MP who owns Bentley strongly believes in meritocracy and still upset being denied Math prize in P5

It was reported that the white Bentley parked at Orchid Country Club featured inside a recent viral video actually belongs to Bishan-Toa Payoh MP Chong Kee Hiong. He is currently also the President of Orchid Country Club.

It’s not known how much he paid for his Bentley of model “Continental GTC V8 4.0A (Convertible)” but a quick check online shows that it costs at least more than $600,000 for a V8 4.0.

According to information from the dealer’s website:

“The Continental GT V8 Convertible takes open top comfort to new levels and, with the roof down, lets you enjoy the V8’s exquisite mechanical symphony in full surround sound. The dominant bonnet line, prominent matrix grille and twin large inner headlamps confirm its pedigree but the Continental GT V8 Convertible has its own distinct character.

To simply call this car a convertible understates its capability. Press the start button on the advanced new 4.0 litre V8 engine and its inspiring repertoire of sounds is brought to life, from the deep V8 burble at low engine speeds to the rising growl and rasp as the car accelerates. It is both a sensational open tourer when the weather permits and a supremely comfortable year-round drive, as acoustically and thermally well insulated as a coupé, thanks to its unique, four layer roof.”

Chong still upset with school not giving him math prize in Primary 5

Chong is a strong believer of meritocracy. In 2012, before he became an MP, he was interviewed by ST (‘To be a CEO, read martial arts novels’, 13 May 2012).

In the interview, Chong told ST that he was still “disturbed” by the fact that he was denied a prize for scoring the highest marks in Mathematics when he was in Primary 5.

In the now-defunct Kim Keat Primary School when he was Primary 5, he scored the highest marks for Mathematics and Chinese in his whole cohort. But his teacher told him that since he had already garnered 2 prizes, he should perhaps give his Math prize to his fellow schoolmate, who had finished half a mark behind.

“I didn’t argue with the teacher but I was very upset,” recalled Mr Chong. “The fact that I still remember it with such clarity shows that I am still disturbed by it (till today).”

The episode went against the ideals of fair play and meritocracy, he said.

Chong, like ESM Goh, believes in rewarding people well according to their ability, “I believe we should be objective and fair by rewarding people based on the results they achieve. When people see that they are rewarded based on a fair system, they will be naturally motivated to do their best.”

He told the reporter that if one works hard, has the desire to do well and grabs opportunities given to the person, he will do well. That, he said, is the “beauty of meritocracy”. And certainly Chong didn’t lose anytime agreeing to become an MP when opportunity came knocking at his door during GE2015.

He also told the reporter that when he was a child, he read a lot of Chinese sword-fighting novels.

“In these novels, the heroes will always prevail although they have to undergo a lot of hardships first,” he said with a hearty laugh. “Also, in many of the stories, skillful pugilists and old masters would impart their skills only if the heroes showed great perseverance and sincerity, so I told myself I needed to have those qualities too.”

Being good in his studies, Chong later attended Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College, and received 3 scholarship offers when he entered NUS.

Chong has certainly done very well for his life. During the interview 6 years ago, he told ST that he and his family lived in a semi-detached house in Bishan and drove a Mercedes convertible. He has now upgraded himself to drive a Bentley convertible colored in white, the same party color adopted by his party, the PAP.

 

* Article by The Online Citizen.

 

 

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13 Responses to “MP who owns Bentley strongly believes in meritocracy and still upset being denied Math prize in P5”

  • HarderTruths:

    He is disturbed that other MP’s earn more than him.

    He is disturbed that because of that loss he is now not the PM

    He is disturbed that the teacher who gave the prize to his fellow student was not arrested under the ISA

    He is probably the reason Kim Keat Primary school was made defunct. Revenge is a strong pappy trait.

    Did he instruct the MOE to get his prize back?

    He is a disturbed individual – no argument.

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  • Haigen-diaz:

    In a society structured as ours is, there is a reason that meritocratic achievements is limited to those in the higher strata: genuine education of everyone would severely threaten the continuation of the grotesquely stratified status quo, something those at the top of the heap will not tolerate. Chong’s meritocratic babble is strictly duplicitous and self-serving, designed only to maximize his chances of scoring political gains. The pattern is well-practiced and ubiquitous. Chong Kee Hiong would have us return to a time of brutal laissez-faire capitalism, where the rule is basically puppy eat puppy, and throw the weak out with the garbage. The way out of this mess is to select and remove from office those like him who support the lopsided system. It always amazes me that the average Singaporean buys the PAP’s myth of meritocracy hook, line and sinker while failing to see that it is not a reality anymore. When does hope die? When it no longer shares the joys of others. When it strikes out alone. When it experiences the delusion that it has mastered fate. Every wisdom tradition makes this case. To Chong Kee Hiong and the whole busloads of PAP toadies who need a Bentley to boost their self-esteem show they’re hollowed out like old uncle, ESM Goh.

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  • Lol:

    Meritocracy here means backdoor promotion or better known as reserved privileges and biased appraisal.

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  • consensus by manipulation:

    He also told the reporter that when he was a child, he read a lot of Chinese sword-fighting novels.

    “In these novels, the heroes will always prevail although they have to undergo a lot of hardships first,” he said with a hearty laugh. “Also, in many of the stories, skillful pugilists and old masters would impart their skills only if the heroes showed great perseverance and sincerity, so I told myself I needed to have those qualities too.”

    U WILL TALK DIFFERENTLY IF U WERE IN SOME OTHER COUNTRY IN ASEAN .

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  • oxygen:

    @ Consensus by manipulation

    FOR A PRIMARY 5 KID of mere 12 years of age then to have such PROFOUND THOUGHTS OF HIS CLAIM, he must be SMARTER THAN CONFUCIUS!!

    Perhaps he could take over the top job now.

    consensus by manipulation: He also told the reporter that when he was a child, he read a lot of Chinese sword-fighting novels.

    “In these novels, the heroes will always prevail although they have to undergo a lot of hardships first,” he said with a hearty laugh. “Also, in many of the stories, skillful pugilists and old masters would impart their skills only if the heroes showed great perseverance and sincerity, so I told myself I needed to have those qualities too.”

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    As a person whose self-made through continual shrewd investments & prudent capital accumulation, I reckon that Chong Kee Hiong is typically a high living S’porean with conspicuous consumption habits which would go no where in life & was extremely wasteful.
    A Bentley convertible in S’pore is capital wastage overkill. $600k purchase price + car financing costs is incredibly stupid to be spending on a ostentatious luxury car when one could invests properly to have either capital gains or an income stream over a lifetime. Besides, a convertible in S’pore is hardly practical when the weather is either hot & humid or rainy. Also, his budget for road tax, car maintenance & fuel costs (remember it’s a V8) can sustained 2 or 3 HDB families in S’pore. Just like those who buy Ferraris or Lamborghinis in S’pore – is there a Autostrada or an Autobahn in S’pore where you could hit 230km/h? It’s all conspicuous consumption & ostentatious lifestyle like some black rapper in a glitzy music video or like the Khadarshians.
    None of what Chong Kee Hiong has was through hard work/perseverance (via entrepreneurship/business) or through smart investing (via capital gains or from income generating assets). It’s all about spending, not earning. He is a political crony whose got there through an ‘old boy’s’ elite club of Meritocratic Scholars & favoured career Pathways perpetuated by the PAP Politicized Mechanism. It is unsustainable because the political equation will one day end either through climate/economic change or through turmoil.
    A smart person would realised that & be prepared learning important lifelong skills (to earn a means of living) or acquired investment nous (to ensure everlasting means of liquidity) to sustain oneself. What I see in S’pore were just a corrupt core of elites (earning huge pay through unjustified/inequitable means) feeding a corrupt & inequitable PAP’s Economic System (using wealth transfers mechanisms & an inequality opportunity system denied to many) to display their ill-gotten & vulgar ‘wealth’. What we have in S’pore can’t be sustainable! This type of mentality will collapse at the first sign of an economic tsunami which would be coming.

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  • LIONS:

    Bentley,a car?
    Can we say *CAR IS car* like milk is milk?
    Next,he will chase that rainbow of a RollsRoyce?
    Dont,just COLLECT MORE MONEY from peasants.
    Still not enuf pay,PEANUTS GOH?

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  • Anon:

    @HarderTruth;

    Entirely agree with you; this is a disturbed individual with a real complex.

    Let me offer some ‘Home Truths’!

    This person should have stayed in the money-making world; he should never have become an MP. He lacks the capacity for relating and dealing with the problems of ‘mediocrities’.

    He is a victim of the culture of ostentatious consumption; a futile attempt to fill the unfillable lack at the core of his being.

    He doesn’t understand that true class cannot be bought; true style oozes from authenticity

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  • hhhh:

    The key here is you study hard, get a scholarship with PAP and then you enjoy and sit back and wag tail like a puppy. You get rewarded for even doing shit.

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  • Tremendous:

    What merit does he have ? Enter the Parliament through 1-1 fight and not backdoor ?

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  • appt disgrace to labor moveme:

    If he is that good, he should not relied on plping to get his appt at the expence of the labor. SIN workers r as far as the pay n pay patch n patch pew n pew is concerned r slave. The golf club built using the contribution n fees but for the e of these labor parasites. He must be the new self confession of ESW that m the current cesspool of munster r sub standard or in Goh Jnr word very very very mediocre. So this plp so sub sub standard can only leeched on slavery labor as a parasites n ead of being ashamed n feels remorseful, he talked about how good he was in his primary. ESW would have told him that he has a school mate who excelled in his primary but was so demoralised in RI that he quitted to join another school where d every year. But EWS schoolmates unfortunately succumbed to the furor of the evil n become what the society come to spit on as idiots. But majority r still men of substance n become icon of their profession without regardless how big the lp was. These r the men who shied away from the stink of the fart warm like this hot air with his consumed farts of the nfi lps now cursingly admitting by the off track big fart worm of his time.

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  • Greedy person:

    This guy got an entitlement mindset. If he thinks he is better than the minister but not appointed, he would be very disturbed. He must always get what he feel is his. Its deep in his character.

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  • The Circle Of Parasites:

    Self righteous Cronism masquerading as “meritocracy”.
    Feeling rich living off dole from milking hardworking sinkies monies.

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