Sunday, January 27, 2013

Singaporeans 1 PAP 0

I gave a whooping shout of elation when I heard the results on the television last night.

First of all - congratulations to WP and their candidate Lee Lilian. Your face of a true-bred Singaporean heartlander, your 'I am just like you, struggling with current issues' identity and your 'down to earth' personality' struck a memorable chord with most of us. Kudos to you and your party's hard work!

Second - congratulations to Punggol-East residents for making a stand and choosing to voice out their discontentment through their votes. This is just a beginning.

Thirdly - This is a second straight loss by PAP since Hougang By-Election. And by some margin of votes to 'slap and wake them up'.

The PAP bench was all somber with downcast defeated faces. All their 'hard-sell' and/or 'soft-sell' of their candidates were washed down the drain. All their 'goodies now but take back later' policies have pushed many of us to our limits of endurance.

We are no longer patient with you after all these 20 - 30 years. And yes, we are 'repenting' as correctly mouthed by our great and venerable Leeder.

This is so much  of  deja vu of Aljunied GRC when our ex-Minister George Yeo and his team of high-flyers came a tumbling-down to planet earth. We do not want 'angelic beings' who play their golden harps in heaven and people in ivory towers and riding high horses to represent us.

Did you even listen to us? Did you hear what George Yeo said about how PAP must quickly change and adapt?

When Dr Koh campaigned his person as a 'Son of Punggol' and 'I am me', I scoffed.

How on planet earth or rather in Singapore of having a slew of qualifications under the meritocracy system,  having at least 10 titles or directorships to committees and boards, having heavy-weight Ministers and the Prime Minister himself vouch for you, plus 'I own two cars' -

Can you Dr Koh REALLY identify with us? Can you even be my mouthpiece in the parliament?

My strong opinion is that I want the PAP to form the government. They still have a pack of punch under their belt. They do have good MPs and Ministers. But I do NOT want them to have the majority.

It is akin to scoring an own goal when you turned a deaf ear to your once-faithful supporters.

The people have spoken, PAP.

Listen to them.
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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

China 2 Singapore 0

Happy 2013 to you and your loved ones!

This entry has been in draft for quite some time. About time I publish it.

I think China has just handed Singapore's ass to her when the SMRT bus drivers went on strike. China knows how weak our labour laws are. Like they care about our laws anyway.
SMRT bus drivers refuse to go to work
Monday, Nov 26, 2012 AFP
SINGAPORE - More than 100 mainland Chinese bus drivers in Singapore refused to work on Monday.
The drivers, disgruntled over their pay from state-linked transport firm SMRT, refused to board a shuttle that was going to ferry them from their dormitory to a nearby depot.
After talks with SMRT management with police on standby, the protesting drivers said they would report for work on Tuesday.

SMRT is 54 per cent owned by state investment firm Temasek Holdings.
Singapore has been hiring bus drivers from China and Malaysia because of a chronic shortage of manpower.
One of the Chinese drivers, who declined to be named, told reporters the dispute arose because they felt aggrieved over a disparity in pay between Chinese and Malaysian bus drivers.
Drivers from China earn a basic salary of S$1,075, while those from Malaysia earn S$1,375, the driver said.
The dispute was also about the lack of bonuses for Chinese bus drivers, he added.
The Ministry of Manpower issued a stern warning to the 102 drivers who took part in the stoppage, saying it "takes the workers' actions very seriously" and was closely monitoring the situation.
In a statement, the National Transport Workers' Union urged the Chinese drivers - who are not union members - to return to work immediately.
No major disruptions were reported during the work stoppage, which took place during Singapore's year-end school holidays, when demand for public transport is lower
So what if we deported those we thought are the masterminds behind the strike. For every one of them leaving, hundreds are waiting to take his/her place.

Someone told me this is how China political landscape works.

      Government < People < Police < Government

In Singapore many believes the godfather has the first place and the Singaporeans are probably the lowest in the food chain.

Your guess is as good as mine.
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