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How a non-PAP cabinet may look like

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 24, 2011

PAP Education Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen warns Singaporean about the possibility of a freak result in the coming election and says Singaporeans should only vote for the opposition if they believe it can run the country better than the PAP.

Based on the PAP’s miserable track record from 2006 to 2010, Singaporeans have every good reasons to believe that the opposition can do a better job.

The present opposition have more than sufficient talents to form an alternative Singapore government. Here’s our take on how a non-PAP cabinet may look like if the opposition wins the coming election on 7 May.

Prime Minister: Kenneth Jeyaretnam (RP)

The elder son of Singapore’s long-suffering opposition icon Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Kenneth has both the capability and charisma to lead the nation. It’s about time we have a minority as a prime minister.

Deputy Prime Minister: Chiam See Tong (SPP)

Chiam is the longest-serving opposition MP in parliament since 1984. With his vast experience in parliament, he is the best man to assist Kenneth to reform the PAP’s rubber-stamped Third World parliament into a genuine First World one.

Finance Minister: Tan Jee Say (SDP)

A former principal private secretary of SM Goh and an oxford graduate, Mr Tan already drafted up an economic alternative for Singapore on his own. He brings years of experience from both the public and private sectors into the job and is passionate about serving Singapore. It’s time we need a rethink of our current economic policies.

Defence Minister: Tony Tan Lay Thiam (NSP)

A former SAF overseas scholar and major, Tony Tan is the best person for the job.

Health Minister: Dr Ang Yong Guan (SDP):

Mental health has been neglected for years in Singapore. With a psychiatrist heading the ministry, more resources will be available for it.

Home Affairs Minister: Sylvia Lim (WP)

Sylvia is a former inspector with the Singapore police and knows the system well. The alternative parties can finally have cycling trips and picnics in East Coast and anywhere else in Singapore.

Foreign Affairs Minister: Chen Show Mao (WP)

A Rhodes scholar armed with double degrees from Harvard and Oxford, Mr Chen has wide international experience and will not disgrace Singapore by describing it as a city instead of a sovereign state.

Law Minister: Jeanette Chong (NSP)

An experienced lawyer who runs her own practice, Jeanette is a possible candidate for the Law Minister. it’s time for Singaporeans to review some of the ridiculous laws put in place to curtail their political rights.

National Development Minister: Low Thia Kiang (WP)

Instead of wasting time playing music to a bull, Mr Low can now open the books and reveal the exact land and construction costs of HDB flats.

Education Minister: Hazel Poa (RP)

A former PSC scholar and high-ranking senior official from the Education Ministry, Hazel will have what it takes to reform Singapore’s education system.

Manpower Minister: Dr Vincent Wijeysingha (SDP):

A social psychologist by training, Dr Vincent has done intensive research on how the minimum wage system was implemented in the United Kingdom.

Transport Minister: Jimmy Lee (SPP)

Jimmy holds an engineering degree from Cornell University and is a former scholar of the Defence Science and Technology Agency.

Information, Communication and Arts Minister: Benjamin Pwee (SPP)

Benjamin is a former overseas merit scholar who graduated with a double degree in music and literature from Cambridge University.

Community, Youth and Sports Minister: Nicole Seah (NSP)

The number of fans on Nicole’s Facebook increases from 100 to more than 13,000 in less than a week. She will have no problem attracting young Singaporeans to be involved in the community and sports.

The above is only a proposal. Please feel free to offer your own ideal candidates for the ministerial posts on offer! The opposition has more than sufficient talents to form a non-PAP government.

Penang had a freak result during the 2008 Malaysian elections. A team with no prior experience in governance was sworn in to lead the state government, but Penang did not collapse and is now thriving under the Malaysian opposition. Foreign investors did not flee Penang and it attracted the highest amount of foreign investment among Malaysian states last year. Our opposition will be able to do much better.

19 Responses to “How a non-PAP cabinet may look like”

  1. KH said

    A good attempt at having a list of good opposition candidates. As for suitability, I think it it too simplistic to assign them based on their background.

  2. Vote For Change said

    Seems ok with some amendments:

    Tan Jee Say : PM

    Vincent Wijeysingha : DPM

    Chiam See Tong: Senior Minister (new ministry for elderly)

    Low Thia Kiang: Manpower

    Goh Meng Seng : National Development

    Kenneth Jeyaretnam : Finance

  3. Vote For Change said

    And don’t forget

    Environment Minister: Mohs Isa Abdul Aziz

  4. Wee said

    Great Line-Up for our next Cabinet. Certainly better than the deaf frogs in the previous one.

  5. anony said

    I thought Hazel Poa was in Ministry of FINANCE not education.

    I do not think KJ should be PM. He definitely has a personality problem. PM role should be a joint role headed by Tan Jee Say AND Low Thia Kiang.

    Chen Show Mao should be Law Minister.

  6. Albert Lim said

    Good team to bring Spore forward..

  7. dunbelievethis said

    I can’t resist noticing that for a great many of them, their only credentials appear to be degrees from various universities or years of “intensive research”, and even the number of Facebook fans. While this may qualify them to be extremely popular university professors or JC lecturers, I very much doubt a degree alone qualifies one for office.
    Also, while I don’t think the PAP did a perfect job from 2006-2010, I do believe that their performance was far from the “miserable track record” you purport it to be. If you’ve been paying attention to the figures provided by The Economist, you’ll have noticed that in 2010, while most countries were struggling to recover from the recession, Singapore experienced double-digit growth at the second fastest rate in the world. The yields on our 10-year bonds continue to remain at below 2.3%, and our unemployment rate is at 2.2% (as of Q4). In terms of economic growth, Singapore has done exceedingly well under the PAP, and I believe will continue to do so without the alternative economic policies of Mr Tan Jee Say (whose credentials, I note, include a stint as the principal private secretary of SM Goh).
    Furthermore, you seem to assume that just because one area is lacking, the entire Ministry requires change. At the very least, you implied this when you mentioned mental health in Singapore. While I neither agree nor disagree with this rather bleak assessment of Singapore’s mental health services, it is difficult to deny that under the PAP, Singapore has become a regional and even global hub for healthcare, with great access to healthcare and, surprisingly enough from the PAP, subsidies for those who have difficulty affording it.

    I do not claim that the PAP must, or should, retain its skewed majority in Parliament. However, I do believe that for the foreseeable future, it should still form the government, and retain its two-thirds majority. There is the need for more opposition members in our Parliament. To have them form the government itself, however, would in my mind be folly.

  8. philomath said

    In the event of a freak election in which PAP loses more than half of the parliamentary seats (it would certainly remain the party with the largest number of seats), PAP would need to form a coalition government with the Workers’ Party (most probably) whose Chen Show Mao. Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Kiang might serve in the cabinet. The PM will still be LHL.

    Government policies will then be essentially PAP policies, subject to the moderating influence of WP. Such a development is in fact to be welcome.

    There will not yet be any need, or opportunity, for the opposition parties to form a government entirely on their own.

    So do not worry about the threat that Singapore would descend into chaos should PAP lose more than half of the parliamentary seats. It’s PAP’s scare tactic once again.

  9. Hazel no longer RP.

  10. Angry One said

    Let’s not count the chickens before they hatch. You might be shocked by a disappointing result, or worse – LKY calls in the army!

    Even if the PAP is displaced, the various new parties will descend into chaos over these appointments. And who will stop the Lees from eloping with all our reserves?

    So many questions and uncertainties. But i’ll make it clear- i want the PAP out.

  11. Adrian said

    Your choice of PM is questionable.

  12. You’re short of an environment minister too.

  13. james said


    i think we should let the voters decide. to call any election outcome folly is to fundamentally disregard the core principals of democracy and universal suffrage.

  14. Ace said

    I was just back from a trip to Zurich with people from different countries.
    One of the delegates was from Penang, Malaysia and so I ask her how Penanag was doing under the opposition.
    Her response was that the State is now much better and is more efficient.

    I think the point is that under a one party political system, the Government can get complacent to the point that they do not want to listen to the people anymore because they think that they know better than everyone else. How can Singapore develope further unless every fraction of society is represented? We may not be as efficient but the decisions that will be made will be better; ie more effective policies.

  15. sieteocho said

    I have serious reservations about Kenneth Jeyaretnam being prime minister. He appears to have problems running an opposition party, let alone a government. He shouldn’t be a prime minister on the basis of who his father is, any more than LHL being the prime minister based on who his father is.

  16. In Singapore, homosexual acts are against the law said

    If Vincent is a homosexual, then he is not suitable to be a candidate for the elections.

    In Singapore, homosexual acts are against the law.

    Is he straight or gay? Be honest!

  17. sieteocho said

    “to call any election outcome folly is to fundamentally disregard the core principals of democracy and universal suffrage.”

    I think most Americans would agree that George W Bush was a great mistake. Also, one aspect of history that is all too often ignored: Adolf Hitler was made chancellor in a democratic election.

  18. In the current situation, I don’t think the opposition has a candidate worthy to PM Those who are highly regraded such as Chen Show Mao and Kenneth Jeyaretnam are only in their maiden election. CSM, even commented in an interview that he was inexperience in the way elections were run, as this would be his first.

    These have the potentials but, they lack the experience. The opposition really needs to build up its team by ensuring that all candidates have a larger amount of exposure in the ways of being an MP. One such way, which a number of opposition parties are on the fast track of doing, is simply winning a GRC. Getting that one GRC, will be the crucial building block that the opposition needs in achieving its first world parliament.

    This might just side track the issue a bit, but I find that there are too many political parties in Singapore. From my perspective I find that they essentially hold the same values. All opposition parties want a Singapore for SINGAPOREANS, with affordable public housing, a better standard of living and they oppose the influx of foreign workers.
    Afterall, I find that there really are just 3 main parties in Singapore. The PAP (needless to say), the WP and the SDP. From these parties we see former leaders branch out and create their own parties, RP and SPP.


  19. brian said

    I am surprised that ppl, studying music and literature at prestigious universities, are publicly funded … better for society to use scholarship funds more wisely …

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