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Posted by inspir3d on September 22, 2006

Lee’s Comment Naughty (Star) “Malaysia can do without scathing comments from its neighbours, especially if the statements made are inaccurate and have political implications, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.”

Mahathir Slams Kuan Yew as Arrogant (Bernama) “Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Friday slammed Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew for his insulting remarks about Malaysia and Indonesia’s treatment of their Chinese minorities, describing him as arrogant and disrespectful of neighbouring countries.”

Manufracturing Consent (Xenoboy) “You wake up in the middle of a coup and the first thing that hits you is that its so quiet. Hushed. Tense. …”

Video Tribute to Singapore Police Force (Lucky Tan)

Temasek’s Hunger for Acquisitions Might Bight Back (Australian) “Singapore’s emergence as a financial player has raised the eyebrows of regulators across the region, write John Burton and Sundeep Tucker”

Who wants to be a Technology Entrepreneur in Singapore? (BL @ SGE) “There is a shortage of inventors/scientists/technologists and a plethora of business people in Singapore. The reason is simple. It is easier to do business than to be a scientist.

Singapore – Globalising on its own terms (SA) “This article first appeared in Southeast Asian Affairs 2006, edited by Daljit Singh and Lorraine C. Salazar, pp. 265-282, is reproduced here with the kind permission of the publisher, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (ISEAS) where the author, Terence Chong is a fellow.”

Singapore Biennale 2006 Report (SA) “I hadn’t planned to see belief, the Singapore Biennale (pronounced ‘BEE-NAH-LAY’ according to the TV mobile bus ads) exhibits but was strongly encouraged to do so by an artist friend when on the penultimate day of my holiday back in Singapore.”

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One Response to “Friday”

  1. JDAM said

    Do you know why nobody wants to be an inventor in singapore. You will never get a first hand testimony in any other blog in singapore – this I assure you 100% – so here goes.

    Once upon a time, there was a scientist who called himself darkness.

    One day darkness was trying to solve an engineering problem – how do you predict metal fatigue?

    This can only be accomplished if the bolt is able to say,

    “I failing, help me, I am about to break loose and fly” but we all know metals dont talk.

    So one day, darkness drilled a cavity in a bolt and filled it with pressurize ultra violet dye and capped it off. The whole idea was if the bolt even fractured slightly, the dye would leak out providing a visual indication of an imminent fatigue failure – he gave a piece of metal a voice.

    Darkness then showed his invention to his boss, who took a look at it and said,

    “aiyah, you think if it is such a clever idea, the amoh would not have thought of it ah? Come on lah use your blain”

    So darkness junked the idea although having invested a considerable amount of personal savings into the project.

    One day while cycling in bukit timah, darkness and his gang met this Ah Beng called JDAM.

    They called him JDAM because he had a bad temper and always used foul language.

    When they were cycling one day, JDAM noticed a unusual looking bolt on darkness bicycle, so he asked:

    “Nabeh, wtf is that? I am in the hardware business and I have never seen anything that freaky bfr?”

    So darkness explained his invention in simple england to this Ah Beng and together they took this funny bolt to America – the rest is history.

    Today this funny bolt is used in nuclear reactors, missles, fuel silo’s, bridges and the petroluem industry.

    A few years later the same manager who once didnt see the prospects of this invention taking off – rushed into darkness cubicle and showed him a sample of a pressurized bolt and said.

    “See I told you so, I told you didnt I, someone else invented it. You can’t beat the amoh trust me!”

    The man with the scar simply lowered his head and sighed. He didnt even say a word.

    Moral of the story: We have a long way to go – for one we need to first learn to trust our own people. Now you know something you didnt know yesterday

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