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Vivian Balakrishnan (VB) has apologised

Vivian Balakrishnan

I have read in some online news that Vivian Balakrishnan (VB) has telephoned Leong Mun Wai (LMW) to apologise for some inappropriate comments that he has whispered about LMW in Parliament and LMW has gracefully accepted it. I like what I have read.

Unlike LMW, VB is not a newbie MP but a very experienced one and a key member of lhl’s cabinet. That particular behaviour of his fell far short of parliamentary decorum and to say the least, unfortunate at best and disgraceful at worst.

I sincerely hope that in the next parliamentary session, either the Speaker of Parliament or the deputy Speaker of Parliament could perform his/her duty professionally, without fear or favour and censure VB instead of turning a blind eye, wayang wayang a bit here and there and let this matter dies down because of friend friend.

Our Parliament is a serious place where important matters of the state are discussed, debated and laws are passed. Right thinking and patriots must never allow it to degenerate into a place where unparliamentary languages are used on fellow MPs or when some personal matters are brought forth for airing and are being tolerated etc.

The sorry state of the Taiwanese Parliament or their Legislative Yuan where physical altecations or even outright fighting incidents happened among Taiwanese lawmakers is the result of unmindful indulgence and the lack of firm disciplinary actions to arrest them in their infancy.

If we are not careful and are overly tolerant of ill parliamentary behaviours among its members, over time, it will be one thing leading to another down a slippery slope. There are valuable lessons that we can learn from some Taiwanese parliamentarians and their experiences.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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31 Responses to “Vivian Balakrishnan (VB) has apologised”

  • xoxo:

    Illiterate?
    Do scholarly people behave in such unrefined manner.
    Whats ACS’s MOTTO N TEACHING?
    And,they dare to call sgs racist n xenophobic?
    Thats plain hypocritical.

    *The best( yes,best) IS YET TO BE*.

    GIVEN A CHANCE,LML CAN OUTSHINE VB.
    AT LEAST,LML SHOWS THE GRACIOUS SIDE OF COMMON sgs who have been wrongly branded as racist and xenophobic.
    To me,the root cause of racism and xenophobia stems from UNGRACIOUSNESS,right?

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  • Top brass Pappy Pedantry:

    I heard and saw the speaker of the house grill LMW about whether he supports or does not support FTAs and the CECA in the fashion of a trigger-happy soldier with a sanctioned pistol….. and I was puzzled how that could be right & proper of the supposed adjudicator of parliamentary polemics???
    The speaker should have put his effective linguistic skills to better ameliorate the semantics of that rather prolonged and complex discourse about Singaporeans’ livelihoods…..

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  • Taiwanese version better:

    There’s no need to explain why. Those who don’t understand are those supporting brutality.

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  • So this Vivian is suggesting that RI is a lousy school and those from RI are “illiterate”?

    I think a lot of the MPs and Millisters in parliament also from RI wor, no wonder them standard so low. lol

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  • MarBowling:

    As a previous World Class Minister, Tan CJ was made a SPEAKER OF PARLEEMENT by his Big Boss because HE “SPEAKS” TOO MUCH! Period. Too LOONG Kenna Chui Tak Lan, so now ANYHOW SPEAKS! Pathetic.

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  • Sad mistake:

    Sad mistake…no EQ.
    Not so smart after all…

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  • 90 degree bow:

    Guess it would cost him dearly!

    By extension, the party for which he belongs will not be speared either.

    A sincere 90 degree bow ASAP in the house might help.

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  • Asd:

    I think society should reward good characters instead of good grades obtained via memorising 10 years series and poorly educated persons

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  • DeBarge:

    TRE Techie:
    So this Vivian is suggesting that RI is a lousy school and those from RI are “illiterate”?

    I think a lot of the MPs and Millisters in parliament also from RI wor, no wonder them standard so low. lol

    Although I can’t say VB is an outstanding minister (anybody can point to any significant achievement?), and I don’t know what he is like as a person, I think we shouldn’t make too much of this incident. He was having a bit of fun and engaging in “schoolboy” rivalry, probably ribbing the RI alumni in the cabinet asking “ is the LMW guy one of yours ?”. Everybody knows RI is a premier school. Probably an inside joke like the rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge. To go on and on about this is to become like those glum humourless PAP zombies. Laugh and move on guys. As for the ministers in general, they probably talk about us in private like we do about them. Forget it. There are bigger issues.

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  • Heaven has eyes:

    Seems as tho in PAP world everyone must agree 200% with their naratives…even w/o proof.
    If you have a mind of your own and not agree then they start putting labels on you…
    eg free riders, keyboard warriors, now xenophobic,racist, and illiterate!
    Im sure there were more but i can recall now.

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  • Protect Aliens Party:

    We all came to know of his comments and he apologised only because he was caught on hot mic. Can you imagine most times when he was meeting his counterpart from other countries especially those from the 3rd world, what would he be thinking of them behind their back?
    “He is illiterate”?
    “He must have been to a lousy school”?
    “How much is his pay to be talking to me like that”?

    I read somewhere that even his teacher in the Med school commented that she’s not surprised with his behaviour. Truly speaks volume about the arrogance of this man, no?

    Failure in his parents’ upbringing or the even lousier school that he went to?

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  • he just too buay tahan:

    aiyoh. vovian did not mean to insult Rrrr…I lah ?? he just too buay tahan that ah leong is giving the white monkey idiots a hard time and they chin-bo-engk got to entertain ah leong with all the story-telling answers (or no answers or wayang answers ???) ????

    vovian chin buay tahan until silly remark can come out from the mouth when ‘provoked’ (like some sophisticated adult turned childish ???) ????

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  • Billy ma:

    Out of excesses of ones heart, the mouth speaks.

    If this is what is being talked about not just openly but in parliament, you can guess how much horrible stuffs are being spoken in private.

    And by speaking to one another, it shows that this is a normal group behaviour & characteristics of these people.

    So the often chants about ‘all schools are good school’ is but just horse poo.

    The talks about ‘don’t bully the minority’ is but cat poo.

    Can anything being spoken by these PAP dudes be trusted?

    You decide.

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  • clowns are clowns:

    @ De Barge,
    Just think, if this incident were to happen in the opposition’s camp, all hell would have broken loose!!
    Can you recall the incident of the washing of the hawker ceiling a few years back??
    The WP was hammered left, right and centre in Parliament!! Not only that the whole cabinet was involved in the hammering!!

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  • Asd:

    Tv news still no broadcast on TV leh umbrage f type media hide and hide

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  • John Richards:

    They ought to teach Vivian humility by getting him to clean the toilets at Parliament house for month. While he does that he may be able to wash off some of his own stink.

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  • C wong:

    Ex foreign minister would never have spoken like tt. a statesman status. Vv is like a noveau rich. His eulogy to his late parents so moving, but rings hollow now. Parents were vv nice people I can attest.

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  • C wong:

    No better than ah beng behaviour. Most of us don’t talk like tt.

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  • Some literacy from good school:

    “All that glitters is not gold.
    Hell is empty and all the devils are here…. Love all (human beings), trust a few, do wrong to none.”

    - William Shakespeare

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  • Red dot is surely doomed:

    This arrogant self conceited clown, absolutely no class at all PERIOD

    How on earth did he become a ministar and collecting millions?

    Really mind-boggling!

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  • DeBarge:

    clowns are clowns:
    @ De Barge,
    Just think, if this incident were to happen in the opposition’s camp, all hell would have broken loose!!
    Can you recall the incident of the washing of the hawker ceiling a few years back??
    The WP was hammered left, right and centre in Parliament!! Not only that the whole cabinet was involved in the hammering!!

    I know. But the best thing is to laugh at them. We can’t take this any further, let RI ask for an apology if needed. If they don’t it proves VB’s point in a way. Just be happy the public knows them for who they are. Believe me nobody will forget. Every time VB attacks PSP, people will remember this incident. Won’t serve them well.

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  • Asd:

    I think was continuing the parli lunch conversation with own kind and hungry can’t wait to continue the parli dinner conversation

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  • Advice to cherish . . .:

    Some literacy from good school:
    “All that glitters is not gold.
    Hell is empty and all the devils are here…. Love all (human beings), trust a few, do wrong to none.”

    - William Shakespeare

    -
    Hear ye, Hear ye!
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    They may claim AristoCATs.
    Hot Mic reveal the real AristoCRASS.
    -
    bloody hell – more than 39% should try the Power of the Ballot Box !

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  • No Bola Vivian:

    The proper thing is to apologise to Leong in Parliament. If he refuse to do so, Tan Chuan Jin as Speaker should censure him.

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  • Lie Con u eat shit:

    Remember VIVIAN is not only a name caller but also A LIER he told the public that data from the trace together app will not be used by the police. VIVIAN if you HAVE ANY CONSCIENCE PLEASE RESIGN do not bring shame to your late parents.
    You look down on poor. When more funds were asked to support them scolding YOU WANT TO EAT IN RESTRAURANT,FOOD COURT OR HAWKER CENTER. This hypocrite did not even wink an eye when he over spent 300 million in the youth olympics.

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  • Vivian or Vivien?:

    Be a man and make the apology in Parliament. Grow a pair

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  • Be worthy:

    Lie Con u eat shit:
    Remember VIVIAN is not only a name caller but also A LIER he told the public that data from the trace together app will not be used by the police. VIVIAN if you HAVE ANY CONSCIENCE PLEASE RESIGN do not bring shame to your late parents.
    You look down on poor. When more funds were asked to support them scolding YOU WANT TO EAT IN RESTRAURANT,FOOD COURT OR HAWKER CENTER. This hypocrite did not even wink an eye when he over spent 300 million in the youth olympics.

    A wolf in sheep skin.

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  • Harder Truths:

    This wank*r loves the smell of his own shit. he has failed every test given to him. He believes he is superior to others. He does not need any reason to not feel entitled to his life.

    Yet in Communist Island people overwhelmingly vote for him, idolise him, worship him. How wonderful to be so loved by the downtrodden masses!

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  • Uncle Lim:

    I had known all along PAP fools people with empty slogans. They talked as if they were from
    the priesthood.

    But I had no evidence.

    But it was a matter of time, they tripped.

    All schools are good schools PAP claimed. If so why the medical trained only minister said a school is lousy?

    No one left behind, together one nation etc are all empty and insincere slogans.

    The worse is the National Pledge to build a democratic society. Where’s the roadmap to building one?

    Democracy here is so fake that in the past 50 years no minister or ruling party MP has ever uttered the word democracy.

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  • Real idiotic millister:

    Vivian or Vivien?:
    Be a man and make the apology in Parliament. Grow a pair

    Uncle doesn’t thinking he has a pair.

    One thing for sure, this girlie is pretty good in licking pinky’s pair!

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  • sad:

    Should attack the idea…not the person.
    Show some class leh…

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