Wednesday, 30 August 2017

PE2017: Mr Owl for President?

Accordimg to a Geomancy Master, The Presidential Election polling day on Sep 23 is a special day:
  • 2 +3 = 5
  • 5 in Thai is "Ha" and in Malay is "Lima"
  • So, it is "Halima"
Hence "5 5 5" in Thai is "Ha Ha Ha"

PM Lee meets with barn owl at Istana grounds again, marks 3rd biennial diplomatic visit

If you’ve been following Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Facebook page long enough, you will have heard about the biennial barn owl who visits the Istana.

Indeed, the diplomatic visitor first showed up inside PM Lee’s office in November 2013. And returned again, promptly, two years later, in the height of the haze. And now it’s back again, inviting itself into the Istana’s highly secured grounds without giving a hoot.

We can’t be certain why owls visit the Istana at such regular intervals either, or if it’s even the same individual owl visiting, but we can make the following educated guesses for this latest visit:
  • It has decided it’s had enough of this presidential election nonsense and is volunteering itself for the role.
  • Someone at the Istana will be enrolled to Hogwarts for further studies.

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Lee Hsien Loong 25 August at 19:00

Quite an easy one, if you’ve been a long-time follower of my Facebook Page! The Istana appears to be a regular stopover for owls, with latest one dropping by after visits in 2015 and 2013. (It is rather curious why they only visit every two years!).

True to their reputed wisdom, they seem to have learnt not to fly into the Istana building (and then need help from Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore and Jurong Bird Park to extricate themselves). Our latest visitor was quite content to perch itself on the overhang that runs along the exterior of the Istana, keeping a silent watch over the main entrance. – LHL

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Comment: Jasmine P'ng Siok Lee 25 August at 21:06 · Edited

Jasmine P'ng Siok Lee Owl visit again? same bird from 2013 and 2015? What significant events happened during last 2 visit? Bird want to bring you a message? This year important event is President Election, restricted for Malay candidates only! Expect any issues or turmoil politically? Online debate hot up, much misgivings about timing of this special President election, government real intention or agenda to host this special President election this year. Government need to consider better way to engage citizens to have candid discussion on such sensitive political issues. Election during an Internet age can be difficult especially how to counteract fake news and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories. Concerned.

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PM Lee's 'silent watcher' visits him at Istana again for the 3rd time in 5 years

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been visited by a barn owl at the Istana for the 3rd time.

He posted a photo on Facebook that showed the cute creature nestling in the overhang along the Istana's exterior and wrote: "#guesswhoo's back?"

A barn owl had also made previous appearances at the Istana, in PM Lee's Sri Temasek, in 2013 & 2015, and it is possible that this one is the same bird.

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Owl Symbolism - Owl Meaning

Yes, in certain cultures (China, Egypt, India) the symbolic meaning of owl is associated with death, but you must understand that the owl is nota symbol of death per se. Rather – it was revered (honored) as being the guardian of the after-life – a highly respected emblem indeed. Throughout many cultures, the symbolic meaning of owl deals with:
  • intelligence
  • brilliance
  • perspective
  • intuition
  • quick-wit
  • independence
  • wisdom
  • protection
  • mystery
  • power
Native American tribes (primarily plains’ Indians) viewed the owl as a protector against harm and their feathers  were ritually worn to ward of evil spirits. Ancient Athenians made the owl an emblem of wisdomand even emblazoned the image of the owl on their coinage.  To the ancient Greeks, the owl is a symbol of Athene who is goddess of foresight & knowledge. Taking symbolism from the owl directly, it is noteworthy that it is a creature of the night.   Nocturnal creatures are symbolic of inner-knowing, psychic ability, and intuition – so too is the owl.

If an owl has visited you, an incredible gift has been bestowed.  Also, keep in mind that animals are only called to those who share the same energy.  In other words, you hold within you some of the very same symbolic attributes the owl represents.

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Singapore’s first elected president Ong Teng Cheong gets a mountain named after him

Somewhere out there in south-eastern Kazakhstan, there’s a mountain named after a Singaporean — the first of its kind. And not just any Singaporean, but Singapore’s first elected president, Ong Teng Cheong himself.

The 4,743m-tall mountain sits in the middle of a remote Tien Shan range that stretches along the border between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China, reported The Straits Times. Ong Teng Cheong peak — so named because it was first conquered by a Singapore team on July 29, 2005 — was formally recognized on June 28 this year by the Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation of Kazakhstan.

Mountaineers David Lim, Wilfred Tok, Mohd Rozani Maarof and Shani Tan were the first ones to ascend the mountain, and they named it after Ong, who was the patron of Singapore’s first Everest expedition in 1995 during his presidency.

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Mdm Halimah’s slogan “Do Good Do Together”?

Mdm Halimah Yacob unveiled her campaign slogan at the NTUC Centre on Tuesday (29 August) and introduced the members of her campaign team.

The former Speaker of Parliament and People's Action Party Member of Parliament announced that her campaign slogan is “Do Good, Do Together”.

She said, "It allows us together as one people to come together and do what is good for the community and the country – I think that is the most important part of it," and added, "We 'do good, do together' regardless of race, language or religion, and we come together to make Singapore a home we can all be proud of."

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Farid Khan: Vote for someone good for Singapore
Firms with $500 million capitalisation in minority
Presidential hopeful Farid Khan hopes voters will have Singapore's best interests in mind in the event they go to the polls later this month

The chairman of marine services company Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific yesterday urged Singaporeans to vote for the best person in the Presidential Election - "someone who is good for the country and will serve the country".

"I would prefer those who vote for me, to vote for who I am, what I stand for," he told reporters after performing morning prayers at An-Nur Mosque in Woodlands.

Mr Farid, 62, is one of the three people known to have submitted applications to contest the Presidential Election, which is the first to be reserved for Malay candidates.

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Mr Mohd Salleh Marican - Chief Executive Officer, Second Chance Properties Ltd 

Mr Salleh Marican founded Second Chance Properties Ltd and has been Chairman and CEO since its incorporation. He has 35 years of retail experience and a recipient of the 1996 Entrepreneurship Excellence Award of the Nanyang Technological University.

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In the 80s people really thought Lee Kuan Yew would be Spore's first Elected President

In the 1980s when the Government released its first White Paper on Elected Presidency, the people really thought that Lee Kuan Yew would become Singapore’s first Elected President. Dr Tan Cheng Bock who was then the chief of Government’s feedback channel confirmed this in Parliament during the debate of the Bill.

“They see Mr Lee Kuan Yew as the next President and Mr Goh Chok Tong as the next Prime Minister and ask, is not everything the same except in name?” – Dr Tan Cheng Bock in Parliament. Now, a former Senior Political Correspondent at Straits Times, Ismail Kassim, in a Facebook note has suggested that Dr Tan’s feedback was accurate. “At that time (late 1980s), the hot topic was succession.,” he wrote.

Adding: “It seemed then to many people that Singapore was going to adopt the Taiwan model where for a number of years the elder Chiang was president and the younger Chiang was the prime minister – a father and son combination.”

Ismail Kassim added 2 new photos 19 September 2016

At that time, the hot topic was succession.

It seemed then to many people that Singapore was going to adopt the Taiwan model where for a number of years the elder Chiang was president and the younger Chiang was the prime minister - a father and son combination.

Subsequently, I think because of adverse feedback, he chose to be SM.

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