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Congratulations, Mr Koo!

Mr Koo Tsai Kee, Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC is retiring. I would like to offer him my heartiest congratulations. He’s been MP for 20 years – since his maiden foray into electoral politics in 1991.

I am congratulating Mr Koo for doing what – as far as I can see – no other MP has done. This is why I find the rather toned-down announcement of his retirement and the inconspicuous reports by the media has done him a great disservice.

So, what is it that this great man has done or achieved?

Mr Koo is the only MP who has – in all of his 20 years as MP – never won a single election outright.

More remarkable is because he has never fought an election, he also has never won a single vote.

No one in Tanjong Pagar had to cast a single vote for him – in all of 20 years.

1991. 1997. 2001. 2006.

All walkovers uncontested.

It is indeed, whichever way you look at it, an astounding achievement.

Mr Koo has singlehandedly demonstrated what it means to be a successful “Walkover MP”.

The Straits Times, in its own small and humble way, tried to pay a well-deserved tribute to Mr Koo by telling us that “he has served residents in two wards in the GRC: his own Tiong Bahru ward as well as Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s Tanjong Pagar ward, where he stands in at Mr Lee’s Meet the People sessions.

You may have stood in at MM Lee’s MPS’s but remember, its his coattails which you have hung on for two decades.

Even so, and just for “standing in” at MM Lee’s MPS’s, this alone deserves recognition.

Mr Koo is also Minister of State (MOS) for Defence. Which means he bags home some S$1.2 to S$1.6 million a year? At S$15,000 a month as MP and that insane salary as MOS, Mr Koo can retire happy – and very rich indeed.

Not a bad deal for not having to contest any elections ever, eh?

Well done, Mr Koo! I salute you! And I also salute the miracle of the GRC system!

For the record – and I mean, record – here’s a tribute to your achievements:

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  1. April 1, 2011 at 10:06

    Great eye for detail!

  2. Gaba
    April 1, 2011 at 10:06

    Hah and more good years! Pension as MP hoh-seh liao! People never vote for him, people still have to pay for his daily needs.

  3. SL
    April 1, 2011 at 10:06

    Should use the non-govt electoral website to try and rank PAP MPs by how little mandate they have.

  4. jax
    April 1, 2011 at 10:06

    Very well put… just like your previous piece, Why so mean?
    You’re on a roll.

    BTW, you forgot to mention The Pension…

  5. April 1, 2011 at 10:06

    Opposition party(ies) should contest in Tg Pagar and Marine Parade GRCs – instead of getting into 3-cornered or 4-cornered fights in “contentious” electoral wards.

    Serve the people – Opposition Parties.

    Surely to get 1/8th of total votes in order NOT to lose your election deposit of $13,500 is not a stretch.

    From one who has never voted once ……. and I’m not from Gen Y – like a certain vacuous Ms Tin Pei Ling who is one of the new PAP candidates.

  6. RC
    April 1, 2011 at 10:06

    Now I finally understand why I have never seen him around despite me living in TB for the past 13 years because he has been part timing for LKY. So if he covers LKY’s MPS, what does LKY do for his own constituency then?

  7. james gang
    April 1, 2011 at 10:06

    what does a MOS REALLY do?

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