Saturday, 30 January 2016

行动党:自导自演 自作自受

行动党在国会内外自导自演,而国人却要分摊行动党自作自受的结局。



在新加坡,不论国会里,国会外,我们一直都看到行动党的自导自演。国会里,谁先发言,谁之后发言,都有一定的标准程序。少数反对党议员夹在中间,很难变出什么花招来的。国会外,更加不用说了,媒体的垄断,行政单位的垄断,反对党根本没有站的地方。


自导自演的贡献,根据行动党的说法,就是获得人民的强大委托。在务实和现实下,在沉迷于行动党的SG50画面下,选民不知不觉,就这样给予强大的委托。行动党可否在后SG50,继续自导自演,继续给新加坡人一个虚构的电影画面,而忽视务实的现状。


既然是自导自演,后果当然是,行动党也必须接受自作自受。电影没有人看,制作团队当然要自作自受。对于行动党来说,何解?为什么行动党千算万算,竟然还要面对‘自作自受’的结果。行动党定下的游戏规则,新加坡人人都要听从。这套游戏规则,原本就是要限制新加坡人,反对党人的一举一动。如果犯了游戏规则,就要被处罚。因此,这样的安排应该是:行动党‘自作,别人’他受‘,不是行动党’自作自受‘。

国会辩论非选区议员,工人党要求换人。在行动党看来,当然是破坏游戏规则。我们规定什么人出任非选区议员,就是该人出任。但是,游戏规则又规定最少9个反对党议员。总理还大声的说,将来还要增加到12人。行动党在不愿意的情形下,只能推出政治操纵轮,并且大力支持通过让工人党获得这个’换人‘要求。


当然,国会里,国会外,言论一面倒,就是工人党破坏游戏规则, 是’坏人‘,利用游戏规则的漏洞来达到目的。利用漏洞,务实的完成任务,不正是大多数新加坡人的心理反应吗?我们每天都想要合理依法的少交税,住C级,B级病房,申请政府组屋等等。工人党利用这个漏洞,就变成了政治操纵。而行动党却把自己的政治操纵当成理所当然,别人的务实行为,却是下流,肮脏的。


【行动党只谈过去和将来】


行动党大搞特搞SG50是一种过去荣光的自导自演。行动党大搞特搞后SG50(SG100)是一种未来幻想的自导自演。而现在,当下却很少提到。因为,这里出现了一个自作自受的问题。非选区议员就是一个问题。


当然,和民选总统的课题相比,这就变得’小巫见大巫‘。多一个,少一个非选区议员,对国会,对行动党,甚至工人党都不会出现大的变数。但是,民选总统,就直接影响到行动党的脑神经了。行动党害怕2011年总统选举版本的再现。


深一层想一想,这个害怕不正是自作自受吗?


当初,高举为新加坡好,为政治稳定好,而推出民选总统,非选区议员,官委议员和集选区制度。这些都是SG50的荣光,现在却要面对自作自受的困境。因此,行动党希望回顾过去,希望跳到未来的幻境。而不要处于现在,面对自作自受的结果。


【新加坡现在的问题】


这是行动党不愿意面对的。总理几个月前,国庆群从大会,大选,新年献词,不提经济数据。表面上说,要讲素质,不要一直讲钱。事实上,经济问题就是一个大问题。


最新的就业,生产数据都不好。国外的情形也不好。新加坡又是高消费,贫富不均的地方。行动党过去自导自演的这个良方,可以继续下去吗?行动党已经看到这个危机,因此,早早就进行大选。但是,总统选举却固定在8月,不能改期。不能改期,就改游戏规则吧!这是行动党自导自演的一贯做法。这次也没有例外。


行动党遇到了自作自受的困境,而务实的新加坡人,是否能够置身事外?不受到牵连?当然不可能。行动党的很多问题,现在面对自作自受的问题:移民政策,语文政策,教育政策,房地产政策,医药政策等等,都是全体新加坡人要面对的问题。行动党不会轻易放过国人,除非你很有钱,或许还能发一点国难财,因为,每一次出现危机,灾难,结果是富者越富。


我们除了看到行动党的自导自演,更加要了解行动党的自作自受,而作为普通新加坡人,我们也要分享和分摊行动党的自作自受,这是强大委托下的现实和务实反照。



Sunday, 24 January 2016

Policy failures or political intended mistakes.



To laugh or to cry?
Elected Presidency is a policy failure as claimed by Kishore Mahbubani#1. It is just too simple to just call it a  policy failure after nearly 30 years later. Of course, we may call it an intended political mistake. It was designed to make rooms for improvements or reform at the first place, as in the case of the opening speech of President Tony Tan at 13th Parliament.


To the PAP, it hardly is a failure or a mistake.  The design of EP is politically intended to blur the voters. All creative political designs under the PAP are for the party, not Singaporeans. As times change, the PAP’s EP winning chances get threatened, they will have to find new solutions. So do the schemes for non-constituency members of parliament, Group Representation Constituencies and nominated MPs.      

The so-called political reform is another tool to strengthen the one-party rule in Singapore. And their excuse is the PAP has the strong mandate.  Even this so-called 'strong mandate' is man-made. The PAP knows it too well. Hence, they have to plan ahead to change the rules of the political game.

EP is a serious business. In a very rare happening, the PAP even agreed (and allowed) to a TV debate.#2


When the new parliament begins to debate on EP issues, we should check and compare the validity of the PAP positions now and then. Singaporeans should open their eyes ‘big and wide’ to see the logic behind the suggested improvements.    


Kishore Mahbubani at least admits EP (and stop at two)  is a policy failure and prefers a minority race to be President elected by the Parliament - the old bottle. This means all 2011 EP candidates cannot stand again as they are Chinese. This will push the history back to 1988, when there was a TV debate on EP.  Will the PAP engage the oppositions again to another TV debate on their proposed reform or improvement on our political system?



#1
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/lets-talk-about-policy-failures-and-the-elected-presidency



#2 
The debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlI_3opTlaQ


Saturday, 16 January 2016

改革政治 - 持续行动党一党专政?


总统陈庆炎为第十三届国会主持开幕时指出,行动党政府有意改革新加坡的政治制度,确保政府继续廉洁、有效和负责任。这是行动党所谓的自己检讨自己,自己监视自己的反应。

事实上,目的很明显,就是要持续行动党的一党专政。这一届国会,行动党拥有超过90%以上的议席,国会的绝对大多数。它要通过什么改革,改进什么制度,怎样才是照顾少数人的利益,怎样才是公平选举,通通都是行动党说了算了。

【陈总统指出,我国的政治制度须包含适当的稳定剂与制衡,并确保不同的观点有机会被纳入考量。另外,新加坡的政治制度也得确保本地少数族群不会被边缘化或排除在外,而是能“完全参与全国的主流生活”。】(早报)

其实,如果行动党政府要避免边缘化现象的出现,大可以以比例选举制度,就像台湾今天的选举那样,立法会有直选议员和政党票(比例制度下)议员。这样一来,新加坡30-40%的选民的利益就不会长期被忽视。行动党的所谓改善,当然不是这么样的改善。

陈总统提出这个问题,最关键的是他本身和行动党如何面对今年8月的总统大选。以一个少数票中选的总统来谈论这个课题,是具有讽刺性。一个少数人支持的总统,有没有维护大多数人的利益?

行动党的考量是,如果让陈庆炎再度出马,胜算是多少?陈庆炎自己有多少信心?行动党是否可以找到更加适合的人选?

行动党政府还有几个月的时间来研究民选总统的课题。说白了,就是还有几个月的时间来改善这个制度,当然,也可以改善到没有选举,或者,由国会来决定,谁可以出任总统。

其实,在去年9月大选过后,行动党就发出放出风声,新加坡的选举制度,好像需要改变,所谓的什么研究院,主流媒体,间中也发表一些意见,试探民间的反应。现在,时间成熟了,就由总统在国会上宣布。接下来,这出戏就按照行动党草拟的剧本演下去。选民已经给行动党强而有力的委托,也实在没有什么怨言了。这是一党专政的结果。行动党的改善,改革,真的是从新加坡人民的利益出发吗?

Monday, 11 January 2016

Town Council Management: Respect The Choice of The Voters


Enough is enough. The PAP better spends more times thinking about the future of Singapore, rather than fixing the oppositions.


Before general election, the PAP made it an issue. After the election, the PAP continues to play the card. They have also missed the opportunity to soften their position when a new minister takes over the National Development Ministry. Perhaps, the new minister still has to report to the coordinating minister for infrastructure, who happened to be the former minister of the ministry.

The Courts is a reluctant party in this case. Aljunied and Hougang voters have made their decision clear and they want Workers’ Party to manage their towns.  Has this been acknowledged and recognised? Even WP’s majority is reduced, it is still a win. Does the PAP know the meaning of democracy?

The PAP government should concentrate and put their efforts planning the future of Singapore, conducting pro-Singaporean science and research funding (as they just announced and claimed), and providing suitable skill upgrading programs for all ages. It seems they are only interesting in catching small fishes, rather than their big budget projects.

Comparing to these billion-dollar projects,  town council funding or subsidy is really a peanut. (If you recall, someone described the salary of NKF’s CEO was a peanut.)  The law will come after you if you mishandle the town council management and accounts, just like the NKF, Ming Yi, City Harvest Church, etc.

If we worry about the ‘peanut’ budget of a town council, then we should be more worry about the big budget projects, like the National Research Foundation, SkillsFuture Credit, GIC, Temasek, etc. Are they as transparent as town council management? Who are they reporting to? Singaporeans will have to pay dearly if they are moving in the wrong direction, not necessary irregularities.   

[Urgent things to do]

There are many urgent things have to be fitted in Singapore. In this Singapore Business Federation paper (below), we can see this urgency. They claim Singapore is at the crossroads.

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Globally, there are breaking trends: Many of the assumptions, tendencies, and habits that had long proved so reliable have suddenly lost much of their resonance (see below or the video). {Sound likes SG50?}

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I may not totally agree with the viewpoints of SBF or Global Trends. However, they are the wake-up calls for all the good past practices.  It is very likely we will face structure breaks. The PAP is well aware of it. They just refuse to present the truths and the whole picture to Singaporeans. With the help of the controlled media, they want to present their side of stories and takes advantage of the situation.

[Strong mandate != Structure Break != Fixing Oppositions]

SBF urges the government to make decisive changes after having the strong mandate in last September general election.  It means they want changes in the economy. Whether this is for the own good or not, we don’t know. However, we are quite certain old SG50 practices will have to change. Not only in the business sector, in politics, society and human relationship all will have to face the structure challenges.

Strong mandate does not mean you only listen to business leaders and ignoring others. Singapore will not progress if the PAP government continues to fix the oppositions and society.  
Structure breaks will come sooner or later whether the PAP likes it or not.

Monday, 4 January 2016

教育方针继续的爱党爱国?白色教育能够创造价值吗?

【开学了!后SG50开始了!行动党政府将会继续爱党爱国的教育。老方法能够持续发酵,为行动党创造价值吗?】

代教育部长(学校)黄志明指出新加坡的教育,不但要求学生创造价值,同时,更要培养爱国意识,强调学生的国家认同感。这好像SG50过后,依依不舍,舍不得行动党美好的过去。因此,去了50,SG依然要保留下来,继续发挥影响力,继续维护行动党的光辉过去。

SG50是党国不分,爱党就是爱国。SG50的时代,只要思想正确,爱党爱国,无论在事业上,学习机会上,都会顺利,钱途也会顺畅。不论教育还是政治,社会,经济,灌输的是一党专政,一党专政的好处,一党专政的伟大。

后SG50, 行动党当然希望持续这种正确的思想。因此,保留SG,去掉50,当然,在政策也不会做出什么改变,而是要继续发扬光大过去。所以,黄志明的创造价值加爱国精神,清楚的告诉学生,也告诉国人,行动党将会继续走老路。而李显龙总理在2016新年献词中,也念念不忘去年的4个令他难忘的事情。这些事情当然就是教育部要继续灌输爱党爱国的工作 - 爱国教育=爱党教育。

如果学生眼中只有白色,考虑的问题都是白色,教的历史都是宣传白色故事,对新加坡做出贡献的人物都是穿白衣白裤,我们真的很难想象学生们如何能够做到创新,创造新价值。同样的,如果一天到晚,只爱白色,只爱穿白衣白裤,爱党多过爱国,国家一旦出现危机,自动穿上白衣白裤,自然而然高挂白旗,也将是顺理成章的趋势。

行动党为了维护爱党爱国的白色教育,一直处心积虑的,努力的保留历史文物。把行动党的丰功伟绩留下,以便教育学生,行动党创业不容易,学生和国人要珍惜呀!一个明显的例子就是李光耀故居的处理问题。把故居留下,不要拆掉,就能够留下历史伟业,教育下一代。每一次大选,还可以进行回顾,研讨会,纪念活动,提醒选民,不要忘记过去,要感恩哦!

为了让SG留下,让SG有正当性,因此,就把未来新加坡跟SG挂钩。这是一种合理的过渡,让人觉得从SG50进入SGfuture再过渡到SG,自然而然的白色教育穿插其中,行动党自导自演的创造价值的传承工作,真的好像天衣无缝一样,令人如痴如醉,身处仙境。(还是身处险境还不知?)

新加坡作为一个开放的经济体,不能不对外面发生的事情,一无所知,或者不闻不问。气候大会即是一个例子。美丽的想法,关爱之心,不可能跟世界潮流和趋势脱轨。过渡强调爱党,而忽略非主流的诉求,和外面的变化,将会自讨苦吃。

Friday, 1 January 2016

Eunoia: A Beautiful and Caring Life Brand Planning?


Eunoia Junior College. the new EJC, as reported is a combination of ‘beautiful thinking’ and ‘goodwill towards others’. Singapore educators think very hard to give EJC students a head start in their Life Brand planning. They want to project them as thinkers and caring people.


Currently reading “Build your own life brand” #1 by Stedman Graham, a discarded book which I picked it up outside SIM library.  The book discussed about the importance of personal brand planning. Individuals have to build and develop their own paths - life brand.


Life brand planning is quite similar to Confucius teaching. Education starts from young, from the very basic behaviour of being an honest, upright person to serving the country without fear. Eunoia has 2 SAP schools and they seem to totally forget the basic - a confirmation bias of ignoring ‘thinking and caring’ in Chinese education.


The world is in transition from the West to the East. China will soon be the number one economy in the world. I have read the new year messages of President Xi, President Ma and PM Lee.  You can feel the different perspectives. All 4 key points mentioned by PM Lee are history.


What is branding yourself?


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Yes. We can give our students a head start in their life brand planning, like Eunoia. If every school is a good, all students should receive some kinds of life branding. However, we have to admit not all parents are equal. Some parents have long-time ago planned their children’s future, either being a scholar, professional or an overseas education.   


Study shows that the greatest investment return in education is in primary education. If children have no basic knowledge, they will not be able to engage in life brand planning. Without proper and basic knowledge, it will be hard to ‘create a life that flows’. Flows are sources of creativity and innovation.  


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Is the name “Eunoia” a magical positive psychology for creating thinking and caring for society? It is too early to tell. When the country faces injustice or external threat, will the graduates of EJC stand up for Singapore using their beautiful thinking and empathy?  Another hard question, isn’t it?


Today is the first day of the year. Start your life brand planning now, don’t wait for Eunoia.


#1
http://www.amazon.com/Build-Your-Own-Life-Brand/dp/0684856980