You have seen posters, bumper stickers, T-shirts and all kinds of merchandise with the words: Keep calm and keep walking.
For those of us who thought that the People & # 39; s Action Party would always remain calm and keep running, it's time to think again.
Premier Lee Hsien Loong announced the voluntary early redevelopment (VERS) on the national day rally with a thriving, injecting new hope and optimism to the Singaporeans concerned about the plight of their 99-year long lease HDB flats.
We now know that no details have been worked out. Minister of Development Cooperation, Lawrence Wong, revealed that and he even admitted that details are far from finished.
In a TV interview he said that the Singapore government owed an early statement about its thinking for the next public housing phase, and that the reason why the announcement was made was elaborated without details.
We know that the Singaporean government owes many things. But since when did the Singaporeans owe a declaration for their thinking? Good excuse, but do not let us fool you.
The minister also says "let's not get too excited" about VERS – but it was Premier Lee who made the premature announcement to make people enthusiastic in the first place.
It seems that the PAP government may not even have done a feasibility study and looked at the implications of such a policy. As far as we know, it can turn out to be completely unfeasible and unworkable.
But PM Lee has announced it anyway. Did he do it to buy time? Has he used it as a stop-gap measure to appease people?
It smacks to the PAP by pressing the panic button. Perhaps it has to do with recent events in Malaysia and besides, the general elections in Singapore are not that far away.
Now it is Singaporeans' turn to keep Calming and keep on walking.
Let's see which other panic buttons they will use.