CIPC Funding

This Barrier-Free-Access (BFA) ramp at Blk 108 Bedok Reservoir Road has been a long time in coming. First mooted by residents to the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council in late 2012, it was finally handed over to the Town Council by the People’s Association this afternoon, seven years after it was first proposed. While the TC continues to wait for all the documentation and additional pipe diversion works to be completed, we have received approval to open the BFA for resident use. It will be open tomorrow.

Each year, the Government makes available about $40m to all Town Councils for community improvement upgrading projects. But all MPs must go through their Grassroots Advisers to raise projects for consideration. In opposition wards like Aljunied and Hougang, the losing PAP candidates are the Grassroots Advisers.

Through such upgrading projects, losing PAP candidates are made relevant for residents and can be said to campaign for votes well before the General Elections because they are embedded as leaders in various grassroots organisations that approve the dispensation of large sums of taxpayer dollars. I spoke about why the PAP has adopted such political double standards at a rally during the 2015 elections. See here.

As we get closer to the elections, more and more I hear various 4G leaders speak of the dangers of a polarised society, dysfunctional politics with social media often blamed, amongst other reasons. The 4G leaders also repeat calls for an inclusive society, co-creating policies etc. But would the 4G leaders dare consider that the PAP’s divisive approach to politics may be the elephant in the room that will make Singapore a politically polarised society?

In this regard, the instincts of former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong’s 2G team were not wrong. After the PAP lost the constituency of Anson to the Workers’ Party in 1981, PM Goh and his young team were minded to transfer the Anson Community Centre and control of grassroots organisations etc. to JB Jeyaratnam “to be fair”. But their natural instincts were overruled.

And here we are.

A simple BFA ramp that could have been built in months, took years to complete. How many senior citizens, immobile, and yet others recovering from episodes such as debilitating strokes could have benefited from this facility earlier, but for how the PAP determines the People’s Association operates in opposition wards? Other proposals by opposition MPs for the community are commonly ignored by the People’s Association.

This will not do, no matter who is in Government and who is the opposition. Singapore and Singaporeans deserve better.

*Facebook post by Pritam Singh.

 

 

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17 Responses to “CIPC Funding”

  • White elephant:

    Pappy is the elephant in Sinkies land.

    Loser pappy runs the constituency……….what divisive politics the elephant sibling is talking about?

    69.9% fall asleep and voted for the white elephant.

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  • vincent tan:

    Hi…hi…. Pritam co-driver.
    welcome to tremeritus, it has been a
    long long while WP appear here.
    Very please and encouraging to know
    you are still active and alive opposingly
    better to be late than never !
    or is it the GE is stirring in the haze-cleared
    Singapore sky.
    please, very please
    hope oppo do well this GE november.
    >>> 3 GRCs plus at least 4 SMCs<<<
    may AMK grc poll below lower end of sub 60%
    finger crossed , along with toes crossing as well!

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  • Bad Losers:

    It is as much disrespect towards MPs from the Opposition as it is to the citizens who duly elected them into Parliament. The fair and right thing to do after a GE is for the losing Party to hand over the entire constituency to the winning Party and for the latter to liaise with all state agencies on matters related to their Constituency. Likewise, all state agencies are to give their full-hearted co-operation to elected MPs without bias or discrimination as MPs serve all their constituents regardless of political affiliations. Without mutual respect and co-operation the nation will be divided. It is not about winning or losing; it is about a better country.

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  • lying pap S$m thieving liars:

    we are saddened by 70% sheep mentality.

    even so we believe hardship and pain shall turn the tide.

    pap can fix OPPO swee swee via pliant parleementary process.

    but sooner and no later pap shall go the way of UMNO and pap clown the way of najib and pap clown wife the way of najib wife. GUARANTEED.

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  • best plc to age ac to TCJ?:

    Singaporeans First is a myth.

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  • There is only 1 way:

    The system is too entrenched.
    There is only 1 way left.

    But, will 70% finally wake up?

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  • Loyalty Don't Pay:

    We cannot let any government toy with the Constitution and punish the Citizen for the freedom in their Choice of Government.

    We cannot allow ourselves to be ruled by any mafia type leader.

    But, so it’s my opinion that it’s creeping more and looking uglier and uglier.

    For example;

    The Constitution has worded such “The President is to be elected by the citizens of Singapore” [17A(1)]. Therefore I see it as a failure in fiduciary duties to ENSURE that the president is factually elected by the “citizens”. Not by any walk-over and certainly not by any other election criteria that “could” thwart the rights of the Citizens, that the President shall be Elected by them.

    Simply say, The words are clearly written, “Elected by the citizens of Singapore”, not to be circumvented or prevented by an election criteria or process that could have been set by any others regardless of how “legal or legitimate” these entities are.

    Hence, I see it as a failure in duties to ensure that the Post is fairly contested and elected by the citizens.

    I am really worry that “these fixings” will creep into the GE Process, because everyone seems to be relying solely on the GE to express their angers. I am afraid, because it could lead into a chaotic situation of HK.

    Any unruly leaders need to be stop. With that, I should also say, who am I to judge the HKies and their sacrifice for their freedom, when, I cannot see we are any better situation.

    To avoid that you misunderstand my message, I am not suggesting any riot or rebellion acts. In fact, I am strongly against such act. It’s my opinion that we should vote wisely and fairly [earnest to the authority] to prevent riot and rebellion from happening here, destroying all that we have built.

    I beseech every citizens to “open eyes” during the GE. thank you.

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  • I'm Halimah also jiak liao bee:

    $1B of tax dollars used by the PAPIGS through the PA to fund their own interest.
    This bloody nonsense about the GrassLoot reporting to the PAP Mp, even being defeated, in an oppo ward has got to be stopped.
    Why are the PAPIGS using public funds for their political interest.

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  • to "HELP" the residents:

    //But all MPs must go through their Grassroots Advisers to raise projects for consideration. In opposition wards like Aljunied and Hougang, the losing PAP candidates are the Grassroots Advisers.//

    another twisted arrangement proudly created by the white monkey idiots and gang to “HELP” the residents & improve their lives ?

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  • Sinky mourners:

    The pappy is the White ELePhant of Sinkiland.

    They created divisive politics……remember if you are not with me means You are Against me as spoken by ex-veteran Cheng Bock.

    69.9% Sinkies are still blinded by the lightning flash………..its still a flash and some sinky mourners are still using their cars as hearse to mourn with the car decal.

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  • I Not Born Yester Day or Year:

    Pritam Singh,

    Are you born yesterday?

    Politics is politics. Which political party in the world does not take advantage of the governing machinery to benefit itself? If WP is today the ruling political party, what do you do as the Secretary-General of WP, as the PM of Singapore at the same time?

    People’s Association was built by the People’s Action Party. So, whose loyalty does it lies? Even civil servants, who are supposed to be neutral and non-political, also have to ask themselves, in their heart of hearts, what is loyalty and upon whose loyalty do they lean to?

    Who really takes care of the citizens (all Singaporeans, not just Aljunied GRC)? Is it WP or is it PAP?

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  • Bapak:

    Mr. Singh, next time you propose a project you tell them you will put up a sign “Courtesy of the Clown”, guaranteed you will see the ramp next morning. Remember to invite the Clown to walk all the way with your residences up & down the ramp for foto taking.

    Just don’t even suggests to the Clown to ride a horse up Bukit Timah hill, don’t think he knows how to ride a horse like some one ekse riding a horse up a mountain.

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  • Harder Truths:

    This ramp is put up for the new citizens & FT to use. Since when did the party do anything for the local-born unless it was to take away something of greater value?

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  • MarBowling:

    Think Mai Hum wanted the BEST for the Aljunied residents. He wanted to source ALL OVER THE FARKING SHOP and planet earth to get the BEST materials for the farking ramp which is WHY it took so LOONG! So voters of Aljunied you SHOULD KNOW WHAT TO DO IN THE COMING GE!

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  • Bapak:

    Pls remind him the 3 quotes rule.

    MarBowling:
    Think Mai Hum wanted the BEST for the Aljunied residents. He wanted to source ALL OVER THE FARKING SHOP and planet earth to get the BEST materials for the farking ramp which is WHY it took so LOONG! So voters of Aljunied you SHOULD KNOW WHAT TO DO IN THE COMING GE!

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  • George:

    Khaw BW and Tan CJ are not what Singaporeans deserve, VOTE THEM OUT !

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  • Ali baba:

    Abuse of power to let lose the grasslooters. Did we give permission?

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