|The segment you may have missed out on national tv|
Then Seah delivered the T.K.O.: "So, having said that, can I pay less tax, and maybe take one or two years off my NS?"
Stumped for a couple of seconds, Lee tried to wipe the pie off his face with canned laughter. Words need not be wasted on his ridiculous riposte about prioritised defence - coming from a brigadier general at that. Rescue had to come from the non-combatant moderator, "Okay... Can we have the next question?"
In one significant moment, the duplicity of his line of politics was laid bare. No amount of lipstick on a pig will whiten the party's uniform again. As Lady Macbeth would lament, "All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand."
One is reminded of how Goh Chok Tong was also rendered speechless by student Mr Lim Zi Rui's utterance at the NTU Ministerial Forum on night of 29 October 2010, "I feel that there is a dilution of the Singapore spirit in youth... We don't really feel comfortable in our country anymore." Even Goh had to admit, "If this is happening, it is very serious." The message affected him sufficiently to add, "If the majority feel they don't belong here, then we have a fundamental problem. Then I would ask myself: What am I doing here? Why should I be working for people who don't feel they belong over here?"
The $64 question is whether Lee has half the EQ of Goh to appreciate what transpired at the NUS Forum.