‘Block ballot’ system to be used for last 2 to 3 nights of election rallies

By now you would have heard of the Singapore Police Force’s advise on keeping getais (concert performances for the Chinese Seventh Month) separate from political rallies. But what goes together with the police statement is a little change in the balloting system for election rallies by the various political parties.

As you have seen from the headlines on CNA and TOC, the police has warned Seventh Month event organisers to ensure that no speeches intended to canvass support for election candidates or political parties are delivered during their events.

Additionally, there can be no getai performances and other forms of stage performances and entertainment allowed before, during or after election rallies.

This, they say on Friday (Aug 14), would be in line with the Public Order (Election Meetings) Regulations 2009.

While it said that “the ballot method used to allocate rally sites in the 2012 and 2013 by-elections will also be used for the upcoming General Election to allocate rally sites,” and that the police will make available sufficient rally sites to contesting parties or independent candidates for this purpose, it added a new point.

“To ensure contesting parties and independent candidates have more opportunities to use their preferred rally sites on their preferred dates, a ‘give-way’ rule will be implemented. Parties that have been allocated a site will have to ‘give way’ to other applicants that apply for the same site at the same timeslot on the following day,” it said.

They said, to ensure every GE contestant can hold at least one outdoor rally within the last two to three nights of campaigning, a “block ballot” method will be implemented in constituencies where the number of contesting parties and/or independent candidates is more than the number of rally sites.

Under the block ballot method, the last two to three nights for rally sites will be grouped together for application as a block. Contesting parties and independent candidates can only apply for one site on one night within the block, it explained, while saying details on the application and allocation process for rally sites and assembly centre sites will be released after the Writ of Election is issued.

Info: CNA


The oyster that seared Teo Chee Hean

Two days ago, Workers’ Party chairman, Ms Sylvia Lim went to a Fengshan hawker centre to join the dinner with some WP members and to get help with starting her Instagram account, as fellow party member and NUS professor of sociology, Dr Daniel Goh had explained afterwards. She then made her first Instagram post with a photo of her savouring a plate of seared oysters (or orh luah) while captioning: “The taste of Fengshan – Heavenly!”

And yesterday, someone as esteemed as our dear DPM, Mr Teo Chee Hean, decided to snide Sylvia Lim on that, saying this:

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And readers were not pleased with the DPM’s reaction, mounting numerous comments on him, filling the CNA post with massive sounds of displeasure and disappointment. These are just some of the gist:

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And maybe this shall take the cake:

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It looks like Teo Chee Hean just got seared by the oysters that Sylvia Lim had. Makes you wonder what he had in mind..

Meanwhile, you can follow the WP chairman on: https://instagram.com/sylvialim65/.

While other countries’ politicians resign, ours simply ‘will not contest next elections’

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In other countries, the minister steps down from his position immediately, and someone else takes over him.

In Singapore, he either announces that he will not contest in the next general elections (Lui Tuck Yew), or worse wait until election is over to get not appointed to the position again (Wong Kan Seng).

Again a uniquely Singapore practice just in case anyone thought Lui Tuck Yew did a very good job.

And just in case anyone jumps up to defend the practice saying: “why ask guy to quit immediately? Wait no able person to take over?”, you have basically just proven the point that PAP lacks talent, and they only have that ONE candidate for that ONE position, so that means no matter how badly that ONE does, we would have to endure for 5-6 years until the next polls.

Try convincing me our system is good.

Albert Tay

How far are we from Singapore’s beauty?

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Yesterday my friend told me she felt proud of Singapore, after coming back from overseas. I was not very comfortable with that expression, as the vibe in me to cast the ruling party out anytime possible, prevents me from feeling anything too positive about this island state controlled monopolistically by the very PAP we abhor.

But then, when I took a step back, I realised I cannot deny the beauty of this island, the prosperity we have gained, the achievements we have won, the prestige we have earned, the times we have fought, the hard work we have put in to make this little red dot a success. Now I realise we have, apart from being one of the richest in the world, a great CBD landscape, clean roads (although also ‘cleaned’ roads the work of an army of cleaners), and do we not now have beautiful parks around?

But how far is that beauty and glory from us? How far is that wealth, that economy, that full-force military, away from us? Do we really feel they belong to us? I mean, LHL can go on and on about how Singapore belongs to everyone, and how CPF money is your money, but is that how you feel? And are you not right to feel otherwise?

I mean we went from total control + welfare in the LKY era, to more liberal approach + more free market in the GCT era, and then now I don’t even know how to describe LHL’s leadership.

Yes, feel the love for your country these 50 years, thank the PAP if you want, but fear also for the next 50 years if we continue to ride with the now less-than-competent and more-uncaring-than-ever administration. As a Chinese saying goes, ‘Even in dying, a worm with a hundred legs still would not be motionless’, meaning even in death and demise, because of the richness, things still run temporarily for a while before perhaps going into full-fledged shutdown, also meaning we might not be able to see and sense the demise because the thing is still moving. Which is a very dangerous situation! How do we know if Singapore is already dead, but still moving?

But luckily, a country is not an animal. It can still be revived. But how long and how bad do we want to wait and see it for ourselves before we start nudging ourselves to change? Remember even North Korea looks like a paradise to its citizens, and the USA the marvel of the world notwithstanding its ultra-high national debt and threatening finances. Do we want to continue pumping steroids into our Singapore Inc. for the sake of a beautiful façade, or do we want something more, something more “homely”, more “heartfelt”, more “by us”, for the Singapore island that we love?

Albert Tay

Free transport on National Day smacks PAP in the face

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What an awkward and ironic way to celebrate SG50 by giving free public transport – an essentially welfarist move – that seems to not go in line with our nation’s state ideology.

And oh, did the people abuse the free transport by going from Tampines to Jurong East, to and fro, seven times? No. Big smack to the face of PAP advocates of non-healthcare coverage because people would abuse it just because it is free.

No one would fall sick just because there is free healthcare. And I even saw people rushing into the MRT trains to get to places as if the rides were still charged.

Thank you for proving us right, once again.

Albert Tay

Singapore is a ‘strict country’, if..

“Singapore is a strict country.”

But smokers can smoke where they like despite laws designating some areas out of bounds,

and spitters can spit where they like despite years of vigorous campaigning,

and some politicians can appear in an election centre despite the laws ruling against it,

and some people can make racist, sexist, misogynist, satanist, gangster-ish remarks without getting caught,

where some knuckle-dusters are legal and some not,

where some money suckers are official and some not,

where some money losers who lost big time can get away scot-free, unharmed, and promoted,

where some big sinners and mistake-makers can get unpunished time and time again.

Okay, so let’s revise the first statement:

“Singapore is a strict country, if you are against the PAP.”

Albert Tay