Tall Order – A Review

ESM Goh CT’s announcement of his retirement from politics was in the headlines this evening. This is an opportunity to take a look at his legacy and what better place to look than his biography, Tall Order, by Peh Shing Huei. In addition to the usual historical information about Mr Goh and his progress through the familiar pathway, Raffles Institution, scholarship in the US, government linked company, politics etc, there are some very interesting insights into the workings of the PAP (although mainly the 2G PAP) that are timely to examine at the time of a general election.

Mr Goh’s first encounter with Mr Lee Kuan Yew as an adult is reported on page 48 as occurring after Mr Goh returned from Williams College in 1967. When Lee saw Goh, he said, “I am looking for a general factotum” Goh was puzzled and Lee explained “You know, an errand boy”… when Mr Goh told his mentor Mr JYM Pillay that he had been posted as PM Lee Kuan Yew’s personal private secretary (PPS), Mr Pillay put his foot down, reportedly annoyed, saying “I did not send you to Williams College to be his private secretary” and ensured that he returned to the Ministry of Finance’s Economic Planning Unit. The description of this incident in the book must surely trouble the former PPS’s in the current cabinet.

His first electoral contest was in Marine Parade constituency (page 56ff). Mr Goh claimed that the money and manpower he needed for the campaign came from the Chai Chee PAP branch. In Mr Goh’s words, “Party headquarters never offered and Yeoh Ghim Seng was supposed to look after me, but never offered.” Mr Goh still won convincingly with 78.6 percent of the vote but inexplicably, was criticised by Mr Lee Kuan Yew in parliament in Feb 1977 who compared Mr Goh’s performance with the MP for Buona Vista. Mr Lee offered reasons why veteran MP Prof Ang Kok Peng did better than novice Mr Goh but Mr Goh’s own theory was that “the answer is racial”. Thus the seeds of the PAP’s racial politics which became manifest in the Presidential Election of 2017 may have had their roots way back in the mid 1970s.

One of Mr Goh’s earliest acts in Marine Parade was the establishment of resident’s committees with the help of his founding PAP branch secretary Mr Tan Kin Lian (page 68ff). Apparently, that there was a paper put up to a PAP task force headed by Mr Hwang Soo Jin. “… on forming block working committees using policemen who had priority to get their HDB flats as the nucleus. At that time, petty crime was quite rife in the many new housing estates so the idea was to use the police. They were given priority in buying their flats so they would anchor a block and, from there, form a block working committee”. This alarmed Mr Goh as he pointed out that Singapore was already labelled by some as a police state, so he suggested an alternative – a “precinct resident’s committee for which “the police should still be drawn in – but the leaders must be non-policemen”. Mr Hwang reported “of course, to Lee Kuan Yew” who approved the idea. Mr Goh tries to make the distinction between “bonding people which is political” and RCs which were “not directly political” describing how many of the RC members “said they were grassroots leaders and asked not to campaign” during elections. This resulted in the PAP “branch leaders” getting “very angry” at the RC members who did not come to help in the campaign. Apparently Mr Goh had to intervene to educate the PAP branch leaders on the distinction between party and grassroots. It is not clear if that still happens.

The search for new PAP leaders after independence is described in a series of waves (page 76ff). Quoting from Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s autobiography, the first wave, in the 1970s is described as the rise of activists from the party branches, election volunteers etc which was “discovered” to be “dreadful”. The next wave was to select PhDs for PAP party roles but that “failed to pay off” and so in 1976, the “talent search” pivoted to technocrats. This may explain the current wave from the military and government linked companies.

There are also fascinating insights into the “camps” within the PAP which have previously been the subject of much speculation but rarely discussed openly. In response to the book author’s question about opposition within the party to the rise of the technocrats, Mr Goh says (page 89) “Toh Chin Chye, Ong Pang Boon and that camp never got involved with us. Goh Keng Swee – that was Lee Kuan Yew’s camp – Rajaratnam, Lim Kim San, Ho Sui Sen and so on, they were supportive of renewal ” One wonders what are the 4G equivalents of the 1G camps!

Mr Goh recounts (page 92ff) discontent about the selection of PAP candidates for the 1984 GE which Mr Goh describes as the “most awkward experience” of his political career. He had to take back the election manuals from MPs who were removed from the slate just before the election. The loss of face for the MPs who had previously told their “branch people” that they were safe from the cuts obviously pained Mr Goh who explained that he was merely carrying out Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s orders. When the biographer asks Mr Goh the rationale for this unusually cruel act, Mr Goh let loose one of the most interesting parts of the book. He writes “that is the nub of the story. If you let them know too early, Toh Chin Chye, Ong Pang Boon and a few others might organise a protest. They might leave the party and fight us. In other words, LKY was not sure whether they would do it or not…” When the biographer seems somewhat incredulous that Mr Lee was afraid of a PAP split in 1984, Mr Goh clarifies “if you knew Lee Kuan Yew, you knew what he had gone through when Barisan split from the PAP. After that he did not trust anyone fully in politics.”

When pressed on the reasons for a possible split, Mr Goh points out the elite views of Mr Lee versus Dr Toh who had greater faith in the party activists. When Dr Toh told Mr Lee about the branch activists who could become MPs, ” Lee Kuan Yew would just laugh”, according to Mr Goh as he thought that the activists would be “like UMNO, just groundwork and getting votes and so on”, rather than suitable for ministerial positions.

Mr Goh led the campaign for the 1979 by-elections and the 1980 GE where the PAP increased its vote share to 77.7 percent. However, his rise in the party was unexpectedly checked. In the CEC after the 1980 GE, Mr Goh was “widely expected” (page 95 ff) to cement his position as “first among equals” among the “second generation leadership” but instead Dr Tony Tan was moved above him as first assistant sec-gen. Mr Goh recalls that “LKY told me he wanted to make Tony the first assistant sec-gen, so I said okay”. As the biographer reiterates ” Lee asked Goh if he minded but did not tell him why he was pushing Tan ahead of him, leaving Mr Goh to speculate on the reasons.

Mr Goh’s account of the historic 1981 Anson by-election is even more striking. He describes (page 102) PAP candidate Pang Kim Hin as an “ah siah kia” (rich man’s son) and similar to Ms Tin Pei Ling in the 2011 General election. After Mr JB Jeyaratnam’s victory – the PAP MPs were gathered for a post-mortem. Apparently the “younger MPs wanted to do the right thing by ” British parliamentary rules – accept it and shake his hand…” and hand over the resources such as the community center (page 109ff). The response was swift. “LKY and the older ones” said “We keep it, this is our base. You pass it on to him, he would be entreched and we would never win Anson back again.” Thus the policy of using the publicly funded resources in the People’s Association to preserve the political privileges of the party in power became part of Singapore’s political culture.

The subsequent account of Mr Goh’s time at the ministry of health includes an unusual description of the leadership of the Ministry (page 136ff). Apparently, Mr Lee Kuan Yew had wanted to remove Dr Toh Chin Chye as minister of health and also Mr Howe Yoon Chong as minister of defence. For some reason, according to Mr Goh “LKY had to park Howe somewhere, (so) he chose the health ministry”. Mr Goh then accepted the position of ” second health minister” but he was “wise” and “never stepped into the Health Ministry”. The reason given was that if Mr Goh ” attended meetings as Second Health Minister, it would be like spying on him to report to Lee Kuan Yew” apparently “to make sure he did not do crazy things”. This makes one wonder if this practice continues and how many if any of the current ministers “never step into the ministry” they helm to avoid being seen as “spying” for the Prime Minister.

The account of Mr Goh’s selection as Prime Minister designate is also fascinating – it was not at a formal meeting of the party Central Executive Committee. Instead (page 149ff), Mr Tony Tan (then the Asst Sec Gen) invited 11 PAP Leaders to his home – seven ministers three ministers of State and “rookie Lee Hsien Loong who had just entered politics”. Mr Goh was apparently not there when the decision was taken over “coffee, orange juice and chocolate cake”. This was a decision which was reportedly “already settled” by the time Mr Goh arrived for his chocolate cake. This was reported in Petir in 1987 by Mr Jayakumar.

In reviewing the Dec 1984 leadership decision, Mr Goh addressed the question of the “rookie” head-on in the book. In response, Mr Goh said “Lee Kuan Yew was a very Machiavellian leader. After a while, it was possible that Lee Hsien Loong would take over. How would you know?” In an unusual commentary on the position of a deputy prime minister in a constitutional democracy, the biographer reports “He (Mr Goh) was well aware that an overreach by him would have led to his head being chopped”. (page 153)

Mr Goh goes on to describe how he “brought Mr Lee Hsien Loong” into politics, taking pains to show how it was not Mr Lee Sr directly but indirectly through Mr Goh and interestingly enough through a letter from a Cambridge mathematics professor which Mr Lee Kuan Yew “asked to be read” at a cabinet meeting to persuade Mr Ong Pang Boon and Mr Toh Chin Chye who were opposed to a “dynasty which would be bad for the PAP and for the country”.(page 161) Mr Goh describes his thinking as such, “If I did not suggest Hsien Loong then he (Mr Lee Kuan Yew) could have said “My God, this fellow is afraid of competition”. He says that Mr Lee Sr did not want his son to succeed him directly as the “gears would clash” so he needed someone who Goh jokingly called a “lubricant” rather than the more widely used and more pejorative term “Seat warmer”.

Another revealing incident describes the re-arrest of the so-called Marxist conspirators after they had issued a statement denouncing their arrests. Apparently Mr Lee Kuan Yew was very angry with Mr Goh for taking 24 hours to re-arrest the detainees. Mr Ahmad Mattar describes being “embarrassed and infuriated” by Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s comment at the cabinet meeting that followed that “If Loong is not my son I would have asked him to take over from you now”. Mr Goh acknowledged the disagreements of his cabinet colleagues Mr S Dhanabalan and later Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam about the arrests but remains convinced that he had to do it.(page 207ff) although he still does not provide any evidence of the threat they posed.

Although Mr Goh reports that the one person he would not want to meet and hold a conversation with is Dr Chee Soon Juan, he does pay Dr Chee an unexpected compliment by saying that Mr Lee Kuan Yew liked to say (page 221) “that without the GRC , Teo Chee Hean on his own, standing in a single ward, might not win against somebody like Chee Soon Juan”

And that, is the most intriguing thing about this book to the readers of this website. The 2G PAP were so afraid of independent minds like Dr Chee that they set up the GRC system, the 4G PAP are still so afraid of Dr Chee and the others like him that they are holding an election during a pandemic with severe limitations on access to voters etc. This time hopefully the people of Singapore will say “enough!”

 

Paul Tambyah

 

 

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25 Responses to “Tall Order – A Review”

  • We won't miss Lao Goh:

    Today’s shitty times editor said Sg owe debts to retiring politico chaps like woody.

    Hello, this extra senike man amasses multi millions but still fails to deliver his promises to sinkies, Swiss standard of and world cup 2010.

    Even when woody eventually goes 6 feet under, he still owes us these two items.

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  • trublu:

    And,maybe,GOH PEANUTS forgot to tell us LKY might have been afraid BOY GEORGE was more well internationally recognised than his son?

    Branch pays for GEs?
    So thats why many GEA$$LOOTERS ARE BUSINESS owners getting PBM N BBM for donating $$$?
    In return,get personal benefit$?

    Anyway,4G needs to strip off their skirts like GRC,POFMA N PAPple Association(PA) in order to be able to STAND ON THEIR OWN!

    DR CHEE,they are really afraid of your abilities.

    I kee chiu for you!

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  • opposition dude:

    Thanks for sharing the interesting tidbits from the book. In my opinion Goh retiring shows he does not have much faith in goondu Loong or stroke man Heng. That excuse about being 80 is just a smokescreen to me. Goh has been around for decades and he knows how to play the game. Better to abandon ship than to sink with it is the thinking.

    The PAP is always afraid of competition despite always telling us of their oh so great achievements. If you aren’t cowards then you fight fair since only cowards who are insecure about their abilities need to plat dirty after all.

    So with Goh biding farewell let us give the second PM something to remember by kicking out as many of the 4G as possible!

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  • Thnk you, prof Tambyah:

    Some much of dirty, smelliness and underhands for CGT to package it so nicely and presentably. But dirt, smelliness and underhands nonetheless.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    All said and spun in his book…

    he was a seat WARMER and Gutless or Balless, as PM to STAND UP against a bast**d who calls the shot even when he NO longer can Stand & Pee on his OWN…

    taking insults with the way the Hokkiens says in Indonesia…

    “Spit a shameless & thick face idiot in the face and he will NOT wipe it but wait for the wind to dry”…

    the Stinking spittal from non-other than a stinking bast**d’s filthy mouth…

    Add the Cock & Bull he spin as PM… a caring leaving no one behind, Swiss Standard and World Cup finals by 2010…

    Where and when???…this is 2020 ten years AFTER…a Big Fat “0″ besides collecting and parisite on the People saying he could have earned MORE outside the Govt…oh Yeah??? Hypocritical Parasite

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  • Interesting Insight:

    Interesting insight..
    As one chapter close…another chapter open..
    Interesting to see what will happen after 10 July…

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  • Tallee:

    It remains a TALL ORDER!

    Where is the Swiss standard ….for the people?

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  • oxygen:

    AND YES, of course, DR CHEE’s INTELLECT is a cut above PAPpypolitics – that is why they “FIX” him.

    Voters had better wake up and repent this time in 2020.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    “If Loong isn’t my son, I would ask him to take over from you now”, LKY said to Goh Chok Tong, but within the privacy of a Cabinet meeting. But I recall an occasion when LKY was asked about his son’s being Deputy PM. “If he were not my son, he would be Prime Minister now”, LKY replied! Now, this was in public, reported by State media next day. No qualms undermining his own appointee PM in full public view. Responsible leadership? Political acumen?

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  • trublu:

    Yep,FOR GCT,IT WAS A TALL ORDER,FOR sgs,IT WAS A SHORT CHANGE?!

    GCT HAS SINNED AGAINST SGS WITH HIS $IN INCORPORATION.

    He leaves without making amends.
    He will have bad karma somehow or other.
    Karma follows you.
    If you do good good karma comes your way.
    In GCT’S CASE,he has caused hardships to many good n honest sg-workers n their families who built SG together with 1G like Dr Goh,Hon Sui Sen,Toh Chin Chye n others.

    Gct retires with A TALL STACK OF $ while many sgs n their families fell back to where they first started or worse???

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  • trublu:

    And yes,GCT n his family has attained more than $wi$$ $tandard of LIVING while many sgs have been relegated to THIRD WORLD?
    GCT,WHAT DO YOU THINK IS YOUR REAL KPI?

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  • Bernard:

    Good day Sir Paul Tambyah,

    Party name is just an outer coating. Like wearing and changing clothes daily, giving a house a fresh paint works occasionally etc..
    The HEART is the essence of a REAL PERSON/LIFE.
    Hence, Important is the PERSON – NOT the PARTY.

    A Person of Honesty and Integrity is the virtue of a Formitable and Strong Foundation for good Moral Values and Righteous Principles. Even sorry is a good virtue. Arrogance, Aloftness, Self-centeredness, Irresponsible, Unaccountable, Dishonorable, Self-paying ivory tower living wages etc. are NOT ACCEPTABLE in our country, SINGAPORE. These lot must be removed and eradicated.

    Current PAP incumbents are all Wolves in Sheep clothing with; Words manipulation, Half truth, Constitution changes, CPF withdrawal curbed, HDB zero value after 99 years, using Citizens name to draw down on our National Reserves of 93 Billion etc.. without any Public debate and/or Transparency and Accountability made available for an Independent scrutiny, is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE regardless of, a Democratic or Communist State.

    When President Ong Teng Cheong asked for details, 56 man years needed.
    How is it that the PAP Parliament elected INDIAN turn Malay Muslim President have the data now in 2020?
    An Independent State Commission of Inquiry (SCOI) is Required.
    Has 56 man years arrived since President ONG’s request was made?

    Give the PAP GCT and LHL government failures with no transparency and accountability resulting, in our current divides and horrendous situation (COVID 19), it’s only appropriate that, “We the citizen’s of Singapore ” take stock, remove and eradicate the current PAP incumbents/government for their total failure in securing a decent and possible future life for all Singaporeans “regardless of Race, Language or Religion” and not just for the self-centered, self-serving elitist filled with Greed, Arrogance, Aloft ness etc..

    Let’s sent a VERY STRONG MESSAGE TO THE CURRENT PAP INCUMBENTS THAT, WE SINGAPOREAN CITIZENS DOES NOT ACCEPT, AGREE and/or CONDONE THEIR WAY OF GOVERNANCE namely,
    (1) Withholding our CPF, Minimun sum, Medisave etc..
    (2) HDB is ZERO upon reaching 99 years
    (3) Using our National Reserves for non Singaporeans and Non Singaporean companies
    (4) Mega National projects with no citizen’s knowledge of an independent auditing, transparency and accountability.
    (5) Zero responsibility and accountability on Public funds used/wastage (golden dustbin, YOG, HSR etc..
    (6) AIM saga
    (7) More…….

    Hopefully, a better check and balance Parliament exist in the coming 2020/20i21 Parliamentary session.

    VOTE OPPOSITIONS TO HAVE A BETTER SINGAPORE FOR ALL AND ENSURE TRANSPARENCY, FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY BY ALL POLITICIANS AND THE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS.

    GOD SAVE US ALL SINGAPOREAN FOR OUR BETTER LIFE AND FUTURE.

    THANK YOU

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  • ganeshsk:

    Chee Soon Juan . Even LKY was afraid of him

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  • MarBowling:

    So the Hard Truths about the Old Coot Lee Kayu is revealed by his supposedly Errand Boy cum Seatwarmer cum 2nd PeeM Woody CHOKing Tong. So it’s NOT speculation but the Hard Truths that Lee Kayu although he had stepped down as the 1st PeeM, he was ACTUALLY the POWER CONTROLLING FROM behind the Imperial Throne. Woody CHOKing Tong although feeling swelled-headed squatting on the Imperial Throne, was ACTUALLY a PUPPET with a LOONG STRING! EVERYTHING under the Sun had to be forwarded and VETTED by Lee Kayu before IMPLEMENTATION by Woody! Holee shits!

    Not surprising he is also the Hidden Hand when his DSon Mai Hum became the 3rd PeeM. THINK towards the LAST few years of life on plant earth when he couldn’t EVEN stand up or pee, the Hidden Hand eventually went limbek before he FINALLY gave up. This Explained why without the Handholding by his Big Daddy, Mai Hum is just a useless BUM. He has to DEPEND on his so-called TALENTED wifey Holee Jinx to take over Lee Kayu’s TASK AND ALL THE UNFINISHED AND UNFULFILLED JOBS! Period.

    VOTERS IN THE COMING PANDEMIC ERECTION, VOTE WISELY TO PREVENT THE PERPETUAL GRIP OF POWER BY THE FAMILEE DIENASTY.

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  • Sojoürner:

    I would have thought, given the legacy that attaches to Mr. Goh and, specifically, his controversies over his decades of prominence which Paul rightly references, that would argue for an especial rigor and a degree of background vetting prior to his making the decision to writing his biography.

    Certainly, if nothing else, that could have preemptively forestalled any possibility of the charge being leveled against him by many of its readers that its foremost mission is to serve as a dissemination medium for the received wisdom espoused by a small closed circle of the political and commenting class.

    Regardless, we ourselves can’t judge others because our judgement isn’t perfect. But I think judging actions instead of people will make the world a better place. Mr. Goh has been given far too much credit for qualities that he does not, in fact, demonstrate, qualities only projected from the observer’s wishes that they exist; they do not. His ‘agonized’ routine with his mentor was for his persona that would serve him in office. One is more concerned that he thinks the ‘unmentioned’ nepotism is acceptable.

    This article also summarizes his proposition succinctly by asserting centralized political power grants power to other centralized structures.

    Political power could be “encouraged” to use distributed structures by enabling comprehensive citizen participation in government, industry and democracy through networks of people.

    Candidates elected to office would be sworn to pursue these issues before any others and devote most of their energy to them to the utmost power of their office. Did Mr. Goh accomplished that in Parliament during his tenure as MP? And with the establishment of resident’s committees and help of his founding PAP branch secretary Mr Tan Kin Lian. How’s that?

    There are more points to be made about this, but I think it’s all been said, and well, by other Commenters.

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  • force to be reckon with!!:

    Dr. Chee, on his own, is already a force to be reckoned with!!
    Which minister in the PAP lineup dare to take him on one to one in debate and argument!!??
    The very fact that he has been sued by 3 PMs shows how scared the clowns are of him!!

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  • Big Red Nose:

    ”by saying that Mr Lee Kuan Yew liked to say (page 221) “that without the GRC , Teo Chee Hean on his own, standing in a single ward, might not win against somebody like Chee Soon Juan””’
    SDP do not need a manifesto.
    Put this on all the posters.
    Big Nose —where to hide now.
    GRC have prevented the better candidates from coming into Parly.
    We could have got an Ivan.
    Papigs should have been thrown out the moment they started GRC.
    It was Party before Country.
    We now have very expensive and useless flower vases like TinPot; ditto for all other papig MPs—who toe the line for $16K and pension.
    Other countries MPs’ clarion call may be ”For People, For Country’.
    Pap MPs’ Clarion Call —’For $16k, For Pension, Thru GRC’

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  • Eddie:

    The rightful title of gct book should correctly be: Take Order The Short Changed Story!! Promise of Swiss Standard for Sporeans at large is still broken; perhaps the Swiss Standard applies to himself – Ownself Swiss Ownself. Anyway he has to GOh as his name says: Of No Use or Useless!!

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  • Woody Goh is a failure:

    Woody Goh’s book Tall Order does not mention the Swiss Standard of Living he promised. Why? It was really a “tall order” which Woody Goh could not deliver. I suspect the reason is the required restructuring of the economy to achieve a Swiss Standard of Living could see a temporary drop in GDP (a “religion” for LKY). GCT knew it will not be tolerated by LKY and he will be promptly removed as PM and replaced by LHL.

    BTW, Lee Kuan Yew’ books do not mention his disastrous Stop @ 2 policy.

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  • Anonymous incognito:

    So Lee Kean Yew was a classist snob. And o fearful of Dr Chee that they invited the GRC to that him.

    How much has Singapore lost by not having JBJ and Dr Chee in Parliment. Singapore would’ve certainly been a much more pleasant place to live and raise a family

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  • Great Asia:

    Ah Goh is a career seat warmer. He is stepping aside for LEE to become the Minister Mentor.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • MarBowling:

    Big Red Nose:
    June 29, 2020 at 9:22 pm (Quote)
    ”by saying that Mr Lee Kuan Yew liked to say (page 221) “that without the GRC , Teo Chee Hean on his own, standing in a single ward, might not win against somebody like Chee Soon Juan””’
    SDP do not need a manifesto.
    Put this on all the posters.
    Big Nose —where to hide now.
    GRC have prevented the better candidates from coming into Parly.
    We could have got an Ivan.
    Papigs should have been thrown out the moment they started GRC.
    It was Party before Country.
    We now have very expensive and useless flower vases like TinPot; ditto for all other papig MPs—who toe the line for $16K and pension.
    Other countries MPs’ clarion call may be ”For People, For Country’.
    Pap MPs’ Clarion Call —’For $16k, For Pension, Thru GRC’

    Response: well said. GREAT summary of the Main Characters in the HISTORY of Sinkapore from 1959 to date! Have to check out whether the Book “TAKE ORDER” by Woody CHOKing Tong is still on sale at one of the 2nd Hand Book Stall at Bras Brasah Complex!

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    They say he has been only a “seat warmer”. Perhaps they have a point. LKY scolded him during a Cabinet meeting, “If Hsien Loong weren’t my son, I would replace you with him now!” Also (now I recall better), during a televised interview, probably BBC Hard Talk, before the world, when asked whether his son’s being then Deputy PM to Goh meant it was intended for him to be PM, LKY said, “If he were not my son, he would be PM now”. Both incidents reveal an important reason Goh had been made PM, ie. functioning only to offset the perception of some dynastic motivation in Loong’s succeeding LKY immediately. In other words, to “warm the seat” till a more politically expedient time. For clearly LKY meant “You aren’t good enough, while my son is, and the reason why you are PM is only that it looks bad for my son to be PM now, and that’s why you are!” More, it might be, also, that Goh’s being retained as SM had been, inter alia, because LKY wasn’t going to retire but was to wield powers as SM, then MM? So, to avoid the perception of LKY’s unwillingness to give up power, Goh’s likewise remaining as SM had been to give LKY’s remaining an appearance of normalcy? And when they made LKY MM, Goh too had to follow somehow, and they created M Emeritus? So now that LKY is dead, Goh’s retirement, either voluntary or otherwise, is accepted. No further need for SM or whatever. Remember that NDP some two years ago, where they wanted and got LKY to arrive in a motorcade? Then Goh had to be so driven in also! Whom did they really want to honour?

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  • Still waiting:

    Still waiting for our Swiss standard of Living..
    Mr Goh..please don’t run away.
    Fulfilled your promise..
    Also keep our HDB value..up..up..up…not zero at the end.

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  • blueview:

    Woody k*ll*d our rice bowl together with George Yeo with CECA and Caucasians and all other foreigners. Woody once said “it is nice to see Italians and mix of other races in his neighbourhood”. He prefers foreigners than Sporeans. He also mentioned that he would like to see Sporeans begging for their jobs on the streets!!!

    While he retires, let’s not forget what he has done to Sporeans livelihood.

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