Friday, August 07, 2015

Horse-trading and other fleshy image(rie)s : Pre-GE2015 #WWNW #butilovesingaporemore





Dear Friends,


This is the start of a long weekend where there is nothing to see nor do! Sigh!


"Horse-trading" 

The term “Horse-trading” used universally for events (almost always just before impending elections) when political parties come together to carve out territories that they are set on contesting. This immediately connotes an image of butchers carving out meat or worse of hyenas circling carcasses of animals before they lunge forward to grab pieces for themselves. All this imagery is very unfortunate as politics is serious business where all who were gathered only have the goodwill of the nation on their minds.

Hence, that being the case, my humble opinion is that all serious minded parties (and the 2 that most come to mind are the WP and SDP.  SingaporeFirst is really promising and I really wish SPP well) should really stop this “ thingy”.

WP and SDP are serious parties who really want to achieve something for the good of Singapore. If their mission is that their path towards Singapore attaining true mature democracy include winning ‘blah blah” constituencies during the GE ( which , may I remind you, only comes once half-decadely ) why should their plans be modified to accommodate some other party. I am by nature a very nice guy, who seldom pour cold water or be wet blanket ( or be slimeball ) etc.

I do not like to disparage any Singaporeans who are in opposition politics as this is already courage in itself. So if those other guys do not get the message already and come out GE after GE to try to win back their deposits,  then do they not deserve to get 3- or even 4 cornered!.  ( A really uncanny imagery comes to mind of someone who puts a 100 bucks on a bench and goes walkabout , then comes back 10 minutes later to see if it is still there). Phew! Lucky I got back my 100 bucks or damned it- some thief stole my money . Boo hoo hoo!  They try again 5 years later! Come on already!

In most mature countries (ok- some will argue that we are anything but this), each ward is contested by all the major parties. In the UK, we do not expect the Lib Dem to horse trade with Labour to rob the Tories of a win? Heck (I mean, well), the Greens are there , as are eccentrics like Looney Tune Party ( or whatever). Hence when the time is right (either due to economy cycle or strong leadership or even Falklands war etc), parties win or lose and the people's wishes are heard and the nation moves on. 

This come-together of strange bed-fellows (to me) is only defensible in tyrannical regimes , eg Syria or Nazi Germany , where your enemy’s enemy is your friend and your only aim is the overthrow of the despot and after that all bets are off? Are we there already? Look at Libya and Iraq… overthrow the tyrant, then what?

How did the PAP go from an opposition party to the ruling party it is today ( some say,  they played dirty and were ruthless etc) ? Did they go from GE to GE giving way to other parties each time? 

We need serious political parties who seriously have a serious plan: 

We need serious parties to become credible parties with fire in their bellies to be ready to rule at a moment’s notice. We need alternative policies ( not good enough to say, we like PAP policy but we will be better…). We need parties to come out of shadows and to have Shadow ministers for all portfolios so that Singaporeans can know where they stand on issues like economy, education, taxation, foreign affairs, ISD, press freedom, right to protest etc.

She is not Nicole! NS would not dress like this at this event! Duh! WWNW

On a more serious note, it has come to my notice that there is a comparison between Nicole Seah and a young lady named Kevryn. This is unfair… for Nicole. Nicole ( and to some her mother too, ) will forever remain etched in our collective memory of what we want from a young Singaporean. Articulate without being show-offish, glam without being crass. Gorgeous without needing to shorten her skirt! We really miss Nicole. Join PAP or whoever you want. Singapore needs you!

Kevryn Lim, on the other hand…

Most understand that many young people model ( for money or for any other reason that slips my mind now), and these Singaporeans may still rightly aspire to be our future leaders. But to turn up for a political event in an unparliamentary outfit , full knowing the presence of the press, is ( almost) political suicide. No need Long sleeve or cover ankle... just think WWNW ( What Would Nicole Wear?) 

Perhaps it’s just me, or it is also true to my very few readers who are (is) still reading this, that political parties always try to be politically correct ( which I actually think is so pass√© ) ? Someone from my daily coffee club says that actually what Kavryn wore was not revealing enough ( I think he was joking but I cannot be sure)!


So perhaps, I was expecting some words from Ms Lim to try to ameliorate with words what her dress could not, but apparently, she is feisty and is fighting on (there is hope in this young lady – perhaps I should just ignore what little cloth I see). 

Read these feisty words from Kevryn ( here)  Perhaps Kevryn is thinking " What does not kill me makes me stronger! " Nietzsche or Kelly Clarkson ( if you must).

Then let the voters decide- put her in Macpherson against the aunty killer PAP’s Tin Pei Ling! 

Anyway- congratulations to Tin Pei Ling (another very feisty politician) who is now proud mother of a bouncy baby boy! 


Cheers,

Dr Huang Shoou Chyuan

8 comments:

andrew tungsk said...

WP has learned fast from our Aristocratic Masters. They think it is a waste of time to hear the others out. If they believe having an opposition in Parliament is important they should give way to one another to get into Parliament.

Anonymous said...

Well, in Canada, I do not know if horse-trading is taking place amongst the major Federal opposition parties (Liberals, NDP and Green). That said, there are groups of voters organized to swing voters from one opposition party to another in a multi-corner fight, to ensure that the Conservatives do not get majority seats again with narrow margins in a first-past-the-post election system. People here are sick of the Conservatives' policies (trampling on Canadian civil rights and the environment for the interests of the wealthy few and/or big businesses) and several groups are formed as people pledged to vote whichever opposition party candidate that has the best chance of ousting out the Conservative candidate in each election zone (i.e. if their favourite opposition candidate does not seem to be the strongest competitor).

As for Singapore, if someone(s) had historically used ISA to cull political opponents, then their heirs can expect to be treated in the same "all's fair in the game of love and war" manner -- it's called karma.
https://dotseng.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/karma/

nofearSingapore said...

Hi Andrew Tung: Thanks. My point is the opposite. Have you seen the quality of some of the other parties. Let's be honest, ones who are in Pasir Ris has zero chance of winning anything. I will not even vote for them if they are the only party in the world. Why should WP strategize and recruit well qualified candidates for the past 5 years, and then in the pre-GE period, just because of " unity" give way to such parties espy as I said, GE's only comes twice each decade. No, let WP/SDP run for as many seats as they feel necessary to achieve their aim of forcing Sg onto a sustainable democracy and let voters wise up and support the strongest candidate in a multi-corner contest.

Anonymous (Canada): Thanks. Yes I know what you mean. Many feel that this is a "war" scenario where the small rebel groups put away their differences and then kick out the aggressor then sort out their difference after that happens ( what I mention about Syria or Nazi Germany). However even if some voters feel that way- does SDA or DPP have the quality to win anything? If not - isn't giving way a wasted opportunity? Politics is brutal, not some election for the Class Monitor...

patriot said...

Frankly, me am quite impressed witg the Horse Trading this time amongst the Alternative Parties.

I was extremely sad to note that for a tiny dot, there are too many political parties. And not only that, many new chief were formerly with other existing parties.
This cannot be good as it goes to show fragmentations within the Party itself as well as those among the different parties.

Like to say here that Alternative Parties MUST MINDFUL THAT THEIR IMPROVING POPULARITY IS DEFINITELY SOLELY OF THEIR OWN EFFORTS.

WITHOUT THE SOCIAL/POLITICAL ACTIVISTS AND NETIZENS, ALTERNATIVE PARTIES MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE MUCH IMPACT.

ALTERNATIVE PARTIES MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS OFFERED AND ARE BEING OFFER BY BLOGGERS SUCH AS REDBEAN AKA CHUA CHIN LENG OF MY SINGAPORE NEWS, TATLER OF SINGAPORE NOTES, AU OF YAWNING BREAD.
OF COURSE NO FEAR SINGAPORE IS AMONGST THEM AND AGGREGATORS LIKE THE DEFUNCT INTELLIGENT SINGAPOREANS, THE REAL SINGAPORE AND CURRENTLY ACTIVE THE ONLINE CITIZEN, TRE, THE STATES TIMES, SG POLITICS AND MANY MORE FOR RALLYING THE PEOPLE TOWARDS THE ALTERNATIVE PARTIES.

It is going to be too long to go on, therefore I shall just say to all the Political Parties that they SHOUKD AND MUST WORK FOR THE WELLBEINGS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE SOCIETY.
THEY SHOULD NEVER SEEK FORTUNE AND FAME FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CRONIES.

By the way, CRONYISM IS APPARENT TO MOST.
SINGAPOREANS MUST NOT ALLOW IT TO FESTER ANY FURTHER.

patriot

patriot said...

My apology for rhe many spelling and grammar mistakes.

A correction is needed at 'that Alternative Parties MUST (BE) MINDFUL THAT THEIR IMPROVING POPULARITY IS DEFINITELY (NOT) SOLELY OF THEIR OWN EFFORT.....

patriot

nofearSingapore said...

Patriot,
you flatter me by lumping me together with more illustrious bloggers/blogs.
Since you seem to know so much, do you know what has happened to some previously active bloggers who have now gone quiet.

This includes Lucky Tan , Yawning Bread ( Alex Au) has gone quiet except when fighting for his favourite gay agenda, ex-NMP Siew Kum Hong has also gone off into the dark.

Anyway you can stir them up again?

Best wishes

Dr Huang

patriot said...

Dear Good Dr Huang;

Me feels bad to disappoint You regarding the Four Bloggers.
Though I am a regular at their Blogs, I have not met them in person.

Participating in blogs happens to be an alternative for me after I stopped reading the Print Versions of the State Media which carry too much propanda for my liking.

Indeed me has got to meet many activists and bloggers at Speakers Corner and also participate in some of their ground works including hustings, I did not meet the Four.
Had seen pictures of Alex Au and Siew Kum Hong but no idea how Lucky Tan looks like. Did make combined effort with Redbean to meet up with the Late feedmetothefish, however, he declined.

Feel so sorry not able to provide the Information You are seeking.

My apology.

patriot

Peng Hui LEE said...

"In the UK, we do not expect the Lib Dem to horse trade with Labour to rob the Tories of a win?"
In fact, yes,we do.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib–Lab_pact

The Liberals will get into bed with anyone in order to get into government, as they did with the Tories.

In countries where voting is by proportional representation, horse trading is often the norm (e.g. in Israel)