Looks like Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng let loose a whopper of a blooper when he said "over time, it (PAP) will field fewer Chinese-educated ones". That's when you start to notice that the recent PAP line up announced is mostly English educated, Chinese and "less likely to cause riots". Ignore the anomaly who embraces the ISA ("for pragmatism") even though his own flesh and blood father was locked away without benefit of trial with that same instrument.
The ST article about the 5 MPs who are stepping down didn't draw much attention, since most of them only showed their faces around election time. Joo Chiat's Chan Soo Sen, 55, was more visible in the clan gatherings, where he was immensely popular at karaoke time, belting out Hokkien ditties with gusto. But he was bitter about being made to step down earlier from Minister of State heights, whinging to anyone with a sympathetic ear, "they had to bring 3 guys in to do my job". Maybe it was just the alcohol and/or Newater talking.
Wong was responding to a question on whether the PAP's new slate of candidates will be able to replace outgoing seasoned MPs with a Chinese background. The party is not against fielding Chinese-educated candidates, he insisted, but must look beyond them for party renewal. "Because of the education system, increasingly you'd find that there are not many who are completely proficient Chinese speakers," was his lame excuse. Or attempt to blame the Ministry of Education for their failings in Mandarin education.
Meanwhile another PAP newbie Steve Tan, 37, took exception to Wong's slight about his personal proficiencies. He claims he is not only bi-lingual, but also bi-cultural. For a moment you actually hoped he would add that he is also bi-sexual, i.e. say anything to grab the LBGT vote. That would offset the damage inflicted by fellow newbie Desmond Lee, 34, who stated in no uncertain terms, "I agree with the Government's position. Section 377A states the position of the majority." This despite what even PAP lawyers had argued in parliament that it makes no sense to keep a law and not enforce it. Desmond, we are told, is a former legal service officer who served in the Supreme Court, the Attorney General's Chambers and the Law and Health ministries. Maybe he spent too much time drinking tea instead of pontificating over fine points of the law.
If you still haven't had enough of the ongoing crap, listen to this "fooled-me, hah!" circuitous narration of when and how she actually became a citizen.