Monday, March 12, 2012

What Price Integrity?

Ms Lim also questioned if Mr Lee was not of the view that the Hougang residents are under-represented without an MP. 
Said Mr Lee: "If that is an issue, I would have thought that it is something which the Workers' Party would have considered before deciding to expel Mr Yaw Shin Leong.
"So, if we are in this situation today, it is because the Workers' Party has caused this situation to happen, knowing the consequences."

On reading his exchanges [Link] with WP's Low Thia Kiang and Sylvia Lim, one can understand the frustration of PM Lee Hsien Loong. I do agree with PM Lee that WP is responsible for this situation. However, I would think that Yaw Shin Leong is the source of the issue and Workers' Party had to expel Yaw Shin Leong to uphold the integrity of the party.

I may be wrong but the way I understand it is:
  1. Yaw Shin Leong was rumoured to have committed some personal indiscretion.
  2. Yaw was asked to appear in WP's Central Executive Committee to clear the air
  3. Yaw chose not to appear and went AWOL
  4. WP's CEC decided to expel Yaw Shin Leong
  5. Yaw informed the Speaker of Parliament that he did not wish to challenge WP on his expulsion
  6. A by-election in Hougang must be held
  7. PM Lee has to decide when the by election is to be held
Like most, I accept the fact that the decision by WP to expel Yaw has caused a by-election to be held in Hougang. But it is simply too rich for PM Lee to blame WP for expelling Yaw. Come on, just what would the PM or other PAP MPs say if WP were to keep a sitting MP who went *AWOL from Parliament and his constituents? Would not PAP ride roughshod over WP for its irresponsibility in not having a MP representing their constituents and speaking up in parliament? Would it not be a dereliction of an MP's duty?

Oops. . . pardon me. I may be wrong but I have not seen or heard some duly elected MPs, especially those who were relieved of ministerial positions, making their contribution in parliament since the last election. Or are they working on the quiet? I just hope that their absence is not due to post-demotion blues. I'm sure they are made of sterner stuff!

It is never easy to sack someone. It takes guts, reasons and justification. I think WP did right on Yaw. No, not for the reason of his rumoured indiscretion but for his irresponsible absence when he was asked to clear the air. The righteousness of WP in sacrificing a duly elected MP is worth respecting. The courage of WP to go for a rematch, to risk losing Hougang, is indeed an honorable act which other political party can learn from.

Imagine if some deadwood were removed earlier from their ministry, we may not have the current housing crisis, the transportation gridlock, the fight for jobs, the struggle for places in schools & universities, the lamentable fight for hospital beds and other malaises that have caused Singaporeans much unhappiness. So whose fault is it that we now have to fight with foreigners for breathing space? I would think that the cause of such unhappiness is due to the incompetence of certain decision makers.

With the all the smarts, talents and 20/20 vision in PAP, wouldn't they have known that some decision makers screwed up big time? If so, why didn't they sack those blighters? Like what WP did to Yaw Shin Leong. If they had the gumption to sack those slackers then, Singaporeans today may not have to fight tooth and nail for basics like jobs, hospital beds, a place in the bus or train or affordable homes. Singaporeans would be a happier lot today!

In biting the bullet, WP took the bull by the horns and expelled Yaw Shin Leong. Some claimed that the relationship between Low Thia Kiang and Yaw Shin Leong was very close, very tight. If that it so, WP is worthy of even more respect for putting its principle and integrity above protecting its members and covering up for its cronies!

We must salute them for not protecting their own when their own did not measure up!


*AWOL - Absence Without Official Leave


At March 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

with some people, maybe face and convenience come before integrity?

could that explain why some non-performers were allowed to continue not performing in their posts, instead of errrmmm being taken off the shelf so to speak?

At March 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess for some party, there are so many worms in the can. Silence need to be bought at all costs. Hence, no one can afford to be penalized. Even if they lost in the election or demoted, special post or position will be created or tailor made by hook or by crook.

Such a caring party, for their own kind only !

At March 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

You see if someone marks you or not happy with, there will be one hundred one reasons to fault you! Just like in the army. If your officer likes you they can easily forgive your minor mistakes. But if they mark you they will make it a big issue. If WP didn't sack YSL, they would have got much more censure. Now that WP sacked YSL also kena the same blame! It really shows the kind of mentality in our establishment! It sucks so to speak. Any how we are not blind or stupid to winnow the facts from the theatrics!

At March 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM , Anonymous Alan Wong said...

Today it was announced that some army big shot, who is still young by the way, has to be retired for 'personal reasons'. It was EMPHASIZED that he is currently NOT under investigation.

Does that smell fishy that something is not quite right ? Or is it a cover up because they can't afford another scandal ?

When you compare PAP's integrity with that of WP, which political party do you think fares better ?

At March 12, 2012 at 1:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually pinky should blame the media for this.. not the blueboys.. coz the media keep harping on the issue to no end everyday.. keep upping and rehashing the topic until everything boil over....

if the media just behave like they are doing now on cnb/scdf case... see! got head, no tail, hush hush blow over, blueboys wont have to take drastic measures, pinky wont even have this headache!!

note: all characters are fictional. any resemblance to actual persons are purely coincidental..

At March 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am inclined to think Yaw went AWOL in order to bring closure for himself and his family, as well as those involved in his so called indiscretion....
afterall, it is not a nice thing to do, "kiss and tell"

don't take my word for it, just ask K Shanmugam if he agrees with me....LOL

At March 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am shock to know PM blamed WP for doing the right thing, to uphold WP's integrity & show such high level of Accountability. Yes, it was unfortunate that YSL had let his voters & WP down. To made it right, WP had to made a very difficult decision to expel him, something the PM never finds the guts to do! Thereafter, he shows he has no guts to hold a by-election, follow by he 'will hold' but... no guts to release the timing. How childish and incompetence at play, a real let down to Singaporeans. Shame on him!

At March 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a politician, our Prime Minister is not very politically astute.

All he had to do to score some good points was (but too late now) to say a few weeks ago:

"I am sorry to hear about YSL.
I will convene a meeting with our loyal Opposition parties to decide when is a good time to hold the by elections.

The PAP will not be contesting the Hougang by elections.
It is clear to me that the Hougang people desire to be represented by the Workers' Party for the next 5 years.
I will respect their wishes."

Case closed.
And just think of the goodwill such a gesture would have generated for any future PAP candidate in Hougang.

Instead, a potentially easy exercise in gaining goodwill has degenerated into a situation that is uniquely Singapore.

At March 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point on the MPs who were ministers.

They are still the people's representatives unlike what one says - 'people vote for the party not individual'.

They should still speak up on behalf of their constituents even if they are no longer minister, if not why stand for election ?

Are they too thin-skinned because they used to answer questions from back-benchers, not used to asking question now?

Or simpy 'boh chup' ?

Then who is to voice up on important issue like pumping of $1.1B of public funds into the Temasek Hlds' Public Transport Co., for the voters that elected them in last GE?

If the experienced ones from PAP dont ask tough questions , how now?

Sadly, We just dont have enough opposition MPs in the Parliament
to take them on.

At May 3, 2012 at 11:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The PAP is playing time for withholding the Hougang by-election much for its disadvantage. The longer it waits the worse will be the votes. Maybe they are looking for the right candidate who the suffrage will like. But the constituency has long been held by Opposition WP and no matter who is fielded, the PAP will lose. Better to lose with dignity than to lose badly, very badly. Worst still, if the by-election is held over till the next GE in 2016, votes of sympathy will spread to other wards and some, if not many of the 60.1 % supporters will change their mind in favour of the opposition.

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