General Election become PAP Election?

April 6, 2011 5 comments

James Gomez beat me to it but he is right. It seems that the upcoming General Election is being hijacked by the PAP into one which is self-serving – it is becoming all about the PAP. PAP renewal. PAP 4G leadership. PAP survival. Yadda yadda yadda.

“We have heard nothing specific about policies the PAP will introduce to reduce the suffering it has caused to the people of Singapore,” Mr Gomez says. (Click here.)

And he is right, of course.

The PAP likes to conjure up – in its imaginative hubris – images of doomsday. Apocalyptic meltdown of Singapore should it falter and more opposition members get into Parliament. It is a game played out at every election. This is how the PAP hijacks a national referendum into one which is narrowly-focussed and self-serving.  Read more…

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Goh Joke Tong – everyone hates him

April 5, 2011 14 comments

In just one week, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has singlehandedly made a joke of his office. After playing that now-infamous prank on his Facebook about Tin Pei Ling, the very next day he ridiculed farmers. And now, two very senior ministers have distanced themselves from his remarks about ministers in future having to serve shorter terms.

Indeed, the man is becoming a joke.

The latest to disagree with his views is no other than the man at the very top – PM Lee himself.

“Mr Lee said he also disagrees with Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s recent opinion that future ministers may end up serving only two terms. Mr Lee said that is not possible because of the lack of numbers.” (Channel NewsAsia)

Yesterday, it was Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng who distanced himself from the joker’s comments and said: “That is SM’s opinion…”

The man is famous for gaffes like these. There are too many to list down here. But as the General Election is around the corner, it reminds me of one of the biggest boo boo the man made – that of first enticing and then threatening the voters of Hougang and Potong Pasir.

SM Goh had been tasked with a “special mission” by Lee Hsien Loong in the 2006 GE to win back the two wards. But what happened in the end?

Chiam See Tong’s percentage of votes increased instead and he won Potong Pasir.

Low Thia Khiang’s vote share shot up so high it was a personal record best – at 62-plus per cent!

And all thanks to Goh Chok Tong.

So, seems everyone has a reason to hate him:

– Sitoh Yih Pin – losing PAP candidate in Potong Pasir

– Eric Low – losing PAP candidate in Hougang

– Tin Pei Ling – the target of Goh’s practical joke

– Wong Kan Seng

– Lee Hsien Loong

And farmers, of course.

But no matter what, in Singapore, gaffes by PAP ministers go unpunished. SM Goh will continue to receive his lifetime pension (of millions) and his annual S$3.4 million salary.

So you see, the joker has the last laugh.

The joke, really, is on us, the taxpayers.

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Goh Chok Tong – another dumb remark

April 4, 2011 7 comments

TODAY, 2 April 2011, reporting on what SM Goh Chok Tong said:

Noting that surveys indicate how people in less-developed countries are happier, he said: “Because they don’t know what life is; they’re quite happy. They wake up, they brush their teeth, then they’ll farm, and then they’ll sleep. But do you want it that way?”

Goh’s words are so stupid and dumb that I have nothing to say about it except to say that it is very sad to hear someone as senior as him in government saying farmers are ignorant. Goh forgets that it is these farmers who enables him to have food on his plate. What an idiot, really.

But I am glad Natalie Cheong, who is some 50 years younger than Goh, has something more to say about it. She wrote to the TODAY newspaper to rebut Goh.

Letter from Natalie Cheong
04:46 AM Apr 04, 2011
Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has been quoted as saying of people in less-developed countries: “Because they don’t know what life is, they’re quite happy. They wake up, they brush their teeth, then they’ll farm, and then they’ll sleep. But do you want it that way?”. What concerns me is the assumption that all farmers in less-developed countries do not understand what life is.

 

I have worked with farmers in Vietnam who have grown up in marginalised indigenous communities. They are able to read and write in English and think more critically than many Singaporeans I have met. They are able to use the Internet and even have Facebook. They humble me with their know-how and adaptability in farming – a skill that has been long-lost in my generation.

Farmers like them help to supply our country’s people with 90 per cent of our food. These are the unsung and financially unrewarded people who have contributed to the success of Singapore today. They are also the people whom millions will rely on to be highly adaptive and resilient in light of changing environmental conditions brought about by climate change.

I am 22 years of age and do not claim to have a comprehensive understanding of what life is. But I do know that happiness, which is not based on disregard for others, is central to what I would want my country to have.

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Goh Chok Tong boo boo again, what a clown

April 4, 2011 12 comments

Just a day after playing a prank on readers of his Facebook page, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has once again talked nonsense.

IN a speech to about 300 grassroots leaders from the Kampong Ubi-Kembangan and Kaki Bukit wards in the Marine Parade GRC, he said:

“You want to bring in new people who can be given responsibilities, (then) you have to create space in the Cabinet for new people coming in. So a time will come, when ministers will not serve more than two terms, generally speaking, so we can have new blood coming in.”

In short, this means there are some redundant ministers whom voters should feel free to discard, or vote out. After all, SM Goh seems to be saying that the PAP has more than enough talent to be ministers. So much talent in fact that they have to shorten their terms.

So voters, don’t worry if your GRC minister loses the election. They can easily replace him.

Read more…

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I’m writing something nice about Tin Pei Ling

April 4, 2011 5 comments

So, the criticisms have come and gone. Well, some are still ongoing. But never mind. I am going to write something nice about Tin Pei Ling. Why am I doing this? Because no matter what one may think of her, going into politics is something to be applauded, especially for someone as young as her. I would applaud the same for young opposition members as well.

We can all criticise the GRC system and these criticisms would be utterly deserved because it is truly a completely flawed system which has been abused by the PAP for its won selfish hegemonic reasons. It doesn’t even pretend that the GRC is to provide minority-race representation in Parliament anymore. In fact, Goh Chok Tong has explicitly explained that it is to provide a “guarantee” for first-time would-be PAP candidates to waltz into Parliament.

But a flawed system is quite different from the matter of someone like Tin Pei Ling stepping up to the political rostrum.

And she should be applauded for doing so.

Read more…

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Straits Times, you not embarrassed meh?

April 3, 2011 7 comments

You and I know the Straits Times is a self-proclaimed “nation-building” newspaper. That, of course, is an euphemistic term for being a PAP mouthpiece. Even its Chief Editor, Han Fook Kwang, could did not deny it when he was asked about this.

“We’re aware people say we’re a government mouthpiece or that we are biased. But the test is if our readers believe in the paper and continue to buy it,” he said in 2010.

But even so, the ST should at least pretend to be a serious newspaper and its “journalists” professional. The problem is that it does indeed pretend to be these – except that it falls flat on its face every time. I mean, a lie will always be a lie and it will always show itself up. A lie trips you up every time – sooner or later.

And the sooner has arrived.

With expectations of a General Election reaching high fever, I knew the ST could not be counted on to be professional. Where is the proof, you may ask. Sure. Here it is – the Straits Times General Election website, specially set-up for election news.

Read more…

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Scary Thought #3

March 31, 2011 3 comments

Scary Thought #3

Tin Pei Ling, at 27-years old, could be receiving state pension for life if she wins two-consecutive terms as MP. She could walkover win the 2011 and 2016 General Elections, and lose the 2021 General Elections, and still received life pension when she reaches 55 years old.

In other words, all she need to do is to be an Walkover MP for the next 10 years – she will still be only 37 – and then wait to receive her life pension when she reaches 55.

Would you want to pay her for 30+ years for doing absolutely nothing?

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