Part Three: 4th Sep 2015, Fri
A Blast From the 1995 Past!
Lee Kuan Yew (LKY)’s Last NDR Speech
‘From his last National Day Rally Speech in 1990. These words are just as relevant in 2015!’
“The question is to get more. And each generation, each election you must find ten, fifteen, twenty good candidates and amongst them two three potential good Ministers. You need a population that understands that. Then it will work. If you believe that you are going to get good government whatever you do, then you are going to risk it all away. You take chances, you vote in jokers, cranks, weak men, worst, charlatans, plausible men with some gift of the gab. You’ll run a very serious risk of losing everything you have. So the final message that I give to Singaporeans is: Your future really depends on what you make of it. The Government can give you that framework. Can give expression to the will of a people. But the people must have that will. If you don’t have it, there’s nothing a Government can do.”
Humans of #GE2015
Hey, new Facebook album alert! Very timely for this hot General Election season!
Let this fellow Singaporean go to one rally each evening to find out, ‘What are Singaporeans concerned about in GE2015?’
Tanjong Pagar GRC, in Pictures.
It’s a Special Place where Late Mr Lee First Stood
Tanjong Pagar was last contested in 1988 when it was still a single-member constituency, and the PAP has had walkovers since it expanded into a GRC in 1991. Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had been the ward’s MP since 1955 – and subsequently the GRC’s anchor – until his death in March this year.
Opposition party SingFirst has put up a five-men team, SingFirst secretary-general Tan Jee Say and led psychiatrist Dr. Ang Yong Guan, 60, sales executive Melvyn Chiu Weng Hoe, 36, media consultant Fahmi Rais, 48, and market risk manager Chirag Desai, 38,
As for the incumbent, they have introduced two new faces in their line-up. They are: National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) secretary-general Chan Chun Sing, 45; Law and Education ministries Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah, 52; surgeon Dr Chia Shi-Lu, 43; Temasek Cares assistant general manager Joan Pereira, 47; and former Assistant Commissioner of Police Melvin Yong, 43. Read more here or watch their rally speeches here.
Photographer Erwin Tan had took some superb photos of the Tanjong Pagar GRC and also of the PAP team running for the #GE2015 when they were out campaigning. Lovely, lovely shots! I’ll share some here and you can check out the rest of the album from this Facebook post.
PM Lee was at the first PAP rally at the Delta Hockey Pitch on Wednesday night too. He described Tanjong Pagar as a microcosm of what Singapore was, and will be.
From a slum, from the place where people had no hope and no homes to live, (with) shared beds, shared clothes, sometimes even shared trousers, to today, where Tanjong Pagar is one of the most desirable places to live. That is quite a journey. I’m very happy that many of you have come along with us on this journey.
PM Lee also said it was special for the party to hold its first rally in the Tanjong Pagar GRC.
It’s where Mr Lee Kuan Yew first stood as a candidate in 1955 to be elected to into the legislative assembly. He won. He contested many times, often fiercely after that. And the residents, voters supported him time and time again. He was able to do this because he had the support of the people… who worked with him, who trusted him and his team.
This is BLUE!
Here’s what Uncle said in case you do understand Mandarin.
“Singaporeans eat well, live well, security is good. You see the coffeeshop runners and cleaners are all from PRC because Singaporeans do not want to do those jobs. Singaporeans only want high pay and easy jobs. I misunderstood Mr Lee previously… He is gone now… I want to apologise to Mr Lee… I will confirm support them (PAP and Mr Lee Hsien Loong. I told my son that he must vote for People’s Action Party. No Lee Kuan Yew, No Singapore…”
OK, that’s all for today! (And sorry, this is late today, hurhur!)