Mar 5, 2018

Shanmugam vs Sylvia Lim in Parliament: distasteful clash!

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By Chua Seng Chwee

 

Shanmugam vs Sylvia Lim in Parliament.

( A most distasteful clash over what should have been a sensible Debate on the issue of the GST hike re the 2018 Budget )

My take as a Concerned Senior Citizen who has eaten more salt than any of the MPs in Parliament:

 

This impudence, intolerance, bullying, belittling etc towards Opposition MPs must stop !

It reinforces an already ugly perception of elitism, arrogance and rudeness that has been the hallmark of Senior Ministers, in particular Shanmugam, CCS, KBW, Dr.BK, who behave as if they are disciplinary school masters waving a cane, pointing fingers and picking on students they dislike ( for little or no reason ) in a publicly televised “classroom.”

They forget that people like Sylvia Lim are Elected Representatives of their constituency and act as the voice of the voters they represent. Is it so difficult to behave and act in a gracious, considerate and gentlemanly manner ? Try displaying that same arrogance and bullying tactics in front of the constituents who voted for you , as well as those who didn’t , and see what happens come the next GE. ( As I see it, you all will be losing a lot of votes in the next GE , for reasons that are so apparent perhaps not to you but surely to the silent, disappointed voters, 70 percent of whom happened to vote for your party in the last GE.)

If you can smile, display grace, kindness, warmth and respect for your constituents, why can’t you do the same to your Opposites in Parliament? Or are we merely witnessing unashamed hypocracy or " political wayang" to retain and win more votes?

Just because this is the Year of the Dog, doesn’t mean that Govt Ministers and MPs are entitled to treat their political Opposites as one ! Yes, they are your Opposites, not your Opponents. They are just as loyal and concerned over the nation as any of the PAP members are ! And they have every right to question and query the PM and Govt Ministers because that’s precisely why they are in Parliament and being paid by taxpayers, to play that role ! Why be so irritated, suspicious, angry....waiting for every opportunity to bully and belittle them for exercising their erstwhile Parliamentary role ?

And don’t ever forget: they are just as human and worthy of being heard and respected as fellow humans and fellow Parliamentarians instead of being viewed as under class “Opponents” or scheming , ill intent , political foes .....and therefore not entitled or even worthy of the treatment you confer on your constituents or for that matter, the servants, guard dogs and policemen providing the security for your proud elitist homes !

Would it make the PAP Govt, in particular the Senior Minister, happy if there is not even a single opposing force or dissenting voice in Parliament ? In that case, what kind of a shit house ‘Parliamentary Democracy’ are we living in where a member of an Opposition party cannot even open her mouth to make a comment, offer a dissenting view ......or given the courtesy to say something !......without being accused of causing panic to, or casting aspersions on, a thin skinned governing party ?

 

https://www.facebook.com/chua.sengchwee/posts/1980975161917313

 

 

Mar 5, 2018

Shanmugam = worst law minister in SG history yet. A huge national embarrassment this kek leng lawyer is. BITE ME.

Mar 7, 2018

Poor 阿姨 Sylvia Lim so obviously being bullied by DIS-GRACE-FU & gang in parliament.

 

Mar 7, 2018

A crystal clear demonstration of what a third world parliament looks like.

Mar 8, 2018

SUPPORT SYLVIA LIM ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!! SCREW DIS-GRACEFUL AND HER WHITE MONKEYS!!!!!!!!

 

WP MP Sylvia Lim won't apologise in Parliament regarding GST hike comments

 

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/mp-sylvia-lim-wont-apologise-parliament-regarding-gst-hike-comments-030731962.html

 

Member of Parliament (MP) and Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim refused to apologise and retract her statement in relation to allegations that the government had floated “test balloons” on the GST hike in a heated exchange with Leader of the House Grace Fu and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Thursday (9 March) in Parliament.

 

“I do not see any reason for me to retract the statements which I made during the exchanges with the minster…I will not apologise to this House because I believe I was doing my duty as an MP in the constitutional role.”

 

Speaking in Parliament ahead of the resumption of the Committee of Supply debate for the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Lim set out the sequence of events that led to her suspicions of the possibility of an imminent GST hike, adding that her suspicions may have been incorrect.

 

However Lim stopped short of giving an apology, stating instead that she was simply doing her job to raise her suspicions in Parliament.

 

“I believe I was doing my duty as an MP to convey ground concerns, reactions and confusions. I did not accuse the Government of being untruthful as alleged, and neither had I intended to accuse the government of dishonesty.

 

“I do not accept the over-characterisation the PAP (People’s Action Party) MPs have put on my words and intentions based on their own interpretation borne out of overactive imaginations and over sensitivity.”

 

In response, House Leader Fu said she was “deeply disappointed” that someone as experienced as Lim would “accuse the government of lack of candour”.

 

“I would Like to say that her conduct falls well short of the standards of integrity and honorable conduct we expect of all members. Regrettably to say that it reflects the low standards which the Member and her party have set for themselves with regard to commitment to truthful and honest debate in parliament.”

 

Fu added that that the privilege that MPs have to speak in Parliament comes with responsibilities.

 

“I would like to remind members of the house, that they may not abuse this privilege to misrepresent facts or mislead parliament, they are not entitled to make unsubstantiated allegations without taking steps to check the facts or knowingly maintain the allegations that have been shown to have no factual basis.”

 

Fu noted that unlike Workers’ Party member Leon Perera who withdrew and apologised to the House for “making misleading statements in a recent case”, Lim has refused to do the same.

 

“By so refusing, her conduct falls short of the standard of integrity and honor expected of all Members. I must therefore put the honorable Member on notice, and the rest of the House too, that if she repeats such dishonorable conduct and abuse parliamentary privilege, I will refer the matter to the Committee of Privileges.”

Mar 8, 2018

Now we know this woman has got more balls than the entire PAP cabinet combined.

Mar 8, 2018

Singapore is seriously doomed with the likes of Grace Fu and Shanmugam.

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