Extremely high ministerial salaries are the tip of the iceberg symbolizing decades of high-handed PAP rule and arrogance. They have become a symbol for the distance the PAP has placed between itself and ordinary citizens, or in the words of writer Catherine Lim, of the “great affective divide” between the government and the people.
In PAP constituencies, the People’s Association always appoints the elected MP as the adviser. But in opposition wards, PA appoints the PAP candidate who lost in the last election, not the opposition MP.
Dr Tan Cheong Bock, former PAP MP for Ayer Rajah and potential presidential candidate, supported the PAP Government’s 1987 arrest of “Marxist conspirators” in the months after the arrests. (See here.) In a Straits Times article “Most think Govt acted rightly, says Cheng Bock” dated 30 July 1987, Dr Tan said that the majority of… Continue reading
This letter was issued by the Prime Minister’s Office to all PAP MPs, a copy of which was made available to the media: RULES OF PRUDENCE 1. Our Party has won 81 out of 87 seats in the just concluded General Election. The opposition contested 82 seats, of which the PAP won 76, with 60.1%… Continue reading
(Video attached below) Former Member of Parliament Tan Cheng Bock has indicated that he may be a candidate in the coming Presidential Election. This comes after the 71 year-old quit the ruling People’s Action Party earlier this month. Speaking to 938LIVE, Dr Tan explained his decision: “Many Singaporeans have been urging me to stand for… Continue reading
By See Leong Kit (Writer’s letter to TODAY Voices was rejected for publication) Your TODAY May 14 edition featured two timely reports “When grassroots leaders may not provide most accurate feedback” and “Public Service must connect with those it serves: DPM Teo”. The former report indicated that several PAP MPs now realised that some grassroots… Continue reading
The WP Members of Parliament for Aljunied GRC held their first MPS earlier this week, and it was reported in the mainstream media the next day. This irked PAP MP Irene Ng.
Stern disciplinary action must be taken both for the security lapse as well as the delay in informing residents. Key personnel responsible must be given the sack, and if criminal negligence was involved, justice must be brought to bear.
Nicole Seah’s error seems to be that she did not realise that many Singaporeans are not familiar with the rules. She was also naive in having the funds put in her personal account and something that is not kosher with the concept of accountability.
I believe SDP is a serious and responsible opposition party, and I firmly believe no one in SDP embarks on civil disobedience without giving due consideration to the circumstances, to the sentiments of the people, and the impact on the party.