Update: Among the 200, there are new citizens from China and India. According to a source holding a senior position within the PAP, some men have never served National Service like Minister Janil Puthucheary.
Singapore’s ruling party dictatorship has declared that it has found 200 new faces to contest the coming General Election in 2020. State media Straits Times revealed that around 50 of them have begun brushing the shoes of the Ministers by attending socialite-style tea sessions, hoping to be selected for contest.
As a PAP MP, one draws S$16,000 a month and can commit to the work part-time, like the 62 PAP MPs who receive full-time salaries from their side jobs like company directors and professional jobs. Attendance in Parliament is also optional. To be a PAP MP, one only needs to obey Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his occasional calls to raise taxes, delay CPF withdrawals, re-write the Constitution and other wills of the dictator.
State media Straits Times also revealed that Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and Senior Minister of State Sim Ann will “oversee” the selection process, and the 200 were “nominated” by PAP MPs and PAP grassroots leaders. Only about 24 new faces will be selected to replace the current batch of MPs.
Termed as the “fourth-generation leadership”, the candidates are all cronies of the ruling party dictatorship, family members of former PAP MPs, elites of government-linked companies and the top 10% rich. The state media featured 6 faces as key contenders for the lucrative MP position: an executive from GIC, censorship head at Facebook Singapore, a senior manager at Raffles Medical Group, a daughter of former PAP NMP Fang Ai Lian, a NTUC officer and an administrator manager from A*Star.
Elections of PAP candidates are sure-win for the ruling party because of undemocratic election laws prepared by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The PM who controls the Election Department have introduced media censorship for the internet, allowing only his state media to write defamatory stories of opposition candidates. Lee Hsien Loong can also disqualify any candidate he deemed too great a threat as he did for the recent Presidential Election, allowing a de facto walkover win.