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My quick comments on catherinelim.sg » After GE 2011, some crystal-ball gazing May 15, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Singapore.
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Found Singapore’s popular author Catherine Lim’s site and see an interesting thread on the Singapore Election. Quickly posted my thoughts about the thread. Night for now. I am, for one, an official night owl…. but it is always a very good evening of thougths with lots learnt. This is what I’ve posted on her blog :
‘Love your site. It’s full of wit, humour and lots of insight. Your crystal ball is blazing! I have been thinking of the election and posted my more-in-detail thoughts there: https://daringtochange.wordpress.com/tag/singapore-elections-2011/Basically I do not agree with the departure of MM Lee in particular though he clearly has his iron fist and autocratic rule; simply because his political insights are usually well sought after even by those who do not like his style of government. Whether the person is from the ruling party or the opposition party, what we eventually need is a thoroughly capable person. I think MM should stay. I like Nicole Seah a lot. For her calibre, she has the potential to become very formidable politician and social activist in her own right.  Other likes are Pritam Singh and Chen Show Mao. The former a powerful orator with an energy to move crowds. The national pledge recited in that kind of thunderous unison is like no other. The latter, a seemingly quiet politician. But nothing less than giant. With that kind of ‘A’ team, what we’ll see is a good opposition in parliament. The crack in WP is their loose cannon about NCMP issue. Make it loose, that would be their internal crisis, which may have the potential to rip open like SPP and RP. Apart from that, they should set themselves an excellent start. Team Singapore is about all the elements in the flag. Not just white and white or red and white. Its also includes the crescent and the stars too. Cheers for now, Karen Fu’

Promoting Civic Mindedness — side thoughts after pending departure of MM Lee & SM Goh. May 15, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in Singapore.
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Following posts and comments on Facebook, and there are thousands who have posted their thoughts about the past election. Some are voicing their views about the pending departure of both MM Lee Kuan Yew and SM Goh Chok Tong.  The maturity of thought is evident. Most do not favour either of them to leave the Cabinet as mentors. They may have some views that do not tally with everyone, but what is of common knowledge is that they often give insights of issues that could be otherwise be missed by others — especially MM Lee’s, whose views are usually highly respected globally despite his usual iron fisted karate-chop.

I often  feel that we should look at the individual politician’s calibre and capabilities that will value-add to our society, regardless if they are from the ruling party or the opposition. Having said that, I also feel that some outstanding individuals should be allowed into parliament apart from the NCMPs (Non-Constituency Members of Parliament) to promote politics in a civil society. There are many outstanding educators, businessmen, engineers et cetra who may not like to be in the shoes of a politician but are civic minded to show their concern in mainstream social economic issues.  These people should be taken note of and be allowed to voice their views from time to time in parliament.  It will certainly make the Singapore parliament a more vibrant, intellectual and productive place of social interaction . — Karen Fu