “ESM Goh Chok Tong is obviously over the hill and shows senility by his delirious utterance describing the WP as “nomads out to plunder.” [It] really scares the shit out of ESM Goh that the PAP is in danger of succumbing to a formidable WP team.


Very wisely he volunteered the anchoring of the PAP team to an unsuspecting Tan Chuan Jin as he would not want to be shown to be the anchorman in the remote possibility of a PAP defeat. So glamour boy Tan Chuan Jin may carry the honour of becoming the fall guy.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 1 Sept 2015)

(6) “It would have been a consummation of his oratory if he had refrained from extolling ad nauseam the so-called virtues of his late father Lee Kuan Yew and turning the Rally into an electioneering stunt calling for the election of the PAP team in the general election. ”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 25 August 2015)

(7) “The rot really started with the appointment of Ms. Saw Phaik Hwa as CEO. Her only experience was in the retail business and she knew next to nothing in the running of SMRT and its maintenance. She was however successful in making hugh profits for the shareholders, especially Temasek Holdings, mainly through rentals of SMRT properties and for a time she was able to ride high in the organisation.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 16 July 2015)

(8) “It must have been a sick joke for Desmond Kuek to have the temerity to make a long speech at the Company’s annual general meeting on how much rail reliability had improved just hours before the disruptions. Could there have been a bigger clown on whom PM Lee and Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew placed such a high estimation?”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 8 July 2015)

(9) “Amos Yee’s medical condition is autism and not derangement and it is insanity on the part of the authorities to put this vulnerable teenager in a block together with adult patients suffering from derangement.

What kind of compunction does PM Lee need before he could realise that he is ruining the life of an upcoming teenager because he had described his father, the late Lee Kuan Yew, as a “horrible man” in his video.

The light in his cell is kept on 24 hours everyday no doubt with the evil intention of depriving him of any sleep with the hope that this will cause him derangement.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 26 June 2015)

(10) “Compared to the Old Guards, what has PM Lee Hsien Loong done to ameliorate the cost of living which continues to balloon without end in sight? The so-called affordable housing policy is a sick joke as public housing in Singapore has never been so pricey and unaffordable.

The Prime Minister and his ministers are happily enriching themselves with taxpayers’ money for ostensibly serving the people while the lower-income Singaporeans are suffering from trying to make ends meet with the oppressive high cost of living. [It] will be incumbent upon the opposition to pursue the issue of the obscene ministerial salaries in their election campaign. The ground is favourable to the opposition and they must not allow this opportunity to slip through their fingers by staying united.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 20 June 2015)

(11) “By now the name of Amos Yee is known far and wide for his supreme fighting-spirit in his confrontation with the inhuman PAP Government. . .Imagine a 16 year-old being shackled in both hands and legs and brought before the court. What kind of human being is capable of inflicting such inhuman treatment to a 16 year old boy is beyond humanity.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 7 May 2015)

(12) “If, in a moment of compassion, we think that Lee Kuan Yew had suffered enough in his illness, perhaps we could allow his tortured soul to rest in peace. We could show some magnanimity even if this was not one of his traits in his lifetime.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 23 March 2015)

(13) “The Chinese believe that in any pursuit of wealth or power, it is prudent to stop at the appropriate time (適可而止) for if you persist in being greedy, in the end you will end up a pauper. (贪而無厭,反而変为贫). ”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 11 March 2015)

(14) “So if for political expediency, it is found necessary for Desmond Kuek to continue as CEO, rail disruptions will be a perennial problem as Kuek will never have the expertise to overcome it.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 9 March 2015)

(15) “What started well for the PAP Government in the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) exposure of the so-called major lapses of the AHPETC in the financial management and governance of its town council has now gradually become counter-productive to the PAP for going overboard in their frenzied attacks of the Workers’ Party on these issues.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 22 February 2015)

(16) “WP must try its best to defend itself in the coming weeks to convince the middle-ground that its Town Council is still very much in good hands. Be transparent with the electorate and I’m sure they will be a lot more forgiving towards you. The same cannot be said of the PAP. Like one of their prominent minister said, “We are deaf to all these criticisms.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 12 February 2015)

(17) “So the often professed slogan of the Prime Minister to respect and reward the pioneer generation is but a myth. One can find no dearth of rumbles among the pioneer generation of citizens on such myth, the so-called generous distribution of the Pioneer Generation Packages notwithstanding.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 7 February 2015)


(1) “And so the battle of words continues ad nauseam seemingly without abatement. There was a brief moment when a timorous Minister for Culture, Community & Youth Lawrence Wong showed a fleeting moment of chivalry in coming to the aid of a floundering colleague with some half-baked comments.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 14 December 2014)

(2) “Genuine pundits cannot help feeling that all [of PM Lee Hsien Loong’s] vociferous utterances of fictional inspiration to his followers could be a fig-leaf to hide his fear of a backlash to his party’s chances at the next election before 2017. . .

The never-say-die spirit of PM Lee in rousing his ministers and other potential PAP candidates to greater effort in winning as many seats as possible in GE 2016 is admirable on the surface but considering the mediocre performance of many of the run-of-the-mill type of ministers, PM Lee could brace himself for a considerable percentage of casualties among these ministers, which means that more GRCs may go to the united opposition.

GE 2016 is therefore very much an epoch-making election to watch. It may be PM Lee’s swan-song.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 8 December 2014)

(3) “By a quirky stroke of luck there is no dearth of gullible and well-meaning countries ready to show some semblance of civility and diplomacy to the clownish minority President in order not to belittle the self-conscious and conceited Singapore Government.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 22 October 2014)

(4) “Would it surprise PM Lee and his acolytes (i.e. one who performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar candles) if there are discerning Singaporeans who are utterly unimpressed and disappointed with PM Lee’s Rally speech? They feel that there is nothing new or inspiring in his speech and that it was wholly a rehash of what he and his millionaire ministers had been harping on all the time. . .”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 18 August 2014)

(5) “Singaporeans may realise that the biggest joke currently in vogue in town is MediShield Life. . .the cynical joke is that very few people, especially the elderly, understand the intricacies of the over-hyped scheme.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 27 June 2014)

(6) “PM Lee has unwittingly made the hitherto little known Roy Ngerng into something of a hero by his imprudent action of taking out his defamation suit against Roy. There is a Chinese saying: What is gained cannot indemnify the loss (得不償失).”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 13 June 2014)

(7) “PM Lee could be imagining himself to be a ravaging tiger waiting to pounce on an unwary prey which to his utter horror turned out to  be a ferocious lion. PM Lee [claimed] himself to be ‘flame-proof‘. It would be better for his public image if PM Lee curbs his impetuosity to fix the opposition, especially the so-called recalcitrant WP leaders, even if they are a threat to PAP’s ambitions in GE 2016.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 28 May 2014)

(8) “PAP is the government and commands the majority in Parliament. If it pursues a bullying political culture, there is nothing the WP or any other opposition political party can do to rectify the situation. . .The wheel of history only moves forward and for it to move backwards for the PAP will have the historians flabbergasted. The Singapore electorate are now more discerning and will know how to cast their votes.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 27 May 2014)

(9) “Out of curiosity I watched the Days of Rage programme on Channel 8 last night which was supposed to present the much-hyped Laju Saga in an objective light. . .to say that I was left in a state of shock is to put it mildly at the brazen self-glorification of their roles in the Laju Saga by some of the characters in the narrative.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 28 April 2014)

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Singapore Recalcitrant (Mr. Yoong Siew Wah’s scholarly blog)
Yoong Siew Wah – Former ISD Director (Quotes, Part 1)

Yoong Siew Wah – Former ISD Director


* Featured on The Real SG and TR Emeritus.

UPDATE (11 March 2015): I have shifted some of the newer excerpts onto a separate post (Part 2: 2014+).

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1. Internal Security Department (ISD)


The Internal Security Department (ISD) is Singapore’s secret police, who hold the power to detain indefinitely without charge or trial.

The ISD has also been described as “Singapore’s answer to the KGB” (by Dr. Chee Soon Juan in Journal of Democracy, Johns Hopkins University Press).

2. Mr. Yoong Siew Wah
Mr. Yoong Siew Wah was the Director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department (ISD) from 1971 to 1974. He was Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in the 1960s, and had a distinguished career in the Singapore Special Branch in the 1950s.

The erudite (i.e. learned and knowledgeable) Mr. Yoong, who is in his late eighties, keeps a blog called Singapore Recalcitrant.

These edifying excerpts give us an insider’s view of Singapore politics — on government propaganda, “clownish” PAP ministers, and more.

Excerpts from “Singapore Recalcitrant” (Part 1: 2008 to 2013)


(1) “The contrast between these two women — one a political luminary of world renown and the other a run-of-the-mill PAP minister — is so great that one glitters like a shining star in the dark [while] the other exhibits darkness like a starless night.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 2 October 2013)

(2) “All this pomp and pageantry has the illusion of giving a veneer of veneration to former MM Lee Kuan Yew. . .Lee Kuan Yew has expressed a wish that when it is time for him to go it will be a peaceful and painless death. But if one believes in karma, retribution has a way of exacting justice and Lee Kuan Yew may find his wish hard to fulfill. . .There will be his diehards who will extol his so-called achievements and virtues and there will be his dissenters who will bury him with his evil deeds.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 14 September 2013)

(3) “David Chan has identified three major dimensions of trust which affect how citizens think, feel and behave and which may shed light on how and why the public trusts or distrusts the Government. They are competence, integrity and benevolence. . .Trust in benevolence is about people’s belief in the Government’s intentions and motivations. . .[it] gets eroded when people think that policies are formulated by an elite which is disconnected from ground sentiments, is unable to empathise, or does not care enough for the less fortunate or ordinary folk.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 28 September 2013)

(4) “That [Eric Tan] had been completely in the dark as CPIB director when his enterprising assistant director at the bureau, Edwin Yeo Swee Hong, was siphoning off bureau funds to the tune of $1.7 million meant for the bureau operations from 2008 until his ruse was uncovered last year is mind-boggling. . .His present downfall is a lessen which Eric Tan must imbibe seriously and carry out a soul-searching of his actions.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 6 August 2013)

(5) “It is in [Lee Kuan Yew’s] character to disavow responsibility even in the face of glaring facts that the ‘Stop at Two’ policy was the main cause of the current low fertility rate. Perhaps he is deaf to the curses of Singapore women who had suffered deeply by his ‘Stop at Two’ policy.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 6 August 2013)

(6) “Is it not time the cocooned PAP Government should seriously consider the much-awaited nationalisation of the transport system to alleviate the anguish of the long-suffering Singapore commuters?”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 20 July 2013)

(7) “The United States government has also weighed in on the issue [re: Singapore’s new licensing scheme for online news sites] with the State Department saying that it was “deeply concerned” by the restrictive policy requiring the licensing of news websites. The State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said: We urge Singapore to ensure freedom of expression is protected in accordance with its international obligations and commitments.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 10 July 2013)

(8) “The most oppressive condition is the $50,000 performance bond for the licence. It is not oppressive to SPH, MediaCorp or Yahoo but will be oppressive if it is applied to ordinary websites like TR Emeritus and The Online Citizen. To say that the PAP leaders are “Old Crafty and Very Cunning” (老奸巨滑) is no exaggeration. They first introduced the Licensing Scheme ostensibly to deal with news websites like SPH and MediaCorp as a red herring to divert attention later on their real heinous intention to clamp down on the anti-establishment websites. PM Lee and his run-of-the mill ministers think that they can hoodwink discerning Singaporeans in this way and is an insult to their intelligence.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 29 May 2013)

(9) “Our comical PM Lee Hsien Loong in his inimitable way gave a display of brilliant diplomacy during his recent visit to the USA at a dinner given in his honour by the American business community. One could almost scream with disbelief when he told the august American audience that in Shanghai when one turned on the tap one would find a flow of pork soup, a sarcastic allusion to the massive pig carcasses found floating in a river in China.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 22 April 2013)

(10) “It is a well-known fact that the prime minister and his ministers are drawing millions of dollars in salaries which are paid out of taxpayers’ money. They are in fact wallowing in wealth at the public’s expense and whether they deserve such humongous (some call it obscene) salaries has been viewed with disdain by the public, especially those who are struggling with the high cost of living.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 1 March 2013)

(11) “To show the callousness of the Singapore Government, two representatives of the Singapore Government Pensioners’ Association met a former Finance Minister to seek his assistance for an increase in the pensions of Government pensioners to cope with the rising cost of living — the response they got from this former Finance Minister was too shocking to be believed. The former minister told the representatives that the pensioners had served their purpose, that what they were getting was enough for them to get by and the Government was just waiting for them to die off. What kind of human being is capable of such callous atrocious utterance is beyond any human comprehension.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 1 March 2013)

(12) “PM Lee Hsien Loong was later asked in a letter about the former minister’s callous utterance but he avoided touching on this subject. His answer was that Government pensions are governed by the Constitution and nothing could be done about it. This could be the lamest excuse that could have come out of the prime minister as the Constitution has been amended from time to time at the whim of the Government for whatever reason and that amending the Constitution to increase the pensions of pensioners could not have been an obstacle.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 1 March 2013)


(1) “The National Solidarity Party (NSP) has shown remarkable spirit of opposition unity in declaring its intention not to contest [in the Punggol East by-election]. Remember the authoritative saying: Unity is strength.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 28 December 2012)

(2) “That is why the emphasis is on opposition unity to face the PAP in GE 2016. The whopping ministerial salary may not be the main issue but it will be a plus in favour of the opposition parties in their election campaign to show that most PAP ministers are self-serving politicians who are in the game for the taxpayers’ money.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 26 November 2012)

(3) “How can it be called a National Conversation when an important and essential segment of society such as the opposition parties and bloggers is excluded?”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 15 October 2012)

(4) “True my disgust of the hubristic (i.e. arrogant) Lee Kuan Yew could make my presence at [the CPIB’s 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Istana] a big embarrassment to him. . .my presence would have caused [considerable] embarrassment to that demigod.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 26 September 2012)

(5) “Since when has it been acknowledged that The Straits Times is a neutral paper which is conscientiously objective in its reporting on the opposition, especially during the hustings. The paper is strictly under the control of the Singapore Press Holdings whose chairman is a former minister of the Government, a spin doctor anyway one looks at it. So how can one run away from the impression that the mainstream media (MSM) is an all embracing propaganda organ of the PAP Government, of which The Straits Times is a prominent member.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 29 May 2012)

(6) “The point is if the first generation PAP ministers could be so noble and selfless in serving the people without enriching themselves with taxpayers’ money, why is it so difficult for the third generation of PAP ministers to follow the selfless example?”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 15 January 2012)

(7) “PAP leaders are the first to assert vehemently that they are in politics to serve the people. But are they really or is it because of the astronomical salaries they pay themselves out of taxpayers’ money? They can holler till the cows come home but few, if any, of the politically-conscious Singaporeans will swallow that they are in it for altruistic reasons.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 6 January 2012)


(1) “Does it surprise Mr Khaw that an ordinary Bhutanese could operate a blog, on which he has posted that ‘this is in reply to National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan of Singapore on his comments made on our country.’ For a Bhutanese he surprises readers with his fairly high standard of satirical replies to each of Mr Khaw’s disparagements of his country.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 5 November 2011)

(2) “Instead of answering the question, the former MM baffled his audience by hubristically urging the PhD student, who is single, to stop wasting her time on her doctorate and find a boyfriend instead.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 22 September 2011)

(3) “[LKY] thinks he is more sagacious (i.e. wise) than the famous Chinese sage Confucius. But the narcissistic Lee Kuan Yew’s booboos in his utterances have become his trademark.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 6 September 2011)

(4) “As shown by the General Election in May, the writing is on the wall that Singapore electors are disillusioned with the PAP one-party hegemony and have shown their disgust with the PAP by voting in a Workers’ Party (WP) team in the renowned Aljunied GRC.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 27 July 2011)

(5) “Then came the third generation PAP leaders who continue to carry on blithely the astronomical ministerial salary tradition and their so-called service to the people which we must now view askance. As long as their motivation is their whopping salaries, the distinction between greed and service to the people is at best indistinguishable.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 22 July 2011)

(6) “One of the biggest contributory factors to this political setback was the gratuitous warning by the hubristic Minister Mentor to Aljunied voters that they live and repent if they voted the WP. . .This will be a good beginning for WP and Singaporeans can look forward to seeing more excitement in Parliamentary proceedings. And the PAP will have some soul-searching to do.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 7 May 2011)

(7) “This only goes to prove that more opposition voices in Parliament are an imperative to provide a check and balance from time to time to the PAP government’s shortcomings.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 3 May 2011)

(8) “This prompted the Minister Mentor to warn Aljunied voters that they have five years to live and repent. Christians are appalled at the choice of the word repent by MM Lee. In christianity the word repent is used when a sin has been committed. Is MM Lee trying to imply that voting for the WP team in Aljunied is a sin? Is this not sacrilege?”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 1 May 2011)

(9) “Why this PAP cinderella Tin Pei Ling, and not other new prospective PAP candidates, is being singled out for profuse criticisms by netizens is not entirely without logic. Her young age may be one factor indicating that she has just been weaned from suckling and lacks any political or worst still any humanitarian experience. But above all, it is her opulent lifestyle and rather highfalutin (i.e. pompous or pretentious) character that irk the netizens.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 3 April 2011)


(1) “It is pathetic that [ST Editor Han Fook Kwang], who is just a cog in the massive government propaganda organisation, is trying to ape his political masters in continuing to hoodwink the people as to the insidious political role of The Straits Times. The Straits Times [is] a government mouthpiece.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 2 May 2010)

(2) “Whether by providence or not, the opposition, especially Kenneth Jeyaretnam, should tighten up their security to ensure that no mercenary is infiltrated into their parties to cause disunity.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 21 April 2010)

(3) “‘She did not marry me and become Temasek Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer. I married her because she had the talent of a CEO’. This was the dramatic revelation of PM Lee Hsien Loong in referring to his wife, Ms Ho Ching. . .”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 18 April 2010)

(4) “Perhaps it could have occurred to the lucid mind of the Prime Minister the impetus that led to the evolution of the new media in Singapore. Every right-thinking Singaporean is aware that the sycophantic (i.e. spineless) mainstream media, especially the egregious (i.e. outstandingly bad) Straits Times, will only disseminate government propaganda and not any dissenting thesis inimical or unflattering to the government.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 28 March 2010)

(5) “…this will depend on how long the decadent PAP dynasty can last.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 16 March 2010)

(6) “Can you imagine anything more clownish than a deputy prime minister snoozing away during a speech by his fellow — DPM Wong Kan Seng — in Parliament? If Mr. Wong Kan Seng’s discourse can induce somnolence in Mr. Teo Chee Hean, he can certainly apply for a patent [to] cure insomnia.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 7 March 2010)

(7) “A little injustice, maybe not daily, is in the repertoire of the Minister Mentor and does not cause him any compunction (i.e. a pricking of the conscience). What is a small injustice to a public officer when the then-prime minister showed no qualms about the prolonged detention of Dr. Lim Hock Siew (19 years) and Chia Thye Poh (32 years).”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 25 January 2010)


(1) “The authors [of the book Men in White] fail to highlight Lee Kuan Yew’s more ignominious (i.e. shameful) persona. . .Lee Kuan Yew knew he had to depend on Lim Chin Siong and his mass base to advance his political ambition. The word gratitude is not to be found in Lee’s lexicon. In fact, it would have been a great joke if Lim’s detention caused [LKY] any grief.”
(The Sobering View of an Ex-ISD Officer, 10 December 2009)

(2) “[Lee Kuan Yew] is not unknown to have behaved erratically with venom in his speech when highly agitated. . .humility is not his forte and he has not been known as one to apologise for his mistakes.”
(An Unconscionable Injustice, 9 October 2009)

(3) “The exceptional receptions MM Lee received must have intoxicated him to the extent that he could have believed himself to be some kind of messiah delivering his gospels to his believers. . .There is an appropriate Chinese saying: Deficient in success but [excessive] in failure.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 22 June 2009)

(4) “Was it not a sickening joke for the Prime Minister to say that he and his ministers were suffering together with the masses?. . .That the Singapore ministers are filthy rich, especially MM Lee’s family, is obscenely plain for the people to see.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 25 April 2009)

(5) “The name Wong Kan Seng translated phonetically in Cantonese means certain to succeed. Well, Mr. Wong Kan Seng should now be at his wit’s end. . .otherwise the public might want to know if he justifies his whopping $2 million annual salary with all the booboos happening under his watch.”
(Singapore Recalcitrant, 24 June 2008)

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Censorship, sex and scandal in Singapore (by André Dao)
Internal Security Department (Official / Photo)
Internal Security Department (Wikipedia)
Malaya’s Secret Police (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies)
Pressing for Openness in Singapore (by Dr. Chee Soon Juan / PDF)

And Of Course:
Singapore Recalcitrant (Mr. Yoong Siew Wah’s scintillating blog)
Yoong Siew Wah – Former ISD Director (Quotes, Part 2)

Note to Billy (Age 4) and Kids



I featured this quotation in the first edition of 1: The Intern, the first book in a YA “seven deadly sins” series.

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.”

It appears in Chapter 13 and is mentioned in conversation by a young girl who appears in just one scene.

Originally, this was a stolen/borrowed quote from an old Internet meme on love quotes by kids.

It was attributed to “Billy — age 4.”

I have since updated the quote so that the text is paraphrased. I also included an attribution to “Billy (age 4)” in the copyright page of my book as that is the right thing to do.

Kids can often be smarter and more perceptive (in their own way) than adults. “Billy” said it way more succinctly than I ever could have, at any age I ever was.

I’ve been thinking of “Billy” on and off since I first absorbed the wisdom of that quote. Who was he? Where was he from? What did he look like?

I ended up writing about a small boy named Billy in Book #1 of The Wilde Trilogy, my first psych thriller series.

I am dedicating that first psych thriller project to:

“Billy (age 4) and The Kids.

Because every child should grow up in a healthy home environment.”

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More Info on The Internhttp://www.jessINK.com/sins07_lust.htm

More Info on The Wilde Trilogyhttp://www.jessINK.com/wilde.htm

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