Field Tin Pei Ling in an SMC and let voters decide

March 31, 2011 by · 20 Comments
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Martyn See wrote, “If we are a properly functioning democracy, she would’ve been torn asunder by comedians and caricaturists. But alas, we are not. In the end, she will stroll into her MP office, with make-up and handbags intact, and she’ll look back on this week as being the most trying period of her political career, and then she’ll have the last laugh, at your expense.”

Written by Ng E-Jay
31 March 2011

I am glad that Mr Siew Kum Hong has come out to defend PAP candidate’s Tin Pei Ling’s right to privacy. With that out of the way, however, it is now time to address a serious political issue.

If the PAP fields Tin Pei Ling in a GRC like Marine Parade, for instance, it would only serve to intensify the already strong criticism that inexperienced PAP candidates enter Parliament merely by riding on the coat-tails of ministers or senior MPs, creating a very unfair and playing field.

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Online smearing of PAP candidate Tin Pei Ling is hypocritical and cowardly

March 30, 2011 by · 34 Comments
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Barely days after the People’s Action Party (PAP) unveiled a potential new candidate, 27 year old Tin Pei Ling, some netizens have posted her pictures online, purported taken from her facebook page and other sources, and conducted a smear campaign against her. Ms Tin has since removed those pictures.

A couple of netizens have even gone one step further, dragging her private life out into the open and speculating on what they perceive to be potential dirt in her affairs.

This behaviour is deplorable, silly and cowardly. It also smacks of a great deal of hypocrisy. On one hand, netizens often decry that the PAP resorts to gutter politics against opponents like Dr Chee Soon Juan and the late J.B. Jeyaretnam. Now, they are behaving in the same fashion.

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Jaslyn Go: Social activist, potential election candidate

March 29, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
29 March 2011

On Monday, the Straits Times introduced Ms Jaslyn Go as a potential election candidate for the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). She was seen making her rounds at Yuhua constituency, an area formerly a part of Jurong GRC. If she contests in Yuhua, she will likely be facing PAP’s Grace Fu.

But what the Straits Times did not report was the heart-rending story of a 39-year old female resident of Yuhua, who is living in dire circumstances, and who told the SDP team that all she wanted was a decent paying job so that she could care for her family and “keep our heads high with dignity“. [1]

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PM Lee, I will definitely vote calmly

March 28, 2011 by · 8 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
28 March 2011

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged the electorate to “calm down, and detach yourself, think carefully before you vote“. [1]

He spoke these words at a community event in Ang Mo Kio on Sunday, during which he advised Singaporeans to think carefully and calmly about the long-term future for Singapore, and refrain from viewing the general election as an overly dramatic or exciting activity.

Cooling off day was cited as a chance to dampen whatever emotions might have been stirred up in the hustle and bustle of election campaigning, and “take things in our stride“.

Well, PM Lee, when I go to the polls this year, I will certainly be very calm.

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Can the opposition win a GRC in GE2011?

March 25, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
25 March 2011

The picture you see above is that of a Worker’s Party election rally held at Ang Mo Kio on 04 May 2006. It was an opposition rally held in PM Lee’s own constituency, and it had attracted a very sizable crowd. The mainstream media did not dare to publish it.

However, the opposition did not win any GRC in the last election, and in fact, the PAP managed to score a rather decent 66.6% of the nationwide vote. Apart from Low Thia Khiang’s Hougang stronghold and Chiam See Tong’s traditional Potong Pasir turf, the closest to victory the opposition came was WP scoring 43.9% of the valid vote in Aljunied GRC.

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Don’t Look Left or Right

March 23, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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Written by Dr Wong Wee Nam
22 Mar 2011

There is a Chinese saying which goes like this: 王顾左右而言他。Translated it means “The King looked left and right and talked about other things”.

It is used in reference to a person who tries to evade an issue in discussion by going off into some other subjects.

This saying is derived from a passage in the Teachings of Mencius, one of the Four Books of the Confucian Analects.

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A 3 cornered fight would hurt WP more than NSP

March 23, 2011 by · 9 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
23 March 2011

In my previous TOC article “A 3-cornered fight is a scorched earth policy that will backfire” (22 Mar), I laid out my reasons why a 3-cornered fight initiated by an opposition party now would have negative repercussions.

Since then, there have been new developments. A Straits Times article “NSP ‘prepared to make way for Workers’ Party” (22 Mar) revealed that NSP’s Sec-Gen, Mr Goh Meng Seng, had offered to back down from staking a claim at Moulmein-Kallang GRC provided that the WP sent either Mr Low Thia Khiang, a current MP, or Ms Sylvia Lim, a current NCMP, to contest there.

This is an impossible curve-ball thrown by NSP’s Sec-Gen. How can it be likely that WP will accede to those conditions? Mr Goh Meng Seng can’t possibly think that WP will acquiesce, unless he knows something we all don’t. His apparent motive seems to be that he wants to appear willing to comprise in spirit, but to remain unyielding in substance.

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Where will Chiam contest?

March 21, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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UPDATED 21 March 2011: Since it is becoming increasingly unlikely for Reform Party to field a GRC team at West Coast, it is also increasingly unlikely for Chiam to join Kenneth Jeyaretnam in a GRC battle. The likely outcome is Chiam contesting Bishan-Toa Payoh, but with a chance he may back down from a GRC contest at the last moment.

Written by Ng E-Jay
(Originally Published at The Online Citizen)

Breaking the GRC barrier will be a crucial goal for the opposition in the next election. With so many pressing issues causing worry and frustration amongst Singaporeans – from foreigners, to housing prices, to the cost of living – there is not a better time for the opposition to finally put to rest the parliamentary dominance of the People’s Action Party (PAP).

Mr Chiam See Tong, Secretary-General of the Singapore People’s Party (SPP), was the first amongst the opposition representatives in Parliament to announce that he is stepping out of his Potong Pasir constituency to contest a GRC. Recently, it was also revealed that his wife Mrs Lina Chiam will be contesting Potong Pasir as his replacement.

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List of constituencies eyed by the Opposition — updated 21 march

March 20, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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SINGLE MEMBER CONSTITUENCIES

  • Bukit Panjang: Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) (confirmed)
  • Hong Kah North: Reform Party (RP), Singapore People’s Party (SPP)
  • Hougang: Workers’ Party (WP) (confirmed)
  • Joo Chiat: WP, independent (Andrew Kuan)
  • Mountbatten: National Solidarity Party (NSP) (confirmed)
  • Pioneer: NSP, RP
  • Potong Pasir: SPP (confirmed)
  • Punggol East: WP, Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA)
  • Radin Mas: RP, SDA, Socialist Front (SF)
  • Sengkang West: WP, SDA
  • Whampoa: WP, NSP, SDP, SF
  • Yuhua: NSP, SDP

GROUP REPRESENTATION CONSTITUENCIES (GRCs)

Four-member GRCs

  • Holland-Bukit Timah: SDP (confirmed)
  • Moulmein-Kallang: NSP, WP (probable 3 cornered fight)

Five-member GRCs

  • Aljunied: WP (confirmed)
  • Bishan-Toa Payoh: SPP (probable but not confirmed)
  • Chua Chu Kang: NSP (not confirmed)
  • East Coast: WP (confirmed)
  • Jurong: NSP (not confirmed)
  • Marine Parade: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) (unlikely)
  • Nee Soon: WP (confirmed)
  • Sembawang: Unknown
  • Tampines: NSP (confirmed)
  • Tanjong Pagar: DPP (unlikely)
  • West Coast: RP (probable but not confirmed)

Six-member GRCs

  • Ang Mo Kio: Unknown
  • Pasir Ris-Punggol: SDA (confirmed)

Which opposition party will come up tops this election?

March 18, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
18 March 2011

This general election will be a watershed election for two important reasons.

Firstly, it is almost certain to be an election that will see opposition parties contest the greatest percentage of available seats since Singapore’s independence in 1965.

Secondly, the internet will play a central role in this election. Compared to 2006, this coming election should feature greater use of websites and social media by political parties as well as netizens. With the recent liberalization of the use of new media technology for election campaigning, political parties will be free to use an array of new media tools like streaming videos, podcasts, and twitter feeds to bring their message to the electorate.

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