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Dear PA or is it PAP?

Dear PA … or is PAP?

Recently there is so much talk about the PA advisor, and how he has to be a PAP member. Then this PAP member Advisor is always the PAP MP or the losing candidate. Forgive me for being slow, but why? Why cannot he be an ordinary civil servant without ambitions or position? Then again, you earn millions, while I earn pennies – so you must be right.

Anyway, whether PA or PAP, can I ask some questions?

  1. How come every time there is a big celebration, the greeting banners are so huge, and always show the smiling faces of PAPMPs or the losing PAPcandidate? Like this one on the right? Except for the very egoistic, very few people use their own photos for greeting cards. So how come our banners are like that? Quite unimaginative, no?
  1. I agree, sometimes it is very confusing. I mean we can be in MacPherson, but actually we are in Marine Parade. So it is not a bad idea to tell us where we are. Even so, we don’t need the smiling face of the PA advisor welcoming us there, do we? Like this?

  1. When giving out awards, scholarship cheques and goodies, can we use someone neutral and not the advisor? Many people think these awards come from the pockets of the advisor, or thePAPwhen it actually comes from the taxpayers through the PA.
  1. Then I don’t understand why the PA advisor can have an office in PA owned community centers or buildings when opposition MPs cannot. They say their grounds cannot be used for any political business. Their advisors are there to advice them and their presence is apolitical.

Say for example, Mr Desmond Choo happened to be in the Community Center office because he needed to give some advice. A resident saw him, and asked him, “Mr Desmond, can help me with my problem with HDB?” Is this type of meeting political or not? If it is political, then Mr Choo would have to tell the resident, “Wait ar uncle, we go to kopi shop lim kopi and talk.” isn’t it? If not, then is it apolitical? If it is apolitical, then how come Mr Chiam See Tong cannot conduct this type of meeting in the PA owned properties?

  1. Why when there are big events, PA advisors’ photos are featured in the banners? The latest one in Potong Pasir was a National Bird Singing Competition. Pity I had no camera with me. But that banner had 4 big squares – three squares showed birds, but the last one showed Mr Sitoh’s big photograph – even though he is not a bird. It got taken down in two days. Poor Mr Sitoh was nearly mistaken as a bird taking part in the competition!

Sometimes I wonder the reason for these huge grins in banners. Maybe unbeknownst to us, these banners are sponsored by some toothpaste company. In which case, I suggest you use chiobus, and cool dudes. Oh I forget – it is because of their “million-dollar smiles – pardon me for being obtuse.

Dear PA… or is it PAP? Don’t use taxpayers’ money to promote any candidate or party can?

PS, if anybody has a photo of that banner with Mr Sitoh, can share with me?

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  1. Who is the Government?
    September 7, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Government refers to the
    a)legislators (parliament),
    b)administrators (civil servants), and
    c)arbitrators (judges) in the administrative bureaucracy who control a state at a given time, and to the system of government by which they are organized.

    Government is the means by which state policy is enforced, as well as the mechanism for determining the policy of the state.


    An Opposition Member of Parliament is a legislator (See paragraph (a )above).
    Hence an Opposition Member is part of the Government.

    • SpeakSpokeWriteWrote
      September 7, 2011 at 2:30 am

      That is exactly my sentiment!

  2. Who is the Government?
    September 7, 2011 at 4:33 am


    In parliamentary systems of government, the term loyal opposition is applied to the opposition parties in the legislature to indicate that the non-governing parties may oppose the actions of the sitting cabinet (typically comprising parliamentarians from the party with the most seats in the elected legislative chamber) – while maintaining loyalty to the source of the government’s power.

    The concept thus permits the dissent necessary for a functioning democracy, as the policies of the governing cabinet can be challenged without fear of being accused of treason against the state.

    The idea of inquisitorial opposition that held the executive to account emerged in Great Britain.


  3. Alan Wong
    September 7, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Simply said, our PAP leaders are just hypocrites, period.

  4. Who is the Government?
  5. September 7, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Hahaha! I like para 5! So comical!

  6. September 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Yr humour got a bit strained towards the end but I get your drift. PA shouldn’t/can’t pretend to be apolitical any more. By insisting that it’s so, is to destroy its own credibility.

    • SpeakSpokeWriteWrote
      September 7, 2011 at 10:42 am

      You are right. That’s the trouble when u allow the angst to get to you! Have a nice day

  7. September 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Let’s call a spade a spade.
    It is LKY who has always been treating the opposition like sworn enemies.
    All these shenanigans we see now, exposed one at a time, like the PA’s gross
    abuse of power, are his doing, his top instructions to the civil service underlings.

    Now that he his hold is getting tenuous by the days, weeks, months and years, everything starts to fall and come apart.

    That’s why, there is a school of thought that he really wasn’t thinking of building a nation, he was all the while building a monument to his big and now diseased EGO.

    Well, as the saying is, man may propose, but it is GOD who dispose.
    If only LKY’s intelligence include an ounce more of EQ.

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