In the recent India - ASEAN summit over the weekend that took place in Bangkok, PM Lee met with his counterpart, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and declared that both ASEAN and India should redouble their efforts to improve economic integration.
For two GE in a row, the PAP team in Aljunied GRC have failed to defeat their WP counterparts. So, the next best way to defeat them is via the courts. Unable to sue them until their pants drop for any 'malicious" comments they might have met, the WP MPs instead got sued for alleged mismanagement of Town Council. Of course, the WP MPs lost their battle in court, no one expected otherwise. But this case highlighted the step by step way to fix your opponents by making them look bad, and you look good.
And he chose the happy occasion of announcing an actual third land link in the shape of the RTS Link to bring up the issue again. He even invoked the water deal "unfairness" to try to get his way with the crooked bridge.
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.