Thank You Letter: Even NSP Nicole Seah echoed WP Pritam Singh's idea for George Yeo as the next President!!

Don't get me wrong. I admire how hardworking Nicole Seah is with her Thank You letter emailed to Asiaone immediately this morning after the General Election results.

I admire how well written the letter is. There's no doubt how genuine Nicole Seah is in paying tributes to the ousted formidable politicians: PAP Mr. George Yeo & SPP Mr. Chiam See Tong. The sincerity in her Thank You letter was so thick one could almost cut it with a knife. (Yeah. Sorry 'tension'. Heh)

What annoys me, though, is her echoing WP Pritam Singh's call for Mr. George Yeo to be the next President. She did that without crediting Pritam Singh. C'mon, I was there at Yishun Stadium on Workers' Party rally during Labour Day and as what I blogged last time Pritam Singh was the only worthy candidate of WP rally at Yishun Stadium, and trust me the crowds went wild when he suggested Mr. Yeo to contest for presidential.

Give credit where credit is due, Nicole. It will do more wonder to your dawning political career. (Even PM Mr. Lee acknowledged Pritam Singh's suggestion albeit negatively. (Check out, "GE: PM Lee urges Aljunied GRC voters to think carefully about their vote" in which he is said to dismissed as "ridiculous" a suggestion from the Workers’ Party’s candidate Pritam Singh that Mr George Yeo run for the Presidency. He's quoted: "You don’t expect me to answer that kind of a question, neither does Pritam Singh.")

Oh well, here's the Thank You letter from Nicole Seah. (It should be titled under "Thnks fr th mmrs", but alas, Fall Out Boy has grabbed that title beforehand for one of their songs! Hur hur.) :

My friends, my fellow Singaporeans,

We may have lost an election but tonight we have rediscovered something so much more valuable - the pride of being Singaporeans. My fellow party members and I began all of this because we felt that we needed to speak up not just for you, but also ourselves.

The competition has been robust; sides were taken and things were said. But now that the contest is over, we must come together as one country and work to build that future we want.

When we choose our leaders, we ask of them not just their industry but also their judgment. We may not always agree with our government, but it is our responsibility to engage them in intelligent debate so that policies made in our name serve the common good.

Tonight our hearts are with Mr Low Thia Kiang and the Workers' Party. They have made political history in Singapore and they have made us proud. For the next 5 years, we will depend on them to be our voices in Parliament. We are comforted that we will be well represented.

The great joy we feel at the election of the Workers' Party is matched only by our profound sadness at the exit tonight of two great men from the political scene.

We want to pay tribute to Mr George Yeo, the outgoing Foreign Minister. Not since the tenure of the late Mr S Rajaratnam has anyone defined our foreign policy like Mr Yeo. A soldier, a scholar, a statesman. And to top it all off, a perfect gentleman. We hope that he will consider a run for the Presidency later this year. We believe he will be another peoples' President and we cannot think of a better person to continue representing us to the world.

We also want to express our gratitude to Mr Chiam See Tiong who together with the late J B Jeyaretnam fought for ordinary Singaporeans at a time when it was much tougher for opposition politicians. Mr Chiam, all Singaporeans owe you a debt of gratitude and we salute you. We will carry on the work you began.

And so my friends, in closing I just want to remind all of you that while the votes have been cast and tallied, the work has just begun.

We know the kind of Singapore we want - we have been talking about it for months now. The time for talk is over; lets get it done.

Nicole Seah
NSP Candidate for Marine Parade GRC
GE 2011

From Asiaone, "A 'Thank You' letter from Nicole Seah".

Workers' Party (WP) Aljunied GRC 'A team' member Pritam Singh says the party is "not looking to kill any tigers" during this election.

During his rally speech at Yishun stadium on Sunday evening, Pritam responded to Foreign Minister George Yeo's wife, Jennifer, who said on Facebook that "who dares to kill her tiger would have to deal with her".

He also hit back at Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong's comments, that the quality of the government will go down if Mr Yeo were to lose the election.

"It is as if George Yeo, like all the tigers around the world, is being treated as an endangered species," said the post-graduate law student.

"I promise you that the Workers' Party is not interested in killing any tigers... I would not be so worried about George Yeo. In the next few months, Singapore will host another election -- the presidential election," he told the estimated 10,000-strong crowd

"I strongly recommend that George Yeo contest in the presidential election. In that way, George Yeo can still be part of the government and SM Goh can relax," he said to loud applause.

Since Pritam's suggestion, several "George Yeo for President" pages have sprouted up on Facebook. One already has over 1,100 likes.

WP's Pritam Singh wants to champion minority education issues. (Yahoo!/Christine Hoo)

The post-graduate law student also suggested that if Mr Yeo does find himself out of a job, he could become a Non-Elected Member of Parliament (NCMP) as the best-performing losing candidate in the elections.

Meanwhile, WP chairman Sylvia Lim highlighted that the possibility of losing five talents in a GRC is a problem that the ruling party had created itself.

In her rally speech, she questioned the PAP for changing the rules and the formation of the GRCs.

"By having GRCs and making them so big, the PAP has raised the stakes and we opposition must contest with these stakes. If the system only has single seats, this problem wouldn't exist."

Turning her attention to Labour Day, she also spoke on how the minimum sum for the Central Provident Fund (CPF) has been increasing over the past years.

"In two years' time, the sum would reach almost S$150,000, and as a result, many Singaporeans who cannot meet this required sum are only allowed a withdrawal of S$5,000."

She added that the People's Action Party (PAP) constantly changes the rules and has delayed the draw-down age for savings from 62 to 65.

Lim told the crowd that the PAP needs to be reminded that it is the people's hard-earned money.

The WP proposed that the draw-down age be 60 and that Singaporeans facing financial difficulties should be allowed to tap into their CPF savings under strict guidelines, she said.

Unlike the PAP, who "treat Singaporeans like kids", she said, "The WP recognises that the money belongs to the people."

With Polling Day fast approaching, all eyes continue to be on the WP team contesting the Aljunied hotspot. The team consists of former Hougang MP Low Thia Khiang, former NCMP Sylvia Lim, the party's "star catch" Chen Show Mao as well as family counsellor Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap and post-graduate law student Pritam Singh.

They will be up against the incumbent PAP team fronted by Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Hwee Hua, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Madam Cynthia Phua and new face Ong Ye Kung, an assistant secretary-general of NTUC.

From Yahoo! News, "WP’s Pritam Singh: George Yeo as President". (02/05/11)


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