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Goh Joke Tong – everyone hates him

In just one week, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has singlehandedly made a joke of his office. After playing that now-infamous prank on his Facebook about Tin Pei Ling, the very next day he ridiculed farmers. And now, two very senior ministers have distanced themselves from his remarks about ministers in future having to serve shorter terms.

Indeed, the man is becoming a joke.

The latest to disagree with his views is no other than the man at the very top – PM Lee himself.

“Mr Lee said he also disagrees with Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s recent opinion that future ministers may end up serving only two terms. Mr Lee said that is not possible because of the lack of numbers.” (Channel NewsAsia)

Yesterday, it was Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng who distanced himself from the joker’s comments and said: “That is SM’s opinion…”

The man is famous for gaffes like these. There are too many to list down here. But as the General Election is around the corner, it reminds me of one of the biggest boo boo the man made – that of first enticing and then threatening the voters of Hougang and Potong Pasir.

SM Goh had been tasked with a “special mission” by Lee Hsien Loong in the 2006 GE to win back the two wards. But what happened in the end?

Chiam See Tong’s percentage of votes increased instead and he won Potong Pasir.

Low Thia Khiang’s vote share shot up so high it was a personal record best – at 62-plus per cent!

And all thanks to Goh Chok Tong.

So, seems everyone has a reason to hate him:

– Sitoh Yih Pin – losing PAP candidate in Potong Pasir

– Eric Low – losing PAP candidate in Hougang

– Tin Pei Ling – the target of Goh’s practical joke

– Wong Kan Seng

– Lee Hsien Loong

And farmers, of course.

But no matter what, in Singapore, gaffes by PAP ministers go unpunished. SM Goh will continue to receive his lifetime pension (of millions) and his annual S$3.4 million salary.

So you see, the joker has the last laugh.

The joke, really, is on us, the taxpayers.

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  1. a singaporean
    April 5, 2011 at 10:06

    I’m beginning to wonder if he has a secret personal vendetta against his party, he’s tokcoking so oft and getting his pants in knots, insulting farmers, insult singapore youth (saying they’re not hungry enough), insult so many of singaporeans so often and in such ridiculous ways.
    VOTE HIM OUT. For me, over half the ministers can go. Wouldn’t mind if all of them went, either.

    • Andrea
      April 6, 2011 at 10:06

      I think so too! haha. But I dont mind that the ministers should have shorter terms! The longer they stay, the worst Singapore gets. Somehow I feel after being in PAP, he knows the “dirty” on-goings in it and maybe these are ways he try to get PAP down. Which if it really works, haha Singapore will have a chance of being saved!

  2. another singaporean
    April 5, 2011 at 10:06

    You forgot to mention Seet Ai Mei. She blamed him for causing her downfall. All because this char-tau Joke Tong keh kiang gave his ‘analysis’ on the hand-shake incident in the market.

  3. HardTruth
    April 5, 2011 at 10:06

    Why am I not surprised that nothing good can come out of his big mouth?

    Remember the LHL-slapped-Dhanabalan anecdote which he told the audience in a NDP rally? It was just one of his many tongue-in-cheek comments just like the 600k peanuts tongue-in-cheek comment of his wife!

    To be honest, he tried very hard to be funny, but failed miserably.

  4. Mee Siam Mai Chilli Crabs
    April 6, 2011 at 10:06

    >>The joke, really, is on us, the taxpayers.


  5. Alan Wong
    April 6, 2011 at 10:06

    Now we are beginning to realise that he was never the graceful gentleman that we thought we had when he just took over from that gangster cum bully.

    Instead we can now see the true colours of one politician who make it good because he was willing to trade his soul for a few extra dollars more.

  6. Cynical in Sg
    April 6, 2011 at 10:06

    So why not vote him out? If he’s standing for election in Marine Parade, he is also fair game, like the other joke, TPL. Problem is they’re fielding the BG together with him and he is popular. It’s a catch 22.

  7. hahaha
    April 6, 2011 at 10:06

    Singaporeans ourselves are indeed the biggest joke. We continue to vote these clowns into Parliament so that they can continue to slam us. It’s really a sad case of the Dog (PAP) that bites the hand that feeds him (Voters).

  8. Kenneth lin
    April 6, 2011 at 10:06


  9. anon
    April 6, 2011 at 10:06

    GCT has a death wish.

    Either that or he is schizo.

  10. Jacob
    April 6, 2011 at 10:06

    The gaffes by Goh Chok Tong and Lee Kuan Yew prove that people who reach their age should step down from politics. They are becoming senile and unable to judge how their words and deeds come across to younger folks. Just because they were former Prime Ministers, they think that they are immune to public opinion and that people will treat every word of theirs as gold simply because of their past achievements. No can do, sir. You are ancient history and society has moved on.

  11. anon
    April 6, 2011 at 10:06

    I think their infirmity is helping to expose what has been in their minds all this while. They are no longer able to conceal their real self with advancing age and decreasing mental faculties. The truth will out. They will die deservingly as discredited lairs.

  12. anon
    April 9, 2011 at 10:06

    Since everyone’s understudying everyone in PAP, it’s only expected of him to lead by example and understudy LKY in the art of senility. Afterall, he is occupying the esteemed SM position vacated by the Great Leader.

  13. Nit
    May 4, 2011 at 10:06

    Sm Goh: Mr Chiam Should step down as his age is catching up.
    Mr Chiam: So how old is our MM?
    At prev election rally…
    Sorry guys I can’t quote u proper proof but it shows tt he shot his own foot at times.

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