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S’pore to introduce Mandate of Heaven during GE2015

S’pore to introduce Mandate of Heaven during GE2015

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This is to ensure infallibility.

By Nyi Nyi


In a bid to return to its cultural roots, the Singapore government has decreed that the Mandate of Heaven will be put in place from the next election onward.

The Mandate of Heaven showcases the person or party who is bestowed the mandate to rule by Heaven itself.

The move was seen as a way to emphasise the cultural importance of Singapore’s forefathers, while ushering in a new era of prosperity.

A spokesman for the new measure claimed that a mandate passed by the heavens was a far more effective method of finding new leaders than democracy.

The anonymous spokesperson said: “Sometimes people check the wrong spot on the election sheet but Heaven is infallible, so the people can rest assure that whichever party attains the mandate deserves to rule.”

He added: “Wan sui, wan sui, wan wan sui.”

The ruling party, who has won every single democratically-held election since independence, are bent on further legitimising their rule and welcomed the move with open arms.

The spokesman said: “There is no doubt that we are the ones chosen to lead, even if the polls or public opinion might not reflect it. This new measure will make sure this fact is recognised for years to come.”

The criteria for getting the mandate are not clear, but the government will be working closely with the committee to ensure that the measures are fair.






PM Lee uploads photo of him with a man believed to be married

PM Lee uploads photo of him with a man believed to be married

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That explains the spying.


In November this year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong uploaded a photo of him with a man who is believed to be married on Facebook.

Singaporeans from all walks of life said this photo explains everything.

Gao Wai Yu, a local, said: “That explains the spying.”





S’poreans petitioning PM Lee to ban Stomp

S’poreans petitioning PM Lee to ban Stomp

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If PM Lee is serious about tackling trolling, he should act like a man.


Singaporeans from all walks of life with diminishing levels of tolerance are doing up a petition calling on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to personally pull the plug and ban Singapore Press Holdings’ Stomp website.

This after PM Lee pledged to single-handedly tackle the problem of trolling online during the Zaobao Forum two days ago, as he felt it is making everyone useless and stupid.

Stomp, a nincompoop website that thrives on voyeurism, recently found itself in deep trouble with Singaporeans as it trolled an NSF, blaming him for drinking plain water on the MRT.

This did not go down well as the NSF already spends two years of his life protecting the country and Stomp is insinuating he is supposed to die of thirst instead of quenching it.

One Singaporean son, Koh Hen Gan, said: “PM Lee must show his leadership skills and do the right thing by banning Stomp.”

“Stomp is a menace to society and based on the fact its editors are anonymous and hiding behind a blanket of anonymity, are doing nothing but perpetuate stupidity and inanity.”

“If the prime minister sits idly by allowing Stomp to continue trolling, he is guilty of complicity due to his inaction.”





PAP can represent everyone’s interest? Thanks, but no thanks

PAP can represent everyone’s interest? Thanks, but no thanks

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Here’s the scary part about last night’s Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum: For a minute there, I actually bought what Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had to say. But not for long.

By Belmont Lay

The Prime Minister's wife, Ho Ching, was there to lend her quiet support. Photo: FANG SHIHAN

THE gist of Prime Minister Lee’s argument about leadership renewal is pretty straightforward: There really is only one party in Singapore that is wise and talented enough to attract the best and the brightest to lead this country.

And that party happens to be the PAP.

This is a re-iteration of what his father, Lee Kuan Yew, famously once said: If a jumbo jet carrying 300 of Singapore’s top leaders were to crash, Singapore would be finished.

So you want viable opposition parties to be at the helm? Nope, sorry. They are going to find it even harder to attract the best.

You want a two-party system? Nope, not even remotely possible. Not that the PAP did not think about splitting itself into two.

The younger Lee said: “But the most important reason why a two-party system is not workable is because we don’t have enough talent in Singapore to form two A-teams.”

He added: “We are now pulling together the next A-team of Singapore. And the PAP candidates in this round will form key members of this team and in the next couple of rounds.”

Fair and good, right?

Well, not until you take a look at what is happening on the ground in the opposition camp and you can easily dismiss what Lee had to say about the shortage of talent.

The simple fact is that not everyone who is bright and able wants to be part of the PAP.

The National Solidarity Party has two ex-government scholars: Hazel Poa and Tony Tan, as well as a lawyer, Jeanette Chong-Aruldoss.

The Singapore Democratic Party has Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, who worked as a social worker (with a doctorate in social policy) and absolutely rocked at the Channel NewsAsia debate last week.

And short of introducing God himself to run in a GRC, the Workers’ Party has Chen Show Mao.

So, pray tell, I want none of these but Tin Pei Ling? Just because the PAP says she is good?

Why should I trust the PAP’s ability to screen for potential candidates let alone attract top dogs? There is nothing in their mechanisms that inspire confidence or convinces me that they are not just making up numbers or creating the appearance of looking diversified by fielding Tin Pei Ling.

Therefore, two rebuttal points to the PAP system: It reeks of hubris and it has a tendency to breed bureaucratic apparatchiks.

But what really got my goat was what Lee had to say about PAP wanting to represent every Singaporean: “I think we should try to the maximum extent we can, align all the interest of Singaporeans and make sure one party can represent you, whether you are the CEO or whether you are a taxi driver.”


I just cannot buy the argument that one party can represent the interest of every segment in society.

If you’re gay, or if you’re staunchly single, or if you’re divorced, or if you’re a swinger, or if you’re a single parent, or if you’re homeless, or if you’re liberal-minded, or if you’re a hippie, or if you’re really old, or if you’re really poor, or if you lack next-of-kins, you’re screwed.

Even lesser so, when it is one party trying to be representatives of all the people by manipulating the interests of its citizens.

This is social engineering gone mad.

Let’s not argue about hypotheticals but illustrate using a vivid example: Just look at what happens when you have one Housing Development Board dictating the housing needs of 80% of the population.

The system eventually went tits up late last year when it can no longer make affordable housing to cater to the needs of the masses.

My take on this is pretty simple: If the present Government (a term that was interchangeably used with PAP last night) is indeed as brilliant as it makes itself out to be, it should have been able to create an alternative to the HDB, or made tweaks to refine it.

But it didn’t.

And you ask: Why is there a need for an alternative?

Because public housing, which are built across the island, 1) do not have any quotas reserved solely for local Singaporeans and 2) are subjected to open market competitive pricing, forces prices of housing across the board (private property included) to explode the moment demand goes up.

HDB prices have gone up drastically over the last twenty to thirty years, outgrowing the average Singaporean’s ability to afford them.

And yet the HDB would still insist on providing for the majority, which means it will come back to bite you and me in our asses, because no matter how much richer you can get, you might still end up in a HDB.

Or remain staying with your parents.

I see you have half a million dollars there? I’m sorry, you can probably only afford to buy a three-room flat in Ulu Sungei Goondu, behind Woodlands forested water catchment area, you high-income earner you.

So, here’s the point of today’s missive: If you’re gay, or if you’re staunchly single, or if you’re divorced, or if you’re a swinger, or if you’re a single parent, or if you’re homeless, or if you’re liberal-minded, or if you’re a hippie, or if you’re really old, or if you’re really poor, or if you lack next-of-kins, you’re screwed.

The PAP doesn’t represent your interest at all. It can’t and I won’t even humour myself to say it can.


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