Population White Paper is unpopular and unsustainable

Population White Paper is unpopular and unsustainable

I have yet to read an online commentary that is receptive to the Population White Paper. Most don’t even get past the dreadful 6.9 million figure. While the government tries to convince us of this need for further population explosion and explain how this can be managed with an expanded rail network, new housing estates and more green spaces, nobody is listening because we lapse into an uncontrollable fit when any mention of an increase is brought up. Our leaders may regard the negativity as irrational and what they are proposing as inconvenient but unavoidable, but we should ask if…

Hail the victor

Punggol East sends signal of zero tolerance to PAP in by-election

Huat ah! Congratulations to Lee Li Lian and what a victory this is for the Workers’ Party in the Punggol East by-election. Chua Mui Hoong calls this a tipping point in the political landscape and a harbinger of more to come, but some may argue that the tipping point is already reached at General Election 2011 with WP’s victory in Aljunied GRC. But she is right that Punggol East has a demographic profile of the future, and the ruling People’s Action Party relies heavily on support from the baby boomer generation that can only diminish in coming years. Indeed, this by-election result is one…

Section 377A: A lesson from history?

Section 377A: A lesson from history?

As we head into a by-election to start off the year 2013, it is fitting to remind ourselves that exactly a hundred years ago, women were still fighting for their right to vote. The women’s suffrage movement lasted many years, and was at its peak in the 1910s. Eventually, the UK finally granted women partial rights in 1918, followed by full rights in 1928. The US had the Nineteen Amendment ratified in 1921. Today, nobody in his sound mind would dare proclaim that it is wrong to allow women to vote. Yet, back then, opposition against this right was very…

Ingredients to more babies

I got you babe, in our marriage & parenthood package

The recent flurry of announcements from the government, ranging from property stability policies and new MRT lines to birth rate boosting measures, shows why we care so much about elections, even if it’s in a constituency with only 31,649 voters. When PAP starts dishing out carrots on a national scale, despite insisting that local issues are what concern Punggol East voters, it is every Singaporean who stands to benefit. On the whole, the freshly announced marriage and parenthood package is a good move on a wide-ranging scale. It won’t do miracles to our abysmal birth rate, but is a step…

Punggol East candidate says: Let them eat bak kwa!

Punggol East candidate says: Let them eat bak kwa!

[Warning: This is pure satire] SINGAPORE: The four candidates vying for the Punggol East parliamentary seat will be campaigning hard over the next nine days to capture votes from some 31,600 residents. The four are: Dr Koh Poh Koon from the People’s Action Party (PAP), Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam from the Reform Party (RP), Mr Desmond Lim from the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) and Ms Lee Li Lian from the Workers’ Party (WP). Already, residents recounted the drama today at Rivervale Plaza, a hotspot for campaign activities where Mr Lim was the first to arrive this morning. “Dearest residents of Punggol…

Spoilers Alert

What’s the frequency, Kenneth and Desmond?

It’s confirmed then that Kenneth Jeyaretnam and Desmond Lim are set to spoil the fun that we are all hoping for: a straight fight between PAP and WP in the Punggol East by-election. I never understood the frequency These two men are clearly on different wavelengths from the electorate. Mr Jeyaretnam claimed that “an overwhelming proportion of people welcomed us to Punggol East, and they knew us and they were glad to see us contesting”, yet it is obvious from social media and online forums that supporters of the opposition cause are overwhelmingly against either of them running for the…

Come together, right now

I echo the words of many by saying “Well done!” to Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and Dr Chee Soon Juan. I have great hopes for SDP in future elections, but as clear to all, the Punggol East by-election is simply not their time. Frankly, I was really worried that they will lose it (not the election, but their mind) again, which was why I urged Workers’ Party (WP) to quickly announce their candidate in my previous post to show SDP that WP won’t entertain any nonsense from them. It doesn’t matter if this was SDP’s intention all along and if the…

"But the guessing game is more fun."

Workers’ Party indecision costing them time

A lot has been said about the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and its ridiculous proposal to run a joint campaign with the Workers’ Party (WP), and how WP rejected the overtures. But not much has been said about WP itself. What has the Workers’ Party been doing so far? Quite rightly, WP believes that it is the opposition party with the biggest claim to run. And if its recent responses to SDP are to be read as they seem to suggest, it is going ahead with its own campaign regardless of what any other party is doing. It is now…

Dr Koh Poh Koon

Top colorectal surgeon will see us over faecal cliff: PM Lee

[Warning: This is pure satire] SINGAPORE: A by-election will be held for Punggol East Single Member Constituency (SMC). President Tony Tan Keng Yam issued a writ of election today setting Nomination Day for next Wednesday. Polling day would be on January 26. The single seat SMC has been vacant since Member of Parliament Michael Palmer resigned for crossing the age boundary in his party mandate as “auntie-killer”. Mr Palmer had “killed” a People’s Association sweet young thing instead. The surprise announcement came after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was still mulling over whether to call a by-election. Insiders…

A different look at this AIMishambles

A different look at this AIMishambles

AIMgate is such a clichéd term; I prefer AIMishambles to keep up with the times, after the Oxford English Dictionary 2012 Word of the Year omnishambles. The term refers to “a situation which is seen as shambolic from all possible perspectives” and is a fitting one to describe not just the original PAP town councils-AIM transaction, but also the government’s response so far. A lot has been said online but nothing much new since Dr Teo Ho Pin’s statement besides the brouhaha on the threat of defamation suits. There isn’t much value in the discussion when everyone is saying the same…

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Manuscripts don’t burn, PAP

In the Russian classic novel The Master and Margarita, the Devil descends upon Moscow in human form, bringing with him his group of sidekicks. Amongst the unworldly entourage is the big, evil cat Behemoth who finds demonic pleasure in challenging people, use of firearms and violent punishments such as twisting off people’s heads. They go around terrorising the people of the city, especially those who dare question the Devil’s existence. The Master and Margarita is a book that satirises a Stalinist state of suffocating bureaucratic order and repression of artistic expression. In Singapore, Behemoth morphs into the form of a…

Low budget production

Statement on AIM (Ho Pin gag’em style)

The most eagerly anticipated PAP statement of the year—okay we are just two days into it—is finally out. Like a true star worthy of a Psy tribute band, Dr Teo Ho Pin has kept us waiting, clamouring, salivating over the festive holiday weekend at what juicy details he has to offer on the AIM transaction. Without going into a hair-splitting operative, I don’t find anything glaringly dubious in the numbers presented in the statement; perhaps more astute readers will. A missing piece of the puzzle was what AIM gets paid after the initial one year period, and the answer is…