The general turned politician who has a habit of shooting himself in the foot

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing is more talked about than other Ministers because he’s seldom short of words. The more he talks, the more colourful he becomes.

Unfortunately, the former general has a tendency to become too colourful for his own good and ends up shooting himself in the foot.

His by now infamous remarks that we “don’t have too many sheeps in Singapore to produce cotton” is a great example. It naturally subjected himself to widespread ridicule.

The Minister subsequently took to Facebook to explain that he was told he “spoke too fast.” He added that he had “been thinking for weeks of all kinds of substitutes (including wool from sheep and other animals) that we can use for the various parts of the masks that we produce here.” Then he ended by saying that he “should catch up on some sleep.”

Cannot make head or tail of his Facebook post
His Facebook post is mind boggling. He seemed to attribute three reasons for his cotton comes from sheep remark – spoke too fast, confused state of mind because he was thinking of wool substitutes, and being sleep deprived.

Is he giving all three excuses at the same time or is he asking us to pick one for him? None of it makes any sense.

Did the Minister mean what he said? Right after saying “don’t have too many sheeps in Singapore to produce cotton,” he even sniggered. This shows that he was rather pleased with himself for making the point that there are no sheep in this country for producing cotton.

The Freudian slip in Parliament
You may recall that the Minister also famously referred to then Speaker of Parliament Mdm Halimah Yacob as “Mdm President” twice during the debate on Presidential Election (Amendment) Bill in Parliament in 2017.

The House roared with laughter but it wasn’t funny – she was then rumoured to be the establishment candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election, which she indeed turned out to be.

By calling her Mdm President twice (even though she was Speaker), Minister Chan made a Freudian slip, unintentionally revealing what was in his subconscious. Not so cool, isn’t it?

He also shot himself in the foot early this year. He said his verbal tirade labelling Singaporeans “idiots” and “sia suay” for panic-buying and hoarding was straight talking – calling a spade a spade. Except that it backfired because it transpired that Singaporeans were no different from citizens everywhere else who also resorted to the same “sia suay” behaviour.

Spoke too soon, spoke out of turn
Minister Chan also mocked Hong Kong politicians over the issue of mask-wearing. For this, we know that he ended up eating humble pie because he himself had to eventually wear a mask. In this case, we can say that he spoke too soon and he spoke out of turn.

Early in his political career, the Minister earned the nickname “kee chiu” for asking people to do just that – “kee chiu” being Hokkien for raise your hand. This one is probably a carry over from his army days, when soldiers are frequently asked to “kee chiu.”

When Minister Chan makes his speaking bloopers on home soil, we can say he is being himself and being colourful.

But what happens when he shoots himself in the foot while representing Singapore on the international stage? It’s too horrifying to even think about it.

 

Augustine Low

 

 

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27 Responses to “The general turned politician who has a habit of shooting himself in the foot”

  • TUCK WAN:

    Would anyone want to join this commander in battle?
    Please Kie Chiu !

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  • PAP the Unnationalist Govt:

    CCS has slept for 9 months in his mom’s womb and still tell SG he hasn’t has enough sleep.

    So he defined himself as borned prematurely meaning he needed to sleep more than 9 months, mayb 12 or 15 than deliver.

    What a clown this potential SG 4th generation leader for SG.

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  • TKL's doppelganger Tan Kim Lan:

    Could it be the same ‘slip of tongue’ when he called Singaporeans ‘sheeps’ behind their backs? So it is correct that “don’t have too many sheeps in Singapore to produce cotton”

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  • trublu:

    A face of ARROGANCE AND NO COMPASSION.
    IS THIS YOUR ELECTED LEADER?
    Is he here to SERVE or BE $erved?
    This is the very question WE ALL NEED TO PONDER BEFORE NEXT GE.

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  • opposition dude:

    Well now, can all who agree that Chan Chun Choy please do the following below.

    KEE CHIU and say (scream if you want to for better effect) WHO IS THE SIA SUAY ONE WHO THINKS COTTON COMES FROM SHEEP!!!

    Looks like he never sang Baa Baa black sheep have you any WOOL when he was a child.

    Keep up the comedy hour Chan, we know we will have another funny one from you soon! Steady lah you!

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  • Embarrassed:

    Cotton Comes from Sheep may have a string of
    high-faluting paper degrees, but this is no
    guarantee that he has a brain that works (If
    he did, he wouldn’t be in the PAP and embarassing
    that party by mouthing the idiocy which has
    become his trademark)
    The fellow can’t even give a decent excuse for
    making an embarrassing factual mistake in a speech
    that is supposed to have been carefully prepared!!
    If the PAP had any standards, he would not be
    a member of the party It makes you wonder about
    the quality of the other members

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  • trublu:

    Our 4Gs need to UPGRADE themselves even as they tell SGS MADE JOBLESS BY THEIR XO-DAFT FT POLICY to upgrade themselves?

    The 4Gs are the ones badly in need of UPGRADING.

    GO LEARN FROM VIDEO CLIPS OF 1Gs like GOH KR G SWEE when he was helming MAS.
    NO BLARDY ANG MOH DARED TO TRY N HANKY-PANKY with SGD!

    GO STUDY RAJARATNAM OR EVEN DEVAN NAIR.
    LEARN from the WISDOM N WISE WORDS OF HUMBLE TOH CHIN CHYE.
    Or,the STRONG FIERY BUT STEADY TONES OF LKY.

    4Gs,though MORE SCHOOLED REALLY LEARNT MUCH LESS ?!

    TIME FOR 4G TO UPGRADE.
    BUT AT LEAST NO ONE LIKE GEACE FOOL CALLING SGS XENOPHOBIC.
    SINCE WHEN?L

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  • I can't breathe!:

    Hehe… ownself sabo ownself!

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  • Yayacock said it takes a virus:

    Good riddance that zorro lim xia suay is gone.

    Holy sh*t, it is replaced by another even more xua suay.

    How, how?

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  • AristoCATs - Different Cattle:

    The Boy-General has “high-education” under his belt.

    He is on-the-job training under multi-million dollars salary scheme.
    He is very focused with “strategy” to “sheep” ( the 70% ).

    -
    Blame the end of CircuitBreak leading to Short-Circuit.
    -
    We Remember the Ballot Box !

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  • the hardest truths:

    what to do? we probably got him at a “bargain price” as we were so famously told before. serves us right. if only we had paid more, like maybe a 5 million dollar salary a month, maybe we would have gotten the top of the line 12G minister. now LL bo pien lor!

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  • only fools and sheeps:

    70% taxpayers agreed to vote in these fools in parliament.
    for that kind of money we should be governed by geniuses but sadly we only got clowns.
    sgs, we’ve been shortchanged big time!
    (plural of sheep is still “sheep”…never sheeps.
    he needs to go back to primary one.

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  • Python 5:

    if he has to catch up on sleep, he should try counting sheep. those sheep in his fantasy that can produce cotton.

    Ernie from sesame street counts sheep to sleep.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xONikEykMaU

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  • Asd:

    I think it is a useless bump who cannot stand for itself in an election but have to crawl through the back door with the others

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  • Halimah totally Useless:

    Very very simple.
    Just vote this Paper General Clown OUT OUT OUT !!!
    Damn Sia Suay to be paying million $$$ for Clowns like him.

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  • Just too many idiots:

    No he is under two man only. No opposition to check on him and his peers dare question or say anything politically incorrect to him meh?

    LKY long ago dead and is still dead ok?

    So I think if this calibre is the RPM , what more can we expect from the rest MP who never even asked who independently audits how the withdrawn reserves will be spent in terms of absolute exactness and clarity ?
    They never even questioned JT for the dormitory fiasco. This many tests are spent using Our money and guess where will the money be clawed back from ?

    SunkerPort is a gone farked case

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  • SIPEH COCKY:

    look at the sipeh how lian face!

    boey tahan liao leh!

    with such how lian blokes at the helm,sgs sure kena F JIALAT-JIALAT!

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  • MarBowling:

    THINK his Big Boss Mai Hum has purposely let his MTI(More Than Idiotic)Minister Chan aka Bugs Bunny Chan to make a FOOL of himself now and then, knowing that this Bird Brain joker practically has NO SUBSTANCE or JUICE but a Lot or TALKING ONLY! The more PUTTING his FOOT in his Big CB Mouth incidents by this joker will better for Mai Hum. The RIGHT MOMENT AFTER THE NEXT GE for Mai Hum to get rid of this joker will be when he himself decides to STEP DOWN to let Heng Sweet Cake to squat TEMPORARILY on the Imperial Throne as the Seatwarmer cum 4th PeeM. Instead of the original Game Plan of Bugs Bunny Chan being DPM to Heng, Mai Hum can then say that due to so much adverse public opinion and dislike for CCS(Cotton Come from Sheep), he has decided to make his son, Li Horny as DPM to Heng. As Simon always say: THINK this a POSSIBILITY!

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  • SG Boleh:

    Could he have confused cotton for wool because the word “cotton-wool” is sometimes used to refer to cotton buds? People might be more forgiving towards a kindergarten child for thinking that cotton or cotton-wool comes from sheep! It was an honest mistake, a slip of the tongue or slip of the mind?

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  • Spurm KY:

    Is he correct that Singapore no too many sheeps?

    Goat hair comes from who?
    It’s yew, stupid !

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  • How He Became A General ?:

    I was from the 2nd batch of NS Officer in 1968 . If he was to be under my platoon, I would definitely not recommend him to attend even the Section Leader’s Course.

    Why ? He has no leadership quality at all. He also does not use his brain before talking and has no charisma. I blame and curse the person who recommenmded him to be trained as an officer.

    No wonder nowadays , there are many cockups in the SAF.

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  • Baa, baa, black sheep:

    TUCK WAN:
    Would anyone want to join this commander in battle?
    Please Kie Chiu !

    No way lah.

    This gabra king would bring us to charge up the wrong hill!

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  • Promoted by Nepotism:

    Will he not be angry by the animated gif ? His heart pain how?

    Some people should not be offended unless yew ready for it.

    Anyways, one country hor, a general sank a Titanic like shipment

    They also have lanjiaos giving medical advice without medical credentials.
    They got away with murder because they promoted themselves to best paid and given themselves the title of The arbiter of truth. When they play soccer, they are the defending champion and the referee.
    Never lost a game. 55years.

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  • Josephine Foo:

    Many bad people came from humble families too. Poor upbringing mah

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  • another clown:

    Well, it seems that we have no shortage of clowns to entertain us in this C19 period!!
    Some one should set the ball rolling, to nominate as to which one will win the Oscar for the best entertaining clown of the year!!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    How He Became A General ?:
    I was from the 2nd batch of NS Officer in 1968 . If he was to be under my platoon, I would definitely not recommend him to attend even the Section Leader’s Course.

    Why ? He has no leadership quality at all. He also does not use his brain before talking and has no charisma. I blame and curse the person who recommended him to be trained as an officer.

    No wonder nowadays , there are many cockups in the SAF.

    For a scholar he did not even has to go to OCT. He had problem to strip and assembly a rifle. I am not sure he knew how to hold a weapon.

    Didn’t you see he even taught businessmen how to do business, where he himself got zero experience in any non-government job.

    He was trying to tell people he knew what make up of a mask.

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  • Harder Truths:

    CCS – the real reason why human cloning was banned.

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