Thursday, October 14, 2010

General Election on the way?

There is speculation that the General Election is just around the corner (Dec 2010?) as Straits Times today (14 Oct 2010) reported that PAP MPs were asked to have their photos taken and prepare for rehearsal for speeches.

I just want to show you something from the 2006 Election:

"I am concerned about less-skilled Singaporeans, whose jobs and wages are under pressure. I worry for older Singaporeans too, living by themselves and having to provide for their medical and daily expenses. I am troubled that a terrorist attack will sow suspicion and discord among Singaporeans.We must respond boldly and creatively to these opportunities and challenges, expand our horizons and aim high. We will continue to restructure our economy to make it more productive and resilient. We should make our society more vibrant and cohesive. And our young must be imbued with the same can-do, never-say-die Singapore spirit that has brought us here"
.– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his letter to Singaporeans, PAP Manifesto for General Election 2006.

You remember this letter sent to you during the last election? I want to show it to you to remind you of PM Lee's promise in 2006 to "respond boldly and creatively" to the challenges faced by Singaporeans. That was 4 years ago. Just look at the above paragraph - right on top, he said "I'm concerned...about less skilled Singaporeans whose jobs and wages are under pressure". He sent this letter to all Singaporeans during the last election and after he got elected he opened the floodgates to cheap foreign labor and that increased the downward pressure on the wages of lower skilled workers. He increased GST - a regressive tax that would be most heavily shouldered by low wages earners. He increased the pay of his cabinet which was already the highest in the world prior to the increase.

When the campaigning starts and the PAP men give their speeches and make their promises, remember what Lee Hsien Loong said in 2006 and what he has done since.

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the BIGGEST production in Singapore...even Mediacorp artistes can learn from

Anonymous said...

Yes,it is on the way.

I do not support any political party in Singapore,but I am totally against the present PAP government,and I move in that direction.

Anonymous said...

Think this is the last chance for true blue locals to do something. Another 4 years and in 2016, I cannot imagine...

Sad, so sad.

Anonymous said...

In basic communciation course, you are taught how to communicate appropriately depending on who is the audience and what is the occasion.

So the PAP manifesto in the 2006 election is all about the above. Nothing wrong with that.

Also if I say "...am concerned about.." and "...worry for..", it may mean just that. It doesn't mean I will do something to resolve the concern or worry. But it shows I empathise, which can sometimes make the target audience feel good and connected.

That's what good communication is all about, not just in politics but also daily interaction.

Get this right and let nature take its course.

Anonymous said...

Two letters in response to Ass Loong's words!

B S !

Anonymous said...

break the "ricebowls" of commonners so that the pays of the highly paid can be further increases??

Clear eyed said...

Lucky, thanks for reminding us. I will do my part to remind people I know. Let's all do our part to jolt the memory of Singaporeans who are not known to have long memories.

Anonymous said...

I hate it when people or PAP talk about their so-called track record.

The current leaders of PAP no absolutely no track record to speak of. Transforming Singapore from 3rd World to 1st World has nothing to do with the most of the PAP leaders around today.

The track record of the current PAP leaders? Let me see; letting Mas Selamat escape, slow action against flash floods, lack of action against minibonds, flooding our workplaces with foreign talents, depressing our wages, resisting minimum wages for low-income workers, cheapening our citizenship by giving out truckloads of scholarships to foreigners, while forcing citizen talents to take bank loans for uni fees.

You want to vote for such incompetent leaders?

Anonymous said...

There was a bygone era when people in high office, doctors, teachers, those in uniform and govt officials were implicitly given our trust.. after all, weren't we placing our lives, safety and futures in their hands?

Fast forward to today, no longer, after been consistently hoodwinked, patronized, fudged at and lied to, its time we seize our own fate rather than leaving it to those men in white who have been shown to look out only for themselves.

DareToAct said...

I wish to remind everyone again:

Politicians work for us.
Civil servants serve us.
We, the people of Singapore, are the bosses, the customers, the clients, the masters.
Please act accordingly to your status.

Anonymous said...

all is good and well. but don't forget, most probably you don't get to choose in the first place. the election regulatory is within the PMO. as the PM of your country, you can change the laws as you see fit to give u an advantage.

Anonymous said...

Sad to say, whatever happen now is totally opposite from what he'd pledged. I know what to do in the the polling station. If only I have a chance..

Anonymous said...

With internet, everything we said is captured perceptually and virtually. We cannot pull wool over people's eyes with empty promises anymore.
Such is the power of the internet!!

Anonymous said...

Elections Department trained last batch of election officers earlier this month.

familee undertaker said...

Lucky,
let's say the clueless PM offers to pay you handsomely to help him campaign, will you accept the job ?

And if you do, what will you say to him ?

Anonymous said...

Hey Bro! You should have a Facebook icon so that we could share your articles with fellow Singaporeans!
iLike!

Anonymous said...

Head I win, tail you lose!

Rules are being changed as the game is being played!

Anonymous said...

we will never forget and never forgive these hypocrites, the early the better, let them have a taste of their own medicine, vote them all out

Ksm said...

Hopefully when the time comes, you will also provide fair and balanced coverage (and I don't mean FOX News).

They gave Workfare and GST rebates (which only Singaporeans get), but also gave an open toilet window to Mas Selamat...

Anonymous said...

It's an irony. What being said and being done is totally opposite.
Is that the doing of a good Government ?.

Moe Gan Thai said...

I am fed up of this govt.Let so many foreigners esp PRC and Indian come in and rob our rice bowl.How to vote for you pap ? We the citizens are the boss of this country, if we don't like pap, we can always kick them out,why pay them so much and we suffer under their rule, no logic at all, right Lucky !

Anonymous said...

The market talks from voters will be very similar to the talk by PM Lee in the 2006 election campaign as cited by Lucky. The result of the next election will be the opposite of all the protestations against the incumbent here.

Hang Seng Parasite said...

Most people will not get to vote due to no contest. PAP is likely to win again. Nothing going to change dude.

geelo said...

I believe the PAP is very confident of winning the coming election. Despite all the "noises" in the blogosphere, down on main street, the support is still firmly for PAP. I too don't like the way things are today. In fact, I've never been in favour of such a lopsided parliament in the first place. Regardless of how well the ruling party is running the country, there should be a significant number of opposition members sitting in the Parliament to act as a check and balance. It is so easy for the government to trample on the rights of an individual in the name of benefit for the nation. The reality is PAP is too entrenched. Even if the erosion in support starts today, it would decades before they are disloged from power. I'll be happy if we can get a few more opposition member of parliaments this time round.

Anonymous said...

Not sure how many Singaporean are willing to do what those Banga workers do or become domestic helper like those from indo etc? Even the casinos have problem attracting Singaporean, why? So all these tough jobs and cheap labour and got time shift jobs we are 'happy' to let foreigners to have it but NOT those 9 to 5 jobs with 5 figures salaries and sitting in the air-con job ar? Double standard? Singaporean can't find a job? Those who sit can complain simply wanted a easy way out i.e. to blame everything else but themselves (sounds familiar?). Hmmm I've always envy BPL soccer players..earn more than CEO and they just play soccer..maybe I shld just blame Govt for not forcing S League clubs to pay such salaries to our players....Blame Others is easy and fun ya.

Anonymous said...

Lucky,
PM LHL has decided on the date,and his finance minister has fired the first salvo.

MAS,which is the instrument of PAP fighting general elections setteled the USD at a record high yesterday and to allow the S$ to strengthen further.

This is against the backgroud of a slowing economy with manufacturing sector showing some difficulties.

Most of us know that the time when PAP decides that the welfare of its citizens is more important than their own GDP performnance,can only point to one thing -Votes.

PAP is sure to win,but I can see a very hard working PM & finance chief,thinking of their poor people,for once.

May this continuoe.

An Outsider said...

I think the very first thing that all capable and credible Singaporean who are for the change, put themselves up as a candidate for the coming election. The worst thing to have happened is the walk over.

Win or lose, at least give a chance to all eligible Singaporean a chance to vote. And it will send a message to PAP that people are not happy with them and will not be intimidated anymore.

Lucky, i think you have enough support base to have a good go at it. I am sure many people will vote for you.

Good Luck to all Singaporean in the coming election. Your destiny is in your own hand.

An Outsider.

Anonymous said...

Singapore may well be returning to recession again-defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction.

Our third quarter GDP registered -19.8% over second quarter.

Service sector registered merely a 1.6% growth,whilst manufacturing has negative growth of -57% .

Even construction after the two giant gaming den projects,ran out of steam,fell -11.7% over second quarter.

I see a more than 50% possibility of negative growth in 4th quarter.

PM Lee has to fight his election with recession and high inflation,which is mostly due to their own doing,due to father and son wrong "Golden Period" reading earlier!

Anonymous said...

I sincerely hope that our opposition politicains do not forget to explain to the Singapore voters,how they ended up paying almost the highest electricity tariff in the world,this may than human right,would win them votes.

In short--millionaire civil servants w/o responsibility!

theonlinecitizen.com/.../electricity-why-does-singapores-tariff-raising-ranked-2nd-amongst-21-cities

Anonymous said...

Can anyone post what's the opposition suggestions or strategies to drive Singapore out of the recent global recession? During good times they come and complain this complain that...during bad times, all hide one corner waiting for PAP to DO their job just bcos they ruling party.

Unlike our neighbouring countries who have plenty of natural resources to export, Singapore have none...Even water also need to recycle to eliminate threat from Msia...And why are we still attracting more foreign investment compared to our neighbouring countries despite their lower wages and good people? SIMPLE answer: We have a stable Government!!! Imgaine if one of our opposition party become the ruling party and foreign investments start to withdraw their investment out...many of us will be out of jobs!! And whose fault will that be? Opposition or still PAP just bcos they didn't win the election??? The answer is YOU!!! If we vote irrationally just because we cannot affort a BMW or buy a condo at the town area, it's just like your own children blaming you for not being able to buy them a LV wallet or iphone!

Young Couples also seems to be complaining about the high property prices...why? when they get married and want to buy a house in city area, they cannot afford and they complain...but think again, assuming GOVT implement some measures to push property prices down...Young Couple happy BUT existing house owner NOT happy bcos their asset depreciate due to GOVT rules! Agree???

Most complain because of SELF Interest...One need to look at bigger picture although not many can..sorry.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

The fate of the people is hijacked by the elites. And the doings of the elites shall determine the destiny of the small dot. To be a happy country or to be a chaotic society(of the dot) is up to the leadership.
No doubt as to who will win the coming election. However does winning the election means this dot will be united and peaceful?
The winner has to decide.
Signs are that the tolerances of the bullied, the deprived and in general are running out.
Do Singaporeans want a situation like Thailand where the ambition of one man has planted the seed that will set it to decades of turmoils ?
No matter how the leaders in Sin claimed to be concerned for its' people, the fact that they feel enslave by the elites is beyond doubt.
If the elites believe, due to the small size of the population, it is going to be easy to control, exploit and manipulate the people, take this warning; You cannot be more wrong with the governance. When this little dot gets mismanage any further, it will be down the slippery slope to a similar destiny to the Dodo bird.
Leaders here should beware of their deeds that affect the livelihoods of their flocks.

Anonymous said...

i agreed with 15.29 interpretation. When someone communicated one is worry and concern, it is a show of empathy and it does not mean one promise to do anything about it. Example, when I see so many old folks working as cleaners or picking cans from rubbish bins, likewise I have told friends that I am worry and concern for these folks but I really did not do anything concrete to help other than the small donations made.


So if voters choose to interprete "worry and concern" that something would be done and so vote for the party, it is only yourself to be blamed for not understanding the communication and the message so dont blame the party that you have voted.

Anonymous said...

www.transitioning.org/.../putting-singapore’s-gdp-in-perspective/ - Cached

www.apknews.com/10/singapore-gdp.html

Anonymous said...

Re Annon 15/10/10 11:17
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Can anyone post what's the opposition suggestions or strategies to drive Singapore out of the recent global recession?
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What opposition wants to do is for us to find out in the future, but I can certainly tell you what PAP did to "help" us out of recession.

1) Import FT to take away our jobs.
2) inflation land price to put us all in debt.
3) reduce or stagnant our salary by importing FT.
4) gambled and lost all our monies in Wall Str.
5) Hike utilities and health care making sure we are in debt even after we die.
6) Increase civil service salary when all these monies could be use to help the poor.
7) Hike GST to hurt the poor and reduce income tax and repeal estate tax to help the rich.

.....etc Much more much more.

In short, PAP is wicked.

Anonymous said...

Only in Singapore can LHL gets to be PM.
In the US, he wouldn't even get pass the primaries of the local council election.
The PAP, under his leadership is as good as done for me and my family.

Anonymous said...

How can opposition help us?

Just dont do the thing PAP did, ie:
i) gst
ii) importing so many foreigners when infrastructure ie houses, roads, train is not built accordingly
iii) mas salamat escape
iv) increase their own salary
v) claiming track record which is not theirs
vi) give to the poor 2 meal a day when dump so much money in YOG
v) hike the bus fare to most people by distance based charging
vi) means testing
v) etc...

So with PAP, you can be sure to get the above at least if not worse policies after the election.

For opposition, by not implementing similar policy is already a win for the people.

It's no longer about check and balance. We need a change.

Anonymous said...

As usual, the dumb, correct that, daft Singaporeans will take a few hundred dollars, listen to lots of promises, see opposition being demonised, see the old man cry and will vote for the ruling party. Then it will be complaints for the next 3 years before elections comes again. That's our history. The story of the daft dogs who need to be trained...by the elite man in white.

Anonymous said...

i started snickering when i read the speech and broke into a guffaw when i read about the "never-say-die" attitude.

hmmm, let me see who had said the loudest "cannot one" so far this year:

1. lky - flood cannot be gone
2. lim swee sway - minimum wage cannot
3. lhl - cannot not let more immigrants in
4. saw, smrt ceo - cannot increase frequency

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Anonymous said...

Will or can the Singapore leaders learn to respect, not to say love, the people ?

Anonymous said...

Anyone believes some opposition parties are parts of PAP ?

Anonymous said...

Come to think of it, highly probable, especially those having infightings and stoopid blunders near to election or at election times.
The conspiracy theory is not groundless.

Anonymous said...

Actually, all these talks about election and campaigns are waste of time. The opposition parties and PAP are wasting their time. All of us already decided who to vote. Don't think our decisions can be easily swayed by all the media hypes. Don't be hookwinked by all the hypes. Election or no election, it is no concern to me, it is only a concern for those politicans who want 'everything' in life. So greedy.

Anonymous said...

It is nice to see the opposition fighting so bitterly within themselves before the elections.

Do they hate each other more than they want to kick out PAP?

Despite all of PAP's faults and screwups, at least we don't see infighting of PAP in public.

Lucky, why not write an article about our oppositions' great love for fighting amongst themselves? You are not providing a balanced view by solely targetting PAP.

That alone is more than enough reason to vote for PAP instead of opposition, despite all of PAP's faults.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous at 18:27

The reason why we don't see PAP infighting in public is because the PAP-controlled media doesn't publish them.

And if readers want to read about how great the PAP is, they can always buy the SPH papers or watch CNA.

It's sad that our local media chooses to serve the PAP (a political party), but not the country.

Anonymous said...

Enough is enough! I can't wait to vote the PAP government out. To take back our country. To restore democracy, accountability, transparency and camaraderie. I say to all Singaporeans, just think. We built this country not PAP. We are the government. We are the civil servants. We are the people.

Anonymous said...

Actually although there may be many Singaporeans who are poor, there may be many, many more who are not. And they are the citizens who are eligible to vote.

For instance some could even afford to lose tens or hundreds of millions in casinos and still very rich. Their millions is like 100 or 200 dollars to me. And there may be many, many more who can afford to lose tens or hundreds of thousands.

So maybe overall, the rich are still a majority despite the median wealth of Singaporeans (citizens + PRs who cannot vote) is only US$30K, and one tenth of the mean wealth.

If I were the PAP, I will ensure that the majority of the citizens are rich. Because they will most likely support the PAP, even despite losing at the casinos.

Lucky Tan, you may be barking up the wrong tree where General Elections are concerned.

Anonymous said...

We have a stable Government!!! Imgaine if one of our opposition party become the ruling party and foreign investments start to withdraw their investment out...many of us will be out of jobs!! And whose fault will that be?
+++
PAP fault, because the ruling party focus on promoting foreign investment then building entrepreneurship from non Govt singaporean. Just look at what the China doing now.
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If we vote irrationally just because we cannot affort a BMW or buy a condo at the town area, it's just like your own children blaming you for not being able to buy them a LV wallet or iphone!
+++
Yes, we must vote rationally just because our Real Interest Rate in negative for many years. Inequality of a distribution getting widen. Real GDP growth rate in down trend. Govt Salary base on nominal GDP which simply by spending a lot of money to make it look very good. Just look around you how they spend.
///////////
Young Couples also seems to be complaining about the high property prices...why? when they get married and want to buy a house in city area, they cannot afford and they complain...but think again, assuming GOVT implement some measures to push property prices down...Young Couple happy BUT existing house owner NOT happy bcos their asset depreciate due to GOVT rules! Agree???
+++
Again, that's ruling party fault. Seen 1993 the property price booming and Govt don't even bother until many many years later. That also cause cash liquidity to lock in the property. No cash liquidity, No entrepreneur, No Small and medium enterprises(SMEs), No Coca-cola. (MNC) ...AGREE???

Last but not least is the fault of Opposition for being big mouth and no brain. The mother of all fault is myself for not born in a rich family.

Anonymous said...

I know of many young couples who complain about sky-high property prices.

Yet, after two of my ex-classmates moved into the Duxton, they congratulated themselves on being able to get such a good property, whose value had doubled since they first balloted. None of them are complaining that prices now are out of reach to other young couples who are trying for their first homes.

So, it seems that Singaporeans only complain about high prices ONLY before they buy. After that, they all want property prices to rocket to the moon!

Anonymous said...

I know of many young couples who complain about sky-high property prices.

Yet, after two of my ex-classmates moved into the Duxton, they congratulated themselves on being able to get such a good property, whose value had doubled since they first balloted. None of them are complaining that prices now are out of reach to other young couples who are trying for their first homes.

So, it seems that Singaporeans only complain about high prices ONLY before they buy. After that, they all want property prices to rocket to the moon!

Anonymous said...

One thing singaporeans can be sure of is that the armed forces will not have to be deployed due to a freak election result.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lucky

I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts, your writing has opened up the minds of millions of internet surfers who look for alternative news , keep up the good work and may Singapore be a better place for all SIngaporeans...

Mee Siam mai hum ? Say what ? Mee Siam mai hum ?

Totally out of touch, guess he has never eaten at a local coffee shop before...

Kojakbt said...

Lucky, thanks for sharing this "interesting" info of what PM Lee promised in 2006. I've posted this onto 3in1kopitiam too.

Here's my response to PM Lee's 2006 "promises":

>> I am concerned about less-skilled Singaporeans, whose jobs and wages are under pressure.

And from 2006 to 2010, he imports even more FTs to help depress the wages even further. In this year's 2010 National Day Rally, he announced that he would be importing another 80,000!

>> We will continue to restructure our economy to make it more productive and resilient.

But productivity actually went down in the last 4 years!

>> We should make our society more vibrant and cohesive.

Well, I can see that Geylang is certainly very vibrant with so many PRC girls walking around but cohesive??? HAHA!

TokyoSingaporean said...

To be morally conscious is to be politically conscious. You can have a value without practicalising it. You can't be good without doing good.

Engaging in consciousness raising is commendable but the expected improvements would not be unique. We need to actually push it further. I am wondering how we can best communicate to the fellow Singaporeans and particulary the voters to cast their votes for effective policies and have their interests safe-guarded.

The floodgate for foreigners has been opened. And the government is adamant to put Singaporeans second. It is my concern that this administration is keen to offer lip service and scripted response from skimming the responses of fellow netters.

We need to push the envelope further. Otherwise, the absence of no alternative voice and a one-party system will in a matter of 10 years signify our downfall. It would be more work to do the necessary damage control later. Our vertical hierarchy system needs to be watered down as there are no accountability and meritocracy is only for the political speeches.

Many Singaporeans who know what is going on in Singapore have left and are leaving by the thousands each year. They have decided that there is no good reason to live in a country that short-changes you. Why not opt for a 4 season country with a house and a small garden and still be short-changed instead? Being short-changed in another country is better than being short-changed in your own.

Sometimes, you don't even get short-changed in other countries as certain regions value human rights more and appreciate the human condition better than Singapore.

If we lock out alternative parties from engaging in a level playing field in public discourse, the quality of our public discourse will fall. And eventually, we will fall as a people. Instead of channelling resources to develop our own industry, we are still, after 30 years of education, heavily dependent on other nations' industries.

For how long are we going to bring in foreign capital to set up industries here and employ cheap foreigners to run the show for us? Is this economic model sustainable for us in the long run as a nation?

Anonymous said...

A few blocks of flats including mine at our neighbourhood had started washing, painting & refurbishing works since October. These were already indications that GE is coming.

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