Monday, November 15, 2010

The Seated Candidate

"If I'm fit, I'm prepared to stand". That's an interesting choice of word right there, considering that the speaker recently has always been photographed sitting down. His other criteria was, ".. and capable of making another speech like this."

That he may be ambulatory challenged should not worry the electoral architects too much, they make such nifty wheel chairs nowadays. Besides, these folks have more than enough stashed away in the war chest to pay for Anthony Le's US$4,000 Ironman suit featured in Popular Science. Then again, Gus Dur was sightless, and yet could still end up being President. Talk about the blind leading the blind.

The worrrying part about his speech making was his advice to HDB flat owners not to sell and opt for renting. By his own admission, flats that used to cost $30,000 to $40,000 are now carrying price tags of about $300,000. So if asset appreciation is not to be realised for the liquid profits, what exactly was the purpose of the investment in the first place, pray tell? He may not understand it, but those contemplating selling off the roof over their heads are probably in dire need of hard cash to pay the bills. One recalls not too long ago when the desperate, retrenched and jobless, sought the use of their CPF funds to put food on the table. The heartless bureaucrats refused to budge, insisting that the locked up funds were meant for retirement in future years, without realising that the petitioners did not have enough even to see through another week of hellish living. Maybe he was just insensitive to the problems on the ground, or maybe the interferons in his brain have been misfiring with the passage of time. You be the judge.

Whether Reform Party's declared intention to contest the Tanjong Pagar GRC is premature is a subject of separate debate. But judging by the grinning faces of the meretricious cohorts standing behind their seated sponsor, the dubiety of the electoral results may be a moot point. Has Sam Tan, Indranee Rajah, Koo Tsai Kee, LimTuck Yew or Baey Yam Keng made any significant contribution for the betterment of society in their years of office? Does it matter? So long as Humpty Dumpty does not fall off the wall too soon, they know their golden goose is good for another 5 years or more. Their iron rice bowl is reinforced with kevlar, 5 times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis, and second only to the gerrymandering tricks of the GRC system.

5 comments:

  1. I might be wrong but it looks like the onset of dermentia or parkinson's desease to me.But then does it matter, even a dead dummy can become a MP or Minister

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  2. Right. Having a Speaker in Parlimen

    doesn't mean you can't have a

    Seater!

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  3. i have a dream that tanjong pagar GRC will fall to Reform PARTY

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  4. Koo Tsai kee certainly makes a significant contribution to to history book of records - being an 'elected' MP for 20 years without getting a single vote.
    The rest of the team are on the way there.
    This is democracy Singapore stye for you courtesy of the Old man

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  5. Any Singaporean who does not want Lee Kuan Yew in the coming election must have greatly disappoint the fellow voters in Tg Pagar. They will be uncomfortable without Lee Kuan Yew.
    Other than those Tg Pagar Voters, many other Singaporeans would most probably love to have the 'founding father of Modern Singapore' to have his say over Singapore to conclude his political endeavours as well as his life.

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