Saturday, October 30, 2010

I don't have clever answers but can you vote for me?

Final year NTU aerospace student Lim Zi Rui 23 asked: Did SM Goh Chok Tong know many young people no longer felt a sense of ownership in Singapore?

"If that is prevalent among young people over here, we've got a real problem," SM Goh said, "If the majority feel that they don't belong here, then we have a fundamental problem. Then I would ask myself: What am I doing here? Why should I be working for people who don't feel they belong over here?"

I thank Zi Rui for waking up the idea of those sleeping in their ivory towers.

I think most people are reluctant to share their ideas or seek answers from MIW especially Million Dollar Ministers. The reason is obvious. When asked a question, more often than not, they twist and turn instead of giving you a straight answer. Trying to act pap-smart, they behave like "lawyer buruk" answering your question with a question. They can also get defensive and act offensive by giving you retorts that makes you appear like a retard. They hope.

Classic examples:
  • "You want to have a home. Who is going to build your flat?"
  • "This is your country. What do you want me to do to make you feel you belong?"
  • "Why should I be working for people who don't feel they belong over here?"
Mr Goh Chok Tong, recounted an exchange he often has: "When we go on house-to-house visit, very often we come to someone who says, "I've never seen you, only at election time."
"My reply has always been, "Yes, how come I've never seen you?" .ST 30 Oct 2010.

7 magnificent answers: You've never seen me because:
  1. You are in your Ivory Tower all the time (except election time)
  2. With all the Gurkha guards, how to visit you?
  3. I do not wish to appear as a sychophantic toady
  4. I don't need your vote
  5. I'm just a lesser mortal
  6. You are way too rich for me
  7. Where got time? Must work to feed myself and family
"Why should I be working for people who don't feel they belong over here?"

Holy $,$$$,$$$! He must be kidding? He is the Senior Minister. I do not know SM's exact job specifications are, but I believe making people feel that they belong should be one of them. If he gives up on them so easily, can you blame them for having lost their sense of belonging? SM's answer betrays the caring cohesiveness and unity that Singapore should have. What happens to "Pledge ourselves as one united people . . . . . " If he quits on them so easily, very soon Singapore will be be a nation of "quitters".

Reported from ST with picture, "Ms Siobhan Lau is the organising chairman for this year's NTU Ministerial forum. Mr Goh noted that the chairmen at his previous two appearances at the forum in 1986 and 1996 - Mr R. Sinnakaruppan and Mr Zaqy Mohamad - both went to become MPs. "Perhap, Siobhan. . .?" he quipped.

Jocular as it may seem, I detect a very subtle PAP recruiting drive in NTU.



At November 1, 2010 at 3:56 AM , Anonymous feel it in my bones said...

you have my vote, so long you don't go around saying "why should I be working for people who feel they do not belong over here"

and if you are campaigning door to door, I hope you do not say it like Goh CT, "yes, how come I've never seen you before"

At November 1, 2010 at 7:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only Singaporeans have anymore caring leaders like Goh Chok Tong, many would have quitted just liked his daughter.

Some are quitting of course, so long as these caring leaders are in power and talking down to the citizenry the ways they did.

It feels kind of irritating seeing them in newspapers and television programmes, what more talking to them in person. One can practically see that they appeared liked intimidating those that dare questioned them relevantly.


At November 1, 2010 at 2:19 PM , Anonymous Singaporean said...

Mr Goh,

Where's our "Swiss standard of living" that you promised us?

I guess I'll have to "quit" to Switzerland before I can have a go at that elusive and imaginary lifestyle.

How's the air up there, where YOU ARE enjoying your better-than-swiss-standard of living?

At November 1, 2010 at 3:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At November 1, 2010 at 4:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

His quotations, like 'swiss standard of living' are just feel good thing but all short on substance and hardly achievable.

That is why he failed so miserably in Hougang and Potong Pasir in trying to win votes for Low and Sitoh with all the promises trotted out. People in these two constituencies do not trust him and his kind anymore.

Without the upgrading for votes, GRCs, constant boundary redrawings, the veiled threats, numbered ballot papers and their use of grassroot supporters from CCs and civil servants fearing for their jobs, you can gauge how they would fare in a fairly fought election.

Now, with the support of newly adopted citizens, they are getting somewhat arrogant, judging by their recent behavior, talk and action.

But fall they will. It is only a question of time and what is the tolerance level of local Singaporeans.

The British Empire, The Chinese Dynasties, Communist Regimes, The Military Dictators like Marcos and Suharto, they all fall for various reasons.

At November 3, 2010 at 8:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

MediaCorp likes to subject Singaporeans to full video recordings of LKY or Lee Hsien Loong's foreign interviews or public forums with young Singaporeans. Why not do the same with Goh Chok Tong? Let Singaporeans see for themselves how Goh handles the NTU students' questions, so that they know what type of a person Goh is. MediaCorp can play this video twice a day for one week.....

At November 3, 2010 at 2:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha, the old man is going to go around the world giving quotations, preachings and predictions again.

How come other countries don't pay their politicians to come to red dot to preach?

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