Showing posts with label Politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Politics. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Was Trump Pence logo designer inspired by The Purge?

2 highly anticipated events happened in July 2016.

One of them is the third instalment of the movie - The Purge: Election Year, which was released on 1 July 2016.

5 minutes into the scene, this logo came out on the screen. I thought it looked very familiar.

The second highly anticipated event was 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump's announcement of his Vice Presidential running mate. The official announcement also revealed the Trump-Pence campaign logo, which soon was dropped from Donald Trump's Facebook and website due to various reasons, including obscenity.

Uncanny semblance to The Purge logo?

And that is why it is unfathomable that the Trump-Pence logo turned out to be so similar to The Purge's. Was the designer hoping to leverage on the "brand consciousness" of movie sequel?

It didn't help that even the acronyms are the same - Trump-Pence / The Purge.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Drawing the Line between PA and PAP

10 July 2010

I was quoted by The Straits Times regarding my views about the line between People's Association and the People's Action Party.

Although PA is a statutory board under the Ministry of Community, Youth Development & Sports (MCYS), it is not the PAP.

Under the PA's constitution, whichever political party which forms the government of the day will inherit the PA, i.e. Prime Minister will always assume the post of Chairman for the PA Board.

The PA's objective is to be the bridge between the Government and the people. PA Grassroots Leaders help to communicate Government policies to their residents while channelling feedback upwards.

This very objective and purpose would be nullified with the appointment of Opposition MPs as Advisers to Grassroots Organisations. They would have to choose between betraying their political parties by singing the Government's tune or betray People's Association by destroying the bridge.

Even though some PA Grassroots Leaders might take up PAP membership, it should not automatically mean that PA GRLs are all PAP members. That is as absurd as saying that your HDB is a PAP HDB flat because your neighbour is a PAP member.

What matters, to me, is that GRLs are those who have committed themselves to serving the community, sacrificing their family time and sometimes even money.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

State Funeral Service for the late Dr Goh Keng Swee

23 May 2010

Several PA Grassroots Leaders assembled at PA HQ in the morning. There were representatives from all the CDCs as well as youth representatives from the PAYM. Unionists and representatives from NCSS also gathered there.

The men were dressed in white top black bottoms while the ladies were in black attire. We were then transported to the Singapore Conference Hall to attend the State Funeral Service for the late Dr Goh Keng Swee.

The biography documentary of Dr Goh, prepared by Channel NewsAsia, was screened while we awaited the service to commence.

The eulogies were read by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Temasek Holdings Chairman S Dhanabalan, Dr Goh's grand niece Marian Hu & Dr Goh's grandson Goh Ken-Yi.

After that, there was a one-minute silence for everyone to pay our last tributes to Dr Goh. I remember reading about this man frequently in my readings. Perhaps due to his dislike for public attention, I always wonder what happened to this man who had helped achieved so much for Singapore.

After PM Lee and Mrs Goh laid wreaths, the bugle was played.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Reflections from SSEAYP PYs Hosting

Playing host to the Ship for South East Asia Youth Programme (SSEAYP) Participating Youths (PYs) had given me a memorable experience. What better ways are there to forge friendship with friends from other countries besides staying together under one roof?

In the weeks leading to the hosting period, I was hesitant in whether to bring them around Singapore. That was the study week right before the school exams. The decision to host them was made just a day before meeting the PYs. It was a decision well made.

Over the course of 2 days and 2 nights, I learnt much about Cambodia and Myanmar as much as they learnt about Singapore. The following are some of my take-home points after the hosting.

Alex (Cambodian) shared that MediaCorp TV soap operas are screened everyday during the prime period in Cambodia. Cambodians adore Singaporean celebrities and Alex even calls Zoe Tay as "Bobo" (the name of the character in one of her popular shows). Interestingly, Alex said that one reason why Cambodians love Singapore shows is that our productions usually promote family values and good moral values.

When Alex and Thu Yein heard that Singapore politicians meet their constituents once a week during Meet-the-People sessions, they were amazed. They don't have any channels to meet their local political leaders when they want to.

Thu Yein (Myanmar) shared that he likes our Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong because SM Goh frequently travels to his country. The friendship fostered by our political leaders with their counterparts built over the years is valuable. The efforts to build ties with other nations are consistent.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Interesting Sharing by an American at MPS

22 June 2009

As usual, Monday is Meet-the-People Session day. After volunteering for some time, everyone just becomes like a family. We chat and discuss about everything that's going on in our lives. The more amusing part is how the seniors and the youths have fun surfing Facebook after the MPS.

Today, there was an American at the MPS. Curiously, I asked him about the general sentiment of the politics of Singapore. He replied that Americans don't really know what happens outside America. In school, students learn about the geography of the United States, memorising each state and its history. As such, Americans rely upon the media to obtain information about other countries. Although he didn't really answer the question directly, he mentioned that he loves the Singapore system.

Some of my University lecturers had also mentioned the point about Americans being oblivious to the events occuring around the world, but this is the first time hearing it from an American himself.

This just reminds me of the fact that in every group of people, there would be the few outspoken among others. Being outspoken, they can push for agendas more effectively than the rest. However, their stands might not reflect the wishes of the majority. Similarly, the American media, being owned by big businesses, which in turn are owned by Democrats or Republicans, can push their agenda through painting their own version of the story.

It is ironic that as the ease of access of information increases, the dominance of individual perspective over information decreases...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Singapore's 43rd Birthday - A National Day worth Celebrating

Whenever Singapore celebrates its birthday, Singaporeans are reminded of how the state gained its independence in 1965. Then, it was considered a "political joke". Nobody thought such a small state, naked of resources, could survive and prosper in the international realm.

The People's Action Party (PAP) would always remind Singaporeans that it brought Singapore to where it now stands. Being the only government that we have seen, it has to be the case. However, the Opposition parties would argue that many other factors contributed to the nation's success as well, and the PAP had its blunders too.

As Malaysian politics gets increasingly dramatised, its neighbour island state is not getting spared too. Almost every day, there are articles and commentaries debating the authoritarian style of the PAP. Even in the morning of National Day, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was distributing flyers and selling books for its Tak Boleh Tahan campaign in Toa Payoh.

Singaporeans have every reason to celebrate the 43rd year of Independence. Generally, we are sheltered, well-clothed, able to feed ourselves for each meal. We worry about different issues as compared to developing states. We live happily with our families, we travel around freely, knowing that this is a safe and secure environment for our children.

Yet, not many would appreciate how fortunate we are. I can sense a prevailing herd mentality towards supporting the Opposition for the sake of Opposition. The most common hyped up keywords are "Human Rights", "Democracy", "Freedom of Speech and Assembly". Some fans are supporting these like they are "Britney Spears".

I'm not saying that we should not have Opposition parties. They are essential to any governments in the world. Just as we don't want to have Opposition parties opposing for the sake of opposing, I frown upon people who join them for the sake of opposing to certain measures by the PAP government. There are plenty of feedback channels available. It's just a choice of whether one takes action through them.

It's hard not to celebrate Singapore's birthday. We never know whether we could do it 5, 10, or 20 years from now.

Happy 43rd National Day to ALL!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Local Opposition needs to form a Shadow Parliament

Recently, each state in Southeast Asia had its fair share of troubling issues in local politics. Singapore wasn't spared too, even though on the surface, the political field still remains peaceful compared to our neighbours.

A few weeks ago, I chanced upon Workers' Party member Yaw Shin Leong's blog and saw his post expressing his remorse for voting for the PAP candidate at the place he resides. He also added that Workers' Party will continue to aim to be a check on the PAP government. Here's a snippet of his entry.

"For the record, it is not the intention of Singapore’s opposition, specifically the Workers’ Party to become Singapore’s government in the near or mid-future. As such, Singaporean voters can definitely vote in more opposition members without fears, contrary to MM Lee’s warnings."

While many political apathetic Singaporeans have come to agree with this philosophy, the politically concerned Singaporeans (like myself) will tend to disagree with it. Anyway this was my comment to his post:

"If everyone feels that this is the way, then Singaporeans could unknowingly vote in more opposition than they thought and MM Lee's nightmare might take place.

The Opposition should begin forming a "shadow parliament" so that in the event that they are voted in, they could have the people with capability to be in place. We do really want to avoid having the case where the opposition is voted into Parliament in big numbers but they do not have the substance to bear such responsiblities.

So while MM Lee's speech might be controversial, there are still some valid points."

In my opinion, the main factor that is drawing back votes to the Opposition lies primarily in the quality of its members and the uncertainty of voting them in. One way of countering these problems would be to establish a Shadow Shadow Parliament or Shadow Parliament out of Parliament, whichever way you want to put it.

With an established SSP format, the Opposition can go further to construct a SSC (C for Cabinet). In this way, voters can be certain that if they were to vote for the Opposition, they are assured of a group of MPs that could represent them and have the substance to mete out quality debates in Parliament.

Opting to be a mere check on the government will not bring a political party too far.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Lees VS The Chees

12 May 2008

The Court hearing of the defamation case brought up by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew against Dr. Chee Soon Juan (Secretary-General of Singapore Democratic Party), Chee Siok Chin (Central Executive Committee Member of SDP) and the SDP starts today.

PM, MM Lee had sued "Dr Chee Soon Juan and the party's leadership for repeating remarks alleging that they were corrupt and had covered up wrongdoings at the NKF."

For the critics of the PAP regime, this case would again highlight the repression of Opposition Parties by defamation suits. Not too long ago, former Secretary-General of Workers' Party, Joshua Benjamin Jeyaratnam was bankrupted via a series of lawsuits. In Singapore, being a bankrupt automatically disqualifies one to stand for elections.

For this defamation case, the worst case scenario would be that both Dr. Chee and Ms. Chee could be bankrupted. If SDP could not pay up the damages, it could also face the inevitable outcome of being wounded up.

Through my observations, I would attempt to make out some random (tongue-in-cheek) remark:

It seems that all Prime Ministers had sued the Opposition and won. Perhaps defamation suits offer a training ground for Prime Ministers. One way of training would be in the area of cross-examination. Then PM Goh Chok Tong had faced cross-examination by JBJ's counsel George Carman Q.C. Now, there could be a chance where PM Lee gets to face cross-examination. Hence, defamation suits provide "on-the-job" training for PMs. Maybe the next PAP leader that sues the Opposition would solve the predicament of the succession of PM? Haha.

Straits Times News

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Maiden Visit to the Parliament Gallery

25 February 2008

During my National Service, I had been to the Parliament House for security duties. Each time I was there, I was mesmerised by the majestic and supreme aura of the entity. Since then, I always wanted to visit the Parliament Gallery to listen to debates. Today I fulfilled my desire.

After the first security check, I exchanged my identity card with the security pass. Then, another round of security check and I placed my belongings with mobile phone with the counter and proceeded to the 3rd floor. Prior to entering the Gallery, there was yet another round of security check.

I was accompanied by a staff who asked if it was my first time here. She was helpful and brought me into the Gallery, bowing with me to the Speaker Mr Abdullah Tarmugi, before taking my seat. The seat armrest had a compartment for the earphones used when there is a need for translation.

The Gallery was filled with students, Government officials, Parliament staff and the Police Security Command personnels. That said, there were only a handful of members of the public. There were flat-screen Sharp Aquos televisions that show a close-up of the MP giving the speech.

Most of the Cabinet members were present. Managed to see MM Lee, SM Goh, PM Lee, DPM Prof Jayakumar, DPM Wong, Leader of the House Mah Bow Tan, Whip Lim Swee Say, Dr Yaacob, BG George Yeo.

The Nominated MPs presented their points well in the debate.

During the recess, I met Hafiz who had signed on with the Singapore Police Force. Getting married in June, Sgt Hafiz and I had a long chat before I returned to the Gallery.

I was intrigued by the ceremonial procedures when the Leader of the House proposed to the Speaker for adjournment of the debate. Members of the House then replied to the Speaker's question by a "nye" or a "no".

Later, went to dine with Jerry and friends. Was surprised, yet thrilled to receive a call from Ruth. Then went into the cinema to watch L - Change the World.

...You alone cannot change the world...