I’d like to introduce you to the new kid on the blog(osphere) – http://publichouse.sg, or PH for short.
We went online on 1 September 2011, so we’re relatively new. However, viewership has been really encouraging so far. 😉
PH hopes to be a hive of activities, with topics ranging from social issues to environmental ones, from politics to the arts – a reflection of the vibrant community that is Singapore. PH is not affiliated to any political organisation, the government or any other entity. It is an independent site run by volunteers, ordinary Singaporeans with a passion to do what they do best – tell stories of Singapore which you may not otherwise read or hear about.
We hope you will visit with us, and give us your feedback on the website so that we can improve.
See you at http://publichouse.sg !
We also have a Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/publichousesg
PAP members and supporters address each other as comrades. Just go take a look at the Young PAP Facebook page. It’s a visit which will bring you back in time – to a period where communists were called “reds”, and when a little book of that colour was all the rage in China. Failure to adhere to its teachings would buy you a little visit from the devotees of one fella named Mao. And these Mao adherents weren’t gonna pray over you with gentleness. They would lay hands on you, no doubt, but not the way you might imagine.
But it is 21st Century now and we’re in Singapore. Even so, it seems wanton mindless adoration is not reserved just for Mao or – some say – his wannabes, the pure white demi-gods of the PAP. The newly-ordained Members of Parliament of the Workers’ Party too seem to attract the same devotion reserved more for followers of religious faiths.
The last four days of the elections saw the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) head for a u-turn. Realising that the ground was getting more agitated with the arrogance and condescending attitude and campaigning of the party, the PAP shed its cloak of invincibility and untouchability and apologised for its mistakes.
The secretary general of the party, no less, apologised twice. This was then followed by several ministers doing the same. Its leader of the Aljunied team, George Yeo, made the most telling admission – that it was Lee Kuan Yew’s remarks about how Aljunied voters would have “five years to repent” which threatened to lose the GRC to the opposition Workers’ Party.
George Yeo also said the PAP needs to “reform” and “change”.
The so-called apology is nothing more than a desperate move by the PAP to win sympathy votes. It shows that it knew not other ways to win fair and square. Indeed, given the way it campaigned in past elections – with carrots and threats, lawsuits and defamation suits, even arresting opposition members, control of the media and so on – the PAP felt helpless in an election where New Media came to the fore, along with a more daring and educated electorate.
Hence, the apology and display of remorse.
But make no mistake.
Note: Normally, I would use a picture to accompany my postings. I’ve decided not to do so for this post because I do not want to subject you to having to look at the face of evil.
Singapore is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-religious society. That much we’ve always been told. And that much is true. We have also been advised to speak with care and to show respect towards our fellow Singaporeans who may not be of the same race, religion or persuasions as ourselves.
And so it was with shock when I read the statement issued by the PAP’s Holland-Bukit Timah GRC team on the matter of a video which was shot in November 2010 of a public forum on the issue of 377A.
The leader of the team, a Cabinet minister, no less, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the previous day had accused the team members of the Singapore Democratic Party of being “strange bedfellows”, and that two of its members had not done their “due diligence” before they decided to join the SDP.
First, have you noticed that nowadays, our state-owned newspapers no longer call them “Ministers Without Portfolio”? They’re now described as “Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office”. I guess “without portfolio” makes them look like they’re rather redundant.
And Ms Lim Hwee Hua is one of these “Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office”.
Commenting on the criticisms levelled at two of the PAP’s new candidates – Tin Pei Ling and Foo Mee Har – Ms Lim said, “I certainly hope that people will rise above the gender perspective.”
The Straits Times reported her as expressing “a hope that people would not target candidates because they are women, adding that ‘that would be very sad if it were true’.”
I think Mr Teo should not shoot his mouth off too fast without his brain having process some vital information first. While he ridicules the opposition’s admission that they are not yet ready to form the government (actually it’s only the WP who’s said so, contrary to what Mr Teo said – “opposition” as a whole), Mr Teo should remember that it is his own PAP which has been telling Singaporeans this past few weeks that its new candidates are also not ready – not even ready to be MPs.
That is why they have to be “understudies”. Like Tin Pei Ling and even army general BG Tan Chuan Jin.
So, Mr Teo, don’t be too quick. Your own new candidates aren’t even ready to be MPs, for goodness sake.
And that too, by your own admission. Read more…
I have received feedback that many people do not and could not understand what Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at the NUS Ministerial Forum on Tuesday. Some were upset and some simply were confused. I have gone through the 2-hours worth of recording (by a secret friend whom I secretly planted in the audience that night) and here I will try and paraphrase entirely what PM Lee tried to say.
A two-party system cannot work for Singapore. We, the greatest, most honest and most capable party on the face on the face of this earth, and indeed in all of human history, east, west, north and south, knows what’s best for you.
The opposition parties do not.
We are so good that even China, that great great country, emulates our political system! When a communist country copies you, that tells you something, doesn’t it? SO, please. If you believe in the greater good of this our homeland, join us! make us better! We come to serve and not to be served, comrades!
Lets together run the next lap! Lets together take the great leap forward!
But we can’t do it if you vote for the opposition!
We have all the talents. Anyone who says they also have talents is suspect and is a liar because we alone – and alone – have all the talent.
Anyone who claims to be talented but is not wearing white, don’t believe him! Read more…