Sunday, March 15, 2015

Going Wild In Singapore

The provision for active election campaigning as permitted by law question is covered by the Parliamentary Elections Act (‘PEA’).

The term election advertising is defined in section 2(1) of the PEA as: “any poster, banner, notice, circular, handbill, illustration, article, advertisement or other material that can reasonably be regarded as intended —
(a) to promote or procure the electoral success at any election for one or more identifiable political parties, candidates or groups of candidates; or
(b) to otherwise enhance the standing of any such political parties, candidates or groups of candidates with the electorate in connection with any election, and such material shall be election advertising even though it can reasonably be regarded as intended to achieve any other purpose as well and even though it does not expressly mention the name of any political party or candidate…”

So has an election been called? Or did somebody finally kicked the bucket, precipitating an inconvenient by-election?

In a Facebook post, Victor Lye, PAP branch chairman for Bedok Reservoir-Punggol ward, proudly admitted that he was one of the PAP activists who busied themselves distributing anti-Workers Party flyers in Aljunied GRC, stuffing uninvited printed material indiscriminately into unsuspecting households.

PAP Paya Lebar branch chairman K Muralidaran Pillai has told reporters the aim is to target all 55,000 HDB units under the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC). Maybe he thinks that since the flyers do not carry the PAP logo, or say who printed them, he can be absolved of accountability or, when the shit hits the fan, he can simply claim he was misquoted.

Meanwhile the super efficient Singapore Police Force (SPF) has classified a case of anonymous anti-PAP flyers being distributed in Sengkang under the Sedition Act, by which an offender could be fined up to $5,000 and/or given a jail term of up to 3 years. David Attenborough has also just completed narrating the first Wild Life in Singapore episode for ChannelNewsAsia at 9 pm tonight. Looks like the wild life in the city just got wilder.

39 comments:

  1. My SPF in my mind is hardly Efficient. They do get on the wrong ball at times and this is one such occasion . Guess they need a citizen to complain before investigating this other flyer distribution case . They might just called it a case of public nuisance.

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    1. Can the resident file it under Harrassment law?

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  2. Read the useful article in the TOC by Ariffin Sha where he recounts, inter alia, that Chee Soon Juan's sister was charged and convicted of distributing flyers under the Miscellaneous Offences law. Why is the police silent on this episode? And why does the WP not file a police report? Makes me wonder on the thinking behind the WP'S policies which appear timid and self-defeating.

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    1. http://www.mrbrown.com/blog/2008/12/town-council-investments-saga-minister-tells-tc-manager-not-to-reveal-any-more-info.html

      Since in those days we don't really have social media, what the people of Punggol and Bukit Timah Holland should be asking their PAP MPs what had happened to those money lost in those preceding years? They ought to really screwtinised them as well, is never too late when it comes to your own paid money.

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  3. One country two systems.

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    1. It is actually one system two countries - one country for the rich with Swiss standard of living and another country for the poor with Swiss cost, but third-world salaries.

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  4. I respect the Law. I think a country without good law will not survive. Police is the custodian of the application of law. They are the one to enforce. If distribution of flyers without permit is unlawful, why is Police keeping silence? Why PAP dare to tell the world that its people are the one doing it? Are they above law?

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    1. So what can you do about it?
      It's not as if you dare to vote Opposition right?

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    2. Who cares if the country do not survive so long as PAP prospers?

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  5. 蛤蟆夜哭3/16/2015 12:05 PM

    Victor Lye has 500+ comments blasting him last night.
    This morning, it became 100+ positive comments praising him.
    Like his flyer distribution exercise, he seems to like to stay up and carry out his activities at night while everyone goes to sleep.

    Luckily, everyone finds that it can be turned into paper basket for putting chicken bones instead.

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  6. As a resident in Aljunied constituency, I woke up on Saturday morning to find 2 pieces of flyers wedged into the gates of my house; one urging us to query WP about AHPETC's financial matters, the other about the great works done by the pap and its grassroots leaders, prominently featuring victor lye in the dozens of pictures, to serve the residents.

    Cowardly, irksome and man, enough of it already!!

    Cowardly, because the night before I'd gone home around 10.30pm and there was nothing at the gates. So, those flyers were planted in the steal of the night, to accuse WP of wrongdoing, to urge us residents to scrutinise its accounts. Hey, victor, for something as serious as financial misdemeanours, don't sneakily use us residents as a foil for your political plans. Do it yourself!!

    Irksome, because despite the hot air and chest beating complete with advice of hara kiri from victor's ministerial colleagues in parliament, no police report, no criminal charges were laid against WP. This is coming from a party with vast financial and manpower resources, commanding even state machinery and assets, and you are asking us - ordinary folks who have to take care of our own hides as a result of your party's heinous policies - to query WP? Please, lah, get a life, go and toot your booty at some spastic sg50 grassroot function.

    And just so, the pap ibs still ain't got the message to carry back to their masters - yeah, we residents are sick and tired of you pap and the local media trying to tell us what to do and what to ask of WP ad nauseum. This is not the jurassic age of newspapers and tv only; we have access to far more sources of information than your pathetic sycophantic packaging of news. Instead, your actions have only served to deepen the distaste and despise we have for you.

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    1. Well said. I truely believed this has backfired. Such low down action is not befitting of a righteous party, provided it is still righteous as before. Have anyone notice they dare not wear full white anymore?

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    2. Bro, you should then make a police report complaining of harassment, and see what the SPF will do.

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    3. Aiyah, remembered the Traffic Warden who keep telling those angry motorists that he cannot summon because when he called back to HQ for advice, he was told no action since MPs are meeting their supporters in the nearby CC.

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  7. Strange and wild isn't it. There is such a thing called Letterbox at the ground floor of HDBs. So kiasu and have the poor delivery guys send to every gate instead?

    Methinks people should make sure they celebrate the consistent SG50 with 50 seats in the Parliament for PAP too.

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    1. I say 50 seats for the Opposition to celebrate SG50.

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    2. //I say 50 seats for the Opposition to celebrate SG50.//

      Get real...the opposition is not ready to govern, tio bo?

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    3. "Get real...the opposition is not ready to govern, tio bo? "

      Get even more real.
      Is PAP ready to govern?
      Is PM Lee ready to be PM?
      Is SMRT operationally ready to be a train system?

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    4. Anonymous (3/16/2015 7:00 PM),

      Since you're so fucking free to pepper sites like this with "tio bo?", perhaps, you could teach the Opposition govern, tio bo, you low-life asshole?

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  8. Victor Lye must have a pea brain to come up with this scheme to smear the WP. The PAP must be really scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with this goondu. The average Singaporean is fair-minded, and will only incur his ire with such low down tactics to discredit an opponent. You have turned a lot of people off. Anyway, continue to do this, because you are only giving yourself more rope to hang yourself and your party, not only in Aljunied GRC, but throughout the country. They say there is no honour among thieves. Maybe this also applies to the PAP. Having lost the argument in Parliament, it is unbefitting for a party that forms the government to resort to such underhanded sneaky and possibly illegal tactics to win votes.

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    1. OMG, the PAP has taken to the streets. Maybe this joker is just following orders "...to fight to get our message across at every corner - every street corner, every cyberspace corner, be it in the mass media or social media." (Chan Chun Sing)

      If this guy is really that smart and indispensable to the party, he would not have been selected and accepted to stand in Aljunied as the sacrificial lamb. Bodoh.

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    2. Victor LYE.
      The name says it all.

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    3. This guy has a pee ay pee brain

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    4. Lye-r, liar, cork on fire!

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    5. The same guys who thinks that voters are teenagers and must be treated as such.

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  9. "...to fight to get our message across at every corner - every street corner, every cyberspace corner, be it in the mass media or social media." (Chan Chun Sing)

    Who is this Ah Sing fighting?
    Is he fighting Singaporeans to get his PAP message across?
    Is he asking PAP to fight like a Sum Seng gangster?

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  10. “It’s the law”

    In a statist society, the laws are a collection of opinions written down by sociopaths who have managed to either win popularity contests or murder their competitors and enforced at gunpoint by thugs in costumes.

    The implication of the phrase “it’s the law” is that this state of affairs is both necessary and proper, rather than inherently illogical and immoral.

    Also implied is that the law is somehow sacrosanct and immutable, which is clearly false because the aforementioned sociopaths both frequently alter the laws and routinely disregard the laws they make for everyone else.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-14/25-statist-propaganda-phrases-and-how-rebut-them

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  11. You nailed them right on the coffin. Even before election, they can go about breaking so many laws with immunity.

    Remember that past PM who once promised us Swiss standard of living but never even, for one fact, proposed having a minimum wage for our low income earners ? Can we charge him with false promise ?

    Then this particular PM once declared he wanted our our society to be inclusive. But was he inclusive when all he had in mind was thinking how to fix the opposition & be paid the highest salary in the world for a political leader ?

    Now we can see how Spore has been governed by these politicians more concerned with their own self serving interests than that of the citizens.

    Remember one particular one can even threatened voters prior to an election and can get away with it without even being charged for any offence against election rules. If someone else was to do it, sure they would have been charged.

    How low can our politicians go ?

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  12. This Lye is a goon doing the dirty job that the MIW did not want to soil Ong Ye Kung with, so moved him away to Sembawang GRC.

    PAP is not really trying to win back Aljunied. It is trying hard not to lose more GRCs to WP.

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