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Old 06-07-2020, 11:28 AM   #1
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[NEWS] PAP does not take in people who compromise their values: Vivian Balakrishnan



Vivian Balakrishnan has spoken about and defended Singapore's policies overseas as our foreign affairs minister, and believes deeply in the values held by Singapore's ruling party, the People's Action Party (PAP).

However, he has not always seen eye-to-eye with the party, and even actively disagreed with and spoken out against some of its policies in the past.

Sitting down with Mothership, Vivian shared about his political journey, his thoughts about his opponents, his work as a foreign minister, and what he thinks young voters should know.

A critic of government's policies
Vivian's political career first began in the 2001 General Election (GE), when the five-member PAP team for Holland-Bukit Panjang (now Holland-Bukit Timah) Group Representation Constituency (GRC), of which he was a part, was elected to Parliament uncontested.

But his encounter with the government started long before that, in a Straits Times forum letter he wrote in 1984.

In the letter, he criticised the Graduate Mothers Scheme, a government plan by then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, to incentivise educated women to get married and have more children. The scheme also granted graduate mothers priority for their children in top schools, as well as generous tax benefits.

A 23-year-old medical student at the time, Vivian opined that the scheme “actively” discriminates against “the children of less-educated mothers, less-educated men and even graduate men who marry non-graduates”.

He further criticised the scheme as inevitably developing a rigid class system in Singapore should it be allowed to take place.

The divisive scheme received considerable backlash then, even from those within the Cabinet, and the PAP’s vote share in that year’s GE dropped by 12 percentage points. The scheme was dropped shortly after.

Joined PAP because he wanted to "stand up & be counted"
Given his difference in viewpoints regarding some of the PAP's policies, why did Vivian choose to leave his comfortable position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Singapore General Hospital (SGH) in 2001 and join the party?

One reason cited by Vivian for his decision to join politics was the September 11 attacks in America.

Saying that he watched the second plane crash into the World Trade Centre live on TV, Vivian said he felt a "sense of crisis", as he was watching "a moment of war", and that he knew "race, language and religion would be part of that narrative".

"So that night actually sealed the deal. At that time I was already the CEO of SGH. I was doing well, and quite frankly, well paid," he said. "At times like this, is the time to stand up and be counted."

Singapore has taken care of its migrant workers well
The only problem that Singapore has had when it comes to Covid-19, said Vivian, has been the dormitory clusters.

"And even that, frankly, if you try to rewind time, could anything have been done differently?" he asked.

Vivian compared the dormitory clusters to the Covid-19 outbreaks onboard luxury cruise liners and aircraft carriers:

"The fact is, as long as you have people interacting, working, shopping, cooking, sharing meals intensely, you will have a problem with a virus which is infectious, and particularly infectious even before symptoms arise.

So, you know, I know a lot people talk about conditions and, you know, how many people to a room. Actually, it's not so much beds but the nature of the activity that matters."

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then Ivan how.
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Erm...... Ivan?
Ivan say his value is in line with pap what..
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Ivan say his value is in line with pap what..
What are Ivan's values? Dishonesty? Arrogance? Unrepentant?
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So in another words, they want yes man that can toe the line.

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Thought is old news. Can't believe he got face to say this after ivangate.
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PAP values = Must be elite in order to join PAP. Everything LHL must say YES SIR! and follow
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Erm...... Ivan?
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Arrogance, Elitism, wayang
All these are PAP values wat

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