Before Goh Chok Tong speaks, he should realise it is the PAP who has lost its way

I strongly disagree with Goh Chok Tong that Tan Cheng Bok has “lost his way”. Rather, it is the PAP government which has lost its way over the past 2 decades.

The first thought that came to my mind is GCT’s own recent comment that PAP ministers are not paid enough despite them getting the highest political salaries of any government anywhere in the world. Grace Fu was also quoted as saying that any more reductions in ministerial remunerations would be hard for her to consider a political office. And not forgetting that Edwin Tong himself chipped in that, despite his lucrative political salary, it is also tough on him because he has to support his in-laws.

To top it off, GCT, after >40 years in government, commented that those who cannot even earn more than $500,000 a year in the private sector are “mediocre”. I consider that, having came from none other than GCT, to be the mother of all insults, because it shows either i) arrogance at a very high level or ii) he was completely oblivious to the harsh realities at the ground level.

There are some very fine people and professionals in the private sector such as nurses, executives, managers, technicians and self-employed people etc who simply belong to GCT’s ‘mediocre’ bunch.

Next, the PAP government has gotten too used to treating Singaporeans as their convenient ATMs. Water prices increased very quickly – and so did electricity prices, transport fares, university fees, CPF minimum sums, town council fees, HDB flat selling prices, carbon tax, ERP, GST going up to 9%, and still counting. If all that is not changes in the PAP government and the way it runs Singapore, then what is?

The lack of transparency practised by the PAP government is repulsive. Why was Lawrence Wong so reluctant to disclose the salaries of the top 3 earners at our sovereign wealth funds of Temasek Holding and GIC when he spoke in response to WP MP’s question in Parliament? Aren’t our reserves managed by our sovereign wealth funds public funds? If the answer is Yes, then where is proper accountability and transparency? Transparency, by any standards, has been dragged through the mud.

Lastly, the manner in which the PAP government practises meritocracy is very questionable and even unconvincing among observing and thinking Singaporeans. Senior military officers were deployed to head government organisations and government linked companies despite their lack of relevant experiences. Thinking citizens must wonder if all that is wise or could there be other hidden agendas?

If all that and more are not examples that the PAP has lost its way, kindly prove me wrong.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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26 Responses to “Before Goh Chok Tong speaks, he should realise it is the PAP who has lost its way”

  • Nobody will miss woody:

    Lao Goh aah, why you turn into such a pretty and pathetic old goat?

    After having enjoy a blissful life of position, power and peanut loads of $$$m, you still not happy that TCB didn’t mention your name and give you due credit. You really sound so deprived, you poor old goat.

    Your earthly time is not too far away. Do something worthy to give back to society especially the poor seniors who still have to labour for a living and to fulfill your promise to deliver us Swiss standard of living lah.

    If you will not or cannot do, then just shut the fcuk up!

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  • TruBlu:

    Indeed,the PAP has lost its way.

    they need a MORAL COMPASS to find its way back to truly SERVE THE PEOPLE.
    ROGUE GRA$$LOOTers are partly to be blamed.

    these days,grassrooters are not only arrogant,they are self-serving and dare even exert pressure on civil servants to do their bidding while bullying their humbler neighbours.

    are the PAP MPs/MINISTERS CONDONING SUCH BAD CONDUCT?
    If not,why keep quiet?

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    What sort of response is CCT’s? We must suppose he was speaking in his official capacity as “Emeritus”? But how puerile – “he left out saying it was me who got him LKY’s notice”! How does this matter? And what sort of answer to Tan Cheng Bock’s agenda to only to say he has lost his way? How so, please? Characteristic PAP arrogance to just to presume, and just pronounce judgement that also smear opponent’s character. And, please, ST – when there’s nothing said, don’t report. Don’t they claim pressure on space when not reporting, say, Chee Soon Juan?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Cheng Bok gave him face by pointing the finger at Sway Heng on CECA…

    Doc, …this is no friend…with friends and boy scout buddy like Goh, you don’t need ENEMIES!!!

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  • Will people cry for him ?:

    Will he leave a legacy of greatness?
    Or a memory of broken Swiss standard promise?

    Will people also kneel on the road under the rain for him?

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  • UselessMinister:

    Mr Tan is a mild mannered gentlemen who cannot lead a revolution. He sits well in PAP board of directors offering “lost suggestions”. They are good buddies amusing each other and offering ideas to tickle the minds which lead to the same outcome.

    If you can easily trash by PAP, you are no threat. In any case, all serve the economy. If so, bow to legal tyranny of the rulers and march forward to an “improve life”

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  • Harder Truths:

    Don;t mind this guy. He is almost a Hungry Ghost.
    Please don’t Q for 10 hours to see his coffin.

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  • Sper:

    All the unspent wealth, will follow him?

    Judgement day!

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  • Asd:

    No need ethics just need $

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  • opposition dude:

    All Goh was doing was taking a cheap shot at Dr Tan, nothng more nothing less.

    He knows there are vocal people out there who jump on everything he says so he does the smart thing by not getting into a debate. As far as he is concerned all is well and his party is doing everything it can for Singaporeans. After being in politics for so long he has forgotten what it means to be someone who has to struggle in life.

    So if he stands for the next election it will be interesting to see how it goes. As a mere MP would he be accused of dragging down the votes should his GRC change hands?

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    所有反对白衣杂种的人都是坏人吗?
    反对党会查拖们,禳白杂种无法偷吃
    所以白杂种不要有反对党在国会
    甘依老母吔走超鸡拜

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  • the mud slinger rides again:

    every elections time only he wiggles out of the gutter to mudsling opposition parties.
    useless bugger earning mil$ w/o doing anything substantial or constructive.

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  • Woody LamPard Chee:

    Surely he is not in his last lap?
    He will live forever is it?

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  • Swiss Standard My S:

    Every morning he wakes up, does he realise it’s -1 ?
    Getting closer.

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  • $500,000 Snobbery:

    How much dough is the fella reaping to mentor the cabinet: this far-from-mediocre corporate-politician?

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  • Lin Ah Shui:

    If it has lost its way please replace the government like what Malaysia did.

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  • MarBowling:

    Both are almost the same age. While Dr Tan CB talks LOGIC and REAL FACTS, this Old Coot Woody talks NON$EN$E! Apparently, he is UNABLE to throw OUT the piece of GIAM KAR NA(pickled NUT)which was stuck inside his Big CB and LJ Mouth for donkey years!

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  • EROSION OF FOUNDATIONS:

    Here I point out reasons why I WORRY when we have leaders like this :

    1. Heng man did not comprehend simple English spoken by TCB when he made the serious Allegation that TCB said there is NO TRANSPARENCY when he did not say that.

    This Cognitive issue. I worry could the policies be flawed as flawed as his cognition?

    2. Ong Ah Kung asked is WP advocating that ZERO foreign students be in our schools when he was just asking how much was spent on them.

    This is in my opinion, akin to saying because one durian was rotten out if a truck load, to ask for ban of durians into SG.

    The lack of intelligence is worrying. The poor debating skills is alarming.
    What kind of policies will they come up? FLAWED?

    3. GCT saying TCB has Lost his Way. But GCT broke the promise of giving us Swiss standard . GCT is the one that Lost his way. LKY never break promises . Oh I forgot. See below. GCT is part of the problem of lack of transparency which is an EROSION OF THE FOUNDATIONS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE.

    4. LKY made the bold claim that your hdb flat value will never drop.
    It’s been dropping for many flats man.
    And many flats will depreciate to zero.
    I worry when leaders have flaws in their thinking.

    WITHOUT THE DATA AND THE REQUIRED LEVEL OF TRANSPARENCY, IF THERE IS ANY FAILURE IN GOVERNANCE WE WILL NOT KNOW AND HEAR ONLY THE GOOD NEWS AND BE MISLED AND MISPERCEIVE.

    SINGAPOREANS MUST NOT BEHAVE LIKE OSTRICHES AND WHISPER COMPLAINTS ABOUT GARMENT. THEY HAVE TO EFFECT PEOPLE POWER THAT ONLY THEY CAN EFFECT OR FAIL TO ENSURE THERE IS ROBUST DEMOCRACY. FEAR IS NOT AN EXCUSE.

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    Where is the Swiss standard of living promised by Woody Goh?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:
    Where is the Swiss standard of living promised by Woody Goh?

    Swiss Standard???…Found & Done @2nd Avenue Bukit Timah heavily Fortified with guards and a Traffic Light for his CONvenience

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  • Dr Degree Mills:

    It is perfectly understandable, his days as Marine Parade MP are numbered. He has to be vocal like Chan Chun Sing that blurted nothing but sucking up, balls carrying rhetoric to stay put and avoid being asked to step down in the next GE. But, it is about time for him……

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  • rukidding:

    To me,….Pap today stands for “Pimps and prostitutes” !

    What more does Lau Goh not understand ????

    Today,…sillyporeans are being “Pimped” and “prostituted” like nobody business !

    Today,…go do ARMY ..is not protect sillyzeans,…its more like being a “slave and cheap labou” to PROTECt those “fat, Lazy Cats” !

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  • Paul Lim:

    You chose wealth over a trusted buddy of 60 years…you not only lost your way…you lost dignity

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  • Will GCT be remembered?:

    What kind of special thingies will this old man be remembered for ?

    Swiss standard ? LOL !

    We must be Pro.State!

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  • pap is a clan of S$m liars:

    Paul Lim:
    You chose wealth over a trusted buddy of 60 years…you not only lost your way…you lost dignity

    Worse, the goh cock tong is a ffffing liar.

    swiss standard of living?

    world class football?

    more roads on the ground above the ground under the ground for more cars?

    ffffing liar. who has the cheek to say S$1m per year is mediocre when he himself at more than S$m is still worse than ffffing mediocre.

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  • Singapore Boleh:

    I have always looked to Old Goh to provide jokes, rare insights and coffeeshop tales for my entertainment. He is my go-to comedian when I need to relieve my high blood pressure. He has never disappointed me since his promise of a Swiss standard of living. I have the patience and full trust in his ability to conjure up world-class stories. He is that good. I suppose his wife also shares my high regard for his ability.

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