Friday, 3 June 2016

Cooling Off Day - Roy Ngerng and Teo Soh Lung testing the system

Testing Fate on Cooling Day
roy ngerng teo soh lung cooling off day arrest

The Independent Singapore ‪#‎TISG‬, ‪#‎royngerg‬ and ‪#‎teosohlung‬ were all courting disaster, to put it in simple terms.
Alternate sites and noises online are trying to divert netizens' attention from the crux of the issue, which is "Why did they make election advertising posting on Cooling Day?"

The police raided the house, took my laptop, phone blah blah blah is just a distraction.
2 points we want to state here on ‪#‎onwardsingapore‬
Firstly, the system is fair.
In 2001, ‪#‎nicoleseah‬ made a Facebook post on Polling Day. Investigations found that the posting was made by a party volunteer, the explanation was acceped and no further action was taken against her.
Secondly, TISG, Ngerg and Teo acted deliberately.
Assistant Returning Officer(AGO) specifically reminded TISG not to post any election advertising. As for Teo and Ngerg, they regularly engage in promotion and discussion of political issues. Being social media gurus, they ought to know that the content they post are related to election advertising.
There is no abuse of power. All parties involved have been acting against their judgement, wanting to throw their weight behind Chee Soon Juan.
This is an obvious case of blantant disregard to the regulations and now is the time to face the music. If in doubt, they should not have posted anything. Suck it up.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Bukit Batok By-Election ... Whose Side is Chee Soon Juan On?

Whose side is Chee on?
I can forgive Dr Chee’s many flaws, but there’s one thing in particular that I really can’t stand.
And that is how he consistently puts Singapore down overseas. I mean, I’m not even asking him to defend us (clearly that’s too much to ask for), but could he just for once, stop badmouthing us to foreigners to make himself look less of a failure? It’s downright embarrassing.
To defend his lack of success in anything, he chooses to drag Singapore down by repeating his venomous words to anyone who cares to carry his remarks.
What are some of his greatest hits? Calling us a country without human rights, without democracy. FTAs are tools for exploitation.  State-controlled media who has an axe to grind with him. Seriously, this is probably his favourite hobby.
Maybe instead of penning articles and making videos slamming Singapore and telling everyone how ‘backward’ and ‘undemocratic’ we are, perhaps he should spend more time working on himself. Perhaps, he can also provide some solutions and telling us how he can better our lives?
Maybe his real loyalty is to other countries and their interests, not to Singapore and our way of life. But he needs to remember that we are the ones who hold the vote, not these foreigners he’s pandering to. He can’t slam Singapore and Singaporeans overseas, and then come back and ask us to vote for him.
I mean, whose side is he really on? One thing for sure, it’s not the side of Singaporeans. 

Saturday, 16 April 2016

The Two Faces of Mrs Lee Suet Fern

The Two Faces of Mrs Lee Suet Fern ....

lee suet fern qflp

Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP)

What Lee Suet Fern said: "What are the challenges to the Singaporean firms, and the Singapore lawyer? You know, you hear of this phrase, “barbarians at the gate”? I actually don’t think they are at the gate, they are right inside, in the bedroom as well.”

Reality .... Lee Suet Fern's own firm is in a tie-up with a foreign firm. She herself has let them “in[to] the bedroom”?

What Lee Suet Fern said; "I suppose at Stamford, that’s what we did, when we did our deal with Morgan Lewis. It was an attempt … to play on a global plain … without just being a slave at some QFLP.”

So she wanted a QFLP so that she could be a slave?

What Lee Suet Fern said: “… one of the challenges with the QFLPs is … where do you go, as a career? Many Singapore lawyers I know who have joined the QFLP have … realised that unless perhaps you are Ox-Bridge, or Harvard or Yale, they don’t know how to recognise the quality of a Singapore lawyer.”

But .... Suet Fern's own firm is full of Singapore lawyers. So either (i) she didn’t care what happened to them, when she asked for the QFLP, or (ii) she is now being sour, because she couldn’t get the QFLP.

What Lee Suet Fern said: "What we did was very, very transformative. When we did this, many of the QFLPs … complained and said: ‘You didn’t tell us this was an available option to us, or we would have thought differently."

But .... Really, the only reason why she used this structure was because she couldn’t get the QFLPs.

Lee Suet Fern is probably why people say you cannot trust a lawyer.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Reform Party Jafri Basron - Hardcore Opposition. But turns to PAP MP for Help

Jafri Basron is your typical hardcore opposition supporter. Everything the Government or PAP does or says is wrong in his opinion. Jafri is also not shy to tell the world.

Ironically, when it comes time to get help, instead of turning to Kenneth Jeyaretnam and his Reform Party, Jafri Basron turns to his PAP MP Amrin Amin. This was reported by Red Wire Times in which Jafri went to Amrin Amin's Meet-the-People Session and asked for help.

Claiming that he needed money to go for a job interview as a security guard, despite knowing who Jafri Basron was, Amrin proceeded to give Jafri an EZ-Link card to make the trip for his interview. Amrin even took the extra effort to call the hiring company to ask that they consider Jafri favorably.

Shockingly, when Amrin called the company, he was told that there was no such interview. When Amrin attempted to call Jafri at the mobile number he provided, it was a fictitious number.

Singaporeans, you be the judge. Is this the type of opposition members you want in Parliament?

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Singapore Democratic Party - The Enemy Within

Defence Spending … Focus on Value not Absolute Dollar

Once again, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has raised the issue of Singapore’s defence spending. This is the same SDP that called for the merger of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Health during the 2015 General Elections.

The SDP is quoted as saying that a “strong military is not the same as excessive and unsustainable defence spending.” We wonder on what basis the SDP is claiming that our defence spending is excessive and unsustainable?

Our question is where was the SDP when the Singapore Armed Forces’ Special Operations Force (SOF) saved the lives of Singaporeans during the SQ117 high jacking or the evacuation of Singaporeans from Phnom Penh. Or more recently, when the SAF deployed to forces to ensure that the instability in Timor Leste did not filter down to affect Singapore, Or the Navy’s daily protection of our sea line of communications from piracy to ensure that our ports remain one of the busiest in the world.

The strange thing about defence spending is that it is a Black Swan. When the SAF is effective in preventing and defeating threats, no one knows and says that defence spending is a waste of money. However, if the Black Swan event occurs, people will curse that the SAF (and the G) had failed to protect Singaporeans. This is similar to the recent arrest of the 27 Bangladeshi in Singapore. If the Government had chosen to remain silent on the matter few Singaporeans would have known. This is the same with the military. There is much that goes on behind the scene that keeps Singapore safe which cannot be revealed.

So, in response to the SDP’s call to cut defence spending, we say focus on the value and not the absolute dollar. There is much hidden value which you know nothing of. And judging from your calls to merge the Defence and Health Ministries, it is clear that you know nothing at all.

Monday, 15 February 2016

A teacher rebuts Chee Soon Juan

A Teacher, Germain Heng, rebuts Chee Soon Juan ....


Hi Soon Juan

I am going to take some time to highlight to you some of the observations that you and the SDP have pointed out in your article, MOE Written Textbooks Are Even More Biased And Partisan Towards The PAP (…/dear_ministers_moe_tex…/2016-02-15-6099).

I have vested interest in this as I am a Social Studies Teacher. These are purely my views that do not represent my fellow colleagues. I will respond to those portions pertaining to the Social Studies text. I cannot comment on the history portions as that is not my training. I will draw reference from the said Social Studies textbook (ISBN 978-981420884-0). Please also note that a new textbook and curriculum is currently being taught to the 2016 batch of Secondary 3 students.

Example 2: Photos and illustrations

You have pointed out a series of pictures which you have claimed to be slanted towards the PAP, most notably found on pages 26 and 147 of the Social Studies textbook.
In the former, the context of the picture is with regards to the need of government leaders to mingle with the community in order to learn of their concerns, and not so much as to point the student towards voting for the PAP.

The latter, found in the chapter Bonding Singapore, was used as an exemplar of how a GRC team has to be made up of a member of the minority race, in this case Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, in order to contest in an election so as to ensure minority representation in the legislature.

Example 3: Principles of governance

The picture, found on page 33, is a summary of what PM Lee Hsien Loong said in the National Day Rally Speech in 2004. I hardly will call reporting what he said as skewed, although it might have been watered down in order for our students, aged 15-16/17, to digest. Even you cannot deny the fact that it was your leadership that has allowed you to take the reigns of the SDP back in December 1996.

As with you highlighting Ministers and MPs like Phey Yew Kok, Tan Kia Gan, Wee Toon Boon, Teh Cheang Wan, Choo Wee Kiang, and Michael Palmer, their transgressions have been covered extensively in the papers, both the Straits Times and other platforms. I highly doubt if there are any restrictions on the students’ own reading.

Example 4: Representative democracy

Again, you have conveniently left out the context of the section, which is, I quote: 2.1 What is the system of government in Singapore? (page 26). Your argumentation and interpretation of what makes up ‘Representative Democracy’ is not the focus of the chapter, but the system that Singapore has adopted.

Example 5: The Pledge

This is found in page 134, also in the chapter Bonding Singapore. I doubt I have to elaborate any further.

Example 6: Healthcare

I hardly see this (page 72) as a rallying cry to support the PAP government. Rather, it is important for students to understand why government policies (or suggested policies), PAP or otherwise, needs support or else their legitimacy is lost. You of all people should know since your own alternative healthcare policies obviously did not get much support, as evidenced by the vote-share that you garnered.

Example 7: Foreign talent/low birthrate

You have missed the point of the quote (page 52). It was written to explain a way to boost population numbers. Even you cannot dispel the fact that no one country has monopoly over talents. Even the US has attracted talent from Singapore to work in their industries. I am disappointed that you did not point that out, given your extensive network.

Example 8: Media

You have pointed to the lack of discussion on the importance for dialogue and debate without resorting to violence. You might want to read a chapter earlier (Chapter 4: Conflict in Multi-ethnic Societies), where explicit effort was made to show how violence begot even more violence in both Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland, and how both countries suffered because of it.

And with regards to your often quoted gripe about the free press in Singapore, if there weren’t, shouldn’t be in existence, together with many of the alternative news sites which claim to be neutral. We must remember that freedom comes with responsibilities, and this must apply to speech and claims made. You should know, since you seem to have a knack for misquoting statistics. Again, I don’t have to belabour this point.

Example 9: Self-help groups

The quote on the above, found in Chapter 5: Bonding Singapore, is presented in the context of the need for such groups to exist. The purpose of the text is to provide content for the basis of the Structured Essay Question. Critical analysis of the source is covered in the Source Based Questions, which allows students to analyse assertions made by political leaders and its reliability.

Your selective quote did not include the following paragraph (page 148), which goes on to explain how the different SHGs bring individuals of different racial backgrounds together, as is the lesson objective of this chapter.

Example 10: People's Association

Again, the content of this (page 149) is in the context of the aforementioned Chapter 5, which has nothing to do with politics.

Soon Juan, please do not politicise a subject that I truly love teaching. Social Studies is a subject meant to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world ( It DOES NOT serve as a political tool for students to make an electoral choice, PAP, SDP or otherwise.

I would strongly suggest you study the Social Studies curriculum in its entirety, and not make accusations against the textbook that I teach from out of context. The subject gives more than sufficient flexibility for teachers to deviate from the text, to train the mind of an active Singapore, and global, citizen. My fellow professional colleagues will attest to the rigour and commitment that we put in to sharpen the minds of our nation’s future. My own students can attest to the skills that I have imparted to them to be as critical of what is presented to them, as your source has allowed me to do.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Can only men be Advisers to Football Clubs?

Today (10 February 2016), Geylang International Football Club (GIFC) announced that Member of Parliament for MacPherson SMC, Ms Tin Pei Ling, had accepted their invitation to be their Club Adviser. At the Press Conference held at SAFRA Tampines, GIFC explained that as Club Adviser, Ms Tin’s role would be solely to assist the Club in their efforts to reach out to the community including providing guidance in areas like corporate social responsibility and grassroots football programmes, as well as fund-raising activities.
Trolls were however quick to flame the FC and Ms Tin asking what she knew about football and that her role as Club Adviser would destroy the FC. In classic States Times Review style, Alex Tan distorted the facts by claiming that “the "adviser" appointment is the first of its kind in Singapore and is believed to be created to shore up MP Tin Pei Ling's lack of popularity.”
As usual, anti-G trolls did not stop to think.
tin pei ling adviser to geylang international fc

The role of “Club Adviser” has been in place since the S-League started and has been filled by persons whom the Management Committee (MC) felt would best complement the Vision of the FC. These Club Advisers are therefore brought on to fill technical gaps in the MC or for their connections to help further the FC’s Vision. Most, in fact all, of the former and current Advisers are males and we would not be surprised if they also did not know much about football.
Thus, to people like Alex Tan who do not bother to find out the truth and merely flamed GIFC and Ms Tin purely on the basis of her gender, we say shame on you. You are displaying as much prejudice as being a racist. Not all women know football. Likewise not all men know football too.
Given Ms Tin’s experience in her community, we believe that Geylang International FC has made a wise choice.