Dr Balaji Sadasivan:"...But in the next five years, if you give us a strong mandate, we will find ways to make healthcare affordable and more convenient for more Singaporeans... ... bringing down the cost of your healthcare, but (to) do this, we need a strong mandate from you ... ", sounds very presumptuous to me, over confident of winning the elections. The other possibility is that he has no dignity,just shameless toeing the line of his puppet masters. Healthcare costs dependent on a 'strong mandate'? Sounds like ransom.
(current source: http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/showthread.php?t=1284659)
Needs mandate to do the right thing? In context of their expectant win by virtue of the hyped up GRC system (constituency groups of up to 6 posts, an inherently gerrymandering like situation), his statement seems more akin to extortion then leadership.
Instead of demanding a strong mandate, Dr Balaji would have done much better to say, "I will always have your rights and interest at heart, being elected would give me larger a platform to extend my purpose; a bonus of a good mandate allow me greater parliamentary credibility over other elected MPs. My priority for this term would be to keep healthcare accessible and affordable to all. No matter what the outcome of these elections, I'll always have the interest of Singaporeans at heart; no matter who I am or what I'm doing; you'll never regret your support for me.”
In no where do I sense Dr Balaji's moral commitment in his address and both possibilities are reprehensible.
In a 31Dec09CNA report of MM Lee's interview with National Geographic: He (MM Lee) said “Singapore is in a good position at least for the next 10 years with the current leadership in place. … For the long term, it will depend on whether there is a younger team imbibed with the same integrity and ability”.
Mr Lee said his task is to ensure institutions and systems are in place.
I beg to defer as the 4/2006CNA report of Dr Balaji's poor showing proves otherwise. Integrity as I've described remains question, likewise are the promises that have far from been fulfilled. If indeed the PAP's CEC had a part in Dr Balaji's statement, then the CEC must have a less then noble constitution and composition. So long as PAP persists in deploying its dirty election tricks, then the social cohesion that PAP so fervently acclaims shall remain no more than a mirage by which the PAP leadership is premised.
Perhaps Dr Balaji, (possibly the PAP puppet masters) need another lesson in humility?
References/ minor comments:
- The PAP cadre system, http://www.singapore-window.org/80404st1.htm
- 29April06,CNA: Dr Balaji Sadasivan promises lower healthcare costs if PAP given strong mandate http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/showthread.php?t=1284659
- 31Dec09,CNA: Social cohesion key to keeping Singapore going: MM Lee:
- Instead of the proclaimed motto of Integrity Service Excellence, it seems like the govt's true motto is Integrity subservient to Expedience ( http://www.gov.sg/ )
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Dr Balaji Sadasivan promises lower healthcare costs if PAP given strong mandate
SINGAPORE : Dr Balaji Sadasivan, who is a member of the People's Action Party (PAP) team contesting Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency, addressed concerns over healthcare costs at a PAP rally on Saturday.
He said given a strong mandate, the PAP would continue to find ways to make healthcare affordable for older Singaporeans.
Dr Balaji said, "Everyone is concerned about the cost of healthcare. When you go to neighbouring countries, in public hospitals, the care is very cheap. But whenever Singaporeans go there, the first thing they want to do is to transfer to a hospital in Singapore, cause the quality of healthcare is excellent, which is why the life expectancy of Singaporeans is so much longer than those of citizens of neighbouring countries.
"But in the next five years, if you give us a strong mandate, we will find ways to make healthcare affordable and more convenient for more Singaporeans. You have heard Minister Khaw Boon Wan on the new CPF rules that allow you to use CPF or Medisave account for outpatient care. This will help many older Singaporeans. We will also reorganise care for elderly, so that your many illnesses can be looked after by one doctor, bringing down the cost of your healthcare, but (to) do this, we need a strong mandate from you."
Meanwhile, PAP candidate for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Inderjit Singh, said there is no need for the opposition to be represented in Parliament.
He told the crowd at a PAP rally that the party is able to provide its checks and balances in governance.
"Now you must have seen in Parliament...that there are MPs from the PAP who were...willing to challenge the government to question their policies, and more importantly to provide constructive criticisms in parliament. And unfortunately, those MPs are not the opposition MPs, those are the PAP MPs, like myself.
"In fact, if you listen carefully in Parliament, sometimes the opposition MPs look like they are PAP MPs, and the PAP MPs, like the few that I mentioned, including myself, look like opposition MPs." - CNA/ms
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