This is what we should remember Chiam See Tong for

I’m glad for this article

“The opposition used to be undesirable and unelectable, and Chiam has made it more acceptable to Singaporeans. He really revamped the whole opposition’s image and brought in credible candidates,” says Loke.

“His contribution surpasses JBJ’s, in terms of changing the opposition’s image.”

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chiam-see-tong-changed-the-face-of-the-opposition-analyst-065549351.html

As Mr Chiam gets more and more frail, the actions of Mrs Chiam in trying to bostler his image and the way the PAP manipulates her had me thinking that he was the PAP’s useful idiot.

True Chiam wasn’t honoured in these ways [Sued and made bankrupt or dis-invited from Istana functions] but maybe they didn’t think he was that dangerous an opponent? Maybe they saw him as a “useful idiot”?

Seriously, Chiam, was given a great honour by one Harry Lee. He was one of Harry’s honorary pall-bearers. Given Harry’s status in S’pore’s official narrative (Coldstore: Why Harry’s narrative or the highway), Chiam’s honour ranks higher than the Order of Temasek.

But I suppose P Ravi would rather forget about this great honour conferred on Mr Chiam because it could be interpreted as double-confirming to cynics that the PAP thinks Chiam is their useful idiot.

Nonsense: 1 Oppo leaders are not honoured by PAP govt 2 More adversarial politics won’t be good for S’pore’

I knew Chiam well from the mid 70s to the early 80s. He handled several civil matters for my father and his friends in the early 80s, very competently. Lost touch after I went walkabout for several yrs.

Thought highly of him even though by the late 1990s I realised that he was not capable of building an effective opposition party unlike WP Low because he had EQ: Chiam: The importance of EQ. But when he anointed first s/o JBJ as his probable successor as oppo leader (KennethJ: Dice not falling his way) and then Lena as his potential successor in Potong Pasir (Time for the Chiams to step back?), and failed both times, I’ve been a reluctant critic.

 

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8 Responses to “This is what we should remember Chiam See Tong for”

  • most uselss:

    PAPPY had successfully using Chiam’s departure from SDP that Dr Chee betrayed and stabbed him in the back. But the truth is although Mr Chiam is a nice guy but he wasnt a great leader and many SDP members were not happy. So he chose to exit and Dr Chee had to run after him to try to persuade him to go back. Until today, MSM portrayed Dr Chee as the villain and many Singaporeans bought the story and hated Dr Chee till now.

    CST is not a great tactician, his strategies did not work and backfired, losing PP etc. The nurturing of his wife to take over wasnt a great move either. SPP is a spent force, better off he tried to merge the party with PSP or PV or even SDP.

    There is no point having a party that cannot win.

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  • TruBlu:

    CI seems to like to impress on others how critical he is.
    Trouble is that he has yet to CRITIC the PAPple at the top echelons?

    So,CI, is smearing oppo sgs and netizens your full-time job as PAP IB?

    If you are sincere about being a critic, you ought to zero in on the right PAPple.

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  • Darth Vader:

    CST is the pap’s “useful idiot” ci? Shouldn’t the useful idiots be tkl & gms instead?

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  • To CI:

    How much have you and family saved so far from the NTUC fairprice discount card your mother got on time, or maybe a bit late?
    No wonder Fairprice products prices have gone up, so are Giant’s, Sheng Siong’s, hawker centre food prices, literally everything. Transport fares are going up by 7%, maybe you and family can go and get some vouchers or things like elderlies discount or concession cards.
    Transport operators workers pay increase? or it is for the Transport Minister, ex-General and PAP cronies pay increase?
    At least CST did not get money from the taxpayers now.
    It is not the same for LKY, he was still drawing MP salary until his last breath. LKY has all along wanted his son LHL to succeed him as PM, LHL is his top choice, not GCT, not TT.
    Imagine he could not even manage his own and family affairs well, his tenet required of his Ministers. Now his children are disputing his clarity of mind about 38 Oxley.
    It reflects dynastic and dictatorship rule lording over the people.
    I hope you or LKY family or others do not take offence of my selective view on your idol articulated here.
    I am not a politician or supporter of any political party.

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  • Dear CI:

    Chiam may be asset rich, 3 private properties as last count in 1990s, maybe not much hard cash to attract and retain talents like PAP and the PAP government. He does not control the government coffer or can tax the people like in GST.
    If he is willing to spend his personal fortune, his people would not leave him if his wife or even if his puppy becomes the sec gen of the party.
    It is not just his EQ or the lack of it that people left him.
    Even if he wants to sell his properties to retain these people, his wife will stop him.
    Sorry, I have to borrow a phrase from Ngiam about wives not allowing million dollar pay civil servant husbands from resigning. No choice, has to be a Yes man or woman, sometimes pretend to voice fervently, never bang the table except against your rival, and ultimately agree (Yes sir yes sir …), like PAP MPs (baring his or her back… with or without the whip).
    Did LKY donate his 38 Oxley? No, his wife stopped him.
    Now it is the centre of contention.
    LHL is going to donate his proceed of its sale. Out of generosity?
    No, a political gambit.
    Ho Ching will stop him somehow even if she earns millions and millions out of taxpayers pocket and they have millions if not billions of $.

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  • Irene Vanessa Wan Si Hung:

    Mmmm. Women. All make use of husband to earn money, while they hold the purse srtings. Don’t be fooled by the gentle exterior. Beneath is a calculative materialsitic brain.

    See those tai tais? Splurge hubby’s money, delegate all drudgery to the maids and kiow kah.

    In cases of divorce, want money. In cases of break up with boyfriend want break up fee.

    And women like to talk about true love. HAHAHAHA.

    Dear CI:
    Chiam may be asset rich, 3 private properties as last count in 1990s, maybe not much hard cash to attract and retain talents like PAP and the PAP government. He does not control the government coffer or can tax the people like in GST.
    If he is willing to spend his personal fortune, his people would not leave him if his wife or even if his puppy becomes the sec gen of the party.
    It is not just his EQ or the lack of it that people left him.
    Even if he wants to sell his properties to retain these people, his wife will stop him.
    Sorry, I have to borrow a phrase from Ngiam about wives not allowing million dollar pay civil servant husbands from resigning. No choice, has to be a Yes man or woman, sometimes pretend to voice fervently, never bang the table except against your rival, and ultimately agree (Yes sir yes sir …), like PAP MPs (baring his or her back… with or without the whip).
    Did LKY donate his 38 Oxley? No, his wife stopped him.
    Now it is the centre of contention.
    LHL is going to donate his proceed of its sale. Out of generosity?
    No, a political gambit.
    Ho Ching will stop him somehow even if she earns millions and millions out of taxpayers pocket and they have millions if not billions of $.

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  • Harder Truths:

    When people criticise others who have done something great – you know they have nothing to show you but a big mouth and a equally big foot to put into it.

    Perhaps his parents had dropped him on his head when he was a baby. He obviously has nowhere else to go but here.

    Such people need your compassion and help. Be kind to the retarded – they know not what they do.

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  • cut and paste is plagiarism:

    cystical incestor ulterior motive masked under fake analysis which is nothing but cut and paste.

    wonder why the pap PA paid IB is so active here in TRE and not in pap petir?

    maybe because paymaster pap PA tells cystical incestor to ply his cut and paste lies anywhere but pap petir.

    pathetic piece of shit.

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