Tuesday, November 21, 2017

TOTD: The Great Asian Political Idealist 12 Nov 2017

Thought of the Day - The Great Asian Political Idealist

Today is the Birthday of a Great Politician of Asia in 20th Century, Dr Sun Yat Sen.

In remembrance of this Great man, I shall dedicate my Thought of the Day to talk about his greatness.

Many people would have mistaken the source of greatness in Dr Sun. Rightfully, he is credited for bringing the fall of Imperial rule in China, although in actual fact, the success of 1911 mutiny and revolution wasn’t part of his deliberate efforts at all.

It was his inspiration, undaunted effort in advocating the topple of the Imperial Qing Dynasty that gained him great respect among his contemporary revolutionists.

However, his greatness in politics didn’t stop at that. He wasn’t exactly the top politicians in politicking and in fact, he had failed in his politicking efforts when he conceded his position to Yuan Shi Kai who tried to reinstate Imperial rule to modern China again.

His main contribution to the world, especially to the Asian political arena, lies in his political ideology of Separation of Five Powers and the Three Principles.

The concept of Separation of Five Powers is especially profound and herein lies the main difference he had against the Western Democratic ideology.

Although he was against the Imperial rule in China but he recognized the strength of the political administration which was installed and implemented by the Imperialists. This is a five thousand years legacy of Chinese wisdom in political management. He recognized that throughout history, China had always been the country which possessed the most sophisticated and advanced political management system as compared to their contemporaries. Many foreign states wanted to emulate its complex political administration and in fact, its neighbors were greatly influenced by its system. These include Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

The scholar system which Chinese dynasties had implemented throughout history ensured basic competency of the control and management of the country regardless of who was the Emperor. Even when the Emperor was just a 10 yea old kid, the scholar system would ensure basic competence in the running of the Empire.

The Chinese dynasties also valued the importance of Checks and Balances. There would always be periodic Audit checks carried on various local governance by Special Envoys empowered by the Emperors themselves.

In the inner court, they Emperor would appoint special officials empowered with the Power of Impeachment. They were allowed to speak up their mind and criticize court officials and even against Emperors without any dire consequences.

The most important institution of the scholar system was the Board of Examination. The Chief examiner would make sure the selection process for the brightest scholars from the country was done properly.

These selected students would then be fielded into the respective departments of the Empire administration.

The Western countries didn’t have such complex system of political administration until much later in the 18th or early 19th century. The idea Checks Andy Balances was actually first implemented in the Chinese dynasties as far back as 4000 years ago!

Thus even Dr Sun was heavily influenced by the western ideology of democracy, he realized that China itself had a much superior system of political administration.

However, the most common problem faced by past dynasties was the corruption of powers via full concentration of powers by One or few court officials, other than the Emperor himself.

Thus, he had raised the importance of the Separation of Five Powers, instead of the Three powers advocated by the Western world. Other than the Three powers of Executive, Judiciary and Legislation, he added two more powers that were inherently the most critical for superior political administration..... Power of Impeachment and Examination.

The Power of Impeachment is equivalent to the modern days Corrupt Practice Investigation Bureau and Audit General. The Power of Examination was catered towards the important Board of Examination which was the gate keeper of selection and appointment of scholars to civil service positions. Basically it refers to the power of selecting, appointing and promoting those who work for the government. These two are the critical powers for clean, effective, efficient and competent government.

The contribution of Dr Sun in raising the significance of these two powers should not be underestimated. Many of the problems we are still facing right now, even in 21st century, is how incompetency creeps into the political management of countries when the Power of Impeachment is lacking coupled with cronyism infestation when the Power of Selection and Appointment is totally corrupted.

This is the reason why my comrades and I decided to form People’s Power Party using Dr Sun’s profound ideology of Separation of Five Powers as the pillars of our Core Value.

PPP will strive to pass on the legacy of Dr Sun’s greatest political ideology which will always be relevant to good governance in all centuries ahead.

Goh Meng Seng

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

不敏感的野蛮人 When families do not have enough funds, they cut down on luxuries like travelling, eating out, shopping and unnecessariness. Wives and mothers had to go out for a second income to get killed by a bus.
The insensitive barbarians when do not have enough funds can just find old ideas to increase payment from the people.

Sincerity ?

Anonymous said...

This country is gearing for the super rich. Its a great country if you are a billionaire.

Anonymous said...

3 guys met at a bar. The 1st boasted that that he is a shepherd and that his sheep are valuable for leather rugs. The 2nd boasted that he is a cowherd and that he gets milk from milking the animals. The 3rd was a swineherd and he thought hard what he could gain and from his pigs.
Than without boasting he said he could be as lazy as a pig and he could called his swine.

Anonymous said...

They may not have iconic or too futuristic technology. But most what we wear or use today has footprints of Made in Vietnam, Made in China, Made in India and consistency followed by some other 3rd world countries. We look forward to a day where the other countries could use or wear Made in our country so as not to cause problems about investment here. We cannot compete at a level other countries can offer that is cost.
Phuket attracts tourist like flies to honey. They can't be fault to their old-world charm, the friendliness , their laid-back life-style and its cost effectiveness.

Anonymous said...

PPP will strive to pass on the legacy of Dr Sun’s greatest political ideology which will always be relevant to good governance in all centuries ahead.
Goh Meng Seng

Goh Meng Seng, can you don't mind give readers an update on the membership status of PPP since last GE?

It is pointless for a political party to advocate political ideologies or what not when they are just "mosquito" parties, or worse had remained and continue to remain so.

Anonymous said...

We should embrace and participate in the government spending? They have a good team of "pets"
who is only preoccupied with implementing their very own opinions.
It must be very painful for them to instill TDSR,LTV and minimum sum CPF ( most views here not forgetting ABSD)when some insurance agents and tour guides have the goose* that they think lays the golden eggs* to fall on.

GST & TAXES*

Conflicting rules?

Anonymous said...

Work more same pay.
Work less also same pay.
If they are employee, would they work more or less?
Less than 50% will give the real answer especially the civil workers?
Tio boh?

Anonymous said...

The severe budgetary gambling problems for governments due to these extravagant spending years both national and local, the citizens will continue to monitor market developments and take appropriate actions where necessary to " maintain a stable and sustainable country".

The economy is not booming and lavish spending on publics money -not private money, would led to many severe consequences for the constituencies .

No body can accurately predicts the market so why not let people be-" THEIR OWNERSHIP SOCIETY "- for taking ownership of our future for once.

The one month bonus wasn't it due to the improving economy?

Banks are here to make money, mot lose money. Please do not have a tendency to underestimate them. They are in business as they do make conservative preparations for bad outcomes.

Nothing is "full-proof" so might as well the AM-A-ASS put their nose to more urgent and useful matters for each and every one of its citizens than punishing less than 5% of the enbloc sellers.

Anonymous said...

Developers money bank is not bottomless. Not like some millionaires. As long as you are within that circle ,your pay-cheque is bottomless.

Anonymous said...

That's the kind of people in MAS that needs to go. They are the spoilers for the S'pore brand.

Taxes going up?
GST going up?
Development charges up.
Your assets are suppose to be down.

Anonymous said...

The headline was screaming 'ENBLOC DEALS' It did not scream 'GOVERMENT LAND SALES' pose risks to sustainable conditions in property market.
Who can we trust nowadays when what they blow out seemed too contradicting.
One from MND even suggested that they are monitoring and will release more GLS for sale if needed. Now I really hate them. More so after the passing of LKY.

Anonymous said...

They have a job to do and due to the story of "the fishball stick" , they have to choose their words wisely. Its easier to blame the enbloc that the GLS . One way or other its the people who is causing the problems not them. I also hate them.

Anonymous said...

Authoritatively and historically they were the ones who impose every dot. of the rule. The

moral problem is the final product was one and every one followed the tedious and


冗长 rule. Their rules based on their abstract boring and technical theories based on

personal observations or ill-founded prejudices. Finally its still the public who ended up

as sacrificial lamb. Berapa lama kita harus bertolak ansur dengan pemikiran mereka.

Anonymous said...

Maybe what we heard could be true. That their accounts may be in negative territory. This is a warning to the people who has the enbloc opportunity to get ready that if any measures that may come out to squash enbloc so that there are no competitors for their high land sales. That way they need not raise taxes and GST so as not to jeopardies their election results. Taxes and GST involve a lot more votes than aggravate a small number of enblocs hopeful for a little votes. They can get billions from land sales plus gst. Their problems are solved. Very smart. At times what we hear is true.

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Anonymous said...

In the recent couple of years developers have been quickly restocking their land banks, there is a limit to how much money they can borrow / spend to finance such restocking exercises.

Once they have what they consider to be sufficient land, or they have either depleted their cash reserves or exhausted their finance facilities, the current en bloc euphoria will naturally dissipate.

As the old adage goes 'the early bird catches the worm' hence the rush for a lot of estates to expedite their respective en bloc sales.

Anonymous said...

$1960 ppr.

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Anonymous said...

Population growth will be steady and gradual. The labor , concrete ,steel and so on will keep the economy moving in the new home construction. Those who has been unemployed especially the estate agents have moved to become uber and grab drivers. Even graduates are driving uber and grab because of the freedom of time and flexibility.

Anonymous said...

GST should not be increased as the basics will be affected. Road taxes and maid levies should go up as these are considered luxuries. If one can afford one hundred thousand cars they can well afford the 50% increase in road taxes.

They might not agree to this suggestion as gst gives them huge sums of money very quickly.

Anonymous said...

Developers are bidding aggressively . They are ignoring some leaders propaganda and doing
exactly the opposite. Why? Because they cannot be trusted anymore? The respect had deteriorate.

When Lee Kuan Yew speaks stock markets move drastically. That's the difference between the past and the present. He found solutions, instead of penalising.

Anonymous said...

Simplicity should be in. The world has become much more complex with information continually increasing. No human read or watch every single news. That's just not possible.
Complexity should be out of style. Complexity busy our lives with technology advancing at such a rapid pace. People respond healthily to simple.

Anonymous said...

When LKY son spoke about the financial account, the whole country took notice.

The incoming PM combine with the design with its current president, its the people that may need tweaking spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Anonymous said...

The purchase of land is for the years down the road.

Anonymous said...

The central bank also urged prospective buyers to remain prudent. “They should also factor in potential increases in their debt servicing burdens if interest rates rise and rentals fall given current elevated vacancy rates," it wrote. From the muther farkers
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.

Guess what? We were not able to re-finance to some smart arses policies and we are sure that there are many in the same shoes as us. But we have managed to pay the high interest rates for the past few years . Before the bank proceed to approved loans they based the monthly repayments on the highest interest rates in event that the rates does rise. When things like this comes out from their mouths this is evident that they don't know what they are talking about other than going through the motions

Anonymous said...

Living is expensive but lives have become cheap.

生活变得昂贵,但生活变得便宜。

Anonymous said...

Financial economist tend to fall back on pristine models to justify their professional position. Relying too heavily on pristine models runs the risk of being too narrow to grow usefulness. Problems can only be answered with scientific precision other than real life factors. That is the exact happens to only the celebrity opinions in charge today.

Anonymous said...

Water will find its own level no matter how polluted .

Anonymous said...

Will GST climb high?
Don't think so, 8 phases of cooling measures will be implemented. We should be safe.

What is Ah Loong?
His fingers are long for accomplishing money.




Anonymous said...

1. Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead; if you lose, you can guide.

2. People are not what they say but what they do; so judge them not from their words but from their actions.

3. Take whatever you can from your life because when life starts taking from you, it takes even your last breath.

4. In this world, people will always throw stones on the path. It depends on what you make from them - a wall or a bridge.

5. Challenges make life interesting; overcoming them make life meaningful.

6 A path without obstacles leads nowhere.



OUR LIVES ARE NOT TO LIVE BY THEIR RULES. RULES ARE AN ELIGIBILITY FOR A PEACEFUL SOCIETY. TOO MUCH OF IT SUFFOCATES.


7. If you don't build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

8. If you don't climb the mountain; you can't view the plain.

9. Don't leave it idle - use your brain.

10. You are not paid for having brain, you are only rewarded for using it intelligently.

11. It is not what you don't have that limits you; it is what you have but don't know how to use.

12. What you fail to learn might teach you a lesson.

13. The difference between a corrupt person and an honest person is: The corrupt person has a price while the honest person has a value.


14. Honesty is an expensive gift; don't expect it from cheap people.

Anonymous said...

Can they separate fantasy from realty?

Anonymous said...

School holidays a small population away from the 'cats chasing its own tail syndrome i.e. grades, career promotions.'

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Anonymous said...

We were having breakfast with my boss. He was looking at a menu.

W-What would you like today sir?
B- I'm looking for eggs.

W- We have scramble, sunny side, poach and omelettes.

His mobile rang. It was his secretary who described that she was in an accident and would be late. The waitress told him at the same time that she was still waiting for his order. Frustrated with 2 women talking to him at the same time, he said just any kind of eggs will do.

Nine minutes later she served him scramble, sunny side, poach and omelettes with all the different fillings, accompanied by one sausage.

W- Sir,would you like coffee, tea or juice?
B- Just one kind will do. Coffee no sugar or milk.

Anonymous said...

How did they come out their policies?
Through their a*s*. How smelly is on which *r*e it came from.

How did they choose their men?
Through their heart.

How did they prompto to get money from the humans?
Through their brain.