White Paper on Population: NSP calls for referendum

The National Solidarity Party has written to the Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan to hold a referendum on the Government of Singapore White Paper on Population.

Kudos to the National Solidarity Party for speaking up but it is an exercise in futility. PAP Yes-man MPs have given their approval as expected given their dominance in Parliament.

Before the Presidential Election many had said Tony Tan would be an ineffective President, a figure head, given his close ties with the ruling party. He has proven them right.

At his swearing-in ceremony in Sept 2011 he said: Whatever your political views, whatever your station in life, I will strive to the best of my abilities to represent you.”

Stirring words.

Just like PM Lee, merely lip service declarations at his own swearing-in ceremony. So far almost 1 ½ years now, has he represented Singaporeans in any way?

Perhaps, being at the Olympics and at Jalan Besar Stadium for the Suzuki Cup qualifies as representation?

After touching on the various challenges confronting the country, Tony Tan said: I will apply myself to these tasks with all my abilities, with all my energy, and with all my heart.

Yes, he has been busy cutting ribbons, waving to people, attending official functions all of which may be energy-sapping and big achievements.

However, it’s my opinion that although he earns millions from taxpayers’ money, he has so far given zero value.

By comparison, in England, even the Queen can be probed.

“The Public Accounts Committee is expected to launch an investigation into whether the monarch and the Royal Family provide value for money to the taxpayer.” (Daily Telegraph 9 Feb)

But then UK is a democracy unlike ours which is a pseudo one with a government known even at the United Nations for its repressive tendencies.

Maybe a White Paper on President Tony Tan’s value? After all, the PAP yes men also need to prove that they are value for money ($15000 a month) by talking more in Parliament.

Since we are on the subject a White Paper on our MPs’ value for money too?
This is not to be taken lightly as it’s taxpayers’ money that is at stake.

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