The only way for the seat warmer Prime Minister to rewrite his legacy

Every now and then, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong throws a spanner in the works just to let it be known that he is still around and still relevant in the scheme of things.

But the harsh reality is that he has been sidelined politically for a number of years now.

He says that as ESM, he does not receive a ministerial salary. Not only that – the title of ESM is nice sounding but it bestows him neither clout nor influence in shaping the political landscape.

There is more than an inkling that ESM Goh wishes that he had done things differently instead of ending up in no man’s land. It is surely nagging him that he is known to one and all as the seat warmer Prime Minister.

He gave up his seat to Lee Hsien Loong when he was only 63. In retrospect, he could have gone on for much longer. And in retrospect too, I daresay he would have done a much better job than his successor.

ESM Goh has said a few times now that he does not plan to do a Mahathir because “things are not so bad” in Singapore. Which is of course not the same as saying “things are going great.”

The fact is, Singapore does not need ESM Goh to do a Mahathir.

It is ESM Goh who needs to do himself a favour by doing a Mahathir. It is the only way for him to rewrite his legacy and banish forever the unsavoury reputation as the seat warmer Prime Minister.

For his own good, ESM Goh should attempt a lash hurrah by doing a Mahathir. He could rise beyond being a mere asterisk – sandwiched between father and son – and cement his political legacy by becoming a hero to the nation.

 

Augustine Low

* The author is a proud but concerned citizen. Voicing independent, unplugged opinion is his contribution to citizen engagement.

 

 

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31 Responses to “The only way for the seat warmer Prime Minister to rewrite his legacy”

  • Remy:

    Lau Goh does not have the guts or the ability to do a Mahathir. He should go away before its too late.

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  • Tantan:

    Very funny but at the same time very insightful take. Goh is already doing a Mahathir by being a liability to the PAP.

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  • goh chock tong is a joke:

    we speak as residents of Aljunied, citizens of Singapore.

    goh chog tong started all the rot in Singapore.

    this pap Lj lied all the way. swiss standard of living, world cup football, more roads for more cars, higher S$m for better pap folks, and such rot.

    he talked a few days ago as if he could be the Dr Mahatir of PH when we citizens of Singapore, residents of Aljunied, not even acknowledge this piece of shit and his peanuts S$600k wife.

    both pieces of shitty shit. one a S$1m mediocre Lj. the other a S$600k peanuts Cb. Singapore is now ruined because this Lj and Cb once ruled Singapore.

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  • fucqueupap:

    Oh, poor thing! Holding such a prestigious and unique title Emeritus Senior Minister , no others in the world has, but not getting a share of the millions dollars salaries paid to ministers.

    We really gotta sympathise with him. All the while I thought he’s quite powerful. Alas! As an ESM, even hoping and calling for a 4G leader to be picked to take over the PM seat, he also kena told off by Ah Loong, almost like telling him not to be a kaypoh.

    No minister’s pay! No power to ask for something important to happen! Why call him an ESM?

    C’mon Marine Parade GRC residents, do our ESM a favour. Stop voting for him in the next GE. Stop him from being bullied. Probably he won’t say “things are not so bad” after that and only then he’ll do a Mahathir.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Shit cannot be changed into something else since it is the ultimate waste matter.

    Shit is always shit no matter how many times they try to ‘clean’ it.

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  • casear millan:

    Too cocky smug, inside ti scum sick mind, we are just a worthless being. It’s incurable, beyond redemption. So, Save your breath and do positive action instead to teach this creature to respect the masters.

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  • 114:

    No one can repeat what mahathir did.

    Not in a thousand years.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    A seat warmer is always a seat warmer. Even if he likes to do a Mahathir he is not capable to do so.

    When he reminded PM Lee of his promise to step down for a next PM, ESM Goh was told not to be busybody as he was only a “watcher”.

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  • pakuqaz:

    need balls to do that.

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  • Do a 'Mahathir'?:

    I think Dr Tan Cheng Bock can do it but not you!

    Choosing you is out of the question.

    Appreciate that you serves your last term as a Member of Parliament and retire.

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  • Bapak:

    Is that traffic light still exclusive for his use?

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  • Eric:

    It is appalling to hear GCT’s disparaging, indirect remarks on the late LKY. Respect the dead is basic courtesy.

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  • LIONS:

    This PEANUT is a curse to Sg n sgs.
    He changed the govt from citizen-centric to $-centric.
    Peanut Goh is the beginning of the end of happy sgs.
    He turned the gahmen into a pack of wolves.

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  • DOOMERANG:

    HAHA

    NOT PAID AS EMERITUS

    BUT PAID AS MP, SHIT ONE AT THAT..

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  • rukiddig:

    I pray that Tan Cheng Bok will find the Courage to do it !

    This Lau Goh ?…..cannot Lah !

    He has much of the “same feather” as his “successor” !

    Both of their mind….unfortunately to say….its DAMNED COURRUPTED WITH $HIT !

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  • No Pussyfooting!:

    I am no English scholar but my simple interpretation of ESM Goh’s comment “things are not so bad” in Singapore has a hidden meaning. Perhaps, he is trying to tell Singaporeans that “things are bad” (but not so bad) in Singapore! For once, ESM please have the courage and conviction to do what is right. You have been perceived to be a “seat warmer”, do not end up with another title of “fence sitter”! Either you “get in the way” of the Ministers when they do wrong or just “get out of their way”. Stop “puss*-footing” around!

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  • With Me, For Me, For MyFamiLee:

    Want to do a Mahathir, got liao boh? Can get the same influence and respect from the people? Most people don’t earn a million dollar a year, very mediocre people, you think very atas seat warmer wants to stand up for them?

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  • Selfish Sinkie Syndrome:

    Augustine Low is right about him being a seat-warmer, however, I doubt he will be that much better than the dishonorable son, if he had stayed on as PM.

    This old goat, who claims to be part of the old guard, is too full of himself and is also not a game-changer PM during the prime of his years, so what makes you think such an old and useless goat will now make any meaningful changes even if he has the guts to do a Mahathir.

    He is known as a seat-warmer precisely because he was merely following the orders of the old man himself lah. Old man know better to break the succession sequence somewhat via a “wooden” door knob just so as to temper any talk of dynastic rule. That is why the seat-warmer is also known to many as “Woody” Goh.

    Seat-warmer is actually the polite nickname for him.
    Frankly, he was just wooden furniture for the Princeling to sit on. Ha!

    Look at the broken record of the Old Goat. He is merely another well-paid “yes-man” all the way, until the death of his puppet-master a few years ago. In fact, the mouse Goh was always obedient to old man to the point of being obsequious. Does anyone remember mouse Goh standing up to the old man on matters of state or matters of principles?

    In the past, I remember many other civil servants who were then still working under the ambit of PAP such as Richard Hu, Ong Teng Cheong, Ngiam Tong Dow, even Tan Cheng Bock etc. daring to rebut LKY on various policies or on matters of principle.

    As for this useless seat-warmer, he only gave us endless faux pas such as “Swiss standard of living” or “More good years!” or “Wolrd Cup by 2010!” or “600k peanut wife” or calling Sinkies who left “quitters” while his own daughter also quit to the UK.

    Now in late 2018, this old and useless Goat still continues with his senseless ramblings about not getting paid enough or that his ESM title is just a …well… door knob.

    I mean, can’t this idiot just shut up and go quietly into the night (like that other Presidential puppet nicknamed as “KFC guy” :)
    What else does this old and useless Goh expects to achieve late into his golden retirement?

    If he had just kept his goat mouth shut, he may possibly get a nice state funeral or some banal accolades for his eulogy.
    But then, thinking he had wasted all his life being just a seat-warmer, he probably realized in his later years that all his effort was for naught, and then he goes all out to diss his former master by saying he won’t get up from his grave to make amends when things go wrong?! What the…

    Old goat now becomes not only old and useless, but a nuisance too. Whatever pathetic legacy he had left is all scrubbed away due to his embarrassing and childish antics. What an ungraceful way to leave the stage.

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  • ESW Goh is just plp extremus:

    Mahathir has never been a plp to any.But zeSW Goh succumbed to be a SW just becos he is but a plp extremus. He betrayed the trust of many who endorsed him against his asnhened lp’s loved one who has a son doing no NS in reality except by a decade of deferment n remained unquestioned by lps in arm as wikileaked by honourable siblings n unchallened as decreed by SIN 3 PM including the ESW, late big lp n the accused. So even ESW wants to do a Mahathir, he is not qualified n the imbercile knew yet another imbercile cum coward in his midst. So he is discounted n imbercile n gorilla with siblings evidences knew that but still even without a SIN Mahathir, they r shrouded in panic by the wave of awakening to people power n owe no greedy scumbags any living, not to say gotten threatened, derogated n belittled by the ingrates self gratifying n self glorifying nfi faker. But n it is a big but. It is not impossible for ESW to do what mahathir did by way of giving some to gain redemption n forgiveness. Singaporeans is not stupid. Thry r just peacefulloving people, generous n charitable. As the Christian faith trusted in their Saviofr, truly repent n be saved. After he came to save sinners. Also as the Prince who leaft his princehood to meditate n gained enlightenment to spread his gytidings among his people n the human world about equality, love, generosity embraced in charity in his simple message: lay down your sword n gain enlightenment in Buddhahood. but all this need to be bathed in truth n not to further indulging in wayanging nor faking. Most certainly, if ESW
    awakes to the call of redemption n salvation, Singaporeans of any faith would be forgivining as taught by each of their respective Saviour. Squeaking clean for 5 decades is long enough for the long awaited squeak from the dark holes. Auspicium Melires Aevi The Age of Better Prospect. Not Rotten Idiot. It is your choice Goh Chok Tong, ESM or forever remaining ESW.

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  • Foo:

    Holly wood stuff.cp3o.pinokio

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  • Bystander:

    Holy God, what makes lau Goh think he could do a Mahathir with TCB as his junior partner.
    Wah say, he still think he’s the one who could call the shot within PAP.
    This liar is way past his date, and he refuses to admit it.
    TCB would have nothing to do with this seat warmer, and if Tan to take up the reins, he would find someone else, not this shameless, senile trait*r.

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  • Balls to Do a Mahathir:

    He missing balls.

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  • FT = External Forces:

    As Ong said, need to influx HIGH END TALENTS FOR HIGH END JOBS.

    PM post is a very high end post.

    Singaporeans are not Malaysians.
    Malaysia boleh.

    We need to import Foreign talent to do a Mahathir.

    Look at Wankers’ Party. Jia Sai, Jia Liao Bee!

    English also cunt speak properly.
    No wonder we need FT !

    KNNBCCB sincerely
    Lan Tut Lang
    LTK

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  • MarBowling:

    In the next GE, Voters of the Marine Parade GRC should end the misery of ESM(Extra Senile Minister)Woody Goh. In the previous GE, he and his LJ CB team barely made it. And yet this useless Chui Tak Lan seatwarmer thinks he is still relevant. Really pathetic.. Holding a fiacking Prestigious title and not being paid a single cent! But then isn’t he being paid obscene $millions pension plus his fiacking post of MP. Think when he recently mentioned that salary of PAPigs is NOT ENOUGH has a hidden meaning! More like hinting to Mai Hum that in fact his pension and MP payments are NOT ENOUGH. Indirectly telling Mai Hum that his position as the 3rd PeeM is because Woody Lee Kayu instruction to vacate his seatwarmer seat to make for Mai Hum. If Woody didn’t listen and adhere to that Old Coot Lee Kayu, History in SinKapore would be very very different. Mai Hum will be just Mee Siam Mai Hum seller while his so-called wifey HoLee Jinx will be managing a toy shop selling White Monkey with Extended Rude Middle Finger! Big Nose Teo and 69.9% what do you think?

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  • Asians don demand democracy:

    First, I like to share my view why Asia has developed economically to a large extent compared to its kampung era but the y have not REALLY DEMANDED FOR DEMOCRACY IN A STRONG WAY.

    Cos if they really wanted it badly, regimes would have fallen and pressured to be real democracies.

    My conclusion is , it’s because of ASIAN VALUES. Asians are nurtured under AUTHORITARIANISM. Their parents flocked them as a kid. Like an animal. They are nurtured to respect authority to the extent of UNQUESTIONING OBEDIENCE.

    This is why they can accept the status quo.

    To them :
    1. Corruption of leaders : it’s life mah! Life is like this wan. No corruption is not possible.

    2. Knuckle Dusting by leaders using state machinery and extreme unlevel playing field and power to crush dissent : that’s only human ! Anyone in power does that. So it’s why they find that all these dictatorships and unfair treatments and cruel tortures of dissent is regarded by them as A normal part of Life.

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  • WhenWillHeGo:

    This lau goh should just GO!
    Stop sucking more taxpayers monies on the pretext of doing work for free as ESM.
    No one in their right minds gonna believe that…NO WAY JOSE!

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  • Pakatan Singapura:

    Bystander:
    Holy God, what makes lau Goh think he could do a Mahathir with TCB as his junior partner.
    Wah say, he still think he’s the one who could call the shot within PAP.
    This liar is way past his date, and he refuses to admit it.
    TCB would have nothing to do with this seat warmer, and if Tan to take up the reins, he would find someone else, not this shameless, senile trait*r.

    Thank you, bro. Very well said. Agree.

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  • waste of time zzz:

    woody goh will not do anything to jeopardise his “mediocre” salary.. his wife mrs “peanut” wont allow too

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  • No Mahathir by a long shot:

    GCT should blast his enriched trumpet on our very non-Swiss standard of living, and never forget he once stated in the 80s that HDB would discontinue building flats smaller than 4-rooms – to facilitate a growing nuclear family’s need for living space….. It got me all hyped up about the minister’s political mien that time.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    There were plenty of myths regarding Asia’s economic miracles. And Authoritarian regimes can easily execute a Merchantilist Business models (ie. Export growth, targetted Export-oriented industries, repressed consumption to reduce imports, accumulate foreign reserves). And that is the early stages of economic growth ie. picking the low-lying economic fruits. As Asia had developed economically but the wealth never trickled down in a big way to the masses – it remained concentrated either within the big businesses & conglomerates (Japan – Kereitsu; S.Korea – Chaebols; Taiwan – big tech companies) or controlled through political forces (China – Communist Party Politburo, Indonesia – the Military & their crony capitalists, Thailand & Brunei – the Monarchy, the Philippines – Filipino Spanish aristocrats, Myanmar – Junta Army generals, M’sia – Nationalistic/racial political parties, etc). In S’pore, we have the PAP Aristocrats!
    And ultimately, Asia will hit an Economic road block called the “MIDDLE-INCOME TRAP”. Meaning economic growth stagnates & flat-lined going forward. Merchantilist Economic Policies also runs the risk of trade wars (tariffs & quotas) which will affect economic factors. Democratic values thus improving general wealth is the way to bridge & transit beyond the Middle Income Trap. If not, the conditions for living become stagnant; without much dreams & aspirations. Brain-drain occurs rapidly as young productive people leave for democratic economies leaving behind the less productive. You can already see it in S’pore!

    Asians don demand democracy: First, I like to share my view why Asia has developed economically to a large extent compared to its kampung era but the y have not REALLY DEMANDED FOR DEMOCRACY IN A STRONG WAY.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Not ASIAN VALUES but rather confined THINKING & THOUGHT PROCESSES ‘INSIDE A BOX’ by those who controlled the Narrative & restrict the dialogue (by those in power). It’s your own (mis)fortune to allow your eco-system & your own parents to confine you inside a box. To excel, you need TO THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX & adopt the NIKE PRINCIPLE – “JUST DO IT!”
    Don’t adopt the S’pore doctrine of KIASU-ISM & UNQUESTIONING OBEDIENCE. You have only yourself to blame for the Bo-Pian attitude.

    Asians don demand democracy: My conclusion is , it’s because of ASIAN VALUES. Asians are nurtured under AUTHORITARIANISM. Their parents flocked them as a kid. Like an animal. They are nurtured to respect authority to the extent of UNQUESTIONING OBEDIENCE.

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