Saturday, 5 September 2015

GE2015: Mouse In The House

PM Lee calls opposition MPs a ‘mouse in the House’, also likens Singapore to a mythical creature

PM Lee took no time to criticise the performance of opposition Members of Parliament (MP). He raised the example of how in 1955, the PAP only had three members (Lee Kuan Yew, Lim Chin Siong and Goh Chew Chua) elected to the legislative assembly, and how “they established such a reputation for themselves, especially Mr Lee Kuan Yew, that in 1959, they swept the general election and formed the Government.”

He contrasted the above example with how the last Parliament had 10 opposition MPs voted in after GE2011 and how their performance “frankly, has been disappointing”.

He said that opposition parties gave “fierce, rousing” speeches during election hustings but had low-key Parliament performances.

With that, he likened opposition MPs to mice:
“You voted for a tiger in the chamber and you got a mouse in the House … It’s one of these Frankenstein monsters… Every night, it turns into a tiger and every day, it turns into a mouse.”
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Lee Hsien Loong: The Workers’ Party is a mouse and Frankenstein’s monster


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attacked the Opposition Workers’ Party for not voicing out in Parliament by calling them a mouse and Frankenstein’s monster:
  • “The opposition frankly has been disappointing, because when you go for election rallies, it’s very easy to make fierce rousing speeches. But when they come to Parliament, none of these issues are raised. Because they know that if in Parliament they raise those issues, face to face, in debate, they’ll be pinned down and the fallacies and insincerities will be exposed.
  • So you voted for a tiger in the chamber and you got a mouse in the house. It’s one of these Frankenstein monsters. Every day it turns into a tiger, every night it turns into a mouse.”
Name-calling and dirty politics are getting more frequent as the ruling party PAP is poised to lose more votes in this coming election. PM Lee Hsien Loong is exceptionally frustrated at the Workers’ Party which have won two by-elections in recent years and their growing popularity.

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Tiger or mouse? How about the mouse that roared?

I SUPPOSE it wasn’t unexpected that the Prime Minister would try to tackle that most seductive of Opposition arguments to send them into Parliament: the need for checks and balances. The Workers’ Party rode on this wave when the people sent seven of its members into the House and another two got in through the Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) system in GE2011. Singapore People’s Party’s Lina Chiam, who lost Potong Pasir after 27 years in her husband’s hands, was also brought in as an NCMP.

PM Lee Hsien Loong, secretary-general of the People’s Action Party, yesterday described their parliamentary performance as “disappointing”. “Because when you go for election rallies, it’s very easy to make fierce rousing speeches. But when they come to Parliament, none of these issues are raised. Because they know that if in Parliament they raise those issues, face to face, in debate, they’ll be pinned down and the fallacies and insincerities will be exposed.

“So you voted for a tiger in the chamber and you got a mouse in the House. It’s one of these Frankenstein monsters. Every day it turns into a tiger, every night it turns into a mouse.” 

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The Mouse That Roar

Finger pointing in the wrong direction, Lee Hsien Loong missed the quiet mice in his own team in Parliament. The brigadier general was never strong in marksmanship anyway, he was bested by his own papa at a rifle range in Brunei.

Raymond Lim obviously zipped his lips after being dethroned from his million dollar perch. He was not about to give his successor any tips on running the Transport Ministry, not for a paltry $16,000 a month anyway.

The surprise revelation - and this is according to Hansard, the name for Parliamentary records - is that Goh Chok Tong spoke only once in Parliament since he was re-elected in 2011. He finally got off his seat-warmer bum in February 2013 to support the divisive Population White Paper. He was one of the 77 PAP MPs who endorsed the 6.9 million "planning parameter".
"Regarding population size, I, too, am not sure about the idea of having 6.9 million people. Many Singaporeans cannot imagine how that can work, when their daily experience with 5.3 million people is of crowded trains and buses. It is good that Deputy Prime Minister Teo has reiterated and reassured all of us that 6.9 million is only a planning parameter and not a policy target."
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The GE2015 Zodiac

SO MANY animal references have come up in this General Election that we couldn’t resist having a bit of fun with it. We present: The GE2015 Zodiac. (OK, so we had to fudge it a bit because we don’t believe unicorns, grasshoppers or sparrows are among the 12 animals.) Here’s how the creatures, big, small and mythical, have been used and abused by this year’s political candidates:
  1. The Rooster
  2. The Snake
  3. The Dragon
  4. The Dog
  5. The Unicorn
  6. The Horse
  7. The Tiger
  8. The Mouse
  9. The Grasshopper
  10. The Sheep
  11. The Monkey
  12. The Sparrow
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