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Party that claims credit for everything S’pore has achieved thinks WP taking too much credit

Party that claims credit for everything S’pore has achieved thinks WP taking too much credit

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This is so constructive politics.

By Nyi Nyi

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Senior Minister Indranee Rajah has spoken out against the Workers’ Party apparent claiming of credit for policies put forth by the Medishield Life committee.

She did this in an article titled “The Art of Claiming Credit”.

The PAP MP, whose party claims to single-handedly raised Singapore from a Third World country to a First World metropolis, felt that credit should not be amassed by another single political party.

One 14-year-old student, Jiang Dao Li, said: “Yes, Indranee’s statement accusing Workers’ Party of taking credit is indeed part of ‘constructive politics'”.

“Spending time taking down another party instead of working hand-in-hand bodes well for the notion of ‘constructive politics’ and for our country.”

“Yes, petty politicking is very constructive indeed.”

 

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Highly paid politicians argue over meaning of word

Highly paid politicians argue over meaning of word

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Things getting existential in parliament.

By Nyi Nyi

Word.

Word.

MPs Indranee Rajah and Low Thia Khiang sparred over the meaning of “constructive politics” during the recent parliamentary session.

The two MPs, who each earn several hundred thousand dollars a year, thought it was a good idea to dedicate parliamentary time to sorting out what words mean.

Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang started off the proceedings by questioning what “constructive politics” meant when the President used it.

At some point, PAP MP Indranee Rajah argued that the word was probably not what the opposition claimed it was. She further gave her definition.

Jiang Ying Wen, an average man on the Singaporean street, said he was riveted by the discussion and glad that his tax dollars were being used properly: “I would really have liked issues concerning my stagnating wage and higher cost of living addressed, but knowing the meaning of a word is also quite useful lah.”

The issue is far from settled though, as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who earns in excess of a few million a year, is expected to weigh in soon.

 

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PM statement fails to address Indranee Rajah’s parliamentary eye-rolling

PM statement fails to address Indranee Rajah’s parliamentary eye-rolling

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Public dissatisfied with lack of explanation.

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The Prime Minister’s office has issued a statement to address the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council hawker centre ceiling cleaning fiasco.

The statement contains nine points and has 616 words. It talks about stuff that looks to be quite important as it uses words such as “honesty and integrity”.

However, none of the words addressed the issue about why MP Indranee Rajah was sitting behind Vivian Balakrishnan and rolling her eyes at him.

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Singaporeans interviewed said the statement, therefore, did not solve this mystery.

Fan Bai Yan, a local, said Indranee Rajah might consider coming out to post a public statement about her actions to quell all talk it was politically motivated: “Haha her face so funny.”

Queenstown residents concur royal showcase definitely fake

Queenstown residents concur royal showcase definitely fake

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The dead giveaway? Nope, nothing to do with the exhibition itself. Read on to find out.

When was the last time you actually saw your MP walking around your estate at 3 p.m. in the afternoon? Ok, besides Low Thia Khiang, who else?

Responding to online criticism of the staged scenes put up at the Queenstown Green playground for the Will and Kate royal visit, Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Indranee Rajah has issued her defence in Singapolitics: “The pictures that people have posted do not take into account the context of the visit.”

The context of the visit, the MP explained, was to be an exhibition for a time-starved royal couple to ingest as much of Singapore lifestyle as possible in 25 minutes.

Hence, the clusterfuckness of people doing qigong with silat and swinging on monkey bars, who were all scouted from the grassroots groups, the Housing Board and the People’s Association.

“The demonstrations were to showcase the different types of activities themselves. It was not to suggest that these activities take place at 3pm everyday… It was meant to give a snapshot, and in that sense it was no different from a demonstration of activities,” Indranee said.

Indranee also said that as she toured the area with Prince William, he had asked her if Singaporeans actually practice taichi and silat in the afternoon.

However, it was not mentioned if Will thought Singaporeans are retarded for courting heat stroke.

“I explained that they wouldn’t do so at 3pm because it’s hot, and that these groups were just here to demonstrate… So it was explained to our visitors that we were just showcasing activities,” she said.

Several Queenstown dwellers New Nation spoke to completely and categorically agree with Indranee that the whole set-up was an exhibition and there is no doubt at all whatsoever that it was fake as hell.

One of the Queenstown dwellers said, “Isn’t it obvious it is fake? Would you normally find Indranee Rajah at Queenstown at 3 p.m. in the afternoon? Duh?!”

Do youths care about politics? Should they?

Do youths care about politics? Should they?

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Judging by the 70-odd youthful folks who showed up at a policy forum, youths do care. But maybe they’re just shy.

By Visakan Veerasamy

Fun fact: Indranee picked up Salsa in 2000, but gave it up because of work commitments. Photo: CYBERPIONEER

THE cosy policy forum, attended by 70-odd non-old people was set at Sinema, a decidedly ‘youthful’ venue atop Mount Sophia. The session, titled “Do youths care” featured Member-of-Parliament Indranee Rajah, NTU don Dr Cherian George and Vice-President of NUS’s Political Association, Jason Su.

All young or young at heart. So far so good.

The opening statements essentially schmoozed about how the youth of Singapore are active, involved and interested in politics – interested enough at least, to send some questions via SMS.

One can only presume that if thumb power was required, even in a venue that was supposed to encourage intimate conversation, it only shows that we haven’t transcended the elemental fear many Singaporeans have, of being persecuted for their views.

I popped the first question- while it’s great to see people involved, how can we take the response of a specific group of University students and extend that to represent all of Singaporean youth? What about Poly and ITE students?

The response was bland neutral: Cherian acknowledged that it’s easy for University students to forget that they are actually a minority and not representative of all of Singapore. Indranee and Jason focused on talking about how the people organising the forum were doing a good job. No, actually their response merely stated the obvious. I was disappointed with the response to say the least.

Abdillah Zamzuri, a fellow blogger, observed before that Malay youths were underrepresented at the forum, which is consistent with my intuitive assessment that most Malay youth could be described as politically apathetic. In response, Indranee described why apathy was more prevalent in good times. However, the public does respond (un-apathetically) on occasion. During the NKF saga for instance, Singaporeans were riled up because almost everybody would have donated some money before, and thus, they feel that they have a stake in it. Furthermore, nobody likes the idea of being cheated.

My response to that would be: How do we get more Singaporeans to feel like they have a stake in public affairs at large? How do we get them to be less complacent and ignorant, to feel a sense of ownership (essentially, to be less apathetic) with regards to all of Singapore, not just the NKF, and to be wary in case they get accidentally “cheated” out of a desirable outcome for themselves and each other?

But I wasn’t allowed to grab the mike stand again. And so I was to accept her response and move on.

Apathetic is probably too strong a term for an audience that’s probably just shy. Part of the ‘apathy’ stems from the PAP’s proven dis-ability to engage the youth, even in a cosy forum in a happening venue on top of Sophia hill.

When I did get to the mike again however, I asked in response to her claim that she signed up to be an MP not knowing about the whopping allowance of $14,000 a month:

“Why not have more transparency? Why not share with Singaporeans where every one of their tax money is going? Surely that would boost the image of MPs as trustworthy and honest, and it would improve their standing with the Singaporean public?”

I found her response to that lacking, something along the lines of how it’s entirely up to each individual MP how they’d like to spend their allowance. This, is why youth are apathetic. Because we never get proper’s answers to our questions and soon, most realize that participation was merely a futile process and a waste of time.

Considering that she’s a member of Senior Counsel, a Director at Drew & Napier, and president of Sinda amongst other things, I’d expected Indranee to be far more sophisticated. Drew & Napier describes her as being able to “unravel the complexities of intractable legal problems, distill the essence of the disputes and find a resolution”.

I found none of that in her. Not especially when she side-stepped a complaint about new PAP candidate and new Singapore citizen Janil Puthucheary, by asking why we didn’t’ complain about Worker’s Party’s Chen Show Mao as well. On hindsight, it sounded more like a group of children fighting in a playground – “Why you scold me, why you never scold him also?” rather than an MP answer a question.

That said, I must confess that I developed a liking for Indranee, despite finding it hard to see eye to eye with her. She comes across as a sincere, genuine and empathetic person- outside of her arguments, at least. After the forum was over, she approached me, asked me how I was doing and what I was up to, and patiently listened to me blurt out all my iconoclastic fantasies.

Quite a feat considering the disparity in our statuses – I, a young hotheaded ‘youth’ and she, a seasoned MP. I appreciated the time she took to understand the issues that I was facing.

The takeaway message? Apathetic is probably too strong a term for an audience that’s probably just shy. Part of the ‘apathy’ stems from the PAP’s proven dis-ability to engage the youth, even in a cosy forum in a happening venue on top of Sophia hill. Yet things are changing. Thumbing an SMS to communicate with your MP is a start, but as I’ve found out, speaking face to face to engage politicians is the best way to understand them, and to have them understand you.

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