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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.


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.”






PAP MP Denise Phua need not apologise as living with pain & regret is punishment enough

PAP MP Denise Phua need not apologise as living with pain & regret is punishment enough

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Singapore no longer has a blame culture, Singaporeans remind her.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who recognise double standards when they see it, are consoling PAP MP Denise Phua.

This after the MP for Jalan Besar GRC apologised on Facebook to foreign workers for labelling them as “walking time-bombs”

One Singaporean, Dui Bu Qi, said the PAP MP did not have to show such contrition in the face of public backlash and most certainly did not have to say sorry: “PAP MP Denise Phua need not apologise.”

“This is because the pain and regret she has to live with is punishment enough.”

“Moreover, Singapore does not have a ‘blame’ culture now, only a ‘learn’ culture.”

However, other Singaporeans who felt even more strongly that it is not PAP MP Denise Phua’s fault have apologised to her instead.

One other local, Dao Qian, said: “Although Singapore no longer has a blame culture, it is still my fault because I am just a regular Singaporean and not part of the PAP establishment.”

“Therefore, I humbly apologise to PAP MP Denise Phua and Health Minister Gan Kim Yong for causing the Hep C outbreak at Singapore General Hospital.”

“And I also apologise to Khaw Boon Wan.”

“And Lee Hsien Loong.”

If you see Majulahs everywhere, you are a real Singaporean.

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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.”


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

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






PM Lee justifies the PAP’s weak candidate

PM Lee justifies the PAP’s weak candidate

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Because cannot find enough people mah.

By Fang Shihan

“We are not able to generate the talent in order to produce those numbers of people who are able to do their job, competently, to the satisfaction of Singaporeans” – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 5/4/11

Now we know why the PAP’s fielding Tin Pei Ling. In his reply to a student during the Q&A session of the NUS-organised Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum, PM Lee defended the decision to field Miss Tin by emphasising that she empathised with the elderly, was bilingual, and had been doing grassroots work for 6 years.

He also revealed that the PAP had trouble finding suitable candidates to be fielded as potential MPs. At least, not enough candidates to form a “team B” to serve as a shadow opposition party. PM Lee did not mention if he currently had enough candidates to field a complete team.

This begs the question of whether the current team consists of deadweight to make up the numbers.

But let’s give him the benefit of doubt. Not many people are like Miss Tin: Despite the years of moral education taught both in Mother Tongue and English, not many people truly love old people, are bilingual and care as much for their community. She must have been a rare find, groomed the moment she was talent-spotted speaking at a PAP convention while schooling in NUS.

She’s not the only inexperienced new face in white. To ensure that the party does not stagnate, PM Lee emphasised that it was of utmost importance that at least a quarter of the PAP candidates are fresh faces. Around 20 new candidates will contest this elections of which 18 have already been revealed with less fanfare than Miss Tin.

If you’ve got no idea who these new guys are, you’re probably not the only one. Chan…Chan who? Orh, the former general har. He believes that Singapore should er…. er…

*crickets chirp in the background*

The new candidates have no experience in politics, credentials from past jobs aside. If they appear weak or unimpressive, that is to be expected. Paraphrasing PM Lee, voters must give them time and support over the years in order for them to deliver results.

In Singapore, new MPs are not elected based on political skill or savvy. Oh no. MPs become understudies only after they’re elected.

You, the voters, hold the key to the minister job-training centre. If these new faces don’t get voted in, they will not be able to start their on-the-job training and will hence weaken the half-a-century old PAP succession plan.

Scared already? Read on.

The GRC system allows for the assumption that all candidates who won the GRC are competent, an assumption with no proof until he, the one with no political clout, enters office.

Not only does PM Lee admit that the lack of qualified candidates has led to MPs needing to be trained on the job after being elected, the need to enforce racial harmony through the GRC system has sustained repeated batches of low-profile MPs with the ability to do a disappearing act better than David Copperfield.

You’ve heard of them. That one minority candidate in each GRC that you’ve never heard of, or seen for 5 years. And you know he’s there just to show his non-Chinese face. Whassisnameagain? Er…dunno. The Malay guy.

Okay, maybe I’m being unfair. Maybe he’s been busy behind the scenes, fixing problems plaguing the neighbourhood like broken tiles, uncleaned litter and whatnot. And there are many other Chinese MPs like that too.

But you get the point. GRCs allow politicians to… not be politicians. They allow MPs to be quiet servants of the public, or as one MP puts it, the caretaker of the constituency. Most of all, the GRC system allows for the assumption that all candidates who won the GRC are competent, an assumption with no proof until he, the one with no political clout, enters office.

A big risk for the voters, no? Yet according to PM Lee, the risk of not having a proportionate number of minority candidates is a bigger threat. At least bigger than having a potential deadweight on the GRC team.

If GRCs were abolished one day, he says, Singaporeans would vote overwhelmingly for the candidate of the same race. For example, newly converted citizen, Janil Puthucheary, despite not having done his national service and justifying that practicing medicine was a form of service to his new country, would have the overwhelming support of Indians in this country.

The PAP conducted tea sessions with 240 candidates, of which only 20 made the cut. And PM Lee still laments that the PAP cannot find enough qualified, ministerial-quality candidates. But he still has to fill the numbers. MP spots have to be taken up just like minority quotas have to be fulfilled.

Is the PAP responsible for ensuring each and every candidate is deserving of the peoples’ votes? No. They’re only responsible for ensuring a win. If a deadweight politician makes it to office just remember, you elected them.

Or did you?

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New Nation writes to MP Denise Phua

New Nation writes to MP Denise Phua

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Dear Ms Phua,

I am Terence, editor for newnation.sg, a brand new online magazine for young adults covering current affairs, personal finance, and lifestyle.

Recently, a Singaporean, writing under a pseudonym, described on our website his experiences as an autistic person, which were, how shall we say, rather pessimistic.

The article can be read here: http://newnation.sg/2011/01/like-%E2%80%98hell-on-earth%E2%80%99/, and has generated a good discussion.

As a non-autistic, it is an education for me to peek into the life of an autistic Singaporean, and I do wonder if the situation is as grim as it seems?

As such, I hope you will seriously consider contributing a letter to our website to address ‘Aaron’ and the issues he face. You may want to highlight some avenues that are out there for autistic people.

I note your previous comment that 85% of comments online are anti-PAP, but I would like to assure you at newnation.sg, we have a balanced approach towards online engagement.

Our humble website is new, but it has drawn an average of 200 unique visitors a day for the past two weeks.

Your letter would provide some much-needed balance to an online discourse that is decidedly skewed against the government. I’m sure our readers will appreciate your response.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Terence Lee
Editor, Newnation.sg