Thursday, February 16, 2012

Running Out Of Patience

There is a remarkable scene in the Margaret Thatcher movie, "The Iron Lady", when Meryl Streep dresses down Anthony Head (as Lord President Geoffrey Howe) for shoddy work. Other members grumbled, "I wouldn’t have spoken to my gamekeeper like that."
The Iron Lady in action

While some may venture that the expulsion of Yaw Shin Leong is rather harsh treatment, few will excuse him for absenting himself from the Tuesday night council meeting and an opportunity to come clean before his party leaders. It's one thing to seal his lips in front of the blood thirsty mainstream media, trying to chalk up brownie points for the pro-alien people, it's another to let down those who placed good faith in him. The anguish is plain in Low Thia Khiang's affirmation that the people's interest comes first before his party's priorities, "We require our MPs to be responsible people. Although it is a difficult decision... we'll have to make it so that the Workers' Party and its MPs can stand tall and hold their heads up to take the PAP government to account."

The surprising development to this twist of events is that the Prime Minister is apparently caught flat footed. Instead of relishing to seize the day and reclaim the renegade ward, he seems hesitant to go into battle. "On whether and when to hold a by-election in Hougang, I will consider the matter carefully." Hardly the demeanor of a take charge general in command. "Under the law, there is no fixed time within which I must call a by-election," he added, as if the people has infinite patience to await an elected representative to voice their needs in parliament.

Perhaps his plate is still full, what with the SMRT unresolved headaches, CPIB probes, and people like Foo Mee Har publicly threatening to "take steps to protect my rights if it becomes necessary to do so." Lawyer Chia Boon Teck expands on latter's pugnative stance, which mirror's the recent reaction of K Shanmugam, "If anybody wants to talk publicly about somebody else, especially a public personality, then you better be careful... If what you are hinting at is based on rumours and gossip, then you are exposing yourself to legal suits." There was no legal action in Yaw's case (the expulsion is in line with party Constitution, and legal recourse is remote) , but look how rumours and gossip can bring one down. Be afraid, be very afraid.

22 comments:

  1. Alex Au merely wrote that there were swirling allegations on so and so at various points in the past. This is a statement of fact. How does it constitute to defamation? Funnier still, he was requested to post on his blog the lawyer's letter containing precisely the comment that he was told to delete. LOL!

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    1. Perhaps any lawyers would like to comment?

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  2. My bottom-line for a politician is that he shouldn't be corrupted. For matters related to bedroom, leave this to settle with his wife. I value capability and free of corruption as more important qualities.

    What happened to Yaw had also happened in PAP before. It is just that the PAP-controlled local media was afraid to report about them, so it will look as if PAP members are real squeaky clean while opposition members have loose morals. This is not the reality.

    The kind of soil will breed the kind of plant. Living in the same island, how different can we be from each other. If such thing happens in opposition members, it will even be more happening in PAP members. It is just that most of us don't know this.

    I Only Hope Hougang Voters Will Give Another Chance To WP To Allow WP To Represent Them In The Parliament!

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  3. "Under the law, there is no fixed time within which I must call a by-election,"

    Remember when one of the PAP MPs died, no by-election was called. I am sure once PAP has restarted their propaganda activities in hougang, he would call for by election. He will need to explain why last time he didn't call for a by-election but this time he did without angering more people.

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    1. Under present constitution law, if it's GRC, and one member's seat become vacant, there's no requirement for by-election.
      As such, don't hold your breadth for Tanjong Pagar.

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    2. I wonder if our million-dollar-salaried talented CEO cum PM has no ability to multi-task here? After all it's just a small by-election campaign in Hougang. We're not talking about a repeat of the nationwide election again, so surely is just a matter of activating the process but on a 1/10th of scale amongst all his national agendas -- How hard is that?

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  4. Governemnt is not rushing in as they were caught by surprise. People in Hougang may held WP in high regards rather than abandoning the party because of one man's fault. To go in now is no guarantee of a success. But instead of saying that, they said there are more mportant things to settle i.e. people in Hougang is of no importance to them. What logic is that?

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    1. Is call the Redemption logic. An extension of Repent from Aljunied.

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  5. Just google scroobal's comments and all the shit is there in the net for anyone to read, probably in the hundreds. Some so explicit and direct some more. Is he going to go after all of them ?

    I thought any wise person would have known better that all these shit comments should have been treated with a heavy dose of salt ?

    Today the ST devoted so much attention to YSL's expulsion from WP with the word 'rumour(s)' repeated all over the articles. Can one now say our ST is knowingly committing something against our laws ?

    Talking about 'All being equal' before the law, how can they now practise double standards ?

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  6. The way it goes - "You throw a stone at me, I will throw a ROCK back at you". I see no reason for ST to publish so many pages related to the expulsion.

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    1. Never mind, then the electorate will throw a meteorite at them! LOL

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  7. Yes. U are correct. MIWs caught "flat footed!". They nvr expected it! Brilliant master stroke by WP! My comments on gintai.wordpress.com

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    1. We like all kinds of foot. Flat-footed, foot-in-mouth etc. Promise to also put our best foot forward in HG.

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  8. WP will still win the by elections regardless who they field. It is the ruling party who will have to play catch up and make sure their candidates, present & future, to be infallible. Wonderful job by WP!! Now time to address issues promised during the GE but not followed up on. Housing, foreigners, transport, costs of living etc. Time to wake the driver again.

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  9. Since Khaw Boon Wan openly state that once a person has entered politics, there's no difference between his public and private life. That is to say - PAP agrees that your private life is as much entitled to be scrutinized and talked about by people. If so, where is the moral congruence with a stunt that
    Mr K Shamugam has thrown here? Based on that, can the electorate demand that all MIW do a mass confessions or affirmation that they have NEVER EVER crossed the immoral line? Walk your Talk PAP. Just walk your bloody talk.

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    1. TTDuraiGhost2/16/2012 12:47 PM

      Glad he khaw peh khaw bu and support the 'come clean' idea.
      Still waiting for him to come clean how HDB pricing is done, and how we can also get the $8 heart operation.
      But alas, i think not everybody is equal under law lah.
      MIW is different neh..you better watch what you say and back it up or i'll sue you to the last penny..real threats like that works very well when you have something to hide. The onus is now on the whistleblower and might I say - MSM?

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  10. Just look at what the PA & PM have done after the GRC were won and taken over. They refused to let the WINNING party run it's town council, but insisted on their own appointed GROs who are by the way losing candidates. IF the people allow PAP to win back Hougang, they are basically agreeing that is the right approach.

    The people of Hougang got a lot more guts. Bring on your best man, PAP.

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  11. Actually PM is right.
    Hougang voters have been let down.
    So please have the bi-election soon.
    We need PAP to lift us up.
    Better still, send your heavyweight MP.

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    1. ok, will send KS my most moral member of the team.

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  12. well, if it's true that people in Hougang have been let down by WP, then it's equally true that Singapore and Singaporeans have been let down big time by the odious policies of the pap.

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    1. ok, no more odious. I will make it hideous.

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  13. Tattler,

    Scroobal's reply to Shanmugam

    http://www.sammyboy.com/showthread.php?110263-Request-to-Shanmugam-Allen-amp-Gledhill#post964886

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