Tuesday, May 17, 2011
If you met her at somebody's birthday party, she would have been like any other ordinary girl.... as long as you don't discuss politics with her you will probably walk off without a negative impression of her. While she appears immature, naive, sheltered, materialistic and less than qualified, the vitriol directed towards her has more to do with her party, its selection system and undemocratic ways than Tin Pei Ling herself. If someone like Tin Pei Ling appeared in the opposition camp, she will simply be ignored...and if attacked by the mainstream media, would win some sympathy. While she has flaws, how did Tin Pei Ling come to symbolise many things that is wrong with the PAP?
1. GRC system. She was put in a GRC so that she is rides the coat-tails of ex-SM Goh into parliament. This is a mechanism used by the PAP to bring in candidates that the electorate is unfamiliar with and cannot get elected on their own. Tin Pei Ling was a candidate that the public really feels is not ready to be an MP, yet the PAP used the GRC to bring her in against the wishes of the public.
2. Selection System. For years, the PAP has told Singaporeans that it has a stringent selection system that ensures quality and continuity of leadership in Singapore. This selection system seemed to have primacy over our election system which the PAP tweaked to "force" the people accept the selected PAP candidates. For years, the selection system brought in many"yes-men" and "yes-women" from the power-elite network who hardly said anything of significance in parliament. Most have very busy career and served as part time (quarter time) MPs. Tin Pei Ling came out of this selection system and most people can think of someone in their circle friend or colleagues more qualified than her to be an MP. She was the final proof people need that they cannot trust this selection system anymore - it will throw up sycophants who won't find anything to change in the system.
3. Excessive Compensation. For years the PAP claimed its compensation system for civil servants MPs and ministers will bring in the best people. This excessive compensation for the upper rungs of govt reflected the income gap in our society that has troubled many Singaporeans ...it goes against our value system and many questioned whether people are really getting paid what they deserve when some Singaporeans working full time jobs are getting less than $1000 a month while an elite civil servant delegating away his work could go to France for cooking lessons. Many find it hard to accept that Tin Pei Ling will be getting $15,000 a month for a part-time MP job. This is again proof that the compensation system put in place by the PAP is unjust.
Posting Time 10:11 AM
Posted by Lucky Tan