Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A Polemical & Partisan Post

Lets blog the real stuff. The undistorted truth. the truth which mr brown himself did not address. The real stuff that riled MICA. The points that caused Bhavani, the proxy of Lee Boon Yang, to attack mr brown.

What really led MICA over the boil was this. All the election predictions of the Opposition Parties are coming true. In the Opposition rallies, they mentioned that after GE06, public transport hikes would go up. Yes, we have that. The main taxi company has raised prices. Expect the other taxi companies, the bus companies and the trains to follow. Higher household electricity prices, another topic raised by the Opposition Parties in GE06, and yes true enough, within less than two months we have it.

Bhavani was distorting the truth when she said that higher oil prices meant these price hikes were inevitable. In the elections, these examples were raised not just to nettle the PAP. They were raised to address the issue of cost of living. Among the parties, probably WP was most systematic in offering counter-plans to address such increases in living costs. These were scoffed at by the PAP. Now Bhavani comes back and says that Progress Package was meant to defray these rising costs. That the Progress Package can last Singaporeans the next 4 years to the next elections to handle these price increases.

Bull shit.

Means testing. now we have an actual example of a Singaporean caught in between this concept of means testing. Dealt an unfair hand by the law of statistics. Rather than address the problem and acknowledge the limitations of means testing, Bhavani attacks the integrity of mr brown. Imagine, when means testing comes into play for allotment of C class hospital wards. A point repeatedly raised by the WP in GE06. what then? Progress Package was meant to cater for this too?

Bull shit.

mr brown was partisan? Hardly. This blog entry is what it means to be partisan. This blog entry tells you that all the PAP rhetoric in GE06 cannot stand scrutiny. This is why they did not dare address nor answer the questions raised by the Opposition parties then, because deep down they knew it was coming true. As Bhavani says, it was inevitable. The point of inevitability is this, what then are you, as the Government of Singapore, as the elected representatives, doing to address this inevitability? this was a question raised repeatedly in GE06 but was met with evasive answer after another. Who then was shirking the responsibility of coming up witb solutions to issues raised? Did these issues go away with the end of GE06? No Bhavani, these issues are still here in singapore, with Singaporeans.

Bhavani wants to talk about being partisan? Why then is HDB, an organisation in charge of public housing for all Singaporeans practising partisan politics, partisan policies? Why are Singaporeans residing in non PAP wards not given equality in treatment? Its not there is no money. Remember the obscene amounts of money dangled in front of hougang and Potong Pasir? the tens of millions? what is partisan politics, what is partisan policies?

The udistorted truth is this. After having won the Mandate to rule, unpopular policies can be pushed through with ease. Raising prices across the board, from transport to cigarettes, can be effected with no political cost.

My father says : the government raises the prices of cigarettes and more people are dying from lung cancer. Why? Because everyone is switching to the cheaper alternative of filter-less hand-rolled cigarettes. That is a fact. who wins? government because at least they earn money. This is true coffeeshop talk. And you know what? Me, a professional with multiple degrees believe him. Maybe thats why they are targetting the coffeeshops too, restricting the space of people who drink, smoke and relax at coffeeshops, because they talk too much and have no concrete solutions. Unconstructive.

This is the ruling party in its naked self. Not the party in the year before GE, when it is all smiles and forgiveness, when it becomes caring and generous. As they lull Singaporeans into forgetting.
This is polemics, this is partisan and I am not ashamed of this entry.

Quote of the Day --

"How strange, I never would have thought the truth would make you angry". Truth she thought. As terrible as Death, but harder to find." -- Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle


Anonymous Anonymous said...

waa fierce

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only the Truth will set you free... dear fellow singaporean

Latest echo in cyber-space;
So We All Say! (www.mrbrown.com)

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hormat to our brother Xenoboy!

As each day passes in Singapore, we creep steadily to the Utopia painted by the PAP as our "Brave New World".

A world where Mini-stars rhetoric is as empty as CPF balances of people with negative equity.

A world where the PM says let's be inclusive and hear the citizens' opinion, and they proceed to criticise a blogger / columnist / son / husband / nsman / Singaporean for speaking out heartfelt sentiments of fellow Singaporeans.

A world where mini-stars with million dollar salaries explain away everything with the convenient excuse of "globalisation" and "higher oil prices".

A world where, the PAP says, do what I say, don't do what I do as the CPF contribution rate for employers remains unrestored, while they continue to enjoy their million dollar salaries - at the expense of the Singaporean.

Welcome to Utopia - a land of 4 million smile(less) peasants supporting the PAP Feudal Lord.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Brownie said...

Right believing leads to right voting. Right voting leads to right living.

Tks Xenoboy!

8:51 PM  
Blogger sei-ji rakugaki said...

ouch..u are so partisan..

10:06 PM  
Blogger nofearSingapore said...

Let us Heed the message, Not shoot the messenger

Dear friends,

I read with interest Ms Bhavani’s retort to mrbrown’s column (Distorting the truth, mr brown ? 3 Jul 06).

What is particularly informative was her assertion that journalists (especially in Singapore), should not “champion issues, or campaign FOR or AGAINST the Government”.

Is this is a new dictum, I wonder, as there were many articles by our journalists in the past which appeared an “awful lot” like campaigning for the Government, but I do not recall anyone getting their knuckles rapped for that.

Seriously, is a journalist expected to be just a “human” tape-recorder recording verbatim the minutes of a board meeting like a company secretary? Anything more could be misconstrued as campaigning for or against an issue.

Let us be reasonable. People (journalist included) will have opinions and these are the sum-aggregates of different sub-cultures that make up Singapore. No one person or organization knows all the answers and feedback of all forms (especially those that seem unpalatable) help us, as a nation, to steer the right course, away from potential calamities.

Let us heed the message, NOT shoot the messenger!

Dr. Huang Shoou Chyuan
The above sent to TODAY forum page

12:25 AM  
Anonymous OrnateGhost said...

What can I say... excellent, acidic, blunt and straight to the point.

Let's see LBY or his proxy counter this partisan post.

Or perhaps, they will just behave like the Lees who did not have the guts to face off the Chees in court but hide behind "pseudonyms" such as Summary Judgement (did I spell it right? WTF...)

3:14 AM  
Anonymous chinchowdoll said...

happened to chance upon your blog while reading all the comments on mrbrown regarding the MICA fiasco.

keep on blogging - people like you and mr brown give me hope for our country...

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and who's to blame?

all the older than 21s living in the east

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute... the progress payment was to share in the country's progress wasn't it? They chose to call it progress package rather than 'buffer for rising costs' package, didn't they? So what's the undistorted truth here?

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agree with everything you said except the part about curbing smoking. Surely it's over the top to read something sinister into that?

8:17 AM  
Blogger nofearSingapore said...

RE: News Blackout on mrbrown v Bhavani
I have just received a reply that my letter to the forum page (TODAY) has been rejected. I do not take issue with being rejected ( if you write enough letters , you will have rejections sooner or later), but it is the way the rejection is worded.

The editorial assistant said in the reply, that "We will not be publishing any correspondence on this issue. Shoud you feel strongly, you may want to wish to redirect your views to the source of the letter."

Now I know why there has been zero-coverage of the Mrbrown vs Bhavani debate in TODAY as there has been a near "news blackout" on this issue. TODAY has chosen the easy way out and abdicated its role as a neutral objective feedback channel for the people. It is "washing its hands off" the problem. How convenient but..SAD! Who is imposing the self-censorship, I wonder? The editorial staff itself?

Dr. Huang

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read from mr wang & mrbrown's blogs that mrbrown has been suspended from Today. I applaud him for his courage. If anyone set up a donation drive for mrbrown I'll be the first to donate. Hang in there, mrbrown.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous imp said...

and so said MICA that there is freedom of press in Singapore.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would not have happen if PAP did not politicise everything deem to their advantage.

PAP should not politicise the media.

I mean it is like PAP have politicise everything including NDP.

But why the need to politicise?

Is controlling Singaporeans right down to the bone that important and advantageous to PAP? Nothing more is important to them?

This would not have happen if the media was not politicise. The determination by PAP to control all things is scary.

They want to control but refuse to be responsible or apologetic when things go wrong is even scarier.

All we ordinary people can do is vote Opposition in every election even if the Opposition loses. I cannot think of any other way to make PAP eat humble pie.

Then no one would have the need to feel fear,tension and paranoid in their own homeland.

PAP has to be Opposition for some time for Singapore's culture and climate to change, that is the only way.

My vote is nothing but many votes is something.Please do not forget today's lesson even if PAP loosen control come GE 2011.

5:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess only PAP is right and citizens are wrong in these KIND of situation. These KIND of situation have repeated many times over the years.

What is more scarier is that PAP took the most popular blogger in Singapore to put on chopping block and use it to show as an example to everyone who wants to blog about politics. (Kai Dao: Open Knife)

It is a very good political move by PAP.It has increased the fear factor by many notches. We are back to the 70s & 80s again.

Most probably after this episode, there will be less activity on political blogs and Singaporeans will be apathetic again which PAP always 'advocates'.

Maybe Mr Brown might even fizzle out.

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fIsnt TODAY guilty of politicization of the issue and being partisan by dropping Mr Brown?

I mean Mr Brown gave some private opinions and PAP replied. End of story.

Let the people decide who is right and who is wrong.
Not PAP or Mediacorp.

There is no need to drop Mr Brown and make this issue a political fight between PAP and Anti-PAP.

In fact, it is Mediacorp who is politicising the whole issue. It is Mediacorp who is partisan.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please suspend all the Pro PAP Journalists as well for being partisan and politicised.

There are train loads of them. Everyday churning out Pro PAP news until like PAP is God.

Paint Opposition like demons.

Please be fair in implementing laws(if any) and policy.

I can name some for you: Chua sisters, Loh Chee Kong, Aaron Low, Nicholas Fang etc.

Please suspend all of them as well.

9:30 PM  
Anonymous sinsling said...

So true. And to extend one of your points.........

in 2010 PAP will once again become a more caring, open and responsive party. It will allow more avenues for the freedom of expression, it will announce another Progress Package, it will re-assure you it wants some opposition....etc., etc..,

Singaporeans will have forgotten all their righteous anger over their highhandedness, bad policies, greed over the last 4 years. The will vote PAP again.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Stephen Yeo said...

sad to say, we deserved the government that we voted in, for whatever reasons: http://mindbloggingstuff.blogspot.com/2006/04/have-singaporeans-gone-soft.html

11:43 AM  

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