Thursday, September 10, 2015

Not About To Lose Face

The gutter politician is at his tricks again.

This time he is laying blame on Mark Zuckerberg. Vivian Balakrishnan is saying that a glitch with the well honed Facebook technology used by 1.18 billion people on the planet every month caused his election advertising first published on Sept 4 to be “auto-posting recurrently”. Although some spokesperson - notably not Balakrishnan himself - said the minister has explained to the Elections Department (ELD) about the potential breach of the "Cooling-off Day" law, it was Balakrishnan who claimed the "We have contacted Facebook headquarters to conduct an investigation into the source of this bug."

There are some problems with the way the minister or his to-be-designated scapegoat is dealing with the transgression. First, they deleted the offending Facebook post, which makes it slightly more difficult for Facebook to examine the metadata. Secondly, the ELD is specific about election advertisements that were put up on the Internet which must be left unchanged once the campaign silence period kicks in at the stroke of midnight. Note also the use of technology to automatically deliver digital ads online and on social media platforms - such as "auto-posting recurrently" - should not be conducted on both Cooling-off Day and Polling Day.

But the minister will not be losing sleep over the matter of whether electoral rules have been broken. If the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has to get permission from the prime minister before initiating an investigation, would the ELD dare take action without consulting same?

42 comments:

  1. Auto posting recurring is now a facebook fault? How come only happens to him and no one else? Sure is not on his settings?

    His entire camping is a major glitch. Including this auto recurring haze.

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  2. Need a new postman

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  3. It's a once in 50 years glitching. Let's move on.

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  4. Can add another glitch fault to the long list of train fault, signal fault, track fault .

    This is the guy that will run our smart nation?

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    1. Well he uncovered the bug leh.nthats 1 out of 1.45b facebook users in the world, so smart right? Must extradite mark suckerberg to singapore for caning sial

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  5. If he happens to lose tonight, you can be sure that he will contact the election headquarters to conduct an investigation into the source of this bug. LOL.

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  6. Next he will be announcing that the 3-hour PSI reading of 140 at 6.00am on Friday was a glitch.

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  7. https://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/why-we-need-a-larger-opposition-presence-in-parliament-part-2/

    I hope the electorate will vote bravely for a 1/3 sizable opposition presence in the parliament so that we can begin to work towards building a viable shadow government. It is now more than ever that we need to put in place the foundational building blocks of our nation in the next lap. If not now, then when?

    Good luck everybody. May the deserving candidates with hearts to serve will win.

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  8. Puzzle: One country two "systems". Hint: Not HK.
    Your answer: ....

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  9. Liar, liar pants of fire.

    If it were indeed a glitch, many around the world would have been affected.

    Holland-Bukit Timah residents, please do not vote for this snide, manipulative scumbag.

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  10. //Despite multiple attempts by the page administrators to stop this, the problem recurred at 1.52am on Sep 10, 2015//
    If they had tried to stop the repeats and failed, why didn't they just shut down the page or set it private? There's quite a long period between 4 Sep and 10 Sep for them to be twiddling their thumbs. You call this honesty and integrity?

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  11. Like Lim Swee Say he needs to retire so they can look at their CPF statements and be merry together. Plenty of private and GLC jobs waiting for them, like George Yeo.

    The nation needs fresh ideas to debate issues and work the policies better for its people. Not just one sided strong arm tactic, top down for the elites telling people what's good for them.

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    1. If V and LSS are elected, then we can have two Transport Ministers - V and Lim Siah Sway.

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    2. If V and LSS are elected, then we can have two Transport Ministers - V and Lim Siah Sway.

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    3. Why always double posting? Google's fault?

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  12. “The core issue is therefore honesty and integrity,” said Mr Lee.

    And Charles Chong asserting that "Punggol East TC had $1 million surplus before handover...", and now saying "WP deliberately misquoted me", which is also wrong, because it was quoted from Lianhe Zhao Pao. If this is "honesty and integrity", then "Singapore is finished".

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  13. Their type of honesty and integrity is always the white washed version. The white uniform is the best symbol for hypocritical politicians because any amount of stains are quickly washed away with plenty of pappy soap powder so you will see none on the outside. It happened once too often and one must be a fool to continue believing them.

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  14. Watch this video and you decide if you want this man in Parliament
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXcJL7f0Mw8

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  15. If the Opposition cannot get more than 14 seats, then I can conclude that the rich know they are rich, but the poor don't know they are poor and are being used, so everybody is happy with the status quo..

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    1. Based on the sampling results, it seems the case.

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    2. The blessing in disguise is that the alternatives are not thrusted into the eyes of the looming storms in the immediate future ( in view of the 20th September Greek snap election ) and mid term ( China, Europe, neighbouring regions ).

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    3. Looks like voters concerns are the immediate challenges looming in the horizon than the long term.

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    4. However, the longer horizon consequences of such a result might become evident in 2020 and 2025.

      The alternatives have put in every ounce of their energies and the best they could given the resources and circumstances. The alternatives should not lose heart at this point in time.

      This swing may be beyond them and not any lack of efforts on their part. There are some bright spots for the alternatives on a closer look.

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    5. Several historic events were in play namely SG50, LKY factor and even the PGP. Too big a tide to overcome despite the best of efforts.

      Such headwinds faced by the alternatives probably are once-off.

      The consolation for them is that no one among the alternatives need to fred who needs to front the transport ministry.

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    6. With this type of result, the Opposition will be gone into the wilderness, and the prospect of a true Democracy in the near future will be dust. Sad day for Singapore, seduced by meat thrown at them. But kudos to our brave fighters in the Opposition who all the time have faced tremendous odds.

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    7. Assuming alternatives win based on the sampling results, that is 5 + 1.

      This implies LLL, DT and GG will have chance to take up the NCMP quota and more experience under their belts to hone their debating and research skills.

      The resurgent AUNG JUAN SOON CHEE and the unearthing of another GEM in LT are bright spots going forward. The final results may be "over flattering" for the competitors of the alternatives and "not necessarily reflective of long term trajectory".

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    8. The results so far point to some common denominators.

      Consolidation is probably what is needed for the alternatives to stand good chance and make any inroads.

      The alternatives fragmented nature may not bode well for healthy political maturity. This is something that needs to change and improve if there is any hope for progress in ths aspect.

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    9. If we can draw an analogy to farming, 2015 could be a very good time of sowing than harvest.

      Good candidates had stepped forward.

      If the "farmers" patiently and persistently nurture their "plantations" in the coming years, there will come a time of an abundant harvest.

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  16. Does anyone think the results might have been rigged?

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  17. What to make of the GE 2015 results?

    1) No contested seat whether SMC or GRC went beyond 80:20

    2) From the several seats garnering 20+% percent for the alternatives, it might be noted that the core alternatives supporters have watered down to about 20 - 25% at this juncture.

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    1. 3) Looking across the national average, there are 6 GRCs which the alternatives have garnered "encouraging" support of above 30%.

      4) Across the nation, about three-quarter of a million voted for the alternatives despite all the goodies. Given the coming economics down cycle globally and widening income and wealth disparity, the group at the lower end might widen in the coming years.

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    2. 5) Given the economics and social undercurrents, 2015 GE results would be a tough call for anyone to defend in 2020 and beyond. In financial market, they call it a lower high which is a general downward trending over a longer horizon. As compared to the previous 2 cycles of about 79% in 1980 and 75% in 2001, this cycle is below 70%.

      6) Statistically, the lows of the previous 2 cycles were in 1991 which is about 62% and in 2011 at about 60%.

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    3. 7) Between 1984 to 1997, the winning percentage were in the low 60 to mid 60% with the lowest in 1991. Between 2006 and 2011, it was between 60 to 66%. In fact, the cycle seems to have shortened by about one-third. Would the next cycle show a similar long term downward trend given that the low and mid hanging fruits are already long harvested?

      8) WP and SDP though slipped marginally against the 2011 results but if compared to the last cycle of 2001 have improved by a substantial margin. In financial term, the 2015 results look like a HIGHER low for the alternatives generally, on a longer term trend. In a nutshell, it seems to indicate a brighter prospect for the alternatives in the impending coming cycle after the current peak or trough depending viewed through whose lenses.

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    4. 9) As LLL indicated she may not take up the NCMP seat, it opens up for another promising candidate to take it up. Technically if WP collectively takes up two and bypass one NCMP seat, it opens up an opportunity for someone from another alternative party to lend a further alternative voice to parliament and broaden the debate which alternative voters may be looking for and gain overall goodwill if such is achieved.

      10) Both GRCs contested by SDP secured a creditable 30+% support in viewed of the latest big swing away from them in this cycle. The top scoring SDP team came in 4th overall in the 16 GRCs contested by the alternatives. This is a marked improvement and indicative of a change in perception. But the road ahead is tough and the alternatives, despite the analysis from a long term perspective, may need to reflect on what they want to do next and pick up the pieces. Having said that, life is unpredictable and fate should not be overlooked in one's destiny. In the end, win or lose, the alternatives must take heart that they have contributed immensely to the ultimate policies rolled out and their sacrifices and contributions could be rewarded or recognised in some ways. Some may already have but some hopefully in time to come. A poem quoted by Dr Chee during one of the rallies could be a good reflection at this point of time. A GOOD dose of quiet times over the next few weeks and months could help the alternatives reflect on their next moves. There is LIKELY no necessity for any impulsive premature public announcement at this point of time.

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  18. Given the logistics, manpower and goodwill support the alternatives had garnered, they can easily regroup and capitalize on their strengths and work on their weaknesses going forward.

    One lesson learnt from this GE could be quality and not quantity.

    Say what may but the electorate seems to go more for those alternatives with perceived good qualities and more likely to do a good job if elected. Having said that, the alternatives attempt should be applauded for their gallant efforts and huge sacrifices. Despite the ( unexpected and shocking) result, there are some bright spots in the alternative camps and they should leverage on them in the journey ahead.

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    1. One noticeable trend during the recent campaign as far as the alternatives are concerned is the way speeches are delivered.

      Speaking from the heart and minimal reading from the speech draft seems to resonate better with the electorate and yield improved results. One bright example is the SDP. On the other hand, for the men and women in light blue, it seems all the speeches especially those by the newer candidates ( not withstanding even very bright ones ) were ( tightly ) drafted and given to them than they speaking from their hearts.

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    2. Such deliveries probably reduce the resonance with some voters in the midst.

      Secondly, it makes assessment of the newer alternative candidates much more difficult. In a nutshell, it appears to be submerged in substantial packaging and voters cannot tell how good or how bad the new candidates are. By default, some swing voters might just do it the safe way at the ballot box. Ironically when alternatives parties play it safe, some swing voters also play it safe leading to the eventual outcome.

      Another noticeable area is that besides the significant improvement and new "features" put up by the SDP in their campaign, the other alternatives did not seem to have anything significant or creative "moves" to capture the electorate's imagination. Playing it safe and more of the same may not be enough when the competitors up their game significantly this time round. Having said that, the newer candidates have performed well and they may just need more experience and better guidance but not seen to be overly controlled or regimented.

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    3. The alternatives will always face great odds taking on their competitors.

      The alternatives competitors have utilized their advantages almost to the max.

      In the end, it is a battle the alternatives would find it hard to emerge victorious. SG50, LKY factor, PGP and several elements of surprise such as the ubiquitous posters all likely played significant part on the eventual outcome. One positive takeaway for the alternatives is that several factors that could have tipped the scale like SG50 etc are essentially once-off. On hindsight, the results could have been far worst if not for the concerted efforts and immense sacrifices logged in by the alternatives. The Chinese have a saying: " 虽败犹荣 " 。 The alternatives have lost but with honours.

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    4. After about two weeks of intense contest, it's back to work and it should be team Sg once more taking the young nation forward for another 4 to 5 years.

      One more lesson to highlight is that the eventual results always seem to hinge on how much the alternatives competitors have shot themselves in the foot than how good the alternatives are.

      An ideal scenario in future contest for the alternatives may be to leverage on their strengths as.much as on the shortcomings/ lapses / weaknesses of their competitors. It may take both factors to really stand good chance for favourable outcome.

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  19. How much more of the countries reserves (from our taxes) are going to be thrown at the people for the next 5 yrs to maintain better vote counts?

    I really hope it doesn't dip into our CPF savings.

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