Teo Chee Hean revealed today that half of PAP's newbies will be in their 20's and 30's (age, not Pampers size). Which means a whole lot of them will be doubling their take home pay in a hurry. What do you think a assistant-general secretary of a labour union should be paid? Or a 33 year old civil service deputy director?
Worse, these guys have no compunction about lying at the proverbial drop of a hat. Ong Ye Kung claims to prize long-term gain over short-term pain and is "key to his outlook". When the reporter asked whether he thinks he is ministerial material, he gainsays, "I like to think long term but when it comes to my personal career, I want to be short-term." So it is long-term pain for the people and short-term gain for himself? He is so typical of those who signed up for the Faustian pact -Tell me to jump, and I'll ask "How High?"
Dr Janil Puthucheary, in his heart of hearts, probably knew it won't be easy on his father, who was detained by the nefarious ISA goons in 1963. That's why he scripted the presentation in advance: "I spoke to him and I started explaining about the Meet-the-People sessions and the tea that I was drinking and I had a whole plan of how I was going to explain all of this." What was the old man to do? Scream at him for turning over to the Dark Side, and risk being thrown back to his old cell? The ingrate might even refuse to pay the $100 deposit on his behalf in event of hospital admission, or ship him off to a nursing home in Bintang, Batam or Johore.This is a guy who broke his promise to his wife about entering politics.
As for ex-Barisan Sosialis Ong Lian Teng, you can almost feel the resignation in his words, "It's a new generation, we have to move on." Gone was the fight in him when he defeated PAP incumbent Lee Khoon Choy for the Bukit Panjang seat in the Legislative Assembly election of 1963, mano-a-mano. Not for him the GRC perversity which lily livered wimps are using to sneak into parliament. One thing's for sure, his son Ong Ye Kung won't be on a SMC ticket. Neither will Puthucheary (slated for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC), despite his hollow rhetoric, "The question is not where we come from. It's who will be prepared to stay and fight." It will be more convincing if not for the fact that he was a citizen only in 2008, having spent most of his adult life in North Ireland, London and Sydney.
Whatever happens at the Fukushima nuclear plant, radiation fallout in Singapore is the last of worries. It's started to rain crap.