Are NDP greetings waste of money that can be better used to help the poor instead?

This National Day, I want to ask a very patriotic question: With all this talk of Singapore not having enough money for the future, with an ageing population and so on, and therefore we needed to raise water prices, GST, and a whole slew of other things.

Why are we seeing huge billboards of MPs being put up all over the place, with dedicated spotlights to shine on these boards from 7pm to 7am, everyday, for months? How much do these cost in total? Is this necessary? Why don’t we (i.e. town councils) save on these, and use the money to help the poor in the constituencies?

Yes, you may say the less fortunate or poor already have schemes which they can access for assistance. But this is besides the point, which is: taxpayers’ money should be used prudently, especially when we are constantly told we may not have enough for the coming years.

Some 10 years ago, I wrote to the Ang Mo Kio Town Council to ask how much it cost to put up and maintain each billboard. It replied that the “total cost of each billboard is $3,300″, and “$100 electricity cost is for one billboard”.

It is quite wasteful for town councils to put these up, and which do not serve any urgent purposes. I hope MPs will ask in Parliament how much these costs.

And let me repeat: such funds should be used for better purposes, especially in helping the poor in the constituencies involved.

“Today’s PAP is no longer the PAP of my father. It has lost its way.”

 

Andrew Loh

 

 

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19 Responses to “Are NDP greetings waste of money that can be better used to help the poor instead?”

  • $1,000,000 per day for others:

    The billboard should read:

    “ONE MILLION DOLLARS A DAY FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS”
    “WE WELCOME YOU TO WORK IN SINGAPORE”

    and

    9% GST coming UP.

    Vote Wisely.

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  • Hsiam Loong Loong:

    Not only for the Nat’l Day, in fact, every festive occasions in every constituencies there’ll be new posters or billboards displaying the faces of the MIW with their greetings.

    It used to be just banners, so there weren’t any issue. But now, not only have they improved the quality but they’ve also increased the sizes to huge posters and billboards!

    Before this FB post by Andrew, I was already wondering for quite some times, how much of Ah Gong’s monies have the si gui kias been splurging and wasting to carry their masters’ [email protected]

    Since when have our MPs become showbiz stars needing to use their faces to sell popularity? How many of us have to scrimp and save but the si gui kia only know how to anyhow spend public’s money?!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    It is a SHAM and that is why they have so many in Cabinet with one even sounding similar… Sham-u-Gain

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  • Be real:

    The hardestest truth is that the faces of these $m idiots pop up just b4 GE and ND.

    After that, they are quietly hiding somewhere to check their cpf statements.

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  • Tremendous:

    Anyone knows what advertising expenditure we incur and plan for Merdeka package ? So many flyers, brochures plus media publicity should be enough. Don’t tell me that we the publicity funds will still run all the way up to GE. Don’t tell me we cannot allocate at least a sizable amount of the line item to something more constructive to help the needy.

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  • Merdeka:

    Well said and agreed.

    It’s taxpayer money so they can anyhow spend.

    I pui when I pass these billboards with the hypocritical Ministers and MPs.

    Anyway why have NDP every year? So boring.

    What’s there to show off? Only monkeys in white want to be in the limelight to hypocritically take the pledge to build a democratic society.

    Have NDP every 2-3 years and the money saved can go to the needy.

    Few put up the flag at their residences or on their vehicles. Most also choose to flee the country to escape the hypocrisy.

    Only FT are excited about NDP.

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  • i agree:

    it should be against the law to advertise!
    it looks kinda like a communist country with all the propaganda posters everywhere.

    the images of mps,pm, or president should not be used for anything..
    with the exception of GEs.

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  • no common sense:

    NDP each year is getting more n more boring..
    all we see are alien faces who cant even sing the national anthem.
    anyway ive stopped watching the NDP for 3years now- nothing but a glory show for the PAPs..to show off.
    deep down theyve done nothing noteworthy for the country or citizens…and life is getting worse for ordinary citizens…and there they go splurging tens of millions$$ in the face of an economic recession! unvelievable!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Again – hate to ask this question – but whom did the ‘poor’ vote for?

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  • singapore ah mah:

    a facade is still a FACADE,LIKE IT OR NOT.

    LETS STOP ALL THE PRETENSION.

    MANY sgs are suffering and we must stop pretnding ALL IS WELL just because we can showcase JEWELS like the one at CHANGI?

    LISTEN TO THE people,not the gra$$-ROTter$!!!

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  • RDB:

    Greed has no shame nor limits! As this one also always been Peeing And Pooing SHAMELESSLY USING EVEN PUBLIC MONIES FOR THEIR OWN POLITICAL USED TOO.

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  • why so long winded:

    pap causes many problems and when distress arises uses S$ to solve problem and if S$ not enough bills 70% sheep for the S$.

    mrt breaks down due to too many aliens FTs PRs? no problem. raise fares.

    water electricity use too much. no problem. raise rates.

    everywhere so ffffing crowded can hardly park car. no problem. raise carpark charges.

    BUT crowding brings many problems. notice recently how aggression is starting to show on the roads? grab driver punches customer. lorry driver punches fellow motorist. all these aggressions are a sign of something deeper, the crowding that drives everyone insane, some more and some less.

    and this is at 6.9m.

    imagine the aggression and insanity when it is 10.0m in small island?

    some pap prick can say 10.0m no problem. ffff his mother Cb.

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  • Let's do the TWIST!:

    @Be real: “The hardestest truth is that the faces of these $m idiots pop up just b4 GE and ND.”

    This what they call pre-GE publicity for FREE at tax payers expense. Also circumventing regulation on pre-GE publicity by contestants. Chubby Checker asked “How low can you go?” So let’s do the TWIST – twist it anyway you like and no one can say a thing.

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  • never vote pap:

    Be real:
    The hardestest truth is that the faces of these $m idiots pop up just b4 GE and ND.

    After that, they are quietly hiding somewhere to check their cpf statements.

    the pap toothpick thief zorro open says he is very happy each time he looks at his CPF statement.

    wonder how many 70% sheep can say the same, having their hard earned money earning chicken feed 2.5%/4%.

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  • rukidding:

    Hey !…its the Pimps and prostitutes’(P.a.p.) “Birthday party”….of courese the highlight of the arty is “self masturbation” !

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  • The Show Not For You:

    Don’t forget there are still many others who will easily forget their pain with such wayangs.

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  • Get What You Voted:

    Harder Truths:
    Again – hate to ask this question – but whom did the ‘poor’ vote for?

    You should be proud of yourself to be able to see through all the wayangs and ask such important question.

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  • Feeling Rich:

    One Ministar already shown feeling good is just as important, if not, more important than the truth.

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  • Eric:

    Haha,just VTO PAP coming Election and vote for Dr Tan Cheng Bok to do a Mahatir down the road!!!

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