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The Workers’ Party throws serious shade in parody of flyer that listed benefits for RC volunteers

Coconuts logo Coconuts 21/3/2017

Since it was formed in 1960, the People’s Association (PA) main pursuit is to “help foster racial harmony and social cohesion to form the basis for nation building”… or so goes their official biography. Folks across all spectrums of race, language, income and age groups would come together (via volunteering in Residents’ Committees and Neighbourhood Committees) through activities organised at the various community centres across the country.

Photo: Facebook: volunteers RC © Gerald Giam / Workers' Party volunteers RC

But that was in the turbulent ’60s. Today, being an RC volunteer will mean that you get certain benefits — exclusive perks that ensure that you rise above the hoi polloi that form the rest of your community. And they’re not simple freebies either; you get things such as free leadership courses, preferential admissions for primary schools and designated parking lots. Substantial advantages indeed — and one that former Non-constituency MP Gerald Giam pointed out. The grammatical error (“Who is eligibility”) was certainly not lost.

Being a member of the opposition Workers’ Party, it’s clear why Giam might have some reservations about the blatant promotion of getting folks to become RC volunteers. Though the People’s Association is meant to be a non-partisan statutory board for the purpose of social cohesion, the mainstream belief on the street is that the PA is a tool, a grassroots extension of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

We don’t want to get into the meat of things, so you can go ahead and read here and here about how the alliance PA and the PAP might be too close for comfort.

In any case, Giam’s post sparked dozens of responses questioning the volunteer’s intentions in joining up. So much so that the PA themselves had to respond in a highly jargonistic statement:

The Workers’ Party however weren’t done with raising the issue. With tongue firmly in cheek, they went ahead and produced their own flyer that lays down the truth about volunteering for an inherently disadvantaged opposition party. Oh, the shade….

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