Monday, January 02, 2006
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.
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?"
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Posted by Lucky Tan