It must be one of the busier weekends for Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Lui Tuck Yew. He had his Media Deveopment Authority arrest British citizen Alan Shadrake for contempt of court. Author of the book, "Once A Jolly Hangman", yanked from the shelves of bookstore Kinokuniya, faces charges of alleged "criminal defamation, among other things". Not sure if Foreign Minister George Yeo welcomes the potential diplomatic row with the United Kingdom, especially when the Ionescu affair is yet to be settled. The frequent flyer has been travelling everywhere, but never to Romania, and still depends on AP for development updates. Besides, he really needs to gets busy in Aljunied, fast looming as the mother of all electoral battlefields.
On Saturday morning, Lui's car had to reverse direction twice when leaving his Telok Kurau house because "the water is too high". The irony that a former Rear Admiral is deterred by the sight of so much water is not easily missed. Not for him the Robert Duvall line, "I love the smell of water in the morning. It smells like.. it smells like... victory." Baying for blood, he "would like PUB to meet affected residents to explain the situation". Parts of his constituency, Cambridge Road and Dorset Road were, he said, "worse than the two previous occasions."
Not that PUB Koh Teng Chye has to worry about his day job. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that it is pointless to spend money on the drainage system, plus it takes up precious land which could be sold to the foreigners. According to him, Marina Bay has "attracted $20 bilion of private sector investment in real estate." Betterer, as Minister Lim Swee Say would phrase it, to splurge another $200 million for the non-event Youth Olympics, for expenditures like weird markings on the public roadways. Swiss grafitti artist Oliver Fricker could have done it for free, in exchange for not defacing his buttocks.
Meanwhile residents of The Tessarina condo in Bukit Timah reported that the car of Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng's son was drowned in the basement carpark. No wonder Lianhe Wanbao photojournalist Shafie Goh (Wu Qing Shun) was handcuffed by police for being taking shots of submerged cars. Admiral Lui wouldn't be of much assistance, the guy hates water, remember?