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Time to stop using municipal services as a political weapon

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The latest refuse collection problem faced by residents of Canberra Crescent should serves as a wake-up call for all Singaporeans living in public housing (HDB) to call on their MPs, especially those from the PAP, to stop pretending that they have the competency in the management of municipal services and demand that they start raising the urgent needs in parliament for the Ministry of National Development (MND) to reassume the full responsibility & accountability in taking back all municipal services from all Town Councils.

When municipal services were used as a political tool to deter Singaporeans from voting for the opposition in the past, in the form of the politicalized Town Council, even Lee Kuan Yew could not have imagined the days when mainstream media (MSM) will no longer have the monopoly in deciding how local news can be escalated so swiftly that exposes the many shortcomings of this policy.

Remember the AIM issue, the AHTC debacle, falling windows, incidents of lift breakdowns, corruptions at PAP’s managed Town Councils and how expensive Service & Conservancy (S&C) fee has become?

The point is, when the PAP politicalized the Town Council as a tool against the opposition, it is the PAP political party and their MPs that stand to benefit the most from this outdated policy while Singaporeans unwittingly pick up the bill on their behalf since our public monies is being spent to keep these Town Councils commercially viable.

In this latest incident, we just have to wonder why the Town Council for Sembawang was unable to be specific about what the issue really is about and why the refuse collector appointed by them could not solve the problem with urgency?

Where are the municipal experts in Sembawang Town Council when it matters most?

Besides fighting a protracted pandemic, Singapore is also in the midst of a Dengue endemic and our healthcare workers and citizens are all feeling exhausted and fatigued.

So why risk creating another health problem in the community?

I hope Singaporeans will start writing to their MPs to raise this issue in parliament for a robust review as no Town Council can ever have the deep skill-set, knowledge and experience in managing municipal services than the MND.

With economic of scale, the overall cost of S&C fee for HDB house owners could also be reduced significantly when we start aggregating all the monetary transfer that Town Councils have been benefiting from our government all these years.

I hope MND will start nurturing Singaporean entrepreneurs and enterprise owners, and grant them the “first right of refusal” when tendering for these contracts as Singapore critically need to develop our own SMEs and must stop giving handouts to our GLCs or the NTUC.

Singaporean entrepreneurs and enterprise owners are part of our Singaporean Workforce, and the government of the day must support and rely upon them to keep our essential services running.
Do we still believe that Singaporeans deserve better?

 

Joseph Nathan

 

 

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29 Responses to “Time to stop using municipal services as a political weapon”

  • Fire:

    All Rubbish .

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  • Stop :

    Govt services, civil service, statutory boards exist to serve, AND MUST SERVE, Singapore and Singaporeans NOT to serve PAP hegemonic twists and turns.

    The STEALERS, PAP, have HIJACKED, STOLEN, MANIPULATED these citizenry ESSENTIAL SERVICES to WRECK havoc at Singaporeans lives, to HOLD SG at RANSOM , to LEVERAGE for votes – all in the name of ‘IMPROVING LIVES’!

    Amy decent opposition party when governing SG should and would do FAR MORE EXCEEDING the CURRENT STEALERS do, AND at a CHEAPER cost.

    I don’t AND NEVER WILL BELIEVE opposition like WP, SDP, PSP, PP etc WOULD THREATEN SG and SGpns with poor transport services for eg. if pub tpt fares are not raised.

    Even very very HIGH RANKING, SENIOR PAP has threatened SG won’t get flats on time, HDB flats Store of Values crashed, SG ll turn into slums without PAP.

    Has the PAP turn SG into COVID SLUMS – already well into 24 months AND MORE?

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    Remember the AIM issue, the AHTC debacle, falling windows, incidents of lift breakdowns, corruptions at PAP’s managed Town Councils and how expensive Service & Conservancy (S&C) fee has become?

    all pap folks cannot run town councils one.

    pap folks tried to nail esteemed Ms Sylvia Lim et al about the Aljunied TC saga.

    hahaha.

    good try.

    just like pap tried to nail esteemed Mr Yaw SL over the ardent rub with an ardent WP supporter, as heaven dictates, pap speaker Michael Palmer rubber pap PA director Laura Ong so hard that pap no longer talks about esteemed Mr Yaw SL.

    with the sembawang saga NOW, hahaha, for sure pap will no longer talk about and town council matters of any OPPO ward. because as things are, and as heaven dictates, pap snakemugam as a minister to boot also cannot handle town council matters well.

    Remember.

    pap snakemugam is a double tongued one. YET, he from now to forever cannot point any finger at any OPPO town councils because his own town council in sembawang is in even worse shape.

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  • Unconstitutional:

    Anyone elected as an MP should focus on Parliament work. It is reprehensible to make MP do low level work when they should be looking at the national level.

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  • xoxo:

    i think it is time to revert ALL MAJOR ESSENTIAL SERVICES such as refuse collection,etc back to the assigned govt agencies as ‘private’ outsourced contractors are not performing a good job compared to the past when govt agencies were handling those services themselves .

    look at our public spaces such as roadsides etc.
    debris n litters lying around and outsourced contractors simply get paid with taxpayer money for non-performances?

    you notice outsourced contractors simply taking snapshots of seemingly cleaned-up spaces and sending these self-audits to agencies like as NEA?

    IS THIS KIND OF ‘AUDIT’ VALID?
    WHY ARE AGENCIES’ FIELD-OFFICERS NOT ON SITE TO CHECK IF WORKS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT AS CONTRACTED FOR?

    SG-TAXPAYERS ARE PAYING FOR PUBLIC SERVICES BUT NOT GETTING A FAIR DEAL?

    MINISTERS N MPs,pls take note.

    NO MORE IDLING N TAKING TOP SALARIES FOR UNDER-PERFORMANCE OR NEGATIVE PERFORMANCE.

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    xoxo:
    i think it is time to revert ALL MAJOR ESSENTIAL SERVICES such as refuse collection,etc back to the assigned govt agencies as ‘private’ outsourced contractors are not performing a good job compared to the past when govt agencies were handling those services themselves .

    look at our public spaces such as roadsides etc.
    debris n litters lying around and outsourced contractors simply get paid with taxpayer money for non-performances?

    you notice outsourced contractors simply taking snapshots of seemingly cleaned-up spaces and sending these self-audits to agencies like as NEA?

    IS THIS KIND OF ‘AUDIT’ VALID?
    WHY ARE AGENCIES’ FIELD-OFFICERS NOT ON SITE TO CHECK IF WORKS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT AS CONTRACTED FOR?

    SG-TAXPAYERS ARE PAYING FOR PUBLIC SERVICES BUT NOT GETTING A FAIR DEAL?

    MINISTERS N MPs,pls take note.

    NO MORE IDLING N TAKING TOP SALARIES FOR UNDER-PERFORMANCE OR NEGATIVE PERFORMANCE.

    My view is whatever model of services sets up, the responsibility of performances rendered, services offered rest at with the people ultimately in charge, esp if there are many layers, then the PAP Minister should go harakiri if anytg under his care and charge fails.

    I don’t see any other blame or excuses to absolve PAP Ministers from poor services or biased services provided to citizens – PAP HAS ALWAYS PROCLAIMED, “no one shall be left behind”.

    Similarly why do the PAP pay themselves astronomical salaries? To absolve themselves? To blame poor workers?

    The more PAY PAP pay themselves, much higher standards should be expected, to all esp non PAP wards and anti PAP citizens.

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  • John Doe:

    The corruption of Town Council efficiency is measured by some dubious schemes which has always apparently point to PAP Town Councils as well managed, well governed, whereas oppo Town Councils were always given poor marks.

    Obviously this ownself praise ownself has all the failures promoted as successes which has duped 1000s and 1000s of citizens to vote PAP.

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  • Stop :

    Unconstitutional:
    Anyone elected as an MP should focus on Parliament work. It is reprehensible to make MP do low level work when they should be looking at the national level.

    The PAP Administration has been extremely extremely recalcitrantly wasteful of taxes money from citizens – how on earth they can seems to get away with seemingly for donkey years, paying MPs $15,000.00 to ‘look’ after estate matters, and even this, so many of PAP MPs failed too.

    How? Why? They used 100s of 1000s Service and Conservancy $monies to gamble on Lehman Bros/DBS issued MINIBOMBS remember? And unbelievably the PAP No Blame Culture, the Ownself Praise Ownself Culture never lead to any anyone GUILTY of criminal charges. No investigations needed.

    And all if not most PAP MPs before elected, always promised to give back to the systems when after they drank PAP brand tea.

    What the hell PAP mean to SG when they ‘promised’ giving back to the systems?

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  • U dont say:

    Cheap cheaper cheaperest FWs .
    What can we expect except substandard work / work ethics zero.
    More so with the rush to complete BTOs &HDBs that the gov is taking in thousands of cheap labour …bet after a while homeowners are going to witness their units falling apart..
    Even the materials used to build are substandard…can clearly hear neighbors walking about in the flat above or below…
    Units getting more absurdly priced but flats getting smaller n smaller!
    Who’s cheating who?

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  • if such magic works:

    //Time to stop using municipal services as a political weapon//

    aiyoh. if such magic works on (& can fool) the daft sinkies, then why not continuously use it since the daft sinkies are too daft to VTO the white monkey idiots and gang out to signal to the white monkey idiots that it is not right “”"”to use municipal services as a political weapon “”"‘ ??

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  • have mercy:

    Every year or two , Town Council fees being raised..
    Please justify.

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  • PAP the Price Gouger:

    I do hope, if the writer can dig – research and analyse – to uncover, the entire housing accomodation, esp public housing where 70-80 of population ‘buy’ flats IS A NUCLEAR WEAPON of the PAP, to KNOCK BLUR SGpns, to win VOTES, to maintain GRIP ON SGpns finances.

    The CPF/HDB lease ecosystem/Lee and Lee is HIDDEN to disguise to house the nation, enable home ownership/asset enhancements – BLUE BIRD.

    One GIGANTIC GLARING omission – where and what is the importance of rental housing. What part it plays in nation building?

    Why IS IT FOR DONKEY of years, there ARE NO NO NO MENTION of various PAP monetary benefits for renters, ESP HDB renters, in the form of give backs whether during GE times, whether during GST RAISES, whether during budgets giveaways?

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  • Stupid Singaporeans Vote PAP:

    If you walk through the HDB lift lobbies on every floor you will notice a lot of rubbish being left there for weeks, never clear or remove. Evidencing they are already operating with minimum workforce.

    Everyday you can see how much rubbish have been thrown away and yet they are proposing to have one off-day for these workers. If so, can we have our monthly Conservative Service fee reduced?

    Your CS fee cannot reduce but they want to reduce working day. Eventually, they will bargain with the contractors to reduce their charging fee. These civil servants are just thinking how to reduce cost for the balless one to score brownie points. Service quality is none of their concern. You die your business. But if you don’t pay, is their business. Stupid Singaporeans who voted for PAP, wake up.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Joseph, you wrote “I hope Singaporeans will start writing to …”
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    See, Opposition is so so back backward, outdated.
    Opposition is still writing whereas we PAP already had youtube channel 24x7x365 (no rest days) dedicated to keep Singaporeans informed.

    Hahahaha, hilarious no wonder Opposition never wins….still writing ….hahahahahaha 2024 all Opposition will be wiped out ….

    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

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Stop :
    The more PAY PAP pay themselves, much higher standards should be expected, to all esp non PAP wards and anti PAP citizens.

    Hello, wake up ok.. PAP standard already has very very high standard. Yes, by not falling for bribe and being honest, PAP had set very high standard.

    PAP are the people’s best role model for honesty.

    PAP are honest. PAP don’t pretend. PAP are honest for wanting to be paid market rate and will not corrupt when serving the people.

    On the other hand, we had Pastor Kong and Venerable Ming Yi who are actually dish0nest but pretend to serve the poor with humility.

    Just like Brazil’s government who pretend to serve the people with humility but actually let their people suffer in ponding…

    Bolsonaro criticized for being on holiday amid Bahia rainfall crisis
    https://en.mercopress.com/2021/12/29/bolsonaro-criticized-for-being-on-holiday-amid-bahia-rainfall-crisis

    巴西水壩潰堤淹百城 總統被拍到悠哉度假|TVBS新聞
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4WGkaR32sw

    Singaporeans should be grateful to PAP for the world’s most honest government.

    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

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  • opposition dude:

    Things have changed so the PAP can’t depend on their same tired old tricks from yesteryear anymore.

    Remember how they loved to target certain opposition members when elections were in full swing? They tried the same with Raeesah on her racist post from a few years back, remember that one?

    And WP has proven TWICE (2015 and 2020) that they are up to the job of estate management. No complaints from Aljunied voters about rubbish piling up frequently right? Singaporeans these days see the PAP as mediocre and their 60% vote share reflects that appropriately. Why not 70% and above like how it was previously PAP? Can it be that you donkeys just AREN’T as good as you might like to think you are?

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  • Harder Truths:

    ..and who do you think is going to stop them? The Chicken Rice Brigade of Voters or possibly the Blur-Like-Sotong Opposition? Take your pick.

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  • Stop :

    In my opinion the institution/platform of HDB public housing/accomodation where abt 75 per cent of population ‘buy’ 99 year lease flats is a massive political weapon of PAP.

    Perhaps the writer can research, analyse and write stg about it, about the HDB/CPF intertwined ecosystem.

    Next, anyone with the slightest interest, observation notice why always when PAP Administration pass on monetary assistance to SGpns when during budget sessions, GST ‘compensations’ assistance schemes, GE times, there was NOTHING in it, NO MENTION about those living in rental flats?

    Where do people living in, esp HDB rental flats stand as contributors to SG and its economy? 2nd class citizens? Or aliens? How are they viewed as important in SG nation building?

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Small matter.

    Current HDB flats all rubbish chutes are all outside residents house.

    Partially due to Christmas, New Year and coming CNY ( housekeeping ), more rubbish dump than usual. Last time , reports of eg Lorong Ah Soo where residents throw so much old stuff including furnitures appliances that cleaner cannot cope even they run more rounds than usual.

    Residents should self carry some of the items ( if many ) to the collection point. Dont be lazy. Else giving extra tips 20 or 30 bucks to the cleaner to clear for you.

    This incident clearly illustrate the need for foreign workers.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Ha ha. Surprise surprise. Unexpected.

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    Tech: Softbank also owns majority of Alibaba, this is already not news. Even t=Tencent is majority owned by an African consortium.

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  • This is Singapore:

    PAP started this thinking that TC work may overwhelm the suppressed and fledging Opposition Parties.
    Despite having a big pool of supporters and rich cronies from the business communities, it is a real disappointment that PAP wards still end up in this sad situation.
    Also, the PAP controlled TC management company could buy for only a few hundred thousand dollars for the TC computer system that the government spent millions of dollars to develop!
    PAP AMK TC management company and PAP are somehow related and the comapny manager GM was guilty of corruption. The GM is just a small fry in the long chain …

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  • KT2:

    In my opinion, Sinkieland, a tiny red dot on the map, does not require so many MPs. So, the Party Against Peoples, created TC for MPs to attend to municipal issues, and pretended that more MPs are required. Municipal issues and services are essential for all HDB housing estates, and as pointed out by the writer that it shld not be made it a political tool. These essential issues and services shld be provided for ALL residents as before (i.e. b4 1988).

    When we had 2 opposition wards (Potong Pasir & Hougang) years ago, almost every GEs, the white monkeys put fear on the HDB residents who failed to vote for them. They threatened residents that their rubbish would piled up, no priority in getting estate upgrading, if lifts breakdown opposition wards no priority, withdrawal of kindergartens, etc. etc. The rest is history alrdy.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    PAP mandate strong:
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    Current HDB flats all rubbish chutes are all outside residents house.
    ..
    ..
    Residents should self carry some of the items ( if many ) to the collection point. Dont be lazy. Else giving extra tips 20 or 30 bucks to the cleaner to clear for you.

    This incident clearly illustrate the need for foreign workers.

    Yes, support you. We need more foreign talents.

    Lazy and unmotivated, commoner Singaporeans has no moral values.

    You see commoner Singaporeans dumping their bed, cardboard, mattress along staircase, corridors etc.

    I wonder why these people don’t keep it till 7th month then burn it instead of buying paper one?

    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

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Clearing rubbish boh bian lah.
    Foreign workers is required.

    There was once i carry my discarded items and bring it to rubbish point. Lessen the load for cleaners.
    As i walk through a few blocks before reaching destination. A few of my blocks neighbours saw me and mistakenly they asked. Hey wat happen you lose job? You need monies? You do garung guni?
    Errr……sigh.

    My conclusion Sg recycling definitely will failed.

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  • John Doe:

    Stupid Singaporeans Vote PAP:
    If you walk through the HDB lift lobbies on every floor you will notice a lot of rubbish being left there for weeks, never clear or remove. Evidencing they are already operating with minimum workforce.

    Everyday you can see how much rubbish have been thrown away and yet they are proposing to have one off-day for these workers. If so, can we have our monthly Conservative Service fee reduced?

    Your CS fee cannot reduce but they want to reduce working day. Eventually, they will bargain with the contractors to reduce their charging fee. These civil servants are just thinking how to reduce cost for the balless one to score brownie points. Service quality is none of their concern. You die your business. But if you don’t pay, is their business. Stupid Singaporeans who voted for PAP, wake up.

    This isn’t that bad per se in one sense. Compared with the SCDF treatment towards strata/condo unit owners.

    Almost EVERY WEEK, the MSCT has to remind unit owners about STRICT SCDF orders not to obstruct common areas with, even shoe racks or cabinets – and u look at HDB corridor common areas, WHAT is the ‘CORRUPTED’ SCDF actively doing, when everywhere is like a trash store.

    I don’t believe the MSCTS has it easy, NOT HOUNDED by SCDF day and night.

    I DON’T SEE SCDF personnel patrolling HDB blocks for 10s and 10s of years. And at condos – monthly or a few times a year, one can see SCDF moving around.

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  • John Doe:

    This is Singapore:
    PAP started this thinking that TC work may overwhelm the suppressed and fledging Opposition Parties.
    Despite having a big pool of supporters and rich cronies from the business communities, it is a real disappointment that PAP wards still end up in this sad situation.
    Also, the PAP controlled TC management company could buy for only a few hundred thousand dollars for the TC computer system that the government spent millions of dollars to develop!
    PAP AMK TC management company and PAP are somehow related and the comapny manager GM was guilty of corruption. The GM is just a small fry in the long chain …

    Mentioning about RICH cronies of PAP from the business community.

    Reminds me of red MOBILE LIBRARIES kioks at VARIOUS HDB estates. Mobile library? F the PAP. Just a tiny wooden shelf painted red colour with ‘sponsor names’ written there – the PAP trying to FOOL SGpns these kioks are ‘sponsored’ (with Ah Gong’s money?)?

    Where is the SUPPOSEDLY PAP MP – benefitted from the system, giving back to the system – raising in Parliament HOW MUCH OF CITIZENS MONEY FLUSHED DOWN the drains?

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  • more people more rubbish:

    //Residents should self carry some of the items ( if many ) to the collection point. Dont be lazy. Else giving extra tips 20 or 30 bucks to the cleaner to clear for you.

    This incident clearly illustrate the need for foreign workers.//

    aiyoh. do not worry lar ? the 6.9m (or 10m) open-leg is still on ???? more people more rubbish and more reason for the white monkey idiots and gang to go green on pretense (false concerns ??) and price in the costs lor ??? and price the things will keep on going up (inflatinary lor ??) since every square foot of available scare space has to competed (market price hor ????) ????

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    PAP mandate strong:

    This incident clearly illustrate the need for foreign workers.

    Wrong, this clearly illustrate that the education of Singaporeans for 50+years under PAP has produce only an Entitled mentality where mediocre ministers/PM demand for million$ salary doing fuxk-job and president’s son get preferential treatment to thwank NS.

    Useless Boss can only begets a Useless Culture in any Environment.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    PAP mandate strong:
    There was once i carry my discarded items and bring it to rubbish point. Lessen the load for cleaners.

    Ah … you are one civilized individual so unlike Opposition ward where they just dump their big items at staircase and lift lobby.

    You are the Singapore values that we are looking for.

    PAP mandate strong:
    As i walk through a few blocks before reaching destination. A few of my blocks neighbours saw me and mistakenly they asked. Hey wat happen you lose job? You need monies? You do garung guni?
    Errr……sigh.

    Hahaha…Singaporeans always think they are higher class than others when in reality, they are just outside look good inside but pocket kosong kind of jerks.

    Many elderly senior jerks behaving like that.

    I urge young Singaporeans not to link up with elderly opposition supporters who had it good for the last 30 years and blocking your progress and never lift a finger to help you… except enjoy themselves.

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
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    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer

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