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All I want for Christmas…. and the New Year :)

“All i want for christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, my two front teeth…”

What do i want for Christmas? 🙂

What i want for christmas is actually not my two front teeth. Unlike the way the song goes, I actually have my two front teeth perfectly formed and intact and I am perfectly able to say “merry christmas” to anyone… including the PAP. 🙂

However, I won’t know if some of them decide that they cannot take my picketing any longer and decide to send someone out to knock out my two front teeth or maybe run me down on the road. Then perhaps, when that happens, you will catch me singing the christmas song or playing the harp 🙂

To cut matters short, all i want for Christmas is actually closely linked to the 24 hour cooling off period which was touted by Lee Hsien Loong only recently.

And No. I am not asking for some 24 hour or 48 hour cooling period or what. What i want for Christmas is not actually for myself, it is actually for the PAP. If you wish to understand, please read on.

The announcement of the proposed 24 hour cooling off period by Lee Hsien Loong confirms a long series of PAP actions which prove beyond doubt the balllessness of their leadership … as well as their candidates … as well as their party members.

PM Lee Hsien Loong in asking for 24 hours of cooling off has finally topped off each PAP party member with a headgear confirming political impotence – the unmistaken identity of political eunuchs.

Why do i say so? Read on 🙂

Way back in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, the PAP used the Internal Security Act to carry out detentions without trial on political threats and opponents.

Since the 70’s, we have also seen the dismantling of the free press and institutions of democracy which include independent trade unions and enabling the bulk of everything that has the ability to mobilise the masses on issues and interests to come under centralised governmental control which basically translates into ruling party control.

Thus today, we have PAP ministers brazenly involved in trade unions in key positions and yet all other union members are disallowed involvement in opposition political parties. If they have any balls, will they be so unfair? 🙂

In the 70’s, the PAP pissed in its pants when university students got a little bit more vocal. Tan Wah Piow is convicted of a crime which he tells me that he did not commit. Tan Wah Piow then leaves the country for UK. I met Tan Wah Piow in UK in late 2008, I saw no conspiracist but merely an amiable and harmless old man who misses Singapore. He was persecuted for this student activism in university and was compelled to flee Singapore and take up solicitors’ work in London. Now he remains away from Singapore with greying hair and and longing to return to Singapore. The little respect I had for the PAP and its leadership sank further into the depths.

From the 1970s right up till 2000s, the PAP used defamation lawsuits on so many people whom i know: Seow Khee Leng, Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Tang Liang Hong (i have not met yet), Chee Soon Juan, Chee Siok Chin, the rest of SDP’s CEC.

In the 80’s, they also resorted to shameless namecalling used on Jufrie Mahmood communal politics, Tang Liang Hong Chinese Chauvinist, Francis Seow womaniser etc etc.

The 80’s also witnessed the PAP couch taboo words like partisan politics and dissuade people from being partisan. Why then bother to be called the PAP if you are not partisan? Why then villify others when you yourself belong to a political party – and a shameless and ballless one at that?

Yet such leeway was never evenly accorded when non-partisan people like Catherine Lim speak up and criticise gently. The PAP in its usual low grade style of politics by the then PM Goh Chok Tong challenged Catherine Lim to join opposition politics or shut up on criticising the PAP.

Now, it remains to be seen whether PM Goh chose to do so on his own accord or he was compelled to do so. This we can only know when there is another exercise of openness to come from the MIW in time to come.

In 2001, to plumb greater depths of shame, the PAP bastardised the English Language by making the leap to call Dr Chee Soon Juan’s verbal interrogation of Goh Chok Tong as “confrontational”.

Now now, we must understand that wayback in 1967, the word “Confrontation” [Konfrontasi] was used to describe the episode of hostile paratrooping of Indonesian Commandos into Malaysia and Singapore to cause mayhem by the way of armed insurgency, sabotage bombings and hostage taking. The 1st & 2nd Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment had to engage in actual combat with the Indonesian Commandos in the Jungles of Malaya alongside with British, Australian, Malaysian troops and Gurkhas in that episode called “The Confrontation”.

Less than three cycles of the Lunar Almanac and 34 years later, the PAP ball shrinkage was such that by 2001,  a few questions of “where is the money?” becomes “confrontational” and unacceptable. This entire exercise demonstrates how Pitiful And Pathetic the PAP can go.

I am sure our slain warriors from the Singapore Infantry Regiment will curse the PAP from their graves when they realise that the PAP as a ruling party has gone from equating verbal questioning to lethal bullets and shells.

In 2000 – 2001, James Gomez founded Think Centre with some other activists and the PAP promptly Gazetted the organisation as a political organisation.

In one of my lesser confrontational moments in 2007 :), I also I attempted to form The Active Citizen [a society founded on principles echoing the speech of Lee Hsien Loong on forming a more active citizenry taking ownership of our country] instead of a political party.

However, to delay approval of the society, the Registry of Societies delayed their replies, relevant officers went on leave etc. When finally cornered into giving us an answer, the Registry began to put up unwarranted restrictions on the constitution of the society – many which are unheard of. There were placed pre-conditions of registry approval before a proposed amendment of our constitution can be put forth for consideration by our members.

What do you make out of such actions?

Would the following example make things clearer?

In 2003 or so after the SARS crisis, in response to growing public awareness of the incompetence of the PAP cabinet, the leadership shaking in its pants coins the term “collegial leadership” and in doing so, threw out of the window the concept of minsterial responsibility. In its place was this attitude of “you want to come for one of us, you be prepared to face the rest of us” . 🙂

Now since when have we witnessed such steadfast comradeship in arms by members of the cabinet? Standing shoulder to shoulder to display the stoic picture of unity and cohesiveness. Admirable is it not? 🙂

Admirable it was. 🙂 The only problem was that it reminded me of the dumb wilderbeasts in their attempt to stave off the lionnesses’ attack in the Serengeti [check out National Geographic HD channel for a good set piece display] when faced with wilderbeasts standing shoulder to shoulder, the lions cease their attack, the wilderbeasts think that the lions have given up. Night falls. Same set piece is played out. This time in the dark. The lions win. Lions – 1, Wilderbeasts – 0.

Its no wonder that wilderbeasts are also known as “clowns of the savannah”. 🙂

But are our ministers to be compared to dumb wilderbeasts? 🙂 But it was not i who compared them in this manner. It was the ministers themselves when they agreed to such a term of collegial leadership – they put the cap on their own heads.

A minister is expected to carry out his Ministerial duties and take his ministerial responsibility with the pride and courage expected as a man. It remains to be seen whether any one of them has the balls to do so. Because as it seems we already have overdue minsters in cabinet who ought to have resigned long ago.

Lim Hng Khiang for the SARS fiasco.

Teo Chee Hean, defence minister to take responsibility for SAF Ossifers sleeping on the watch of RSS Courageous / dunking drowning of 2SG Hu EnHuai.

Wong Kan Seng for our Mas Selamat Kastari escapade. The SPF/ISD failed to nab him. The Indonesians nabbed him and passed him over to Singapore. Singapore’s SPF/Gurkha Contingent/ISD jointly failed to keep him in Whitley Detention Centre. Whilst our SPF/GC/ISD strut their stuff like headless chickens on Singapore soil, MSK flees to Johor. The Johorean police nabs MSK and with wisdom, they refrain from returning him to Singapore. Wong Kan Seng did a great job in running our SPF/GC/ISD.

Lim Swee Say should have resigned for …. well… i hate to say it again … for crying like baby on nomination day on GE2006. Crying babies should be confined to PAP Community Foundation Kindergartens. They should not be allowed to run around at the nomination centres on nomination day. 🙂

Rear Admiral Lui Tuck Yew for not being able to take the heat of political criticisms, when even his subordindate Seng Han Thong has taken his baptism of fire in his stride. A Rear-Admiral who cannot face harsh speech and threatens citizens so, can we trust him to face bullets and shells from the enemy? I guess not. 🙂

In early 2009, facing with growing public awareness of a mismanaged country and mismanged national wealth, the PAP pleads with the people that they should not crave for an opposition too badly by pretending to promise that there will be a diversity of voices in parliament. In offering the “diversity” of voices, the PAP refers to 9 NMPs e.g. Viswa Sadisavan types who cower at MM’s enlightening corrections. NCMPs  e.g. Sylvia Lim and Steve Chia types.

It is pitiful that out of 75 men, they can only find 3 more who are willing to face the fire in SMCs. I can almost imagine the internal PAP meetings to decide who faces the single seat fire to degenerate to fistfights and tussles. I can almost imagine the chosen ones dragged kicking, screaming and crying towards being fielded in a SMC. I cannot forget the tears of Seetoh and Eric Low when then lost, they were together with Lim Swee Say’s tears a spectacle to remember 🙂

With PAP candidates behaving like this in public and the Minister in the Prime Minister’s office behaving like this in public in the Nomination Centre on Nomination Day, God knows what kind of bawling happens behind closed doors. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

How did Singapore end up with a ruling party that expects our citizens to take up arms to face enemies in combat for a god-forsaken foreigner-ridden island but yet be so ballless about facing fellow citizens in an election?

I looked high and low but i found not one single man from the 75 persons before me. Perhaps the appointment of Lim Hwee Hua to Minister status is a timely one because  the itself act is both an admission of women into cabinet as well as an admission that there are women in cabinet. 🙂 🙂

Looking back into history, I am sure that if Qin Shi Huang were to foresee the state of affairs, he would have instituted Red and Beige as regal colours and dressed his eunuchs in white. 🙂

When i first entered politics in 2004, I did express in the Young PAP forums that the PAP should not like they used to say in the army, behave like a guniang, don’t be a crybaby and be willing to fight one to one and man to man. However, the PAP candidates [Ministers included] are unwilling to do so and so huddle together in GRCs. In so doing, i also aptly named the GRCs as Guniang Representation Constituencies.

If the PAP wishes to dispute that their ministers are not Guniang, they should field all their ministers in single seats – all 31 of them. So that they can face willing opposition candidates and I for sure know that there will be no shortage of opponents for them 🙂

Perhaps in this day and age, instead of asking for cooling off period and what nots, the only right thing for the PAP-controlled Parliament to do is to legislate against crying in both in and around Nomination Centres on Nomination Day and correspondingly on Polling Centres and Counting Centres on Polling day itself.

In doing so, they could also very well take this opportunity to make things clear in the Bill for Amendment. This time round let there be no dispute, no ambiguity and no need to trouble the Attorney General to come up with some creative interpretation on the applicability of the exclusion zone of a radius of 200m outside the Nomination Centre to exclude the part which lies within the Nomination Centre itself. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Thus on this 24th of December 2009, what do i wish for christmas?

This post was originally titled as “24 hour cooling off – the epitome of Balllessness”.

Due to the fact that this post was only released on today which is Christmas Eve. I renamed this article as “All i want for christmas”. 🙂

And finally… my Christmas wish is?  🙂

I wish that Santa would give the PAP a pair of balls. The kind that gets hung up on Christmas trees. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


December 28, 2009 Posted by | Politics | 1 Comment