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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’.




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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.

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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)”

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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.”

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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’.


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NUS terminates scholarship of sex blogger Alvin Tan, but refuses to expel him

Posted by temasektimes on November 13, 2012

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has terminated the scholarship of controversial law undergraduate-sex blogger Alvin Tan who sparked an outcry in Singapore and Malaysia lately by posting sex videos and photos of him and his girlfriend online, but stop short of expelling him.

Alvin Tan has to pay the full school fees as a foreign student to complete his final year of study. However, he is not required to ‘refund’ NUS for the first three years of his course which is COMPLETELY sponsored by Singapore taxpayers under the ASEAN scholarship.

In contrast, Singaporean scholars who had their scholarships terminated had to pay the full amount back.

NUS’s unprecedented decision to keep the Tan’s punishment ‘confidential’ whipped up a storm in cyberspace with PAP backbenchers Lim Biow Chuan and Intan Azura Mokhtar calling on the university to make public its disciplinary actions taken against him.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat had earlier slammed Tan’s behavior as “reprehensible and unbecoming of a scholar”

When contacted by the state media, an NUS spokesperson said “the University is not at liberty to provide details of the specific disciplinary actions taken” and that “it is also not the practice of NUS to make public the details of internal disciplinary proceedings”.

According to unverified reports, Alvin Tan came from a well to do family in Malaysia. He had studied ten years for FREE in Singapore, thanks to the generosity of the Singapore government.

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Lawrence Wong appeals to Workers Party to join ‘Singapore Conversation’

Posted by temasektimes on October 27, 2012

In an unprecedented move, Senior Minister of State for Education and Information Lawrence Wong made a public appeal to the Workers Party, widely known as the PAP’s ‘B’ team to participate in the government-led ‘Singapore Conversation’.

Workers Party Chairwoman Sylvia Lim had earlier rejected the PAP’s invitation to join in the ‘conversation’, saying these citizen discussions would be “better served” without the presence of its leaders, as they would be linked to the party even if invited in their personal capacity.

Speaking to queries from the state media, Mr Wong said:

“No one has a monopoly of wisdom. Everyone comes in as an individual contributing his view and every view is important. The more we have people participating in this process, the richer are our discussions. I see value in all Singaporeans participating in this process regardless of their political affiliation. This is not a debate in politics, this is a national conversation about the future of Singapore.”

The Workers Party’s refusal to join in the ‘National Conversation’ came as a surprise as its leaders have been trying desperately hard to appease the PAP all along with Sylvia Lim heaping generous praise on the PAP’s management of the economy in an interview with Reuters not too long ago.

Perhaps it is just another ‘wayang’ to play ‘hard to get’. As public opposition against the PAP’s policies continue to rise, the PAP needs its ‘B’ team more and more to masquerade as a ‘credible’ opposition party in order to sideline and marginalize the real opposition parties which can threaten its political hegemony.

In the aftermath of the General Election last year, newly minted WP (or PAP’s ‘B’ team) MP Pritam Singh handed PAP an olive branch:

“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)”

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Man jailed for having sex with underage prostitute after friend ‘passed’ her to him

Posted by temasektimes on October 25, 2012

He did not seek the services of an underage prostitute, but ended up in jail after his friend ‘passed’ her to him.

36 year old Lee Vin Sen has been sentenced to ten weeks jail after pleading guilty to paying the girl S$450 for sex at Marina Bay Sands Hotel on 23 September 2010.

He is the 13th man to be sentenced for having paid sex with an underage girl in a high-profile online vice ring case.

Lee’s friend was the one who contacted the pimp and arranged a session with the girl, but he was unable to pay for her services after losing money at a casino.

He then ‘passed’ the girl to Lee who agreed and proceeded to have sex with the girl, who was 17 years old at that time.

District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt called Lee an “accidental client” and gave him a shorter sentence than the other men who were jailed 12 weeks.

The court also heard that Lee has been “mentally unstable” since he was charged and has been “receiving treatment for the past six months.”

*Illustrated pic

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Ex-NWC Chief now proposes wage increase guidelines for low income workers

Posted by temasektimes on October 25, 2012

When he was the Chief of the National Wages Council, he was pretty much ‘silent’, but now Lim Chong Yah, the architect of Singapore’s wage system in the 70s, is making a lot of ‘noise’ lately about the plight of Singapore’s low income worker.

Presenting his proposal titled ” Shock Therapy II” at the Singapore Economic Policy forum on Thursday, Professor Lim calls for a continued issuance of quantitative wage increase guideline for low income workers who earn S$1,500 or less a month for the next two years.

He also proposed a compulsory minimum wage scheme of S$1,000 a month as a start-off quantum should the wages of the lowest paid workers remain stubbornly very low in two or three years’ time

His original proposal, six months ago, was to raise the monthly salaries of workers who earn S$1,500 or less by 50 per cent over three years and, at the same time freeze wages of those who earn over S$15,000 a month has come under fire by PAP minister and labor chief Lim Swee Say for oversimplifying the issue, which contains serious “hidden risks” for the Singapore economy such as structural unemployment and higher cost of living.

While Professor Lim’s occasional rants may get media attention, it is nothing but hot air unless he contests in the election and manage to win a seat in parliament to get his views aired.

Due to the government’s ultra-liberal immigration and pro-foreigner economic policies, the income gap between the rich and the poor has widened considerably over the years.

In the Kent Ridge forum conducted two years ago in NUS, Singapore’s Supreme Leader Lee Kuan Yew dismissed concerns about the growing income gap, saying it does not matter so long jobs are being created for Singaporeans (never mind the pay).

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Grace Fu to young Singaporeans: ‘Quality growth’ is important for Singapore

Posted by temasektimes on October 24, 2012

It was supposed to be a ‘conversation’ to get young Singaporeans thinking about the kind of Singapore they want to see in 2050, but ended up with Minister in Prime Minister’s Office Grace Fu dominating the session and imposing her world view on them.

Speaking to some  200 students and staff from tertiary institutions at a dialogue organised by the Institute of Policy Studies on Tuesday, Ms Fu reminded young Singaporeans that the country needs good quality growth for all segments of society to have good jobs and wages.

“You can wish for good things, but the economic conditions need to be right to get the better things in life,” she said.

Despite some concerns from the audience about having too much focus on economic growth at the expense of a better quality of life, Ms Fu reiterated that quality growth remains important for Singapore as it helps sustain social spending.

Though Singapore has one of the world’s highest GDP per capita income, it is plagued by a widening income gap between the rich and the poor who has no social safety net to speak of.

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