The perfect story of the imperfect political system in Singapore

The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights recently released a report entitled “In Singapore, an Already Unfair Vote Undermined by COVID-19″. You can download the full report here.

It has told the perfect story of the imperfect political system in Singapore which has in turn ensured that the PAP continues to stay in power since 1959.

Some of the points raised & actions that the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) has recommended are reiterations of what the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has been telling Singaporeans all this while.

One good example is that the Elections Department should never come under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office.

In an article I had written in 2004, I had mentioned that Taiwanese political parties are allowed to appoint an equal number of non-partisan nominees to the Central Elections Commission to maintain its impartiality.

On the group’s recommendation for a “significantly longer notice for election dates and more campaigning time to ensure an equal electoral competition and for voters to make their opinions”, we have made repeated calls for this.

I can tell you off the cuff that the Kaohsiung mayoral by-election will be held on 15 Aug while the US Presidential Elections will be held on 3 Nov this year.

The reason I am able to do so is because their independent election commissions ensure that all political parties have a clear deadline to work towards to & no advantages are given to any party, regardless of whether they are the incumbents.

We have also made repeated calls to abolish the GRC system.

Nowhere in the world will you find such an electoral scheme where the odds are stacked against the Opposition to win. Coupled with the constant gerrymandering, it has only created more confusion on the ground.

The fact that the court had ruled against our appeal to hold a by-election when the constituency had lost its minority MP only vindicates the fallacy that the GRC system is not to protect the rights of the minority but rather, to protect the political interests of the PAP.

Also, on the group’s recommendation “that state-owned media provide balanced and neutral information on the election, candidates and parties in all election-related programs”, our Party had issued 2 relevant press statements.

This is one of the most important & unprecedented elections since our nation’s independence. The virus has embarrassingly exposed the vulnerabilities of our socio-political & socio-economical fabric. Thus, the PAP’s rhetoric that “they know what’s best for Singaporeans” & “leave the thinking to them” is as risky as you trying to rescue a tiger from the quicksand.

On APHR’s recommendation to delay polls, we had sung the same tune when we relaunched our election campaign with the #4Y1N message. We had called for the PAP to put the people’s interests first by not holding an election in the midst of this pandemic.

I mean, if the PAP really cares about your health interests, it will not attempt to pass a special Covid-19 elections bill & devise campaign rules specifically for this pandemic, isn’t it?

By the way, if you haven’t noticed, PAP MP Charles Chong happens to be one of the APHR Board Members. It sets me thinking if he has read & agreed with the recommended actions to be taken.

If he has, then has he shown this report to his party leadership?

 

 

Bryan Lim Boon Heng

 

 

 

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20 Responses to “The perfect story of the imperfect political system in Singapore”

  • Sinker Pore:

    Here is how I would caricature the thinking logic of the zonks:

    GE Decision tree:

    1. PAP or Oppo?
    Decision : Political Stability is what we want. Therefore, Do not vote oppo.

    2. We have already denied Oppo from even developing.
    So, there is no oppo that can take over.
    So Decision = Do not vote oppo

    3. Democracy = Havoc
    Therefore Decision = do not vote oppo

    4. Aiya, why have elections ?
    Look at China. Prosperity without elections and without democracy.
    We can even make people believe there is democracy within cccp. This negates the need for democracy for the peasants.

    5. China proves Prosperity is nothing to do with Democracy because China is void of democracy. In fact it is a dictatorship by another name.

    Therefore, Conclusion is DO NOT VOTE OPPO

    Product of the education system.

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  • PAP Weakness exposed:

    This is an ultimate embarrassment for Singapore, which is claims to be a 1st World County.

    No words can describe the suppression and oppressions of Singaporeans by a dominant Govt run by a Military Junta, with Generals who are parachuted in by this GRC system, which is racial in nature, dividing Singaporeans into Chinese, Indians, Malays and Eurasians. Our pledge says regardless of race, language or religion – we are one people.

    As the world moves along with Black Lives Matters globally, Singapore is till divided racially via the formation of entities like CDAC, SINDA, Mendaki and Eurasian Association.

    Govt push for SGunited# call is a scam, when PAP govt continues to rule, based on racial politics.

    GRC system is old and outdated. It’s a way to hide non-performing MPs and to bring new paper-generals via the back door.

    Only way to fix this GRC crap is for Singaporeans to take advantage of this system and vote more Opposition into Parliament via the very GRC system PAP has been promoting. Thanks to Aljunied GRC voters achieved this feat.

    Let’s repeat the Aljunied example in 2 other GRCs in the coming election. Let’s give PAP a slap on their arrogant face for GRC system and racial politics.

    United we stand, as one Singaporeans.

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  • uselessgov:

    After weeks of cover up, Singapore’s Ministry of Health today revealed that a total of 14 staffs working in public transport have caught the coronavirus. The 14 appeared to be infected during work, and they likely have infected commuters. In a move to play down the seriousness of the transmission, the MOH said they were unable to find any evidence: “In particular,…

    xxx

    Another classic case, just like last election.

    Hidden from the public, how so many died in hospital from cholera or something.

    After bechar lobang then public know.

    YOU WANT THIS KIND OF GOV ???

    THEN VOTE PAP……

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  • Boh Kia See:

    The point got to be driven home to the electorates that such manipulation of the electoral process, is not about opposition parties but about the right of the citizens.

    The citizens of Singapore is being denied a proper time frame and proper representation of all the available views before making a decision. In other words they have or are rapidly losing their basic rights as a citizen to choose their own Government.

    That is what the PAP has done and continue to do –to over ride the interest of the citizens despite bleating all the time about “for you, with you.” Their actions speak louder than their words.

    Just ask the “Son of Ponggol”, who elected him to Parliament and Ministerial seat. Is he really, really a “Son of Pongool”? or that it has changed now? He knows how to climb the political ladder to get his bread buttered. I think the majority of those people in Parliament are of the same group–there for the money and status. \

    Singaporeans should wake up before they will not have any chance to vote at all.

    VTO–the PAP.

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  • uselessgov:

    Singapore’s community infection rate is higher than expected, after 5 unlinked caseswere found from a routine health testing. The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) on Thursday (Jun 18) confirmed the 5th unlinked case, who is a foreigner prisoner on social visit pass. The government said that the inmate was asymptomatic, but did not disclose his earlier locations before the imprisonment. There has…

    XXX

    AHA, YET ANOTHER COVERUP !!!

    YOU VOTED FOR PAP ???

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  • BS before erection:

    So sian to hear ah heng regurgitated the same tired sh*t as his other pariah colleagues. Only one would do lah.

    B4 erection, sweet nice words to consult and work with you, for you, jobs for everyone, no sinkie to be left behind.

    After erection, ownself pay skyhigh ownself without consulting with sinkies, you die your business.

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  • LKY's decrepit Sinchiapor Inc.:

    What has the odd-one-out among Founding Fathers ever declared about the Replubic of Singapore except for Machiavellian Princehood in his brainchild Sinchiapor Incorporated?

    The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen de 1789), set by France’s National Constituent Assembly in 1789, is a human civil rights document from the French Revolution.

    The Declaration was drafted by the Abbé Sieyès and the Marquis de Lafayette, in consultation with President Thomas Jefferson.

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    Article I – Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions can be founded only on the common good.

    Article II – The goal of any political association is the conservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, safety and resistance against oppression.

    Article X – No one may be disquieted for his opinions, even religious ones, provided that their manifestation does not trouble the public order established by the law.

    Article XI – The free communication of thoughts and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man: any citizen thus may speak, write, print freely, except to respond to his abuse of this liberty, in the cases determined by the law.

    Article XII – The Guarantee of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen necessitates a Public force: This Force is thus instituted for the Advantage of All and NOT for the Particular Utility of those in whom it is Trusted.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    All these came about through the Diabolical MIND of an Evil man aptly named Lie Con YOU!!!

    The Evil he did passing off as GOOD must be DESTROYED…

    After he had Destroyed innocent Patriots & Nationalists whose only Fault was Placing Nation & People B4 Self…

    He went on to Destroy a FULL generation of INNOCENT unborn through his Evil LEEgal Abortion 1,000,000 +++ as reported by The Shitty Times when it Gleefully announced that in 2006 Abortion was at its LOWEST with a Front Page Headline and an editorial to BOOT!!!…

    Adding INSULT to INJURY FTs with Dubious Background were brought in to Replace the Lost Generation…

    Are we SUCH a SICK Society unable to UNDERSTAND and Differentiate EVIL passing off as GOOD!!!

    If so, then “LIVE” the “EVIL” the reverse of Live for a Life of Hypocrisy that Simple and Great Minds talk about…”A StateINC of Hypocrites” by the name of Singapore where Ministers & MPs the lawmaker of the land attend services and receive Christ on Sundays and some even every day BUT accept the Evil of Abortion!!!

    Best of the Best a Number One Hypocrite in the world since they are so OBSESSED to be number One!!!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    All these came about through the Diabolical MIND of an Evil man aptly named Lie Con YOU!!!

    The Evil he did passing off as GOOD must be DESTROYED…

    After he had Destroyed innocent Patriots & Nationalists whose only Fault was Placing Nation & People B4 Self…

    He went on to Destroy a FULL generation of INNOCENT unborn through his Evil LEEgal Abortion 1,000,000 +++ as reported by The Shitty Times when it Gleefully announced that in 2006 Abortion was at its LOWEST with a Front Page Headline and an editorial to BOOT!!!…

    Adding INSULT to INJURY FTs with Dubious Background were brought in to Replace the Lost Generation…

    Are we SUCH a SICK Society unable to UNDERSTAND and Differentiate EVIL passing off as GOOD!!!

    If so, then “LIVE” the “EVIL” the reverse of Live for a Life of Hypocrisy that Simple and Great Minds talk about…”A StateINC of Hypocrites” by the name of Singapore where Ministers & MPs the lawmaker of the land attend services and receive Christ on Sundays and some even every day BUT accept the Evil of Abortion!!!

    Best of the Best a Number One Hypocrite in the world since they are so OBSESSED to be number One!!!

    The year 2006 should be 2016 slip of the finger NOT the mind

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  • Fairness:

    May the best candidate and not party for each ward win..Fair and square.
    Good for the Nation and people.

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  • A suggestion:

    This is meant as a constructive criticism.

    4Y1N does not resonate. Not catchy. Call no ball.

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  • trublu:

    True,only CORRECT TO HAVE BOTH OPPO AND INCUMBENTS REPRESENTED IN ELECTIONS BOARD.

    OPPO CANDIDATES OUGHT TO HAVE A SAY IN DECIDING ELECTIONS FORMAT.

    IT SHOULD NOT JUST BE THE SOLE RIGHT OF PAP.
    WHO IS PAP TRULY?
    ITS JUST ANOTHER POLITICAL PARTY TO BE EXACT.LIKE OTHER PARTIES,IT IS COMPETING TO WIN VOTERS’ VOTES,NO MORE,NO LESS.

    UNLESS PAP DARES TO COME OUT OPENLY N DECLARE DICTATORSHIP like N KOREA?

    OURS IS A FREELY ELECTED GOV N THE OPPO DESREVES AS MUCH RIGHT AS PAP?

    THE WAY IT IS,IT IS SERIOUSLY WRONG N UBFAIR.

    ITS JUSTVLIKE HOW THEY TREAT COMMON citizens.

    Suka suka,take away JOBS,THEN CPF.
    AND,NOW SUKA SUKA LOOT RESERVES OF $100 BILLION N GIVE POOR JIBLESS SGS A MERE $700???

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  • trublu:

    SDP HAS GOOD SGS.
    PEOPLE LIKE DR CHEE have been PAP-SMEARED by M$M.

    Look,they have PROF PAUL who is an upright Sg doing great work in the medical field.
    He can easily be in charge of MOH instead of a bloke like KIM YONG-GAN???

    THERE ARE OTHERS TOO,WELL QUALIFIED N WILLING TO SERVE THE PEOPLE.
    OTHER OPPO PARTIES HAVE GOOD SGS too.
    There are many like Dr Tan Cheng Bock,Lim Tean,KJ,MICHELLE,DR ANG,BRAD BOWER,JUST TO NAME A few.

    Who says OPPO GOT NO TALENTS N MUCH MORE,SGS WHO TRULY WANT TO SERVE N NOT LIKE PAPple who just work for KING $?

    TIME FOR ALL SGS TO WAKE UP.
    NO MORE * BOCHUP* OR TIDAK APA!

    TIME TO BECOME REAL SGS AGAIN!

    BECOME RIGHTFUL N DIGNIFIED SONS N DAUGHTERS OF LION CITY!!!

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  • trublu:

    Yes,MAKE ORDINARY SINGAPOREANS *GREAT* AGAIN!!!

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  • trublu:

    And,anyhow THROW $100 BILLION N MAYBE MORE *IF NEEDED* in the name of *$aving jobs* but for whom?

    WHY NOT SAVE LIVES FIRST instead?
    NO REAL EFFORT FROM THE GOV TO DO WIDER SPREAD TESTING EXCEPT LOCALISED ON DORM-DWELLERS?

    WE ARE LACKING IN NATION-WIDE COMMUNITY TESTING N THIS POSE THE REAL DANGER!!!

    ITS LIKE NO NEED TO WEAR MASKS INITIALLY?
    NOW,BO NEED TO TEST MORE WIDELY???

    COVID IS SMARTER THAN DENGUE.
    IT WILL SPREAD *QUIETLY* N BEFORE WE KNOW,MANY MORE UNSUSPECTING SGS GET INFECTED?

    TIME TO SPEND OUR RESERVES TO PROTECT LIVES INSTEAD OF JUST JOBS?!

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2020:

    Bryan, you said ” their independent election commissions ensure that all political parties have a clear deadline to work towards to & no advantages are given to any party,”
    =======================================
    DPP = Democratic Progressive Party
    You are another Ang Mo is Angel that take mainstream DPP news at it surface.

    ROC Taiwan Central Election Commissions are NOT independent. The Head of CEC 李进勇 is appointed by President 蔡英文。

    Independent ? hahahaha .. please watch more non DPP censored news.

    20200518中天新聞 挨批「行政不中立」 李進勇自稱「罷韓選務總舵手」
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OGqPN2QQOI

    Please, share my post, print it and inform as many people as we can.

    Singapore is full democracy like ROC Taiwan.

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Theng Sor Hai:

    Lots of Pionners support without question. Their graduate children also support without question. That’s the way it always has been – don’t question the govt, just obey, follow.

    That’s why the general populace is so clueless about life and politics. They have come ro depend on the govt for answers. Don’t know why there’s a need for education.

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  • Great Asia:

    The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights recently released a report…?!!!

    Hey, banana, which country of ASEAN has a perfect political system?

    Does the USA has a perfect political system?

    Banana Bryan what should a perfect political system be like?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    The reason for having GRC was to ensure minority representation in Parliament. It is past tense. Now it is used by useless Chinese candidates to enter parliament. I am not sure if any Singapore voter realizes this.

    If voter doesn’t realized this. Murali, an Indian was elected in Parliament single-handedly. And PAP accused Singaporeans as racist.

    Singaporean voters do you want to change this, it depends on you!!!

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  • Oppo misguided:

    NotMyProblem:
    The reason for having GRC was to ensure minority representation in Parliament. It is past tense. Now it is used by useless Chinese candidates to enter parliament. I am not sure if any Singapore voter realizes this.

    If voter doesn’t realized this. Murali, an Indian was elected in Parliament single-handedly. And PAP accused Singaporeans as racist.

    Singaporean voters do you want to change this, it depends on you!!!

    Bukit Batoks proved you wrong.

    It’s nothing to do with GRC because in the last By-Election, the mainly Chinese residents had the chance to safely vote oppo without regime change and political stability assured.

    There was no HTC in that contest. And the mainly Chinese many elderlies preferred
    A Indian .

    So You have been totally debunked.

    My logic to explain sinkerism :

    1. Most unable to retire by meeting the min sum. Maslow hierarchy teach you that the fundamentals have to be satisfied before one will think of ideals like democracy.
    The easily spooked and timid peasants , balls blazing, are preoccupied by ricebowl and income headaches. There is no room for ideals.

    2. Chinese in sg and Chinese in China share common DNA . They believe in authoritarianism. Their father’s whack them and they become grateful to the hand that knuckledusted them. They Revere authoritarianism. Chinese have a history of being emperor-ruled . Rulers are supposed to treat them harshly.

    3. Democracy is an ideal. It’s like if you have nothing to do, other than masterbating, you may think and talk about democracy.
    But Singaporeans have no such luxury. They are troubled by income issues. Their Maslow hierarchy dictates they have no desire for democracy. China proved dictatorships with capitalism brings prosperity. GDP has nothing to do with a citizen nor democracy. China proved zero democracy = GDP.
    SG proved GDP does not mandatory need a citizen. Foreigners generate GDP.
    STATE linked companies generate gdp. State linked funds hold up the stock market to a certain extent.
    Everything is artificial.

    My perfect political model for one party rule:
    1. Ensure majority not poor yet not rich. Too rich, one has time and money to afford democracy. Ensure they are constantly hungry.

    2. Constantly spook them with new rules.

    3. Let in Foreigners so that as GDP grows their wages stagnate and get pushed down by cheaper foreigners. This is how to keep them hungry and have no time for ideals.

    I charge a fee for my consultation.
    Opposition can seek my services to understand why they are barking up the wrong tree. Singaporeans in general HAVE NO NEED FOR DEMOCRACY.

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