Posts Tagged ‘General Election.

Is this why PAP is losing credibility?

July 10, 2011

I’ll not reveal the location for fear of the authorities evicting him but rain or shine he’s there (see pic below). Looking as if he suffers from malnutrition, he struggles to coax some tunes from his battered harmonica. Kind-hearted passers-by, touched by his pathetic situation, give him a donation. His plight is replicated across Singapore. […]

Tony Tan a unifying figure? Trying to fool Singaporeans again?

June 26, 2011

Now even the Prime Minister has to weigh in with claims that Tony Tan “did not need my permission, nor did he ask for it.” He was careful not to be seen as endorsing Tony Tan. In past elections for the Elected President post, the  government made it clear who they were backing but not […]

Tony Tan as Elected President: PAP-anointed EP candidate?

June 23, 2011

When not one but three ministers lectured Singaporeans on the realities of the Elected President, I suspected a hidden agenda.  Now we know. It was to pave the way for former DPM Tony Tan. Reading between the lines, they are in effect telling us to forget all the talk about Tan Kin Lian and Tan […]

PAP takes hard look at election results: get to root of problem!

June 16, 2011

The ruling party, PAP, is taking a hard look at the election results. They talked about what went right or wrong, the party’s weaknesses and strengths and how they could improve.  I searched for responses like “be more democratic”, “a level playing field”, “greater political freedoms” and the like. I was not in the least […]

Democracy in Singapore: a superior form of democracy?

June 1, 2011

The hero-worshipping Straits Times which tends to heap effusive praise on the ruling party, The People’s Action Party, once again runs true to form.  An article by its China correspondent:  (according to an article in) “…the influential Nanfengchuang magazine… Singapore has a democracy, and it is quite a superior form of democracy.” (ST, June 1) […]

PAP’s image problem: a repressive, bullying and intolerant party

May 27, 2011

At a gathering of friends today at our HQ (coffee shop), someone said with exasperation, “Now then PAP MPs dare open their mouths, and talk about what went wrong in the General Election.” Party-whip notwithstanding, if there were serious concerns affecting the PAP, they should have had the moral courage to speak up.  Now that […]

Institute of Policy Studies poll: being politically-correct

May 24, 2011

A poll conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in July and August last year certainly surprised me, and many others I daresay. According to a government-controlled Straits Times report on the results of the poll “Most also agree that Singapore should have a powerful leader who can run the Government as he thinks […]

Salary review panel: playing it safe?

May 23, 2011

No one needs to be surprised by the composition of the salary review panel. Yes, these are all distinguished people but most are widely seen as the establishment types. Netizens are already pointing out why certain people are actually beholden to the government. Clearly Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as acted with caution, the fear […]

Review Singapore ministerial pay : a PR exercise?

May 22, 2011

Many people are not impressed with the choice of Gerard Ee to chair the committee on a review of ministerial pay. With due respect to Gerard Ee, he is seen as an establishment figure so he won’t be seen as independent. What we need is someone who is seen as truly independent not someone who […]

Lim Hwee Hua: PAP only needs to be transformed?

May 12, 2011

Two words seem to be taboo in the PAP, the ruling party in Singapore.  One is ” democracy”, while the other is “reform”.  For example, students across the nation recite the National Pledge every day pledging to “build a democratic society” but in more than 40 years I’ve yet to hear a Minister talks about […]