Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The Peril Of Youth
To be fair to Ms Tin Pei Ling (please don't cry, politics can be rough - just ask the uncles who have been locked away without trial), she's not the only fresh face to make one wonder if the PAP candidate has the life experiences to appreciate the struggles to keep a job, pay the bills and stay sane with inflationary pressures and the challenge of the foreign hordes. Even the generals coming on onboard look like NCC recruits trying to earn ECA points. PAP chairman Lim Boon Heng said on Monday that a key issue that the party will fight the coming election on is the kind of future Singaporeans want for themselves and their children. Surely that kind of responsibility should be entrusted to individuals who have married, raised a family and (for females) personally experienced the joy and pain of birthing a child into this harsh world. Someone who can declare with confidence, "I eat salt more than you eat rice". The Chinese phrase is actually "我食盐多过你食米”.
Like other PAP candidates, Tin has a polished paper CV, supposedly a Senior Associate at Ernst and Young Advisory Pte Ltd. But she should really drop that reference to her involvement in the YOG Youth Engagement Committee. If she was there in any meaningful role, such as acting on our behalf to protect public funds from being abused, she should have on good conscience raised the alarm when the budget started to head for the stratosphere. Unless of course, her mentor, Mathias Yao, taught her to keep her mouth shut and not to tell the Minister he's not wearing any clothes. Yao had a good run for five terms, which means his bank account is in a very healthy state, the archetypal PAP role model. As for his contributions to society - what contributions? Oh, we forgot, Tin says he's very well loved. Don't you just love those PAP candidates to death?