Archive for May, 2005

True change might comes from within

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Cancer cells grow in an uncontrolled manner. One malignant cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, and so on, until a mass of cells (a tumor) is created. The tumor interferes with the normal functioning of healthy tissue and can spread to other parts of your body.(source)

Long before you are even aware of it’s presence, it exists. When you realize the breach in security, it might already be too late.

There are some who choose to join the opposition party, hoping to create change. Ti Lik, a former Young PAP turn Worker’s party, who was recently voted into the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Worker’s Party had this to say: ”I realised that political competition is the best way to make the ruling party more sensitive to the needs of the people.(via commentary singapore)

This is said, despite the fact that Opposition Parties currently hold only 2 of the 81 seats in Parliment, of which Chiam See Tong might not even be able to keep his at the next elections. The opposition is too small to provide the ‘political competition’. Change starts somewhere I guess, and I applaud them for wanting to make a difference.

“If you can’t beat them, join them.”

Roy Mustang in Full Metal Alchemist chose to rise through the ranks, and reach the top, where he could then advocate change. Getting to a position where he could create change was his source of motivation.

Sydney and Jack Bristow served as double agents in Alias – bringing down SD-6 was their driving force.

Or you could just create circumstances to be promoted into power, like Chancellor Palpatine in Star Wars, and then order your troops to do your dirty work, under the guise of an uprising.

With the state the opposition is in right now, I think they’re better off creating change from within the PAP itself. From cancer cells, much can be learnt.

“True change might come from within!”

Yeah yeah, I know it’s weird citing movies, anime and tv as examples. Shows you how much I watch. At least they can’t sue.

Our Place in the World: Learn from Singapore’s mass transit

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

By BERNIE ZUCCARELLI
GUEST COLUMNIST

In August 1999 I spent two weeks in Singapore. Other than an occasional taxi ride and one ride in a car owned by a relative of my host, I got around the city in modes of transportation other than an automobile. I didn’t need a car because Singapore has one of the best mass-transit systems in the world.

Singapore is an island the size of Manhattan, with a land area of 265 square miles and a population of 4.25 million. It’s recognized as one of the most robust economies in the world and is a major force in Asia-Pacific economics. Hardly a day goes by without mention of Singapore somewhere in this newspaper.

Singapore is no third-world country whose people live in poverty. In 2004, the average salary for Singaporean workers (other than those self-employed) was $45,144 (in Singapore dollars; U.S. $1 equals $1.65 in Singapore dollars). Unemployment was just 5.3 percent.

Link to Article (via From a Singapore Angle)