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S’poreans urged to keep “open mind”: Err what abt PM and other senior PAPpies?

In Political governance on 28/09/2012 at 6:05 am

Singapore’s Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin has urged Singaporeans to keep an open mind as the country engages in a national conversation about its future. This appeared last Monday.

Given the storm in a tea cup over the Catholic Archbishop of S’pore’s withdrawal of a letter to Function 8 that did not correctly express his views on detention without trial (if so why send it ArchieB?), PM’s assertion at a NatCon dialogue* (despite , and after, the closeness of a poll decrying single motherhood), that mums shld only breed if they are married, the previous week, and Lawrence Wong and  Sim Ann  who “demonised”** critics as anti-PAP, the former, and “spew[ers of] hate and prejudice against individuals or groups”, the latter: I couldn’t help but recall several verses from the gospels of Matthew and Luke:

(Note “mote” means “a particle of wood or chaff” i.e. it’s very, very tiny) 

– And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

– And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

– Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.

The PM’s dismissive attitude to the poll, and Wong’s and Sim Ann’s attempts to demonise critics is good evidence that the PAP hasn’t changed its mind on all but one of its Hard Truths. The only Hard Truth that has it revised is that it is no longer mean about spending our money on making life more comfortable for ourselves.

Or are PM, Sim Ann and Lawrence Wong mindlessly reciting from the PAP’s now obsolete SOP manual, rather than thinking for themselves.

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*Thinking about it, MediaCorp’s decision to have so many PAPpy zombies and other “running dogs” makes sense. I mean if there were less of them, the vote on single mums breeding for S’pore could have gone in favour of them breeding. Then PM would have very serious PR issues, no matter what he said.

**OK, OK I exaggerate but juz a little.

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  2. The PAP may have grossly underestimated the potential painful backlash that the ‘manipulated’ poll results from those staged national conversations will be in future election polls.
    We can only sadly laugh at those supposingly ‘desires’ of the people from all walks of life that the PAP gathers at each forum.

    This is just a political exercise by the PAP to have a platform to let flies the ‘planned numbers’ & ‘adjusted statistics’ that the PAP want to use to justify their policies.
    But we singaporeans know what is the real reality, don’t we?
    And why not, we lived it & is still living it now.

    lhl was so happy when the poll told him what he planned & wanted to hear, that ‘2 out of 3 agreed that more foreigners must come in’ .
    So this is what all these conversations is all about.
    In the pretext that all these ‘polls’ came from conversing with thousands & thousands of singaporeans, many may be buy-in by these ‘make-up polls;.

    However, many more will be even more determined to get rid of this regime after this stand-up show. A lie is a lie is a lie.

    Also note that this is just a ‘national conversation’, not a ‘national consultation’.
    The views & opinions are ‘talk talk only.

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