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S’poreans react to Minister Shanmugam making police report against States Times Review blog

S’poreans react to Minister Shanmugam making police report against States Times Review blog

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Three thoughts you must have had.

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Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said he would be making a police report against the blog, States Times Review, for an Oct. 21 article that attributed comments to him that he didn’t make.

The Government is also looking into whether to take further action against the website, a separate post on government website Factually said.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “When my friend went for the Singapore Police Force career talk, he was assured the profession would be rewarding and aspirational.”
Zuo Jing Cha, 43-year-old security guard

 

sian-half-uncle “I never thought I’d see the day the Law Minister himself having to call the police.”
Bao Jing, 68-year-old phone repairman

 

happy-bird-girl “This really shows there is nothing the Singapore Police Force cannot handle. Thank you men in blue.”
Luan Luan Lai, 17-year-old juvenile delinquent

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans intimidated when Home Affairs Minister firmly said police not intimidating

S’poreans intimidated when Home Affairs Minister firmly said police not intimidating

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It was the way he said it, they said.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who can be convinced by arguments without being bludgeoned with facts and style of rhetoric, said they feel intimidated.

This after they heard Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam speak in parliament rebutting the claims that the police might have been somewhat responsible for the passing of a teenager as they were intimidating.

One Singaporean, Hai Pah, said: “The minister asserted himself via his long speech in parliament that the police were not intimidating and acted reasonably.”

“But it was just the way he said it. It came off quite intimidating, like assertive, firm and too convincing, the way he defended the police.”

“It was like he came to parliament with a long sheet filled with facts and was prepared to demolish all dissenting voices to the ground because he knew exactly what the talking points were and how to set the agenda.”

“And he had all his points ready to rebut any doubt anyone possessed.”

“He spoke in such a sure, calm and forceful manner, there was no way you could disagree.”

“That was pretty scary.”

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans react to K Shanmugam’s comment that Workers’ Party intends to form next government

S’poreans react to K Shanmugam’s comment that Workers’ Party intends to form next government

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

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Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said it is clear that the Workers’ Party (WP) has its eye on forming the government in the future, based on what Workers’ Party chairwoman had said at her GE2015 rally last week.

WP said that if it forms the government, it will get rid of GRCs and the Nominated MP scheme, among other moves.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “No, no, Workers’ Party contest in election is so that they can get into parliament and blow air-con.”
Leng Qi Ji, 41-year-old electronic goods supplier

 

sian-half-uncle “Workers’ Party’s ambition is different from PAP’s as it doesn’t include ruining Singaporeans’ lives.”
Gong Ren Dang, 64-year-old factory worker

 

happy-bird-girl “At least the Workers’ Party has ambition, unlike the PAP.”
Mei Qian Tu, 17-year-old student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans react to Minister K Shanmugam’s comment that dentist should have fought Cecil the lion with bare hands

S’poreans react to Minister K Shanmugam’s comment that dentist should have fought Cecil the lion with bare hands

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

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Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has put up a Facebook post saying that the American dentist should have fought Cecil the lion in an unarmed combat duel instead of shooting it dead from afar.

This is what Minister Shanmugam wrote:

“The dentist could perhaps have considered engaging in combat unarmed if he really felt that he wanted to test himself against a lion. That would be some test.”

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “This is the same as saying that Minister Shanmugam will contest Low Thia Khiang one-on-one in an SMC instead of feeling secure in a GRC.”
Shi Zi, 42-year-old credit analyst

 

sian-half-uncle “I miss the good old days where politicians used money to win votes instead of saying populist things on social media.”
Gong Wei, 62-year-old speech therapist

 

happy-bird-girl “I would love to see K Shanmugam fight opposition politicians with his bare hands this General Election 2015 instead of giving speeches.”
Sio Pah, 17-year-old martial artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Pranksters calling activist friends posing as K Shanmugam

Pranksters calling activist friends posing as K Shanmugam

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Hundreds across Singapore got punk’d last night.

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Marina Bay Sands Pangaea

This just in: Pranksters from all over Singapore were busy calling up their activist friends on late Friday night posing as Law Minister K Shanmugam.

This occurred after K Shanmugam had made an unprecedented late night personal call on Thursday to someone not particularly famous in Singapore to talk about some stuff, which sent ripples across an already sleep-deprived socio-political world.

One prankster, Jin Zi Seow, latching onto this opportunity that was too good to be missed, said: “My friend like to everyday do the human rights thing, fight for freedom, post Facebook status. So I called him and introduce myself as K Shanmugam. Wah lau he scared sia…”

The ruse employed by the pranksters is a familiar one, something that telemarketers are familiar with.

Use a private number to make the call at an inappropriate time. And introduce yourself.

Some pranksters then proceeded to take the prank to its logical conclusion.

Jin Kiam Pah, another prankster who called up to 20 of his activist friends while posing as the law minister, said: “I even managed to coax a few of my activist friends to go to their HDB flat rooftop and wait. I said I will be picking them up from a helicopter to go to MBS Pangaea.”

Punish lousy drivers by reading ST aloud

Punish lousy drivers by reading ST aloud

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More punishments, enforcement proposed, after Law Minister K Shanmugam posts about his crappy driving experience.

Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam went on Facebook on Aug. 20 and wrote about how driving in Singapore sucks:

And it becomes news…

… despite how complaining about Singapore’s drivers is what everyone who drives and who has Facebook does.

Regardless, a few measures are currently being considered for implementation to reduce errant drivers — without resorting to shooting them with sniper fire, which we should but we can’t, because it will reflect badly in the annual UN Human Rights Report.

Therefore, the most basic punishment meted out to first-time offenders of bad driving: They will have their vehicles confiscated.

In return, they will be given a low-cost Brompton bicycle instead to enable them to still travel around.

This is primarily to teach bad drivers the perils of being a cyclist and make them experience what it’s like to be a hair width away from sniffing the wheels of an SBS bus and certain, timely death.

Other punishments currently being considered include making errant drivers do line dancing and featuring them in next year’s National Day Parade theme song video.

This punishment is actually being considered to be implemented across the board for any sort of crime as it is effective as a sentence to deter everything from rape to robbery.

This is because no one in their right mind wants to be seen line dancing in public.

However, the most severe punishment of all is to make really bad drivers read The Straits Times aloud.

Close to 70 percent of regular, everyday people who do so die of boredom without making past page one and the remaining 30 percent develop cancer of some sort.

And this group would choose to die with more dignity by committing suicide, which is an ideal scenario, as all problems in Singapore stems from overpopulation.

Law Minister K. Shanmugam is a guru

Law Minister K. Shanmugam is a guru

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Thank you Sir, for Your words have allowed us to find the answer to all of life’s problems.

When asked why there are so many high-profile graft cases in Singapore recently, Law Minister K. Shanmugam told 1,800 residents at a National Day dinner in Chong Pang on Saturday that Singapore’s system of meritocracy is blameless and all the cases are attributed to human nature:

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Look at all these problems reported within one day! There is clearly nothing wrong with Singapore except human nature!

http://www.bikyamasr.com/74645/east-african-sex-workers-tell-of-being-sold-into-sex-slavery-in-singapore/

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20120805-363556.html

http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20120805-363550.html

Please, Sir! Continue to share with everyone how human nature is at fault! Because, even…

More confusion over role of Elected President?

More confusion over role of Elected President?

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Key considerations of public sector union leaders’ support for presidential candidate do not jive with clarifications put out by Law Minister.

It has been revealed that 75 percent of 61 NTUC-affiliated unions and associations have endorsed Tony Tan, while the remaining 25 percent have decided to remain neutral.

Among those remaining neutral are the aerospace and aviation cluster, as well as the public sector unions, such as HDB, IRAS and PUB that felt it was inappropriate for its employees to endorse anyone in particular.

However, NTUC chief Lim Swee Say outlined the union leaders’ three key considerations for supporting a candidate: A president that “could enhance Singapore’s global standing, set the right tone for the future economy” and “able to put workers’ interest first”.

These key considerations, however, appears to run counter to recent clarifications made by the Law Minister to put straight “some confusion over what the President can and cannot do”.

In the statement put out by the Law Minister in June this year, it stated in no uncertain terms that “National policies and running the Government are the responsibility of the Prime Minister and Cabinet” and this “is so for all policies, whether they concern security and defence, immigration and population, or housing and social safety nets”.

The ability for the president of Singapore to meet the key considerations of union leaders, is therefore, in doubt.

On top of that, the Law Minister’s clarification stated that the Elected President “can veto or block Government actions in specified areas, but he has no role to advance his own policy agenda”.

Strangely, the unions in the Labour movement who have backed Tony Tan “say they want a President who can boost Singapore’s international standing to attract foreign investment“.

It remains to be seen what the true presidential powers, or the lack of, can be after Aug.  27.

Read the original articles hereherehere and here.
Singapore doesn’t need an elected President

Singapore doesn’t need an elected President

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It’s telling how ill-conceived this office is when Presidential candidates are still debating about their job scope.

By Terence Lee

"Why am I here?" - the question that all Singapore presidents, past, present and future have been unable to answer. Photo: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM / Creative Commons

I’m starting to think that the Presidential elections is stupid.

At best, it’s an entertaining diversion; at worst, it’s a waste of taxpayer’s money and time that can be better diverted to governing the country and keeping our vibrant economy humming along.

Something is very wrong when at this stage of the proceedings, what is dominating discussion is the scope of the President’s powers. Cue the recent Institute of Policy Studies forum where law minister K. Shanmugam and law academic Thio Li-ann discussed what the President can or cannot say in public.

Shanmugam seems to think the President is the public sock puppet of the government. Both the law minister and Thio Li-ann also have the gumption to blame citizens for being unclear about the president’s powers. Read the full story

Bikers in white back PAP

Bikers in white back PAP

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Opposition candidates can expect uphill battle in Sembawang and Nee Soon GRCs, which has strong grassroots support for the People’s Action Party.

By Terence Lee

Bikers gathered at a PAP Community Foundation branch outside Admiralty Secondary School. Photo: TERENCE LEE (Click photo to view gallery in Flickr)

AS expected, PAP supporters of all shapes and sizes arrived by the busload to a vicinity near Admiralty Secondary School, which is the nomination centre for Sembawang GRC and Nee Soon GRC.

Amidst the sea of white, a group of motorcycle riders stood out: Grown men (some really grown), decked out in sunglasses and leather jackets, chit-chatting besides their Harley-Davidsons and shiny choppers.

It was truly a sight to behold; a couple of angmohs who would look perfectly comfortable in the movie Wild Hogs, a bunch of young and old Malay dudes, and some Chinese riders who don’t quite measure up on the cool quotient.

Soon, their hero emerged out of nowhere and pro-PAP cheers erupted from this group of unlikely PAP supporters. The man at the centre of it all? None other than Law Minister K. Shanmugam.

It turns out that the Minister has been giving moral encouragement to Rider’s Aid, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts that actively participates in community events.

In return, the group decided to show up on Nomination Day to lend their support.

“I know they’re good people,” Mohd Salleh, a 60-year-old rider, says of the PAP team competing in the two GRCs: Sembawang and Nee Soon. “The government has been doing a good job so far. We should be grateful we have a good system. It’s not perfect, but they’ve done their best.”

Given their decades of presence among grassroots leaders, PAP supporters outnumbered opposition ones by about ten-to-one that day, and while we may chalk that up to logistical advantage, it’s much harder to rebut the genuine affection pouring out from the ruling party supporters.

But not all who wear white are fervent Lee & Lee fans.

“I’m ashamed to have the same surname as Tin Pei Ling, and you can put that down!” – Mr Tin

A friend I had bumped into was asked to support the PAP because one of the Ministers assisted in a community project she was doing. So she thought she’d see what the fuss was all about.

“Nah, politics is not really my thing,” she said, clad in white, “maybe this is the first and last time I’ll be involved this elections.”

I’m sure there are many like her, not passionate about politics, but generally pro-PAP and willing to carry the party symbol. And they’re likely to vote them into power too.

Then again, the opposition parties can expect modest gains this elections, since the PAP has not resorted to legal action so far to stymie opposition voices.

Disenfranchised voters, as well as Virgin Voters would form a significant voting bloc for both the SDP and WP, with bread-and-butter issues foremost on their minds.

I spoke to a 36-year-old unemployed man who came to the nomination centre dressed in jogging attire, wearing a blue singlet in support of the WP. He declined to give his full name, but says I can call him Mr Tin.

“I’m ashamed to have the same surname as Tin Pei Ling, and you can put that down!” he tells me.

Tin goes on to rattle off a list of concerns he has, which include: Rising costs of living, ERP gantries, expensive parking charges in the CBD, crowded trains.

“And you call this Swiss standard of living?”

Bryan Wong, a 19-year-old student from Temasek Polytechnic, may not be able to vote, but he’s a keen opposition supporter. His political awakening began two months ago, after doing research on his own and talking with friends. Affordable housing is a chief concern for him.

“If you have a $2,000 salary, it takes you three to four years to save enough money to pay for the ten percent downpayment,” he says, “that is too expensive.”

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