A tale of 2 politicians – one quotes and the other understands

Last Sunday (13 Oct), DPM and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat was at a PAP event commemorating the International Day of Older Persons when he shared two events which touched him.

The first was a statement jointly issued by the late Lee Kuan Yew and ESM Goh in 2011: “The younger team must always have in mind the interests of the older generation. This generation who has contributed to Singapore must be well-looked after.” Minister Heng says that this was a principle that he continues to be guided by.

He also shared on how he was grateful to his Tampines GRC mates, in particular Sin Boon Ann. When he had a stroke in 2016, it was Sin who reached out to Masagos Zulkifli to offer his assistance, even though the latter had already retired from politics.

He said: “To Boon Ann, and the many other activists who have gone the extra mile to nurture the next generation — thank you… You are living proof that even as one generation hands over to another, the contribution of the previous generation remains invaluable.”

Real life. Real stories. Real difficulties.

Meanwhile, some 17km away from the Hotel Miramar where the PAP event took place, Secretary-General of the SDP Dr. Chee Soon Juan was at a coffeeshop at Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 last to chat with residents. Sharing a picture on his Facebook page, he shared 2 stories of the lives of residents in their 60s.

The first had around $247k in his CPF after working for 42 years. He would not withdraw the monies and retire as he wanted, as these funds were locked up. Another resident was unable to work because of an illness; he thus wrote to the CPF Board to release him some funds for his sustenance but this was declined. As a result, he had to seek help from charity organisations and his family even had to cut down their meals to twice a day.

Dr. Chee then concluded that these were cases of “Ordinary Singaporeans playing by the rules, paying their taxes but ending up after a lifetime of work unable to live in security. They face a government callous to their hardship, impervious to their pleas.”

Two politicians, two locations, and two very different points of view. Who would you side more?

 

 

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25 Responses to “A tale of 2 politicians – one quotes and the other understands”

  • Show the way:

    Sdp is the way. Point the way!

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  • Elite care for elite loh:

    The ruling elite care for the ruling elite.
    The rest, get out of our pretend-caring faces.

    All those old gen packages work out to less than $1 a day. Multi-billion divided by the old population, further divided by 30 to 40 years of “golden years”, is only worth less than $1 a day.

    This is “pretend-caring face.”

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Heng’s quotes don’t resonate well with people’s concerns & aspirations for an incoming PM! Even the quote he gave “This generation who has contributed to Singapore must be well-looked after” contrived to sounds so hollow to our ears!

    Is he so sure that he believe in his own narrative or simply making motherhood statements? Which is which? or there is whistling sound whenever they talk!

    And backslapping & self congratulations amongst well-paid colleagues are no comfort to a population having to put up with increasing cost of living & with struggles!

    S’poreans must be deaf, blind & incredibly dumb if they vote for this guy! But then again, you deserved it! After all, the more rationale one in Dr Chee had been overlooked time & time again! What is wrong with S’poreans?

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  • One narrative nation failing:

    A “one narrative nation” which don’t allow “Creative thinking” set Yu on a singular path on how a nation should go is itself meeting their own creator earlier ; while the rest of world without that one narratives dashes forward to plurality in its economy and intellectual abilities. Single narrative nation “marching but making zero progress” . Best is trained bullshitting than all will be looked after ( another one narrative )

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  • those in hardship Now:

    if you voted OPPO, and in hardship, continue to vote OPPO and pray harder for a better group of Singaporeans to topple pap and form New Government.

    if you voted pap, and in hardship, too bad. you asked for it. not a single pity for you. because of you, we are hurt badly too. but we soldier on, spitting at pap Ljs and pap Cbs, and continuing to vote against pap.

    one more thing. if you voted pap, repent and set things right before you depart and meet pap master liar lky at the cul de sac. don’t give the lying Lj the joy to spit at your face telling you you have been a fool. DONT’T give the lying Lj the joy.

    rather, repent, vote OPPO. and when meet the pap lying Lj lky at the cul de sac, kick his ffffing lying balls. he ain’t going to retaliate since he is just a ffffing liar. he is actually a nobody without his docile spf cpib bank negara agc. sama sama as najib now.

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  • You Die Your Own Business:

    You do not humans to make decisions that computers or robots can do much better and cheaper.
    Putting down the rules and locking up funds, following the rules meticulously are very easy, it takes the responsibility out of the administrator.

    We need moral humane human beings to make discretionary decisions to circumstances that are not taken into account well or overlooked by policies.

    It seems that the over riding focus in the decision making is expediency and not to burden the government with any duties.

    Millions can be spent on self enriching, celebrations, immortalizing a dead man, hosting Wayang peace talks, night car racings or even fanciful trashcans but not on anything that could uplift the living conditions of the citizens.

    Is this the kind of government sinkies need?

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  • Kok.jin:

    I think 1st storey at tampinese is about himself.

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  • pap liar:

    mark these words.

    very soon, 2nd stroke, the deadly one, since no end lying to ensure continuing power in S$m money grabbing.

    what did we say?

    heng is going to 2nd stroke, soon. this 2nd stroke going to paralyze completely. we hope it is not too late then to repent since although paralyzed yet can save life when on the other side unlike pap master lying lky who is now regretting but too late.

    mark the above words.

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  • MarBowling:

    Dr Chee has substance and talks sense.

    Heng Heng is a 2-Head s*ake and talks craps, period!

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  • Hawking Eye:

    Since you had a stroke already, why don’t you take it easy and sit back and reflect? Have you been so enriched by politics that you can’t give it up since you have been touted as the next PM? A second stroke may perhaps temper you down though I don’t wish you that as you are a good calm and even-tempered leader. Seriously, to me, you don’t look that well. Take care of your health. God bless.

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  • Hawking Eye:

    Dr Chee, you are very intelligent and articulate. If you were to stand in my constituency my vote will definitely go to you. Now tell me how you would have handled the 2 cases where the persons concerned wanted to withdraw funds from their CPF? Have you got fresh thoughts on them?

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  • Sinkie:

    The comments from Heng are cringeworthy . . .

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  • Harder Truths:

    Again – these old people complain to SDP and Oppo but during election they happily take the free chicken rice and vote for who? That’s right.

    Still want to pity them?

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  • TruBlu:

    Mother-HOOT statements like *I an a son of Punggol* or my fanily used to live bear a chicken farm or pig farm or i climb up rambutan trees all only SOUNDS GOOD.

    DR CHEE lives in a small flat with his PHD wife n kids in REAL LIFE.
    He needs to strive for food on the table unlike our MILLION-DOLLARED $cholars.
    Who do you think understand n can honestly identify with poor sgs who need their CPF badly to buy basic needs that are priced like LUXURY GOODS???

    Even going to govt clinics n hospitals is not cheap like in the old days.

    How many sgs receive $8 major surgery carried by TOP NOTCH DOCTORS?

    So,you see,its EASIER SAID THAN DONE?
    Can HSK LIVE IN A HDB WITH HIS RICH WIFE N CHILDREN?

    Of course,our ministers can TALK ALOT OF COCK N SING PLENTY SONGS BUT WHAT DO THEY CARE IF you n i got no money to put food on the table or too afraid to visit the doctor cause there is NO MORE *doc* like that one in AMA KENG?

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  • Int D 4Older P:

    Presumably PAP celebrate s the day with papists n papplp aka LHYWL compliant bureaucrats. To PAP presumably, you must earn enough plp credits to qualify as older people. Kopitiam Conversation has this perception as all the yaya n popo seem to be in their late seventies r having kopi with a couple of them raised wueries as who among them have been invited!
    This is once again PAP good to see but rotten n stinky below. Basically PAP should change their mission statement to: U stupid by lky vote us in to have absolute power to serve ourselves n our bootlickers. LKY told u. U don’t like it Vote us out.
    In fact GCT has been slimed that he needed lky to calm down the ministers, else gct out. but grapevine seemed to have another version. GCT was blackmailed to remain as seat warmer. Heng was not well considered too as lky thought he doesn’t have the size for it but passable. Arrogant humka chan wasn’t just a tag along like indianee. This is what lky promised a super team, filled with imbecile even in his estimates. What lky didnt tell Singaporeans r there r hell of a lot ofcapable Singapore than the garbage he left for none of these professional would deprave themselves to plp n that is his major criteria of talent!
    So even for an international day for older people, they r mindless of what should be done. PG n MG r just bullshit display of wayang. Ya previously they have ambassador trying to wayang but ythr ambassadors r just yaya away just for the couple of $ they get but have to show evidence they did their specified minimum to qualify the few $.
    No wonder, LKY didn’t appear so confident n in fact he only hope the imbercile didn’t drag pap to the sewer. Ho ho ho down the chimney. rotten n stinky wrap in colorful shitpaper! .

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  • lying pap S$m thieving liars:

    every time pap clown face appears in front of us, our blood boil. because the lky clown is so fake it is pure irritation even to mention the clown.

    now we notice also the same thing happens whenever stroke heng face appears. the guy is so smilingly fake we wonder what the stroker is good for.

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  • US no ally ?:

    US worries abt Ally? Worry no more! Just prepare a fakegold plated key to the city of Wasmhington with all internatoonal media invited to witness the presentation of the key to Emperor Lee n his Gorilla of SINSay it what your President want? Whole island for US base
    Done when Emperor Long n his Gorilla open a fake city gate into Wasing ton with the fakegold key with a electronic display flashing Applause Applaud. Anything else you need? Buy Trump Florida Golf Resort for US$50 millions inclusing debts n bed bugs. Gorilla screamed before Long farts Done Send your lawyer to see Roti Prata Davendah n the AG to seal the deal. What? You want Santosa for your generals n families with 200 millions cash thrown?ah ho ho ho ah..
    In exchange a FG key to WH n audience with Trump in the cellar plus international media coverage. Done. Any . ah your citizens? no worry our LP said they r daft n our experience will be able to pack them up n send them to Timbuto as coolies n maid. Do u need for your base. So no worry SIN is your ally even you r crooks. Who aren’t huh.So worry not u have stupidus Lee, humka chan n poor size heng to rely on even u aren’t reliable. ho ho ho down the dark chimney.

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    SDP is more credible because Lee Kuan Yew and PAP are full of self-serving bullshit. They talk a lot while paying themselves millions each year without real accountability.

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  • Lim TB:

    PAP only care about the older generation $$$$$$

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  • Bapak:

    One country two systems.

    MarBowling:
    Dr Chee has substance and talks sense.

    Heng Heng is a 2-Head s*ake and talks craps, period!

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  • Mr Kia Su does Kia Su:

    We learnt after 54 years that ONE PARTY ExtREME DOMINANCE is unhealthy and hurts the people eventually.

    This teaches us that one party domination is wrong for democracy.

    To avoid this, we need 2 party rule.

    ALTERBATIVELY, THE PEOPLE SHOULD CHANGE THE GOVT EVERY ONE TO TWO TERMS.

    THIS WILL END TODAYS UNHEALTHY FLAWED DESIGN SITUATION.

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  • Lao Lim:

    Heng is at best a colourless character.

    He’s here merely parroting his past masters. Where’s his own vision?

    Typical of book smart PAP .politicians. No original ideas of their own.

    First we had a PM who became dictatorial and arrogant, followed by a colourless seat warmer to PM1’s son who merely go through the motion of governance while fixing his opponents and now yet another colourless seat warmer.

    The pattern is there.

    SG cannot continue to squeeze people for money cos soon there will be nothing left to squeeze.

    Like the shopping Malls without customers, SG will gradually decline.

    The PAP elite doesn’t care. They have properties and millions aboard.

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  • Lao Lim:

    We need a dynamic and visionary leader to lead first world SG. Not Stroke Heng.

    Seeing his picture makes me cringe. Luckily I don’t buy ST or watch MediaCock or Channel Not Asia.

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  • Questionto Chee n Heng:

    Many corruption trial n impeachment inquiry of political leaders. The current ongoing impeachment inquiry of US President Trump exemplified. Even in Malaysia similar scenario prevailed when Najib was charged in Court.
    In this light, would Chee n Heng support a Constitution Amendment to include:

    Mandatory declaration of full details of companies personally or co-owned by any family members of all Cabinet members including the ministers themselves and the list should be kept updated. Annual financial audit report and tax return of each of the companies should be available to the Parliament whenever required by any of its members.

    No family member of the President, Cabinet minister, MP and .the Chief Executive Officers of National Financial Institutions should be appointed to any National Financial institution dealing with the State Fund. No two executives in the Management should be family related.

    All query and claim relating to Conflict of Interests implied in any public institution appointment should be mandatory judiciary decided in a Court of Law and if found guilty, the appointee n appointer should be prosecuted in a Court of Law.

    Accountability and transparency should be included in the Oath of office, both oral during the swearing session but also written copy and witnessed at the Oath swearing

    This is to ensure abuse of power towards personal and family benefits.

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  • Dato:

    I am 50 years old.
    Have also seen and experienced enough, the life of an average Singaporean. Owns HDB. 3 growing kids to feed.

    I am also at the point – for all future GE, I would take my chance to vote for any human who can read and write, standing in as an electoral candidate. Never will I vote for PAP.
    After all the broken promises…..I will even take my chances if Mr Bean stands in for election.

    One man. One vote. Vote for change.

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