What’s a strong win for Singapore’s PAP amid Covid-19 and political succession?

Jul 04, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
"These thresholds have come to indicate the relative degree of satisfaction with the PAP since it has been so overwhelmingly dominant for so long. This remains the case even though they have no practical effect on PAP governance and control," said Chong Ja Ian, associate professor of political science at the National University of Singapore.

The government subsequently made constitutional changes allowing for more non-ruling party representation in Parliament, to avoid what leaders described as a "Freak" election result of voters exercising the desire for alternative voices at the polling booth but inadvertently toppling the PAP.In terms of share of seats, 1991 was also a turning point, where for the first time since 1968, the PAP lost four seats to the opposition.

"The PAP expects and wants to be in total political control. This is deeply rooted in the PAP's view of itself, as a meritocratic elite deserving of exceptional latitude to get on with ruling without too many challenges or scrutiny between elections," said Rodan.

Inderjit Singh said: "The PAP wants voters to send a message to the PAP that they have confidence in the 4G leadership to lead Singapore in the next 10 to 15 years."

Opposition members such as former NCMP Dennis Tan, who is seeking to help the Workers' Party retain its single-seat ward of Hougang, has described the scheme as a "Poisoned chalice" while former PAP stalwart turned opposition party leader Tan Cheng Bock said it was a "Ploy" to entice voters to support the PAP.Indeed, the PAP is seeking to mobilise its base and persuade swing voters to come to its side.

Leong Mun Wai pulled a 'Raeesah Khan' in Parliament on Telegram hearsay

Jan 13, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
On Tuesday (Jan 11), Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member Leong Mun Wai claimed that he received feedback from residents, "that some teachers have already practised vaccination diferentiated safe management measures in schools".

When asked by Education Minister Chan Chun Sing to name the schools and teachers involved, Leong backpedalled and said that the feedback was through Whatsapp and that he would need to ask 'his' residents before making a clarification. He later disclosed that the feedback originated from a Telegram group called SG Concerned Parents.

After a terse exchange between Chan and Speaker of the House Tan Chuan Jin, Leong admitted that the chat group messages did not name any particular schools.

Indranee: When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it

Leong's response drew a rebuke from Leader of the House Indranee Rajah who admonished Leong for making unsubstantiated claims.

Indranee rose and said: "When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it. And that is why Minister Chan (had) asked, ‘Please provide me with the details of which school and which teacher so that the Ministry of Education can follow up'.”

She described Leong’s explanation on Tuesday as an attempt to “grandstand” or make broad speeches that have no bearing on the details requested by the Education Minister.

Leong Mun Wai another Raeesah Khan?

In August last year, Raeesah shared an anecdote in Parliament about details of a rape case she alleged was mishandled by the police. She later admitted to lying about the anecdote.

In 2014, Workers' Party MP Faisal Manap also made an unsubstantiated claim alleging that when he was a counsellor, he came across a couple who were having housing issues and advised to file for a divorce by the Housing and Development Board — so that the wife would be eligible to buy a house under the Singles Scheme and she could subsequently remarry her husband.

He later apologised for not verifying the authenticity of his anecdote.