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.