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Chee Soon Juan to personally point out which PAP MPs fall asleep in Parliament if elected

Chee Soon Juan to personally point out which PAP MPs fall asleep in Parliament if elected

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He will also call up absentees one by one and take their attendance.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe in checks and balances, are nodding their heads in approval.

This after the upcoming Bukit Batok by-election hustings revealed that Singapore Democratic Party candidate Chee Soon Juan has pledged to personally point out which PAP MPs fall asleep in Parliament, if he is elected.

One resident, Pong Tang, said she is heartened by his action plan: “If he sees a PAP MP sleeping, he will go over with an alarm clock and set it off.”

“He will also check the nominal roll and point out which PAP MPs are absent in Parliament and give them a call: ‘Hello? Where are you? Do you know parliament is in session today?'”

“And if the PAP MPs take too long to reassemble after the break in parliament sessions, he will go out to the pantry area and personally usher all the PAP MPs back inside to their seats individually.”

“This is to ensure no PAP MPs will ever miss attending Parliament ever again.”

Other residents said having a formal attendance-taker in Parliament bodes well for democracy.

Another Singaporean, Zhen Zhi, said: “Not only will Chee Soon Juan take their attendance, he will call them in advance to notify them about the Parliament seating so there is no longer any excuse to be absent.”

“Without this sort of checks and balances, PAP MPs might be inclined to be part-time MPs, which is not worth taxpayers’ money.”

 

 

 

 

 





MPs extremely touched by their own speech in Parliament

MPs extremely touched by their own speech in Parliament

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They were impressed by themselves, many thought to and about themselves.

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Numerous Members of Parliament from some walks of life, because they mainly come from the PAP who take up such a large chunk of Parliament, are feeling very moved and touched.

This after they each gave a speech in Parliament for the Budget debate and were moved to tears by the force of their own rhetoric, crispness of their diction, insight into the plight of the suffering and overwhelming fevour of their own conviction to right all wrongs in Singapore society.

One PAP MP was thought to have thought to himself: “I spoke with a conviction I never felt since I got elected during GE2015 last September 2015.”

“I was extremely touched by the sound of my voice and the position I espouse. I believe Singaporeans from all walks of life will hear my speech and weep as I have wept, as I was really, really moved.”

Other MPs were reported to have thought to themselves that they too did extremely well and have moved even themselves to do soul-searching in the aftermath of their words having been spoken.

Another MP from the ruling party, was believed to have thought: “This speech will convince all my naysayers that I have so much substance and belief.”

“I nailed it completely. The electorate made the right decision giving me this strong mandate. This will make me a superstar MP praised by the Internet and social media people.”

“I have so much belief and so much to give. It’s amazing.”

At press time, Singaporeans from all walks of life were not aware parliament was in session.

 

 

 

 

 





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.”

 

 

 

 

 











MPs touched, extremely moved by their own speech in Parliament

MPs touched, extremely moved by their own speech in Parliament

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They were impressed by themselves, many thought to and about themselves.

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Numerous Members of Parliament from some walks of life, because they mainly come from the PAP who take up such a large chunk of Parliament, are feeling very moved and touched.

This after they each gave a speech in Parliament and were moved to tears by the force of their own rhetoric, crispness of their diction, insight into the plight of the suffering and overwhelming fevour of their own conviction to right all wrongs in Singapore society.

One PAP MP was thought to have thought to himself: “I spoke with a conviction I never felt since I got elected during GE2015 last September 2015.”

“I was extremely touched by the sound of my voice and the position I espouse. I believe Singaporeans from all walks of life will hear my speech and weep as I have wept, as I was really, really moved.”

Other MPs were reported to have thought to themselves that they too did extremely well and have moved many others to do soul-searching in the aftermath of their words having been spoken.

Another MP from the ruling party, was believed to have thought: “This speech will convince all my naysayers that I have so much substance and belief.”

“I nailed it completely. The electorate made the right decision giving me this strong mandate. This will make me a superstar MP praised by the Internet and social media people.”

“I have so much belief and so much to give. It’s amazing.”

At press time, Singaporeans from all walks of life were not aware parliament was in session.

 

 

 

 

 











Change S’pore’s political system to allow more Chinese men from PAP into Parliament

Change S’pore’s political system to allow more Chinese men from PAP into Parliament

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Not enough Chinese men from PAP in Parliament now.

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Photo stolen from here

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe equal representation is important in society because it is the politically correct thing to say, are applauding President Tony Tan.

This after President Tony Tan revealed during his parliament address that the Government will study Singapore’s political system this coming term for possible reforms.

One Singaporean, Tng Lang, said the reforms should be aimed at having more Chinese men in Parliament: “Singapore can make do with more Chinese men in Parliament. Currently, there are not enough Chinese men, especially those from the PAP.”

“In fact, if we look closely, we can only see one-third of Parliament being occupied by Chinese men from the PAP who are Christian.”

“Hence, more needs to be done to increase this quota.”

Other Singaporeans said the GRC system must be tweaked to make them bigger, so as to better encourage opposition parties from contesting in elections and losing bigger time.

Besides electoral politics, other locals said the elected presidency must be re-crafted in such a way as to always elect a candidate that the PAP endorses.

Singaporeans, by and large, also agree that women can play a bigger role in parliamentary politics or elect a women prime minister in the future, but the time for those changes will only be ripe once Singapore is done arguing with itself if a non-Chinese person can ever become prime minister one day.

At press time, Singaporeans are confident those reforms that can come to pass, due to PAP’s two-third majority, will come to pass.

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans react to President Tony Tan’s 13th parliament address after swearing in session

S’poreans react to President Tony Tan’s 13th parliament address after swearing in session

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

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President Tony Tan delivered his opening address to Parliament on Jan. 15, 2016, hours after 89 Members of Parliament (MPs) and two Non-Constituency MPs (NCMPs) were sworn in.

In his opening address, he outlined five key aims for Government to fulfil: Keeping Singapore safe and secure, renewing the economy, fostering a more caring society, transforming the urban landscape, and engaging and partnering with Singaporeans in nation building.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “That has got to be one of the most expensive speeches of all time.”
Jiang Niao Hua, 43-year-old pet shop owner

 

sian-half-uncle “Nice to see he met his KPI this year so early on already.”
Zhuan Da Qian, 63-year-old ex-banker

 

happy-bird-girl “I am impressed he doesn’t put himself to sleep at the rate he is going.”
Swee Jiao, 17-year-old dropout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans react to PM Lee calling opposition a mouse in Parliament

S’poreans react to PM Lee calling opposition a mouse in Parliament

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

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Sept. 1 that the opposition in parliament has put in a disappointing performance even though they were voted in to be a tiger in a chamber, but ended up being a “mouse in the House”.

PM Lee, the party’s secretary-general, said it was “very easy” to make fierce and rousing speeches at election rallies, where candidates can promise to do things if elected but none of those issues are raised when they come to Parliament.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “If the opposition is a mouse, then East Coast GRC MP Raymond Lim was a dead mouse the last four years.”
Ya Pah, 45-year-old speech therapist

 

sian-half-uncle “Having a few mice in parliament really helps break up the monotony of a room full of swines.”
Zhu Ba Jie, 62-year-old butcher

 

happy-bird-girl “PAP MPs didn’t give rousing election speeches, which explain why they aren’t even mice. They are potatoes.”
Mah Ling Su, 17-year-old fast food service staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans react to news that Parliament has been dissolved

S’poreans react to news that Parliament has been dissolved

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

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President Tony Tan Keng Yam, on the advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, on Tuesday Aug. 25 dissolved Singapore’s 12th Parliament.

This means that the General Election will be held on Sept. 11.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “Election is here? Didn’t notice.”
Mei Kan Dao, 43-year-old optician

 

sian-half-uncle “They should also dissolve the MPs.”
Liu Chu Lai, 65-year-old waste disposal manager

 

happy-bird-girl “So now PM Lee Hsien Loong is Civilian Lee Hsien Loong?”
Lee Zhong Li, 17-year-old student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans react to PAP’s claim that opposition in parliament had no bearing on PAP policies

S’poreans react to PAP’s claim that opposition in parliament had no bearing on PAP policies

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

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Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean has downplayed the role of having opposition in parliament.

He said that they do not have bearing on the carrying out or refining of policies, as PAP is solely responsible for these plans.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “It is true because all the problems Singaporeans suffer from daily are a result of PAP’s doing and policies.”
Kuai Ren Chuo, 44-year-old button maker

 

sian-half-uncle “Most PAP MPs also do not have a bearing on PAP policies because they don’t speak up or show up in parliament anyways.”
Qu Na Li, 65-year-old taxi driver

 

happy-bird-girl “Simple. Lesser the opposition in parliament, the lesser the bearing. More opposition in parliament, the more the bearing.”
Jiang Dao Lee, 18-year-old bursary recipient

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











Lee Kuan Yew ensures all MPs in attendance for full-house Parliament, a first in a long time

Lee Kuan Yew ensures all MPs in attendance for full-house Parliament, a first in a long time

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Parliament has long been plagued by absenteeism.

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Having long been plagued by widespread absenteeism as attendance dwindled or was marred by complete no-shows, all Members of Parliament from the incumbent and opposition parties were brought together to sit in the chambers for the first time in a long time on March 26, 2015.

This after a special parliamentary sitting was assembled in honour of Lee Kuan Yew, whose conspicuous absence was the reason the other MPs were there in attendance together to pay tribute to Singapore’s first prime minister.

Lee’s passing on March 23 surprised both government and critics as there has been an outpouring of national grief on an unprecedented scale.

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who saw the footage of a full-house parliament, said they were deeply impressed by Lee Kuan Yew’s ability to rally all the MPs together, if not by his presence, then by his absence.

One Singaporean, Pong Tang, who is also a regular taxpayer, said: “Attendance in Parliament has long been marred by widespread absenteeism, but I never had a doubt it would take Lee Kuan Yew himself to bring everybody together.”

“We might have thought he failed to ensure everybody attended parliament when he was alive. But he proved us all wrong again.”

“He still managed to do it in death.”

 

Here’s what Lee Kuan Yew is capable:

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SMRT train along East West Line observed 20 minutes of silence on March 23, 2015

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Some PAP backbenchers still secretly harbouring fantasies about being picked as next PM

Some PAP backbenchers still secretly harbouring fantasies about being picked as next PM

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They want to do that Oscars ceremony thing where they can act surprised at winning.

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As speculation continues to proliferate in the media about who will be the next chief of Singapore, several PAP backbenchers have admitted it has always been a fantasy of theirs to be the prime minister even though they are hardly qualified.

One of the MPs who gave his name as Lam but didn’t want to reveal his full name, said: “Every time I hear PM Lee talk about succession plans and how the next prime minister might already be in parliament now, I secretly fantasise that he is talking about me and will be unveiling me as his protege to everyone’s surprise and chagrin when the time comes.”

“Like ‘Hey, I was here all along and you guys snubbed me because you thought I’d have amounted to nothing’.”

Another backbencher MP, who gave his name as Tong but didn’t want to reveal his full name, said he fantasises about how he would pick up a call one day from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who would inform him he is the top choice: “I know it is down to Heng Swee Keat and Chan Chun Sing. But one can hope against all hope it could be me.”

“That is one of my fantasies.”

“I imagine it like what you see during the Oscar ceremony where they are announcing the Best Actor and everyone is being cool and composed before the winner’s name is read and when you don’t get chosen you still have to keep a straight face.”

However, Singaporeans by-and-large said it is not hard to foretell who will be the next prime minister.

One local, Tng Lang, said: “By default, if you’re Chinese and you’re a man, you stand a better chance already.”

“You’d see the PM and the public talking about whether Heng Swee Keat or Chan Chun Sing would be the next prime minister, and everyone’s playing off these little rivalries.”

“At times like this, you do feel kind of bad for Tan Chun-Jin.”

 

Singapore’s first non-Chinese prime minister if there ever was one:

S’poreans declare they are ready for non-Chinese prime minister

 

 

 

 

 





Why Chan Chun Sing’s face looked pensive in Parliament?

Why Chan Chun Sing’s face looked pensive in Parliament?

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This is a 60-second reduction of the original article by Chan Chun Sing, first published in The Straits Times on March 20, 2012, Page A19.

When he is not looking pensive, Chan Chun Sing appears to be Jim Carrey when mixing with young girls, as seen in this screen grab from the electric fish tank.

Got quite a lot of people give us positive feedback on Budget 2012 because we help the poor, the disabled and the elderly.

What did we do?

ComCare eligibility? Change.

How much committed to take care of disabled and special needs community? $1 billion.

But some observer told me that when I made these announcements in parliament, I got pensive face.

My face of course pensive, because I think of the challenges ahead.

First, there is many things that still needs to be done to reach out to those in need.

But we also cannot ask Government to do everything.

Singaporeans and voluntary welfare organisations need to take responsibility also.

You pay taxes so what? Everything Government do? Outsource everything to external agency?

Like that society will be impersonal and have little warmth because we become transactional society what.

But I am encouraged by Singaporeans who come forward, like students and professionals who volunteer.

Also got one example called Project Dignity Kitchen. I like this one. This one is a hawker training school for persons with disabilities and the disadvantaged.

They got provide lunch treats for elderly also.

Second, the concept of help cannot be about giving out aid all the time, you know.

We must help people become independent instead.

Like that those in need will then be confident.

Give people new sense of mission and purpose in life will help them also.

Third, want to do more sometimes also problem.

Where to find resources?

Even more headache when our economy in future got slow growth.

This problem other countries also face. Want to help but cannot because not enough resources.

We must do things in a sustainable way like that.

Resources also mean need to find partners to do things together. Not just about money one, you know.

If not, how?

Confirm cannot find ways to support new ideas one.

We as a society must do more.

Next time got minister make announcement in parliament, I hope his face is not pensive also.

Because he can mobilise Singaporeans and not just because he got a lot of government programmes to announce.

Chan Chun Sing is Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.

First session of Singapore’s 12th Parliament set to begin tonight

First session of Singapore’s 12th Parliament set to begin tonight

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Read here, here and here and here for original articles.

All eyes will be looking out for – not Yam Ah Mee tonight – but Singapore’s newly minted President Tony Tan Keng Yam, as he makes the opening speech at the inauguration of Singapore’s 12th Parliament.

Also newly elected as Speaker of Parliament, Michael Palmer will moderate the hopefully fiery debate between the Worker’s Party which holds 6 seats in parliament, and the ruling party.

The President will address the House, setting out the new government’s goals for the next five years at 8:30pm on Channel News Asia.

According to various PAP MPs interviewed by CNA, the parliament will probably not focus on the economic downturn and jobs. Instead, the cost of living seems to be the concern for most of their residents.

Six ruling party members from the Central Executive Committee (CEC) have also stepped down. They are Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Goh Chok Tong, Mr Lim Boon Heng, Mr Wong Kan Seng, Mr George Yeo and Mrs Lim Hwee Hua.

Both Mr Goh and Mr Wong won their constituencies by record low margins while Mr Yeo and Mrs Lim lost their seats in Aljunied GRC to the Worker’s Party.

The CEC has also decided to confer upon Mr Lee and Mr Goh the title of Honorary Past Secretary-General, in recognition of their outstanding service and seminal contributions to the PAP and Singapore.

This makes Mr Goh a dual honorary title holder: Emeritus Senior Minister and Honorary Past Secretary-General.

The selection for new CEC members is expected to be completed by next month’s party convention.

PAP, WP found seats in parliament despite putting out least content on Facebook, Twitter

PAP, WP found seats in parliament despite putting out least content on Facebook, Twitter

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Rate of Facebook updates did not translate into votes.

Should the PAP mourn the loss of one GRC and one SMC? Now we know that even if they put up 10 million Facebook updates, they would still have lost six seats. Should have prevented housing prices from exploding...

Despite putting up only 47 posts on the PAP Facebook page, the incumbent managed to win 81 out of 87 seats in parliament.

The PAP took a decentralised new media approach this election in which its electoral candidates individually engaged with voters.

It is, however, arguable that this shouldn’t even be considered an approach in the first place.

It appeared more as a last resort.

The Workers’ Party, on the other hand, put out 102 posts, with a larger proportion of them, compared to other parties, consisting of photos.

There are three non-scientific principles that can be drawn from these results:

Primo, gerrymandering still works.

Secundo, pictures speak louder than words.

Tertio, do the grunt work and walk the ground because new media only gives you false hope.

This article is a 60-second reduction of the original article published in The Straits Times on Oct. 5 (below).