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WP is gracious in victory

That’s what I thought of the way the Workers’ Party handled its suprisingly (to me anyway) good victory. At least in the manner Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim, Lee Li Lian and Ah Huat handled their press conference earlier this morning

They were clearly delighted that their party won quite handsomely: it’s by 3,000+ votes leh and not the the 300 votes that were being twittered around be4 pole faced n squeaky voiced Yam Ah Mee made his pronouncement.

There was no trace of triumphalism among the WP leaders; no excessive and unrealistic ambitions, with Chairman Lim pointing out in answer to a reporter’s leading question. The Opposition with only 10 seats out of 90 in Parliament is a long way from being able to form a government.

So, no, unlike Chua Mui Hoong of the Straits Times, I think what happened in Punggol East last night is no tipping point for the PAP or politics in Singapore — yet.

But the PAP could make it the tipping point all the same if it doesn’t accept defeat with the same graciousness with which WP embraced victory.

Take the PAP’s press conference to concede defeat and congratulate the WP.

The slight smiles on the faces of Teo Chee Hean and Koh Poh Koon were painful to see. They were more like grimaces plastered there out of PR necessity than a genuine acceptance that the majority of citizens in Punggol East had gone with the WP!

Also, i couldn’t help noticing how Mr Teo kept clenching his fists or his impatience in asking if there were “any more questions” –that wasn’t a real invitation for more but a signal to close for the night.

Hopefully what I saw last night was just the natural human reaction to an unexpected and unwanted event and that the simmering disappointment and/or anger at being rejected wouldn’t be carried over to the handing over of Punggol East’s Town Council infrastructure to the WP.

Otherwise Punggol East could go down in the PAP’s history as the truly tipping point :cry: :cry:

Medisave, Medifund & the elderly

I feel so reassured that our Health Minister Gan Kim Yong has stated that senior citizens would always receive the health care they need without having to worry about whether they can afford to pay their medical bills.

“The important message is that our senior citizens will always receive the necessary health-care services without worry about affordability,” Mr Gan said at a clan event according to various media reports.

The minister added: “I encourage all these elderly folks… if they have problems with their bills, do let the hospitals, public institutions, health-care institutions know.

“We’ll find different ways to help them.”

Medifund Silver, for instance, is a scheme for needy patients aged 65 and older, he cited.

“We also have given the hospitals a lot of flexibility in terms of eligibility criteria, so that they can reach out to more elderly who are in need of support for their healthcare needs.”

This being so, I don’t understand why Mr Gan has to urge caution regarding the Workers Party Punggol East candidate Lee Li Lian’s suggestion that those older than 75 should be allowed to use their Medisave without restriction.

“We have to be mindful these are very important savings of the elderly, and they will continue to need the savings as they grow older,” the minister said.

If there is always Medifund and Medifund Silver and a plethora of help for the needy, especially the elderly needy, why need there be any restrictions for use of their Medisave, especially when they are 75 or over?

It doesn’t make sense that a citizen shouldn’t rely on himself first — when there’s still $ in his Medisave account. It also doesn’t make sense to tap on tax payers’ money when there’s still $ in his Medisave account.

It’s like putting the cart be4 the horse. It’s like saving the water in one’s home to put out a small fire and calling the SCDF instead :roll: :roll:

Still, I’m delighted to note that Mr Gan gave a reminder of what’s in store for elderly Singaporeans this year. The age limit for MediShield, the national health insurance scheme, will be raised to 90!

Hopefully, this new limit won’t be put off limits to the elderly living in non HDB homes. Hopefully too, my elderly mum — who has been thrown out of the Medishield scheme twice already — will live long enough to be thrown out a third time! That’s something I personally look forward to  :lol:

Inane thots on Punggol East BE

First thought: SDP, despite its silly games in recent days trying to bait the Workers Party, ain’t daft. By throwing in the towel even be4 the real game has begun shows that it knows the $16K deposit it will surely lose on the night of Jan 26 makes for a very expensive candle just to play-play.

Second thought: The u-know-who’s from the other two parties if they go ahead with their promise (threat?) to put up candidates for the BE will surely make the state coffers $32K richer — besides having to bear other expenses during the 9 days of husting. If they think this kind of expensive candle is worth the game, then they are truly daft.

Third thought: stemming from thoughts one and two, it’s obvious why any Punggol resident who isn’t daft but is anti PAP won’t go for anyone else other than the Workers Party candidate. This is because she clearly has a far better chance than anyone from the rest of the Opposition to win against the PAP. Otherwise, the anti-PAP voters might as well spoil their votes, right  :lol:

Fourth thought: Poor Dr Koh Poh Koon. I won’t give him a drop of sympathy because he came from a poor family. What I do feel for him is why he allows such unflattering photos of himself to be captured? As an eternal sucker for good looking politicians, I really feel sorry for him that he isn’t more photogenic, especially when compared to his chief rival for the Punggol East seat! :cry:

kohpohkun

One more after thought, no less inane: The biggest potential loser in this upcoming BE is the PAP — if it loses the single seat ward to the WP. Yet could it afford not to take this gamble, if it wishes to maintain the moralistic high ground? But would the moralistic high ground remain tenable if (heaven forbid) 10 PAP were found to have done what Michael Palmer did — have an extramarital affair? Tenable I mean for both PAP and SG :cry:

When shall we three meet again?

B-D Trio

… in thunder, lightning or in rain…?

When the hurlyburly’s done,
 When the battle’s lost and won….

Well, the Hougang battle’s been lost by the PAP and won by the Workers Party. I don’t know when there will be a reprise of the May 26 joust. Perhaps the next general election?

But I know when we three B-D gals would meet again. Soon.

For our next birthday month of May, when our joint celebration is held again, there won’t be the background excitement of a rare Singapore experience — a by-election to add oomph and bite to our always delicious dinner cooked every year without fail by the delectable HWSNBN.

Last night’s dinner was therefore extra-special.

And if DPM Teo Chee Hean had been a fly on the wall of where we had our dinner, he won’t be so confident  in his words “the elections in Hougang is quite special, as Hougang is not representative of the whole of Singapore necessarily. Because each constituency is different, and Hougang has its own characteristics..

This is because of the 7 of us at our wine-dine-whine din-din, there was only one person rooting for the PAP.

OK, one of those present is a Hongkonger who dropped into SG for a quick visit. So he didn’t count.

The remaining six are all Singaporeans, all having the vote, provided where they live won’t have a walkover at the next GE. And I’m sure that walkovers are likely to be a thing of the past!

Three live in the East Coast, two in the Orchard Road area and one right in the City Centre — their votes would count in the Marine Parade, Tanjong Pagar and Moulmein-Kallang GRCs. Only one of these six were sad that the PAP lost on Saturday!

I’m not saying that the outlier is me or it’s not me.

What I would confess to is that I was dead wrong about the PAP’s prospects in Hougang. Which shows the strong pulling power of the WP, the strong turn off that has become the PAP or a combi of both.

Meanwhile, it was a delightful dinner, with two vintage white wines and a bottle of Moet & Chandon, which weren’t a lot split among 7 hearty eaters :lol:

Palate refreshener: sorbet & jelly

Chikx galore! Stuffed with cheese n herbs

refreshing fruit-trio n veggie salad

Home-made siu-yoke, better than Wah Lok

Fruit flan from Fullerton Hotel

Poor Png, poor WP, you will lose…

…. Hougang. And on my birthday too :razz:!

Which is a pity after WP leader Mr Low Thia Khiang had held the ward and SG enthralled for 20 years

I think the success in grabbing the Aljunied GRC and unseating not one but two ministers — plus retaining Hougang, despite Mr Low not being there — might have proven too much for the Workers Party to digest.

Here are the nettles that indicate WP has evolved into something that Mr Low couldn’t grasp:

  • Mr Eric Tan not being given the NCMP seat, despite his far longer service to WP than Mr Gerald Giam. What price loyalty? Are all the WP CEC members equal? Is a party without hierarchy what we want to run SG?
  • The tenuous explanation given concerning Mr Chen Show Mao’s parliamentary speech. (According to Cynical Investor it’s Mr Pritam Singh). Copy and paste may be common practice nowadays but is it OK to do it for a speech to be delivered in the highest place in our country?t
  • The mysterious ousting of Mr Yaw Shin Leong. OK, the official line is that he was a serial philanderer so his “personal indiscretions” weren’t mysterious. But as I’ve stated elsewhere in this blog, I simply don’t buy that as the last straw. Even if it was, where’s the party’s loyalty to him, hey? At least, he’s got enough bigness of heart to send a message to SGreans calling them to support the WP. If I were him, I would say “over my XXXX XXXX!”
  • The equally mysterious antics of long time WP stalwart Poh Lee Guan on nomination day. So, was he on standby or simply nutty?
  • The NCMP taunt to Mr Png Eng Huat. Was it no big deal what he “incorrectly” said? If the minutes weren’t surreptiously released by whatever mole there is/was in WP, would Mr Png have clarified? Still, the use of surreptiously obtained material don’t do the PAP proud either, in my books, even if the text shows at minimum that the Hougang hopeful couldn’t articulate to save himself.  As too Wongs don’t make a White, I wish DPM Teo Chee Hean would give over hectoring Mr Png and the WP on this issue. At minimum, the DPM would inadvertently help WP and Mr Png garner some sympathy votes.

As I dine and wine at the home of HWSNBN this Saturday, I will surreptiously look at my mobile for that text that either confirms or denies my reading of WP’s Hougang chances :lol:

Ni ban shi, wo fang xin?

Of course not! But PAP candidate Mr Desmond Choo’s kindly trade-mark way of greeting people — including his Workers Party opponent Mr Png Eng Huat at the May 26 by-election – could give one the wrong impression that his body language was saying just that!

*No prizes for any Hougang resident who guesses correctly the historic giant alleged to have said “Ni ban shi, wo fang xin” to his short-lived succesor!

Hougang: bye-bye WP or bye-bye again PAP?

When I asked a political insider friend if an upcoming overseas holiday would have to be cancelled seeing that Nomination Day for the much-talked about Hougang by-election falls on May 16 and said holiday begins on May 18, said political insider friend texted this reply:

“No lah. Still going. It’s only one tiny ward n outcome is foregone.”

OK, I’m no political insider and not very astute in most things I do or think about.

But I think the outcome for Hougang needn’t and shouldn’t be foregone.

After all, if I were a Workers Party diehard and a resident of Hougang, I would still be feeling sore over what happened to my ex-MP Yaw Shin Leong. And my discomfort, no anger, would be directed at the Workers Party.

I’m not in the least bit fussed about what Mr Yaw is alleged to have done in his private life, as that’s between him and his wife, so long as he didn’t beat her up — and nothing like that has surfaced in the myriad rumours that have circulated since Hougant “blew up”.

Another caveat is so long as none of his alleged paramours benefited unfairly or illegally through his position as MP for Hougang – as I had stated earlier in this post

And, no, I’m not fussed that WP seemed to have dithered over what to do about his alleged affairs. Yup, the WP first kept totally quiet and then supported him. Perhaps because comradeship means something, especially when the man is under pressure. So far, so good.

What I found and still find inexplicable is that the WP suddenly expelled him from the party. IMHO, the WP had let Mr Yaw down and in that way all those who voted for him.

How can I as a resident — I’m not, but just pretend I am — trust a party whose leadership seems to be so cold and calculative with a comrade-in-arms who devoted some 10 years of his life to the cause of the WP and the Opposition? How would I know that the next WP man put up for the polls won’t after a few months also be found to have a titchy bit of marital infidelity and the cycle starts again?

So, I would give my vote to the PAP man or woman, never mind if many of those already in Parliament appear — in my eyes at least — to wear a self-satisfied look.

Unless of of course, miracle of miracles WP kisses and makes up with Mr Yaw and puts him up for the polls again? Or in the other highly improbable event – :roll: — Mr Yaw stands as an independent candidate, puts $13,500 on the line and gives Singapore the chance to have a referendum by proxy on whether we are adult, sophisticated enough to say what a capable politician does in his spare time in his bedroom should really be his and his family business. And nobody else’s. Yes, even if that politican happens to be a Member of Parliament!

My conclusion: nothing should be discounted in Hougang, especially those who have given their heart to Mr Yaw at the command of Mr Low Thia Khiang. Once that command has been obeyed it may not be easy at all to undo it — especially since the successor wasn’t incapable in what he was elected to do.

Let the dissenting voices in Workers Party speak up and let all Singapore hear loud and clear why you didn’t want Mr Yaw to go? And then perhaps the only way to assuage his ouster is to give the PAP a chance after 20 years? :cry: