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GE2020: Red Dot United Unveils Candidates For Jurong GRC

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Red Dot United, Singapore's newest political party, has revealed some candidates contesting in the five-member Jurong GRC. Red Dot United shared that three of its five candidates will include Secretary-General Ravi Philemon, Chairperson Michelle Lee, and 33-year-old Ms Liyana Dhamirah. Red Dot United will reveal its remaining two members closer to Nomination Day.

According to her candidate profile sent to All Singapore Stuff, Liyana Dhamirah is an author of “Homeless: The Untold Story of a Mother’s Struggle in Crazy Rich Singapore” and entrepreneur of Virtual Assistants Singapore, which serves companies around the world. She was also awarded "Woman of Resilience" by AWARE in 2019. Her political motto includes sparking hope for millions who want to pursue their big dreams without oppressive limitations. She also hopes to inspire those who want to live in a world of compassion, inclusion and happiness. Once elected, Liyana Dhamirah will tap on her depth of life experiences to champion the needs of families, entrepreneurs and the marginalized in both Parliament and at her constituency. She also intends to tackle pressing issues like the increasing cost of living and inequality.

Red Dot United is keen to contest in Jurong GRC because many of its party members grew up there, giving them an affection for this constituency. Red Dot United also mentioned its preparations to contest in Jurong GRC is based on the event that there is no other opposition party taking part for this same constituency. However, Peoples Voice Party might be intending to contest in the same ward based on Lim Tean's 19 June 2020 Facebook post.

While Red Dot United is preparing to do its best for Jurong GRC voters, it needs proposers, seconders and assentors to support its contest in Jurong GRC. The party faces some difficulty reaching out to voters in this constituency due to Covid19 restrictions. Those willing to lend their support can send a response to reddotunited gmail.com.

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GE2020: Lee Hsien Yang Says You Can Love Singapore And Yet Not Vote For PAP

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In a PSP video message from Lee Hsien Yang, he left Singaporeans with 3 thoughts.

First, he said that the PAP has lost its way. He said that the current government is distinctly different from when LKY was PM and subsequently MM.

Second, he said that it is possible to be a loyal Singaporean, to be proud of our past accomplishments, to love Singapore and yet to not vote PAP.

Third, he lent his support to the PSP and Dr Tan Cheng Bock, and asked Singaporeans to help contribute to PSP, or to spread the word that the PSP is a serious party worthy of support.

Looks like the sibling rivalry has spilt into the political arena as Lee Hsien Yang has chosen to throw his weight behind an opposition party instead of supporting his brother in PAP. It remains to be seen if Lee Hsien Yang will stand for elections, although many of us are hoping that he will to give his brother a good run for his money.

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GE2020: Red Dot United Announces Fourth Candidate For Jurong GRC

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Red Dot United announced its fourth member who will be contesting in Jurong GRC. Nicholas Tang Jian Ye is a 28 year old legal engineer at Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP. He obtained a law degree from King's College London, and his political motto is "for a more accountable Singapore." 

Nicholas Tang feels that young Singaporean adults currently lack a voice on the political stage. He entered politics to better understand the problems faced by his peers, and he wants to improve the lives of future generations. He believes that the experiences and challenges he faces as a young Singaporean in an increasingly daunting and globalised world are representative of his generation.

Being the youngest team member of Red Dot United, Nicholas Tang hopes to engage and energise youths in Singapore to participate in the political process. He "easy and calm demeanour" gives him an edge in having better interactions with young adults.

Nicholas Tang has always been interested in political and social issues, and holds a belief that it is the duty of every citizen to participate in civil discourse.

This announcement comes a day after Red Dot United unveiled three of its five member Jurong GRC team: Secretary-General Ravi Philemon, Chairperson Michelle Lee and entrepreneur Liyana Dhamirah.

 

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Filial Son: Appeal to Ministers To Allow Malaysian Relatives A Last Visit To My Dying Mother

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Dear All Singapore Stuff team,

My details and my story are as follow:

My name: Mr. Jayce Lim Chun Sing (Singapore citizen)
Mother’s name: Madam Lian Sai Poh (Singapore citizen, birth country Malaysia)

Ever since my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Stomach Cancer in NUH in the middle of May, I have been in correspondence with my mother’s MP Mr. Murali Pillai from late May.

I initially wrote to ask for advice on the support I could receive and he has been very prompt in attending to my emails, getting support for me and even following up closely on my mother’s condition. I am extremely grateful to his responses.

However, her condition deteriorated rapidly despite getting chemotherapy quickly. With that in mind, I made the request of allowing her to visit her sisters in Malaysia for a compassionate reason for a final reunion while she could still travel, as I am her only kin in Singapore and it is her final wish to be able to see her sisters again before it’s too late. Her sisters have expressed a desperate wish to come visit her for one final time too as they have not seen each other in person for nearly 5 years.

Mr. Murali helped to write to Minister Mr. Lawrence Wong on my request. Unfortunately, as both countries are still in discussion on the borders reopening, my request could not be fulfilled.

Following that, my mother’s condition again deteriorated drastically within a week and I felt I had no choice but to try asking Mr. Murali again. He regretfully responded that it is still not possible to allow such visitation.

The NUH team has been helping me greatly in this aspect as well by keeping relevant parties updated about my mother’s condition and validating her very much shortened prognosis now, which was just briefed to me today that it could just be a mere matter of days.

I am sharing this story, and hope that you would help share it on your platform too, in sincere hope that it can reach the Ministers of both countries and they can consider the very little time my mother has left, and allow our relatives from Malaysia to visit her so she can pass on peacefully. I have expressed that I am willing to foot all COVID-19 testing bills for all parties, on both countries, so as not to burden the healthcare system.

Best regards,
Mr. Jayce Lim

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GE2020: PAP Candidate Ivan Lim Called Out as Elitist

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A Singaporean has exposed PAP new candidate Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan, the GM of Keppel Offshore & Marine as an elitist who was never well liked by his battalion when he was CO because of his condescending attitude. He apparently had a habit of boasting about his personal achievements and drove around camp in expensive cars.

Just like many PAP members sitting in their ivory towers, it is unfathomable how such politicians can empathise with ordinary citizens and be their voice in parliament.

On 24 June, netizen Bryan Wong Hai Chew wrote on Facebook:

"Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan
CO of my ex-NS Combat Engineer Battalion.

Happened during an outfield exercise in Khatib Bongsu in approx 2013/2014 and i was the acting Battalion RSM.

While both of us were inside the air-conditioned Battalion HQ tentage, the respective platoon and section commanders were led into the tentage by the OC for an exercise briefing. Ivan Lim did not like it and using a condescending voice, he reminded all that they are just platoon and section commanders and they were not supposed to set foot into Battalion HQ tentage. I was disgusted. His action and speech were simply that of an elitist.

There were other instances during Battalion briefings where he would always peppered the briefings with his personal achievements (How he is a GM at a shipyard, how many people reporting to him at work etc). He was never well liked by the soldiers and commanders of the Battalion due to his constant "humble brag" and driving around camp in his expensive cars.

So now he is going into politics to represent the ordinary folks in Parliament. With his character and personality - Will he?

I wish him well."

This is the kind of candidate the PAP recruits. Think carefully, fellow Singaporeans if you want more elitists in parliament who cannot understand your concerns.

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GE2020: Is It Fair for the PAP to Introduce Candidates on National TV?

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Parliament has been dissolved. The PAP has no right to use state media to showcase their candidates before the campaigning period. Yesterday, each new candidate presented by Heng Swee Keat and Masagos Zulkifli in a press conference was given airtime on Mediacorp's Channel 5 and Channel 8 news i.e. national TV when speaking about why they joined PAP. On the other hand, opposition members were briefly flashed on screen.

Yesterday, 24 June, Heng Swee Keat happily introduced the first four candidates Desmond Tan (former PA chief), Edward Chia, Nadia Ahmad Samdin and Ivan Lim in a virtual conference where he was shown on national TV promoting this batch of candidates whom he described as "very interesting and diverse".

In another virtual session the same day, Masagos Zulkifli revealed four other candidates Hany Soh Hui Bin, Don Wee Boon Hong, Mohd Fahmi Aliman and Yip Hon Weng while giving his endorsement of them:

"I think what they also have done in their lives is they not only confine their work or their life to their work. Their life and their work and their experience show you that they are also very committed to what they can do with the community, and for the community."

A large portion of yesterday's news on TV went to introducing the PAP candidates, including a breakdown of their demographics, individual candidate bio profile summary and featuring their individual speeches. Obviously, opposition party members were not given the same exposure.

Should the PAP be featured dominantly on national TV or national news? Are the elections and campaigning fair?

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GE2020: Tan Jee Say Announced The Dissolution Of SingFirst Party

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On 25 June, the Secretary-General of Singaporeans First (SingFirst) Party Tan Jee Say announced its dissolution. In a statement posted on Tan Jee Say's Facebook page, the SingFirst Central Executive Committee (CEC) said it made this decision "in the best interests of Singapore."

SingFirst shared that its guiding principle has always been on fostering opposition unity and cooperation, and pointed out how it had abided by this principle by avoiding three-cornered fights during GE2015. Fostering greater unity and cooperation between parties will create a strong opposition to check on the government and provide an alternative voice for Singaporeans. And in order to achieve a strong opposition, the party believes that a strong opposition is best achieved with consolidation.

To show its commitment to consolidation, SingFirst shared that the party had redirected quite a few who wanted to join it to other parties. SingFirst also encourages its members to join and help other parties for GE2020. It said that some ex-party members are already active in different parties. One such prominent member would be Dr Ang Yong Guan, who is currently with the Progress Singapore Party.

SingFirst thanked Singaporeans for their support, and said that it was an honour and privilege to advocate on Singaporeans' behalf.

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GE2020: Workers' Party Low Thia Khiang, Chen Show Mao, Png Eng Huat Not Contesting This GE

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The Workers' Party (WP) Secretary-General Pritam Singh announced on 25 June that political veterans Low Thia Khiang, Chen Show Mao and Png Eng Huat will not be contesting in GE2020. This decision to step down was made "some time ago". However this decision to step down does not mean they are retiring from politics.

Pritam Singh shared that their collective decision to step down was based on three considerations to ensure the successful continuation of WP:

  • The need to broaden the leadership base for WP to grow
  • The three veterans will become "senior leaders" and mentor younger party members by being a resource of information and experience
  • A WP MP must remain relevant to all Singaporeans by having a "pulse on Singapore society", or run the risk of becoming "too detached from new norms and the changing of society"

Besides this announcement on the three WP veterans, Pritam Singh shared that WP will be contesting in four GRCs and two SMCs in GE2020. The GRCs are Aljunied GRC, Marine Parade GRC, East Coast GRC and Sengkang GRC. As for SMCs, WP will be contesting Hougang and Punggol West.

Gerald Giam and Leon Perera will replace outgoing Low Thia Khiang and Chen Show Mao to contest in Aljunied GRC. Dennis Tan Lip Fong will be standing in Hougang SMC in place of Png Eng Huat.

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GE2020: More Singaporeans Call Out PAP New Candidate Ivan Lim For His Elitist and Arrogant Behaviour

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From polytechnic classmate, national service camp-mates to coworkers at Keppel, no one seems to like the PAP new candidate Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan. At least we now know that Ivan's snobbish, condescending and elitist attitude did not changed over the years which fits perfectly into the PAP.

Is this the kind of MP that Jurong GRC residents want to represent them? There are already so many of such PAP characters in Parliament, no need to add more to the mix.

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GE2020: Red Dot United Introduces Alec Tok As Fifth Candidate For Jurong GRC

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Red Dot United has unveiled its fifth and final candidate for the five-member Jurong GRC. Theatre director Alec Tok Kim Yam, 55, will be joining his peers Secretary-General Ravi Philemon, Chairperson Michelle Lee, entrepreneur Liyana Dhamirah and legal engineer Nicholas Tang. This team includes diverse members with a range of ages, as well as two female candidates who will serve the Jurong residents and citizens to the best of their ability.

Even though Alec Tok is the most senior team member, he is one of the youngest at heart and brings along a wealth of experience. For instance Alec Tok has strong credentials in his field, attaining a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Yale University. He also had the privilege of directing Singapore's first Chinese musical.

Alec Tok has strong faith that Singaporeans have the choice to make a better live for ourselves. This can be seen through his political motto "Singapore is ours. We must care for it, take charge of it and guide it to a future that we want for ourselves, our children and their future generation. Only we have this privilege, because we are Singaporean."

Alec Tok also believes Singapore's strength lies in our diversity of ideas and views. He says that "we have come this far because different ideas were allowed to contest and compete to shape our economic, social and security landscape."

Having announced their five-member team, Red Dot United is now ready to contest Jurong GRC. The party is confident that this team will accurately represent its values and principles, as the team puts the people of Singapore at the centre of all they do.

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GE2020: PAP Defends Ivan Lim Against Elitist Criticisms, Reveals Their Own Elitism and Arrogance

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As if it's not bad enough that people who have known or worked with new PAP candidate Ivan Lim has called him out on his elitist and arrogant behaviour and character, PAP Vice-Chairman Masagos Zulkifli has now come out to defend him.

Masagos said: “GE (general election) is the time where people who have been introduced will also elicit responses (such as these), which are not surprising,”

Excuse me, only lousy candidates that have poor track record with the people he has worked with will elicit such responses. If the candidate has a clean record, and has qualities like compassion, down-to-earth nature, people will not come out to criticise him.

He added: “but I also think it is important for the candidates who may have been alleged to be something or other, to also prove themselves...if they have done something in the past, to redeem themselves, because we have seen qualities in all our candidates that make them, what we think, good leaders that will serve our people well.”

It is quite plain to see that many people do no have anything good to say about this Ivan Lim. This makes it curious what so called "qualities" the PAP sees in him? Maybe they see his elitist and arrogance as qualities since so many of them are also like that? Or maybe PAP is just defending him because they have no better candidates to offer and they are scraping the bottom of the barrel to field people for their elitist and arrogant party.

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GE2020: WP's Aljunied GRC Team Will Comprise Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim, Faisal Manap, Leon Perera and Gerald Giam

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The Worker's Party (WP) has confirmed its five-member Aljunied GRC team contesting this election: Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim, Muhamad Faisal Manap, Leon Perera and Gerald Giam. This follows the announcement that Chen Show Mao, Png Eng Huat and former party chief Low Thia Kiang are not contesting in this election.

While Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim and Faisal Manap were from the last Aljunied GRC team, ex-NCMPs Leon Perera and Gerald Giam are replacing the outgoing Chen Show Mao and Low Thia Kiang. This makes for a strong blue team consisting of experienced members to retain the Aljunied stronghold. 

The WP has so far announced 9 candidates:

  • Yee Jenn Jong (ex-NCMP)
  • Nicole Seah Louis
  • Chua Kheng Wee
  • Muhammad Azhar Abdul Latip
  • Dennis Tan (ex-NCMP) - contesting in Hougang SMC
  • Dylan Ng
  • Ron Tan
  • Jamus Lim
  • Raeesah Begum Farid Khan 

Altogether, the WP will be fielding 21 candidates in 6 constituencies in the upcoming GE- 5 in Aljunied, East Coast and Marine Parade GRCs, 4 in the new Sengkang GRC, and 1 each in Hougang and Punggol West SMCs.

The WP will be announcing the rest of its candidates this weekend.

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GE2020: Sudden Resignation By Three PAP Ex-Heavyweights

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Even as Singapore's political parties are preparing for GE2020, three People's Action Party (PAP) members announced their resignation with less than a week to Nomination Day (30 June). The three ex-heavyweights millionaires are Yaacob Ibrahim, Goh Chok Tong and Khaw Boon Wan, who were all once Cabinet Ministers.

As these men bid farewell to politics, let us remember them for some of their more memorable quotes.

Yaacob Ibrahim

Yaacob Ibrahim had been MP for Jalan Besar GRC. In a recent attempt to pander to residents, Yaacob Ibrahim wrote about foreign workers and foreign domestic workers who "inconvenienced" residents by congregating at an open field next to Kallang MRT Station. He put up a Facebook post showing a picture of this empty field and wrote "But it takes a virus to empty the space." Many called this post as being insensitive and discriminatory against migrant workers.

Back in 2017, Yaacob Ibrahim insulted Singaporeans by insenstively opening a World War II gallery space at the Former Ford Factory named "Syonan Gallery: War and Its Legacies". By honoring the gallery after a name given to Singapore by the Japanese invaders, Yaacob Ibrahim evoked deep hurt across generations of Singaporeans who faced the horrors of war when Singapore was renamed as Syonanto.

Goh Chok Tong

Goh Chok Tong could be the most prominent of the three retirees because he was once Prime Minister. However many will also remember him for his elitist comments.

"I'm telling you the ministers are not paid enough. And down the road, we're going to have a problem getting people to join government. Because civil servants now earn more than ministers. Are you aware of that? So where do you want to get your ministers from? From people who earn only $500,000 a year?... You're going to end up with very mediocre people who can't even earn a million dollars outside."

"Retrenchment is good for Singapore. If there is no retrenchments, then I worry."

His wife Tan Choo Leng also revealed how high they were in the ivory tower. When the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) was probing ex-CEO Durai over his $600,000 annual salary, Tan Choo Leng defended Durai by saying that "for a person who runs a big million-dollar charitable organisation, with a few hundred million in reserves, $600,000 a year is peanuts."

Khaw Boon Wan

Khaw Boon Wan could be remembered most for his role in the Transport Ministry. His performance in this particular Ministry is notable due to the series of disruptive MRT breakdowns which paralyzed our public transport system. Like his peers, Khaw Boon Wan has been called out for his elitist and disconnected remarks:

"I work hard, I earn more, my Medisave is bigger. You're lazyy, you work less, your Medisave is small."

"In Japan, the chairman and CEO would call a press conference, take a deep bow and, in the good old days, they may even commit hara-kiri."

"Singaporeans could consider living in nursing homes in Johor Bahru. It would be cheaper."

"When we said that families with $1,000 household income could afford two-room flats, we were not imagining things."

These quotes are some examples of other comments they have made. It comes as no surprise that there are Singaporeans online have bid them good riddance.

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GE2020: Rumours Circulating That These 23 PAP MPs Will Be Stepping Down From Politics!

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There have been speculations going around on WhatsApp and Telegram apps that these 23 MPs will be stepping down from politics and will not be contesting in GE2020:

1. Goh Chok Tong
2. Teo Ho Pin
3. Yaacob Ibrahim
4. Lim Swee Say
5. Lim Hng Kiang
6. Teo Ser Luck
7. Lily Neo
8. Liang Eng Hwa
9. Cedric Foo
10. Lee Yi Shyan
11. Charles Chong
12. Jessica Tan
13. Lim Biow Chuan
14. Lim Wee Kiak
15. Fatimah Lateef
16. Seah Kian Peng
17. Christopher De Souza
18. Muhammad Faishal
19. Heng Chee How
20. Khaw Boon Wan
21. Denise Phua
22. Lee Bee Wah
23. Amy Khor

So far, Goh Chok Tong, Lee Bee Wah, Khaw Boon Wan and Yaacob Ibrahim have already expressed their intention to step down from politics. So it remains to be seen if the other 19 MPs will also follow suit.

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GE2020: Petition for Ivan Lim to Be Removed From This General Elections

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A petition to kick Ivan Lim out of GE2020 was started on 26 June 2020 after comments about the new PAP candidate being arrogant and elitist were circulating widely on social media

About 3385 people have signed the petition by 11.30am on 27 June, Saturday morning. 

The change.org petition "Petition to remove Ivan Lim from GE" to the PAP states:

Ground sentiment from Singapore voters whether Ivan Lim should be a MP.

Sign this if you DO NOT WANT him to be a MP.

Regardless of whether he is in PAP or any Opposition Parties, we do not want him to become a MP.

Despite Masagos Zulkifli ineffectively defending Ivan Lim, it is plain to see that many Singaporeans doubt his character and his ability to be an MP who can empathise with ordinary Singaporeans.

Even if he eventually does not contest in this election, the fact that the PAP recruited such an arrogant person raises questions about the type of members the PAP have and the qualities they look for in candidates. The PAP has really lost touch with the ground. The cheek of them to ask for a strong mandate!

 

 

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GE2020: Heng Swee Keat Spotted at West Coast Teban Market With Iswaran and Foo Mee Har

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After it is clear that the PSP led by Dr Tan Cheng Bock would be contesting in West Coast GRC, the PAP must have felt so uneasy that they sent the DPM Heng Swee Keat all the way from the East to show face at West Coast Teban Market on Saturday, 27 June morning. 

Heng Swee Keat, the MP for Tampines GRC, suddenly appearing at West Coast GRC to boost the PAP West Coast GRC team says only one thing: the PAP sees Dr Tan Cheng Bock and the PSP, now backed by the prime minister Lee Hsien Loong's brother Lee Hsien Yang, as a formidable threat.

Is the PAP feeling insecure because they know that they have not done enough for West Coast residents? Will West Coast Residents be swayed just because the DPM paid them a visit? Or will they support the PSP which has been making the effort to engage them through regular virtual meet-the-people sessions and outreach to find out their concerns and propose changes to make their lives better?

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GE2020: Ho Ching Sides With PAP New Candidate Ivan Lim

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Empress Dowager Ho Ching has taken a side on the Ivan Lim issue. Yesterday, she shared a post on her Facebook comparing PAP new candidate Ivan Lim with Kee Chiu and Kate Spade who used to be mocked by people, implying that Ivan Lim can soon prove the people wrong.

The post Madam Ho shared was by Facebook page Singapore Matters which is known to be carrying balls for the ruling party. The post states:

"They used to mock Tin Pei Ling very mercilessly when she first stood for election in 2011 just based on a photo and a video. They knew little about her but they were ready to write her off.

But Tin Pei Ling proved them all wrong. She was far from what they painted of her.

For many years, they used to mock Chan Chun Sing too and called him 'keechiu'. They laughed at his English and poked fun at him.

And he proved them wrong. In this COVID-19 crisis, he is the one busy making sure Singapore remains connected to the world. He is the one ensuring that supply chains do not get cut off. He is the one making sure food supplies and essential items continue to flow. He is the one making e-agreements with like-minded countries, beginning with a few and getting more and more countries on board. He is the one securing billions of dollars in foreign investment despite this challenging covid situation.

Back in 2011, many jumped on the bandwagon to attack Tin Pei Ling and many realised later on how wrong they were.

So don't be too quick to judge when your judgement is a superficial one based on someone's comment on social media whose motive you cannot examine."

By sharing this post, Madam Ho has shown that she cannot differentiate between mocking and testimonies of serious character issues from people who have crossed path with Ivan Lim.

Now that the Ivan Lim matter cannot be dismissed and after Masagos and Heng Swee Keat failed to calm the ground, the Empress Dowager takes it upon herself to give Ivan Lim whatever boost she can. This is further making the PAP look bad as they need to launch a coordinated response to support their fellow elitist.

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GE2020: PAP New Candidate Ivan Lim Defends Himself Against Online Criticisms

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Ivan Lim has tried to explain himself in response to online criticisms and maintained that he will not back out from contesting. He did not apologise for his arrogant behaviour and instead gave his version of stories with regards to the incidents posted online.

Referring to the NS incident, Ivan Lim said that he was setting high standards as a CO and that "people can have different perspectives of the same incident".

On the post by a former colleague in Keppel, Ivan Lim again said he was setting high standards because the industry "is a tough and exacting one".

He said the allegation that he was involved in a corruption case involving Bazilian projects was false. 

As for him being cold towards his neighbour in the lift, Ivan Lim said he did "not recall a specific incident" and "I know some neighbours better than others and interact with some more than others".

Ivan Lim even brought in his mother to gain sympathy from the public, saying she was very affected by this whole thing.

Did he not expect his past to haunt him when he step into politics? Does he think the public will be satisfied by his response?

He admitted that "this test has come sooner than I expected" but "I am determined to stay the course and to serve if I am elected".

Well then, he has a very tough road to prove himself since he has chosen a career where he is supposed to serve instead of being yaya papaya. If he can't take the reality, then he has chosen the wrong path. He can go back to his shipyard and enjoy sitting up there as a GM.

 

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GE2020: PAP's Ivan Lim Withdraws From Candidacy After Mounting Controversy

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In less than 24 hours after PAP's Ivan Lim announced he was determined to carry on contesting in GE2020, he U-turned and withdrew his candidacy. If Lim and the PAP thought they could quell the criticisms against Lim, they probably realised how wrong they were and how grossly they underestimated the intensity of the feedback against Lim's conduct.

Sweet vindication for those who exposed Lim.

In a letter addressed to Lee Hsien Loong, Ivan Lim wrote:

“In recent days, there have been various allegations made about my conduct and behaviour. Following my clarifications this morning, further allegations have emerged against me. These new allegations are baseless. I appreciate the support the Party has given to me throughout this period. I have consulted and discussed the matter with the Party leadership. I recognise that the controversy over my candidacy has eclipsed the core issues of what this election should be about - Singapore’s future and the difficult steps we have to take to recover from COVID-19. The controversy has also caused intense pain and stress for my family. I cannot put my family through this”

Lee Hsien wrote in his reply:

“The controversy about your candidature has been unfortunate. Ideally, there would have been a fair and deliberate consideration of these allegations. Unfortunately, the nature of the campaign is such that we do not have time for a thorough investigation. The allegations spread like wildfire online, eclipsing the serious life and death issues we must grapple with.  I respect your decision to withdraw as a candidate. I regret that you and your family have had to bear such stress during this period. I hope Singaporeans will give you and your family the peace and privacy to recover, and welcome your continued contribution to our society.”

Lim's candidacy sparked outrage among those who experienced his harshness and arrogance firsthand. A petition to remove him from candidacy has garnered more than 20,000 signatures so far.

However instead of addressing these criticisms with humility, Lim defended his behaviour and repeatedly mentioned his family as a victim of the saga. Now he gets a taste of his own medicine. In the first place, did Ivan Lim spare any compassion for those working under him? If he was elected as MP, how many people would be the real victims?

So much for wanting to serve.

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GE2020: Did PAP's Ivan Lim Indirectly Admit Allegations Against Him By Withdrawing From Election?

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Last night Ivan Lim issued a statement which says that because his saga has "eclipsed" the elections, and for his family who have been traumatised, he will be withdrawing from the elections. 
 
Or can it also be seen that because he could no longer defend himself against the testimonies of his past behaviours, the way he badly treated his staff and men under him, that he decided to withdraw in case more dirt on him gets exposed? 
 
Indirectly, then, isn't he admitting that the allegations against him are true? Because if they were not, he could have easily sued those who made the claims against him for defamation, a play in the PAP book that so many of his seniors have used before. The fact that he did not, just proves that there could be some truth in the allegations.
 

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