Monday, May 02, 2011

Opposition Rallies : Capturing the Spirit of Singapore...


There was a time when Singaporeans gathered in large numbers to support and cheer for our soccer team at the National Stadium during the Malaysia Cup. When Singaporeans cheer in unison with their hearts, there is this great feeling of national pride. As one people, we can overcome all challenges if we stay united. Together, we embody an indominable Singaporean spirit.

Today, as Singaporeans, we face intense competition from imported labor. We face challenges such as job instability, rising cost of living, stagnant wages and a widening income gap. The PAP stuck the spur "into our hide" constantly pushing us to be cheaper, better and faster by opening the floodgates to foreign workers to compete with us for jobs and depress our wages. As if life has not been stressful enough, we find ourselves stretched almost to breaking point by overcrowded trains and the escalating cost of living. As we found ourselves squashed like sardines in crowded trains, the SMRT profits rises to record highs [SMRT last Q4 results up 50.4%]. While our wages remain stagnant, our leaders pay themselves an increment of 30% and 8 months of bonus. While we worry about our healthcare burden which has been rising, our leaders implement means testing to maximise our burden while they enjoy the best medical benefits as they take home million dollar salaries. Ministers pay $8 while the poor like Olympic hero, Tan Howe Liang, was saddled with $100K of medical debt for his wife's cancer treatment.

This election it not "WP vs PAP"...it is not "SDP vs PAP"....it is not "NSP vs PAP".
As one netizen put it, this election looks like it is  "SINGAPOREANS vs PAP"!

Singaporeans have turned up in large numbers to cheer their home team - the people who will put their interest first above everything else. The opposition demonstrated this by avoiding 3 corner fights in all constituencies except one SMC putting aside their own interests to work together. Their rallies have been insprational capturing the hearts of ordinary Singaporeans throughout the nation. You see more and more people turning up at their rallies as they send out a strong message of hope and change for a better future. That is the message has captured the imagination of voters ...voters who increasingly feel that they cannot wait any longer for change.

The lost Kallang Roar has found its way into muddy fields and tiny stadiums around our island home. So many people turn up that people listen to the messages standing outside the stadiums, by the streets, at the bus stops and the balcony of HDB flats nearby. The people both young and old stand on the muddy fields for more than 3 hours to listen to speakers who touch their hearts and inspire them with the message of change.

This election Singaporeans will win because the spirit of Singapore has been resurrected and it is indominable!

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

Even if vote swing against PAP is 10% to 15%, and their overall vote is only 50+ to 55%, statistically they can still make a clean sweep of all the seats!

And even if little red dot Singapore is just one huge GRC, the PAP will still win!

Hence not much difference even when divided into many GRCs and SMCs.

Simply because majority voters want PAP to remain as government!

One way, and the only way, PAP can lose some seats, and it will only lose big and no other way, is when majority voters do not want them as government!

Many people do not seem to realise this characteristic of SIngapore.

Lye Khuen Way said...

The spirit is in the AIR !

If the swing to the Opposistion is NOT enough for 1, 2 or 3 GRC to fall, so be it. The "popular vote" as our ruling PAP is so proud of will tell them that almost 1 in 2 Singaporeans are pissed off.

Of course, if they "lose" and there are only 2 GRC lost, they can sing their praises that more than half of Singapore back them.

Do we need to degenerate to a level close to what is happening in the Middle East/ North Africa for very violent change ?

Maybe, it will not happen that way. Remember the 'slow-cooked frog" analogy ? End of Singapore. Full Stop.

hayek said...

Hi Lucky,

I think even if opposition come to power, the much loathed FT policy will stay.

PAP over the years has screwed, masturbated the system, and empty our pension fund to the point the our property is our only pension income.

Even foreigner are to leave, who will be renting and buying those worthless ponzi property?

Again, I posted this question to you same time before? And how many engineer you hired is local? Can you do without foreigner?

By focusing on money laundering, ponzi finance, PAP has screwed people's mind so much that Singaporean despise engineer. In short, no Singaporean want to do productive activities because our criminal economy is much more profitable.

However, all these will come to the end within 10 years.

Anonymous said...

"PAP over the years has screwed, masturbated the system, and empty our pension fund to the point the our property is our only pension income.

Even foreigner are to leave, who will be renting and buying those worthless ponzi property?"

sell your "worthless HDB"(the higher the better) and move to greener pastures and buy a much bigger and better home with the blessings of the gahmen?

Anonymous said...

you sure the "spirit" is all singaporeans? half could be from the ppl you are complaining about you know lol

Anonymous said...

The PAP has already lost the battle. They lost the respect of the people. they lost the moral authority, they lost their soul. they lost their conscience. they lost everything singapore stands fo The PAP is now resorting to all-time lies, lies, and more lies, and fear, fear and more fear to perpetuate their hegemony. This is the finest hour. Let us for one final time cast our these evil that destroy our nations.
Let us regain our lost ground and digity. Let us roar again on the voting. Let us reclaim what our founding father of Singapore, Stamford Raffles, has expected of us all. We must a standard against dictatorship and tyranny for the right of all Singaporeans !

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful that there are so many of you out there who want to see the change and others resonating the same. But...knowing Singaporeans, they are a pragmatic lot. Once the dust settles and its time to cast their votes, there is only one thing that will be running through their minds - What's in it for ME? No PAP means no upgrading, no sheltered walkways,no etc. You see,majority of Singaporeans are a selfish lot; why rock the boat? - they'll vote for PAP. That's precisely what PAP is counting on for this election. PLEEZE LOOK BEYOND YOURSELF, THINK OF YOUR KIDS? WHAT SORT OF FUTURE WILL THEY HAVE IN SINGAPORE IF THIS CONTINUES?????

Anonymous said...

Personally, I would think Chen Show Mao of WP is very well qualified to be Prime Minister, better than any of the PAP candidates!

Only problem is that he needs enough people of calibre to form a government. Because politics is no one or two man show.

I hope that if his team wins in Aljunied, it will be a catalyst to spur more talented people to join the opposition, and hence build a credible alternative.

But if he lose, I think Singapore will slide back to the past, with PAP dominance as a feature of politics, and for a long time to come.

Because it will be very hard for opposition to recover, if they were to suffer a setback again at this election.

Gambler said...

It will be very interesting if any PAP MP will defect to the other side.

All it takes is 1 and the entire paradigm changes.

Goodness!.. imagaine that! the flood gates will open.. and when the pond is drained, only the die hard few will remain.
I wonder which ones....

Any odds?

Anonymous said...

"Even foreigner are to leave, who will be renting and buying those worthless ponzi property?"

If your economy is mainly driven by properties or related activities. Its value (with all the inherent supporting attributes) will reach a point overtaking the other valuable ones in the global arena and reach a point where it is overpriced, then it will start to collapse as the room for further value addition starts to get thiner and thiner and almost reaching zilch where people will start to pull out looking for the next investment darling.

Else, more and more buildings may have to be built to balance the demand vis-a-vis the building prices (overprice) vis-a-vis supporting services / industries able to absorb the high costs.

Amused said...

If PAP wins 53% and takes 90% of the parliamentary seats, it will be very unstable politically. I don't think anyone has considered the ramification of that scenario, especially when PAP can change constitution with just over half the population support.

The GRC system is a disgrace and must be dismantled by the next government.

Vote wisely. Vote opposition.

Anonymous said...

What Singapore spirit? Most Singaporeans are having low mentality. Just look at whenever there is an road event, e.g accident, that is not blocking any lanes on expressway, people just drive too slow to see the event and do not bother they are slowing down causing traffic jam. In contrast, this is normally not the case in 1st world countries. Likewise, people just attend rally for fun like party.

How many of them really understand democracy politics and election? Why are they so daft and ignorant? This is a failure of nation building, fail to be political mature after 40 years. They have no sense of democracy and constitutional rights.

This GE2011 is predictable. Although some netizens put it "this is not an election between PAP and the oppositions, but an election between the PAP and the people", I expect another 87:0 clean sweep by PAP. If this happens, 7 May 2011 will be the death of democracy in Singapore history. Even if it is not the clean sweep case, to stop abuse of Constitution and to remove such unconstitutional and undemocratic GRC, NCMP and NMP will still require more than 1/3 opposition MPs in the parliament. I expect this will not happen either. So, too bad, Singapore is at this stage. Long live PAP!

DanielXX said...

You might want to explore the logistics and distribution channels aspects for the election as well, as I think a lot of votes also depend on the boring topic of logistics.

For example, for me the key lesson from the Sarawak election was how the BN sustained massive losses in the cities due to swing of educated Chinese voters, but as Pakatan could not do outreach inland into the secluded native regions, the incumbent native parties under Chief Minister Taib swept those seats.

I believe the majority of educated voters would be going for opposition. However, I believe the PAP can rely on its logistics channels to supply votes from those who don't know better. For example, those old ppl in nursing homes or hospitals might be carted out by Ministry of Health officials to vote, the sick and underprivileged living in one-room flats might receive free transport from MCYS officials to voting centres (perhaps with goodie bags as well), even the elderly beggars along the streets could also be the targets of these logistics channels.

Of course, these voters will vote for whoever the logistics cannels "advise" them to vote for, as they're uninformed. The number is not to be scoffed at, since the lower strata of society is substantial by definition. In the end, these people might end up voting for a party whose policies have put them there in the first place, out of sheer ignorance!

The opposition should look at targeting these people as well, in their individual constituencies. See what kind of logistics can be arranged for them on Polling Day, and more importantly, that they do not fall into the hands of PAP!

Anonymous said...

If the incumbent PAP wins the elections by a sweeping victory of 87-0 seats, then there is only one thing I can say will happen to Singapore, in the vein of Lord of the Rings: "There will be no dawn for ......". (fill in the blanks yourself). This will not only show that Singaporeans choose their own suffering, and exult in it, but even that they are not enlightened enough to see for themselves that being selfish for themselves in the short run will only cause greater suffering in the long run. Critics of the opposition parties say that their populist policies are going to fly in their own face, but what is wrong with fighting for the rights of people who are trodden down and forgotten about in the name of globalization and monetary profits? Absolutely nothing. It is often the elite few who do not want to see the status quo challenged who can say, "O, Singaporeans complain too much." well, NO, we are changing the country through our votes because that is the little bit we ARE ALLOWED to do!

hayek said...

Working as a engineer in the top company of my field, I cannot help but feel sorry about my FT colleague.

Many colleague are top student of their countries, good engineers, upright personalities. They made around $4000 but rental cost them around $2k if they bring along their spouse.

Look at how our rent seeking elite has crushed honest, hardworking and productive people.

The rental, GST and CPF is equivalent to a tax rate of 70% for many people.

All these monies go into pocket of fucking elite.

Many of the smartest colleague has already left. We are left with the less smart engineer. Eventually, as China and India is able to provide better quality of life for their productive citizen, NO ONE will come to Singapore.

FUCK you PAP and your fucking landlord bunch of relative. YOU ARE FUCKING CANCER to Singapore.

YOU FUCK our most productive people.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps, many Singaporeans do not know the PAP's national sustainability strategy has a goal to be dominate in politics and have one party parliament forever. This makes me wonder why political maturity is not the goal. Are they putting their own interests before that of Singapore as a nation?

I have been voting for opposition in the last few elections after many past years of supporting PAP. Why? Because I see that PAP has again and again changed the Constitution without referendum to advantage themselves and ended up extreme domination in parliament. Without a proper and strong Constitution like that of USA, all other policies and rules can just be illy formulated. This I felt is unhealthy for Singapore long term survival. It has to be stopped. But, I have only one single vote. At least, I do what I can do for Singapore future.

Anonymous said...

"DanielXX said...
I believe the majority of educated voters would be going for opposition. However, I believe the PAP can rely on its logistics channels to supply votes from those who don't know better."

Educated people can do their part by educating the uneducated friends, relatives and close family members. A lot of rallies are now in youtube which can be brought right in front of the living room connected to TV, put them up for the uneducated lot so that they can get educated.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 2/5/11 12:11
It is VERY VERY TRUE that those FT who could make it in their own countries such as Taiwan, India and China normally do not come to Singapore. Even in Taiwan, as a friend told me herself, the majority of Caucasians who go there are as she claims, regarded to be those who "could not make it in their own country" and sought to trying to tap into this vein of colonialism still prevalent in any Asian country to succeed. Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against foreign workers, but the incumbent party's FT policy is at best shady and has not explained how having more "FT" could help create more jobs for Singaporeans, when in fact, more Singaporeans lose jobs to them and have to settle for less especially when these labourers(blue or white-collared) are all cheaper and willing to work their guts out for a currency like Singapore's which is relatively bigger in value ABROAD. Isn't it really ironic?

Anonymous said...

It will be very interesting if any PAP MP will defect to the other side.

All it takes is 1 and the entire paradigm changes.

Goodness!.. imagaine that! the flood gates will open.. and when the pond is drained, only the die hard few will remain.
I wonder which ones....

Any odds?

maybe..

if georgie yeo lose..maybe he will form a new party.. people's democratic party or PDP..

deep inside my heart.. i think georgie believes in true democracy not the pap type. since he with pap. of course he has to toe teh party line.. but i dun think he shares the same view with the rest..

hayek said...

-- How Doomsday of SG gonna playout--

Somewhere within the next 10 years, the wall-street ponzi bank blowup again.

FED QE again but China would not buy anymore treasury. Money printing failed to work this time because of no-China factor, instead hyper-inflation take place.

All TBTF banks goes bankrupt. All foreign banks in shenton way close in one night.

Property in SG crash. USD goes towards 0, our FX wipe out.

PAP tries QE giving to banks and tries bailout property sector. Hyper-inflation take place in SG due to QE.

SG citizen runs on bank, out money in precious metal. Gold soared to SGD$1 million. SG citizen bankrupt in a single night.

While crisis playout, SG is not able to feed its 6 million citizen, while Malaysia and Indonesia halt all food export because of economic crisis.

Singapore beg for merger with Malaysia and Indonesia.

Singapore accept humiliation terms of Malaysia that everyone else should be slave to bumiputra.

Dear voters, PAP has already sowed the seeds of our demise. This election is our last chance to bailout ourseleves.

Anonymous said...

http://www.bernardleong.com/2011/05/01/are-property-prices-affected-by-who-you-vote-for/

Anonymous said...

Something is very strange.

You see ah, normally in every country, there will be more less well off people than the well off, right?

If Singapore is no exception, then the high cost of living etc due to government policy will surely affect the less well off people much more than the well off, right?

And the less well off people are also the majority voters, right?

So by right, the majority should more likely be unhappy with the PAP, right?

But if PAP can still win majority votes, then isn't it strange and anti-logic?

Unless the majority are well off lah, which is also not likely, right?

Or some voters who are not happy but will still vote PAP. And if this group is large, then opposition really no hope or difficult for them to win lah, right?

Anonymous said...

anon 2/5/11 14:14.

It is not strange. The outcome happens that way because Singaporeans mostly are daft as MM has said. When they are not happy, they will still vote PAP because they are daft and brainwashed by the PAP. This is just as simple as that. No rocket science.

So, my prediction is that oppositions are wasting time to contest in GE. They may just stop it after loosing and refuse to take up NCMP seats. To make the parliament monopolised by PAP, sooner and later the PAP will create more and more anger among the daft Singaporeans and then with a spark the field will start burning. This is what history tells us how revolution started. I hope this will not happen because I have not sold my property yet.

Anonymous said...

i am pretty sure we will get to see a paradigm shift within the PAP when the old man departs.
woody goh and company are not going to remain passive and let sissy loong sit on the throne.

joining PAP is all about self interest i.e money, power and fame.
no doubt about it.
one has to be an opportunist...do whatever it takes.
PAP($)~($)Eyeballs

Anonymous said...

"This is what history tells us how revolution started. I hope this will not happen because I have not sold my property yet."

Because of daft Singaporeans like you, that is exactly what will happen.

Since you obviously vote for the ruling party, why don't you ask Mr Mah for a money-back guarantee on your property.

Anonymous said...

http://www.bernardleong.com/2011/05/01/are-property-prices-affected-by-who-you-vote-for/

Thank u. This is a good article. At least somebody bother to check out the facts.

Wonder what our academics in the university are doing?

Anonymous said...

"This GE2011 is predictable. Although some netizens put it "this is not an election between PAP and the oppositions, but an election between the PAP and the people", I expect another 87:0 clean sweep by PAP. If this happens, 7 May 2011 will be the death of democracy in Singapore history. ...... I expect this will not happen either. So, too bad, Singapore is at this stage. Long live PAP!"

Long live your bloody head er. If it's the end of Singapore's democracy, it is also the end of Singapore. And by the way, you will have nowhere to live because all the FTs will price you out of your property and maybe you can beg Malaysia to take u in.

Anonymous said...

DanielXX said...
I believe the majority of educated voters would be going for opposition. However, I believe the PAP can rely on its logistics channels to supply votes from those who don't know better."

Educated people can do their part by educating the uneducated friends, relatives and close family members. A lot of rallies are now in youtube which can be brought right in front of the living room connected to TV, put them up for the uneducated lot so that they can get educated.@@@@@

One Man One Vote can be easily manipulated. When more people realized that the political voting system is tantamount to one  man signing away his life, perhaps more will wake up and challenge the western democratic system.

Take Aljunie for instance. The people there are basically divided into two camps( because we allowed the elites to do it to us for a very long time) and have been restricted to a choice between two evils( no need to elaborate). And you called that democratic? Democracy is an outlet for your RIGHTEOUS SPIRIT, not a process where a few are empowered to "serve your righteous spirit"(btw, they are serving your stomach and your idiocy instead to maintain their hold on power) because firstly, elites/system, and its gross limitations, can never be an expression of your spirits but will only MANAGE your righteous spirit. By default, they are well positioned to MANIPULATE your destination or your dietary system. Secondly, losing your birthrights, through the electoral system, removes an important role, which only you can do, in our Eco-political system and this will lead to a very dark world(obviously, your spirits have been nullified by the electoral system) - which is the world we are living in now.

Cut the long story short. No need for me to do hard sell here. 

Continue your current democratic system, continue living in a very dark world. If you want to see the light, do you have a choice?

Rights must be channeled. If it is filtered(represented), it will be veiled.

Lastly, if the people want justice and a RIGHTEOUS DISCOURSE, they'll have to act and take back their birthrights - a first and inevitable process.

Otherwise, don't complain.

ps:Just only. I overheard a young NS man telling his buddy that NSP wants to reduce NS to 12 months?? He said...F, I know who to vote now

Anonymous said...

$ Anonymous said...
Something is very strange. $

It is an illusion of peace only money can buy. But people spirits yearn to break free but they are like sheep, too daft to break free so, frog hole still home so long it is safe and crumbs to get by.

jamesneo said...

Hi Hayek, your scenario might play out but timing is the issue. Hyperinflation in US is now only 50-50, instead it might be stagflation. Singapore will likely not have hyperinflation within this ten years but between 10-20 years is more likely if they increase the monetary base much more through QEs and if a depression arrives that cause the Singaporean people to lose confidence in the PAP and thus its money.

A great depression can strike Singapore because of the problem of energy scarcity leading to escalating energy prices that will eventually impact on all our business. By 2015-2020, the whole world is likely to have a new monetary system that includes gold either fully or partially with other commodities. If our pathetic gold reserves is not enough to stabilize our currency, other countries will start to have less confidence in singapore, investment will start to dry up. Moreover, between 2012-2015 onwards, the world will realize that an oil shock is eminent which will dwarf the oil shock in the 70s. And unfortunately, our property bubbles is poised to burst between 2013-2016 due to the eighteen year cycle. When all this problems start to emerge the QE will start to occur but initially the QE will seems to work because ponzi debt finace can lead to a artificial boom period. However, eventually when the debt reaches saturation, it become a negative effect on the real economy and it is only then that things start to unravel. Lastly, i want to clarify of my view on hyperinflation: it is not the printing that leads to hyperinflation, the printing occurs after the hyperinflation has occurred in which the elite will to inflate away all the debts.

Anonymous said...

don't complain.nothing u say will change anything

Anonymous said...

that was the wisest thing muttered so far... just sit back and enjoy the next 5 years, after which the FT new citizens will be helping with the voting.

Anonymous said...

if pap win this election, i see only blood. pap will torture and prosecute the opp and people of sg. nothing good will come to sg people if pap win this election. vote wisely.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lucky

Bravo.
Except that SMRT is a private organization and many middle class retirees actually need their dividends. And many good decent Singaporeans are working there and not getting fat paychecks (but will be 1st to go if you get your way). I know you do not own SMRT shares but the issue is NOT SMRT profits. Its the Government NOT meeting basic needs like real subsidizes for the old and poor. And not checking the capacity before opening the floodgates.

As for logistics, Mr Goh's brother could still be alive had you LISTENED and passed the hat(collection) MONTHS ago.

It is indeed SINGAPOREANS VS PAP.
NOT LIBERAL EGO VS PAP.

Please aim properly.
When you have limited resources, please focus.

WP needs you.

Anonymous said...

This is just stepping out, not even taking wings yet.

Anonymous said...

PAP should start to prepare for contingency plan, stop behaving arrogantly. Stop belittling the alternative parties.

It is very possible, after 30 yrs, that they may have to work with alternative parties to form the next government. They may not be the dominant party, it is history.

Why? For 30 years, Singaporean have been eating pineapples, unable to vent their frustration, and for those who has suffered under the PAP injustices policies. There must have such victims, for 30 years is a long period. There is no way they can tell the incumbent as it is always walk-over.

This pressure cooker which build-up and aggregate over the years, there is belief that once it explode it is going to rock the ship.

PAP should be mentally prepared. It is your GRC policy that has resulted in such situation. How will people let go of this golden opportunity to exercise their Right which have been deprived for so long. It is a life time event that may not come again if they dont do it this time.

Be warned.

Anonymous said...

If pap loses we will go back to being a fishing village and sending our daughters out to be maids, believe me!

Anonymous said...

@If PAP lost, we will go back to fishing villages, and our daughters be maid...

Then I suppose our Educational policy of 50 years is a big failure under PAP. We can only produce fishermen and maids under PAP.

Then the more PAP should lost.

Anonymous said...

Actually hor, if Tin Pei Ling got elected but Chen Show Mao, Sylvia Lim and Low TK are not, then it looks very funny leh, tio bo? (right or not)

Then I think opposition better close shop.

Uniquely Singapore. Hahaha

Anonymous said...

I am afraid that the result of this election will be similar to the past elections which
PAP wins all except one or two seats.

Though WP rallies for Aljunied GRC attracted more than 15,000, many of them are from other constituencies. It is likely that of the 15,000, less than 10,000 are from the Aljiunied GRC. This (10,000) is only a mere 6.99% of the total voters of 143,148 in Aljunied GRC.

If the majority of the 93.01% (133,148) voters prefer to watch TV and read Straits Times/Lianhe Zoabao, and WP has no other means of reaching these voters, then the likely winner of Aljunied GRC is PAP (the party that controls the MSM).

Anonymous said...

//
If the majority of the 93.01% (133,148) voters prefer to watch TV and read Straits Times/Lianhe Zoabao, and WP has no other means of reaching these voters, then the likely winner of Aljunied GRC is PAP (the party that controls the MSM).
//

In the last election, Malay voters were the key in Aljunied. No worries! Accordingly to Lucky logic, reality has a liberal bias ... bashing religions and pushing *ahem* liberal issues and writing in english to conservative Chinese/Malay only readers will win them over ...

Anonymous said...

"If the majority of the 93.01% (133,148) voters prefer to watch TV and read Straits Times/Lianhe Zoabao, and WP has no other means of reaching these voters, then the likely winner of Aljunied GRC is PAP (the party that controls the MSM)."

You never know until the final results. One thing for sure, there are many firsts this time.

1) More internet based this time. I attended one rally but watched all others in the internet so far.

2) Youngest candidate gutsy 24 Nicole Seah will put a lot of grown up fearing men to shame. She is likely to set the tone for many people not to be so fearful.

3) First time you see a switch from high profile ex-govt men into opposition, and of all parties SDP, the most painful thorn to the incumbent.

4) The coverage for opposition in the mainstream media is more visible this time.

No one will know for sure whether the above would lead to a tsuanami or the first wave of ripples for some larger tsuanami to come in the next round.

Anonymous said...

Zainul Abideen, the PAP Malay minority candidate in Aljunied GRC, has been publicly confirmed to be appointed Speaker of Parliament if he is elected.

Now the Speaker can act as President, if the President is on leave or absent. So you see, like the President post, it is a very senior and high post.

I think there may be a reason why this was announced before the election outcome.

Because normally for cabinet and specific minister portfolios, it is usually announce after, and not before, the election outcome.

Anonymous said...

Zainul Abideen, the PAP Malay minority candidate in Aljunied GRC, has been publicly confirmed to be appointed Speaker of Parliament if he is elected.

Now the Speaker can act as President, if the President is on leave or absent. So you see, like the President post, it is a very senior and high post.

I think there may be a reason why this was announced before the election outcome.

Because normally for cabinet and specific minister portfolios, it is usually announce after, and not before, the election outcome.

Anonymous said...

"No one will know for sure whether the above would lead to a tsuanami or the first wave of ripples for some larger tsuanami to come in the next round."
Anon 2/5/11 21:04

I can assure you that it will be a tsunami. The only thing is whether it is PAP tsunami, or opposition tsunami.

So which tsunami do you think is most likely?

And as to why tsunami, please read the first poster Anon 2/5/11 08:39.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2/5/11 21:26
"So which tsunami do you think is most likely?

And as to why tsunami, please read the first poster Anon 2/5/11 08:39."

I don't know. Your guess is as good as mine. So no one will ever know for sure whether any party will win or lose big.

Real life is full of surprises and sometimes these surprises will put many of us off guard irregardless of how good our analysis is backed up by good research on past trends / behaviours, etc. Likewise, your past behaviours may not be a linear extension to your future approach 5 years later.

One thing for sure 5 seats are secured for incumbent (TP because of walkover).

Anonymous said...

At this point of political battle, It has come down to "cheaper, better and faster" be it on housing to elderly care. If you guys go down that road,led by the incumbent, nothing changes because who better take us down that path than the incumbent?

Interestingly though, " first world parliament" was brought to the forefront of election debate.

But the bad news is, the incumbent is unlikely to change the current status quo and the oppositions have no clues to exactly what this "first world parliament" is about except some juvenile ideas on "rojak" or "co-driver slapping the driver" etc

So looks like the old parliament stays and life goes on as usual with "cheaper, better and faster" still the main obsession.

Ha. No....change.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 2/5/11 22:46
and all others who go on and on being negative about the possible lack of any change, STOP TALKING NONSENSE, PLEASE. I believe that the truth is, Singaporeans, whatever their political allegiance, desire the best for the country, and positive change. It's only people who try to drown out any hopes of good change with negative statements like yours which forestall the hopes of any good change coming.

Anonymous said...

What do you expect after more than 50 years of one-party rule with the PAP insidious tentacles in every facets of our life and our institutions? If you want change, then make it happen NOW...it has to start somewhere and it will be a small step, but if you remain defeatist and not be part of this change, then you will have to live with the status quo.

Anonymous said...

I do not believe change will happen lah. Unless opposition can secure more than 1/3 seats in parliament, they can only make more noises in parliament. I doubt opposition can get so many seats in this election given the GRC system. After GE2011, PAP will still have more than 2/3 seats and can do whatever they like. You will see oppositions will be prosecuted and election boundaries redrawn to dilute the opposition votes. There is therefore no more hope in future election after GE2011 fails to transfer back power to the people. I suggest Singapore can just do away with election and why waste time and resources if this GE2011 cannot make the change. This is also reflecting what Singaporeans want in political system. All Singaporeans must understand the consequence of this GE2011. You need more than 1/3 seats in parliament to vote against any PAP proposed laws and bills. You need more than 2/3 seats in parliament to revert the Constitution and stop any ill policies for implementation. Do you think getting 1/3 seats is possible?

Anonymous said...

""""As we found ourselves squashed like sardines in crowded trains, the SMRT profits rises to record highs """"

The prfoits may not be a very good indicator.
What if they pay their senior officers extrememly high salary & bonuses to ""REDUCE"" the profits???

Anonymous said...

This election it not "WP vs PAP"...it is not "SDP vs PAP"....it is not "NSP vs PAP".
As one netizen put it, this election looks like it is "SINGAPOREANS vs PAP"!

*Powerful inspirational words of wisdom.

Thank you and God bless :)

Anonymous said...

All these years we have spoken to those who are deaf ....write to those who are blind.....rising cost, crowded trains, low wages , ERP soon be covering the whole island, etc......

Other countries have their natural resources and singapore natural resources are their citizens....so we are being squeeze to the max... And once you are dried up please go to JB or Indonesia to be treated and neglect by the very people you have scarifice your life...

Like a private company, PAP leaders are the management and we are their workers....we work to death for their benefit and be paid low wages and told sweet stories..

Its true PAP have done alot for the country but its about time someone pinch or punch them.....if Singapore wants to be what its was .....a country with soul

Anonymous said...

The opposition will win more seats this time. Unfortunately PAP will rule Singapore once again for the next 5 years.

There will be big changes in Singapore's politics once LKY pass away. Currently, LHL is still very much dependent on his father.

So don't be surprised if his salary is increased to SIN$5 million next year. He will enjoy his higher salary and the rakyat will continue to suffer.

Don't say I did not warn you. Wake up Singaporeans, please vote for the opposition on 7th May, 2011. PAP is getting obselete and out of date. Change it now before it's too late!