One illustration of deaf ears was the point of concern raised by Low in Parliament in 2010, to ensure wet markets and hawker centers continue to provide low cost market produce and food options for citizens. He had urged the government to stop the new trend of releasing land for tender by private developers and instead let NEA continue operating markets and food centres. The Minister's cavalier response: “the Government sets aside land in the new towns for commercial development by the private sector. This gives private operators the flexibility to decide on the type of eating and marketing facilities to meet the changing needs of residents.” Now that's a lesson in selective listening.
One PAP stalwart apparently does not even listen to himself if the truth was unpalatable. Ajunied Hougang Town Council (AHTC) chairperson Sylvia Lim read out Teo Ho Pin's December statement for the benefit of the many listening ears assembled at WP's last by-election rally at Punggol East, “After GE2011, the software contract with AIM remained in place for the PAP TCs. However, AIM decided to end the contract with the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC).”
It was the PAP HQ which issued the earlier rejoinder on the AIM saga on behalf of Teo, probably determined to protect his nether orifice from probed now that the Prime Minister has called for a review of the conundrum. It is quite obvious Teo is not the only one in dire need to be fitted with a hearing aid. Ms Lim could not resist a dig at Teo's selective recall, “So, I don’t know what Dr Teo is trying to say.”
Even the colorectal surgeon has turned deaf to his earlier vociferous boast of running his own campaign. By one count, at least six more members of parliament (MPs) are making nuisance of themselves, knocking on doors and disturbing the peace and quiet of Punggol residents. This is on top of the eight other MPs distributing junk mail on Tuesday. Ellen Lee (Sembawang GRC) saw it as "a waste of energies if we're just around sitting and doing nothing." Double confirmed, except during elections, that bunch was "just around sitting and doing nothing."