Saturday, February 14, 2015
AHPETC: Residents demand answers
Kudos to residents in WP's managed constituencies. They are starting to demand answers from their MPs. Because WP had also voted in favor of the motion, I also expect them to come clean and explain what they will do to right the situation. I had assume they need a lot of time and over time would have just quietly solved the problem and reinvented the wheel taken away by the PAP. We shall see. In my first post on this subject, I had called both parties black pots.
Bernard Lee ought to give himself a few more thoughtful days. He should feel more hopeful afterward when he sees how fellow residents come together over this issue. I have more confidence in the people than the government, which never tried this thought experiment: Exchange this population for any city in this world and see if they can make it work. They will find themselves herding cats and needing bribes, populism. They took our support for granted. When the problems become too difficult to solve they made it bearable, even profitable for themselves demanding more blood, sweat and tears from us. For a while we gave in even as people elsewhere laugh at us (especially the PRCs) and FTs took advantage of us. You can ask any local born but it is clearest for Singaporean men who serve as SQ pilots.
I responded to a comment left for me as follows from: AHPETC: How much slack to cut them?
If a minister or MP is a true patriot, you will be respected and even loved. If you are in this for the money and status enough among us can sense it even if we can't put words to the feeling. You see, we don't just see and hear. What could be said but never. There are also non verbal messages, strong vibes that come out of you all the time. Like Bernard Lee said, "I sense that they are self serving" It is the Singaporean survivor instinct which everyone has but I think we have more.
If we cannot find patriots for leaders, we would simply need stronger check and balance which is sorely lacking when the PAP dominates. The town council act should already have enough teeth to get CAD or CPIB involved if there were signs of wrong doing, but I guess the PAP always thought they would never lose a GRC and they needed the legislation to give them flexibility to do immoral things but not illegal. If only they were willing to set the AGO on themselves, would they look better? I think so, but not by much because they have stronger systems and better resources.
Do the PAP really ever understand why we are so eager for more opposition MPs in parliament? It is the clearest sign that trust in them is eroding! But alas, they love to drink their kool aid and eat their own propaganda. Over the long run the only way to live false virtues is to forget they were fake. Like the Roman Catholic clergy suffered from this big time until Pope Francis came along.
How much longer do they want to play this with us? In our "order out of chaos" unpredictable way we will rid ourselves of the wrong people so that the patriots who were turned off by all these will come forward. As we mature further, may be we will have our own version of governing ourselves like the Swiss have. Would we? Who knows but what choice have we got?
Update: Feb 15 9:00am
Unlike many bloggers, I do not have the time to deeply research for information before writing. This just appeared on my Facebook news feed and now it is here. Often I just need to get on with what I am supposed to do and more often than not, what I need just appear in front of me to use.
The PAP government is riddled with so many conflicts of interest I am sure you can compile a book on them, and the situation is not getting better. We haven't even begin to discuss the hidden things. They must stink like AIM.
Now if the WP is wise they must not judge themselves by the falling standards of the PAP. Citizens expect decency and honesty, nothing more (I didn't say nothing less). Better than PAP is not good enough. Hon Sui Sen would be a good standard bearer. Abraham Lincoln for his genius combination of honesty and guile is even better. He understood unifying moral concepts, which none including the lawyerly Shanmugam who ought to do.
Update: Feb 16 1:20 pm
Only 119 supporters after almost two days. People were far more anxious and excited about the planned columbarium at Fernvale than this one.
Most busy people don't care very much beyond the fact that the rubbish is cleared, the estate is clean. When you flip the switch you get electricity and when you turn the tap clean water flows. To be realistic, you might not even bother to open your door to your WP MP when he or she comes visiting if you are very busy.
Posted by PengYou at 3:41 PM