Trudeau interaction with the masses puts PM Lee’s hawker centre ‘wayang’ to shame

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Adam Road food centre on his recent visit to Singapore. It was a welcome sight.

This reminds me of pictures of PM Lee with his wife and children eating at a hawker centre, which were splashed across local newspapers not too long ago too. However, the differences between the two Prime Ministers visiting and eating at hawker centres are stark. Very stark indeed.

Any keen observers would be able to tell very clearly that for a foreigner, Justin Trudeau mingled genuinely, closely and freely with the crowds there despite the presence of his security personnel.

The little ones, the adults, the stall hawkers too and the people there could feel it and reciprocated warmly in return. His security men were present but not noticeable or overbearing.

Now, contrast that with our own Prime Minister and his family eating out at our own hawker centres and among our own citizens. His security personnel were at all times only arms length away from him. They were visible and even imposing. His minglings with members of the public were minimal at best and very cosmetic at worse.

Some members of the public were even shooed away from him etc. Given all that, I do not believe that he enjoyed the food or the presence of his fellow citizens there, the surroundings, their stares and the atmosphere etc.

I wonder why did he even bothered to go and eat at our humble hawker centres at all? Or could it be that the show must go on?

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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32 Responses to “Trudeau interaction with the masses puts PM Lee’s hawker centre ‘wayang’ to shame”

  • Bapak:

    The security personnel afraid people step on his shadow. Very bad luck.

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  • Speaks Volume of the Man!:

    Real and genuine, ‘plastic’ and pretentious?

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  • RDB:

    Wayang King!

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  • Bad Boy:

    This article … Serve little purpose. Find some more prominent tooics to whack.

    If say like that then what about other asian leaders? How come China Li Ke Qiang never eat and mingle at our hawker center ???

    Quite possibly is it because Chinese or asia leaders like to cake sard cake say ?

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  • Pinky is never a people’s PM, he was appointed to power by his dad. As an emperor, he is ruthless to even his family, you think he cares about the peasants in public places like hawker centres?

    We Singaporeans continue to vote for a dynasty that now they already planning his son to succeed by parachuting him into Bukit Timah on the pretext that they don’t know and did not interfere.

    Singaporean sheep, please wake up la….. don’t have you have enough of this bs?

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  • a PG:

    I thought the G always say Sinkapoor is a safe city with low crimes. Safe to walk, safe to eat and safe to move around the public places. The nation’s leeders should not be afraid to mingle and chat with the citizens in public places. Or is it by collecting $$$millions, he is more of an “atas” class?

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  • HarderTruths:

    Despots love to show their power.
    They need to show they can do whatever they want to the peasants and serfs.
    That is all.

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  • HisMaidOnLeave:

    PM Lee was craving for his meesiam mai hum so he decided to go get some himself lah..
    Why cannot meh?
    Ai yah so mean u all!!
    *Wink *wink* :)

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    做戏嘛
    牠吃人民的血汗就飽了
    丢尼佬某各超害 衰仔

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  • LIONS:

    One did it candidly n not for any particular political leverage; the other did it deLEEberately to score political points.

    Lee Àh Long does not bother if your aged mum or granny has got to WORK AT HAWKER CENTRES till they drop dead as long as he can collect more money from peasants to pày themselves indecently.

    Lee Ah Long is a SOCIAL TERROR!

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    No comparison between Justin Trudeau & u-noe-who. One is a seasoned politician who went into politics of his own choice, although he was the son of the former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
    While the other, u-noe-who was supposed to be catapulted into his position through default. His Ma wanted him to take over from Pa. But to avoid accusations of nepotism, it was agreed by using a temporary “Wooden” seat warmer first thus breaking up the direct lineage (no basis for nepotism). But fortunately for the “Wooden” seat warmer, u-noe-who (let’s call him “Ah-Boy”) got cancer after getting into a ruckus of his own making with a number of 2G PAP Ministers, slapped hard one of them & thus caused an internal incident which had to involve his Pa & Ma who had to smooth things over on his behalf. Ah-Boy was internally reprimanded for his bad behaviour, he couldn’t handle the scolding & thus got cancer. Old “Woody” had a reprieve & was able to get 14 years at the helm as PM. But he had Pa breathing down his neck & watching his every move. Of course, everyone who knows better knew that Woody was a marionette whose strings were being pulled by Ma & Pa. His succession became somewhat of a standing joke because during his 14 year apprenticeship, he had his Pa standing in as a Senior Minister hovering in the background while Woody was PM. The clearest sign of who was really in power came during the aftermath of the 2003 SARS outbreak. SIA’s unaffiliated pilots union ALPA-S had a difficult time negotiating with SIA management. Just as the negotiations seemed likely, ALPA-S members found out that the union leaders were dealing on their own without informing their members. The members threw out the union leaders. Long story short, LKY then intervened into the matter on behalf of SIA management & over Woody’s head as PM. He next caught a scapegoat, tarred & feathered him as an example of “kill a chicken to scare the monkeys”. ALPA-S felled in line & conceded. The next financial year, SIA made millions in profits at the expense of the workforce who had to sacrifice “for the greater good” of PAP.
    Link: https://www.malaymail.com/s/864913/ruthless-lee-kuan-yew-keeps-singapore-in-check
    The sight of a near-dead LKY around 2014-2015 (before February 2015) still holding the hand of his Ah-Boy haunts many S’poreans to this day. A father who can’t let go of his Ah-Boy’s hand despite being already rich many times around from the perks of political office but never got to enjoy any blissful retirement.
    No wonder 38 Oxley Road became a bone of contention between the LEE siblings. And why a part of Marine Bay (very expensive area) had to be carved out to commemorate the father.

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  • Bapak:

    To him, Singaporean comits most crime. That’s why his security is always looking at his arse. He is most fear of Singaporean.

    a PG:
    I thought the G always say Sinkapoor is a safe city with low crimes. Safe to walk, safe to eat and safe to move around the public places. The nation’s leeders should not be afraid to mingle and chat with the citizens in public places. Or is it by collecting $$$millions, he is more of an “atas” class?

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  • Natural Aristocrats:

    Can’t stand tall with stealing and endless cursings in the background.
    Such Wayang is painfully an eyesore.
    Think of the betrayal by these self-entitled princelings and all the stolen CPF money and HDBs from poor hardworking sinkies and the hardships on future generations, no amount of retribution is considered enough.

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  • rukidding:

    PAP and his BIG Boss always “thinks” that we are all “Dafts” !!

    That is why,…every time they “try” to “Look Innocent or do good”…it always turns out very “badly” done…no sincerity at all…Fake !

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  • Lao Tzu says:

    “A leader is best when people barely know he exists; he is not so good when people obey and acclaim him; worst when they despise him.
    Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.
    But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, the people will all say, “We did this ourselves.”

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  • N.Jungne:

    Not only that, trudeau proves that LKY did not transform Singapore into a triving First World Country, from a fishing Village. Shame to the man who claimed.

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  • hungry wild lions:

    //I thought the G always say Sinkapoor is a safe city with low crimes.//

    of course, when you cut away the paws and teeth of lions and cage it, it will be safe lar. even one-man assembly can be classified as an offence ? that’s why sinkie land needs the hungry wild lions from the region and classify them as FTs lar who can easily swallow the tamed puss* cats of sinkie land.

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  • Why suffered in silence:

    Pinky just went through motion for the sake of showing that he is pro citizens.There was no sincerity shown,just another way any.If citizens could be touched by such laughable wayang,then we are really hopeless.

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  • Nurturing not natural:

    General MacArthur’s prayer for his son

    https://youtu.be/BNZJkbHSVzg

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  • Not_A_Fan_of_Trudeau:

    Don’t be fooled by Justin Trudeau. To those who are admiring this liberal Canadian PM, please do your research properly and then you can make a judgement whether this person is worth to be a Prime Minister.
    He is NOT as “good” as all of those foolish Singkee.
    What he is doing to Canada have detrimental effects in years and generations to come :
    a) His Liberal party pushed through the localisation of recreational cannabis
    b) Allow liberal and unchecked mass immigration of into Canada, especially many questionable Muslims who are going into Canada to suck up on the benefits and has no intention of assimilation and contributing back the society
    c) Stall the economy of the province of Alberta – where his father has done to almost crippled the entire Oil and Gas industry of Alberta.
    As a son, he is there to take revenge for his father.

    He is good with his PR skills BUT has no substance to run the country of Canada.

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  • ComeDownToEarth:

    Why they so afraid of sgs.
    Everyone of them move around with an entourage of security, press ppl n a whole bunch of bootlickers.
    Like as tho theyre big time movie stars or POTUS..!
    Come with one or two personnel shd be enough.
    Residents ar the Cc or home visits wong be so intimidated n will speak freerer.

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  • LHL is not a smart ass....:

    Ho Jinx with Pinky to meet world’s leaders is not for nothing, something fishy going on with this greedy thick skin couple

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  • Angry Rooster:

    Fully agreed.
    Just like a “Don Juan” before he deflowers you. Watch out.

    Not_A_Fan_of_Trudeau:
    Don’t be fooled by Justin Trudeau. To those who are admiring this liberal Canadian PM, please do your research properly and then you can make a judgement whether this person is worth to be a Prime Minister.
    He is NOT as “good” as all of those foolish Singkee.
    What he is doing to Canada have detrimental effects in years and generations to come :
    a) His Liberal party pushed through the localisation of recreational cannabis
    b) Allow liberal and unchecked mass immigration of into Canada, especially many questionable Muslims who are going into Canada to suck up on the benefits and has no intention of assimilation and contributing back the society
    c) Stall the economy of the province of Alberta – where his father has done to almost crippled the entire Oil and Gas industry of Alberta.
    As a son, he is there to take revenge for his father.

    He is good with his PR skills BUT has no substance to run the country of Canada.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Rabble-rouser:
    No comparison between Justin Trudeau & u-noe-who. One is a seasoned politician who went into politics of his own choice, although he was the son of the former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
    While the other, u-noe-who was supposed to be catapulted into his position through default. His Ma wanted him to take over from Pa. But to avoid accusations of nepotism, it was agreed by using a temporary “Wooden” seat warmer first thus breaking up the direct lineage (no basis for nepotism). But fortunately for the “Wooden” seat warmer, u-noe-who (let’s call him “Ah-Boy”) got cancer after getting into a ruckus of his own making with a number of 2G PAP Ministers, slapped hard one of them & thus caused an internal incident which had to involve his Pa & Ma who had to smooth things over on his behalf. Ah-Boy was internally reprimanded for his bad behaviour, he couldn’t handle the scolding & thus got cancer. Old “Woody” had a reprieve & was able to get 14 years at the helm as PM. But he had Pa breathing down his neck & watching his every move. Of course, everyone who knows better knew that Woody was a marionette whose strings were being pulled by Ma & Pa. His succession became somewhat of a standing joke because during his 14 year apprenticeship, he had his Pa standing in as a Senior Minister hovering in the background while Woody was PM. The clearest sign of who was really in power came during the aftermath of the 2003 SARS outbreak. SIA’s unaffiliated pilots union ALPA-S had a difficult time negotiating with SIA management. Just as the negotiations seemed likely, ALPA-S members found out that the union leaders were dealing on their own without informing their members. The members threw out the union leaders. Long story short, LKY then intervened into the matter on behalf of SIA management & over Woody’s head as PM. He next caught a scapegoat, tarred & feathered him as an example of “kill a chicken to scare the monkeys”. ALPA-S felled in line & conceded. The next financial year, SIA made millions in profits at the expense of the workforce who had to sacrifice “for the greater good” of PAP.

    The sight of a near-dead LKY around 2014-2015 (before February 2015) still holding the hand of his Ah-Boy haunts many S’poreans to this day. A father who can’t let go of his Ah-Boy’s hand despite being already rich many times around from the perks of political office but never got to enjoy any blissful retirement.

    Brilliant Rr!!!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    @ Rabble rouser…I wonder if you remember when Piere T the father of the present Canadian PM officially visit Singapore with his young son Justin in the tow…the evil eye was given to the father & son and if looks can KILL Justin & Pa would have been DOA on stepping down from the Plane

    And…the Evil eye stayed on right up to the time The OWL drag him back to where his master is to lift his spineless son…How ironical that he disapproves the presence of a PM and his son on an official visit and he did what he did for his useless son

    Justine went into Politics on his own STEAM leh!!!

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  • they r AristoCATs. . .:

    Trudeau vs Mr. Pink? Pleez . . .
    -
    They r AristoCATs – see only !
    -
    Remember the Ballot Box !

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  • Wayang is upincriminating:

    No matter how many photos of local papic mps or ministers visiting the wet market food centres which v4 minister has derogatoirated as dirty, unhygenic (a big slap on the food control dept) n food no worth the price even though it is $2.50-3.00 a plate., the photos will have adverse effect from what the media plps n ruling party . Wayang has bben so used that now becoming aincriminating evidence of materials the party trying to shield from the citizenry as long as the party continues to retain the daft Minister who has no problem in flaunting his status (displaying his gross ingapratitudevn a biw ingrate, lying on his sworn oath of serving the electorate interests n benefits) n his wealth (a continued evidence of abuse of people mandate which is given for serving the nation n her citizens in their interests n benefits not for their self gratification n self glorification, abuse of tryst is culpable legally).

    The only solution to regain the trust of the citizenry is to restore the human respct of the populace n not to temper with their dignity is to sack the Minister who are so free in his threats n derogatory remarks.

    贬谈蠢鯹少些糞!

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    @ patriot:
    When a Western kid falls down, his dad will ask him to get up by himself & if he cries, scold him to be a man & not a mouse!
    When a Chinese kid falls down & cry, the maid get a ferocious scolding instead, an ambulance is called & if a Minister’s kid is involved, a COI is called to investigate who is to blame (scapegoating).
    And that is the difference between the East & the West!
    The old guy PLP (Apple-polished) only his US Masters especially the Illuminati (Kissinger, for one). He looked down on those 2nd tier Western countries especially those that had generous & extensive social welfare programs like Canada & Australia. He always hated social welfare programs for disadvantaged people like rat poison. And he always preached that those countries would face ultimate financial ruin if they continue with their generous social welfare spending as if he was a prophet & an anti-welfare visionary. But he was proven wrong when the owl came to Istana & he went up the lorry not long after. Canada & Australia both still exists today & their economies so much stronger than S’pore’s. Their people better off unlike S’pore whose elderly have to collect newspapers & cardboard “for exercise” & the young ones with a degree resort to driving PHVs. Even the PAP IBs dare not compare S’pore against Australia or Canada, always using M’sia as a whipping boy (eg. SG$1=RM3) to score points.
    It irritated him greatly that many smart S’poreans migrated to those 2 countries for the very same reasons – a better life & social safety nets which he wouldn’t provide for the people but gave his son one. A damn hopeless hypocrite & also very vindictive towards S’poreans! He wanted to put locals down while elevate foreigners up like those M’sians minorities who came to S’pore given free scholarship, govt jobs & career prospects denied to locals. He wanted to buy their loyalty using the State resources.

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    @ Rabble rouser…I wonder if you remember when Piere T the father of the present Canadian PM officially visit Singapore with his young son Justin in the tow…the evil eye was given to the father & son and if looks can KILL Justin & Pa would have been DOA on stepping down from the Plane

    And…the Evil eye stayed on right up to the time The OWL drag him back to where his master is to lift his spineless son…How ironical that he disapproves the presence of a PM and his son on an official visit and he did what he did for his useless son

    Justine went into Politics on his own STEAM leh!!!

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    @ Not_A_Fan_of_Trudeau:
    But this was a straight comparison between Justin Trudeau & u-noe-who. And I believe many would select Justin Trudeau despite his flaws, warts & whatever. Plus your views shows a glaring lack of awareness:
    1. Recreation cannabis production, sale & use in Canada were totally legal. In the US, cannabis production, sale & use are still illegal at the US Federal level although it is legal at US State’s level. You need to understand the political & economic reasons why Canada & Justin Trudeau legalised cannabis in advance of US cannabis legislative developments. Plus legalising cannabis use was just like LGBT movement, a broader audience agitated for social reforms & for a change in legalisation. Canada isn’t a Nanny State where people’s lives were micromanaged like laboratory rats.
    2. Muslim migration to Canada aren’t as significant as Australia. Canada’s too cold for them! Don’t forget the bulk of Muslims lived around arid & desert regions. Australia’s dry & hot climate more suited for them than Canada’s frozen tundra.
    3. Alberta could agitate for separation from Canada & join with the US. I’m sure that US would warmly welcome them with opened arms. With Alberta in tow, the US wouldn’t be afraid of OPEC!
    4. PR skills were all that matters in Western democracies & for winning elections. Baby kissing, taking selfies with voters & firm handshakes win elections, not regurgitating policies! DUH!
    - Cont’d -

    Not_A_Fan_of_Trudeau:
    Don’t be fooled by Justin Trudeau. To those who are admiring this liberal Canadian PM, please do your research properly and then you can make a judgement whether this person is worth to be a Prime Minister.
    He is NOT as “good” as all of those foolish Singkee.
    What he is doing to Canada have detrimental effects in years and generations to come :
    a) His Liberal party pushed through the localisation of recreational cannabis
    b) Allow liberal and unchecked mass immigration of into Canada, especially many questionable Muslims who are going into Canada to suck up on the benefits and has no intention of assimilation and contributing back the society
    c) Stall the economy of the province of Alberta – where his father has done to almost crippled the entire Oil and Gas industry of Alberta.
    As a son, he is there to take revenge for his father.

    He is good with his PR skills BUT has no substance to run the country of Canada.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    - Cont’d -
    5. You don’t need substance to run a country. You just get the great minds to work for you. Just like what Ronald Reagan did! For heaven’s sake, he was a Hollywood actor before he became the US President! And Reagan was considered one of the greatest US Ptesidents. PAP Meritocracy Policy is overcooked & underdone. The premise that you need to be highly educated & come with academic credentials to be a Politician were bullocks & nonsensical. All you need is commonsense, great PR & oratory skills & brilliant EQ to swing people to your side. With power, you get the greatest minds to work for you. That’s how politics work!

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  • 亡太子【離線Langga】:

    Hey, ppl, dun complain animor lah, I boring mah, stark bhind my comp in pmo oppit staring jp av hatano so cum 2 just tryout my actg skill mah, b4 next erection, plus oso hor, my oppit pat all dish unker n untee in fron bhind me pokket money 2 pray wif mi, notch ez u noe, dish puck time care-lay-fares, stand marikita much much hr b4 I cum, n steal marikita after I chabot, tt y har, I make sure pmo stuff pay and pay them
    - ebery1 got 1 free chicken wing, plus 1 more meesiam.

    Mai hum lah, 4 sure wat

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  • AFRAID OF THE PEOPLE:

    I recall, not long ago, a video was forwarded to me via Whatsapp. It shows LHL and his wife Ho Jinx having breakfast a hawker center. They were seated at a table by themselves. The table was next to a stall near a passage. I could see several bodyguards standing around them, on the look out with watchful eyes. A man entered via the passage heading for a stall he wanted to patronize. On seeing the guy passing by a little too close to their table (probably unaware of the “natural aristocrats’ presence), the bodyguards immediately shooed him away.

    They were curious onlookers but nobody came to their table to greet them, given what the guards did to the man.

    Singapore is a unique “democracy”, where “natural aristocrats” are afraid of the people.

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