Monday, May 02, 2011

NSP's Goh Meng Seng : We are a country not a company....

UPDATE: I updated the posting after going through the comments. The update is in red.

Before I discuss what Goh Meng Seng spoke about in his speech, I want to say a few things about Goh Meng Seng, the Secretary General of NSP. Goh Meng Seng was part of Workers' Party 2006 'A' team in 2006. He left the Workers' Party to join the NSP shortly after the 2006 elections. Goh Meng Seng is an active netizen who maintained a blog[Link] and frequently engages other netizens in Internet forums. He is a passionate individual who feels strongly about doing what is right for Singapore. In 2010, he sold his HDB flat to raise funds for the coming elections. His sacrifice, conviction and will to act on his beliefs deserve not just our support and admiration but serve as a reminder to all of us that we can all do more for the country we love.

Last week his brother, David Goh, had a heard attack and passed away. David was helping to put up posters past mid-night for the campaign when the tragedy occurred.  We as a society owe a debt of gratitude to Meng Seng and his brother, David, for fighting to put us on a course towards a better future. Whatever the outcome of the coming elections, what they have done should never be forgotten.

Singapore is frequently known as Singapore Inc and our leaders reward themselves like CEOs and directors of a corporation. Our country has taken on characteristics of a corporation -once you accept this many policy decisions will begin to make sense.

Corporations are driven by the profit motive and Singapore lnc's goal is to maximise GDP growth. Our leaders' pay packages are linked to GDP growth just as pay packages of CEO is linked to profit growth. GDP growth is the KPI not your quality of life, not your income level and not the number of hours you work etc. Once  you figure this out, most of what the PAP does becomes a lot easier to understand.

Take high foreign influx as an example. Initially, we were told that it is to supplement our economy with talents that don't exist in Singapore. Then we were told they are here because of our low fertility rate.  A few days ago, Lee Hsien made the point that they are here to create jobs for Singaporeans. To most people, this is absurd because very often they experience this : they go to service counters  that are manned by Singaporeans to get something done and a few weeks later they suddenly find all the Singaporeans gone and replaced by Filipinos. Those who frequently receive calls from telemarketers from banks or insurance companies know that over the years, the accent of the person on the end of the line has changed from Singaporean to foreign. Those in the IT industry know the dominance of IT professionals in this area. The truth about foreign talents is they are brought here in large numbers to boost the GDP growth by growing the size of the work force. This is the only reason. Every other justification is created by the PAP govt to make us accept this large influx. Besides depressing wages, the large influx has caused serious structural unemployment because businesses now have a limitless supply of young workers and don't have to keep older workers anymore.

We were told that the decision to increase GST was to help the poor. However, if you look back at all GST hikes, they are always accompanied by corporate tax cuts and income tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals. These cuts again will help to boost GST. We are told that the income gap is "not important" [Link] because it is easier to keep the GDP growing if the income gap is ignored.

While growing the GDP is important for any country, it is a means to an end. That end is to provide a better life for its people. Good govt find ways to keep the GDP growing so that wealth will be more evenly distributed - that is sustainable growth. You can always make your GDP grow by brute force like importing people in large numbers and allowing vices such as gambling but what does that do to society...does it benefit the people? Australia is a popular country. They too can chalk up higher economic growth by opening the floodgates to Asian immigrants but that will not be good for Australians if the numbers are not well managed.  For many Singaporeans, their wages have remained stagnant and older Singaporeans have to suffer structural unemployment because Singapore Inc pursues GDP as an end goal...

The problem with running a country like a corporation is the pursuit of profits & GDP growth frequently do not result in satisfaction of workers' needs (happiness). Corporations only need to keep workers long enough to recoup their investments in training. Workers leave companies when they are not satisfied and companies retrench workers when that is the best thing to do to maximise profits. You can't do that with a country. People will not accept that you have done a good job just because GDP growth is high when their own lives have not improved.

The problem with the PAP govt is that they incentivise their ministers to produce "vote-losing" results by putting GDP growth above every thing else e.g. quality of life of citizens. You can only run a country like a corporation if you can sack your disgruntled citizens, your citizens can leave easily if they are unhappy and you are free to "hire" new citizens. While the PAP can import new (and happy) citizens, they cannot get rid unhappy ones and these people will soon vote against them. I remember a few months ago, an angry young man by the name of Alex Tan went to a PAP forum demanding answers...since the PAP runs this country like a corporation, they told him that if he was unhappy, he could leave the country. Alex Tan did not leave. He went to join Chiam's SPP, started a popular Facebook movement called "Vote PAP Out"[Link]  and later formed a GRC team with some RP members to contest in Ang Moh Kio against Singapore Inc's 'CEO' Lee Hsien Loong.

The bottomline is you can't run a country like a corporation when you have a democracy. The PAP tried for a long time to undermine the democratic system by making the playing field as unlevel as possible. However, as dissatisfaction with the PAP among voters grows, the PAP will be made to "un-corporatise" itself by putting Singaporeans at the center of policy making.


Anonymous said...

Actually it is because we have to be run like a company in order to have a country!

If we don't want to be run like a company, there will be no country called Singapore!

If we don't have million dollar ministers, don't have high GDP, don't have wide income gap, don't have high cost of living, don't have jobs for foreigners and NS for Singaporeans, not profit driven, etc then there will be no Singapore!

So you want to have Singapore or don't want?

Anonymous said...

Definition of Fascism from Wikipedia: Following are excerpts.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Fascism is a radical, authoritarian nationalist political ideology.

Fascists advocate the creation of a totalitarian single-party state that seeks the mass mobilization of a nation through indoctrination, physical education, and family policy including eugenics.

Fascists believe that a nation requires strong leadership, singular collective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the nation strong.

Fascist governments forbid and suppress opposition to the state.

Fascism rejects the concepts of egalitarianism, materialism, and rationalism in favour of action, discipline, hierarchy, spirit, and will.

In economics, fascists oppose liberalism (as a bourgeois movement) and Marxism (as a proletarian movement) for being exclusive economic class-based movements.

Fascists present their ideology as that of an economically trans-class movement that promotes resolving economic class conflict to secure national solidarity.

They support a regulated, multi-class, integrated national economic system.

Fascist movements have commonly held social Darwinist views of nations, races, and societies.

They argue that nations and races must purge themselves of socially and biologically weak or degenerate people, while simultaneously promoting the creation of strong people, in order to survive in a world defined by perpetual national and racial conflict.

Fascist states pursued policies of social indoctrination through propaganda in education and the media and regulation of the production of educational and media materials.

Fascists promoted their ideology as a "Third Position" between capitalism and Bolshevism.

Italian Fascism involved corporatism, a political system in which the economy is collectively managed by employers, workers, and state officials by formal mechanisms at the national level.

Fascist governments exercised control over private property but did not nationalize it. They pursued economic policies to strengthen state power and spread ideology, such as consolidating trade unions to be state- or party-controlled


Vote Opposition, get Temask/GIC angpow said...

Worker's Party asks for reserves to be made fully transparent. Reform Party argues for the privatisation of Temasek and GIC.

Right now, only a handful of people (ie, Lee family) are given full access to info about reserves. Even PAP deputy prime minister and president Ong Teng Cheong was punished for asking about the reserves.

We should vote in a majority of opposition so Temasek & GIC can be structured according to international best practices. Citizens must be able to properly monitor our national wealth!

Every single adult Singaporean has an estimated $230,000 stake in Temasek/GIC - please vote opposition so we can be sure the money will not get frittered away on Lehman bonds and stupidly high salaries for our leaders.

Young Singaporeans, this issue is taboo for Singapore media and is NEVER properly covered there. Your parents, or friends, or acquaintances who don't have regular access to alternative media sources will not know about this.

Please spread the word. Vote PAP out, and we all get our fair share of upgrading PLUS $230,000 in Temasek/GIC shares.

Anonymous said...

"However, as dissatisfaction with the PAP among voters grows, the PAP will be made to "un-corporatise" itself by putting Singaporeans at the center of policy making."

It is this kind of rhetoric that goes no where that political parties are good at.

DanielXX said...

The PAP is veering more and more to the political right. What do we mean by political right-wing? It means market fundamentalism, political conservatism, policymaking tends to favour the rich at expense of the poor.

This trend will further accelerate if voters give them a strong mandate.

Musicwhiz said...

I was at NSP's rally this evening (May 2, 2011) and heard Goh Meng Seng speak. He's fiery and convincing and he again mentioned that Singapore is being run like a company rather than a country. Well said!

I will pledge my support to NSP all the way, and also to Jeannette Chong who is the candidate running in my ward.


Anonymous said...

the problem with singapore
is a very serious structural tumor growing. Instead of advancing technologically and organically
the leaders chose the shortcut way of importing cheap labor, just like cheaper raw materials to grow GDP.

if only singapore can merge with a bigger country with rich will be a lot easier and less stressful on the people.

on the singapore inc, the leaders should have provided/facilitate an exit route for those citizens that they dun value just like retrenched workers at the same they import foreign cheap labor

if i as a citizen has a choice, i opt for such a choice to leave the country with assistance provided by the govt.

Anonymous said...

NSP and all the other Alternative Parties have attracted many passionate and calibre people into their folds. Many of these successful professionals have voluntarily participate to improve the livelihoods of the people.

Why did they not join the PAP?
Me surmises because all can see for themselves that the plights of Singaporeans happen during PAP's Rein which PAP continuously holds for over 5 decades until now. HOW ARE THESE PROFESSIONALS TO TRUST PAP?

NSP has many candidates staying in HDB Flats and some do not even own cars and travel by public transports.

For the first time I believe Singaporeans can have parliamentarians staying amongst them in their heartlands. Parliamentarians who could understand HDB Residents; their problems with housing, the environment, carpark, amenities and other social matters associated with public housings.

NSP Tampines GRC Candidates had said that they will all move into Tampines if and when elected and some of them are already residents in Tampines Town itself.

And yes, me believes Goh Meng Seng and his candidates know and understand the problems HDB Dwellers face very well. They will be in very good position to propose solution and improvement to HDB livings.


yumling said...

Problem is unlike a Corp there is no third party audit. Without an audit nothing means anything.

Like GDP, since ministers pay is based on GDP has the components that makes GDP changed? Is GDP a good judge of SIngapore's economy?

Anonymous said...

"While the PAP can import new (and happy) citizens, they cannot get rid unhappy ones and these people will soon vote against them."
Lucky Tan

No lah, I think even some unhappy people will still vote for PAP. These people are the "fixed deposit" for PAP at elections. Very safe, possibly even large, and with guaranteed returns.

If not, how can the PAP get 66% mandate in the past? Don't tell me all 66% are happy with PAP?

Anonymous said...

"Is GDP a good judge of SIngapore's economy?"
Yumling 3/5/11 00:16

That's beside the point.

And the point is PAP must be well judged by the majority of voters.

Anonymous said...

I hope u are with WP! U have excellent insights and knowledge.. i hope u too will be one of the minister!

Anonymous said...

rex comments as follows,
Another problem of running singapore like a company, is that in a company, when the directors resign, they have no more to do with the company, absolutely nothing.
But for a country, you cannot resign, you mess up the country, you step down, you are still a singaporean (assuming you done run away and be a quitter like Goh Chok Tong's daughter)
Therefore, it is gravely wrong for the PAP to treat singapoe as a company if they truly believe in leading this country.

Another reader commented that if singapore is not being run as a company there will be no country. I dont agree wtih that. It is a statement arising from years of conditioning by the company CEO. The success of singapore lies in its strategic location, and its people, not much else. Investors will not run away if we change to a goverhment run by Workers Party. We are looking at a creative solution whereby the ruling party moderates its policies so that economic progress is being more fairly distributed. To those who say "not possible", i suggest you think out of the box, and do remember that singapore is dangling its saftey on a futile believe that LKY lives forever. It has to change and we had better be ready for it too.


Anonymous said...

"Is GDP a good judge of SIngapore's economy?" Yumling 3/5/11 00:16

Is your high pay a good judge of your financial well being.

GDP is mostly good judge of singapore economy (negative externalities aside). Likewise your high pay is a good judge of your own financial well being (whatever negative peculiar habits you may have aside).

However, a country GDP and your high pay may have no indication on my own personal financial well being or another person's well being.

Ask any cleaner or perhaps security guard who may been working the same job for the past 10 years and you would understand.

Anonymous said...

Is it looking bleak or do I have the feeling of under siege?

The relentless pounding of the media and absurd espousing by the pro-establishment camp daily seem to point to a lost cause.

Hope I am wrong!

Anonymous said...

I am a resident in Ang Mo Kio GRC and I will be voting for the opposition not because they are the A team but because I want my pain and suffering to end. Thank you. Unfortunate Singaporean.

Anonymous said...

Goh Meng Seng

I want to thank you for fighting to improve the lives of Singaporeans, especially espousing the cause of HDB dwellers.

I want to say that what you & your brother have done will, indeed, never be forgotten!

A Very Grateful Singaporean

Anonymous said...

Regarding our national reserves - seriously how many of the present PAP MPs knew how much we actually have and where these funds are. If there are any PAP MPs out there reading this, pls come forward with an answer.

Anonymous said...

Singapore advantage has always been its geographical position and it is on a very stable tectonic plate...

Similar to Switzerland.

In addition, the Singaporean people are rational beings and believe in stablity and talking things out instead of hitting each other...

All the above are Singapore's strengths.

All this talk about Singapore will disappear because of no resources or others are bigger than singapore are the talk of cowards and no brainers!

Singapore another strength has always been its people too...willing to work together for the common good of the nation and its people...

And cowards and no brainers who think people do not only shows their lack of character but also their lack of conviction.

Worthless scums of the earth this people are.

I re-quote a real man and a real leader..."We have nothing to fear but fear itself" as quoted by Theodore Rooselvelt.

PAP leaders...and when you combined them all these PAPies leechers together you will probably gets ONLY 0.000001 percent of President Theodore Rooselvelt or even the current President Obama.

And you can take that as facts...and real ones too!

hayek said...

City like Geneva, Zurich, countries like Monaco, Liechtenstein, are 1000x more desirable than SG for migrant.

If they adopted SG's FT policy. definitely they can achieve 30% growth a year. Why dont they?

Reason being, the more the population, the citizens of those places need to share their wealth with new comers. Their elite love the people and take care about them. They do not want new comer to dilute their wealth.

For SG, fucking elite wants as much as possible. Those economics terrorist not only do not share their wealth, but actively plunder from citizen through all sort of financial engineering.

When they realise tiny SG population do not satisfy their appetite, they bring in FT to increase the looting base.

If one can understand this, one would have no problem understanding all other economics policy of the PAP government.

Anonymous said...

half truths are basically trash

Anonymous said...

There are few scenarios that Singaporeans must understand in this GE2011:

1. More voices but no change - To have less than 1/3 opposition seats in parliament will not change anything already done, e.g. cost of living, FTs, property prices, etc except that opposition MPs can make more noises and suggestions that PAP in majority may not listen. There is also a risk that PAP back in power will find ways to suppress all oppositions so that there will not be any chance of voting like in this GE2011.

2. Partial change - To have more than 1/3 and less than 2/3 opposition seats will be likely to change some already done as above but will not change the Constitution that allows GRC, NMP, NCMP, and election boundary redrawing. PAP will still be in power or sharing power with oppositions. This will be harder for PAP in power to eliminate the oppositions.

3. Complete change - To have more than 2/3 opposition seats means the alternative party will be the government and PAP the opposition. This can change everything including the Constitution. However, Singaporeans must make sure the elected government rewrites the Constitution to abolish those ill clauses and introduce check and balance clause. Also, to ensure Constitution is not allowed to change without referendum. Otherwise, the next non-PAP government may have the chance to abuse the Constitution as well.

Basically, this GE2011 is not about local town upgrading, FTs, or cost of living, etc. It is about whether Singaporeans would like to take back the political power and have a say on the future of Singapore. Once the people take back the power, they can then have a say on how to run this country and all those policies and problems will be resolved to their preference.

Singaporeans must vote wisely on 7 May to decide what they want in the future.

Just an Average Citizen said...

I immensely respect all the other members from the other parties for standing in the elections. For allowing many citizens the chance to vote. For putting forth and articulating their views on what type of society Singapore should be like, for their wish to participate in shaping the direction of Singapore.

Having said that, I am still a little puzzled. The way the world economy is shaping is that many countries know the 'tricks' of moving to developed nation status. Singapore no longer has this advantage. Instead, we are trying to remake ourselves to target the creative and innovative industries while retaining certain more traditional aspects of the economy.

To do this, there is always a transition in which many workers are caught in between because they lack the skills to move into the new economy. For these they will either make the painful transition or, due to age-related reasons or otherwise, fall through the cracks. Where hopefully the government will continue to support them.

The point I am making is that is it not possible that the current government realizes this (I think LHL talked about reshaping our economy recently) and is trying hard to position our citizens to move into this direction? We still need to grow the economy to collect the money to remake our economy and that is why it is necessary to adopt such a crude method of GDP growth by importing foreigners. At the end of it all, is that when a set of citizens have reached the critical mass to lead the way in the new economy, there will be a gradual phasing out of the older industries and then we will be at a new equilibrium. But to do this they will need a mandate from the people to continue working in this direction so all that government bashing by the other parties is really only so much rhetoric. It is highly possible that when they get into parliament, they may realize that this is the only way to ensure the economic future of Singapore and its citizens?

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Lucky

YOU owe GMS. U are one of the few who could have made a difference. U sat on your arse and did nothing. please focus. If WP wins Aljunied it would be a major upset. As of now PAP is probably LEADING. please focus and not let David Goh's sacrifice be in vain.


Anonymous said...

i have long decided that i will vote opposition if i get to vote this year. this time, i will vote for nsp in my grc even if i am treatened. just do not understand why they allow the civil servants to track your voting paper number with your poll card number. what is the purpose for it?

Anonymous said...

Your number is not for tracking you down. That is a big MYTH. It has been addressed many times even in pre-elections where people are reminded that voting is secret. The ballot number is merely to prevent replication of the vote by another person, and to prevent fraud. Although the theory of tracking a vote seems possible on paper, however, ALL votes are counted in front of a representative from BOTH the incumbent PAP and the opposition contesting in the ward. Then if both sides are satisfied that there are no such fraud, the votes are sealed up and kept by a non-government organization--a 3rd party--after the elections for 6 months' safekeeping. Then they are burnt in the incinerator. The seal on the ballot boxes cannot and will not be broken unless there is a declaration of fraud that would then declare a need for ALL votes to be recalled. This has virtually not ever happened before in election history.

Anonymous said...

And another note about the NSP. I volunteered before at one of their morning events, and having met Goh Meng Seng for myself and the other candidates, I see people who are of the ground and concerned Singaporeans wanting to speak on our behalf. They do not stay in any towers or in any clouds and are very grounded, in that they are aware of sentiments and problems on the ground and have made a very good effort to reach out to the folks. This is something which I find that the PAP incumbent has become increasingly unable and incapable of doing. We ARE NOT A COMPANY, and we need to take back that mandate for ourselves that We are Singaporeans, for Singapore and Singaporeans!

Anonymous said...

You need to insert a "Search" button. It's hard to look for some old articles without a search feature on yr blog. Thanks!

Steven said...

I read on Temasek Review FB that the police are reviewing the NSP rally on 2 May 2011. Anyone who was at the rally found any speeches of the candidates out of order? Or is this just another wild goose chase and means of wanting to distract from the issues which the PAP seems to have lost much support? Comments?

A said...

GST in europe is called VAT. And yes, there are different tiers for goods and services that come under the purview of VAT. There are standard, reduced and zero rate. People who can't afford to eat at restaurants will have to either cook or eat at hawker centres. By setting the GST to zero rate for most food items will significantly help those who are finding hard to survive a day with 3 meals.
A hypothetical example would be a bag of rice costing $20 will have no GST imposed on it whereas an iPad costing $600 will have $42 GST imposed on it.

Anonymous said...

Hey everybody, have you read Daryl Yong post?

Seems quite sound leh, is it true the oppositions are babbling nonsense?

Anonymous said...

Good folks...

Perhaps this will clarify further the Papigs ideas, direction and literal version of "heaven" for themselves...but hell for everybody else...

The above hyperlink will either broaden your minds...or blow away it away.

Good day all.

Anonymous said...

The amounts given below are correct before yesterday’s announcement of an increase in President Nathan’s salary
Top 30 Highest Paid Politicians in the World (Information obtained from the internet):
Clean sweep by tiny Singapore to be in the Guinness Book of Records!
Top 30 Highest paid Politicians in the World are all from Singapore.
(Important note: All amounts exclude bonuses.)
1. Elected President SR Nathan – S$3.9 million.
2. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – S$3.8 million.
3. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew – S$3.5 million.
4. Senior Minister Goh Chok Thong – S$3.5 million.
5. Senior Minister Prof Jayakumar – S$3.2 million.
6. DPM & Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng – S$2.9 million.
7. DPM & Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean – $2.9 million.
8. Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo – S$2.8 million.
9. National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan – S$2.7 million.
10. PMO Minister Lim Boon Heng – S$2.7 million.
11. Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang – S$2.7 million.
12. PMO Minister Lim Swee Say – S$2.6 million.
13. Environment Minister & Muslim Affairs Minister Dr Yaccob Ibrahim – S$2.6 million.
14. Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan – S$2.6 million.
15. Finance Minister S Tharman – S$2.6 million.
16. Education Minister & 2nd Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen – S$2.6 million.
17. Community Development Youth and Sports Minister – Dr Vivian Balakrishnan – S$2.5 million.
18. Transport Minister & 2nd Minister for Foreign Affairs Raymond Lim Siang Kiat – S$2.5 million.
19. Law Minister & 2nd Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam – S$2.4 million.
20. Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong – S$2.2 million.
21. PMO Minister Lim Hwee Hwa – S$2.2 million.
22. Acting ICA Minister – Lui Tuck Yew – S$2.0 million.
23 to 30 = Senior Ministers of State and Ministers of State – each getting between S$1.8 million to S$1.5 million.
Compared to other Countries’ Leaders:
Donald Tsang Yum-Kuen – Hong Kong (S$716k)
Barack Obama – United States (S$555k)
Nicolas Sarkozy – France (S$441k)
Angela Merkel – Germany (S$420k)
Gordon Brown – UK (S$387k)
Taro Aso – Japan (S$337k)
Total of all 6 Leaders= S$2,856,000 “

Anonymous said...

Heard that the PAP is supremely confident of victory. With the exception of Aljunied, they have put down the deposits for the victory celebrations of yet another 5 good years !

In the off chance than George and Co somehow survive, they have even made contingency plans for extra tables at the Marine Parade celebration.

Anonymous said...

????Basically, this GE2011 is not about local town upgrading, FTs, or cost of living, etc. It is about whether Singaporeans would like to take back the political power and have a say on the future of Singapore. Once the people take back the power, they can then have a say on how to run this country and all those policies and problems will be resolved to their preference.

Singaporeans must vote wisely on 7 May to decide what they want in the future.????

Trash talk.
How do the people take back power? Party holds all the power and therefore, solutions are what the party deems fit for the people. But what do the struggling class wants? Cheaper, better and faster. Where do you find the money for cheaper,better and faster? Attack the reserve.

Hey,monkeys also know how to do that.

But leaving matters in the hands of the incumbent will be the same.

So head you lose, tail you also lose.

Kick them all out and we may live again.

Anonymous said...

I just want to share a PAP Election Rally. Hopefully can give a balance for this Blog.

Anonymous said...

PAP holding ALL the power or some other party holding all the power or some of the power will not change the ground sentiment lah.

The people already divided by party politics so they are told to resolve theiir inner conflicts (and conscience) by looking at MONEY. Everything they do or say has to do with MONEY.

So long as PAP continues to add pressures on people to build the reserve, the reserve will be their source of power to win majority of the votes.

However, the other parties will attack the reserve to please voters and the game goes back and forth.

Very ANUS. We will all be farted left right back and center till death do us part or fart... either soon or later LOL

Anonymous said...

Aurvandil said...
"Heard that the PAP is supremely confident of victory."

Because they have very good reasons to be so.

In GRC system, there can only be 2 outcomes, either win big or lose big.

You say lah, which outcome will PAP get?

Anonymous said...

"I go to Bishan-Toa Payoh to promote democracy in Singapore," said Mr Chiam in his 18-minute speech at the Singapore People's Party (SPP) rally last night.

"You cannot have democracy unless you have Opposition in Parliament."

Anonymous said...

"You cannot have democracy unless you have Opposition in Parliament."
Anon 3/5/11 19:51

If the outcome is only win big or lose big, common sense will tell you that there will be little or no opposition in Parliament.

Unless the opposition is ready and fight to win to form the government!

Anonymous said...

Please avoid over-confidence!
There are many who still believes that their vote is tracked.
Everyone must work tirelessly if the opposition is to avoid a complete rout!

PS: Lucky ... XiaXue is endorsing PAP and her fan base is easily 10x of yours.

Anonymous said...

I am a civil servant.

Civil servants work for the government, NOT for PAP. PAP is a political party that forms the government. But it is NOT the government, even though PAP wants to blur this line.

Most civil servants are ordinary people like you and me. I have colleagues who will be counting the votes. For us, counting the votes is just another of our job. It is NOT our job to help any party win by fradulently counting votes.

No one has sent us official or inofficial instructions to cheat. In fact, fradulent counting is a crime and will result in the civil servant losing her job and getting charged in court at the same time.

The British left us a great legacy in their civil service structure, and one of PAP's better legacies was not to demolish the British civil service, which many other British colonies did after their independence.

Anonymous said...

"The PAP tried for a long time to undermine the democratic system by making the playing field as unlevel as possible. However, as dissatisfaction with the PAP among voters grows, the PAP will be made to "un-corporatise" itself by putting Singaporeans at the center of policy making."

Another rhetoric which says nothing.

Fact is , people want to be " corporatized" because of jobs or money. Hence, singaporeans are at the CENTER of policy making. These policies are designed to CENTER ON THE INTERESTS of singaporeans. And the singaporeans generally accepted these policies designed to generate revenues through their labor. With meritocracy as one of the cornerstone of society, these brilliant men who "corporatized" the Singaporean can then be paid like royalty.

The Pariah said...

In GE2006 lunchtime rally, PM Lee said he’d "Fix the Opposition".

For past 5 years, PAP have "Fixed Singaporeans".

2010: 14.5% GDP Growth!

PAP gave EIGHT MONTHS' GDP BONUS to Ministers/Top Civil Servants.

But 14.5% growth is from very low base from 2009 Great Recession!

14.5% growth:
If 2009 sales $1000, 2010 $145 extra sale. Piece of cake, eh?
If 2009 sales $10mn, 2010 $1.45mn extra sale. Much more challenging, eh?

Is PM Lee so full of the same “wind” that he mentioned in his lunchtime rally speech?

It’s not about PAP “mistakes”. It’s about PAP “values” – PAP amorality!

Anonymous said...

I don't think "mistakes" made in governance can be fixed that easily. They often can be fatal to the point of destroying a country or ripping its social fabric apart. Look at what happened in history with the Tang dynasty? Lady Yang used her position of power as a concubine to get family members into positions of power "through the back door". The emperor did not think twice about rejecting such suggestions. Plus, he had a barbarian, An Lushan, for an aide, who raped Lady Yang and then staged a rebellion to try toppling his reign. Every dynasty and every nation has a beginning and an end, and it start with supposedly "small mistakes" which have incalculable results rippling down the generations. For example, did the incumbent party in the government ever realize that getting the population up to more than 4.5 million via "imports" from other countries, and especially Third World countries, would cause social problems and an erosion of national identity? I don't know. Is it intentional on their part to mold Singapore national identity on their part? I don't know. But is it a real mistake? Yes, because the effects are perceivable in reality. Is there any sign that the incumbent PAP party will "make amends" for such actions by tightening controls on the foreign labour influx? It does not seem like it when they declared an intention to import 900,000 people from abroad as workers just within these last two weeks as a run-up to the elections, and then "apologised" for their "mistakes". "If you fool me once shame on you. If you fool me twice, shame on me..." - George Bush. Amidst all the claims of a public that George Bush has some rather counter-intuitively unintelligent quotes as well, I think this quote however captures the condition of human life. Who are the daft ones? We will all know soon in the next few days! said...

Thanks for your post, quite worthwhile material.