SDP said in a strongly worded statement that “The current system manipulated by the present generation of PAP leaders have turned the scheme into a nightmare for Singaporeans, and Clifford Theseira’s case highlights the problems”. SDP also questioned the PAP's continued claims that citizens will squander their CPF savings and would turn to the government for help, stating that there are no data provided to back up these claims. SDP indicated that many Singaporeans are being penalised for the actions of a few.
How do the government come to this conclusion? Is it because they themselves cannot be trusted with their millions in salary? Or is this rule unjustly penalising the average Singaporeans, while the very rich and elite do not need the CPF, because, after all, they are rich, and they have money to burn in their old age.
While humility will go a long way, it does seem that Ramesh had none, and was only forced to backtrack after a wall of negativity started surrounding him. Maybe also he was afraid of losing his $66k a month job and will be forced to look for a new job in Singapore, seeing that he is already a Singapore citizen, and this time, he cannot profit anymore from CECA.
Did MOM cross check with the universities and ex employers about these CECA beneficiaries? Or are they allowed to gobble up all the better jobs and higher pay at the expense of other well qualified Singaporeans? Has Heng Swee Keat and the PAP erred in their judgement in signing the CECA?
So how can he be any better than a fresh Singaporean graduate from NUS, or even NTU, two universities placed way higher than Hull University. In fact, how can he be even better than the many other Singaporeans who actually have experience in the financial sector in Singapore, knows the local scene, and have the right paper qualification for the job?
But what has riled Singaporeans is the fact that this person, like many before him, and many more after him, seem to get all the cushy and high paying job, and see no wrong to look down of Singaporeans who have university qualifications in Singapore's world class universities, but can only dream of getting such high paying jobs in their own country.
So, people need to be warned about those who are politicians, but the activists must first and foremost be politicians? He is warning the people to be wary of characters like him? Sounds about right. And his Facebook post is also riddled with the words "Therefore and Thereby". Maybe he just picked up those two words, and thought it was cool to name drop them off every opportunity he can.
This point was picked up by an Academic, Prof Donald Low, who questioned why the need to come up with such statements, which clearly shows the level of elitism, and questioned what this statement said about the state of education and class in Singapore.
The wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Ho Ching, has drawn online flak after she posted on her FB, vouching for public housing and called on people to make a “smarter wealth choice” and opt to live in HDB housing.
Pritam also questioned how much funding was allocated to Aljunied GRC as compared to other PAP wards, and also stated there is another set of proposals from WP that have been ignored since 2015. Pritam also assured Chua that he had kept all the correspondence on the issue, in an effort to not let his party get tarnished again in the run up to the elections.