Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on his achievements and regrets

Source link  :CNA -> PM Lee on his achievements and regrets, after a decade at the helm

SINGAPORE: As the nation gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, Singapore should take the occasion to take stock and focus on its vision for the years ahead, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in an interview with Singapore journalists earlier this week.

In his first such interview since reaching the milestone of 10 years at the helm, Mr Lee touched on a broad range issues, such as the evolving political landscape, the challenges facing Singapore and Singaporeans, and his vision for the country.


image from PM Lee’ fb

ON WHAT HE IS PARTICULARLY SATISFIED WITH

“I would say putting a lot of emphasis on education. Right from the beginning, my first National Day Rally, I remember one of my themes was on the young. And we were talking about the schools – ‘teach less, learn more’ – and getting people to get the maximum out of their education.

“We’ve followed through on that in many ways, investing in the schools, Edusave, resources for the principals, making sure every school is a good school, developing tertiary education, building up the ITEs. I’ve now opened all three of them – the East, the West and most recently, and the best of all, I think is the Central campus.

“We’ve expanded our polytechnics and upgraded our polys and they are now a very attractive option for many young people.

“We’ve expanded university education. SUTD was one manifestation. It means a lot more young people are getting into our universities now and we are expanding the numbers further and opening up new paths with UniSIM, with SIT (Singapore Institute of Technology), and we are talking about beyond formal education, skills future, lifelong learning.

“I think it is not a single decision, but it is a continuing, consistent emphasis over a long period of time and successive capable, strong Education Ministers supported by competent and passionate professionals. I think that is very important to our future.”

ON HIS GREATEST REGRET

“In retrospect, it’s easy to say that we should have been building up our infrastructure a lot faster; that we should have got our trains running; that we should have got our HDB flats built more.

“At that time, we thought we were doing the right thing, pacing it, measuring it out, building it when we needed it and not spending resources until we needed to spend them. It turned out that things didn’t pan out the way we expected and I think in the future, we have to plan less conservatively, and try to be less precise in our prognostications.

“You want to predict what’s going to happen.”

ON THE POPULATION WHITE PAPER

“I think there was a strong emotional reaction when we put out the White Paper. In retrospect, if we have had a bit more time to prepare the ground, to explain it, to soft sell and prepare people to understand what it is that is the issue and what we are trying to do, we should have done better. But that’s water under the bridge.

“I can understand the reactions of people because they are not reacting on the basis of reading a paper and then trying to take a dispassionate, almost academic approach, to what should be done. They are reacting on the basis of their direct context – colleagues at work, people on MRT trains, public places where foreign workers may gather – and they have a reaction, to say things have changed.

“I am not surprised there is some such anxiety among Singaporeans. I think we have worked hard at this. We have calibrated the policies, we have slowed down the inflows, we have tightened up on foreign workers. In fact, it is causing employers a lot of pain.

“We will continue to adjust to get the balance as right as we can, but I don’t think we are able to relax because we have to continue in a sustainable way. But neither are we able to say: ‘We go to zero and let’s do away with all these people. We don’t need them to build our trains, we don’t need them to make houses. We don’t need them to serve us noodles in the middle of the night when we go down to the hawker centre.’ I think that is not practical.

“People ask me: ‘Next year, what is the growth?’ Or ‘Ten years from now, what will Singapore be?’ The answer is what I can guess, but actually a lot depends on what we do, a lot depends on how the world goes. We have to be prepared for a wide range of outcomes and insure ourselves.”

ON HIS USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“I think it makes me a lot more conscious in pitching what I want to say, to ask myself: How will I distil this down in a form which somebody can digest on Facebook or Instagram? On Twitter it is very hard. It’s 140 characters, I can just put a bit, but please click on this bit.ly to read more.

“But on Facebook, you can say a bit more, on Instagram, if you choose the right picture, the picture can tell a lot of stories. So it makes me a lot more conscious of the way I boil down my messages down into small chunks, and also the timing and the sense of the messages. You cannot always be putting out long, learned dissertations on some cosmic issue or other.

“There are times when you have to be light-hearted. There are times when you see a beautiful sunset, you share it with people and hope that they enjoy it with you. When you catch an owl somewhere in the Istana, maybe somebody is interested to see the owl. It’s something unusual and personal. And I think that is helpful.

“But it’s necessary, through Facebook, Instagram or whatever the next new thing is coming – I’ve not gone into Snapchat yet – to have not just light banter, but really some serious response, serious content as well.”


image from PM Lee’ fb

ON FUTURE ELECTIONS

“I think it must change. I’m not sure which way it will change. We are in a very unusual situation where there is a clear consensus for the ruling party, for the People’s Action Party.

“There’s desire for alternative views, but basically Singaporeans want the PAP to govern Singapore. And if you ask the opposition party, whether it’s the Workers’ Party or SDP (Singapore Democratic Party), nobody says: ‘Vote for me, I will form the Government, I will be the Prime Minister, I will run this place better’. Nobody.

“So in that situation, for the Government to continue to maintain support and to be able to carry the consensus of the population over the long term – I think it’s very important. Will it remain the present situation exactly today? I don’t think so. How will it change? I cannot say.

“It depends on voters. It depends on how the new MPs and ministers we bring in bond with the people. It depends on what situations we run into. If we run into a turbulent situation, I think people will be very worried about the dangers and there will be a flight to safety. If you are in a peaceful and prosperous environment, people will say: ‘This is the way the world is, why do you need the Government? We can prosper without the Government.’

“So there is no safety net, no certainty that what we have now is going to continue. And each election is a very serious contest for who is going to form the next Government.”

ON THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION

“I think there’ll be quite a few (new candidates). You have already seen some of them, so you can do an estimation.

“(The number of Group Representation Constituencies) will be decided by the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee. But at the last General Election, the average number of MPs assigned to each GRC went down, and there were a few more SMCs (Single Member Constituencies). I am satisfied with that.

“In principle, every MP should be able to contest on his own to keep his constituency. I think every MP should be prepared for this because they won’t be able to know whether the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee will carve out an SMC from their GRC. The objective of having GRCs is to ensure we will have minority representation in Parliament. I think this is still necessary, so we definitely will not change the GRC system.

“There is no institution that can guarantee it will never be overturned. Even if you don’t hold elections, there may still be revolutions. So in Singapore, if everyone just assumes the Government will not be unseated and votes as he wishes, I think that is a very dangerous assumption.”

ON HIS SUCCESSOR

“It’s very possible (my successor) is already in the current Cabinet line-up, but it’s not an absolute because I want to bring in a group of new candidates with strong leadership potential in the next election. I believe we should be able to find my successor from the previous two elections or the next one.

“Times have changed, and his background would also be different. He would need some time to establish his authority, to let Singaporeans know his character, his working style and his leadership abilities. In other countries, it’s quite rare to find a Prime Minister that has had many years of experience before leading a country.

“But he may not be a stranger.”

ON THE NARRATIVE FOR SINGAPORE

“I think that for the next phase, the narrative cannot be a single word, nation-building. It has to be that we live in Singapore, we have a home, this is a place which is quite special, if you travel, you would know it’s very special. Not just if you travel to developing countries and backward areas.

“If you travel to developed countries, you would know that this is a place where you don’t find the same kind of multiracial mix, you don’t find the same kind of opportunities as you would in Singapore and many places.

“I think we can make this something really outstanding for ourselves and our children. And for Singapore, as well as for the individual, we have to work at it … it’s not easy, but we have the resources, and if we can work at it, it will be better.

“Better to do what? Better for you to fulfil what you want to do in life. We accommodate one another, we are not just so many individual human beings but a society. In Singapore we get on together, and I think we can have a good future, a bright future.”

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Check Mate is not scare-mongering

Overheard from Calvin Cheng :

Anti Government brigade has been vexed by PM Lee’s comment that if there are too many checks in parliament, it could lead to a ‘check mate’. They have used this to accuse the PM of scare-mongering again, and being out-of-touch with voters desires.

This is not scare-mongering. We have seen in many places this happening. The US has not been able to pass any substantial legislation since Obamacare when the Democrats both held the House and the White House; they have even steered the Government onto the verge of bankruptcy as a result of being deadlocked about the budget. The remaining 2 years of Obama’s Presidency will be more of the same, now that the Republicans control Congress. Recently, Belgium was without a Government for 535 days. Sweden’s current minority-government collapsed 3 days ago after just 2 months in power, when they were unable to pass their Budget.

Nobody has said that we shouldn’t have an opposition, if it is a good, strong opposition.

DPM Tharman has said as much. What hurts the country – any country – is when political parties put politics above a nation’s interest. 

What we want are alternative ideas, not empty rhetoric about ‘checks-and-balances’. We want parties to present alternative visions for Singapore, as well as their ability to execute them. 


‘First World Parliament’, ‘Co-Driver’ – these are just empty words.

That is what is meant by a Democracy of Deeds..

We want action. Not words.

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more overheard :

  • Scaremongering is telling people to vote for anyone but PAP to prevent Singapore from being ‘sold to foreigners’, ‘systematically bred out’ or the funniest of all – from being bankrupted. And showing no credible evidence to back such talk.

    Yeah, looking at AHPETC I’m full of confidence towards the alternative.

 

  • We should choose to be as just forgiving to the Ruling Party we are to the Opposition. The PAP has rectified so many problems. The past is the past. No point living in the past and keep on harping on it. Isn’t this a mantra of life as well about living in the present, planning for the future and moving on from the past?

    If we are talking about the past, didn’t the WP fare worse? Look at the stuff that they brought up in Parliament. Hardly any substance . Look at the way they run the Town Councils. Red flags year after year. Look at the way they go about flouting rules. Yet, we choose to have double standards when we talk about the past. And, yes, some of us still choose to believe that the Opposition can play a checking role on the PAP. Come on, the PAP members are the ones who provide the robust debates and checks on the policies. Even, the NMPs are doing better than the elected Opposition and Mr Giam. So, I urge Singaporeans to stat thinking of what’s best for our nation in the long run.

 

  • All liberal democracies — and there are several different types and degrees of liberal democracies as distinct from fascist democracies or communist democracies, all of which share common intellectual roots — are meant by design to be slightly dysfunctional as check and balances on the absolute exercise of power. But the empirical fact is that in almost every western liberal democracy and in the contemporary Japanese, South Korean, Taiwanese and post-Suharto Indonesian variants, the dysfunctionality has been taken to such extremes that the quality of governance has been seriously compromised and in extreme cases only idiots voluntarily enter politics leading to serious leadership deficits. This is what our PM is, overly gently in my opinion, pointing out.

    Alas too many of our compatriots, particularly the self styled critical thinkers, the attention seeking misfits, the rejected politicians, unsuccessful former civil servants, mediocre academics and failed novelists, see, or profess to see, the dysfunctional as desirable in itself and seek to ape failed systems. I suppose it gets them invited to the soirees of the less discriminating of western diplomats and journalists. I do not begrudge them the opportunity to guzzle at the trough but I am concerned if the majority of our compatriots take them more seriously than warranted.

 

  • Political parties with different viewpoints, vision and manifesto would not reach a consensus please. It is how they will garner votes. The politicians of different parties will only bicker hence they will not work with each other. The voters play a big part as in how to charter the future direction of a country is believing in the political party manifesto that would deliver.

    If you want Singapore a welfare state please vote in the oppositions they will use that to garner votes, if you prefer Singapore do not becomes a welfare state pls vote the ruling party. If ever Singapore become a welfare state, majority do not welcome higher taxes and they will follow herd instinct to enjoy welfare benefits including me why pay higher income tax? If taxes are not raise where would the govt find money to fund the budget spending not risking the sound and positive fiscal situation .

 

  •  I’m afraid we may end up in a dead heat parliament not by choice. There are folks who don’t give a toss about how ineffective WP’s is or how outlandish and outright impractical the likes of csj’s politics mean. They just don’t like the PAP and believe that the way to change every ill at one fell swoop is to change the government in charge. 
    I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry when folks think like that. Progressive change seems to be out the window these days. Instant tree syndrome prevails.

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Photo: Keep replacing “doer, thinker and leader” with jiak liao bee "checker", eventually it will be checkmate for Singapore! 

Mr Lee Hsien Loong: "Only the PAP is bringiing different groups together. Only the PAP is solving problems and planning for the future. Only the PAP is putting forth a vision for Singapore. In short, only the PAP truly cares for our people and the future of our children and grandchildren 

The Opposition does not see any duty to bring people together, solve problems and plan for the future. Every time we put out a popular policy, they say "Do More"  But they do not say How. They do not say whom they will "Take from", in order to "Give more." They do not articulate any vision for Singapore, because they say they cannot form the government.

In the meantime, the opposition tells people: Vote for me so that I can check on the PAP, and make the Prime Minister and his team work harder.

If everyone accepts what they say, we will only have politicians checking each other – and gridlock like in other countries. 

There is no running away from the truth: for every one more “checker” we have in the Parliament, there will be one less “doer, thinker and leader” in the Government, to serve the nation, to serve the people.

Eventually, there will be no PAP to check, no able team of ministers working and solving problems for Singaporeans, no progress for Singapore. That will be the last check, because it will be checkmate for Singapore!"

image : Fabrications About The PAP

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What lies ahead for Singapore over the next 10 years. – PM Lee Hsien Loong

 


One of the questions I was asked, at last night’s IIMPACT gala dinner, was what lies ahead for Singapore over the next 10 years.

Overheard

  • I like what you said: “The purpose of life is not assurance and security. The purpose of life is to use that security in order to go and achieve something new and do better than the people who came before you.”Great philosophy! The true meaning of a caring society. Not a welfare state.
  • Good reply, good delivery. Interviewer has annoying body language, mannerism. Disrespectful even.
  • As a survival, we have to be very adaptive in changes. The key point of success is no constraint on creativity, innovation and imagination. Loved PM’s replied.
  • Absolutely the best PM/politician in the world… sincere to the core, supremely competent, gives his best and both humble and conscientious.. (only 1 minor comment…wish Piyush Gupta crossed his legs the other side)
  • Well said, PM. Now to change the age old adage of “just follow law (sic *lor*)” mentally of Singaporeans. It needs to be cultivated from young and reinforced through life. Our schools cultivate the possibility to dream and spread our wings, but our society has been be sod with the fear of persecution if we cross the line, so we tread far away from the line. Way too far from the line to the point of having our creative juices sapped. And we no longer dare to try because we dare not fail. It is a mentality. It is software. We need to change that in our born and bred so that they can flourish on the world stage and more so at home against the competition that is imported. Cheers!
  • Inspirational! I love how PM Lee uses such simple and easy words to answer these questions.
  • Yes, to go in to business school is not just about making money but to help render a service or product to others for a ‘yet’ better world to come… there is always ‘hope’
  • How can I migrate to Singapore? I iive in beautiful California but can’t stop admiring Singapore. How do I find a job in Singapore in the tech industry? PM Lee is admirable, wish him good luck!
  • I am proud that i made d decision to become a Singaporean! And am very proud of my Country!
  • I like the way you talk about dream. Well said!
  • 每年单是看总理用三种语言讲话(不是演讲)我就激动+佩服!挥洒自如!I don’t accept we’re at the limit -很有创意的说法,这是一切事情能做的更好的原动力-比核动能还强大8)
  • A true leader who has ability to bring in balancing socio-economy for the people. I wish leaders of all nations be like him for a better world to live

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Source BusinessTimes : Technology to have greater impact on wages, income inequality
– Published August 23, 2014, By Jamie Lee

LHL

Technology to have greater impact on wages, income inequality: PM Lee
Government has no control over pace of change brought about by competition

EVEN as Singapore continues to calibrate its foreign worker inflow, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday said the bigger concern over wages and social inequality comes from technology rather than globalisation.

Speaking at a dialogue session moderated by DBS CEO Piyush Gupta, Mr Lee noted that income inequality has partly been a result of China and India entering the global economy, with the large masses of workers out of the two large economies outpacing demand.

“But as China develops, as India develops, the companies will grow, the entrepreneurs will grow,” he told a conference hosted by the Indian Institute of Management. “There’s no reason you should fundamentally be having a surplus of workers, and not enough jobs to tilt the balance against workers,” adding that wages in China have already been increasing.

But while globalisation has a transient impact on wages, the same cannot be said for technology, which could make the worker more productive, but also dumb down the job, Mr Lee said.

“If the worker is highly productive, but doesn’t need much skills to do it, then any worker can do it, and he’s not going to benefit from his contributions. Whoever writes the next operating system, or designs the next robot – he is going to benefit from it. So that part is something which we will have to watch very, very carefully.”


Even as the government helps companies in Singapore adapt to more productive measures, it has no control over the pace of change brought about by competition. Mr Lee cited the example of Uber, which has generated enormous concern around the world as it disrupts the pricing model for transport. In Singapore, GrabTaxi has done so in a similar fashion, said Mr Lee. While the government can maintain an even playing field, it also wants to make sure Singapore is not held back simply because competition has made it painful for the incumbent, Mr Lee said.

“In 10 years, you don’t know what the new possibilities will be, but I think we can be faster than other countries in seizing them, and in adapting ourselves to them,” added Mr Lee. “I don’t accept for a moment that we’ve done everything that can be done in Singapore. We’re not at the limit.”


He acknowledged that rapid change can cause discomfort for Singaporeans. Our population is aging, we have to take care of our old folks, and give them assurance and security. But the purpose of life is not assurance and security. The purpose of life is to use that security in order to achieve something new and different, and do better than the people who came before.”

Speaking on India, Mr Lee noted that India has not shown the same clear focus on development as China has. India can, for example, make better use of its tremendous diaspora, as China has, and display confidence in linking with the world.

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Portrait Photography of the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong by Alan Lim

Overheard from ALAN LIM, link -> ELEVEN | Singapore Photographer 

Portrait photography of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong by Alan Lim
PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY OF SINGAPORE PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG BY ALAN LIM

When I received a call from the Singapore Prime Minister’s office asking to produce a series of Portrait Photography for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, I was delighted. During my 12 years career as the senior executive photographer in The Straits Times I had photographed a few ministers and presidents of  Singapore in countless occasions including oversea trips for world conferences and meetings.

But this time it was a very different one, it was one-on-one, it was exclusive. Just a few years before, I had the same privilege to photograph the founding father of the modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew for his memoir.

After the meeting with the Prime Minister’s secretary and the usual pre-shoot location scouting, we finalized the concepts, locations, date and time for the shoot, but it was postponed a couple of time. First it was due to his busy schedule, then it was mine, but eventually it happened, of course.

On the day of the shoot, my assistant and I arrived at the Istana in the early morning, after getting all the set up ready we waited for the arrival of the Prime Minister. Shortly, I was informed of his arrival and I was called to see him. As I stepped into his office, there he was already walking toward me with his charming smile and the very approachable personality. Before I could greet him ‘Good morning, Mr Prime Minister’,  he beat me with a warm ‘Hello Alan, long time no see!’.

We had a little chat and I briefed him what we were gonna do, then he said to me the best thing any Professional Photographers would love to hear from someone with his status and power. ‘You just tell me what to do’, he said, and that was how the shoot began.

In less than three hours, a series of eight powerful up close and Personal Portraits were created within the Istana. The shoot went extremely well and the entire session was smooth with jokes and light-hearted conversation.

Till date, I would say that was one of the best, easiest, smoothest and most satisfying shoots I ever had.

Thanks to “You just tell me what to do”. To me, that sentence really means, professionalism, respect, and trust.

Alan Lim,

ELEVEN | Singapore Photographer

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Overheard from Wilson 

It’s hard to walk away from the shadow of your father, especially when latter was a giant. But LHL did.

Decisions made under his leadership often seem contrary to what the Elder Lee would have otherwise done.

  • While his father was near iron-fisted, he preferred a gentler hands off mutual consensual approach.
  • While his father was the face of the government, he preferred his team fronting the government.

You cannot deny him, his place, his position that he is indeed, his own man.

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“Weasel” for Mr Low Thia Khiang will be very appropriate from now on ? Heated debate between PM Lee and WP’s Low

There are many sorts of politics & we have to get our politics right. Simply put, We don't want to play politics. We want to better the lives of Singaporean. We want to build a better Singapore for the future.  Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shares his perspectives on constructive politics. He highlighted : "Certainly if ever a PAP MP were accused of making false and untruthful statements, I would get to the bottom of the matter"
image from  Fabrications About The PAP

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  Lee Hsien Loong

Spoke in Parliament this afternoon. I reported the progress we had made since the 2011 elections. We have stabilised house prices, improved public transport, and managed the inflow of immigrants and foreign workers.

I explained our agenda for the rest of this govt’s term. We will keep Singapore a leading city in the world, where every citizen can lead a fulfilling life. We are strengthening social safety nets, such as with MediShield-Life, and improving retirement adequacy. We must also remain an open and mobile community, so every citizen has the opportunity to do well whatever their family backgrounds.

I also explained what constructive politics means: effective policies, good leaders, robust debates, high standards of integrity, and staying united despite our differences. Leaders must take a stand, and take responsibility for what they say and do.

After my speech Mr Low Thia Khiang rose to contest what I had said. We had a vigorous exchange. I explained my view that the opposition fell short of their role in Parliament. Naturally Mr Low found reasons to disagree.

My government will keep on working with Singaporeans to build a better future for ourselves and our families. – LHL

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Comments :
  • It is easy to criticize the government when one is not in the place to make policies that affect millions of lives. Simply complaining that the current policies are not good enough or worse, leveraging on unhappiness of some to create a bad sentiments towards the government, surely do not count as constructive politics. Mr Lee made a very good point today.

 

  • Thanks Sir… I really couldn’t understand what Mr Low is saying… Yet all your word comes out firm & clear… That’s a huge difference between a true leader of Singapore & someone that’s speaking with no substance…

 

  • Well said and very impressed with every words you have spoken, Prime Minister Lee. Thank you for your love and taking good care for Singapore and Singaporeans. Full trust on you and your Ministers. I will be fully support and be your side always, Sir. Inspite of your tight working schedules, please remember to take care of your health. It seems you are down with flu as you sound slightly different during the debate ! I wish you speedy recovery.

 

  • The exchange with LTK was riveting and showed just how vacuous the opposition is.
    In your main speech, I was extremely moved when you talked about how we ought to treat each other equally and not be snobbish and show off. No government can legislate things like this but, more than anyone else, what you say makes a difference. It really does.

 

  • Thank you, PM Lee, for the commitment towards a better Singapore…not just for Singaporeans, but in relation to the world at large. We are not just local citizens, we are also global citizens.

 

  • Enjoy the debate as we have a similar situation in office politics. Say is easy than done.

 

  • I hope you dont mind me taking a piece of your parliament speech today Mr Lee. But I believe your term “weasel” for Mr Low today will be very appropriate from now on. Plus it is easier to type weasel than Low Thia Kiang in Facebook

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“we have to call a spade a spade. If you have to change a position, because your previous position was wrong – say so. But to weasel away, play with words, avoid the issue and then claim to be responsible – that is what we fear can drive Singapore’s politics into same place where many countries have gone.”

~~  Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

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  • Its unfortunate the PM had to waste so much time debating with a populist demagogue (a debate which the latter INITIATED).

 

  • I was watching the news and was so impress with your speech. I totally agree with what you mention. My hubby even mention how come Mr Low couldn’t even speak properly and didn’t even have a proper closure of speech before turning away to walk back to his seat. Anyway keep up the good work.

 

  • Sir, you are doing well! While we must be mindful of the ground and the people who need social help , we must not allow people who do not know what they are talking from derailing our path or our good intention.

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PM Lee Exchange with Mr Low Thia Khiang

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At Parliament today, PM asked Mr Low Thia Khiang whether the Workers’ Party still stood by their earlier position to completely freeze the inflow of new foreign workers, which would hurt many local SMEs. See Mr Low’s reply and the subsequent exchange
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Video link – > Mr Low’s reply

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Comments :
  • Wow! Maintain zero growth by moving some here and moving some there! Genius! Just like what he had suggested before for the government to find a way to broaden social safety net without increasing tax eventually. . Genius!

 

  • Human is not infallible. Wrong is wrong. But keep it simple. I would have respected you (elder Low) more if you have had the moral courage to admit mistake. I believe in the politics of conscience. Next, ever since that momentous 2011 GE, we have already seen that the democratic institution of Singapore has been effective in bringing diverse views of citizens to the PAP Government’s attention. In the subsequent years, the voices get louder (quite understandably so) and there is general consensus that much has been improved from housing to transport to manpower to healthcare. I feel all these have pointed to the important aspect of good governance in Singapore. I hope to see better performance by the Opposition members in parliament in the days ahead. I don’t wish to see more clowns. As it were, the circus is too expensive to maintain. Thank you Minister Lawrence for sharing this video

 

  • Watch how Mr Low weaseled his way out of stating WP’s current position on foreign workers population growth. Supporters and admirers of WP should take a keener interest in how WP MPs are performing or should I say under-performing in Parliament.

 

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5 Myths about Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

shared from net, written by HK Tan

1) PM Lee curbs Freedom of Speech by using lawsuits against his critics

Absolutely not. Singaporeans are still able to criticise, scold, insult PM Lee online with impunity and nothing ever happens to them. Roy Ngerng is still publishing articles about CPF and posting victimised FB posts even after getting ‘davindered’. If there was no freedom of speech, would all these be possible?

2) PM Lee is a dictator who smashes his opponents without mercy

Nope. Despite having a full 3 days to set things right, Roy Ngerng still requested for a 2 days extension which was agreed by PM Lee. If it was a dictator at helm, Roy Ngerng would be given no extension and no mercy, no?

3) PM Lee is an elite who does not do the work himself

No way. If you look closely at Roy Ngerng’s defamatory infographic, it defamed not only PM Lee but also other individuals like Tharman and Ho Ching. Rather than sit back and allow others to take Roy to task, PM Lee makes a stand (knowing full well it would cause controversy) and takes Roy Ngerng to court himself. If this is not leading from the front, what is?

4) PM Lee doesn’t listen to the people

It is precisely because PM Lee is constantly listening to the views of all Singaporeans out there that he even bothers to pay attention to a small-time blogger masquerading as a expert on CPF.

5) PM Lee has to prove he did not misappropriate CPF monies

 When your neighbour (Roy Ngerng) accuses you (PM Lee) of stealing (misappropriating) his slippers (CPF money), do you (PM Lee) have to prove your innocence or is the onus your neighbour (Roy Ngerng) to provide evidence and back up his accusation?

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More support for SMEs on the way. 我在你左右 : PM Lee ( Singapore Day Rally : Mandarin)

National Day Rally 2013 “我在你左右- “More Support for SMEs” (Mandarin)

Published on Aug 18, 2013

video source: Channel News Asia
李总理:我在你左右

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On tightening foreign labour.

SME 唱的歌:

往事只能回味
我是一只小小鸟
月亮惹的祸   **闪电的错 !

Govt 唱的歌:

你知道我在等你吗?
我在你左右
明天你是否依然爱我

by  Fabrications About The PAP

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More support for SMEs on the way: PM Lee

SINGAPORE — More support will be given to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore to help them meet the challenges of economic restructuring, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally this evening (Aug 18).

Delivering the Mandarin portion of his speech, Mr Lee did not give details, but said that Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck would be meeting different business representatives to find out how to better support them.

He acknowledged the difficulties faced by SMEs, especially when it came to manpower. While SMEs have tried hard to raise productivity, improve service standards and reduce labour costs, they have limited resources and cannot meet all these challenges on their own, he said.

Mr Lee noted SMEs’ reliance on foreign manpower, but reiterated the need to control foreign worker numbers – which are still rising. There will be “serious consequences” if these numbers are left unchecked, he warned.

The foreign worker issue is “complex”, and the Government cannot meet all the demands but it will help SMEs “find a way to make it”, he pledged.

Earlier this year, the Government rolled out a three-year S$5.3 billion Transition Support Package to help SMEs reduce business costs and raise productivity. Mr Lee said that while there are many schemes to help SMEs, businesses may not know what schemes are available.

Mr Lee also assured that the Government would do more to help the low-income group and strengthen social safety nets, and urged individuals and the community to step up and complement the Government’s efforts.

There is a need to help those with less to “strengthen social cohesion”, so that the nation does not become divided between the rich and the poor, he said, adding that the wages of the low-income group must be raised.

~~ todayonline : More support for SMEs on the way: PM Lee

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