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Aljunied resident slams Workers Party for wasting public resources again to repaint flats only after 2.5 years

Posted by temasektimes on April 9, 2012

The Workers Party appears to be clueless about running a GRC as its inexperience shows up once again by repainting flats in the constituency which just received a new coat of paint by the old Town Council two and a half years ago.

According to a flyer distributed to the residents by WP MP Pritam Singh, Blocks 101 to 121, 601 to 613, 613A, 613B, 614 to 618 and 625 to 629 Bedok Reservoir Road will be repainted in the next few months. Mr Pritam Singh added that residents have informed him that their flats have not been repainted for a ‘long time.’

One Aljunied resident Nurul Ayrianna Huda who lives in the one of the blocks revealed on Facebook that her flat was painted only 2.5 years ago:

“Isn’t it strange that the previous Town Council painted my Block 2.5 years ago and now the new one wants to again?? Isn’t there some kind of schedule for painting? What a waste of residents’ money!”

Mr Pritam Singh who received much flak lately for plagiarizing the works of a netizen and using it in his parliamentary speech without giving due credit, does not seem to be aware of the fact that Blocks 625 to 629 Bedok Reservoir Road had been repainted once in August 2009 while Blocks 619 to 623 which have not been repainted for a while were completely left out of his repainting plans.

HDB flats usually received a new coat of paint every five to seven years.

Just one month ago, one irate Aljunied resident Mr How emailed us to complain about the Workers Party wasting public resources in changing all the carpark sign and direction boards into the yellow and red color of the WP ‘hammer’ logo.

“I don’t understand why there is a need to change everything when they are still in working condition. How much does it cost us? And was there an open tender called?” Mr How fumed.

Another Aljunied resident Chan Choo Jun who lives in Blk 644 Bedok Reservoir Road felt WP has got all its priorities wrong:

“WP is an expert in putting up ‘wayang’ to show it is doing something, but end up wasting public resources repeating things which have been done. They should first solve the bloody RAT infestation in Bedok Reservoir instead of wasting money repainting flats just painted two years ago! If they do not know how to run a GRC, they jolly well go and ask the PAP for help! Really had enough of their nonsense! A lousy bunch of jokers!”

As expected, there are no immediate comments from the Workers Party or Aljunied-Hougang Town Council as they continue to ignore the concerns of Aljunied residents as if nothing has happened.

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Goh Meng Seng attacks WP MPs for having ‘integrity problems’ in ‘plagiarizing’ the work of others

Posted by temasektimes on March 9, 2012

Former CEC member of the Workers Party Goh Meng Seng has lashed out at WP MPs Chen Show Mao and Pritam Singh for having ‘integrity problems’ in ‘plagiarizing’ the work of others without giving due recognition.

Mr Chen was accused of copying the work of a former civil servant Donald Low and passing it as his own on his Facebook while Mr Pritam Singh was ridiculed for using an article found on the internet 4 years ago in his parliamentary speech on 1 March 2012 as discovered by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean who remarked:

“I was doing some background research on the subject and I was struck by how remarkably similar Mr Pritam Singh’s speech is to a 23 September 2008 article on the Internet called “Time for an Ombudsman in Singapore”. Almost word for word.”

In a posting on the notorious Sammyboy Forum owned by a porn master, Mr Goh wrote:

“Plagiarizing articles and works of others without proper credits involve integrity problem. It seems that not only Chen Show Mao does not show good practice, Pritam has taken a further step to copy wholesale of another blogger’s work and put it up as his own speech in Parliament without giving proper credits.”

Mr Goh also took a swipe at Mr Pritam Singh for his lame explanation that it is not against the law to use other people’s work in Parliament after being queried by the media:

“Well, Pritam has to remember that having extra-marital affairs isn’t exactly illegal but Yaw Shin Leong lost his seat! It is a matter of integrity here.”

He further accused Mr Pritam Singh of being ‘lazy’ by copying the work of others:

“If you read his (Pritam Singh) speech, he made minimum amendments to the blog article he copied from. This is a very LAZY way. Many people share political ideas but to copy WHOLESALE of another person’s article really reflect BADLY on him.”

Besides Mr Goh, many netizens have criticized the two WP MPs for their ‘copycat’ antics, leading some to ridiculed them as ‘First World copying machines’.

Mr Goh contested in the 2006 General Election under the banner of WP. He was reportedly forced to resign after being embroiled in an online spat with a forumer on the Sammyboy forum where he is its ‘resident’ commentator.

 

 

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Political analysts slammed WP MPs for ‘copying’ the work of others without giving due credit

Posted by temasektimes on March 8, 2012

Two prominent political analysts have slammed WP MPs Chen Show Mao and Pritam Singh of ‘copying’ the work of others in their Facebook note and parliamentary speech respectively without giving due credit to the original source.

Mr Chen was accused of copying the work of a former civil servant Donald Low and passing it as his own on his Facebook while Mr Pritam Singh was ridiculed for using an article found on the internet 4 years ago in his parliamentary speech on 1 March 2012 as discovered by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean who remarked:

“I was doing some background research on the subject and I was struck by how remarkably similar Mr Pritam Singh’s speech is to a 23 September 2008 article on the Internet called “Time for an Ombudsman in Singapore”. Almost word for word.”

In an interview with a Chinese evening tabloid yesterday, Associate Professor Lai Ya Qiao from NTU said:

“It is inappropriate of a MP (Pritam Singh) to use materials found on the internet four years ago to make a speech in Parliament today. Even if the content is still relevant after four years, it is just not right to use the ideas of another person without giving due credit.”

Another political analyst Professor Lim Boon Yee added:

“If a politician wants to build up credibility in the eyes of the public, he should use his own ideas and views. Even when using the ideas of others, he must quote the source. Last month, the Transport Minister of Australia was rapped by the public for using a quote from a Hollywood movie at an important press interview without giving acknowledgment to it.”

Meanwhile Mr Chen Show Mao and Mr Pritam Singh continue to maintain a strange silence as if nothing has happened, using the typical modus operandi of WP that they do not have to account to anybody so long they wear the ‘opposition’ tag on their shoulders.

 

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Another WP MP Pritam Singh accused of ‘copying’ the works of others in his parliamentary speech

Posted by temasektimes on March 7, 2012

Another Workers Party MP Pritam Singh has been accused by netizens for ‘copying’ the works of others after fellow party colleague Chen Show Mao was slammed for reproducing an article written by a ex-civil servant on his Facebook page without giving due credit.

In his recent speech in parliament dated 1 March 2012, Mr Pritam Singh highlighted the importance of having an Ombudsman in Singapore. The speech sounded coherent and rational except that the content seemed to be copied directly from an article published in a blog “groundnotes” on 23 September 2008 entitled “Time for an Ombudsman in Singapore.”

Mr Pritam Singh’s speech prompted Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean to remark in Parliament:

“I was doing some background research on the subject and I was struck by how remarkably similar Mr Pritam Singh’s speech is to a 23 September 2008 article on the Internet called “Time for an Ombudsman in Singapore”. Almost word for word.”

The uncanny similarities between the original article by ‘groundnotes’ and Mr Pritam Singh’s speech are highlighted by a netizen below:

[Source: Facebook]

The netizen added:

“Though I am writing this piece with some amusement, it is indeed disappointing and somewhat saddening to know that Singaporeans have opted for an opposition party, thinking that they can provide the check and balances on the government but in many occassions we are beginning to realise that it is the opposition party which need the same check and balance. We want out MPs to represent our voices, our problems, needs and aspirations in parliament but that does not mean that you completely lift off passages and ideas from someone else who has already done it or said it.”

As usual, there were no comments from Mr Pritam Singh on the controversy. Surely it doesn’t take much effort from Mr Singh or Mr Chen Show Mao to acknowledge the good work done by others in their parliamentary speeches and Facebook notes which is basic courtesy and decency to do so?

 

 

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