#52 interview: what tibetans want

Of late, I found self taken in…and  I do not want to dwell on this happening in Tibet but a sense of imbalance overwhelmed on hype created by human rights groups and advocates using the Olympic Games as platform for ill-intent(?) — mixing sports with politics!

I read this interesting interview — Robert Barnett, director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University, ended with these words:

RB: We have to put aside these questions that fascinate some people, such as, “Is the Dalai Lama losing his power?” That’s the opposite of the issue here. The exile complaints are not about power. And we have to put aside suggestions that the protests in Tibet are because people are unhappy about economic loss. That really is reductive. And I think we have to get over any suggestion that the Chinese are ill-intentioned or trying to wipe out Tibet. It’s obviously horrible that people are being savagely beaten up and killed. But crucially, this is a historic change in the profile of Tibetan politics. We’re looking at something much larger than any immediate anxiety about Olympics, or whether somebody planned one of these things, or whether people are upset about economic disadvantage. Historians are going to tell us that we missed the big picture if we didn’t notice that this is the big story here. All the party cadres are going to be sent to the countryside areas to listen to the Tibetans’ complaints and find out what has gone so wrong with the policy machine in China.

For full interview…http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4238

Do we know what others want? Do we know what we want?


Dalai Lama is seeking the world community to help resolve… How does he propose the world community to help when this is an internal matter?

Did the EU leaders stand in solidarity not to boycott the forthcoming Olympic Games on objective grounds or, because Dalai Lama had not called for a boycott? What if Dalai Lama decided to boycott? Would I see the world boycott the Olympics then?

In the latest issue of Times magazine (ending March), the writer haloed how enlightened and magnanimous Dalai Lama is. Yet impressing me his slant at demonising China on human rights issue, a legacy of the past, on the present lot of China leaders.

If I understand correctly, each province is made up of local leaders. Are the local leaders in Tibet stooges of the Central Committee? Are these local leaders not given the autonomy to see fit the province ought to be governed? What is freedom of thought and speech? Are the monks being persecuted in their saffron robes or practising their religion? Criticisms made that Chinese flood the land but are Chinese nationals not gracing their presence in every developing countries especially the West?

I’m not a China watcher or a Tibet watcher. But pardon me and don’t get me wrong, I’m not pro China but — pressure-cooking or putting the human rights issue on the present lot of leaders in China is as fair as wondering if the Dalai Lama in exile is the one encouraging the recent protests and unrests. Surely the monks would not take on or initiate the protest by themselves.

Where was Dalai Lama when the Tibetans burnt the China flag? Did he call for restraint? If the monks revered and treated the Dalai as their leader, surely they would have acted in a non-violent manner. Where is the credibility of the Dalai then?

The US rallied coalition forces to enter Iraq as a result of the 911 attack on World Trade Center in New York. Surely the sole purpose was to fight terrorism and not liberating Iraq from their tyrant ruler Saddam to eventually build up that nation.


Alamak! So many new faces in the cabinet! What interesting changes!

Some go up the ladder, some come down…some on showcase? More back scratching?

Hm…why the increase in numbers? One way to produce more millionaires using the taxpayers’ money? I’m sure this is nothing new…we have the highest paid politicians. Where are the good and efficient results?

In the West, you’ve got to be a millionaire first, then politics.

Are the younger leaders becoming less competent? I thought modern gadgets help in productivity and easy access…

Or like one of the local banks — most efficient when manually operated — became the most inefficient on computerisation. Was this a case of modernising too quickly without much thought and understanding? Or no smart personnel to cope with changes? Good at board rooms but… Excellent at churning out wonderful reports and plans but…


A discretionary move of China’s leaders — selected journalists allowed in to view the aftermath of the protests and unrests. The latest, diplomats to view the situation.

If the recent protest instigated by those human rights groups and advocates was protest for peace, surely the Tibetans would not turn violent. Is this what these groups want to see and achieve? Are they successful in their endeavor to pressure-cook?

According to news report, I saw the presumption on the young Tibetan monks crying foul that the Chinese government were putting a farce to mislead the reporters! Are reporters/journalists such naive people?

What is the role of the monks in Tibet? Are they not religious devotees who believe there is a greater being who can deliver them? Don’t they believe in the wisdom not to excite and incite such anger and helplessness? Are they not advocates of peace and non-violence? Where is that serene look of enlightenment on their faces?

Recent events around the world reveal religious groups take on to some form of protests…peace or violence… Whichever, a protest is a protest — its goal is to draw out or incite some form of emotions…positive or negative…into action!

Is there no better way or creative solution to one’s frustration or plight? Helplessness is a learnt behavior…according to the psychology discipline.

Reflecting, I’m glad my parents’ generation plod on faithfully and quietly to provide for us and in turn they are the ones who had built the prosperity and peace I enjoy today.

I salute my parents’ generation.

#48 earth hour

the Earth Hour event is

a campaign to bring awareness to climate change/global warming.

“In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.” [www.earthhour.org]


Congratulations to those…calling for boycott to the Olympic Games at Beijing?!

Boycott the display of the best of the best?

Boycott those athletes and sportspersons who had spent years of training and monies expended just for this meet?

Thank you for turning this Olympic Games into protests and unrests…turning good into evil?!

Thank you for calling boycott on the Games just to save Tibet from cultural genocide…how magnanimous!

Remember one finger points to China — are not four fingers pointing at yourselves and countries you hail from?!

Remember China means the Middle Kingdom. If she had shut herself up for several decades and still survives, will her people be cowered to such ‘mild’ intimidation? Is this not time for the Chinese to stand in solidarity?

All those human rights groups and advocates…are they NOT out to destroy your existence and your countries?

See the anger and hate rising among the helpless…people, monks and like…under suppression? Are you not drawing the worst out of the human? What self-righteousness!

What concrete and constructive steps are these groups and persons taking to help Tibet grow economically or bring some good into that nation? Are you  happy now that the Tibetans are poorer by the destruction created through the protests? Is this not giving you opportunity for more protests and boycotts?!

Wow! Are you not playing the child’s game?

Are you not guilty of giving and at the same time, taking away?

Congratulations for making mockery of the Olympic Games and

— the best of the best! 

#46 update

28 days sped by. Considering this is an island of a little more than 224 square miles and highly developed environment, surely there must be traces!

There were inconsistent reportings…he’s in Singapore and he’s not. Yesterday on news, a reckoning he is still here whereas days ago, news rendered he was in Indonesia!

Do we have able people on the task? Or, are the young too comfortable to treat this as serious matter.

Should there be terrorist attack, those bystanders and innocent ones are the victims and Singapore, a little island, will be dwarfed. All the years of building the island city will be destroyed if we nationals are not alert.

Today terrorism strikes at the most unexpected and revered and sanctioned places…hospitals, religious establishments, schools…and the innocent civilians! The classic being the 911 on World Trade Center in the US.

These leaders of terrorism treat the ordinary civilians as targets of their anger and hate — where man is no more human beings God created and respected!

When I first visited Saigon in 1974 with the Christian ship, LOGOS, I was astounded at how well kept Saigon city was. I was expecting a ruined city but no…if Saigon stood a ruined city, then that would be downfall for South Vietnam.

What was obvious were maimed young men around; funerals and coffins lay aplenty around the city.

There were vibes that should there be a change of leaders in the US — Nixon to Ford — the war would end.

The spirit there was one of tiredness. Many Vietnamese reckoned this was the American’s war and not theirs…that they were fighting for the Americans in their own country! When the spirit flag among those born in a country, there was little hope for triumph!

Subsequently, years later, I spent a year in a refugee camp, rather in a transit center in Bangkok, where refugees (from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) hoped for repatriation to a 3rd country. It was here I understood if those born in the countries did not protect their own lands, no one can. The plight of the refugees resulted as these people did not take pride in protecting and standing by their homeland.

Personally I fear for our island nation.

The first echelon of leaders sacrificed themselves to build Singapore to where she is today — many of us enjoy the fruits of their labor and sacrifices that gave us the prosperity and peace — and if complacency sets in, who is to blame when the land is being destroyed.

WE, the citizens and not just the leaders and those holding responsible positions. Naturally those leaders in government and high places, if they are Singapore’s true citizens, will battle and hold high their portfolios. I trust they would not shirk…like some international governing leaders lacking in integrity in the name of justification and casualness in assessing a situation.

Stand up for Singapore!

#45 buying happiness

I heard on the radio that ‘money can buy happiness’ and then read…

Elizabeth Dunn, a psychologist, at the University of British Columbia made a survey on 630(?) American volunteers. They were asked to rate their general happiness, report on annual income and detail their monthly spending including bills, gifts for themselves and others…to charity. It was found when participants were given $5 or $20 with specific instructions on how to spend it returned stating they were happier when that was spent on others.

Money can buy happiness — was this how she concluded? What were the variables and biases?

This kind of reporting is warped. Statement like — money can buy happiness — is not only frivolous but leads to misguided thinking.

Was not happiness found in the ‘act of giving’ rather than the money in buying the gifts? Or, having money to buy gifts for others that bring happiness?

Is spending on others that happiness flow? Or spending on others to feed one’s ego that momentary happiness flood?


“Arghhh…vandalism! I exclaimed when I saw the “O$P$ followed by a mobile phone number” while descending the public lift.

‘O$P$’ stands for ‘owe money pay money’ — a slogan of warning by the loan sharks.

Why go to loan sharks? Out of desperation? A result of overspending? Or a case where banks do not lend to those having little means?

There’d been situations when a new homeowner met with nasty words painted on the walls outside their door. Obviously the loan-sharks are not smart people who know not how to monitor their lenders! These loan-shark scoundrels want to make easy money yet fumble this folly and exploiting the weak!

In this day and age when at every turn we are bombarded to living on credit card. Unwisely many are sucked in and are never able to get out unless one receives a windfall!

Gone are the days when children are taught to put money in a piggy bank — save 5 cents for 10 cents given or, to set aside from pocket money received regularly.

Parents who live on credit cards will inevitably impart this same value to their children. So spins the sad tale of the have-nots. Eventually one puts the blame on society and bad governance and so forth and so forth!!!

Glad my parents taught me never live on borrowed money — if I don’t have, I must not hanker. Parents who had gone through war generation knew how to skim and save! Unfortunately today many are influenced and stimulated by being ‘in’ or follow the fashion and trend of the West or the US?! This one exposure I can do without…globalisation?!

#43 why blog

I blog

my penny’s worth

of thots.