Monthly Archives: May 2011

Month: May 2011 High ministerial salaries

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.

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Month: May 2011 Dr Tan Cheng Bock supported 1987 arrest of “Marxist conspirators”

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 Singaporeans were satisfied that the

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Month: May 2011 Rules of Prudence for PAP MPs

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% of the votes. SERVING IN

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Month: May 2011 Tan Cheong Bock — potential presidential candidate?

(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 the Presidential Election. And I’m

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Month: May 2011 Constructive suggestions for a more responsive civil service

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 leaders may not give accurate

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Month: May 2011 Nicole Seah Funding Donation Issue

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.

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