Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Desmond Lim suggested to have Nominated Minister

I do not support this stupid idea and I think Desmond Lim is crazy over intend to contest in Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC. He must be find it hard to come out better idea, plan to sell himself and gather support. Instead he turn to this stupid idea to gather support for voting opposition.

Even WP's supporters do not agree with him too. Take for example, PMonkey10 from Sammyboy said "The minister has power to create laws which governs the people. I certainly don't want someone who hasn't won a mandate in an election to go to parliament and come up with laws to govern us. I am disappointed with this suggestion by the SDA."

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Upgrading boost for Pasir Ris East

Well Done! Swimming Pool is finally here.

The Straits Times
April 12, 2006
Upgrading boost for Pasir Ris East

NEW life is being injected into Pasir Ris East, one of the oldest Housing Board estates in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.

Interim and lift upgrading programmes for eight blocks in Pasir Ris Street 12 were completed to the tune of $8 million last month.

Upgrading for another precinct of eight blocks in Pasir Ris Drive 6 will be wrapped up shortly.

Mr Raymond Lim, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and Foreign Affairs, will visit the area on April 23 to mark the completion of the $12 million upgrading project.

Yesterday, two-term MP Ahmad Mohamed Magad told reporters about other improvements at his Pasir Ris East ward, which has about 63,000 residents.

These included covered linkways, a revamped neighbourhood centre and an indoor fitness corner - a first for the GRC - at the void deck of Block 106, Pasir Ris Street 12.

In response to safety concerns, Jalan Loyang Besar - a narrow, winding road - will be broadened and straightened.

The Pasir Ris sports hall and swimming pool complex is also expected to be ready by 2009.

Dr Magad said the flats in the two precincts were built in the late 1980s and did not qualify for the interim upgrading programme, which gives a facelift to common areas in older estates.

But both he and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean, the GRC's anchor minister, pushed successfully for the area to be included in the programme.

'Now the area looks almost condo-style, minus the fencing,' he said.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Red Ants T-Shirt

Do not mistaken with the T-Shirts. These are PAP MPs and their supporters. Their T-Shirts is similar to some other party.

Charles Chong

sure or not ???

Set for a new battlefield?
Speculation rife that MP Charles Chong will contest MacPherson

Friday April 7, 2006

Loh Chee Kong

Fireworks can be expected in the battle for MacPherson as speculation abounds that popular Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Charles Chong will be switched to the Single Member Constituency at the upcoming polls.

With the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Singapore People's Party (SPP) eyeing the single seat ward, matters hotted up last month when a joint Opposition meeting failed to avert a three-cornered fight.

The situation was resolved after more than three weeks when the DPP decided to make way for SPP's chairman Sin Kek Tong to contest the single seat ward.

Yesterday, it was reported that Mr Chong who is largely credited with pushing for the opening of Buangkok MRT station — might be redeployed to contest at MacPherson.

When contacted, Mr Chong laughed off the speculation.

"I can't deny nor confirm it because I've been in this game long enough to know that there can be last minute changes.

"Unless the announcement is made by the Prime Minister, everything else is really speculation. MPs are also known to fill in two different sets of nomination forms."

Incumbent MacPherson MP Matthias Yao, 50, won the last election with more than 83 per cent of the votes. However, the Mayor of South East District, who has been an MP since 1991, has been keeping a low profile of late.

New PAP candidates Mr Teo Ser Luck and Mr Michael Palmer have also been spotted during walkabouts in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, adding weight to the speculation that Mr Chong may be leaving the constituency, which would be expanded to a six-man GRC in the upcoming polls.

Conceding that he has been visiting various wards in the last few months, Mr Chong said that such walkabouts are routine party activities.

He added: "The fact is that we visit different branches to hear the people's concerns and to see how we can help them. I don't think it means that we would be contesting in various branches."

Since joining politics in 1988, Mr Chong has contested in Sembawang and the now-defunct Eunos GRC.

He has served residents in Pasir Ris since 1997 and last year, he endeared himself to Buangkok residents when he successfully lobbied for the opening of its MRT station where the "white elephant" incident took place.

Still, Mr Chong is prepared to fight the battle anywhere the party decides.

He said: "As PAP MPs, we are always prepared for the three R's either you are retained at where you are, redeployed or you are retired."

Monday, April 03, 2006

New PAP face steps in for an injured Minister
Monday April 3, 2006
Christie Loh

JUST days after he was revealed as a new election candidate for the People's Action Party (PAP), lawyer Michael Palmer, 37, addressed residents as a grassroots leader.

At a baby show held at Pasir Ris Elias Community Club, Mr Palmer turned up unannounced and delivered a speech on behalf of Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean, the Member of Parliament (MP) leading the PAP team in the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.

Mr Teo, who used a walking cane, told reporters that he had sprained his foot so it was "more convenient" for the Eurasian candidate to give the keynote address — "otherwise I'll be going up the stage several times".

Mr Palmer displayed spontaneity by peppering the text prepared for the Minister with his personal experiences. During the 3-minute speech that launched an informal interest group for newly-weds, Mr Palmer shared: "I've been married for close to 10 years .. it's really very important, especially in the early years of marriage, to come together with other couples to share and interact."

Fellow new candidate Mr Teo Ser Luck, 37, also attended the baby show. When asked if both men would be fielded in Pasir Ris-Punggol in the upcoming election, Mr Teo said: "We'll be very happy to have them on our team. The final line-up has not been decided yet."

Mr Palmer had his first feel of the constituency last weekend when he went on a block walkabout.

Monday, March 27, 2006

news from Reuters :Singapore's ruling party warns voters against opposition

Monday March 27, 6:45 PM
Singapore's ruling party warns voters against opposition
By Fayen Wong

SINGAPORE, March 27 (Reuters) - Singapore's ruling party, which is likely to call an early election this year, has warned voters if they elect an opposition candidate their constituency stands to lose out on state-subsidised improvements.

Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who visited an opposition ward at the weekend, told local reporters that it would be in the residents' interests to vote for a People's Action Party (PAP) candidate at the next election if they want their estates to be get new lifts and improved shopping facilities.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently asked Goh, a former Prime Minister, to help win back Singapore's two opposition wards. The tiny, fragmented opposition holds only two out of the 84 elected seats in parliament.

Chiam See Tong, chief of the Singapore Democratic Alliance, has led the Potong Pasir constituency for the past 25 years while Workers' Party secretary-general Low Thia Kiang has chaired the Hougang ward since 1991.

"I do not want the two constituencies to be left behind, especially Potong Pasir, an old estate. Five years down the road, assuming Chiam do win, there will be no upgrading," Goh was quoted as saying on state broadcaster Channel NewsAsia's Web site.

Goh's comments echo remarks he made before the January 1997 poll, when he told voters that those wards which elected an opposition candidate would be the last in line for upgrading and risked becoming "slums".

The upgrading of state-built housing estates typically includes a fresh coat of paint, new parks and playgrounds, and facilities for the elderly such as ramps and lifts that stop on every floor.

The ruling PAP has dominated parliament since Singapore's independence in 1965.
Goh told voters in the opposition wards at the weekend that if they elected a PAP candidate at the next poll, he would propose that those two members of parliament be freed of the party whip. PAP members of parliament are required to vote in line with the party.

Analysts say the PAP's decision to put Goh in charge of winning back the opposition wards reflects the increased prominence of the opposition, which recently said it would contest as many as 57 of the 84 elected seats at the next poll.

"The PAP is now focusing on the opposition constituencies, putting them as top priority. This will force the opposition's two top leaders to defend their own wards instead of venturing out," political scientist Ho Khai Leong told Reuters.

Lee, who took over from Goh in August 2004, does not need to call a parliamentary election until mid-2007, but many observers expect a poll in coming weeks or months as the government takes advantage of a strong economy.

Last week, the PAP revealed three new candidates for the upcoming election as it plans to retire some of the older politicians.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

SDA team for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC formed and ready

On 25 March 2006, SDA was interviewed by CNA while SDA was at Punggol Central doing a House visit. Mr Desmond Lim said "his team is formed and ready, but will not rule out any last minute changes. "

He reiterate the point that SDA already on the ground earlier. Mr Desmond Lim said: "Our ground work is not done just based on the last few weeks, but as far as earlier than last year. Only lately we try to intensify ourselves, we know what is the ground issues and the sentiments over here."

Mr Desmond Lim have to reiterate this point because, nobody seen or spoted SDA in Pasir Ris until few weeks ago. Maybe as a resident in Pasir Ris , Mr Desmond Lim himself visited his own neighbours since last year. :)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Most new PAP candidates born after 1965

An article in "The Straits Times" dated 23 March 2006. Mr Teo Chee Hean was quoted saying that "we particularly looked for people who are born after 1965 - the post-independence generation," and "They are people who are in the middle of building their careers, young families, starting a company, settling into their first homes."

These young PAP candidates may have views different from their parents and grandparents. He said. "So it is an important group of people whose needs and aspirations have to be attended to and they have to be well represented in Parliament."

All these years PAP have been trying hard to "self-renew" and keep the party relevant. So far, PAP have been successful to these area.

However, I am worried that the "aspirations" of these young PAP candidates in the Parliament, may affect policies that not in the favour of those above 40 years old groups.

I hope the PAP will not forget that with the aging population, many people above 40 years old needs to be taken care in years to come.