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I was reading one of the postings made by fellow blogger “Limpeh is Foreign Talent”. In light of the recent MDA ruling, he was extremely unhappy and ranted incessantly about the government in his blog. I felt compelled to blog down some of my thoughts and feelings.

In his blog, he bragged that he collected two scholarships from the government during his VJC days but chose to study university and worked in United Kingdom instead. Subsequently, he gave up his Singapore citizenship and became a British citizen. Apparently this move enabled him to find jobs in EU nations more easily. But beyond that, he stated that he wanted to make a statement to the government that he is disgusted with the way Singapore is governed and that more highly educated Singaporeans like him would leave the country, resulting in brain drain.

I was not impressed when I read his articles. In fact, I cannot believe his stupidity and naivety. If he thought that Singapore government is going to react just because of his actions, then he is plain wrong. Who cares if egomaniac idiots like him leave the country? If he thought his actions were vindicated, then let me make it known to him that he had let down Singaporeans, instead of the government. His scholarships were paid by taxpayers and could have been awarded to locals who deserved better. In fact, if given a choice, I would rather the government gave the scholarship to foreigners than to ungrateful person like him. This fellow has no integrity at all. After getting his Singapore scholarships, he ran off to UK without even staying in Singapore and contributed nothing to our country. What a waste of tax payers money. To add insult to injury, he still dare to constantly criticize our system in his blog and bragged to online citizens how great his life is now.

To be honest, I wonder how his parents brought him up. This fellow has no moral integrity at all. Obviously his parents did not teach him the value of giving back to society. My father always told me that if I benefitted from the system, I must give it back to the society. One way or another. I am absolutely disgusted with local bondbreakers like him. People like him not only waste our limited resources, but also bite the hands that fed him. How did our society produce such junks like him? Yeah, he could do this to Singapore, I believe, one day, he could also do this to UK. Hope his UK citizenship get revoked one day and let him be an alien.

I am disappointed that there are many online citizens supporting his blog and encouraging his actions. What sort of values are we promoting? True, our government and systems have inherent flaws. But if you had benefitted from the system, and left without contributing to nation-building, then you are in no position to criticize. We are Asians, not Westerners, and there are certain values and code of honours that we should abide. Fundamentally, this fellow has failed as a person. I don’t welcome him if he comes back to Singapore.

If I am his father, I would have disowned this ungrateful beast long time ago.

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  1. He served 2 year 4 months of his prime youth to serve national service, so what’s your point about contributing nothing to Singapore?

  2. Thats not the point. I have also served National Service. Which Singaporean male don’t? The issue is that if you benefitted from the system, such as receiving TWO government scholarships, you are obliged to go BEYOND the call of duty and go the extra mile. Otherwise why taxpayers invest so much monies in these fellows? You mean its morally correct to take and don’t give back? Serving NS is nothing really. It is a duty and I have also done it. To leave the country after collecting the scholarships and not paying his dues is absolute wrong, in my opinion.

  3. Some of the points here are equally self-centered (not his limpeh right?) – at least he is so far a good citizen elsewhere and has not let down Singaporeans.

    Many citizens here may not support him to continue his awareness lessons (to extreme of belittling small country on virtual space) since he is already in better bigger country.

    My simple thought for him would be to concentrate on his future/ long-term plan – maybe make it big on real world (more than just an ex-Singaporean owning properties) if he can?

  4. How you know he is a good citizen in UK? Based on his blog postings? Would you blog down your shameful stuff or crimes you have committed? Are you his friend or family? Think critically. Don’t be misled.

  5. Me not even a close follower of his blog (see above #2 and #3) – maybe not-so-bad citizen for #1 ok? Everyone, live your own life!

  6. You should improve your english.

  7. Well, not going for fancy blog award – as long as good people see some web sense!

  8. All scholarships come with a bond which if broken the person needs to pay back. There is no morals or ethics involved as there is a CONTRACT that needs to be signed between the individual and the government. To bring morals into this is bullshit. This is a purely commercial transaction. Ethics and morals only get involved if it is a gentlemen’s handshake and bound by honour instead of a stack of papers drafted by lawyers that even compels your sureties to pay if you don’t, with 10% compound interest on an annual basis on top of the principal sum.

    Perhaps all of you should spend some time with the senior political structure and civil service to know what they REALLY think. That is why I threw in my pink IC too and left, and get invited back as FT making three times the amount I used to make while I was in government service.

    These comments are exactly like what the blogger said, by people who don’t have the means to leave and concoct all sorts of reasons to justify why they stayed. For that matter, unlike him I get along well with my family and told my parents I left for the good of my kids. It was something they never understood till they visited us and realised that it was indeed the right decision through and through.

  9. There are scholarships and study contracts. The Singapore government will be not at all upset about bond breaking. 10% compound interest as liquidated damages is a pretty darn good rate of return. Plus it is rather clear that government scholarships are awarded in the same way as airlines overbook flights.

    But that aside, the blogger “Limpeh” has served out his national service. What is the loss associated with national service. Perhaps 70k-100k per year or possibly more in “today dollars”. More even if you considered a DCF of lost earnings due to increments. (But let’s not go there.)

    There is a moral obligation to do one’s duty, but not more than that. Does the “investor” writing this investment blog do his/her part for society? Does even 5% of his/her income go towards worthy causes outside his/her family? What about time? If not, then the writer of this blog lacks the moral authority to call on someone else to do more.

    The PAP has succeeded in labeling critical voices from former Singaporeans overseas as those of quitters. “Think critically, do not be misled.”

  10. Did you get your facts correct ?

    If I am not wrong, he did mentioned that he finally took the scholarship offered by the foreign university without the need to serve any bond. So why do you write that he is ungrateful for taking scholarships paid by taxpayers ?

    Are you in fact trying a fast one to discredit his integrity just like how our PAP leaders are so used to discrediting us lowly citizens ?

  11. Hallo,

    You are wrong. Get your fact correct before you comment.
    Otherwise you look silly and dumb.

  12. Convexset,

    You are still a student and obviously do not know what is working life all about. Who told you that there is no moral obligation, besides legal obligation, when you took up scholarships? They teach that in school nowadays? Maybe your parents did not impart the correct values in you. Serving NS cannot be considered as paying back moral obligations in exchange for scholarships. If thats the case, then all Singaporean males who had served NS should be entitled to scholarships right?

    As someone who had served NS and pay income taxes, of course I have the moral authority to comment on bondbreakers. Have you paid your dues? Obviously not. Don’t be a loser.

  13. Hello all, Limpeh here. Sticks & stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me. Let me just make a few short points to clarify the facts: I am not a bond breaker.

    1. The two scholarships I benefited from in my VJC days were the humanities scholarship and the (SSC) Singapore Sports Council scholarship – not worth a lot of money compared the the biggie – the scholarship I got for my university education (awarded by my university itself), but still at that time, as a JC student, I felt that it would look good on my CV to have that status as a scholar and more to the point, there was no obligation in the contract to do anything in return for the scholarship. In any case, the SSC scholarship was part of the deal I got for representing S’pore in the SEA Games and I did represent Singapore in quite a number of international competitions as a gymnast in the period 1990 to 1997 when I was on the national team – most promising athletes who have represented Singapore in any kind of international competition automatically get the scholarship; so it’s not as if we have to work as adults to ‘repay’ that scholarship, we were able to do so as sportsmen as teenagers.

    I never broke any bond as there were NO BONDS to break. I was careful enough to always choose bond-free scholarships and yes they exist, I benefited from 3 of those.

    2. I never intended to influence the PAP in any way and the PAP is not even listening to ordinary Singaporeans (so much for a ‘national conversation eh’) but I am writing as a social commentator and a blogger who has far more hits than you on my blog. Currently I see your blog counter stands at 294,959 whilst mine is at 3,849,431 – I am a social commentator who writes and blogs honestly, voicing my opinions for anyone who cares to read and clearly, over 3.8 million views (over half from Singapore alone) demonstrate that I do have a captive audience.

    I can’t influence the PAP, Singaporeans cannot influence the PAP, nobody can influence the PAP – apart from those at the upper echelons of the PAP itself, get real.

    3. As for my parents, I make no bones about it – I had a terrible relationship with my parents and that’s putting it very mildly indeed. I had super strict Chinese parents who were extremely demanding in terms of what they expected me to deliver academically and they got what they want – a child who turned out to be a triple scholar, brilliant at sports and went on to make a lot of money, but I have a very distant and cold relationship with my parents as a result of their parenting methods. I have talked about the difficult relationship I have had with my parents on my blog and have received many messages of empathy from others who have experienced the same kind of ultra-strict upbringing from very traditional Singaporean parents.

  14. I am not a bond breaker – there were no bonds to break with all 3 of my scholarships, please see the longer comment below. Thanks.

  15. As explained below (see my longer comment below), you are right! So don’t let Greatsage tell you that you’re wrong.

    There are no bonds for any kind of scholarships handed out to JC or secondary school students lah, these scholarships weren’t worth that much money. It was a little pat on the back by the system to say, “good on you kid, well done for doing so well” as opposed to the kind of scholarships given out to people like Alvin Tan or Sun Xu which were worth a lot more. I did get 2 such scholarships in my JC days (humanities + SSC) and they came without a bond.

    I accepted a scholarship by my British university to study there on scholarship, again this was funded by the university itself and it came without a bond.

    So if Greatsage wants to talk about bond breakers in general, he should leave me out of that conversation for I never broke any bonds. I steered clear of bonds as I was wary of them.

  16. Not all scholarships come with a bond – some scholarships are given out without bonds. Granted they are more rare, but they are more sought after as it’s free money that comes with no obligations.

    You are right to say that it is a commercial transaction. Scholarships are not given to those who ‘deserve’ them the most, but rather to individuals who may be able to give the investment the best chance of a good return. There is a difference between a bursary and a scholarship – a bursary is there to help a bright but poor student who doesn’t have the means to pay his school fees the chance to go to university. I have explained it clearly here:

    So if you were to introduce the issue of morality into scholarships, then ask yourself this: should rich kids be banned from applying for scholarships even if they are academically brilliant, because their rich parents can afford to pay their school fees regardless? No scholarship awarding body has ever had such a rule.

  17. Hahahahahahahahaha. LMFAO.

    Limpeh is having a good time and having a good life, thank you very much.

  18. In that case, please go and complain to the Singapore government about inserting a clause into any kind of scholarship that they give out about the kind of obligations they expect of their scholars in exchange for accepting the money. Then if everything is written clearly in black & white, then there’s no need for you to kao beh kao bu about people like me who have benefited from the system.

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

  19. Limpeh is right on. Leave him alone. I left Singapore for Canada in 1986 and have not looked back. Life is hard overseas. A university degree isn’t that big a deal here, but life is good. I can honestly say that the quality of life my son enjoys is priceless. The blogger who blasted Limpeh seemed bitter because he never made it out of Singapore. Limpeh does not owe Singapore ANYTHING. He is in UK paying his dues as a UK citizen. Like he said, blame the game, not the player. ANY Singaporean would love to have those scholarships. Limpeh applied and got them. There is no warrant out for his arrest. Who said he had to pay them back to Singapore? Not the institutions who gave him those small scholarships. The big one came from his foreign university. So shut up already. I would love to meet Limpeh for lunch and gripe about the stupidity of the PAP.

  20. Oooh did someone say lunch? Limpeh is hungry… 🙂

  21. Limpeh, if you are ever in Vancouver, let me know.

  22. To each his/her own. I enjoy my life in SG, my friends who left SG enjoy their new country or miss SG. No two stories are the same. I would not want to live in the UK or the US or Australia or France etc. as I enjoy my life in SG very much. But on the other hand if you have found something good for yourself elsewhere then good on you.

  23. When you leave Singapore, you made a conscious decision and a gamble. Nonetheless, things worked out well for you and family. However, your talents could be better used to bringing about changes that you want to see in Singapore. It’s easy to gripe and criticise but why not be a constructive tool for something better?

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