SINGAPORE – Former MP-nominee Calvin Cheng commented on who should give awards in areas held by opposition MPs.
Mr. Cheng wrote in a Facebook post of January 30th that Labor Party MP Jamus Lim (Sengkang GRC) “rekindled the issue of opposition MPs handing out Edusave and other awards through the People’s Association” once again.
Prof. Lim said in a Jan. 28 Facebook post that parents have contacted him about the Edusave Awards, scholarships usually given to students in the top 10 percent of a school’s cohort.
He expressed his willingness to write a signed letter of encouragement to Sengkang residents because opposition MPs do not have the opportunity to award Edusave prizes to exemplary students.
Mr. Cheng explained why non-PAP MPs do not present such awards.
Singaporeans, he claimed, are “politically naïve” and “do not understand that opposition MPs are not members of the government. The government is formed by the governing party PAP.
The government was elected to decide how taxpayers’ money is spent. Which programs and policies to implement.
If you think they did a bad job, vote them out.”
When the time for the award ceremony comes, the administration sends a representative to carry out the awards. But sometimes problems have arisen with the selected person.
“In PAP constituencies that representative there is obviously the PAP MP.
Now who should be the representative of the government in the opposition districts?
Obviously, this cannot be the opposition MP, in this case A/P Jamus Lim. He does not represent the government. In fact, he was elected against them.”
And while it’s the government’s prerogative to choose its representative, Mr. Cheng doesn’t think it should be the PAP candidate who lost in a particular district.
“It is true that the government (now PAP) can send whoever they want to represent them.
But should it be the losing candidate? Those base advisors?
I think that’s stupid.
It leaves a bad taste in people’s mouths.”
It would be better if an official came and presented the award, and for an Edusave award, Mr. Cheng suggested one from the Ministry of Education.
“Everyone but the losing candidate,” he added.
“People find it hard enough to understand why opposition MPs cannot and should not present government awards.
It’s even worse when the government sends the guy who lost the election to represent them.
Mr Victor Lye, the People’s Action Party candidate who lost at Aljunied, awarded GRC Edusave awards in special stage stronghold Aljunied.
Last year there was no Edusave award ceremony in Senkang West because of the pandemic. Former MP Lam Pin Min revealed that recipients had been told to “collect their certificates at their respective RC centers and condominium function rooms.”
“I’m glad to have met a lot of people Push west Students and their families during the gathering. Congratulations again to all recipients and keep up the good work!” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Mr. Lam was defeated by Prof. Lim and the rest of the WP list at Sengkang GRC in GE 2020.
Mr Lam’s post was then shared on the popular United Singaporean Facebook group, where one netizen asked: “Shouldn’t the MP attend this GRC as a matter of priority? Why can an ordinary citizen be present at this ceremony?”
Shortly thereafter, in a Facebook post on February 15, 2021, Prof. Lim wrote that when a resident asked why he was not present when their daughter received her Edusave Prize, he had to explain that “MPs from opposition districts not at the same time the grassroots advisers for their constituencies (who are the ones who actually give these awards)”.
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