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Why the discourse when Ho Ching speaks?

When Ho Ching commented that “we are not there yet, and unlinked cases are still relevant for the purpose of getting a sense whether we are having a runaway gallop or a steady trot”, I am surprised that some Singaporeans feel that she should not have commented just for being the wife of PM Lee.

Her comment was in response to the statement by the Health Minister, Ong Ye Kung, who think that as Singapore has entered a different stage of the battle, and given the high vaccination rate of over 80%, he feels that “unlinked numbers may not be relevant” anymore.

To put things into perspective, it is worthwhile to note that while she may be the wife of our prime minister, she is not the regular “Tai Tai” of someone who is rich and powerful but a woman in her own right, with her own competency and capability, having been the CEO of Temasek.

She has every right to state her opinion on issues when she feels it is important to comment, just like any other Singaporean.

Controversies Over Omitting Unlinked Cases:

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce “MTF” has entangled themselves into controversies repeatedly in the past and the rebuttals from concerned Singaporeans are getting stronger and louder.

For trying to omit the unlinked cases from their daily reporting, some Singaporeans feel that they are trying to conceal the fact that the pandemic is getting out of control.

If anyone is to be blamed, it has to be the MTF themselves for failing to substantiate their decision in the first place and failing to assure Singaporeans sufficiently about it.

If other Singaporeans are allowed to comment, why can’t she?

Mediocrity Vs. Meritocracy:

While it may be true that the performance of those leading the MTF, or the lack of it, may cost them the chance to be our next prime minister, surely no one is going to defend them for being mediocre and go against the fundamentals of meritocracy, which is already a big issue with the present 4G PAP politicians.

What if her statement is her personal response to helping Singapore to right a wrong?

Is she not entitled to speak as a fellow concerned Singaporean even if it risks offending powerful political friends of her husband?

For those who claim that she is doing this to help Chan Chun Sing in becoming the next prime minister, I don’t think she is that stupid or naïve to be doing so as Chan has foolishly and repeatedly antagonized fellow Singaporeans and no amount of Public Relations can ever repair the damages caused.

The only way for Chan to become the next prime minister is for him to be in a position of tremendous power where he could control the parliamentarians within the PAP and force that decision upon Singaporeans, and provided that Singaporeans keep voting for the PAP to stay in power at the next election.

Anyone still think she is naïve or stupid to be trying to save Chan when he is already a lost cause?

Importance In Speaking Up:

An important lesson to be learnt here is that we must have the courage to speak up, and not be intimidated by how uncomfortable that decision may cause us or be limited by who we are.

Rich or poor, power or powerless, man or woman, we all have a role to play in making Singapore a better place for ourselves and future generations.

We are already living in 2021 and it is high time we discard any bias against women for otherwise even the late Princess Diana would not survive a day in being a Singaporean.

Unless Singaporeans can be comfortable in agreeing to disagree, stay constructive in our arguments, then what hope is there for Singapore as a democratic nation going forward?

To return to course as a successful nation, we need to be comfortable admitting where we have gone wrong when it matters, but more importantly, what we can do to right the wrongs and help fellow Singaporeans forward.

In fact, we have to applause Ho Ching for her courage and should start questioning our parliamentarians and civil servants, present and past, about why they are so reluctant in speaking up for the good of our country.

Are we all not Singaporeans and don’t we want what is good for Singapore?

I think it is time for those who are hiding behind the pretext that they are being constrained by their political party or are unable to speak just because they are in the civil service to ask themselves are they not Singaporeans and why can’t they opined on issues that they feel strongly about?

Having an opinion is not about going overboard or making willful allegation but merely stating your honest opinion, factually and honestly, and within logic and reasons.

Speaking up for the truth is also good for your soul.

So let us give Ho Ching a chance and encourage her to speak up more as she too is a fellow Singaporean and being married to the prime minister is not a crime and neither is being rich and powerful a crime, no?

To save a soul or a country, being late is still better than never.

As such, it is always good to encourage one another forward to be more patriotic if we still believe that Singapore deserves better…

 

Joseph Nathan

 

 

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26 Responses to “Why the discourse when Ho Ching speaks?”

  • MarBowling:

    Wayang Kulit at its BESTEST! Period.

    Looks like Mai Hum’s Wifey Holee Jinx has finally shown HER TRUMP oops THUMB CARD! Our World Class Ministerial Trash Force of the 3 STOOGES is SUPPOSED to be FOOLLY oops FULLY IN-CHARGE of EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN IN SinKapore wrt to Covid19 and its variants! Holee Cow and Smoke! Looks like THIS IS NOT THE CASE! Whether shim is the Wifey of Mai Hum or the Grandma of Mai Hum, her Latest and Telling Holee comments on HOW the Daily Report should be DISHED for public consumption is VERY VERY IMPOTENT oops IMPORTANT, OK! The Holee FACT that shim CAN QUESTION(am NOT SURE shim has the BLESSING of her hubby or NOT)the WAY the Daily Report is BEING MAPPED OUT has MEANING:

    1. Apparently Shim is NOT HAPPY with the New Format dished out by the World Class Ministerial Trash Force.
    2. Looks like the New Format didn’t obtain a CONSENSUAL VERDICT AMONGST THE 3 STOOGES. Looks like Son of Wangsa is STANDING VERY CLOSE to shim wrt to the New Format!
    3. This is Shim MOVE TO SHOW STOOGE ONG TOH WHO IS THE BOSS!

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  • #08-193 Huang Ba Dan Always:

    Is there a culture of speaking up?

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  • Smart Nation:

    Could the reason be that It will look bad on TT/Safe Entry if the number of “unlinked” cases keeps going up? They also do not wish to alarm the public. It means that the “fire” is getting out of control.

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  • Lie Con u eat shit:

    I agree with the writer that Ho Chin has the right to express her option on matters that concern our lives. Everyone who is a citizen has the right to comment on policies that concerns them.
    However Ho Chin ENJOYES SPECIAL PRIVILAGES AS THE WIFE OF THE PM. If someone else were to comment on issues the PAP will come hard on them especially if they it was an opposing view.
    Ho Chin appears to be TOO FREE commenting on everything at a drop of a hat. She should be concentrating her energies as being CEO of TH. She seems to be busy posting on face book all the time. After all she is being paid a huge sum of money, so huge that it is a STATE SECRET. Her first priority is to TH AND NOT MAKING COUNTLESS COMMENTS IN FACE BOOK. She has NOT DONE A GOOD JOB AT TH loosing millions. Till today TH HAVE NOT NEVER OPEN THEIR BOOKS.
    Lesser beings like Roy got sacked from TTS hospital when he was commenting on CPF issues during work hours. He was basically doing what Ho Chin is doing.
    Catherine Lim was asked to join a political party if she was to comment on anything.
    So why is Ho Chin SO SPECIAL,JUST BECAUSE SHE IS THE PM’s wife? Is Ho Chin abusing her power as the PM’s wife.

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  • Transparency lah:

    Better to give more data..
    Transparency will build trust…
    Unlink cases is still a good indicator of the spread…

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  • oxygen:

    TRUTHS FOUND MISSING – the change in format of excluding information on unlinked cases from daily reporting is very dangerous gambit with the devil. View in context it gives peasants a blindfolded awareness of what is really fermenting of pandemic spread giving a false sense of security and breeds a carnival sense of false security of “opening up”.

    Joseph Nathan:For trying to omit the unlinked cases from their daily reporting, some Singaporeans feel that they are trying to conceal the fact that the pandemic is getting out of control.

    What is worst, is that peasants are kept in the total darkness of what might be a sudden thunderous implosion of new clusters totally unsuspected of quiet incubation or DELIBERATELY obscured from public knowledge. Peasants continue to throng and pack shopping malls, eateries, public transports in search of “outdoor life” relief – after imprisonment of stress and psychological mental health pressure of forced work from home WHILE THE FIRE OF PANDEMIC RAGES AROUND THEM.

    Then come the sudden shocker DOZENS OF NEW CLUSTERS ERUPTED across the island – more than half the family got infected by the silent spread of one in the family, and everything collapsed around their lives suddenly and hospitals overwhelmed by sudden overload incapable of sustaining care for all.

    WHAT WOULD OFFICIALDOM DO in this plausible scenario?? DIAM DIAM DIAM AND LET THE SICK IN HOSPITAL DIE LIKE FLIES and suddenly even stop reporting on fatality statistics too? Or report 50 new clusters and growing rapidly – with or without another circuit breaker lockdown, urging peasants to accept “realities”?

    PAPpypolitics is ENTIRELY WRONG of this timing of blindfolding peasants information on the unlinked cases which is rapidly escalating alongside with rising tide of breakthrough infections. Opening up our border whilst hiding unlinked cases is playing with fire adding fuel – Israelis have been warned by their govt that inflow of foreigners into that country adds substantially to its pandemic risks vulnerabilities.

    BUT HOW TO PERSUADE PAPpypolitics otherwise?

    Try talking intelligent reasoning with authoritarian stupidity beyond infinity yet again?

    TRUTHS FOUND MISSING INDEED.

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  • oxygen:

    OR SIMPLY TOSS the unvaccinated into the dark bottomless hole of scapegoat blame yet again?

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  • Let her speak:

    Let her speak lah.
    Good for Singapore.
    She is a smart one OK.Also power.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Her motive was clearly to protect her husband from future blame. She is trying to distance her husband from the decision made by the Multi Minister Task Force. Showing the MMTF is independent.

    If that was the case, why the PM cannot step down now. He extended his stay as PM was to see this pandemic through, wasn’t it? He even asked for a super extended runway!!

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  • good timing!:

    The present term of office of the President is coming near to an end. If somebody wants to be a potential candidate, he or she must come out to be heard and to be seen!!
    She is stepping down end of October, timing is just perfect!

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  • Dodo:

    Some mtf will walk or go the way dodo go

    Soon.

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  • opposition dude:

    Ho Ching is the closest thing to being a politician without actually being one. Her claim to fame is that she is the wife of the d**honourable son and that’s it. While it’s true that she is a citizen just like the rest of us it’s also true that due to her position she is a lightning rod for criticism.

    While she is entitled to her own opinion and there will be people agreeing and disagreeing with her it might be too much to say she cares for this country. Since she is the wife of the PM she could influence him to actually make life better for us instead of letting in hordes of non Singaporeans for example. I don’t read about her doing that though.

    At best she is good entertainment, able to fire people up over what she says online time and again. But only if you bother with her though. For those who don’t she is irrelevant.

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  • Joseph Nathan,
    what ? You didn’t hear of good cop, bad cop ? Are you really sane ?

    I ask one simple question, someone rob you legally taking all your assets and rights and then tell you “People should not killed cause killing is a crime”, Are you going to stay cool and say to that person “You are right and I agree with you ” ? Are you even human ? A normal human will lost his cool , anger and curse at that person.

    As a human, you will no longer has respect for that person as he rob you and what he say no longer matter and worthy even if he is right motherhood statement.

    You have Ho Jinx and her stooges been paid $99 millions or more annually that only PAP and own kaki supported, and then she tell you the “Temasek give you free mask, and unlinked cases should be traced?” and agree with her ? Are you [email protected]#[email protected]#k serious ?

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  • Tremendous:

    Report on unlinked cases should resume.
    Yesterday’s total figure was 573. No one wants to wake up
    one day and discover that the unlinked figure for the day is 573.
    Means lobang extremely big already.

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  • You the Truth Arbiter, Nathan?:

    She’s got the rights to speak up. But in any public discourse what’s wrong with getting brickbats notwithstanding whether she is PM’s wife or not?

    Nathan, you trust she speaks the truth? That’s why Singaporeans are in ‘deep shits’ with people like you.

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  • Billy ma:

    So far on this subject, she has been giving very good advise, all common sense stuff but helpful.

    Her explanation on why certain restrictions were made & the reasons why certain area can be less restrictive were clear & easy to accept.

    Sadly this much can’t be said of those PAP dudes & the so-called experts handling the crisis.
    They simply tell all to ‘just do it’.
    It’s all about just do what we said period.

    It’s as if Singaporeans don’t deserve proper explanation as such.

    So on this matter, HC got a A* from me.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    With the big hoo hah on her salary why did she NOT speak up?…Silence is golden keys to the VAULT?…speaking up on Covid involved the VAULT?

    How CONvenient & CONvincing can a Jinx be besides being SHIM (a she or a him)

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  • Protect Aristocrats Party:

    But …. but I understand that Mr Tan KL called people who challenged and disagreed with the govt “clever people” and he says these “clever people” are the problem. Mr Tan seems to mean singaporeans must remain gong gong and just accept and follow everything that the MTF said and told us to do.

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  • Empress Cixi:

    How dare you slaves compare my Higher Edicts from Heaven to your “speaking up”!

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  • Ho Ching Is ACTING:

    I strongly believe that she is acting. How can a PM’ wife go against the policy of the government headed by her husband ? Unless she is not afraid of getting a tight slap from LHL. Maybe LHL may get a tight slap from her

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  • NotMyProblem:

    good timing!:
    The present term of office of the President is coming near to an end. If somebody wants to be a potential candidate, he or she must come out to be heard and to be seen!!
    She is stepping down end of October, timing is just perfect!

    The next elected president must be a woman and named “HO”. Anyone, get ready!

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  • xoxo:

    Imported cases shud be dropped out instead.
    It is NOW ONLY IN LOW SINGLE DIGITS?
    OR,are THEY trying to highlight that local cases are the *CAUSE OF SPREAD* in a subtle way?

    Why stop giving DETAILS?
    HOW MUCH EFFORT DOES IT TAKE TO FURNISH SUCH DETAILS.

    IS 600 CASES *NORMAL*?
    WHAT IF NEXT WE GET 1000 CASES?
    STILL NORMAL?

    OH,WHAT A WORD,*ENDEMIC*.
    THE *NEW NORMAL*???

    TELL YOU IDIOT$ WHAT.
    WE SHALL PUT IN MORE OPPO MPs as the *NEW NORMAL* .

    IS IT NORMAL TO GO FROM NO COMMUNITY CASE TO 600?

    Come on,the COVID IS STILL EVOLVING.
    BETTER TO SAFE THAN SORRY.

    As for *VACCINE* ,IS 4 MONTHS EFFICACY THE NEW NORM?

    Guess MAKING MONEY FROM HUMAN SUFFERING IS THE *REAL* NEW NORMAL???

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  • MarBowling:

    NotMyProblem:
    September 12, 2021 at 3:24 pm (Quote)
    good timing!:
    The present term of office of the President is coming near to an end. If somebody wants to be a potential candidate, he or she must come out to be heard and to be seen!!
    She is stepping down end of October, timing is just perfect!
    The next elected president must be a woman and named “HO”. Anyone, get ready!

    Response: wah lan. VERY VERY PERFECT TIMING! Anyway, SHIM oops Man Proposes, God Deposes!

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  • never thought of this:

    //The next elected president must be a woman and named “HO”. Anyone, get ready!//

    hahaha ??? never thought of this ???? now the white idiots and gang can start to get creative from your idea ????? now woman from maxxx race, next woman from chxxxx race, and the next woman from inxxx race to be fair and applying the tenet of equality (plugged right from our pledge ????) hor ??

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  • MarBowling:

    never thought of this:
    September 13, 2021 at 10:21 am (Quote)
    //The next elected president must be a woman and named “HO”. Anyone, get ready!//

    hahaha ??? never thought of this ???? now the white idiots and gang can start to get creative from your idea ????? now woman from maxxx race, next woman from chxxxx race, and the next woman from inxxx race to be fair and applying the tenet of equality (plugged right from our pledge ????) hor ??

    Response: Good one! on 2nd thought, you have a very Valid Point! Now woman from maxxx race(Halimau),next woman from chxxx race(Holee Jinx), and the next woman from REAL Inxxx race(InrdaKneeJerk)to be fair and applying the tenet of EQUALITY (plugged right from our National Pledge ????) hor ??

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  • leecockyou:

    she was the former shadow finance minister now the shadow health minister and has always been shadow prime minister

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