Ministry of Manpower vs SDP

The Ministry of Manpower accused the SDP on 14 Dec 2019 of having a “singular objective – to stoke fear and anxiety among local PMETs” when it published two facebook postings and an article.

The SDP responded yesterday (2 Jan 2020) in these words: “… Clearly, the MOM has used the law for political-partisan purposes to stymie legitimate criticism of the PAP’s foreign PMET policy that has been and continues to be unfair to Singaporeans. That the general election is not far away makes our case even more salient.

If POFMA is to have legitimate authority going forward, then Ms Teo must apologise to the SDP. Accusing a party of making “false statements of fact” is a serious matter and should be done only with the highest of standards and irrefutable evidence.

Under such circumstances, we call on the Minister to not only retract the Correction Directions but also issue an immediate, unambiguous and public apology to the SDP and undertake not to make such similar acts in future, failing which we will be obliged to pursue the matter in a court of law.”

I am impressed with SDP’s statement especially the final paragraph. Yes, retract, apologise and undertake not to repeat a wrong have always been the language of the powerful. Now a small opposition party has used it on the mighty government.

POFMA is a law that only benefits the PAP government. Its legitimacy or rather legality, lies merely on the fact that the law was passed by the PAP’s super majority in parliament. This law can never be just or beneficial to the people because it allows ministers to issue directions and require appeals against such directions to go through the ministers who issued the directions. The ministers as part of the Executive has therefore been given judicial powers which should belong exclusively to the Judiciary since our constitution guarantees the separation of powers.

A government that shuts out all criticisms and opinions by using its laws against citizens who do not use or encourage violence, is a government that is afraid of its own citizens. It is a government that fails to realise that blindly following past practices of enacting more and more harsh laws to protect itself is detrimental to the development of Singapore and her hard working, creative and patient people. It is a government that no longer knows how to govern.

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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14 Responses to “Ministry of Manpower vs SDP”

  • Harder Truths:

    The government is not afraid of the ballsless citizens. Since when have they been a real force? More like a farce. .

    Look at the number of FT here AND STILL COMING IN . Look at the rise in taxes and GST just a few weeks ago. Think about the new estates to house more FT. The price of HDB. The jobs that locals cannot egt. Or the salaries of the ministers.

    Does this look like a government that is scared? They are laughing and so are the FT.

    $G voters will show you why they are called ballsless at the next GE. Wait and see.

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  • RDB:

    A political party that often enough spew out faux pas rectoric is not a saint nor a sensible one as government in charge of the country’s affairs in a sensible manner. is this not true.

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  • Karma time:

    It’s a very bad beginning for Joe Teo on new year 2020.

    In fact, the bad karma is about to come knocking every Minister door this year.

    Even heaven could not take the shit PAP has been giving to Singaporeans all these years, favoring FT and counting on the new citizens to vote for PAP.

    If the tide can turn in HK against the Communist, I’m sure Singaporeans will start to wake up to the crap from PAP and make the right decision to vote them out. it’s ok if PAP still rules Singapore, but only with a 51% margin votes.

    Singaporeans want to see the likes of Dr Chee, Dr TCB, LHL, Dr Paul, Lim Thean to take up MP and Minister positions in Parliament to keep a check on the greedy and hopeless 4G leaders (so called).

    Singaporeans please support the Opposition in the next GE. Until then, whack every 4G leaders…

    Whack them till they shit in their pants.

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  • PAP can learn from SDP:

    These days, I have lost my trust and respect for the PAP. I mean, where is that honor and plight in them to set things right other than misusing and abusing the power to suppress people from the truths? If it’s right it’s right. If it’s wrong, quickly admit it, take necessary action to correct and move on. Why are they still waiting for the application just because the law provides it. I mean isn’t there NO SHAME to be wrong? It’s not about the disgraceful POFMA, it’s that a government owes it to the People to right a wrong expeditiously and without delay isn’t it. Nah!….. I can’t vote for PAP like that. I think SDP should not submit the correction application and let them shame on and learn.

    PAP can learn from SDP.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Josephine Teo lost the battle against SDP on the use of POFMA. She is a disgrace. Another good reason to vote for regime change.

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  • Josuckfin:

    If not for the 70% , I wonder how many of them will be jobless ?

    Hahaha

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  • opposition dude:

    PAP has never been one to accept criticism, not especially when they can’t argue against it. AIM comes to mind. When the most obvious question was asked why this small little company was set up just to manage a single piece of software PAP did not answer.

    So what if you POFMA a couple of individuals or an opposition party or 2, there are just so many postings about PAP on the internet. You cannot shut people up because we have felt just how lousy your policies have been and how hard life is.

    PAP must be pretty naive and stupid to want to continue doing things the old way. People aren’t afraid anymore and it isn’t a crime to speak out against shit policies nor come to a conclusion based on published data and not weasel words like “Singapore residents” instead of SINGAPORE CITIZENS!

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  • TruBlu:

    SDP IS ALWAYS BRAVELY STANDING UP FOR sgs on various national concerns unlike the OVERPAID MPs who are either snoozing in parliament or diam diam only or worse, ABSENT!

    VOTE SDP sgs n benefit.
    Stop being bias n daft.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    Dear Readers,
    MOM is in charge of labour affair and not Dr Chee.

    Jo Teo had all rights to stop Dr Chee from lying.

    Anyway, Dr Chee and Roy always like to compare SG to Taiwan.

    Now why don’t you and Roy inform Singaporeans that Taiwan also implement ISA type of law?

    Why fully democratic Taiwan under DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) want to do that ?

    Because Singapore law is so good that DPP copied it and implement it wholesale.

    1. 31 Dec 2019: Taiwan (呆湾) passed a Internal Security Act on 31 Dec 2019 that is similar to Singapore.
    My evidence is here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNmqYhH1vC8

    2. 01 Jan 2020: Taiwan (呆湾) police under instruction from DPP start investigating any commoners that are critical of President Tsai and DPP.
    My evidence is here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS0tc940EOQ

    Singapore is democratic just like Taiwan (呆湾) who also had ISA laws.

    Singaporeans, be proud of PAP. Vote PAP. ISA is a good law.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

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  • Harder Truths:

    TruBlu:
    SDP IS ALWAYS BRAVELY STANDING UP FOR sgs on various national concerns unlike the OVERPAID MPs who are either snoozing in parliament or diam diam only or worse, ABSENT!

    VOTE SDP sgs n benefit.
    Stop being bias n daft.

    SDP is doing what it can – for now. As time goes by and the citizens do not change even they will not want to continue. Already last election there were good younger candidates leaving because they could see their future become something like CST. No one wants to sacrifice their life for nothing.

    Thew time of the opposition will soon fade away – and the island will become what the 70% want – their one-party utopia.

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  • One party Pappy: Dystopia:

    What is commonly called Utopian is something too good to be practicable; but what the Pappies appear to favour is too bad to be practicable.

    Before the first documented use of the word “dystopia” was the ancient Greek term “cacotopia” (κακόs) meaning “bad, wicked” was proposed in 1818 by Jeremy Bentham who said: “As a match for Utopia (or the imagined seat of the best government) suppose there to be a Cacotopia (or the imagined seat of the worst government).”

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  • Homeless Cat:

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:
    Dear Readers,
    MOM is in charge of labour affair and not Dr Chee.

    Jo Teo had all rights to stop Dr Chee from lying.

    Anyway, Dr Chee and Roy always like to compare SG to Taiwan.

    Now why don’t you and Roy inform Singaporeans that Taiwan also implement ISA type of law?

    Why fully democratic Taiwan under DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) want to do that ?

    Because Singapore law is so good that DPP copied it and implement it wholesale.

    1. 31 Dec 2019: Taiwan (呆湾) passed a Internal Security Act on 31 Dec 2019 that is similar to Singapore.
    My evidence is here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNmqYhH1vC8

    2. 01 Jan 2020: Taiwan (呆湾) police under instruction from DPP start investigating any commoners that are critical of President Tsai and DPP.
    My evidence is here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS0tc940EOQ

    Singapore is democratic just like Taiwan (呆湾) who also had ISA laws.

    Singaporeans, be proud of PAP. Vote PAP. ISA is a good law.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20

    Taiwan’s political scene is nothing like Singapore’s. Opposition can frag you in the room for screwing up the country. MP and PM can get whacked in public by the electorate. Here? No such thing.

    But that will change. 70% voted for pain and more pain. Had enough? Good. Let’s show these educated, ignorant and arrogant ivory tower dwellers the door.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    SDP must not be distracted by this POFMA affair. SDP should concentrate its resources for the coming GE.

    Once Oppositions are voted in Parliament, this POFMA can be repealed.

    That will be the time to [email protected] MOM and Jo Teo.

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  • oxygen:

    HAS ANYONE DISCOVER any truth and integrity under the belly of POFMA viper s*ake?

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