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工人党的左派政治

Mar 12, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

经过一周的唇枪舌剑,针对财政预算案的辩论在周一结束。这是首次公开播放的预算案辩论,相信不少公众都非常期待工人党的表现,毕竟他们在去年大选中斩获更多议席,这是在国人面前展现他们论政能力的机会。不过,纵观这支由反对党领袖毕丹星率领的新团队,在国会上提出的观点和言论,让人联想起美国某些政党的极端左派政治路线,确实令人有些担忧。

被誉为工人党“明日之星”的林志蔚,提出的提议都让大家听了摸不着头脑。首先,他提议让政府删除获释犯人非暴力罪行的案底,让未来雇主无法得知他们曾坐过牢或犯过法。如果这项建议获得通过,那是否意味着曾经非礼过孩童的人,获释后可以在托儿所上班;曾经在地铁上非礼乘客的前囚犯,可以继续在公共交通任职;犯下破门行窃的小偷也可以当保安人员,这样的情况是否让人喜闻乐见呢?

林志蔚接着建议,让教育部重新鉴定入校的制度以及给学校的资助,即在小一新生报名2A/2B阶段,学校收取越多学生,当局给予的资助就越少。这提议到底有什么实质意义?难道学校出名有错,那些选择较出名学校的家长和学生也有错,必须以减少资助给予惩处?这样的建议不但不会改善学校里的制度或学生的生活,殊不知有可能弄巧成拙,将让在名校里读书的贫困学生的生活变得雪上加霜。

林志蔚也表示,我们的学生能够在国际上取得骄人的成绩,完全是因为补习而不是老师们苦心的教育。我的女儿在某小学当老师,她日出而作日入而息,在学校里为莘莘学子劳心劳肺,林志蔚在国会上一番谈话就要抹杀了老师们的功劳?

不仅如此,林志蔚这名经济学副教授,在国会上给我们上了一堂经济学课,并主张货币投机行为将对新元有益。理论上,他的建议固然有吸引人的地方,可是他却忘了要顾及国人的生计,可见制定政策似乎并非他的强项。投机货币将导致新元贬值,进而严重影响小市民的荷包,因为新加坡很多东西都依靠进口,如果没有稳当的货币政策,无论是一杯咖啡、一包米或小贩中心的食物价格将翻倍,影响大家的生计。一直仗着以新加坡和新加坡人利益为先的工人党,怎么能任由党员发表这样的言论呢?

另一方面,工人党秘书长毕丹星指责新加坡高级公务员都被自己的宗教所影响,虽然他并没明确点出,但意指渲染反基督教的情绪,声援认为高级公务员及国会中有太多的基督教徒,希望以此争取非基督教徒的票数。可是,他在阿裕尼集选区的队员费沙又要求政府,允许制服团体的回教公务员戴头巾,这样的建议不会让人觉得回教公务员也被自己的宗教所影响吗?真是大搞双重标准啊!

工人党在财政预算案辩论中的提案到底达到了什么目的?是否如在竞选期间所说的在监督政府,抑或在社会各阶层,各宗教之间制造对立和分歧,加深彼此间的怀疑?不考虑国人安全,提议删除犯人案底,是否是为了走捷径,免除协助前犯人融入社会的责任?

问政绝对不是一件容易的事情,因为它将直接关系到国家的兴衰起落,所以必须在深思熟虑之后才发言提议。然而,目前工人党团队的建议和言论颇为极端,问政方式又显然与前工人党秘书长刘程强的观念背道而驰。这样的新做法是否能够继续留住工人党支持者,又或是为了哗众取宠而意在吸引其他选民,这一切还有待观察。

PSP's Tan Cheng Bock voted out as Sec-Gen after alleged party infighting

Apr 01, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Former Republic of Singapore Air Force colonel Francis Yuen has been appointed secretary-general of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), taking over from party founder Tan Cheng Bock.

Dr Tan, 80, has become party chairman. This was announced by the PSP on Thursday (April 1), after its central executive committee (CEC) met on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, PSP Non-Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai said Mr Yuen was the committee's unanimous choice to "lead PSP to the next level".

"Francis will lead and galvanise the party while (Dr Tan) concentrates on strengthening external support for PSP," he wrote.

Chairman role is basically a glorified flower pot

In many organisations around the world, the Secretary-General position has the authority to make all the decisions of running the organisation - or party. The Chairman generally does not have any more power pe se than any other voting member of the Executive Committee, except the power to run board meetings.

Comparatively, the Secretary-General is like the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

For example, the People's Action Party chairman is Gan Kim Yong while the Secretary-General is Lee Hsien Loong.

Party infighting?

The change comes amid reports of a rift in the party. An online news site, the RedWire Times, said in March that some party cadres have demanded for Dr Tan to step down as secretary-general, and allow for "more talented rising stars" to take over.

Commenting on the Redwire Times report, PSP member Kumaran Pillai said the new CEC line-up is in no way a reflection of any disagreement over the leadership of the party. Rather, Mr Yuen assuming the secretary-general role is part of a planned transition, he added.

“When Dr Tan started the party, he said he will mentor someone younger, and he hasn’t deviated from his original mission. People shouldn’t be reading too much into it.”

Mr Pillai added that he had a long dialogue with the party cadre who was quoted anonymously by Redwire Times as saying that some cadres are mustering support to demand for Dr Tan to step down from his post.

“His intention is not to stage a coup within the party. I think people have misinterpreted it and misunderstood what he said, sometimes it's like playing broken telephone, you say one thing and by the time you get to the last person, the whole story gets distorted along the way... there’s no infighting, there's no malice,” he said.

In other words, the flower pot needs watering.