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Ms Lim, Mr Lim, Mr Yeo, please keep in touch

First, have you noticed that nowadays, our state-owned newspapers no longer call them “Ministers Without Portfolio”? They’re now described as “Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office”. I guess “without portfolio” makes them look like they’re rather redundant.

And Ms Lim Hwee Hua is one of these “Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office”.

Commenting on the criticisms levelled at two of the PAP’s new candidates – Tin Pei Ling and Foo Mee Har – Ms Lim said, “I certainly hope that people will rise above the gender perspective.”

The Straits Times reported her as expressing “a hope that people would not target candidates because they are women, adding that ‘that would be very sad if it were true’.”

I think Ms Lim should not be confused by the issues here. The criticisms thrown at the two women have nothing to do at all about their gender. The criticisms are about precisely what Ms Lim asked the public to measure the two women on – “conviction to serve, and their competencies and abilities.”

Nowhere on the Internet or anywhere else have I seen criticisms of the two women simply because of their gender.

Ironically, Ms Lim’s team-mate in Aljunied GRC and fellow minister (but not without portfolio), Mr George Yeo defended PAP critics’ claims that the PAP is out of touch. Mr Yeo said the charge is “completely untrue“.

“I know what I do as an MP and what my colleagues do. We spend a lot of time just working with ordinary people… We can’t solve all problems but we do what we can.”

He added, “So I would say we are more in touch than those who criticise us for being out of touch.”

But the comments by his Aljunied colleague seems to give the lie to what he says – Ms Lim seems totally out of touch with what the criticisms of Ms Tin and Ms Foo are about.

Also, the PAP’s fielding of Ms Tin especially, shows a PAP so out of touch it thought it could simply ferry Ms Tin on the back of a senior minister without any backlash.

Now, we hear yet another minister saying something which looks like a u-turn, as far as its young candidates are concerned. Channel NewsAsia reports him:

People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Chairman Lim Boon Heng said the party is close to deciding whether the younger candidates it has been testing out will fit the bill in all the Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) and in particular, Jurong GRC which he currently helms.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the PAP Community Foundation in Jurong GRC, Mr Lim said he does not rule out surprises on Nomination Day, if necessary.

A hint that the PAP may withdraw Ms Tin perhaps?

We wait with bated breath – and the fall-out from this if indeed the PAP withdraws her.

So you see, my friends. The PAP is out of touch and out of their mind. It may also be out of the league.

It had – because it is out of touch – thought that it could, like previous years, just bulldoze its way through. This time by fielding a young candidate in Ms Tin who has proved to be a disaster which is not unlike a meteor hitting the earth at lightning speed.

The PAP is so out of touch that it never thought its candidates would be scrutinise in such intimate and meticulous fashion.

The PAP is so out of touch that it doesn’t even understand New Media – just consider SM Goh Chok Tong’s foot-in-mouth disease by playing that “joke” on his Facebook about Tin Pei Ling.

So my dear PAP, please keep in touch.

Otherwise, when you see the election results on results night, you may truly be shocked. By then, it no longer matters if you’re out of touch.

For then you will be moving out.

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  1. anon
    April 10, 2011 at 10:06

    A related blog here:Why Opposition MPs Are Value-For-Your-Money

    http://thetwophilo.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/why-opposition-mps-are-value-for-your-money/

  2. Alan Wong
    April 10, 2011 at 10:06

    It seems that the old man forgot to mention in his hard truths that because of the possibility of his son’s cancer relapse, many Ministars including a few deputies are therefore required to lessen the son’s workload. If he had been someone else’s kid, maybe he would have been told to rest without the slightest mercy.

    In the real world, would any potential PM wannabe have allowed a cancer-stricken Head of State to remain in power for as long as he/she wants ?

  3. Kute Steiner
    April 11, 2011 at 10:06

    Possible to withdraw at the last minute the “not that good” new PAP candidates to score or secure neutral votes?

    Seems someone was thinking or planning this….if yes, makes you wonder you should cast your votes for these kind of thinking and planning….looks like a number of someones still haven’t grow up.

    Its okay…20 years from now their kids/grand kids will suffer with all the rest of the kids/future generations…because of greed and no long term thinking or real planning for real consequences in the coming years ahead!

  4. spy
    April 23, 2011 at 10:06

    why no more updates from you?

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