Saturday, June 21, 2008

The other opposition party is just as useless...

After warning about the abrasive, disruptive and dishonest opposition in the form of SDP, it is time to move on and warn us about the other useless opposition party - The Worker's Party. Like I've often said, there is no such thing as good opposition in Singapore. It is not possible to have good opposition in Singapore.

When the Worker's Party published their manifesto during the last elections, they were accused of planting "timebombs and poison". Now they are accused of being too silent and not taking a stand. See the problem with the WP is this - they are no good when they speak up and they are no good when they don't speak up. In other words, they are just no good. The PAP and Straits Times have been very kind to point out the problems with various opposition parties/members so they can reflect on their weaknesses and improve themselves. The way I see it the main problem with opposition parties is that they exist and that troubles our govt. For a govt as good as the PAP, it is not necessary to have opposition parties around to offer alternative ideas - the PAP itself is capable of generating the full spectrum of ideas and selecting what is best for Singaporeans. Why does Singapore need opposition parties? There is really no need when our elections are meant to show support for estate upgrading. Since the opposition cannot offer any form of upgrading, there is really no need for them to run.
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Singaporeans are lucky to have a newspaper, The Straits Times, that frequently remind us that the opposition is full of flaws, weaknesses, and are devoid of good ideas. This prevents us from being seduced by the opposition when all we need can be provided by the PAP govt. As a responsible citizen, I too will do my part to warn Singaporeans about the opposition.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Keep on blogging Lucky!

You are my #1 news in Singapore. The day you stop blogging, is the day that the light of universal human rights get dimmer in Singapore.

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onlooker said...

I disagree again :(
But the point is they are not given the chance to be tested except in their own constituency and many are impressed enough to vote them in again.
Strategically though LTK have a good sound alternative plan in place. from a walk(all)over (me)Onlooker perspective.
PS the parliament question could become a suit that will disqualify someone.So it's best to avoid traps until the next round. No need for giving ammo for rival to fire at you.
Cheese had proven a point but the thing is the point is not publicly known.
Case in point: a lot of ye Olde gen say that The biggest gangster in Singapore is the PAP Smear.
Guess where most PR C are housed :-
Places where trust are falling at an alarming rate.

Anonymous said...

Thoroughly enjoy reading your well-timed blog and double-talk. Keep it up, Lucky Tan!

Not-so-lucky Lim

Anonymous said...

Don't know what the Hen is talking about in the said PAP newsletter. On one hand that chicken is calling LTK to proffer opposing views, on the other he is not happy LTK "simply criticise".

That chicken better get his head examined.

Anyway, I don't really care to romance WP or any other opposition party.

I vote for the opposition to ensure there is check and balance in the running of the country.

If someday should PAP fall and become the opposition, why I will vote for it.

Democracy is not so much this party against that party really.

Democracy evolved for the simple reason politicians - whatever party they come from - cannot be trusted with not abusing their powers, especially when they are in high positions.

Anonymous said...

Politicians abuse their power when they are in it for too long. Good examples are Marcos and Suharto. It is a natural progression in human behavior whatever they may tell you about transparency and incorruptability, because they need birds of a feather to cconsolidate their position. Here in paradise it will be foolish for Singaporeans to think that we do not need opposition because the government is doing its job. A country ruled by a dictator with absolute power is a disaster for its people. Power corrupts and there is no two ways about it.

Anonymous said...

You need people to be in power to to get things done. If we rely on democratic process to check powers, it may be too late by then. Even with elected oppositions, there is no guarantee of its effectiveness as shown by our mousy worker's party etc.

Ultimately, sole power or strongest party will assert its ways on everybody.

Democracy has shown to be inadequate in containing excessiveness or abuses of the powers - usually too late and after harm has been done!

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:02

You're quite right. However democracy is not just for checks and balances on a govt, granting this may not work as effectively as we like to see in Singapore. Democracy is also about the non-violent transfer of political power when the time comes.

No matter how powerful a ruling regime is, some day it will fall. When it does, the transfer of power needs not be brought about through violence and suffering for the people as happened in dictatorship.

The peculiar political landscape of Singapore is made possible because of unique characteristics of this small nation. But we would be much worse off without democracy.

PAP engineered this situation aided by an ineffectual opposition. Still if you think about it, it is the constant risk of falling out of favour with the people that keeps PAP on its toes in terms of maintaining some degree of efficiency and ensuring that its policies do not create a groundswell of discontent that can upset electoral results.

So I treasure democracy and all the mis-working, perversion, hijacking and undermining of democracy in various democracies just go to show that there is not enough democratic checks and balances. They do not point to the defect in the principle of democracy itself.

I am not misled by PAP argument that Hitler was democratically elected and thus shows that democracy is no guarantee for good government.

Democracy is not perfect as nothing in this world is. As Winston Churchill said: "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the other forms that have been tried".

I recommend reading the historial novel "Romance of the 3 Kingdoms" to see how difficult, how involved, how terrible the suffering was for the people in non-democratic times to overthrow a decadent regime.

In our times, we see Myanmar and how their people are suffering under such a regime and we should be grateful we still have the democratic structures in place.

I blame the opposition as much as PAP for not doing the right thing for the country.

I suggest to the opposition figures to step aside if they have no inclination to behave like an opposition rightly should. I have confidence that there are others who are more politically passionate to replace them.

feedmetothefish said...

Hi Lucky,

Singaporeans are more fortunate to have a Lucky Tan than to have a PAP with PM, SM, MM and what have you!

Your satire is so crooked that it gets many who are straight-laced confused and agitated.

Is the Hen you mentioning the same one who insulted silly old Singaporeans of "go for a fling here, a fling there" when they collect their blood money - I mean their CPF - at 55 after CPF continues to hold protection money in SMRA (Special & Medisave & Retirement Account) until they are 62, 65, 85 or whenever or whatever the rich and clever govt fancies?

Or is he the one who asked people not to vote for opposition as oppo cannot stop the price hike of oil? Look at how cheap oil (US$139 per barrel) is today with the current elitist govt!

Or are we referring to the one who's got the name of hen who likes to talk cock and thinks he's a Bargain and God's gift to Singaporeans after he decided not to be a doctor but become a pain to so many........

Lucky, you rock!

Keep it up!
feedmetothefish

Anonymous said...

the bunch of so call talents has run out of constructive ideas and are already out of touch with the general population.

SevenEleven

Anonymous said...

Talk also got blamed. Silent also got blamed. Like some saying in Hokkien, no issue find issue.

Multi-million group telling others to contribute ideas. Why not share some of their millions as seed money for a contest for ideas - I bet there will be a lot of contestants including world class economists and financial consultants.

Anonymous said...

At one time the Hen, who is also the minister of MOM, instructed the CDAC people to tell Singaporean job-seekers off thus: "The Minister of Manpower does not want to see beggars around". Was this an insinuation that those job-seekers were beggars begging for jobs?

This is the kind of minister running our country. I think he is one of the the most arrogant and uncaring of PAP top politicians I have seen. And he sure looks like LKY in appearance. No wonder.

Anonymous said...

Look we all know that opposition is useless. We need usefull and insightful solution like what will not work "lowering fuel subsidies will not work", lowering GST will not work" "lowering the Minister's salalry will not work". Our Ministers all know what will not work but do they what will work for the people and not for them..

Anonymous said...

One Lucky Tan beats over 80+ Parliamentarians.

Singaporeans are lucky to have Lucky Tan around, my salute to YOU, Sir!

patriot.

Anonymous said...

reducing petrol tax to help contain costs is a bad idea? maybe mr yo yo mah should join more and more motorists in taking public transport rather than driven in the comfort of his chauffeured vehicle to make his message stronger?

perhaps leaders who lead by example will better convince critics to go 'green' without envy?

but then, the subtle message send is that going green is not for the rich isn't it?

HumourMe said...

Lucky,
'bargain Hen' is justified in chiding the WP. They do not seem to ask the right questions in parliament and readily accept answers from the ruling party.

Some netizens have pointed out in other blogs that the WP is a subsidiary party of the PAP. LTK gave the PAP a passing grade not too long ago and perhaps 'bargain Hen' is hinting very strongly to LTK for a better grading.

Anonymous said...

"No matter how powerful a ruling regime is, some day it will fall. When it does, the transfer of power needs not be brought about through violence and suffering for the people as happened in dictatorship."

Democratic Philippines is not something you wish for your country but it can happen.

"Democracy is not perfect as nothing in this world is. As Winston Churchill said: "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the other forms that have been tried".

It's not perfection we are seeking but a balance of powers or interests. With the present political model and its democratic process( though there is samplem of democracy), we will only encourage the rise of a strongman dictating over the rests or making all the 'wise decision'. Will 40 years of seemingly success sufficient to judge the wisdom of the elites? The next 40 years may see the negative consequences on too much economic emphasis at the expense of equally important development lacking in balance.

Anonymous said...

just another distraction for their incompetence to help in the country's inflation.

Imagine all the saving (cash or cpf) being wiped out these few months due to inflation.... must in billions

Worst is coming as inflation accelerates.....

Gary Teoh said...

The hen is talking cock. In Ge 06, he mentioned by voting in opposition, can the oppo reduce the price of oil? Let me ask the hen, by voting in pap,it not only cant reduce the price of oil, but it keep increasing it, and they suck our money by increasing the petrol tax.Worse still, they increased their salary to 2 , 3 million dollars.Singaporeans, pls dont be fooled by pap any more.Don't listen to the ministers, they are no more trustworhty!!! Vote them out,even though they are ministers, so what!!!

Salary said...

Just focusing on SDP and WP as if NSP and SPP does not matter anymore.

Anonymous said...

So what has the 'hen' got to say about the price of oil? Crowing now?

The Russian proverb says: If you are a rooster, crow. If you are a 'hen', shut up and lay eggs.

Anonymous said...

WP needs to learn more from our esteemed ministers. Look at their wonderful explanations over the weekend about why cutting fuel taxes was going to send the wrong signals, and how ERP is not a revenue generating thing for the govt.

I was quite puzzled, but I now totally understand.

Whatsup said...

To lucky,
It is disappointed that PAP have come to speck out the negetive point of opposition party but without examine the double standard of policy that they created. The recent case that the minister have explain that political party are not allow to hold outdoor activities by bring out policy that have been set, but PAP is not follow & respecting the law that have been set. Can I ask whether are they doing the same act that SDP is doing? It is sad to see Singapore which is my home, political party are puting their agenda upfront then the Nation's pace and So call fare constitution.

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