Since an independent judiciary (as accepted by Pritam Singh of the Worker's Party) has found the AHPETC guilty of organizing a Chinese New Year trade fair without obtaining the required permit from the National Environment Agency (NEA), more information has been released on the number of times the NEA had taken action against errant operators.
In a surprising turn of events, it was revealed that since 2011, the NEA had taken actions against 16 operators for organizing trade fairs in Tampines, Toa Payoh, Simei, Clementi, Kovan City, Bukit Merah, Kampong Glam, Chinatown, Serangoon North, Rivervale Walk and Tanglin Halt.
A objective look at the list will reveal that both PAP-run and opposition-run Town Councils were penalized for their actions to circumvent the law of the land, and that the NEA as a Government agency has been impartially performing their duties. This is in stark contrast to what the Worker's Party has been deliberately doing i.e. to portray the NEA as an agency that selective enforces the law. In other words, according to the Worker's Party, the NEA and its officers should be ignored and their authority questioned.
This is a dangerous, and irresponsible, political strategy as undermining the impartially of any government agency endangers society. Imagine if the Worker's Party had portrayed the Singapore Police Force (SPF) as partial government agency that cannot to be trusted. Less discerning Singaporeans may unreasonably take this to mean that they should oppose the police, prevent them from performing their duties and ignore their instructions. If this were to happen, civil unrest would be the result.
At the end of the day, being in politics is about making Singapore a better place. Endangering Singapore in the process of being elected is thus contradictory and self-serving. What Singapore needs are opposition parties that are responsible, who abide by the laws of the land, and respect the authority of those entrusted to enforce them. If the Worker's Party will not abide by the law, how can you expect others to respect your laws if you are elected.
Vote wisely! Singaporeans. Better the devil you know, then the devil you don't!