Its been confirmed that the People's Association (PA), a stat board under the Singapore Government, paid by the tax payers is a political tool of PAP after Ms Ooi, Director Corporate and Marketing Communications of PA replied to Mr Muhammad Yusuf Osman's letter to the paper.
If memory serves me right, the PA was set up by the pre-independent self government in the 50s to counter the communist influences to the populace by setting up community centres to divert attentions from the communist influence. Grass roots leaders were appointed to explain the ills of communism. People flocked to CCs to watch black and white TVs rather than listening to communists trying to brain wash them.
It worked effectively and Mr LKY or his advisers saw this as strong tool to exploit politically by helping the PAP Government "connect with people and help promote government policies and programmes". Explained simply: "Vote for PAP during elections"
Present day, Grass roots leaders or members are all PAP lap dogs trying to explain PAP's flawed policies such as the immigration policy. That is exactly what Ms Ooi was trying to say; fighting dengue mosquitoes and active aging are now politicized.
Only PAP appointed advisors are capable to carry these government policies effectively. She did not mention banning non PAP parties from holding block functions in their own constituencies too. I am sure Mr Chiam and Low from SPP & WP had experienced PA's of toeing the PAP's policies and restricted their own political activities to reach out to their own constituents.
"WE REFER to Mr Muhammad Yusuf Osman's letter yesterday ('Advisers to grassroots bodies should be elected MPs'). The mission of the People's Association (PA) and its grassroots organisations (GROs) is to bond the community and connect people with the Government. PA and its GROs serve all residents regardless of their political affiliations in fulfilling their role. Grassroots advisers are appointed by PA, a statutory board. Besides connecting people to people, grassroots advisers are required to help the Government connect with people and help promote government policies and programmes such as anti-dengue and active ageing. Hence, the Government has to appoint grassroots advisers who support its programmes and can play this role well. Opposition MPs cannot be expected to do this and thus cannot become advisers to GROs.
Ooi Hui Mei (Ms)
Director Corporate and Marketing Communications
For Chief Executive Director People's Association"
The other so called major influence of the communist their reach to the trade unions as some of the leaders were "communists". After locking up the pro communist unionists under ISA and unions under NTUC had replaced them with obedient lap dogs unionists. These so called unionists had been toeing along the pro-employers and anti-workers policies such as depressing of wages of ordinary workers.
The NTUC Building at One Marina Boulevard is the monument to the depressed workers' right and labour relations in Singapore. NTUC a co-operative is now a landlord of a commercial building at prime land. How did it amass such large amount of money since its formation in the 60s? Did the pro-PAP unionists help the ordinary workers fighting their rights these years or it primary job descriptions is to endorse Dr Tony Tan as a president?
(NTUC Building at 1 Marina Blvd. Source: Wikipedia)
Or NTUC was and is obsessed with making money with its arm such as NTUC Fairprice and entertain its NTUC members with cheap chalet at Pasir Ris and hoped that the Singapore workers can forget about what the roles of the unions are all about.
Year 2011 is a extraordinary year for Singapore with GE & PE held close by. PAP popularity is all time low of 60.1% while ex DPM Dr Tony Tan won by mere 7269 votes. PM Lee still do not wake up their ideas with all these clear signs of people's discontent? If ever PAP being ousted from the government during a GE, then they may have a taste of their own medicines when an alternate party took over Singapore.