Home News Featured News : PAP’s comment about WP’s manifesto -- A snub or a...

Straight Talk: PAP’s comment about WP’s manifesto — A snub or a compliment?

GE speak, seasoned journalists PN Balji and Tan Bah Bah talk about what's being said




- Advertisement -

By Aretha Chinnaphongse, Jillian Colombo, Misaki Tan and AJ Jennevieve

TISG interns get some perspective from two veteran journalists, PN Balji and Tan Bah Bah on the GE.

Question: If Mr Vivian Balakrishnan said PAP could have written the same manifesto as WP, why didn’t they?

PN Balji: I have seen a young Vivian Balakrishnan taking part in junior college debates. Very articulate and very intelligent.

- Advertisement -

Fast forward to today. He has retained those qualities. But today he is a government minister, not a student anymore.

During the TV debate he was behaving like a smart aleck. With his charming smile, he was trying to put down the WP. It was like trying to give a backhanded compliment. I don’t think it worked.

Tan Bah Bah: The Foreign Minister wanted to stress that it’s the PAP who have all the best ideas. And that the WP took some of these and simply gave them a more populist vote-winning slant.  So what was he trying to say? That PAP has all the answers, others don’t. Cannot be, right? Also, if you keep all the data to yourself (and concoct all sorts of reasons why you won’t release them or you don’t even want to answer questions in Parliament), you show you are not that confident, you can’t debate issues competently on an equal footing. Or you may actually believe Singaporeans are not smart or mature enough to receive hard facts and must forever be protected.


- Advertisement -

This is part of a GE series, , that will be published daily up till Cooling Off Day on Jul 9.Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Amrin Amin slammed for calling a netizen ‘snowflake’ and telling him not to get offended so easily

Singapore -- Former Senior Parliamentary Secretary Amrin Amin faced a barrage of criticism when he sided with the People's Association against Ms Sarah Bagharib, who accused the association of "disrespect for Malay/Muslim culture" and "lack of diversity". Readers may recall Ms Sarah...

21-year-old ‘streetwalker’ gets scammed by her first customer – a Bangladeshi man – in Geylang

Singapore -- Nancy, a popular "street girl" gives us a look into the dark side of Geylang. Born and bred in Singapore, this 39-year-old shares some of the lesser-known, darker secrets of Geylang, the red-light district. She tells us that she had...

Another ‘sovereign’ citizen? ‘Badge Lady’ asks for court charges to be dropped as she should have “immunity as a citizen”

Singapore -- Phoon Chiu Yoke, or the woman now also known as "Badge Lady", appeared in court again on Tuesday (June 15) regarding charges she faces for not wearing a mask on various occasions. She asked for her charges to be dropped...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg