From Third World to First – Ministry of Interior and Defence

Reading this book by LKY and it’s really interesting how little nuggets of history still present themselves in everyday life.

For example, did you know that military vehicles in Singapore start with MID because the ministry used to be known as Military of Interior and Defence (MID)? There were a couple of reasons why the ministry of home affairs and military of defence were combined. Firstly, there was a lack of ministers to head individual ministries and MID, with it’s combined portfolio was placed under Goh Keng Swee. Secondly, when Singapore was first booted out from Malaysia, our 2 battalions were controlled by Malaysia. Combining home affairs and military into one portfolio allowed Goh Keng Swee to use the police force to help in the basic training of army recruits! Hence, till this day, license plates of SAF vehicles start with the letters, MID.

Divergent / Insurgent

Watched Insurgent tonight. The factions remind me of of this management course I took before on conflict resolution. 

Dauntless = Competing

Abegation = Accommodating

Candour = Compromising

Erudite = Collabrating

Amity = Avoiding

Ok, maybe one might swop around Accommodating and Compromising but that’s not the point. The point is that no one faction / style is ideal on its own and one must possess all traits. Yup. Like a Divergent. 

That then made me wonder how should one view the Factionless? I guess you could say they are the total opposites of Divergents because they can’t be placed in any single faction not because they have all the traits, but because they have none.

I suppose these are the people who are fearless only when they need to save their own skin, accommodating when they have a secret agenda, avoiding issues when it doesn’t gain them anything, smart only for dishonest gains and collaborate only if they can exact something from you. 

Another case of reel life mimicking reall life, no?


It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been busy and sick. Pinky was diagnosed with snuffles just before CNY and his appetite got so severely affected that he developed GI Stasis a week later. The past couple of weeks have seen their up and downs. At Pinky’s weakest, his weight dropped to 1.37kg. At his best – last Fri – his weight  increased to 1.55kg. 

Then his snuffles flared up again. When Pinky stopped eating again 3 days ago (on Thurs), my dad sent him to be boarded at Little Bobtail Resort. The owner, Jennifer, is vert good at force feeding and has been syringe feeding Pinky 5 feeds a day. 

I hope Pinky gets well soon. I realised a couple of years back that by praying that God will heal Pinky isn’t really for him. It’s me asking God to continue to extend the blessing of Pinky in my life. 

Please bless us, Lord.