I believe that all such official govt data due for release in the 'government gazette' ought to be embargoed till release: i.e., only qualified persons for specific reasons may be informed about such info prior to official date and time of such release: i.e. state press who will print out such info (propaganda).
How Mr E Low could have been considered a 'qualified person' when by statute it's the town council chairman (= incumbent MP) remains quite long shot, at best, Mr E Low is Mr MBT's good friend whom Mr MBT is trying to convince Hougang residents to elect in coming elections. By the Town Council Act (Cap.329A), the Town Council is:
(i) s24B: one of the two principal parties (the other being HDB('the Board')) whom the Minister consults in regard to deciding precincts for LUP;
(ii) by s24C: "make arrangements to conduct in the manner prescribed a poll of such owners of the flats within the precinct as may be prescribed with a view to establishing their opinions about the Town Council’s proposals to carry out lift upgrading works in buildings within the precinct".
Town Council Act (Cap.329A)
Declaration of precincts
24B. —(1) The Minister may, after consulting the Board and the Town Council concerned,.. by order published in the Gazette, declare any housing estate of the Board .. within that Town Council’s Town to be a precinct for the purposes of the Town Council carrying out any lift upgrading works in buildings within the precinct.
Town Council Act (Cap.329A)
Lift upgrading works in a precinct
24C. —(1) Where any housing estate of the Board or any part thereof within a Town has been declared a precinct under section 24B, the Town Council for that Town shall, as soon as practicable —
(a) make arrangements to conduct in the manner prescribed a poll of such owners of the flats within the precinct as may be prescribed with a view to establishing their opinions about the Town Council’s proposals to carry out lift upgrading works in buildings within the precinct; and
(b) do such other things as the Minister may direct.
Only in Singapore can the executive so blatantly override the Legislative.
From Wikipedia [Legislature]:
In parliamentary systems of government, the legislature is formally supreme and appoints a member from its house as the prime minister which acts as the executive. In a presidential system, according to the separation of powers doctrine, the legislature is considered an independent and coequal branch of government along with both the judiciary and the executive.
So whose instruction was it to 'fix the opposition'?
Anyway, here's what a 'Notice'/ 'Declaration' in the government gazette looks like (red arrows show date of release/ publication of the notice on inet) but guess it's the Minister's friends and relatives who get to know such info first! Such is the luxury of political connections in sunny, Anarcho-capitalistic Singapore, told U we were not a democracy; kleptocracy maybe, but an oligarchy- most definitely! So here it is (pls click on pict to enlarge):
Majulah Singapura and a good day to all Singaporeans.
12Jan2011: Did MBT in leaking his decision to Mr E Low breech the code of the Official Secrets Act Cap 213?