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One wept at the birth of our nation while firecrackers thundered

Posted by theonlinecitizen on August 8, 2007

By Yeo Toon Joo, Peter

Singapore’s mercantile High Street-Hill Street district thundered with the blast of exploding fire crackers, more deafening than any Chinese New Year eve fire cracker duels.

The most exuberant was at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce which led in the celebration.

It was August 9, 1965.

What was going on? What was the occasion? No new major business was being ceremonially launched.

There was no way to call someone to find out. Instant digital communication was unknown.

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Wee Shu Min, Li Hongyi…nothing is sacred anymore with the net

Posted by theonlinecitizen on July 24, 2007

By Yeo Toon Joo

Does the internet and its speed and openness change the way we communicate?

Of course, the internet has drastically altered the norms and practices of open communication, and even private conversation. It opens a pandora’s box! Anything you wish to disseminate or promulgate, idiotic or edifying, can be done instantly by just hitting a button.

It has changed forever the channels through which we communicate, and the way we communicate, and say things.

Anyone can have his soap box to cast his pearls or spew garbage. No blog, and even email between friends and associates, is considered private. Nothing is sacred anymore.

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How to stay gainfully retired

Posted by theonlinecitizen on July 10, 2007

By Yeo Toon Joo, Peter (thoughts in January 1996 on early retirement)

At 30, I resolved to retire from work by age 35. Needless to say, I failed to meet that target. Humbled, I shifted my planned retirement age to a more realistic 45, then 50.

Today, at 50, I am still hard at the daily grind, and have become increasingly pessimistic that I will succeed in opting to stop fulltime work, even at the ripe old age of 55.

However, as the prospect of retirement looms larger, I ask myself: do I really want to retire? What will I do after I retire?

Financial considerations apart, will I die prematurely of boredom or from a sense of uselessness, as many hapless retirees have succeeded in doing?

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Retire later, die earlier

Posted by theonlinecitizen on July 7, 2007

By Yeo Toon Joo, Peter

Retire early and die young. That was what I had been led to believe some years ago. But now another study says the later you retire the shorter your life.

Statistics, including Boeing Aerospace’s, support the second conclusion, i.e. people who are still slogging away at the daily grind after 65 usually die within 18 months of retirement. Those, like I, who retire at 55 or earlier, tend to survive into their 80s (see summary of study below).

The study of Boeing’s retirees show that an employee loses on average two years of his life span for every year he remains at work beyond 55!

A report on Optimum Strategies for Creativity and Longevity by Sing Lin, PhD, also quotes Nobel Laureate Dr. Leo Esaki that the most precious, creative and innovative period in a person’s life is during his/her late 20s and early 30s: most Nobel Prize winners did the work that won them their prize at around 32 though it was usually awarded only 10 or 20 years later.

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Is this the start of Singapore’s decline?

Posted by theonlinecitizen on May 4, 2007

Article and open letter to our government by an ex-journalist

By Yeo Toon Joo

If the People’s Action Party were to call a general election now, chances are it would lose a good number of seats to the opposition, that is, if you could find able candidates to join the opposition.

If certain changes do not take place in the ruling party’s style of government, in time to come the PAP could lose power.That would be a shame, a tragedy for Singapore. But so strong has been the political backlash, and so great the people’s outrage, over the government’s widely unpopular decision and persistence to reward its cabinet ministers such handsome pay increases.

Dissenting and disapproving views over the latest round of ministerial pay hike have been eloquently articulated, often sneeringly so, but confined mainly to mass emailing and internet postings. The latest salary revision will by next year nearly double each minister’s current remuneration, and bring it on average to nearly three times that of US President George Bush’s, five times in the case of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s.

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Questionable benchmarking formula

Posted by theonlinecitizen on April 6, 2007

This is filed under “Letters To TOC”.

Firstly, I cannot understand or accept the PM’s and MM’s logic or rationale for the incredible pay hike for our cabinet ministers.

Why do they want us to believe that our cabinet ministers are that avaricious, corruptible, self-serving and mercenary, and so open to the highest bidders?

In justifying the astronomical pay for our cabinet ministers the PM and MM use the arbitrary – and questionable – device of benchmarking their pay with the top earners in the top professions, including, I understand, top CEOs.

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