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Perils of only reading TOC/ Will Ravi change mind again?

In Humour on 01/09/2015 at 4:45 am

A little light entertainment with a nasty dig at the NSP and its president.

Must skim MSM, cannot rely on New Media

Reading only TOC and other anti-PAP new media outlets can make an otherwise intelligent person look silly.

Mrs Chong-Aruldoss (I know her) representing the Chiams’ Party (Yip it’s her blood, and that of P Ravi,that the Chiams are feasting on to keep alive) questioned why the findings of the AGO’s annual audit on public agencies were “met with muted responses” from the Government.

Huh? The constructive, nation-building media* were full of reports. And from personal experience, I know, govt bodies work themselves into a frenzy whenever the AGO criticises them, unlike the WP who are as yaya papayas as Amos Yee, when the AGO ticks it off; saying  it accepts that the AGO is professional and independent. but then gives it the finger by ignoring it. In govt departments and agencies, not being mentioned by the AGO is an impt KPI for senior officers.

Ms Sim from the PAP rightly pointed out that the agencies’ reactions have been swift after the report was released. They have owned up to lapses and cases of non-compliance, and have taken action to rectify the lapses. All the monies were accounted for and no public funds were lost. 

(CNA)

*Here’s a story about that parachutist extraordinaire (Three GEs, three GRCS, three different parties): A few yrs ago he criticised the mainstream media for biased news reporting of a non-political story. I emailed him, saying that actually the ST carried a very fair report, it was MediaCorp that didn’t. He emailed back saying he only read the free stuff. And blogged on that basis.

I lost all respect for his views after that.

Will M Ravi change mind again?

Later today, we’ll know if he will really be standing in GE 2015.

When I read that M Ravi was in the RP’s line-up for AMK, I couldn’t help but think that he joined the wrong party. Given the flip flops (think the decision to stand in Fortress Kate Spade and the strange issue of rowing over a permit  http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/03/nsps-back-track-on-presidential-appeal-in-need-of-reason/) of the No Subtance Party, he’d be really suitable to be a candidate for the National Stupid Party whose president claims that it was the fault of his lawyer and banker that he once a upon pleaded guilty to charges of corruption.

However as a young man with no legal experience, I took the professional advice of both my lawyer and bankers, who explained that as this was a technical breach of the law, it was far simpler to plead guilty, pay the fine and move on with life.

I remember clearly the urge to stand up and clear my name in court, as the charges not only frightened me but also went against every grain of what I stood and stand for morally. However, I deferred to the advice of my legal and financial advisors. In hindsight, I wish I had not done so.

Sorry for the digression. Back to M Ravi. Earlier on 12 August M Ravi had said he wasn’t standing as a RP candidate in AMK*.

And earlier this year, Ravi announced that he planned to stand in AMK, fielding a team of independents including New Citizen Han Hui Hui.

He then said he had allocated $1m to fund the campaign, will this money be available for RP’s fight in AMK?

In February this year M Ravi, publicly said ” he has set aside $1 million, saved over the years, for his campaign” – See more at:http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/opposition-veteran-lawyer-take-polls-position#sthash.ox58eIpv.dpuf. He planned to take on the PM in AMK GRC in the next GE, if the s/o JBJ’s party didn’t contest AMK.

Let’s put this $1m fighting fund into perspective:

— The 170 candidates who took part in the General Election 2011 spent some $5.5 million on the polls: so Ravi is planning to spend 18% of that amount in just one GRC;

— PM’s AMK team team spent $340,905 in that yr (second highest*), so Ravi is planning to spend 3 times more than PM’s team (he has to be careful not to run run foul of the $4.00 per voter that any party is allowed to spend); and

–. surely his relatives will vote for him? “He said he picked the six-MP constituency because 25 per cent of its residents are his relatives, saying he has Chinese and Indian roots. The GRC had about 179,000 voters in the last polls. – See more at:http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/opposition-veteran-lawyer-take-polls-position#sthash.ox58eIpv.dpuf  It seems Ravi has a low opinion of his many AMK relatives seeing that he plans to spend so much money. Surely, they’ll vote for “kaki lang”, “countryman” for free?

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/analysing-ravis-1m-amk-election-fund/

*Statement on Candidacy

Following my presence in a recent walkabout in AMK GRC with the Reform Party (RP) and a short interview I gave, speculation has been rife that I will run as a candidate for the RP.

I knew Mr J B Jeyaretnam, the founder of the RP, both as a friend and a colleague at the Bar. He was a man who always fought for the common man and dedicated a life of service to his fellow man. I am indeed honoured to have worked with him. He set up the Reform Party before his passing and it’s indeed wonderful to see his work and vision carried on by Kenneth in trying circumstances.

I am grateful that Kenneth allowed me to volunteer my services in some small way. I have seen his dedication and commitment to the people of AMK GRC. I see the same spirit in Roy Ngerng in wanting to serve the people and being the voice for the under-privileged in society.

I have been a lawyer for 18 years and I have always tried to serve my clients to the best of my ability. It’s a calling I take very seriously.

These few days, I have given considerable thought as to what my role and service to society must be. It is to the calling of service to the legal and judicial system but most of all a calling of service to my clients who depend on me to fight for them.

It is therefore prudent and crucial that I continue to maintain my focus on this and serve my clients diligently when I resume my legal practice shortly.  It is here that my focus and service must lie.

Accordingly I have decided that my service now is best rendered in this role.

I thank the Reform Party for allowing me to witness its work and outreach up close.

I wish them, and Roy Ngerng, well in their service to the public.

Thank You,

 

 

 

 

 

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The Great Wall the Oppo has to climb

In Political governance on 14/08/2015 at 4:32 am

There is plenty of “analysis” (or is it “wishful thinking”) in cyberspace on which areas the oppo will win. One of these days, I’ll analyse why other than Potong Pasir SMC (if that nutter once o fthe  NSP doesn’t stand), there are only two GRCs that can reasonably be expected to change hands, one of which is Aljunied.

But today I want readers to think about the barrier that the Oppo faces everytime there is a GE.

Forget about the gerrymandering, fixing the Oppo, defamation suits, personal attacks and the election goodies:when GE time comes around there is a mental barrier the Oppo parties have to climb over or breach: voters take a pragmatic view based on what they would be best for the economy, their jobs, and their families. 

When elections come it seems that the electorate reaches an unhappy conclusion that life is difficult, and that they will reluctantly back the party that they think offer the best hope in difficult circumstances.

The Tories [in the UK] didn’t win a majority because people were going to the polls saying ‘I love these bunch of guys’.

Voters took a pragmatic view based on what they would be best for the economy, their jobs, and their families. The psychology seemed to be what will be the least worst, not what will take us to Nirvana.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33723766

One of these days, I’ll blog on why I told a SDP tua kee he should do after the GE: visit Scotland and meet the SDP strategists.

Reminder: In Scotland, the SNP had only 50% of the votes but won 56 out of 59 seats (Labour lost 40 seats). 50% of the voters ended up with only 3 seats.

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/uk-election-results-makes-pap-look-democratic/

And with people like s/o JBJ, Goh Meng Seng* (the reincarnation of Harbans Singh, the clown king of Oppo politics in the 70s and 89s), Roy and Sebastian Teo (president of the No Substance Party standing, and the silence of the WP MPs, and the inability of ANPETC to keep proper records, you can understand why at least 60% of the voters think that the PAP is the least “bad” choice even if the PA (where PM is the chairman) has serious problems about enforcing its internal financial rules, and the PAP has some heartless and brainless MPs.

Btw, the Great Wall of China was not breached or scaled by the Manchus in the 17th century. A Ming dynasty general ordered the gates to be open. And while the Qing dynasty was Manchu, the army and cicil service was staffed largely by Han Chinese.

*I think this TRE reader describes him perfectly:

kanasai gms:
August 11, 2015 at 8:44 pm (Quote)
this GMS fella, i will not vote for him. what he wrote or spoke about to the man are all the obvious issues that had appeared in this forum, and other online media many times before.

i will not want a character like him to be my mp. people will not forget the way he kept sniping at Sylvia Lim (and her party), even at her private affairs. what a bast**d this guy is. He even condemn my football hero Quah Kim Song. Remember because of his big mouth people will also remember those negative and bad remarks that he said about NSP hor!

this is classic kaykian kanasai howtai fella! With a fucker like him who need enemies as the saying goes…lolol!

he is now trying to appear to be praising and appreciative of his mentor LTK. sorry man! he had said many bad thing that he should not about LTK. one “good” quote from LTK during his walkabout will not redeem him

baring that english is not his 1st language, look at the way he handle and present himself in front of reporters in the ST video. i dont see a leader and a mp in him. it is no wonder that he had to resigned from NSP.

look at this youtube vid of the man himself. kanasai lah!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q_7jwkS8_Q

He left out Meng Seng sliming Nicole Seah in the guise of giving her advice. Taz the quality of the man.