Singaporeans by now know that the ruling party, despite their best efforts to portray themselves as working for the people, really only have their Party interests at heart. And Singaporeans also know that they are not hiding the fact that any opposition parties and their members need to be fixed. Two recent incidents that happened in Singapore further highlighted this.
The ruling party and its Ministers and MPs are quick to criticise the Workers Party for their part in the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council financial irregularities. The Court, have of course, found the WP MPs responsible, although no actual money was actually lost from the Town Council’s coffers. However, this did not stop the Government’s mechanism in keeping their line of attack against the WP MPs. In the recent report released for financial statements for all TCs, Aljunied received a green banding. Despite receiving this green banding for corporate governance , which is the highest rating possible, the Ministry of National Development has considered taking regulatory action against Aljunied-Hougang Town Council. They would not stop until the WP are finally driven out of the GRC, it may seem to average Singaporeans.
Now, contrast this to the Bukit Batok HDB flat fire, which cost the life of one elderly woman. She died, as the fire was not able to be put out immediately due to the hose reel cabinet first being padlocked, and then the pump itself was not working, thus no water can be drawn from it. And did the government slam the Town Council, who were ultimately responsible? Nope, they did not.
The government’s response to the Bukit Batok fire has been deafeningly silent, despite clear evidence of gross negligence on the part of the town council in failing to ensure fire safety regulations were followed. Attempting to shift responsibility to the contractor does not diminish the town council’s culpability. One can only imagine the ruling party’s reaction had the fire taken place in Aljunied-Hougang Town Council.