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Ng Chee Meng’s Embarrassing PAP-NTUC Photo Draws Stinging Criticism

 

Labour chief Ng Chee Meng’s Facebook post has drawn sharp rebukes from netizens.

Ng, who has been NTUC secretary-general since 2018, posted a photo of himself in a NTUC shirt, with the PAP badge pinned over the NTUC logo.

He put this description in the caption:

“NTUC Singapore has been the symbiotic partner of the PAP to enable workers towards better lives. Our core purposes are the same and wearing the logos this morning reminded me of service to country and to fellow Singaporeans. Majulah Singapore, Majulah PAP, Majulah NTUC!”

Following the post, Ng’s Facebook page was flooded with criticism.

Said Leslie Chan:

“Unions are not supposed to be aligned to any political parties. Unions should be fiercely independent. I am shocked that an overseas scholar like Mr Ng has no awareness of it?”

William Seah questioned if there was any conflict of interest:

“Isn’t that a potential for problem? The tripartite agreement is no longer tripartite but a duopoly, with the government over represented. I’m not comfortable with a union so closely linked to the government. It works now because we have good people; but it’s susceptible to abuse. Worse, the union is led by a party. I prefer a union independent and able to act on the worker’s interest.”

Daniel Lim said that the PAP-NTUC association was “shameful”:

“Wow calling all my relatives and friends to cancel their union membership now. What a shame to be associated with a political party. How neutral will the union be when they represent workers?”

Ng was the PAP’s “anchor candidate” for Sengkang GRC in the 2020 General Election.

The former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office was embarrassingly given the boot by Sengkang voters, who chose to vote in a team of unknowns from the Workers’ Party.

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