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The standard modus operandi of the PAP

Posted by singaporege2011 on May 2, 2011

1. Self-promotion: they are always RIGHT.

2. IGNORE their opponents, never engage them.

3. SMEAR them through the state media.

4. CONFUSE the masses by spreading LIES again through the state media

5. When all else fails, use the ISA like in 1987


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No difference in transacted prices of flats sold in Hougang and Aljunied

Posted by singaporege2011 on May 1, 2011

The HDB Resale Most Recent Transacted Price obtained from the HDB Website are as follows:-

Opposition Wards Area Lease Transacted Price Date of Trans
Blk 302 H/G Ave5 103SM 1983 420K Mar 2011
Blk 336 H/G Ave7 91SM 1985 360K Mar 2011
BLK 115 Potong P 96SM 1984 358K Apr 2011
Blk 140 Potong P 104SM 1984 460K Apr 2011

PAP Wards
Blk 917 H/G Ave9 100SM 1998 408K Apr 2011
Blk 924 H/G9 100SM 1998 417K Apr 2011
Blk 249 Kim Keat Av 104SM 1988 422K Mar 2011
Blk 259 Kim Keat Av 103SM 1989 454K Feb 2011

From the above data, it shows there is no much disparity on property price between the Opposition and the PAP wards. Property prices will go up and down with the economy in Singapore and no relationship on which ward you are in as proven above.

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PAP’s track record from 2006 to 2010

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 23, 2011

1. GDP per capita: US$43, 117 per head (IMF, 2010)

2. Median monthly income: S$2,500 (MOM, 2010)

3. Wage index: 35.0 v Hong Kong’s 43.9 (UBS study, 2010)

4. Domestic purchasing power: 38.8 v Zurich’s 110 (UBS study, 2010)

5. Gini coefficient: 0.452 (Singstat, 2010)

6. 2nd most expensive city in Asia (UBS study, 2010)

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Penang’s stunning growth and development under the Malaysian opposition

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 22, 2011

PAP Minister without portfolio Lim Swee Say recently warned Singaporeans against taking a ‘gamble’ by voting for the opposition in the coming general election, a perennial scare-mongering tactic employed by the PAP regime to frighten voters during every election.

PAP strongman Lee Kuan Yew is a ‘master’ at making such empty threats. He once painted a doomsday scenario should the opposition come into power one day – the property market will crash, foreign investors will fled, our reserves will be depleted and our women will become maids in other countries.

Will Singapore collapse if the opposition come into power one day?

Let us look at the example of Penang, a state in Peninsula Malaysia.

Penang was governed by the Gerakan Party for more than forty years, a component party of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

In 2008, the Malaysian opposition won the state of Penang for the first time by winning 29 out of 40 seats contested. Lim Guan Eng, the Secretary-General of the Democratic Action Party became the Chief Minister of Penang.

Lim Guan Eng has never served in the government before and has absolute no experience to speak of. He was detained once under the Internal Security Act in 1989 and was jailed for 15 months under the Sedition Act for distributing fliers calling for the sacking of then Malacca’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Thamby Chik for alleging having sex with a minor.

Did Penang collapse under the leadership of Lim Guan Eng and the opposition?

According to facts and statistics listed on the Penang state government website:

1) Penang tops in investment in Malaysia attracting almost RM 12.2 billion investments or 26% of the overall investments in Malaysia. A historical   success for Penang.

2) Penang was praised by the National Auditor General for being the state with the best financial management from 2008-2009

3) Penang tops in reducing the crime index for 2010 by 27%. It is the highest among all states in Malaysia.

4) Penang is the pioneer and leading state in green initiatives moving towards becoming the first green state in Malaysia.

5) Penang is the only state in Malaysia to be praised by Transparency International for the state government’s open tender and CAT governance based on competency, accountability and transparency.

6) Penang contributes two -thirds of the medical tourism in Malaysia.

7) Penang is the 1st state to give out RM100 annually to senior citizens above the age of 60yrs old. The state government commits to wipe outhardcore poverty and ensures that every family`s income is at least RM 500 a month.

8) Penang has the highest increase of Air-Travelers (30%) in comparison of other Malaysian airports in 2010.

9) Penang has zero unemployment rates and is currently having shortage of workers.

10) Penang state Government guarantees the freedom and upholds the human rights of the people through the freedom of information (FIO) Act and erected the Speaker`s Square at esplanade. The 1st in Malaysia which gives the people the freedom to voice their opinion.

11) Penang is the most committed and active in protecting, preserving and promoting heritage conservation such as the UNESCO world heritage city of George Town.

12) Penang is ranked as the most livable city in Malaysia.

Some may argue that the comparison is not appropriate as Singapore is a country and Penang is only a state, but Penang’s stunning transformation under the Malaysian opposition is even more remarkable because the federal government in Kuala Lumpur, like the PAP, has been indulging in pork-barrel politics by depriving the Penang state government of crucial developmental funds.

If the Malaysian opposition can do it, why not Singapore’s when our opposition candidates are so much more highly qualified?

Singaporeans should not be deceived again by the empty threats made by PAP leaders on the eve of the election. The PAP began as an opposition party too in the 1950s with no experience in governing.

Political leaders are only there to make major policy decisions whose execution lies with the civil service which will remain in place no matter which party or parties form the government.

South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand have changed governments several times, but did their economies collapse? Even Belgium which is without a government for the last two years is still growing at an annual rate of 2 percent.

The government of Singapore can be formed by any political party which win the election. The PAP will definitely collapse and implode if it loses the election, but Singapore will continue to grow under a different ruling party or coalition.

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PRC workers have to live in Hong Kong for 7 years before they can apply for residency

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 21, 2011

In a recent interview with National Geographic magazine, PAP strongman Lee Kuan Yew quipped it is a good thing that Singapore is welcoming so many Chinese immigrants as they are more ‘hard-driving’ and ‘hard-striving’ than Singaporeans.

The number of Chinese immigrants from mainland China has exploded in recent years with many of them being given Singapore PRs and citizenships.

For example, the state media reported one Zhang Yuanyuan from Beijing who became a Singapore PR within 2 months of application. Armed with a diploma from an unknown institution in China, Zhang had come to Singapore to work as a language teacher.

There were also stories of PRC hawkers, cleaners, construction workers, masseurs and even prostitutes being given Singapore PR and citizenships, which is unheard of elsewhere in the world.

Like Singapore, Hong Kong is a global economy which is heavily dependent on foreign trade and investments and yet Hong Kong has an extremely strict immigration and labor policy though it is just next to China.

In Hong Kong, foreigners can only be employed in certain sectors where there is a dearth of local workers such as the construction and cleaning industries. Even then, employers will have to show that they have tried to hire a Hong Konger to fill a position and are unable to do so after a period of time. Foreigners are not allowed to take up PMET jobs which are reserved solely for Hong Kongers.

For the small number of mainland Chinese working in Hong Kong, they have little chance of obtaining permanent residency there even if they may have children with Hong Kongers and have resided there in a number of years. A protest broke out in Hong Kong a few years ago by Chinese women who were sent back to China together with their Hong Kong-born kids because their applications for residency status were rejected by the Hong Kong SAR government.

Mainland Chinese are only allowed to apply for Hong Kong residency if they have lived in Hong Kong for a minimum of seven years unlike in Singapore, where they are given Singapore PR in less than a year after which they are allowed to purchase resale HDB flats.

Though there are no official statistics available, the number of PRC workers in Hong Kong appear to be less than that in Singapore. Unlike in Singapore, one can hardly find PRC bus drivers, engineers, clerks, hawkers, nurses and doctors in Hong Kong.

If Hong Kong were to adopt the same open-door policy to economic refugees from China like Singapore, mass protests will break out in Hong Kong the every next day demanding the resignation of its Chief Executive.

The difference between Hong Kong and Singapore is: The Hong Kong government is afraid of the people who have more political and civil rights than Singaporeans. And Hong Kong is only a self-governing Special Administrative Region of communist China.

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The fallacies of PAP’s ‘asset enhancement’ policies

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 21, 2011

PAP Housing Minister Mah Bow Tan has been coming out in force in recent days, lampooning the Workers’ Party for its proposal to lower the prices of HDB flats by lowering land sales.

The original aim of HDB was to provide affordable housing for Singaporeans till the 1990s after Mr Mah took over the Ministry of Housing Development, ‘asset enhancement’ became a cornerstone of Singapore’s housing policies.

Instead of selling new flats at affordable prices to Singaporeans, they are pegged to that of the resale market and prices were allowed to appreciate.

As public housing is a necessity and HDB is the biggest housing developer in Singapore, the PAP government is able to inflate prices artificially via the following means:

1. Limit supply of land and new flats: Only some 3,100 flats were built between the years 2006 and 2008, during which the floodgates were opened to immigrants.

2. Increase demand: Demand for HDB flats is popped up by the relentless influx of foreigners and the ease of which they are given Singapore PRs thereby enabling them to purchase flats from the resale market.

Due to a combination of lack of supply and growing demand from population growth, the prices of HDB flats nearly doubled between the years 2006 and 2010 while the median income of the average Singapore worker remains stagnant.

It is fallacy that Singaporeans stand to benefit from the appreciation in value of their HDB flats for the following reasons:

1. Rising prices of HDB flats does not automatically translate into capital gains for home owners. If they sell their homes now, they will have to fork out more money to buy a more expensive property in today’s market thereby effectively wiping out their capital gains.

2. It is impossible that prices will continue to increase forever. At some point in time, prices will drop and even crash which will leave home owners in dire straits as the banks refinance their mortgage loans.

3. Singaporeans are depleting their CPF to pay for a roof over their heads. Most will have little savings left for retirement and to fall back on in the event of emergencies such as retrenchment or hospitalizations for serious illness.

The PAP’s ‘asset enhancement’ policies only benefit the following groups of people:

1. Rich Singaporeans and PRs who own more than one flat. Only they will be able to reap a hefty profit from the sale of their HDB flats.

2. PRs who sold off their resale flats and left Singapore for good. If they bought the flats in the 1990s and early 2000s and sell them now, they will be able to retire comfortably back in their homelands.

3. PAP government: As Mr Mah admitted himself, the proceeds from the land sales for building HDB flats go to the reserves which are then used for investment purposes by Temasek Holdings and GIC.

4. HDB: Higher prices of HDB flats translate into higher stamp duties which owners have to pay whether they purchase their flats from HDB itself or the open market.

5. Banks: Higher flat prices translate into higher bank loans and interest earn.

6. PAP ministers: One little known fact is that a buoyant property market generates positive GDP growth. As the multi-million dollar salaries of PAP ministers are pegged to GDP growth, the higher the growth rates, the more money they bring home.

The current growth in property prices is untenable in the long run and prices will drop, sooner rather than later. When the crash finally comes, it will be a painful landing for Singaporeans who bought the PAP’s pipe dream of ‘asset enhancement’.

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Counter: Singapore has ‘low’ unemployment rate of 2.1 percent

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 21, 2011

The rosy figures from the Manpower Ministry are misleading for the following reasons:

1. Singapore’s unemployment rate lumps ‘citizens’ and ‘PRs’ together under the same category of ‘residents’. The figure in itself is meaningless as most PRs must stay employed to remain in Singapore. The real unemployment for Singapore citizens is likely to be much higher.

2. The figure does not include those on part-time contract jobs who may be ‘jobless’ for a lengthy period of time. These workers are classified as ’employed’ though they should be put under the separate category of ‘underemployed’ instead. MOM still has not revealed the underemployment rate of Singapore citizens.

3. The figure also exclude workers who have given up looking for jobs altogether which will lead to a higher unemployment rate.

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Counter: PAP brought Singapore from Third world to First

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 20, 2011

 1. Singapore was never a underdeveloped, mosquito-ridden swamp when the PAP took over in 1965:

In 1968, Singapore’s per capita income was US$751, second only to Japan’s, which was US$1405. Indonesia’s per capita income for 1969 was US$80, Thailand’s US$65, South Korea’s $191, Taiwan’s US$304, Malaysia’s $326 and Hong Kong’s US$680. South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan experienced greater growth in per capita income than Singapore during the same period of time.

2. It is Singaporeans who is responsible for Singapore’s success, not PAP leaders:

In 1961, Singapore had one of Asia’s most educated and literate populations, capable and hardworking. Dr Albert Winsemius, an industrial economist sent to Singapore by the UN praised Singapore’s workforce in his 1961 report to the Singapore government as ‘industrious, quick learners and a great asset for industrialization.’ Without the hard work of all Singaporeans, will Singapore have developed so quickly?

3. Voters have already ‘rewarded’ the PAP in past elections.

Past achievements do not guarantee future success. Furthermore, Singaporeans have already ‘rewarded’ the PAP with overwhelmng in past elections. The PAP swept all the seats from 1966 to 1980. The latest election should be a referendum of the PAP’s performance from 2006 to now and NOT from 1959 when the credit should go to the first generation pioneers and not the present batch of PAP leaders.

Source: The Singapore Miracle: Myth and Reality page 11

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