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The politics of PA, Town Councils, CDC, Mayors and Grassroots advisors

Love them or hate them, the People’s Action Party (PAP) coming into power has a lot to do with their mastery of mass propaganda.

Like shrewd sales men, they can sell you just about anything.

Post independent Singapore was already a thriving port that was supporting a vibrant trade hub under the British rule, and yet the PAP can change the narrative to Singapore being a backwater slum, with no hope of becoming a nation without them.

If not for the thriving trade, why would many of our parents and grandparents migrate to Singapore? If not for the British, Singapore would not have any functional Court or Legal System to enforce Law & Order, no Shipbuilding & Rig-building expertise, no Military, no under-ocean or land telecommunications network, no Sea & Air ports, infrastructure etc.

PAP has not only inherited these expertise and legacies from the British, but has benefited from it.

If Singapore was to be under any other European rule, like the Philippines or economies in Indo-China region, then we would have to start from scratch as those colonial masters literally destroyed most critical infrastructure before departing.

Even our CPF Scheme was created in 1955 by David Marshall, via the Progressive Party committee as a compulsory savings scheme to assist workers to provide for their retirement needs.

This Pension Scheme was not created by the PAP but yet the PAP can narrate to give the impression that the CPF Scheme was their brainchild, and that Singaporeans should just trust them with their retirement pension.

In fact, the PAP is just a few months older than our CPF Scheme, and the irony is that many Singaporeans are still clueless about this fact!

At the grassroots level, we already have Kampong Heads and District Leaders to keep our community functioning and stay informed about social, economic and political developments.

Unlike our current million-dollars mayors, these public-spirited individuals do not have to join the PAP just to be of service to their communities while controversially collecting obscene amount in remuneration.

Before any election, political parties like the PAP would have to “sell” their political agenda to these Kampong Heads and District Leaders, and assured them that the people and society would benefit from voting for them.

This “check & balance” by our real grassroots leaders has kept the First Cabinet of the PAP on their toes.

In all fairness, our First Cabinet did deliver on many of their promises and Singapore prospers as a nation due to the collective efforts of our active citizenry.

Independent check and balance was a key to Singapore’s early success as a nation.

For the PAP to secure full power and control, these grassroots leaders, like the journalists of yesteryear, were like sores that needs to be surgically removed.

Fast forward, they were now replaced with high-paying politicians and political appointees from the PAP and our mainstream media are now at their beckoning, a sore point that has been constantly vocalized by concerned Singaporeans.

With full power and control comes less need for responsibility, more so when the PAP starts believing that only they can or know what is best for Singapore and Singaporeans. They have master the mastery of being our master.

This delusion is not only very dangerous but toxic even to those in the PAP that aspire to do good. As once gerrymandering comes into play, these politicians will join in the gerrymandering for fear of losing their benefits. Can anyone name any patriotic PAP politician that has put country before party politics?

This explains why complacency has creeped into the current 4G PAP, and without the proper “check & balance”, some of them have even the audacity to be arrogant and dismissive when questioned.

People’s Association (PA) was created by the PAP in 1960 to further our Nation Building, to ensure that Singaporeans actively contribute to our nation’s growth, and this was underpinned by a Social Compact.

When the PAP decided that their politicians and office-holders be paid top dollars, they inadvertently apply the welfare state mentality that unsustainably support a politicalized social system where politicians enjoy a state-sponsored Swiss standard of living while majority of our Working Class continues to slog and struggle just to put food on the table.

This clearly wasn’t the basis of our original Social Compact, was it?

If PA is no longer the agency for the original Social Compact, what exactly is the role and function of the PA these days?

For a small city-state like Singapore to support a legion of politicians who would otherwise become economically non-viable in the real world, it is inevitable that the PAP has to create and justify the creation of endless new public offices that do not make any sense, like having 5 mayors despite having PA, ministries, agencies and VWOs actively involved in social development.

Then there are the Town Councils, Political Advisors etc.

If the PAP is genuinely sincerely about the welfare and well-being of Singapore and Singaporeans, then they should return to the wisdom of financial prudency.

I have to agreed with Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat when he spoke in parliament on Friday that “we should strive to remain fiscally prudent to build back our reserves gradually”.

So what can we do to be “fiscally prudent” to ensure that we can “emerge stronger” as a nation?

By directing the Ministry of National Development (MND) to take back all municipal roles and functions of all Town Councils, Singapore can save from the economic of scale in municipal management and make much greater stride in our Green Initiative and fight against Climate Change. No?

This will encourage more activists, politicians and volunteers to step forward and effect critical changes needed to ensure our urban sustainability.

This will also means that all the offices for mayors can also be obsolete should the Ministry of Social and Family (MSF) be directed likewise.

Likewise, we can also correct the absurdity of putting new politicians, who are clueless about the endless challenges of our society and still “wet behind their ears”, as Grassroots Advisors when we already have plentiful of experience and public-spirited grassroots leaders and volunteers that are keeping our society functioning.

What exactly can these young and inexperienced Grassroots Advisors advise experienced grassroots leaders, activists and volunteers?

The huge savings will definitely go a long way in helping and supporting Singaporeans in needs too.

There are a lot of reasons to bring back the true Kampong Spirit of yesteryear but there is One Serious Impediment – how to keep those useless politicians economically viable?

We clearly cannot afford paying these political bums millions in remuneration and pension when the majority of what they profess to be doing are in fact opportunities for public-spirited Singaporeans to volunteer or exercise their patriotism in the first place.

Is the PAP justified in blaming Singaporeans for not being socially active when they are the ones who are monetizing these avenues and reserving these “enhanced opportunities” for their own in the first place?

If Singaporeans are truly concerned and patriotic, then we must help the PAP government solve this Great Impediment and restore Singapore back on the road of sustainability by removing the exclusive state mentality of the 4G PAP politicians.

Time to think hard if we still believe Singaporeans deserve better…

 

Joseph Nathan

 

 

 

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13 Responses to “The politics of PA, Town Councils, CDC, Mayors and Grassroots advisors”

  • Harder Truths:

    The regime will never remove any of these money – guzzling setups for their cronies.

    What they will do is set up another money – guzzling setup to look after the existing money-guzzling setups to ensure they are ‘fiscally prudent’ – whatever that means.

    Do they know what fiscally prudent means? It probably means being prudent after they steal our money.

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  • Pioneer speaks:

    sad to say we have watched evolution of a self serving govt,when pap first came to power in 1959 they were idealistic and humble truly wanting to serve,as nathan points out all have changed ,power if left unchecked lead to abuse,
    A nr of yrs ago I ran into Denise phua a mega mayor now,she parked her car in a haphazard [email protected] beach Rd plaza Hotel n when I confronted her she refused to adjust her car properly into parking lot,that’s
    Sort of arrogance that they practise,

    When they are no longer mp a nr of lucrative directorships await them in govt linked cos or pte side,what sacrifice is there?
    All of them now earn multiple times what they earn previous,

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  • Too Late:

    Do Sinkies deserve better? It’s clear that the majority don’t. Whatever their elected government dishes out to them, they will just have to suck it up.

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  • TEMUSIK PATRIOT:

    Good article Joe and I think you meant Pre-and not Post-Independence…Singapore was definitely the most successful PORT East of The Suez for the British and the region on the WHOLE by 1928…
    The PAP spin is diabolical and e*** to COVER the Coward and Traitor Lie Con You for his Evil deeds during the war…
    Spinning a yarn even Pigs will snort at…Stop by Kempetie and talk his way to go home and collect his clothes before being loaded into the lorry to be shot like the 50,000 in the Sook Ching Massacre…

    And what do you KNOW??? he works for the Japanese as a Translator after that episode…all in his Books written for IDIOTS!!!

    Escape to Cameron Highlands just B4 the war ended with the Blessings of his Evil Master the Japanese to AVOID the Wrath of Families whose members were SLAUGHTERED seeking revenge on the Running Dogs…

    return after The British maintain order…and left for the UK with some idiotic worshippers believe he was on a scholarship…SCHOLARSHIP my foot!!! it was his wife who had the scholarship…

    See The TRUTH from the spin and YARN of the PAP???…only those who are able to discern and “think” living during that era or The PGs as they are KNOWN today will Dispel the BULLSHIT that created an ILLUSION!!!

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  • opposition dude:

    Change is coming in every election so let’s see what happens in a few years from now. The PAP has already lost 2 GRCs in 3 elections so it’s logical to both say and assume that they will lose more for sure. How many more and at what rate remains to be seen though.

    All Singaporeans can see for themselves the PAP aren’t as good as they once were. We have seen far too many cock ups in the last few years and absolutely no accountability whatsoever, it’s always someone else’s fault but never ever theirs.

    So just vote in more opposition lah, why be frightened just because PAP says it isn’t good for the country? As if PAP is good for the country by letting in over a million non SIngaporeans to work while our retrenched PMETs drive for Grab ah? The cost of living not high enough already is it?

    Show PAP we voters mean business! They only respond when their good fr nothing ministers get the boot from us! Nothing else we say or do will make them take notice!

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  • Well said:

    Harder Truths:
    The regime will never remove any of these money – guzzling setups for their cronies.

    What they will do is set up another money – guzzling setup to look after the existing money-guzzling setups to ensure they are ‘fiscally prudent’ – whatever that means.

    Do they know what fiscally prudent means? It probably means being prudent after they steal our money.

    PAP uses the Budget to provide employment to its supporters. This is a fact. Just go the the Ang Mok Kio Town Council Office. (AMK GRC headed by PM.) There are many people “working” there but if you observe closely it is clear they do not really have much to do and are just trying to look busy.

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  • DPM HSK talking cock. Again.:

    Budget debate: DPM Heng, Pritam spar on need for independent parliamentary budget office

    HSK should have mentioned the terms of reference for the Auditor General’s Office and the Estimates and Public Accounts Committees. Then it would be clear that they only just checks on compliance with ESTABLISHED procedures and controls.

    What is really needed is to REVIEW the above procedures and controls to determine and/or improve their effectiveness. One thing the public sector is very poor at is closing down organizations that no longer serve a useful process. In the private sector this is called business process re-engineering and can result in loss of jobs.

    Again, DPM HSK is full of shit just like Tharman.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Joseph
    You said :
    If Singaporeans are truly concerned and patriotic, then we must help the PAP government solve this Great Impediment and restore Singapore back on the road of sustainability by removing the exclusive state mentality of the 4G PAP politicians.
    =========================================================
    So, what does Oppie supporters plan to do to achieve that ?

    Are you going to declare here that you will be the FIRST to work for ZERO salary and ZERO returns for lazy and unmotivated Singaporeans?

    Come on, declare it …

    Oh I forgot it is a fact that Oppie are just opportunist who hide awaywaiting for others to do the dirty jobs while they enjoy fine dining safe and far away ?

    While students charged at frontline, Martin Lee Hide Away Enjoys Fine Dining with his pastor
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXjSv3Hj-Xg

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$

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  • THE NEXT LAP : 2MANY OVERLAPS:

    Remember ‘THE NEXT LAP’ ?
    Sad to say, it’s already too many Overlaps..and not to mention perpetual OverLAPSES, year in year out.
    Just need to scroll down the lists. Walah!…..

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  • xoxo:

    CDC N TOWN COUNCILLORS.
    MPs shud be doing REAL MP WORK.
    Leave towns to govt agencies.

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  • LKY not a moral philosopher:

    You see sir, Pappy MPs are a globally unique breed of LKY “ceo-politicians” who derive massive financial rewards from their responsibilities towards the commercial GLC organization(s) with which they are associated. This state of affairs for obvious reasons greatly reduces their attention span, personal motivation, and work time which they are able to dedicate to the constituents who actually voted them in to work for their residential and administrative interests.

    The Pappies have their feet in two places where angels do not thread.
    Avarice and egoism make the devil’s playground.

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  • AristoCATs - Cronyism ?:

    It was reported on Msia Ruling Coalition partners –
    political support incumbent on receiving plum jobs at gov-linked corp with high salaries.

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    SG style?
    Dish out $600k Mayor jobs.

    -
    Someone remarked – “Wah, Mayor job is as demanding as Rocket Scientist, hah?”

    Another chipped in –
    “At times, they have to conduct Ribbon-cutting on Temporary Bus Stop – Recycling Bins.
    Tough job, no?”

    -
    Indeed !
    -
    More than 39% should know the Power of the Ballot Box !

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  • PAP is Finished:

    It is not the job of the opposition to do the PAP’s job.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Joseph
    You said :
    If Singaporeans are truly concerned and patriotic, then we must help the PAP government solve this Great Impediment and restore Singapore back on the road of sustainability by removing the exclusive state mentality of the 4G PAP politicians.
    =========================================================
    So, what does Oppie supporters plan to do to achieve that ?

    Are you going to declare here that you will be the FIRST to work for ZERO salary and ZERO returns for lazy and unmotivated Singaporeans?

    Come on, declare it …

    Oh I forgot it is a fact that Oppie are just opportunist who hide awaywaiting for others to do the dirty jobs while they enjoy fine dining safe and far away ?

    While students charged at frontline, Martin Lee Hide Away Enjoys Fine Dining with his pastor
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXjSv3Hj-Xg

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$

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