Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Punggol east election worker party the winner

After GE2011, all Singapore Worker's Party elected MP and NCMP were performing extremely well in the parliament. They particiapated many debates but they gave time for PAP to breathe. Now, PAP Mr. Teo said Worker Party never debated certain issues
Lee Li Lian will bring up many issues in Parliament if She is elected to the parliament. So far, Lee Li Lian have brought up so many issues like Man maternioty leaves and PAP has announced the implementation on that. Some voters worry that government will not quicken the work on the building that is delayed. Lee Li Lian said that governemnt has to do because governemnt has the duty to take care all regardless who you vote for.
The Workers' Party (WP) has defended its performance in Parliament.

Speaking at WP's second rally for the Punggol East by-election on Tuesday evening, party secretary-general Low Thia Khiang rebutted recent comments by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that the opposition party does not have alternative policies and strong views.

Mr Low also said that to expect a party with six elected MPs to form an alternative government "is premature and unrealistic". He reiterated that the WP will not oppose for the sake of opposing when policies are sound. Yes, Mr. Low is saying rightly. If Worker's Party can get more seats for example 40 seats of course WP will offer the alternative policies. Is this ready PAP wants to see this happen?

Saying that his party's MPs have been active in Parliament, Mr Low went on to list issues that each MP has touched on. Yes, they are not shaking legs in parliament, of course they do not want to behave like ex-MP JB who always brought sharp questions to then PAP MP or Ministers. Is PAP wants worker's party elected MP like JB. I do not think so.

For example, Chen Show Mao, who raised issues on integrated care for the elderly, Yee Jenn Jong, on pre-school education and Png Eng Huat on manpower issues.

Mr Low added that since the new term of Parliament in October 2011, the WP as a whole has raised issues pertaining to, for example, flood and drainage, immigration, public housing and COE bidding.

"PM Lee remarks that the Workers' Party does not have strong views, perhaps he has not been paying attention to what the Workers' Party has been raising. Is it because we have only 6 MPs in Parliament and their voice is not loud enough? Actually, bringing up issues in Parliament is one thing but whether the government is prepared to listen and to modify its policy is another," said Mr Low.

WP chairman Sylvia Lim also spoke at the rally. She raised the recent controversy over the sale of PAP town councils' computer and financial systems to PAP-owned Action Information Management or AIM.

Prime Minister Lee has since asked for a review of the transaction and the nature of town councils.

Ms Lim said: "This episode illustrates the way Workers' Party works. We will press the government on matters of public interest using all tools available including the parliamentary process. At the same time, if the government recognises the problem and takes some action, we will want to allow it the opportunity to put things right. This also illustrates the value of political competition in furthering the public interest."

WP's candidate for Punggol East by-election, Lee Li Lian, also pointed out that the WP had a hand in some of the new policies introduced by the government.

For example, the move to introduce paid paternity leave, which she said the party had called for in its 2011 General Election manifesto.

She also touched on areas that she will work on if elected, such as improving bus services and asking for more amenities in Punggol East.

Ms Lee said she is best suited to serve residents' needs as she has the experience of running a town council, having helped out in both the WP-run Hougang and Aljunied wards.

"Friends and residents of Punggol East, you worry about the cost of living like any other Singaporean. Many of you are here tonight. I hear your concerns. You feel the pinch of rising food prices, rising childcare and education fees, I understand your pain. Every increase makes it that much more difficult to care for yourselves, your children and your parents. I know what it means, I will listen to you and serve you to the best of my abilities," said Ms Lee.

The Workers' Party will hold its third and final rally on Wednesday.

 WP had never avoided taking a stand on major issues in Parliament such as casino and many,   these were areas that had tough trade-offs. Since PAP wants more debates from WP, I think WP might consider doing this as requested. I worry that PAP might not be able to tolerate if robust debates are on. I hope they wouldn't turn red-faces.

The minister also said that having another WP MP in parliament "will not help the quality of debate and decision making for Singapore" if they did not offer credible alternatives. Mr. Low had explained that we are just 6 elected MP unless we are stronger than that.
WP MPs offered "many more constructive suggestions" as well and that they have also been "prepared to take a stand, and speak for measures, even difficult ones". 
WP MPs not only serve their constituents and also speak in Parliament, and  Punggol East voters will be blessed if the decide to vote for Lee Li Lian the bes candidate amongest the four.

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