To understand PAP true intentions with AHPETC-gate, the best approach is to look at what their big guns, the ministers, have said thus far.
Representing the legal angle, the stern-looking Law Minister Sham specifically characterized AHPETC actions and management to be ‘unlawful’. This is staking PAP’s high legal grounds. The intention is to appeal to the segment of voters who consider the rule of law a major pillar in governance.
Representing the face of a caring, selfless, citizen-focused government, the boyish Education Minister, with not much of a commanding presence given his height deficit, came out on one of his rare occasions to speak on non-education issues. Speaking rather softly, almost mother-like tones, he put ‘residents’ interest’ front and centre of the issue. “Mr Heng wrapped up his speech by stressing that this motion is not about partisan politics and pointing out the many failings and questionable practices of WP, but it is about electing MPs with integrity, a deep sense of responsibility and taking the trust of people seriously. (link)
Finally, we have the grandiloquent sound (I do not say ‘voice’) of morality in the form of a sagely National Development Minister Khaw. He was ‘sadder’ listening to WP MPs’ ‘political, arrogant, evasive etc’. (One wonders why ‘hypocritical’ didn’t cross his pure, enlightened mind.) He even pontificated, with a straight face, ““I am also a very religious man. So, where possible, I try to help. Whoever. Doesn’t matter. …If you are honest, you are clean, I would do my best to help you.”
Khaw’s Ministry of National Development will follow thro’ with 3 items, namely;
(a) AHPETC to remedy the problems – To submit an unqualified set of their FY2013 financial statements to MND by 30 Jun this year, and FY2014 financial reports by 31 Aug this year. – To deal decisively with the gross incompetence of its MA.
(b) MND to suspend the S&CC Grants MND has withheld this year, FY2014 S&CC grant from the AHPETC worth about $7mil.
(c) MND to amend the TCs Act
My sole intention of this article is to address the suspension of the $7mil S&CC grant. Here’s how we, firm believers in ending PAP’s dominance, should put our money where our mouths are.
I am NOT, or ever was, a member of Workers’ Party. Many TRE readers here may recall that I’m unemployed (now, a month short of 40). I have still 3 children 20 – 25, still studying with a mortgage to service.
In short, I am doing this not without some effort and pain to my dwindling funds. I would like to offer S$1000/- as an interest-free loan to AHPETC and call upon ALL true blue Singaporeans, regardless your support of political parties, to join me to do likewise. Regardless the reasons for WP’s failure, inexperience or neglect in this episode, let us all come together and show the hypocritical PAP ministers what it really means to ‘pledge ourselves as one united people’.
Let us show our concerns for AHPETC residents, whether they voted PAP or WP. They should not be penalized by a Town Council system that is in practice anything but apolitical.
The money we put at AHPETC’s disposal will be strictly a loan albeit without interest. And full payment must be made within 7 working days upon receiving the S&CC grants from MND. Workers Party,
I now throw the ball into your court. Set up the mechanics for the collection and proper recording of our money that we are loaning to AHPETC.
…and, if I were a Workers Party MP, I would hang my head in shame not to have thought of this idea to use your considerable income as a stop-gap loan for use by the Town Council while failing to give PAP no reason to fault AHPETC. Time for you, Mr Low, Ms Lim, Mr Manap, Mr Chen & Mr Singh to put your money where your mouths are, offer loans to AHPETC so that your residents do not suffer any drop in the quality of municipal services.
To fellow citizens who believe in my proposal, you can be assured that your loan is 100% safe and will be fully returned. MND cannot not pay AHPETC, only delay its payment.
See what geniuses the cabinet of 5 generals are – handing us all a golden, cost-free opportunity to demonstrate our disgust with their hypocrisy and political fixing and punishing citizens as collateral damage instead of selflessly serving us.