Seven from the PAP take on one Jamus Lim – is this a sign of things to come?

One day after the leader of the pack fired the first salvo, calling opposition voters “free riders”, the rest of the pack came out to hunt.

Their prey: Jamus Lim of the Workers’ Party, who was making his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday.

Following his speech, Jamus was challenged intensely by 7 Members of Parliament from the People’s Action Party.

Jamus’ proposal for a minimum wage policy drew heavy artillery fire from the ravenous 7 which included three political office holders – Gan Siow Huang, Zaqy Mohamad and Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Senior Minister Tharman, not known to play to the gallery, told Jamus to avoid “strawman arguments” like saying the government is only interested in efficiency, not equity. “That’s frankly laughable,” he put it bluntly.

While the MP for Sengkang GRC did not crumble, he must have felt the heat. It was a baptism of fire all right. A martini cocktail, shaken not stirred, would have done him a world of good after his 7 to 1 grilling. Incidentally, wolves are known to hunt in packs of 5 to 10, so 7 is just about the right number.

The die has been cast for the new Parliament. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said two days ago what he has been saying since GE2020 – the WP’s role is not just to ask questions but to propose policies for debate and scrutiny.

There will not be a free ride for the WP, that’s for sure. Seven PAP MPs taking on one WP MP – this could be the new normal in Parliament.

Those who proclaimed that the GE2020 outcome was a victory for the PAP, victory for the opposition and victory for Singapore had better eat their words. For the PAP, victory must be theirs and theirs alone, victory is not to be shared.

The loss of 10 seats to the WP is a bitter pill to swallow. PM Lee showed on Wednesday that he has been feeling the pain and anguish of being played out by free riders.

As they say, politics is a blood sport. So it’s fair game for the PAP to hunt and go for the kill. But overkill will not go down well with the spectators who will turn voters in five years’ time.

While the WP does not have the numbers and the firepower to fight fire with fire, it cannot roll over and become sitting ducks. Pritam Singh and his team had better arm themselves with Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

 

Augustine Low

 

 

 

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26 Responses to “Seven from the PAP take on one Jamus Lim – is this a sign of things to come?”

  • FightClud:

    Fight lah fight lah. Fight till death. Some people are making money while you fight…hor

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  • Goh:

    A laughing stock, they need 7 to take on one rookie MP! All free riders, gutless and cowards who are no better than hyenas trying to have easy prey! They look stupid, like their boss the son of LKY who is whipped by the wife whenever he makes a fool of himself, he who is a general only good at fighting his siblings and is a disgrace to his father.

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  • Quality over quantity:

    It does not matter. PAP’s free riders will not make any difference.

    Why? because “7 x 0 = 0″.

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  • Monopoly of One True Spirit:

    “The followers of the path Shreya will naturally have to fight against their samskaras of Preya, their animal propensities. They will have to control their crude tendencies like greed for money, craving for name and fame, inclination to maintain a sanctimonious façade and longing for praise through misrepresentations and lies…. If you want to attain the Bliss of Brahman, you must offer up your own self. If you want to have the Great “I”, you must give away your little “I”. You have to give the full sixteen annas, (ie. the full rupee).
    Giving fifteen annas and holding back one anna will not do. You must completely surrender. To attain that Infinite One with the assistance of mental concentration and physical strength, you have to surrender your egos.”

    Shri Ananda Murtiji, “Universal Neohumanism”

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  • oxygen:

    PAPpypolitics/PAPpynomics will never owns up to these – without the welfare safety net below, they will never discover the true rate of unemployment and underemployment (or maybe they are not interested in discovering these pointers of their own failures in economic management).

    Nor without the safety shelter, it will never foster a risks taking entrepreneurial culture of each Singkies daring to do different and finding unconventional pathway to risks-investing adventures/undertaking.

    We will be a nation of forever, looking for “secured” employment (which is a myth) instead of creating employment and if foreigners deglobalised, most of us will be staring at the sky in hunger wait for the sun to shine again which may never come.

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  • Great Asia:

    CHING is the biggest winning Free Rider!

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Only 7? Normally they are not so brave.

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  • Great Asia:

    PAP offers wealth, fame and power.

    I’ve been saying this for more than 15 years, right?

    Which PAP politician or grassroots cockroach is not a free rider?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • What ?:

    7 vs 1.

    Numbers about right ? Where got enough ?

    Why not 10 vs 1, 15 vs 1 ?

    Art of war ?

    Thats warfare.

    Debating skills with good points are the focus.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Quality over quantity ?

    Ha! Ha!

    Sounds cock talk. Majority of sg consumers all want cheap. All want to buy online e.g. coming 11 11 , 9 9 ….

    Heard of bad currency drive out good currency .

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  • Bad Boy:

    Interesting article, thats one to solve copyright infringement from PRC.

    想起来一个真事:一个台湾插画师发现自己的绘画被淘宝的一家网店未经授权就私自印在衣服或者杯子上了,那个插画师就去跟淘宝客服投诉,结果不予理睬。然后他又跟淘宝客服说这个插画师涉嫌台独,立刻全网下.

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  • opposition dude:

    7 vs 1, bring it on! Sylvia took on a few all by herself over her test balloon comment so this is to be expected.

    Jamus have no fear, this will only make you stronger. This type of questioning from multiple clowns is to be expected, the trick is to be able to stand your ground.

    Looking forward to more exchanges of this type in this election cycle! Show PAP you aren’t easy meat WP!

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  • xoxo:

    certainly,it warms the cockles of my heart to see Janus face-off single-handedly with $even $tooges.

    XO quality?
    Hahaha!

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  • Good training:

    Good training for the Opposition.
    Need to be better prepared and able to defend its position.
    Better still learn to work together and give support when needed.
    All views should be well supported with facts and figures to get any credibility.Set up think tank if possible to assist.
    Robust debate is good for Policy making and Singapore.

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    林志蔚老弟
    再接再厉,为国为民
    支持你是我的本份
    83个白衣強盗並不在我眼中

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  • pap fixing of WP Dr Jamus:

    nothing new this fixing of OPPO.

    while pap clown is the best Freee Rideree in all pap island, pap clown and other clowns have chosen to talk about free riders.

    a bunch of hypocrites.

    why never ceases to amaze is the presence of pap PA paid IBs justifying the obviously devious fixing methods of pap clown and gang.

    such IBs have existed throughout human history. those toadies who toad up and spit down.

    the good thing is, as it happened to pap liar lee kuan yew, all the bad things such as a lingering bad death and broken family, the same shall happen to these pap PA paid IBs.

    How do we know?

    because there is a heaven. nobody escapes from facing judgment for lying, abusing power, talking cock, and free riding at the expense of others. NOBODY escapes. this is confirmed.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Stated above :Quote -”One day after the leader of the pack fired the first salvo, calling opposition voters “free riders”, the rest of the pack came out to hunt.

    Their prey: Jamus Lim of the Workers’ Party, who was making his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday.

    Following his speech, Jamus was challenged intensely by 7 Members of Parliament from the People’s Action Party.

    Jamus’ proposal for a minimum wage policy drew heavy artillery fire from the ravenous 7 which included three political office holders – Gan Siow Huang, Zaqy Mohamad and Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

    Senior Minister Tharman, not known to play to the gallery, told Jamus to avoid “strawman arguments” like saying the government is only interested in efficiency, not equity. “That’s frankly laughable,” he put it bluntly….”Unquote .

    Response : Not surprising that 7 wolves attacked .I can see only 4 wolves here .Who are the rest of the 3 wolves ? The wolves need to fire to issue warning to make people afraid so next time nobody dare ask further questions .

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  • WP Fighting!:

    keep it up, wp..
    you all have done very outstandingly.
    cheers!

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  • wp vs pm:

    a gentleman and a rogue.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    It’s a kind of intimidation. To bring pressure on an individual for speaking up or airing different views.

    Anyway minimum wage would make it hard for businesses to depress wages and lower their bottom line.

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  • Tremendous:

    Do you mean JL can think and respond to 7 people ? If that’s the case, lots of jiak liao bees around.

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  • PAPsHaveMetTheirMatch:

    in local jargon this is called “bully kechil”.
    intelligently,the “babyface” held his own brilliantly.
    Parliament Sessions has gotten a little more interesting to watch….got suspense , got drama..
    before this it was just like PAPs talking to themselves!

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  • Asd:

    I think they busy reading economics for the dummies book

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  • WP Voter:

    To PAPa, loosing 10 seats is not a mandate. Mandate is no single seat in the hands of opposition. Then they would play magic on their own with the 12 NMPs watching from a far. This is why they are very angry with WP when WP says don’t play magic with tax-payers money.

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  • Realistically:

    Having commented on Jamus Lim’s claim that he had done the “maths” pertaining to his call for a minimum wage during the first live TV debate with Vivian Balakrishnan and PSP’s Francis Yuen & Chee Soon Juan……..it must be Jamus Lim’s volte face to say during the current Parliament debate on the (wayang) President’s speech to say that he does NOT know what the minimum wage is for SINKaPOOR’s lowest paid workers.

    As for the alleged 7 PAPies, including Tharman, taking Jamus Lim on, he has unfortunately failed to take that opportunity to SHAME the PAPies’ for their lack or insufficient compassion for the underclass…….PITY………..which of course is NOT surprising; he relied, like Low Thia Khiang before him more on his glib tongue aka s*ake oit salesmanship, rather than solid understanding of the ROOT CAUSE of SINKaPOOR and sinkies’ sufferings which I have been harking about since many many years ago……………

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  • PAPTIC ACID:

    The malignificent seven were spewing paptic acid as they were on the verge of purging bullshits and whatnots.
    Mr Solo, Jamus the Famous, braved them all. Come what may!
    A True Hero fights for the people till his last breath…
    Never say die!

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