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When politics comes before the interest of the people

Singaporeans have witnessed first-hand how a parliamentary debate can be used by politicians to score “brownie points” for the posterity of their political parties.

In so doing, the opportunity to collectively do right by the people was lost.

In the case of the PAP, the whole debate is now being framed as a case of the “PAP vs. The People” when their politicians became obsessed in defending the indefensible, and in the process, make light of the seriousness of our socio-economic woes.

When politicians who are affiliated to the NTUC tried to defend the interests of the NTUC, they should have asked themselves a key question – if the NTUC has indeed been actively advocating and defending the rights of Core Singaporeans to fairer employment, fairer remunerations and reasonable protection against workplace discrimination by foreign PMETs and investors, why are they in parliament in the first place?

I strongly believe there are still some good unionists out there but what can they do when NTUC has been institutionalised beyond the original purpose of its founding?

With its massive interests in just about every business one can think of, how on earth is the NTUC going to arbitrage the rights of its employees who needed the support of their unions?

It does not help the non-partisan stance of the NTUC when Ng Chee Meng, their Secretary General was allowed to remain after losing in GE2020 to the GRC team led by WP’s He Ting Ru.

I have great respect for some of our older politicians from the various political parties, including the PAP, and they include LKY, Goh Keng Swee, Devan Nair, Ong Teng Cheong, JB Jeyaretnam, Low Thia Khiang and Tan Cheng Bock.

But the 4G PAP of today makes a mockery of what the PAP truly stand for and keeping quiet is no longer an option for anyone who still aspire for a better future for our children.

The same is true of the NTUC.

I have no issue with the WP but l do find it very ironic that Pritam Singh, the Leader of the Opposition (LOTO) from WP did not use his office wisely to demand for data ahead of the debate.

In the process, lacking in hard data, the debate was reduced to “you say, I say” type of school debate, and yes, even mocking by some spoilt brats who think lowly of others.

Everyone knows that if the PAP wants to create an opposition party just for the sake of having one to please Singaporeans who opposed their policies and legislations, they can do that very easily.

So when the parliamentarians from WP and PSP were forced to argue passionately and ask some “hard questions” against the defence from the PAP who alone has the data, l hope the LOTO will realise how his office has failed those parliamentarians when the issues concerns “disadvantaged” Singaporeans.

Singapore is facing a serious socio-economic challenge and until politicians start putting people ahead of politics, we can never get started in resolving the many challenges at hand.

This makes me wonder if those politicians and unionists who failed to stand up for affected Singaporeans still believe that Singaporeans deserve better…

 

Joseph Nathan

 

 

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21 Responses to “When politics comes before the interest of the people”

  • A unionist is not a freerider:

    Joe, you got two systems of political economy in one country: the Pappy Elitist Partisans are answerable to none but their Emperor’s hierarchy. The self-invested Corporation is above and over the sham parliamentary representation of the common people. The $uperior caste lords over the non-affiliated sheeple citizens with leegalistic determinism, while absolving themselves of the CPF accounting and policy-making transparency, hence delivering themselves from democratic accountability in opposition of the protocols of state governance: Is your president partisan or was she popularly elected? Whose council chose the nations’s attorney-general? Why is the speaker of the house a PAP committee chief? Why is the country’s Chief of Police subordinated to the PM’s office? Why are the national elections under the auspices of the executive PM’s office?
    Why is a Pappy not PAP?

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  • opposition dude:

    The only way we are ever going to get the data we want is to force PAP into a coalition government, only then when they aren’t in full control is when they will be forced to reveal all their dirty little secrets.

    For now though, we are slowly voting more opposition MPs in. If we do vote in more in the next election then we will have taken another step towards a coalition government. As always, do remember that the majority have to be shown that having more opposition in parliament does not mean that Singapore goes down the longkang, just look at how much effort Mun Wai put in to get some numbers from PAP. At the very least he is making an effort to voice out our concerns over our jobs.

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  • Reality:

    Better not to ignore the ground sentiment…or basic fundamental.
    Put the Citizen welfare first.If not,it will bite you down the road…

    Just like Evergrade moment…

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  • Food chain:

    1st ly we deserve what we vote.

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  • SELF SERVING COME FIRST:

    PAP CANNOT CLAIM THEY HAVE TRANSPARENCY,CLEAN WITH DATAs which the people of Singapore have demanding the rights to know.
    WE ARE THE REAL MASTER DURING GE, AFTER GE COMING TO POWER, PAP SHOW THEIR TRUE COLOURS BY THUMPING US DOWN, REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE WE GIVEN THEM THE POWER TO RULE AND INSTEAD SHOW THEIR ARROGANCE, AND POWER BY REMOVING THE DEMOCRATIC SPACE TO VOICE OUT OUR GREIVANCES AND RIGHTS BY COMING OUT WITH NEWS LAWS,AND IMPUNITIVE LAWS TO SOCIAL WEBSITES BY SHUTTING DOWN LIKE TOC.
    THEY ARE MAKING THINGS, AND LIFES MORE DIFICULT FOR US…….
    AND REFUSE TO ADMIT THEY OPEN THE FLOOD GATES FOR FOREIGNERS TO WORK HERE.
    SOME MALAYSIAN 400,000 daily come across causeway to work IN SERVICE SECTORS AND INDUSTRIES here and go back ….BEFORE THE covid 19.
    BESIDES ALLOWING HUNDRED OF THOUSANDS OF OTHER FOREIGNERS OVER THE PAST 15 YRS TO STEAL OUR LUNCHES AND FORCE OUR LOCAL WAGES DOWNWARDS INSPITE OF THE HIGH INCREASES OF PRICES OF FOODS,THINGS.
    AND INSTEAD OF INCREASE OUR GST CASH VOUCHERS OF $600 WHICH HAD BEEN FOR PAST SEVERAL YRS, IT WAS REDUCED TO $500 PER YR..FOR PAST TWO YRS.
    THE GST CASH VOUCHER SHOULD BE RAISED TO $1000 PER YR,TO POOR PEOPLE OR OLD PEOPLE WITH NO INCOME,GIVEN NOW THE MINIMUM ANNUAL WAGES COME TO ABOUT $28,000 WHICH NOT TAXABLE BELOW $28,000.
    THE CONTRIBUTION OF OLD PEOPLE WHICH HAVE NO INCOME NOW,SEEM NOT RECOGNISED AFTER WORKING OVER THE YRS FOR THE COUNTRY.
    WE AS SINGAPOREANS ALSO HAVE TO LABOUR AND SUFFER FOR 2 YRS DOING NS, AND FOREIGNERS DO NOT HAVE TO DO…..
    WE BECOME 2ND AND 3RD CITIZENS IN OUR OWN COUNRTY UNDER PAP RULE…
    PAP SELF SERVING INTERESTS COME FIRST AND NOT THE PEOPLE INTERESTS.
    NEVER TRUST THE PAP, AND THE MSM UNDER THEIR CONTROL WHICH PROPAGATE THEIR NARRATIVES DAILY AND THEY HAVE BROKEN THEIR PROMISES MANY TIMES TO REDUCE COSTS BEFORE GE 2015.

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  • ganeshsk:

    Joe, the Great narrative PAP has been pushing more oppos means Singapore. will fail is slowly crumbling.

    They were grasping at straws by not releasing data God forbid in the venue of the greater t place in Singapore. PARLIAMENT.

    We could not get it.

    You know even in India a citizen can file a petition request for the very data that the Oppos were requesting in Singapore independently at the village level and the Govt must release that data. Freedom of information.

    You think the PaP have the guts to do that. Instead LW sights security issues. What joke.

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  • xoxo:

    If we guess HO JINX’S SALARYVas $100 Million ,who can blame us?
    Is it fair to blame us for HAVING TO MAKE WILD GUESSES ALL THE TIME?
    Cant even get Actual number of PRs from LOCALS component of workforce.
    It is so easy to segregate SGS LOCALS from PR Locals( if you insist on calling them locals)?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Joseph,
    You said “I have no issue with the WP but l do find it very ironic that Pritam Singh, the Leader of the Opposition (LOTO) from WP did not use his office wisely to demand for data ahead of the debate.”
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    This show that Opposition are just in there for the 16K salaries and wayang to oppose only.

    Yes, Oppie just oppose for the sake of opposing. Nothing more.

    Do you still trust the Oppie to help you ?

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Asd:

    I think gutter politic wasting everyone’s time and money by filling own pocket

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Joseph, PAP politicians are in because of wealth, power, fame and impressive resume, and that is the fact. All PAP politicians said it themselves.

    Removing anyone of them, especially wealth, you would see these politicians disappear faster than you could say “wait”

    Serving the people, waiting long long!

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  • Absurdity:

    Don’t be narcissists and call opposition gentlemen and gentlewomen as racists.

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  • nothing more:

    //Yes, Oppie just oppose for the sake of opposing. Nothing more.

    Do you still trust the Oppie to help you ?//

    aiyoh. do you trust the white idiots ??? many more times than 16k ??? supporting for the sake of supporting the white idiots, nothing more ???

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  • AristoCATs - fossil ?:

    Some commentators like to describe PAP form of governance as “authoritarian”.

    Simpler phrase as “top-down governance”.

    However,
    * Papaya has been entrenched for so long,
    * their mindset has been elitism,
    * groupthink seeped in,
    * their skins fossilized sensitive to pushback alternative views. { IlLiterate ! }

    More appropriate description is “Look-down governance” { ie. No lousy school }

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

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  • Billy ma:

    That ntuc fellow who got kicked out in GE20 is just sitting in NTUC HQ office for next GE.

    Someone must have sure sure guarantee him a super dumper safe seat & 1000% sure get elected.

    Meanwhile, the fights continue within PAP to get the hot seat after that dude lhl step down.

    Of course, by now it is obvious that lhl has stopped working after lky gone.
    No need to prove or show anyone anymore especially not lky.

    And afterall, he got a lot of dudes willingly & greedily fighting for his seat.
    Mind you, it is just for his seat, not his power & authority.

    Lhl will never give up on a good paycheck.

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  • PAP_is_my_Father:

    You people are really native.
    Politics is what? Go check dictionary and you get the meaning.
    You asking politics not to come before the interests of people is like asking taking down pants before farting.

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  • xoxo:

    THE Daft acting like bullies like hyenas surrounding a gentle deer.

    Daft becos Squander $100 Billion to NO AVAIL and now cause DELTA CASES TO BREACH 1K at almost 1500 cases per day!

    PSP was raising a valid point touching both lives and livelihoods of sgs.
    Delta comes from India.
    So too CECA-FTs and their RELATIVES DUMPED into TINY sg when community cases were well controlled.

    What kind of govt brings hardship n disease to its citizens.
    Delta infected imports are like *enemies* in a war.
    Instead of defending our borders,the daft G stupidly grant WIDE ACCESS to these DELTA CASES*.

    Now,sgs are suffering from the govt’s errant and reckless conduct.
    What a gang of idiots!

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  • damn stupido:

    Kaninah beh,damn stupid Pee-M.
    Insisted to bring in imported Delta,then insists Endemic.
    Now,more sgs died.
    He should be ashamed and steps down.
    Why hang on when you are failing to serv sgs’ needs and well-being.

    Sack the thick-skinned daft .

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  • Geronimo:

    It is really sad to see the two PSP NMPs working hard to rebut what the PAP bullies were set to do in Parliament over the Ceca issue! They put up a good show and ground sentiments are with them for bringing up the issue of Pmets jobs being taken by those from South Asia. What is disconcerting is that the WP did not lend a helping hand, particularly Pritam who is supposed to be the leader of the opposition!

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  • Asd:

    I think full of free rider all useless but there because they are minority to be cast on TV to show how multi race it is but not the best for the job and got in through the back yards crawling in

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  • The Incorporated's Clampdown:

    https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/breach-trust-yale-nus-faculty-members-break-silence-slam-decision-close-college

    Many of the $Pappy elite$ may have reaped the utmost benefits and enjoyed the benevolence of bastions of liberal art education in USA Ivy League universities, but they evidently have deep-seated cultural problems when it comes to returning the blessings to others on home soil when they the Pappies have the power to say: “Yes! we did indeed benefit from our education there!” & “No! we will not deny our younger generation a superior education in our own country.”

    Those Perverted Avaricious Politickers….. own$elf check own$elf: “Only our own elite narrative matters, and you don’t need to plead us for factual data or pertinent information about our policy making! ….. they are ruled by fear and aversion; driven by greed and hubris.

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  • very smart and very focused:

    //It is really sad to see the two PSP NMPs working hard to rebut what the PAP bullies.//

    aiyoh. the white idiots and gang are very smart and very focused ??? they will whack the oppo and the threat to their power & ‘fortune’ of governing ??? while at the same time, the white monkey idiots will train (with the help of 158th media environment and all resources at their disposal ??) the oppo supporters and all the daft sinkies that you need to be nice to the white monkey idiots and gang as they are the best (as without the white monkey idiots, sinkie land will sink into the sea ???)????

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