My speech at Hougang By-election rally (22 May 2012)


 各位亲爱的朋友,各位工人党的支持者,大家晚上好!

 在我还未加入工人党之前,我已对人民行动党向选民进行威逼利诱,迫使他们放弃反对党的行为感到气愤。在2006年大选期间,我曾在海峡时报发表文章,斥责人民行动党通过组屋翻新的计划,动用国家资源,以完成他们的政治目的。文章发表后,马宝山部长也曾给我答复. 不过他的答复不令我满意。

 但看到后港选民们并未受到人民行动党的惑,坚定地把选票第四次投给刘程强先生时,我感到非常兴奋。毫无疑问,后港是新加坡民主政的重要指明灯。虽然我不居住在后港,但我也愿与后港人一同捍卫后港,坚决反对人民行动党用不公平的手段妄图夺取反对党的地区。

 人民行动党是一个怕输的党。他们连续控制国会长达五十多年。这也就是为什么他们能够改变我们的选举制度。他们实行集选区制度,宣称这是为了保证少数族裔人的参政权,却将集选区选举的规模扩大到46位议员。实际上,即使需要保证有一名少数族裔参政,3名国会议员的集选区也足够了。

 他们怕输。他们怎么怕输呢?因为他们没有勇气派新的候选人参加单选区的选举,除非这个单选区已被反对党夺得。若是他们从反对党手中夺得一个单选区,他们会把这个选区加进个集选区,以让反对党难把选区再次赢回。他们甚至怕得连安顺区已不敢补选,就把它并吞进丹戎巴葛集选区了。还记得当他们几乎失掉静山集选区和友诺士集选区后,他们做了什么呢?这些集选区现在哪了?

 为了确保其党利益而改划选区,这是不公正的!朱倍庆说如果他赢了选举,他将继续保留后港为单选区。江山易改,本性难移。以人民行动党怕输的行为,如果赢得了后港,你说我们能相信他们吗?

 亲爱的后港居民,在过去的五次选举中,你们都勇敢地做出了心中的选择。你们向所有新加坡人宣告了民主政治的重要。正因为有你们,工人党才会有今天的发展;正因为有你们,我和我的同志们才会有勇气与人民行动党竞争。我们决不能允许他们将这个国家占为己有。

 后港的选民们,你们将在526号做出一个重大的决定。526号,我们必要再一次胜利。那么,在2016年的选举中,在未来的选举里,反对党才会呈现出更强大的力量。我们不要让已点燃的政治改革火熄灭!

 请您再一次坚定地支持工人党,为把您手中宝贵的一票投给方荣发啊

 I will next speak in English.

 The PAP likes to talk about their track record in running this country. Let’s look at their ‘Track’ record. Their ‘track’ record has being questioned at the Commission of Inquiry into the breakdown of MRTs. And when the Inquiry was still ongoing, we had more train breakdowns. Old lines break down. New lines also break down. Straight line, circle line, North-South, East-West, North-East, MRT, LRT; they break down too frequently! What a ‘track’ record.

 Ex-PAP MP Mr Peh Chin Hua, in his PAP rally speech on Sunday described my fellow NCMP Gerald concerns about MRT breakdown as ‘BS’ (i.e. 牛粪), an uncouth term. Are the MRT problems you are experiencing ‘BS’? Is PAP so disconnected from ordinary Singaporeans that they brush off the problems as unreal and ‘BS’? Are they really listening to you or taking feedback as simply ‘BS’?

It seems no one wants to take responsibility for the maintenance failures. LTA will say it’s the responsibility of SMRT, which happened to be one of many government linked companies pervasive in our economy. SMRT instead is pointing its finger at its predecessor. The breakdown of our public transport system is in a way a symptom of a larger problem, which is the mindset that this government use in providing public goods and services

The PAP runs the country with a profit maximising mindset. It sees the country as a large company which they think they own. They say they have been divesting their businesses after the Economic Review Committee in 2003 criticized the government for being in too many businesses. So they decided that JTC should divest its factory spaces. These factories had helped Singapore grow since the 1970s by providing affordable industrial rents for many local companies. JTC has since sold almost all of its industrial space, mostly to Mapletree Logistics, another Government Linked Company.

I don’t think passing the business from the left hand to the right hand can be called a divestment. It is a rent maximising exercise to extract better rent from the SMEs. Industrial rents have shot up, forcing companies to charge more to cover costs. The government is also a large owner of retail spaces through the many Real Estate Investment Trusts that it owns. Retail rents have been rising too. In the end, Singaporeans pay the price when our cost of living shoots up.

From GST to COE to ERP to public housing to restructured hospitals, the mindset of value maximising has generated a lot of money for the government. SMRT is an example of how becoming so focused on shareholder returns can lead one to forgot its core mission of safe and reliable public transport. Essential public services for our people cannot be treated as business commodities to maximise returns. They are moral responsibilities of the government!

We the voters need to remind them through the ballot boxes that the country does not belong to just a few elites who thinks they know how best to run this place. Singapore belongs to all Singaporeans!

 When the PAP make mistakes, they quietly dismiss them. They will tell you … It’s once in 50 years. When a terrorist escapes, it’s an honest mistake. When trains breakdown, it’s “a rare confluence of factors”. Well, problems are not rare in Singapore anymore .

 Why are our new ministers for national development and healthcare so busy building flats and hospitals now? Maybe someone before them should have listened more to the problems of ordinary Singaporeans and worked harder? It took you, the voters to make them wake up last year.

 Your vote is important. Your vote will tell the PAP that they need to listen more to you. Come 26 May, vote The Workers’ Party! Vote Png Eng Huat ah!

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