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New Hope: Why Dr Tambyah can flip PAP voters

In Uncategorized on 09/08/2018 at 1:53 pm

For starters, Dr Tambyah calls for “basic human rights, like housing, healthcare and basic education” showing that he’s a good man, with a good heart like Dr Tan Cheng Bock who still has PAP voting supporters: Why many PAP voters are ready to be flipped

Next, Dr Tan Cheng Bock has commended Dr Paul Tambyah to his supporters with

“I know men like Paul Tambayah is a 1st rate human being and doctor who cares for the country. I find it hard to label him otherwise.”

His refusal to commend the likes of Mad Dog and the others also sends his supporters a message that he supports Dr Paul.

Dr Paul’s call for “basic human rights, like housing, healthcare and basic education.”

“I was looking for a party with a very clear-cut ideology and the SDP is very much left-of-centre. It was in line with my own personal views on basic human rights, like housing, healthcare and basic education.”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/paul-tambyah-chairman-singapore-democratic-party-on-the-record-10527550

reminds older voters (and hopefully they’ll remind their young) that in the days of LKY and Dr Goh, the PAP had left-of-centre policies on housing, healthcare and basic education. The SDP’s policies are closer in spirit to the the old PAP policies, than present day pay and pay policies. Too bad that Mad Dog’s presence ( Chee reinvented SDP after making it toxic) as the SDP leader makes this message impossible to get thru to the voters that can be flipped.

Finally Dr Paul is happy to acknowledge that S’pore is a less repressive place than it was in the past. Can you imagine any of the other Oppo politicans saying the following which gives the lie to Kirsten Han’s assertion that S’pore is a repressive place and getting worse?

He admits his friends and family were worried that joining an opposition party would put his career in jeopardy.

“Lots of well-meaning people said to me, “Oh, you have to be careful”.

He recalls how after he gave a speech at an SDP rally in 2011, he went to Mount Elizabeth Hospital to visit a friend and people asked him if he was there to buy a clinic.

“They thought my days in the university were numbered and I think that when I got my promotion in 2013 to full professor with tenure, everybody was pretty shocked.”

He says while he, too, was worried initially, he “was tremendously reassured by the senior leadership of the university”.

“I think there are elements within the university who strongly feel that there is a need to speak up about issues which are important, as long as you do it in a responsible and rational way.

“The university has changed; I think it’s a lot more open but also social media has come into play. And you’ve seen what happened with Cherian George when he was denied tenure (at Nanyang Technological University, NTU). He had a voice and he was able to talk about it and I don’t think that NTU came out very well from that whole incident.”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/paul-tambyah-chairman-singapore-democratic-party-on-the-record-10527550

After he gave his first speech for Oppo in 2011 (long before he joined the SDP), I emailed him asking for his personal email address (he uses his NUS one) as I expected him to be fired.
He told me, “Things have changed in S’pore”.
I hope the cybernuts and other rapid anti-PAP haters realise this too and craft their strategies and tactics according. But don’t hold yr breadth. This was written in Sept 2012: Time for Opposition to rethink assumptions, lest it repents after next GE.
All the best to him even as Mad Dog prepares to get rid of him:  Akan Datang: Boodbath in the SDP.

You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king.

Black Panther

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Akan Datang: Boodbath in the SDP

In Uncategorized on 31/07/2018 at 10:53 am

Or “Why Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s words of wisdom will cause Mad Dog to start a purge in the SDP”

“I know men like Paul Tambayah is a 1st rate human being and doctor who cares for the country. I find it hard to label him otherwise.”

Part of Tan Cheng Bock’s Facebook post that was in response to Derek de Cunha’s statement that Tan Cheng Bock would tarnish his reputation by mixing with “third, fourth, fifth rate politicians.” (Waz the point Mad Dog? Where are the Wankers?)

Well he didn’t say such nice things about Dr Chee, Lim Tean, Goh Meng Seng, Pwee and the other oppo clowns politicans present at the meeting: Tambayah (Reminder: SDP’s chairman) wasn’t at the meeting because as he later said on FB, he had a long-standing previous engagement to attend.

The praising of Dr Tambayah is particularly telling as the only words of praise of the clowns were

To be fair, many from the 7 parties stood in past elections because they believed they acted in Singapore’s best interests.

Dr Tan didn’t say he believed that they acted in Singapore’s best interests, only that “they believed they acted in Singapore’s best interests”.

Whatever, all the best to Dr Tambayah though I wouldn’t be surprise to see (OK, OK I’m predicting) Paul torn to bits soon by Mad Dog when he (Mad Dog) realises that Dr Tan is referring to him (Mad Dog) when Dr Tan talks of
some may also need to stand down and serve from the backroom if it is for the good of the country.
Mad Dog will get rid of Dr Tambayah, and the many young PMETs that joined him in the SDP will leave, if they are not also defenestrated alongside Dr Tambayah, leaving behind the clowns and losers.
Look at what happened to Mr Chiam and the SDP when Mad Dog realised that Chiam realised the threat to the SDP and S’pore that Mad Dog was posing with his antics.
The result? SDP lost all its MPs and went into the Wilderness. There it has remained since then, toxic and unelectable: Chee reinvented SDP after making it toxic.
Dr Tambayah and allies were changing this perception but they’ll be purged sooner than later.
Sad.
Btw, I really I hope that Mad Dog proves me wrong by stepping down or at least not tearing Dr Dr Tambayah to shreds. But I’m not holding my breath.

 

PAP’s kung fu with tax payers’ money

In Political governance, Public Administration on 17/07/2018 at 11:00 am

PAP knows how to make yr money its money and make you grateful for it spending money on you.

Those were my tots when I read Dr Paul Tambyah:

[t]he PAP’s ability to mobilise state resources in other ways is “very, very difficult to try to go up against”, he says.

“During my first clinic session after the election, a patient of mine who I’ve been treating for many years wheeled himself into the room in his motorised wheelchair and he said, ‘Doc, you guys ran a good campaign. Too bad you all lost.’ I said, ‘Thank you. By the way, where do you live?’ Then he said, ‘We live in Yuhua, but you know, (Minister) Grace Fu gave us this wheelchair.’ Then I said, ‘She didn’t give you the wheelchair. This is paid for by your taxes’.

“He said, ‘No, no no, she came to my house with an entourage of people, with her photographers and she gave me the wheelchair’.”

Even though Dr Tambyah says he reiterated that ‘it’s your money that went into this wheelchair’, his patient ‘refused to accept’ it.

“This was a guy I’d been looking after for 10 years. He knew me. We got on with each other very well. But at the same time, he felt indebted to the ruling party politician because she was able to, in his mind, provide him with mobility.”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/paul-tambyah-chairman-singapore-democratic-party-on-the-record-10527550

Related post written in Sept 2012: Time for Opposition to rethink assumptions, lest it repents after next GE

SDP should walk the walk — East to West

In Uncategorized on 14/01/2018 at 11:29 am

Reading the SDP’s rants blaming the PAP for the rainy weather and corruption in Brazil (OK, OK I exaggerate but only a little), I was reminded of this recent post by a fellow S’porean

I was to go on my own “walking tour”—a walk across Singapore.From Tuas to Pasir Ris

https://www.tripzilla.com/walking-across-singapore/72239

Read it, it’s good.

Mad Dog Chee walked around S’pore a few yrs back. Btw, it’s alleged that he cheated. PAPpyists say he was driven around in a mercedes, stepping out now and then for photo ops.

Whatever, SDP should do a follow-up: Dr Paul should walk from Coney Island to Tuas, meeting fellow S’poreans along the way.

He needs the exercise. At the recent wedding of the daughter of another Oppo politician, Dr Paul looked like a fat cat, while Minister Shan looked lean and hungry.

Indian sabo Indian

In Uncategorized on 03/09/2017 at 1:33 pm

I was reminded of TISG’s record of sabos* when I read

Malaysia’s Health Ministry will write to Singapore to express its disappointment over allegations that there had been a delay and demand for payment before treating Justinian Tan, a Singaporean who died after an accident in Johor Baru on Aug 25, according to a report on Malaysian news portal Berita Harian.
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/malaysia-to-write-to-singapore-over-allegations-regarding-9180252

It was TISG that first “reported” the “story”.

So now trying to start war between M’sia and S’pore isit?

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The “I” in TISG stands for “Indians” not “Independent” because according to a previous editor (Indian) it’s “a bunch of Indians”. It could also stand for “Idiots”, though as there’s someone really smart there now, it’s unfair to use the moniker “Idiots”.

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I hope TISG gets taken to the cleaners if its allegations over the death are found to be untrue.

Seriously the publisher of TISG Kumaran Pillay claims he and his publication have progressive values. But obviously not enough to resist fixing (For thirty pieces of silver?) a real progressive. What do u think?

Last week I gave some opening remarks at a May Day commemoration event organized by Transitioning.Org, a Singaporean organization dedicated to helping unemployed and under-employed Singaporeans.

An anonymous writer from “The Independent Singapore” who was not even at the event put his own spin on this segment with an edited video clip on their website with a click-bait headline. Due to this irresponsible article, there are people in institutions connected with me who have expressed their concerns. I am also appalled at the misrepresentation by “The Independent Singapore”. Anyone who was at the event will know that I was not referring to NUH hospital administrators at all or the entire healthcare system, but calling out bad behavior by those who try to divide us.

Academics and professionals have a duty to support the “system” when it is doing the right thing and to raise our concerns when it is not, and to do so not just behind closed doors but in the public square. To paraphrase James Baldwin, “I love Singapore more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”


*Some other sabos:

“The Idiots — S’pore”: From PAP loudhailer to running dog?

The Idiots — S’pore” keeps on promoting divisiveness?

 

The real size of the water protest rally/ Where are the cybernuts?

In Uncategorized on 13/03/2017 at 2:24 pm

More than 100 people gathered in Singapore’s Speakers’ Corner on Saturday for a rare protest against a government plan to hike water prices that has stirred discontent over sluggish economic growth and rising unemployment in the city-state.

Reuters

I hope Dr Paul, one of the speakers at the rally, and a numbers man is not disappointed at the size of the crowd.

Relative to our population, the crowd size is more than 12,000.

(The reasoning for this)

Still too bad that none of the KPKBing cybernuts screaming and ranting at the price hike didn’t bother to turn up. They could have made a difference. Gibert Goh’s first two immigration protests each drew a crowd of 5000. This worked out to be about 58,000 S’poreans at each protest. That got the PAP administration to wake up its ideas a little.

Gift for Dr Paul and the SDP

In Uncategorized on 24/12/2015 at 1:12 pm

He and the Young Turk professionals should read this and learn how to fix the PAP administration’s bureaucracies at little risk to themselves.

Extract from FT describing the book

The Simple Sabotage Field Manual — produced in the second world war by the US Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency — was designed to illustrate how, at little risk to themselves, saboteurs in occupied territories could damage organisations.

The Wedge and Dangerous Pre­cedent are echoed in the OSS: “Advocate caution: Be ‘reasonable’ and urge your fellow conferees to be ‘reasonable’ and avoid haste which might result in em­barrassments or difficulties later on.”

… the OSS urges its saboteurs to “insist on doing everything through ‘channels’. Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions . . . Be worried about the propriety of any decision. Raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the jurisdiction of the group, or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon.”

… the OSS urged readers to summon up the pedantic spirits. “Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions. Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to reopen the question of the advisability of that decision,” the spooks advised, adding that irrelevant questions should be brought up frequently. “When possible, refer all matters to committees for ‘further study and consideration’. Attempt to make the committees as large as possible — never less than five.”

At this time of year, recall that OSS urges saboteurs to “make speeches. Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your points by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences.”

Whatever, it’s a lot better than this BS from Tan Wah Piow.

Merry Christmas all.

Somewhat related post

 

Will the real SDP, Dr Chee pls stand up?

In Political governance on 23/09/2015 at 4:54 am

After the GE, it was heartening to read this

Paul Tambyah: “This election has confirmed how hard it is for opposition politicians in Singapore to get their message across. I would like to continue with this process unless the PAP adopts all our policies and moves towards social justice (!) because that is what is most important to me rather than who is in power. Singaporeans are not really a selfish people; we do believe in democracy, justice and equality as pre-requisites for peace and prosperity despite the cynicism and materialism around us.”

It was a sign that the SDP had matured.

But then, in a statement that was published on TRE (among other sites), Dr Chee wrote:

“At home, anger at the current political situation is palpable [Huh? OK on TRE] and some have resorted to action [TRE cybernuts are shoutong obscenities and cursing their fellow S’poreans? Nothing unusual there.] . If the PAP is content to label this group of citizens as the ‘noisy minority’, … For these people, the prospect of being unable to bring about political change through the ballot box only makes the PAP’s claim of legitimate power sound dangerously vacuous.”*

And then: ‘Speaking before a crowd that filled the SDP’s headquarters and spilled out the front door, SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan argued that the power imbalances in the system meant “elections in Singapore can have one, and only one, outcome… PAP victory.”

Control over the mainstream media, the use of the People’s Association for party purposes and the placing of the Elections Department under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Office have stacked the deck against opposition parties, assuring the continuance of PAP dominance in Singaporean politics, Chee said**.

(TOC)

Is Dr Chee reverting to  his Mad Dog persona? Is he Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? If so, Dr Chee needs to be forced to his medicine? Or should the dosage should increase?

These are questions that some of us that rooted for the SDP are asking ourselves.

All I can hope is that the new look SDP is not wayang, or will be discarded anytime soon. And that Dr Chee is juz venting his frustrations. Even that is putting a gloss on the situation as it shows that he’s an immature person despite his age, and undoubted intellectual powers, and charisma.

Time to write-off the SDP***? Until it gets a new leader that will take it along the paththat the SDP seemed to have gone down the last few yr until Dr Chee’s outbursts?

One can only watch and wait.

During the elections Paul joked about Tharman joining the SDP, if the PAP splits. Well it looks more likely that if the Mad Dog returns to form (Cannot teach old dog new tricks?) that Dr Paul will join the PAP. After all there are those in the SDP (think John Tan. Chee’s sister and the Old Guard) who never really bot into SDP Bahru. It was a means to get into Parly by appearing moderate.

Watch and wait.

But the election loss is not the only loss that Dr Chee has to grapple with. He has made headway intellectually here partly because of Piketty’s book on why inequality is growing in the UAS, Europe and globally (something Dr Chee has been talking about in the local context since the 1990s, stressing that the engines of social mobility here have stalled).

But now the backlash against Piketty is gathering momentum: Piketty wrong about the inevitability of inequality? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34283764.

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*I posted on TRE: Come on whatever the PAP does, s/o JBI brown noser Dosh (sun shines from s/o JBJ’s behind), grave dancing Oxygen etc will want the PAP out but do nothing about it. Should anyone really care about their views?

Seriously, does 30% constitute a majority, and 70% a minority? Dr Chee seems to imply so.

**In contrast to Doc Chee’s comments, here is what Dr Paul said on the same topic: the dominance of the PAP. Dr Paul was asked What are the lessons learnt from GE2015’s results?

The main lesson for me was in the structural obstacles which restrict democracy in Singapore. In particular, the billion dollar People’s Association (PA) which makes a mockery of the election process in that the losers of the election in Hougang and Aljunied get all the resources of the taxpayer funded agencies. In addition, the overwhelming power of the mainstream media and their online outlets is a huge obstacle to overcome — for example, the only debates that occurred in this campaign were on CNA and IQ and the IQ debates had a very small audience, less than 0.1% of the electorate.

http://six-six.com/article/post-ge-q-and-a-dr-paul-tambyah

A really fair, nuanced comment, that PAP apologists like Calvin Cheng cannot contradict without sounding stupid. I’m not saying that they are not stupid.

One could argue that in substance, it’s the same point Dr Chee was making. But in politics, prestation and perception are v.v. impt.

***Something to ponder though the maths could be shoddy.

Singapore Democratic Party

Average PAP vote: 68.71 per cent
Average PAP swing: 5.47 per cent

Exactly as predicted by the model, the PAP achieved the smallest national swing against the SDP, far smaller than the national average swing. The model explains that the SDP should be more resistant to national swings than other opposition parties because it has adopted the “clear water strategy”, putting a clear and coherent ideological distance from the dominant party. The model also predicts correctly that as a niche party, the SDP will never have the best performance at the polls.

http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/09/modelling-the-2015-general-election-numbers-outcomes-and-theory/

Do read above even if I told TOC It’s hard to take seriously anyone who claims to be conversant with maths and models that can write

Average 2015 PAP vote: 69.99 per cent
Average 2011 PAP vote: 60.12 per cent
Average PAP swing: 9.87 per cent
In the last line “per cent” should be percentage points or points.
And the Alex Au methology of counting the average vote is more nuanced and makes the WP’s loss smaller than the SDP’s loss, making the above analysis suspect. https://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/general-election-2015-looking-back-looking-forward-part-1/

But intuitively, the “clear water strategy” sounds correct.

Salute these Oppo warriors

In Uncategorized on 20/09/2015 at 5:00 am

Unconquerable souls who took on the Empire. They were thrashed badly on 9/11

All hail, Dr Chee, Dr Paul. Dr Ang, P Ravi and Jeannette Chong, and their families. Hopefully,  the last three will retire from the fray for their own sakes and that of their families. They don’t the backup that Dr Chee and Dr Paul have: the SDP.

The SDP activists too should be saluted.

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

(by Henley)

 

Photoshopped movie poster on the Singapore 2015 election by PixelGod