What has Li Shengwu got to do with the elected presidency?

I refer to the article “Halimah Yacob steps down as Speaker and MP, resigns from PAP to run for President” (Straits Times, Aug 8).

It states that “She noted that she started her career with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) after graduating in 1978, and served for 30 years in various roles including as Deputy Secretary-General and Director of Legal Services, where she fought for workers’ rights.

“I am proud to say that my colleagues and I worked tirelessly to get the best results for our workers. I fully understood their concerns and shared their joys, and I am honoured that I was able to contribute to their continued well-being,” she said.

The experiences and insights she gained with the labour movement were invaluable, and it became not just a job, but a calling, she added.”

In connection with “workers’ rights” – let’s look at some labour statistics.

2015-16: Employment growth – 11,400 locals, 37,300 foreigners?

In the two years from January 2015 to December 2016 – employment growth was 11,400 for locals and 37,300 for foreigners.

So, how many of the 11,400 jobs growth to locals went to Singaporeans, against the 61,005 new PRs granted, and 42,917 new citizens granted in the same two-year period?

Why is there no breakdown of the job statistics into Singaporeans and PRs, when the unemployment statistics have the transparency to breakdown the “locals” data?

The minimum wage in Australia is A$18.29 (S$19.02) an hour from 1 July, 2017.

In contrast, Singapore has no minimum wage, and there are people working for as little as around S$5 an hour.

Singapore has on a relative basis among developed countries – probably the highest percentage of low income workers (about 8% – 172,900 resident workers earn below $1,000; about 19% – 407,400 resident workers earn below $1,500).

We may have one of the highest poverty rates in the world as measured by the percentage of workers earning less than half the median income – about a fifth of the total Singaporean workforce.

Mr Li Shengwu has said that “Not only do I intend never to go into politics, I believe that it would be bad for Singapore if any third-generation Lee went into politics. The country must be bigger than one family”.

 

Similarly, by the same token (“bad for Singapore”) – the elected President should arguably, not be from the ruling party, because if you read the Parliamentary debates when the elected presidency was first proposed – its primary purpose was to be a check on the Government.

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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31 Responses to “What has Li Shengwu got to do with the elected presidency?”

  • the doomsday prophecy:

    //because if you read the Parliamentary debates when the elected presidency was first proposed – its primary purpose was to be a check on the Government.//

    so far have you heard any pessident talk about anything about the garment all these donkey years – except perhaps OTC on the reserves.

    the whole scheme is to ownself-check-ownself (their own white idiotic words) but giving the people the wayang belief and hope that they are holding the power.

    the white idiots are not too ashamed at all to regularly feed sinkies the doomsday prophecy that w/o them the white idiots, the whole sinkie land is going to fall.

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  • EducatedIdiots:

    “Similarly, by the same token (“bad for Singapore”) – the elected President should arguably, not be from the ruling party, because if you read the Parliamentary debates when the elected presidency was first proposed – its primary purpose was to be a check on the Government.”

    That’s where you lost the argument. That’s why the oppositions are opportunist(the reason why 70% rather hand power to PAP) and as much an idiot as the incumbent.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    Check what Govt??? Leong Kor…you mean to receive Cheques from the Govt???

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  • MarBowling:

    The late Mr Ong Teng Cheong was the FIRST and ONLY elected President who carried out his duty according to the Constitution. He really asked for all the records and receipts of ALL our National Reserves to be CHECKED! The Coverment tried to cover up their shits by telling him it would take 56 Man years to do it! For all his honesty and diligence as a Truely Elected President who Carried out his duty well, Lee Kayu and his DSon felt threatened and decided to TEACH Mr Ong a LESSON he won’t forget….NO 2nd term and later NO State Funeral for him!

    After Mr Ong, the rest of the Presidents from Prata Man to KFC JLB Tancho Man TT, instead of CHECKING our National Reserves, BOTH OF THEM OWNSELF CHEQUE OWNSELF!

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Probable Candidate for Elected President Halimah Yacob said “I am proud to say that my colleagues and I worked tirelessly to get the best results for our workers. I fully understood their concerns and shared their joys, and I am honoured that I was able to contribute to their continued well-being,”
    ARE YOU SURE? No Bullshit! S’pore has one of the worst Workers’ Rights among the Developed Economies [GDP per capita for S'pore is among the world's highest.] Uncle Leong had laid out much of the B/S for workers’ rights already with regards to AUNTIE LUCY – a Pseudo-Union but in reality a Pro-Govt Labour Wage Repression vehicle. Not when Australia has 4x the minimum wage over S’pore’s pathetic SG$5/hr re: 4 x $5/hr [S'pore standard] adjusted for forex SG$1.08:A$1.00 = A$18.52. The minimum wage in Australia is A$18.29 (S$19.02) an hour from 1 July, 2017. 4X, that’s right 4X in Australia!
    In addition, if Halimah is standing as a Malay candidate – Did she know that Malays are among the worst Marginalized race in S’pore’s multi-cultural society. Typical occupations reserved for Malays are despatch riders, Uber/Food Panda/Deliveroo delivery guys, Postman, Cleaners, Manual workers, etc. What have you done for your people, Halimah? In 50 years of PAP rule, Malays have been behind the rest in everything – in Education, in Jobs & In Social Mobility.
    Tell that truth, Halimah, you’re not serving for the nation neither for your people (the Malay race), you’re just in it for the MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! Will you have the respect of the nation or your Malay people? I don’t think so!

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  • nathan:

    Ah Leong sin sunk what has Li Shengwu got anything to do with the elected president or what you are only to express here? Unless you want to suggest that characters in the Istana are more plaint than the Judiciary whether you want to apply the word ‘pliant’ by wordsmith Li in a constructive or derogatory way. And you are not doing that here. I fail to see Li Shengwu’s connection anywhere here.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Except for late President Ong, there was no other president, dead or alive ever check on the government. One of the presidents even allowed the Reserve to be drawn more than 50 times.

    Does any one think that the next Indian-Muslim President, pretending to be a Malay, would check on the Government?

    Singapore would be lucky she is not a partner in whatever the government is doing!!!

    What contribution to “workers well-being” she was talking about? Jobs given to FTs and true blue locals don’t need to work, shake leg at home.
    That must the well-being!!

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  • Bull and wayang:

    While touring with a group, Some members were asked by the local about recent happening in Sinkapore. The reply was terse and immediate. Pay millions for bull and Wayang! wayang was explained as the locals could not understand.

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  • Our worst nightmare:

    Li hongyi next pm…ho ching next female president after HY and LHL next MM…
    Had this nightmare recently..
    Scary or not?
    CCS (akan datang)& HY are just seat warmers.
    Singaporeans worst nightmare if it comes to past!
    Mayb li shengwu was giving us a hint here?
    It could happen …

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  • Wake Up!:

    Singaporeans are a bunch of inward-thinking lot, at least 70% of them are. They are like a load of toads in a well. They cannot see, do not want to see and refuse to see what’s happening outside their environment. Singaporeans have to understand that the style of governance has evolved over the past few decades. The high-handed even draconian approach used by our founding fathers were necessary and appropriate When our nation was in its infancy and developing. That kind of style is no longer appropriate but our leaders do not know how else to govern so they continue with the old style. Why? Because there has been too much in-breeding. They have become “fair weather” leaders and when faced with a storm they do not know what to do. They find “bandaid” solutions which do not fix the problems long term. There are so many examples in recent times – think about it. Unless Singaporeans (and I talking to the 70%) are prepared to adopt a “check and balance” approach, Singapore will slowly but surely dissipate into nothingness.

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  • Easy to bull easy to swear:

    Aiya easy to talk c and wayang for in their mind all except PAPists are in the words TCH’s father not CSM’s as the latter vehemently denied are daft, talentless and lazy needing his foreign agents to butt them. Working for the workers and NTUC members but her middle age towkay told them in no umcertain terms that if hey want the jobs, they have to be hungrier, greedier and fiercer to STEAL them from his foreign agents he and his gang imported by the millions. If the jobs are created for the daft Sinkies why should you need to steal from them.

    Neighbour. Wait la I cannot becos of security. President Wee, Sheare not scare meh as they stayed in their home. Billionaires stay in HDB and get all the privileges. Bery siok. Hungrier greedier are the order of every day of the year for the papists
    Now Singaporeans know why they paid themselves ( Parliament nearly all are of the same species) multimillions and the number of no portfolio or office boys ministers ( 3 ob in Pmo)

    Like the foreign white Sinkies really dumb to pay billions for load of bullshits and miserable acting. They r right on sad to say but what to do the new citizens are still hungry, greedy and aggressive and the old are mouthing watering for the free dols which they are very happy to pay back multiples.

    Shit when will they ever learn!

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  • oxygen:

    AH TIONG BLOGGERS CALL SINKIELAND in their popular web blog platform, Weibo, by this new name – Lee-jia-pore. Why must I reminded of Dr Chee’s cautionary warning yet again – a nation stolen?

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  • SantaClaws:

    For crying out loud….The elected president was mainly DESIGNED to stop the OPPOSITION(freak election result in change of govt) from digging into the reserve hence, the elected president MUST BE a PAP running dog.

    For crying out loud…at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which camp candidate takes the puppet seat because they are all…idiots and their balls(or no balls) on the puppet seat can easily be pulverized or self destruct under the strongman(whoever next) of the day.

    Hence, your problem is the HOUSE(old man said, demolish “the house”) of the….STRONGMAN(old man was proof democratic House can be….”hacked”).

    So you oppositions, You are as much an idiot as the winners in the game for pigs because you supported the HOUSE of Sin by fighting to get in or trying to massage it according what you, equally an idiot, think what is the right balance!

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  • Nothing Burger:

    A by-election is required in the marshaling-yew tee constituency! This is all the more so because the minority mp chooses to resign from her job. She did not die in office and as such there is no reason not to call for a by-election.

    The election laws would be breached under the group representative constituency if the position is not filled by a by-elections.

    In law-abiding Singapore, it is thus necessary to comply with the Rule of Law just like The Hague arbitration on the South China Sea.

    Not holding a by-elections would mean that the minority citizens of marshaling-yew tee are not served from now till 2020!

    It is only right that residents of marshiling-yew tee make a police report or a magistrate’s complaint if no by-elections is declared!

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  • animls:

    Does she ever managed as a CEO of company with $500 million capital. if not she simply not qualified. Dont talks what those minor works in NTUC..

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  • PAP snake oil seller:

    Halimah is a embrasment to THE INDIAN/MUSLIM and MALAY COMMUNITY.She has BETRAYED her residents at Marsling.KURANG AJAR.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Our worst nightmare:
    Li hongyi next pm…ho ching next female president after HY and LHL next MM…
    Had this nightmare recently..
    Scary or not?
    CCS (akan datang)& HY are just seat warmers.
    Singaporeans worst nightmare if it comes to past!
    Mayb li shengwu was giving us a hint here?
    It could happen …

    Response: X-ray vision indeed, LSW is not coming back, the course is cleared. All in the FAMILEE, PM, MM & President, Natural Aleetocat of Istana.

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  • LIONS:

    “I am proud to say that my colleagues and I worked tirelessly to get the best results for our workers. I fully understood their concerns and shared their joys, and I am honoured that I was able to contribute to their continued well-being,”
    ============================================================================

    ya,right,HY is so proud to have worked so hard to help his ‘bo$$’ get rid of sg workers at our workplaces.

    for that,she was rewarded first,with a MOS post,then SPeaker and now,probably EP,though a tainted malay one.

    HY,man does evil,heaven watches ( chinese saying).
    you think you evil-doers can use one hand to cover the heavens???

    you will reap what you sow.

    firstly,you cheat the malay sgs as you are indian.
    by collaborating with LEE AH LONG,you deceive yourself and your faith,doesn’t you?

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  • Check on Gahment? No Joke!:

    Did Nathan check? Did Tony check?

    Singaporeans think Harlima will check if she is elected?

    Come on, let’s not bluff ourselves!

    No one will ever check our Nation’s Reserves unless our next President is Dr Tan Cheng Bock!

    So, when you vote in September, ask yourself, who you think is the best candidate to check on our Nation’s Reserves?

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  • S'poreans Got No Balls!:

    The Ah Tiongs, Indians, Pinoys and Banglas are all laughing at us!

    They all say Singaporeans are too comfortable and got no guts!

    This is a PE not a GE, so exercise ‘some balls’ please!

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  • Wolf Hunter:

    Why until now nobody has raise the issue about conflict of interest regarding Harimau standing for the Presidential Election?

    She was the Speaker of the House. The amendment to the Constitution to make a Reserve Election for a Malay to be Elected was done during her watch as the Speaker of the House. Therefore, she was the one who passed the new amendment to the Constitution.

    The interpretation of President Wee Kim Wee being the first Elected President to start the 5-term counting was done by the Parliament when she was the Speaker of the House. And she did not object to anything. She allowed it to pass.

    Now she is standing for this particular election. Isn’t it she passed the law for herself? Isn’t it a clear conflict of interest there?

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  • Bystander:

    Dun like to waste my time.
    God’s sake, LHL should appoint Harimau as the first female President.
    After all she is just a rubber stamper. Nothing else.
    Too many wayangs performed by PAP Govt, we’re sick and tired of them.

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  • Uncle Lim:

    The road outside her flat should be renamed JALAN WAYANG, JALAN TAMAK, JALAN DIAM DIAM, JALAN PATONG or JALAN WANG.

    Mdm, jangan bedek lah.

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  • rukidding:

    All, “taken for a ride” by those Pmps and prostitutes ( P.a.p. ) !

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  • What rules?:

    Let’s face it. The rules do not apply for the government. Rules are elastic and the government alone have the powers to interpret it whichever way they choose. In essence they will do whatever needs to be done to ensure they have CONTROL over us, their agenda and COVER for themselves.

    How can a former PAP cadre check on the government? How can we trust a government that appoints close contacts to senior positions in the government? How can the AGC act independently when he has been the PM’s personal legal counsel?

    Maybe, I am wrong on all counts. This is probably a very special group of people who are genetically engineered to do no wrong and see no evil. Are they?

    Mr Li Shengwu has put it right, “bad for Singapore if any third-generation Lee went into politics. The country must be bigger than one family.” Singapore is where it is today because of us, the hardworking people. Take it whichever way you want but I think of all the PAP members to be with this so called ‘FAMILEE’.

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  • Just a farce....:

    The upcoming presidential election is just a show. It is already determined that she will get all the local media coverage and support from the government to get elected.

    It is a waste of tax dollars to hold this election. Might as well appoint her to the presidency and save us the aggravation.

    animls:
    Does she ever managed as a CEO of company with $500 million capital. if not she simply not qualified. Dont talks what those minor works in NTUC..

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  • Change We Must:

    Halimah would be a first walk over female president of Singapore and will be recorded in our history. Walk over, that’s the intend of the PAP so that obedient dog would be in that position. They would not take the risk of having an president election, LHL by far never have confident of himself.

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  • pkk:

    Ah Tiongs, Indians, Pinoys and Banglas workers earning more than the jobless Singaporeans.

    jobs left…for locals uber, grab drivers or food delivery.

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  • SG in AU:

    The cost of eating out in Australia also higher because of higher minimum wage, SG is still the place for rich people, earn more but pay less when dinning out,thus more savings to buy new bigger cars and go more overseas tours.

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  • New Egg Yoke:

    MarBowling:
    ……, Lee Kayu and his DSon felt threatened and decided to TEACH Mr Ong a LESSON he won’t forget….NO 2nd term and later NO State Funeral for him!

    After Mr Ong, the rest of the Presidents from Prata Man to KFC JLB Tancho Man TT, instead of CHECKING our National Reserves, BOTH OF THEM OWNSELF CHEQUE OWNSELF!

    CORRECTION :

    Our beloved late Prez Ong RESIGNED ! He ordered a press conference, announced his disgust on the blockade imposed by PApsmear over his orders to check our reserves and then RESIGNED. He was NOT not offered a second term cos he dod NOT want it !!!

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  • MarBowling:

    New Egg Yoke:
    August 11, 2017 at 11:01 am (Quote)
    MarBowling:
    ……, Lee Kayu and his DSon felt threatened and decided to TEACH Mr Ong a LESSON he won’t forget….NO 2nd term and later NO State Funeral for him!
    After Mr Ong, the rest of the Presidents from Prata Man to KFC JLB Tancho Man TT, instead of CHECKING our National Reserves, BOTH OF THEM OWNSELF CHEQUE OWNSELF!
    CORRECTION :
    Our beloved late Prez Ong RESIGNED ! He ordered a press conference, announced his disgust on the blockade imposed by PApsmear over his orders to check our reserves and then RESIGNED. He was NOT not offered a second term cos he dod NOT want it !!!

    Response: Sis/Bro, thanks for the correction.

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