Posts Tagged ‘opposition parties

Singapore Elected President: why pay millions $$$ for a rubber-stamp?

June 21, 2011

It seems Ministers now have the duty to forewarn the public about the realities of the Elected President (EP) post.  After S. Jayakumar, the Law Minister K. Shanmugam, now comes DPM Teo Chee Hean’s lecture about the EP.  The public have known all along that the EP is nothing more than a  rubber-stamp, even if […]

PAP soul searching: still stuck in 20th century?

May 11, 2011

PAP stalwarts must be scratching their heads over the Singapore General Election results, edition 2011.  Why the massive swing to the opposition? Senior Minister Goh Chock Tong put it graphically as a strong current. It’s a good analogy, something I had felt way back in GE 2006 when I attended opposition rallies and noticed the massive […]

PAP soul searching: the writing is on the wall surely

May 9, 2011

At the last General Election in 2006, I attended the opposition rallies and saw the mammoth crowds. I told myself then that the writing was on the wall. But PAP was in denial, thanks to a subservient media and its yes-men. We all know the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes which seems to be […]

George Yeo: reform of PAP but just rhetoric

May 6, 2011

In the last General Election, the ALJUNIED GRC was hotly contested with Chee Soon Juan, PAP’s nemesis, mobbed like a film star at his rallies.  The writing was on the wall I felt then as I witnessed scenes of anger against the ruling party.  Fast forward 5 years, and a replay, but with greater intensity, […]

Loss of Aljunied: no big deal if PAP ministers ousted

May 1, 2011

With characteristic arrogance PAP makes the ridiculous assertion that the loss of Aljunied Group Representation (GRC) will make a dent in the quality of government. The widespread belief among many Singaporeans is that the GRC system of voting is meant to clip the wings of the opposition as it’s not easy to field a group […]

Ng challenges Opposition to “form next govt”: don’t be daft

April 22, 2011

These days Singaporeans are not that stupid or easily fooled as in the past even if the PAP is delusional about this. “Let’s be realistic,” a retiree friend said, “the Opposition is not ready just yet to form a government. Who’s to be blamed for this? What the Opposition can aspire to is to win […]

PAP targets Workers’ Party star Chen: PAP jittery?

April 19, 2011

It seems to me the PAP is getting jittery over the Workers Party’s star candidate, Chen Show Mao. PAP questions his motives and whether he can identify with the aspirations of Singaporeans and has a stake in our future.  These are valid questions to bring up. After all we also raise questions over PAP’s Tin […]

Tharman says strong opposition good for PAP: Really?

April 3, 2011

I had to read it three times to check if my eyes were not too blurry watching too many EPL matches (3), and that it was not an April Fool’s Day joke. The Finance Minister says a strong opposition is good for the PAP, the ruling party of over 40 years in Singapore. Not just […]

NSP interview on Mediacorp Channel 5

September 12, 2010

Surprise , surprise. Yesterday state-controlled TV, Ch 5, broadcast an interview with NSP, an opposition party. First the state-controlled Straits Times published a letter criticizing the government for its knee-jerk reactions to national issues.  And now this.  The ruling party has always been adamant it’s not its job to promote the opposition. Winds of change […]

National Day Rally: why opposition ignored?

September 3, 2010

Every National Day Rally it’s the same: you see grassroot leaders,top civil servants, students and ordinary workers etc  And, of course, our ministers. But you never see members of the opposition parties. They also play a part in nation building so why aren’t they invited as well? Where’s the respect for the opposition parties?  After all […]