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S’poreans not ready for short prime minister

S’poreans not ready for short prime minister

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All good leaders are tall leaders.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who know that a good leader is a tall leader, are saying they are not ready for a short prime minister.

This after potential prime minister Heng Swee Keat said older Singaporeans are not ready for a non-Chinese prime minister, even though Tharman Shanmugaratnam is prime ministerial material for the longest time.

One Singaporean, Kah Tek Kia, said: “Singaporeans are ready for an Indian prime minister.”

“Singaporeans are ready for a non-elite school prime minister.”

“Singaporeans are ready for a female prime minister.”

“The only prime minister that Singaporeans are not ready for is a short one.”

“Because people who are small tend to have a chip off their shoulder.”

However, other locals said being short might present opportunities.

Another local, Wei Kia, said: “You can change the constitution to accommodate a Malay president in the interest of racial harmony.”

“You can institutionalise safeguards to protect the finances of the country from being raided by the government of the day.”

“But what can you do to make sure a short leader can command the respect of his peers and people without emphasising height doesn’t matter?”

“Nothing.”

“Singapore is going to be in for a fun ride.”

 





S’pore govt says S’pore govt doing a good job

S’pore govt says S’pore govt doing a good job

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Since that’s the case, then it should be okay.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who smirk whenever they hear something from the government that appears self-serving, have smirked because they heard the government in Singapore say something self-serving.

This after prime minister-in-waiting Heng Swee Keat wrote a piece in the mainstream newspaper saying the Singapore government is doing well in governing Singapore and has not let its guard down, despite plenty of high-profile letdowns recently.

One Singaporean, Kah Kee Gong, said: “Since Heng Swee Keat is already writing a commentary admitting the government is not wrong, he should go further and ask everyone to vote for the PAP in the next general election.”

“Writing a piece to not only deny there is anything wrong, but saying things are going right, is not news.”

“It is like me walking in on my dog licking its own balls. I will let him be.”

Other Singaporeans said the Singapore government can do more.

Kah Kee Song, another local, said: “Today I learnt that the Singapore government is everything but wrong.”

“The Singapore government has never made any mistakes in its entire history before.”

“Which is why there is no responsibilities to take.”

“I don’t even remember the last time the Singapore government coming out to take responsibility for anything.”

“It is almost like they are infallible.”

“Everything has been going great.”

 





S’poreans beg PAP: Please don’t make Heng Swee Keat work so hard

S’poreans beg PAP: Please don’t make Heng Swee Keat work so hard

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We will do anything you tell us from now on.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who are bowing their heads and closing their eyes in prayer, are asking why did PAP finance minister Heng Swee Keat get a stroke.

This after Heng collapsed during a Cabinet meeting in the afternoon and was taken to hospital.

One Singaporean, Zhong Fong, said: “We are sorry Heng Swee Keat work so hard on our behalf.”

“We must not have so many demands and so many aspirations and goals causing other people to bear our burden and load on our behalf.”

“The PAP must also not make Heng Swee Keat do so many things anymore.”

“Singaporeans as a whole must be willing to temper our aspirations and go with anything the government wants with no opposition so that no more ministers need to work so hard to sell policies to us.”

“We will just go with it from now on.”

 

 

 

 

 





ST misleads with statistics, propaganda

ST misleads with statistics, propaganda

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The Straits Times thought it could fudge the numbers. But fails.

Here is The Straits Times feel-good headline on Nov. 13, 2012 front page: 4 in 10 at top primary schools live in HDB flats.

Wow! More good news from The Straits Times.

Sounds really good, doesn’t it?

The message? Even if you stay in a HDB dwelling, you can make it to the top schools.

Well, everyone ought to know that this is propaganda.

Because if you know the base rate, this headline — in reality — reflects poorly on those staying in HDB flats.

So what is the base rate: Very roughly, about 80 percent of the population reside in HDB flats. Only about 20 percent reside in private residences.

Therefore, if 4 in 10 at top primary schools live in HDB flats, that means 6 in 10 at top primary schools live in private residences.

It goes to show that more kids at top schools come from a smaller pool of the total population.

The question then is: Why didn’t ST present the statistics as such? Is this really hard to represent graphically?

In the same article, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat is quoted based on his written reply in parliament that this 4 in 10 figure “broadly reflects the mix of residential housing in the vicinity of these (top) schools”.

Can you see what’s so wrong about this? Well, even if you can’t it’s ok. We can just go straight to the conclusion.

Conclusion: There is a class divide that even the education system cannot heal. The end.

You should know that this is the real headline and story that ST avoided reporting on.

Deny bloggers at your own peril

Deny bloggers at your own peril

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Heng Swee Keat said bloggers and opposition MPs were not included in the National Conversation Committee as “this is not a partisan exercise.”

A chronological timeline of what happened:

Aug. 26, 2012

Sept. 9, 2012, 3.00 p.m.

Comments about why bloggers and opposition MPs were not included in the National Conversation Committee:

Sept. 9, 2012, 3.05 p.m.

Scathing evaluation of PAP performance

Scathing evaluation of PAP performance

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MP Inderjit Singh identifies crucial mistakes made by PAP at party convention.

Soul searching.

That was what the PAP was in for during Sunday’s party convention held at the National University of Singapore’s University Cultural Centre.

In his speech addressing 1,600 white-clad members, fourth-term Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Inderjit Singh stuck it to his pay masters and he meant business.

He said the party’s activists needed to have more say in governance from now on.

It can no longer be the case for policy-making to be driven by civil servants.

Legislative Bills cannot be presented with limited possibility of changes by MPs, while policy forums should be used to improve policy and not merely explain them.

From the start, people should be involved in policy formulation, he insisted.

The crucial mistakes the PAP made included the growth-at-all-cost policy, which was lacking in political judgement, he also said.

One of the problems is that the PAP leadership “got carried away” as policies implemented did not improve lives of Singaporeans.

Not only that, housing and foreign talent issues were mishandled. To make matters worse, the call for elections at a misjudged time only aggravated the problem as voter sentiment was already not sweet.

He also reasoned that voters perceived the government to be in a state of denial for substantiating its case with statistics that housing was sufficient and affordable.

Education minister Heng Swee Keat also emphasised the need for bottom-up constructive suggestions in the future, adding to the list of criticisms.

This is a 60-second reduction of the original article published in The Straits Times on Nov. 28.

Prior to Sunday’s sombre atmosphere, the PAP were in congratulatory mood on Saturday. Read about it here.