Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This Party Does Right!

Sometimes something done by someone gives you a sense of hope and makes you feel good.

In Singapore where the majority is cultured upon a 'kiasi', 'kiasu' and 'me-first-and-fook-the-rest' mentality, it is a breath of fresh air to see politicians putting their money where the mouth is. To hear WP's Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang announced the expulsion of Yaw Shin Leong is to know that there is hope yet for Singapore! As a Singaporean old enough to sing God Save The Queen, Negara Ku and Majulah Singapura as national anthem, I feel grateful to know that values such truth, integrity, accountability and transparency is worth more, much more than a parliamentary seat. It bodes well for our future. For Workers' Party to sacrifice a seat in parliament to prove that blue is whiter than white is an act worthy of my respect.

Some may feel that expelling Yaw is just a gamesmanship by WP. It is only temporarily vacating the seat in Hougang as WP is likely to win again? I am not too sure. Pardon my naivety, but can the ruling party with its parliamentary majority prevent a by election like they did in 2008 when Dr Ong Chit Chung, a Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC died? What if there is a 3 or 4 corner fight which may be detrimental to WP in retaining the Hougang seat? My gut feel is WP risks the loss of a MP to continue their journey "Towards A First World Parliament" and be upfront in their dealing with Singaporeans, especially residents of Hougang. For that, they win my vote!

"WP believes strongly in transparency and accountability, and expects no less from our party members, especially our Members of Parliament.

Shin Leong has been accused of several indiscretions in his private life. By continuing not to account to the Party and the people, especially the residents of Hougang, he has broken the faith, trust and expectations of the Party and People."  [Link]

To others who figure that WP has done too little too late, I think everyone deserves the right to have his/her opinion, to bitch and to blog. To me,  Workers' Party does right (though the humane side of me sympathise with Yaw for losing his job) and for that:

"Baris Sedia! Hormat Parti Perkerja Perkerja, HORMAT!"

"Parade Attention! Salute Workers' Party, SALUTE!"

This calls for a celebration!




At February 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree. A new found respect from me, and I'm hopeful again.

I also think there could be a tense 3-4 corner fights for WP. It is possible that they may not secure it. And on that light, it only means they are even worthier of my respect and vote (if I were a hougang voter!) for demonstrating what true leadership is about -- Doing the Right Thing!

At February 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr Khaw called on the party to "come clean.". I do hope that the PAP government would "come clean" on its civil servants, or maybe they should publish or released their assets, during their tenure as Member of Parliament, and "come clean" as to how much they earned before they become Minister or Member of Parliament.

Please "come clean" with your assets.

At February 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Khaw
Glad you believe in the "come clean" idea.

So how much does it really cost to build an HDB flat?

At February 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM , Blogger The said...

/// As a Singaporean old enough to sing God Save The Queen, Negara Ku and Majulah Singapura as national anthem... ///

Fish, you forgot to sing Kimigayo...

At February 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM , Blogger The said...

/// As a Singaporean old enough to sing God Save The Queen, Negara Ku and Majulah Singapura as national anthem... ///

Fish, you forgot to sing Kimigayo...

At February 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

Excellent masterstroke! PAP caught with pants down! They didn't expect such a drastic move. More of my comments here.

At February 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"********* has been accused of several indiscretions in his private life. By continuing not to account to the Party and the people, especially the residents of *****, he has broken the faith, trust and expectations of the Party and People".

See how the above can equally apply to someone else who claims to be whiter than white.

At February 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two men spoke and I don't understand why they say what they said. It seems to me one is arrogant ans another is rubbing salt.
Another man chose to remain silent but I can empathise him. It may be because his account will hurt not only his family but the families of others involved.

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distinct black and white ! beautiful !

Its been a long time, all the while i just see a muddled grey from the incument !

Shiok ! I see a silver lining for our beloved red dot !!

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