I heard Ms Lily Neo was sad. Some days ago, she posted on her Facebook wall about how she felt down after not being able to help an elderly resident with an appeal to the CPF board. She had said that the regulations in place didn't give her the opportunity to help her residents. Ms Lily Neo is a popular MP, well loved and respected by the people under her constituency, widely regarded as one of the rare 'good' MPs among the whites. The points she made in her Facebook post were nothing new and have been part of the Internet "noise" for years.
After the AG’s Chambers was given permission on Wednesday to take action against blogger Alex Au for contempt of court, the following statement was issued. I am pleased to say that nearly 170 people signed it, including academics and civil activists. Sadly there are only a few politicians included in the signatories, John L Tan and Teo Soh Lung of the SDP, Osman Sulaiman and myself from the RP. Like everyone else I would like to see Mr. Au’s claims rebutted in public. We need to uphold public confidence in the judiciary and that means the public must be allowed to form their own opinions on judicial processes.
Prof Paul Ananth Tambyah spoke at The Online Citizen’s healthcare forum on Saturday where he highlighted the key proposals of the SDP’s alternative healthcare plan. The SDP’s plan is premised on the following problems with the PAP Government’s healthcare system: Singapore has the highest out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure in East Asia. Our Government pays only 30% of the country’s total healthcare expenditure compared to 70 percent in comparable economies. Singaporeans are in debt of $110 million to public hospitals as of end 2011. Many put off crucial health screenings and early treatment.
Madam Lim sells evening papers and magazines at Tanjong Katong Complex. I bumped into her this evening at the rear entrance as I arrived for our Hainan Tan Clan's 78th Anniversary. Her table was crammed but neatly laid out. As I left, she was still there and business must have been good! Only some items left. We chatted for awhile. See the bicycle behind? She cycles there every evening at about 4pm or so. She is 60+ and has 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Her husband passed away a few years ago.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew once boasted that East Asia was successful because of its Asian values which placed discipline over democracy, communities over individuals. It was code for continuing authoritarian control over democratic accountability. Of course, that was 30 years ago. Then, the so-called Asian tigers of South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, all under one-party rule, were sprinting ahead economically, unimpeded by (Western) democratic values that were alien to the Asian mind, or so Mr Lee claimed.
Singapore filmmaker, Martyn See, barred from commenting on PM Lee’s Facebook page. It appears that a chronic sense of insecurity runs deep in the Prime Minister, which would explain his recent comments on the Internet. In his latest baffling move, he has banned a filmmaker and known PAP critic, Martyn See, from commenting in his Facebook page.
SDP Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan called on Liberals and Democrats in Asia and Europe to focus on the well-being of the people instead of power and greed. He was speaking at the 6th ALDE-CALD Meeting recently held in Manila. The event also marked the 20th anniversary of CALD. (Photo, from left, SDP representatives at the conference: Yeo Poh Hong, Chee Soon Juan, Jaslyn Go, Jufri Salim.)
An Obituary supposedly printed in the London Times...funny in some ways...but also some food for thought as we start this new week. Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
Dear Nicole Seah, I refer to your self reflection piece: "NICOLE SEAH: GROUND ZERO" Long time no see, this is Alex Tan previously from SPP. I read about your little revelation and would like to share my part what happened after the GE2011. Like you, I was the youngest candidate in GE2011 and I’m now 26. There are a lot of expectations from us young politicians and it is indeed suffocating hearing advice from different well-intended people.