Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gentleman competition GE2015

In the GE2015, We slowly see some bastards appearing from the hell. They do all kinds of beast- work. They are planning to destroy the strong opposition candidates. These bastards only come out during the election seasons.
Remember there was a bastard who e-mail press to talk bad about the opposition candidate few years ago. But luckily, that bastard never achieve his goal. Now, we slowly see some bastard coming out either they e-mail to somebody to discredit opposition candidates for evil reasons.
These type of bastards always hide behind the scene and do all kinds of destroying work whenever they see the strong opposition candidates emerging.
Hope these few days, these bastards can hide in the hell until 12-9-15

Workers’ Party announces second batch of candidates for GE2015

Workers’ Party announces second batch of candidates for GE 

from online citizen
2nd batch of new candidates announced by Workers' Party (Photo - Biddy Low)
2nd batch of new candidates announced by Workers’ Party (Photo – Biddy Low)
By Biddy Low
Terrance Tan
Mr Terence Tan
The Workers’ Party unveiled their latest group of potential candidates today at their party headquarters. Led by Sylvia Lim and Png Eng Huat, the four would-be politicians include Terence Tan Li Chern, 44, a lawyer with Peter Low LLC, Firuz Khan, 48, chocolate manufacturer, Cheryl Loh, 31, a sales consultant and ex-student of Sylvia Lim, and Luke Koh, 40, a holding company chief executive.
Mr Terence Tan, who also represented AHPETC in the ongoing case with the Ministry of National Development, has been a volunteer with the Party since 2011 and has been quite active on the ground in both Kaki Bukit and Joo Chiat. He also sits on several committees in the Law Society and helps out in Hougang’s Legal Clinic.
Cheryl Loh
Miss Cheryl Loh
Mr Tan believes that “the govt has focused a little too much on short term economic gains, without sufficient regards to long term implications that affect all of us.” He reiterated the WP’s promise to be a strong opposition party that aims to steer policies in the right direction and an opposition which is not there just “for the sake of opposing”.
Nurturing and investing in our young, especially those who come from underprivileged backgrounds, seem to be the topic most of the candidates are most concerned with. Mr Firuz Khan and Miss Cheryl Loh each shared their personal reasons for wanting to give every child a fair go in life, starting with education.
Firuz Khan
Mr Firuz Khan
Miss Cheryl Loh, who is of Peranakan lineage, spoke about growing up in a disadvantaged household where she had to  see herself through secondary and tertiary education through part-time work. This has shaped her views on the importance of an educational system that leaves no child behind. She cites her late grandmother as an inspiration growing up and the reason for her fluency in Bahasa Melayu, which she addressed the room with later on as well.
Mr Firuz Khan attributed his motivation to serve to his stint as a manager in Pertapis Home for Children. He recalled an incident where parents could not even afford to make the trip to the home to visit their children on Family Day. Witnessing this and many other cases of poverty and abuse, strengthened his resolve to improve the situation.
Luke Koh
Mr Luke Koh
Perhaps the most fiery speaker among the candidates was Mr Luke Koh, who criticized the “Stop at Two” campaign in the ’80s: “Many of our brothers and sisters are missing today because they were aborted 30 to 40 years ago; our mothers cried but nobody listened. The Graduate Mothers’ programme added insult to injury.”
He urged the public to pay attention as the Workers’ Party rolls out a series of proposals for policy changes, indicating that it will focus on investing in the Singaporean youth and placing the future of our country in the hands of a strong local talent pool.
This is the Worker’s Party second unveiling of candidates.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Singapore general election 2015 Empowerment

Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang on fear among voters
Q You said earlier that people are fearful of the Government, so you want to empower them and tell them they can check on the Government.
But in the 2011 GE, the WP did better than in 2006. Since then, more high-calibre people are joining the WP and other opposition parties.
Tell us where is this fear? Are you playing up the fear factor?
No, I'm not playing up the fear factor...What I'm saying is that you have to empower yourself. Of course, there are a few spectrum in society with people who worry whether there will be repercussions from the political leaders.
The question is why are people having to worry in the first place? I think the environment should not be (like this); perhaps the legacy of the past may have contributed to this.
So as we look back at the last 50 years and move forward to the future, we may want to think about whether this is going to be something curtailing our thoughts.
More importantly, we need to build a confident people, confident that what I'm doing...is right for Singapore rather than looking up to the Government and taking the cue from (it).
Q So you are saying that after 50 years of nation-building and the 2011 GE, the fear factor has not ebbed? And that we are still not a confident people?
A No, it is not a question of the fear factor. It's a question of confidently moving forward as a people, not so much the fear of whether you will be arrested.
It's not that kind of fear but it's psychological baggage we have inherited from the past which we have to put (away) and move on.
Empowerment is a process in which people feel they are the masters of the land. That is fundamental for a mature nation to move forward and continue to thrive.

Daniel Goh Pei Siong 吴佩松 GE2015

Singapore Worker Party has many good candidates for GE2015.

Daniel Goh Pei Siong 吴佩松

Age: 42
Posts in WP:
President, WP Youth Wing
Education:
Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Master of Social Science (Sociology), National University of Singapore
Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology), National University of Singapore
Occupation:
Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
Marital status:
Married with one son.
Background:
Daniel Goh is Associate Professor lecturing at the Department of Sociology, NUS, where he is Deputy Head of Department and Convenor of the Cultural Studies Programme. He researches and publishes on political sociology, cultural and urban studies, race and multiculturalism, and religion. He was born into a Roman Catholic family and grew up attending Catholic schools. He decided to pursue a social science degree, even though he was from the science stream and loved physics. He could not shake off questions about politics, economics and society inspired by the democratic revolutions in Asia in the late 1980s.
Daniel has been a supporter of the WP since 1988 when he attended his first political rally in Eunos. His father, a worker who rose through the ranks to become a manager, taught him the virtues of labour and the rights of the labourer. His mother, a nurse, taught him charity and kindness. He saw these ideals expressed by the WP. He started helping with WP during the 2011 General Election and had worked with MPs Chen Show Mao and Lee Li Lian. Daniel and his wife are extremely proud parents of their infant boy and they currently live in Braddell Heights HDB estate. He thinks aloud at https://www.facebook.com/danpsgoh.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

GE2015 is the gentleman fight

Singapore general election 2015 is around the corner. I hope this GE2015 is the gentleman fight, no more repeated accusation. Hopefully media can report fairly and give little bit more coverage for opposition candidates. Hopefully, media should be fair to all political parties and should not be the tools of any political parties.

Looking back in 1970, 1980, that time media rarely reported opposition candidates or just simply few lines. Now, I see some improvement may be the voters more sharp eyes, they attended opposition rallies and then see the newspapers next day and can see for themselves whether media reporting fairly or not. 

陈家喜

工人党新人陈家喜:“先把灯泡换好再说吧”

2015年8月23日 星期日


“先把灯泡换好再说吧。”
没有太宏大的目标,没有遥不可及的承诺,拥有英国牛津大学世界与帝国历史硕士学位的工人党新人陈家喜(29岁)接受晚报专访,但所谈及的是一般居民身边的小事。
他说:“我觉得就是一步一步来,先做可以做的事情,再做其他比较大的事情。”
其实,在他心里一直牢记刘程强曾经训过他的一句话:“人民的小事,是我们的大事。”
陈家喜在2010年至2012年,曾担任工人党秘书长刘程强的国会助理。
有一次随刘程强做家访,有居民投诉灯泡坏了,他记录下来,但隔天却忘记跟进。后来刘程强问起,训了他一顿:“人民的小事,是我们的大事。这么一点小事都做不好,怎么做更大的事?”
他才意识到,修灯泡虽是小事,但背后却关乎诚信的问题。
陈家喜有所感悟地说:“他教会我一件事,服务选民不是玩玩的,人家来找议员不是因为看得起你,而是有时他们已经没有选择了。”
2012年之后,陈家喜转去当阿裕尼集选区议员费沙的国会助理,除了刘程强,影响他最深的就是费沙。
在他眼中,费沙的真诚与脚踏实地的作风,是非常值得年轻人学习的。说得到就要做得到,如果做不来就得直说,这才是负责任的行为,千万不要说空话。
有一次居民投诉附近公园的清洁问题,但那不属于市镇会管辖,而是由国家公园局负责,费沙只好坦言只能写信向当局反映。
陈家喜说:“跟居民的交往就是诚信的问题,到头来可能事情无法解决,但关键是你肯面对,看到你在做事,居民也会理解。”
陈家喜近日积极走访惹兰勿刹和义顺区,有可能成为工人党在来届大选的候选人之一。
对于是否参选,以及想为人民做些什么,他说:“先把灯泡换好再说吧。”
求学选冷门科目
首份工作从事殡葬服务教育
求学时选择冷门科目,陈家喜踏入社会后所从事的第一份工作也一样“另类”——殡葬服务教育业。
目前在洪振茂基金当项目执行员的陈家喜解释,加入这行业与他在加基武吉区的基层工作有关。
颇有感慨
陈家喜说,曾陪费沙议员出席不少居民的“白事”,看到不同年龄层的居民因病或意外过世,让他颇有感慨。
“有16岁少年、5岁儿童,或是留下妻儿的壮年,当碰到逝世居民的家人时,我们只能聆听,无法多说什么……”
他记得,有独居年长者原本每周会出现在社区活动上,但突然“销声匿迹”,过好一阵子才知道他们已经过世了……
陈家喜感慨,许多国人未好好地在活着时思考死亡,他希望他的工作能教育公众正式死亡的课题。
他并不觉得考获牛津大学硕士学位却去从事殡葬服务教育业有何不妥。
“毕竟死亡是不分身份的。”
服完兵役就入党
是工人党‘最老’新人
2006年,陈家喜一服完兵役就加入工人党,虽然今年才29岁,但资历在新人当中的可以说是最老的一个。
过去一个月,工人党新人纷纷“亮相”,频密出现在各选区走访活动,当中包括律师、大学讲师和商人等,略微统计有约16人之多。
陈家喜在2006年入党后,就成为工人党青年团的执委,2010年至2012年是青年团秘书,也相继当了刘程强和费沙的国会助理。
但比起已经当上工人党中委的新人吴佩松和陈立峰,陈家喜在党内的“履历”不算亮眼。
陈家喜还自嘲说,论外形他更是觉得抱歉:“我还问过我妈,我怎么会长成这个样子?”
陈家喜认为大选不是说选就去选,要考虑到自己是否已做好准备,以及家人是否能够接受。
“必须有时间酝酿,才能对得起自己的决定。政治从外面看很精彩,但人一旦曝光,私生活就再也不能平静。”
没对政府不满
想改善国会‘发声’制度
没有对政府不满,陈家喜想要从政是要改善一些现有的国家机制,例如国会的“发声”制度。
被问及如今工人党在国会有更多议员,却似乎没有发出足够的“声音”,陈家喜说:“我不觉得这是批评,而是人民对工人党的期待,也正是为什么我们的责任更加重大。”
工人党在上届大选坦言,未有组成政府的能力,陈家喜说这是事实。
“一些支持者或许会希望我们去拼、去组成政府,但对选民坦白才是负责任的态度。”
陈家喜的父亲是咖啡店助手,母亲当清洁工,陈家喜说双亲一直“默默支持”他参加政党及可能从政的决定。
目前,他与双亲和26岁妹妹住在淡滨尼一带的四房式组屋。

来源:联合晚报

Singapore general election 2015

Singapore general election 2015 is near the corner. Nomination day and election day were declared. Hopefully the alternate parties can win more votes so as to represent the 40 percents of alternative parties' supporters. We just simply can not ignore their wishes of wanting opposition MP.
 Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam has issued the Writ of Election for General Election 2015.
Nomination Day is 1 September 2015 (Tuesday), the Elections Department announced in a release. The Returning Officer is Mr Ng Wai Choong, Chief Executive of the Energy Market Authority.
The Returning Officer will declare 11 September 2015 (Friday) to be Polling Day, the release said. Under the law, Polling Day at any general election shall be a public holiday. Every employer shall on Polling Day allow every elector in his employ a reasonable period of time for voting.

Monday, August 24, 2015

一党独大是否可行?

一党独大是否可行?

Parliament House赖国芳
一党独大,对新加坡的前途,是不是最好?有制衡能力的反对党,对国家是利是弊?行动党的论述,向来是《天降大任,舍我其谁》。其论述的大意如下:新加坡的前途,只能由行动党独力保障,反对党的任何进展,就算只赢得一个单选区或集选区,对国家都是有害的。
过去几十年,新加坡在一党独大的统治下,取得巨大经济增长。然而,此政治结构,能否保证国家的长治久安?
我个人认为不能。不但不能,在过去是好的,对未来反而是坏的。因为新加坡已步入后强人时代。
世 间公认:建国总理李光耀是一个政治强人。新马分家之后,国家处于危急存亡之秋,人民团结在李总理身后,以选票,以默许,赋予政府极大的权力。政府大刀阔 斧,改革经济、教育、文化,铲除贪污,把重要企业置于国家控制之下。因为权力高度集中,政府可以对任何挑战,作出迅速反应。短短数十年内,一个拥挤不堪且 缺乏天然资源的蕞尔小岛,晋身进步繁荣的第一世界国家。
在危难之际,大部分国人心甘情愿接受铁腕统治,甚至作出个人牺牲。人民对政治争议,大多采取眼不见为净的态度。反对派人物被流放、拘禁、道德操守被国营媒体大肆攻击,在大势所趋下,成为无可奈何的代价。
建 国总理的施政成果越高,人民对他的信任与敬畏就越深,他在施政上,更可以放手扫除障碍,行权宜之计。这种施政上的方便,让政府可以高效推行经济策略,同 时,人民也失去某些宝贵的问责权益。此千秋功过,自有后人评说。然而,新加坡的这种特殊国情,在一个特殊的时代,为一名特殊的人物所推动,说它是千年一 遇,并不夸张。
李显龙总理掌政后,在小节上稍作调整,基本上秉承乃父的作风。李总理家学渊源,天资聪慧加上后天努力,在持续强人政治上还勉 强可为。然而,当今世界,翻天覆地的变革正在加速。试问,没有李前总理的特殊机遇的下一代领导人,能否在短时间里,建立类似其挽狂澜于即倒的巨人身份?能 否继续承载李氏家族的道德光环?在一党独大,缺乏制衡的情况下,他们可否摆平各政治与经济寡头的利益分配,说服国人作出牺牲,赋予超乎常理的信任?
如 今,国家的重要企业,包括电讯、媒体、交通、地产、金融、超市等等,掌握在少数国企或家族手中。在强人时代,一声令下,众人乖乖归队,自可保障效率,维持 表面上的平和。当国家再无强人,掌握重要资源的团体,形成经济寡头,不需向国人问责,却可在幕后操纵权力及利益分配。在此背景下,再想扭转贫富差距的不断 扩大,将变得倍加困难。到那时,如果独立的反对声音,已被扫除干净,经济上的弱势群体,无法在体制内进行制衡,难保不挺而走险,孤注一掷。台湾的太阳花运 动,香港的雨伞运动,是我们的前车之鉴。
李显龙总理正值壮年,持续强人政治及一党独大,尚有可为。然而,李总理自己也预测,将在几届大选后 交棒。到那时,新加坡的情况,与独立时已完全改观。世间再无李光耀,李氏政治光环,在下一代接班人当中,将无以为续。难道我们还在奢望,能有另一位特殊人 物与另一个特殊时代的相遇?因此,我认为,当新加坡进入后强人时代,一党独大的政治格局,对国家将是非常凶险的。
其实,行动党不必对持反对 意见的人,老是使用充满道德及文革色彩的谴责语言。反对某些政策的人,也可以是热爱国家的人,能为国家作出贡献,只是在政治理念上与行动党不同,不一定必 须除之而后快,反而可以用之以国家。在此世代交替之际,李总理若能展示宽广胸怀,另立开明政治格局,行前人所不能行,则国家大幸!
因此,我认为,国人应该尽力促成一个健康的政治制衡体系。此时,反对党的基础薄弱,百废待兴,此事绝不在一朝一夕,也许在我们有生之年,也无法看见实质成果。但是,一代人,做一代之事,如此而已。
This article is reproduced from Hammer Issue 1501.

Singapore Worker party the best choice GE2015

GE2015 can be the fruitful year for Singapore Worker Party since Singapore independent in year 1965. How many elected Worker Party from year 1965 to year 1981, the answer is zero. Also zero opposition elected MP. it was ready bad for the democratic country indeed but it created the peaceful political environment for the ruling party PAP to totally control Singapore, all the bills could pass through without any real resistance.

But one hero broke through, he was Worker Party candidate Mr. Jaya, the person who fight for freedom and welfare for Singaporeans. But his political life as elected MP was short . Why? You can find out yourself on Internet just simply type  his name.
In year 1991, one worker party candidate and three SDP candidates were elected to the parliament, this was the small victory for opposition. But 4 years later, only one worker party candidate and SDP candidate elected to parliament. One was Mr. Low, the other was Mr. Chiam See Tong. Sadly to say, only two opposition elected from year 1996 to year 2010.
So you can see, PAP had total power from year 1965 to year 2010--45 years of total power. But in year 2011 GE2011, PAP suffered the great lost indeed, only 60 percent of voters voted for PAP.
GE 2011, was the year that hammer PAP hard, they woke op and adjusted many policies, that's good for Singaporeans.
The outcome of GE2011 brought us more benefits, who say electing opposition MP useless? PAP need some pressure so that they can work better.
GE2015 is the golden year for Singapore Worker Party, 28 elected Worker Party will speak up in parliament so as to enhance the various development in Singapore. Am I right? 
Yes, Singapore Worker party the best choice GE2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Singapore worker party chief

Here are four justifications offered by Low in parliament to explain the predicament the party found themselves:
1. AHPETC’s problems stemmed from its difficulty in finding an established managing agent to hire after winning Aljunied GRC in May 2011.
Low revealed that large managing agents that run People’s Action Party town councils in Singapore would not take the WP’s business.
Speaking in Parliament, Low said: “… it seems that the managing agents serving PAP town councils are unwilling to serve in non-PAP town councils, and the reason appears to be political rather than professional.”

2. Winning a GRC in GE2011 is tantamount to having to get hundreds of civil servants on standby to take over.
After winning a proper GRC, WP’s MPs were responsible for scaling up Hougang SMC’s system to fit a GRC many times its size.
The difficulty of this task was compounded in the face of previous Aljunied GRC contractors, who served the PAP, terminating their services abruptly — all within a stipulated 90 days transition period.
Low said: “Under our current system, it seems to be that any opposition party which aspires to be elected in a GRC will have to build a town management team to train hundreds of staff officers first, (then) start shopping for an off-the-shelf accounting software.”
“If an opposition party aspires to be the next government, it may need to build an army of civil servants first.”
“This is a strange political situation for any functioning democracy to be in.”

3. Teething problems: The severity of AHPETC’s problems are minimised when looked at from a different scale.
Low said that this current episode should be put in the proper perspective.
This is because AHPETC’s performance in the annual town council grading exercise had been found to be “comparable to other town councils.”
Other than poor management of its service & conservancy charges, Low emphasised that the AGO report did not find the town council to be engaged in corrupt practices nor were there any lost of money.

4. Workers’ Party’s steep learning curve will serve it well
The conclusion drawn from Low’s remarks are clear: The learning curve is invaluable for WP as it will only do better next time it wins another election/ GRC.
Low said that the WP has learned from the AGO audit that it should have appointed a consultant to look at internal controls in compliance with the Town Council Act, to allow the elected MPs focused on taking over the town to ensure that major services are not disrupted.
He said: “This is something we would do if such a privilege happens in future elections.”
Low emphasised that in addition to strengthening the Town Councils Act, he hopes that the Government looks at the “de-politicisation of the transition process” when town councils change hands, adding that the WP welcomes the PAP Government’s scrutiny of its town council as this is what happens in a “First World Parliament”.

Singapore Worker party winning more votes GE2015

SINGAPORE — The Parliament session was the last before Singapore general election 2015.
A total of 58 Bills were passed, the hot issue was still the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) saga, which saw PAP and Workers’ Party (WP) MPs cross swords several times.
Topics that were debated including  public order,  laws to combat human trafficking and organised crime. The Liquor Control Act,  healthcare and retirement-adequacy issues ,, the MediShield Life Scheme .
Wow, before GE2015, the ' give away money scheme was introduced. This Bill on the new Silver Support Scheme, which disburses between S$300 and S$750 each quarter to needy elderly people, was among the slew of legislations passed at the two-day sitting earlier this week, as the 12th Parliament drew to a busy close. Is this scheme will give PAP wining more votes? Nobody know until the outcome of GE2015.
The AHPETC issues continue  to draw rigorous debates in Parliament — right up to the most recent sitting and beyond, political observers and analysts were split over whether the AHPETC tinderbox sparked more heat than light.
The exchange between Senior Minister of State (Education and Law) Indranee Rajah and WP chief Low Thia Khiang over what constitutes “constructive politics”. Assoc Prof Tan said: “Too often, the debates on AHPETC took on the flavour of verbal wars, where scoring political points seemed to be the order of the day.” Assoc Prof Wong felt too much airtime had been given to the issue. “I thought that was a lot of hot air, and Parliament time could have been better spent debating issues that would affect Singaporeans’ quality of life.”
This issues not only debated in Parliament but frequently brought up by PAP Big gun and small gun. They take turn to talk about the issue as if they have no other issue.
Why they keep on bringing up this issue? Is it caring for Worker Party? May be this will turn up that Worker party winning more votes, who know?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Gerald Giam in Singapore general election GE2015


Gerald Giam is the potential Singapore Worker Party's candidate who can win and be the elected MP, he is better than many PAP'S MP.
The Workers' Party representative Gerald Giam, who is a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, said that town council chairman Sylvia Lim, as well as the elected MPs who are town councillors, "all spoke, all explained various aspects of the report" during a two-day debate in Parliament.
He said that this was in addition to "numerous other press statements", "open letters to residents" and door-to-door explanations.
"I think we have done a lot of explaining already. And just because the PAP does not want to accept our explanations does not mean we haven't explained," said Mr Giam. "We have explained every point that has been brought up which demands an explanation and we have spared no effort in that. And with the coming election, I'm sure this issue will be raised up by the PAP and we will respond if we need to."

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lina Chiam Moving an adjournment motion


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Moving an adjournment motion in Parliament, 
Mrs Chiam said: "The AGO has only test-checked a small sample size of GROs, 
a mere 6.5 per cent. Yet, the audit has already turned up significant lapses."
She asked if financial lapses of a similar nature might also be found 
in the other unaudited GROs, and was concerned about a recurrence of lapses
 in other statutory boards.
In response, Senior Minister of State for Finance Josephine Teo said public 
agencies are subjected to annual audits by internal auditors as well as external 
auditors or the Auditor-General. Lapses are investigated, and action is taken 
to prevent a repeat. Referring to a case of a repeat lapse in the AGO's
 latest findings, Mrs Teo said it arose as steps put in place to address 
the lapse were not up to the AGO's expectation. "That is the rigour of the 
system that we have," Mrs Teo added.
Another concern raised by Mrs Chiam was on the adequacy of training 
and the competency of the officers involved in procurement.
Here, Mrs Teo outlined various initiatives, including a new procurement 
competency framework, that can help improve the skills of finance and 
procurement officers.
Mrs Chiam suggested centralising procurement activities in one agency.
 Mrs Teo said procurement rules are calibrated to the value and risk of the
 purchases. Projects over $80 million must be approved by the Development 
Planning Committee, comprising three Cabinet ministers, after rigorous 
scrutiny by senior Finance Ministry officials and the ministry concerned 
before tenders are called. Approval of lower-value procurements is 
decentralised for greater efficiency, but it is also governed by a clear set of 
rules and complemented by regular audits, she said.
Mrs Chiam also asked if the "less than prudent manner" in which some 
GROs handled funds has compromised residents' interests.

Let's read Lina Chiam's speech in parliament. good say.

Madam Speaker,
Thank you for the opportunity to speak on this adjournment motion. I will take this opportunity to speak on the AGO’s report that was released in July, its attendant issues and implications, as well as to provide some alternatives as to how this situation can be improved.
Madam Speaker, given the gravity of the financial lapses of statutory boards flagged by the Auditor-General Officer’s report (AGO), the complete silence of the respective ministries and ministers, beyond mere platitudes is of serious concern for the public.
The most fundamental issue at hand is the lack of accountability by respective ministries in exercising supervision over how taxpayer moneys have been used and misused. This calls into question the competency of the respective ministry, and the soundness of current financial mechanism and practices to prevent such lapses. Equally, questions arise as to whether the interests of the public have been compromised as a result of such financial lapses that involved up to millions of dollars. A deeper scrutiny of the related issues is therefore necessary – and crucially lacking.
I begin first, with the lapses of the People’s Association (PA). The interwoven role of the PA with the daily lives of citizens might explain why much attention has been focused on its lapses. For one, the role of the GROs’ has been so closely integrated into the daily lives of citizens. Many citizens for example, have attended events and lessons organized by the GROs at the community centers. It also signifies the importance which citizens regard the PA, and in turn, the litany of financial lapses by the PA deserves close attention.
Madam Speaker, it is noteworthy that this is the first time that the AGO has in fact conducted an audit on the People’s Association and the grassroots organizations under its umbrella. What is perhaps even more appalling is that this is only the second time, since the financial year of 2000/2001, that the GROs have had their financial statements audited.
Although the PA has its own independent auditor engaged for annual audits, the PA has, however failed to provide the financial statements of related GROs for audit for more than 10 years. The omissions have led the PA’s own auditors to issue adverse opinions in the financial years of 2006-2013. The PA has previously responded to this adverse opinion on the basis that (and I quote):
“the auditors had given an adverse opinion on the Financial Statements of the PA for one reason- not including the accounts of its grassroots organizations in the PA accounts.” (end of quote)
However, this reply understates the significance of the failure to provide the necessary financial statements. As the PA’s auditors noted in issuing the adverse opinions, the failure to provide GRO’s financial statements meant that the PA’s financial statements reflected in the annual audit do not accurately represent the financial state of affairs of the Association between the financial year of 2006 -2013. It was only in financial year 2013/2014 that the PA has provided the financial statements of the GROs to their own auditors.
The PA is expected be responsible and accountable to its citizens as to how the taxpayer funds have been used by GROs. Citizens deserve to know the financial health of the GROs, not just moving forward, but also of the past 10 years. In any case, the failure to provide the GROs’ financial statements for audit for more than 10 years is completely unacceptable. It is shocking that the PA has continued to do so for such a long time, and has failed to provide oversight of GRO’s compliance with its Financial Rules, as noted by the AGO. The AGO itself highlighted that the (and I quote) “common lapses found in most of the GROs test-checked indicate that the GROs may not be familiar with PA’s financial rules, even up till today” (end quote).
As a result, the lack of auditing of GRO funds before 2014 casts doubts on whether the funds have been used in accordance with the relevant financial rules during these years.
In order, to dispel any such doubts, the ministry overseeing the PA needs to disclose the financial statements and records of the GROs and have them audited.
While the PA has started to provide the financial statements for the financial year 2014 – this is clearly belated and was what an accountable and responsible body should have done 10 years ago, and has the obligation to continue to do so.
Turning back to the AGO report, the AGO had noted many financial irregularities and lapses committed by the PA. Several notable irregularities include:
  • First, lapses in management of tenancy contracts and procurement:
    • For example, 10 out of the 35 CCMCs test-checked for instance did not obtain relevant approvals for the direct award of 13 tenancy contracts (totaling 3.67million) without competition
    • According to the AGO, a direct award of tenancy contracts without any competition can only be waived under exceptional circumstances.
  • Second, common lapses in procurement:
Out of the 9 GROs that were test checked, 5 GROs had awarded contracts without obtaining approvals from the relevant authorities and the approval was backdated after the contract was awarded. 4 of these GROS did not even seek approval when making 10 direct purchasers from suppliers
  • The AGO has also noted that the PA did not provide any compelling reasons to justify direct purchases.
  • This led the AGO to question whether competitive procurement has been compromised in favor of expedient decision-making.
  • Third, lapses in engagement of training operators – including the failure to call for a competitive bids involving contracts worth over millions of dollar.
  • Fourth, failures to manage conflict of interest involved in related party transactions.
The less than prudent manner in which funds were handled by the GROs has severe implications, the most important being whether such lapses have compromised the interests of residents.
Madam Speaker, many of the tenancy, procurement and training operators contracts have been awarded without competitive tenders. But without having to compete with other suppliers, how can residents be sure that the awards of such contract are indeed the ones who can provide the best quality of services and products for the residents?
There is of course a need to strike a balance between ensuring expedient decision-making and competitive tenders and procurement. However, it appears that too much balance is struck in the face of expedient decision-making. Even in the face of time pressures, procedural compliance still ought to be observed as much as possible. The purpose of procedures is to safeguard and protect the interest of relevant stakeholders – in this case, the residents. Further, procedure compliance provides a measure of transparency and accountability.
Another point of concern is how pervasive such poor financial accounting and practices are across the 1800 grassroots organizations. The AGO has only test-checked a small sample size of GROs, a mere 6.5 per cent. Yet, the audit has already turned up significant lapses. There is reason to believe that financial lapses of similar nature may be found in the other unaudited GROs. The worry of course, is that the lapses flagged out by the AGO are only the tip of the iceberg.
Finally, it is clear that internal audit of GROs is severely lacking. It is not the case that the PA comes up to be audited annually by the AGO. In fact, this is the first time that the PA has actually been audited by the AGO.
While the PA has set up a Grassroots Finance Review Committee , the committee is however chaired by three grassroots leaders. This calls into question the independence of the review committee and an independent body should be preferred instead. Also, an audit of the other GROs that have yet been test-checked by the AGO should be conducted.
Madam speaker, I now turn my focus to the lapses of other statutory boards. There are two main points to be noted. First, that the irregularities found of the PA is also a common occurrence across the various statutory boards test checked by the AGO. Second, such lapses are not one-off incidents, but occur with an alarming regularity year after year.
Time and time again, the AGO has noted recurring financial lapses over the years. For instance, between the financial years 2010-2014, recurring lapses have been observed by the AGO, which includes:
  • First, lapses in procurement and tender contracts as a result of a failure to adhere to the government procurement rules and principles of transparency and open and fair competition. The relevant statutory boards who were supposed to ensure a competitive bid for tender, had failed to do so and had waived competition on extremely weak grounds.
    • For example, the AGO found that National Parks had awarded three consultancy contracts worth a total of $20.77 million and had waived competition without compelling reasons. Although NParks had cited tight timeline as the main reason for waiving the competition, the AGO said it found “no evidence to show that the tight timeline was caused by unforeseen and urgent events.”
  • Second, failures to seek the requisite approval from an approving authority, or only doing so after the contractual commitment had been made. In some instance, approving authorities were not provided with complete or correct information on matters crucial for decision making
  • Third, related party transactions were carried out.
  • Fourth, poor management in the administration of grants.
Many of the financial lapses have been noted by the AGO to be a result of administrative expediency taking priority over financial prudence. Madam speaker, it is very worrying that these financial lapses highlighted are the same lapses that are still occurring today.
This is a government that prides itself as one that is accountable and able to provide good governance. The reoccurrence of similar financial regulations points to an inherent systemic weakness, and a failure to put into place sufficiently rigorous mechanism to rectify such irregularities. The government has a duty to do so, especially when it involves significant sums of public funds. Clearly, we expect that our funds be put to good use, in ways that enhance, and not compromise the welfare of the public.
Putting in place regulatory mechanism is not enough. Competent and regular training of officers involved in this process is necessary. From the AGO report, it appears that there is a serious issue that officers involved are not sufficiently familiar with the relevant financial procedures and compliances process. The lapses in management of tenancy contract, procurement and in engagement of external operators by the PA is one such example. Moving forward, conducting regular training is something that the ministry ought to be looking into to ensure procurement officers in public agencies understand procurement best practices.
Finally, would the government consider a centralizing procurement activities in one agency to mitigate the financial risk bore by the government in view of the fact that poor procurement practices seems to occur persistently within statutory boards.
Madam speaker, when statutory boards have poor financial practices, the ones who bear the brunt are ultimately the citizens. While it is important to ensure that such lapses will be significantly reduced in subsequent financial years, it is also important for the relevant ministry to account for such lapses that have occurred previously.
Thank you.
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SG50 Gift for Chiam See Tong, Please

Hope this time GE2015, Potong Pasir voters able to give more support to Lina Chiam, it also means giving some respect to Mr. Chiam See Tong. Voters must work hard to ensure Lina Chiam be elected MP. This will be the best SG50 gIft for Mr. Chiam See Tong. If not, we are all likely to make him sad. This is up to Potong Pasir Voters. Remember if GE2015, Potong Pasir lose again to Sitoh, then Opposition will forever does not have the chance to take back again just like Anson disappearing To the Giant GRC for sure. The past history made us sad, It is sad to know that If opposition won, those NTUC, Bank all gone. What type of politics here, the first world? I doubt.....Hope this time Potong Pasir voters give more support to Lina Chiam, give some respect to Mr. Chiam for his SG50 gIft
SG50 Gift ( Lina Chiam win Potong Pasir seat } for Chiam See Tong, Please
Voters Please give Mr. Chiam See Tong the last smile, seeing his fragile body, can voters give him joyful this GE2015, So that he can laughing all the way for these many years. Remember happiness can prolong his life, am I right? http://www.spp.org.sg/ 

Town council issue strengthen worker party GE2015

Singapore worker party now become stronger and stronger especially after year GE2006.
But now they are facing some issues related to Town council, the issues are brought up very frequently recently especially GE2015 started. It looks like PAP want to make it the hot topic in the incoming general election GE2015.
Can this issues effecting or cost Worker party votes? It is unlikely because Worker party had did their best to solve many problem and three still remain.
Due to relatively new in managing GRC, given more time, they can manage well like what WORKER PARTY CHAIRMAN SAID " ROME is not built on one day. "
With the encouragement from residents, they can work even better.
Well done Worker Party, continue to work hard despite continued, repeated accusation. Worker party can win more votes GE2015 for sure.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Crocodile tears GE2015

WORKERS' PARTY'S LOW SAYS POLITICS MUST BE KEPT CIVILISED

WP CHIEF FIRES BACK AT DPM TEO'S 'CROCODILE TEARS' REMARK:
 

BY NG JUN SEN AND KOH HUI THENG

Let us not behave like we are a Third World country.
That was the salvo fired back by Workers' Party (WP) secretary-general Low Thia Khiang, responding to comments made by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in a media interview last Friday.
At that interview, Mr Teo had blasted Mr Low for shedding "crocodile tears" at Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew's decision not to contest in the upcoming elections.
Mr Low had praised the outgoing minister for being hardworking, saying he was disappointed that Mr Lui chose to leave.
In turn, Mr Teo said: "I think it's very characteristic of Mr Low to squeeze the most political mileage out of anything."
At a walkabout in Chong Pang yesterday, Mr Low shot back: "As a DPM (deputy prime minister), with all due respect, (if) he wanted to comment in that way, let Singaporeans judge and see this is the kind of standard of the People's Action Party (PAP) in politics.
"Is this the kind of politics we want in the future? What do we want the future of Singapore to be? Do we want to be more civilised in our political engagement? We are not a Third World country. I think voters will have to decide what they want Singapore to be."
He reiterated that he finds Mr Lui to be a responsible minister who does not try to "bully the opposition and intimidate us from asking questions".
WP chairman Sylvia Lim added: "Fundamentally, we are looking at the issue of Cabinet responsibility. We believe that the Cabinet is collectively responsible for all policy issues. His departure was a surprise to us."
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In his interview, Mr Teo had also accused Ms Lim of wanting to "swallow up" Fengshan and "add (Fengshan) to the pot" to help the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) with its deficit.
His comments came in the wake of an Instagram photo that Ms Lim posted earlier last week, showing her sampling fried oyster omelette with the caption "The taste of Fengshan - heavenly! #reasonstowin".
Ms Lim said in response: "Well I would just like to say that I think it is a pity Mr Teo Chee Hean does not seem to have a sense of humour."
Both Ms Lim and Mr Low were speaking on the sidelines of a party outreach at a crowded Chong Pang Market and Food Centre, which lies within Nee Soon GRC.