Punggol East By-Election: why NOT to vote for PAP

When the residents of Punggol go to the polls on Saturday, they must be clear what the stakes are: what it means to vote for the ruling regime, the PAP or the opposition.
Among other things a vote for the PAP is to give the ruling regime the mandate for:

1. A non-accountable government. Without any debate in Parliament or the approval of the President (a puppet anyway), the regime made a $5 billion loan commitment to the IMF.

2. $2 companies like AIM (helmed by ex PAP MPs)

3. A spike in our population to possibly 7 million even though there’s widespread unhappiness and disgust at the influx of immigrants

4. Repression (amendments to the Constitution to strip away our political freedoms, fixing of the opposition through law suits, gerrymandering, human rights abuses)

5. A government controlled media that has become the regime’s mouthpiece

6. For the regime to continue to ride roughshod over public opinion

7. The existence of non-independent public institutions (CPIB, SPF, PA, Law Society, the media, Election Commission)

8. Cronyism and nepotism

9. The million dollar salaries of our ministers (unilaterally voted by themselves)

10. High cost of public housing, paying nearly $100000 for just a piece of paper for COE, all sorts of fees, taxes, levies. This has resulted in the high cost of living.

In short, a vote for PAP is a vote for “business as usual”.

A vote for the opposition is a vote for CHANGE.

Two quotes will prove the DUPLICITY and HYPOCRISY of the ruling regime.

“But we either believe in democracy or we do not. If we do, then, we must say categorically, without qualification, that no restraint from any democratic processes, other than by the ordinary law of the land, should be allowed… If you believe in democracy, you must believe in it unconditionally. If you believe that men should be free, then, they should have the right of free association, of free speech, of free publication. Then, no law should permit those democratic processes to be set at nought.”
– Lee Kuan Yew as an OPPOSITION leader, April 27, 1955

“Repression, Sir is a habit that grows. I am told it is like making love-it is always easier the second time! The first time there may be pangs of conscience, a sense of guilt. But once embarked on this course with constant repetition you get more and more brazen in the attack. All you have to do is to dissolve organizations and societies and banish and detain the key political workers in these societies. Then miraculously everything is tranquil on the surface. Then an intimidated press and the government-controlled radio together can regularly sing your praises, and slowly and steadily the people are made to forget the evil things that have already been done, or if these things are referred to again they’re conveniently distorted and distorted with impunity, because there will be no opposition to contradict.”
-Lee Kuan Yew as an OPPOSITION PAP member speaking to David Marshall, Singapore Legislative Assembly, Debates, 4 October, 1956

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One Response to “Punggol East By-Election: why NOT to vote for PAP”

  1. From: Narayanan
    Date: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 7:43 PM
    Subject: Fw: Tan Wah Piow – plus ‘Open letter to PM Lee from former PAP MP Maidin Packer’
    open letter is very long can get from narayanan


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