Has the PAP government pressed the panic button, announcing a new policy without having worked out any details whatsoever?

You’ve seen posters, bumper stickers, T-shirts and all kinds of merchandise with the words, Keep Calm and Keep Walking.

For those of us who thought that the People’s Action Party would always Keep Calm and Keep Walking, it’s time to do a rethink.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the Voluntary Early Redevelopment Scheme (VERS) at the National Day rally with a flourish, injecting fresh hope and optimism to Singaporeans worried about the plight of their 99-year leasehold HDB flats.

We now know that no details have been worked out. National Development Minister Lawrence Wong revealed as much and he, in fact, confessed that details will not be ready for some time.

In a TV interview, he said the government “owed” Singaporeans an early explanation on its thinking for the next phase of public housing, and that’s why the announcement was made without details worked out.

We know that the government owes Singaporeans a lot of things. But since when did it owe Singaporeans an explanation on its thinking? Good excuse, but let us not be fooled.

The Minister also says “let’s not get too excited” about VERS – but it was PM Lee who made the premature announcement to get people all excited in the first place.

It appears that the PAP government might not even have done a feasibility study and looked at the implications of such a policy. For all we know, it might turn out to be entirely unfeasible and unworkable.

But PM Lee announced it anyway. Did he do it to buy time? Did he use it as a stop-gap measure to appease people?

It smacks of the PAP pressing the panic button. Perhaps it has to do with recent happenings in Malaysia and furthermore, the Singapore general elections are not that far away.

Now, it is Singaporeans’ turn to Keep Calm and Keep Walking.

Let’s see what other panic buttons they will press.

 

* Editorial by The Online Citizen.

 

 

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17 Responses to “Has the PAP government pressed the panic button, announcing a new policy without having worked out any details whatsoever?”

  • Bapak:

    The next announcement will be the dead man is coming back to rescue PAP.

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  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    PM Lee must have heard loud rumblings from the ground when Lawrence Wong declared that old flats will be worthless once the lease runs out. PM Lee knew it spelt disaster for the PAP. With alarm bells ringing in his ears, he had no choice but to come up with nebulous plans to assuage the rising tide of discontent. Jobs, housing and education are the 3 pillars that prop up the PAP. The PAP will crumble if one of the pillars cracked. PM Lee might as well press the self-destruct button if he did nothing to shut Lawrence Wong’s big mouth.

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  • Very Worried Indeed!:

    Blunder after blunder and the 4G Leaders are not speaking right and not delivering!

    That is why, no one is ready to take over the Premiership!

    Maybe Dr Tan CB will end up as PM after the next GE!

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  • Who Ensures Smooth Transition?:

    President and her CPA members ready for the task?

    Is there a contingency plan in place?

    Let’s not leave it to chance!

    Can WP MPs query about this in Parliament?

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  • opposition dude:

    All goondu Loong did was to fool the dafts into thinking their older than 40 years old flat would go up in value when HIP2 is completed, nothing more nothing less.

    Not surehow many of the dafts fell for this one though. Maybe those of you who know these dafts can sound out if they can see through the smokescreen?

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  • UniQ:

    Basically, the author is less informed that the Sinkies model was taken after Yukon Huang plus the strong believes that Sinkiland can be another melting pot like New York.

    But they have forgotten that New York is a city with a natural sieving system to filter the crème de la crème. Does Sinkiland has that natural sieving system ? or a self invented selection system that craps out whole sale by amateurs ? .

    The next question is :
    Are the majority Sinkie’s intellect ready to adopt the New York System ? The way I see it, not in another 2 more generations, minimum ! We have too many Sinkies that think they deserve what is presented to them now rather than knowing they could be KO in 1 round in a global ring. Ask how many local professionals are being KO by their regional peers in the region ?!?! There will be many more very soon. This proof that the Think Tanks are totally off on the pulse from the ground when they decided to lift the floodgate open.

    The policymakers have also left out the knowledge that many can leave New York easily if they don’t make it because they have no stake in anything in this city. Does Sinkies have choices if they don’t make it ? and ALL have a stake in this Sink City !! ie NSF/CPF/ROOTS.

    The ill policies implementation, couple with a staunch inbreeding program that does not allow challenges from different people from diverse backgrounds and characters and gift politicking have rightfully dug graves for all Sinkies and Themselves.

    So don’t tell anyone that the Papigs loves Singapore.
    Its all a Sham.

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  • Merobok:

    Yes, we must keep calm and wait for GE in 2019! We all must know what to do!

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    Titiana Ann Xavier:
    PM Lee must have heard loud rumblings from the ground when Lawrence Wong declared that old flats will be worthless once the lease runs out. PM Lee knew it spelt disaster for the PAP. With alarm bells ringing in his ears, he had no choice but to come up with nebulous plans to assuage the rising tide of discontent. Jobs, housing and education are the 3 pillars that prop up the PAP. The PAP will crumble if one of the pillars cracked. PM Lee might as well press the self-destruct button if he did nothing to shut Lawrence Wong’s big mouth.

    Lawrence Wong told the TRUTH – HDB flats are worthless (zero value) at the end of the lease. Actually, LHL “double-confirmed” it during the National Day Rally Speech when he said the flats have to be returned to HDB (with no compensation). There will be no lease extension, no conversion to freehold. HIP1, HIP2, or VERS will not make any difference. HDB flats are worth ZERO at the lease. This is a fact.

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    UniQ:
    Basically, the author is less informed that the Sinkies model was taken after Yukon Huang plus the strong believes that Sinkiland can be another melting pot like New York.

    But they have forgotten that New York is a city with a natural sieving system to filter the crème de la crème. Does Sinkiland has that natural sieving system ? or a self invented selection system that craps out whole sale by amateurs ? .

    The next question is :
    Are the majority Sinkie’s intellect ready to adopt the New York System ? The way I see it, not in another 2 more generations, minimum ! We have too many Sinkies that think they deserve what is presented to them now rather than knowing they could be KO in 1 round in a global ring. Ask how many local professionals are being KO by their regional peers in the region ?!?! There will be many more very soon. This proof that the Think Tanks are totally off on the pulse from the ground when they decided to lift the floodgate open.

    The policymakers have also left out the knowledge that many can leave New York easily if they don’t make it because they have no stake in anything in this city. Does Sinkies have choices if they don’t make it ? and ALL have a stake in this Sink City !! ie NSF/CPF/ROOTS.

    The ill policies implementation, couple with a staunch inbreeding program that does not allow challenges from different people from diverse backgrounds and characters and gift politicking have rightfully dug graves for all Sinkies and Themselves.

    So don’t tell anyone that the Papigs loves Singapore.
    Its all a Sham.

    In New York, you leave the city if you don’t make it. In Singapore, you should vote for REGIME CHANGE to get rid of PAP instead of leaving the city-state.

    PAP has made Singapore a Disneyland with a Mickey Mouse (i.e, “flaky”) economy. It “falls part” (i.e., no substance) when you examine it closely. The country is “anchored” on low wages, low quality work, poor productivity, over-priced real estate and highly (obscenely) paid politicians.

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  • Pakatan Singapura:

    Dr Mahatir Pakatan Harapan did a great favour for 70% sheep.

    Dr Mahatir Pakatan Harapan showed 70% sheep there is life outside clown pap.

    Mr Lim Tean and Dr Chee SJ are doing the right thing, by forging ahead with Pakatan Singapura.

    As Dr Mahatir Pakatan Harapan succeeded, so shall Mr Lim Tean/Dr Chee SJ Pakatan Singapura succeed.

    We are not out for revenge. We are out to put back the rule of law into Singapore and renaming current parleement back to parliament.

    We are doing away with the current legal corruption under clown pap, doing away with nepotism cronyism in pap PA, in pap gic, in pap temasick, returning citizens’ CPF money back into the hands of citizens.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    @ UniQ:
    Bro, NYC is a brutal survivor eco-system compared to S’pore which is an artificially created environment by the PAP govt pampering to those Meritocratic Scholars & extremely tolerant of their failures. In NYC, those fakes & failures (Meritocratic Scholars) would be run out of town immediately never to come back ever again. There is no comparison!
    NYC have even more greater income disparity than S’pore (eg. average top end Manhattan apartment worth millions more than S’pore’s best high end property). But the NYC uber rich had made it through their sheer wit & business acumen. In S’pore, the wealth factor is fake – either through crony capitalism or political wealth transfers (million $ ministers). In NYC, the politicians served the rich establishment (win-win for both) but in S’pore, the PAP politicians are the ‘Pseudo’ rich impoverishing the masses to a life of wage slaves & debt serfs micromanaging the S’pore Economy to death (a Win-Lose situation which is unsustainable).
    Look at the horrific way the PAP had treated Crazy Rich Asian author Kevin Kwan as a fugitive just because he evaded NS after leaving S’pore at age 11. In the US, this guy is feted by Hollywood film makers as the next big writing talent (like JK Rawlings of Harry Potter fame) whose books would be made into Hollywood blockbusters. Yet in Sinkie-land, the PAP can’t even see past their rigid application of their outmoded law to recognised a rare talent who was born in S’pore. Instead, they opened their doors to 3rd world economic refugees harbouring thoughts of making S’pore like their own country re: defacing the S’pore flag to show their nationalistic feelings. S’pore is an asylum run by idiots!

    UniQ: the strong believes that Sinkiland can be another melting pot like New York.

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  • rukidding:

    Like I have said many times….he first “tested” those “Fools” by crying.

    Next he “tested” those “fools” by pretending to “faint”

    Now he has become more and more “daring”….he actually “fart through his mouth” when talking about a “while idea” ( which may not be possible ).

    All in the hope of “calming” those “Fools” !

    Come to think of it ?…..how come this guy could “last so long” when he told the World he had CANCER since 1980s days ????

    What “miracle drugs” was his treated with ,which the whole world isn’t aware of ???

    Did he and his Dad actually “fooled” the people ????

    That’s probably why his dad labelled us as “daft” ???

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  • UniQ:

    Brother Rabble-rouser,

    I couldn’t express this views any simpler than your goodself. Bravo !!

    Hope the main stream Sinkies could pickup the pieces you have so painstakingly state here.

    Rabble-rouser:
    @ UniQ:
    Bro, NYC is a brutal survivor eco-system compared to S’pore which is an artificially created environment by the PAP govt pampering to those Meritocratic Scholars & extremely tolerant of their failures. In NYC, those fakes & failures (Meritocratic Scholars) would be run out of town immediately never to come back ever again. There is no comparison!
    NYC have even more greater income disparity than S’pore (eg. average top end Manhattan apartment worth millions more than S’pore’s best high end property). But the NYC uber rich had made it through their sheer wit & business acumen. In S’pore, the wealth factor is fake – either through crony capitalism or political wealth transfers (million $ ministers). In NYC, the politicians served the rich establishment (win-win for both) but in S’pore, the PAP politicians are the ‘Pseudo’ rich impoverishing the masses to a life of wage slaves & debt serfs micromanaging the S’pore Economy to death (a Win-Lose situation which is unsustainable).
    Look at the horrific way the PAP had treated Crazy Rich Asian author Kevin Kwan as a fugitive just because he evaded NS after leaving S’pore at age 11. In the US, this guy is feted by Hollywood film makers as the next big writing talent (like JK Rawlings of Harry Potter fame) whose books would be made into Hollywood blockbusters. Yet in Sinkie-land, the PAP can’t even see past their rigid application of their outmoded law to recognised a rare talent who was born in S’pore. Instead, they opened their doors to 3rd world economic refugees harbouring thoughts of making S’pore like their own country re: defacing the S’pore flag to show their nationalistic feelings. S’pore is an asylum run by idiots!

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  • Rats can't vomit:

    Where can I find a shirt that reads ‘Keep calm, and vote PAP out.’?

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  • PONZI SCHEME:

    This is my country, this is my land, how can we be made homeless after my 99 years leasehold HDB expired? Remember you are my Servant, we pay you the highest in the world as politician! Better wake up!!!

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  • UniQ:

    Dear Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh,

    If only the present regime would accept alternate views and challenges from diverse views from your goodself, Brother Rabble-rouser, Brother Oxygen, Brother CI, etc from various background, academic intellects, Industries experiences, characters, passions etc instead of the inbreeding program of our defunct scholars formulae which have proven to be bad idea. Sinkiland is unique and no model in the world could be adopted or rather cut and paste to ensure our survival. We have been a path blazer in the new civilised world, and we should have the guts and fire to continue to innovate and create like what we can do to make a difference.

    Sad to say, the regime do not have the appetite to digest challenges and adverse views and characters because they are too conmfortable from where Sinkies have placed them PLUS an extra levitation to Goldly status. History will tell you that when a group of people have achieved notches above an average people, these people becomes very thin in the skins.

    But yet, Sinkies have accepted these since Sinkiland 3rd PM comes into power.

    Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh: In New York, you leave the city if you don’t make it. In Singapore, you should vote for REGIME CHANGE to get rid of PAP instead of leaving the city-state.

    PAP has made Singapore a Disneyland with a Mickey Mouse (i.e, “flaky”) economy. It “falls part” (i.e., no substance) when you examine it closely. The country is “anchored” on low wages, low quality work, poor productivity, over-priced real estate and highly (obscenely) paid politicians.

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  • old man:

    simple plan…VERS the old flats and pay owners $400K. New BTO sell at $450K make $50K profit and earn more interests on CPF….his simple plan revealed. For those who can see it…better be aware of this situation.

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