Netizens upset that appeals from grassroots advisers carry more weight than NCMPs

Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap

Speaking at the Committee of Supply debate for the Ministry of Home Affairs, WP MP and Vice-Chair Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap asked why an appeal to the Singapore Police Force from a PAP Branch Chairman was acknowledged but a similar appeal by a NCMP was not.

MP Faisal said: “My NCMP colleague once made an appeal on behalf of a member of the public who lives in the constituency he contested in General Election 2015. However, the appeal was not accepted”.

The reply from the police was: “We regret that we are unable to process the appeal, as a Government organisation can only consider representations from MPs/Advisers to Grassroots Organisation on behalf of their constituents”.

This was in contrast to another appeal made by the PAP Branch Chairman, which was acknowledged by the Police. He was surprised that “SPF acknowledged the appeal from [the] Branch Chairman, whereas the appeal from an NCMP was not accepted”.

An NCMP was an opposition candidate who had stood for elections but was deemed to have “won” a parliamentary seat by virtue of being a best loser while the PAP Branch Chairman is appointed by the political party. The latter need not have stood in elections.

SPS: Police only replies to proper representation from elected MPs, grassroots advisers and leaders

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Sun Xueling then responded to Faisal’s question.

She said that the police will consider all “proper representations” which include appeals from elected MPs and from grassroots advisers on behalf of their own constituents, and their grassroots leaders. However, representations by non-elected MPs such as NCMPs and NMPs will be treated as personal appeals.

Faisal then countered that the appeal in this case was made by a PAP Branch Chairman rather than a grassroots advisors.

Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam then stepped in to ask Faisal to check whether the PAP Branch Chairman has other appointments as the Police will respond to grassroots advisers and it did not matter “if they have any other positions”.

Netizens were however, highly critical of the response given.

On social media, the comments were highly critical of the response.

Netizen Alvin Teo asked “How come PAP grassroots advisor (a non-elected, non-parliamentary position) can write appeals on behalf of residents in an opposition ward in the first place??!”.

Another Luke Wong asked: “So Shanmugam is implying that our police would bother to check that the letter writer is a grassroots adviser [even] though he did not sign off his letter as such but as a PAP Branch Chairman?”

Tvin CU suggested that a “more productive discussion would be allowing the Police to respond to NMPs’ and NCMPs’ appeals too. They are after all Members of Parliament speaking for Singaporeans.”

What do you think?

 

 

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16 Responses to “Netizens upset that appeals from grassroots advisers carry more weight than NCMPs”

  • LIONS:

    Why should this be the case if PAP GOVT prides itself on INTEGRITY?
    So,is there integrity at all?

    I would like the oppo to be stronger but that depends on whether they unite in order to win the trust of more voters.

    So far,2 months of the year have gone by and time waits for no man.

    Whatever,i hope folks like DR CHEE N DR TCB,Prif Paul,Dr Ang n Lim Tean can win next GE.

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  • rukidding:

    I would say as far that the current system is alread “corrupted” to the core !

    “Crooked Leeders will breed crooked followers” !

    Period !

    Its high time we “eradicate” and “nip the problem at the bud” !

    The system currently “stinks” to the CORE !

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  • LIM Tean Day:

    When the day PAPi is uprooted, all these “run pappies” from the Pforce, LawnSociety etc…. will have to be hung up for display purpose. All exits must be locked.

    Just implant any of their wrong doings then confiscate back all the $$$$$ including disqualifying the Pension. These applies to all their spouse, children, relatives up till 9 generations etc.

    Hope the day cum.

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  • Great Asia:

    US: Can change party but cannot change policy.

    China: Cannot change party but can change policy.

    Singapore: Cannot change party and policy.

    Each day, the civil servants are going to their offices to performance swan dance only. The bottom levels entertain the higher levels, and the higher levels entertain the even higher levels.

    Lee idiot has to go, if not Singapore will be in deep trouble.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • 有难人民当,有福人民行动党自己享:

    Years ago, my brudder (an ex-RC volunteer) was offered some alcohol by a more senior member when he was attending a pap organised dinner. He rejected it saying he drove so couldn’t drink. To his surprise, the senior member told him not to worry coz “Mata kaki lang”.

    See lah. This is why so many people are going against their conscience to help the white party to be their volunteers in whatever way they can. When you’re part of the white ”family’, sibeh atas! Members have their privileges?

    Police should be impartial. They’re servants of the community and should treat everyone equally. They mustn’t think that they’re only servants of the gahment of the day. If they couldn’t even meet this basic standard, it just means their head has failed!

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  • N.Jungne:

    Dissolve the PA, the hidden hand.

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  • Bobo:

    Why so selective when they all are drawing salary from tax-payers? As if Singapore belong to PAP instead of Singapore belong to Singaporeans. Get it right ok.

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  • You Voted For It:

    It has been said many times that it is now a Silly Personal Force.
    Mannequins are used to “patrol” and “scare off” any potential thieves.
    Real service and protection are only rendered to selected kakis.
    Basic governmental functions have been politicized.
    This place is in deep shit. Your peasant wealth are not protected and safety at risk. All the money paid and worshipping, in the end you die your own business.

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  • opposition dude:

    Same pattern for when there is no “conflict of interest” when it comes to ministers and their spouses in high positions.

    Or when there is no need to call a by election in Marsiling because some clever bugger go say there are enough minority MPs in parliament liao.

    So the moral of the story is that PAP can do whatever they want whenever they want. You want to put a stop to this sort of nonsense then please vote more opposition MPs into parliament thak you very much!

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  • Change We Must:

    PAP is abusing power,how can grassroots leaders is infront of MPs. Ridiculous ! Police wake up your ideas!and serve the citizens righteously.

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    N.Jungne:
    Dissolve the PA, the hidden hand.

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  • a PG:

    I think they have 2 standards (double standards) one for them and the other for oppos. They are very shrewd and clever in interpreting rules in their favors. How to win against them. Remember, they were inside a polling station and was deemed not within the 200m radius. I am not a lawyer and speaking as a lay-person. Mr Lee HY has spoken if is this the type of government you want.

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  • Amputation Is The Only Cure:

    Political corruption has been polished to a very fine art at all levels, in every corner, and everywhere. Every person in the administrative apparatus, the civil service and the organs of state knows very well how to blow in the direction of their iron rice-bowl.

    The snakes can wriggle and wrangle but it is so clear in broad day light even to a layman, a commoner in the street, that the system is already permeated very deeply and widely by sick political viruses, cancerous and incurable. The only way to cure is amputation – quick and ruthless amputation, once and for all. Just bite the bullet and chop the whole cancerous lump or lumps off.

    Then, only then, can the other parts of the body stand a chance to be cleansed and purified, back to normal again. (That is on condition that, If ,in the process, of the drastic surgery, the other parts of the body do not die, do not succumb to the severe painful after-effects. )

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  • HarderTruths:

    Critical? What does that mean anyway?
    Who gives a s**t?

    Either pappies are voted in or out.

    These little drama events have no meaning.

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  • Impartial stooge:

    Singaporean need change the dominance of one political parties ; this dominance allowed them to corrupt every layer of society and empowering several grassroots ; the police is a civil service available to all ; the fact that the civil service is align to the dominance of one political parties shows the impartiality of the chairman of civil service ; is he also another stooge? All the CS appointment who enjoy PAP linked scholarship have no choice but have to give up their arse and their brain for screwing whenever their paymaster wanted.

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  • Ah Long San and their Pros:

    Singaporean need change the dominance of one political parties ; this dominance allowed them to corrupt every layer of society and empowering several grassroots ; the police is a civil service available to all ; the fact that the civil service is align to the dominance of one political parties shows the impartiality of the chairman of civil service ; is he also another stooge? All the CS appointment had enjoyed PAP linked scholarship have no choice but have to give up their independence and their soul whenever their paymaster asked and these stooges will blindly served them . This is no difference from Ah Long grooming prostitutes in Geylang.

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