Should we allow foreigners to meddle with our country’s affairs?

Should we allow foreigners to meddle with our country’s affairs?

Throughout history, we have seen how foreign entities have influenced different countries and caused major damages to them.

These countries include countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

In a highly interconnected world and with advanced technology, dark forces both within the country and without can influence us in a more sophisticated way and cause major effects on our country and affect our progress.

For example, advanced data analytics was used by Cambridge Analytica to influence US voters for the benefit of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

https://www.google.com.sg/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1KL2FG

https://www.google.com.sg/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/22/cambridge-analytica-scandal-the-biggest-revelations-so-far

In addition, results of ongoing investigations by the United States government suggests that Russia has also manipulated voters’ opinions and influence outcomes of the 2016 presidential election.

Can interference by foreign entities affect Singapore negatively?

Case in point, in recent times, there were many fake news from overseas about relations between Singapore and China.

Despite clarifications by our authorities and local press, there were many Singaporeans who choose to believe another version or the other side of the story.

They not only formed a position based on third party’s opinions, they were also persuading others to tarnish our foreign policy and affect our image.

Many of the emotionally-charged responses to these fake news were beset with more lies, half truths, and other misinformation.

http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/3-myths-about-spore-china-ties

As a general rule of thumb, we should never let foreign entities interfere directly or indirectly with our domestic affairs because it may affect our country, society and future.

Our country’s affairs include our political system, government, policies and laws, how we run our country, and other material aspects of our country and people.

As an aside, there is a world of difference between interfering with domestic affairs to foreign investments and contributions.

Obviously, we solicit and approve essential foreign direct investments to improve our economy.

Invite and allow foreign entities and foreigners to help us improve our assets, knowledge, skills, connections and other resources.

And welcome them to research about us, and share their knowledge and expertise with us.

However, they should not take any initiative to influence our culture, belief, value and direction.

We cannot let them take direct or indirect action, financially or otherwise to shape our future.

We should stand firm, be vigilant, and adopt measures to prevent foreign entities from using their funds and various initiatives to influence us.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/foreign-interference-in-us-elections-lessons-for-singapore

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The “Kiasu” Spirit: Taking A Contrarian Approach

The “Kiasu” Spirit: Taking A Contrarian Approach

Having a “kiasu” spirit may not be a negative trait.

“Kiasuism” can help one to be paranoid and being paranoid is not necessarily a bad thing, is it?

Wasn’t it Andrew Grove, one of the founders of Intel who once said, “Only the paranoid survives”?

When a person is kept on his toes, he knows that if he slackens and takes his eyes off the ball, he may end up losing everything.

Therefore, he tends to tread more carefully, and learn to balance and plod a more secure and sustainable path to success.

According to Professor Ciadini, people have a tendency to act in accordance to their beliefs.

Therefore, when a person subscribes to “kiasuism”, he may monitor performance of his competitors and benchmark himself against them so that he will not be overtaken.

And work harder to enhance his values and value-additions so as to win at the end of the road.

A healthy “kiasu” person can empathize with those who have fallen and help them on their feet.

Perhaps we should not denigrade the “kiasu” spirit unnecessarily but galvanise the spirit to serve a good cause and win for the right purpose.

Transform the spirit into a “Huat Ah!” and “Cheong” spirit, a spirit of helping one and all to prosper and succeed together.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-society-kiasu-and-complaining-one-cares-elderly?cid=emarsys-today_TODAY%27s+morning+briefing+for+July+31%2C+2018+%28ACTIVE%29_newsletter_31072018_today

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Promoting Religious Harmony

Promoting Religious Harmony

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah was quoted to have said that “Malaysia could learn from Singapore in maintaining religious harmony.”

As a former chairman of one of the committees in the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCCs), I’m mindful that race and religion can be visceral and, if not properly managed, they can cause irrational reactions.

And lead to a cascade of both intended and unintended negative consequences.

So far, the Authorities and religious leaders have done a good job in maintaining peace and harmony among and between people of different faiths and races.

This is one of the hallmarks of the Singapore Way.

We should be proud of this hallmark and continue to improve on it.

Lessons from tragic religious conflicts and confrontations throughout history should compel us to promote peace, develop more peace-makers, and strengthen peace-making processes.

When we learn how to promote harmony and resolve real and potential conflicts, and practice these skills diligently, we can build a stronger country and make our world a better home.

Promoting harmony starts with the heart.

The heart of any problem is very often a problem of the heart.

The values and desires of the heart will shape and determine outcomes of any engagement.

If the heart is in the right place and seeks to bridge and bond with others, there will be amicable and strong relationships and resolutions.
The challenge for most people, including religious leaders is managing the ego.

The ego is in essence an over-consciousness of the being and an unhealthy attachment to it.

That’s why, humility of the spirit is a value that is taught by all major religions and is one of the qualities of effective leadership.

When religious leaders and all of us are willing to put our egos aside and be humble, we will be in a better position to engage each other.

Expand our common space, and build better understanding, relationship and goodwill.

Let’s do our part to promote unity and bring forth more happiness and harmony to the people around us.

Do not just expect others to understand you but instead, seek to understand others first.

Stretch out your hands and build better bridges and bondings within your community and without.

In the final analysis, even if there’s no complete agreement over an issue, we can have a more loving heart and a more magnanimous spirit.

Together, we can step up – not shut down; love – not hate; forgive – not begrudge; heal – not harm; unite – not divide; progress – not regress; and be constructive – not destructive.

Peace is priceless. It begins at home and with each and every one of us.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-will-honour-water-deal-says-foreign-minister

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Iceland is a small country with a population of about 350,000 people.

Iceland is a small country with a population of about 350,000 people.

Its population is similar to Ang Mo Kio in Singapore, Riverside in California, and Coventry in England.

Yet, it has produced world-class athletes in different sports and won multiple Olympic medals.

Most recently, it beat Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Canada, and performed well in Group D of the FIFA World Cup.

What can we learn from Iceland?

Success is not about the size of your organization, but the strength of your organization’s commitment, discipline and action.

It’s not about the cold responses from people around you, but about how fiery is your passion to succeed.

It’s not about the number of people in your team, but the number of times you practice and fail, and pick yourself up to reach a new peak of excellence.

Iceland showed us that nothing can in our way.

We can stand out from the crowd and lead the field.

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Why Compete With Singapore?

Why Compete With Singapore?

Political leaders in Malaysia should realise that they don’t need to compete with Singapore to achieve progress and prosperity.

Economic growth is not a zero sum game.

It’s a fallacy to believe that if others win more, Malaysia will win less.

History has taught us that a win-lose or worst, a lose-lose mindset can cause potential conflicts and other challenges, and limit potential for achievements.

A scarcity mindset may lead Malaysia’s political leaders to pursue an ethnocentric rather than a win-win path.

There may be a tendency to overly-focus on meeting their own needs and protecting their own turfs, rather than raising the economic tides so that Malaysia and other neighboring countries can achieve better and faster growth.

By focusing on winnging and being less willing to help other countries, the other countries will also ring fence themselves and be less willing to help them.

It bodes well to remember that Malaysia’s competitors are more than just a Little Red Dot.

There are developed countries that are way ahead of the game.

Following behind are developing economies that have either overtaken Malaysia or are breathing down their neck to be ahead of them.

Instead of seeing Singapore as a competitor, political leaders in Malaysia should see Singapore as a complementary partner and seek to develop a mutually beneficial relationship.

Instead of working alone, why not synergize with Singapore to achieve better outcomes.

Leverage on each other’s strengths and other resources to achieve better results.

And work together as a strategic alliance to compete better and achieve greater impacts.

Malaysia and Singapore do not have to compete with one another.

The two economies are largely complementary and together, they can be a powerful force in the new economy.

Both countries can learn from one another and help each other to move up the value and food chains.

While Malaysia is seeking to refresh itself with a new government after GE14, Singapore government is transiting to a fourth generation of leadership.

Let’s use the inflection point to reboot our relationship.

Learn from whatever has held us back from working more effectively together.

And start a new beginning to build a brighter future for both countries.

https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/06/19/guan-eng-lets-give-singapore-some-competition/

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Don’t Gamble Away Your Hard Earned Money During The World Cup 2018 And Become Addicted To Gambling.

Don’t Gamble Away Your Hard Earned Money During The World Cup 2018 And Become Addicted To Gambling.

Gambling can be very addictive.

Hans Breiter, Co-Director of the Motivation and Emotion Neuroscience Centre at the Massachusetts General Hospital was quoted to have said;

“Monetary rewards in a gambling–like experiment produces brain activation very similar to that observed in a cocaine addict receiving an infusion of cocaine.”

In the past World Cup competitions, gambling has destroyed many families and the lives.

Many more will suffer because of problem gambling, especially for those who believe, “I will never be hooked to gambling.”

If you win, you will eventually lose because there are ample research that show that it’s hard to stop yourself from continuing to gamble.

If you lose, you will somehow continue to lose and lose even more.

To make matters worst, you may even drag your loved ones through the pits of hell.

Don’t believe for a moment you can escape the gambling trap.

Why take chances with your life?

Gambling is one of the fastest roads to hell.

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#SpeakUpForSingapore

#SpeakUpForSingapore

For Singapore to progress, we need to speak up and do our part.

As we debate over ideas and ideologies and proposals and presuppositions, let’s aim to have a more constructive discussion both on the Net and otherwise.

Here are some suggestions on how to engage each other purposefully for the greater good of our nation.

1. First, we should be prepared for a conversation.

That means we have to do our own research and analysis about a proposed topic of discussion.

2. Aspire to have objective, balanced and meaningful outcomes.

Outcomes that will not only value-add to one another but also to the country.

2. Discuss merits and demerits of an idea.

Don’t just grumble, gripe, and grouse.

And if possible, propose solutions for current and future problems.

3. Focus on the subject matter and not subject each other to any form of negativity.

Debate about the message and not about the messenger, after all none of us are perfect.

Do not take things personally and call each other names and seek all kinds of harm on each other.

4. Respect each other and each other’s views.

Listen to one another and try to understand the other party’s perspective.

Be gracious to accept that positions and views are evolving and they can be changed.

5. When a presupposition is put forth, question the epistemological basis of that view.

For example, “How do you know it’s true?”

Just as importantly, “How do you know that you know is true?”

6. Evaluate an opinion from all angles and do not accept an opinion on face value.

Ensure that the discussion is based on evidence and not on assertions and anecdotes.

Be mindful that there is a hierarchy of evidence in terms of credibility and relevance.

At the highest level of evidence are clinically-proven evidence.

Those evidence have gone through vigorous studies, double-blind tests, and reviews by experts.

And are published in a credible journal for further scrutiny.

7. Do not unwittingly create or spread lies, half-truths, and misinformation.

Such misinformation results frequently from make-beliefs, hearsay, and pop culture.

As they say, if you’re not contributing to the solution, you’re a problem.

8. Aspire to be responsible, accountable and transparent.

That does not mean that there will be no conflict, controversies and other kinds of challenges.

By distilling a variety of ideas, it can lead to positive results.

It can also help us become a more united, better-informed, and resilient people.

In summary, let’s have a more healthy discussion in cyberspace, coffee shops and other public places, and behind closed doors.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/speak-singaporeans-so-everyone-knows-what-real-issues-are-says-ex-mp-inderjit-singh-online

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/comment-theres-no-humility-respect-082844791.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb

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