Can the PAP change?

The People’s Action Party has called into question the integrity of Dr Chee Soon Juan, saying he “has not changed, cannot change, and will never change.”

The begs the question: what about the PAP, has it changed, can it change, will it ever change?

We only have to look at what happens every general election. Besides Dr Chee’s integrity being called into question, the PAP has said of Dr Paul Tambyah: “We thought he was a better man.”

Brad Bowyer of the Progress Singapore Party has also been labelled “dishonest.”

Does it look like the PAP has changed?

Every election without fail, the PAP will also resort to fear mongering that a freak election result would lead to it losing power.

No difference this time around.

Chan Chun Sing has warned that the biggest opposition parties for GE2020 “can possibly become a replacement for the government.” S Iswaran chimed in, calling an opposition coalition government an “arithmetic reality.”

The PAP delights in painting this scenario of Singaporeans waking up the morning after the polls to the nightmare that their beloved PAP is no more in power. It’s their tried and tested tactic to scare the daylights out of Singaporeans.
Similarly, they also without fail try and scare Singaporeans into believing that investors will run away if the PAP does not get a strong mandate.

So what’s new about the PAP? Has it changed, can it change, will it ever change?

 

Augustine Low

 

 

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44 Responses to “Can the PAP change?”

  • A beautiful day on 11 July 20:

    It shall be a beautiful morning on the 11th July 2020 with soft light streaming through the windows and I can see the skylights beyond the southern waterfront.

    The water is crystal clear as the morning awakes with birds started in their flights welcoming a new dawn, a new beginning.

    And there it is on all television screens a new Government has been formed. Suddenly the Pappies is gone!

    A beautiful day indeed.

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  • Give Up:

    They cannot be trusted one bit.

    Just look at the slew of increase in fees and charges after GE 2015.

    Using POFMA to kill dissent and the list goes on.

    They claim that opposition have no answers to Covid 19 to tackle this pandemic except them. In te first place if this crisis is so serious why hold the elction now? The answer is obvious.

    I can go on ranting but the list is not exhaustive. Voters have to decide now and not to cry mother cry father after GE.

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  • uselesstankl:

    Singapore’s election is now officially corrupted, with vote buying now rampant among PAP candidates. Another PAP candidate is breaching election regulation again, this time at Aljunied GRC. PAP candidate Shamsul Kamar attached his campaign flyer to two bottles of Bird Nest to residents at Aljunied GRC, openly buying votes. Each bottle of New Moon bird nest cost S$25. The news came after…

    $$$$

    Way Lau Wei

    Corrupted to the CORE ….

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  • No man is immortal!:

    No way pap will ever change…

    So long the NAKED EMPEROR is still around.

    The rest are ununchs who are just having million$ career serving the emperor first b4 the people.

    CHANGE will certainly come when the emperor joins his old man. End of the LEEnasty.

    Then Singapore will start afresh and with hope.

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  • Dreaming only:

    A beautiful day on 11 July 20:
    It shall be a beautiful morning on the 11th July 2020 with soft light streaming through the windows and I can see the skylights beyond the southern waterfront.

    The water is crystal clear as the morning awakes with birds started in their flights welcoming a new dawn, a new beginning.

    And there it is on all television screens a new Government has been formed. Suddenly the Pappies is gone!

    A beautiful day indeed.

    I thought pap is gone when mango sago announced that LHY is the PM.

    Alas, it was a dream!

    Wish it is true.

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  • Tom:

    Only the people can change, then the PAP will change!

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  • Ahlim:

    Gov. must set up ministry of cleaner.cleaning companies must summit photos ALL daily cleaning workers!Keep record on their age and task!

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  • Charlie:

    The day the PAP change is the day it is kicked out. Since LKY time, the PAP has not changed. If anything getting worse! Preserve power at all costs. With new laws like POFMA, it becomes the arbiter of truth, when it says false means false. It is not a democracy anymore.

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  • it is only the beginning:

    @A beautiful day on 11 July 20

    I will have to disagree with you on this.

    Even if the oppos take over the house of parliament, the cronies and loyalist of PAP are still in control of the state apparatus and estate.

    It will take a least a good 10 years of consistent hard work, internal strife, turf defending, surviving of the remnants’ sabotage and espionage, and outliving the old ideas of the past before citizens and OPPOs can actually take control of the country.

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  • BlindAsBat:

    It is like asking whether a religion will ever change. Religious leaders enjoy mass support because the perception, mostly indoctrinated, of the social contract between leaders and congregation is beneficial to prospering the well being of the organisational participants.

    People who devote themselves to religion are not very discerning and unaware they are victims of their own vanities.

    For religion to work, you must have a charismatic narcissist at the pulpit that the people can identify with. Someone, like a cockroach who cant die even if he goes to jail.

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  • Tremendous:

    Villagers are beginning to understand what the disease outbreak
    chief means when he said they didn’t have hindsight.
    What he meant was his team blundered badly because they didn’t have
    hindsight. Haha.

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  • Que sera sera .......:

    “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like…. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love… When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

    - Grand sage Lao Tzu

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    What is “unchanged” to begin with is this. LKY/PAP basic assumption is that their candidates, and all, serve, or present themselves to serve, only on condition that they are, or will be, or potentially will be paid those astronomical salaries and bonuses, etc. All PAP personnel inevitably work under this aspersion cast by their “founding father’, ie. that “the following generations do not have the dedication and sacrificial spirit of the old guards to serve with less pay”. That has been PAP’s basic rationale for the so-claimed need for all those very high salaries. By stark contrast, opposition candidates not only oppose those high Ministerial pay, etc., thereby showing they would serve for less, they already sacrifice themselves somewhat in that, in the ongoing “climate of fear”, they expect, rightly or wrongly, reprisals for their involvement in the opposition; and they accept all that despite very little expectation to win, compared to PAP candidates’ almost guaranteed win.

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  • Hope for Sg:

    Tom:
    Only the people can change, then the PAP will change!

    Bro, on.

    Everyone JIA YU!

    Vote in ALTERNATIVE PARTIES for a NEW and GREAT Singapore.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    There is only 2 ways for PAP to change, one when the sun rises from the west and the voters make the change.

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  • Truth:

    Why nobody poomna the mango sago? Tat means what he say must be correct…

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  • Orr:

    The people keep giving the PAP blank cheques, how will they change? They say the people love us! They keep giving us 70% votes! The PAP has the last laugh … until they meet their maker one fine day, then they have a lot to answer for, every single one of them!

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Straits Times: Singapore GE2020: Opposition has not offered ideas to tackle outbreak, says PM Lee Hsien Loong

    PM Lee is “talking cock”. Again.

    Why does opposition have offer ideas to tackle outbreak? It is not in charge. Does PAP not know what to do and just want to copy oppositions’ ideas? PAP has repeatedly copied SDP ideas.

    PAP screwed up big-time on the pandemic as shown below.

    (1) Not enough mask were stockpiled.

    (2) Due to (1) above it WRONGLY advised the public to wear a mask only when sick.

    (3) PAP disregarded the warnings on the public health risk of foreign workers dorms until the problem blew up in their faces. It has been spending millions of taxpayers’ money daily for weeks to tackle it with no end in sight.

    (4) PAP was reactive instead of proactive.

    PAP’s poor handling of the pandemic proves again it is a “spent force”. Time to bury it with LKY. VTO.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Gutter Politics produce a Gutter Govt that Lies & Deceive…

    Patriots DESERVE better or should we be left in the Gutter for voting in a Gutter Govt???

    “THINK”…and get out of the GUTTER where sewer Rats Thrive and Patriots SUFFER!!!

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  • might be affected adversely:

    why bother the white monkey idiots on the need for them to change ??? just vote in all oppo (& save your brain work on the analysis of whether the white monkey idiots will change) ?? well, they just have 6.9m or 10m open-leg policy right and do they crack their heads so much on the big possibility a lot of our own daft sinkies PMETs might be affected adversely by their open-leg policy ???

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Can PAP change? Has LKY or PAP ever admitted they made a mistake? Changes are necessary if mistakes are made and recognized. If the mistake is not acknowledge then there will be no change.

    Bottom Line: PAP will never change because of HUBRIS.

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  • trublu:

    What a QYESTION!

    PAP already CHANGED!
    It change from being THE PEOple’s Action Party ,working for us then,to being the PAPple Arrogant Party.

    Kick out elitist$!
    Vote for humble sgs to serve us.

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  • Papvid:93-0 NKorea is here:

    Papig voters will make this country into NKorea.
    They think they are voting for LKY-GKS-Toh Chin Chye.
    Like a small child who refuse to grow up and let go of her toys.
    Many contranian evidence–if awaken; their illusions destroyed.
    Tell them LKY is long gone; GohKengSwee is long gone.
    You are voting the likes of SiaSuay and TinPot.
    They seem unable to tell the difference.

    A beautiful day on 11 July 20:
    It shall be a beautiful morning on the 11th July 2020 with soft light streaming through the windows and I can see the skylights beyond the southern waterfront.

    The water is crystal clear as the morning awakes with birds started in their flights welcoming a new dawn, a new beginning.

    And there it is on all television screens a new Government has been formed. Suddenly the Pappies is gone!

    A beautiful day indeed.

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  • Don`t Play Play:

    Don’t you Dare try to interpret or paraphrase mine bible (proposal, white paper or plan). If you interpret or paraphrase NOT to my liking. I (god) will Deny it and POFMA you ok. Don`t play, play with my mini Kingdom OK

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  • trublu:

    Many like to compare Dr Chee to Dr Jamus lim.
    me thinks they are 2 different personalities as they have very different life experiences.

    Dr Chee is more pragmatic in dealing with PAPple as he best understands the PAPple’s ever-changing *faces*,perhaps.
    Dr Chee has been most unfairly BASHED N BULLIED ,his family too.

    As fir Jamus,he has led a relatively sheltered life,highly educated ABROAD,LIVED OVERSEAS N AWAY FROM THE SGS BASHING N BULLYING as DR CHEE has experienced first hand.

    Obviously,Dr Jamus comes from a very different background..

    He has nit suffered pain n injury n he can express himself more affably ,having nit undergone what Dr Chee n others did?
    More so,he us a plain academic n tend to see things in more THEORETICAL ANGLE where ASSUMPTIONS ARE OFTEN MADE,CETERIS PARIBUS?
    BUT REALITY IS DIFFERENT N OFTEN HARSH!

    Hope BOTH DR CHEE N DR JAMUS GO INTO PARLIAMENT AS THEY CAN COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam talks about PAP’s strategies for an inclusive society

    Inclusive society with PAP? Really?

    Tharman also “talking cock” like LHL and HSK.

    Singaporeans are suffering from high prices with stagnant wages, depleted CPF accounts after paying for “affordable and subsidized” HDB flat, less job security, loss of job to foreigner, depressed wages, etc. while PAP office holders and senior “spineless” civil servants are paid millions each year.

    Is the above “inclusive”? Tharman’s parents wasted their money on his education.

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  • Reality and dream:

    Seem when dream become nightmare then people will wake up.
    A Government with the present Opposition will be a disaster…
    What we need is a PAP Government with more accountability to the people.
    Vote some real Opposition in …not PAP lite…
    For a start ..vote all the opposition in the SMC in…

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  • Afraid:

    TheY are AFRAID to Change!

    But sinkies not AFRAID to change them.

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  • Do NOT believe LHL VTO:

    Singapore election: PM Lee Hsien Loong signals he and senior leaders will stay until Covid-19 abates

    Do not buy this “spin” from LHL. Most likely he, DPMs Tharman and TCH will stay in Cabinet as Senior Ministers. They will still be paid millions each year for basically do-nothing except “protecting” what they did when they were in charge. Any changes will make them look bad.

    Singapore needs a fresh, clean start. A “change in dogs (4G PAP leadership) but wearing the same collar (pro-alien, self-serving and failed PAP policies)” is a waste of time and money. (My apologies to the dogs).

    PAP has too much “baggage”, “sacred cows” and self-serving “hard truths” to bring about REAL change. Just VTO.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Straits Times: Singapore GE2020: PAP’s Liang Eng Hwa promises to review country’s reliance on foreign labour if elected

    Really? Has he discussed the “review” with the 3G and 4G PAP leadership? It is widely known that foreign workers is a big issue in Singapore. Why did Liang Eng Wah not asked for a review before the elections? It is obvious he is desperate and grasping at straws.

    Liang Eng Wah is running against Dr Paul Tambyah of SDP, a confident, competent and effective leader. He and (hopefully) Dr Chee both from SDP will kick the backside of PAP MPs in Parliament.

    Also, “reviews” are useless when PAP is involved. Why? Because PAP is not prepared to change because of hubris. It views any change as an admission it made a mistake. Did LKY and PAP ever admit they made a mistake? Note that there has been so many review of the economy by so many committees but nothing has really changed.

    Bukit Panjang SMC voters should not waste their vote on Liang Eng Hwa. They deserve a better MP. Vote for Dr Paul Tambyah of SDP for REAL change.

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  • change starts from us first:

    to start with stop being sheeple.
    start being brave lions and fight like we never fought before…with our one precious vote.
    vote for a better SG = better lives for all of us..not just surviving being PAP slaves.

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  • Get rid of the PAP virus:

    Singapore election: PM Lee Hsien Loong signals he and senior leaders will stay until Covid-19 abates

    PAP is the virus (The problem). Therefore, it cannot be part of the solution. Get rid of the “virus” by voting for the Opposition candidates.

    “You deserve better” for the millions you pay to political office holders.

    VTO.

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  • Parisian:

    Pasir Ris residents got $60 vouchers from PA.

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  • Quanxi:

    Change is a constant factor.PAP do change elitist and always in cocoon nest full of self-centredness and arrogance.Only during such GE all profess to be with poor family background but after election most will say their salaries will not be enough reference past statements from Grace Fu and GCT

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  • AristoCATs - Sure !:

    Just for the GE.
    -
    Post GE, back to usual self – “We are AristoCATS !”-
    -

    Remember your place in society before you engage in political debate… people should not take on those in authority as ‘equals’.”
    — Former Foreign Minister George Yeo (1994)
    -

    Remember the Ballot Box !

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  • PAP appears desperate:

    There is a “rumor” going around that “circuit breaker” will apply again on Sunday if number of community cases do not go down.

    This could be just more PAP scare tactics to convince voter to “play safe” and vote for PAP on 10 July. Also, this could be hint of more “handouts” (money) from government if there is another “circuit breaker”.

    Is PAP desperate and planning to use the pandemic to continue “buying votes” with reserves?

    Do not be fooled. don not be scared. Vote Opposition. You cannot go wrong.

    “You deserve better than PAP”.

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  • Ahlim:

    Ok.just put lvan and khan in single SMC.Done! Let the voter decide.

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  • Red-herring from Tharman:

    Singapore GE2020: Every working Singaporean needs to be on ‘moving escalator’ of better skills and income, says Tharman

    “Empty words” from Tharman. Do not believe Tharman useless “spin”.

    As long as foreign workers are SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper to employ because they are exempted from CPF skills are really irrelevant. Why? Because there is ALWAYS a “cheaper” foreign worker with the same if not more skills. Without a level playing field for local jobs, skills is a “red-herring”.

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  • LHL-No Confidence in 4G?:

    So Loser-Looney also have no-confidence in 4G.
    By saying himself and senior leaders are required to stick around for Covid, he is saying, like voters, 4G is NOT capable of handling it.
    Except for Honest Lawrence Wong aka HDB99=zero hero, the rest of 4G have failed miserably.
    The worst are SiaSuay and JosT.

    Get rid of the PAP virus:
    Singapore election: PM Lee Hsien Loong signals he and senior leaders will stay until Covid-19 abates

    PAP is the virus (The problem). Therefore, it cannot be part of the solution. Get rid of the “virus” by voting for the Opposition candidates.

    “You deserve better” for the millions you pay to political office holders.

    VTO.

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  • Yoda:

    So what is the solution? It appears that most voters don’t want a VTO! So Opposition please, please don’t field all constituencies. Do that and voters will instead vote for the incumbent (like last election) for fear of a VTO!!!

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  • trublu:

    PAPple say WE,can *OCO* – Own$elves CHEQUE(CHECK) Own$elves*?
    They ask you to trust THEM BUT THEY dont trust you?
    They dont trust your SG TALENTS N QUICKLY TEPLACE you with FTs.
    They dont trust that you are offering CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISMS n POFMA you?

    THEY DONT EVEN TRUST you know how to USE YOUR OWN CPF SAVINGS?

    BUT MANY sgs *OSO*- Ownselves SCARE Ownselves – n cajoled into voting PAPple?

    Dont be scared,dont let anyone scares you n dont *OSO*?

    VOTE FOR CHANGE.
    VITE ALTERNATUVES FOR DUVERSITY!
    ENOUGH IDF CRAPPY GROUPIE THINKING.

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  • Singapore under dark clouds:

    There are so many “organizations” that are so bad. Very few dare to say the truth about these “organizations” because they will get into deep shit.

    This is so bloody sad about my country.

    Fellow citizens, you want all these? For a few hundred dollars, you sell your soul?

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  • Woody Goh "talking cock":

    We should think deeply about how global trends impact our lives and our future,’ says ESM Goh

    A red-herring from Woody Goh to distract Singaporeans from the REAL issue for GE2020 – FAILURES OF PAP.

    If Woody Goh wants to say something to Singaporeans he should start by explaining what happened the the Swiss Standard of Living he promised. It was not mentioned in his book “Tall Order”. Did he “over-promised” and failed to deliver? GOH CHOK TONG IS A SEAT-WARMER AND A FAILURE

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  • oxygen:

    @ Change starts from us first

    EXACTLY, voters have to change first, only then it will forced the counter party to react.

    If you want to wait the counter party to shift his/her position, it will never come.

    Might as well wait for the sun to rise in the west and set in the east.

    change starts from us first: to start with stop being sheeple.
    start being brave lions and fight like we never fought before…with our one precious vote.
    vote for a better SG = better lives for all of us..not just surviving being PAP slaves.

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