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Maid carry NSman’s backpack, Chok Tong carry general

So, Goh Chok Tong has got his wish – a “strong candidate” to succeed him in Marine Parade one day.

Brigadier General Tan Chuan Jin was posted to Marine Parade GRC to be an “understudy” of Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. All well and fine. Succession. Good. Army general. Good. Marine Parade renewal. Good.

Then I realised this simple thing: BG Tan is an SAF general – you know, that kind who is suppose to lead from the front in a battle. The kind who is expected to face the devil, so to speak, face to face. The kind who is suppose to lay down his life.

The kind, you know, which is a perfect candidate to put in an SMC.

But here, our dear BG Tan – a “strong candidate” – is hiding behind SM Goh’s coattails. In fact, SM Goh is as good as carrying the little paper general into Parliament, given that Marine Parade GRC will most likely go uncontested.

A SAF general who is, apparently, seen as unfit to lead in his maiden battle in politics.

And maybe he could be your fourth PM too.

And then I remember this report – that NSman who had his maid carry his backpack for him. I couldn’t help but juxtapose the two together – SM Goh carrying BG Tan and the maid carrying the NSman’s backpack.

And I wonder: what has become of our soldiers?

“Without some assurance of a good chance of winning at least their first election, many able and successful young Singaporeans may not risk their careers to join politics.” – SM Goh, 2006.

SM Goh’s words ring true indeed, as far as all new PAP candidates are concerned.

I think Singapore – or more accurately, the PAP – has lost its ability to go into a battleground with confidence. The only thing which it does is to institute laws to oppress, suppress and disadvantage its opponents. And when the purpose is to preserve its hegemony – because its ranks are made up of people (leaders) who need to be shielded – this has brought about this rather peculiar situation where our “leaders” cannot stand on their own.

It’s the same reason why PM Lee needs a mentor – and 9 other ministers in his office to help him do his work.

It is weakness. There is no two-ways about this.

So the question is: When it comes to the crunch, who will remain?

The general who needs to be shielded and allowed to waltz into Parliament?

And another question, even more pertinent in my opinion: Why should I respect someone who is shooed in from the back door, especially when he is a general in the army – the very same army with which I am suppose to lay down my life, and the army which he is suppose to lead?


From Mr Brown:

Categories: General
  1. rogerpoh
    March 31, 2011 at 10:06

    Little wonder all these by the back door MPs remain faceless even after a spell in Parliament. GRC? Who are they trying to be fool? GRC should be scrapped just like the much-hated TV and radio licence.

    The pictures, especially the third one, are really incredibly funny.

  2. rogerpoh
    April 2, 2011 at 10:06

    Like their party, some politicians hang onto to power at all cost. Without any portfolio, and if all they do is make predictions and speeches or write books all the time earning millions in salaries is unethical in my view.

    GRC should be scrapped because it’s been abused.

  3. April 5, 2011 at 10:06

    TOUCHE !

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