Sunday, January 27, 2013

WP"s Lee Li Lian wins by a large margin....

I was alerted to the possibility of a surprise result on cooling day by a WP volunteer who was involved in the campaign. I was told about the torrent of discontent encountered on the ground of people falling through the cracks and seeing their quality of life deteriorate over the years. This was the likely reason for the top brass in the PAP to turn up and try to turn the election around....but trust in the PAP has already broken down.

The changes we have seen so far are merely tweaks to the system the PAP is ideologically  comfortable with. There has not been a single fundamental change to improve the lives of Singaporeans. As soon as the effects of the GE2011 wore off and some minor tweaks were made, the PAP was back its old self finding ways to sell the idea of  importing people to 'solve' problems. But all problems that affected the quality of life of the people just got worse ...housing, medical care and transport.

During the campaign, the WP candidate brought up a simple suggestion to allow seniors above the age of 75 use their own Medisave for polyclinic treatment, this idea was resisted by Dr. Koh who simply stuck to the status quo when he was interviewed..but the way the PAP treats our seniors shows PAP's ideological extreme - in all other developed Asian countries and Malaysia, they give their elderly free or nearly free outpatient treatment and our elderly can't use their own money in Medisave because our govt wants to keep its healthcare expenditure down to keep taxes low for the rich and spend lavishly on defense and scholarships for foreigners. This small example shows the ideological gulf the PAP has to cross to stop the trust from falling further. How does denying our elderly access to medical care when they have no money....the generation that build this miracle economy, how can it be right....how can it possibly be good for the people.

It is late ...I will continue discussion of the by-election tomorrow and what it tells us about the swelling discontent on the ground.


84 comments:

Ghost said...

Wow, you're fast. The result is only an hour old and you got this article out already. I don't know whether I should admire you or be worried.

Anonymous said...

Definitely not as worried as PAP for tonight at least!

patriot said...

Me thank You sincerely for tirelessly blogging all these years to highlight the social political ills that ail and harm the wellbeings of the People. Much were/are due to policy implementations by the Rulers.

I am thankful for the sense of justice by You and my Fellow Countrymen from Aljunied GRC, Hougang and now Punggol East SMCs.

Let us move forward from here to make our Homeland a better place to live.

patriot

Anonymous said...

The people of Singapore have spoken. PAP is now in a 'damned if you do and damned if you don't' scenario.

There will be more pressure for action from them to move the country towards what the real Singaporeans want.

If they make the changes, the electorate will put it down to the pivotal role of Workers Party and more disasters ahead for them if PAP just sit on their laurels.

Anonymous said...

Moral of the story:

Workers Party can f##k around and still win.

PAP cannot f##k around anymore.

Anonymous said...

WP has achieved winning over the majority 54% from the PAP and also make son of JBJ, a Cambridge U trained economist, lose his deposit.

That's great. Greater because it is achieved by Ah Lian, previously a N level student.

So next is how to achieve winning over the majority 60% from the PAP in 2016. Maybe not that difficult, based on PE outcome.




Anonymous said...

Hmmm...

Anonymous said...

First, congrats to the winner Lee Lilian of WP.

Second, SDP’s decision not to contest in the BE contributes to the outcome. A loss by PAP is a win for all opposition parties. Thank you!

Third, thank you for bringing much needed critical analysis to the people. MSM should be ashamed of their status quo propagandas.

Before everyone gets too excited, a BE is NOT a GE. In a GE, people are concerned about choosing a party to lead the country. They are not going give sympathy or protest votes to the other party as freely. The opposition parties still have a ways to go to earn people’s trust. So please don’t believe for a second that PAP will lose 2016 or you will be disappointed.

That said, a few things will likely happen before 2016.
- More electoral engineering to improve PAP’s edge. However, this is a double edged sword. It is a doubling down gambling move and may be disastrous to PAP if the outcome does not go as planned.
- More freebies. PAP will do whatever it takes to stay in control. So your hard earned Reserves will be seriously spent for the benefit of the people for the first time in decades.
- LHL now has to confront the uncomfortable AIMgate heads on. Anything less than “fair” outcome will enrage the electorate and create more distrust of PAP. So expect some serious condemnation from the report (even though I don’t expect anyone to go to jail.)
- WP will be THE opposition party. SDP/SPP may be the fringe third party in 2016. Personally I think WP is the right party to effect change and Singapore needs to change FAST. For example, minimum wage and immigration need actions NOW. SDP would have been a better party for the people. But this is Singapore and Singaporeans are not comfortable with drastic changes.

Here is my advice to PAP. Start working on your image on the Internet. You are LOSING the young voters and the trend looks grim. No one in their right mind will seriously consider running on the PAP ticket to be trashed by everyone on the Internet. Start showing REAL compassion to win votes. Please don’t take baby steps (e.g. how many times do you have to try to cool property prices?) Go BIG and do it NOW instead of 2015/2016. Implement Minimum Wage at $10/hr. Provide sufficient welfare so 70 year olds no longer work the food court! REVERSE immigration flow and REDUCE population now. You can’t win by paying lip service and taking half hearted steps. This is not your LKY country anymore.

Anonymous said...

Will this hasten the old Emperor to step up to the lorry?

Anonymous said...

Oopa... "Personally I think WP is the right party to effect change" should be "Personally I don't think WP is the right party to effect change"

Anonymous said...

The PE results are an inspiring example of Singaporeans working together for change. Opposition voters astutely focused on the WP, who were seen as having the best chance of winning, though they may have prefered someone else. This is truly a win for Singaporeans and Singapore - not for WP - by Sporeans.

Though Ken and Desmond are being jeered at for having the courage to stand, and being called spoilers, they did not spoil anything. It is unfortunate that they have to cough up a fair bit of money, and particularly sad that Sporeans generally do not see their participation as being part of a much bigger picture involving Spore, the political scene here, the political maturity of Sporeans, and a proper democracy. They gave us choice.

We certainly should not shift all our eggs from one basket to another, but like good investors, have eggs in several baskets, rather than just one or two.

Desmond offered a glimpse of what could be the rally of the future. Ken, another way of campaigning. Both made clear that voters have more than 2 possible choices out there. There is also the SDP, NSP and SPP, who generously sat this election out.

Indeed, the by-election was a perfect opening to be able to test-drive another opposition party besides the WP. To push both the WP and PAP to perform better in governing. Pity it was not to be.

What the results have made very clear is that Sporeans are NOT happy with the way our country is being run. It may seem good compared to others, but it used to be Much better, and in too many areas that matter in life.

The question now is, what else can we, the voters, do about improving our country beyond simply voting. What can WE do to overturn and improve the many policies we are unhappy with? Because if we continue to simply complain online, if we wait for others to act on our behalf, if we dismiss alternative voices beyond the PAP and WP, if we refuse to give others a chance at governing, we could be overlooking good leaders, and we'll be back to where we were before GE2011.



Anonymous said...

They have f us too long. It's time we send them to the sewer and undo all their wrongs against every Singaporeans. Guess LKY will shake in his bed knowing history will be rewritten and guess where he'll dig up the monies. We have our Larmstrong

Lye Khuen Way said...

Had a good sleep after learning the By-Election results, although I am up early as usual.

Am sure there are many having nightmares if they could sleep I offer no consolation. Others, could only try counting sheep as they had been counting their money.

Yes, I read about the ruling party's version of check and balance.
They love the pay cheques (checks) and their fat bank balances, all right !

Anonymous said...

To those advising PAP to change, remember Catherine? PAP is unable to change. They think they are always right. Any setback is only a miscommunication problem.

Opposition parties better get prepared. You could be the governing parties by 2016. But don't worry. Even LKY took over with little governing experience.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, you're fast. The article is only four minutes old and you got this post out already. I don't know whether I should admire you or be worried.

an ordinary baby boomer said...

I just wanted to shout:
"I feel SINGAPOREAN today!"

Anonymous said...

You mean feel Sin fool?

Anonymous said...

Even Apple supports WP.
No kidding.
See the award winning Apple commercial (1 min) below :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhsWzJo2sN4

Anonymous said...

Agree, old man up the lorry soon.

Anonymous said...

so true. LHL could not even be coherent.

The said...

Dang, my prediction of 55% for WP and less than 1% for Kenneth was not too accurate!!!

Anonymous said...

Definitely not the PAP...

Anonymous said...

The people spoke, will the ruling party listen more? I cannot believe they are that out of touch but rather they chose not to.

Anonymous said...

I think Dr Koh himself might have contributed to his big (by PAP standards) loss.

These are:

1. Say no to PM Lee initially and become candidate after only a few weeks as PAP member.

2. "Son of Punggol" for only 3 years after he was born. Punggol now does not have farmers.

2. Everybody has a car.

3. It's me but later party big wigs joined in the campaign.

4. I don't need sympathy votes.

5. I have only $11.50 left to buy chopsticks.

6. Being elitist. High flyer with 22 appointments. How many voters are of his kind?


Anonymous said...

If they keep tweaking the CPF rules and shifting the posts further and further, they are digging their own graves.

patriot said...

When he appeared with DPM Teo Chee Hean at the Ward, his fate was sealed
DPM Teo will join Former DPM Wong Kan Seng by the Next GE

patriot

Anonymous said...

Dr Koh should have listen to his wife who was quoted as saying "You want to help people, but people don't want you". Instead he listened to the PAP top guns.

Anonymous said...

Why the grand sounding of a name - POPULATION GROWTH WHITE PAPER?

My opinion is the garment want us to think it is a serious life and death issue and it is for the good of sporeans BUT the truth is they want to bring EVEN more foreigners!!!

Good job Li Lian. We know you are young but you will gain experience and have guidance from Low, Sylvia and the rest.

Anonymous said...


"Good job Li Lian. We know you are young but you will gain experience and have guidance from Low, Sylvia and the rest."
You mean another puppet or yes man?

Anonymous said...

Dr Koh please listen to me.

If you want to help the people, please join WP. :)

Anonymous said...

We do not want people like Dr Koh to be in the opposition. They are so full of themselves and they are not in touch with the people. Opposition, please do not accept such people unless you want to tarnish your image.

Anonymous said...

I agreed how to find good job for the old?

Anonymous said...

Neither. She's her own woman.

Anonymous said...

People like Dr Koh wants to earn millions at the expense of the citizen. They will cause distruption among the oppositions.

Anonymous said...

Should Singapore less emphasis on qualification, more on those that has talents and produce results?

Anonymous said...

Seriously, who are they going to listen to?

I can only listen to one station at a time. These people must be Santa Claus, able to listen into every household(and individuals) needs and wants and tailor presents to please them.

Hope she won't get caught in an affair and the good doctor can still return to poking assholes

Anonymous said...

Thank you lucky. Keep writing!

Anonymous said...

The NATCON is officially OVER!

Anonymous said...

Moral of the story: children will grow out of fairy tales. But unfortunately, some never do.

Are you still a child?

Anonymous said...

Lucky, what surprised r u talking about. I have posted since the beginning of the campaign that WP will win. The bookies backed me up by quoting WP to win by 3,000 votes. The surprise is how far out of touch the pap and some Singaporeans have become. The ground stinks. The stench is so strong that I can smell it from Australia. Yet the pap chose to ignore it. At this rate, the pap will be out of power in the next GE. Question is by what margin and whether the opposition is in a position to govern. This tide is not due to any good works by the opposition. Singaporeans are just fed up with the way the pap runs Singapore and they want a change. Simple as that. Put a donkey there and it will still win.

Anonymous said...

This is a victory for all Singaporeans and I'm happy.

Anonymous said...

A friend said this to me: After the following happened, I became very 'anti-PAP' and I want more alternative voices in Parliament -

1. When they started to pay themselves obsence salaries (plus pensions drawable at age 55 with/without job) where I know many who are still drawing less than $1K a month;

2. When I know my CPF monies are being 'robbed', yes, I am only paper-rich, I cannot draw it out at age 55, I cannot use it to foot my very expensive medical bill and I cannot pay my outstanding housing loan with it, I seriously think something is not very right;

3. When walking on the street, I feel like I am in another Country. I don't like to go out now as everywhere is so crowded and everything is so expensive, I am getting to dislike my own country and this is scary.

I agreed with her, change is definitely needed as the ruling party is really out-of-touch, we do not like the way our country is being run and our people are being taken for granted and treated like fools.

Anonymous said...

KJ just screwed himself out of the Singapore political scene. SDP saved themselves just by the neck. Had the SDP went ahead with their stupid idea, they would have screwed themselves out of the equation as well.
Singaporeans want change and they are intelligent enough to impose it on the oppositions even if the oppositions cannot unite amongst themselves.

Anonymous said...

When you see splashed on the front page that "PAP is for Singaporeans", something is very wrong - when the implicit has to be stated explicitly, it generally points to a significant disjoint between perception and reality. This is worrying as it is often a preamble disclosure of deeper problems in the corporate world.

Anonymous said...

The system Lee Kuan Yew created is hurting average Singaporeans and turning them off from the pap. The surprising thing is the pap is not even aware of it.
Just one small example. Those who apply for their pigeon holes with their parents stand to lose not only their chance to own the pigeon hole but to lose half their deposits should their parents die while waiting for their flats. How can u penalise people for dying ? As if people chose or enjoy dying. This kind of absurdity and obscenity is all over the system Lee Kuan Yew is leaving behind.

Anonymous said...

Aiyah, go kill each other lah

Anonymous said...

"Before everyone gets too excited, a BE is NOT a GE. In a GE, people are concerned about choosing a party to lead the country."

the new dynamics will set the tone (new pathway) & further unpredictability on any future elections, be it BE & GE (any difference in effect other than the names called BE & GE ?).

as an average heartlander voter, does he really care whether it is a BE or GE - ALGRC can be a crude indication (rationale) if anyone is trying hard to find for any analytical basis.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

The NATCON is officially OVER!
27/1/13 12:04"

as usual, they may continue with the act, aka wayang, and hope that the daft stay daft, so that they can continue to trumpet whatever sliver of half-baked talent they possess and promise whatever great programmes & plans that they are 'siding with singaporeans'.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, WP!! Thank you, voters of Punggol East!! Thank you for the 2013 Chinese New Year present!!

Anonymous said...

At the recent rally, Ah Huat said that even with PAP's several cooling measures to bring down cost of the Public Housing, PAP failed. The question is where in the world does a government need to cooling down their public Housing, it happenned in Sg only. Other countries would only cooldown cost of their private housing sector only. Similarly, PAP had failed 6 times in bringing down the price of the private housing sector. With milionaire MP, could Singaporean accept this failure. That why i have no surprise if PAP may lost more GRCs in 2016. If they continued to perform poorly. Singaporean can't wait anymore.

Anonymous said...

A sad day for Singapore as the blue PAP garners another seat in parliament and further entrenches the rule of the white PAP.

Anonymous said...

"The question is where in the world does a government need to cooling down their public Housing, it happenned in Sg only. Other countries would only cooldown cost of their private housing sector only."

Good one!

Anonymous said...

"A sad day for Singapore as the blue PAP garners another seat in parliament and further entrenches the rule of the white PAP."

Were you the only unpaid volunteer for Desmond?

Anonymous said...

"The question is where in the world does a government need to cooling down their public Housing, it happenned in Sg only. Other countries would only cooldown cost of their private housing sector only."

A more pertinent question would be: where is the First World Parliament that WP promised?

Anonymous said...

"this idea was resisted by Dr. Koh" - I am surprised that more than 40% people voted for them. Are these people really blind or daft? Medisave belongs to the account holder and it should be able to use on any medical services provided by public health care. Why the restrictions?

It shows how connected WP is and how detached PAP is. Congratulations to WP.

Anonymous said...

We must all vote against 7 million population. It will lead to more asthma issues.

Anonymous said...

/// A more pertinent question would be: where is the First World Parliament that WP promised? ///

One less Pro Alien Traitor in parliament.
So what if WP does not deliver?

Anonymous said...

/// The NATCON is officially OVER! ///

May I suggest a correction:

PAP's NatCON is over.
The real National Conversation.
The one that takes place in a real parliament is only just beginning.

Parliament.
The proper place where our elected representatives should carry out a National Conversation.

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Anonymous said...

"Responding to questions on whether the by-election outcome is a report card of the PAP's performance, Dr Ng said this is a by-election in just one constituency.

He said it should not make a difference — whether or not it's a report card, as MPs must continue to work hard to serve residents."

See anything wrong there or not?

Anonymous said...

Who are the Singaporeans? We have:
1) 33% core PAP supporters. One group do very well, prospering from the system. One group are poor and grateful for chicken rice, not knowing they deserve XO dishes. This group supported TT
2) 33% core anti-PAP. One group suffer under PAP. One group doing ok but cannot stand the direction the country is going. This group supported TJS
3) 33% "swing votes". They are anti PAP but they are scared of big changes. This group supported TCB.

WP has a mild image. When it runs Aljunied, people don't go to labor camp. HDB don't get nationalized. Parliament has no kick fighters. The swing voters (antiPAP and scared of big changes) are getting used to WP.
Result: WP get 55-66% vote.

SDP promise drastic changes. It is actually the preferred opposition for the second 33% group, but the third 33% is scared of them. Result: 34 to 40% votes

SDP and WP must not get into a 3 corner fight with PAP. It will be the Presidential election again.

This time, WP was lucky that KJ is not a well known brand.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 27/1/13 20:31

so simple meh ?

some people even say that the result of PE is the views of one constituency. again so simple meh ?

each voter has his own idiosyncrasies & each will vote & switch in accordance to their own reasons - may not be one or two or three reasons (or categories) as you have mentioned & your swing votes of 33% (may as well be 50% or 60%) is wide enough to cover any margin of error.

Anonymous said...

Not so obvious isn't it? That's why you go far in school and end up in oxfart

Anonymous said...

we don't hv Oxford here...but got oxlee

Anonymous said...

Punggol East loss is due to the by-election effect.
PAP is doing very well.
Maintain present direction.
Do not change course.
Steady as she goes.

Anonymous said...

Result of eating too much peanuts and now being made to look like monkeys

Anonymous said...

Not very smart people :)

Anonymous said...

Now PAP will have more difficulty to recruit candidates, especially high flyers.

Because no more pao chia (sure win) anymore.

To be PAP loser is more "no face" than to be opposition loser, tio bo?

Anonymous said...

"Now PAP will have more difficulty to recruit candidates, especially high flyers."
Anon 27/1/13 23:37

Not really lah. There will always be the best available one what, eg one eye jack is the best available among the blind, tio bo?

And voters will also have no choice but to choose the best available party lah, tio bo?

Anonymous said...

"And voters will also have no choice but to choose the best available party lah, tio bo?"
Anon 27/1/13 23:44

Tio. WP already said not ready to form government.

So PAP, even though lousy, is still the best available to vote in GE to form government lah, tio bo?

Anonymous said...

"Not really lah. There will always be the best available one what, eg one eye jack is the best available among the blind, tio bo?"

bull eye (pun intended).

of so many RCs, civil servants, volunteers, etc, don't tell us that there are no available experienced guys or ladies. if TPL and some PR-turned-citizen who did not serve NS could make it, I bet there are tens of hundreds (if not thousands)who are equally qualified. not true meh ?

Anonymous said...

"Tio. WP already said not ready to form government."

diplomacy & humility so as to put everyone at ease.

smart soft approach to cater to the appetite of the average sinkie voter here who is not used to throw away the familiar cluster and dead wood immediately.

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The said...

/// A more pertinent question would be: where is the First World Parliament that WP promised? ///

Fixed by the men in white. Stymied by the bullies. How to out-shout when you are 6 against 81?

Anonymous said...

"Fixed by the men in white. Stymied by the bullies. How to out-shout when you are 6 against 81?"

I'm sure it was numerical disadvantage that compelled WP to propose that Hsien Loong be paid more than 5 times the salary of Angela Merkel. Had they not endorsed the million-dollar salaries, they would have been sued for defamation and be declared bankrupts. How my heart bleeds for poor WP.

Anonymous said...

6 vs 81 or 40 vs 41, no difference. You will still get hammered by lightning

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Hi Lucky,

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