- Dr Ng Eng Hen – Nomination day
Dr Ng started the election campaign with a strong message to those who jeer.
- Chan Chun Sing – PAP’s first rally at Radin Mas
Chun Sing, with a stark reminder: What is more important? Caring for residents or going to parliament and making grand speeches?
- Lim Swee Say – PAP’s rally at East Coast
If anyone can explain the foreign workers policy in such layman terms, it’s ex- Secretary General of NTUC and current MOM Lim Swee Say. He also goes on to tell voters, it’s not because of 2011 that we have changed the policy direction, or because of the opposition presence in parliament. This decision was taken in 2010 during DPM Tharman’s budget speech, and is recorded in the hansard.
- DPM Tharman – PAP’s rally at Holland – Bukit Timah
The best explanation on Singapore’s spending, ever. Tharman style.
- PM Lee Hsien Loong – PAP’s Lunchtime Rally at UOB Plaza
PM reiterating the need for clean politics, calling to question the morals of the SDP and WP. “You may be running the Government, you may be running a ministry, you can be in a stat board, you can be in a town council … Whatever level you are, uphold high standards. Keep it clean. And don’t say ‘I didn’t go to jail, I’m okay!”
- Ong Ye Kung – PAP’s rally at Sembawang
Ye Kung takes a swipe at the WP’s slogan. Technology is the one that is empowering people and our future, not the WP.
- Murali Pillai – PAP’s rally at Aljunied
This is the true spirit of Pa Si Buay Zhao, 怕死不走. (Scared of death, but won’t flee)
- Dr Maliki Osman – PAP’s rally at East Coast
Dr Maliki talking about how East Coast Cares. “We must show them that not only the government cares for them, but the community cares for them!”
- Grace Fu – PAP’s rally at Yuhua
Grace takes a jab at the SDP’s proposals, telling voters what the SDP does not tell them in their proposals which move Singapore towards a more westernized country and the values it reflects.
- PM Lee Hsien Loong – PAP’s Lunchtime Rally at UOB Plaza
Like father, like son. “This is not a game of cards, this is your life and mine! As long as I’m in charge, no one is knocking it down!” Even though Mr Lee Kuan Yew is gone, this spirit lives on in each and every one of us.
The troubles in AHPETC have nothing to do with AIM. It is dishonest to link the two.
The PAP TCs consolidated ownership of the system under AIM as the start of the process to tender for a new system. By this time, the system was obsolete and worth very little.
“We entered into the transaction with Aim with the objective of benefitting the TCs. Over the last two years, the intended benefits have been realised. There is thus no basis to suggest that the AIM transaction did not serve the public interest, or was disadvantageous to residents in the TCs.” – Dr Teo Ho Pin
AIM and its directors did not make any money from this consolidation and transfer of ownership.
The MND conducted an official inquiry and concluded that nothing wrong was done and this was discussed in Parliament.
When the WP took over AHPETC, it gave notice to AIM to terminate the contract for the system as it wanted to develop its own system. When it needed more time to do so, AIM granted extensions of time. AHPETC thanked AIM in writing for its assistance.
With AHPETC’s accounts being flagged red and submitted late, the WP only raised the AIM issue 2 years later. But those had nothing to do with AIM.
The PAP spirit shone through during nomination day, where PAP and opposition supporters gathered at the various nomination centres to support their candidates. There was more drama at some places than others, but how it was handled reflected the true spirit of the PAP candidates and supporters.
Heartwarming moment when a PAP supporter held an umbrella for Mr Chiam See Tong, Singapore People’s Party Secretary General. Mr Chiam will not be able to run this elections, but was nonetheless there to support his candidates running on behalf of his party. He is one of the most respected opposition MPs in Singapore, and fiercely against the PAP while he was an MP.
The bottomline is this: Kindness transcends party lines.
The PAP will continue to stand with you, even when we don’t agree, even if we are from different parties, even when we are opponents.
“Even if you jeer us, we will improve your lives … because we believe in Singapore!”: Ng Eng Hen
The PAP will continue to work for you to improve lives in Singapore, There are going to be many naysayers, there are going to be many tough choices to be made, but these tough choices will be made in the interest of Singaporeans. Even when people jeer, especially if they jeer. This is what constructive politics is all about, keeping focus and not letting distractions distract you from the goal – serving Singaporeans.
An error was spotted by one of the PAP activists in the RP nomination papers in West Coast GRC. He informed Mr Iswaran and he subsequently decided to let the reform party know about the error.
“We want to make sure that the voters of West Coast GRC have a choice. We want to have a fair fight and let the voters choose. I think the RP appreciated the fact that we highlighted this to them and they rectified it,” Mr Iswaran said.
A similar incident happened in Yuhua SMC. How graceful of Grace Fu to point it out to SDP. #NoPunIntended
Minister in PMO Grace Fu, who is the incumbent Member of Parliament for Yuhua SMC, said: “We noted it after it was pasted on the board. So, we highlighted to them and asked them to rectify it. It’s a technical issue and we didn’t want to make it a big issue. We thought the contest would be much better than to have them disqualified.”
These incidents really show that the PAP has the heart for Singapore and Singaporeans. They could have easily not helped and had a walkover and saved themselves 9 days of campaigning. Instead, they helped the opposition parties so that they could put up a good fight, all in the best interests of Singaporeans. This is the true spirit of sportsmanship!
Immediately after losing his bid to become president, Tan Jee Say set up his own Singaporeans First Party, and announced that he would focus on forming a coalition of opposition parties to contest the next general election in spite of the failed horse trading talks among the opposition parties.
He did an interview with foreign press, and in an article, they quoted him saying:
If the PAP failed to win a parliamentary majority in the next election, one possible scenario was a coalition of opposition parties forming a new government, he said. “The opposition today is more ready than the PAP in 1959 to form a government.”
Really? Is the opposition of today more than ready to form a government?
Just take a look at their talks prior to the GE when they were deciding who should contest in which constituency. They could not agree with each other.
RP chief Kenneth Jeyaratnam left about half an hour into the meeting, after he said SingFirst insisted on contesting West Coast GRC. “We will try to resolve that with bilateral discussions,” he told reporters. “We contested there in 2011, we’ve been walking the ground.”“SingFirst hasn’t walked the ground there. They have approached a candidate to join them which shows they don’t have enough candidates,” he added.
NSP’s former secretary general Tan Lam Siong was seen outside NSP’s headquarters on Thursday evening. He said he was not present at the talks. “Unless there is a conclusion from tonight’s meeting that gives me a good enough reason to not contest (Potong Pasir SMC), there could be a three-cornered fight. As of now, I insist on contesting in Potong Pasir,” he told reporters.
It could be an issue of ego, no one willing to put their ego aside and come to a compromise.
It is a surprise that of all opposition politicians, it is Tan Jee Say who comes out to say that the opposition is ready to work together to form a coalition government. He previously exited the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) to run for presidential elections and when he lost, subsequently formed his own Singaporeans First Party.
Here is what Low Thia Kiang thinks of Tan Jee Say’s great idea.
That belief still stands today, said Mr Low. “I have made it very clear at the Punggol East by-election (in 2013) in my speech … that we have different objectives, different leadership,” he said.
This definitely calls to question his belief that the opposition can work together, and that the opposition has a common belief. Evidently, opposition parties do not see eye to eye. If they can’t even come to a compromise on simple things like where to contest, how are they going to take a common stance when it comes to national issues?
You can have 3 cornered fights over a constituency, but you should not have 3 cornered fights in parliament, within the “coalition government”.