The God of Prosperity – nothing wrong but…

When we worship the God of Fortune, no one actually makes a big hue and cry about it. But the outrage over City Harvest Church is quite different. But lets face it – by and large, everyone wants to be rich, fabulously rich if possible. If tomorrow, all – each and every member – of City Harvest Church becomes multi-millionaires, we would all be gladly flocking to their church!

But I digress. I won’t talk about City Harvest Church per se – but whether god or a belief in god, really brings you fortune (earthly fortune).

Well, there are rich Christians, and there are rich non-Christians – very very rich non-Christians such as these. Evidently, you can become rich even if you do not believe in the Christian god. But that doesn’t mean that a belief in the Christian god does not make you rich either. Indeed, some Christians claim it is because of their faith in their god that has made them rich.  Continue reading “The God of Prosperity – nothing wrong but…”

Why I bought a pink shirt

Pink Dot 2012, the celebratory gay event in Singapore, will take place on 30 June. And for the first time, it will be held in the evening. See here for details. This year’s event will be the fourth Pink Dot which started in 2009.

Personally, I’ve always supported the event but have also always attended it as a reporter. This year, I thought it was time I stood as a supporter instead. So, I went out to purchase a pink t-shirt – it’s the first pink shirt I’ve ever bought – to wear to the June 30 event at Speakers’ Corner.

Why did I do this? Continue reading “Why I bought a pink shirt”

Foreigners as the convenient scapegoats

This little story by Alex reveals an underlying mindset among some Singaporeans – where reason is thrown out the door the moment a foreigner steps into the picture. (Read Alex’s article for the story.)

As if the scene was not appalling enough, I then heard a remark from a fellow passenger: “Wah lao, now you have foreigners ganging up on Singaporeans.”

It is an oft-repeated refrain I’ve heard often – that foreigners are this, or foreigners are that. They take away our jobs, push up prices of flats, impinge on our public spaces, and so on. These are, of course, not invalid complaints. Indeed, at some level in all of these instances, foreigners do these things. Continue reading “Foreigners as the convenient scapegoats”

Epic FAIL kidnappers

Stupid kidnappers. They only needed to tell Vincent they were taking him out for dessert and they wouldn’t have had to send 8 armed men to punch him, cover him with a carpet and pack him off in a truck and take him to dessert.

I am sure Vincent would have gone with them for dessert willingly – if they had told him about the dessert.

Stupid kidnappers.

Well done, Straits Times

Don’t say I always whack the Straits Times, ok?

This editorial is applause-worthy.

Now, sink your teeth into the loopholes which unscrupulous employers are exploiting, Straits Times – and expose these so that the authorities do something about them.

If you need an example, try this: How the system failed this worker.

“Complete faith” should be founded on sound legal processes

Family members of death row inmate, Yong Vui Kong, pleading for mercy at the Istana, 2011

American journalist Peter Krouse posted on his Facebook page:

“My last day in Singapore, another journalist and I met with Kasiviswanathan “K” Shanmugam, the country’s foreign minister and minster of law, in a coffee shop near the parliament building to ask follow-up questions to a previous meeting. I wanted to know more about the country’s harsh drug laws, which call for the death penalty in cases where specific amounts of drugs are found. I asked if Singapore ever executed an innocent person for drug crimes, and he said while he hasn’t done a case-by-case study, he didn’t think so. One of his assistants followed up a short time later with an email to me that read, ‘I haven’t gone through the facts of each case, but I have complete faith in our judiciary.'”

The Law Minister, from what is observed, has surprised some people. When he was elevated from the backbench to the front bench and given 2 portfolios (Law and Foreign Affairs), some were skeptical. Indeed, they still are. Word was that Shanmugam is a pretty “shrewed” politician. And one whom you do not want to “fool around with”. I guess if you’re going to deal with the Law Minister, you really don’t want to fool around with him anyway. Continue reading ““Complete faith” should be founded on sound legal processes”

Don’t dismiss the Government’s engagement effort

The way the Government engages the public has come under fire in recent times. The most prominent instances include the Bukit Brown cemetery issue, the building of proposed nursing homes in housing estates, and students at a pre-university forum. These have got Government critics huffing and puffing. “The so-called engagement is a wayang (a show) rather than a genuine empathetic engagement process,” they say.

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