Hougang: Why PAP’s sliming will widen its losing margin

In Humour, Political governance on 18/05/2012 at 5:46 am

(Or “Is TKL, GMS or KennethJ running the PAP’s Hougang campaign?”

PM set the tone of the PAP’s campaign by saying in his prime ministerial statement* announcing the by-election: In January this year, news surfaced of personal indiscretions by Mr Yaw … The WP first kept totally silent, then supported Mr Yaw, and then three weeks later suddenly expelled him from the party. Until now the WP has not given Singa­poreans a full and proper account of what happened, or why it acted in this way. Mr Yaw …  has said nothing, either to explain or to apologise for his behaviour, and has reportedly left the country. Both the WP and Mr Yaw have let down all those who voted for him.

He is factually correct but being factually correct will not convince any of the 65% of voters who voted WP in 2011 to vote PAP. It might even cause some of the 35% that voted PAP to vote WP. In the days before new media, with the constructive nation-building local media parroting the theme of  WP “letting down” the voters, PM’s sliming would be effective.

But this is the age of Web 2.0 and anti-PAP netizens are reminding other netizens of the  following points and netizens who are not PAP friendly (the vast majority) will likely use these as talking points when conversing with their less internet savvy parents and other relations, and friends:

— The PAP too has “black sheep” MPs who “let down” voters. These  include ex-ministers Tan Kia Gan, Wee Toon Boon and Teh Cheang Wan. Then there is a Malay MP (whose name escapes me) and Desmond Choo’s uncle (and his “inspiration”)

— Choo Wee Khiang, Desmond’s uncle is a “let down” par excellent:

  — while a PAP MP, he was suspended from his golf club for intentionally hitting a golf ball at a flight in front of his group;

  — then he said in parly there were too many Indians in little India that he needed light for which he was censured by parliament;

  — in 1999, he was charged, convicted and jailed for cheating; and

  — he is again being charged. When president of Singapore Table Tennis Association, he is alleged to have committed three counts of corruption and one count of criminal breach of trust.

(And Goh Chok Tong asked us to forgive him and “move on”? Presumably because he was a PAP MP?)

Despite this really black track record, he is a role model for Desmond, “He has always been a source of counsel … About his past, that’s history, we look ahead. Whether that has stopped him from being an inspiration to me, never”.

—  One can reasonably make out the case that Desmond Choo’s uncle will inspire him to “attack” other golfers, make racist comments and cheat people. Perhap’s Desmond’s pledge “to be a ‘independent and objective voice’ for residents in Parliament if elected – even if it might mean differing from the government” was inspired or counseled by uncle Choo the cheat? There is such a thing as the party whip? And that he would make sure Hougang remains intact “as long as I’m here”. How can he promise this when he is not a senior PAP leader? Now, “So do not mix up the democracy part with providing alternative voices and the real purpose of this by-election, which is that Hougang residents need somebody to take care of them.” So very much like the cheat Uncle Choo.

— Raymond Lim, when he was transport minister, let down all those S’poreans and FTs who rely on the public transport systems especially MRT users.

— Mah Bow Tan, when he was HDB minister, let down young S’poreans who wanted her very own affordable HDB flat.

— the then DPM Wong, who let down S’poreans, over the escape and failure to recapture a terrorist suspect.

Add to that, remember the PAP’s boast that the “PAP and the state are one”? (Or shumething like that). Well two senior ranking Home Team members were investigated (results pending) by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau for corruption and “cheating” on their wives. And what abt the ex-principal, scholar-teacher, ex-stat board lawyer and naval officer charged with sexual misconduct with a minor?

All in all, being negative abt WP, Low and Yaw doesn’t seem to be a gd idea.

Anyway, the campaign seems to be run by the likes ofTan Kin Lian, KennethJ, Goh Meng Seng, George Yeo and Lina Chiam. It is so dysfunctional and incompetent.


— Early last week, CNA reported, “Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said the Hougang by-election should not distract the country from focusing on national priorities and building an inclusive Singapore.”

But then, The by-election in Hougang is strictly about choosing the MP who can best help its residents solve their problems, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman …‘This by-election is a local election,’ he stressed at a press conference held to introduce PAP candidate Desmond Choo, ST reported last Friday.

Is Tharman saying that the voters of Hougang should not think about “national priorities and building an inclusive Singapore” i.e. national issues when voting?

— Then we had this!/photo.php?fbid=419238791433672&set=a.317075431650009.80936.315021665188719&type=1&theater

— And Desmond Choo telling us he didn’t want PAP big-shots campaigning for him, when they were flanking him at a media conference. The latest is that he said he would readily welcome support from his party’s senior leadership. Make up yr mind boy!

He also seems to have altered his appearance. Get a photo of Yaw and compare it to a recent one of Desmond: to my eyes Desmond has adopted Yaw’s glasses and hairstyle. Trying to get the gals, Desmond? Wife only god for cooking?

Finally what could the other DPM be thinking when he suggested, imitating, an old opposition witticism that voters should vote PAP because then they will get both the WP and PAP helping them. Is he implying that if the PAP loses, the PAP will no longer be “Always Here” for the voters of Hougang. Or did he run out of things to joke about? Or out of something original to say?

LKY must be frustrated at the way the campaign is being run.  Things were better run when he was the PM.

BTW, wondering where’s the ISD arrests? So asking for the ISA to be abolished is a distraction.


*Err isn’t it unprime ministerial to use an official government statement to try to slime people that oppose the governing PAP?


  1. Victor is “King”, Loser is “Slave” always applied no matter what. So vote carefully.

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  3. Here is my prediction. PAP gets under 33% (and under 30% is a REAL possibility). That’s worse than the 35% showing in the PE. They don’t have a clue how to run a real campaign. (Their strength is in MSM, FUD, and gerrymandering but they are becoming less effective.)

  4. Very simple. Take GRO & NCMP as example.
    Both are the complete opposite of each other. And we know they support NCMP model.
    One can be alternative voice in parliament, but does not represent a constituency & do much work for the citizens.
    Seen in the same context, GRO is an additional legs in the ground working for voters (who has access to resources & massive machinery of PAP govt) but does not have a voice in the parliament.
    So as a voter, is a no brainer how I can achieve the win/win outcome.
    Inventors & Supporters of NCMP should welcome the GROs model. So bring it on..!

  5. Khaw made remarks about WP mess.

    Gee, will he say the same thing when Hillary Clinton decides to run against Obama despite both are from the same party? And look what happens, the top two best brains are still working together for USA – no hard feelings.

    In this regard, WP is a lot more democratic.
    Unlike PAP, everyone hides behind the OSA (official secret acts) and “Party unity” = “Conformity” no matter how “independent” one claims to be.

    • Yes! In other words, its “GROUPTHINK” ideology the PAPYS has adopted for so many years already. Why create waves and rock the boat when everyone is feeling so comfortable in the boat for years and years.

  6. Clearly Desmond Choo is still in his honeymoon stage.

    If 81: 5 seats in Parliament is consider “democracy” and “enough alternative voices”, he would have no qualms to say the elite worker who makes $100,000 a month vs low wage worker who makes $1000 is a demonstration of good democracy/meritocracy too. This kind of NTUC chief with this kind of low benchmark are bad signs of things to come, if elected.

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