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TJS, Hazel Poa and Tony Tan

In Political governance on 26/03/2012 at 7:38 am

Both Tan Jee Say and the NSP have refused to rule out contesting Hougang. But this isn’t the only link between the two has-beens of opposition politics.

As readers will know, former presidential candidate Tan Jee Say is setting up a centre for policy discussion in Orchard Road.  Known as Heart Beat, he plans to host weekly policy discussions there. And I assume sell drinks and light refreshments to the thirsty and hungry participants of these discussions. An integrated model that sustains itself. Bully for him and his Mrs.

He hopes to sign up 100 people for his policy discussion group by year-end. The plan is for the group to meet regularly to research and brainstorm ideas, and draw up a set of alternative policies by 2014. These will be offered to opposition parties for use in their manifestos in the next general election, or submitted to the Government for consideration. Hazel Poa and her hubbie Tony have agreed to help him recruit people for this centre. 

The aims of this centre is  an advanced version of what he was thinking abt before the 2011 GE. In his article (in his book A Nation Awakes) “From Essay to Ho Say”, talked of “my plan for a non partisan [huh? strange this] central resourse pool of 15 to 20 candidates who could be distributed to the various opposition parties to augment and strengthen their existing team of candidates.” He described this to that Dynamic Duo (Hazel and Tony) “who promised help me find candidates”. The plan never took off, and TJS ended up being a GRC MP candidate for the SDP. And the dynamic duo stood as NSP candidates.

Well now it seems they are trying again. Let’s wish them luck in their plans to research and brainstorm ideas, and draw up a set of alternative policies by 2014. These policies will be offered to opposition parties for use in their manifestos in the next general election, or submitted to the Government for consideration.

 
 
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  1. It’s about time serious people offer serious alternatives to the status quo. In a healthy democracy, voters are constantly offered multiple visions. In Singapore, there is currently only one vision provided by PAP, the others are actively suppressed (by PAP.) Letting voters choose among competing proposals is a first step towards democracy.

  2. I can’t help but wonder why Jee Say wants to pay that kind of rent for his centre in Orchard Road, rather than a cheaper heartland alternative which resonates better as the people’s president in terms of image.

    Also, I think that he is just posturing about his attempt to contest in Hougang. He knows he is not going to stand a chance there at all.

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