PM Lee: We knew right from the start that to strike out and blaze a path on our own, everyone had to pull their weight and be counted. That is why Mr Lee Kuan Yew exhorted us over and over again to become a rugged society. Our people must be robust and tough, able to take hard knocks, always striving to be better. No one owes us a living and we have to make our own way forward.

But a rugged society doesn’t mean every man for himself. We are strong even though we are small, because we are strong together. The ethos of our society is that if you work hard, you should do well. At the same time, if you do well, we expect you to help others.

We must inculcate this same ethos in our young. That is why we encourage our children to play sports, and send them to adventure learning and character education – to bring up a generation who will grow up tough and able to work closely together.

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Exhilarating journey

What an exhilarating journey these past 50 years have been! Three factors got us here, PM Lee said;

1. Multi-racialism
2. Self-reliance and mutual support
3. Keeping faith between Government and people

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Streaming system still exists – Desmond

As far as we are concerned, the streaming system still exists in the autonomous and normal schools.

What we want to see is that all children are able to be given equality, as well as diversified learning system instead of separating them distinctly, like products? This is very unfair to the students who are late-developers.

We hope to see that the students, apart from learning new technology and absorbing new knowledge, the schools should also focus on developing their music, art, sports, as well as other courses such as culture, values, and psychological management, and innovative projects, and so on.

We believe that education is not a one-off event, because wisdom comes with age; and as we become more and more mature, we are able to form definite views of our own therefore learning is endless. As such, please do not force-feed our own children and causing them to breakdown just because we see other children attaining good results.

We believe that even though the brilliant students from autonomous schools may have good academic performance, but because of a lot of homework, depriving themselves of personal and family time and space, they tend to neglect the relationship between people, and do not care or feel for their surrounding happenings. Even the interesting things in life have been forgotten. When faced with setbacks, they will not be calm in the face and accept failure. There have even been cases where the setbacks have instilled sense of failure in some students who cannot accept the pressure and suffer from mental breakdowns – they have either been admitted into mental institutions and some have even taken their precious lives. Not only is this detrimental to our children, but the country has also lost precious resources this way.

So we feel that we should let our children have access to a holistic learning environment, training them how to learn from failure as well as to cope with the challenges and pressures so that they can derive wisdom and the joy of learning through these.

We also believe that with diversity in our education system, when our children face unexpected events, setbacks or pressure in their future workplace, they would know how to respond and deal accordingly.

Lim Bak Chuan Desmond

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What am I fighting for Singapore?

Many concerned supporters have come forward to urge me not to hit on the MOB who go around smearing other opposition political leaders. They are extremely worried that I will lose support of the Mob supporters of certain political party if I continue to criticise them for their dirty underhand tactics.

My response is as follows:

I decided to join opposition politics not just because I want to get elected as MP. It is more of my vision and hope for Singapore, to develop a REAL Democracy for our future generations, breaking out of the current system of authoritarianism.

I hold true to my values of Democracy and I do not believe in MOB RULE. I believe in healthy contest of elections based on contest of ideas, ideals and policy views, instead of dirty underhand smearing tactic. That is not I want for Singapore and my future generations.

In this adverse political landscape manipulated by PAP’s Gerrymandering and GRC system, opposition parties may try their best to negotiate and come to consensus of not having multi-corner fights so that we opposition as a whole, can have better chance to break PAP’s monopoly of power by holding more than two third of the seats. Our aim is to break the two third majority held by PAP.

But if some of us failed to resolve conflicting interests and claims, then so be it. We should respect the democratic process and allow voters to judge, based on candidates’ strength, values and political discourse, instead of going into madness of political assassination via smearing campaign.

Singapore deserves better than that. We have been complaining against PAP of using such smearing tactic each and every elections but we must also be mindful of supporters of opposition party doing exactly what we detest of PAP’s deeds.

This mindless smearing campaign will only hinder the development of a healthy Democracy for Singapore. It will also prevent more good people from stepping up to serve as opposition candidates for fear of being smeared by the MOB.

Thus in my view, if I do not voice out against such destructive MOB rule just for FEAR of losing my elections, then I would rather quit politics altogether. If such MOB Rule is able to convince Singaporeans of not voting me just because I am against them, then so be it. I shall respect the will and decision of Singaporeans, thus not serving the country as a parliamentarian.

I have embarked on this bumpy journey of opposition politics about 15 years ago and I have seen all sorts of madness along the way. But I am determined to stick to what I truly believe in and not sway by such madness of Mob rule.

Vote me if you believe in me and my vision for a truly Democratic Singapore with the functioning system embedded with Separation of Powers. If you believe in such MOB rule, then you have the right not to support nor vote me.

Goh Meng Seng

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The Trolls have won – Steve Chia

National Solidarity Party’s member, Mr Steve Chia has announced via his personal facebook account that he would not be contesting in the upcoming General Election.

He also stated he would not be contesting in the MacPherson Single Member Constituency (SMC).

He also mentioned ” I can only wish WP will send a strong candidate and take down MacPherson SMC and take #‎KateSpade‬ (Ms Tin Pei Ling) out of Parliament. From my many conversations with residents there these 2 days, she is not as strong nor popular as rumours put it out to be. She has improved, definitely. But many older residents still do not really know her nor like her. Some have not seen her till recently too.”