Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Try The Other Side

In indoor bowling, the objective of the game is to roll or throw a ball to knock over pins. A strike is the term used when all 10 pins are completely knocked down with the first ball. On score sheets, a strike is symbolized by an X. The trick is aiming at the pin which will knock down all the others. Is Teo Ho Pin the critter who will bring the whole house down?

Take a look at some of the other falling pins:
Chandra Das: "as a PAP company, we wanted to be helpful to the PAP town councils";
Grace Fu: "town councils were set up to give elected representatives of political parties more say in managing their estates";
Baey Yam Keng: "we cannot forget that TCs are all political organisations"
And let's not forget those who'd rather let their lawyers speak for them.

What we see unfolding was actually foretold by Lee Kuan Yew in "Hard Truths" (page 68):
"There will come a time when eventually the public will say, look, let's try the other side, either because the PAP has declined in quality or the opposition has put up a team which is equal to the PAP and they say, let's try the other side. That day will come."

He goes further to postulate how it can happen. A break-up in leadership. They disagree profoundly, either for reasons of principle or personality and suddenly it breaks up. Not sure if Tan Cheng Bok's very public disagreement ("Is it right for the TCs to give up ownership in this manner?") counts, since he is an ex-PAP member of parliament.

The team may be in place, Lee said, but a leader is needed. A real leader. Someone who can communicate, who can mobilise people, move people.  It's not enough to have good policies. "You've got to convince people," he emphasised, "That's one reason I am making fewer speeches."

Truth be told, we really wish the old guy will pipe up soon. The other fellas open their mouths and shoot themselves in the foot. Not a very pretty picture, not pretty at all.


  1. Perhaps Mr Baey shd elaborate which other organisations are political organisations by their definitions, to come clean once and for all.

  2. Not pretty for them means pretty for us, Singaporeans.

    No doubt PAP is breaking apart.

    I am quite sure Toe Ho Pin was tasked to defend the indefensible due to his appointment, even though he may play no part in the unscrupulous AIM deal that is likely to be sanctioned by lhl.

    If more of the people from PAP can see this, then, they may start to think that it makes no sense for them to stay on with PAP to be manipulated to do things against their conscience when the mastermind behind remains untouchable.

    Questions which they may ask "Am I willing to be the scapegoat for lhl?". "Will I be sacrificed so that he can continue to stay on in power?".

    They may have a hard time finding a pedigree dog to field in for Punggol East BE.

  3. The elder Lee had made sure that there were no real leaders by throwing them in jail or sending them into exile during his reign in power. Now all that is left is a bunch of followers without conviction. "Go with the flow" is the current modus operandi of PAP MPs.

    The end is near...

    1. Go with the flow seems to be the current state of affairs.As long as PAP continue to pick from Arm Forces and Civil Service sectors, it would be very difficult to find REAL leaders!

  4. PAP = Sin

    Everything in Sin = PAP.

    It is made so by Sinkies.

  5. They may be 'ex' members of parliament but I am very certain they remain true blue members of the political organisation, and are bound by rules.

    Unless declared explicitly, all are members by default. This includes 60% of business owners,regardless of religious beliefs.

    Out of every 5 people you meet,know or have as neighbours, 3 will be PAP member or supporter.
    And you would not know from their appearances.

  6. Convicted Ex Minister Of State for the Ministry Of the Environment(1975), Wee Toon Boon was at the PAP Gathering just years back. Seems liked he is still a member in the inner sanctum of the PAP. So Exs and Convicted Members are still Members of the Family.

    For information on Wee Toon Boon, google for it.

  7. 'When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight'
    Jack Welch

    The rot and decay is getting pretty obvious as we move towards 2016. Mind you, it's now only barely half way and the skeletons are falling out of the cobwebs. Expect more to come.

  8. LKY is probably right. The day will come when an additional 10-20% will try the other side. Once they do not have the mandate, they will have to tone down in many ways. The leader will most probably be an imported talent since all the local talents are living in exile or locked up somewhere.

  9. Put it another way if the rest of appointed PAP leaders are really that capable & charismatic, do you think that good-for-nothing son can remain that competitive ?

    The rule of the jungle has always been the winner takes all. Without the dirtiest tricks of the father, do you think that son can survive in this dog-eat-dog jungle ?

  10. Being an imported talent will also have the advantage of getting votes from new citizens. Just like the blacks will vote for Obama. They are a few rich and talented imports made the past few years, one of them may be our new PM. It is just a game afterall. The same old guys still running the show behind the curtains.

  11. Daddy, Daddy.
    They say Town Council is a public institution.
    They say Town Council must work for the benefit of all Singaporeans.
    They say Town Councils don't belong to the PAP.

    Daddy, Daddy.
    How ah?

  12. Poor Singaporean1/08/2013 8:30 PM

    Retribution. Be Afraid.

  13. The old guy may pop up to deflect all the blows landing on all the PAP fallen pins, but this time his taiji may no longer work.

    But of course, the old guy may still play his threatening trump card, which is to call in the army should anything go terribly wrong. But again, Singaporeans who have gone through NS are also behaving unwilling and reluctant to defend their cause after being short-changed by the PAP over the issue of favourable treatment for foreigners. Such misgivings may be telling when it really matters.

  14. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked the Ministry of National Development (MND) to fully review the transaction of PAP Town Council's management software to Action Information Management (AIM) in 2010.

    Workers' Party Chairman Sylvia Lim has filed an adjournment motion for next Monday's Parliamentary sitting, titled "Safeguarding the Public Interest in Town Council Management".

    Holy cow! Looks like Khaw, after his self-imposed hiatus, will be very busy again. Seems like no further rest for the wicked.. err.. sacred cow. The PM has arrowed/aimed his ministry to respond to all the questions likely to crop up on the AIM saga. The priviledges of rank! Looking forward to the 14th Jan Parliamentary sitting. Hopefully he can "come clean" on this sordid affair. We will probably hear more from the MND deputy secretary Tay Kim Poh, who has the unenviable task of leading the Town Council review team.

    1. Even if lhl didn't ask Khaw, he would be forced to do it when WP bring up the question in parliament. Alex Au had noted this in AIM 6 article. Lhl is just reacting to it. He totally got no choice but to do so. Announcing it b4 parliament seating is more of a PR move to me.

    2. PM either did not know whats going on or he is wayang for the by-election. Which is which, your pick lah.

    3. PAP is like the 8m Big Sotong in the deep sea. LSL as its head{brain}without the wisdom and battle-hardened experience of his father, cannot control its tentacles of power projections(each head of the tentacles behaving like little LKYs

    4. Did not know does not mean he is in the dark. Sometimes in partisan decisions, people just close one eye even if they know what is happening, especially where cronies are involved. So, is he really ignorant about the happenings or just choosing not to get involved since it is all in the cupboard of the PAP. Which is which, your pick lah.

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