News and views from an unique perspective

Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Goh Chok Tong: Speakers’ rhetoric at White Paper protest too ‘political’

Posted by temasektimes on February 18, 2013

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has criticized the speakers at the White Paper protest held on Saturday evening as indulging in mere rhetoric and being too ‘political’.

The protest was organized by ordinary Singaporeans one week after the government released and endorsed a White Paper to increase Singapore’s population to 6.9 million people by 2030 via immigration, sparking an unprecedented public outcry.



In a reply to a query from a netizen on his Facebook page, ESM Goh said he did not think out of the speakers’ rhetoric:

“Too political, too one-sided, appealing to emotions only and not shedding light on important issues,” he wrote.

A former Prime Minister of Singapore from 1991 to 2002, ESM Goh promised Singaporeans a ‘Swiss standard of living’, but it appears that they are now burdened with a Swiss cost of living minus its quality of life instead.


Posted in News | 9 Comments »

Tan Jee Say: PAP giving foreigners citizenship to vote for it

Posted by temasektimes on February 17, 2013

popprotest08The Singapore government is giving citizenship liberally to foreigners to boost its flagging support base, said former presidential candidate Tan Jee Say.

A population White Paper endorsed by the government last week aimed to increase Singapore’s population to 6.9 million people in 2030 with 25,000 foreigners projected to be granted Singapore citizenship yearly.

“The only reason to give them citizenship is political, not economical. Immigrants tend to vote for the government of the day,” said Mr Tan at a protest held at Speakers’ Corner yesterday evening.

Mr Tan also rubbished the White Paper’s claims that Singapore’s economy will slow down in the absence of immigration, saying that the government has run out of ideas to grow the economy.

It was reported that during the 2011 General Election in the United Kingdom, 80 percent of immigrants voted for the incumbent Labor Party which eventually lost the election.

The ruling coalition in Malaysia is reportedly giving Malaysian citizenship to immigrants ahead of the General Election due to be held this year.


Posted in News | 19 Comments »

WP MPs absent from Singaporean event to protest against White Paper at Hong Lim Park

Posted by temasektimes on February 17, 2013

popprotest07The Workers’ Party may have the largest opposition presence in parliament, but when it comes to supporting Singaporean causes, their leaders are often strangely absent.

A rare protest was held at Hong Lim Park on Saturday evening by ordinary Singaporeans to voice their unhappiness against the population White Paper released by the government last week.

Among the speakers are leaders from the Singapore Democratic Party, National Solidarity Party and Reform Party, but no WP MPs were present at the event.

It is understood that WP has barred its MPs and members from attending the protest out of fear of antagonizing the PAP.

Though the WP claims to ‘oppose’ the White Paper in parliament, it still proposes increasing Singapore’s population to 6 million people in 2030, only 900,000 short of the PAP’s target.

WP Chief Low Thia Kiang recently chided Singaporeans for not giving the PAP enough time to work on the many problems besieging the nation, praising the PAP as a ‘competent’ government, much to the disgust of many Singaporeans.

The Workers Party has publicly pledged to work ‘constructively’ and ‘closely’ with the unpopular PAP, including forming a coalition government with it (Pritam Singh, May 2011) if it fails to win an outright majority in the next General Election. Its MPs have often endorsed the PAP publicly, leading some to label it as the PAP’s ‘B’ team.

Posted in News | 14 Comments »

PM Lee to Singapore couples: Have confidence in your children’s future

Posted by temasektimes on February 17, 2013

pm6millionDespite a massive outcry over the government’s White Paper released last week leading to a landmark protest at Hong Lim Park yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appeared to be unaware of the simmering discontent on the ground, urging Singaporean couples instead to have confidence in Singapore’s future.

Speaking at the Lunar New Year dinner at his Teck Ghee ward on Saturday evening, PM Lee said it is important for couples to have confidence in Singapore’s future and ultimately want Singapore to be the best place to settle down and raise children:

“Here, your children will get good education, will have good opportunities, that here we can build a home together. A home where we feel Singaporean, a home where we can have opportunities, a home where we can help look after one another, and make tomorrow better than today.” 

However, judging from the rare public display of dissent at Hong Lim Park yesterday, many young Singaporeans are fearful of Singapore’s future, a future in which they will be relegated to being second class citizens in their own country if the government goes ahead with its plan to increase Singapore’s population to 6.9 million people by 2013:

Due to the government’s ultra-liberal immigration policies, foreigners now make up 40 percent of Singapore’s population. Of the remaining 60 percent who are ‘citizens’, an increasing number are born overseas.

Posted in News | 3 Comments »

Over 5000 Singaporeans turned up at Hong Lim Park to protest against population White Paper

Posted by temasektimes on February 16, 2013

Despite a rainy afternoon, more than 5,000 Singaporeans turned up at Hong Lim Park to protest against the population White Paper released by the government last week which sparked a massive public outcry.



The White Paper proposes increasing Singapore’s population to 6.9 million people by the year 2030 which will relegate native Singaporeans to a minority in their own country.

The protest was called by social activist Gilbert Goh who contested in the General Election in 2011 under the banner of the National Solidarity Party.

Though the event was given extensive coverage by the foreign media such as Reuters, Bloomberg and BBC, the mainstream media has been strangely silent on it.

The speakers who spoke today are mostly ordinary Singaporeans who took turns to lamblast the government’s immigration and labor policies which has led to a widening income gap, sky-rocketing property prices, rampant inflation and stagnant wages in recent years.

Singapore has been under the iron-fisted control of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) since attaining self-rule from the British in 1957. The PAP holds 80 out of 87 seats in parliament, with the remaining seats being held by its subsidiary party, the Workers Party whose Secretary-General Low Thia Kiang recently publicly praised and endorsed the PAP as a ‘competent’ government.


Posted in News | 6 Comments »

Kenneth Jeyaretnam lamblasts WP for not doing anything for Punggol East residents

Posted by temasektimes on January 16, 2013

kennethjReform Party Chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam has launched a tirade against the Workers Party for not doing anything for Punggol East residents.

The elder son of the late opposition leader Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Kenneth is contesting in the Punggol East by-election against three other candidates including WP’s Lee Li Lian who contested in the single seat ward in the 2011 General Election where she garnered 41% of the votes.

Speaking to the media at the nomination center, Kenneth accused Lee for not doing anything for the stalled renovation works at Rivervale Plaza:

“I’m here to highlight the fact that previously work stopped in February, March, and nothing happened until I raised the issue. Why did it take so long? Where were they in the last 18 months? And why didn’t (Workers’ Party candidate) Lee Li Lian not raise the issue?

He added that his party has done more for Punggol East than the WP MPs in parliament who are often conspicuous by their collective silence:

“The Reform Party has accomplished more for Punggol East than the nine Opposition MPs in Parliament, because we visited Rivervale in September, publisicised it, and got a reaction from the Government.”

Responding to public criticisms that she has been ‘missing in action’ in Punggol East for the past one year, Lee gave a nonchalant reply that she still visited Punggol East “on occasion” despite being “preoccupied” with her duties as legislative assistant to one of the WP MPs.

Kenneth also revealed shocking details of WP Chief Low Thia Kiang’s blatant refusal to meet up with him to discuss a strategy for Punggol East:

“How can there be Opposition unity when one party won’t sit down and talk? The idea that you can ‘chope’ (reserve) a constituency is ridiculous and unfair to the people of Singapore. How will you ever get new parties, new ideas?”

Though it has shamelessly appealed to opposition voters during elections promising to check on the PAP, the Workers Party MPs seldom show any signs of challenging the PAP in parliament.

In the aftermath of the 2011 General Election, WP newbie MP Pritam Singh publicly declared that the Workers Party will form a coalition government with the PAP if it fails to get a majority in the next election. Low Thia Kiang did not condemn or refute his statements.

Kenneth Jeyaretnam graduated with a double honors from the prestigious Cambridge University and works as a hedge fund manager while Lee Li Lian is currently working as a ‘sales manager’.



Posted in News | 18 Comments »

WP supporter harasses Kenneth Jeyaretnam with racist messages

Posted by temasektimes on January 10, 2013

As the election campaign for Punggol East heats up, WP supporters have gone on a rampage to harass other opposition parties to intimidate them not to contest in the by-election!

Besides taunting and smearing other opposition supporters online, they have now resorted to attacking potential candidates to deter them from contesting in the election.

Reform Party Chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam got the shock of his life when he received a racist email from a WP supporter in his inbox today:


(The message is not republished here because of its offensive content against an ethnic minority in Singapore)

In the meantime, the Singapore Democratic party has sent notes to WP, inviting it for discussions to avoid a three-corner fight, but has yet to receive a formal reply from them.

The Workers Party has eschewed working with other opposition parties, preferring to align itself with the ruling PAP instead. Its Chairman Sylvia Lim frequently sung praises of the PAP in interviews with the international media, earning her the tag of being the PAP’s unofficial spokeswoman.

Posted in News | 13 Comments »

Arrogant WP supporters call on Singaporeans to boycott other opposition parties in Punggol East by-election

Posted by temasektimes on January 10, 2013

Even before the election campaign for the Punggol East by-election is kicked off, arrogant supporters of the Workers Party are launching a smear campaign against other opposition parties which have indicated their intention to contest in the election.

The by-election was called after its former MP Michael Palmer resigned over an extramarital affair and will be held on 26 January 2013.

The Workers Party contested in Punggol East in the 2011 General Election where its candidate Lee Lilian garnered 41 percent of the votes.

One hardcore WP supporter Bob Ang urges Singaporeans to support only WP to cause other parties to lose their deposits:


Some other snide remarks made by WP supporters on social media:

“SDP should step back n let WP contest.. Dun behave like an opportunist.. If SDP comes in n lost, lost deposit small matter but comes 2016 might lose again wholesale.. So be cooperative n mature..” – Teong Man

“DP has only do 1 walkabout in Punggol East while WP has do the walkabout for the past 1 year. SDP should concentrate their walkabout in their stronghold Bukit Timah and not PE.” – Wong Hong Teng

Given its dismal performance in parliament so far where its MPs are well known for asking frivolous questions on PSLE textbooks, use of construction materials, private carparks, overseas voting and BIRD DROPPINGS, one cannot helping what difference one more pro-PAP WP MP will make.

In the aftermath of the General Election in 2011, WP newbie MP Pritam Singh publicly declared of WP’s intention to form a coalition government with the PAP in the future:

“If the PAP fails to win a majority in the next election, the Workers Party will form a coalition government with it (to keep it in power)”

Posted in News | 10 Comments »

Wee Cho Yaw and Singapore govt set up scholarship for PRC ‘Masters’ students

Posted by temasektimes on December 31, 2012

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is pleased to announce a S$3-million gift from its Pro-Chancellor Dr Wee Cho Yaw, which will go towards the establishment of a new scholarship fund at NTU’s Nanyang Business School for students in the Master of Science (Finance) programme.

Dr Wee’s gift will attract a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Singapore Government, resulting in a $6-million endowed fund that will support four Wee Cho Yaw Scholars each year. Valued at S$60,000 each, the scholarships will cover the tuition fees, as well as living and travel allowances for selected scholars on the full-time, one-year bilingual programme conducted in English and Chinese.

The gift is part of Dr Wee Cho Yaw’s on-going efforts to strengthen ties and collaboration between Singapore and China.

Dr Wee Cho Yaw, Chairman of the Wee Foundation said, “I hope that the scholarships will further deepen the good relations between the financial sectors of the two countries.”

Posted in News | Leave a Comment »

PRC woman distributes flyers in Bedok promoting ‘special massage services’

Posted by temasektimes on December 4, 2012

A PRC woman has been distributing flyers in Bedok promoting her ‘special massage services’ with lewd messages asking ‘handsome guys’ to call or SMS her!

One resident spotted the flyer posted at the entrance of the staircase at Blk 130 Bedok North Street 2 with the photo of a PRC woman wearing revealing clothes asking men to try out her ‘services’.

The flyer claimed that all kinds of ‘special services’ are available upon asking with satisfaction ‘guaranteed’.


Posted in News | Leave a Comment »