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淡巴雅教授于5月1日在武吉巴督体育中心群众大户讲话:

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转载自:http://theindependent.sg/pap-has-run-out-of-ideas-for-bukit-batok-dr-paul-tambyah-charges/

朋友们、同胞们

今天五一劳动节。这一天是我们承认了工人阶级为争取自身的权利进行斗争的节日。新加坡本来是有自己强有力的职工会运动,但是在几十年前被镇压下去了。最后一次的工人罢工事件是由前总统王鼎昌所认可的。因为他觉得工人遭受不公平的待遇。不幸的,从此之后,我们再也看不到类似于他这样的工会领袖了。

我心目中的其中一位英雄是爱莲娜.罗斯福(Eleanor Roosevelt,即美总统罗斯福的夫人)。她是《世界人权宣言》(the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)的起草人。新加坡在50年前加入联合国时签署了这份宣言。

正如她所说的,

“伟大的人谈论思想,普通人谈论事件,小人谈论着别人”(“Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about events, small people talk about other people”.

经过一场的群众大会后,行动党在谈论什么?

在投票提名日当天,副总理善达曼和我们在现场见面时,双方同意,我们将进行一场干净与公平的选举。把选举重点放在(民生等)课题上。

但是,从那个时候起到现在情况是这样的吗?恰恰相反,行动党已经展开了各种各样对徐顺全博士个人的人身攻击。这些是15-20年前的扭曲资料。

我们同意,

你可以批评说过的话或者做过的事情,作为对这个人的价值定义。但是,你不可以对这个人进行人身攻击。我们同意,可以询问如有关王金发先生向武吉巴督人民在小贩中心问题上的做出那些承诺。但是, 不允许对个人的问题进行人身攻击。同样的,可以批评徐顺全在15年前询问时任总理吴作栋有关承诺给印尼总统苏哈多的事情,但是不可以对他个人将进行人身攻击。

总理在昨晚(30/4)上发表声明说,

“任何人要参与社会工作的就必须准备让自己过去的个人行为、透明化和诚信受到检验”。

我们完全同意和欢迎有机会检验是由行动党的部长和国会议员的资产。当然,在巴拿马文件资料和其他相关的资料成功泄露下,总理的愿望将会很快得到实现的。

在定义一个人时,不论是他/她的价值不仅仅是以他/她的行为或者语言作为衡量的准则。正如财政部长王瑞杰似乎认为,我们不是属于单一性的人。

默仁里先生和徐顺全博士都是人家的孩子、丈夫、父亲。就我们而言,他们都是属于具有良好品行的男人。

甭理行动党对徐顺全博士进行任何个人的人身攻击,徐顺全博士访问过的武吉巴督、荷兰——武吉知马等还有其他地方,任何与他接触过的人都知道这个事实。

过去年来,媒体一直在盯着徐顺全博士。它们的目的就是一直企图能够让徐顺全博士在摄影机前说错话或者掉入它们所预设的陷阱。

人们可以从近年的言行中看到徐顺全的品行。这不需要亲政府的媒体的传播。但是 ,这次的补选有关徐顺全博士或者默仁里的个人问题却成了选举课题。这是他们自己事前建议不要进行个人人身攻击的。

从2012年开始,民主党已经把我们的政策建议让公众进行辩论。我们的全面医疗照顾的建议是建立在事实根据的基础上。我们继续提出了许多经过熟思深虑的建议问题,其中包括了住房问题、市镇会管理问题。

我们希望能够就这些课题进行全面深入的辩论。我们曾经希望在这场补选运动中能够实现这个辩论。但是,我们失望了。这一切都毁在了一些行动党高层领导人进行的扭曲和个人人身攻击。

实事求是地说,总理和傅海燕在他们的群众大会演讲可能已经被《晚报》的标题所误导。《晚报》已经回应和更正了它们在网页上的标题了。但是,他们拒绝向我们道歉。海峡时报也发表了一篇荒唐的声明说性格不是问题。我们也要求他们更正,但是,我不会抱着太高的期望。

我愿再次重申我们立场,

他们可以批评一个人的言论、行为和价值观。但是,不可以进行个人的人身攻击。

我再给大家举个例子。

在一个由政策学院举办的讨论会上,我公开不同意总理在评论以色列人比新加坡更聪明的说法。我指出,我认为新加坡人比以色列人更加聪明。因为新加坡人最低限度晓得如何和我们的邻国和平相处。我们并把总理说不爱国,而让新加坡人让外国人看匾。

更进一步地说,不论是我或者民主党的任何一个成员将会使用同样的语言去批评总理,前国家神经科学学院院长就是这样做的。总理的这番讲话让我们很多人感到吃惊。

我们可以使用李玮玲医生公开指责揭露总理的虚伪声明的性格,但是,我们并没有这么做。因为这并不是我们本来的性格。这也是我们承诺在选举活动中不进行任何针对个人的人身攻击的诺言。因为这对武吉巴督人民来说是无益的。

总理也在种族课题做了一些令人吃惊的批评。他的批评是建立在出现在民主党网页上的一些匿名者的帖子。他并没有为自己的这些指责提出任何的证据。这或许又是另一个错误。——这一次是由《早报》的记者提供。这些记者可能把一些属于挑衅言论视为是民主党发表的官方帖子。

我希望记者们能够做好自己的功课,并决定是哪些人在民主党网页上发表帖子?指责的人是谁?

正如徐顺全博士已经说过的,

他绝对不允许任何的种族主义言论。事实上,在上一届大选,在我们党的电台竞选广播时,我已经在一开始时就开诚布公地说:“民主党是一个值得信任、建设性和具有同情心的政党。我们的目标是在这正义和平等的基础上建设一个民主的社会”。

平等,对我们而言就意味着,所有优秀的学校开放给所有的孩子就读的,不论孩子来自哪个言流和种族。这样就不会让孩子的父母为了确保孩子能够进入优秀学校接受更好的教育而感到压力。

平等,对我们而言就意味着,制定国家最低薪金制,就是让全国工人、外来劳工不会被剥削和担心,因为雇主会聘请比自己更加低廉工资和非熟练的工人取代。

平等,对我们而言就意味着,在工作场所和部队里平等对待所有的宗教信仰。

徐顺全博士曾经为了穆斯林孩子在本地受教育的权利而被起诉。他曾经为了捍卫全新加坡人民的基本人权而被起诉。

事实上,当傅海燕在指控他有关开展一场以种族主义为基础的运动是完全没有证据的。我们许多人都好奇,她是不是使用行动党在6个月之前(即2015年9月11日全国大选)的策略。当时,徐顺全博士和民主党派出了候选人桑达西诺(Mr Sadasivam)参加武吉巴督区选举的事。因为王金发在靠近阿裕拉惹区有相当丰富的经验,桑达西诺本身未曾想象到自己可以给王金发这么沉重的打击。我们衷心希望,我们的想法是不正确的。假设情况不是这样。这是一个令人感到遗憾的事。我们希望傅海燕能够尽快的对此事进行澄清说明。

傅海燕也对徐顺全博士以政治活动者和作家为个人事业做了一些评语。特别是她身为文化、社区与青年部长身份做出了这样的评语让我感到惊讶。她完全不相信一些人士可以为国际学术机构从事研究工作,以赚取高额收入作为养活自己的生活费来源。购买徐顺全博士出版的书人必须排上数个小时等待他的亲笔签名。

或许,这就是为什么在她的控制下的国家艺术理事会撤销了Sonny Liew出版的查理.陈福才书的赞助。这本书在美国纽约时报和阿玛孙网上购书网站上属于最畅销的书籍。或许,对傅海燕而言,作为一个作者或者一个政治活动者,这不是他们的真正职业。假设情况是这样的话,我为此感到一点忧虑,能把就是在她控制下的新加坡艺术活动未来的前途。

行动党召开的最后一场群众大会同样的是面对麻烦的。他们似乎已经忘记了要为武吉巴督的发展提出新的思维。

6个月前,行动党向武吉巴督居民提出了2400万元的发展计划。这个计划包括了建造一个新的小贩中心、新的儿童福利中心和一个新的老年人护理中心。现在我们已经无法再听到他们提出这些问题了。小贩食物中心对新加坡人而言是极其重要的。我们很高兴将会能够听到行动党有关建造新的小贩中心的最新信息,这个计划是在2015年8月提出。

默仁里在补选开始时提出他的190万元的项目建设建议。

现在他承认这个建议事实上是(王金发)在去年大选时提出的2400万元计划的一部分。

除了保健这一部分外,我们愿意在其他计划方面与他们进行辩论。但是,我们至今尚未听到任何有关这方面的信息。

对个人而言,我认为他是一个好人。我的一个朋友,Remy Choo。他和默仁里在一起处理过一些案件。这些案件是涉及一起诉非法输入频临植物红木。他告诉我,默仁里是一个好人。行动党在巴耶里巴的活跃成员告诉我们,在过去五年里,在默仁里当任行动党支部主席期间,他是具有全心全意和奉献的服务精神。与其他行动党的候选人一样,他个人的事业也是非常成功的。他在新加坡一家著名的律师事务所(即拉惹与陈RAJAH & TAN )已经提升到商业诉讼的部门领导了。假设他获选为武吉巴督国会议员,他将和行动党其他82名国会议员一样成为又一个沉默的国会议员。

与此同时,假设徐顺全博士获选进入国会,没有人会怀疑或者否认,国会的开会的情况将会焕然一新。在这样的情况下,行动党将会加倍的努力为老百姓工作。

大家可以从电视机荧光幕看看最近的国会的辩论情况。国会里属于行动党国会议员的椅子都是空荡荡的——或许他们全部都去自己的生意场所或者大企业机构里干自己的部分时间工作了。

相比之下,当阿裕尼-后港市镇会的问题在国会进行讨论时,国会里都是行动党的国会议员在寻找攻击工人党的机会。您可以确定,一旦徐顺全博士被选入国会,他将成为行动党的眼中钉!

刚刚在上个星期发生的地铁严重故障事件。它影响了20个地铁站的运作。

根据两个主流媒体和社交的报道。有一个地铁站是唯一没有得到行动党支持者协助,而用手电筒引导居民到安全的地点的地铁站。您知道是哪个地铁站出现这种情况吗?那就是武吉巴督地铁站。当时引导居民到安全地点的就是徐顺全博士,他当时正在那里进行补选的宣传活动。这是偶然巧合吗?我看不是吧!

居住在巴耶里巴的居民很幸福,他们能够选一得二——当他们遇见问题寻找国会议员陈硕茂协助未能解决时,他们可以找巴耶里巴基层组织的顾问和行动党支部主席默仁里帮忙。

我相信,默仁里将会同样的为武吉巴督居民做这样的工作——为武吉巴督居民工作6年。假设徐顺全博士被选入国会时,默仁里将会以行动党的活跃分子和武吉巴督基层领袖身份在武吉巴督服务。

咱们把这些事都搁在一边。把徐顺全博士选进国会,

他将有机会代表每一个武吉巴督居民成为在国会里发表独立的声音——我们在国会又有另一把声音询问政府。

他将会询问,

目前的基础设施已经紧张不足于应付现在的情况下,为什么他们还要引进外来人口增加到6900万人。

他将会询问,

为什么我们的教育制度要给学生、教师和家长制造那么多的压力?但是,我们仍然无法为国家造就足够的人才,我们还得从国外引进熟练的专业人士,让这些人国家在经济领域扮演重要的角色

假设徐顺全博士获选进入国会,他将会在国会里提出

有关公积金的尖锐问题!——那就是:什么时候我们可以拿回自己在国家级户头里的血汗钱!

您们已经看过了我们有关市镇会的政策说明了。

您们已经听到了我们有关社会福利计划了。

您们已经和我们市镇会的过过渡小组成员见过面了。

现在是时候把票把一个强有力的声音选进国会的时候了。

现在是投徐顺全博士一票的时候了。

 

 Dr Paul Tambyah charges:

PAP has run out of ideas forBukit Batok

Related link: http://theindependent.sg/pap-has-run-out-of-ideas-for-bukit-batok-dr-paul-tambyah-charges/

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Friends, fellow Singaporeans

Today is May Day. The day we recognise the struggles of workers who fought for their rights for years. Singapore used to have a dynamic trade union movement but it was crippled many years ago. The last local strike was one sanctioned by the late Mr Ong Teng Cheong when he felt that workers were being treated unfairly. Tragically, we no longer have union leaders like him.

One of my heroes is Eleanor Roosevelt the author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which Singapore signed on to 50 years ago when we joined the UN. She is quoted as saying “Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about events, small people talk about other people”. After one round of rallies, what is the PAP talking about?

On Nomination Day, DPM Tharman met me and we both agreed that we would keep the campaign clean and fair and focused on issues. What has happened thus far? There has been very little constructive debate on the issues and instead, the PAP has been launching venomous attacks on the person of Dr Chee based on distorted accounts from 15-20 years ago.

We believe that you can criticize what a person says or what a person does which reflect their values but do not attack the person. We believe that it is fair to ask what happened to the plans such as the hawker center that Mr David Ong promised the people of Bukit Batok, but it is not right to attack him personally. Similarly, it is ok to criticize Dr Chee for asking PM Goh about Singapore’s promise to President Suharto 15 years ago but attacking his character on that basis is uncalled for.

The Prime Minister in his statement last night, said “”Anyone standing for public office should

be prepared to have his past actions examined, transparently and honestly,” We totally agree and would welcome the opportunity to examine the assets of all the PAP ministers and MPs. Of course, with the successive leaks of the Panama papers and other related documents, the Prime Minister may have his wish fulfilled sooner rather than later.

A person is not solely defined by his or her actions or words although they often do reflect his or her values. We are not one-dimensional people as Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat seems to think. Both Mr Murali and Dr Chee are someone’s son, someone’s husband, someone’s father. As far as we can tell, they are both men of good character.

Despite the PAP’s attempts to smear Dr Chee, anybody who has met him in Bukit Batok, Holland-Bukit Timah and all the other places he has visited knows this for a fact. For the last couple of years, Dr Chee has been in the spotlight with the mainstream media following him around, trying to trick or trap him on camera into saying something wrong.

People can see his character well from what he has said and done in recent years without the biases of the pre-social media era. But this election is not about Dr Chee or Mr Murali’s personality, it is about the issues that they propose not character assassination.

Since 2012, the SDP has put up our policy proposals for public debate. We started with an evidence based comprehensive healthcare proposal and have moved on to offer concrete well thought out proposals on a number of major issues including housing and town council management. We would like them to be debated fully. We had hoped that this would be so in this campaign and are disappointed by the distortions and smears that are coming out of some very senior PAP people.

To be fair, the PM and Ms Grace Fu may have been misled by the Wan Bao headline in her rally speech. Wan Bao has since responded and amended their online version of the report but refused to apologise! The Straits Times has also come up with the ridiculous statement that character does not matter. We have asked them for a correction but I am not optimistic.

To re-state our point – criticize the speech, the action, the policy and the values they represent

BUT do not attack the man. To give another example, at a forum organized by the Institute of Policy Studies, I publicly disagreed with the PM on his comment that Israelis are smarter than Singaporeans. I pointed out that I think that Singaporeans are smarter than Israelis, at least we know how to live in peace with our neighbours. I did not call the PM unpatriotic for putting down Singaporeans.

Furthermore, neither me, nor anyone in the SDP would use the same kind of language to criticize the Prime Minister that the former director of the National Neuroscience Institute did. That saddened the Prime Minister and it shocked many of us too. We could have used Dr Lee’s published allegations to expose the hypocrisy of the Prime Minister’s statements on character but we will not. That is not who we are, that is not how we promised to run this campaign and that will not help the people of Bukit Batok.

The Prime Minister also made some puzzling allegations about racism based on some comments

made by anonymous posters on a SDP facebook page. He did not provide any evidence to back up his claim so perhaps this was another mistake – this time from the Zao Bao reporter who may have mistaken some of the comments of provocateurs for official SDP postings.

I hope that the reporter will do his homework and determine who those people are who are allegedly making comments on SDP facebook pages. As Dr Chee pointed out, he has never tolerated racism of any kind. In fact, in the last general election, during my party political broadcast, I said right at the start “The SDP is a competent, constructive compassionate party. We aim to build a democratic society based on justice and equality.

Equality to us means that all the top schools are open to all children regardless of language stream or ethnicity, where parents do not feel compelled to spend thousands of dollars on tuition just to ensure that their children get a good education.

Equality means a national minimum wage for all workers local or foreign so migrant workers are not exploited and local workers are not afraid of being replaced by cheaper, less skilled workers.

Equality means equal treatment for all religions in the workplace and military.”

Dr Chee has been prosecuted for speaking up for the rights of Muslim children in local schools, he has been outspoken in the defence of the basic human rights of all Singaporeans. In fact, when Ms Grace Fu made her allegations about campaigning on racial grounds without providing any proof, many of us were wondering if she was referring to the strategy used by the PAP six months ago when Dr Chee and the SDP fielded the excellent Mr Sadasivam who did unexpectedly badly against Mr David Ong despite his own extensive grassroots experience in the nearby Ayer Rajah constituency. We sincerely hope not. If that is the case, that is indeed disgraceful and we hope that she clarifies her position quickly.

Ms Grace Fu also made some puzzling comments about Dr Chee’s career as a politician and author. I am puzzled by those comments especially as she is the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. She does not seem to believe that someone can make a living from doing academic research for international institutions of higher learning and publishing books for which people queue up for hours to get him to sign.

Perhaps that is the reason why the National Arts Council Singapore which is under her own ministry withdrew its support from the only Singaporean book ever to make it to the best seller lists of both the New York Times and Amazon – Sonny Liew’s book the art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Perhaps to her, being an author, or a politician, is not a real job. If that is the case, I am a little worried about the future of the arts in Singapore under her ministry.

The last PAP rally was also troubling in that the PAP seems to have run out of new ideas for Bukit Batok. Six months ago, the PAP proposed a 24 million dollar plan which included a new hawker center, new child care centers and a new elder care center. Now we hear nothing about that. Food is an important issue to all Singaporeans and it would be good to hear an update on what has happened to the new hawker center proposed in August 2015.

Mr Murali began his campaign by proposing a $1.9 million program but now he admits that is actually part of the $24 million program proposed last year. Apart from the health cooperative which I would be happy to debate. We have not heard anything new.

I have no doubt that Mr Murali is a good man. A friend, Remy Choo who worke with him on a major case involving a charge of illegal importation of endangered rosewood told me that he is a very good man. The PAP activists of Paya Lebar have told us how for the last five years, Mr Murali served with dedication and distinction as PAP branch chair for Paya Lebar. Like most of the other PAP candidates, he has been very successful in his career, rising to the head of commercial litigation at one of Singapore’s most successful law firms. If elected, he be just like yet another of the 82 PAP MPs largely silent.

On the other hand, if Dr Chee is elected to parliament, no one can deny that parliament will be changed beyond recognition. For one, the PAP MPs will work a lot harder. Watching the recent Committee of Supply debates on television, it was striking how many empty chairs there were on the PAP benches – perhaps they were all away at their part-time jobs in the business and corporate worlds.

In contrast, when the Aljunied Hougang Town Council issue was being discussed, parliament was packed with PAP MPs looking for opportunities to score points by criticizing the Worker’s Party. You can be sure that when Dr Chee gets into parliament, the PAP MPs will be on their toes.

Just last Monday, there was a major MRT breakdown which affected 20 MRT stations. According to reports in both the mainstream and social media, there was only one MRT station which benefitted from PAP activists bearing flashlights to help direct residents to safety. You know which MRT station that was – Bukit Batok MRT station – where Dr Chee was campaigning. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

As the residents of Paya Lebar know, they get two for the price of one – they can seek out their MP Mr Chen Show Mao and if that doesn’t work, they can seek out Paya Lebar grassroots advisor and PAP branch chairman Mr Murali. I am sure that Mr Murali will do the same for the residents of Bukit Batok – having served here for sixteen years. He will continue to serve as a PAP activist and leader in Bukit Batok even if Dr Chee is elected to parliament.

All that aside, Putting Dr Chee in parliament gives each and every one of you residents of Bukit Batok an opportunity to have an independent voice in parliament – to have one more voice to ask the government why they are intent on flooding our already strained infrastructure with 6.9 million people, to ask why our education system needs to put so much stress on students, teachers and parents and still cannot produce enough talent that we need to import skilled professionals to fill critical roles in our economy.

If and when Dr Chee gets into parliament, he can ask the hard questions about CPF – about when we are ever going to see our hard earned CPF money back.

You have seen our town council policy, you have heard about our social programs, you have met some of our town council transition team. Now is the time to vote for a strong independent voice in parliament. Now is the time to vote for Dr Chee.

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