NSP is continuing their flirtation with the SMC, so we don’t know for sure if there will be a three-cornered fight. For all we know, other parties might decide to join in the fun!
3) The comings and goings at PAP
In the name of ‘renewal’, the PAPpies are phasing out old stalwarts like Wong Kan Seng, Mah Bow Tan, Inderjit Singh and Hawazi Daipi. Minister Lui Tuck Yew is also stepping out of politics, and it remains to be seen where the PAPpies will be picking their ‘minister calibre’ candidates from.
Especially where the next Transport Minister will come from, since that seems to be the hot potato portfolio nowadays.
4) “Pursuant to Section 49, Sub-section 7e, Paragraph A of the Parliamentary Elections Act…”
Only the WeePies know, and they’re holding this card close to their chest. We can expect the PAPpies to pounce on any financial irregularity the reports show, and Singaporeans would have to consider whether having an opposition voice is worth the financial mismanagement.
7) Chee Soon Juan
This will be the first election that Chee Soon Juan will be competing, since sitting out GE 2006 and GE 2011 because of his bankruptcy.
Which Chee Soon Juan will we see this time?
Could we see fierce liberal who spared no punches in criticizing Singapore’s trade agreements with US? Or would we see the man that his own mentor, Mr Chiam See Tong, described as a ‘megalomaniac’ who wants the centre-stage all the time?
These are all very exciting angles for this coming GE, and we haven’t even talked about the Reform Party and Singaporeans First – both parties led by familiar names in local politics. Hell, for all we know Roy Ngerng might even decide to run against his old foe PM Lee in Ang Mo Kio GRC!
Mr Low, as they rightly pointed out, is the leader of the WeePies and that means that he would likely become the Prime Minister if the WeePies wins the majority in Parliament. We now know that the WeePies will not win the majority, since they will only be running for 28 seats.
What if, however, the WeePies win their 28 seats and the other opposition parties pull their weight and take another 17? The opposition parties could form a coalition government with 45 seats and remove PAP from power for the first time since Singapore’s independence!
Would Mr Low, as de facto leader of the opposition, then become the Prime Minister of Singapore? What would that be like?
Five Stars and a Moon suggested that Mr Low would not be a good Prime Minister, because he is a for-profit businessman and is not eloquent enough to represent Singapore. Instead of Mr Low, they suggested that either Ms Sylvia Lim or Mr Chen Show Mao would be more suitable as Prime Minister.
While Mr Low is definitely not as well-spoken as Ms Lim or Mr Chen, he’s not had the dishonor of running a Town Council to the ground. Perhaps his expertise in running a for-profit business helped when he was running Hougang SMC, where he was MP for 20 years before leaving for Aljunied GRC in 2011. This financial acumen would be sorely needed in a scenario where WP and another opposition party rules Singapore, because PAP’s financial guru Tharman would likely be gone, and we wouldn’t want Singapore to be bankrupt.
Eloquence is not all that matters when running a country. Ms Lim’s time with Aljunied has showed us that she needs more experience.
And please forget about Mr Chen Show Mao – that is assuming that you haven’t forgotten about him of course. Even though it seems like he has more scholarships than the entire civil service combined, Mr Chen has a natural knack of not delivering at key debates. Perhaps he can run for the President, where his talent for reading prepared speeches would be put to good use.
Such reshuffles are common though, and should come as no surprise.
What really surprised us was the odd re-drawing of boundaries. You see, people are always accusing the PAPpies of re-drawing boundaries to benefit themselves by either breaking up opposition strongholds, or drawing boundaries such that it is difficult for opposition parties to compete.
Today, they did neither.
Smaller GRCs and more SMCs mean that it would be easier for opposition parties to compete because they can now form smaller teams for the smaller GRCs or send one individual to fight in an SMC. One of these SMCs, Macpherson, is also likely to be contested by PAPpie Tin Pei Ling, who wasn’t very popular last time round. The opposition parties must surely clamor to compete in this new SMC.
Aljunied GRC, Hougang and Punggol-East were left completely untouched, giving WeePies the chance to stay there and consolidate their support. We wouldn’t be surprised if the senior WeePies like Mr Low Thia Khiang and Ms Sylvia Lim stay there, and send their now-experienced colleagues like Mr Chen Show Mao and Mr Pritam Singh to lead their own GRC teams.
Yes, the new boundaries essentially mean that WeePies can strengthen their current constituencies while competing in new areas.
If the PAPpies were really trying to give themselves an advantage with the new boundaries, they may have goofed it up.
The Residents’ Committee (RC) in Toa Payoh put up a notice last year, saying that they would be building an RC centre at The Peak @ Toa Payoh. Some residents were unhappy about it, and signed a petition against the plan. Concerns cited include ventilation, lighting and safety of the area.
I wonder if the same concerns would apply if the plan was to build a private swimming pool, private carpark, or a tennis court instead of an RC centre.
Doubt there would be as much unhappiness if the plan was to build some fanciful facility that would increase the value of their flats! In fact, one resident even came out to say that even though an RC centre was necessary, she would rather “have it built elsewhere”.
This is sadly not the first time something like that has happened in Singapore. Serangoon Gardens, that Bishan nursing home and now an RC centre. Everyone wants more facilities, but only if these facilities were built elsewhere.
If everyone wants something to be built on other people’s backyards we are going to eventually run out of backyards OK?
At this rate, we’re going to have to import sand from Indonesia just to have enough backyards to build things. And that is not fun at all.
Sigh, if only I could make so much money by talking nonsense on this blog.
Anyway, they will be represented by Mr Remy Choo, one of The Online Citizen founders. Nice to see The Online Citizen and TRS helping each other out!
On the note of helping each other out, I’ve decided to write an entry in the style of TRS as my homage to the probably-soon-to-shut-down website:
I am a Singaporean who used to write fake articles online. These articles were very popular and stirred a lot of shit between Singaporeans and foreigners. In fact, they were so popular I had to come out and apologise for a few of them!
But all good things come to an end. My boss who was based in Australia replaced me with his foreigner girlfriend. Yes!!! A foreigner came in and took my job, just like what my fake articles suggested!!! He said she was better at writing fake articles, and was so good that she might get arrested one day!
I was very angry but also powerless. I didn’t expect the Ministry of Manpower to help me. So I decided to go to Australia and be a dishwasher.
I’m not asking for anything by writing my article here. I just want to let everyone know that even as a writer of fake articles YOU CAN BE REPLACED.
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I think in Mr Lee we have a man who, despite all the difficulties before him, led a team and made many difficult decisions that brought Singapore to where we are today. He had a vision, and the iron in him to drag every Singaporean towards this vision. And because of him and his leadership, we have what we have today.
Mr Lee is a great man, who brought Singapore to greater heights. But his greatest achievement yet was to make sure that life in Singapore would go on without him.
The selfish side of me wants Mr Lee to soldier on, recover and celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary with us. But I would not begrudge his decision to join Mrs Lee and celebrate their lives together on the other side.
Whichever path he goes on, I trust that Singaporeans would be behind him as always. Life will go on, and I thank Mr Lee for that.
As much as I like to make fun of the gahmen, I sometimes feel that their lives are quite sad.
This is because no matter what they do, people online would just attribute it to some reason.
If the gahmen do it soon after elections, it’ll be because the gahmen is trying to ‘fix the opposition’. If the gahmen do it a few years after elections, it’ll be because the gahmen is trying to buy votes. Just because elections in Singapore must be held every five years, and everyone seems to be counting down.
This is how people in Singapore see the gahmen’s actions:
During the first two years or so, everything the gahmen does is to fix the opposition and make voters repent. Gahmen announce upgrading? They’re definitely trying to make voters repent by making them jealous. Announce tax rebates? Definitely fixing opposition.
From the third year onwards, everything the gahmen does would magically turn into methods to buy votes. Even if they do the same thing! Announce upgrading – OH NO elections coming, gahmen trying to buy votes. Tax rebates? Obviously elections coming, because gahmen trying to buy votes.
It’s a tiring life, being the gahmen. Right now, there’s probably some PAPpie minister out there wondering if his decision to go out and eat dinner might be seen as an attempt to buy the vote of hawkers, when the only thing he wants to buy is a plate of chicken rice or curry.
No wonder PAPpie Sam Tan decided to give up on eating out, and start cooking for himself.
There’s been a little hoo-ha about the Futures Music Festival recently – apparently, the organiser Livescape went ahead to sell concert tickets before getting a licence for their event. The licence was ultimately not granted, and the event has been cancelled. 15,000 tickets have been sold so far, which is a hell lot of refunding to be done.
Things must be really awkward in the Livescape office right now. Especially after their marketing people came up with the #KeepFMFAAlive ‘movement’.
But don’t worry, other concert organisers! I’ve prepared a really practical checklist to help you avoid such situations:
1) Apply for all the permits and licenses you need.
2) Start selling tickets.
THAT’S ALL. Isn’t this a great and practical checklist? It’s quite straightforward really!
See? Easy right? All I did was to Google ‘outdoor license’, ‘music license’ and ‘alcohol license’. Getting these licenses is extra important if the event you want to organise has a reputation for drug abuse, so don’t forget ok!
Unfortunately, Livescape didn’t follow my checklist, so there will be no rave party at Changi this weekend. I’m sorry for not sending this checklist to them earlier.
To make up for my sins, I hereby present to you a gif of Teo Chee Hean dancing with The Prez-matazz himself, Doctor Tony Tan:
I would be honestly surprised if there’s anyone in Singapore who still doesn’t know what ‘sandwiched class’ means. In their reports about yesterday’s Budget, every single paper and TV channel referred to this ‘sandwiched class’ and highlighted all the different perks this ‘sandwiched class’ was getting.
In case you honestly don’t know what ‘sandwiched class’ means, here’s what Wikipedia has to say: Very generally, the sandwich class consists of lower-middle-class people who feel “squeezed” — although they are not poor, they are not able to achieve their aspirations as people with a higher income.
So basically, ‘sandwiched class’ refers to almost everyone in Singapore lah. And why should all of us sandwiches rejoice then?
Because apparently, we’re getting a whole lot of new benefits from Mr. Tharman Hood himself. Here’s the run-down
If you’re a simple sandwich with no kids and don’t need to take care of parents…
– Free ‘SkillsFuture’ Credit of $500 for us to sign up for courses that can be practical (like carpentry and accounting) or impractical (trigonometry and HR management)
– Gahmen will co-pay for salary increments, so your boss will be happier to give you an increment since it costs less
– CPF salary ceiling increased to $6k. Short-term pain, long-term gain I think!
– Increased cap in Supplementary Retirement Savings, which is another way of getting a tax rebate!
– Additional 1% interest for first $30k of CPF, when you hit 55. Free money just take.