It is ridiculous and a mockery of our democracy for un-elected and losing candidates of GE to be approving community projects

Defeated PAP's candidate Chua Eng Leong

It is ridiculous and a mockery of our democracy for un-elected and losing candidates of GE to be approving community projects (funded by taxpayers) initiated by elected members of parliament, and delaying or ignoring chasers because it is simply playing dirty and inconveniencing residents who may badly need these facilities.

Years ago, it was upgrading for votes. That irked me a lot, even when I was then still a fence-sitting Singaporeans busy with my career and not much interested in politics. I felt so strongly then that I wrote into the ST Forum criticising such practices because it is holding residents hostage with their own taxpayers’ money to force them to vote for the ruling party. Of course, some lame reasons were offered by the then-Minister for National Development to my letter and those of others who similarly criticised the practice.

Singapore belongs to Singaporeans and not to the PAP. No doubt many Singaporeans, myself included are grateful that the first generation leaders got us onto the right track for good economic development. That does not mean that we approve of undemocratic methods to entrench themselves in power. If the people chooses to let PAP continue to be the vastly dominant ruling party, that will be their choice but it should not be because of threats over their own well-being.

I lost in GE2011 by 1%, about the same margin that Mr Chua and team lost in GE2015. I was constantly reminded throughout my term in 2011-2015 that I was “Non-Constituency” MP. I had no access to the PA and no ability to use facilities in Joo Chiat SMC for any political activities. I certainly could not approve projects like what Mr Chua can. Nevertheless, we did our political outreach as resourcefully and diligently as we could without those access and powers that Mr Chua and other losing PAP candidates now have. And Joo Chiat SMC was wiped off the electoral boundaries in 2015 and then the General Elections was swiftly called.

In an article two weeks ago, ST Opinion Editor Chua Mui Hoong cautioned the PAP on the danger of becoming so overly domineering that it can create a backlash. It was in the context of a leading 4G leader brutal (and in the opinion of many, unjustified) take down of a poet critical of the government, over a matter that many see as the incompetence of Yale-NUS in its handling of the matter as a chief contributing factor. I think the same principle applies here and in some other cases where the politics of dominance has gone too far that it alienates the people.

Singapore has to belong to Singaporeans. Not to any political party. We should not allow dominance to be the passport to hold Singaporeans hostage through unjustifiable and undemocratic methods.

 

* Facebook post by former NCMP Yee Jenn Jong.

 

 

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24 Responses to “It is ridiculous and a mockery of our democracy for un-elected and losing candidates of GE to be approving community projects”

  • Vote for Change:

    Some bloody people up there should investigate and stop this intentional vexing and fixing of the Elected Opposition.

    If this is not adverse politics, harming the citizens, what is?

    A government that harms its own citizens is a BAD government.

    If the ruling party disrespect the order and harmony of this country, then it runs a very high risks of turning Singapore into chaotic situation like HK.

    There is no way we should allow gangster like people using strong arm techniques to put good people away and block and restrict them from serving this country.

    Actually Singaporeans don’t need to be partisan at all, practically speaking. Just squeeze maximum advantage from the ruling party by voting against them to receive more goodies, lesser tax, lower cost of living etc… In another words, “fix” them back.

    As someone said, “loyalty don’t pay” read comments in;

    http://www.tremeritus.net/2019/10/17/cipc-funding/

    So regulate their power by voting against them to receive maximum advantage. Don’t need to be loyal to any political parties.

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  • Went to Japan:

    Just another imported FT Ramesh insulted Singaporeans who lived in HDBs are beggars!!!

    We need to vote this party out before they import 10M to rule us!!!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Once people keep the FT too long in power the condition becomes normal.

    Look at India – 1000 years under colonial and Moghul rule – the moment a white lesbian transvestite gay transgender shouts at them they shit in their pants (or in whatever).

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    Singaporeans must not forget that PAP is NOT Singapore and Singapore is NOT PAP. Also, LKY is DEAD (and ashes). He is NEVER coming back to “fix” anybody with his knuckle-dusters. “Bury” PAP with LKY at the coming GE. VTO.

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  • opposition dude:

    This is what is called sour grapes, the PAP cannot stand losing seats so it just creates this stupid rule of their lost candidates having the power to approve projects ha ha ha.

    It’s very childish of course but it’s not as if we haven’t seen this pattern before. Remember AIM? Why the need for a company set up just to manage a single piece of software? HDB cannot manage meh?

    So you can see just how far PAP will go to make life difficult for the opposition. Every childish thing that can be done WILL be done.

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  • George:

    Khaw BW and Tan CJ are ridiculous and a mockery of our democracy, VOTE THEM OUT !!!

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  • lying pap S$ thieving liars:

    Let all OPPO candidates know.

    Even if all of Singapore votes pap, there are the few of us Never once voted pap and shall always vote OPPO.

    GE2015 was a fluke for pap.

    At that time, pap was very fearful. Even their candidate from Msia, cow boon hwan, publicly said in fake or real fearful look pap can be voted out. pap lucked then. because lying pap master liar lky up the lorry. so sympathy votes for pap causing the 70% sheep syndrome.

    But today is GE2019. clown pap like najib UMNO can lose. anyway back to truth. even if all of Singapore voted pap we won’t. We Never Have. We Never Will. because we see through lying pap S$ thieving liars and their tricks.

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  • Sinkie:

    What will it take for at least 20% of the 69.9% to realize their folly and awaken from their apathy – in time for the next General Election?

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  • Oppo:

    Singapore belongs to sinkies, including reservists and operational ready nsmen who are oppo members!

    The old c*** was the one who told Xi chin peng that everywhere you go in Singapore, the institutions all looked like belonging to Pappies!

    How arrogant?

    If our 69.9% Sinkies are still slumbering it’s time to wake up!

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    白杂种把国家的$
    当着牠们自己的$ 死鬼仔

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  • N.Jungne:

    LKY admitted his mistake about bi-lingualism and may be dead, but his Loong (boy-boy) will continue his Policies, like “chiang chua zi”, there’s “stop at two and use your hand” campaign.

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  • a PG:

    Dear SG citizens, this is what you got for voting and wished for a lightning party to control your lives. And this Lightning is giving us a one-way ticket to nowhere, except for themselves. It is a shameful act for a losing lightning party election candidate to fix the the ELECTED MP who was voted in to serve the residents. For this, the unfair laws or rules need to be changed to treated all elected MPs with dignity and respect.

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  • Asd:

    Scholars can agree to such doing ? Twisted scholars whose eyes are blinded by $$ and unethical

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  • PseudoPap & the other PAP:

    “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

    - President Thomas Jefferson

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  • Bapak:

    One country, two systems at play. Well done, 70Sinkies.

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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Idiots:

    PAP never respected voters or the opposition. Sometimes I wonder about the education they got.

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  • MERDEKA Gen:

    Harder Truths:
    Once people keep the FT too long in power the condition becomes normal.

    Look at India – 1000 years under colonial and Moghul rule – the moment a white lesbian transvestite gay transgender shouts at them they shit in their pants (or in whatever).

    Chief Sitting BS once said he had to fix the opposition. That was and is his policy.

    With their majority, the pigs had even changed the Constitution. No other country would allow this.

    Stupid Singaporeans.

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  • Great Asia:

    I already told you many times: Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore and Singapore is Lee Kuan Yew.

    In Singapore, who dared to challenge our King?

    Only, in Singapore, the wife of the leader can control the country’s resources.

    So what the ruling elites will not do?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Change We Must:

    MPs are our servants and not the other way round.

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  • Abuse of Pap power:

    this is clearcut abuse of power corruption, violation of Constitution n demeaning citizen right of electing their representative. Where r the Judiciary esp CJ n his Bench? Are they really so despicable to demean the dignity of their position? Honor n dignity r priceless!Sacrificing human values incl integrity, dignity, justice leave only carcass with no soul! You have sworn by the name of your God to put Singapore n Singaporeans above party n yourself. Can you live with the guilt of defying your God. Look back n repent but more importantly for the soul to do what you have sworn to your God. As the Chinese say
    Remember God is only three feet above your head? Do what you have to according to what you have sworn!

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  • SIN Trump Fakes:

    Susan Rice has given a descript of Trump which has been in the minds of every US media host except Fox, which Singaporeans r pretty familiar in Singapore of Fox imitation. More amazing though, a foggy stage of SIN Trump ImitationS was defogged by just the few words came from Susan Rice on the “Greatest genius President” US is blessed in the entire US history Trump as he get himself convinced of his self glorification in all seriousness amidst his iconic chicken anus like mouth.
    So it is not surprising that Mr Yee lamented in desperation. One Trump can evoke genocide n ethnic cleansing, fakes n truth per his whimsies, n the idiocy (Kim will rain all over him (Trump) calling him IDIOTif they meet again according to a D-Congressman or Senator or is he kidding) of P immunity that he can do what he damn like including shooting a man dead in Fifth Avenue. Fortunately SIN have many Trump Imitation but the daft kind else SIN will long been auctioned off n distributed Gleefully nepotists n their harem of favourite CB!
    It is no wonder poor Le Sr has to break free to settle his dying fear n worry of his hard earned fanic popularity drag thru the sewer. God forbid.
    Kas the world so FUp that the fury the world witnessing now signalling the Isecond Coming as claimed when saving sinners does not go well with Trumpies mushrooming over the earth!

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    Great Asia:
    I already told you many times: Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore and Singapore is Lee Kuan Yew.

    In Singapore, who dared to challenge our King?

    Only, in Singapore, the wife of the leader can control the country’s resources.

    So what the ruling elites will not do?

    Ha ha ha!

    哈哈哈
    这位朋友说的千真万確
    好赞,赞赞赞

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  • DaFa Gwanzai:

    Greeds deep in SIN. Grab together with DaFa Guanzai silent with plenty of loot hiding. Interests not conflict black not black white not white
    just grab siok. Die worse than is chop is head. account no ability get wife to wipe up the . This is SIN.

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  • Rama Chandran Andrew:

    Thick skinned losers with no shame whatsover! Back door politicians losing a straight one to one fight but parachuted in via GRC! Should not be grass roots adviser when there is an elected representative!

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