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OKP WON TENDER FOR PIE VIADUCT DUE TO ITS ‘GOOD TRACK RECORD’

In a sign that our Ministers and the men in white are losing touch with reality, Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min told Parliament today that Or Kim Peow Contractors won the bid for the building of the PIE viaduct because they had the lowest tender price, and they had a good track record. Dr Lam said OKP’s bid was not disqualified, given that the Manpower Ministry was still investigating the 2015 fatal accident at one of its work sites in Yio Chu Kang.

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EX-PAP MP: GOVT MUST COME CLEAN ON WHO IS “MALAY” AND OUR FIRST ELECTED PRESIDENT

In less than 2 months, Singaporeans will get a new elected President. Unlike the past Presidential Elections (PE), the run up to this year’s PE has not been a smooth sailing one. Parliament passed a new ruling allowing for a Reserved Election. While many have questioned the wisdom of a reserved PE, Parliament has passed the law and this is our current system of how we will select our future Presidents.

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INSENSITIVE TO ASK LEE WEI LING TO VACATE OXLEY HOME JUST TO RESOLVE DISPUTE

PM Lee should abide by laws and respect LKY's wish to have his house demolished. That being said, people should stop asking Lee Wei Ling to move out of her house so that they can demolish it and replace it with some memorial. "Shame on you for not realising that the house is not just a physical building to Lee Wei Ling. It is a place, a home, where she lived in for more than 60 years, where she grew up in with her parents, where she was born in and where she saw her father care for her mother in her dying days. And you want her to move out because you want this inconvenient issue settled asap? Why? Because it is an embarrassment to us all? That is such an insensitive thing to do, it is really appalling." For those who think she should move out asap, please do take some time to ponder what a home is.

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PARLIAMENTARY RESPONSE TO SUNGEI ROAD MARKET PETITION DEEPLY DISAPPOINTING

There are also some inconsistency and ambiguity with the figures cited in Parliament. Out of the “200 vendors” reportedly engaged by the Government, SMS Khor said “more than 60 are receiving some form of Government assistance”, while a vague “more than 80” indicated they do not require assistance after SRM ceases on July 11. This still leaves “70 or so” vendors who are assessing their options. Simple arithimetics dictates that adding the 3 category of vendors mentioned would exceed the reported 200 “engaged” vendors.

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A CITIZEN’S EYE OPENING EXPERIENCE IN PARLIAMENT

As highly paid MPs and ministers, how seriously do they take their attendance and participation in Parliament, especially for a session where the PM calls for the MPs to actively debate about the possible abuses of organs of state? The MPs bow in the direction of the Speaker of Parliament when they enter and leave the chambers. Some will say what is more important is how they actually contribute in Parliament and represent the people.

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DPM TEO: WHY IS LHY SO HURT? “THIS IS NOT THE HSIEN YANG I KNEW”

DPM Teo Chee Hean recounted his impressions of the Lee siblings in hopes that they will not accuse the PM just because they are unhappy about having to clarify their father's last wishes. While he said "the Hsien Loong I see now is the same Hsien Loong I have known all these years - an upright person who stands by his principles, and does what is right..." he continued that "the Hsien Yang I see now is not the Hsien Yang I knew". He did not understand why LHY is so consumed by hurt and hopes he will "find peace and solace within himself" in due time. As for Lee Wei Ling, DPM Teo guessed she must have gone through difficult times because of her parents and her own health, and wished for her to have a healthy, long life.

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GOH CHOK TONG: PNG ENG HUAT IS SPREADING RUMOURS BY READING LEE SIBLINGS’ FB POSTS

ESM Goh Chok Tong lashed out at Workers' Party's Png Eng Huat in Parliament today for merely reading out quotes from Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling's Facebook instead of stating his position on the issue. "Anyone can simply read. That is akin to spreading rumour. As an honourable Member of Parliament, he should state his position on what he has read. That is what we are elected as MPs for - to have a clear view on issues". He invited Low Thia Kiang and other opposition MPs to state their stance clearly regarding PM Lee and the Government's integrity. Nevertheless, he also agreed with them that allegations against the PM are baseless, calculated, and should be stopped.

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ESM GOH: SIBLINGS JEALOUSY THE CRUX OF THE ISSUE, SG REPUTATION BE DAMNED

In case anyone says ESM Goh did not say that, his exact words about how Lee Hsien Yang and his wife are free telling others were "it is clear that their goal is to bring Lee Hsien Loong down as PM, regardless of the huge collateral damage suffered by the Government and Singaporeans. It is now no more a cynical parlour game. If the Lee siblings choose to squander the good name and legacy of ee Kuan Yew, and tear their relationship apart, it is tragic but a family affair. But if in the process of their self destruction, they destroy Singapore too, that is a public affair. So basically, according to ESM Goh, this is just a petty siblings quarrel and jealousy where the younger ones just want the older brother to step down as PM, and don't care at all about Singapore's reputation in the eyes of the world.

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CAN PM LEE REALLY RECUSED HIMSELF FROM OXLEY ROAD SAGA?

How can the PM recused himself (“I recused myself from all discussions and decisions”) – and yet participated – such as making three statutory declarations to the ministerial committee? In this regard, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary – “recused” means “to disqualify (oneself) as judge in a particular case; broadly : to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest” – what is the ministerial committee’s understanding of “recused”?

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