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John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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Now, available in Kindle and Paperback! Free Kindle if you purchase Paperback. After buying Paperback, go for the free Kindle!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Singapore Reform Party hack, Jeyaretnam bores the crowd

Political hack Kenneth Jeyaretnam bores the crowd

Political hack Kenneth Jeyaretnam bores the crowd

Reform Party leader Kenneth Jeyaretnam held a rally in Singapore on a wet and soggy day last Saturday afternoon.

In pouring rain, only 300 Singaporeans turned up at the event.

Invoking the name of his father and party founder Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, son Kenneth Jeyaretnam told the crowd ambitiously, “He defined the mission of Reform Party as being nothing less than the total transformation of Singapore’s political system.”

Kenneth Jeyaretnam the went on to say nothing new, but only to repeat what Singapore’s unsuccessful opposition parties have been repeating for years – and years.

He pledged that the first thing Reform Party would do should they form the government is to lower ministers’ salary to “levels in line with those paid leaders in other advanced countries.”

Convicted author, Alan Shadrake, looking bored

Convicted author, Alan Shadrake, looking bored

Then it was on to cutting Singapore’s taxes (which are already low), hiking spending to improve education and healthcare systems, ensuring greater job opportunities and reviewing the use of state-sovereign wealth funds. Kenneth Jeyaretnam had no new ideas, but simply went on to repeat what had been said many times before.

Kenneth Jeyaretnam questioned Singapore’s open door policy, calling it an “easy” way to boost economic growth. Was he implying that Singapore’s soaring economic growth was a bad thing? Oh yes, then there was the plea for “more affordable housing.” Ho hum!

Fellow Reform Party member Alec Tok complained that between 1990 and 2010, property prices in Singapore had risen by 342 percent. Is that such a bad thing?

Other stale Reform Party issues covered living costs, building a “sustainable knowledge-based economy,” phasing out inefficient factories, invest in better technology, and carrying out more R&D.  Yawn!

If attendees were expecting to see some of his father’s fiery brand of rhetoric, they were sorely disappointed.  Daddy’s boy, Kenneth Jeyaretnam, is more measured, lacking in any sense of excitement, or of new ideas. The guy should go back to being a hedge fund manager.

In attendance, with nothing better to do, as he is out on bail, was Alan Shadrake, convicted author of Once a Jolly Hangman.

Balraj Naidu - Reform Party co-founder

Balraj Naidu - Reform Party co-founder

The elephant in the crowd was Balraj (aka Baldev) co-founder with Kenneth Jeyaretnam of Singapore’s Reform Party.

Niadu is in prison in the U.S. having been convicted on charges of terrorism.

3 comments to Singapore Reform Party hack, Jeyaretnam bores the crowd

  • Political SalesMaN

    In pouring rain, only 300 Singaporeans turned up at the event.I was there and the crowd was only less than a thirty before deduction of their member.This Man KJ (not fix to carry the name of Jeyeratnam)was a very good liar.He has nothing new accept to voice out to carry the vision of his late father (JBJ).I has know JBJ for donkey years, KJ was against JBJ to form the Reform Party.
    he always shouted at his father over the phone from London nad supress him, JBJ die of heart failure because of him.Past forty five years, when JBJ was fihting alone, where is this bastard son.After the dismiss of JBJ. He suddenly came to RP to siege power with the gang of four (including Badlev Naidu the terrorist).What motive he have in mind.Was he a mole of the ruling party, motive is to infiltrate to other political party.The more he tells lies his nose will grow longer like “Pinnochio”

  • Thanks for the update that minus the members, there were only 30 people there. Wonder what Alan Shadrake was doing there – another book?

  • Singapore Patriot

    Kenneth Jeyaratnam’s best friend, Baldev Naidu, arrested, charged and sitting in a US prison?
    This fellow KJ knows more than he is “not saying”.
    What a bunch of crooks!