ESM Goh: Govt has moral authority

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Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong took to Facebook today to commend on President Halimah’s sincerity and her contribution to society. EMS spoke about how he talent-spotted Mdm Halimah and asked her to leave NTUC to serve the people. Her rise to the top is meteoric, however, many Singaporeans have expressed negative sentiments over the way she was elected (or appointed).

The process of how Halimah Yacob became President may be highly controversial but she is not a controversial figure. I persuaded Halimah to leave NTUC to serve the people, and not just workers, in 2001. I tracked her performance in her constituency, as a backbencher in Parliament, then MOS and finally Speaker. She also served as chairman of the PAP Seniors Group committee. As advisor, I attended the meetings and felt her sincerity to help our seniors. Her motivation, dedication and desire to serve and help others are not skin-deep. I have no doubt that she will gain the respect and support of the people as a humble, down-to-earth and sincere President with a big heart for all, regardless of status, wealth, abilities, race or religion. Halimah did not dream of being a President but will serve with full heart now that she is. The focus so far has been on process, but we should not let whatever unhappiness weigh down her duties. We expect our Head of State to be a unifying figure but we must also do our part to help the President succeed. Congratulations, President Halimah Yacob. — gct

In another event, the inaugural Singapore Summit Young Societal Leaders Programme held at the Hilton Singapore yesterday. EMS Goh said when asked about social media and the need to engage the citizens, “These individuals must be given the freedom to express their views, but the leaders then weigh the views and sit down together. In the end, my views have been heard, but the goal is the collective interest. Who judges (that)? The government.”

But what is the collective interest? If the government is acting in the best interest of the people, then we say, good on them. But, many have commented that the PAP’s maneuvering in the presidential election is to safeguard their own interest – to ensure that their grip on power is never eroded by any means.

We’ve heard it all – affirmative action for the Malay community, to keep the terrorist away, multi-culturalism, and the one that takes the cake, it is not about Tan Cheng Bock. (roll-eyes)

They can’t whitewash all the issues all the time. This time people have called out the utter disregard for democratic processes in this reserved election. Few of us have spoken up, shown our displeasure but it seems to be falling on deaf ears.

The backlash seems to be confined to the online media. The majority are still going about their daily routines – nonchalant and indifferent to the world around them, oblivious to the injustices that’s going-on.

Our road to democracy is going to be long and hard, but preserve, we must.

 

 

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    Singapore Defective Political System

    Opposition members, NMP, NCMP are largely ineffective checks and balances mechanism for PAP uses them as boxing sparring partners whose criticism, views, questions to train the ministers in justifying their actions and spread the govt messages.

    To pacify public desire for opposition voices in Parliament and limit numbers of opposition PAP created NCMP (1984) ; GRC (1988) and NMP (1990) that altogether delivered less seats for opposition MP.

    Reset system for effective checks/balances

    Implement one person one vote like SMC highest votes win 1 MP seat. If opposition wins 60% votes they get about 53 seats and form new government. The remaining seats from 89 MP of 36 MP seats go to PAP candidates.

    Deputy Minister of government ministries

    PAP with 36 MPs will select 7 MPs to deputy minister Posts at ministry of Defence, Manpower, Education, Health, national development, Social Family and Finance. Additionally, one of these MP hold a Deputy Prime Minister appointment.

    This allow plenty of opposition MPs in Parliament legislative Chamber and 7 MPs in government Executive Branch to provide true checks and balances to dismiss the current gridlock of absolute power and aristocratic mindset.

    Such a system will allow people of substance, intelligence and passion to come forth as they are able to make direct contributions to Singapore without the shackles and fear of a domineering party political engineering to deny access for reforms and policy formulation including reset dysfunctional system.

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    This whole president select makes me sick to the stomach forced upon us no choice no say no voice a racist based selection and then they act all high moral authority and talk about unitng races president for all what hypocrites

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    do you all think we have a puppet on a string and a rubber stamp woman president gate crashing through the back door to become one with no honor or integrity and mocking the PE I have lost my respect for this kind of woman do say what kind of tangible assets does she have to be eligible I am ashamed for Singapore

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    “Mor… Mor… Mor what ah Ah Peh Goh? Mor, mor your head ah, mor! Time to promote him to DSM – Diamond Senior Minister. The fancy titles in their system is comparable to a MLM reward system!

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    This fker promised to give us SWISS std of living. Instead he gave us SUAY std of living..i.e. world’s highest cost of living with daily mrt breakdowns, over crowding and rape molest crimes everywhere. Song boh ??

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    All newspapers , tv n radio r controlled by the government . Do u think they will report negative n bad things on the government.Can our honourable ESM Mr. Goh tell us which race does Halima belong , should be call in YEW TEE MARSILING GRC ,when the minority member is no more there . What the purpose of having a GRC ?

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    Let’s see if she would scrutinise the huge lost of Temasek & GIC which she would have a duty to all citizen to safe guard. All talking r useless until the real show begin than we would know if she’s the people’s president!

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    I’m afraid a ruling party if left unchecked will naturally set the stage to keep them in power… absolute power being the ideal. But in order to do so they need to present a semblance of democracy and give its citizens the impression that there is free will… #stockholmsyndrome

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    what he said was 1/2 right, if u keep changing, how to vote????……….. Now u do not even have the chance to vote, just do what they say…………..Is this what he called moral authority????…………or in another words, majority of us have placed our vote to the wrong party during the last election???………….

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      What this old sly cock is implying is that you Singaporean has voted for his white termite gang to form the government and now stop KPKB , just Lan Tark chui !!! limpeh AI cho si mi , li aey sai anh chua ???
      So it is very simple to all ….since this old sly fox

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    Another highest paid dumdum talking without any substance or basis with any moral to uphold the truth. YES you are nothing but the power we given u with our vote, and with that very power that we VOTE can be taken away by Voting you out for good. The power of the people are greater then your Greed. This is our well being & livelihood of Majullah Singapura, not yours to pawn with. It’s a waste of millions to be paid to incompetency liars who good at dramas, but cowardice against responsibility.

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    Unfortunately, I notice many low-income individuals are bullied by their immediate supervisors and the company who employ them and also in the case of Cleaners, the mighty MCST. Low-income individuals are simply not treated well in Singapore at all.

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    The Ministers have lost their moral authorities when they are paid indecent salaries. The old fucker GCT is taking salary for doing nothing but Kong Lan wei. Go and tell his wife that 600k is peanut compared to his salary that is not worthy of his position.

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    U mean force democracy? Im afraid at this rate, by next GE they may just rule out voting, and they just appoint who they want to be MP. They are already in too much power…everything is too late now.

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    GCT HIMSELF WAS “NOT” LKY’S 1ST CHOICE AS SUCCESSOR.

    WHO HAD INSISTED TO CHOOSE THE ROTTON LHL TO BE HIS SUCCESSOR? GCT! DESPITE LKY’S DISAGREEMENT AND DISAPPROVAL.

    WHO HAD PICKED THE CRONY TEO CHEE HEAN? GCT.

    AND WHO PICKED THIS CRONY HALIMAH TO BE MP? GCT AGAIN.

    AS I HV ALREADY TOLD YOU ALL, NTUC IS THE “SUPPLIER” OF ALL CRONY MP AND MINISTERS TO THE ROTTON PAP PARLIAMENT.

    GCT SAID HE PERSUADED HY TO RESIGN FROM UNION TO JOIN POLITICS IN 2001.

    AS I TOLD YOU ALL BEFORE, WHENEVER I CRITICISE ANY OF THEIR CRONY, ROTTON GOVT WOULD IMMEDIATELY RECRUIT THAT PERSON TO JOIN THEM AS MP OR GET PROMOTIONS.

    DIDN’T THE SHIT GCT SAID “IF WE ARE BEING ACCUSED, WE ARE GIVEN THE UNDERSTANDING THAT WE MUST TAKE ACTION. OTHERWISE THERE MUST BE SOME TRUTH IN IT.”

    I HAD EXPOSED OF THE SHIT HY FOR REFUSAL TO TAKE UP MY CASE DUE TO WORK HAZARD IN THE CIVIL SVS. SO GCT PICKED HER TO BE MP.

    SIMILARLY, LIKE ONG YE KUN, LIM BIOW CHUAN, JOSEPHINE TEO AND ANYONE WHO HV ANY CONNECTION WITH ME IN THE COURSE OF MY LIFE, WILL BE SELECTED BY ROTTON GOVT TO BE MP OR MINISTERS.

    THEN, WHEN ROTTON LHL BECAME PM, HE WANTED TO HARM ME BUT INSTEAD GOT BACKFIRED FOR HIS BIG BLUNDER STATEMENT.

    ONE BY ONE OF THE CRONY MP AND MINISTERS TOOK TURN TO CONTINUE TO HARM AND TO INTIMIDATE ME SUBSEQUENTLY.

    THIS IS HOW ROTTON PAP GOVT AND CRONY NTUC HARM THOSE WHO ARE OF THREAT TO THEM

    I TRULY HATE GCT, HY, LHL, KHAW BG, THARMAN, ONG YE KUN, HDB, CPFB, LEGAL AID, CNA, ETC.

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    They are just NOT telling. WHY?
    Because the truth will hurt
    The truth will hurt them and their reputation badly
    The truth will push them into a deeper hole
    As usual, they operate in secret
    Because they have some very dark secret.

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