Apologise for speaking in Parliament?

I refer to the article “Grace Fu asks Leon Perera to apologise for ‘false allegations’” (Straits Times, Jan 4).

It states that “Leader of the House Grace Fu yesterday wrote to Workers’ Party Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera, asking that he withdraw his “false allegations” that Mediacorp had deliberately edited parliamentary footage of a debate on changes to the elected presidency.

She also called on Mr Perera to apologise at the parliamentary sitting next Monday for misrepresenting the facts and misleading Parliament during an earlier sitting on Nov 7 last year.”

MP wrote to newspaper to apologise?

Since we are on the subject of MPs apologising for what they said in Parliament – let’s look back in history at what are arguably – the most famous, if not the silliest MPs’ apologies.

MP for Tampines GRC, Sin Boon Ann, wrote to the Straits Times forum on 3 October, 2007 – “MP now convinced CPF funds don’t come cheap” (link) and said that:

“… it was reported that I used the word ‘cheap’ to describe CPF monies as a source of funds for the Government, in the debate in Parliament on CPF reforms.

I wish to clarify that my choice of the word was motivated by a comparison between the cost of CPF monies to the Government and the returns that the Government is able to get in the longer term through careful fund management…

I should emphasise that the word was not chosen, as some may have suggested, to imply that the Government was making money at the people’s expense.

I am glad to note that your newspaper had accurately reported my remark that any income derived from such investments has been applied for the benefit of the people of Singapore.

Having considered carefully the explanation of the Second Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, I am now satisfied and have come to the conclusion that the CPF monies, with risk-free interest guaranteed, do not represent a cheap source of funds to the Government, particularly now that the interest rate on the CPF balances has been pushed higher by the recent changes.”

MP said in Parliament – why CPF returns so low?

In this connection, another MP’s (Ong Kian Min) speech in the Parliamentary debate on CPF changes, was the “talk of the town” amongst Singaporeans.

He had made a strong rebuttal to the proposed CPF changes, particularly on the issue of why the returns on CPF are so low.

Another MP wrote to newspaper to apologise?

On 27 September, 2007 – Mr Ong wrote to the Straits Times forum, to clarify the remarks he had made in Parliament.

From rarely refreshing speeches from the heart for the people by the MPs, to the (27 September, 2007) “apology like” letters in the Straits Times by the same MPs themselves – is it any wonder why some Singaporeans say that Parliamentary debate in Singapore is kind of docile, and not very lively?

Self rebuttals of MPs own remarks in Parliament?

The letters sounded almost like “self rebuttals” of the MPs’ own remarks in Parliament!

Unprecedented in Parliamentary history?

This I believe is unprecedented in Parliamentary history.

Just when we thought a new era of more open debate had arrived …. alas …..

Speaking up in Parliament?

It may indeed have been a sad day for Singapore – who else will ever dare to speak up in the future?

What message are we sending to MPs and Singaporeans?

What kind of leaders are we grooming?

With reference to the articles “PAP wary of those too eager to please” and “In search of 4th-generation leaders” (ST, Oct 6), what kind of leaders are we grooming when they have to write to the Straits Times forum to clarify their own rebuttals in Parliament in debating national issues?

The whip?

The fact that the whip is seldom lifted, may be a stumbling block to diversity and alternative view points in Parliamentary sessions.

As for the issue of CPF changes itself, since it has been said that the CPF system is flawed, and that’s why there is a need for a major reform of the CPF system now, how can we be so sure that the proposals to fix the “flaw” were or are perfect (in Parliamentary debates)?

For arguments’ sake – if the past policies were not perfect (flawed), how can we be sure that the new policies are perfect (not flawed too) ?

Free and unfettered debate in Parliament?

Only a free and unfettered debate in Parliament can ensure that policies are subject to comprehensive and diverse review, on a continuing basis.

By the way – why not telecast Parliamentary debates live, so that arguably – Ministers and MPs don’t have to waste their time to ask for or give apologies, or worry about what they say in the heat and bustle of Parliamentary debates.

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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46 Responses to “Apologise for speaking in Parliament?”

  • VoodooChild:

    I can understand if Grace wants to defend and support a media that is listed as TOP 10 most credible in the world… but our MediaCorp is ranked 154th ??? ….. oh dear… another pap idiot.

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  • 陈大婶:

    婊子,越来越不像人。

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  • N.Jungne:

    What goes on in the Mediacocks is for Ms Fu to supervise, but asking an MP to apologize for what he said is far too much. May be Ms. Fu should apologize for not doing her job well

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  • a long time to come:

    //Mediacorp had deliberately edited parliamentary footage of a debate on changes to the elected presidency.//

    first and foremost, the whole EP thingy is a big white idiotic charade to the max lar. and lest the white idiotic gang forget, this EP wayang is going to be etched into the history of sinkie land for a long time to come.

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  • Bapak:

    Confirm yet again we have a jiak liao bee government. The economy is not good, there are so many pertaining problems yet they want to waste time in Parliament for such non-issue issues. KNN really DisGrace Fu.

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  • opposition dude:

    Disgrace Fu is only remembered for whining about her pay being cut back in 2011. She felt SOOOOOOO strongly about it that she wrote in to the newspaper to give the silly little reasons about how sacrifices have to be made and how it will deter good people from stepping forward. Sure sounds familiar doesn’t it?

    Other than that, she is also very well known for having such an unfortunate name. One which netizens never fail to forget and regularly lampoon her for it.

    Great choice for a name. Second on my list would be Chee Hong Tat. Chee hong needs no explanation but Tat sounds like tart so a chee hong tart means……….well, you know lah!

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  • Samuel S:

    Since Mediacorp said they left out is due to technical issue, why they dont apologise and explain until people complained. Ms F should also ask Mediacorp to apologise too!

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  • Damn:

    You sickening …

    Can you first apologise to all Singaporeans for your eye-popping $410,000 consultancy fee for a $470,000 bin centre ?

    https://www.ASS/article/paps-grace-fu-defends-410000-consultant-fee-nac-bin-centre-its-complex-project
    FB: http://fb.com/allsgstuff

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  • oxygen:

    PAPpy FARTING FLATULENCE yet again. CPF is not our money as the House of the Most Expensive but mostly Useless decorations was told. White monkeys all DIAM DIAM DIAM inside pretending that was truthful accounting of CPF reality.

    Many of us have investments in CPF investment scheme (which must be maintained with one of the Big Four local banks), made profits and withdrew that for holiday spending.

    If CPF is not our money, how could we used those funds to speculate on SGX, made and withdrew that profits UNLESS WE ARE THIEVES and the Big Four banks are accomplices of this criminal theft. All should be arrested, charged and convicted from criminal theft offences, right?

    HOW COME NONE IS ARRESTED AND THE BANKING LICENCES OF THE BIG FOUR BANKS NOT REVOKED TILL THIS DAY?

    So Parliament has been lied too and it accepted that lie of CPF which is a scam of stealing our invested capital return before 55 and its imprisonment of our CPF past the age of 5 is THEFT OF PRIVATE PROPERTY IN CONTRAVENTION OF STATUTORY AND COMMON LAW APPLICATIONS.

    ARE THE USELESS WHITE MONKEYS NOW ALL GOING TO KNEEL DOWN AND APOLOGIZE TO US in front of national television?

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  • LIONS:

    grace fu,you own parliament ,is it?
    your grandfather’s HOUSE,is it?

    PARIAHmen is too tame,THERE ARE TOO FEW QUESTIONS BEING ASKED AS WP is too docile already?

    if you tell WP not t ask question,maybe you can ask lee ah long to put AJ N HG under AMK GRC also???

    you ,white monkeys,want to ‘POW KOW LIAO’ the parliament,is it?

    or you all white monkeys CANNOT TAKE HARD QUESTIONS????

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  • most impressive Parliament:

    Leong Sze Hian: By the way – why not telecast Parliamentary debates live, so that arguably – Ministers and MPs don’t have to waste their time to ask for or give apologies, or worry about what they say in the heat and bustle of Parliamentary debates.

    “why not telecast Parliamentary debates live?”

    So that they can censor and doctor them and broadcast them to the numbed minded N.Koreans (Sinkies) only those parts they want to show. Do you need me to tell you what parts they will show?

    If the PAP are impressive, they don’t need to hide and will not want to hide. Alas, most of the time they are unimpressive.

    I have watched live Parliamentary debates in a few other countries I have lived in and what little fragments of Singapore’s Parliamentary debates by the highest (self)-paid politicians in the world they have selected for public view are utterly unimpressive, compared to those I have watched elsewhere.

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  • MarBowling:

    Lee Kayu once passed uncalled for and sensitive remarks about Malay/Muslim. No one dares to ask him to apologize! Can MP Leon like Lee Kayu doesn’t have to apologize but just said “I stand corrected”. Case closed and let’s move on. Ms DisGraceFool, what do you think?

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  • free unfettered debate in msm:

    Leong Sze Hian: Only a free and unfettered debate in Parliament can ensure that policies are subject to comprehensive and diverse review, on a continuing basis.

    Free and unfettered debate? In Sinkieland? Not in a million years.

    Not in Parliament. Not in SG’s Hyde Park. Not even on YouTube. Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui and 16 year-old Amos Yee paid a high price to learn it the hard way. For speaking out.

    There will be free and unfettered debate in the msm though, when the PAP lose control of them when they are thrown out of Parliament.

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  • No Apology Needed...:

    Those who regularly attend Parliament Sittings will know that Leon Pereira is stating facts.

    Maybe that particular instant was not a good example but Leon is simply sharing facts!

    What is there to apologise?

    Must as well use the timeslot to answer queries on Keppel O & M’s reported corruption!

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  • Another fixing wayang:

    Distracting the citizens from real more ugent issues in our country,that no one seems to be able or willing to fix …but pappies ever ready n got lots of time to fix the oppos…
    Time to come no more voting in elections, cuz no more opposition parties left.
    all got fixed to make way for one party rule..!!

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  • NothingElseToDo?:

    VoodooChild:
    I can understand if Grace wants to defend and support a media that is listed as TOP 10 most credible in the world… but our MediaCorp is ranked 154th ??? ….. oh dear… another pap idiot.

    Your comment is so funny …spot on too. Made me lol.

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  • a shameless plp:

    She has been behaving a nfi female plp. Asking for what apology from other?She should the one kneeling before the alter and confess how she has swear upon her faith but intending to break all in betraying the people who elected her. If she does not apologise before the altar,she should prepare to acceptvthe karmer set before her. One who forget to serve on oath will have no good end.

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  • HarderTruths:

    GF is the equivalent of an untrained K9 crapping anywhere and everywhere, biting anyone and everyone and eventually will have to booted out of the house once people realise there is no hope for her to change.

    Just make sure you have your rabies shots before engaging her.

    Grrrrrrrr….

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  • Fool:

    Miss fool……..you can refute in pariahment what you think is wrong………not apology……..never heard of.

    Perhaps Leon can do one better ………consider giving her a written reply, yes?

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  • 槟榔妹:

    傅海燕部长,好榜样,赞!

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  • Bee Wah is Better!:

    At least she goes around picking rubbish.

    ‘DisGraceFu’ is utter rubbish!

    Bee Wah for Minister of Environment and remove the ‘expensive’ bin!

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  • Low level no class politics!:

    To be expected. They are in tactical mode ie diversionary politics. Too many hot-potato businesses to handle, facing too many “problems” and they are obviously confused, so the need for a silly diversion, expect more to come, to throw attention off track and to buy time. Numbskulls!

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  • Mad House:

    It really reflects so poorly of this bunch of kitchen cabinets and whole system. Best to retire and stay in the kitchen, disqualification in passion and rights for all.

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  • Bonkers:

    L Peirera is one of the best upcoming opposition candidates deserved to be seated in parliament instead of NMP. He is calm, peaceful and gentlemanly in his way that should not be attacked for no reason in speaking up in parliament. It is a real shame! Stop further distraction and get down to do real repair to this deteriorated state, useless many bums need to save the nation by simply resigning and be replaced.

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  • COMMON SENSE:

    Why dont the gagmt apologise for many unaccountabilites and nontransparency
    in many policies, and used people money CPF for investing and losses by some $160 BILLIUONS over the last 2 yrs..and be UPFRONT IN ADMITTING and APOLOGISE.
    And rampant increases in levies, taxes without details provided why dont they gagment apologise.
    We give u power yet u ,BLANTANTLY REFUSE to account to us and abuse POWER.
    ONE see the above Leon Perira asking questioning about videos and speeches in parliament why let another party hold the rights to it and edit….as NOthing wrong.
    IN THE FIRST PLACE THIS QUESTION WILL NOT COMN UP IF THERE IS NO EDITTING DONE…AND CONTENT
    WHY DONT ALLOW VIDEOS AND DIRECT VIEWING AS IN LKY YRS some 20 yrs ago…for people to see.
    NOTHING SECRET, WHY MADE DIFFICULTIES FOR SINGAPOREANS TO SEE PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS.
    IT IS JUST THE GAGMT WANT TO USE IT TO SIDETRACK by using the above issue to void the many frustations of the people and avoid answering many questions about the costs of living of rising enormously the last yrs, and coming this yr….AND THE THE LAST YR FULL OF SHAMES THE PAP GAGMT HAD DONE.
    WHY ARE THE PAP MPS NOT ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT the CORRUPTIONS IN KEPPEL SUBSDIDIAR?? OR KEEP QUIET HOPING THE ISSUE WILL DIE DOWN.
    THEY ARE PAID SOME $15,000 PER MTH YET DONT QUESTION ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE ABOUT CORRUPTION AND INTEGRITY OF THE SYSTEM WHICH THE PAP ALWAYS BRAG.
    THEY NOW CAN BE SEEN AS NOT REALLY QUESTIONING THE GAGMT VIGORIOUSLY AS IN THE DAYS OF PARLIAMENT SOME TWO DECADES AGO WHEN MPS SUCH AS DR TAN CHENG BOCK QUALITY VIGORIOUSLY QUESTIONING THE GAGMT.
    NOW THERE IS NONE FROM PAP MP.
    DONT PROGANDAS ABOUT PAP IS CLEAN,WHEN PEOPLE NOW IT IS FULL OF SHITS OVER THESE 15 YRS.,PAP MEDIA DONT BE ACCOMPLICES TO UNTRUTHS AND HALF TRUTHS.

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  • just look at her!:

    Just look at her in the picture above, is she capable of coming out with new and innovative ideas to take Singapore into the next economic lap!!?? She is only good in digging into opposition’s slightest flaws and making mountains out of mole hills!! No wonder she is so Dis-grace -full!!…any cut in her salaries will affect her wonderful life-style of living!!

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  • Disgraceful depraved:

    Quote,
    ” So he chose castration.

    “If I had followed custom and submitted to execution, how would it have made a difference greater than the loss of a strand of hair from a herd of oxen or the life of a solitary ant?” he wrote.

    “A man has only one death. That death may be as weighty as Mount Tai or it may be as light as a goose feather. It all depends on the way he uses it.”
    ………………………………………….
    In today’s China, Sima Qian’s book, The Records of the Grand Historian, is regarded as the grandest history of them all. What Herodotus is to Europeans, so Sima Qian is to Chinese.
    …………………………………………..
    “He then ordered his Music Master to compose new licentious music and depraved songs. By a pool filled with wine, through meat hanging like a forest, he made naked men and women chase one another and engage in drinking long into the night.”

    The emperor had critics turned into mincemeat, and nobles who were not up for the party roasted alive.

    Zhou was a good illustration of a theory Sima Qian had about dynastic change, as Frances Wood, curator of the Chinese collection at the British Library, explains.

    “He introduced the idea… that dynasties begin with the very virtuous and noble founder, and then they continue through a series of rulers until they come to a bad last ruler, and he is so morally depraved that he is overthrown.”

    link,
    Sima Qian: China’s ‘grand historian’ – BBC News
    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-19835484

    The Great Leap Backward | Singapore Armchair Critic
    https://singaporearmchaircritic.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/the-great-leap-backward/

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  • minister nfi:

    The stupe Fu a minister and yet has nfi about how Parliament works. Sghit she is paid millions without any fi of the system. Same goes to the daft Speaker. What apology? Speaker should tender his resignation for not reminding The nfi GF how Parliament works. The stupid plp Gf should apologise to him instead for having no idea of how Parliament work. The PM or the entire cabinet should apologise for putting a nfi woman into their Cabinet.

    PAP is rapidly exposing their true color. Ignorance and GCT should cane himself publicly for demaning million dollar salary for pputting idiots having nfi of governance and democracy. The Parliament of MiW who approve the demand to self given salary should join GCT to apologise the Singapore Citizenry.

    PAPplps are now revealing their true character and knowledge of democratic process.
    A pack of arrogant egoistic nfi plps and nepotic shits.

    Incidentally wrt Lwl condemnation of secrecy, she should know that since her papa was in the throne, it already is a dynasty where GCT is an intermediate seat warmer. The blame should be on her papa for naming the price consort. Now she should know what plps really are. Whoever can dish out rewards, their loyalty will shift there. No loyalty only po lamp rewards relationship. As far as the Committee is concerned, she should have no worry as it was headed by a publicly self declared sibling of yours. Surely she should know how to treat the new siblings or is he hoping gto be the successor to lky empire.
    Evil begets evils! What is done to other will come back multiples. Payback time as the White which famili likes adore and kowtowwill call. But the Asians unless they are bananas called it pao in or karma.

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  • Leon Perera..minister material:

    Leon Perera; Chief Executive Officer
    Profile

    Leon serves as Spire Group’s Chief Executive Officer. He possesses 20 years of experience in delivering research and consulting across Asian and global emerging markets to leading Multi-national Companies and public sector organizations. He also has extensive experience in economic and macro-environmental analysis for business planning.

    Leon is a frequent speaker and media commentator on market growth issues. He has addressed events organized by the US Conference Board, Acc10 Barcelona, the Singapore Management University, the Silver Industry Conference and Exhibition (SCICEX) and the Institute of Policy Studies. He is regularly interviewed on television media outlets such as Channel NewsAsia, BBC World and Bernama TV. His comments are also featured in publications ranging from USA Today, China Daily, International Trade Mark Review, the Hong Kong Economic Times, Jiayouzhan (China), ZDNet Asia and Asia Inc magazine to TODAY, The Straits Times and The Business Times newspapers.

    Leon currently serves as a Non-Constituency Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Singapore.

    Experience

    Leon began his career as a Senior Officer with the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Business Development Division, serving first in the policy planning function supporting Singapore’s regional investments. He later served as Assistant Head in the EDB’s Enterprise Development Division, assisting in the growth of large Singaporean companies in the service sector spanning logistics, education and health care, to information technology (IT) services, engineering and retail.

    Leon subsequently joined Asia Market Intelligence Business Consulting, establishing their Singapore office. He organized and led business development and client liaison, while overseeing all consulting processes and outputs in the Southeast Asia region.

    Leon co-founded the Spire Group with Koh Ee Mei in the year 2000. As the Chief Executive Officer, he has overseen the acquisition of over 50 Global Fortune 500 clients in the Asia Pacific region, the majority of which have awarded multiple projects to Spire. He has overseen the delivery of over 2,000 highly customized research and consulting projects.

    Under Leon’s leadership, Spire’s footprint has extended to over 100 cities in 35 emerging market countries spanning the regions of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia/CIS and Africa.

    Qualifications

    Leon graduated from Oxford University with a Double First Class Honor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was awarded Oxford’s Gibbs Prize in Politics in his graduating year.

    Leon is currently a member of the Economic Society of Singapore, the Singapore Institute of Directors and the EDB…

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  • Grace Fu compared to Leon...:

    Ms Grace Fu graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours), and subsequently obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. She began her career in 1985 with the Overseas Union Bank and later with the Haw Par Group, in the areas of corporate planning, financial controls and business development.

    Quote…..

    However, she also maintained her position about the tradeoffs of further lowering ministerial salaries.

    “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to serve the people. However, it may not be wise to call for the tradeoffs to be tilted further to an extent that it dissuades good people from coming forward in future,” she added.

    In her previous remark on Wednesday in response to the proposed salary revisions, Fu, who is also Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Communication, Information and the Arts, hinted that further reduction in ministerial salaries might deter anyone from considering political office.

    “When I made the decision to join politics in 2006, pay was not a key factor. Loss of privacy, public scrutiny on myself and my family and loss of personal time were,” Fu had said.

    She added that, “The disruption to my career was also an important consideration. I had some ground to believe that my family would not suffer a drastic change in the standard of living even though I experienced a drop in my income. So it is with this recent pay cut.”

    However, she reiterated that it may not be “wise to call for the tradeoffs to be tilted further to an extent that it dissuades good people from coming forward in future”.
    Unquote….

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  • Change We Must:

    wow lau!, here they go again!

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    between pap disgraceful foo and WP Mr Leon Perara, give us WP Mr Leon Perara any time.

    1st, all pap MFs are liars. WE state categorically pap disgraceful fool is a liar. OKAY. sue us in your pap court. we are old. we die sooner or later. sue us. let us tell your pap newspapers why you disgraceful fool is a liar. COME. sue us.

    2nd, WP Mr Leon Perara is double first Oxford. you pap Cb only a local degree from pap U NOT EVEN 1st class. ffff. you are nothing to begin with. other than yes woman Cb to pap clown WTF are you?

    3rd, pap is a political party that happens to form government at the moment. as soon as pap kaputs we shall remind New Government to check every ffff asset of yours for wrong doing. ONE wrong shall mean changi chalet long long. SO do not gloat while things are in pap way. pap kaputs as soon as critical mass forms. WE state without apology it is going to be soon since more and more local born join critical mass due to your pap ffff ups.

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  • Did She Apologise...:

    For paying $410k as consultation fees for a bin centre?

    Ever wonder who was the consultant involved?

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  • Arrogant woman:

    Arrogance is a taboo in politic.This woman plp get a little poor, her arrogance goes wide while her ignorance breaks open wide naked. This is rpthe quality of what 4th Gen shits in PAP. Pap once attract human of substance with men of dedication and substance with great humifity and patriotism like the chichionfan woman and her busband, Lim Kim San, Goh Keng Swee. Pap went downhill when GCT betrayed the electorates by succumbing to become seat warmer thus assisting the ruthless, egoistic and nfi inhis quest of nepotism. A politician hunger for plpism is a national curse. Able men and women are knowlegeable enough and confident enough to do well without depraving themselves to be 屁蟲 The survival of 屁蟲 plps imples there must be shits around to feed these worms. The only people plps can attract are the hungry, greedy people as was recentlt unconsciously exposed by imbercile. New citizens may now be suppoeters but once they understand and become aware, they will be also the ones that will drag the regime to where it should be.
    What $8 and $10 nfi shits, liars or cons prevails shamelessly.Upright, honest and confidence men with intact integrity and human value need not operate in opacity. opacity breeds speculation and generate favorable environment from both the governed and the gpvernor for fake news one arising from speculation in opacity and from hiding behind ooacitty to mislead and con.. How can one claim to have zero tolerance for corruption when corruption has been proven and admitted over a period of over a decade without being alerted or have been alerted but well covered up for more than 10 years. No action to investigation and bring the guilties to their justified punishment impled the system still encourage similar practice. Fear of adverse criticism and working in secrecy promotes crimes. Nonone like wolf concealed in sheepskins. Opacity in public administration is simikarbto wolf in sheepskin.
    only fools and incapables fear criticism and believe in self regulating just like a serial criminter ask for no conviction as he will self regulates himselves. Would the judge acceed to this?

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  • The real issue:

    新加坡沒有天災只有又贪又没有人性的人渣。

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  • Nearly Faint:

    This prove that they are desperately in need of a distraction from the mrt and keppel corruption scandal.

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  • Rats in dark hole:

    SINkies should start asking themselves: can you trust anything in a dark hole when you have no idea what it is, what it is doing and what it has done. If if that happens upon your roof ceiling, what would you do? Many would not hesitate to engage help to get in there and find out what it is, fumigate either to drive it away or using trap to catch it and esterminate it? The reason for doing this is no one trust anything that hide in darkness. If this is what a normal human would do in a simple case of rats, stray cats, snakes, birds or any creature, what should one do when a Govt operating in the dark hole. Wouldn’t the fear of safety more pronounced and steps to drag them out in the open the most logical move? Tolerance of human in the dark should as Lee Boon Yang the former minister snd current helming Keppel Corp said about corruption which is a human activity done in the dark should be dealt with zero toerance. Such cases have happened in Keppel and have been lluying in the dark for more than a decade and caused Keppel shareholders a hefty half a billion dollar to settle. If this has been found at zero tolerance with diligent checks, by relevant institutions, Keppels shareholders would be spared having to carry the shiits these human rats did in the dark and more importantly exterminate such commercial creeps who are now at large somewhere in the corperate world. They could still be in Keppels waiting for the next strike and hefty bonus if succeeded. So zero tolerance cannot be uphold with words, ACTION is paramount. In the words of another big gab, plain kpkb about zero tolerance is just noises in the environment. PAPists have proven beyond doubts that theyonly see their evils in other and needed immediate extermination but sre actually lurking in their souls. If past PAPplps and retired Ministers and MPs having their millions dollars recluse in Keppels did with just the same vigour as what their
    comrades in AHTC, Keppel Corp shareholders would not have to carry their shits. LKY claimed that he and his plps can do the checks and balances themselves without the opposition and critics has been proven beyond doubts that it is just noises of the environment or better emphasised in Chinese as 庇话. Even with public audit and AGO, tose rats were able to gnaw away in darkness. AGO is supposedly external instrument of checks and balances. Besides there is also CPIB housed in PMO which is oblivious for the whole past decade while thr rats did in great success and is (cpib) still in passive mode in PMO waiting for the musical chair munster seriously thinking whether he should proved himself, lperhapsl like his boss with his famili saga, in Parliament that he is not lying on his $8 surgery +++ charges.
    Rats in the dark hole at home is peanut…

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  • |The Patriotic Singaporean:

    I normally only read articles here but don’t reply. But this article, I feel the need to do so. If not I would be doing Singapore and fellow Singaporeans a disservice.

    I am a Singaporean doing my graduate studies in a first world western country.

    When I read this article, not only was I shocked to my bones, I am also disappointed and speechless. The PAP has grown to be too powerful and above the law such that Minister Grace Fu is actually demanding an opposition MP to apologize what he said in Parliament? It seems like the PAP is trying to suppress free speech, even in Parliament!

    It should be Grace Fu’s duty to defend and explain or even prove the opposition is wrong and not simply demand an apology. This looks really bad not only on her but on PAP as a whole.

    When I told my western friends here about this news, they were all really surprised and appalled, that a country so successful and advance like Singapore has such a Parliament. They said Grace Fu is not behaving like a minister. And Singapore is not a true democracy.

    Seriously, I don’t think I want to return to Singapore. Who knows the police might trace me and arrest me at the airport for making such a statement here.

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  • |The Patriotic Singaporean:

    Grace Fu compared to Leon...:
    Ms Grace Fu graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours), and subsequently obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. She began her career in 1985 with the Overseas Union Bank and later with the Haw Par Group, in the areas of corporate planning, financial controls and business development.

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    However, she also maintained her position about the tradeoffs of further lowering ministerial salaries.

    “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to serve the people. However, it may not be wise to call for the tradeoffs to be tilted further to an extent that it dissuades good people from coming forward in future,” she added.

    In her previous remark on Wednesday in response to the proposed salary revisions, Fu, who is also Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Communication, Information and the Arts, hinted that further reduction in ministerial salaries might deter anyone from considering political office.

    “When I made the decision to join politics in 2006, pay was not a key factor. Loss of privacy, public scrutiny on myself and my family and loss of personal time were,” Fu had said.

    She added that, “The disruption to my career was also an important consideration. I had some ground to believe that my family would not suffer a drastic change in the standard of living even though I experienced a drop in my income. So it is with this recent pay cut.”

    However, she reiterated that it may not be “wise to call for the tradeoffs to be tilted further to an extent that it dissuades good people from coming forward in future”.
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    When I looked at Grace Fu’s working experience as compared to Leon’s colorful working experience, I feel that she is just a clerical officer level staff. What a shame to have such a minister!

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  • Who would you choose:

    Strictly on meritocratic principles, based on observation and media information and hearsay, between the two of them, who is the better quality portrayal of an effective political representative of the people.

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  • Meritocratic decision:

    Put them before any sane selection board, Leon Perera wins hands down.

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  • Sick and tired of it all:

    If this saga is not all about deliberate “playful” or could call it “stupid” abuse or misuse of power and position, then what do you call this.
    Nothing better to do, is it.
    Just let the relevant parties state the facts and let those following this side show decide what it is all about.
    After all it’s politics isn’t it.

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  • Better not please!:

    By the way – why not telecast Parliamentary debates live, so that arguably – Ministers and MPs don’t have to waste their time to ask for or give apologies, or worry about what they say in the heat and bustle of Parliamentary debates.
    Leong Sze Hian

    They won’t do it. It will be an embarrassment. It will be made up of orchestrated back and forth exchanges. Anyway please save us the ordeal of witnessing the lack and dearth of intellectual strength and depth and stamina and conviction of our politicians.

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  • The art of fixing:

    It is in their manual.

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  • Nomore complaints allowed:

    Dr chee js, leon pereira n Kenneth jeyeratnam shd get voted in to parliament…no buts about it.
    We need these guys in, like yesterday!
    Precious time a-wasting

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  • 陈大婶:

    Leon Perera ! 高招 !

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