Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The beginning of my troubles.....

Of all the foreign parents that I have helped, the Filipino Chinese are the worst. Most of them are parents from Hell. Many of them are filthy rich and they are so used to their country's bribing culture that they think they can do the same thing here. Their children are no better. Monkeys see monkeys do.

Well, in a country where they are used to getting their ways by paying off the police, politicians and civil servants, they wanted to do the same here. And surprisingly, they got away with it! But being a patriotic Singaporean, I couldn't tolerate the smug looks on their faces when they told me the whole world was wrong about Singapore being the least corrupt country in the world!

And the bloody Singaporean civil servants who helped them and covered up for them deserve to die many times over. Who gave them the right to give away vacancies in return for 'donations'? Who said they could pick the wealthy foreigners over our local kids? What right have they to think the foreign kids are better than our kids and allow them to skip levels? Throwing large amounts of money to get overaged foreigners to compete unfairly with our own children.

Singapore scholarships for ASEAN scholars are being taken out of context. Top schools go overseas to do their own recruitment. Even setting up classes and sending retired teachers to give the selected students Intensive English language before they come over to Singapore. Some schools send their students to RELC for Intensive 6 months English lessons. Why can't they use this money to improve the standard of our local students and give them a competitive edge over their so-called competitors in the world? We could use this money and send our local scholars to top universities overseas.

On 4th February 2003, I sent an email to MOE, enquiring if a foreign student who has only Grade 5 (Primary 5) standard can be admitted to Secondary 1 Express in Singapore. The events that followed were out of my expectations. Until today, the handling of this case by staff of MOE has caused me much anguish and trouble. My reputation is ruined and thus sets me on the path to seek justice .............

66 comments:

  1. I always don't understand what's the point of giving scholarships to foreigners. That is our money. If got spare, use in on OUR students instead. There are a lot of singaporeans who need help.

    Why feed a tiger that might bite you in the future?

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  2. Subtle bribing? Nope, nothing new in Singapore!

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  3. Oh well, you see this kind of stuff going on in many educational institutions around the world. If you have an influential or rich background, you have a greater advantage. Its a reported and known fact even in the Ivy League.

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  4. I was expecting it to be Indon Chinese when you briefly mentioned this in another post. I'm surprised it ended up as Phil Chinese on the top of your list.

    Really keen to read on your events on MOE.

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  5. dk,
    The people up there got funny ideas. I'm not surprised if the ones who have such 'great' ideas are PRs.

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  6. arzhou,
    Well, they can do it in the other countries for all I care. If it happens here, I blow the whistle. I want transparency in our system, just like what the gahmen says.

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  7. Ed,
    haha... I should do a ranking on the nationalities who brought their crooked culture in huh! :)

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  8. The black sheeps need to be stripped of their power...Go Eastcoastlife. Though please remember, keep your cool and composure. I don't want you or your family to get hurt unnecessary.

    I believe in strengthening what's good in the society while working to eliminate the black sheeps. There are good work done by good people, we need to build on those those too. Jia You ECL.

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  9. Its pretty trasparent in the states :) The universities admit to it lol.

    But the education system in sg is really stressful :(

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  10. A real bukak mata thing for me..waiting for more stories...

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  11. I once had to help a son of a high ranking officer in China do hostel arrangement in NUS. I really dont understand how he can get in? Even my Singlish is better than his English. His English entry test at British Council was like Sec 1 stardard. Not that my English is very good lah but why cant locals get it when a foreigner who sucks in English get in? And the Uni say we are not good enough to get it!! Ha!

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  12. hmmm, I'm quite naive when it comes to these things. very interesting read for me actually. thanks for the enlightenment!

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  13. yes oceanskies.
    There are good work done by good people. I will give credit where it's due.

    I don't let people who intimidate or threaten me go scot-free. I may be an ordinary woman, but I have extra-ordinary strength and courage to do what I think is right. Anyone who tries to shut me up now will have his name engraved on my tombstone!

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  14. arzhou,
    I know about the admission procedures and requirements in most universities in US, UK, China, Taiwan, Australia and Europe. It's really not my business to judge what they are doing.

    I only want fairness when it comes to our children. You are going to have your kids one day. Are you going to give your rights to some outsiders just because somebody think 'it is better' for Singapore? Then you slogged to make money to send your kids for an oversea education.

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  15. eve,
    Yes, I'm opening the eyes of many Singaporeans too. More coming.
    :)

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  16. wokkingmum,
    See. It is all about relationship (关系).

    I have met a lot myself. My son is never ever going to have a chance to go to the universities in Singapore.

    What is the chances of your children getting into our Unis?

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  17. totally. they might as well buy certs. don't have to study at all.

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  18. May,
    haha... you grow up in a peaceful and comfortable environment arh. Maybe you are too kind, so you just let things go even if they are not right. :)

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  19. christina,
    Wayang. Wayang.

    "In order for Singapore to stay competitive!" - who said that? :)

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  21. Same thought here Endoh Taiki. I thought eastcoastlife was talking about indon chinese.

    My boss who had graduated from a local university once shared this with me.

    While attending lectures, he was usually surrounded by foreign students instead of locals which sometimes makes him wonder if he was the foreign student studying in a foreign land instead.

    More foreign students than local..Makes me question the criteria to make it into local universities. No wonder more Singaporeans are continuing their studies aboard and not coming back.

    Most of those that graduated just left the country after their education without contributing anything back.

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  22. I guess you've had more than your fair share of coming up against the uglier side of human nature, huh? We've bumped into them from time to time too. All my best for your path towards retribution, but do take care of yourself, ok? Remember we can still share that bathroom in Penang!

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  23. 杰,
    It's very common nowadays to see foreigners everywhere.

    What is surprising is - the universities allocated 20% of the places to foreigners. But I see more than 20% in some faculties. The gahmen is generous when it comes to paying for their tertiary education but when it comes to our local students, their applications for scholarships are so stringent that a student has to resort to burglary so as to pay his fees.

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  24. yes lb!
    I do see lots of these uglier people and have more fights with them than the average people. Blame it on my sense of justice and for being kaypoh (busybody).
    :)

    Ya, I will make it to Penang. Jail is not so near .... yet. I just started on my story leh!

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  25. Having cert is so important nowadays, unexpectedly, I found at least 4 of my friends claimed to have masters???

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  26. Hmm... I thought only Malaysian Government is brainless..

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  27. My kids? They are not even in primary school now. By then maybe local Uni going accept 'foreign talents' leh. LOL We are saving money just in case they are smart enough to go Uni but not the talented enough to be accepted by local Uni.

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  28. Have certs so as to work as employees? Actually I prefer my son to have life and work skills! Studying the revelant subjects is good enough. Many of the subjects I studied are not used at all after I finished school. I dun wan my son to do a Masters. Waste of time.

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  29. yenjai,
    Most gahmen is political. They keep saying,"For the good of the country...." blah!

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  30. wokkingmum,
    oh gosh! You have to save very hard. But you still have lots of time.

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  31. I thought students are very competitive in Singapore?

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  32. day-dreamer,
    Some only lah. Many are quite laid back and heck care nowadays. Not as hungry for knowledge as China students. Too comfy with their lifestyles.

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  33. hey eastcoastlife,
    Im not going to get into this "gahmen" (nice way you disguised btw) issue because youre just so much more experienced in it.

    Just here to say never give up on your son going into uni!! Seriously, when I was 14, I was literally retarded. But during my O levels, with some pondering about life, and a little help from caravan tuition and ten-years series, Im on the brink of medical school in UK..Then again, yes maybe your son has to resort to an overseas university in which case you would have to sell your (new) mercedes E class..yea??hahaha

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  34. Hmmm... interesting... how come Mediacorp dramas dun have like this wan? :D

    *Jia Yu*

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  35. And I thought this sort of thing would only happen in Malaysia... interesting!

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  36. Sillypore is reputable for legalising illegal or unethical activities. It's not going to be an easy task though. Finding facts to believe in is far easier than slapping it in their face as we all know. Their "guns" are all armed with silencer, look at the amount of people being silenced again and again.

    But honestly, I am sick of this country. Not because I am not patriotic, but I am in seek of true democracy and transparency. If I have no stolen goods in my house, I wouldn't be afraid of officers searching through even if it breach my privacy in a way. Why should anyone be afraid of the accounts being checked through?

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  37. hahaha Jon,
    I really do like you (as a son lah)! You seem pretty mature for your age. And I was really impressed when I first read your profile that you are in medical school! Wow!

    Mercedes belongs to company lah, sell also money doesn't come to me leh! If Jaymes really wants to go abroad for his studies, I shall let him go. :)

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  38. angel,
    Mediacorps cannot touch on such sensitive subjects gua! They might be fined and closed down. :)

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  39. rinnah,
    Wah! Seems like you all Malaysians also have so much negative feelings against your gahmen leh!

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  40. Ed,
    I was silenced many times too. But I didn't give up. As long as I'm still alive, I'll bring it up again and again. Every time there are people who listened and believed. I'm sad that people are resigned to the state of our country here, they just keep complaining and don't want to help themselves.

    Well, for those who listened, at least they are prepared.

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  41. Hi Eastcoastlife, I'm certain that you would give credits when it is due.

    I am thinking aloud. When you actively give credits in addition to your efforts in highlighting the misdeeds of the blacksheeps, there may be greater likelihood for people to accurately perceive that you are really out to make the system better and fair. Just my two cents worth.

    And if we commend the ones who have done good stuffs the proper way, hopefully they would eventually rise to the tops and join forces to fight the black sheeps in the system.

    Gosh, this now sounds like a drama.

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  42. I also think scholarships should be given to locals but the problem is, locals are also not stupid to get bonded mah! (on Decay's comments)

    Flood gates already opened big and wide liow lah! There is no criteria in defining foreign talent liow, in Sg. Black is white and white can be black. It will become worse.

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  43. So sad that Singapore students are getting a pass for foreigners. Seems like the US is not the only place getting their culture marred by foreign intrusion.

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  44. You're a strong woman, ECL. Anyone who does so does it at their peril.

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  45. u're really brave and strong! but u hv to be cautious, cos some wealthy guys hv alliances with those dark societies, and u and ur family might get assasinated!

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  46. oceanskies,
    There is this fear in the hearts of Singaporeans. And those people are making use of this fear to do things which they know no one would dare bring them up.

    We have some fine MPs and Ministers but they have too much on their hands to be able to handle their jobs well. So they leave it to their departments and the people just screwed up.

    Some people, when they have authority or power in their hands, they just abuse it. They come out with their own set of rules and law. There is really no hard and fast rules on every thing. If there is no rule that says you cannot do it, you can do it. :)

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  47. tigerfish,
    Many scholarships given to foreign students have no bonds! But for Singaporeans, Yes!

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  48. Simple American,
    I can understand the feelings of Americans on this subject. The US is taking on too many roles in the world. Well, it is the Big Brother. Its immigrant problem is a huge headache and I hope Singapore doesn't come to that.

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  49. Captain Picard,
    Anyone who does so does it at their peril.

    Yes.

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  50. kyh,
    Yes, I'm sure they do. :)

    hmmmm..... I have to find my own 'mountains' to counter them.

    I have plan D! So far, this is only my plan B.

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  51. ECL,

    Just can't stop thinking about this post again and again, and last night even spoke about this to a fellow expat friend.

    We began questioning ourselves, can monetary profits buy a person's / organisation's integrity and principles? Definitely such incidents tell us, yes it is indeed possible.

    Here we have an expat who came to Sillypore, hoping to escape from such treatment in his homeland. For all he knows, he jumps from one shithole to another shithole. Now he's considering moving again.

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  52. Ed,
    Can monetary profits buy a person's / organisation's integrity and principles?
    Yes. Many examples in our country.

    yes, I have a few expat friends who feel this way too. Singapore has become a cold and calculating society. Money talks. No money no talk. Everybody is trying to outdo everybody. Every one wants to be number 1. Where got so many number 1 spots lah!!!

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  53. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY, BETTER SHUT UP & SAY NOTHING AT ALL!

    IF YOU WANT TO PUT YOUR COUNTRY TO SHAME WHY THEN DRAG PHILIPPINES & GENERALIZE THINGS??? NOT ALL ARE BORN EVIL...THINK YOU ARE BECOMING ONE ALREADY!!! I AM HERE TO DEFEND MY CULTURE & MY COUNTRYMEN NOT TO LISTEN TO YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ABOUT YOUR ISSUES ON EDUCATION.
    YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO SAY THAT THE FILIPINO CULTURE IS A BRIBING CULTURE...WHO ARE YOU TO SAY SO???

    I AM PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO, I WILL DIE FOR MY COUNTRY AND SINGAPORE WILL ALWAYS BE MY 2ND HOME!!!

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  54. I AM PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO, I WILL DIE FOR MY COUNTRY AND SINGAPORE WILL ALWAYS BE MY 2ND HOME!!!

    Singaporeans, hear that! The dog that bites its master!

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  57. oh my gosh! For all I know, you are a faceless maid or slut! Your country is so great, why step on my country's land and earn our $$$$? hahahaha....

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  59. Sophia,

    What do you mean by "if there's nothing good to say, better shut up..." By telling this, you only want to hear good stuffs and not bad ones.

    And of course, nobody force you to be here. If you don't like what you read, there's always a simple option of LEAVE!

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  60. I almost went to study in SG once... ...to think that I might have been one those who took an opportunity away from a local student.

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  61. It's very sad to hear that Singapore is becoming into such a state. The reason why Ind parents sent their kids away from Ind was to let the kids learn the good culture from other countries because they feel that it was lacking in their own country. And many of them think highly of Singapore!!!

    Well, at least that's what my parents' thought. They still do, actually.

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  62. I am a Filipino. The problems quoted by eastcoastlife is very real. sophia is like the many Filipinos who are like ostriches, with their heads buried deep in the ground. They refused to believe that our country needs help.

    What's the point of being patriotic when all you do is talk!

    Why do millions of our people need to go overseas for a living?

    We Filipinos are ashamed of people like you! And please don't disgraced us further with your ignorance or holier-than-thou attitude on other people's land.

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  63. Bernard,
    I'm speechless.

    There are two sides to a sword.

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  64. lilMrsT,
    Right, it is sad for me to see the civil service of Singapore becoming worse.

    They must have forgotten their mission and pledge - to serve the public.

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