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5/18/2011

A measure of fairplay and decency

As the TPL storm continues to brew, I want to make it clear that I have nothing against Tin Pei Ling. She can be just anyone’s daughter for that matter. I have tried not to get involved in this issue as it just doesn’t look good making her the scapegoat for the venting of anger and frustration of something much larger. The anger is actually all about how justice is perceived to be unfairly carried out, about how public money is being spent, about a system that the people are rejecting. This storm is not going away even if people try to sweep it under the carpet, trying not to talk about it. As long as it is not settled fairly under the law, it will continue to bug the govt for all it takes. The official news reported that a police report was made and that the posting and infringement of the Cooling Off Day was removed after 20 minutes. The netizens are calling foul. The other party goes on with their life as if nothing had happened. Would 20 minutes be too insignificant, or how long is bad enough? Should 35 sec be considered too long? Or how many seconds are there in 20 mins? The team that was disqualified in Tanjong Pagar GRC was technically or officially declared late by 35 sec. And that was all it took to be disqualified from the GE. The law is the law. Even 1 sec is 1 sec too late, and 20 minutes are 20 minutes too long. Now you know why the netizens are incensed.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

no need for personal attack on TPL regardless. "Small daft men think they are small & daft" petty.

Wally Buffet said...

Please leave the poor girl alone.

S$15K a month is peanuts in this GRC as a wife of one of the incumbent MPs would have said.

TPL may just wished that she was back to being a very ordinary employee of EY, stomping her feet and saying, "I just don't know what to say" and the resulting ridicule for all she care, with the benefit of hindsight.

In the short space of less than a month, she has aged beyond her years. Haggard even to my eyes trained and accustomed to appreciate freshness and beauty in women. Similarly for Nicole Seah.

Why the fuck people wants to get into politics is beyond me. Live the quiet life, let others fight the battle of ideals because in the end, there is really going to be very little difference between the incumbents and the future rulers.

It is just a difference in packaging. All wolves in sheeps' clothing.

Hehe.

Joseph Tan said...

Thanks redbean again for a spot on article. I belong to the side where people wonder what will happen if this "TPLgate" happens to one of the opposition candidates. Hell will surely break lose and the full force of the PAPmedia will be like dogs descending to devour the candidate.

At this point in time PAP-dog-media-editors are very quiet about this. TPL is lucky.

But as a Singaporean I question the current silence from PM and SM and I demand justice to be serve on TPL (PAP).

All Singaporeans should send a strong signal to the dogs in SPF not to wayang, they are servants of the PEOPLE not people-action-party. The Election department likewise should have said something more concrete instead of just pushing it to the police to investigate. What is there to investigate when TPL had already admitted the "mistake".

In addition to this I would also like to ask is it right for TPL to be speaking to the press on this matter on cooling off day? Isn't this another very very clear breech? How clear does this ruling party and their dogs need? Are Singaporeans stupid?

I urge all Singaporeans to stand up to seek for True Justice that we all deserve.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Hi Joseph, this is where alternate media comes in. It can keep the flame burning. With the alternate media, it is all over. Nothing heard, nothing seen.

notanotherspinstory said...

As long as the PAP has undue influence over the courts and the civil service , there will be no fair play.

As it stands, the law applies to everyone but the PAP.

Anonymous said...

besides all the other transgressions, there is also the little matter about handing out a PAP campaign booklet in TPL's ward on cooling off day...

so quite a lot of actions to pick fault with.

i wonder why among all the pple in the Young PAP, she was chosen to stand. i wonder too how her YP members feel about her selection. with everyone competing for attention in that group, good possibility that there is a lot of unhappiness over her there as well

and if she was chosen as being representative of spore's youth, it would be quite a slap in the face for younger pple. or perhaps, a wake up call.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

TPL is a living testimony of what the PAP thinks is good and what the people think is no good.

What they see is what you get.

Anonymous said...

Actually it would have been simpler to say that this is a release of pent up frustration, resulting in an angry resentment against the way laws and rules are interpreted or applied unequally and unfairly, and TPL just happens to be a conduit for such anger against the ruling party.

Compare this against the James Gomez case where the whole propaganda machinery of the PAP was blasting away in full force. Even an apology from James was unacceptable.

In TPL's case, silence by the PAP and the Government seems to be the way they are countering the ground.

The PAP and MSM may be trying to keep mum, but in cyberspace they are not letting up.

They have to resolve this or risk making the same mistake of brushing aside issues, hoping that the electorate will forget in time, and facing another massive resentment at the polls in 2016.

Anonymous said...

That shows the importance of having a co-driver or co-pilot to slap some senses into some arrogant thick skulls who may be complacent and always thinks he/she is super perfect and never wrong :)

Anonymous said...

Would we here Hsien Loong say, 'Let's play by the book and let the rule of law do its due diligence?'

Anonymous said...

Someone did memtioned that she canvassed for votes on a video after her introduction as a candidate, and it was before nomination day. Is this another violation ??