Wednesday, January 20, 2010

More People step forward......

We rarely see better news than this for Singapore opposition parties. Mr. Tony Tan, an ex-SAF scholar, who was with the SAF until 2001 and left the service to successfully start a chain of tuition centres called SmartLab and his wife, Hazel Poa, who was with the admin service, have joined the Reform Party. Scholars previously co-opted into the system are not expected to do this and Hazel Poa expressed some apprehension because it might affect her relationship with her former colleagues.

I believe many scholars/ex-scholars are positioned high enough to have a good look at the system and do not agree with various PAP policies but while they are bonded and employed by the system, they do their work honestly and efficiently because the system is largely top down thus too difficult to change from within.


Given PAP's position on the political compass, you can probably (& naturally) find more people with dissenting views than people who agree with them. However, the PAP co-opted many talented people through the scholarship system and its large network of GLCs. If you look through the resumes of MPs, many of them belong to GLCs, national universities etc, it is implicit(?) that they will not be able to keep these posts if they join the opposition e.g. PAP MP Wee Siew Khim has a job at ST Eng & Chee lost his shortly after joining SDP. This construct which exists primarily to maintain PAP's dominance by denying political alternatives of talent has led to political ossification and does not serve the interests of ordinary citizens. However, over time the system has become saturated and they can't keep all talents within the system i.e. today only colonels and generals transit to GLC positions e.g. General Ng Yat Chung to Temasek, while lower ranking officers leave the service & the system. At the same time, many middleclass families send their children to local universities and top overseas universities without scholarships. We should see more qualified people with passion and conviction stepping forward to join opposition parties. The PAP will recruit from its usual sources....the same old reluctant politician types - those who are selected and persuaded to serve as part-time MPs...and those who have to paid millions to leave their high paying GLC jobs to serve as ministers.

Hazel Poa maintains a blog [Link]
You can meet Tony & Hazel at the next Reform Party Seminar[Link for details]:
23 Jan 2010, 1:30pm
Berkshire School Pte Ltd,
100 Beach Road #02-19A,
Shaw Towers, Singapore 189702.
Topic: Education

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

I will definitely support them. Kudos to them for coming forward to save us sinkies.

Anonymous said...

I believe our reporters from the shitty times are now busy trying to dig up some dirt about these two

Anonymous said...

dig up dirt nevermind, fabricate dirt?

Anonymous said...

Way to Go !

May Hazel Poa be our Poa Qing Tian one day and get rid of all corruption in our Sinful government.

Anonymous said...

least to say, the oppositions here are on a tight leash. they are only allowed a certain degree of liberty to provide that bit of democratic process so someone can go onto the world stage and boast that they been returned to power every 5 years without fail

just because dogs get to bark does not mean they are out of the cage.

Anonymous said...

Only just a trickle.

Need an avalanche (at least 20 to 30, not 2, 3 or 4) to happen for a good chance of a credible opposition and even an alternative to happen at next elections.

And provided there is a good chance of all of them being elected.

And even after being elected also able to be united and work together for the long haul.

Quite a tall order, isn't it?

Anyway this is a step forward. Like a tortoise, slow and steady may eventually win the race.

Anonymous said...

honestly, i will vote for any non-pap.

put in an expensive monkey, still i'll vote to let it join its friends there already in parliament.

Anonymous said...

"Like a tortoise, slow and steady may eventually win the race."


Keep it slow and steady, easier to catch and easier to kill.

Anonymous said...

if the rulers are sincere about listening to alternative voices, they will give you half their seats.

if they just give you 10% or 20% of the seats, why bother?

but the stupidity does not lie in the hope of election victory

the actual stupidity is to believe that's the way to go.LOL

Anonymous said...

One word "GERRYMANDERING". that's enough to stay in power

Anonymous said...

that's outdated. they are far more advance in manipulation than you think

Anonymous said...

they give the word dirty a scrub so clean, you have to give "whiteness" a hole new name just to distinguish the two.

Onlooker said...

We need more opposition party members/candidates.

This is good news :)

Anonymous said...

they got dua'ed by their own elite circle, so now bo bian must join reform party. if i elite and can become CEO, get easy money and play golf, you think who dowan? if i was an ex-elite, had potential for all those but now zilch, you think i song meh?

juz reminder lah, never trust politicians. juz don't be cornered into a monopoly. let the politicians fight, only way society benefits.

see what happened in MA, now democrats no more control. never wise to have a monopoly in control.

Anonymous said...

Aren't you people have enough of elitist rule?

Give me real monkeys instead. At least, they will be happy with real peanuts!

Anonymous said...

nothing but monkeys vs monkeys vying for bananas.

there maybe some minute variation but generally, end up picking and rewarding monkeys.

Anonymous said...

20/1/10 20:14 "juz reminder lah, never trust politicians."




ya, and i guess you trust pap ones? numb skull lol

Anonymous said...

smells like a rat to me.

firstly, a well received and accepted sibling. what makes this other different with a clever one on his side?

this look more like the same crossing platform to give an alternative appearance.

another sham. i don't buy it.

Anonymous said...

It is a good start for the opposition in general and the Reform Party in particular. May they succeed in their courageous endeavours.

Anonymous said...

might as well get lim sweet say to cross over to the dark side.

Anonymous said...

i dunno man.... you think its possible that pap will snd their own ppl to the opposition camp, so that even if elected, we have elelcted pap men, who ulitmately report to the PM and refuse to make any changes to the system.

Anonymous said...

or the mar-bok-man to reform his ways.you believe? lol

Anonymous said...

changes, of course, but what kind? liberate chewing gum further? pls.

to keep up the appearance, there must be some give and take, some wayang but staying away from topics that got the former pres a goood whipping for being a-head or intrusive.

Anonymous said...

If you have eaten from the same tree and carries within you the seed of the slithering one, I don' t see how we will not be treated with the latest installment of "Alien"

Anonymous said...

nowadays mole story is very popular.

Anonymous said...

They need moe FTs, so even some of the locals scholars are displaced.

Anonymous said...

Best news I heard all week.

Anonymous said...

I don't buy any "pap mole" story and I suspect such stories are spreaded by pap moles to create confusion. :-)

Anonymous said...

I will vote for ruling party if they can answer these questions with valid reasons.

1. Why is that we singaporean have the highest rate of compulsory saving in the world and yet cannot retire confortably.

2. Why is that for a first world country with such a high GDP, we have the widest income gap comparable to the third world.

3. Why do we need so many part time MPS and so many Ministers (MM & SMs) to run such a small country and what have you done to deserve the world's higest pay for a politician.

4. Be accountable and disclose all your assets and business interest.

Otherwise my vote will go to the opposition, regardless of who he is. And so amount of coolinf off will change my mind

Anonymous said...

Anon 10.01

You know why?

Simple. Because there were 50% walkovers and 66% (majority) said OK.

imperial historian said...

It should be noted both of them were never politicians and not members of PAP. I hope it will encourage like-minded Sporeans to step forward and serve in alternative parties.

I hope Sporeans give them the benefit of the doubt and not be put off by their academic qualifications or previous status. It will come in handy,
So we don't need 50 man years to count the money in our imperial reserves.

The alternative parties need all the help, especially on intimate
information that concerns the PAP govt.

Anonymous said...

Even if these guys were just ordinary decent folks, I would
still vote for them.
MIW party has totally turned me off

Anonymous said...

"Even if these guys were just ordinary decent folks, I would
still vote for them.
MIW party has totally turned me off"

pt is, they are from the same stock and if that's the case, you might as well vote for miw.

Anonymous said...

4. Be accountable and disclose all your assets and business interest.

they will be mocked from dusk to dawn 24/7 and in some places, pelted with dog's vomit every time they step out of the house if they dare disclose their loot. lol

Anonymous said...

Did they mention why they left their well paid (for scholars) civil service jobs and career to become their own bosses (to run tuition centres)? Why?

Anonymous said...

question is, are they making as much money , if not more, as before and still call the shots or answer to no one but themselves.

Anonymous said...

they look like they can milk a lot of money from tuition.

with a high profile public spirit thrown in,wow, BOOMZ BOOMZ BOOMZ

next, tap the overseas market and....BOOMZ BOOMZ BOOMZ somemore!!!LOL

Anonymous said...

SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!

or i will SHOW YOU THE DOOR OUT!

hahahahahahahaaaaaa

Anonymous said...

why are there so many cynics around? altruism and patriotism is not dead....

Anti-troy said...

The ones trying to start the story that they are PAP moles are troys la.
Just ignore them.

Anti-trolls said...

Correction; Trolls, not troys.

How did i get that word into my head..hmmm

Anonymous said...

You neber go church meh? Leaders get paid big bucks for Speaking and all the others do the dirty work for free.

What the word they use? Vulootears? That is a dirty for leechers lah

Aiyoh, pleese lah you too ideal that why no idea

Anonymous said...

Write about them now so singaporeans recognise them,. Sooner or later, some dirty laundry wil be aired.

Anonymous said...

ah, finally...my career ambition is to become MP! liddat den can earn alotta money! vote me! vote me!

remember more good years hor!

Anonymous said...

They like to break people's rice bowls. The rice bowls are cheap.
Their rice bowls are very expensive (most expensive).

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Ericnezj said...

they give the word dirty a scrub so clean, you have to give "whiteness" a hole new name just to distinguish the two.