Monday, 12 November 2018

PAP’s Biggest Mistake: Dishonorable son leads GE2019

As expected the dishonorable son#1, Lee Hsien Loong, will lead the People’s Action Party again in GE 2019.  Is Lee a suitable person to lead PAP in the coming election?. Will he become Najib No 2? While some may say Lee can be (UMNO) Mahathir No 1 when Mahathir sacked Anwar so it is still very safe for the PAP, maybe losing a few more seats.

The PAP and Lee are trying their luck. But it is bad for the party and perhaps bad for the country too. It seems none of the party members rejecting Lee leading GE 2019. Also, only concerned Singaporeans will think this arrangement is not the internal politics of the PAP.  

A better alternative is Tharman replacing Lee and remains as Prime Minister for a short term and then hands over power to the so-called fourth generation leaders - a situation like Goh Chok Tong.

Tharman, rather than Lee, is the better choice to lead PAP in GE 2019.

While it is too late and the PAP and Lee wants to try their luck. Remember the story of Najib removing Muhyiddin who is now Malaysian Home Minister. Najib removed his deputy that led to the emergence of (Bersatu) Mahathir No 2.  The rest of the story you can see in newspaper and social media everyday.

While such thing will never happen in Singapore as claimed by the PAP or Lee Hsien Loong.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday charted the path forward for the ruling People's Action Party (PAP), saying it must win the next general election convincingly by taking a centrist approach and uniting Singaporeans.
The party has only two years left to prepare for the next election, said Mr Lee, who is PAP secretary-general, as he outlined four things it must do to maintain good politics and keep improving people's lives.
He called on party members to understand and address Singaporeans' concerns, give people hope for the future, encourage inclusive politics and provide good leadership.

Not a word of reform

Lee Hsien Loong will lead a PAP without reform in GE 2019. What are the real meanings of “a centrist approach and uniting Singaporeans.” Are they related to reform?

PAP won the GE2015 by luck - the Lee Kuan Yew factor. Will they be as lucky as 2015 using the Raffles factor in 2019? No one knows. It is a luck and it can turn either way. However, Lee Hsien Loong wants to try his luck again.

Lee is now a controversial figure, without a mind of reform.

While for PAP to survive and Singapore to advance, an urgent need of reform is needed.

Source: Yahoo Singapore
George Yeo called for a PAP reform. Have we seen any changes since 2011?


Lee Hsien Loong prefers luck than reform. And so, the outcome will be….

Who carry Lee Kuan Yew’s values

In GE 2019, voters will also need to decide who really carries the values of Lee Kuan Yew - dishonorable son or others, including Lee siblings.

Today’s PAP under Lee Hsien Loong is different from the PAP in the early days. Do voters still believe Lee Hsien Loong as the promoter and protector of our funding values?

A reform is needed to restore the fundamental values of Singapore, 
the spirit of our national pledge and our Constitutions.  


Saturday, 10 November 2018









PAP制度化的接班人制度,能否继续落实李光耀精神?这真的是一个很大的问号?李显龙为何被弟妹称为dishonorable son?这里面就包含李光耀精神的争论。弟妹们认为他们才是落实李光耀精神的真正执行人,那李显龙算什么?李显龙真的能够执行和落实李光耀精神吗?





李显龙以及PAP试图将这个僵硬的接班人制度“作为我国的政治规范并加以巩固”, 对于新加坡来说,很可能变成发展、发挥新加坡建国精神,李光耀精神的一大阻碍,一大绊脚石。


Saturday, 3 November 2018

Swiss living rather than seat warming in Goh’s new book

Instead of disclosing his seat warming experience, Goh Chok Tong should discuss his failed Swiss living for Singaporeans.   

Seat warming is his personal experience. Swiss living is for Singaporeans.  This is the tall order for politicians who really want to improve life and living standard of Singaporeans.

Personally, Goh has achieved his personal goal.

None of his objectives talk about Swiss living or in a general way, the life of Singaporeans.  During Goh Administration, our economy was growing, GDP per capita also increasing but not living standard.

It is important for Singaporeans to know why we are NOT able to achieve Swiss standard of living. Goh promotes Swiss living. He should explain why we cannot make it - why Singaporeans cannot enjoy the kind of life like Swiss.  

Is this due to our one-party democracy, checks and balances?

Is this due to our culture? Does Switzerland maintain and preserve their cultural roots better than us? Singapore ends up “bad English, bad Mandarin (Chinese)”, perhaps also bad Malay and bad Tamil.

By avoiding tall order question like Swiss living, Goh only concerns about himself - how a poor boy made it to the top. While the situation now and future is very different - inequality, rich-poor gap, education gap, etc.  This is the big picture that makes Swiss living so remote.

“Worry before the people and enjoy after the people.”
When Goh brought up the idea of Swiss living, he expressed his concern of Singaporeans - life of ordinary people.
Be concerned about the affairs of state before others, and enjoy comfort after others.
While Goh only completes the first part - only showing concerns.  This is not enough.

Indeed, he seems to enjoy his life before others and his comment on mediocre people proves it.

Goh is now more interested to raise ministers’ pay rather than his concern of ordinary Singaporeans.

It is not a wooden question.  
“Worry before the people and enjoy after the people.”

It is a real problem in Singapore:
“Worry after the people and enjoy before the people.”

Wednesday, 31 October 2018












Saturday, 27 October 2018

Singapore’s Public Financial Management is far below IMF, International standard.

Low press freedom, high inequality, and now questionable fiscal responsibility and checks and balances in public financial management.

In Module 11: Institutional Oversight of the Budget and PFM of Public Financial Management course by edX@IMF, it is stated that:

The government is in charge of preparing and implementing the budget, but it needs to be accountable to independent institutions. Which institutions are involved in oversight, and support fiscal responsibility? We discuss the roles of Supreme Audit Institutions, Fiscal Councils, and the Legislature (parliaments). You will also learn how oversight models vary around the world, and what is required to ensure that these institutions carry out their functions. Most notable are the requirement for independence of these institutions, timeliness of reporting, and the ability to interact with civil society.

Although Singapore is a financial centre and a good partner of International Monetary Fund,  we score poorly in Supreme Audit Institutions, Fiscal Councils, and the Legislature
(parliaments). Our Auditor-General is not independent. We do not have Fiscal Council. While our parliament is almost a one-party rule.  

Even though in paper, Singapore under PAP government performs well in budgeting and auditing?, if we consider the Institutional Oversight of the Budget and PFM, the roles of  Supreme Audit Institutions, Fiscal Councils, and the Legislature (parliaments), in the longer term, we will face sustainability problems. There is certainly a lack of independent bodies and citizens engagement in checking the fiscal responsibility.    

Let explain Supreme Audit Institutions, Fiscal Councils, and the Legislature (parliaments) using IMF language:

Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) are independent agencies responsible for auditing government revenue and expenditure. There are several models of external audit: the two main types are the judicial model and the parliamentary model, and there are other variations.
The effectiveness of SAIs relies on several criteria: scope and type of external audit; characteristics of the institution; publication, timeliness, quality and follow-up on SAIs' reports

Fiscal Councils are independent, non-partisan bodies that assess government's fiscal policies, plans, rules and performance against macroeconomic objectives. Most fiscal councils today are in advanced economies, and there is growing interest in emerging markets and developing economies.

The legislature reviews and approves the budget, reviews its execution and at year-end, holds the executive accountable. The capacity of the legislature to play a role at each stage of the budget process is influenced by political, organizational, and institutional factors.
Legislature’s power to amend the budget is crucial. It is linked with the quantity and the quality of information the legislature receives and sufficient time to review the draft budget is necessary for an effective review of the draft budget. At year-end, the Legislature reviews the budget implementation, to assess the compliance of the budget execution with the original approved budget law.

IMF also stresses the importance of Legitimacy of Public Participation in Public Financial Management:

Civil society and citizens interact directly with public authorities to design, implement and review budget and fiscal policies and there is a growing international consensus on the involvement of citizens in Public Financial Management.
Public participation in the budget process relies on several channels and tools, that are complementary and should be combined.
Public participation in PFM still needs to be improved. Madagascar Citizens Budget or Social Audits in India are experiences introduced by these countries to enhance public participation.
Several criteria should be met to ensure public participation effectiveness: an inclusive and transparent process, sufficient time allowed in the budget cycle, informed citizens and incorporation of public inputs in the budget process.

Do you think the PAP government will agree with Citizens Budget and Social Audit?  

[Fiscal transparency]
Fiscal transparency, or in other words, openness about public finances, has gained prominence over the past two decades. In this module, we discuss fiscal transparency in detail: its main elements, its benefits, and the challenges it raises. We also offer a tour of the latest initiatives towards increased transparency, including the revised IMF Fiscal Transparency Code, the OECD’s Principles of Budgetary Governance, the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability Framework (PEFA), the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Standard (EITI), the Open Budget Survey, and the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT). We will analyze how different actors — the government, citizens, international organizations and financial markets — contribute to fiscal transparency, and hear the views of various stakeholders in the fiscal transparency area.
[Difference between fiscal transparency and budget transparency]
This video presents a general definition and distinguishes between fiscal transparency and budget transparency. Fiscal transparency has a wider definition which includes all public assets, liabilities, risk and contingencies.

Clearly, this means Singapore’s fiscal transparency should include Temasek, GIC, and all state-owned enterprises.   
And most importantly, fiscal responsibility means institutional oversight, public participation and fiscal transparency.

[Lack of transparency]
This section concludes with a look at three examples of lack of non-transparency together with an explanation on how a lack of transparency may affect important fiscal indicators.

Najib as a reminder

In summary, Najib government is a good example of the many problems mentioned in the above videos. We cannot only look at the budget alone. We must consider fiscal transparency.  Malaysia during Najib Adminstration already had a strong opposition, having more popular votes, however, Najib could still control and manipulate the fiscal accounts.

Just imagine how serious it can be for Singapore.  

The lack of fiscal transparency, lack of public participation and lack of a strong opposition will cause long-term sustainability problems for Singapore.

It looks OK now but how about our children and future generations.

Saturday, 22 September 2018


The recent election at the Singapore Table Tennis Association shows not only the ugly side of PAP politics but also the questions of future Singapore, meritocracy, equal and fair competition, accountability, check and balance. 

This dirty table tennis is just a small mirror reflecting the ugly politics of the PAP. They just want to control every organisations in Singapore and must sure there is no alternative.  

If you worry about the future of table tennis in Singapore, judging from the STTA election, you should be more worry about the future of Singapore.

STTA election is just an iceberg of the problem. The bigger problem is the monopoly politics of the PAP and how one party rule will produce a weaker Singapore.

In the sea level, you see the mainstream media giving positive reporting about the STTA election. While below the sea level, you see the facebook reporting of Tan Kai Kok. Tan explained the dirty politics of the election, for example, inviting to coffee sessions, taxation investigation, discredit opponents, and even threat.
(please refer to Tan’s facebook for details)

This shows the PAP government is so immature, so lack of confidence, so greedy in controlling everything in Singapore. Nearly 60 years in power, they never change but become more insecure. Why?

Senior citizens, whether Chinese educated or English educated, are voicing out their disagreements with the PAP government. They dare to question the government when they see something not right. Although in a small step, they care about the future of Singapore, just like Tan Cheng Bock. They love Singapore so they want to share their stories, like Tan Kai Kok.

We have seen the happenings in Malaysia. A change of government saves Malaysia. Only Singaporeans can save Singapore!

Saturday, 15 September 2018


世界金融风暴10年过去了,新加坡人民行动党政府为人民做了什么准备,又为自己的部长高官做了什么准备?低薪的10年没有实际的工资增长,而部长高官却年年收入增加,不单如此,还有丰厚的花红, 情何以堪啊!



高薪的好处很多,钱多了,在医药保健上,就会出现8元动一个心脏手术的长期投资利益。也可以买卖股票、债券、房子、高消费、高旅游,就像crazy rich一样。









更加不是王乙康说的“长远未来的建设” --- 一个为行动党人和PAP们专门设立的高薪规划。PAP靠的住吗?还是自己决定自己的将来?自己的未来建设?