Monday, August 31, 2015

Nomination day Singapore general election GE2015

Singapore general election is near, Let's see the mews about nomination day from the strait time as below:
When the clock chimes 10 on Tuesday, Sept 1, which is Nomination Day, the nine nomination centres islandwide will be open to candidates' supporters and the public.
But before that, most candidates and their entourages would have gathered elsewhere for pep talks and final checks of forms.
For members of the People's Action Party, these meeting points are usually their branch office. Opposition party members typically gather at their party headquarters.
Some smaller parties and independent candidates, however, may meet up outside their respective nomination centres.
Police have advised people to arrive at the centres only after 10am.
The critical hour begins at 11am.
  • NOMINATION CENTRES

  • • Bukit Panjang SMC and Holland-Bukit Timah GRC
    Assumption Pathway School, 30, Cashew Road
    • Jalan Besar and Tanjong Pagar GRCs, Radin Mas SMC
    Bendemeer Primary School, 91, Bendemeer Road
    • Chua Chu Kang GRC, Hong Kah North and Pioneer SMCs
    Chua Chu Kang Primary School, 20, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 2
    • East Coast GRC, Fengshan SMC, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, Punggol East SMC
    Fengshan Primary School, 307, Bedok North Road
    • Bukit Batok and Yuhua SMCs, Jurong and West Coast GRCs
    Keming Primary School, 90, Bukit Batok East Avenue 6
    • MacPherson SMC, Marine Parade GRC, Mountbatten and Potong Pasir SMCs
    Kong Hwa School, 350, Guillemard Road
    • Hougang SMC and Tampines GRC
    Poi Ching School, 21, Tampines Street 71
    • Aljunied, Ang Mo Kio and Bishan-Toa Payoh GRCs and Sengkang West SMC
    Raffles Institution, 1, Raffles Institution Lane
    • Marsiling-Yew Tee, Nee Soon and Sembawang GRCs
    Yishun Primary School, 500, Yishun Ring Road
Candidates have one hour, from 11am to noon, to file their papers at the correct nomination centre.
The administrative requirements they have to meet are strict.
Nomination forms must be complete and submitted in duplicate by the candidates in person.
These forms are: the nomination form, the political donation certificate, and the certificate issued by the Malay Community Committee or the Indian and Other Minority Communities Committee, if the candidates are to contest in a GRC.
Candidates must be accompanied by a proposer, a seconder and at least four assentors.
These individuals must be registered voters from the constituency that the candidates are contesting and have to be present when the nomination is filed.
This is the stage where teams have tripped up or had close shaves.
In 2011, a group of independents planning to contest Tanjong Pagar GRC turned up at around 11.30am at their nomination centre, but were disqualified after filing their nomination forms late.
In the 2001 General Election, a Workers' Party team was disqualified from contesting when its nomination papers were found to be incomplete, as it had not filled in a blank for the name of the ward it wanted to contest: Aljunied GRC.
If candidates fill in their forms incorrectly, they must correct the problems flagged by the Elections Department - by noon.
Objections to the nomination papers can be made in writing between 11am and 12.30pm by any rival candidate for the same constituency or any of the proposers, seconders or assentors.
Each candidate must also fork out his or her election deposit of $14,500. This can be in cash, bank draft or cheque.
If there is no contest in a constituency, the assistant returning officers at each centre will declare a walkover for that division.
If there is a contest, the candidates' names will be put up on a notice board at the centre.
Candidates can also apply for permits to hold election meetings and vehicle processions in the areas they are contesting.
The meetings can be held indoors or outdoors for eight days, from Sept 2 to 9, between 7am and 10pm.
Candidates can use perambulating vehicles fitted with loudspeakers between 2pm and 10pm tomorrow, and between 7am and 10pm for the remainder of the campaign.
Outdoor meetings, which can be held in stadiums, open fields and open spaces, must take place at the space specified in the permit.
The list of outdoor rally sites will be released at the end of nomination proceedings tomorrow.
Permit applications for meetings have to be made before 2.30pm the day before a scheduled meeting, except for those on Sept 2, for which the Police Elections Permits Office in the Police Cantonment Complex will accept applications until 4pm on Sept 1.
Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are banned at nomination centres, rally sites and assembly centres. Police have also said that non-citizens, bankrupts, persons who have been associated with criminal activity as well as primary and secondary students cannot take part in any election activity.
Charissa Yong
The above article was from Strait time

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Low Thia Kiang can be trusted GE2015

Low Thia Khiang 刘程强

Age: 59
Posts in WP:
Secretary-General
Education:
Bachelor of Arts (Chinese Language & Literature, and Government & Public Administration), Nanyang University
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Chinese Studies), National University of Singapore
Diploma in Education, Institute of Education
Occupation:
Member of Parliament and businessman
Marital Status:
Married with 2 sons and a daughter
Background:
Low Thia Khiang has been a Member of Parliament since 1991. He was the Member of Parliament for Hougang Constituency from 1991 to 2011. He was elected Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC in 2011.
Before venturing into his own business, Thia Khiang was a secondary school teacher. Fired by a desire to help promote democracy in Singapore and to shape positive policies affecting the future of Singaporeans, Thia Khiang joined WP in 1982. Not long after, he was appointed as WP’s Organising Secretary.
In 1984, he was the then Secretary-General, J B Jeyaretnam’s election agent for Anson Constituency. In 1988, he represented the WP in a television debate with the PAP government where he engaged Ong Teng Cheong and Lee Hsien Loong on the issue of the elected presidency. In the general election that year, he contested in the Tiong Bahru GRC where the WP team obtained 43.3% of the votes.
In 1991, Thia Khiang won the hearts of the people in Hougang constituency and entered Parliament. Soon after, he became Assistant Secretary General of WP. Over the next 20 years, the people of Hougang courageously supported him despite the ‘carrots and threats’ from the PAP government.
Thia Khiang became the Secretary-General of WP in 2001. Under his leadership, WP went through a renewal process to field a number of young and credible candidates in the 2006 elections. This process led to the tough personal and Party decision at the 2011 watershed election where Thia Khiang stepped out of Hougang and led the team which made the breakthrough in the Aljunied GRC.

Gurmit Singh Singapore Worker Party candidate GE2015

Gurmit Singh s/o Sadhu Singh

Age: 55
Posts in WP:Member, Workers’ Party Grassroots Committee
Education:Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law (NSW)), Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (Uni. of New England), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Uni. of Western Australia)
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (London)
Occupation:Legal Counsel
Marital Status:Married with 2 children, a daughter age 24 and a son age 21.
Background:Gurmit is admitted as a Legal practitioner in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory and Auckland. He completed his secondary education at Victoria School with somewhat dismal GCE ‘O’ Level results. He served 6 years in the SAF. After leaving SAF, he was largely engaged in life insurance and real estate marketing. As marriage and parenthood dawned, they brought a sense of inadequacy and dissatisfaction. At age 35 he went back to studies and attained a law degree from the University of London in 1999. He was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor in New South Wales in 2004. He has worked in various legally related positions which include, handling a patents department as a patents department manager in a boutique intellectual property law practice, in-house legal advisor in ST Electronics (Info-Software Services) Pte Ltd and a case manager cum mediator in a dispute resolution organisation.
Gurmit is currently heading the legal department of one of Singapore’s leading real estate agencies.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Singapore worker partys good candidates GE2015

Singapore Worker partys' candidates look better than the ruling party. They are all bright stars in GE2015, SEE HERE http://www.wp.sg/candidates/ 

Low Thia Kiang -our hope GE2015

Low Thia Kiamg is well respected by opposition supporters. Mr. Low knows about the political reality here.
Singapore has been dominated by the giant party, it is so difficult to break through but Mr. Low has done his very best to convince voters to make the choice.
Low Thia Kiang will overcome all the obstacles in this Singapore general election 2015 and lead his teams entering to parliament.
I think 28 is the best. It is possible because most of the Worker party candidates are highly qualifies. The difference is that they are willing to serve voters. they are not the type waiting for call, then serve.
Passive type of candidates is not that good, am i right?
Hope 11-9-2015 is the most happiest day for Singapore opposition supporters.
Low Thia Kiang -our hope GE2015

RESPONSE TO MND’S LETTER ON FMSS’ ACCOUNTS

RESPONSE TO MND’S LETTER ON FMSS’ ACCOUNTS
29 August 2015
To: Mr Han Kok Juan
Senior Director (Housing)
Ministry of National Development
Dear Mr Han,
FMSS’ ACCOUNTS
We refer to your letter, received today.
We are appalled at the series of careless accusations made by your Ministry against Aljunied Hougang Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC). It is shocking that despite our clarifications on your allegations relating to lost monies and overpayment, your Ministry continues to make spurious statements to distract the public and aimed at politically discrediting AHPETC.  A copy of our Open Letter to Residents published in June 2015 can be found at this link (http://www.ahpetc.sg/sylvia-lims-open-letter-to-residents/) for your reference.
We reiterate that FM Solutions & Services Pte Ltd (FMSS) was appointed the Managing Agent (MA) of the AHPETC for FY 12/13 and FY 13/14 pursuant to a contract awarded through a public tender.  Similarly, FMSS bid for, and was awarded, a contract to provide Essential Maintenance Services Unit (EMSU) services, after an open tender.  Payments made by AHPETC to FMSS were made pursuant to these contracts.  Payment in accordance with contracts cannot be overpayment.
With regard to paragraphs 3 to 5 of your letter, we wish to highlight that arrangements between FMSS and its employees are entirely commercial and not within the control of AHPETC.  I am not aware of the matters you have highlighted therein, as AHPETC does not ask its contractors about their profitability or internal arrangements.  We emphasise that AHPETC has ensured that payments made to FMSS are in line with and within the budget provided under the tender awarded.
In any case, it is misleading and unfair to compare MA rates charged by FMSS with MAs of other town councils under the People’s Action Party (PAP), since their MAs did not submit a single bid for our public tender for MA services in 2012.  FMSS’ bid for MA services in 2012 was assessed, using the former rates charged by CPG Facilities Management for the PAP-managed Aljunied TC as a baseline.  It is also ambiguous as to what the Ministry means by an “abnormal” profit margin, when it is not clear what the other MAs’ levels of profit are in other town councils.
It is unfortunate that the political environment has put non-PAP town councils at a financial disadvantage due to the lack of competitive bidders. Your Ministry ought to recognise the existence of an imbalanced system and take into consideration the political reality of the situation.
Lastly, our stand remains that there is no basis for your Ministry to apply to the Court to appoint Independent Accountants.  We also question your Ministry’s political motivation for issuing a public release on this matter at such a premature stage, when you say that your Ministry has not even completed a review of the findings by ACRA.
SYLVIA LIM
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN
ALJUNIED-HOUGANG-PUNGGOL EAST TOWN COUNCIL

Singapore general election 2015 Dirty business always

GE2015: A poison pen letter against WP’s Daniel Goh, but the media looks the worst

 Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.
Politics is a dirty business, elections even more so. It’s hardly surprising that a poison pen about a candidate was sent to the press; whether it’s to make an opponent look bad or stoke up more public sympathy and support, there is no shortage of people with agendas when the stakes are high.
What’s more disappointing, though, is the way the mainstream media took the bait when they received allegations that Workers’ Party candidate Dr Daniel Goh had had an affair with a former student. The letter, sent to newsrooms as well as the Workers’ Party, was signed off by a “Max Chan” and also alleged that the former student’s boyfriend had found out about the affair.
The media ran the story. It was, in my opinion, a shockingly bad editorial decision. Dr Goh’s refutation of the allegations was of course included, but the story should never have run in the first place.
Firstly, there are many unanswered questions related to the identity of the letter-writer: who is he? Is Max Chan his real name? How is he connected to either Dr Goh or the female student? How did he come to know about this alleged affair? What is his motivation for writing the letter? What is his motivation for writing the letter now, when Dr Goh has openly been a member of the Workers’ Party for quite some time?
Then there’s the question of evidence. The letter-writer had apparently claimed that the student’s boyfriend had found out about the affair through their phone messages, but failed to provide a copy of these messages to substantiate his allegations. In fact, there was no evidence provided at all.
So all the media had was a letter of dubious providence, and a denial from the subject of the allegations. They had no evidence to catch the candidate out on a lie. There should therefore have been no story. And yet it ran.
I find it hard to believe that the mainstream press has no mechanism to deal with such situations. Tips, letters and comment must stream into newsrooms all the time; even as an independent journalist I get people writing to me with rumours, allegations, theories and commentary. It’s not a new practice for journalists and editors to weed out the good tips from the bad, so why did the mainstream media get it so wrong?
This bizarre decision has naturally prompted questions. Why did the mainstream press decide to run the story with such little evidence? Is this standard practice for local newsrooms? If not, why Dr Goh and why now? Would the media have done the same to any other candidate, even a PAP one?
There’s been a boom in alternative media sites since the last election, but the mainstream media still dominates in terms of newsgathering power and readership. For Singaporeans with no ability or desire to get online, traditional media is the only source of information. So while candidates are being reminded by the Elections Department to steer clear of negative campaigning and conduct a clean campaign, the mainstream media too should be reminded to stay out of the gutter.

Friday, August 28, 2015

He Ting Ru Singapore Worker Party bright star GE2015

He Ting Ru 何廷儒

Age: 32
Posts in WP:
Secretary, Workers’ Party Youth Wing Executive Committee
Education:
MA (University of Cambridge)
Occupation:
Lawyer
Marital Status:
Single
Background:
Ru graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, before going on to read law in London. She qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and practiced law in a magic circle firm in London and Frankfurt before returning to Singapore. After working as legal counsel in a financial institution specialising in structured and derivative financing, she has been Head of Legal of a listed company since 2013.
Upon her return to Singapore after almost a decade ago, Ru was struck by how much the country had changed, and how Singaporeans felt very deeply and were worried about the direction and future of their country. Inspired by her father, who told her to not just be another complaining voice, she started volunteering at Chen Show Mao’s Meet-the-People Sessions in May 2011 and has been involved in both constituency and party level work since.
Ru is currently the Secretary of the Workers’ Party Youth Wing, and oversees the Youth Wing’s outreach efforts in the areas of Service, Education and Heritage.
She lives in Central Singapore with her wonderful family, including her 99 year-old Grandmother and eight rescued cats. She unwinds with loved ones during her spare time, and enjoys all forms of exercise from walking to Kendo, travelling, reading, and learning new musical instruments.

Daniel Goh Singapore general election GE2015 bright star

Daniel Goh Singapore general election GE2015 bright star.
“We do not view them as enemies,” said Dr Daniel Goh, revealing his attitude towards going up against the PAP. To him, as a credible party, the Workers’ Party’s goal is to push for constructive politics via debate and innovative ideas. He pointed that politics is not only about winning or losing, and it is not the Workers’ Party’s intention to stand simply in opposition to the ruling PAP.
The night before, an anonymous letter has turned this Workers’ Party candidate into an overnight talking point. But, after spending an entire night answering queries from the media and denying the allegations of an affair, he did not cancel our scheduled interview yesterday, and met with us at a coffeeshop in Bedok North to discuss with us his thoughts on constructive politics.
Dr Daniel Goh is an Associate Professor at the NUS Department of Sociology. For an academic sociologist to emerge among the candidates of the Opposition, this has made many curious. During the interview, Dr Daniel Goh approached many topics; at times with the perspective of a sociologist, at times offering ideas from the perspective of a legislator. He switched between both hats comfortably.
Dr Daniel Goh said he did not view the PAP as enemies. Just that he believes that the PAP is a party that operates on a particular “thinking framework”. Daniel  believes that constructive politics is a kind of “game theory of ideas”, and not about “mutual criticism and obfuscation, nor about “finding candidates or putting together a team at the last minute”. He said: “That kind of talk is for the purpose of ‘winning’, to see who wins and who loses. That’s something I’m very much against.”
Social “re-politicisation”? Not allowing Singapore to lose its advantage
In GE2011, Mr Low Thia Khiang’s decision to switch from Hougang to Aljunied won him a GRC. By beating out PAP’s team including the then Foreign Minister George Yeo, the party’s victory was viewed by many as a “watershed” moment. Since then, Singapore politics had entered a “new normal”.
To Dr Daniel Goh, this “new normal” or social “re-politicisation” will not cause Singapore to lose its advantage, or cause it to decline. He pointed out that the PAP’s warning that a two-party state would cause the country to stagnate and create friction, in fact, was a sign of its own fears. He said: “This type of thinking sometimes is a result of a kind of distrust towards citizens. To me, that’s very odd.”
Dr Daniel Goh joined the Workers’ Party as a volunteer in GE2011. In talking about the elections back then, he said that Mr Low’s decision to contest in Aljunied was to send a strong message to voters for them to consider: did they really believe that Singapore needed an Opposition? At the time, perhaps voters took a long-term view and believed that a party in power for so long would ultimately fail due to corruption. So that’s how they made their decision, Dr Goh suggested.
Dr Daniel Goh said that even if the Workers’ Party had failed, it would have allowed voters to imagine the possibility of a different future. To him, this was the greater symbolism that GE2015 held.
In this election, Dr Daniel Goh may be fielded in East Coast, or go at it alone in Fengshan. But in all honesty, he said, when he started helping out, or even after he joined the WP as a member in 2003, he had never thought of becoming a candidate. He had joined purely with the desire to help the party become more professional and improve its internal processes.
He described his decision to stand in the election as the result of feeling some kind of “spiritual calling” after GE2011. He also viewed it as a kind of “national service”. He said the biggest difference between a politician and an academic was that a politician, in a way, is more like a “future academic” – someone who has to look at the future and consider different scenarios.
Dr Goh is married and has one son. Yesterday, during the interview, he did not speak much about the poison pen letter. But he had strong criticism for “gutter politics”, and said that on the journey to improving Singapore political culture, the development of the Parliament and media was very important.
Daniel Goh makes police report about poison pen letter
Dr Goh has denied the contents of the letter, calling it “baseless allegations”. Yesterday, he posted on Facebook to say that he had made a police report in his neighbourhood police station. Last evening, he posted yet another note, saying that a Zaobao reporter had been in touch to say that he had a limited amount of time to refute the letter’s allegations, or else the paper would run the story.
He said: “In my communication with the Zaobao journalist last night, I was given till a certain time to refute the poison pen letter or the story will have to go to print. The story went online some time before the time given to me. This forced my hand to respond to the baseless allegations and rumours.
“Once I made the public statement to refute the allegations, the other media outlets reported the statement, and thus the rumours.“
He said in the same post: “Our media system is broken, but I trust we have good journalists in it from my interactions so far. We should debate and discuss how to fix it.”
Zaobao responds
Regarding the letter, Workers’ Party Central Executive Council member Png Eng Huat told Zaobao: “I think, we welcome anyone who wants to scrutinise our candidates. If you have any evidence, come and talk to us. Because over the Internet, over email, social media, these are all anonymous. If you have any evidence, please come and tell us.”
Responding to Dr Goh’s Facebook post, Zaobao editor Goh Sin Teck said: “Regarding Dr Goh’s Facebook post, we wish to clarify, in fact, that night we tried to reach him more than once to get his response to this matter. The first time he responded was that night, August 27, around 10 pm. Our reporter had a deeper conversation with him to try and find out the truth. Our reporter told him, in order to meet the off-stone time, if he had any additional comments, he would need to contact us before 11.20pm.
“But because there was a miscommunication, Zaobao Online, based on his first communication, uploaded the story before 11.20pm. We realised this oversight later, which was why at 11.15pm when we received his last communication, we immediately published his rebuttal. We also published his response on the print version of Zaobao on August 28.
We wish to thank Dr Goh for not cancelling our scheduled interview, and for believing that in this incident, we did not act with any malice or ill feeling.”
Source: From Zaobao

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gentleman competition GE2015

In the GE2015, We slowly see some bastards appearing from the hell. They do all kinds of beast- work. They are planning to destroy the strong opposition candidates. These bastards only come out during the election seasons.
Remember there was a bastard who e-mail press to talk bad about the opposition candidate few years ago. But luckily, that bastard never achieve his goal. Now, we slowly see some bastard coming out either they e-mail to somebody to discredit opposition candidates for evil reasons.
These type of bastards always hide behind the scene and do all kinds of destroying work whenever they see the strong opposition candidates emerging.
Hope these few days, these bastards can hide in the hell until 12-9-15

Workers’ Party announces second batch of candidates for GE2015

Workers’ Party announces second batch of candidates for GE 

from online citizen
2nd batch of new candidates announced by Workers' Party (Photo - Biddy Low)
2nd batch of new candidates announced by Workers’ Party (Photo – Biddy Low)
By Biddy Low
Terrance Tan
Mr Terence Tan
The Workers’ Party unveiled their latest group of potential candidates today at their party headquarters. Led by Sylvia Lim and Png Eng Huat, the four would-be politicians include Terence Tan Li Chern, 44, a lawyer with Peter Low LLC, Firuz Khan, 48, chocolate manufacturer, Cheryl Loh, 31, a sales consultant and ex-student of Sylvia Lim, and Luke Koh, 40, a holding company chief executive.
Mr Terence Tan, who also represented AHPETC in the ongoing case with the Ministry of National Development, has been a volunteer with the Party since 2011 and has been quite active on the ground in both Kaki Bukit and Joo Chiat. He also sits on several committees in the Law Society and helps out in Hougang’s Legal Clinic.
Cheryl Loh
Miss Cheryl Loh
Mr Tan believes that “the govt has focused a little too much on short term economic gains, without sufficient regards to long term implications that affect all of us.” He reiterated the WP’s promise to be a strong opposition party that aims to steer policies in the right direction and an opposition which is not there just “for the sake of opposing”.
Nurturing and investing in our young, especially those who come from underprivileged backgrounds, seem to be the topic most of the candidates are most concerned with. Mr Firuz Khan and Miss Cheryl Loh each shared their personal reasons for wanting to give every child a fair go in life, starting with education.
Firuz Khan
Mr Firuz Khan
Miss Cheryl Loh, who is of Peranakan lineage, spoke about growing up in a disadvantaged household where she had to  see herself through secondary and tertiary education through part-time work. This has shaped her views on the importance of an educational system that leaves no child behind. She cites her late grandmother as an inspiration growing up and the reason for her fluency in Bahasa Melayu, which she addressed the room with later on as well.
Mr Firuz Khan attributed his motivation to serve to his stint as a manager in Pertapis Home for Children. He recalled an incident where parents could not even afford to make the trip to the home to visit their children on Family Day. Witnessing this and many other cases of poverty and abuse, strengthened his resolve to improve the situation.
Luke Koh
Mr Luke Koh
Perhaps the most fiery speaker among the candidates was Mr Luke Koh, who criticized the “Stop at Two” campaign in the ’80s: “Many of our brothers and sisters are missing today because they were aborted 30 to 40 years ago; our mothers cried but nobody listened. The Graduate Mothers’ programme added insult to injury.”
He urged the public to pay attention as the Workers’ Party rolls out a series of proposals for policy changes, indicating that it will focus on investing in the Singaporean youth and placing the future of our country in the hands of a strong local talent pool.
This is the Worker’s Party second unveiling of candidates.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Singapore general election 2015 Empowerment

Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang on fear among voters
Q You said earlier that people are fearful of the Government, so you want to empower them and tell them they can check on the Government.
But in the 2011 GE, the WP did better than in 2006. Since then, more high-calibre people are joining the WP and other opposition parties.
Tell us where is this fear? Are you playing up the fear factor?
No, I'm not playing up the fear factor...What I'm saying is that you have to empower yourself. Of course, there are a few spectrum in society with people who worry whether there will be repercussions from the political leaders.
The question is why are people having to worry in the first place? I think the environment should not be (like this); perhaps the legacy of the past may have contributed to this.
So as we look back at the last 50 years and move forward to the future, we may want to think about whether this is going to be something curtailing our thoughts.
More importantly, we need to build a confident people, confident that what I'm doing...is right for Singapore rather than looking up to the Government and taking the cue from (it).
Q So you are saying that after 50 years of nation-building and the 2011 GE, the fear factor has not ebbed? And that we are still not a confident people?
A No, it is not a question of the fear factor. It's a question of confidently moving forward as a people, not so much the fear of whether you will be arrested.
It's not that kind of fear but it's psychological baggage we have inherited from the past which we have to put (away) and move on.
Empowerment is a process in which people feel they are the masters of the land. That is fundamental for a mature nation to move forward and continue to thrive.

Daniel Goh Pei Siong 吴佩松 GE2015

Singapore Worker Party has many good candidates for GE2015.

Daniel Goh Pei Siong 吴佩松

Age: 42
Posts in WP:
President, WP Youth Wing
Education:
Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Master of Social Science (Sociology), National University of Singapore
Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology), National University of Singapore
Occupation:
Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
Marital status:
Married with one son.
Background:
Daniel Goh is Associate Professor lecturing at the Department of Sociology, NUS, where he is Deputy Head of Department and Convenor of the Cultural Studies Programme. He researches and publishes on political sociology, cultural and urban studies, race and multiculturalism, and religion. He was born into a Roman Catholic family and grew up attending Catholic schools. He decided to pursue a social science degree, even though he was from the science stream and loved physics. He could not shake off questions about politics, economics and society inspired by the democratic revolutions in Asia in the late 1980s.
Daniel has been a supporter of the WP since 1988 when he attended his first political rally in Eunos. His father, a worker who rose through the ranks to become a manager, taught him the virtues of labour and the rights of the labourer. His mother, a nurse, taught him charity and kindness. He saw these ideals expressed by the WP. He started helping with WP during the 2011 General Election and had worked with MPs Chen Show Mao and Lee Li Lian. Daniel and his wife are extremely proud parents of their infant boy and they currently live in Braddell Heights HDB estate. He thinks aloud at https://www.facebook.com/danpsgoh.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

GE2015 is the gentleman fight

Singapore general election 2015 is around the corner. I hope this GE2015 is the gentleman fight, no more repeated accusation. Hopefully media can report fairly and give little bit more coverage for opposition candidates. Hopefully, media should be fair to all political parties and should not be the tools of any political parties.

Looking back in 1970, 1980, that time media rarely reported opposition candidates or just simply few lines. Now, I see some improvement may be the voters more sharp eyes, they attended opposition rallies and then see the newspapers next day and can see for themselves whether media reporting fairly or not. 

陈家喜

工人党新人陈家喜:“先把灯泡换好再说吧”

2015年8月23日 星期日


“先把灯泡换好再说吧。”
没有太宏大的目标,没有遥不可及的承诺,拥有英国牛津大学世界与帝国历史硕士学位的工人党新人陈家喜(29岁)接受晚报专访,但所谈及的是一般居民身边的小事。
他说:“我觉得就是一步一步来,先做可以做的事情,再做其他比较大的事情。”
其实,在他心里一直牢记刘程强曾经训过他的一句话:“人民的小事,是我们的大事。”
陈家喜在2010年至2012年,曾担任工人党秘书长刘程强的国会助理。
有一次随刘程强做家访,有居民投诉灯泡坏了,他记录下来,但隔天却忘记跟进。后来刘程强问起,训了他一顿:“人民的小事,是我们的大事。这么一点小事都做不好,怎么做更大的事?”
他才意识到,修灯泡虽是小事,但背后却关乎诚信的问题。
陈家喜有所感悟地说:“他教会我一件事,服务选民不是玩玩的,人家来找议员不是因为看得起你,而是有时他们已经没有选择了。”
2012年之后,陈家喜转去当阿裕尼集选区议员费沙的国会助理,除了刘程强,影响他最深的就是费沙。
在他眼中,费沙的真诚与脚踏实地的作风,是非常值得年轻人学习的。说得到就要做得到,如果做不来就得直说,这才是负责任的行为,千万不要说空话。
有一次居民投诉附近公园的清洁问题,但那不属于市镇会管辖,而是由国家公园局负责,费沙只好坦言只能写信向当局反映。
陈家喜说:“跟居民的交往就是诚信的问题,到头来可能事情无法解决,但关键是你肯面对,看到你在做事,居民也会理解。”
陈家喜近日积极走访惹兰勿刹和义顺区,有可能成为工人党在来届大选的候选人之一。
对于是否参选,以及想为人民做些什么,他说:“先把灯泡换好再说吧。”
求学选冷门科目
首份工作从事殡葬服务教育
求学时选择冷门科目,陈家喜踏入社会后所从事的第一份工作也一样“另类”——殡葬服务教育业。
目前在洪振茂基金当项目执行员的陈家喜解释,加入这行业与他在加基武吉区的基层工作有关。
颇有感慨
陈家喜说,曾陪费沙议员出席不少居民的“白事”,看到不同年龄层的居民因病或意外过世,让他颇有感慨。
“有16岁少年、5岁儿童,或是留下妻儿的壮年,当碰到逝世居民的家人时,我们只能聆听,无法多说什么……”
他记得,有独居年长者原本每周会出现在社区活动上,但突然“销声匿迹”,过好一阵子才知道他们已经过世了……
陈家喜感慨,许多国人未好好地在活着时思考死亡,他希望他的工作能教育公众正式死亡的课题。
他并不觉得考获牛津大学硕士学位却去从事殡葬服务教育业有何不妥。
“毕竟死亡是不分身份的。”
服完兵役就入党
是工人党‘最老’新人
2006年,陈家喜一服完兵役就加入工人党,虽然今年才29岁,但资历在新人当中的可以说是最老的一个。
过去一个月,工人党新人纷纷“亮相”,频密出现在各选区走访活动,当中包括律师、大学讲师和商人等,略微统计有约16人之多。
陈家喜在2006年入党后,就成为工人党青年团的执委,2010年至2012年是青年团秘书,也相继当了刘程强和费沙的国会助理。
但比起已经当上工人党中委的新人吴佩松和陈立峰,陈家喜在党内的“履历”不算亮眼。
陈家喜还自嘲说,论外形他更是觉得抱歉:“我还问过我妈,我怎么会长成这个样子?”
陈家喜认为大选不是说选就去选,要考虑到自己是否已做好准备,以及家人是否能够接受。
“必须有时间酝酿,才能对得起自己的决定。政治从外面看很精彩,但人一旦曝光,私生活就再也不能平静。”
没对政府不满
想改善国会‘发声’制度
没有对政府不满,陈家喜想要从政是要改善一些现有的国家机制,例如国会的“发声”制度。
被问及如今工人党在国会有更多议员,却似乎没有发出足够的“声音”,陈家喜说:“我不觉得这是批评,而是人民对工人党的期待,也正是为什么我们的责任更加重大。”
工人党在上届大选坦言,未有组成政府的能力,陈家喜说这是事实。
“一些支持者或许会希望我们去拼、去组成政府,但对选民坦白才是负责任的态度。”
陈家喜的父亲是咖啡店助手,母亲当清洁工,陈家喜说双亲一直“默默支持”他参加政党及可能从政的决定。
目前,他与双亲和26岁妹妹住在淡滨尼一带的四房式组屋。

来源:联合晚报

Singapore general election 2015

Singapore general election 2015 is near the corner. Nomination day and election day were declared. Hopefully the alternate parties can win more votes so as to represent the 40 percents of alternative parties' supporters. We just simply can not ignore their wishes of wanting opposition MP.
 Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam has issued the Writ of Election for General Election 2015.
Nomination Day is 1 September 2015 (Tuesday), the Elections Department announced in a release. The Returning Officer is Mr Ng Wai Choong, Chief Executive of the Energy Market Authority.
The Returning Officer will declare 11 September 2015 (Friday) to be Polling Day, the release said. Under the law, Polling Day at any general election shall be a public holiday. Every employer shall on Polling Day allow every elector in his employ a reasonable period of time for voting.

Monday, August 24, 2015

一党独大是否可行?

一党独大是否可行?

Parliament House赖国芳
一党独大,对新加坡的前途,是不是最好?有制衡能力的反对党,对国家是利是弊?行动党的论述,向来是《天降大任,舍我其谁》。其论述的大意如下:新加坡的前途,只能由行动党独力保障,反对党的任何进展,就算只赢得一个单选区或集选区,对国家都是有害的。
过去几十年,新加坡在一党独大的统治下,取得巨大经济增长。然而,此政治结构,能否保证国家的长治久安?
我个人认为不能。不但不能,在过去是好的,对未来反而是坏的。因为新加坡已步入后强人时代。
世 间公认:建国总理李光耀是一个政治强人。新马分家之后,国家处于危急存亡之秋,人民团结在李总理身后,以选票,以默许,赋予政府极大的权力。政府大刀阔 斧,改革经济、教育、文化,铲除贪污,把重要企业置于国家控制之下。因为权力高度集中,政府可以对任何挑战,作出迅速反应。短短数十年内,一个拥挤不堪且 缺乏天然资源的蕞尔小岛,晋身进步繁荣的第一世界国家。
在危难之际,大部分国人心甘情愿接受铁腕统治,甚至作出个人牺牲。人民对政治争议,大多采取眼不见为净的态度。反对派人物被流放、拘禁、道德操守被国营媒体大肆攻击,在大势所趋下,成为无可奈何的代价。
建 国总理的施政成果越高,人民对他的信任与敬畏就越深,他在施政上,更可以放手扫除障碍,行权宜之计。这种施政上的方便,让政府可以高效推行经济策略,同 时,人民也失去某些宝贵的问责权益。此千秋功过,自有后人评说。然而,新加坡的这种特殊国情,在一个特殊的时代,为一名特殊的人物所推动,说它是千年一 遇,并不夸张。
李显龙总理掌政后,在小节上稍作调整,基本上秉承乃父的作风。李总理家学渊源,天资聪慧加上后天努力,在持续强人政治上还勉 强可为。然而,当今世界,翻天覆地的变革正在加速。试问,没有李前总理的特殊机遇的下一代领导人,能否在短时间里,建立类似其挽狂澜于即倒的巨人身份?能 否继续承载李氏家族的道德光环?在一党独大,缺乏制衡的情况下,他们可否摆平各政治与经济寡头的利益分配,说服国人作出牺牲,赋予超乎常理的信任?
如 今,国家的重要企业,包括电讯、媒体、交通、地产、金融、超市等等,掌握在少数国企或家族手中。在强人时代,一声令下,众人乖乖归队,自可保障效率,维持 表面上的平和。当国家再无强人,掌握重要资源的团体,形成经济寡头,不需向国人问责,却可在幕后操纵权力及利益分配。在此背景下,再想扭转贫富差距的不断 扩大,将变得倍加困难。到那时,如果独立的反对声音,已被扫除干净,经济上的弱势群体,无法在体制内进行制衡,难保不挺而走险,孤注一掷。台湾的太阳花运 动,香港的雨伞运动,是我们的前车之鉴。
李显龙总理正值壮年,持续强人政治及一党独大,尚有可为。然而,李总理自己也预测,将在几届大选后 交棒。到那时,新加坡的情况,与独立时已完全改观。世间再无李光耀,李氏政治光环,在下一代接班人当中,将无以为续。难道我们还在奢望,能有另一位特殊人 物与另一个特殊时代的相遇?因此,我认为,当新加坡进入后强人时代,一党独大的政治格局,对国家将是非常凶险的。
其实,行动党不必对持反对 意见的人,老是使用充满道德及文革色彩的谴责语言。反对某些政策的人,也可以是热爱国家的人,能为国家作出贡献,只是在政治理念上与行动党不同,不一定必 须除之而后快,反而可以用之以国家。在此世代交替之际,李总理若能展示宽广胸怀,另立开明政治格局,行前人所不能行,则国家大幸!
因此,我认为,国人应该尽力促成一个健康的政治制衡体系。此时,反对党的基础薄弱,百废待兴,此事绝不在一朝一夕,也许在我们有生之年,也无法看见实质成果。但是,一代人,做一代之事,如此而已。
This article is reproduced from Hammer Issue 1501.