The former MP of Joo Chiat Constituency was fined $2,000 and disqualified from driving for 12 months for DUI (drink driving). “It was totally not intended at all, I made a wrong decision of driving there… it was due to my carelessness,” was how he explained maneuvering his vehicle into a police checkpoint and failing the breath analyzer test. Chan Soo Sen has been sore even since he was dropped from the 2011 GE sweepstakes race, and often seen at Hokkien clan gatherings imbibing huge amounts of strong liquor and belting out at the karaoke mike. His drinking buddy was recently hospitalised for suspected alcoholic poisoning.
The other (existing) MP will go down in history as the man who let Mas Selamat Kastari go out through the toilet window. Andrew Kuan - remember that presidential candidate hopeful? - always said Wong is a hard man. Ever popular with his grassroots leaders, he just happened to be at the right place at the right time. He was inducted at the same time as Lee Hsien Loong. And since latter was made minister of state immediately after the elections, someone else had to promoted quickly too. Else the rumour mill will be rife with accusations of cronyism and nepotism. The press statement said Wong will need 2 months to recover from a operation to "remove a small lesion from his liver". The poor guy lives in morbid fear of the "c" word. He lost his mother, and two sisters were visited with the incurable disease.
In the 2013 American romantic drama "Before Midnight", Celine (Julie Delpy) tells her husband Jesse (Ethan Hawke) about a friend who found out he had leukemia, and the first thought that came to his mind was relief. Before the discovery, he always had to worry about money. And he was like, great, now he had more than enough money to live the next 9 months. Never doubt the power of positive thinking.