Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Unseen Singapore #8 Did You Know Series: Dedicate MPs in Singapore

Much has been made about our Parliamentary MPs who pocketed the $15,000 MP allowance while still keeping their full time high paying jobs with a long string of directorships in private companies.

Fortunately, it is not all doom and gloom for Singaporeans as there are some MPs who have made the conscientious effort to dedicate the bulk of time to their MP duties. This benefits not only their constituents but also helps raise the profiles of the respective MPs, allowing them to build rapport with Singaporeans and develop an accurate sensing of the ground.

Kudos to Ms Lee Li Lian and Mr Zainal Sapari who made the "sacrifice" and we hope more will follow suit and show us the true meaning of public service. If you know of others who have trodden down a similar path, feel free to email or Facebook us.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Unseen Singapore #7 Did You Know Series: Sylvia Lim The Lawyer Strategist

Since GE2011, Singaporeans have seen a number of Members of Parliament publicly quit their jobs in order to focus more on their parliamentary and constituency responsibilities.

Most prominently of whom was victorious MP Sylvia Lim who resigned from her job as a Temasek Polytechnic lecturer due to commitment issues. This was met with resounding praise from normal Singaporeans who saw this as her sacrifice to the nation and her drive to make more inroads politically.

Little do people know that in the months after her public resignation as a lecturer, she got herself a high powered Senior Associate position at the famous Peter Low LLC Law Firm!  Strangely though, neither the mainstream nor alternative media publicized on this fact rigorously. So much for commitment issues eh.

What do you think? Let us know on Facebook or simply email us.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

The Unseen Singapore #6 Did You Know Series: The Diploma MP!

Elite ministers and Elite civil servants within the government establishment is well documented but do you know that we still have a single diploma hero in Parliament? He is none other than Joo Chiat MP Charles Chong!

How does he thrive in this elitist environment? Does MP Charles Chong truly reflects the wishes of the common man on the street? We sure hope so considering he managed to win in his constituency by a hairs breath!

What do you think? Let us know, we love to hear from you.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

The Unseen Singapore #5 Did You Know Series: NMP Laurence Lien

We all know the sacred rule that there should be no Moonlighting while working in the Civil Service or anywhere else altogether.

Imagine our surprise when we found out that NMP Laurence Lien concurrently held a directorship at a private investment firm (owned by his family) during his time with the civil service from 2000 - 2008.

Yes we know that exceptions are given sometimes but the question here is, why is Mr Lien so special to be granted this exception? Know the answer, let us know! We love to hear from you!