Re: SM Goh wants PAP candidate's "battle plan" to win back Potong Pasir
- From: "yansimon52" <yansimon52@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 27 Mar 2006 23:01:43 -0800
What 'battle plan' GCT was talking about?........more likely a 'yes
When I was an army recuit in my earlier days, I loathe to be under a
Lance coporal who was a 'yes man' cause, he simlpy don't have the guts
to inform our OC that we haven't eaten our lunch and we can't make it,
to continue the exercise.........
This is how PAP's bunch of 'yes man' MPs, so-called taking care of its
citizen's plight........simply got no guts to tell their
leaders...........what's happening on the ground......
Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has said he likes People's Action Party
candidate Sitoh Yih Pin's "battle plan" to win back Potong Pasir.
Mr Goh was briefed about it at a PAP branch office in the constituency on
Speaking to reporters later, Mr Goh says Mr Sitoh will not only focus on the
hardware such as upgrading and the improvement of facilities, but also the
software of the people.
If Mr Sitoh is elected into Parliament in the upcoming General Election, Mr
Goh says he will offer himself as a resource person to push the ideas in
But he stressed that Mr Sitoh will be the main person in the fight for
Mr Goh also elaborated on what he means by raising the whip in Parliament so
that Mr Sitoh and Mr Eric Low can raise opposing views.
Mr Goh says: "Actually I was trying to find a way out to a question where
somebody said that there are people who wanted an opposition. They also want
upgrading, so in my mind I thought well we can have the best of both
worlds - we can have upgrading and if they elect Sitoh Yih Pin and Eric Low,
we can lift the whip for them. That means we can also have an opposition
voice in Parliament.
"Let's make it clear, I mean they are PAP MPs so it is not quite the same as
an opposition MP. But what I hope Eric Low and Sitoh Yih Pin would do
regardless of whether the whip is lifted or not is to speak their minds
frankly. Whatever views they have, even though they disagree with the
government or with the party, they must voice them in Parliament - that's
important. So it's my advice to Sitoh Yih Pin just now.
"I say, 'Look, in order to establish yourself later on as an MP, you must
not come across as a 'yes' man. Come across as Sitoh Yih Pin, who has got a
view, who has got a voice; be prepared to raise difficult issues to the
government so the whip is actually immaterial.' It's whether he is prepared
to speak on policies when he has a different view and whether the government
will support it." - CNA/de
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