Is the Prime Minister being outfoxed by his brother and Dr Tan Cheng Bock?

On the day that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces that a “substantial” Merdeka Generation Package is on the way, his brother Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Tan Cheng Bock have breakfast at Ang Mo Kio.

While one comes out to buy votes, the other side keeps everyone guessing and speculating.

If this is a chess match, Dr Tan and LHY are ahead.

If this is about stealing the thunder, Dr Tan and LHY also have the edge.

What are they up to? Are they forming an alliance? Why are they having a dalliance at Ang Mo Kio?

By not uttering a word, Dr Tan and LHY give nothing away while building up suspense, intrigue and mystery. And they get tons of free publicity.

PM Lee, by harping on a “substantial” Merdeka Generation Package and paying homage to those born in the 1950s, well, that’s as good as giving everything away: it’s a blatant exercise in vote buying.

It makes what the Prime Minister doesn’t talk about even more glaring – like the latest training death of actor Aloysius Pang, like the HIV registry leak and why it took the Health Ministry more than two years to go public, like the cries of the people about their Central Provident Funds.

As leader of the country, the Prime Minister cannot pick and choose. He has to address systemic failures and painful and disturbing issues – not just feel-good matters that can win votes.

Has the Prime Minister become too entrenched in his comfort zone?

Does he just want to coast along, make nice speeches and announce goodies while leaving it to others clean up the mess?

The problem is, if he is not taking ownership of any mess, neither is anyone else.

 

Augustine Low

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

 

 

 

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26 Responses to “Is the Prime Minister being outfoxed by his brother and Dr Tan Cheng Bock?”

  • TL Tan:

    The writer is reading too much into the actions of TCB and LHY. They may meet because they disagree with PM Lee’s policies. But neither is in a position to mount any challenge. TCB only has is support base in the West of Singapore. Contest in any other constituency and he gets nowhere. LHY may have an illustrious corporate career but he is a political nobody. Therefore, both are just flies waiting to be swatted. If the 2 are not saying anything in public, it is because they have nothing of substance to say, other than complain and criticize without offering any constructive alternative. Vert few Singaporeans will be taken in by these 2.

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  • Wayang King:

    Yes, thats my impression too. LHL seems bochap alrady…this comin election is his last one as pm…so why bothr? Did he even say/mentioned anythin on Tuas waters intrusion? Didnt even address own citizens of such slap on our faces. Strangers can simply walk thru our door & into our house, several times??
    What really piss many of us off is the fact that LHL is the highest paid PM in the world….for doing what?? NOTHING. juzt talk & wayang showboating
    VTO!!

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  • LIONS:

    Outfox is the wrong word it has negative connotations for goid guys.
    Only bad hats are foxy n snaky.

    We can say lee ah long has been out-smart by his bro n dr tan.
    Anyway,lee ah long isnt smart,he is a DAFT.

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  • N.Jungne:

    If the Ruling Party were to lose 2 or 3 GRCs I am very happy orlady.

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  • Yo:

    If both are flies to be swatted, then Lee Hsien Loong is the sledgehammer of a PM who sues fellow citizens and uses organs of state to punish his own family members.

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  • Petrr:

    Well said by Augustine. Great insight.

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  • Chee:

    Politics is not for sissies. You need to be foxy. The grandest old fox is Mahathir. That’s why he became the world’s oldest PM. He outfoxes the PAP anytime.

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  • Ku-niang will be ku-niang:

    That’s why I say those morons like Sony, Chee, Pipi or Tom don’t know they’re too stupid to know they’re stupid. Despite being fooled, still praise and worship their ‘Augustine-god’ How stupid can humans gets? Even a puppy knows it is being tricked by its’ master.

    LIONS:
    Outfox is the wrong word it has negative connotations for goid guys.
    Only bad hats are foxy n snaky.

    We can say lee ah long has been out-smart by his bro n dr tan.
    Anyway,lee ah long isnt smart,he is a DAFT.

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  • opposition dude:

    The thing about goondu Loong is that he knows he will be able to secure a good portion of the Merdeka votes. So by announcing the package early and letting stroke Heng announce the full details later he builds anticipation amongst the Merdekas.

    What is sad is that the majority of Merdekas will not see this as a vote buying thing. How many times have you heard of the older generation singing PAP’s praises in the past when something “good” was announced? Remember PAP giving each of us a few hundred dollars using the growth of the country as an excuse?

    So since the same trick has worked so many times on the majority of voters in the past up to the present then why not do it again? It costs you nothing and ensures that people vote for you. Would you not do it?

    As for Dr Tan and Hsien Yang having breakfast who knows what they are up to? I just hope it’s something significant enough to make PAP shit in their collective pants!

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  • A No use pm:

    Whenever some issue arises our pm & his ‘entourage of yes men go m.i.a.
    Is he afraid of confrontation or responsibility?
    No wonder he needs to surround himself with so many ‘hand holders’ since his papa left.

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  • Bapak:

    Good movie in backstage coming. Front seats are reserved & booked for dafts. Pink Panty likes front seat. He is as daft as all dafts. TCG knew his enemy well.

    You mean you didnt hear the deaffening silence loud message from TCB? That I am…..
    1) very down to earth – you will not miss Pinky once he is gone as we are here to replace him we can also wear pink,

    2) not out of touch – that’s why we eat mee siam without hum, knowingly this dish do not have hum. That means I understand your problems.

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  • MarBowling:

    Since birth till now, Mai Hum has been under the thumb of his Big Daddy Lee Kayu, period. And since Lee Kayu aka MM(MasterMind)kicked the bucket in March 2015, his so-called Talented wifey, Holee Jinx has taken the role of the MM! On his own, although he is highest pay PeeM on planet earth, he is just good in MATHEMATICS(reputed to have scores 10As in Cambridge U). He is a USELESS BUM running OUR COUNTRY, WITHOUT being HAND-HELD all day LOONG by his Big Daddy and also his MOMMY!

    His MM must have given him SAGE advice on ALL THINGS under the Sun in SinKapore all day and night LOONG now! What do you think! Big Nose Teo and the 69.9%?

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  • blueview:

    Well, outfoxed or underfoxed or nofoxed, the only way for any change to happen is for the 70% especially the majority race is Singapore MUST want the change. Otherwise, brain washing the 30% and the miniority races to vote oppositions is NOT GOING to change anything.

    By the way, almost all of my buddies of minority races voted for P*P because the majority race is not willing to change the govt so what’s the point!

    TCB, LHY, worker’s party, rat party, ant party or whoever stands for oppositions will gain nothing.

    I have given up hope!

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  • problem of a pliant parleement:

    TL Tan:
    The writer is reading too much into the actions of TCB and LHY. They may meet because they disagree with PM Lee’s policies. But neither is in a position to mount any challenge. TCB only has is support base in the West of Singapore. Contest in any other constituency and he gets nowhere. LHY may have an illustrious corporate career but he is a political nobody. Therefore, both are just flies waiting to be swatted. If the 2 are not saying anything in public, it is because they have nothing of substance to say, other than complain and criticize without offering any constructive alternative. Vert few Singaporeans will be taken in by these 2.

    dont talk hen and chicken.

    when someone touches your son, and then your wife, you dont fight back?

    ffff. be real. when somebody just horns you for blocking the way you want to fight already, why be sissy when someone touches your son, and then your wife?

    now that Dr Tan CB PSP with new members Mr Lee Hsien Yang are paving the way to topple clown pap, pap PA paid IBs no rest throwing cold water. it aint going to work this time. because INDIAN is malay is wrong. HDB is asset is wrong. inside 200m is not within 200m is wrong.

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  • In other words...:

    The guy at the top is a fox that makes ass work of others thru cunning manipulation?

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  • Charlie:

    Since the dictionary meaning of outfox is “to defeat someone by being more intelligent or through more guile” . . . . it’s right on the money, good and proper description!!!

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  • Pinky Dares Not Confront Dr M:

    I suspect that Dr M holds the Joker Card and Pinky dares not confront him. Anytime Dr M becomes angry he just releases his Joker Card and Pinky will be a dead duck. That’s why he is forced to keep his silence and hentak kaki.

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  • A stupid Ku-niang:

    Still asking ‘to add another fox’ to look after the chicken coop? Proved what I say is right, you’re still so stupid.

    Chee:
    Politics is not for sissies. You need to be foxy. The grandest old fox is Mahathir. That’s why he became the world’s oldest PM. He outfoxes the PAP anytime.

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  • rukidding:

    Just another PeeM who likes being “surrounded” by all his PLPs and one who dosen’t like to hear or know about “problems” !

    Essentially ,just a “silver spooned frd kid” by his parents

    But, strangely,…he never seems to have any “side effects” from his previously reported brain Cancer ???

    How “lucky” his Life journey was…”sweet,riched and smooth” !

    Does he ra;;y “understand” the life of a normal peasant ?

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  • Harder Truths:

    It seems the majority of $G – including TCB and the oppo – cannot survive without the blessings and support of the familee.

    That is why we are all f**ked.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    As I see it…Yang & Ling are by nature apolitical…children of their ma & pa they saw it all…The Good – Bad- & the UGLY of what their parents did

    Pa…and his aggressive KINDNESS??? according to Ling or pure aggressive EVIL???

    Ma…the quite achiever or the POWER(BRAINS) behind the THRONE accumulating WEALTH beyond her family’s Banking Background????

    Yang…The rebel with or without a cause realize the Karma befalling the family will be WORSE now with a brother who does NOT possess ma & pa’s ability but an IDIOT hiding behind a shim who wear pants

    Correcting the Karma & Retribution of God is the only way OUT for future generation of Yang and his family of Lims from his wonderful wife & father Lim Chong Yah a man of Love Care and Integrity

    I wish Yang and his family well and a wonderful future…as for Ling a Long Life & Good Health

    Should Yang DECIDE to go into Politics or support the PatriotsNationalists to Right the WRONGS and reverse the Karma & Retribution…The Blessings of the Nation will be with him

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  • Tom:

    LOL this ku-niang chap is sounding like a closet gay with a hidden agenda.

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  • Gecko:

    You know what they say about people always calling others stupid? Ku-niang not only closet gay but a brainless chicken.

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  • Chee:

    Let’s try and not call each other names.ku-niang ought to write his own articles.See if you can display your wit and intelligence. Show what you have, not take cheap pot shots!

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  • Bapak:

    Agreed with you, otherwise, why would the multi-millionaire Pinky (nose above eye browse) flew all the way to meet a mediocre M’sian PM in the hurry just after Tun kicked the arse of Najib. Bro Najib could have given his durian also mai ham lover a call to tell him to go and pacify Tun.

    Then Pinky got a very mediocre response and meeting kena shown the door after 30min by a mediocre M’sian PM. Came home quietly tail between legs, MSM also tiam tiam nothing to report or dare not to report. Is a shame to Singapore to have Pinky as PM. Not to mention another Milo (don’t know what race) President.

    Pinky Dares Not Confront Dr M:
    I suspect that Dr M holds the Joker Card and Pinky dares not confront him. Anytime Dr M becomes angry he just releases his Joker Card and Pinky will be a dead duck. That’s why he is forced to keep his silence and hentak kaki.

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  • rukidding:

    The “ace card” which Dr M holds is of course all the “dirty sid deals” which our Hum did with botak !

    Same,same..like Botak, Taksin,…this Hum also “very dirty” !

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