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Looking beyond the propaganda

1/3 of the parliamentary term has passed, and I am seriously wondering if East Coast GRC and West Coast GRC voters regret their choices?

I grew up in the 1990s where I saw how the GRC system was stacked against the opposition which makes inroads lesser probable.

What was a 3-man GRC suddenly evolved into 5 or 6 members. It became customary that each GRC would be helmed by a Minister, so that the middle-ground would think twice risking a Minister to relatively unknown candidates, no matter how prominent they are.

Ironically, it was LKY’s own comment to Aljunied voters to ‘repent’ that cost an unprecedented two full Ministers and a junior Minister to be kicked out of office during GE2011.

Knowing that competition there was going to be intense in GE2021, the PAP chose to move Desmond Lee from Jurong GRC To West Coast GRC at the last minute to shore up support. The same happened when Heng Swee Keat was thrown to East Coast GRC at the last minute.

Voters in these two areas were therefore left with a dilemma as to whether they would like to kick out several more Ministers against giving an opposition ‘A-team’ a chance. Surprisingly, the electorate has shown themselves to be more risk taking than during the 1990s.

More than a year later, their performance is for all to see. Have they done a good job at all?

For Heng, it would usually be expected that the DPM would eventually take over the top job. Yet, almost all key announcements have been made by PM Lee himself and we have barely heard anything from Heng since he chose to step down. In other words, a DPM with no sound or shadow.

The same can be said for Lee, as he has been relatively silent until recently when he spoke about tempering public housing prices in prime areas. Here, I was disappointed to know about the policies that he has introduced were weak and unthinking.

First, why are singles not allowed to purchase them even on the resale market? Secondly, why must there be an income cap for buyers on the resale market? The quantum is set so low that you are essentially taking a group of buyers (singles and those earning $20k a month) away who want to stay in the central region but cannot afford private property.

Most recently, what kind of logic is it that a 6% levy must be repayable upon sale? This makes things more complicated when HDB rules are already quite complicated to begin with. Wouldn’t it be better to reduce the amount of initial grants given? After all, these flats are already oversubscribed in their third day of launch.

What I am seeing in Lee is essentially a quiet mouse who is book smart but out of touch with the ground by coming up with policies that are difficult for the average man to understand and otherwise serve no purpose.
By contrast, even though Leong it’s not paid a lot as an NCMP relative to his day job as a CEO of a fund management company, he still puts in effort to speak up on important issues in Parliament such as CECA and vaccine discrimination.

The same goes for Hazel Poa and I have seen WP candidates from East Coast working harder than the elected candidates.

If the voters had been more discerning about who they had voted for, perhaps we would be seeing more alternative voices in Parliament. In turn, the PAP would be put more on their toes, and we would have a more accountable and responsive government.

I hope that in 3 years time, voters will look at PAP’s incompetence and look beyond the propaganda set by LKY. Only by then can we be a true and free society where there is no fear of voting for the alternative for the betterment of society.

 

Prabu

* Article first appeared on Real Issues in Singapore

 

 

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19 Responses to “Looking beyond the propaganda”

  • Harder Truths:

    Cancerman is already about to kaput. His term as the unfilial son is ending with only nonsense to show for it.

    The de-facto leeders of the Mafia are now fighting each other to show us whom is more stupid. As they are all brainless this is a hard fight. Only the least brain-dead will be able to claim victory.

    I have no doubt the majority of citizens will vote for them again. A whopping 85% has trusted these mental midgets with their lives and their childrens’ lives by becoming Guinea Pigs for Big Pharma. Such devotion and loyalty will not suddenly vanish, even if a significant proportion of Guinea Pigs die over the next few years.

    Plus look at the Opposition. Pritam and Co could not go to the toilet without a manifesto. If we had possibly 40 opposition still 40 x 0 = 0.

    During the election year, the vaxxed dead will stay dead, and the vaxxed living will be in and out of hospitals hoping not to die. The Regime will promise more vaxx for all and satisfaction guaranteed or your money back (but it’s hard to get your money back when you are dead).

    Yes my friends, it’s fun times ahead for $G and her vaxxed population. Let us not say the Regime is not fair. No matter what age they are, everyone will be given a fighting chance to end up on the Big Pharma dissecting table for their loyalty.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Death by Covid Vaccine Injection

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/11/21/death-by-covid-vaccine-injection/

    Article follows:

    Mass vaccination was supposed to reduce the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Instead, the fatalities rise with vaccination.

    In this article Mike Whitney uses official public data to show that excess deaths have risen dramatically with vaccination with Covid mRNA “vaccine,” and he explains the process by which the “vaccine” destroys immunity and causes debilitating and deadly illnesses.

    “Mortality is rising because more people are dying. And more people are dying because more people have been vaccinated. There’s a link between rising mortality and the Covid-19 vaccine. Naturally, the media wants to shift responsibility for the fatalities to “delayed treatments” and “the lack of preventable care”.

    But this is just a diversion. The primary cause of death is the injection of a toxic pathogen into the bloodstreams of roughly 70% of the population. That’s what’s causing the clotting, the bleeding, the pulmonary embolisms, the heart attacks, the strokes, and the premature deaths. It’s the vaccine.”

    https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/lethal-injection-frontline-e-r-doctor-gives-chilling-account-of-unusual-vaccine-induced-illness/#comments

    How exciting!

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  • MarBowling:

    DPM Heng Sweet Cake, although from outside may look $tupid, is ACTUALLY VERY VERY $MART!

    Immediately, after GE2020 result was out, he rushed to an Ah Neh sarabutt store to get a GOOD MIRROR TO TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT HIMSELF. HOLEE SMOKE. He FINALLY REALISED that his Big Boss had MADE USE OF HIM AS A SACRIFICING LAMP BY SHIFTING HIM FROM A COSY AND VERY SAFE GRC AT TAMPINES GRC TO EAST COAST GRC! The End result of only GETTING 53% of the VOTES had PLAINLY INDICATED TO HIM THAT his TOUTED EAST COAST PLAN had BEARLY managed to SAVE him from LOSING his $millions obscene salary cum his Tua Pek Gong POST of DPM BY “SKIN OF MY TEETH”! He knew the WRITING is ALREADY ON THE WALL FOR HIM AS A MEMBER OF THE PAPIGS UNDER HIS USELESS AND SNEAKY BOSS! A VERY DECISION AND Better to STEP DOWN as the LEEDER OF THE 4G!

    As a PPS(Puki Private Secretary)to Lee Kayu, he always REMEMBERS this words of wisdom from his MENTOR:what’s wrong with COLLECTING MORE $$$$! Better to COLLECT THE ULTRA SAFE DPM’s SALARY RATHER THAN THE PEEM’s SALARY UNTIL THE COW COMES HOME! BIG NOSE TEO, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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  • Stupid Singaporeans:

    It is so easy to be politician in Sinkland with world class stupids. Tell them to dig a hole to bury themselves, they will do it without a question ask.

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  • xoxo:

    Well,GRC is very * outdated* and its contradicts the real spirit of what is MERITOCRATIC,does it not?
    GRC seems more like Group Representation Clowning more than anything else.
    Look at all the clown$!
    Most cant win on SMC tics especially generals?

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  • Too Many Immigrants In Parl:

    We have too many immigrants in Public sector and it has caused
    too much problems for locals.
    If these immigrants are not REMOVE, we will be in trouble!!

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  • John Doe:

    Seriously, no joking matter, one citizen, would need to take exams, degree standards certification in order to know and understand how and what are the terms and conditions to ‘purchase’ a leased HDB flat – as singles, different age singles as to where can apply, where cannot, couples, yet to be married couples, income qualifications, various income qualifications for diff flat sizes, after selling flat, diff age groups must know how TO RETURN ONE’S OWN money to his own CPF account and so on and so on.

    Thereafter to re ‘purchase’ again, so called bite another cherry

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  • KT2:

    Based on the last GE2020 results, it seems that EC and WC GRCs have a bright future in the next GE. BUT we never know what the emperor-cum-political magician would have in his bag. They are always good at re-drawing the boundaries (one of their GE weapons of destruction), if they see dangers ahead in the next GE. Both WP and PSP must shore up their defense and manpower (strong candidates). Will they gerrymandering the boundaries again? Only time will tell.

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  • opposition dude:

    Nothing to worry about ministers being kicked out, just ask George Yeo and auntie Hwee Hwa can liao. Oh and add EX 4G Ng Chee Meng to the list too! 4G leh! AH HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

    So what if Dezzy and stroke man were thrown in to new GRCs at the last minute, PAP still didn’t get the expected percentage they wanted what. If anything, PAP better be prepared to lose these 2 GRCs and say hello to another 8 to 10 opposition MPs voted in come the next GE!

    Unlike in the good old days of the 80s and 90s today’s PAP can’t do anything right because the PM isn’t decisive in sacking incompetent ministers and cannot be bothered to do anything about yearly failed AGO audits which we taxpayers are paying for mind you. People have gotten really tired of the fact that they always push the blame on to others while the minister just stays in the job as if nothing happened. No use trying to fool people since we can see mistakes occurring far too frequently and we can also see for ourselves just who is at fault.

    So just bring on the next election and see what PAP’s vote percentage will be in addition to how many more GRCs they will lose!

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times :Quote-”Goh Meng Seng’s claim that Government is lying about TCM treatment for Covid-19 is baseless: MOH…”Unquote.

    Response : Why MOH never POFMA Goh Meng Seng post if MOH find it baseless ?

    Tech: I think hard to POOFMA him because panda-grade PhD ZhongNanSan actually said the TCM treatment actually works for C19. It’s like pitting a primary school’s (MOH) words against a PhD (ZhongNanSan), whose carries more weight? MOH will have to push that Zhong is lying, are their so-called experts qualified to do so?

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  • Billy ma:

    If more seats go to the opposition parties in the next GE (quite likely), PAP will use the old trick of simply increasing the number of parliamentary seats to maybe 100.

    It has been done over the years after PAP losing more seats.
    This is one way PAP maintain its supermajority by diluting the relative percentage of the oppositions despite winning more seats.

    The only way to overcome this is to bring into parliament at least 20-30 seats in the next poll.

    Before the next GE, expect PAP to try all means to eliminate opposition candidates even before nomination day.

    However, the public now has the means to draw out dirts of PAP candidates as well.
    Remember Ivan?

    But it’s will be hard if not harder.
    And PAP is probably spending lots of time on how to destroy its opponents than thinking how to improve the lot of the citizens.

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  • Dog:

    The East n West Coast pappy voters have greatly caused DISCRIMINATION of unvaxed

    Singaporeans who have also sacrificed their lives and time by being in the PIONEER group
    Of soldiers defending the country.

    So what do they get NOW…………cannot eat outside,

    If hospitalized by the virus to pay $25,000 for treatment.

    Cannot cross to JB, enter mall for sundries………..this PIONEER is no better than a DOG!

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  • alright to have competition:

    //I grew up in the 1990s where I saw how the GRC system was stacked against the opposition which makes inroads lesser probable.//

    yar lor ?? while the white monkey idiots know how to “stack obstacles” to sort of prevent inroads from the oppositions ?? but funny hor the white monkey idiots do not mind inroad to the rest of the daft sinkie populace via open-leg policies of 6.9m or 10m hor ??

    the talented white monkey idiots do not think they need competition BUT feel it is alright to have competition for daft sinkies ???

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  • C’est la vie:

    ***
    SG, …… looking beyond the propaganda !!!

    Seriously, …… in SG !!!

    Built upon and bolstered by propaganda and pap bullshit !!!

    Accept it, live with it and promote/perpetuate it, …… as the majority have done !!!

    It is what it is !!!
    ***
    ******

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  • Cancerman lives on!:

    Cancerman is alive and well.
    The Chinese have a saying:

    Bad people dont die easily
    Good people die early

    Eventually will die, but he will cling on.
    The party will support him all the way
    The Business Federation will support him all the way
    The Employer’s association will support him all the way.
    Even the Taoist, The Islamic, The Church Council too

    The person on the street is just a number.
    All are slaves.

    Vote them out???

    Ha! Ha! ha!…

    Will only believe it when I see it.

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  • S'pore used Dominion in 2020?:

    https://apnews.com/article/technology-software-election-2020-1341028212960b9b4ed713620d764629

    Experts warn of dangers from breach of voter system software. Republican efforts questioning the outcome of the USA 2020 presidential race have led to voting system breaches that election security experts say pose a heightened risk to future elections.

    Copies of the Dominion Voting Systems software used to manage elections — from designing ballots to configuring voting machines and tallying results — were distributed at an event this month in South Dakota organized by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, an ally of former President Donald Trump who has made unsubstantiated claims about last year’s election.

    “It’s a game-changer in that the environment we have talked about existing now is a reality,” said Matt Masterson, a former top election security official in the Trump administration. “We told election officials, essentially, that you should assume this information is already out there. NOW WE KNOW IT IS, and we don’t know what they are going to do with it.”

    https://www.glassdoor.sg/Overview/Working-at-Dominion-Voting-Systems-EI_IE430822.11,34.htm?countryRedirect=true

    See what employees say it’s like to work at Dominion Voting Systems. Salaries, reviews, and more – all posted by employees working at Dominion Voting Systems.

    https://www.aap.com.au/factcheck/no-australia-wont-use-dominion-voting-machines-next-election/

    The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is not planning to use Dominion Voting Systems at the next federal election, the agency confirmed to AAP FactCheck. The post’s claim is a misrepresentation of a 2017 report on potential modernisation of the AEC following a parliamentary inquiry into the 2016 federal election.

    The report itself was not written by the AEC; rather, it was produced by the Australian parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters.

    https://www.npr.org/2021/05/18/998099249/fox-news-moves-to-have-dominion-voting-systems-lawsuit-dismissed

    Fox News has asked a Delaware court to dismiss a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit brought against it by Dominion Voting Systems over the network’s coverage of the 2020 vote count, arguing it “threatens to stifle the media’s free-speech right to inform the public about newsworthy allegations of paramount public concern.”

    Dominion filed its suit in March, saying that Fox News personalities spread lies on air about its voting machines and software that “recklessly disregarded the truth” and resulted in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

    In its filing to dismiss the suit on Tuesday, Fox News said it was within the bounds of the First Amendment to air the claims about Dominion and that the company has failed to back up its allegations of “actual malice.”

    “The news media has the right in a democracy to inform citizens by reporting and commenting on a President’s allegations challenging the security of our elections,” court documents say.

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  • 皮蛋腥:

    Team B’s dousing the flames of rising dissent certainly works given the next Erection is still far away but fire is spreading wild now.

    Good job by Team B. Sit boo, sit. Award you a bone to chew on.

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  • Trust only myself:

    Where is the East Coast Plan…….?

    Maybe the real East Coast Plan is actually to keep quiet until nobody remember there is suppose to be a plan.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Fear is the Factor…A coward with a bug mouth n Bullshit is smart enough to CONvince a flock of hard working sheep into a soft headed nation of sheeple

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