Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's Honourable To Screw Up

First his father said it was honourable to lock up people without trial. Now PM Lee Hsien Loong says it's perfectly honourable to screw up a national election by swapping candidates at the last minute like changing soiled underwear. "We're honourable people... Steve Tan is honourable, and we are. And we decided that, awkward as it is, we just have to go through with this  and make the last minute change and explain to the people." According to earlier official spiel, these characters had started planning for this year's polls 5 long years ago, right after the last GE in 2006.

Chia Shi-Lu, 40, who morphed from zero to Member of Parliament in matter of minutes was asked if he felt like a football player introduced late in the match. You decide whether there's honour in his reply, "It doesn't mean someone who comes in late is of lesser value."

The drop out who was the source of the royal screw up was not exactly honourable enough to enlighten the nation with his "personal reasons" for throwing the spanner into the (used to be) squeaky clean works. He refused to comment if his withdrawal was due to nefarious allegations on the internet, not dissimilar to the nasty stuff about Balakrishnan at London in 1993(?). "My conscience is clear. My wife is fully aware of this and I have her support," was all he was prepared to reveal. Okay, at least we know it has to do with "conscience", "clear", "wife", "aware", and "support". All the right ingredients for a Jack Neo block buster.

Moved from Tanjong Pagar GRC to Tampines at a lurch, at least Baey Yam Keng was sufficiently honourable to be upfront about his feelings on the debacle. The man said he never saw it coming. The managing director of public relations agency Hill and Knowlton recognised the PR meltdown straight off. "It's unfortunate this happened", he observed, and quickly switched to official party line, "Nonetheless, I don't think there's a lot of damage done and I'm actually quite surprised some of the residents recognise me." Er, the people recognised the white-and-white disguise, Mr Baey. By now, even the most daft must know that an orang utan draped in the same cloth can be sent to parliament on a GRC ticket.

10 comments:

  1. There are two types of voters, active voters and passive voters.

    Active voters attend election rallies and use the internet to express themselves. Most of them have already makeup their mind to vote the party they support. But these voters are the minority.

    Majority are passive voters. They don’t attend rallies and prefer to stay at home to watch TV and read Straits Times/Lianhe Zoabao. Most of them are ignorant.

    E.g. they have no ideas about:
    1) how difficult is to get the parliament to approve the increase of $10 for the needy
    2) how much are our ministers’ pay versus our national median pay
    3) how much are HDB prices increase versus our national median pay increase from 2006 to 2010
    4) ministers’ pay increase versus our national median pay increase from 2006 to 2010
    5) number of months of bonus our ministers received versus the average Singaporean workers received from 2006 to 2010
    6) our GDP increase versus our national median pay increase from 2006 to 2010
    7)…….

    These voters may vote for change if they are aware of the above.

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  2. That is why my prediction on the outcome of GE2011 is that the netizens (mostly insurgent voters and want the change) will be greatly disappointed. The voice for change is still minority and majority are daft or ignorant about politics. Until this apathy generation has gone in large portion, it is unlikely that real change will happen.

    There could be a few more opposition MPs in the parliament after this GE2011. But, do not hope too much. The wiser will emigrate and the daft or ignorant will stay. There will be nothing change after GE2011. People deserve what they have after they have made their choice. This is also democracy in play.

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  3. Ay, that's the rub. The average man or woman in Singapore is generally apathetic to the point of relying on the rosy statistics given by national media, and the internet population who knows more about the truth, of rising costs, income disparities, and the status quo, are still a very young and small informed percentage. In fact, I have friends who assume that the government won't change, and that it will always remain the same one for decades to come whatever the results and effects of policies. In fact, they all think it is a foregone conclusion. Is it the typical risk-averse Singaporean mindset????

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  4. //E.g. they have no ideas about:
    1) how difficult is to get the parliament to approve the increase of $10 for the needy
    2) how much are our ministers’ pay versus our national median pay
    3) how much are HDB prices increase versus our national median pay increase from 2006 to 2010
    4) ministers’ pay increase versus our national median pay increase from 2006 to 2010
    5) number of months of bonus our ministers received versus the average Singaporean workers received from 2006 to 2010
    6) our GDP increase versus our national median pay increase from 2006 to 2010
    7)…….

    These voters may vote for change if they are aware of the above.//


    Someone suggested that each of us should try to convince close relatives, parents, good friends to vote for change.

    But most of us are not that articulate and knowledgeable to be able to convince relatives and friends to vote for change. Don’t forget they have been brainwashed by the MSM (they prefer to watch TV and read Straits Times/Lianhe Zoabao) for over 40years.

    It would be a lot easier (to convince) if we have the above information.

    Hope oppositions provide the above information in the election pamphlets so that we can use it as talking points to convince our relatives & friends.

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  5. I ask my aunties( in her 50s) who she is going to vote.Without hessitance, she replied PAP. I ask her why? she replied...PAP give us money we must vote them.
    With such political mentality, it going to be very hard for the opposition untill most baby boomers vanished from this earth....what a sad things for singapore politics

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  6. Quoted from one of his ex-colleagues:

    “it was the marketing department of the admin and research unit of NTUC umbrella union. he was there in ‘05 as deputy director or something, a rising star so to speak, “young and talented, up and coming”… yada yada yada.

    Let me just cut to the chase: there were no less than 2 girls who worked there the same time i did who told me of their sexual harassment experience with this guy. and as far as i know it went unreported, undisclosed.. and there were many others who also knew of it. but it seems not enough people stood up for themselves or for the others to make it known.”

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  7. Well, inside some local newspapers, he claimed in his own defence that he was framed by female colleagues.....well, I think that the odds are stacked against him either way because it is more than just a person against him......and all that happens is just an alleged "re-deployment"....

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