Sunday, March 26, 2006

SM Goh very concerned about the people in Hougang & Potong Pasir!!

People of Hougang & Potong Pasir, you are at great risk of losing out!! Our SM Goh is trying his best to help you.

See how concerned SM Goh is for residents of Hougang:

"My own view is Hougang should be upgraded, otherwise another five years, another 10 years, it would become rather derelict compared to other estates in Singapore."

"He is worried that the opposition wards of Hougang and Potong Pasir would be left behind. "
"After that, we got to ask ourselves whether the estate is worthwhile upgrading. I'm talking about Lorong 8. By then, the estate would be around 35 years old and the lease is only 99 years, so economically, is it worthwhile?
"My own view is Hougang should be upgraded, otherwise another five years, another 10 years, it would become rather derelict compared to other estates in Singapore."


Some cynics might come out and say that he is threatening the people of both estates to get them to vote for the PAP and trying to appeal to their kiasu nature. My take is he is truly kind and genuinely concerned about the people living in those estates. He really wants to level the playing field for them when it comes to upgrading. See how fair and just the PAP is and how kind they are to the people in opposition wards. We should have great respect for our esteemed SM who is truly concerned for the people of Singapore. He too respects the choice and decisions of the people of Singapore.

The people of Hougang and Potong Pasir have been given a chance to become lucky all they have to do is understand what their vote truly means and vote accordingly.

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http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/199982/1/.html
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/060326/5/singapore199982.html

SM Goh concerned Potong Pasir, Hougang residents will lose out on upgrading

SINGAPORE : Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has expressed concern that Hougang and Potong Pasir residents will lose out on upgrading if they do not vote for the People's Action Party.
He has also suggested that the party whip be lifted in Parliament for the PAP MPs if they are elected in these wards.

Mr Goh has been tasked by the Prime Minister to help win back the two opposition seats in the upcoming General Election. Mr Goh says: "To my right, I see across the estates of the 1990s and to my left, we have the estates of the 1950s. How can I come out of the 50s' zone?"
Upgrading and rejuvenating Hougang constituency were some of the key issues raised by some 500 residents and grassroots leaders at a dialogue.

Mr Goh says he is not there to offer residents upgrading but to hear what they want.
He is worried that the opposition wards of Hougang and Potong Pasir would be left behind.
Mr Goh says: "I do not want the two constituencies to be left behind, especially Potong Pasir, an old estate. Five years down the road, assuming Chiam do win, there will be no upgrading.
"After that, we got to ask ourselves whether the estate is worthwhile upgrading. I'm talking about Lorong 8. By then, the estate would be around 35 years old and the lease is only 99 years, so economically, is it worthwhile?

"My own view is Hougang should be upgraded, otherwise another five years, another 10 years, it would become rather derelict compared to other estates in Singapore."
To address concerns by Hougang residents for an opposition voice in Parliament, Mr Goh says he will push for the party whip to be lifted so that PAP's candidate Eric Low can speak up, if elected.
Mr Goh says: "You have a choice - if having opposition is more important, then vote opposition - but if there is a way to get my views put to parliament to somebody, then vote for your interests, vote for upgrading - and your views can be put across in Parliament and if you vote for Eric Low, I can tell PM to let him be the opposition in Parliament."
The Party whip ensures there are sufficient party members in Parliament to support the party's position and that MPs vote on party lines.
The Whip was lifted in 2002 for all PAP MPs on matters of conscience and certain other issues, except those affecting the Budget, the Constitution, no confidence motions and issues of national security.
Residents had mixed feelings about upgrading.
"It's 50-50, because if you upgrade, then our rentals will go up as well."
"I hope they can give this place a new lease of life and add more facilities, to attract more people to come here and shop."

One market-cum-hawker centre at Hougang Avenue 7 has not been upgraded for some 30 years, and Mr Goh has urged residents and stallholders to take a long-term view.
While rent may go up, businesses will also increase and customers too will welcome the move - all part of Mr Goh's hope to make Hougang look as beautiful as his own ward in Marine Parade.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

My face cringes when I hear the hypocrisy coming out from this supposedly Senior Honorable Jun Zi Leader. The more they twist the truth, the less respect i have for the entire party.

Does he understand how fake he sounds?? Does he think Singaporeans are stupid or do not care for justice, fairness and equality?

Anonymous said...

SM Goh is saying, YES WE DENIED YOUR ESTATE ANY UPGRADING FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS BECAUSE (a more than 50% majority) YOU DID NOT VOTE FOR US AND WE WILL CONTINUE DENYING YOUR ESTATE ANY UPGRADING UNTIL YOU BEND TO OUR WISHES.

Even though your estate is the most deserving of upgrading on a "needs basis" due to a lack of upgrading for the past 20yrs, we don't care! If PAP still loses out in the GE 2006, we will continue to withhold government funds for your estate.

SUBMIT TO THE POWER OF YOUR RULERS!!!

Can we really trust our leaders to be angels?? I really doubt so, seeing how the leaders behave like they are kings and they set the rules we have to play by, no matter how blatantly unjust.

Thanks for letting me vent my anger here, Lucky Tan.

Anonymous said...

Hey, can post the source of your aritcle? Or point us to the date and pg of the Straits Times or something. Anyway your site is power lah.

LuckySingaporean said...

From Channel News Asia:
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/199982/1/.html

I'm sure Straits Times will also carry this, because our SM's concern for the people has to be made known to all

Anonymous said...

that is just so damn low class from our beloved sm. he sounded so cheapskate. bloody bully. just a question anyone can answer? where do singapore taxpayers' money go? directly into pap's pocket so much so they can manipulate and do whatever they want with it? given a chance, i'll just vote for whichever opposition rather then low class pap... given a chance...

damn, hope he doesn't track me down over this msg or i'll gonna get sued till i got no pants to drop.

Anonymous said...

I support their move as it is THEIR $ and they work very hard to earn it. That is why they need scholars and high ranking corporate elites to come out with innovative and efficient methods like GST, COE, ERP etc to earn as much $ as possible. That is why lower educated blue collar people are not required in their team as their understanding & sympathy with the poor does not make $. Giving subsidies and help will drain the reserves and this is dangerous. Giving during election time is different as it is classified as sharing the country achievement.

Anonymous said...

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. This saying continues to hold true even in the ‘unique’ state of S’pore. History has shown that men (emperor, king, President, PM, etc) always start off doing the best for the people. But along the way they loose their direction by trying to stay on to power thinking they are best solution for the people and country. They loose sight of their original mission and that is: ‘To serve the people first before party’

Anonymous said...

I am utterly unsurprised by this move! He said it during the GE 2001.... and now here he is at it again! I think he just doesnt realise the more times he emphasize on this... the more Singaporeans would wake up from our political apathy slumber. My gosh.... this isnt the only thing that they are making people mad about... cant they realise their mistake and play fair?

Anonymous said...

I wonder what kind of people allow themselves to be threatened by the govt and bullied like a schoolboy.

But I'm always surprised, the more the PAP govt threaten the more Singaporeans become obedient.

If our people have no courage, they deserve to be bullied.

Anonymous said...

i especially hated it when he said
"if you vote for Eric Low, I can tell PM to let him be the opposition in Parliament"

do you see any sense in that at all??? i am so disappointed with the SM!

and i think the response from the residents to SM goh's visit was pretty poor, no? in the newspapers 2dae i think.

Anonymous said...

even the residents of hougang reject the upgrading due to the rising cost of living and loss of customers. now, they are really lost..

Anonymous said...

SM GOH'S WIFE WANTS PEANUTS AND MORE PEANUTS. IF WE DON'T VOTE FOR PAP THEN HIS WIFE WHERE GOT PEANUTS??? PEANUT IS GOOD!

Anonymous said...

I am going to ask PAP MP Indranee Rajah for her justification of PAP's estate upgrading threat.

NUS STUDENT FORUM ON GENERAL ELECTION.

Wednesday, 28 Mar, 5pm, LT 11.

Anonymous said...

So will these 2 estates become "District 13" or (Banlieue 13 in French)?

No physical walls...but virtual ones.

Sunflower said...

I think he is under a lot of stress....

He is not the Mr Goh I used to know... sob sob

Anonymous said...

Mr Goh is always right, okay!
Don't bully him!!

I am going to show my respect for him by voting for the real Oppositions because MM said my vote matters lor.