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WP’s new candidates want to work towards Govt accountability

April 21
21:40 2011

Ko Siew Huey /

The Worker’s Party (WP) introduced its second batch of four candidates on Thursday All four reiterated a common vision that motivated them to stand for elections – to build a political system with an effective mechanism of checks and balances that would hold the government accountable to its people.

The four candidates are Angela Oon Kheng Faye, 32, Yaw Shin Leong, 34, L. Somasundaram, 47 and Dr John Yam Poh Nam, 49.

A researcher with a background in Philosophy and Literature, Ms Oon [picture right] said her grandfather, who was a community leader and philanthropist, inspired her interest in public service.

She started volunteering with WP about 2 years ago, taking on the opposition cause as she felt there was a “profound imbalance in how few safeguards there are to check on the ruling party.”

Ms Oon said that as she listened to the stories of the people she encountered in her grassroots work, she felt a need to represent the concerns of those who have been “left behind” by Singapore’s push for economic development. She added, “These people are the ones that are hard hit by the rising cost of living and I want to be a voice for these people.”

The second candidate introduced was Mr Yaw. He is the Organising Secretary of WP and a business lecturer at a private college.

Mr Yaw started getting involved in political activism as a student and later volunteered for grassroots activities in Potong Pasir. He joined WP 10 years ago.

In the 2006 elections, he was part of the WP team dubbed the “suicide squad” that contested Ang Mo Kio GRC, which was led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The team managed to garner about 33% of the votes there.

Mr Yaw said that besides economic, social and cultural development, political development is something that Singaporeans should take seriously and one way to do that is to put in place a credible alternative presence in Parliament.

Dr Yam [picture right], is the director of a telecommunications consulting firm. He has degrees in electrical engineering and in business administration. His career began in the public sector where he served as Police Inspector in the Singapore Police Force before moving on to take on management positions at various multinational companies.

Dr Yam believes that changes are needed in our education system as the current approach of streaming and school rankings promotes elitism and does not produce creative Singaporeans who can think independently. He would also like to see more emphasis placed on moral education and teaching children how to be responsible citizens.

Mr Somasundaram is a polytechnic lecturer. An engineer by training, he has been an active volunteer at Aljunied GRC the past 4 years. One area of concern that he would like to address is the plight of unemployed older workers who cannot secure jobs even after retraining, a situation he attributes to Singapore’s  “easy reliance on foreign talent”.

“Although the PAP has got a passing grade over the last five decades,” he said, “it is beginning to lose touch with the people it is supposed to lead and care for. Everything is measured in dollars and cents… I want to bring the government’s attention to people and remind the government that people come first.”

The WP will officially introduce its next batch of candidates on Saturday.

All pictures from WP’s Facebook page.

TOC will have more reports on the media conference.

 
  • iamaPIMP

    this is what oppositions mp/backbenchers supposed to do in parliament
    to debate and OPPOSED in the name of etiqutte for the people by the people
    if the prime minister 1st 2 legalised geylarg..
    the opposition duties is to ask?why not enough lisend streetwalkers blah blah blah…
    dr hen on the other hen can asked which geylard junction to cross..lor 3/69 nobody cared as long as he get to cross the road liked a normal CHICKENED….

  • tiredsingaporean

    Its time singaporeans hold the papies accountable for each and every screwed ups they have made that land singaporeans into this very sorry state. We must not just let them go scot-free, have them all arrested and tried in court for all the misappropriation of the nation’s billion$ reserve.

  • citizen

    Finally, we have an engineer in Dr. Yam. PAP has none, they have too many from the same mould.

  • Robert Teh

    Owing to the fact that we tend to emply generalists from professions like lawyers and accountants we may miss the needed insight and lack excellence in holistic technological development and master economic planning.

    The leaders who are mostly generalists could only take part in ideas and policies but lack key knowledge to lead in strategic economic and technological planning.

    They are handicapped in creating our own niche areas of technological development and have to depend on others to understand technologies and economic strategic master planning.

    Korea, Taiwan and others have moved far ahead in this technological development and are at the top in economic master planning.

    Major changes are needed to the whole governing system. Otherwise there will be too many ideas and regulations and policies alone but nothing substantial in master planning of strategic technological and economic development which require really excellent expertise in this area.

    A new batch of new MPs from opposition parties should be brought in to get real and not be lost in talking and rhetoric.

    Just my two cents worth.

  • Alan

    To build a political system with an effective mechanism of checks and balances that would hold the government accountable to its people. Achievable goal.

  • Imike

    over reliance on cheap labour aka FTS -
    is the PAP attracting the wrong industries ??

    if tey cant pay competitive local wages..
    then tes factories should NOT b in spore

    does hongkong,taiwan need to rely so much
    on FTs??

    where did we go wrong?/ or PAP’s mistakes??

  • iamaPIMP

    Imike

    where did we go wrong?/ or PAP’s mistakes??
    ………….
    1) rentals..ura/sls/whatever factories should be charged as factories rates..
    not orchard land rates
    2) in hongkong/taiwan/china do you ever ear the words foreign workers’ levies?
    3) why singapoor owned factories in batamm is so successful?
    refer to
    1) and 2) again
    even singtech inc moved out of singapoor for cheaper location iked china/india retirin all the scholars ceo…

  • yeoman

    it MUST BE EXCEEDINGLY encouraging to our down and trodden VOICELESS singaporeans to see so mnay of their countrymen and women coming out in FULL FORCE to STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT for them.

    Singaporeans,young and old,BABY-BOOMERS,GEN X OR GEN Y,we must all LEND OUR SUPPORT to OUR OPPO SINGAPOREANS and not fail them this time around.

    if we want to be heard LOUD AND CLEAR,then we must SHOW SOLIDARITY and BE ONE MIND AND ONE HEART beating in rythm for OUR COMMON CAUSE.

    this GE is not just an ‘ELECTION’,it is a CALL FOR ALL OF US TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE SINGAPORE,ONE PEOPLE TO RECLAIM OUR DIGNITY,CITIZENS; RIGHTS AND HNNOUR FOR OUR COUNTRY which has been ‘infiltrated’ by non-loyal mercenary FTs who just want to take ADVANTAGE of the economic progress we have achieved through our forefathers’ and our very own BLOOD,SWEAT AND TEARS.

    LET US COME TOGETHER BODY,MIND AND SPIRIT as SINGAPOREANS.

  • Imagine

    I am really clueless. Precisely what do they want to “check and balance” that they can’t do now?
    I think by “checks and balances” , it can only imply taking over the govt.
    If so, what are the economical and political consequences when rookies, mostly unqualified(lacking clout) candidates, take over the govt?

    Shudder.

  • iamaPIMP

    Imagine 22 April 2011
    I am really clueless. Precisely what do they want to “check and balance” that they can’t do now?

    …………..
    you meant when chiamseetong/lowthiakiang placed up their votes/idea against the casino issues..cancerlee replied…
    ok casino deals off…
    you further meant when 35,000 workers was recruited from ABROAD to run the casinos…lowthiakiang/chiamseetong placed up their hands..leekingyou says ok..we will take 17,500 from protonpasir/houghang mental residents to worked in the ir resorts?
    so which part are YOU still clueless?
    do you need mrs chiamseetong to print you a streetdirectory.com where to eat YOUR $2 abalone porridge as well? or which clinic in proton pasir do a $8 bypass perhaps?

  • Max Michael Lim

    COE previously is $5000 deposit for any amount bid, now is $10000 for any amount bid. Does this bidding system really reflect the market demand & deter speculation ? Or it is an instrument to increase “certain” department revenue ? I think the FAIRER way is : how much you want to bid for the COE, then you should deposit 50% of the amount upfront, but this method/system will hurts somebody/department pocket. And I think car-dealers will not bid sky-high price anymore./bidd Then the COE pricing/bidding will be a much fairer game & not like now only 1 winner. The higher the COE, the better for the winner, but the winner is not the car-dealers, not the banks, not the car-owners but is ………………………….

  • Imagine iii@fgg.com

    Precisely. Unless the opposition takes over the govt, they cannot expect to have it their way.

    Ultimately, only one party gets to rule and we are back to square one: ONE superior ruler and where is the ” checks and balances”?

  • Worker’s Party Is A Winning Party

    I am impressed with the credentials of the WP’s Candidates. I am staying at Changi Village under the East Coast Constituency. My family of 5 will all vote for WP. My door will be wide open for them.

    In WP, we trust our future.

  • The Flexibility of English

    English, like all languages, is a flexible tool.

    To say that you want to work towards accountability is an Aspiration.

    Its like I want to do my best for my company. This is an aspiration. It does not Guarantee you will.

    Also, as long as the number of Opposition MP seats is insufficient or NCMP have no powers, all this talk or promise is as empty as air.

    The People who do not like the current system can only continue to suffer the agony as Opposition may not have much effect in parliament to push for Accountability.

    The surest way to achieve this is only when opposition becomes the ruling party and check and give us the answers to the questions that have been floating on the internet for years.

  • Get Real

    And we know that the opposition cannot be the ruling party without bloodbath in the land. Election only creates an illusion of change but not changing anything substantial.
    If we want “checks and balances” in parliament, the political structure must change.

  • Jimmy

    Dear Singaporeans,

    Looking at all the vitriolic against the ruling party, it seems highly fashionable to be anti-establishment online.

    After hearing all the top Opposition parties air their manifesto, the following song (sung to the tune of “We are Singapore”) seems apt:

    There was a time when people said
    That Singapore is about PAP, but they’re wrong
    There was a time when our Parliament is only
    Third class, but now we’re First
    We gonna win the Election, by all means, by attacking PAP
    And also Tin Pei Ling

    Chorus 1:
    We are Opposition, We put Singapore First
    We cut GST, We ask Foreigners to leave
    We offer free HDB, We don’t need GDP
    We are Singapore, Opposition ye..
    [ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/s/singapore_national/we_are_singapore.html ]
    Singapore our homeland, we don’t need Malaysians
    All of us united, lets use up our reserves
    We’ve come so far together, our common destiny
    Singapore Opposition, will offer free medical

    ( Repeat Chorus 1 )

    ( Sung )
    We the Opposition of Singapore
    Pledge ourselves as anti-PAP grouping
    Regardless of global competition, lack of natural resources
    Lets ask foreigners to accept second class status
    Based on Singapore first principle
    So as to raise our median income
    Provide social welfare for our nation

    Chorus 2:
    We are Opposition, We put Singapore First
    We will stand together, tap our reserves
    We are Singapore, we don’t need MNCs
    We’re a nation strong and free forevermore

    ( Repeat Chorus 1 & 2 )

    We are Singapore, Singaporeans ( X 2 )

    Vote wisely countrymen.

  • Political Observer

    This is a good objective. Better than first class parliament, which can mean debate or other things. It would perhaps have been better than the coined phrase of first class, for each nation differs and here we are talking about what is even a Singaporean or one which is not. The debate on WP candidate and PAP ones is interesting to note as views differ. By deliberate choice or chance, Low has stirred up something which as a result of the nation preoccupation with Checks and not alternatives( if ever there can be one) since the two cannot exist in an arena which is filled with genuine desire to serve( both sides) and also opportunistic desires.
    To be realistic, neither has offered solutions. WP manifesto for housing like that for business is opportunistic while that for the incumbent oversimplifies the problems. There is a connect but yet disconnect amongst both.
    The problems are there and the grievances quite obvious but other than accountability can any opposition out there discuss on Singapore use of its reserves, not for investment or for nuturing some of the SMEs. And how this can be done.
    Another issue that confronts the Nation it’s productivity which has improved in 2010, but is likely not to repeat or measures to help families below the Median income to break the inequality gap and move on as the trends of mobility for labour will not change.
    Or discuss the inadequacies of the safety net offered by the incumbent.
    As an observer I am surprised by the comments of a learned man as to the fact as to whether the populace is aware of the intention for a desired population size. This s stirring the masses and the question of motives. It goes beyond the desire to serve as clearly most know even my pals in coffee shops the surge in FT. The trend cannot be reversed and will never be, neither the fact That Singapore has transforrmed itself into a global city and that the Incumbents are dealing with forces of the Market on all fronts. It is a problem that neither the Americans nor the Chinese know where it will end. But at the same time, the salaries of the incumbent ministers are high beyond comparison and the apparent lack of accountability for many issues that bothers ordinary citizens

  • blacktryst

    I really wonder at the Worker’s Party and their message they are trying to portray. Their manifesto states that they are trying to be an alternative government in waiting should disaster fall. Its good that they have the ability to step up should Governmetn falls but i feel that they instead should be aiming for winning the governance of Singapore outright rather than shooting for second best. I understand it is wishful thinking and it is a remote chance at that. I understand they are being honest. Still, to me the message they are putting out there is they seem not to have the passion to fight for number one.

  • mice is nice

    blacktryst, 22 April 2011

    PAP claims they are the A Team & fail to deliver on past promises. WP has no track record on running a govt to speak of, so its just being humble by stating that they are but an “insurance”?

    there is a danger of backlash by overstating a claim. like if they say they can do this & that but din deliver on those promises.

    i just hope they dun promise anything Swiss standard of living other than Swiss chocolates, lol…

  • SC

    During one of the previous elections, someone from PAP said that he hoped to see “Thunder and Lightning”.

    We all know who represents “Lightning”.

    As for “Thunder”? Well, the Norse God of Thunder is Thor, whose weapon is the Hammer, which is also the symbol of WP.

    I am impressed with WP’s “Davids” standing against a parliament of “Goliaths”.

    Enough for me to tell the ruling party, a quote from Thor, “I SAY THEE NAY!”

  • Look Down & See

    @Imagine

    “what are the economical and political consequences when rookies, mostly unqualified(lacking clout) candidates, take over the govt?”

    The WP don’t even have the ability to win another seat, not to mention take over the govt, because all their candidates are mere lightweights, waiting to be crushed. That includes Low Thia Kiang, who can’t even present his own ideas properly, how is he to speak for the people?

  • alitheia

    With more opposition in parliament, the government cannot push through policies without scrutiny. They will have to address concerns and queries from the opposition MPs.

    And also, political accountability is not merely confined within parliament. An important part is the larger political culture – one that demands accountability.

    With more opposition MPs in parliament, our political culture will mature. A more engaged public that desires accountability will make the government more responsive and responsible.

    The WP is realistic. They are also wise to pitch for accountability rather than wholesale change.

  • silvester

    Its written above ”the PAP has got a passing grade for the past 5 decades , but its losing touch with the people and everything is measured in dollars & cents”.
    I think this sums it all up, the state of affairs we are in.

    Thats what happens when the govt keep on recruiting ‘the same kind as themselves’.
    These are the elite all-A1-grades students who excel only in the classroom & perhaps cant see the ‘common daily issues outside of their circle’.

    Just watch TV news; the way our ministers face the cameras & speak.Its almost always that they stick their feet in their mouths & make unclear bad speeches & they are accused of ‘advising people of shipping or sending our old folks to die in JB old homes’; now they have to defend their speeches :-)
    Mah is so boring to watch whenever he says something about the property market, that I quickly turn to another TV channel! Anythings else is better than watching him! Its so PAINFUL.
    This happens when there is no REAL debate on issues, no REAL opposition, people become careless & make silly speeches.

    So perhaps,the PAP needs a ”renewal” of sorts.
    Stop recruiting so many elite all-A1-grades students, get instead people who understand common man issues.Get people who can function outside the classroom & connect with the comman man.

    The ordinary citizens (we all), should vote in some deserving opposition (there are many in this GE), so that when we watch ”in parliament today”, we actually get some lively debate & not everyone just saying or implying ‘yes, I agree’.Having nominated MPs cant be the same as having legitimately voted in Opposition menbers.The latter have earned their stars & are not beholden.

  • Mole Alert!!! Castrate the Mole!!!

    Dear Netizens,

    TOC has been infiltrated by mole named Jimmy (monicker).

    We can easily spot a Mole by his Sweeping Statements to fool the innocent and less discerning.

    Jimmy claimed that “We ask Foreigners to leave”. How do you prove your claims? People ask fake talents to leave, not all foreigners to leave. Would you like to buy fake goods? Are things you buy all fakes? You like to be fooled?

    He also said “Singapore our homeland, we don’t need Malaysians”

    The People are unhappy with the Extreme Level of Influx. The People have never rejected Foreigners completely. Many have married Foreigners. How can true love be asking foreigners to leave?

    This is the 1st instance Jimmy is debunked.

    Another con-job by jimmy when he anyhow twisted his ass and farted “Singapore Opposition, will offer free medical”

    Where is you proof jimmy ?

    Again, you are debunked because no opposition said so.

    Likewise, the following are the remaining nonsense you spewed :

    1. “Lets ask foreigners to accept second class status” Again, we love foreigners who provide us service. This is already proven fact.

    2. “We are Singapore, we don’t need MNCs” . You said so or who said so? Anyone can say anything. Were you the one who said this under the guise of another monicker? So, you suka suka anyhow claim anything? Because no one can check on you? Why not you say

    “I very honest. So, You must trust me.”

    or

    “I command your respect. So, you respect me because I think and claim so as i like so.”

    or

    “You no need check on me because I check on myself. I am a man of my words. So, you don’t need to audit me. I self-audit. I am my own judge, jury and lawyer, accountant and CFO.”

    or lagi bagus “what i say is always the Truth. Thats that!”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    intelligence has to be respected.

  • William Chan

    Kinda agree with Robert Teh

    >Otherwise there will be too many ideas and regulations and policies alone but nothing substantial in master planning of strategic technological and economic development which require really excellent expertise in this area.

    >A new batch of new MPs from opposition parties should be brought in to get real and not be lost in talking and rhetoric.

    But even if we have a louder opposition voice, we still need a concerted effort from the opposition to veto against bad polic-ing for the people and the nation. Else all we will have are a bunch of guys from SDP, WP, SPP, PAP, etc.. arguing till the cows come home and nothing will be done.

    The people need to see if the opposition has any intention to make this happen to really understand what their intentions are. For now, I only see endless arguments for housing, foreigners, etc..

    Also agree that we need to improve our skills to be able to compete globally with the big guns in terms of technology, science and so on. Building the engineer has a longer term impact on the country and could have a multiplier effect. With skills like these, it wont be about survival anymore, but rather how to be the best of the best in the global economy.

  • Anthony

    For those who vote Oppo. Just remember the saying ” Be careful what you wish for as you may just get it”.

  • alitheia

    to William Chan:

    1. Agree it should not be about arguing for the sake of argument. In any case, filibustering is not possible in our parliament.

    2. Your point on helping Singapore be more competitive by leveraging on technology and new knowledge is valid. I would like to suggest however that the Singapore economy has been too planned and overly directed. There are inherent problems in that approach e.g. inadvertently becoming too one-dimensional. A more multi-faceted economy is more resilient and more able to provide a wider range of opportunities.

    3. The job of parliamentarians is not to be the experts. When it comes to the economy, their job is to facilitate conditions that allow for optimal growth – factoring the impact of economic policies on citizens.

    4. Being Best: it is good to strive for excellence but we must remember that different people have different abilities and levels of capability.

  • Superchicken

    Accountability is very, very important. During accountability checks and irregularities were found, pls report to CPIB, CAD or ISD other suitable agencies. Thank you.

  • Cross Road

    “To be realistic, neither has offered solutions. WP manifesto for housing like that for business is opportunistic while that for the incumbent oversimplifies the problems. There is a connect but yet disconnect amongst both.
    The problems are there and the grievances quite obvious but other than accountability can any opposition out there discuss on Singapore use of its reserves, not for investment or for nuturing some of the SMEs. And how this can be done.”

    “The trend cannot be reversed and will never be, neither the fact That Singapore has transforrmed itself into a global city and that the Incumbents are dealing with forces of the Market on all fronts”

    Partisan politics cannot balance the national account sheet. The incumbent is basically a pragmatic agent who is driven by high octane fuel. The oppositions are too myopic( derailed by opportunistic interests, in your words) and can’t be honest(or blind to) about the bigger issues in life – we are not alone.
    Unfortunately, the feuding parties will divide the people and it is not a smart thing to do now( in a volatile world)because these bickering parties may lead to more losers than winners when we finally tally up.

    So if partisan politicking is not the answer, what is?

    Perhaps, when the powers stop the seduction, we can get on with…rational living?

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  • City of Light

    The electoral system we have inherited is daft. It divides the nation, eats up resources unnecessarily, never address the real issues, totally obsessive with selfish power and in the long term, everybody loses.

    Let’s do away with the pseudo, hypocritical and deceptive western style democratic system and invite “our friends” into the negotiating table. We need to get on with the “REAL BUSINESS” in life and in running a “first world City”.

    Lay down your arms, enter to your rightful inheritance and change the world we are living in!

  • IMike

    accountability-pls ask PAP/govt

    1 GIC billion $$ loss n how $$ is invested
    2.khaw-why wait 20+ year for a hospital in the north
    3.mah-land n construction cost for HDB
    4.vivian-justify t $200MM over spent on YOG
    5.raymond lim-who pays for t CTE.KJE -taxes collected or COE/ERP

  • iamaPIMP

    Cross Road 22 April 2011
    “To be realistic, neither has offered solutions
    ””””””””’
    neither?
    WOW woah..great..
    if neither yet YOU allowed the pap government to continue correctin their HIGH wages…
    are YOU a workin person or a millionHAIR citizen?
    if you are a workin person..would your services not bein terminated for the numerous mistakes YOU repeat?
    when was the last time the oppositions have the POWER to get involve in runnin the ministries? did YOU ever visited proton pasir matethepeople session?
    what office is chiamseetong? what office is the pap mp..yes yes..pap mps can used the PEOPLE association centre with full aircon blast to ^TALK^ cork…
    chiamseetong cannot mey? WHY?
    so do you hav a CLUE @ all or are you just as smart as ahTIN?

  • alitheia

    Human nature is not incorruptible and has a predisposition to protecting and furthering self-interest.

    There is no philosopher king.

    It is exactly because of this that checks and balances are needed.

    Who determines what is important? Who decides on prioritization? Who determines what constitutes “real business” or “a First World City”? And before all that, who does the inviting and who gets invited or left out from the “negotiating table”?

    Democracy is based on the simple truth that every person – regardless of background or ability – has fundamental rights to allow him to live with dignity, as a member of the larger polity.

    Political parties are a manifestation of reality – that people are different, have differing views, hopes and fears.

    This need not lead however to a fractious society. That is why it is of vital importance that the system rests on a democratic culture, on values and goals. The constitution and laws of the land are areas that should reflect and enshrine democratic values and goals.

    Representation and realization of hopes and fears take place within the larger framework and spirit of law.

    Leaving the business of governance to some nebulous ideal of a negotiating table is asking for trouble. That would be an even surer recipe for disaster, for corruption, for tyranny.

    Yes, democracy is far from perfect. But as Churchill once said, it is still better than all the other forms of government.

  • iamaPIMP

    Look Down & See 22 April 2011
    hat includes Low Thia Kiang, who can’t even present his own ideas properly, how is he to speak for the people?
    ……….
    you minority indian or malay?
    do YOU need an interpreter for a teochew to english?
    you know NATO or not?
    speakin is easy..doin it is difficult..
    why must YOU look down and see?
    you very high class mey?
    ow much you CHARGE when YOU spread your leggs wide?

  • ONE SIMPLE CASE OF ACCOUNTABILITY THAT WORKERS PARTY CAN ASK

    WP SHOULD ASK IF BELOW IS TRUE.

    MIS-USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS??

    QUOTE:
    PAP candidate held grand farewell party using taxpayers money…
    27 Mar 2011 …
    The CEO of Energy Market Authority (EMA), Mr Lawrence Wong Shyun Tsai,
    widely tipped to be a PAP candidate in the coming General Election, …

    http://www.temasekreview.com/…/potential-pap-candidate-held-grand-farewell-party-using-taxpayers’-money/
    –Cached New PAP candidate ”

  • CPIB din’t even look into Lawrence Wong case, THAT ADDS TRUTH TO IT

    .
    CPIB din’t even look into Lawrence Wong case, THAT ADDS TRUTH TO IT.

    http://www.temasekreview.com/…/potential-pap-candidate-held-grand-farewell-party-using-taxpayers’-money/

    quote-
    Superchicken 22 April 2011
    Accountability is very, very important. During accountability checks and irregularities were found, pls report to CPIB, CAD or ISD other suitable agencies. Thank you.

  • GOVERNMENT ALSO DIDN’T COMMENT = IT IS TRUE

    Quote:

    CPIB din’t even look into Lawrence Wong case, THAT ADDS TRUTH TO IT
    22 April 2011

    .
    CPIB din’t even look into Lawrence Wong case, THAT ADDS TRUTH TO IT.

    http://www.temasekreview.com/…/potential-pap-candidate-held-grand-farewell-party-using-taxpayers’-money/

    quote-
    Superchicken 22 April 2011
    Accountability is very, very important. During accountability checks and irregularities were found, pls report to CPIB, CAD or ISD other suitable agencies. Thank you.

  • Imagine

    Any party in power will always provide “politically correct” answers – always have been that way with the incumbent. So what “checks and balances” the opposition hopes to achieve in parliament?

    Let’s be reminded that the late President Ong couldn’t have his way with the rulers, what makes a bunch of rookies think they can without ousting the rulers?

    There is no real progress with this kind of democratic process. Nothing substantial changes but to wait for the next election for more mudslinging, plus threats – now they give it a better name: softer touch – until the incumbent blunders, hopefully, so the next better armed party can take over power and repeats autocratic rule(the will of the party) until they mess up the country or if the electorate loses patience and take matters to the streets – in the case of SDP in power – and paint the streets red like in Thailand

  • Lim SS

    You see, even TOC is enforcing its WILL on visitors(people), by moderating and censoring a legitimate comment. Imagine, if they formed the next government, as an opposition, will my voice be heard?

    Let the SELFISH AND POWER MONGERING fruits speak for itself. I am too realistic to believe any of these parties “ideals” or ” serve the people” crap.

    Accountability and checks and balances(moderating for example) are CONDITIONAL and LIMITED.

    If they don’t like what you say, or if your beliefs threaten their power base, expect to be POLICED, right TOC?

  • Be Real

    We talk about changes because POWER is at stake. To change, they say… FEED ME WITH POWER.

    You give them power, you live with the consequences.

  • s

    well, for a start, give the too powerful a whack to make them wake up…

    then if wp grc dont work to the welfare, then vote them out again. simple as that…

    too arrogant, too autocratic, too powerful itself without discussing even or people voting is a problem..

  • Titiana

    Each time the Opposition introduces its new candidates to the voters, the PAP candidates paled in comparison. PAP candidates are just a bunch of groupthinkers.

    The combined Opposition parties have enough men and women of stellar qualities to become cabinet ministers.

    Voters are now presented with par excellence alternative.

  • Cab driver

    it is an unending wayanging process. by then,it will be too late. furthermore, the parties know that to survive politically, they have to be “politically correct” to win votes. when people who seek power to be “politically correct”, can you trust them?

    those want power have to come up with manifesto that spells MONEY to the electorate.

    take housing for instance. PAP brought prosperity to home owners. they did such a great job, newer entrance into the market will not make as much money as their parents.

    so here comes the opposition. what are they saying to the envious in order to win their votes?

    lets plunge the property market. they promise cheaper, better and faster money in the property market if you give them your power.

    so Mah came out accusing them of raiding the reserves and playing a dangerous political game.

    because they can’t about turn at this point, the oppositions maintained their position but are they honest?

    next time, when your idea is to steal from our parents to give it to their children, pls have some shame to be honest about it and not have a scholar to beautifully frame it into your manifesto.

    thank you

  • s

    dont think the gov did a good job.. they create huge bills of housing debts for commoners to pay(it rose in value, but too fast and furious amid recession, valuations of hdb and private is internal injuries and went up too high and fast, now going south abit or north more also cant, cost of building hdb is not expensive but they want to peg to market rates, for who knows what reason, do they dare to show their books of building hdb, land sales, and even various reserves, doubt very much so) and bills and other money sucking mechanism like erp and coes and bills increase and taxes in various retail rates, not wholesales rates

  • Cab driver

    i am not defending the govt. the world does not belong to the poor or the rich. why should i take side? but these people who want to “change things” are taking sides.

    be smart, kick them out before we all get kicked in.

  • iPUSHleekingyouwheelchair

    Cab driver

    be smart, kick them out before we all get kicked in.
    ……………
    indeed YOU are 1 smart a s s
    ow much do YOU robbed for a ride from the airport to pasir ris?
    too near to be rob?
    the world do not belon to the poor? if you are poor ow to buy the world?
    leekingyou used your cpf retirement funds to enrich his familly..
    and people who 1st to change thinggies shouldn’t take sides right?
    let leekingyou family take YOU for a ride? opps forgotton you are 1 special cabby..YOU take OTHERs for a ride..
    now you know why RC members are either robbers mlm merchants or texi(10% of them) drivers…
    so its ok for YOU to rob passengers in return..right?

  • iPUSHleekingyouwheelchair

    Let the SELFISH AND POWER MONGERING fruits speak for itself. I am too realistic to believe any of these parties “ideals” or ” serve the people” crap
    ….
    indeed well spoken..
    the above who are you echoed as?
    wongcantsink?limboonheng?limsiasuayed or even higher..leekingyou himself? he did confirmed he still 1st 2 surf his tanjongpagar grc constituned..he havn’t done enough yet..although he only worked 1 day/week with the blessin/permission from the primeinister office…
    why? he think he is the father of the primeinister?
    opps..indeed he is
    I STAND CORRECTED

  • ACCOUNTABILITY

    Accountability:
    1. who holds the amount of CPF money now? where are they? In CPF Board? In DBS? In Ministry of Finance? What is the current status?
    2.

  • Who

    Life is a series of decisions with many a trade-offs.

    If we want uncongested roads, prices of cars cannot be too low or there has to be some quota limit.

    If we want much lower HDB prices, be prepared to drive down current market prices and majority of owners might see their home quity shrink or even go negative relative to bank loans.

    If we drive down civil service salaries, we will drive more brain drain to the private sector – USA faces severe brain drain to the private sectors across all major public institutions like judiciary, education, health care etc

    If we severely restrict foreigners, our GDP will be reduced and even domestic help may become more expensive. In many western countries, there are very lttle affordable domestic help available and au pairs costs are very high.

    Accountability is clearer when the person is already steering the ship and the trade-offs are for all to see.

    Accountability is only cheap talk if you suggest policies (like zero GST) and do not offer solutions to make some thing else whole or do not share what is the trade-off (or downside).

  • iPUSHleekingyouwheelchair

    who
    Accountability is only cheap talk if you suggest policies (like zero GST) and do not offer solutions to make some thing else whole or do not share what is the trade-off (or downside).
    …………
    why you spammed? you 1st me to be accountable again?
    what solutions did your masters the pap done so far? you keep erectin poles after poles to ease traffic…and we kept buyin that xtrotion day after days
    so what trade off you want?
    to trade ahTin for ahLian?
    indeed TALK IS CHEAP
    even parrotin is better

  • alitheia

    to Who:

    Would you agree that there should be merit and reward for doing good?

  • Thrasher

    No political party have every answer to every issue and to the future uncertainties ahead . But a political party whom made effort and care to the basic social needs and putting it’s country fellow citizen as their pirority is defintely one the nation can rely on.

    At least we see now, the current Worker’s Party attribute as an alternative choice for Singaporean to bring the nation to the next leap!!

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