Wednesday, 9 September 2015

GE 2015: Rallies Round-up & Trolls

THE home-stretch now. Four more days to Polling Day and only two days left for the candidates to say their piece. After listening to the rallies over the past few days, we’ve identified five issues that have cut across party lines to emerge as the major themes of this election: Character, Checks and Balances, Cost of Living, Foreigners, and Family. Here’s what the candidates had to say about them. Nine rallies. One neat summary.
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How GE has made 2015 the year of the troll

IN DECEMBER last year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said “the coming GE is going to be a deadly serious fight”. Our PM is not prone to exaggeration. As promised, the lead up to GE 2015 has been insane.

Singapore’s trolls have come out in force, many having repurposed their entire existence into being temples of psychotic rage. If someone could find a way to generate power from pure crazy, Singapore right now would make the sun redundant. Troll Timeline:
  • August 3: NSP – Kevryn Lim
  • August 13: SDA – Desmond Lim
  • August 23: NSP – Steve Chia
  • August 28: WP – Daniel Goh
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#GuessWho Standing By The Roadside?

PAP fan boy page FAP (Fabrications About The PAP) posted this picture of Kevryn Lim implying that she is a sex worker. They then try to deny their claim by saying it was never explicitly stated.

Isn’t it disgusting that in 2015 a female politician in Singapore cannot run without getting sexism thrown at her face? They have to discuss what she is wearing instead of focusing on the policies that she wants to implement. Her dress isn’t remotely revealing or immodest.

This is a low blow and frankly quite fucked up. “she is making a statement with her attire” She is wearing a white dress that covers herself up, The dress alone does not make a statement, your statement “#guesswho standing by the road side” makes a statement. That you are a sexist pig who will desperately take any pot shots you can imagine up in your tiny sexist little brain of yours.

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Desmond Lim: He who toils in the background

It would appear that Desmond Lim has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

First, after an edited clip of a campaign video for the 2013 Punggol East by-election went viral earlier this month, netizens skewered the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) chairman for his poor command of the English language. But he’s taking the jibes in his stride. “I humbly tell [them] that this is me, and that I’m always trying to improve,” Mr Lim said. “I cannot stop those who wish to laugh at me, because I’m only concerned with things which are within my control.”

In this vein, what about his track record at the ballot boxes – even if they were three or four-cornered fights – something which is within his control? After all, the second criticism has been his poor performance as a political veteran. During the 2011 general elections and the 2013 by-election in Punggol East he garnered just 4.45 per cent and 0.57 per cent of the votes respectively, and as a result lost his election deposit on both occasions.

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I find it totally distasteful and downright despicable for supporters of some political party to utilize underhand smearing tactic to attack their opponents.

We won't be able to achieve "First World Parliament" with such Third World despicable dirty politics.

First the mob attack SDA Desmond Lim, harassing him to the max with all kinds of insinuation and smearing. Then they turn against NSP Sebastian Teo and Steve Chia.

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The Trolls have won

With this notice, I am announcing that I will not be standing for this coming ‪#‎GE2015‬ and will not be contesting in ‪#‎MacPhersonSMC‬ anymore.

It is with anguish and deep sadness that my lifelong ambition to be the people's spokesman in Parliament ends today.

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Several press in Singapore have received a letter on Thursday night from a "Max Chan" who alleged that Dr Daniel Goh had an affair in 2008 with a post-graduate student from NUS.

In the e-mail that was also sent to Workers' Party secretary-general Low Thia Khiang and chairman Sylvia Lim, the writer questioned Dr Goh's character and morals. He also claimed that the woman's boyfriend, whom he referred to only as J, had found out about the alleged affair through her phone messages.

Dr Goh said he was advising the female student in her master's thesis from 2007 to 2009. After she graduated, the student left Singapore to get a PhD.


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Daniel Goh’s Wife’s Response To Her Husband’s Infidelity Rumours Is Just Win

Forget it. Either you’re so threatening they need to stoop so low or they are so boh liao. I think your (all of you) time is better spent resting. Nothing to it. You know it’s bound to happen, gutter politics. No need to convince me. Make the meeting with Low chop chop. Tell him your wife says you need to sleep.

That was the SMS reply Daniel Goh got from his wife after allegations broke out that the Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) had an affair with a former student.

The allegations made against Daniel was sent via email to several newsrooms as well as to the chairman and secretary-general of the Workers’ Party Thursday night (27 Aug).

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Government-controlled media CNA engage in gutter politics smearing Workers’ Party Professor Daniel Goh

WP Professor Daniel Goh has confirmed that the rumor comes from a poison-pen letter sent anonymously to various media and the WP Headquarters:
“Hello everyone, thank you for your amazing support thus far. Thanks for encouraging me to stand strong. Someone wrote a poison pen letter to WP and to the media to smear me with the allegation that I had an affair with a former student of mine whom I supervised for her thesis. And the media is going to run the story online and in print. The timing is sensational.
I categorically refute the baseless allegations and I question the timing of the poison pen letter coming immediately after the candidate introduction. I have been in the public eye, involved with WP, for over two years, and if the intention is to alert the party to alleged moral failings, it would have been done earlier and directly to the party leaders. I have always maintained a professional relationship with my students. This is very hurtful and unfair to my family.”
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Poison Pen Letter: WP’s Luke Koh was Arrested for Offences Related to Messy Divorce

It was revealed to local tabloid The New Paper by a letter writer who chose to remain anonymous.

The letter writer said that “a person who wants to hold public office cannot have that kind of history behind him.”

The letter writer also said that he alerted the media instead of the Workers’ Party because “It is a failure on their part (the WP) if they do not exercise due diligence,” and would have done the same if Mr Koh had belonged to any other party.

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Arrest allegation made against WP's Luke Koh

When you want to occupy public office, you must not have a "dark history".

These were the words of a reader who felt a wider audience should be made aware of a candidate's history.

The reader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, felt the public should know that Mr Luke Koh, WP candidate for Nee Soon GRC, had been arrested before in connection with an acrimonious divorce.

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NSP President Sebastian Teo denounces mud-slinging, writes post to 'set the record straight'

National Solidarity Party (NSP) president Sebastian Teo on Wednesday (Aug 26) denounced the "mud-slinging tactics" he said had been used to discredit and inflict damage on him and his party.

The party was plunged into crisis last week, with the abrupt resignations of two central executive council (CEC) members - including acting secretary-general Hazel Poa - and revelations about Mr Teo's conviction for corruption in the 1970s put up on the web.

"I am confident that these mud-slinging tactics by our rivals and opponents will not work, and that what they reveal instead is a fear by them of the strength and appeal of the NSP," he said in a note titled "NSP President Sets The Record Straight" on NSP's Facebook.

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A Vote for Change (Singapore)

– The Middle Ground: Charge and counter-charge in Holland-Bukit Timah
– TOC: Sim Ann takes personal swipes at Chee Soon Juan
– Blinkymummy: Holland-Bukit Timah: President’s Scholars v 二叔 (2nd Uncle)
– My Singapore News: Paul Tambyah – A PAP fall out
– Zhun Bo, Singapore?!: Paul Tambyah loves Tharman, and that’s perfectly logical.
– Air-Conditioned Nation: Candidates
– Inconvenient Questions: Opponents, not enemies
– Project Flourishing Life: Dr Chee Soon Juan, Ms Sim Ann and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew
– S M Ong: Is Ho Ching not-so-subtly campaigning for hubby’s party on Facebook?
– Jeraldine Phneah: Speaking up for Workers’ Party Lim Ee Ping
– Kirsten Han: Many candidates want to champion education. But what about bullying?
– TR Emeritus: Who will you vote for?
– Five Stars and a Moon: Vote for strong leadership
– Blogging for Myself: GE 2015: Vote PAP or Oppo?
– Budget Babe: GE2015: Why the Opposition Still Isn’t Good Enough For My Vote
– Singapore General Elections 2016: Workers’ Party GE 2015 Rally Promises
– Fresh Grads: Much Ado About Voting For Opposition: 12 Ways to Sink the Titanic
– Reflections on SG: Reflections On PAP’s GE Statements
– Lukeyishandsome: Thoughts on Singapore’s GE2015
– Dewdrop Notes 露语: You Will Never Understand
– Javert’s World: PAP is running our of ideas for the GE campaign
– Likedatosocanmeh: PAP bankrupt of ideas, checks on government needed
– Just myself: Of Seasons and Elections
– Strawberriescontributions: Note from a resident(A Small Gesture)
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Cruise ship PAP: First class or cattle class?
– Singapore Life & Times: PAP Math wizardry: 1+1=3
– Alvinology: GE2015: What growing up in Chiam See Tong’s Potong Pasir taught me
– Just my Observation: GRC is farce and promotes despotism and autocracy in Spore
– Singapore NS, Laws and Quirks: Abolishment of NS as an Election Platform
– [FB] Pamela Lim: Do you want to pay more taxes?
– The Middle Ground: Mid-way through GE2015 and it’s neither here nor there
– 5 Stars & a Moon: DPM Tharman: who pays fancy “free” healthcare & education
– A Load of Fish: Taxing the rich to give to the poor
– Blogging for Myself: Idealism vs Realism: Chee vs Tharman
– Mothership: DPM Tharman’s speech only reason why people still have hope in PAP
– DKSG: Time for PAP to regain the people’s trust
– Alvinology: GE2015: Humanising Kenneth Jeyaretnam
– TOC: PAP’s Achilles heel is its inability to run a dignified election
– Malay Mail Online: The PAP is chicken rice
– Yawning Bread: The GE campaign so far: demographic and media landscape
– The Lycan Times: GE2015 at Half Time
– Guanyinmiao’s Musings: The Circus That Is The General Elections
– Run the Gamut: Vote for Labour Productivity
– I on Singapore: The Right (and Duty) to Vote
– Anyhow Hantam: Pathetic 1 Sided Media Coverage Gonna Cost PAP Badly
– Fresh Grads: The Case for More Opposition
– Social Commentator Singapore: GE2015: WP and PAP the most likely coalition
– Zhun Bo, Singapore?!: My problems with the opposition parties
– All Singapore Stuff: If Political Parties Were Women, What Kind Would They Be?
– Singapore Lighthouse: MPs are not Town Council Managers!
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Didn’t PM’s dad dad say we were daft?
– Reflections on SG: Immigration Fairy Tales
– Top of the Word: Singapore Must Get Smart and Trim Population
– A Singaporean says: Nomads: love them or loathe them?
– Javert’s World: Talk cock Goh
– Everything Also Complain: PAP is a cruise ship with a definite destination
– Piji Tailai: PAP paints confusing image of WP: Gambling Ship or Alternative Gov?
– Ministry Of Love And Justice: “I want to win! I want to win! I want to win!”
– Offbeat Perspectives: Ministerial Salaries: It's not about increasing, it's decreasing
– The Lion Raw: Life in Hougang SMC – Is it any different?
– The Middle Ground: Saturday Night “Live”? We didn’t think so
– Offbeat Perspectives: An Underage Voter Virgin experience at a Non-PAP rally
– Rise of The Strawberry Nation: Observations at PAP Aljunied Rally
– Yahoo! SG: GE2015: Reaching out to the electorate
– Yawning Bread: The general election campaign so far: the issues
– Banalysis: Back to the Future: Shades of the 1997 General Election
– Fresh Grads: Singaporeans Are a Bunch of Spoilt Brats
– Miphidic: Paul Anantharajah Tambyah (Politics)
– Alvinology: Ge2015: Humanising Chan Chun Sing
– Five Stars and a Moon: PAP’s Sun Xueling is 100% Singaporean
– TOC: A man transformed
– Air-Conditioned Nation: Opposition
– Everything Also Complain: WP uncle calling Law Minister a ‘barking dog’
– Blogging for Myself: GE 2015: Doing my homework on the WP
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Uncharacteristic of Low/ Low rattled?
– ASS: Elections Are About Sg’ Future, Not About Petty Squabbles Bet Parties
– Anyhow Hantam: Which 3 ‘Moles’ in 3 cornered fights will break the record?
– Sg GE2016: Sg GE 2015: SPP-DPP An Uneasy Marriage of Inconvenience
– Sg Dirty Politics: RP’s Darren Soh adulterer refuses to pay alimony & child support!
– Who is Samir Neji?: Open Letter To Mr Samir Neji
– Just my Observation: Supersize GRC has achieved its objective: hail 1st Emperor now
– Daniel Food Diary: Keep Calm And Eat Cheng Tng
– Thetwophilo’s Blog: Pork barrel politics and the PAP morbid fear of losing
– Koh’s Space: GE2015 – Time To Make A Historic Decision.
– Sg Lighthouse: Why vote for Undemo PAP when it think so little of U since LKY days?
– Likedatosocanmeh: GE 2015 – CPF members do not need a morally-bankrupt PAP
– My Singapore News: What the bookies said about the GE
– [FB] Patrick Lim: GE Rant 5.9.2015: WP East Coast GRC Team Waves its Hammer
– [FB] Pamela Lim: Why Education Matters
– [FB] Dr Tan Cheng Bock: How do l vote?
– The Middle Ground: Definitely NOT anti-foreigner. Serious.
– Gintai_昇泰: My reflections on GE 2015
– Yawning Bread: The choice between ‘Wear White’ and those dressed in white
– Five Stars and a Moon: Moms are Working up a Rage…
– EverythingAlsoComplain: NSP candidate joke abt Tin Peiling’s weakness as mother
– Mr. Brown: How to score own goal during elections
– New Nation: GE2015 voters: Being a dick is generally a weakness
– TOC: PAP candidate at getai during election?
– A collection of thoughts: PAP MP Er Lee Bee Wah draws flak over Facebook post
– Air-Conditioned Nation: Voters
– Majulah!: GE2015: What are you really voting for?
– Singapore 2B: Rallies? Really? Bringing Elections up to date.
– Anyhow Hantam: Potong Pasir Voters – This is your Last Chance as an SMC
– Senang Diri: Cut the defence budget? Freedom is not free.
– TR Emeritus: PAP IBs create fake SingFirst FB page to attack WP!
– Kennethism: The Workers’ Party slogan for #GE2015
– Growing yr tree of prosperity: How to make yr min wage & unemployment insurance
– Singapore Notes: Minimum Wage
– Offbeat Perspectives: The Oppositions &Their Weak Strategies
– Seksi Matashutyrmouf: Things to think about for GE 2015
– The Honey Marquise: My thoughts
– Zit Seng’s Blog: Singapore Votes 2015
– My Singapore News: How real is the ground shift?
– Limpeh Is Foreign Talent: Limpeh’s thoughts on the GE2015 election thus far
– Alvinology: GE2015: Humanising Dr Chee Soon Juan
– Javert’s World: The man PAP feared
– nofearSingapore: PAP & MSM no longer on same page? MSM loosens shackles?
– 否极泰来 Piji Tailai: Two Potential PE 2016 Candidates Found
– S M Ong: Lui Tuck Yew’s new job: PAP mascot
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: Ah Loong that popular meh?
– Thoughts of real Singaporeans: Tuck Yew Diaries – Election Day 3
– The Middle Ground: [TMG Exclusive] A really close look at the rallies, Day #2
– My Singapore News: Chee Soon Juan – They came to listen to him
– Rise of The Strawberry Nation: Observations at Jurong Stadium – Ice Cream Party
– Javert’s World: Day 1 of Rally. PAP nothing new to say….
– Singapore Lighthouse: PAP Election Low Turnout on First Day (2 Sept 2015)
– New Nation: Voters beg Sports Hub: Let WP hold last GE2015 rally there, 200,000
– Banalysis: What will GE15 be won on?
– Akikonomu: Modelling the 2015 Singapore general elections II
– Marcellie: 5 things to consider for #GE2015
– Singapore Life & Times: A lion in the midst
– 否极泰来: PAP is so stupid: It fails to catch a mouse, now how to catch a tiger
– Reflections on SG: Should MPs Be So Busy?
– L.A.M.: Why do Opposition need to sell stuff to raise money but the PAP doesn’t?
– Offbeat Perspectives: Seeing the bigger picture behind the PAP’s “Suicide Squad”
– Anyhow Hantam: PAP’s Pasir Ris-Punggol Sun Xue Ling Should Be Disqualified
– Think For Me, Singapore: ATTACK! ATTACK! ATTACK!
– Jentrified Citizen: 9/11 – Vote with your Conscience for men and women of integrity
– Blinkymummy: Son of Coffeeshop Runner v Daughter of Coffeeshop Owner
– Sg GE2016: Pro-Opposition Supporter: Why I will not vote for Bernard Chen!
– The Middle Ground: Being Dr Chee
– Singapore’s Dirty Politics: Chee & Chiam : Singapore Electoral History
– Aiseyman: Aiseyman! Is SDP’s Damanhuri Abas pro-LGBT or anti-LGBT?!
– Ravi Philemon: My Promise to the Voters of Hong Kah North SMC
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: The real Ravi Superhero
– Heart Truths: Our Young Singaporeans Need to Have a Fair Chance at Success