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Yes, DPM Teo: Aljunied GRC deserves candidates with legal, financial background, that’s why no ministers running there

Yes, DPM Teo: Aljunied GRC deserves candidates with legal, financial background, that’s why no ministers running there

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Singaporeans agree with DPM Teo Chee Hean wholeheartedly.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe politicians with the requisite skills are required to run for office, have come out to agree with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

This after DPM Teo said Aljunied GRC residents deserve candidates with legal and financial background and are clean and responsible: “Most important, we want people who have integrity and have the interest of residents at heart.”

“We want a team that can look after the town council and make sure its financials are in good order, payments are made and that there are no chronic deficits in the financials.”

Singaporeans said they agree with DPM Teo wholeheartedly and believes he has hit the nail on the head.

One Aljunied resident, Fu Zhe Ren, said: “It is definitely true that Aljunied GRC deserves candidates who are clean, have the right skills in law and finance. Which explains why there are currently no PAP ministers planning to run in Aljunied GRC against the Workers’ Party.”

Another Singaporean, Kum Gong Kia, said he cannot help but concur with what DPM Teo said because it sounds like the absolute truth: “I noticed DPM Teo himself is not running in Aljunied GRC.”

“I guess he doesn’t have the legal and financial background that we Aljunied GRC residents need.”

“I hope Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC is doing okay. Or else, someone with the requisite legal and financial background better be there, just in case.”

 

 

 

 

 









PAP ministers turn to crowdsource fundraising campaign to supplement lowly ministerial salary

PAP ministers turn to crowdsource fundraising campaign to supplement lowly ministerial salary

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They expressed concerns about Singapore’s high cost of living catching up with their pay.

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Saying how public service wages for ministers in parliament have been kept to a low of a few million dollars a year for the last few years, several PAP ministers are contemplating turning to crowdsource fundraising campaign to supplement their income.

Speaking to reporters about the ethos of sacrifice in public service on March 10, 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said ministerial contributions are the only thing that can be measured in dollars and cents: “Salary for ministers must be competitive, but it has not risen from $1.1 million a year since 2014. It should be about $1.2 million now.”

“As such, PAP ministers need to turn to other means to supplement our income.”

“Furthermore, the high cost of living in Singapore is increasingly eroding the quality of life of ministers.”

“We urge Singaporeans from all walks of life to donate to our campaign so that we can serve you better.”

At press time, Minister of State Josephine Teo is still wondering if being a minister is its own reward.

 

Ministerial contributions can be measured in dollars and cents:

5 reasons Josephine Teo’s service to S’pore must be measured in dollars and cents

S’poreans shocked deputy prime minister doesn’t know history of Konfrontasi by hard

S’poreans shocked deputy prime minister doesn’t know history of Konfrontasi by hard

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Teo Chee Hean claimed that he “learnt a lot” from watching Channel News Asia documentary.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life with varying levels of general knowledge are in a state of shock.

This after they read a Facebook update by deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean saying he “learnt a lot” from watching Channel NewsAsia‘s documentary, Days of Rage: Konfrontasi.

They expressed their disappointment that the deputy prime minister doesn’t know these things by hard and has to learn about a pivotal aspect of Singapore’s violent nation-building history only this late in his life now.

One Singaporean, Zhen Chong Ming, said: “I can’t believe our deputy prime minister only learnt about the historical facts of Konfrontasi only now. Shouldn’t he be privy to all the details considering that he is running this country?”

“Why is he learning a lot only now from watch a CNA programme? This is disturbing.”

At press time, it is unclear how many members of parliament have also learnt a lot from the CNA documentary or missed it completely, which means they learnt nothing.

S’poreans agree with DPM: Keep external influences at bay

S’poreans agree with DPM: Keep external influences at bay

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Singaporeans name a few things to be wary of.

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Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said Singapore needs to be careful not to bend to external influences indiscriminately.

His comment was made at the National Community Engagement Programme Dialogue today.

Singaporeans from all walks of life agree with him. That this type of Taliban-style view of life is exactly what Singapore needs to make headway on this planet.

One Singaporean patriot, Bai Ye Shu, said Singapore can prevent bending over to external influences by banning the practice of all religions.

He said: “No one should be allowed to practise any religion at all. All religions are external influences that originated from some far away land.”

“In particular, why should some segments of Singaporeans follow a middle eastern religion originating from 2,000 years ago, that was most likely stolen from creation myths that are even older?”

Another Singaporean, Ee Lerk Sheng, said Singapore would do very well to protect herself against unfair practices inherited from elsewhere.

He said: “Singapore should not subscribe to the first-past-the-post electoral system. That is a travesty of justice thought up by white, Western people whose past time was to colonise other people and engage in slave trading.”

Jiang Zhi Ji, another local patriot, said the Singapore government can practise some soul searching first.

He said: “Didn’t we bend over backwards spinelessly to accommodate the American government after the lobbying by The New York Times and the Financial Times to re-investigate Shane Todd’s suspicious death?”

“And the last time I checked, the Internet, air travel, globalisation, Westminster-style parliament, are also not local phenomenons too. They should all be banned then.”

PAP wises up, sidelines Teo Chee Hean in Punggol East SMC campaign

PAP wises up, sidelines Teo Chee Hean in Punggol East SMC campaign

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But opposition supporters praying hard for DPM to cost PAP votes with petty politicking. Again.

Why worry about bigger national issues when you can launch personal attacks? Photo stolen from Yahoo!

The mainstream media has received specific instruction to stay far, far away from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean this upcoming campaign period for the Jan. 26 Punggol East SMC by-election.

This is due to his antics during the last by-election in Hougang in May 2012, where the PAP Number Two Man was widely credited for helping the Workers’ Party win with his brand of pointless petty politicking.

And he was widely thanked by opposition supporters who couldn’t believe their luck.

His petty politicking consisted of constantly questioning WP candidate Png Eng Huat’s integrity about something no one actually remembers today, which ultimately made Teo Chee Hean look like a nitpicking douchebag.

Moreover, his presence overshadowed PAP candidate Desmond Choo, to the extent the man-boy had to resort to crying to receive some air time.

Impressions of Teo Chee Hean went further tits up as he himself claimed that he is actually rubbish at playing politics.

Self-styled political pundit, Eric de Yaya, when interviewed by New Nation, made a bold prediction: “Everybody, you, me and the media here and internationally, will notice Teo Chee Hean this by-election precisely because of his conspicuous absence.”

“Opposition supporters will be heartbroken to learn this fact.”

NTUC FairPrice retracts love letters sold to Function 8

NTUC FairPrice retracts love letters sold to Function 8

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Supermarket worried activist group will use them in a manner it does not agree with.

Archbishop Nicholas Chia, head of the Catholic Church. Why does he look so sad?

Following in the footsteps of the head of the Catholic Church, Singapore’s unionised supermarket chain, NTUC FairPrice, has asked activist group, Function 8, to return a tin of love letters that was sold to them early this year.

Love letters are biscuit rolls that are popular in Asia where people stuff their face with during the Lunar New Year as a way to kill time during awkward family reunions.

Must. Eat. Love. Letters. To. Avoid. Awkward. CNY. Conversations. Repeat.

What inspired NTUC FairPrice’s action was the revelations two days ago that Archbishop Nicholas Chia, the head of the Catholic Church, had written a letter to Function 8 backing its call to abolish the Internal Security Act in June.

But he later withdrew the letter after drinking coffee with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

All these facts have been documented by blogger extraordinaire, Alex Yawning Bread Au.

Archbishop Chia’s reasoning for his retraction is that the initial letter, which Function 8 did not solicit for in the first place, could be used “in a manner that I did not intend”.

How so, your guess is never going to be as good as mine, because I’m just saying, an unsolicited letter when divided by zero will cause world annihilation.

NTUC FairPrice, however, displaying the same amount of reasoning prowess, said it is asking back the tin of love letters initially sold to Function 8, just in case it can be used to affect Singapore’s social harmony.

Samsung heeds Minister of State Tan Chuan-Jin’s advice

Samsung heeds Minister of State Tan Chuan-Jin’s advice

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Korean gadget company embraces change indeed.

Senior Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin said at an informal dialogue organised on Aug. 28 at SMU’s campus:

Embrace change ‘when necessary’

The dialogue was organised by the university and the Government’s feedback unit, Reach, to gather views from young Singaporeans on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech.

Not sure if Singaporeans were going Tan’s way, but it turns out that Korean electronics giant Samsung took heed of Tan’s advice by sending 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins to Apple’s headquarters in California as payment for the fine ruled by the US jury in the recently concluded patent battle between the two tech giants.

Why you feel like Teo Chee Hean when reading the news these days:

“It’s all bullshit!”

Method of engagement for Pre-U Seminar to be tweaked from next year

Method of engagement for Pre-U Seminar to be tweaked from next year

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Change is inspired by DPM Teo Chee Hean’s immaculate Q&A performance this year.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean sings the song of his people during this year's Pre-U Seminar held last week! "What do you think, what do you think, what do you think..."

Young Singaporeans were deeply impressed by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean’s ability to throw back questions.

This is one of the most persistent feedback provided by most of the 500 junior college students who attended this year’s Pre-University Seminar last week, where DPM Teo was the guest speaker.

Although one of the key highlights making the rounds online and in the mainstream press is about DPM Teo dodging questions and turning the tables on his audience by asking them for solutions, the disconnectedness between him and the youths has a silver lining.

Tua Gong Tao, a 17-year-old junior college student, said: “DPM Teo was useless when it came to answering questions. But I am impressed I am able to find the answers to difficult questions entirely within myself.”

He added: “Now I truly believe I have the answers that even DPM Teo don’t. And that makes me more than deputy prime minister calibre.”

And this is not the end of the praise heaped upon DPM Teo’s question-and-answer performance.

Far from being elusive, Wa Jin Kiang, a 17-year-old student who attended the event, felt that DPM Teo’s thought-provoking method of replying questions with questions made things clearer in his mind.

He said: “By the time I got back to my East Coast home that evening after the seminar and had dinner and played Diablo, I remembered I will be 21 years old in 2016.”

“So my response to hard questions with no easy answers is simple: I will vote Towards A First World Parliament, where leaders will have ready answers.”

Others, though, felt that the Out-of-Bounds markers could have been made clearer before hand if DPM Teo was uncomfortable talking about a free press, democracy and intellectual honesty.

Boh Tang Gong, a student, said: “If we knew that there was going to be restrictions, we wouldn’t have heckled Teo Chee Hean.”

She also said: “We all could have gone for tea break earlier. And if I can provide questions and answers at the same time, I could have just talked to myself.”

Taking into consideration these positive feedback provided by students, organisers have decided they will relocate the venue for the Pre-U Seminar from 2013 onwards.

From next year, students will just need to stay at home, with a plate of cookies and a glass of milk in hand, and talk to the mirror since the answer lies within them.

‘We should just move on’

‘We should just move on’

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Baey Yam Keng hailed for giving practical advice to bring closure to 1987 Marxist Conspiracy and having ministerial calibre.

Tampines GRC MP and the most metrosexual man in parliament, Baey Yam Keng, said that the best way to bring closure to the Marxist Conspiracy of 1987 is to “just move on”.

The Marxist Conspiracy of 1987 is something that has to do with some Singaporeans being arrested on the basis that they were subversive elements with something revolutionary up their sleeves, but nonetheless, might not necessarily be entirely correct.

Responding to a Facebook query about what should be done to bring closure to that sordid affair 25 years ago, with media attention over the weekend focused on the event’s 25th year anniversary, Baey wrote: “I have responded in the earlier post that we should just move on.”

And it is not as if he is the only one who feels this way.

This sentiment of letting 25 years of time heal all wounds is widely echoed by some members of the public-at-large who have given such a positive outlook their stamp of approval.

An abusive alcoholic father, Lim Kah Tor, said: “I beat my kids everyday for fun and I even pimped one of them. I’m betting that by the time my eldest child turns 35, she’ll be fine.”

Others, such as Yaw Siew Kia, feel that the more time has past, the smaller the problem becomes.

Yaw said: “Whenever I have problems, I think of the dinosaurs. Where will we be in 65 million years’ time? That’s right, we and our problems will effectively become petrol to fuel some other intelligent being’s car.”

Problems are also thought of as a hindrance and are best avoided at all cost.

“If we keep focusing on problems, we cannot enjoy life,” Song Tio Ho, said.

Moreover, PAP activist, Poh Lan Pah, believes Baey has the ministerial calibre of deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean.

“Yam Keng answered the Facebook question like how Chee Hean did during the Pre-U seminar by replying a question with another question.”

Poh added: “Asking ‘Or do you have any suggestions to have a closure on what happened 25 years ago?’ is a good answer. The DPM did the exact same thing and the result was that it went viral online after that.”

Teo Chee Hean advises Low Thia Khiang to seek legal recourse…

Teo Chee Hean advises Low Thia Khiang to seek legal recourse…

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…if he is indeed so unhappy about PAP’s alleged character assassination of Png Eng Huat.

Sore losers.

In The Sunday Times (May 27, 2012) today, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean expressed surprise that the Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang had accused the PAP side of “baseless attacks, distractions and character assassinations.”

And Teo is reported to have said that Low “is free to take it up further through legal actions if he feels it’s necessary.”

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Opposition supporters all over Singapore would like to take this opportunity to say this to PAP and Teo Chee Hean:

“Take up your si lang tao lah! You think everybody like PAP sibeh ooh eng ah?!”

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And now, in English:

“Wake up your idea! It is already the year 2012! And Workers’ Party is not the suing type, you understand?!”

Opposition supporters thank Teo Chee Hean for his help

Opposition supporters thank Teo Chee Hean for his help

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They want the Deputy Prime Minister to engage in more petty politicking in the future to help swing tide against the PAP.

Why worry about bigger national issues when you can launch personal attacks? Photo stolen from Yahoo!

By Teo Chew Lang

Opposition supporters are ecstatic about the Workers’ Party’s victory in the Hougang by-election.

And they have one person to offer heartfelt thanks to: Deputy Prime Minister and PAP’s No. 2 man, Teo Chee Hean

Over the course of more than a week of by-election campaigning, Chee Hean had repeatedly called Workers’ Party’s Png Eng Huat’s integrity into question.

And that was because of Chee Hean’s gripe, which was what again?

Well, no one knows for sure.

After speaking to 3,000 people on the ground, this reporter found that no one in Hougang and in wider Singapore knows exactly what Chee Hean was harping on about for so long or why.

People’s normal response? There was no strong message. No underlying theme. No clear indication where on Earth it was heading.

It was just personal attack after personal attack without much substance.

The campaign that was run by Chee Hean, in essence, was as messy as diarrhoea.

Mostly, this lack of interest in what Chee Hean had to say about Png’s integrity stems from the fact that Singapore is plagued by greater and more far-reaching national issues that have not been addressed but are almost as big as Fukushima’s nuclear meltdown: A public transport train system that suffers from PMS, an economy that is stalling and flood waters that come up to here whenever there is a sprinkle.

To put things in perspective, an Hougang voter said in impeccable Teochew: “Harping on the NCMP issue is as pointless as worrying about having crooked teeth after you’ve just been diagnosed with AIDS. And finding out your wife is in fact a man.”

But not as if Chee Hean’s hijacking of Desmond Choo’s campaign is frowned upon now that the by-election results are out.

Another native Teochew speaker, Ms. Tan, said: “We need more PAP politicians to practise petty politicking. This will annoy Singaporeans to no end because the mainstream media will pick up on the puny stuff and run along with it. The real issues will not be addressed and this will motivate people to vote against the PAP who appear to be out of touch and full of themselves.”

Self-styled political pundit, Eric de Yaya, concurred but offered an alternative explanation.

He said: “Chee Hean did say before that he is rubbish at politics. So, we probably shouldn’t be surprised that he doesn’t get it and goes about taking pot shots when more could be done to set the agenda.”

If that’s the case, why let Chee Hean take over Desmond’s by-election campaign if he was such an unskilled politician?

“Well, you know the expression ‘Takes one to know one?’ Well, yeah, that’s why,” de Yaya said.

Is Teo Chee Hean forgetful or contradictory?

Is Teo Chee Hean forgetful or contradictory?

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Our deputy prime minister’s demeanour this by-election suggests he might be both.

In case all of us have forgotten, check out this Yahoo! article from last year some time back in August 2011. It is about our Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean telling youngsters at a forum about how he feels “completely inadequate” and “never ready to enter politics”:

Teo Chee Hean said what again? Completely inadequate and never ready to enter politics?

Fast forward to May 2012 Hougang by-election hustings this week…

Our Deputy Prime Minister is politicking:
(a) like no one’s business
(b) like a boss
(c) like he just don’t care
(d) like he is adequate and ready to enter politics
(e) like all of the above

So, if you happen to bump into Teo Chee Hean one of these days… Do tell him…

The end.

Disclaimer: This guy in the yellow shirt is not from The Reform Party. Any resemblance to anyone dead or alive is purely coincidental.

George Yeo soon to be jobless?

George Yeo soon to be jobless?

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Foreign Minister George Yeo spotted lurking at Hougang Mall before and during Worker’s Party Rally.

By Fang Shihan

Foreign Minister George Yeo makes up for lost time

IT MUST be tough being the incumbent that’s facing an opposition team at their maximum strength. Spotted doing his walkabout at Hougang Mall just an hour before the Worker’s Party’s first rally on Thursday was about to begin, George Yeo looked like a… pretty busy man.

Shaking hands, taking pictures with his entourage of Aljunied GRC grassroots leaders, he seemed eager to touch (literally) as many people as he could within the 9-day campaigning window. More pictures can be found on his facebook page.

If that’s not enough, he even proceeds to campaign inside Hougang Mall, greeting the sales assistants at the Giordano store and moving up each level methodologically. Maybe it was out of pity that the mall security let this pass (shopping malls have never been amenable to political campaigning), or maybe there are different rules for politicians clad in white.

The question is: why Hougang Mall of all places? And right before the rally too. Well, he could be on a pre-emptive search for a new job, or this could be an attempt to inform opposition supporters that a heavyweight was still around, or maybe he was hoping to draw the 10,000 strong crowd away from the rally 5 minutes away.

Didn’t happen.

George Yeo walks around Hougang Mall

Foreign Minister George Yeo, head of the diplomatic strategy of Singapore, who shakes hands with dictators nearly on a daily basis to persuade them to kill less civilians, who went for a jog with the residents at Bedok only a few hours after flying back to Singapore from a diplomatic mission, who was the first minister in 2006 to tell the rest that attacking James Gomez for forgetting a form..was lame, THAT George Yeo was largely ignored in favour of a Worker’s Party rally where the stars were clearly still Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim and god himself, Chen Show Mao.
He is up for a tough fight – one almost feels sorry for him. One of our best ministers, and a really nice guy too (he actually bothers to engage people on Facebook), he will not be voted out because of incompetency.

Over 9000 but not a 5-digit figure. Seriously guys, it was only day 1.

If he does lose his seat, it will not only be because the WP owned his ass. If he loses, he has the GRC system to blame. Designed on the pretext of securing minority representation and even harnessing economies of scale, the GRC system divides the heavyweights into different teams.

One minister per team is the norm, two if there are too many and fillers occupy the rest of the spaces. GRCs were designed with the assumption that a minister would never be beaten by anyone from the opposition, thereby shielding the younger and weaker candidates from the brutal glare of public scrutiny.

And so if the opposition were to want a GRC badly enough, “a minister has to fall in the process“. This was an observation made by National Solidarity Party Sec-Gen Goh Meng Seng just last year.

Don't forget your plastic Thor and balloon hammers.

But is he truly in any danger of losing his ministerial position? This is a man with sterling credentials and a stunning portfolio of running the well oiled Foreign Ministry. If anything, it is Wong Kan Seng of Bishan-Toa Payoh and Mah Bow Tan of Tampines who should be sweating in their expensive suits now. The PAP is a victim of its own electoral maneuvering. Our government is now in serious danger of losing a good minister, while the others should be able to be re-elected with less anxiety.

This is not to say George Yeo is indispensable. He may have been a Cambridge graduate, a Brigadier-General in the SAF, and he may have been an excellent minister for 23 years. But the Chen Show Mao of the Worker’s Party has studied at Harvard, Oxford and Stanford, brokered an IPO for the Agricultural Bank of China (3rd largest lender in that very very big country) that raised $19 billion, and speaks Malay, English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Everyone's trying to get that aerial shot.

Even if Chen Show Mao were to become an MP, he’d still be taking a very big pay cut. This is the sort of guy that the PAP uses to defend its GRC system and the Ministerial pay. Without the help of heavyweights and a ‘competitive’ paycheck, qualified candidates would never bother joining politics.

Well, the PAP has been proven wrong. This is a man of ministerial quality. Seriously, given he heads a multinational law firm in China, he’d be excellent for Sino-Singapore economic ties. Which is what the PAP always wanted.

Ideally, GE2011 should see incompetent ministers being voted out, and opposition members being voted in based on their capability to lead the country. Ideally, if we were actually a more representative democracy. Instead, we’ll see young, eager ministers like Teo Ser Luck trying his best to rally a crowd while Teo Chee Hean and the rest take a free-ride (warning: very painful to watch), we might lose George Yeo, and we’ll probably see Wong and Mah being rotated around with different portfolios for another 5 years. And don’t get me started on Tin Pei Ling.

A minister has to fall in the process of change. But is it fair? Even if we don’t see a dramatic increase in the number of opposition-held seats this time, it’s time for the PAP to reflect on their home-made model of formal democracy. This will be a very very painful ride.

In the meantime, Lucas Chow of Mediacorp will be leaving his seat soon and the Presidential elections are due sometime later this year.

Hint to George:  Jobs are still available. :)

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