PM Lee invites Merkel to Singapore as Tharman calls German election results a “major setback”

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel for being voted into a fourth term in office, during the 2017 Federal Elections which concluded on Sunday. Calling Merkel’s victory a “vote of confidence in (her) strong leadership,” the Singapore head of government invited her to make an Official Visit to the Southeast Asian city-state.

The Ministry of Foreign affairs published the PM’s letter to Merkel online. In it, PM Lee said that Singapore looks forward to “stepping up” its collaboration with Germany and that there is “much more” the two countries can do together, especially in areas like renewable energy, connectivity, cybersecurity and start-ups.

We re-publish his letter in full here:

Dear Chancellor Merkel
My congratulations on your party’s success at the 2017 Federal Elections! The German electorate’s endorsement is a vote of confidence in your strong leadership.
On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I wish you every success as you embark on a new term as Federal Chancellor, and in particular the delicate and critical task of forming a new government. Singapore looks forward to stepping up collaboration with Germany in new frontiers such as connectivity, mobility, cybersecurity, start-ups and renewable energy to further enhance our excellent bilateral ties. There is still much more that we can do together.
May I also take this opportunity to reiterate my invitation to you to make an Official Visit to Singapore. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Yours sincerely
LEE HSIEN LOONG

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam called the results of the Federal Elections 2017 a “major setback” for Merkel, Germany and “the politics of moderation,” in a Facebook post today.

Highlighting the fact that Merkel will have a less stable coalition to govern this term since the Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 13 per cent of the vote – becoming the first far-right party to enter parliament in more than 50 years – the DPM said that Merkel’s party and the Social Democrats are “weaker than they have been in six decades” while anti-immigration AfD has risen to become the third-strongest party, riding on frustrations over the sudden influx of refugees:

“Angela Merkel will lead Germany, but the election results just out were a major setback – for her, for Germany, and for the politics of moderation. 
“The two anchor parties in German politics – Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats — are both weaker than they have been in six decades. The extreme right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is now the third-strongest party, riding on the unhappiness over the sudden influx of refugees.
“It is the first time since the early days of postwar Germany that a far-right party will be in the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament – a worrying shift, and a challenge to the moderation and consensus-driven culture of Germany’s political landscape.
“Quick assessment by German newspaper Der Spiegel :“That will have consequences in the form of clashes, provocations and scandalous rhetoric. From the beginning, the AfD will do all it can to ensure that it returns to parliament four years from now — and for that to happen, German society must remain divided. That will be the focus of the AfD caucus in the Bundestag.””

Angela Merkel will lead Germany, but the election results just out were a major setback – for her, for Germany, and for…

Posted by Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Sunday, 24 September 2017

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    Politics of extreme will also happen in Singapore if people perceive their voices are not heard or the government is unsympathetic. They see ministers getting a lot of pay, scholars promoted with no business experience, civil servants having secured job. Compared to themselves, the common people don’t get that much salary, have to slog in their jobs in the world, and could be retrenched. Worst, if there is the agenda of fixing successor for the fifth generation leaders, people are going to be pissed. Then there are things that are broken – MRT, and issues that could be managed better for the poor – hospitalisation. Anyway, those ministers that talk a lot had better watch out for the votes. I think Singaporeans have a lot of respect for LKY, and the last election was a way of repaying and respecting the old man everyone so honoured. The next 4th generation leaders I am not sure.

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      We are a 3rd world now with 3rd world governance. Because we have lots of 3rd world citizens and our local became 3rd world mentality. we will be like Philippines or malaysia soon. Your kids will thank u for it.

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    It would be a more honest excersise for our ruler and his Cabinet to address what’s “cooking” at home first and foremost, rather than looking for what’s “cooking” abroad. Kindly address and clearly comment on citizen issues in Singapore first before “showing” the world how good we are having it here. I’m sure we the citizens are viewable. Not invisible.

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    What the “F” is Tharman talking about? LKY was PM for 31 years so why can’t Merkel continue to me PM? Please look at your own party before opening your big mouth Tharman! You make yourself look like a clown.

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    At least Germany is more democratic than our country. They have a multi-party proportional representative democratic parliament unlike ours, which is extremely unnatural for a so-called democracy. Her party won majority of 33% and even though the rest may be about 20% or lesser, they still get the seats in parliament and thus voters are still represented. This is done through various coalitions amongst the parties, which will then form the main government or the Opposition. This is how it should be in Singapore. Only in a dictatorship does one hear of one party winning 69.9% and above.

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    Two clowns obviously not knowing that they are contradicting each other. Cannot even get this right and still wanna punch above your weight and go Chup China’s business in South China Sea. Come I clap for you clowns

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    Let this be a reminder to Singaporeans. It is OK for the ruling party to lose. We hope that they do lose their majority stake so that a new group of politicians with fresh ideas can reboot Singapore which has been decaying over the last 15 years or so. Singapore will remain strong with a new group of non current ruling party.

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    LAST MONTH GERMAN MERKEL INVITED THE ROTTON LEADER LHL TO G20 SUMMIT WHEN HE WAS SNUBBED BY CHINA’S REFUSAL TO INVITE HIM TO ONE ROAD ONE BELT CONFERENCE.

    NOW SHE HAS SETBACK IN THE ELECTION. SO, THE ROTTON LHL SHOWS HIS SUPPORT AND INVITED HER TO SG. THE NEWS WAS OUT YESTERDAY.

    AND YESTERDAY, WATER PIPE BURST AT BT BATOK WEST AVE 6.

    ANOTHER NEWS IS THAT A RUNAWAY GERMAN TEENAGER, TILO, 18 YRS OLD, WHOSE BELONGINGS HAD BEEN STOLEN AND HE WAS SCAVENGING FOR FOOD IN THE RUBBISH BIN IN CARDIFF.

    THEN, A KIND TIBETAN MONK SPOTTED HIM WHO THEN BROUGHT HIM TO HOTEL FOR FOOD, BOUGHT HIM CLOTHINGS AND AN AIR TICKET TO DEPORT HIM BACK TO GERMANY TO REUNITE WITH HIS OWN FAMILY.

    EVER SINCE, BOTH THE TIBETAN MONK AND TILO KEPT IN TOUCH WITH EACH OTHER.

    HOWEVER, YESTERDAY, THE MONK RECEIVED THE NEWS THAT TILO HAD PASSED AWAY IN THE HOSPITAL.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1801334799886425&id=100000297686789

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