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Some ministers wondering why no one brought up their name as next PM material

Some ministers wondering why no one brought up their name as next PM material

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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 as to who will be the next chief of Singapore, several ministers have admitted to themselves they feel sad their names have not been brought up publicly as the next prime minister material.

One minister reportedly thought to himself: “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 minister reportedly regularly 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 six Chinese men who represent the best of Singapore’s multi-racial society. 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





Difficult to remove race categorisation as S’pore still needs a Chinese Prime Minister

Difficult to remove race categorisation as S’pore still needs a Chinese Prime Minister

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If removed, then there will be no one to lead Singapore.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who can see that easy labels can be employed as political tools, have been told that Singapore is not ready to do away with race categorisation that puts people into the four major racial groups.

Locals said they can see where this idea is coming from as Singapore still needs a Chinese Prime Minister to lead the country and the President can be from the minority race just because.

One Singaporean, Ng Sek, said: “It’s very easy if you disregard race and religion. You have, say, a general election, no racial classification and so on, but what you may end up having is a Parliament where there is no Chinese prime minister.”

“Yes, we can say we do away with race categorisation and Tharman can be prime minister and president, but is that what the Chinese prime minister wants? The Chinese prime minister is not ready for that.”

Other locals said race categorisation will ensure all races can deploy one representative for each racial group to ensure fairness when all are equally represented.

Another local, Tng Lang, said: “Yes, classification ensures Singaporeans are always conscious of each other and reach out to one another.”

“Representatives from each group: One Chinese, one Malay, one Indian and one Other.”

“When all are equally represented, the prime minister will be Chinese.”

“It makes you a bit uncomfortable at first. But that is what I think brings everyone together ultimately.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





6 Chinese men vying to be Prime Minister a testament to S’pore’s multi-racial society

6 Chinese men vying to be Prime Minister a testament to S’pore’s multi-racial society

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Only in a diverse country will you get candidates from such diverse backgrounds.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who can see diversity in Chinese people, said they are glad that six Chinese men are vying to be the next prime minister of Singapore.

This after it can be gleaned from multiple reports that Singapore needs a minority race President, but not a minority race Prime Minister, because that’s how things work in Singapore.

One Singaporean, Ma Lai Ren, said: “All these Chinese men, if any of them do become prime minister, can speak for Malays, Indians and Others.”

“One look at them, I can tell they are very versatile. They are unlike the President who must be of minority race or who is not Tan Cheng Bock, or else, cannot make the non-Chinese feel represented.”

Such is their strong support base, Singaporeans in favour of the six Chinese men have since come out to speak well of them.

Another local, Hua Ren, said: “One look I can tell these Chinese men have many friends from the minority races.”

“Therefore, they must know what it is like to be in their shoes. Let’s not be racist and just look at their yellow skin colour but the true diversity that lies inside each one of them.”

“Truly a testament to Singapore’s multi-racial society.”

However, some locals point out that there might be downsides to having so many Chinese men vying for the prime minister spot.

One local, Bu Li Xiang, said: “Non-Chinese people will feel that the Prime Minister role is more important and glamorous as a lot of Chinese people are vying for it.”

“On the other hand, fewer Chinese people are vying for the presidency, which makes it less prestigious.”

“So, if a candidate from a minority race is elected to be president, they will still feel it is not enough, unless it is the prime minister role.”

“Therefore, Tharman should be both president and prime minister of Singapore at the same time and this will satisfy everybody.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans agree they need a minority race Prime Minister next without naming names

S’poreans agree they need a minority race Prime Minister next without naming names

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He is somebody who is Indian, a bit bald, tall and wears glasses.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who cannot believe their eyes when they took a look at who is in the running for the next prime minister position in Singapore, all agree they need a minority race prime minister next.

This after the six leaders touted to have a chance of taking over the PM role are all Chinese and boring.

One Singaporean, Yin Du Ren, said: “I don’t know about other Singaporeans, but we can all agree the next prime minister is someone who is tall, a bit balding and wears glasses.”

“We all have this feeling he must be an Indian, although we don’t name names at this point.”

Other locals said the unspoken name of the minority race candidate with the most potential rolls off their tongue easily.

Another local, Zuo Zong Li, said: “He gives the PAP a good name. He is proof that talent is unevenly distributed in the party.”

“He is the only reason there is still hope for the PAP.”

“Even though his official title might be DPM, in my heart and mind, he is my prime minister.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





PM Lee must stop Facebook postings during office hours once Internet cut off for public servants

PM Lee must stop Facebook postings during office hours once Internet cut off for public servants

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He must set a good example.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe in fairness and leading by example, are calling on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to stop posting updates on Facebook, especially after May 2017 when the Internet is cut off for public servants.

One Singaporean, Mian Bu, said this is so as it will set a precedent: “Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the foremost public servant in Singapore. His actions will set the example for the hundreds of thousands of public servants who would follow his cue.”

“It is of utmost importance that he does not post updates on his Facebook page during office hours as he should not have access to the Internet using government computers.”

“And even if he does post on Facebook using his own device, it would signal he is using his own Internet data to post, which is also not good, as he should not be social networking during office hours where he is compensated with taxpayers’ money.”

However, other Singaporeans said dictating how the prime minister should act during office hours is not a natural right of citizens.

Tou Piao, another local, said: “We need to put this issue up for a referendum.”

“The two choices are: ‘PM Lee must not post Facebook updates during office hours’ or ‘PM Lee must compensate taxpayers for posting Facebook updates during office hours’.”

“These two choices resemble the referendum asking citizens to decide if Singapore should merge with Malaysia, where there was no choice to vote against the merger.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans react to PM Lee hitting 1 million Facebook Likes on his page

S’poreans react to PM Lee hitting 1 million Facebook Likes on his page

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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’s has reached 1 million Likes on his Facebook page.

He achieved the milestone during his week-long trip to the United States. The page crossed the mark on Wednesday, Feb. 17 evening.

In a post on Thursday afternoon, PM Lee said he had just returned to Singapore and was “surprised” to find that his page had more than a million likes.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “I would die for one million Facebook Likes instead of for Singapore.”
Xian Shi, 44-year-old philosopher

 

sian-half-uncle “Roy Ngerng can sue because clearly his blog posts did not harm PM Lee’s popularity.”
Shang Fa Ting, 65-year-old court clerk

 

happy-bird-girl “Lee Kuan Yew was still the better prime minister despite having zero Facebook Likes.”
Lee Zhong Li, 19-year-old class president

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans successfully rename Lee Hsien Loong as 1 Lee Kuan Yew Son

S’poreans successfully rename Lee Hsien Loong as 1 Lee Kuan Yew Son

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This shows that Singaporeans embrace creativity.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who embrace creativity by coming up with imaginative names, have successfully renamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as 1 Lee Kuan Yew Son.

This after they learnt that creativity can be expressed by renaming Compass Point shopping mall as 1 Sengkang Mall in a bid to showcase a flair in thinking out of the box.

One Singaporean, Gai Ming Zi, said: “Singaporeans are beginning to embrace the culture of being more creative by performing their own name changes and they are doing this out of their own volition.”

“Therefore, a group of Singaporeans have decided to rename Lee Hsien Loong as 1 Lee Kuan Yew Son, following the rich culture established and precedent set by 1 Sengkang Mall.”

Other Singaporeans said the name change will mark a shift in thinking about 1 Lee Kuan Yew Son.

Chuan Tong, another local, said: “We Singaporeans took a long time to conceptualise and approve of this new name.”

“To name him as 1 Lee Kuan Yew Son will better help younger Singaporeans situate him within a historical context so that we don’t forget his roots.”

At press time, there are plans to rename President Tony Tan as 1 Popularly Elected President Who Barely Won The Popular Vote By A Few Votes.

 

 

 

 

 











Blogger to pay $150,000 in damages in monthly payouts of $50, after PM Lee turns 65

Blogger to pay $150,000 in damages in monthly payouts of $50, after PM Lee turns 65

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Compensation for damages to be settled according to how CPF functions.

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A new compensation scheme has been worked out for the blogger who has been successfully sued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for writing lengthy blog posts.

Another self-designated lawyer, who is not M Ravi, has worked out a payment scheme for the blogger to make compensation.

The lawyer, Kong Chee Kim, said: “Since Roy Ngerng has been ordered to pay $150,000 in damages, he has worked out a method to disburse the sum as monthly payouts of $50.”

“And this monthly payout will only start when PM Lee hits 65 years old, which is in two years’ time in 2017.”

“In the meantime, the blogger will pay an interest rate that is slightly lower than the annual inflation rate per year for holding on to the $150,000 sum until 2017.”

“But the blogger must also ensure that he is always holding on to $150,000 minimum sum and any payout will only be possible, if it is above this sum.”

“And when PM Lee hits 65, the age limit could be changed to 67.”

 

 

 

 

 











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

Some PAP ministers 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 ministers have admitted it has always been a fantasy of theirs to be the prime minister even though they are hardly qualified.

One of the ministers who did not want to give his 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 minister, who also 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 Ng Chee Meng 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.”

“But deep in our hearts, regardless of who PM Lee picks, Tharman Shanmugaratnam will always be our prime minister.”

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans welcome Tharman Shanmugaratnam as new Prime Minister of S’pore

S’poreans welcome Tharman Shanmugaratnam as new Prime Minister of S’pore

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They picked him to lead the country ahead of Cabinet reshuffle.

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Tharman Shanmugaratnam has emerged as the new Prime Minister of Singapore.

This after Singaporeans from all walks of life, who organised their own Cabinet reshuffle as they wanted to have a say in the political process, chose Tharman Shanmugaratnam as their new premier.

One Singaporean, Zuo Zhong Li, said: “As an active citizenry involved in making informed political choices and as part of the 70 percent who voted for the incumbent, we deliberated for a while before coming to this decision — about 10 minutes in total.”

“We did not take lightly this responsibility of choosing Tharman Shanmugaratnam as prime minister, as it is critical for Singapore to be led in the next few years by a capable leader who knows what he is doing and is well-liked by the populace.”

“As a nation, we, the general population have also approved the name change from PAP to TSP (Tharman Shanmugaratnam Party) after the new prime minister singlehandedly won the General Election 2015 on behalf of his colleagues.”

This view is shared by other locals who said there is absolutely nothing stopping Tharman Shanmugaratnam from stepping up.

Another race-blind Singaporean, Tng Lang, said: “He is Chinese enough for me.”

At press time, the general population is still at a deadlock as to who shall be named the next Transport Minister, with Vivian Balakrishnan, Khaw Boon Wan and Yaacob Ibrahim in the running.

Singaporeans, by and large, said they wouldn’t mind making all three as transport ministers as they can have one term in office left.

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans react to PM Lee Hsien Loong’s face on GE2015 campaigning banners all over S’pore

S’poreans react to PM Lee Hsien Loong’s face on GE2015 campaigning banners all over S’pore

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

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The Elections Department (ELD) clarified on Sept. 3 that it is not illegal to use the face of a political party’s leader in the posters of a constituency they are not contesting in.

This after other opposition political parties took issue with seeing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s face placed all over Singapore on campaigning banners.

ELD pointed out: “Under the law, the face of the political party’s leader can be used in the posters for the candidates standing for that political party, since voters would be able to identify the political party leader with that political party. This has been the practice in past elections.”

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “If the PAP can do it, I’m surprised there was even this need for clarification as they are the law.”
Zho Cheng Hu, 43-year-old civil servant

 

sian-half-uncle “I noticed this pattern where people from the Lee family like to have their face plastered everywhere in Singapore.”
Pai Zhao, 61-year-old photographer

 

happy-bird-girl “PM Lee should contest in all 89 seats since he is so talented and Singaporeans wouldn’t have to pay the rest of the PAP MPs who are obviously lousy and untalented.”
Qu Guo Hui, 18-year-old part-time model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











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 say: ‘We’ll still remember Lee Kuan Yew 50 years from now but not Lee Hsien Loong’

S’poreans say: ‘We’ll still remember Lee Kuan Yew 50 years from now but not Lee Hsien Loong’

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Heartwarming.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who took out a tissue and dabbed away at the tears from their eyes as they watched the National Day Rally 2015 on Aug. 23, 2015, said they will always remember Lee Kuan Yew even 50 years down the road.

However, they said they will have trouble remembering Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

This after the achievements of Lee Kuan Yew were trotted out again at the NDR and audiences were left flabbergasted at how a man could have achieved so much while his son barely scraped the surface.

One Singaporean, Mei Chu Xi, said: “I will always remember Lee Kuan Yew and his achievements even at SG100. If you asked me who Lee Hsien Loong is then, I will not be able to give you an answer because I will really don’t remember.”

Other Singaporeans said there is a silver lining even if Singaporeans said they will not be able to remember PM Lee Hsien Loong in the future.

Wang Bu Leow, another local, said: “At least Singaporeans will say they remember Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for not doing much for Singapore.”

“That is considered quite good already.”

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans react to PM Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally 2015

S’poreans react to PM Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally 2015

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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 used the National Day Rally 2015 on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, to harp on the results his team has delivered for Singaporeans the last 10 years.

These results include making healthcare less expensive, strengthening social safety nets and having more education opportunities.

The rally also featured a performance by Kit Chan, who sang Home.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “This might as well have been National Lee Kuan Yew Rally given the number of times he got mentioned.”
Li Zhong Li, 46-year-old kueh maker

 

sian-half-uncle “I was actually looking forward to the section where PM Lee explains the things PAP did not achieve for Singaporeans.”
Mei Chen Jiu, 66-year-old ex-businessman

 

happy-bird-girl “It’s always funny to watch PAP get 60 percent of votes despite having such a big platform to canvass for support.”
Qu Tou Piao, 17-year-old charity worker