The Ivan Lim episode shows that Singaporeans have the power to make our voices heard

All too often, Singaporeans have felt resigned that once the People’s Action Party has decided on a course of action, there is nothing much that can be done about it.

However, the swift withdrawal of Ivan Lim as a PAP candidate for the general election shows that an active citizenry can make the ruling party reverse course.

In this case, there is too much at stake for the PAP to ignore the chorus of concerted and constructive voices.

But let’s not forget that we have far more at stake coming up – polling day on 10 July. Unless we make our voices heard – and our votes count – we would only have ourselves to blame when the PAP wins by a landslide and decides that the people have spoken and they have the mandate to do what they deem fit.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has inadvertently given us reason to hand the PAP a disappointing result for GE2020.

On 26 June, in a valedictory letter for Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, who announced his retirement from politics, PM Lee wrote: “After the disappointing results of the 2011 General Election, you led the post-mortem to identify where the Party had fallen short. You presented your conclusions and recommendations at the 2011 Party Conference, where they were actively debated. That was a watershed moment for the PAP.”

The PAP won only 60% of the votes in 2011. It was forced to do a post-mortem. It subsequently rolled out measures to improve housing and transportation, stem foreign influx, and reduce ministerial salaries.

But in 2015, the PAP’s vote share shot up to 70%. Do you think there was a need for any post-mortem? Probably only celebration and self-congratulations.

So let’s view PM Lee’s letter to Minister Khaw highlighting the post-mortem for the “disappointing results of the 2011 General Election” as a signal that the citizens must ensure that the PAP is forced to carry out yet another post-mortem for GE2020.

If the PAP matches or even surpasses their results of 2015, then Singaporeans would have once again kicked ourselves in the butt.

Augustine Low

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16 Responses to “The Ivan Lim episode shows that Singaporeans have the power to make our voices heard”

  • Hope for Sg:

    Folks, don’t be cotton sheep and xia suay as described by kee chiu.

    Be lions that roar and claim back our rights and future of our motherland!

    Ger rid of incompetent self serving ministers like JT,ganny sack, Kee chiu, disGrace.

    We deserve better

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  • Sg is doomed with 4Gs:

    Say no to higher and higher costs of living

    Say no to jobs taken away by FTrashes

    Say no to rising property prices

    Say no to more taxes and fees

    VTO

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  • Uselesspap:

    his election campaign speech, Lee Hsien Loong said Singaporeans should not use this election to express their unhappiness and claimed that his government performance has nothing to do with the election. The world’s richest politician at S$2.2 million/year, said Singaporeans must vote for PAP even if the government is not doing well: “Most of the time when we go into…

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    PAP performance nothing to do with ELECTION ???

    Sinkies are REALLY STUPID or what !!!

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  • Realist:

    Sheep it’s now or never….regain your dignity and your honour! Wake up!

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  • Charlie:

    Yes! Power to the people! The question is whether they will show their power or surrender meekly. Do we have hope? Can we still hope? Or come July 10, will it be another BIG TRAGEDY FOR THE PEOPLE OF SINGAPORE

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  • Be smart:

    Hope for Sg:
    Folks, don’t be cotton sheep and xia suay as described by kee chiu.

    Be lions that roar and claim back our rights and future of our motherland!

    Ger rid of incompetent self serving ministers like JT,ganny sack, Kee chiu, disGrace.

    We deserve better

    Look at it another angle.

    By getting rid of ineffective ministers, you can get fresh and more competent ones from pap.

    At the same time, you can also secure stronger voices from oppo to speak up for you without the problems of party whip.

    It’s a great deal! You have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

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  • Opposition so good meh ?:

    Don’t anyhow vote for the Opposition OK ?
    Choose good one only…like good durian.
    Or have to regret for life….for poor taste and choice.

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  • trublu:

    If elites become ELITIST,CITIZENS MUST WATCH OUT!

    CITIZEN-VOTERS are responsible for voting for elitism as we can choose NOT TO VOTE FOR THEM OR VOTE THEM OUT!

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  • be smart vto:

    if PAP wins this GE, theyll find ways to mute online voices too..
    so dont let that happen.
    be smart. vote them out first.
    dont allow our sg to become 2nd nkorea.

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  • Post Mortem of an Emperor:

    Sooner or later your thoughts, intentions and actions will boomerang; don’t take our word for it…. ask Pharoah when you catch up with one another – Pyramid schemes that never trickle down.

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  • Bernard:

    (1) Say NO to withholding our CPF money after 55 years old
    (2) Say NO to zero value to our HDB Flat after 99 years
    (3) Say NO to the self paid million dollars pay checks of self centered, arrogant, useless, idiot etc.. PAP Ministers and Office holders.
    (4) Say NO to Temasek CEO state secret salary
    (5) Say NO to zero transparency, accountability and responsibility by the PAP government.
    (6) Say NO to wastage and accessive spending on Public funds e.g. YOG, “Golden” HDB Dustbin, AIM etc..
    (7) Say NO to the use of National Reserves with no details accounting statement given.
    (8) Say NO to Indian turn Malay Muslim President.
    (9) Say NO to relatives, goons and lap dogs holding conflicts of interest State Office Appointments.
    (10) MORE ……………………..

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  • PAPVID-20:

    And to the residents of East Coast GRC, please do not be afraid of NOT voting for Heng SK. Many people may
    naively think that Heng SK is our DPM and he cannot be voted out of office or sg would be in trouble.

    Fear not! In fact, Heng SK is not the best to take over as our PM. See how he screwed up and talked nonsense on Nomination Day? It just showed that when he’s unprepared and under stress, he couldn’t even string a proper sentence to say something sensible! How to lead our country liddat?

    Actually, East Coast GRC residents have all reasons to NOT vote for the pap.

    For those who actually care and support Heng, please help Heng with an early retirement from politics. A person who has suffered a stroke before should not work under too much stress, what more to run a country.

    And those who actually prefer Tharman to be our next PM, this is a great opportunity to have our dream come true when Heng is no longer in our cabinet.

    So, to East Coast GRC residents, please vote WP. SG needs young leaders like Nicole Seah to bring sg forward. Who knows? After GE2020, sg might have found someone even better than Jacinda Ardern!

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  • make your vote counts:

    For the 70% who still think that voting in the same clowns will change their lives for the better, better think hard again!!
    With the splashing of nearly 100 billion$$ during this C19 epidemic, there is a big deep hole to be filled!! How to get the $$$ to fill up the hole!!??
    Yes! through taxes and increase all sorts of fees and fines!!
    Don’t believe?? go ahead and vote !!

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  • tharmanforpm:

    In this difficult covid time, we need a confident, competent yet compassionate man to be pm. Tharman should be PM.

    If US can have Obama for President, why should Singapore settle for less?

    Whether you support PAP or not:

    Vote for change. Vote for Tharman to be PM.

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  • Y oda:

    It was a right move but wrong timing. They should have waited until he was nominated, then criticise him. Now, they’ll ensure that his replacement is “clean”.

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  • Asd:

    I think too many wolves on sheep skin are let in by birds of the same feather flock together

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