I had an interesting conversation with a friend about Tin Pei Ling, and his views are as follows:
I think that people are spending far too much time scrutinising Tin Pei Ling and not enough time on other candidates being introduced in this GE who will be far more important in the future.
Frankly speaking, as much as the rhetoric that every MP voted into Parliament is equally important etc etc, we all know that the real power in Singapore politics is the Cabinet.
I think that Singaporeans should instead direct their attention to the candidates who are obviously being earmarked for big things in the future e.g. MG Chan Chun Sing, BG Tan Chuan Jin and the MAS head Heng Swee Keat.
My issue with them is not so much a question of their abilities (most of them are PSC scholars and I think that by and large, the PSC scholars are capable, intelligent individuals.) But more importantly, they all seem to be introduced in GRCs together with existing heavyweights who are thought to be “sure-wins” for the PAP.
What this means is that effectly, they will ride into Parliament on the back of these seniors. The question is, if they are supposed to be our future Cabinet Ministers, should they not contest an election on their own in an SMC and prove that they have the peoples’ mandate? Assuming that they manage to do this, if in the next election, they are moved to a GRC to learn from or to take over from a current Minister, thats not really an issue.
The online calls for Tin Pei Ling to run in an SMC, I think, diverts attention from these heavy hitters who arguably will have far more impact than TPL ever will. (Lets face it, if you are a PAP backbencher in Parliament, you canl be dumb, deaf and mute as long as you vote with the party.)
It appears to me that there is an tacit agreement between the Singaporean public and the PAP. We are their prison bitches.
We hold on to their pockets, give them our cigarettes and food, and let them fuck us in the ass- as long as they protect us from gangs, Communists and race riots. It’s a win-win situation, and it has kept the peace for 45 years.
Tin Pei Ling is a violation of this tacit agreement. When battle-hardened veterans like Chan, Tan and Heng jump into the fray and say, “Bend over and open wide!”, we say, “Sir, yes Sir! Thank you Sir!” But when a Lindsay Lohan comes along with a strap-on, we are resentful. This is not what we signed up for.
We will gladly trade our pride and integrity for security. You can take our pride, and our honour. That means very little to us. But you better give us our security, or there will be hell to pay- and by that we mean that we’re going to rant angrily on internet forums and whine at kopitiams like the empowered, enlightened masses we are.
“Aiyoh, how can like that?”
PS: I have a deep and profound respect for MG Chan, BG Tan and Uncle Heng. They are very qualified people, far more qualified than I can ever hope to be, which means that I should kowtow to them and be honoured to give them my tax money. Thank you, MG Chan, BG Tan and Uncle Heng. Thank you, PAP. Majulah Singapura.
PPS: I apologize to prison gangs who might be offended at being compared to the PAP. Paiseh ah.