Are we fast becoming a country with 2 set of rules – one for PAP and another for everyone else?

The Education minister Ong Ye Kung says educational institutions must not be “misused for partisan politics”; and he has made a huge song and dance about it in Parliament.

But in 2015, the PAP itself made use of a facility which should not be used for partisan politics – a nursing home in Sembawang to hold its press conference to introduce its candidates for the general elections.

And here, do note that it wasn’t the home which invited the PAP to do so, but it was the PAP which booked the place.

And one of the then new candidates for the PAP was Mr Ong himself.

An opposition candidate then made a complaint to the authorities about it, and the MHA warned the home to stick to its constitution which forbade the use of its premises for political activities.

The PAP team, led by Khaw Boon Wan, itself issued a statement later, saying, among other things, that – shockingly – it “had not checked the VWO’s constitution”, referring to the home.

And the reason it gave for renting the home was: “We had rented the premises on purely commercial terms, partly to support this VWO and partly because we felt it was an accessible place and had sufficient space to accommodate reporters.”

But that is besides the point (and quite lame, in my opinion). The point is this: Surely, senior and experienced ministers like Mr Khaw would know that old folks home should not and cannot be used for political activities, let alone being used for this during an election period.

And those like Mr Ong, who was being fielded a second time in an election, would know this as well? I mean, he was touted as “ministerial material” even then.

One would naturally expect a minister to know such things? Even a novice opposition candidate, who made the complaint, knew it was wrong.

So, my point is this: I hope the PAP will play by the same rules. We cannot become a country of two sets of rules, one for the elite/ruling class, and another for the rest.

 

Andrew Loh

 

 

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20 Responses to “Are we fast becoming a country with 2 set of rules – one for PAP and another for everyone else?”

  • Haigen-Diaz:

    Ong Ye Kung is back with his bogus Thomistic (either-or) philosophical equivalencies with his own world of false dichotomies just like his BS on the recent Liberal Arts talks.

    Liberalism is a simple concept, and it’s not in crisis. His convoluted analysis of it just shows he has no grasp of liberalism at all. Liberalism is not some policy position that needs to be crafted correctly. Liberalism is simply to seek respect and dignity for all people through effective government.

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  • Asd:

    Now than you realise

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  • Virtue is no Crony Superiority:

    “The Superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. While all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved…
    He who exercises government by means of his Virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place while all the stars turn towards it.”

    - Kung Tze, 3rd cent. B.C.

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  • Speaking the Obvious:

    for a clan of lying S$m ownself pay ownself politicians, who lie that INDIAN is malay, INSIDE 200m is not within 200m, who cannot sue sister but can non brother, it is as good as preaching to the orchestra to say pap government is a government of one pap rule under two pap systems.

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  • TruBlu:

    One country,2 systems.
    One for elite$ n their grassLOOTing doggies.
    Another for ordinary peasants.

    There is no doubt about it.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Country? $G? Really?
    Where did you get that idea?

    Look around you – if you can see anything that says this is a real country and not a migrant-rich communist island then feel free to let me know.

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  • no chances left just vto:

    andrew my good man, our country has always had 2 to 3 sets of rules for different strata of society…
    only nowdays its becoming more n more obvious…
    its only going to get worse.

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  • opposition dude:

    How about when ministers benchmark their pay to the private sector but everyone else has no benchmark for their pay? Security guards and cleaners can earn below $2000 and PAP doesn’t see anything wrong with that you know?

    And double hatting is bad when WP does it for its town council but when good old Victor Wong of Ang Mo Kio GRC was doing it, it was for efficiency ahem. And because Victor was just so darned efficient he efficiently managed to siphon off some of the money too!

    What about the good old “Singaporeans need to retrain and reskill” but PAP MPs and ministers never need to?

    Beautiful world we live in, isn’t it?

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  • UniQ:

    In case anyone has not even woken up, This country basically runs like an INC. You can justify your existence at the lowest cost to earn your existence you are able to live on this land. The moment you are incapacitated or your skill is obsolete you not welcome here aka ‘FIRED / RETRENCHED’.

    So crystal clear. Thus, education is just another reason to justify one’s existence but do not guarantee one’s survival.

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  • mike:

    This is call “one country, two systems”

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  • mike:

    Dear Haigen-Diaz,

    Do you think they, or people like them, are academically naive?

    You are very nice trying to academically “educate” them, or us, to learn the “correct” way… the fact is : no one (or very few) cares when they are consolidating power and wealth.

    Haigen-Diaz:
    Liberalism is a simple concept, and it’s not in crisis. His convoluted analysis of it just shows he has no grasp of liberalism at all. Liberalism is not some policy position that needs to be crafted correctly. Liberalism is simply to seek respect and dignity for all people through effective government.

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  • Flabbergasted:

    Wow…what took you so long to realise that Singapore has always had double standards in every aspect of our lives..I don’t have to give examples..its there for all to find out. How do we get rid of these double standards…easy peasy..attend the SDP talk on the 19th October at Hong Lim Park and hear first hand from Dr. Chee himself. Spread the word…my friends..

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    mike:
    Dear Haigen-Diaz,

    Do you think they, or people like them, are academically naive?

    You are very nice trying to academically “educate” them, or us, to learn the “correct” way… the fact is : no one (or very few) cares when they are consolidating power and wealth.

    @ mike

    Bro, I really being ‘nice’? I minced no words when I say Ong Ye Kung “has no grasp of liberalism at all” Who cares whether he’s consolidating power or wealth. You??? ha-ha-ha…..

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  • mike:

    Yeah bro Haigen-Diaz, u r too nice. >.<
    U r showing them (the 4G papayas) how to fake more real and to avoid political minefields. At least that's how i felt.

    As the society gets more educated globally, the cheap tactics of twisting situations and words irritates the electorate more than ever.

    They are treating many SG-reans today like the generations of their dumb fore-fathers who were willing to trade wealth with obedience and freedom. I am not saying that people would not do the same today, simply that people knows what they are getting into and do it with eyes wide open. And once the returns is absence, people will change side.

    These few years of bad economy had made their position very shaky. Bad economy used to unite the people in voting the same fakes each time. But the Brexit and Trump effect really scares the papayas a lot. When the adminstrators are scared, they starts to behave more stupidly and it has an effect on those fence sitter.

    The service economy strategy of Singapore ultimately fails miserably in a new era of trade cold-war. It will transform into financial-economic war, people's identity war and ultimately an ideology war.

    Where we are standing? Papaya got no idea, except cross the finger and wish the storm will be over soon. At least HK situation buys sometime with the excess money coming in for winter… but not enough to sustain the ice-age

    Haigen-Diaz: @ mike

    Bro, I really being ‘nice’? I minced no words when I say Ong Ye Kung “has no grasp of liberalism at all” Who cares whether he’s consolidating power or wealth. You??? ha-ha-ha…..

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    mike:
    Yeah bro Haigen-Diaz, u r too nice. >.<
    U r showing them (the 4G papayas) how to fake more real and to avoid political minefields. At least that’s how i felt.

    As the society gets more educated globally, the cheap tactics of twisting situations and words irritates the electorate more than ever.

    They are treating many SG-reans today like the generations of their dumb fore-fathers who were willing to trade wealth with obedience and freedom. I am not saying that people would not do the same today, simply that people knows what they are getting into and do it with eyes wide open. And once the returns is absence, people will change side.

    These few years of bad economy had made their position very shaky. Bad economy used to unite the people in voting the same fakes each time. But the Brexit and Trump effect really scares the papayas a lot. When the adminstrators are scared, they starts to behave more stupidly and it has an effect on those fence sitter.

    The service economy strategy of Singapore ultimately fails miserably in a new era of trade cold-war. It will transform into financial-economic war, people’s identity war and ultimately an ideology war.

    Where we are standing? Papaya got no idea, except cross the finger and wish the storm will be over soon. At least HK situation buys sometime with the excess money coming in for winter… but not enough to sustain the ice-age

    Thank you, mike. Where are these “ SG-reans” of whom you speak? I cannot identify them.

    It is a lost cause to try to convert the full generation of ‘Faux-Noise’ SG-reans which has arisen; our nation’s only hope is making sure that new generations can think/analyze critically, placing factual reality above knee-jerk pandering. That’s why I am harping about ‘cloak-and-dagger’ suppression of civics, liberal arts, etc, in our curriculum. It is all about broadening electoral options, deescalate societal stresses, innovate political dialogue, and foster national consensus on critical issues.

    For a very long time, SG-reans have withdrawn from participating in civil society to focus on material and personal goals. They lost the idea that collective deliberation over the public good was in itself something good. They came to see governing as tedious, and belonging to boring eggheads and wonks. And then when national and international crises arose, as they typically do, they wished for a so-called ‘charismatic strongman’ like Mr. Ong to grasp control of the levers and set things right, so that they could go about their lives.

    This country is being ripped apart in a struggle between those who support democracy and those who…

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    - Cont’d

    support authoritarianism. So I’m not holding my breath.

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  • mike:

    Bro Haigen-Diaz, indeed just like many more ‘advanced’ nations, the electorate are more polarized than ever, SG will learn how to managed a polarised society and grow with it. Everyone has different assessment of a situation and it is natural to be ripped apart in ideas and thoughts, choices and decisions, so long that the people can continue to choose democratically.

    Democracy is not ideal but it provides the basic fundamental of freedom of choice. What SG is lacking is “Separation of Powers”, we are an autocractic democracy nation and the people have given the authority the power to manage us under authoritarianism. Our constitution were more free 50years ago than today. Our legistration had hijacked our constitution as a result of trading freedom, obedience with prosperity. And where is our prosperity now? Mostly in the hands of those yield powers.

    Thus, i am not surprised with new papayas behaved like yesteryears. And i will see if SG-reans continued to behave mentally retard like yesteryears in the coming GE.

    Haigen-Diaz:
    This country is being ripped apart in a struggle between those who support democracy and those who support authoritarianism. So I’m not holding my breath.

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    mike: Democracy is not ideal but it provides the basic fundamental of freedom of choice. What SG is lacking is “Separation of Powers”, we are an autocractic democracy nation and the people have given the authority the power to manage us under authoritarianism. Our constitution were more free 50years ago than today. Our legistration had hijacked our constitution as a result of trading freedom, obedience with prosperity. And where is our prosperity now? Mostly in the hands of those yield powers.

    @ mike
    The terms and conditions of what constitute an ‘autocractic democracy’ are mutually exclusive. ‘Autocracy’ implies that total power is held by one man. ‘Democracy’ means that the people hold power. There is no way for all power to be held simultaneously by one person and by all people.

    This is just a simplistic explanation of the twenty first century world – a two color map of autocratic and democratic states. There are different shades of autocratic states and democratic states. Look to the current flash points of the democratic counties in this world – Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, South East Asia, North Africa, Pakistan,…etc.

    There is a fine line between capitalism and an oligarchic system, which must be constantly monitored. And even in this country, the line has become blurred. Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea all followed the same route. Democracy grew slowly on a relatively free economic base and a culture that prizes education and hard work. If autocracies are outpacing democracies, it is because democracies emerge hand in hand with capitalism which is ‘on par’ with Darwinism – survival of the fittest – and the poor and those without connections don’t fare well.

    Essentially, autocracy, democracy or authoritarianism are no different than an oligarchy for the vast majority, as long as there is a sense of ‘economic growth & prosperity’, even if it means heavy handedness. And that is what is happening in China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand and HK now.

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  • mike:

    Dear Haigen-Diaz,

    What you reckon, or feel more chance for democracy to stay “longer” in SG rather than it would deminished someday into something like HK and perhaps even turns into another NK or CN?

    ‘Economic growth & prosperity’ can never be forever and all party comes to an end. How, can the people ‘peacefully’ transit power from one gov to another gov?

    In any case, if anyone realize, HK is a role model of our time for many countries to learn their lessons. Especially for countries trying very hard for many years to put a leash on democracy. I think the event of HK, whick keep evolving by the week, will drive those countries in two directions, more liberal or more ‘authoritarian’ environment.

    Frankly, not many people understand or have the privilege to see the oligarchic system in action. Even an oligarchy have left and right, not just affected by capitalism, which the assumption that all peopke are righteously without personal agenda (thus thinking that the group only gets affected by macro factors).

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    mike:
    Dear Haigen-Diaz,

    What you reckon, or feel more chance for democracy to stay “longer” in SG rather than it would deminished someday into something like HK and perhaps even turns into another NK or CN?

    ‘Economic growth & prosperity’ can never be forever and all party comes to an end. How, can the people ‘peacefully’ transit power from one gov to another gov?

    @ mike, okay, just back. Seriously, I reckon the only ‘decent’ democracy left in Singapore is the ‘free’ election. We’ll have to wait and see before I can comment further. Anyway, I do not wish Singapore to become another HK, NK. Topic on democracy and authoritarianism requires substantial discourse and on platforms for ‘milking’ multi-million ministers. Ha-ha-ha. It is an ‘engaging’ conversation. Thanks.

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