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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.


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.”


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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.


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.”


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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).

Spotted in parliament

Spotted in parliament

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