The recent “debates” at the opening of the 12th Parliament show that PAP still doesn’t get it.
1. Teo Chee Hean: ISA is the Govt’s greatest “shield” to protect the people, and proceeded to cite the unrest caused by CPM and unions in the 60’s as justification.
Million-dollar minister Teo doesn’t get it. This is not 1965. The threats are different. The perils of the past do not resonate with young voters.
More importantly, the standards of justice and human rights is different. What was acceptable then is not acceptable today. Voters’ expectations are different.
Mr Teo, policemen used to wear shorts, as we say in Singapore. Your grandmother stories are not going to work, not when they hear how ISA detainees were tortured in detention.
2. Law Minister Shanmugam: Hand over heart, does Pritam Singh believe that the Govt indirectly controls the media?
Where do you find such kludges? It really isn’t that important what Pritam Singh, MP believes. Yet you spent the better part of 5 mins trying to pin him down.
It’s more important what 70% of Singaporeans believe. It’s ok if you want to be in denial, but most Singaporeans do not believe our media are free from Govt control and influence.
Here’s to you making a tearful exit in 2016!
Point missed completely. Eh goondus, the thrust of Sylvia’s speech is that you guys have focused too much on GDP. The poor have not benefited from the fruits of growth, and the low TFR shows even the middle class have not benefited from the “opportunities” that you “seized”.
Sylvia’s speech is a call for the Govt to refocus its priority. But instead of heeding this feedback, we get Minister Khaw claiming Bhutanese think we are Shangri-La, and Cedric Foo claiming Bhutan is happy because they only have two opposition MP’s.
I don’t know what to say!
4. Christopher De Souza: Mr Giam should “not throw the baby out with the bath water“. He added: “Our housing is the envy of many first world countries. Therefore, to suggest that we have failed in housing, I think it is unfair.”
I don’t recall Gerald’s speech was about bathing babies. But he did highlight the ridiculous price rises of HDB flats in the last 10 years, which have caused hardship and anxiety for many, and the difficulties faced by those marginalised by HDB policies, such as singles.
Instead of labelling Gerald’s criticisms “unfair”, Mr De Souza should reflect on how unfair it is that citizens can’t get public flats when foreigners can.
5. Chen Show Mao said that it is not political differences which are divisive, it is intolerance of differences that is divisive.
Dr Teo Ho Pin’s response: he “did not know the difference (Mr Chen) has made” in defining the differences. Dr Teo added, “The PAP MPs are different but we work together as a team to serve our people.”
Can someone examine Dr Teo’s head? What’s so difficult to understand about Show Mao’s point? For months now PAP ministers have talked about not letting political differences, ie anti-PAP sentiments, divide us. They’ve even asked people to put their differences aside and unite behind the Govt, ie PAP. They’ve also repeatedly warned of the risks of political “gridlock”.
Show Mao has indirectly told them back: it doesn’t work this way. It is you guys who have to accept that there are differences, you have to work hard to find common ground, you can’t just expect people to accept whatever you propose in the name of unity.
PAP, you just don’t get it.
Stay arrogant, stay clueless. Prepare to lose power in 2016.
*OTP = Out of Touch Party. This is an occasional series to provide commentary on how PAP is out of touch with Singapore