DPM Heng’s Performance Shows He Would Not Survive If He Was Not Protected from Competition

The main reason I chose to study Economics was that it truly is the Queen of all Sciences. Economics provided the blinding insight that competition leads to the survival of the fittest, and to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Nature is ruthless and those organisms that are best adapted to their environment will prevail, eventually wiping out other species that are less well adapted in the ceaseless battle for resources.

Ever since LKY, who for all his undoubted oratorical skills could not cope with my dad in Parliament and had to resort to faked-up charges and ludicrous defamation awards to get rid of him and make things safe for his son to succeed him on the throne, the PAP have protected themselves as though they are fragile hothouse flowers that need shielding from the fierce winds of competition. The experiment with live telecasts of Parliamentary debates in the 1980s were ended because my father was so effective at showing up PAP Ministers. He was removed from Parliament in 1986 and, apart from 1997, kept from standing again till his death. After he died LHL’s condolence letter accused him of having tried to destroy the PAP and Singapore’s whole system of government when actually what he was doing was ensuring that the Westminster-style model of political competition and accountability worked.

As a result the PAP have had to face no real competition in Parliament and the quality of their Ministers and MPs have regressed. Question Time has been cut back and there is no Prime Minister’s Questions as in the UK, which give the Leader of the Opposition an opportunity to ensure the executive branch’s actions are scrutinised and held to account. Low’s removal of my dad as leader of the Workers Party with the help of LKY, LHL and the PAP ensured that what had been an effective though severely constrained Opposition became toothless and ineffectual, shying away from asking hard-hitting questions or making even an attempt to hold the executive accountable.

Outside Parliament, as is their prerogative, the PAP make a point of refusing to answer anyone who raises hard questions on subjects they prefer to keep secret. I have been asking questions about the Budget, the real value of our reserves and why the PM appointed his wife as head of Temasek and what he pays her. Nor will they debate with anyone in the Opposition unless it is in brief forums before elections where they demand and receive artificial advantages, like being able to send two representatives so they get double the time. They usually ensure that I am not invited to forums where their failure to answer fundamental questions would be shown up.

Before GE2011 I was not invited to a televised Budget forum in case I embarrassed the Finance Minister, Tharman. Instead the Reform Party was invited to a Mandarin forum. There was a forum before GE2015 to which representatives of all the parties were invited but the PAP were allowed to send two representatives thus giving them twice the time of any of the other parties. I am not invited to any university forums. The BBC also retracted an invitation to me to appear on a discussion about population policy with a PAP Minister, substituting my brother as someone whom the PAP see as reliable or at least someone who will never criticise them directly.

To repeat what I said above, the end-result of this protective mollycoddling has been, as Darwinian theory predicts, a decline in the standards of Parliamentary debate and the ability of PAP Ministers to think on their feet, which was never high to start with. This was particularly in evidence during the motion brought by Heng Swee Keat demanding that Sylvia and Low recuse themselves from involvement with financial matters relating to Aljunied-Hougang Town Council. His fumbling, halting performance against two fairly weak adversaries has been widely ridiculed and lampooned so I will not go into details but it demonstrates that he is unfit to be PM. In a democracy he would be unlikely to survive.

Of course it suits LHL and his family to have a weak and ineffectual candidate as the caretaker regent between his rule and the probable accession of his son Hongyi. LHL has never had any real competition in Parliament or outside and would also not be PM if he was not his father’s son. He famously fainted during the National Day Rally Speech in 2016 but any understandable questions about his health were submerged by an orchestrated campaign of troll attacks by his sycophants, who were largely foreigners given lucrative PR and media jobs in Singapore.

Heng’s disastrous performance shows that in a fair fight, in a state that was even slightly less totalitarian than Singapore) the PAP would not survive. The Emperor is naked! Singaporeans need to stop giving Heng and his master LHL the benefit of the doubt and start believing that competition can only be good for them.

 

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

* The author blogs at https://kenjeyaretnam.com/.

 

 

yyy
SPONSORED ADVERTISEMENT
Loading...

24 Responses to “DPM Heng’s Performance Shows He Would Not Survive If He Was Not Protected from Competition”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    The Lies had a piece of wooden SHIT to Sit on the Throne while the Idiot is tutored to no avail… an idiot will remain an idiot regardless of the genes…

    With a STROKE of Luck, they found another piece of CONfused SHIT to sit while another idiot is tutored

    and Like Humpty Dumpty all the King’s man can never put Humpty Dumpty back together again when the Saints go Marching in and the Lies lying in their graves

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • The Sun also Sets. . .:

    The AristoCATs like to think they will last forever. . .

    -
    IBM, GeneralElectric { GE }, GeneralMotors { GM }, etc.
    Are dominant entities that ruled in their industries –
    sort of, 800-pound Gorilla !

    GE has its own Management University at Crotonville where top executives are poached to become major CEOs in other industries.

    Today, all of them are shadows of their former selves !
    -

    ditto with political parties – Taiwan KMT, Japan LDP, etc.

    -
    Despite AristoCATs enormous brain-power,
    they boo-boo on knee-jerk e-Scooter ban !
    -

    The writer reminds us – the importance of healthy competition . . .
    -
    Remember the Ballot box. . .

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Another failure:

    HSK is just like his boss. He will most likely “perform” as well. Since he became PM in 2004 Singaporeans are worse off. Time for REGIME CHANGE.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • TruBlu:

    Tharman or Shanmugam would be different but they cant be PM as PAP is itself racist?

    Why must have chinese PM,arent we all SINGAPOREANS?

    But Heng is still not a bad chap despite his oratorial set-back or perhaps his competitor/s inside the PAP wanted to make him look bad and the SCRIBE/S screwed it out for Ah Heng?
    Afterall,even LKY had SCRIBES scribbled counter-attacks for him that were readily available?

    Well,Ah Heng is not Ah Long BLUE-EYE BOY BOY unlike that KEE CHIU chap.

    No one in PAP can speak as well as LKY for sure but what we need are not just blokes who can call the birds down from the trees with nice-sounding words?

    We badly are in need of leaders who care so much about this nation and not just the gro$$ national product.
    We need SERVANT-LEADERS WHO JUST WANT TO MAKE SERVING THE COMMON SGS THEIR LIFE-LONG VOCATION.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Bobo:

    Our applauses to KJ. We need only genuine, sincere and capable Singaporean leader to lead us forward. We don’t need hypocrites and Pinocchios.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Vote them out:

    Throw Singaporeans under the bus – Readily forsaking own Singaporeans, What else to say?

    I’ll be stupid if I do not know WHY! I need a government for.

    Vote them out. No 2nd Chance.

    I’ll be stupid if I do not know how to increase my citizen’s value!

    Give them Power, they don’t respect you, then throw them under the bus!.

    What else to say?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • theyre all puppets:

    seat warmer..everyone knows that. he’s just trying too hard to please his idiot boss.
    so we shouldnt be too mad at him..we should instead direct our dissatisfaction at the one who anointed him !
    such a betrayer n trait** of the hardworking citizens!

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • NotMyProblem:

    “Of course it suits LHL and his family to have a weak and ineffectual candidate as the caretaker regent between his rule and the probable accession of his son Hongyi”.

    Isn’t it designed such a way? For a seat warmer, the only requirement is to be able and smart enough to vacant the throne when the time comes. The first seat warmer did it very nicely.

    It is now depends on our smart voters to allow this to continue!!! We must kick the seat warmer out first.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Harder Truths:

    Alas Kenneth – you are preaching mainly to the ballsless 70% of citizens.

    The ballsless believe that without the pappies, their lives will have no meaning since no one will take their hard-earned money, tell them what to do, when to do it and how to do it.

    Their only wish is that Heng (or someone like him) will keep telling them how to run their lives – this keeps them safe and happy.

    You are a heretic because your preachings go against their religion of complete servitude to the dead old man’s cult of clown-politicians who would piss in their pants if you were elected into parliament.

    No matter Kenneth – life goes on. Whether $G survives is not in our hands.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Diabolical protectionism:

    Pharaoh the Magnificent, surrounded by family and advisors, tells everyone that he can jump in the river and not get wet at all. They say that they would love to see his godly powers, and encourage him to do it.

    He then jumps into the river and, as you would expect, gets soaked.

    Despite this, he stands up and shouts “Look everyone! I am completely dry!”

    And it was clear to everyone around him that Pharaoh was in denial but none other speaks his mind and gets away with it… moreover gold and silver was trickling down from the Pyramid scheme…. so all hailed Pharoah and promised him heartily to mummify him like never before should the divinity will to go on ahead of them.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Bapak:

    Well, put it simply. If this guy is an aircraft engineer, you guys will get a heart attack cos the plane will crash. Heng Ah he is not.

    Is he that bad? YES!

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Plain Truth:

    To achieve a totalitarian rule like the CCP, the dominant party will have to crush every single opposition, especially tho ones that pose the most threat to absolute power. MPs and members of the opposition should be given immunity to speak their minds in political debates and to protect free speech. Do Singaporeans want a communist-style government like China, or a democratic government with checks and balances like the US, UK, AUS, and EU countries. The plain truth is, you cannot have a democratic country ruled by an undemocratic government.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Benny:

    Heng or halimah,r lucky.

    Unlucky gets hit by pmd…etc…

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Singapore is an artificial environment, heavily controlled. The only reason they can limit competition.

    Since all great empires of the past have fallen…

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • pap S$2 AIM company:

    pap master liar lky once in his lying life managed to get 1st class in cambridge. this part is always mentioned without fail.

    in the INNs, he barely passed. this part he hardly mentioned.

    when pap master liar was alive, his rule was 1st class. it was amazing then stroke heng without 1st class got inducted. maybe because stroke heng is such a balls carrier it made up for lack of 1st class.

    but those who have worked for a living know, balls carriers survive only when there are balls to carry. when they have someone trying to carry their balls, they freeze up since by nature they are destined to be balls carrier ONLY and not to be balls carried.

    That is why stroke heng is showing why he is failing, and so obviously failing.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Why election volunteers?:

    KJ

    Thanks for your article lambasting the coma victim.

    Who father him ? This is area51 type of secret.

    Another UnAnswered question no Singaporean has the answer :

    Is the Election Process absolutely untamperable ?

    Another way to ask this question easier for singkees is to ask Why are election volunteers or agents requires if it’s a perfect system?

    Singapore is a highly litigious country. So let me put this upfront. Even if it is tamperable , I am not saying it has been tampered before. So let’s understand some basic English here. I think even JBJ will be proud of how I put it.

    Another choking question no singkee has the brains to answer me is what proves to GDP is transparent and accurate and untamperable? I know that even IMF , World bank , UN has no way to prove it’s accurate.

    Why are singkees so well-educated fools?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • DeathLooming:

    Both style of government(barking up the wrong tree) are a curse for the people, as a whole.

    You don’t have any other option except the way, the truth and the life.

    Plain Truth:
    To achieve a totalitarian rule like the CCP, the dominant party will have to crush every single opposition, especially tho ones that pose the most threat to absolute power. MPs and members of the opposition should be given immunity to speak their minds in political debates and to protect free speech. Do Singaporeans want a communist-style government like China, or a democratic government with checks and balances like the US, UK, AUS, and EU countries. The plain truth is, you cannot have a democratic country ruled by an undemocratic government.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • 三只老鼠:

    I like to sing a song :
    三只老鼠,
    三只老鼠,
    跑得快,
    跑得快,
    两只没有prostate,
    一只昏迷不醒,
    真搞笑!
    真搞笑!!

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Went to Japan:

    KJ is talented but his temper is like his dad. However, his oral skills not as good, and does not possess much charisma on stage. This is also why he could not convince voters to vote him.

    What he said here is true but one question, why is your brother working for PAP? Why is he not standing along with you to avenge your dad? Can you answer this?

    LTK may not be too kind to your dad but he is cooler than your fiery dad, at least he brought WP more seats to parliament. However, today the white party is also not willing to let WP survive, drumming up all kind of excuses to pull them down.

    Honestly, I had lot of respect for JBJ, he worked tirelessly for democracy and fought PAPPY but eventually he ran out of time. Also his strategies did not really work and things become quite obvious leading to his fall.

    You need to cool yourself down, the white party is cunning, they have all kind of tricks. There is no need to go head on with them, you need to find a way to win.

    Lastly, the enemy of your dad is not WP or LTK, it is the white party. Enemy of your dad is your friend. So better ask all the friends to work together to bring the common enemy down.

    You have a fiery temper, you are also nasty with curt comments, you also cannot take no as answer. As a politician in Singapore, you need to reform your personality to help yourself win a seat to do the right thing for Singapore.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Flabbergasted:

    Kenneth:

    Keep going no matter what…you never can tell. I for one support you and what you stand for. The PAP can’t last forever.. it’s already in our backyard..all racially backed parties have started to see their demise..MIC, MCA, UMNO. What’s so different of the PAP…the Indian ministers do not represent Indians, the Malay MP’s just as bad..I rest my case of the Chinese..

    Everywhere in the world the peasants are demanding their rights..so your time will come..stand tall and be what your father wanted you to be..

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Predetermine results:

    The shit can only survive by dictating everything. Nothing can be left to chance.

    They are right even when they are wrong.

    China of the south.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Opulence & Megalomania:

    Kenneth, your father was swept away along with the founding Democrats in the great PAP schismatic of the eighties. Now the soft dictatorship reigned supreme and we were being transformed in graduated phases into a “guided democracy”.

    Nowadays we all know where we common joes are designated as don’t we? Being a First Class Cambridge alumni in Economics please explain to us this incongruous phenomenon: Singapore is the third least corrupt bureaucracy in the world, while Sinchiapor Inc ranks 4th globally for a Crony-capitalist political-economy. Now how?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • 4 blind mice:

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    The Lies had a piece of wooden SHIT to Sit on the Throne while the Idiot is tutored to no avail… an idiot will remain an idiot regardless of the genes…
    With a STROKE of Luck, they found another piece of CONfused SHIT to sit while another idiot is tutored
    and Like Humpty Dumpty all the King’s man can never put Humpty Dumpty back together again when the Saints go Marching in and the Lies lying in their graves

    Two lost their LONGANS.
    ONE went into COMA.
    The next busturd is a chipmunk with actor face so unnatural.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Coma Heng:

    One on one, they would have been walluped.

    They are given extreme advantage to compete and stay in power.

    Without these extreme unfair advantages they would have to be forced to answer the tough questions and prove them.
    This means they would have been destroyed.

    So, their real capability is very weak.
    It’s like someone given super man power to compete with a mere mortal.
    But his real abilities are very little.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
Member Services
Self-SupportMembers Login
Sponsored Advertisement
Search On TR Emeritus
Sponsored Advertisement
Most Recent Comments
  • Financially Speaking: @ Don’t rock the boat: And S’pore Sampan need highly paid captains to guide the...
  • Steven: The problem is TKL is not an intellectual but pretends to be. If one were to sieve through all his writing,...
  • Financially Speaking: @ Don’t rock the boat: C’mon! There are many here in TRE who already knows that GDP...
  • oxygen: @ Dont rock the boat YOU LIED WHOLESALE in just ONE PARAGRAPH OF FACILE NARRATIVE....
  • oxygen: @ Don’t rock the boat YOU ARE A DEVIL of lies bluffing through your an*s. You shift your reference...
  • pap says S$m > 70% sheep lives: it is very true pap gan kin yong is as good as nothing. a waste of time. a waste...
  • pap says S$m > 70% sheep lives: Only 5 cases� 63;: Even Mongolia has closed its border crossings...
  • Ah Lee baba Boob Brain #06-195: Democracies can be clean too. Come on, Mr Tan, look at an issue from all angles. What...
  • Fight: Can this Govt fight the virus? Let’s watch what they do?
  • Fark By Indian: Look at how Indians discriminate locals. CCB Indians here to create jobs?! They keeps on TALKING but...
  • Only 5 cases?: Even Mongolia has closed its border crossings with China to keep out the virus. If the number of cases...
  • TruBlu: …wait till that *Khaw* comes home? When were they white monkeys well prepared? Basically RE-ACTING N...
  • Boh Kia See: It is the likes of Singapore First, GMS, J Chong-aldross and Brad B who are most likely to split...
  • TruBlu: Another zero who only knows how to collect more money from sgs. Just another jester who is highly overpaid...
  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution: If the Government screws up again and allows the situation to get worse then it is...
  • Sojoürner of Truth: Financially Speaking: In China, many haters talk about germ warfare bio-development as if...
Announcement
Advertisements
Advertisements
Visitors Statistic
Latest Statistic