Khaw’s Admission is Indication that PAP’s Infrastructural Projects are Often Carried Out to Win Votes

Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan’s admission last week that the government had built the Bukit Panjang Light Rail System (BPLRT) as an “afterthought” and “under political pressure” was unsurprising.

Mr Khaw’s statement has laid bare the issue that the SDP has brought up repeatedly in the past which is that some of these infrastructural projects have been carried out more for getting votes during elections than for the long-term good of the people.

One can only conclude from Mr Khaw’s revelation that the PAP entices Singaporeans with the promise of something new and shiny to be built in their housing estates ahead of elections to win votes. Whether these projects are good for the country is another matter.

The BPLRT was built in the late 1990s at a cost of nearly $300 million. The system is now plagued with problems such that the authorities had considered scrapping the system entirely. But Mr Khaw has decided to save it by conducting an extensive overhaul. The budget and timeline for the project were not announced.

In the Bukit Batok by-election last year, the PAP did the same thing by hastily announcing a “rejuvenation plan” for the estate including the construction of a multi-generation fitness park at the start of the campaign.

At that time, the SDP warned that such pork-barrel politics is wasteful and costs taxpayers money not only in their construction but also in long-term maintenance. We said then:

“The SDP feels that it is more important to address the pressing needs of the residents instead of rushing into projects which place a significant burden on taxpayers who are already stretched by cost-of-living issues.

The funds could be put to better use such as looking after the healthcare, senior care and educational needs of Bukit Batok residents.”

The latest acknowledgement by Transport Minister Khaw is clear indication of the PAP’s use of public funds for its own narrow political ends.

The huge expense to overhaul the BPLRT will, of course, not be borne by the ministers who are responsible for the debacle in the first place but by Singaporeans.

Such poor and cynical use of public monies by the PAP must stop. This can only be done if there are more opposition MPs to scrutinise the government’s proposals.

Voters must be wary of the PAP’s moves. Grand upgrading and estate enhancement proposals announced just before the elections are not always done for the sake of residents but to win votes. The added insult is that the people are left to pick up the tab of these wasteful and dubious projects for years and even decades thereafter.

 

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27 Responses to “Khaw’s Admission is Indication that PAP’s Infrastructural Projects are Often Carried Out to Win Votes”

  • Oi, tidur kah:

    So what else is new?

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  • cold blooded SG politicians:

    Both Khaw and Saw Phaik Hwa are Fts. Its not surprising their performance speaks much about their quality.

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  • opposition dude:

    No surprise there, the government spent $1 billion on Bishan Park without even batting an eyelid. Try telling them to spend that amount on helping the needy and you will hear all sorts of excuses from them about not being sustainable and whatnot.

    To be frank I don’t know why Bt Panjang needs the LRT other than to show off. If the PAP wants to win votes then all the bigger housing estates like Woodlands, Yishun and Tampines might as well have one. After all these places have more voters in them so it should be easier to win them over.

    And it’s not like the PAP hasn’t used this tactic before. In previous elections they were arrogant enough to ouyright say that if you don’t vote for them your estate will be upgraded last. They sure had balls then but those balls have now shrunk. These days they just say they have this plan to rejuvenate your area during the election campaign without daring to threaten you that you won’t get it if you don’t vote for them.

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  • LIONS:

    Where LTY left,KBW picks up.
    LTY didnt want to pick up those *shits* left by lee ah long but KBW thinks otherwise.

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  • Bapak:

    Do you know why sheeps always follow the sheep keeper? Because they don’t use their brain to think and never see things beyond present days. Napolean the PApig is different.

    The keeper will look after the sheeps, provide free food (like GST Vouchers) and the sheeps felt beholden to the ‘master’. Then the keeper gets lazy and introduce sheep dogs to jaga (control their freedom) them. Napolean also introduce the Kargaroos to set his own rules to ownself-(s)elect-ownself.

    Then after (s)election, one botakhead pig said “Oh….would have preferred a contest”. Why this botak pig never say anything before the (s)election? ‘Win’ already talk bird language. He is just rubbing salts into wounds. KNNBCCB. TKSS. But I am not surprised many sheeps will say “Bo Pian” – and these sheeps odd to go the slaughterhouse fast, no immediately.

    Because all these stupid sheeps are so comfortable with daily breads, they don’t know they will end up in the slaughterhouse.

    See, someone told me because sheep brain is small. I told him to wake up his idea. He is also like those sheeps, never use his brian to think.

    Let’s compare:-
    Human brain – 1,400 grams; Pig brain – 180 gm; Sheep brain – 140 grams.

    It’s not the size that matter. It’s whether they want to use it to think or not. Napolean’s brain is only 180 gm, but he controls the stupid brainless sheeps.

    But don’t blame the sheep. Small brain bo pian. But in the world, there is oe country where 70% of its citizens (mind you, with 1,400 grams) also never use there brians. And want to go for Smart Nation (SN) some more. SN – Smart Nation or Stupid Nation?

    Excuse the broken English, uncle uneducated but never a sheep. Because uncle me use my small brain to see. I don’t use my eyes to see. I use my brian.

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  • LIONS:

    STOOPID! BODOH!(since we have malay EP?)

    ITS NOT THE TRAINS,ITS THE LOAD FACTOR ON THE TRAINS FROM THE DUMPLOADS OF FAKE FTs the PAP’S SG N PEE-m brought in here,some being HARBOURED cos they may be dubious characters like fake degree-holders or criminals?

    how mindless n mad this very dumping of planeloads of fake FTs to take away the livelihood of common sgs n cause disarray in family life n social disorder arising from ECONOMIC DISORDERLINESS by the ROGUE GAHMEN?

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  • N.Jungne:

    He volunteered after LTY left, thinking even his finger-nails can work. Now berak-batu, blame the 5 elements, LeeLong this is the CB that brings the house down. Kartek (pendek) is but hantu toyol

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  • Useless Penang Boy!:

    Should resign and join MCA (provided they want to take you!)

    Don’t try and ‘snook’ Singaporeans!

    You have failed badly in all the Ministries you led!

    Time to quit!

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  • Time to Balek Kampong!:

    Should resign and join MCA (provided they want to take you!)

    Don’t try and ‘snook’ Singaporeans anymore!

    You have failed badly in all the Ministries (especially Transport) you led!

    Time to quit!

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  • Onederfools Nation:

    Well, LTY knew exactly the root of the problems lies with the White Paper Population policy.

    N.Jungne:
    He volunteered after LTY left, thinking even his finger-nails can work. Now berak-batu, blame the 5 elements, LeeLong this is the CB that brings the house down. Kartek (pendek) is but hantu toyol

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  • Social Need more critical:

    Rather they spend it to take care of our elder and the poor who are suffering to cope with their daily basic needs.

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  • WB:

    An LRT that was so poorly designed got the approval then… any corruption?

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  • Lightning Strikes Unfilials:

    Don’t just criticise. What can SDP do? SDP CAN’T even win a single seat in Parliament despite all the favourable factors in Bukit Batok By-election. Think of how you can exploit the weaknesses in the PAP and find ways how to defeat the PAP.

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  • Ownself eat own sperm:

    Mr Bean must be regretting he kamikaze when the root cause was something bigger.

    The fundamentals was wrong.

    The population was boomz without first preparing the infra. It was a knee jerk reaction to increase woters.

    Surely the malaysia railway project wont have even bigger issues under the good hands of Khaw since he was MADE-IN-MALAYSIA as muvh as Proton is?

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  • pap Selected INDIAN president:

    cold blooded SG politicians:
    Both Khaw and Saw Phaik Hwa are Fts. Its not surprising their performance speaks much about their quality.

    this S$8 major surgery malay cow says car lite. SG local born the 70% sheep does not know. what car he has in penang his hometown? R-R.

    SG local born taxpyer money to feed his S$m car. so stupid. local born no talent? must use free gift trojan horse from najib land?

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  • pap Selected INDIAN president:

    N.Jungne:
    He volunteered after LTY left, thinking even his finger-nails can work. Now berak-batu, blame the 5 elements, LeeLong this is the CB that brings the house down. Kartek (pendek) is but hantu toyol

    very well said, bro.

    hara kiri. he said must hara kiri. he didn’t mean it for himself though.

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  • pap Selected INDIAN president:

    Lightning Strikes Unfilials:
    Don’t just criticise. What can SDP do? SDP CAN’T even win a single seat in Parliament despite all the favourable factors in Bukit Batok By-election. Think of how you can exploit the weaknesses in the PAP and find ways how to defeat the PAP.

    must be fair, bro. must be fair.

    pap has S$1 billion, and more when needed, to do all the political work.

    the OPPOSITION not only must earn a living, while watching their tails, must do what they can with what little they have.

    in Korean dramas, we see the winner in politics is the one with the biggest slush fund to do all the leg work. no magic. najib needed 1MDB. he didn’t learn from lky the need to set up najib PA to make the use of slush fund easier. najib was too honest. so najib is caught. pap needs slush fund too. see all the brand new T-shirts the PA and pap folks wear at each pap event? money from who? from 70% sheep which could have gone to make public hospital C class and B2 class more comfortable for local born patients but is wasted for pap political purpose.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Read the ST report this morning on Tharman’s Q/A with his audience at NTU two nights ago? Someone asked about “fear and gutter politics” perpetrated by PAP. His reply seemed utterly contradictory. First he “does not want to minimize the complaint” (thus conceding its truth?), but he nonetheless wanted also to declare the usual “character, honesty and truthfulness” of the PAP. As to the first, he said he had not always agreed to “the tactics” (eg. ploys to ‘fix the opposition’?) deployed by “his colleagues (PMs in particular, infamously LKY?), and he conceded that, even though things have gotten less restrictive and fearsome since older times (LKY’s?), there had indeed been fearsome dictatorship and injustices of “gutter politics”. He said he had himself lived through the politics (gutter?)of the 60s and 70s (and made to suffer personally?). Now, how is it conceivable that “gutter” politicking and the “tactics” so deployed, and the consequent injustices of dictatorial inflicting of pain and suffering (ISD detention, etc.,) be compatible with character, honesty, etc. of the perpetrators?

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  • Ho peng:

    But our 69.9% Sinkies love it! You know why?

    Some of these Sinkies are contractors benefitting from the project!

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  • Ho peng:

    Hey I forgot! Johor king alśo criticize you, caw on the crooked MRT! Remember?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Lightning Strikes Unfilials:
    Don’t just criticise. What can SDP do? SDP CAN’T even win a single seat in Parliament despite all the favourable factors in Bukit Batok By-election. Think of how you can exploit the weaknesses in the PAP and find ways how to defeat the PAP.

    How to you know SDP cannot do anything better?

    Anyone who is paid as much as this $8 hara-hiri Khaw, he/she might even make LRT flies!!!

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  • Sperm:

    If dun expose their lousy, the top in maths and science 70% still think the earth is flat wor.
    Hahahahaaa!

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  • Original masturbator:

    LIONS:
    Where LTY left,KBW picks up.
    LTY didnt want to pick up those *shits* left by lee ah long but KBW thinks otherwise.

    Put that guy Long Long there see if he can work his mojo.
    I think also die.
    But he can 一手遮天. One hand cover the sky.

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  • Fake Buddhist:

    Being MADE-IN-MALAYSIA, this former Malaysia Loyalist, now allegiance with sg, can easily balek ke his penang or not ah?

    3 times wealth conversion to ringgit wor.

    So envious.
    We leh? We ah kenna stucked in sg ah!

    Siao liao lor!

    Malaysia boleh!

    Najib Boleh!

    I also wanna renounce my allegiance with sg become a malaysia boleh wor!

    Everything cheaper there.
    More human rights and democracy.

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  • PAP.Guarantee.Win.All:

    Lightning Strikes Unfilials:
    Don’t just criticise. What can SDP do? SDP CAN’T even win a single seat in Parliament despite all the favourable factors in Bukit Batok By-election.

    Exactly… what can opposition do for you ?

    Opposition supporters are make up of people who are lazy and unmotivated complain king aka leecher. All talk only.

    Opposition supporters are always looking for free lunch.

    Once free lunch stopped, opposition supporters will just abandoned their leaders.

    Look at JBJ, Chee, Roy and Ravi.

    These leaders were abandoned by opposition supporters to face the consequences themselves when they were bankrupted.

    Vote opposition ? What can they do for you ?

    WP.Guarantee.Lose.Aljunied-Hougang.GE2020
    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah S$1 to RM 3.12
    Majullah PAP to Eternality 钱进吧PAP

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  • annelise:

    All I want to see in the press or mass media is his resignation…

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  • 陈大婶:

    赢票,好多种方法。贱有盖走廊遮雨,起薪啦,两舌啦,甜言蜜语啦。睡觉的人就醒了。

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