Be gracious in Parliament

Having watched the video on the GST debate, I felt the PAP ministers especially Shanmugam were brow beating MP Sylvia Lim by demanding an apology for asking whether the government postponed the GST hike because of negative public feedback. Many people perceive this brow beating as arrogance. I remember our former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew once told all PAP MPs in 1988 “Any show of arrogance or indifference by any MP or Minister will erode confidence in him and, later, in the government.”

“Instead of getting upset, the Ministers should be thankful Sylvia Lim gave them an opportunity to explain. If the government’s position is ‘no’ then just say no and let’s just stop at that. No need to get defensive. As PM Lee Hsien Loong rightly said at the close of the Oxley Road debate: “If MPs believe that something is wrong, it’s an MP’s job to pursue the facts and make these allegations in their own name, decide whether something seems to be wrong, and if you think something is wrong, even if you’re not fully sure, then come to this House, confront the Government, ask for explanations and answers.”

“PM Lee was echoing the view of our former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who said “All MPs new and old, should speak out. You have to speak up and bring out the grapevine criticism in the coffee shops and hawker centres. It is damaging for the government not to openly refute it with facts and argument. By bringing up apparently embarrassing issues, you help the government openly state the facts and explain the reasons for our policies and so continue to hold the ground.”

“So be gracious, no need to over-react or ask for any apology for bringing out “grapevine criticism” or “apparently embarrassing issues” in Parliament.

 

Dr Tan Cheng Bock

 

 

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24 Responses to “Be gracious in Parliament”

  • M LuHsien Wrong - woof!:

    Ahh….. our people’s president has spoken. But there’s nothing from the PAP’s president? Hmm…. wonder who is the one drawing people’s money of $1.5M annually? But of course we know, the PAP’s president would eventually become a puppet! Her silence since having taken that ‘choped’ seat has proven our suspicions right!

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  • HarderTruths:

    Dr Tan

    Are you feeling alright? This is the PAP you know?

    The same a**holes previously led by the dead despot who swore to make JBJ crawl and beg on his knees, sent others into exile and still demonising CST and CSJ

    The same a**holes who sided with LHL against the other Oxley Road combatants and use parliament to settle petty family matters

    The same a**holes who put an unelected president in power from their own party – after converting that person from Indian to Malay overnight.

    The same a**holes who rob people in broad daylight with the largest salaries in the world for doing absolutely nothing.

    The same a**holes who have their government companies to carry out corrupt acts and then refuse to prosecute them when the world found out.

    The same a**holes who live like emperors and have their families in positions of power and untouchable by $G law.

    Are you ok?

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  • N.Jungne:

    Say say only, who can’t do it? Expect them to work without eye-power hand- signal and other form of instructions. Susah lah they are all two-faced binatang.

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  • Enough is Enough!:

    The problem with this bunch of 4G ministers and MPs is that they have become arrogant only because they have the numbers and adopt a “herd mentality”. Thus far, I have not really paid much attention to Sylvia Lim but having seen her defend herself against a herd of lunatics, I must admire her wit, courage and tenacity. It is quite evident that the lot who attacked Sylvia can’t hold a candle to her but what is more glaring is the fact that they have shown themselves to be lacking in substance.

    Abraham Lincoln once said “it is better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubts”.

    Enough is enough! I hope our Ministers and MPs know when to stop.

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  • Haigen Daiz:

    The trouble with this Govt. is they didn’t know where they went wrong. The correct response came from Dr. Tan, whose statesmanship appeals to the better angels of our nature; only demagogues pander to our worst instincts. This demonstrates the ignorance, impulsiveness, lack of policy understanding of the 4G ministers to fall for it before they understood the nuance of the situation. They’re still stuck in thinking that a naive, unsophisticated electorate are easily bullied by a scholar with a bigger weapon. Art of the deal? Sylvia and Dr. Tan won hands down!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Please don’t compare the current bunch of MPs and Ministers to the first generation of MPs. This current MPs are incompetence and feeling insecure. By bullying they make themselves feel big.

    Now these MPs only work for the Party and the Dishonorable one, all but yes men and women.

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  • Dr do u know the truth?:

    When Khaw was the Minister of Health, he eas reported to have undergone heart surgery. There was alaso a general disquiet about rising medical cost. It was then he was reported as a rebuff to the public unhappiness that medical cost has risen to intoerable height to have said he only paid $8 for his surgery and hospitization in first class ward. Citizens acceoted it as a fact of the medical dental benefits for ministers. So when Heng went in for some heart ailment, netizens naturally made their quip based on the info from Khaw but was slammed as fake for Heng paid as ordinary citizens presumably would have paid as first class ward patient without proof of evidence. These are two drastic difference figure and citizens are baffled which is true.

    Being an MP with the ruling party, Dr Tan, perhaps you have access to the true information. What does a minister pay for his hospitalization? or to put it directly does ministers, president, top civil servants have medical dental Benefits? perhaos u can enlighten Singaporeans of the truth and nothing but the truth? Netizens have asked for the issue to be ckarified but no government response is forth coming. Perhaps now u may be tell us the inside stories.

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  • Leejiapore:

    Won’t be surprise they ask the author to apologise too.

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  • Amos humiliate LHL and PAP:

    Dr Tan is wrong. PAP is a bunch of hypocrites (as proven by Amos in US Court twice). What they say should not be taken at face value.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    This is NO Grapevine or Kopi Tiam talk…economist from reputable Firms are analysing these as the POSSIBILITIES to prepare their clients for any eventuality…

    And..the typical PAP lowdown Standard, with their Dogs and Bitches Barking away on Command and EMBARRASSING themselves in the process

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  • Anonymous incognito:

    Nope. There can be no civility with the party. They’ve acted like thugs jailing and destroyed too many people.and they have the temerity to demand civility.
    They need to have suffer from same weaponized rules they’ved against everyone.
    Pay back’s a b*t*h when your integrity is mocked.

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  • opposition dude:

    It’s both funny and ironic that the founder said “Any show of arrogance or indifference by any MP or Minister will erode confidence in him and, later, in the government.” because, hey, he was the one who was shown to be arrogant. Thinking himself above the very voters who he needed to stay in power he openly threatened them in 2011 by telling them to repent if they voted for the opposition. Who will ever forget that?

    PAP cannot be gracious because the current bunch of monkeys have forgotten what being gracious is. All they know is to use threats, intimidation to get what they want.

    Just look at the chief donkey himself, suing his own nephew!

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  • Great Asia:

    With a 呆 being the PM, you still believe the standard for PAP fat cats is still high?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Perspective:

    While Singaporeans go at each other in the House, foreigners are biding time and increasing in numbers. A house divided will fall. One foreigner has called us a nation of dogs. Wonder what will other foreigners think or say about this PAP-dominated Parliament?

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  • LIONS:

    Yes,*GRACE* has not been graceful.
    She is indeed disGRACEFU?

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  • Purity of virtue:

    Let the one who believes in God Most Just and in the Hereafter utter good words and speak the truth – otherwise keep silence.

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  • Spiritually bankrupt?:

    Graciousness comes from a good heart and a sound mind. When you get up in the morning and if the first thing that crosses your mind is how to fix up other people for your selfish interests, then something must be wrong with you, you must be sick in the head, you need to go for treatment for this abnormality of the mind.
    The sad part is that there are quite a few out there who are unaware that they are carrying this disease in their minds. They need help.
    For a start try this therapy, get up regularly at 3am and go to a quiet dark corner of your room and for 10 minutes or more, reflect and realize that you are hardly a speck of dust in the universe from the beginning of time till now, and that you will die one day; perhaps this powerful realization will penetrate and seep into your psyche and slowly and surely knock some sensibility in you and cause to gradually trigger in you a better understanding and appreciation of humanity and of life.

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  • honest and full of integrity:

    //With a 呆 being the PM, you still believe the standard for PAP fat cats is still high?//

    the white idiots always like to paint themselves as honest and full of integrity (holding moral high ground) and masking the wayang as best as they can but which is so glaring to the general public.

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  • Bully created by the 70%:

    Singaporeans are the rare few citizenries of the world that do not dare to demand for social justice.

    This people is not worth defending. Inhumane.

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  • Bully created by the 70%:

    Great Asia:
    With a 呆 being the PM, you still believe the standard for PAP fat cats is still high?

    Ha ha ha!

    To call him daft is to provide an excuse for his brutality.
    He is the mastermind.

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  • snr citizen:

    “If the government’s position is ‘no’ then just say no and let’s just stop at that. No need to get defensive”.

    If no explanation given, would you accept the “NO” answer and STOP AT THAT!

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  • rukidding:

    heeee…hee..hee

    That is why I say,…P.a.p. stands for Pimps and prostitutes lor !

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  • 'Presidential' Comments:

    Mdm President, you got no say or nothing to say?

    Dr Tan has spoken, it is your turn!

    Singaporeans are divided and disappointed!

    Start doing good please. Saying it is one thing, doing it is another.

    Singaporeans are waiting…

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  • Final Analysis...:

    High percentage of votes lost during the recent budget debate!

    Workers’Party scores BIG!

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