The Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) seems to be able to creatively interpret any given situation to suit its narrative. Despite the suspension of ground engagements by the PAP on 13 April, it would appear that its Members of Parliament (MP) are still undertaking such exercises.
According to reports, West Coast Group Representative Constituency (GRC) MP, Foo Mee Har has uploaded a post of herself on Facebook (FB) on 23 May distributing face shields at the Teban Market. MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, Sim Ann also posted on FB on the same day a photograph of herself with Team Bukit Timah and the Dunearn Neighbourhood Committee at the entrance of the St Theresa’s Home seemingly distributing face masks. MP for Choa Chu Kang GRC, Zaqy Mohamad had also earlier uploaded a photograph of himself on FB on 14 May distributing food in Marsiling.
These events will likely be justified as necessary in order to show leadership to constituents the same way Chia Shi Lu, MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC justified his apparent walkabout at Alexander Food Village Centre by stating that he was walking around to ensure that people were wearing face masks!
Never mind that there are many ways to emphasise the importance of face masks without needing physical visits!
Another example of apparent creative interpretation is how the government emphasises that there are two separate infections” — one rising among migrant workers, and a more stable situation among the rest of the population in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic when in reality, the separation is possibly quite arbitrary and artificial.
In the case of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council waiving its tender process when it was said to be urgent to do so, it is a deed that deserves scream out for murder in the Parliament by the ruling party. As for Surbana Jurong in its recent project, you know.
And how about when Senior Minister, Teo Chee Hean asserts that it is unconstitutional to delay general elections unless there is a state emergency when it was raised in Parliament that the general elections should be delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? History shows that Singapore has amended the constitution numerous times in the past which indicates that if the government really wanted to do something, it could! Besides, if a global pandemic does not qualify as an emergency, what does?
It seems at odds to suggest that postponing a general election amid a global pandemic would be anti constitutional when the constitution has been amended multiple times over arguably less urgent matters?
The list goes on but it would appear that the government does interpret situations creatively to suit the narrative it wishes to create in order to do what it wants.
Isn’t that disingenuous?