Thursday, 31 May 2012

专业、公正与独立, 但是独缺自由


人往往会忘我的工作,办报也一样,忘我的编采出版和评审,自我的认为最完美,尽力了,无憾了,最终,这一切都因为自由的选择,自我的判断,无形的指导,而功亏一篑。美其名的专业、公正与独立,也只不过是个虚名 一种自我安慰,走出了新加坡,才知天地之大,国际的自由标准确实很不一样,我们是否把新闻自由定的太低了。

一个人在工作时,是可以很专业、公正与独立的。一份报纸,在报道时,也是可以很专业、公正与独立的。就如,528日早报的社论所说的一样:
【从选战开始的报道,包括对两党候选人的专访,到今天见报的胜利者和失败者的谢票活动,《联合早报》的记者、编辑在处理时所秉持的信念是:专业、公正与独立。面对我们的读者,我们问心无愧。(早报528日社论)】
如果新闻工作者,媒体人,只是把新闻报道当成一份工作来对待,认真的专业、公正与独立的执行工作的义务,当然,这篇社论没有问题。如果报纸的报道,只是提供新闻,认真的报道,认真的专业、公正与独立的提供读者资讯,这篇社论也可以说是问心无愧了。如果以新加坡独特的新闻标准来衡量,在OB maker之下,的的确确,问心无愧,主流媒体已经做到了专业、公正与独立了。

问题偏偏出现在自由上面。一篇专业、公正与独立的报道,一则专业、公正与独立的新闻,是否可以自由的见报,如何见报,如何选择,采用那个角度。。。那就是问题的关键。再好再专业、公正与独立的报道和新闻,如果失去了自由在主流媒体上见报的机会,那么再怎么好,在怎么专业、公正与独立,最后还是见不了报,或者,即使见了报,也已经失去了原有的精神,原有的专业、公正与独立。

和新媒体的自由度比较,主流媒体也倍感压力,虽然,新媒体一直被认为公信力不高,还是主流媒体可靠。但是,这也是自我感觉良好,政府当然要这么说,不然行动党的选择性的误导,如何能够成功。如果没有新媒体,新加坡有好多政策失误就见不了报了。

在‘相片,新闻,国策的选择性误导,再加民主的误读’
http://pijitailai.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-post_18.html?utm_source=BP_recent 一文中,已经说明了这个问题。现在,进一步谈谈自由的问题。

新闻自由的国际标准?

总部设在巴黎的无国界记者组织发表2011-2012年全球新闻自由度排名,新加坡可以说是名落孙山,和我们的国力,尤其是经济实力相比,那可是相差很远。和亚洲其他三条小龙相比较,我们也落后了很多。

2011-2012 全球新闻自由度排名:
排名
国家、地区
评分(分越高越不自由)
韩国
44
12,67
台湾
45
13,00
香港
54
17,00
新加坡
135
61,00

在全球被评估的179国家和地区中, 新加坡的确排在后面。因此,在全球新闻自由度这一方面,我们没有光环,所以,早报所谓的‘专业、公正与独立’以及‘问心无愧’在新加坡说说倒是无所谓,我们自我评估,自我感觉良好,外人也不好再评说下去。但是,一出了国门,别人可是用国际标准来衡量全球各地区,各个国家,不是新加坡标准,不是用早报的标准。

为何我们不采用国际新闻标准?

我们在很多指标的选用上,都是采用国际标准,例如:生产力,国民所得,国际竞争力,大学排名,甚至贫富的指数,快乐指数,这些有些争议的指数,我们还是勉强接受。但是,为何在新闻自由度上,却采用新加坡独有的标准,是否这样才能凸显我们的与众不同,只有这样,我们才能够取得经济发展,政治稳定,社会安宁。

这种特意的选择,这种特意的安排,和这种无憾的专业、公正与独立,在有些人看来是治国之本,但在另一些人看来就是压制言论自由,自由度不够高,不达到国际标准,尤其是作为一个第一世界国家,不只是在经济上站得住脚,也要在其他方面,社会,人文,政治等达到第一世界的标准。

在新加坡法律下的学术自由

国大博雅学院新任院长说的话,似乎也有点像是用新加坡的标准来衡量学术自由(见下)。 他特别指出的‘在新加坡的法律范围内,保证学术自由’。因此,博雅学院的教职员,学生,可要先懂新加坡的法律,新加坡的新闻自由的法律标准,在这个范围内才有自由,可别把国际上的那一套,尤其是无国界记者组织的那一套拿来作为标准。
“We’re going to guarantee academic freedom on campus and the right of students and scholars to talk, do the research they want to do, obviously within the laws of Singapore,” said Yale professor Pericles Lewis on Wednesday, when he was named inaugural president of the liberal arts college opening next year. Yahoo 30 May 2012
再进一步,或许,我们从维基解密(见下)中,可以看出为何新加坡在国际新闻自由度上,排名落后的原因,不是新闻工作者不专业、公正与独立,而是有一支无形的手,一直在遥控着主流媒体。因为,新加坡的(尤其是年轻)新闻工作者也对新加坡政府的指导,感到无奈无助而无可为。

这么一来,新加坡的主流媒体,和早报到底是要向读者,还是政府说问心无愧。从这角度来看早报的这篇社论,或许更加有意思了。

JOURNALISTS INCREASINGLY FRUSTRATED WITH GOVERNMENT SUPERVISIONPUBLISHED ON MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2011.Printable version PrintSend this article by mail Send français Partager9 09SINGAPORE61A classified cable from the US embassy in Singapore on 16 January 2009, which WikiLeaks released on 30 August, reports that the younger generation of Singaporean journalists are “increasingly frustrated” with the curbs on domestic reporting imposed by the government. Young reporters are becoming impatient with their older editors, who have long been used to toeing the government line, the cable said. Ministers often call editors to check what they are publishing and there is a growing tendency on the part of reporters to censor themselves. More or more young journalists are moving abroad in order to be able to report more freely, the cable added.http://en.rsf.org/singapore-journalists-increasingly-05-09-2011,40920.html

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Shoebox is (almost) inhuman then no place to call home is even more inhuman


It is the difference between ‘have’ and ‘don’t have’.  If you already have a place for home, then the natural route for you to move up is to look for a bigger home when you have more money. However, if you have nothing, then even a shoebox home is also a valuable and precious asset.

Who is causing the mushrooming of shoebox apartments?  If the government can supply enough HDB apartments in the market, then the demand for shoebox apartments (as well as shoebox shop units) will certainly decline.


The emperor, when seeing so many hungry citizens looking for basic food, asks a stupid question: why don’t they eat fish and meat? Poor and hungry citizens cannot afford to buy rice, how can you expect them to buy fish and meatThe PAP will deny it.  This is not the case, not the situation since shoebox units are private developments and they are for investment purpose.  Few will use it for home or family making as they are ‘almost inhuman’.

However, once we touch on the issue of human or almost inhuman, it becomes personal and even philosophical.  These shoebox homes if they are purely for commercial purpose, then they serve the purpose (and meet the demand) of their owners and tenants.  Why should we care whether they are human or inhuman or not. 


It looks like, in the eyes of our caring government, these shoebox homes are not for living and the space is too small for comfort and perhaps baby making. (Then, why our HDB flats are also smaller then before?). It is because the authority has 2 mouths (官字两个口) so that they can interpret the shoebox concept as they wish.

CapitaLand chief Liew Mun Leong said the government should intervene. He argued that “Singapore's land is very precious and you are wasting your scarce resources" by building shoebox apartments,”BloombergHow true is it? So, the biggest property developer in Southeast Asia is calling a stop to shoebox apartments in Singapore and thinking everyone is rich enough to buy big and bigger apartments.  If not local buyers then the cash rich foreign buyers can afford to buy the expensive condos. 
 Who want to stay in a small space as what Liew described as ‘not good for the welfare of the family.’?   Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world. If other major world cities have shoebox apartments, we certainly cannot run away to avoid the supply of it. These apartments are suitable for some people for either their lifestyle or investment preference and affordability.  What the government is afraid is if there is crash in this market, it will affect the whole property market. Then the confidence of Singapore property market will be affected.
 Yes. In certain way, shoebox units are not cheap, especially in terms of sq. ft. It is a ‘high risk high return’ game and it is very sensitive to market sentiments.  In addition, buyers are also having less holding power.  It could be another Leman Brothers for Singapore investors.  But this is capitalist society, isn’t? We should give due credit to those developers whose entrepreneurship leads the birth of shoebox apartments in Singapore.  Not everyone can acquire state lands like CapitaLand, small developers also can play their roles in fulfilling the demand of the niche market.  Of course, if there is any crash in the property market, these small developers will not be saved by the state.  If there are uncompleted units, too bad, it could be a total loss for buyers of shoebox homes.  By then, it will become a liability rather than an asset as the bankers will be knocking on your doors. Ultimately, the best hope and best investment decision, for middle and lower income families, is still the HDB flats.  This is why there is a huge concern about HDB prices; new and resale, areas; smaller than before, and waiting period.            Human or inhuman, the root cause is still the supply of HDB flats. The government knows it too well but they play it poorly, especially politically.


CapitaLand chief calls shoebox homes 'almost inhuman'04:45 AM May 25, 2012SINGAPORE - The Government should curb the rapid growth of shoebox apartments - homes smaller than 50 sq m - because they are "almost inhuman", CapitaLand chief executive Liew Mun Leong said yesterday.

"I am against shoebox developments. The Government should intervene. Singapore's land is very precious and you are wasting your scarce resources" by building shoebox apartments, he said in an interview with Bloomberg at the headquarters of South-east Asia's biggest developer.

"It's almost inhuman. It's not good for the welfare of the family to feel that constrained," said Mr Liew, 65, who grew up in a one-bedroom apartment with nine people and often slept along the corridor.

Mr Liew's comments came after the Government said last week it was concerned over the mushrooming of shoebox apartments in Singapore. Private home sales surged to a near three-year high last month, helped by record purchases of such units.

Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, said in Parliament on May 14 the Government may introduce measures to regulate the sale of shoebox apartments after a record number were sold in the first quarter. Developers sold 1,764 shoebox units in the first quarter, or 27 per cent of all private home sales .

Apartments that cost less than S$750,000 made up 42 per cent of new home sales in the first quarter, up from 25 per cent in the previous quarter, the data showed. BLOOMBERG

"I am against shoebox developments. The Government should intervene. Singapore's land is very precious and you are wasting your scarce resources" by building shoebox apartments, he said in an interview with Bloomberg at the headquarters of South-east Asia's biggest developer. 
"It's almost inhuman. It's not good for the welfare of the family to feel that constrained," said Mr Liew, 65, who grew up in a one-bedroom apartment with nine people and often slept along the corridor.
Mr Liew's comments came after the Government said last week it was concerned over the mushrooming of shoebox apartments in Singapore. Private home sales surged to a near three-year high last month, helped by record purchases of such units.
Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, said in Parliament on May 14 the Government may introduce measures to regulate the sale of shoebox apartments after a record number were sold in the first quarter. Developers sold 1,764 shoebox units in the first quarter, or 27 per cent of all private home sales . 
Apartments that cost less than S$750,000 made up 42 per cent of new home sales in the first quarter, up from 25 per cent in the previous quarter, the data showed. BLOOMBERGToday 25 May 2012

Sunday, 27 May 2012

不离不弃后港情 忠诚的选民背弃忠诚的接班人


忠于正义,维护公平,忠诚于民主,人权,不畏强权,不为抹黑所动的选民,终于再次警告行动党,他们的计划,他们的所作所为是不能说服人心的。当然,行动党推出来的接班人,也就成了后港补选的牺牲品,成不了议员,接不了班了。

行动党的计划是只有‘自己人’才是接班人,这是李光耀在日本说的。他虽然没有在这次补选中说了什么,但是,他却对新加坡接班人的问题,提出了意见。

【这是谷内第一次与李光耀对谈。他对《李光耀回忆录》如数家珍,十分仰慕新加坡有一个效率高的全能政府。他在会上向李光耀讨教新加坡如何培养接班人。  李光耀回答说:新加坡政府在选接班人时十分谨慎,只有曾与政府长期工作过的人才能胜任。因为这样的人才才能够彻底了解我们的政策。作为新加坡领导人,他们不但要懂得治国,还必须有高于一般人的奉献精神,必须要肯作出牺牲。以他们的能力,是能够在其他地方获得更高薪酬的。
李光耀也谈到新加坡在培育人才方面遇到的困难:对于有潜质的人,我们会在他们十六七岁时就派他们出国深造,让这些人才能在不同国度里接触到更多的事物,体验和了解外国的制度。然后,让他们将所吸收的知识回馈国家。然而,现在我们也面对困难,那就是年轻人不想要政府的奖学金。……现在的父母有钱供孩子出国,毕业后一些就选择在美国工作,这是我们希望新一代回国服务的一个难处。”(早报 525)
朱倍庆在很多方面都符合这些条件,只是行动党人算不如选民的天算。逆天而行,当然会被人民背弃。朱倍庆是被行动党自己给打败的。他是奖学金得主,又在政府警察部门工作过,又到过外国留学,现在在有如政府的工会工作,当然了解行动党政府的体制。因此,他可以说是行动党典型的接班人如李光耀说的:新加坡政府在选接班人时十分谨慎,只有曾与政府长期工作过的人才能胜任。”,“对于有潜质的人,我们会在他们十六七岁时就派他们出国深造,让这些人才能在不同国度里接触到更多的事物,体验和了解外国的制度”。

这些条件朱倍庆都有,他甚至是双语人才,还能说方言,尤其是潮州话。

这样的人才,如果放在其他选区,肯定中选的机会很高。从素质上说,他也比一般行动党议员来得好,再加上他的的拼搏精神,也是其他行动党候选人所没有的。但是,他却在不同的场合,不同的选区,穿上不对颜色的衣服上场,当然,他的的命运也就不同了。

行动党不能再一手遮天了

行动党的这套接班人的安排,只有在一党独大,垄断一切选民思想,控制群众活动,甚至需要控制新媒体的环境下,才能顺利的完成。说白了,这些垄断,控制,已经没有办法做到了。因此,行动党的接班人计划将会面临极大的挑战。

说得更白一些,行动党的接班人计划,是一件根本没有把选民看在眼里,没有把民意放在心上。现在已经和从前大不相同,以前行动党推出的候选人,得票可以高达80%,甚至90%。李光耀的治国之道,是不需要理会民意,只要接班人选好,一切都OK了。或许,70, 80, 90年代,可以这么说,因此,从他过度到吴作栋,再到李显龙,民意怎么想是不重要的。只要接班接的好就可以了。偏偏现在的忠诚选民不是这么想。

国家的接班人计划,不是行动党说了算了,而是选民说了算了。更何况懂得政府政策,即使从头到尾都了解,却不懂民心,这样做出来的国家政策,也肯定会被人民背弃。出国留学,而不了解新加坡国情,国人的需要,只知道向外学习,不懂得向人民学习,当然,越走越远,职位越高,薪水越多,就越不懂人民的需要。这就是行动党今天的困局。

还是要比较薪金的高低

李光耀不止喜欢比较学历,素质,还更加津津乐道高薪。因此,他不忘提醒人民,这些接班人,“以他们的能力,是能够在其他地方获得更高薪酬的。”虽然,他有提到这些接班人“还必须有高于一般人的奉献精神,必须要肯作出牺牲。”

但是,他一而再再而三的不忘提醒金钱的诱惑,高薪的好处,事实上,不也说明,他是十分在意高薪的,也不忘提醒人民,这些接班人是有做出金钱的牺牲的。因此,选民要体谅,更要选这些接班人。
偏偏现在的选民在贫富距离越拉越大的情形下,听得进李光耀的牺牲高薪的道理吗?事实上,部长虽然已经减薪,人民还是不满意的。

看来,行动党忠诚的接班人离忠诚选民的标准还是有一定的距离,这才是行动党最大的挑战。而忠诚选民的挑战却是如何辨别哪一个候选人是忠于国家和人民的,不管他是不是接班人。

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Teo Chee Hean to be Wong Kan Seng II?


Only u HG 不离不弃后港情12

Coming 2016 General Election, the PAP will have a key hero for smear campaign. You have seen his action in the past few days and how is his performance?

Since the departure of Wong Kan Seng last May, the PAP needs to find a replacement for its ‘big mouth’ politics.  It seems they have found one and coincidently, this person is holding the same political office in the government as the former DPM Wong.  

As far as the PAP wants to engage in smear campaign, someone from the PAP camp has to carry out this ‘dirty’ job.

Teo is testing the water?

Hougang by-election is a testing ground for Teo Chee Hean and he seems to enjoy and is very happy to play this role.  For the past few days, he has become one of the candidates for Hougang BE. It is an old practice of the PAP or you may call it ‘auto-pilot’ or smear campaign.  Years after years, elections after elections, they continue to do it even they claim that it is a ‘clean’ election.  Will it work in Hougang?

Teo’s action in 2012:

<<In what is shaping up to the lightning-rod issue of the Hougang by-election, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean brought Workers’ Party candidate  Png Eng Huat’s integrity into question.
…..
Teo said this “confirmed that Mr Png had not been telling the truth, and had indeed been rejected by the WP CEC as an NCMP. This is the real damage to the WP and Mr Png’s reputations.” (sg.news.yahoo.com, 23 May 2012)>>

As compared to Wong Kan Seng in 2006:

<<Gomez lied, facts show that clearly: Kan Seng
Mr James Gomez displayed 'blatant dishonesty' in his conduct over his minority certificate application, said Mr Wong Kan Seng, the People's Action Party first assistant secretary-general. The Deputy Prime Minister who oversees the Elections Department yesterday gave a statement to the media laying out the evidence he had. (Asiaone.com 3 May 2006)>>

However, Wong’s big mouth just before GE2011 turned out to be a bad mouth:

<<Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng has slamed opposition parties on Wednesday for ‘wanting to capture a GRC for the wrong reasons’.
Some say they are doing it for party renewal, some want to be the first ones to do so, but what is the election about? Is it about the ambitions of a political party or individuals to make history?’ (TRE 24 March 2011)>>

Will Teo big mouth again in GE2016? Will his big mouth result to more GRCs falling into the oppositions?

There is a tactical difference towards different voters.

Not only they do it in the main stream media, in addition they also focus on small prints in the Chinese media, like mypaper.  For 3 days, mypaper gave the page one story to Png Eng Huat.  It seems there is a systematic campaign to ‘educate’ the Chinese readers that Png is a dishonest person. May be they think Chinese readers value honesty more than the English readers.  Hence, they will vote for the ‘handsome, young and honest’ man.

There are different approaches and reporting of Png But in the English and Chinese versions of mypaper.   

24 May 2012 Mypaper: interview with informant

揭秘者接受电邮访问:揭秘不是要害工人党 我也不会退出工人党

This, in fact, should be a ‘scope’ story and be shared by other newspapers in the SPH. It is an interview with the informant and apparently the interview via emails is conducted in English.  The informant admitted that this was a calculated move.  He knew the consequence but he would rather Png lost the election as he was the ‘wrong’ person. Howeverhe disagreed that this was to sabotage the WP. IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CALCUTED MOVE AND SABOTAGE? We may need to refer to the actual emails to avoid any translation mistake.     

[刘程强说,我这么做是在陷害工人党,这点我不认同。这或许是一次经过计算的举措,但目的不是要陷害工人党。我很清楚这么做会造成什么影响,但是,现在,我宁可方荣发输了这场选战,也不希望工人党和刘程强必须再次承受送错人进国会的打击。我在决定这么做之前,内心也曾经挣扎过许久。]

What we can conclude is someone is making a calculated move to damage the chances of Png as he admitted in the interview.

To be open and transparent, all major newspapers and TV stations should publish the interview in FULL so that the readers can judge for themselves.  

23 May 2012 mypaper: A misled headline to discredit Png on purpose

There are 2 versions on this story. The headline in omy is not misleading.  However, the mypaper headline (printed version) is a total misleading headline.  The headline said: leaked letter questioned (his) honesty, Png Eng Huat openly apologised.  SINCE WHEN HAD PNG APOLOGYISED FOR HIS DISHONESTY?  Png was only sorry for the words used in the interview with Channelnewsasia not the honesty issue.     

匿名信质疑方荣发诚信 刘程强:这次补选空头特别多 omy.sg

匿名信质疑诚信 方荣发公开道歉 (mypaper) – a misleading headline

21 May 2012: My paper: The beginning of Png’s NCMP story 
张志贤:若方荣发很优秀 为何未提名非选区议员?

The reporting in mypaper is another proof of misreporting, selected reporting and smear campaign.  How can the MSM gain respect from their readers?  Is it another calculated move likes the informant?     

The Story of Ah Q

For PAP, the way the MSM reports, the way they handle the election issues and the way they conduct their rallies are just the behaviour of Ah Q.  By this analogy, the next Ah Q of the PAP has already emerged.  We will see more of his action in years to come. 

Just a note: Ah Q was beheaded and he did not know the reasons. 

Perhaps, the PAP has yet to learn the lessons from GE2011 and the Hougang BE.  Do they really know the real reasons?   

横眉冷对闪电雨 俯首敢为后港人 行动党的阿Q精神


Only u HG 不离不弃后港情11

路是人走出来的。后港人已经领头先走出第一步,其他新加坡人可以继续在这条小道上发扬光大,把小路变大路,走出后港,走出阿裕尼,走遍全国。就是这样一条小路,行动党就想连根拔起,害怕春风吹又生,但是,21年的奋斗和坚持,难道这么容易被打败吗?

横着眉冷冷的对着行动党的闪电雨,后港人勇敢的站起来,不畏强权,不肯妥协,在风雨交加的夜晚和工人党站在一起,大家心连心,为民主,为正义,为理想而一起努力,一起奋斗。这股力量将会继续震撼着新加坡,发出的光,亮出的票,将再次奠定,肯定后港的历史地位,民主的堡垒。

俯着首挺着胸敢敢地甘愿地做个后港人。地铁不会中途不停后港,巴士不会不驶入后港转换站,后港商场不会人去楼空,后港的天空不会一片黑暗,反而是阳光普照,前途大好。因为又又多了一个工人党议员在国会制衡政府,监督政府,为人民说话,说心声。

人民的眼睛是雪亮的,尤其是后港人的眼睛

全国人民都在看后港补选的结果。行动党说工人党和工人党候选人诚信有问题,他们自认品格高尚,人品端正,但是,这不是行动党和行动党报纸电视说了就算了。后港人就偏偏要用照妖镜,照一照行动党,看看你们有多清高,有多高尚。人民的力量还是要尊重的,不是行动党利用一手遮天的手法,就能自圆其说的。人民的眼睛现在已经变得雪亮了,尤其是领头的后港人,更是早早就看透了行动党的心。

路是人走出来的, 横眉冷对千夫指,俯首甘为孺子牛,还有阿Q,都是鲁迅的名言名句名故事。相对于后港精神,行动党的在这次补选的选战策略,就真的可以说是阿Q精神了。临死前,还嫌自己的圆圈签名,画的不够圆。

行动党表演的是阿Q精神

为何说行动党是阿Q精神呢?一开始,行动党就定义这是一种地方补选,不是国家大事的讨论。这是行动党一个党员的独立参选的行为,不需要行动党头头的参与。这是一场清洁的选举,这是一场君子之战。民主是过程,自由是选择,但是,总理有权决定是否举行补选,一个人竟然对民主的诠释凌驾于其他人之上,总理说这是他的决定,这个决定可真阿Q。阿Q得在践踏民主,视选民的利益于不顾,还大言这是他的权力。是的,这可是霸权的象征啊!

Q说和尚摸得为何他摸不得,作为总理,他说,补选不补选,他可以做决定,他说了算了。但是,这种对民主的解释,压制,是人民可以接受的吗?是法庭可以接受的吗?下个月,法院将会对有关补选的选举权限做出解释,到时我们再看看结果如何。因此,作为总理,有时也要像阿Q一样,摸不得就是摸不得,摸错了,就会出大事了。新加坡人的感受,人民对政治人物的观感是一定要注意的。不然,就和阿Q一样,在大街上游街时,还不知道自己死期将到。还自认是革命党人,好汉一条。

下一个阿Q,可能就是副总理张志贤了。他现在有如打虎英雄,打着诚信的大旗,一下说不是最佳人选,一下说工人党候选人和秘书长,前后说话不一致,有欺骗选民的意图。尽管工人党已经出示相关文件,打虎英雄还是要追问,就是一定要说工人党诚信有问题。事实上,这种选战的策略,就是行动党一路来的阿Q精神,无中生有,次次大选的都会出的招数。想不到,一个自己定义小小的地方补选,也要出动阿Q来压阵,真是不厌其烦。说到底,就是要利用主流媒体,达到工人党不老实的目的。

阿Q的行动党群众大会   相片来源:newnation.sg

背离人民,背离时代的行动党阿Q群众大会

后港补选的选战打到现在,已经接近尾声,行动党今晚的群众大会,不知又要出动多少临时演员,这种阿Q精神,行动党还是越用越开心,人民的话题也越多,越精彩。什么饮料,什么伙食,什么巴士,如何出场,如何进场,大人物何时出现,如何拍手,如何高喊,如何。。 如何。。这一幕幕阿Q的动作,阿Q的表演,已经是每次选举的笑话,看来阿Q真的不知道人民的要求,人民要看到的是真心表演。可见,行动党的政府,也是像阿Q一样,装出来的。如果不是这样,那么就是无知到底,选民难道看不出吗?小孩子都会问妈妈,为什么工人党群众大会没有东西拿,没有东西吃,人还这么多,这些人,出席工人党的群众大会,难道没有阿Q精神,只有后港精神后港魂吗?的确如此,这样才分出不同,分出高低,分出层次。

Q正在被押往刑场,渐行渐远。在后港精神的照射下,他离开群众太远,他离开时代太远,他正在孤独的走向死亡。。。。。。

526日后港的天空又再蓝天一片,铁锤又再一次牢牢的把民主的旗帜竖起。加油,大家一起努力,把行动党的阿Q精神送走。

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Empowering Competency: Staying with WP despite heavy rain


Only u HG 不离不弃后港情10 

This is a by-election of empowering a competent opposition not empowering an independent Member of Parliament. Ah Choo does not have the key to unlock the locker of PAP’s whip but Ah Huat is certainly and competently discharging his duty as an opposition MP.  

The PAP is putting up a comedy show.  In the show, with the help of main stream media, Ah Choo is projected as an honest, young, hardworking and even independent minded government scholar.  Not only he is a unionist taking care of low income workers and families, he is also always in Hougang to help out the local issues.  However, Ah Choo is all dressed up with nowhere to go as he needs the PAP’s permission to go independent in Parliament if he is elected.
   
Does Ah Choo have the competency and quality of an independent MP?   

Hougang voters know who has the competency. Despite heavy rain, heavy bombardments, negative reports, they still decide to stay with the Workers’ Party.  

This is theme of this special series of ‘Only U HG’.  The bonding between Hougang and WP will always be there and voters will not discard WP as witnessed in photo below:

No rain can stop the crowd

The local election strategy has failed.

The sabotage, confusion, spilt, dishonesty and attempts to discredit Workers’ Party and its candidate have failed too.

The independent man, the check on government, the best man analogy, and the democracy process are not only jokes but also insulting the voters of Hougang.

This was why Hougang voters were not leaving the rally last night despite heavy rain.  Do you think they will leave WP this Saturday and discard their tradition in just over a year? No wonder one independent man predicted that WP would win by 60% of the votes. (Page 14, Today 23 May 2012).

As a reminder, no matter what the main stream media and the internet discussions of Hougang by-election, the voters in this BE are Hougang citizens not the Singapore citizens outside Hougang. The MSM, despite putting up all the propagandas for the PAP, has failed to realize the unique characteristic of Hougang voters – THE HOUGANG SPIRIT.

Hougang is different and special. It has voted for WP for more than 21 years. No other constituency, except Potong Pasir, has this experience and tradition. The MSM is putting a bad face of WP to the wrong readers. Hougang voters have experienced all these bad publicity for the past 21 years.   

In fact, it may back fire all the recent good works and efforts of the visits of PM, DPM, ministers, MPs and PAP volunteers. The more sabotages, the more confusions, and the more character attacks on WP and its candidate in the MSM will result to more votes to the WP.  This strategy may work in other constituencies, especially those which have not held elections for the past 20 years. But not in Hougang, voters are used to this election strategy and will not so easy to be brought over.

They attend WP rallies, listen to WP arguments and ignore the negative reports of MSM. This is how they cast their votes.

It is always not easy to be in an opposition ward, not to mention the opposition MPs. It is a recognized fact that opposition candidates and politicians need to put in more sacrifices to be in politics. Residents in the opposition wards too have to scarify in the forms of fewer subsidies, less priority on upgrading, less convenience, etc.     
 
However, losing PAP candidates have their career path planned for them but opposition candidates will have to face the challenges of job, career, and business risks.   They have to put in extra efforts to keep up their spirit against the PAP.  

Hougang voters know too well about these sacrifices and they are willing to play their parts to support this spirit of enterprise, democracy and competency.