What does ‘mislead’ in Parliament actually mean?

I refer to the article “Parliament: WP’s Leon Perera apologises, withdraws statements on Mediacorp’s editing of parliamentary footage” (Straits Times, Jan 8).

It states that “House Leader Grace Fu acknowledged and thanked Mr Perera for the apology, adding she did not want to “read too much” into whether his intentions were deliberate.

“The MPs are given parliamentary privilege to speak freely and surface different views, but this must not be misused to misrepresent facts or mislead the Parliament,” said Ms Fu, who sent a letter to Mr Perera last week asking him to apologise.

“Statements that are wrongly made in this House deserve to be retracted if it is indeed untrue, so that members can benefit from the discussion and restore trust in each other’s statement in this House. Only in that way, we can have a useful and effective discussion in this House,” added Ms Fu, who is also Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.”

In this connection, let’s try to look at some examples in Singapore’s history to try to have a better understanding of possibly some of the issues – from a perspective of “public interest and fair comment”  – as to what may or may not be construed as “misleading”?

The Finance Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam in a Parliamentary reply in July 2014 said that only the GIC managed CPF funds.

“The CPF Board invests CPF members’ monies in Special Singapore Government Securities (SSGS). These are issued specially by the Government to CPF Board. They are not traded instruments. The payout from the SSGS is pegged to the interest rates that the CPF Board is committed to pay its members…the comingled funds are first deposited with MAS as Government deposits. MAS converts these funds into foreign assets through the foreign exchange market. A major portion of these assets are however of a longer term nature, and are hence transferred over to be managed by the GIC.

The SSGS proceeds are not passed to Temasek for management. Temasek manages its own assets, and does not manage any CPF monies.”

So, why is that in 2007, when MP Low Thia Kiang asked, “I would like to seek clarifications from the Minister. Does the GIC use money derived from CPF to invest?” – Then Manpower Minister Ng Eng Hen said, “The answer is no”? (parliamentary source)

And also why did the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew say in 2001, when he was the chairman of GIC, that “I want to clarify that there is no direct link between the GIC and the CPF.”. The Straits Times carried an article headlined, “GIC does not use CPF funds: SM Lee”?

Then Minister for Labour and Communications Ong Teng Cheong said in 1982 that, “CPF savings form a large portion of Singapore’s savings. These savings are used for capital formation which means the construction of new factories, installation of new plant and equipment, expansion of infrastructure such as roads,’ ports and telecommunications, the building of houses and so on”. Temasek has an annualised return of about 16% per annum, since its inception.

Since state companies like SingTel were arguably built with CPF funds and were transferred to Temasek – is it arguably, categorically and absolutely correct for the Finance Minister to say that “No. It (Temasek) has never managed CPF funds”?”

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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25 Responses to “What does ‘mislead’ in Parliament actually mean?”

  • opposition dude:

    Too many cases of PAP telling lies and being found out, we do not need to know we are being misled or whatever lah.

    MRT frequent disruptions we get “MRT is 3x more reliable compared to 2015″ and “Trains are more reliable because they fail after 300000km instead of 150000km”

    Faulty lifts resulting in one elderly lady getting her arm amputated and another elderly man dying and it’s Sigma’s fault. Not HDB’s fault. But who outsourced the lifts to Sigma and failed to keep an eye on them?

    So the ongoing saga about Keppel’s bribes, to me that is another round of lies and misleads. The facts are clear, Keppel got fined for paying bribes so no amount of excuses from PAP will be able to change that.

    And no nonsensical “Singapore has no corruption” statement ever from these monkeys. For one, Keppel was paying bribes for over a decade.

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  • Criminal Offense:

    This is a criminal offense, misleading Singaporeans in Parliament. Any “independent” law enforcement unit able to investigate and do justice?

    The culprits must made a public apology and retract their statements.

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  • HarderTruths:

    What is the point of Parliament when every response to a question is a calculated ‘misleading’ falsity and every question that cannot be answered is to be apologised for?

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Lies & Fake News they go Hand – in – Hand lah Leong Kor!!!

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  • PAP:

    PAP is the chief misleader in SG parliament …

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  • Perspective:

    To “mislead” is to deceive, to misrepresent, to cover-up, to misinform, to hoodwink, to fool, etc. In Parliament, these do not apply to the PAPpy because they believe themselves to have so much integrity; only Opposition WP are said to have no integrity. LOL!

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  • Ruled by Lor:

    They are masters of using the so-called Rule of Law.

    It’s that simple.

    And singaporeans Always say there is nothing they can do about it, that is, Boh bian.

    Everything in sg is boh bian.
    This means the People has no power. They FEEL POWERLESS AND HELPLESS.

    THEY ASKED FOR IT.

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  • oxygen:

    I RECALL ROY NGERNG DISPLAYED CAPTURED SCREEN SHOT from Temasek Holdings website saying that it manages our CPF money.

    And GIC was incorporated in 1981. So which entity managed our CPF savings prior to GIC’s incubation?

    So we have DIFFERENT PAPpys offering different versions of its “truths” at different point in time. Only one version is truth – the others are lies, fantasy and propaganda deceptions. The question is which one is truthful accounting?

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  • rukidding:

    Ha,ha,ha,….

    Miss Fool now kena get “caught” into own “dirty” game !

    Maybe , Mr Hen and Oldfart must now “apologise” for “misleading” all !

    But,…what’s the use ????

    We should,..by now,…expect this kind of “twist” and “childlike play” being used by these Pimps and prostitutes ( P.a.p.) to “make others to look like fools, whilst , hoping to think that others (the public) cannot “dig up” and “exposed” their own “shit” !

    What to do,…when they think that they are “smarter” ?

    Very soon,…all their “dirts” would be exposed by GOD’s doings !

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  • Stupid WP:

    Why should u apologise? u have said what u have seen read and conclude. It is pap has to apologise.See they don’tveven bother to attend.Whyvthe shit they want to stand for election? A bunch of disgusting idiots. It is evil to fleese Singapore for zero work. Lee Boon Yang appears to take shit of zero tolerance. If PAP is indeed zero tolerance.
    , these absent mps should be publicly charge for corruption, taking people money and no work. Lky said no free lunches.His son seems to give out free lunches at Singaporean expense to the 4th generation of parasites. GCT must be the worst rotten idiot to believe there are good people in pap to assume Pm. The potential one is on the akance with muscal chair idiot as $8 vs thousands for minister heart failure, the $10chaitowkwei politically PAP self gratified millionaires llooking down on wet market food court patrons and insidious to the chaitowkwei hawker in wet market foodcourt for shortchanging his customers for his $3 a plate relative to the rich politically punk. Chok as your classmates and scout mates called u do bow and pologise to citizenry for your betrayal and myopia. Do surrender your rotten idiot award or better rename the award as the rotten idiot extremo of the decade. Really a bunch of Rotten idiot in Old Rotten Idiots.

    Cheng Bok, it is your chance to say something about squeaky clean and zero tolerance farce as an inside rebel which u r so damn proud of. So is also another rotten idiot roving a now acts like a head shrink turtle. where is the flare? what about the father in law of the exile and scare son in law. Ya where r these talk big and then shrink times and again. Rise for the just and hibernate for ever under the load of shits yelping about zero tolerance, indian taken as malay, taichi musical chair munsters.

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  • CPF:

    Ng bh said no. Would CPF board published financial statement for the 5 decades showing how cpf manage the fund. Secrecy implied something to hide. What are required a blackout of the info. It is time for CPF to come clean with the contributors.
    The AGO presumably must have audit CPF financial records or as lky claimed the govt finance needs ampteen man years to compile for President otc to reviewed. This seemed to imply no audit no proper maintenance of records. Seems like criminal charges if company do not keep proper finance records, audited by company appointed public accountant and AGO audit.
    Speculations are natural and logical with zero transparency. Justice against speculation should logically pulled evidence from the dark hole into the open to verify that speculations untrue. Without that seems to be unjustifiable. Suspicion by speculation makes suspect not reliable without solid evidence that is switch on the light in the dark hole. The historic dark hole of calcutta with the deadly plague is so called not without reason. Justice is transparent and so must the verdicts based on exposing all that r happening in darkness. zero tolerance is only congruent with zero opacity.

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  • Read And hear The Right Things:

    We are the Pappies, we can say whatever we liked. So what can you do about that?
    This is not the first time we lied and will never be the last.
    You voted overwhelmingly for us and paid us millions, isn’t that you wanted?
    Get what you voted dafts.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    opposition dude:

    Faulty lifts resulting in one elderly lady getting her arm amputated and another elderly man dying and it’s Sigma’s fault. Not HDB’s fault. But who outsourced the lifts to Sigma and failed to keep an eye on them?

    so well said, bro. Your statement is perfect. Quote, it’s xxx’s fault. Not yyy’s fault. But who outsourced the lifts to Sigma and failed to keep an eye on them?

    IT can be used as the exact STATEMENT for all the current ills in pap run Singapore.

    take mrt langgar. replacing xxx with THALES and yyy with MRT we get,

    it’s THALES’s fault and not MRT’s fault. But who outsourced the signal system to THALES and failed to keep an eye on them?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    pap selected INDIAN as president. BUT ic says INDIAN. WTF.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • oxygen:

    I HAVE COMPELLING APPREHENSION that a large part of the public mind must conclude correctly that our SWFs operational opacity and accountability is a fetid of sewage.

    Even for a single bad investment, it seems necessary that Parliament needs to be kept in the darkness of truth. GIC IS A SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDER OF AUSTRALIAN-LISTED uranium producer – Paladin Energy Ltd. Botak denied in Parliament that GIC has any investment in its book either as asset or liability.

    HE IS PROVEN INCORRECT. Here is my proof.

    http://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20130814/pdf/42hnqk7kv7pw9b.pdf

    This investment lost a lot of money in book value term relative to GIC entry price but GIC has NOT sold out a single share

    https://www.facebook.com/PeopleForTrueRuleOfLaw/posts/819011848132218

    and this

    The overwhelming bulk of this Paladin Energy stocks were acquired above 80c, at various prices with the initial purchase maybe exceeding $2 per share and were bought after Fukushima nuclear accident.

    Paladin is now trading around 21c, sustained massive operating losses exceeding $1 billion since 2011, Unless heavily recapitalized by new funds from existing shareholders and/or incoming new investors, Paladin Energy has become a funeral stock of no survival hope.”

    Your thoughts?

    https://www.facebook.com/TREmeritus/posts/1040217576068400

    PALADIN ENERGY IS NOW IN FINANCIAL COMA and could turn any moment into a FUNERAL stock. It is still listed on the Australian Stock Exchange but trading in its shares is now suspended. There is thus no escape for trapped shareholders to salvage even a few cents.

    Ms DISGRACEFUL must be asked to apologize to the House of the Most Expensive but mostly Useless Decorations why different versions of windy happy contradictions were sang in there.

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    Five decades of PAP governance has shown that not only do they have a monopoly on the media, judiciary and commerce, they have hijacked and rewritten the English language too with words like transparency, accountability, meritocracy, cronyism, corruptibility, to name but a few; and now “mislead” too, where the PAP’s definition of such words, could not be further from the original !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • 陈大婶:

    第屎代领导人,一闻不如不见。

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  • Select Committee For Fake News:

    Now they are going to form a Select Commitee against Fake News. Didn’t they know that they are the main source of Fake News ?

    They will only report the good news about themselves and blocked out any bad news about themselves. They will only tell you what you need to know. Or they may even massage the data and make it look attractive.

    Eg the high GDP. This is not because of real business profits or high productivity. A substantial part comes from taxpayers money for the road digging all over the islands. Cannot be a coincidence that all the pipes and cables need to be replaced at the same time now.

    Now shortfall of funds, just increase the tax for the people water tax GST and whatever they can think of.

    Unemployment figures is low. But low for PR or citizens ? Nobody will know because they lump PR and citizens together into local residents. Smart massaging of data. And they gave out a lot of PRship to foreigners so that they can be camouflaged as local resident group.

    To prevent TCB from becoming President they staged a drama to get three ‘Malays’ to bid for the Presidency and finally disqualified two of them and their chosen Pap ‘Malay’ became the President. However they didn’t know that the public knew the ‘Malays’ are actually Indians and this election is only for Malays and not Indians or Muslims. One of them came from our secondary school. You cannot hide the facts.

    Now with the Keppel corruption case they are in desperate speed to churn out more Fake News for the cover up of their blood brothers involved.or

    Indranee use your brains, please don’t overdo it as it becomes very obvious.

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  • Justice Bao:

    I, Justice Bao, here by find the defendants guilty of misleading Singaporeans as it has been established that there is a link between CPF money and GIC. I hear by sentence them to 24 strokes of rotan.

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  • Sperm Sporem:

    But Singaporeans, the so-called study very well and regujitate very well ones, Voted them non-stop since the beginning, ensuring the status quo.

    Now, the have Weak People power, which is an understatement.

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  • 扁蒜头:

    陈大婶:
    第屎代领导人,一闻不如不见。

    你很喜欢屎味道?

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  • 陈大婶:

    小朋友,你要乖乖。大人说话,小朋友别插嘴。Aunty 早料到会有一个小朋友,自以为是。没事找事,无聊透顶,癞蛤蟆。

    扁蒜头: 你很喜欢屎味道?

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  • 陈大婶:

    不好意思,语气重了一点点,点点。见谅啦!

    扁蒜头: 你很喜欢屎味道?

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  • LIONS:

    SINCE MINISTER NG CAN SAY PAP GAHMEN NEVER MAKE USE OF CPF MONEY TO ‘INVEST’,THEN WHY KEEP OUR MONEY AT ALL?

    PLS RETURN US,WE WILL INVEST OURSELVES???

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  • 扁蒜头:

    陈大婶:
    小朋友,你要乖乖。大人说话,小朋友别插嘴。Aunty 早料到会有一个小朋友,自以为是。没事找事,无聊透顶,癞蛤蟆。

    哇兰!

    好可怕—-脏牙无爪,这幅德性,吓死我了!

    我现在满满一裤裆的屎,不但必须去洗裤裆,今晚还必须吃惊风散,压压惊。

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  • 陈大婶:

    话在后头,不是叫你见谅了咯!别小惊大怪呀。

    扁蒜头: 哇兰!

    好可怕—-脏牙无爪,这幅德性,吓死我了!

    我现在满满一裤裆的屎,不但必须去洗裤裆,今晚还必须吃惊风散,压压惊。

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