Was Workers’ Party too harsh to mock ‘hardworking’ grassroots volunteers?

In support of the Peoples’ Association’s (PA) defense of its grassroots volunteers, some commentators have taken to the PA’s Facebook page to slam the Workers’ Party (WP) for taking a dig at the volunteers who “sacrificed their personal time and resources to help residents out”.

The WP had posted a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek version of its own flyer to recruit its own volunteers, containing the following message:

We do offer: occasional free meals (leftover from events), free exercise from carrying chairs and tables, eternal love and gratitude…

The flyer was apparently taking a dig at the PA’s flyer which promises many perks of being a grassroots volunteer.

However, the apparent light-hearted dig prompted the no-sense-of-humor PA to issue a statement, accusing the WP of mocking its grassroots volunteers.

There have been some posts questioning the motivations of grassroots volunteers. We would like to place on record our deep appreciation to volunteers who, out of the willingness of their heart, selflessly give of their time, talent and resources to help our residents and the less fortunate amongst us, building up a sense of neighbourliness and care for one another, all to strengthen the community spirit, and not expecting anything in return.

Standing as exemplary men and women, we are indebted to all grassroots volunteers for having stood fast in their selfless dedication to tirelessly forge a cohesive nation.

Echoing the PA’s statement, some commentators on PA’s Facebook page also joined the fun and accused the WP of being low class and insulting the grassroots volunteers “who are our friends and neighbours”.

A certain Ms Julie Chin commented:

Those who insult the grassroots volunteers obviously are the type who are way too lazy and selfish to even lift a finger to help the community.

These volunteers spend so much of their time away from family and sometimes taking time off work to reach out and help the residents. Selfless acts that are sometimes unappreciated until you actually need them.

Workers Party, ELECTED into Parliament supposedly to ‘speak up’ for the people are showing their LOW class by insulting these volunteers, who are our friends and neighbours, by their insinuations of less than genuine and altruistic motives of these volunteers. Shame on you WP! Shame on you!

Is the WP really so low-class as accused to mock the grassroots volunteers?

Are the grassroots volunteers genuinely sacrificing their personal time and resources to help residents out?

What do you think?

 

 

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  • hhh:

    So the grassroots dogs are hitting back? For all I know, only few grassroots really want to help people, the rest are with their own personal agenda.

    If PAP is so openly using benefits to lure these greedy dogs, WP is harsh? Then you can count on me and the rest to tell you, we think even worst of these dogs.

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  • N.Jungne:

    I think our Ministars are MOCKING the Nation. Fa*k them all.

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  • Lol:

    I think you are suggesting that pap is high class, you sound a dog to your master disguised in white lol

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  • Boh Kia See:

    If you have to offer “incentives” to attract “volunteer” workers it means that they are not volunteers.

    You are paying them in kind rather than in cash and avoid all the employment regulations that exists. You don’t even have to provide insurance for them.

    Similarly if people “volunteer” with an eye on the incentives they are also not doing it with their heart as well.

    The hypocracy in Singapore never ends. The biggest one is “you own your own flats” Another one is “CPF is your money.”

    Further, those volunteers also act as the eyes and ears of the PAP. They keep a close watch on what people are up to when they are not working. The is the total control of the citizen that I mentioned in my earlier comment concerning another matter.

    Time to wake up 70% for the sake of your children’s future.

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  • ZBuy Lim:

    Go easy on my ZBuy ok. Here it goes.

    WP is effectiveless.
    This means with WP or any opposition party in Parliament, there is no diff.

    This means we can replace WP with any opposition party to achieve the exact same effectiveless.

    All these jialiaobee.
    Money hard to earn and yet wasting on an effectiveless party.

    It’s sinful to spend tax money like this.

    Amos Yee outclassed LTK anyday.

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  • Lee Hsia Lan:

    Get real. Stop being naive. There might be a handful of genuine grassroots volunteers but got so many hundreds willing to volunteer their time? You know 1 PAP ward got how many RCs? RC Zone ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ …… Not because of dangling carrots, can find so many volunteers?

    Ask Lee Bee Huay. Ask Ah Mu. Ask the arse Dr Koh. How they become PAP MPs? Not through grassroots connection?

    Selfless, my foot! Take away the volunteers benefits and advantage, see how many left. Prolly only the retirees and a couple of young ones.

    The true kind & helpful souls are those helping in charity organisations not as grassroots volunteers.

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  • Singaporeahseng:

    What sacrifice they made?
    The grassloots loots and takes free tickets, free priority to schools and hdb flats, and all they do is eat and attend meetings while the PA employed staff do all the work.

    The crass looters then go around with their self righteous faces that one loves to slap..

    Many of my retirees neighbour now join to get the free PA keys of chicken rice.

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  • No sense of humour:

    Every one , listen up.
    From today onwards you can only speak or write politically correct jargon.
    No humour allowed..cus many sgs just DONT GET IT!

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  • oxygen:

    COME ON, THE TRUTH as known to even to peasants Down Under is that a lot of GRASSLOOTERS in Sinkieland are a despicable, crass and depraved lot. Even Present Tense and former OZ PM, Tony Abbot knew of this fact.

    Australia donated steak for a free public BBQ to celebrate Sinkieland 150 yr anniversary and its long-standing relationship with Singapore including defending it during the days of Indonesian confrontation. And guess what? It is mean for public participation. The GRASSLOOTERS reserved the ticket access for themselves and their own families – whatever that is leftover is then given to other who showed up last minute. The public attendees were made to look like “Yeow Kwees” (hungry devils) desperate for a piece of stake. Tony Abbott flew in and shared a BBQ with Present Tense for that memorable occasion. Both must have felt the extreme awkwardness of how shameless the real Yeow Kwee GRASSLOOTERS behaved themselves reserving the food to themselves and their own tribal kind. The Australian High Commission which helped organised the gift and trust to the GRASSLOOTERS were left embarrassed into silence.

    Tony Abbot My mate in Queensland told me that it made front page news in a QUEENSLAND TABLOID media. RSAF personnel have training facilities in Queensland must have been seen among Queenslanders in very bad light of what Sinkies crass and greedy behavior were like – UNFAIRLY OF COURSE.

    COME ON MATE, IF YOU WANT TO BE AT PIVOT ADVANTAGE OF INFORMATION, POWER, SEX on the take, do it with pride of on the ‘TAKE”, lah.

    Voluntary public and community work means you are MORALLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY STRONG of refusal to take any stake offer to you. It is a NO NO because you are there to GIVE, not take. This lot of steak eaters among grasslooters are a national disgrace. The public mind is contemptuous of this lot – they won’t be there if there is no perk or advantage to be had. And that Yang Ying is shinning example of rotten eggs in the midst. Like they said, only rotten carcass attracts maggots.

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  • BERNARD Tan:

    REMOVE ALL PERKS, BOTH TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE ONES.

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  • WP kana jialat jialat again:

    thot it was about the PAP/PA misuse of power and resources to lure and tempt sinkies to join them? how come title became “Was WP had been too harsh mocking of grassroots volunteers”?

    somthing is wrong here. the PA volunteers who complained on the PA facebook, who are they? come on sinkies!, they are aligned to the PAP camp lah! simple as that.

    is there a hidden agenda when tre deliberately put the title as > “WP had been harsh mocking the PAP volunteers”.? TRE is testing the IQ of the oppo supporting readers of this site? TRE ASKED THE QUESTION IN THIS ARTICLE > Is the WP really so low-class as accused to mock the grassroots volunteers?

    WP also have volunteers of their own. it was simple and clear that the WP criticism was directed at the PAP/PA and not those PA volunteers.

    just wait and see…sinkies who actually are oppo supporters will be up in arms to bash the WP here in TRE. hope i will be proven wrong about this. do remember there had been cases that had came to light that grassroots volunteers had been guilty of abusing the systems….think yang ying, and also the amk grc guys who is now facing charges.

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  • Samuel S:

    So PA supporters are saying they deserved the benefits given by PAP. Still can claim sacrificing their times to serve! So are we saying our PM and his wife are also sacrificing their times in being PM & CEO?

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  • KNN:

    If those PA “volunteers” are so “willing” and “selfless”, why not they donate their special Pri 1 Registration, HDB Special Carpark Label, free courses to others?!?!?! They don’t really need any of these right?!?!?

    But all those PA “volunteers” have been greedily grabbing all these benefits for the past 40 years without even thinking of donating them to others. Correct?!?!?! So what the fiack “willingness” or “selfless” are you talking about?!?!?

    I have relatives & ex-colleagues who are YPAP members and PA activists, and ALL OF THEM join because they want to get some perks or to progress their career/business.

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  • MikeK:

    To be FAIR , I reckon 80% of the volunteers are doing it for freebies and personal interest . Take away all these benefit , what’s left behind are the ones that really cares and contribute. The free loaders will never be any good use to any tasks, as they have not the motivation nor heart to do for the good of the community. These freeloaders will feast on the FREE food , go SUBSIDIEZed trips and so on ……do you really need all these perk if your are genuinely care for the community ?

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  • JUST4FUN:

    I love to be PAP volunteers, if the carrot are BIG and GOOd.
    TO serve the MASTER< everything is taken care.

    NO good talking when PAP can not ever have a Best benefit to get.

    All are wayang if they cannot working for the ownself check ownself,

    Not in world with so many benefit that attract me to join them.

    Sorry everything is Money come first…….PAP is BEST…..

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  • Hi!:

    “…insulting the grassroots volunteers who are our friends and neighbors…” Did not GCT said during GE2015 to voters, “Don’t chase after some bits of meat thrown by the opposition”?. And did not LKY stated to voters during GE2011, “Aljunied voters will hv to repent”?. Are these not “LOW CLASS & INSULTING” ?. Aljunied residents & voters at large are not “our friends & neighbors”?.

    WP got say,”You vote for me I treat you well, you dont vote for me, you will hv to repent”?NO WP did not & is against such. THOSE WHO VOTED OPPOSITION ARE NOT “OUR FRIENDS & OUR NEIGHBORS”?!. SO THEY COULD BE & WERE DENIED UPGRADING BY THE PAPPY IS A NORMAL THING?.

    Did those grassroots volunteers speak up on CPF, etc?. Did those grassroots volunteers speak up against electionary bullying like “Aljunied voters will repent”?. Or go w the flow?!.

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  • C'est la vie:


    PA ………. lighten up; for WATER’S sake !!!

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  • opposition dude:

    So the PA on behalf of the RC strikes back ho ho ho.

    Let’s not forget that not too long ago there was a notice about forming a Filipino community poster somewhere hey?

    It’s really laughable when these so called volunteers “spend so much of their time away from family and sometimes taking time off work to reach out and help the residents.” . It seems like these idiots would like to spend that time forming a Pinoy club or hoarding concert tickets for their kawan instead!

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  • Sputzy:

    Anyone who believes the WP is being nasty to volunteers with its ad
    obviously has NO sense of humour, has a poor grasp of English, is not
    too well educated, is too sensitive and doesn’t have a clue about politics.

    Of course, the PA had to try and turn the WP’s ad around as an attack on
    volunteers, to defend itself. The WP’s ad makes the PA look rather stupid.
    Unfortunately, the PA’s defence makes it look even stupider and yes,
    shows a lack of class. Naturally, the PA is upset that the ad also shows up
    the organisation’s poor English viz the use of the word “eligibility”.

    Humour — among many other things — is truly lacking in S’pore these days.
    Fining the FM 92 DJs for teasing was ridiculous. Once upon a time, the
    different races would exchange Far meaner remarks. And if you were the
    butt of the joke — yes it was always a joke — you’d try and top it with your
    comeback. Everyone would laugh and walk away good friends. Now, we
    hiss and spit and shout “racism”. We refuse to accept that certain races do
    have certain traits and that No offence was meant. Truth wat…

    All these things lighten up the dry, boring situation here. We should be
    enjoying the fun, contemplating better rejoinders than what is, instead of
    huffing and puffing and getting hurt and upset over Nothing!!

    You want to raise a ruckus, then do so about about Khaw’s — and the
    entire govt’s — inability to tell the difference between a Longer Commute
    on a train and a Delay. Having a longer journey, taking a longer route –
    and in the process servicing more train passengers — is Not a reason
    for putting the central forest area under threat.

    It’s one thing to take a journey Skedded to last a specific time, and quite
    another to be Held Up because the train broke down or whatever. It’s even
    more alarming that this govt and a minister can’t tell the difference between
    the two, and are quite happy to flaunt their stupidity. .

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  • Looney fringe:

    hhh:
    So the grassroots dogs are hitting back? For all I know, only few grassroots really want to help people, the rest are with their own personal agenda.

    If PAP is so openly using benefits to lure these greedy dogs, WP is harsh? Then you can count on me and the rest to tell you, we think even worst of these dogs.

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  • Lau:

    WP stands for worker party not worthless party.
    We must increase their part time salary of $16k.

    See they have been so effective. They have made so much changes to our lives. You believe me right?

    My name Lau.

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  • Not the Full Picture:

    What WP did is in poor taste and exhibits exceptionally poor judgement.

    There are certainly some grassroots leaders who volunteer for not quite the right reasons. But even for such grassroots leaders, one has to remember the sheer number of hours they volunteer and not just the small freebies they get here and there. The freebies are almost nothing compared to the kind of hours the volunteers put in. Also, quite a number of the volunteers themselves are very well off people who do not even want the freebies, and who are often the ones MPs turn to for generous donations to fund events for the community.

    WP is way out of its league. With the exception of perhaps one or two of their leaders, even with AHTC, WP has chosen shoes too large for its feet and a hat too large for its head.

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  • Limits of AUTHORITARIANISM:

    hhh:
    So the grassroots dogs are hitting back? For all I know, only few grassroots really want to help people, the rest are with their own personal agenda.

    If PAP is so openly using benefits to lure these greedy dogs, WP is harsh? Then you can count on me and the rest to tell you, we think even worst of these dogs.

    Two Wrongs do not make 1 right.
    We are not comparing who is the worse.

    Don be distracted.

    2 Cunts do not make a Cock.
    This is easier for you to understand.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Looney fringe:

    Who are better than you. So STFU.

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  • SDP way better:

    Not the Full Picture:
    What WP did is in poor taste and exhibits exceptionally poor judgement.

    There are certainly some grassroots leaders who volunteer for not quite the right reasons. But even for such grassroots leaders, one has to remember the sheer number of hours they volunteer and not just the small freebies they get here and there. The freebies are almost nothing compared to the kind of hours the volunteers put in. Also, quite a number of the volunteers themselves are very well off people who do not even want the freebies, and who are often the ones MPs turn to for generous donations to fund events for the community.

    WP is way out of its league. With the exception of perhaps one or two of their leaders, even with AHTC, WP has chosen shoes too large for its feet and a hat too large for its head.

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  • ITS NOW OR NEVER!:

    Thanks WP! No point anyway. Singaporeans are just like robots! Let it happen! Its coming.

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  • Why Talk So Much:

    Nothing is for free. Even the useless ministars asked for billions in salaries to mess up the country.
    A penny less and they start boasting about better opportunity and privacy outside of ministry.

    Come to these low-end PA simpletons, you think they are so noble?
    Local produce and foreign Yang Ying are all fucking the same.
    Take means take lah, why no balls to own up?

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  • Get What You Voted, Stupid:

    Why blame WP for your own failure.
    Don’t complain WP voiceless. Only 30% gave them a tiny voice.
    This is plain logic, don’t ask for the impossible.

    Remember 70% asked for loud PAP fiack and they got it.
    Hope it hurts really bad, because dafts asked for it.

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  • Get lost stray:

    Homeless Cat: Who are better than you. So STFU.

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  • Dinners are just dinners:

    WP needs re-branding.

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  • Hen on working visit:

    WP is so fortunate to be doing so little to be earning so much of salary for part time job.

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