PAP Took Its Eye off the Ball, Don’t Do It Again By Calling Election Now

While the government stayed focused during the initial stages of the outbreak and managed to bring the spread under control, it became complacent and took its eye off the ball. This has resulted in a second wave of infections.

For example, in early March, when infections started to dwindle, PM Lee Hsien Loong urged Singaporeans to visit local attractions and “go about our lives as normally as possible” even though the virus outbreak was far from being contained.

Many Singaporeans seemed to have taken his advice and started flocking back to shops and eateries.

Days later, the cases started to surge with the numbers hitting record highs in the last week or so, with a significant proportion of them unlinked locally transmitted cases or linked extensions of existing transmission chains which have not been closed.

Also, despite the Malaysian government’s decision to close its borders and impose a lockdown, the PAP allowed Malaysian workers to come into Singapore and work without quarantine. The PAP even provided them financial support to continue to work here.

There are 300,000 Malaysians working in Singapore. How many of them are infected and living and working among Singaporeans? How many of the latest infections were from these workers?

The PAP may say that our factories, offices and services which are heavily dependent on these workers need to continue to operate. But which is more important – making money or protecting our health?

The PAP’s laxity and delayed reaction to heightened risks have also led to an Indonesian who was already infected with the virus to enter Singapore to seek treatment. This individual has unfortunately passed away but it is reported that he has infected a 62-year old Singaporean.

Foreigners from other countries with work passes continue to be allowed into the country. It was only on 23 March that restrictions were tightened to ban short-term visitors. By then, many of these foreigners have been confirmed with the Covid-19 infection in Singapore.

The tightening of rules regarding public gatherings announced on Wednesday also seem to be a more reactive than proactive measure.

For example, tuition centres are closed down but schools remain open. Workplaces are also ordered to practice social distancing and a 10-person limit on gatherings imposed, but MRT trains are packed with people travelling to work every day.

These inconsistencies are causing confusion and uncertainty among the public, making it even more difficult for the country to get a firm grip on the crisis.

(Despite this, the SDP calls on the public to cooperate and comply with the most current rules in order to help overcome the escalated spread of the disease. In particular, the public needs to ensure that they seek medical attention if unwell and practice good personal hygiene.)

The PAP has clearly dropped the ball which has contributed to a second wave of infections. With ongoing linked local transmissions, this second wave will be many times larger than the first.

The PAP started to prematurely run its victory lap when it should have stayed focused on the problem.

The government was so cocky that it released the election boundaries report and signalled that it would call for elections in the midst of the outbreak, opportunistically capitalising on the public’s goodwill and fear of change during a crisis.

A mandate obtained in such circumstances is clearly tainted and cannot be used as justification to continue its failed economic and social policies which have been hurting Singapore before Covid came along and will continue after the pandemic passes.

We hope that the PAP has learnt its lesson and will not drop the ball a second time by calling for the GE before the Covid-19 pandemic is well and truly over.

The dangers to the public are too great and the distraction from the efforts to control the virus too risky. Singaporeans should not have to pay such a heavy price for the PAP’s selfish goals.

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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16 Responses to “PAP Took Its Eye off the Ball, Don’t Do It Again By Calling Election Now”

  • John Richards:

    Where is the PM’s leadership? We see Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Xi, Modi etc. at the forefront of the crisis. Meanwhile the world’s highest paid leader is hiding and talking about elections.

    Both Gan Kim Yong and Lawrence Wong are not doctors yet they face the brunt of the challenge. They are trying their best and should take some credit for their efforts. But I wonder if the PM is the one who is behind the decision to keep schools open, and the casinos too. Not to mention allowing Malaysian workers to come back to Singapore when the crisis is far from over.

    I believe the TaskForce can do a much better job if their hands are not tied down by economic concerns. Contain the virus and everything else will fall into place.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I don’t think PAP has taken its eyes off the ball!

    It was done on purpose. It was a deliberate attempt to increase the infection. This was to make the situation worse so that the people are scared.

    Taking the opportunity of this situation, PAP is calling for General Election, putting the lives of voters into danger. Mr. Speaker put it as “guilty of endangering lives”! It is a ransom.

    It was like after paid a deposit to a renovation contractor to do up your house, he started breaking down the house, then he asked for increase in the contracted sum, with all kind of reasons. If the new sum was not agreeable, he could stop work. He could returned part of the deposit to show he was “sincere”. So you have to stick to this contractor.

    This GE is a negotiation strategy by the PM. He wanted a mandate to continue, he wanted a stronger team, he wanted a longer runway. And voters must vote for the PAP.

    Other countries took 6 to 8 weeks to contain the virus, PM wanted one year or more and he needs a 5-year mandate for that. He is telling voters that this current taskforce is not strong, he needs a stronger team, but the same people.

    PAP knew how the virus could be controlled, lesson from other countries, but just did not want to do it. In fact, PAP imports more infection!

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  • Hu Chian:

    Looking at some of the numbers reported by the Taiwanese press, I suspect something is wrong with the numbers of COVID-19 related cases reported.
    ” Taiwan has counted 267 COVID-19 cases as of Friday (March 27), with a steady double-digit rise of mostly imported infections every day over the past two weeks.”
    By now the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) is alrdy overwhelmed.
    Thus I predict we will likely pay a very terrible price in the coming days ahead.
    Take care now, you’ve a lunatic at the helm.

    Site,

    Taiwan doctor urges total lockdown to avoid c… | Taiwan News
    https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3905711

    About NCID – National Centre for Infectious Diseases
    https://www.ncid.sg/About-NCID/Pages/default.aspx

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  • Asd:

    I think I will not go and expose myself to vote because it’s a matter of life or death

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on TOC Website :Quote – “SIA gets massive S$15b bailout from Temasek to see it through COVID-19 crisis
    Correspondent by Correspondent 2020-03-293 min read
    SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong
    …..

    On Thursday (26 Mar), Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that it had secured up to S$19 billion of funding with the majority coming from Temasek Holdings, to help see it through the coronavirus crisis as demands for air travel dipped.

    SIA, together with other carriers around the world, are grounding planes, putting staff on unpaid leave and scrambling to raise cash to ensure their survival. So far, SIA has cut capacity by 96% and grounded almost its entire fleet.

    SIA’s majority shareholder, state-fund Temasek Holdings, has indicated it would underwrite the sale of shares and convertible bonds for up to S$15 billion. The rights issue will be offered at S$3 per share, a 53.8 percent discount to SIA’s last traded price of S$6.50. DBS would also be providing SIA with a bridging loan of S$4 billion until it gets the funds from the rights issue.

    “This transaction will not only tide SIA over a short term financial liquidity challenge, but will position it for growth beyond the pandemic,” Temasek International Chief Executive Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara said….. “Unquote.

    Response :SIA secured $19 Billions in funding? $15 billions of funding come from Temasek and the rest of $4 billions of fundings come from Dbs??? I wonder whether Temasek has any shares in Dbs bank? Is Temasek a major shareholder of Dbs too? How long will the $19 billions last? half year, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years,….???? Temasek should fired off Temasek International Chief Executive Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara and employ a cheaper CEO who can work better. Changi Airport is building its fifth airport and that may still be in progress. Changi fifth airport still need massive funds for completion. Along with all those expensive air stewardess to maintain and all those expensive salaried women staffs controllers every where, the huge salaried staffs to be paid every month to maintain SIA, very fast those $19 billions will be gone if corona virus going to last for a long time,…. Might as well cut losses and fired off all those expensive woman staff?

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  • Instead of wasting their time trying to change the unchangible GE in April, SDP should concentrate more on their marketing and how to use digital tech to reach out to the voters. Time is running out with weeks to g!

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  • Hu Chian:

    @TRE Techie is right, SDP should concentrate on reaching out to as many voters as possible, maybe by appealing to supporters to promote the party such as by using sharing apps. What are the warning signs?.

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  • Wear Mask lah:

    Wear Mask lah.
    Will help prevent the community spread.Also protect yourself and others.
    Better safe than sorry.

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  • @Hu Chian

    Dr Chee have probably not heard of the phrase “熊娃儿”, so I wouldn’t fault him if he thinks that he could talk reason with one.

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  • Hu Chian:

    @TRE Techie, I can’t say for sure. But this is after all the political arena, a debate or argument would be the correct interpretation. Cheers.

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  • Hu Chian:

    Publicity by scmp.

    ” There are expectations that Lee, in power since 2004, may soon call an snap election in the midst of the pandemic to secure a fresh mandate to deal with the economic turmoil. Preliminary forecasts suggest the trade-reliant economy could experience its worst ever recession this year.”

    Site,

    Coronavirus: Singapore PM calls for end to US-China blame …
    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3077479/coronavirus-singapore-pm-calls-end-us-china-blame-game

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  • TruBlu:

    They are oredy trying to win votes by making use of taxpayer money claiming *GENEROSITY* by dishing out tens of billions.

    The oppo is being taken advantage yet again as they cannot do likewi$e?

    Sgs have short memory.
    Just last GE,PAPple says cannot apply reserves to help older jobless sgs claiming additional future tax burden on younger sgs if the older sgs were to be given help??,

    Niw businesses are in trouble n the same PAPple offer tens of billions of taxpayer money to help them claiming SG HAS PLENTY OF RESERVES FOR *RAINY* DAYS?

    So,when older sgs have STORMY DAYS ,THE FAHMEN DONT THINK THESE sgs needed HELP????!

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  • Great Asia:

    Honourable son wanted to exploit the coronavirus crisis to hold the General Election. That’s why he kept Singapore “business as usual”.

    He used the health of Singaporeans in exchange for his political legacy. As this would be his last GE as the PM of Singapore, so he wants a big win.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • balancing act very difficult:

    //It was done on purpose. It was a deliberate attempt to increase the infection. This was to make the situation worse so that the people are scared.//

    aiyoh ? it is more of a balancing between economy and infections ? the nature of transmission will make it the balancing act very difficult and it may backfire with sudden increase of more cases – with collateral damage lar ???

    well, but do not worry as we have 151th media standard and the whole lot of white doggy partners to manage the perception of daft sinkies who after a while will adapt to the new norm ????

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  • Crooked PAP:

    Trying to win the election by using public money. Michael Bloomberg tried and failed terribly. Money politics will not work when people may die going to the polls.

    Singaporeans know too well, the Govt is trying on-line voting testing now.
    There should be no election without proper physical rallies rather than doing rally at CNA studios.

    PAP is in a fix now for all the karma they inherited over the years.

    God is great.

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  • You are right:

    John Richards:
    Where is the PM’s leadership? We see Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Xi, Modi etc. at the forefront of the crisis. Meanwhile the world’s highest paid leader is hiding and talking about elections.

    Both Gan Kim Yong and Lawrence Wong are not doctors yet they face the brunt of the challenge. They are trying their best and should take some credit for their efforts. But I wonder if the PM is the one who is behind the decision to keep schools open, and the casinos too. Not to mention allowing Malaysian workers to come back to Singapore when the crisis is far from over.

    I believe the TaskForce can do a much better job if their hands are not tied down by economic concerns. Contain the virus and everything else will fall into place.

    @JR, we have leeches&shit aplenty. LW can take this unthankful event to further hone whatever is lacking & need improvement in himself in positive strive. Anyone who emerges from this event alive & well is one victorious mind that evolves as vastly superior & hard to beat. Just look at IDF, their commanders are always leading at the foref6 fearlessly. On the other hand,

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