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More oppositions in Parliament

“The baseline wage growth of lower wage workers must outpace median growth by a ‘substantial margin’ until they have made sufficient progress…it would also have to outpace productivity growth at the individual level given the limit to productivity growth in many low paying jobs”- Straits Time headline, 31 August 2021, 12th paragraph from top.

I almost puke when I read that. Let me explain.

I remember very clearly that former Manpower minister, Lim Swee Say, promptly shot down former National Wages Council’s chairman, Professor Lim Chong Yah’s suggestion of paying our lowest income earners a mere $50/ increase in salary and his reason being that salary increase cannot outstrip productivity. I believe that both LSS and Professor Lim CY still remember that incident.

What lessons did I learn from that incident? Few valuable lessons that universities don’t teach.

1) The pap government is without an iota of doubt, an arrogant and heartless government and the stronger their mandate to rule, the more arrogant and heartless they will be.

2) I believe that the pap government’s move to lift our low income earners’ wages to a living wage is not motivated by altruism but rather to save their own skins. In the words of the late Dr Toh Chin Chye, if it is a one party rule, there is no consultations, nothing. I might even add no compassion even but with growing opposition presence in Parliament, their arrogance will be much reined in and consultations will become more common, more willing and more forthcoming.

3) The spontaneous and strong support shown by many pap ministars such as Zaqy Mohamed, Ng Chee Meng, Josephine Teo and even the National Employers Federation to lhl’s announcement reminded me of a memory that happened many years ago when I was growing up in a village in Lim Chu Kang of a caged dog that barked in the dead of night and all the other dogs and stray within a radius of about 300m barked in unison even when they didn’t know why and what made that caged dog barked.

4) More oppositions in Parliament will force the pap government to be less arrogant but more sensitive, sensible, more compassionate, more willing to really listen and consult, more empathetic to the voices, hopes, aspirations, struggles and the plights of our citizens.

In order to see better, more human and lesser elitist days, more and more of our largely meek, spineless, unthinking and indifferent suckerporeans must understand that and not be blinded by those mere predictable gestures of a couple of hundred dollars games.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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34 Responses to “More oppositions in Parliament”

  • Yes, more opposition:

    The best way is to make pap form the biggest opposition.

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  • xoxo:

    There is no real opposition LEADER.
    The current one is ERECTED by lee ah long.
    What oppo needs is a LEADER.

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  • Sama-sama:

    The bestest way is to demise pap completely.

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  • To all the TRE Writers!!!:

    STOP writing about more oppositions are needed, we need more voices, blah , blah ,blah…

    Sinkie politics are a joke, only want to vote more oppies so they can talk and get humiliated in parleement.

    so to all the writers – Stop propagating for more poppies. instead remind sinkies to vote for a new govt in order to change. (if we want change).

    Let me say this again and will keep reminding again.
    ELECTIONS IS ABOUT WININING AND FORMING THE NEXT GOVT.
    Not some pseudo poppies who just talk and oppose and give some “brilliant” ideas that the govt will never listen.

    Win the election and set the policy. That’s what it is all about.
    We vote base on the parties’ manifesto and delivery of the promises made.

    “I am looking at you”. Oppies!!!

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  • means the combined wage:

    //it would also have to outpace productivity growth at the individual level given the limit to productivity growth in many low paying jobs”//

    aiyoh. overall wage component means the combined wage of low, middle and ostentiously high income earners within an organization ? could the low wage earners be bullied into taking low salary in order to survive (given open-leg policy) to indirectly help compensate for the high income earners within an organization ??? worst still, in some private companies, all the connected and jiak liao be close family members or relatives hold relatively better paid positions within an organization ????

    AND THEN wage is just one part of the overall cost proposition of an organization ??? and in sinkie land where much rent seeking (high property price, high utilities, high vehicle and running cost, etc) is taking place & also stuffed with many link-here-and-there companies ?? and when organization has to think of ways to cut cost to survive or to compensate more of their own kaki lang, where to you think they will cut first especially when open-leg policy by the white monkey idiots allows businesses / organizations to have an easy available option of labour force (especially those low wage) to pick and ‘bully’ ???

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  • Bridge Over Troubled Water:

    A one-partan parliament is “like a bridge over troubled water”…Barry Manilow

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  • We must strive to achieve that:

    Ong, Wong, Chan or maybe Heng can be the leader of the Opposition.

    Yes, more opposition:
    The best way is to make pap form the biggest opposition.

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  • How about this?:

    Let Lee Hsien Loong be the next Leader of the Opposition after the next GE.

    I think he is good enough and not going to retire any time soon.

    xoxo:
    There is no real opposition LEADER.
    The current one is ERECTED by lee ah long.
    What oppo needs is a LEADER.

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  • I agree:

    But how?

    Sama-sama:
    The bestest way is to demise pap completely.

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  • Couldnt agreed more:

    Couldnt agree more in particular: 1) The pap government is without an iota of doubt, an arrogant and heartless government and the stronger their mandate to rule, the more arrogant and heartless they will be.

    All the lower levels in the civil service are now following suit. BECOMING MORE ARROGRANT, HEARTLESS AND LACKING IN SENSE OF INTEGRITY.

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  • nitrogen:

    simon has fallen into a trap.

    simon is talking as if the small island needed more OPPOSITION when actually the small island needs a New Government.

    don’t fall into the pap PA organized propaganda trap.

    Singapore as a small island doesn’t need more OPPOSITION. Singapore as a small island needs a New Government formed by PSP WP coalition.

    more OPPOSITION in pap parleeement is not the solution.

    New Government in new parliament is.

    one more thing. Only New Government can appoint New CJ new police chief to indict all the pap thieves who have stolen from citizens via their S$m ownself enrich ownself policy approved by pap parleeement.

    Never talk to your current pap voting friend neighbor colleague Grab driver Panda deliverer about needing more OPPOSITION.

    it is a lie. because such cannot solve the PROBLEM.

    the truth is, everyone must work, talk, eat, sleep, think, act to ensure a New Government by a better group of human beings.

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  • Billy ma:

    If one is to look for a tiny little bit of positive from this devastating pandemic, it’s exposing the real PAP when with the tide receding.

    It brings to light the hypocrisy of PAP ministers.
    The weak foundation that PAP has but camouflage over the years.

    It let Singaporeans see how PAP had one hand really to slap & the other ready to punch.
    Yes, Singaporeans are the intended targets.

    So, now that all of these are in displayed, how should Singaporeans respond.
    Just live & lets live?
    Or do something to decisively show ‘who’s has the real power’

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  • LHL will still "lose":

    Straits Times: High Court awards PM Lee $370,000 in damages in defamation suits against TOC editor Terry Xu and article author

    This will surely be crowded. Even LHL’s siblings will likely contribute. LHL can win in court but still lose with the public. the judicial system is also a loser. Again.

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  • Test for students and alumni:

    Straits Times: Over 10,000 sign petition calling for reversal of Yale-NUS merger, students and alumni seek answers at townhall

    PAP controls everything in Singapore. It has also never reversed anything because it considers it an admission that a mistake was made. LKY and PAP never admitted they made a mistake because of HUBRIS.

    If there is no reversal what would the students and alumni do next? Will they hold a protest/demonstration within the NUS campus? Do they have the “balls” to do it? It is “put up or shut up time”.

    Does Education Minister Chan Chun Sing have the balls to meet with students and alumni in a recorded townhall meeting on the issue?

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  • Ovais Subhani talking cock:

    Straits Times: Singapore’s work pass tightening may push up business costs; balance needed to draw skilled talent – Ovais Subhani

    Being “cheap” because of exemption from CPF is not “skilled talent”. It is an advantage resulting from wrong government policy.

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  • opposition dude:

    The PAP has done this silly thing numerous times over the last decade with little to show for it so I won’t be surprised if this latest set of “tweaks” they are implementing will amount to little as usual.

    We definitely need a lot more opposition MPs in parliament since the PAP has long forgotten what is meant by public service and how to look after Singaporeans. Instead they keep making the same old mistake by telling us we shouldn’t close our doors to third world people, we should upgrade our skills and so on. Talk talk and talk some more but none of the PAP have ever come out to say that they took up a new skill and found a much better paying job have they?

    So while PSP may be accused of being racist and all that simply for asking for the number of Indian nationals on the island we aren’t THAT stupid to call PSP racist since we can judge for ourselves, it’s only those who are daft and can’t think who will agree with PAP.

    So we will be seeing locals drive for Grab and deliver makan for at least up until 2024 or 2025. How many opposition MPs voted in after the next election will determine if more locals get employed or even more third world people get let in and the population go past 6 million.

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  • nitrogen:

    Test for students and alumni:
    Straits Times: Over 10,000 sign petition calling for reversal of Yale-NUS merger, students and alumni seek answers at townhall

    PAP controls everything in Singapore. It has also never reversed anything because it considers it an admission that a mistake was made. LKY and PAP never admitted they made a mistake because of HUBRIS.

    If there is no reversal what would the students and alumni do next? Will they hold a protest/demonstration within the NUS campus? Do they have the “balls” to do it? It is “put up or shut up time”.

    Does Education Minister Chan Chun Sing have the balls to meet with students and alumni in a recorded townhall meeting on the issue?

    imagine. from kindergarten to U, if done locally, is under pap banner, meaning under pap brainwashing.

    if can get the U education elsewhere, go. because the world is a very big place, far bigger than the BS ranking pap bought with a lot of cotton sheep S$m.

    take law and medicine. because it is so restrictive, and legislated in such a way that only local U law and medicine graduates can do this and do that in Singapore, many uneducated cotton sheep are conned that local U law and medicine are the best.

    local U law better than Harvard Law (note that it is a graduate entry course)? local U medicine better than Johns Hopkins Medical School (note that it is a graduate entry course)? No.

    so if able to do so, the folks should clamor Yale in the USA to take them in. the sheepskin from Yale USA is worth, truly worth something, at least untainted by the pap nus name.

    don’t be conned by the BS rankings which can be fixed with a lot of S$m. pap nus can never outrank the truly great law schools medical schools any truly great schools outside of pap small island.

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  • xoxo:

    @How about this?
    Why not?
    Get PAP our first.

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  • Kopi kia:

    I say this is a shitty PEE-m.
    Full of lies and craps.
    He single-handedly relegate countless of sg-PMETs to become the NEW POOR of Sinkingpore.

    Even his govt agencies recruit FTs with fake degrees and that is why he now says RECRUIT BASED ON “SKILL SETS”?

    What is he trying to do?

    Dump more FAKE FTs here.

    Watch and see.

    Is this daft sg ( as described by lky) who has no spur in his hide still FIT FOR DUTY?

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  • Kal ku:

    Covid a probiotic.

    A probiotic for reversing climatic change.

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  • Cutting nose to spite face:

    Straits Times: Conduct of TOC editor was ‘reckless and irresponsible’, calculated to put PM Lee in bad light: High Court

    LHL was already defamed big-time by his siblings. Not suing them for damages but suing the person who reported what they said does not make sense and is unfair.

    Anyway, the damages will likely be successfully crowd-funded like previous defamation cases against LHL.

    Who really “won”? TOC editor, the public

    Who really “lost”? LHL, PAP and the judicial system

    Tech: Don’t worry, TOC has very strong “back mountains”, one being a famiLEE member of the royal famiLEE (someone the LEEder would think trice about ‘touching’). Add another zero to the amount also sup sup water, even if Sinkies don’t donate enough, the famiLEE member will “DABAO” the remaining balance one. TOC therefore won’t fold and will continue to tickle the powers-that-be, cheong cheong and cheong.

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  • has too many areas:

    //Singapore’s work pass tightening may push up business costs; balance needed to draw skilled talent//

    yar lor. then how come after so many years of open-leg policy, sinkie land is still a very high cost country ?? OR is it becos hor sinkie land has too many areas where plenty of rent-seeking is taking place ??????

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  • Blame PAP:

    Straits Times: Dangers of overwork: Long hours and stress can lead to heart attack and stroke

    PAP (and the unions) are doing nothing about it. Employers in Singapore have used foreign workers to force locals to work long hours. They are profit-driven and do not believe in work-life balance. Foreigners are willing to work long hours because most of them do not have their families in Singapore.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ This will surely be crowded. Even LHL’s siblings will likely contribute. LHL can win in court but still lose with the public. the judicial system is also a loser. Again.

    Sure or not.
    Until it happens then say lah.

    Tech: IMHO, even without the crowd funding, a famiLEE member will still foot the entire bill, that was supposedly the arrangement. Poor Sinkies already so poor liao, but the famiLEE member is super rich, so … why…?

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ Let me say this again and will keep reminding again.
    ELECTIONS IS ABOUT WININING AND FORMING THE NEXT GOVT.
    Not some pseudo poppies who just talk and oppose and give some “brilliant” ideas that the govt will never listen.

    Win the election and set the policy. That’s what it is all about.
    We vote base on the parties’ manifesto and delivery of the promises made.

    “I am looking at you”. Oppies!!!

    ————–

    Like Malaysia ?

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  • maths idiot:

    I agreed, more oppositions needed in parliament. But it won’t be with you,
    GMS or TKL. So please do not jeopardise their chances, please do not participate in any more elections. I beg of you.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Test for students and alumni: Straits Times: Over 10,000 sign petition calling for reversal of Yale-NUS merger, students and alumni seek answers at townhall

    Going to a gahmen-controlled school where students pay enormous sums of money to get a piece of toilet paper that FT easily beat with printed Ph.D degree from Oxford or Harvard. Then jobless ex-students will become hawkers or grab delivery persons. This was LKY’s vision – every labourer to have a degree. Now has come true.

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  • xoxo:

    I hope to see PSP JOIN HANDS with SDP.
    IT WILL BE A STRONG ALLIANCE.
    Maybe others could amalgamate too to from ONE UNITED OPPO FRONT.

    This way,the oppo can strengthen through SYNERGY of individuals’ strengths as well as aggregate resources.

    Hope to see this soon.
    WP can choose to remain united with PAP?

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  • @xoxo

    When TRE was Wayang Party, the editors were cock-sure that WP is actually PAP Team B. To be fair to WP and discarding whatever the previous editors think of WP, my current observation of their performance or the lack of, seems to suggest that nothing has changed. All their supposed “good questions” in Parliament are wayangs only, good to see, nothing to hold. On the other hand, PSP has been outperforming them in every aspect.

    IF I were to compare, the WP would be like “Lenova” in China while PSP may be some brand say “Elephant”, with both selling laptops. One Elephant laptop is selling for $500 while those from Lenova are selling for $1000, but the Elephant brand has more RAM and can perform just as efficiently or even better. The reason why Lenova is dearer is because of its packaging and name, which customers are paying for

    In a way, the PAPies has helped model WP’s image and brand, preferring to let WP be its co-driver than say SDP or PSP, didn’t anyone noticed?

    In return the WP will put up wayangs in parliament fielding not so relevant questions and avoid the hard-hitting ones. Just compare the standard of PSP and WP’s performance in Parliament, any idiot would have noticed the huge difference.

    And while the PAPies were attacking the PSP, the WP choose to remain quiet and won’t even lend an ammo or two. That speaks volume, doesn’t it?

    And I was under the impression that LEEder of the opposition means ALL the opposition, not just WP?

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  • xoxo:

    @TRE Techie

    Very much agreed with your take.
    The *show* must go on like people say.

    From Wayang kulit,now wayang openLEE.
    Even can get ERECTED as OPPO LEEder?
    It puzzles me till today why WP N PS acceoted?
    Tot OPPO LEAder is the CHOICE N PREROGATIVE OF ALL OPPO PARTIES,NOT BY THE PAPee?

    Cheerio!

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  • @xoxo

    BTW, heard LHL donating to charity wor, like real like that, why are Sinkies so gullible?

    Heard of tax exemption bo? He receives $2 million a year salary, he donates say $300,000 he still gets the same rebate in taxes, so in the end, he loses NOTHING, but instead gain because someone is paying his taxes for him.

    No wonder LKY said Sinkies are so bloody dafts!

    If LHL really sincere in donating for charity, then he should DOUBLE or TRIPLE the damages awarded to him, then and only then it will be a GENUINE donation.

    What do you think?

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  • the slow expanded boundary:

    //In return the WP will put up wayangs in parliament fielding not so relevant questions and avoid the hard-hitting ones. Just compare the standard of PSP and WP’s performance in Parliament, any idiot would have noticed the huge difference.//

    can’t blame the oppo parties ?? it is the daft sinkies who are conditioned to take the pace molded by the white monkey idiots ??

    you need the front scouts to do the tough clearing work for the main troop to move forward nicely ??? it is the mindset of the sinkie land masses to find this acceptable ?? you need the very brave to keep pushing the boundary so that a lot of others (the average masses?? ) who prefer to stay safe can dance and sing happily within the slow expanded boundary ???

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  • Increase lah:

    The small increase to the lower income job is OK lah…
    Very hard for them to survive in expensive Singapore OK.
    Have a heart…you rich guy.

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  • xoxo:

    @TRE Techie

    Give with one hand,TAKE BACK with the other.
    Lee Ah Long thinks sgs are daft as usual.
    TH also sees wifey act charitable by giving out masks,Covid Test Kits,all from TH’s funds,which,ultimately are sgs’ money?

    Agree with you,they shud take out more from their own HUGE SAVINGS if they are really trying to do charity.

    BTW,XJP ,at least is really trying to do things for their poorer citizens.
    Time will tell who is a good leader.

    China is no more the old China.
    It is really much progressive than Sin City despite its vast size.

    The worst thing is to rob sgs’ jobs to hand to NON-CITIZENS in the name of *TALENTS*?
    THEN,leave these jobless citizens to fend for themselves claiming govt cannot grant AID to needy n jobless older sgs as that would mean YOUNGER SGS have higher tax burden in future.
    But the same idiots can simply RAID SGS’ RESERVES TO GIVE GENEROUS GRANTS TO NON-sgs much more than $600 many sgs only get?

    This is not a PRO-sgs government.
    All their promises are empty.

    Time to replace them with NEW OPPO TALENTS.

    BTW,NUMBER OF LOCAL COVID REACHED 253,HIGHEST OVER 1 YEAR!

    So clever.

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