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Nicole Seah demands for accountability from bus companies following recent traffic accidents involving buses

Posted by temasektimes on April 10, 2012

Popular young politician Nicole Seah has demanded for accountability from bus companies SBS Transit and SMRT following two horrific road traffic accidents involving their drivers.

Last Saturday, a 66 year old woman was run over and killed on the spot by a SBS Transit bus driven by a PRC driver. Yesterday, a primary school boy was knocked down by a SMRT bus and fractured his ankle.

In her latest posting on Facebook, Nicole wrote the increasing number of such reports is worrying which has led to greater insecurity and loss of confidence in both commuters and pedestrians alike.

She added that there needs to be greater accountability and raised the following questions to the relevant authorities:

1. Are the bus companies able to furnish statistics demonstrating the number of fatalities arising from public transport-related incidents over the past decade? Has there been a trend of an increasing amount of fatalities or casualities that the citizens of Singapore should be concerned about? If the bus companies have already detected such a trend, what are the measures put in place to resolve this problem?

2. What are the hiring practices for bus captains? How rigorous and stringent is their probation period before they are allowed onto the roads? For new citizens or foreign employees, what are the practices involved in ensuring that they are familiarised with the road conduct in Singapore and its traffic rules?

The recent spate of accidents also lead to rising concerns over the driving skills of foreign bus drivers under the employment of both bus companies.

Both the government and the public transport companies have declined to furnish more information to the public on their hiring policies as well as the number of traffic accidents caused by foreign drivers.

However, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said in Parliament on Monday that all foreign drivers are ‘adequately’ trained before they are allowed to drive on Singapore roads:

“The more important thing actually is to make sure (that), regardless of nationality, every driver is adequately trained, appropriately qualified, and especially if they come from abroad, then they are given the kind of orientation that will help them familiarise themselves with the peculiarities of the system in Singapore.”

He added that “bus driver salaries for this sector should remain market-driven, and private bus operators should make their own commercial decisions on how to ensure that their businesses remain viable in the face of a tightening labour market.”

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Nicole Seah losing support among Christians due to public outcry over husband’s article attacking them

Posted by temasektimes on April 7, 2012

Star politician Nicole Seah’s popularity appears to have taken a hit among Christians following her boyfriend (or husband?) Belmont Lay’s rant against them in a controversial article published by Yahoo News which left many hurt and fuming.

In the article titled “Why call the police over everything?”, Belmont Lay appeared to chide the Christian community for lodging police reports against the organizers of the ‘Escape chapel Party’, sneering at them for ‘making a mountain out of a molehill’ by calling the police when no ‘crime’ has been committed:

“First and foremost, I can never understand why people feel like they have to resort to calling the police, especially when no crime has been committed. If religious people are unhappy with secular event organisers, they should sort it out among themselves privately like adults.”

He ended his tirade against Christians by calling on them to leave the police out of such ‘private matters’ next time:

“As a religious person, let’s just assume you’re guaranteed the right to feel offended, although I’m pretty sure not everyone will agree with this….Next time, try to leave the authorities out of things….Especially the police, who should be better off spending their time and precious resources solving real crimes. Let a private matter between citizens be just that — a private matter.”

Belmont Lay’s insensitivity and arrogance towards the Christian community drew flak from even non-Christians, many of whom say they will now withdraw their support for Nicole if she remains together with him.

Some responses on Facebook

“For 131 years, the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus at Victoria Street was not only a home to the nuns, but a school and orphanage for girls. Even without briniging in religion, to allow the party to go ahead would have been an insult to these nuns, their good beliefs and good works. This guy just cost Nicole my support unless she proves that she is not like him. Respect others and their beliefs.” – Karen Heng

“The man behind the wife Nicole Seah is going to be him, I will spoil my vote! What a senseless, tactless guy!” – David Teo

“Nicole Seah will pay a price for her bf’s uncalled for remarks! I was so gungho in supporting her. Now if she stands in my Bedok area, I will NOT vote for her!” – Rodney Tan

There are no immediate replies from either Belmont Lay or Nicole Seah on the controversy. According to some unverified rumors circulating in cyberspace, they registered their marriage ‘quietly’ last year.

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Nicole Seah’s boyfriend (or husband?) Belmont Lay slams Christians for making police reports against FHM and ‘Escape Chapel Party’ organizers

Posted by temasektimes on April 6, 2012

Nicole Seah’s boyfriend (or husband?) and prominent Yahoo blogger Belmont Lay (left pic) has launched a blistering attack on the Christian community in Singapore for lodging seemingly ‘frivolous’ police reports against FHM Singapore and the organizers of the ‘Escape Chapel Party’ coincidentally on Good Friday.

A month ago, the National National Council of Churches Singapore (NCSS) came out publicly to slam two articles published in the March edition of FHM Singapore which allegedly made fun of Christianity and this week, the Catholic Community was up in arms over an ‘Escape Chapel Party’ which was supposed to be held at CHIJMES tomorrow for using ‘offensive’ publicity materials using girls dressed in short nuns habits.

Belmont sneered at the Christians for ‘making a mountain out of a molehill’ by calling the police when no ‘crime’ has been committed:

“First and foremost, I can never understand why people feel like they have to resort to calling the police, especially when no crime has been committed. If religious people are unhappy with secular event organisers, they should sort it out among themselves privately like adults.”

Belmont also insinuated that Christians have wasted public resources by lodging police reports over the matter:

“The rationale has always been that the police is notified of a problem and they show up to keep the peace and intervene to maintain law and order by arresting culprits and perpetrators of crime. But that is conditional on the fact that there actually exists a crime, or a potential threat of one, that is worth reporting. Any other attempt to get the police involved otherwise, is a waste of taxpayers’ money and an unnecessary strain on resources.”

[Source: Yahoo News]

He ended his tirade by calling on the ‘religious persons’ to leave the police out of such ‘private matters’ next time:

“As a religious person, let’s just assume you’re guaranteed the right to feel offended, although I’m pretty sure not everyone will agree with this….Next time, try to leave the authorities out of things….Especially the police, who should be better off spending their time and precious resources solving real crimes. Let a private matter between citizens be just that — a private matter.”

However, some Yahoo readers questioned if Belmont is being too presumptuous to assume that no laws were broken:

“Obviously you didn’t read the Sedition Act carefully. Oh, wait. Did you know that it even exist, Mr New Nation editor? The only silliness you’ve pointed out is your own ignorance.” – Jay

“I’m sorry, but with all due respect, did you say that ‘no crime has been committed’? Perhaps you are not aware that the Sedition Act has been enforced in Singapore on a few occasions in the last 5 years, even in cases related to online postings.” – Michael

In an earlier statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs has stated explicitly that “there’s no excuse for breaking the law, or for insulting or denigrating any racial group or religion in Singapore”, stressing that it does not condone any behaviour that denigrates any religion in Singapore.

There are no immediate replies from either Belmont Lay or Nicole Seah on the controversy. According to some unverified rumors circulating in cyberspace, they registered their marriage ‘quietly’ last year.

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Party insider: “Good chance” NSP will contest in Hougang by-election

Posted by temasektimes on April 1, 2012

There is a good chance that the National Solidarity Party (NSP) will contest in the Hougang by-election, said a party insider who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity.

Former NSP Secretary-General Goh Meng Seng dropped a bombshell two days ago when he wrote on his personal blog that NSP is likely to send Nicole Seah to contest in the Hougang by-election:

“If the NSP really contest in Hougang, it is likely to send Nicole Seah whose popularity is likely to cause a lot of damage to Workers Party’s Png Eng Huat.”

NSP is the only opposition party which has not ruled out contesting in the Hougang by-election yet. He admits that there are ‘some discussion’ within the party to give WP a fight in Hougang to let it have a ‘taste’ of its own ‘bitter medicine’ after WP muscled into Moulmein-Kallang GRC with its ‘B’ team last year which forced NSP to switch its ‘A’ team to Choa Chu Kang instead.

“There’s no reason why NSP should not contest Hougang. WP already has five MPs in Parliament. It’s time to allow another party to take its place to add diversity to the voices.”

In a press statement released today, NSP refused to rule out contesting in Hougang and strongly insinuated that it is planning to do so:

“NSP has made no announcement that we would contest in the Hougang by-election, nor that we would not. Openness and transparency are applicable to public policies and administration, but not to election strategies. Transparency in war is suicidal. Political situations are always fluid and pre-mature announcements carry unnecessary risks.”

Since Nicole has already ruled out contesting in Hougang, it remains to seen who NSP will field in the by-election to take ‘revenge’ on the Workers Party for its ‘cocky’ attitude.

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Hazel Poa: NSP has not decided whether to contest in Hougang by-election

Posted by temasektimes on March 19, 2012

The National Solidarity Party (NSP) has not decided if it would contest in the Hougang by-election, said its Secretary-General Hazel Poa in response to queries from the media.

NSP is the only political party which has not explicitly stated that it would not contest in Hougang yet which would throw a spanner into the plans of the Workers Party retain its stronghold of Hougang.

The seat of Hougang was left vacant after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked from the Workers Party a month ago over his failure to address swirling rumors about his alleged extra-marital affairs with multiple married women, including a neighbor from China.

In an article written in Chinese posted on his blog yesterday, Mr Goh wrote that NSP is ‘likely’ to contest in Hougang to test its ‘strength’ and the price to pay for will be not ‘too high’ even if its candidate loses the election deposit like what happened to Singapore Democratic Alliance Desmond Lim when he contested in Punggol East in the last General Election against the PAP and WP.

(“国民团结党可能会以这次补选做为往后选战的前哨战,以试探彼此的实力。尤其是在这单选区的补选就算失去按金,代价也不会太大。”)

Mr Goh then revealed NSP’s plans to send Nicole Seah to contest in Hougang:

“If the NSP really contest in Hougang, it is likely to send Nicole Seah whose popularity is likely to cause a lot of damage to Workers Party’s Png Eng Huat.”

There are speculations that the Workers Party may field its veteran politician Png Eng Huat in Hougang as he has been appointed to chair the Hougang Constituency Committee recently.

(如果国民团结党真的打算到后港打三角战的话,它很有可能会派佘雪玲上阵。高知名度的佘雪玲将对工人党的方荣发造成最大的冲击。)

Meanwhile, Nicole Seah has told the media that she would not contest in Hougang even if NSP asked her to do so.

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Nicole Seah: I have no intention of contesting in the Hougang by-election

Posted by temasektimes on March 19, 2012

Beleaguered self-proclaimed ‘leader’ of the opposition Goh Meng Seng ‘self-pawned’ himself after popular young politician Nicole Seah came out to debunk swirling rumors that she would be fielded as a candidate for the National Solidarity Party (NSP) in the Hougang by-election widely expected to be called soon.

In an article written in Chinese posted on his blog last Saturday, Mr Goh wrote that NSP is ‘likely’ to contest in Hougang to test its ‘strength’ and the price to pay for will be not ‘too high’ even if its candidate loses the election deposit like what happened to Singapore Democratic Alliance Desmond Lim when he contested in Punggol East in the last General Election against the PAP and WP.

(“国民团结党可能会以这次补选做为往后选战的前哨战,以试探彼此的实力。尤其是在这单选区的补选就算失去按金,代价也不会太大。”)

Mr Goh then revealed NSP’s plans to send Nicole Seah to contest in Hougang:

“If the NSP really contest in Hougang, it is likely to send Nicole Seah whose popularity is likely to cause a lot of damage to Workers Party’s Png Eng Huat.”

There are speculations that the Workers Party may field its veteran politician Png Eng Huat in Hougang as he has been appointed to chair the Hougang Constituency Committee recently.

(如果国民团结党真的打算到后港打三角战的话,它很有可能会派佘雪玲上阵。高知名度的佘雪玲将对工人党的方荣发造成最大的冲击。)

Mr Goh’s post sparked a media frenzy with the Chinese tabloids giving extensive coverage on the issue over the weekend prompting Nicole to issue a short statement on her Facebook page:

[Source: Nicole Seah's Facebook]

In the statement, Nicole Seah wrote she has no intention of contesting in the Hougang by-election if it happens as anyone else doing so is not taking into consideration the work of WP MP Low Thia Kiang.

“I will continue to focus efforts on NSP’s groundwork in the wards we contested in and the MacPherson community project which has been going strong,” she added.

Her clarification brought a huge sign of relief to opposition supporters, many of whom lauded her for not contesting in Hougang. Meanwhile, the political stock of Goh Meng Seng, the resident commentator of Sammyboy Forum (not the porn site) continues to plummet as netizens lampoon him for being a ‘PAP stooge’ out to destroy the Workers Party.

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Goh Meng Seng: NSP likely to field Nicole Seah in Hougang by-election

Posted by temasektimes on March 17, 2012

Though he does not have any official position in the National Solidarity Party (NSP), Goh Meng Seng still talks and behaves as if he is its Secretary-General.

After ranting at the Workers Party continuously for the past four weeks, Mr Goh now dropped a bombshell: Nicole Seah is likely to be fielded in the Hougang by-election if NSP decides to contest in it.

The Hougang seat was left vacant after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked from the Workers Party a month ago over his failure to address swirling rumors of his alleged extra-marital affairs with multiple married women, including a neighbor from China.

All the opposition parties have indicated that they would not vie with the Workers Party to contest in the Hougang by-election with the exception of NSP.

In an article written in Chinese posted on his blog yesterday, Mr Goh wrote that NSP is ‘likely’ to contest in Hougang to test its ‘strength’ and the price to pay for will be not ‘too high’ even if its candidate loses the election deposit like what happened to Singapore Democratic Alliance Desmond Lim when he contested in Punggol East in the last General Election against the PAP and WP.

(“国民团结党可能会以这次补选做为往后选战的前哨战,以试探彼此的实力。尤其是在这单选区的补选就算失去按金,代价也不会太大。”)

Mr Goh then revealed NSP’s plans to send Nicole Seah to contest in Hougang:

“If the NSP really contest in Hougang, it is likely to send Nicole Seah whose popularity is likely to cause a lot of damage to Workers Party’s Png Eng Huat.”

There are speculations that the Workers Party may field its veteran politician Png Eng Huat in Hougang as he has been appointed to chair the Hougang Constituency Committee recently.

(如果国民团结党真的打算到后港打三角战的话,它很有可能会派佘雪玲上阵。高知名度的佘雪玲将对工人党的方荣发造成最大的冲击。)

He added:

“If the Workers Party really loses Hougang as a result of Nicole Seah’s challenge, that is because karma is ripening.”

(如果工人党真的是因为佘雪玲的挑战而失去后港的话,那将是因果报应的终极体现了。)

[Source: Goh Meng Seng's blog]

Mr Goh was still feeling sore over a conflict with WP in last year’s General Election where it was forced to pull out of Moulmein-Kallang GRC after WP decided to send a team to contest there in the last minute.

While it’s anybody guess if Nicole Seah is able to spoil the party for WP in Hougang, karma is ripening for Mr Goh right now as whatever little support he still has among netizens is eroded away with each passing day as he continues his personal vendetta against the Workers Party on the Sammyboy forum (not the sex one).

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