The people behind the "Ask The PM" charade (a website created 3 weeks ago, coincidentally at the same time the government launched its “National Conversation” project) have also been busy with the preparation of questions which will be submitted to the prime minister. Whether they will go the whole hog and supply the politically correct answers as well remains to be seen. The editors say they have shortlisted 25 questions, and only the top 10 will actually be presented.
One of the curious shortlisted (No. 15) asks:
"Are you grooming your son for politics?"
Whatever the answer to be provided, the feeding frenzy that follows will make the protest over the Bacile film look like a picnic. It's the classic situation of do and be damned, do not and still be damned.
On the other hand, Lee Kuan Yew did have his printed version of the answer in "Hard Truths" (page 752):
"He (Goh Chok Tong) discussed it with Choo (Mrs Lee) and me. I told him that if he missed the coming elections he would have to wait for four or five years before he had another chance. With every passing year he would find it more difficult to change and adjust to political life, especially learning to work with people in the constituencies and the unions. Most of all he had to feel deeply for the people, be able to communicate his feeling for them and move them to go with him.
I appointed Loong a junior minister in the ministry of trade and industry. His minister immediately put him in charge of a private sector committee to review the economy just as we entered a severe recession in 1985.
In November 1990, when I resigned as prime minister, Loong was appointed deputy prime minister by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong."
Long term planning is this guy's forte. Did you ever imagine him leaving anything to chance?