People who vote for checks and balances are ‘free riders’?

So, people who vote for check and balance are “free riders”.

But life is a constant struggle between opposing forces. Let one side have too much power, you can be pretty sure it will abuse the other.

Let the PAP have a supermajority and it will use that power to entrench it’s position. Think PA, GRC, RC, CCC, Town Councils, state monopoly of the press, GLCs, etc.

But that’s human nature. We look after our interest. That’s why there is always a need for check and balance, if anything, to save us from ourselves.

It is not helpful to label people who vote for the opposition as free-riders. It is a perversion of logic and a diversion from the real issue.

It is actually the same story why local PMETs and blue-collar workers are being displaced by foreigners.

The natural checking and balancing force for businesses are the labour unions.

Had we had strong independent labour unions, they would have resisted the influx of foreigners and we would have a more balanced mix of foreigners and locals, rather than having to fight for a “Singaporean core”.

Mr Ng Chee Meng, the Labour Chief, alluded to this recently when he mentioned “market failure” and the need to “rejig market forces”.

A fundamental tenet of the market system is check and balance. If one side gains an unfair advantage, the outcome will be lopsided.

Indeed, it is a big step forward for Singapore, that he is the first chief since independence who is not part of the government. The long run objective should be to strive for all leaders in NTUC not being affiliated to the government or the ruling party.

Measures like raising the qualifying salaries and Fair Considerations Framework ignore the fundamental problem. The government should focus on restoring the independence of unions rather than making everyone running around in circles by tweaking rules that don’t address the issue.

Having someone checking on us is a pain in the neck, but it is for the good of everyone and we should embrace it positively.

 

Foong Swee Fong

 

 

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37 Responses to “People who vote for checks and balances are ‘free riders’?”

  • Billy ma:

    How & what PAP & lhl talk depends solely on the results of a GE.

    After the 71% in GE2015, it was a one way traffic & with a total disregard attitude towards Singaporeans.

    Example the inflow of foreigners was upped aggressively & hammering down on CPF, GST, & policies that disadvantaged citizens were simply forced down.

    Today 61% GE2020, we see an angry & seemingly unrepentant PAP & lhl intend to continue with policies that cause pains & sufferings to the citizens.

    It looks like lhl will clamp down harder on critics & dissent rather than trying to improve the interaction.

    The new wayang has begin & big guns with heavy shelling will start aiming at Singaporeans.

    Get ready to jump into your foxholes.

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  • Asd:

    I think if cannot have opposition as in democracy than since have mandate roll out the army and have military rule la or stop talking rubbish and entrench and keep filling own pocket nepotism

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  • To 61% Singaporeans:

    This is what LHL calls constructive politics?

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  • Harder Truths:

    Forever arrogant + Forever Useless = A disaster waiting to happen.

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  • Hello LHL:

    Some Opposition opponents fought like mad.
    You label them – having an axe to grind, angry man, liar …
    You sue them, you pofma them, you go all out to assassinate their characters.
    Why did JBJ, CSJ become such angry persons?
    Loving Singapore does not mean always agreeing with PAP policies.
    Majority staying silent, to be exact 61%, does not mean they fully with PAP deeds.
    After PAP lost 1 GRC in 2011, lots of “wayang” by PAP, after winning 69.9% popular votes, things get back to square one, even worse than before.
    You are unfair to your opponents.
    One day, you can be unfair to the 31% and even the 61%.
    You do not get it, never mind, I do hope the 61% see it before it is too late for them and the other 31%.

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  • Foreigners help SG punch above:

    Dear Foong,
    Your are damned right. Singaporeans are freeloaders (Cheat + Cheapskate) for lives.

    Singaporeans everything also want easy way out and no thinking type of jobs but high salaries. (high returns)

    1. For 50 years, Singaporeans cheat to pass exam by using 10 years series Cheat Sheet aka Brain Dump, much like IT Certification.

    Microsoft Certification Exam Dumps
    https://www.exam-labs.com/vendor/Microsoft

    2. Singaporeans are cheapstake, they want BIG returns (pass exam) with near zero costs and near zero efforts.

    Do not point finger at our PAP beloved foreign talent, for you yourselves Singaporeans also cheat.

    Singaporeans are so shameless that they also got a website to promote cheating.

    https://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Lazy Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster

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  • a free good ride:

    that is why the best way in making good the situation is to vto the white monkey idiots so that they and their plp gang of supporters will get back the opportunity of a free good ride ?

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  • LHL talking cock:

    Free-rider means “market failure”. The only “failure” is LHL (and PAP). Singaporeans are worse of since he became PM.

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  • Damn the story:

    Shameful to share a silly middle aged women story .. is it all right to vote opposition . Senior Teo advise should be ..singapire constitution allow u freedom to exercise yur judgement .. blah blah blah just to hit at Pritam .. stop lamenting – there is no free lunch . Yu ern your kee is .. Pritam job is continuous firing for singaporean interest ..

    See good to have opposition .. the PAP now sits up taller ..

    Senior Teo – be more respectable .. throw some silly middle age lady comments to the wind and be a good democratic leader ..

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  • Try another story:

    People who vote them must be called plp……poh lam pah?

    Since we are free riders!

    Auditors who check accounts are free riders?

    Policeman who catch thieves……free riders?

    People who oppose you……free riders? Pritam is number 1 free rider, cause he is LO

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  • Observer:

    The people who create money should help pro-Israel Singaporeans become CEOs or Chairmen of listed companies.

    & then chase up the share prices of these pro-Israel companies, so that they can takeover other companies.

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  • Great Asia:

    LEE 呆 is not LEE KUAN YEW, so he should not be so snobbish like his PAPA. Although there are many Singaporeans who don’t agree with the policies of LEE KUAN YEW, they still respect him. Because LEE KUAN YEW is one of the founding fathers of Singapore, they made Singapore to be what it is today.

    LEE 呆 should not emulate his PAPA and lecture Singaporeans or put words into the mouths of opposition politicians. LEE 呆 will never be LEE KUAN YEW, this idiot should start to learn how to respect Singaporeans.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    Talking about eating Singaporeans’ monies, how many PAP grassroots leaders are eating taxpayers’ money everyday? Especially during durians season.

    You know what I meant!

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    free-riders?!!!

    Let’s see when the 3rd gen LEEs will start to take up the high paying senior jobs in the GLCs. Let’s see how much the GLCs will invest in the businesses of the 3rd Gen LEEs.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • DieBySin:

    Failure of the democratic system though Mr Singh who vouched for the system sincerely believes in it mainly because there is no other alternative.

    Well there is. It is an eternal system( unfortunately hijacked by falsehood)

    You will continue to witness the political unrests, helpess under the power of the elite rich, who think they are indispensable or like gods to the people, and economic devastation on societies and people under the present system.

    That’s a testimony against those who live by it and support it and refuse to come out of…. falsehood.

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  • TemusikPatriot:

    You cannot expect much from one whose expectations was and is still handed on a Silver Plate from birth

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  • Enough political capital:

    LHL do what tu paid yourselves to do . LEAD . Stop procrastinating and lamenting . Singaporean are jaded over yur many years of screwing Singaporean . Diversity and paralysis – we had been numb by your many years of screwing Singaporean with your leh-leng policies . I though your Ah Beng General says PAP have enough political capital to numb TCB and rope in free rider Halimah – the mist glaring example why Singaporean will vote any opposition . Does having enough political capitL means you can Screw Singaporean around .. oh suddenly you feel the pain of lost of political capital .. Singaporean are are OUT to fix PAP . the other way to your cocky talk .. FIX the opposition .. We fix the bullies .. Chee Meng .. go find another million dollar job
    - see who will pay you . ? We watching

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  • I am a true blue Singaporean:

    Previously, still is now, PAP will scare the voters of a freak general election results that vote PAP out of power.
    Can you not see it is the voters wish, not a freak result?
    Then come the NCMP to sweet talk the voters not to vote Opposition. It is increased to a max of 12 in GE2020.

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  • Asd:

    I think they want top $ and no accountability this is the meaning of free rider and they are indeed shameless and no ethics

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  • Samuel S:

    Is NTUC really on the side of Singaporean? Which countries in this world allow so many foreigners to secure jobs in their own countries? Please pan a thought.

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  • Freedom Fighters:

    Opposition voters are “freedom fighters” as they don’t want their freedom of speech & expression to be checked by Pappy govt!

    These “freedom fighters” want the govt to be checked & deny them a blank cheque to do as they like!

    If there are no opposition party in parliament then we will see more Pappy free riders who are cronies seeking to benefit from govt-linked companies etc!

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  • bgkl:

    The day LKY proposed ministerial salaries to be pegged to private sector levels without public referendum, these papaya potheads became free riders, so stop calling the kettle black!

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  • What about Ivan Lim?:

    PAP said it would “come back” to the Ivan Lim saga after the elections. In 7 day it will be already be two months since the elections. Singaporeans are still waiting.

    PAP needs to explain why nasty Ivan Lim was allowed by PAP’s “thorough and robust selection process” to try to get a “FREE RIDE” on Tharman’s “GRC bus” in Jurong. When “bus passengers” objected. PAP threw Ivan under the bus. Ivan has been “road kill” for quite a while and he is still “in the open” starting to smell. Isn’t time for PAP to admit it made a mistake and “bury” Ivan Lim for good?

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  • Flickshit:

    Free Riders – So those PAP MPs go into parliament under the GRCs can also be considered as ” FREE Rider” and some can even become ministers.

    So Free Riders are all can be considered as useless and brainless ass-.

    Where in the world govt have GRCs and useless Free Riders can walk into parliament under the GRCs net. Does this happens in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand or even Vietnam.

    SO Singapore is the only country has a lot and lot of free riders.

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  • xoxo:

    So, WHAT WOULD WE CALL sgs WHO VOTE FOR LOLLIE$ AT THE EXPENSE OF POOR sgs?

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    是你自己没”兰肥基”
    长期躲在超大集选区
    有胆?你試試看

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  • opposition dude:

    I see it as goondu being sour grapes. He clearly isn’t pleased about losing another GRC and having more opposition in parliament so he has to say something about it. Being the goondu he is he opts for something only he knows and yet again shows his arrogance and contempt.

    In the same way we can also say that people who vote PAP are kiasee and have no balls. Can go the other way too you know. But why bother, we are waiting to see more sparring verbal debates in the next 4 to 5 years, in fact, the whole nation is watching.

    If PAP decides to make the same mistake and screw WP over Sengkang like they did with Aljunied then no one will believe PAP anyway. Or perhaps have another AIM so as to make a big mess of the town council accounting software and make a big hoohah over it yet again. PAP is out of ideas on how to make WP look inept so don’t be surprised if it uses the same old tired tricks yet again to try and sway public opinion.

    Hey PAP, it’s good that you clowns still can’t quite see a good majority of voters not only do not support you and also have a negative impression of you you know! Keep up the good work calling us free loaders, dogs, quitters and all other terms ah!

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    是你自己没”兰爬基”
    长期躲在超大集选区
    有胆?你试试看

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  • no more a proud SGporean:

    LHL and his goons are the true free riders.
    theyve been free riding on the backs of hardworking citizens for decaded; citizens who dont even have a minimum salary law to protect their livelihoods…yet this vindictive pm pays himself n his yes-men goons mil$ salaries.
    please, we are ashamed of yours and your goons behaviour..
    acting like bullies not gentlemen who debate and talk on solutions for the good of our country n its citizens.
    PAPs seem to be right sore losers…so childish.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Foreigners help SG punch above:
    Dear Foong,
    Your are damned right. Singaporeans are freeloaders (Cheat + Cheapskate) for lives.

    Singaporeans everything also want easy way out and no thinking type of jobs but high salaries. (high returns)

    1. For 50 years, Singaporeans cheat to pass exam by using 10 years series Cheat Sheet aka Brain Dump, much like IT Certification.

    Microsoft Certification Exam Dumps
    https://www.exam-labs.com/vendor/Microsoft

    2. Singaporeans are cheapstake, they want BIG returns (pass exam) with near zero costs and near zero efforts.

    Do not point finger at our PAP beloved foreign talent, for you yourselves Singaporeans also cheat.

    Singaporeans are so shameless that they also got a website to promote cheating.

    https://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Lazy Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster

    Wah lao! After 55 years of PAP rule, Singaporeans are such shameless free-riders ah? Yah of course, they were governed by a shameless and free-riding govt whose inexperienced MPs ride on the coat-tails of ministers to get voted and straightaway fast tracked to become minister. No wonder Singaporeans are such shameful free-riders.

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  • Uselesstankl:

    Many people took offence, got worked up and berated DBS. But it was fake news,” said Mr Lee, claiming that the photo was taken in India and not in Singapore

    ZZZZZ

    IF DBS INDIA, HAS NO CHINESE OR MALAY SINKIE,

    how the hell we are supposed to get our
    ” EXPERIENCE ” , ” TRAINING ”

    Is it becaused we dont speak Hindi ?

    WHEN EVEN OUR SPORE BASED BANK DON’T WANT TO EMPLOY US..

    Where then is our core,

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  • Uselesstankl:

    Why is the Law Society silent on this matter? Shouldn’t the Law Society take the AG’s lawyer to task for making the threat against me?” He questioned.

    zzzzzz

    Some years ago i think someone said the Law Society is run by ” HOOLIGANS ”

    NOW ,,,, IT CERTAINTLY SHOW

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  • Party Against People:

    Only sheep and crony support this Party Against People.

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  • xoxo:

    whoa! this bloke wants to have his cake and eat it too!

    WHATS WRONG WITH HAVING GOOD CHECKS N BALANCE?

    unless,of course,if one is errant?

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  • xoxo:

    just as a good organisation would welcome a good INDEPENDANT audit of its peformance,so would a TRULY GOOD GOVERNMENT?

    THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE IF ONE IS DOING RIGHT.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    You just stated all the reasons why Sporeans vote PAP.

    Foreigners help SG punch above:
    Dear Foong,
    Your are damned right. Singaporeans are freeloaders (Cheat + Cheapskate) for lives.

    Singaporeans everything also want easy way out and no thinking type of jobs but high salaries. (high returns)

    1. For 50 years, Singaporeans cheat to pass exam by using 10 years series Cheat Sheet aka Brain Dump, much like IT Certification.

    Microsoft Certification Exam Dumps
    https://www.exam-labs.com/vendor/Microsoft

    2. Singaporeans are cheapstake, they want BIG returns (pass exam) with near zero costs and near zero efforts.

    Do not point finger at our PAP beloved foreign talent, for you yourselves Singaporeans also cheat.

    Singaporeans are so shameless that they also got a website to promote cheating.

    https://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Lazy Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster

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  • AristoCATs - left Speechless:

    Mr. Pink successor stuttered about some plan.
    -
    Mr. Pink party got whipped by a superior strategy.
    -
    Mr. Pink is mad as hell – Those Free-Loaders !
    -
    We Remember the Ballot Box !

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