Monday, January 02, 2006

No Pork Barrel Politics in SIngapore!


PM Lee on Oct 7, 2005 criticized the Japanese for engaging in pork barrel politics. Those Japanese politicians are so terrible aren't they? I travelled across Japan just 3 years ago, effects of LDP spending is disgusting- Perfectures overbuilt with expensive government buildings, underutilised facilities and too much infrastructure. In areas where people who saw the need for political change and voted for the Japanese Opposition, spending fell sharply and essential facilities like child care were under developed.

I'm so glad there is no pork barrel politics in Singapore. So much so our beloved PM Lee told the Japanese off for their corrupt ways. In Singapore, objective civil servants and city planners make sure that national resources are allocated where they are most needed regardless of politics and timing of elections. The planning is done according to the needs for each estate in a fair and objective manner.

It is just sheer coincidence that all major upgrading and development projects are announced in PAP GRCs just before the coming elections. That constituencies such as Potong Pasir and Hougang are not upgraded is not due to pork barrel politics, but because there is little need. When I visited Potong Pasir, I saw many old folks with poor eyesight, so whether their environment is upgraded or not makes little difference difference to them .... they can't see very well....our meticulous city planners probably took that into account.

Singaporeans are so lucky to have a PM that understands so well the rot that results from pork barrel politics. We have to be thankful that there is no pork barrel politics in Singapore and Singaporeans exercise our votes based on the sincerity, dedication, ideas and commitment of the candidates presented to us during elections.


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Friday, October 7, 2005 at 07:24 JST SINGAPORE — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday criticized the corruption and pork barrel politics that have bedeviled Japan's political system.Lee, speaking at a luncheon organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association, said Japan is a good example of an Asian-style parliamentary democracy that has worked well. "But they landed into problems because of corruption, money politics, pork barreling, and then necessary changes were not made and the country, instead of making adjustments and prospering like America, just flew straight on and went into a storm. So how do we maintain our system and not end up like that?"

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Enjoying your blog Lucky. It is good to get another perspective on what Singapore press writes. Please continue.

LuckySingaporean said...

Anon,

What do you mean "another perspective"?

My study the Straits Times with great diligence and I believe my views are identical to theirs.

How dare you accuse me of haboring and festering harmful alternatives!

Anonymous said...

You lost all cred with this para, it shows how little you know abt the needs of the old.

On the other hand, fast forward SG to 2020, dont u think we will have the same white elephants: today I see expensive government & GLC buildings.

So would u rationalise that the average SG would spend more time in a nice office than a crummy 100sm home, hence its "justified" planning.

Get real.

Richard

You wrote:
When I visited Potong Pasir, I saw many old folks with poor eyesight, so whether their environment is upgraded or not makes little difference difference to them .... they can't see very well....our meticulous city planners probably took that into account.

LuckySingaporean said...

The PAP is doing everything it can for the old people of Potong Pasir. The "MP-to-be" Sitoh has been bringing oldies singer like Zhang Di to sing at his National Day dinner to entertain old folks. He also organised Mega-tour to Port Dickson for this old folks.

http://happycitizen.blogspot.com/2005/10/showdown-at-potong-pasir.html

See the PAP knows EXACTLY what the old people want. While medical care is important, it is entertainment that keeps them happy. See how lucky the old people are to be living in Singapore especially Potong Pasir. In Singapore, they get to work way beyond their retirement age to pay for their medical care and HDB flats, in other countries they would be wasting their time walking in the parks and playing with their grand children.

S

jim said...

while the govt promises, the opposition ward hougang is ready - with a fresh coat of paint, lift and lobby upgrades, covered shelters and better landscaping.

to the first anon: are you regurgitating what others are thinking or do you genuinely think the press is just the tool of the govt? if it's the latter, then you just need to get news from newspapers and form your own opinion.

to the 2nd anon: if you've read this blog correctly, you'd know this is just satire/sacarsm/whatever and has nothing to do with credibility.

Ghormax said...

Jim said: do you genuinely think the press is just the tool of the govt? well let me answer this. I believe the press is not the tool of the govt but it rarely writes anything against the govt firstly because all of the Singaporean media is controlled by government-linked corporations and secondly because the threat of libel is so big self-censorship is the norm. Control in Singapore is subtle but that makes control more sophisticated!

Anonymous said...

sigh...so depressing reading your blog...if only the singapore govt had more heart and not just brains.