PAP Government had ran out of ideas during every General Elections. They always uses Pork Barrel Politics in Singapore Election goodies to entice Singaporeans to vote for them.
Instead of looking into minimum wages, welfare of the aging population, high cost of housing and cost of living, the PAP still resort to Pork Barrel Politics....
The term "Pork Barrel" politics is termed as:
The term pork barrel politics usually refers to spending that is intended to benefit constituents of a politician in return for their political support, either in the form of campaign contributions or votes.
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A government project or appropriation that yields jobs or other benefits to a specific locale and patronage opportunities to its political representative.
(Source of Pork Barrel: http://screwedus.com)
The first Pork Barrels rolled by the PAP government to ensure they get the votes is the Billion Dollar$ "Growth & Share" Package announced by the Finance Minister Mr Tharman in Feb 2011.
(Source: Straits Times, 6 Apr 2011)
The next few barrels of Pork Barrels rolled out to Singaporeans living in Bishan-Toa Payoh, Hong Kah, Jurong, Tanjong Pagar GRC are the 5 Years Master Plans to Improve these estates.
(Source: Channel News Asia 3 April 2011)
(Source: STOnline 16 Apr 2011)
(Source: TodayOnline 11 Apr 2011)
(Source: news.xin.msn.com 19 Mar 2011)
Of course, upgrading are the jobs of every rightful and lawful governments in this world, but to use this to entice or "force" voters to vote away their Rights as citizens is not rights. This is how PAP kept on taking away our democratic rights and real representations in Parliament. During every Singapore Parliament sittings, these PAP Ministers and MPs bulldozed and supported PAP's policies at the expenses of Singaporeans and increasing their Pocket monies. There are no representations of the true voices of the average Singaporeans.
My responsible role as a citizen is to tell my friends about our democratic rights being taken away by the unfair GRC systems and PAP's Pork Barrel Politics.
If Finance Minister Mr Thaman is to lose his seat during this coming Election, the fret not because he will have to be full time job as the leader of the International Monetary Fund's policy committee.
The winning majority political party will have to choose a winning MP to be the Finance Minister. As easy as that.
Another Blogger had written about Pork Barrel Politics in Singapore: http://singaporedesk.blogspot.com