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S’poreans react to Lim Boon Heng’s comment that ill will towards PAP has improved

S’poreans react to Lim Boon Heng’s comment that ill will towards PAP has improved

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.

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Former PAP chairman Lim Boon Heng said the mood towards the People’s Action Party (PAP) in Aljunied GRC is friendlier these days after the General Election 2011.

Lim has been working with activists there after retiring from politics four years ago.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “Singaporeans used to spit and curse at PAP MPs but now they just give dirty looks.”
Pui Chao Nua, 44-year-old dental hygienist

 

sian-half-uncle “Things can only get better especially after PAP has been at their worst the last decade.”
Zhen Zhao Gao, 62-year-old prison warden

 

happy-bird-girl “People are generally friendlier towards you when they know you are senile.”
Lao Ren Yuan, 17-year-old nurse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











Yes, DPM Teo: Aljunied GRC deserves candidates with legal, financial background, that’s why no ministers running there

Yes, DPM Teo: Aljunied GRC deserves candidates with legal, financial background, that’s why no ministers running there

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Singaporeans agree with DPM Teo Chee Hean wholeheartedly.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe politicians with the requisite skills are required to run for office, have come out to agree with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

This after DPM Teo said Aljunied GRC residents deserve candidates with legal and financial background and are clean and responsible: “Most important, we want people who have integrity and have the interest of residents at heart.”

“We want a team that can look after the town council and make sure its financials are in good order, payments are made and that there are no chronic deficits in the financials.”

Singaporeans said they agree with DPM Teo wholeheartedly and believes he has hit the nail on the head.

One Aljunied resident, Fu Zhe Ren, said: “It is definitely true that Aljunied GRC deserves candidates who are clean, have the right skills in law and finance. Which explains why there are currently no PAP ministers planning to run in Aljunied GRC against the Workers’ Party.”

Another Singaporean, Kum Gong Kia, said he cannot help but concur with what DPM Teo said because it sounds like the absolute truth: “I noticed DPM Teo himself is not running in Aljunied GRC.”

“I guess he doesn’t have the legal and financial background that we Aljunied GRC residents need.”

“I hope Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC is doing okay. Or else, someone with the requisite legal and financial background better be there, just in case.”

 

 

 

 

 









S’poreans react to news that unknown PAP candidate Shamsul Kamar called contesting in Aljunied GRC a ‘homecoming’

S’poreans react to news that unknown PAP candidate Shamsul Kamar called contesting in Aljunied GRC a ‘homecoming’

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.

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PAP is likely to field an unknown candidate for Aljunied GRC in the upcoming General Election 2015.

Shamsul Kamar, 43, who described his return as a “homecoming”, said his priority now is to walk the ground and forge a bond with residents in the Kaki Bukit ward.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “This is a homecoming only because you left the residents here in the lurch in the first place.”
Pan Tu, 42-year-old intelligence officer

 

sian-half-uncle “Looks like we have another geographically promiscuous candidate on our hands.”
Xing Guan Xi, 61-year-old disease control specialist

 

happy-bird-girl “If PAP thinks they can win with this type of candidate, they might as well field a bag of potatoes.”
Ma Ling Shu, 17-year-old fast food service staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









Aljunied residents: ‘Good luck to PAP for fielding suicide squad of unknowns in Aljunied GRC’

Aljunied residents: ‘Good luck to PAP for fielding suicide squad of unknowns in Aljunied GRC’

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Residents can’t even name a single candidate, give them aliases of their own instead.

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Aljunied residents from all walks of life have come out to say that they do not recognise any of the potential candidates to be fielded in the Workers’ Party-held Aljunied GRC this coming General Election, expected to be held in Singapore in September or October 2015.

One resident, Bu Sou Xi, said: “If I said I find these people familiar, I would have lied five straight times in a row.”

“But I sure as hell don’t see Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s face in there. Which is worrisome, because this is disrespectful of PAP to field a suicide squad of unknowns in Aljunied GRC and trying to convince voters they are sincere about winning the seats back.”

“Good luck with this strategy.”

Other residents said as it will take time to familiarise with these new PAP candidates no one has heard of.

To expedite the process, residents have come up with aliases for them to make the remembering job easier.

One resident, Xiang Lai Eh, said: “There is the Indian guy, Chinese guy, lady, Malay and taller Chinese guy who looks like Kim Jong-un.”

“Great.”

 

 

 

 

 





Aljunied residents challenge PM Lee to personally run in Aljunied GRC

Aljunied residents challenge PM Lee to personally run in Aljunied GRC

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Bring it on, they said.

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Aljunied residents from all walks of life have thrown down the gauntlet ahead of the upcoming General Election expected to be held in September or October 2015.

They are challenging Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to leave his Ang Mo Kio GRC stronghold and form a GRC team to contest in Aljunied GRC to show that the incumbent party is sincere in winning back the only opposition-held group seats in Singapore.

One resident, Fan Dui Dang, who stays in the opposition ward, said: “Personally putting skin in the game would allow the prime minister to show with conviction that the PAP is sincere, keen and game to take back Aljunied GRC from the Workers’ Party, no matter what it takes.”

“Or else, any team PAP forms that does not have PM Lee’s presence will be understood to be a suicide squad to merely make up the numbers.”

However, other Aljunied residents said PM Lee himself contesting in the GRC against the WP will look gimmicky.

Another resident, Gao Zhen Zhi, said: “Therefore, PM Lee himself must contest the GRC with four other Cabinet ministers. That’s when they will look serious. Or else, it is an affront to politics and the spirit of servitude.”

“And I will feel they are not sincere enough and it is just lip service.”

 

 

 

 

 





Aljunied residents: ‘PM Lee must personally run in Aljunied GRC if PAP is serious about winning it back’

Aljunied residents: ‘PM Lee must personally run in Aljunied GRC if PAP is serious about winning it back’

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Anything less than PM Lee is just lip service.

pm-lee-election

Aljunied residents from all walks of life have thrown down the gauntlet ahead of the upcoming General Election expected to be held in September or October 2015.

They are challenging Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to leave his Ang Mo Kio GRC stronghold and form a GRC team to contest in Aljunied GRC to show that the incumbent party is sincere in winning back the only opposition-held group seats in Singapore.

One resident, Fan Dui Dang, who stays in the opposition ward, said: “Personally putting skin in the game would allow the prime minister to show with conviction that the PAP is sincere, keen and game to take back Aljunied GRC from the Workers’ Party, no matter what it takes.”

“Or else, any team PAP forms that does not have PM Lee’s presence will be understood to be a suicide squad to merely make up the numbers.”

However, other Aljunied residents said PM Lee himself contesting in the GRC against the WP will look gimmicky.

Another resident, Gao Zhen Zhi, said: “Therefore, PM Lee himself must contest the GRC with four other Cabinet ministers. That’s when they will look serious. Or else, it is an affront to politics and the spirit of servitude.”

“And I will feel they are not sincere enough and it is just lip service.”

 

 

 

 

 





My MP doesn’t sweep my floor

My MP doesn’t sweep my floor

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Dear Editor,

Since the Workers’ Party took over Aljunied GRC one year ago, my estate has become more like a slum and in some cases, smells exactly like the Hougang ghetto.

I did not vote for the opposition the last time around precisely because of this reason, and my heart is heavy because I have been vindicated.

The WP only knows how to bark about lofty, unattainable ideals like “transparency”, “accountability” and a “First World Parliament”. But when it comes down to actually executing proper MP duties — like cleaning up clogged drains, dealing with noisy teenagers playing table tennis downstairs, decorating the estate during festive seasons and kissing babies — they are nowhere to be seen.

Over the years, I have observed the PAP team working hard to serve the residents of Aljunied. When vandals struck in a carpark in my estate, my PAP MP dropped whatever he was doing and answered the complaint immediately. My MP is a very important man with national duties, but he made sure no complaint was ever left unresolved. I saw it with my own eyes — he visited the carpark personally with the police the same day.

I have not seen WP politicians do the same. So what if they have a small team and have to prioritise their duties to fit a 24-hour schedule. An MP must display resolve and tenacity, even if it means squeezing out 25 hours everyday to check national policies, and to deal with resident matters. No, they must not have families to attend to and they definitely cannot have a life outside parliament and the meet-the-people’s sessions.

It is an MP’s duty to take care of the estate, not mine. If I see a dirty diaper on the floor of my void deck, it is the duty of my MP to drive down, pick it up and hire a local cleaner to keep the estate spick and span. It is not my responsibility to pick it up — this way, I would be doing my MP’s work.

Then they should elect me instead.

My estate has already dropped from a first to second world estate. If the WP is elected for another term, I worry that it will drop to a third world constituency. Then it will become like Hougang, or even worse, like Malaysia.

Yours truly,
Disgruntled resident

Chen Show Mao barred from attending 7th Month event

Chen Show Mao barred from attending 7th Month event

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The Paya Labar Citizen’s Consultative Committee warned organisers that if they are “errant” by letting the MP attend, they will be rejected for future events.


Chen Show Mao, a Worker’s Party Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC, was “disappointed” when he was told by organisers for a Seventh Month dinner that he could no longer attend the event, he said in a Facebook note.

The reason was apparently because the CCC would only approve the use of the venue if the MP was no longer invited. “Errant” organisers who disobey will be rejected for future events. “The organisers were profusely apologetic,” said Show Mao. Read the full story

Tyra Banks yells at Lee Kuan Yew

Tyra Banks yells at Lee Kuan Yew

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Post coitus care: What happens after the climax?

Post coitus care: What happens after the climax?

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Now that Aljunied GRC has turned blue, the real test lies in making the relationship a long lasting one.

By Fang Shihan

Worker's Party voters in ecstasy. Photo: TERENCE LEE

THAT wasn’t such a big deal was it? For nine days the Worker’s Party campaigned hard and rallied the masses to a climax on 7th May when the 140,000 voters cast their votes. Result? Worker’s Party wins by 54% but a fine Foreign Minister was lost in the crossfire between the PAP and an electorate that’s grown frustrated enough to want to… spank them.

Aljunied voters are satisfied and satiated with Low and team’s tireless effort, so what’s left of the deal is the aftercare – they need to know the WP is in for a long-term relationship. Of course the cuddles will have to wait until they recover from campaigning exhaustion. Case in point? Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong fell asleep at the wheel the day after.

Brace yourselves and moderate your expectations people, your caretakers – Sylvia, Uncle Low, God, Chewbacca and Faisal have only just embarked on the beginning of a long five-year ride with you.

Remember all those complaints Chiam and Low had about the lack of funding from their Town Councils? That’s going to happen to you. Or being pushed all the way back in the queue for HDB upgrading? That too. Or being told every now and then that you live in a slum? Most likely.

Infrastructure repairs are a luxury and not a right when you live in an opposition ward.

As for all those promises about pegging HDB prices to the national median income? Better moderate your expectations.

Obama swept into power in 2008 with the promise of healthcare reform. Though the Big Plan did materialize eventually, it was severely compromised and led to a sharp drop in Obama’s approval ratings.

Likewise for the WP team in Aljunied: HDB honcho Mah Bow Tan called their housing plan ‘irresponsible’ while PM Lee has accused them of wanting to run a ‘welfare’ system. In other words, spending without a credit limit. Nevermind that he wants to build 7 new MRT lines each year for the next 7 years.

The WP team will not get a friendly reception to their ideas in parliament, to say the least, though all 6 of them will get to vote on bills this time.

While the PAP and its electorate had a consumer-service relationship, the voters in Aljunied voted with no expectation of a multi-million dollar town upgrade plan.

Furthermore, unlike the PAP which has tacit support from the People’s Association, the WP team in Aljunied have close to no organized grassroots support locally. Low hopes to take over the Aljunied Town Council but it remains to be seen if his reception will be as frosty as the one Sitoh Yih Pin received in Potong Pasir.

But problems aside, the WP has an edge over the PAP in one key area – popular support. How popular? Enough to fill an entire stadium full plus 10,000 stragglers outside.

Now that’s what I call political participation. While the PAP and its electorate had a consumer-service relationship, the voters in Aljunied voted with no expectation of a multi-million dollar town upgrade plan.

While the PAP would get faulted for even the most minor of details (like the a tile sticking out from the floor of a void deck), chances are, the WP will get away with it because..they were elected as representatives of their voters and not the chief janitors of the estate.

In return for increased self-reliance in the constituency, the WP will be expected to bring sweeping change into parliament. Though that’s unlikely to happen, you can be sure that the PAP will be reminded by their co-driver time and again that they need to get back on track.

Better than nothing? I guess so. Better than the last bunch in power? Most definitely. But moderate your expectations because change comes with a significant amount of resistance.

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George Yeo: Worker’s Party using you as a springboard

George Yeo: Worker’s Party using you as a springboard

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The Foreign Minister goes on the offensive, but his debut rally was disappointing.

By Fang Shihan

For a PAP rally, the attendance was actually quite good. Photo: FANG SHIHAN

THE crowd at Serangoon stadium was markedly smaller than yesterday’s, when the Worker’s Party took the stage. An estimated 1,500 PAP supporters turned up for the Aljunied GRC rally at Serangoon stadium. Some left disappointed while others had a good time.

Unlike other PAP rallies which comprise mostly Resident’s Committee members being ferried from one location to another, the crowd at this rally consisted of genuine voters who wanted to hear what PAP had to say in their own defense.

Most of the speeches were forgettable and revolved around micro-issues, although residents do care about them. One speech mentioned that the PAP would build sheltered walkways for residents if it were elected…and was rewarded with loud cheering.

It was as if sheltered walkways, clean spaces and safe, family friendly neighbourhoods were tasks that only a PAP MP could handle, and therefore deserved some fanfare. Almost like when Janil Puthucheary mentioned that he saved children everyday (because he was a pediatrician), building walkways was equated to serving the nation.

No, you’re not serving the nation, it’s your job and it’s what you’re supposed to do.

Besides expecting to be thanked for doing a job as it should be done, the PAP also enlisted the help of a professional bootlicker – PAP ‘friend’ Arthur Wee, who spent a good 20min waxing lyrical about how awesome the candidates were and what they did, in Hokkien.

The first five minutes was rather entertaining, and then it got boring, then terribly annoying. If the PAP was expecting voters to take politics seriously then this was a sharp turnaround. This became a wasted 20 minutes of rally time.

When George Yeo finally arrived, he received the loudest cheers. Yet his speech left much to be desired. Spending a considerable amount of time talking about the WP, he slams them for “playing with the lives of over 14,000 voters”. The 14,000 later went up to 20,000 as the night grew long, as his memory started to fail.

Boy having fun at the rally. Photo: FANG SHIHAN

The nation’s Total Fertility Rate is at its lowest so there’s no way in hell that 6,000 new voters from Aljunied were born overnight. He also mentioned that the WP, in its long and detailed manifesto, didn’t mention what they could do for the constituency, preferring instead to harp on national issues.

He then accuses the opposition party of using Aljunied voters as a springboard for greater things. “If WP captures power, their first concern will not be for the people”.

He further discredits the WP by saying that: “During the elections, political parties play games”. He points out that they have neither the people nor resources to go beyond handing out flyers and campaigning on national issues (and ignoring local constituency issues). The WP has no grassroots experience for Aljunied and may not have a clue how to run it.

He urges the voters not to be fooled (paraphrasing). The WP is asking for a “blank cheque” by asking Singaporeans to vote them in before showing them a plan for the constituency.

He adds that the WP is transforming the Aljunied debate into a personality-based issue: George vs. LTK.

Yet George Yeo is the only one giving out a flyer of his face on it. The hypocrisy.

Lastly, he says that Sylvia Lim is trying to be his HR manager by asking him to retire and to become an ambassador. New Nation recommends Recruit Express instead.

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At the end of the rally, this author was asked by a man sitting beside him:

“Between the devil and the deep blue sea, who would you choose?”

He then answered his own question, rather poignantly: “The deep blue sea. If you don’t like, you can swim away. But you’re stuck with the devil forever.”

Watch George Yeo’s rally speech and gauge for yourselves.

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBJg6zSEW2w&feature=related

 

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