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Critical evaluation of the 3 clowns

This is the kind of question that you don’t get from our mainstream media, ranked 160th in the world and even behind countries like Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.

It is quite shocking that PM Lee had given such a weak response which is no different from what he had previously said – that he was trying to “build a team” that complements each other. Mind you, it has been almost 8 months since Heng stepped down as the 4G leader and we are still hearing the same old story.

During the first transition, we know that LKY had a few choices – Tony Tan, Dhanabalan and eventually Goh Chok Tong became the leader as he was a clear ‘first among equals’ with the backing of his cabinet colleagues.

What is worse is that there are rumors that some of the 4G ‘leaders’ cannot get along together, particularly Chan and Ong. Both have different power bases, and this could potentially escalate into a power struggle.

Is PM Lee deluded in this case, or is he just giving a politically correct answer to the international media? Mind you, they are not as easily accepting as the 160th media in Singapore.

Today, the sadder truth is that none of the three clowns from the list of frontline candidates can establish themselves as the ‘first among equals’ even though it is clear since April that a new ‘top man’ is needed.

I will critically evaluate them one by one.

Ong versus Wong versus Chan

Chan Chun Sing – this man reeks of public dislike and scorn due to his looks and demeanour. This became worse after a leaked audio clip revealed that he was calling Singaporeans names during a close door conference with business leaders.

Even if he is seen as the favorite of PM Lee, how would the electorate give PAP the mandate with him as the lead? Bearing in mind that he appears to lacks clout on the international stage, where some Chinese leaders were seen sleeping during one of his speeches.

Ong Ye Kung – If you think it cannot get any worse than Chan, this man is arguably the most hated in Singapore in 2021 given his poor handling of the pandemic. Even PAP supporters were willing to publicly denounce his ‘flip prata’ policies, poor oversight, and weak enforcement.

To think he could display such arrogance in the past by saying that we are better off as a one-party state when he is doing nothing concrete as Education Minister and As Transport Minister!

His current stint as Health Minister is a complete flop and I am certainly not surprised at market talk that he would be asked to step down by the next elections.

Lawrence Wong – Although this man seems to be the most affable of the lot, it is one thing to be popular and another level to lead the country altogether. This man had been in cabinet for only 7 years, which is much shorter than the time Goh or Lee had to prepare as DPM.

What is more glaring is the fact that he appears to lack proven experience in the private sector as he was a career civil servant all his life. As the leader (if at all), he would also lack key experience in international relations and with the military – this could be detrimental in an era where geopolitics is getting more complicated.

In short, none of these three clowns have full capabilities to take over the next premiership. It is even more shocking that PM Lee can give such a basic answer which fools no one except a compliant local media and unthinking Singaporeans.

Under PM Lee’s governance, we have seen our country regress into a place where the rich have everything , while the poor cannot even afford their next meal. The middle-class is getting squeezed & suffering badly as well, with incessant cost of living rises in everything from electricity to bus fares to COEs.

How will the next clown fare any better?

Isn’t this the case of good, to bad, to now having a choice between worse, worse or worse?

 

Prabu

* Article first appeared on Real Issues in Singapore.

 

 

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28 Responses to “Critical evaluation of the 3 clowns”

  • limpei:

    3 of them all failed miserably. only Tharman can be candidate for PM.

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  • Harder Truths:

    There are three monkeys in a zoo. You are asked which one is the smartest. They all look alike, talk alike and behave the same. You cannot give an answer because it could be any one of them.

    But does it matter? At the end of the day you are still talking about monkeys in the zoo.

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  • Degradation of a Power Cult:

    Say Prabu, if you pay peanuts you get monkeys; if you earn below $500,000/year you’re too mediocre… so may I venture a guess as to the nature of these three creatures (& by extension the whole lotta them)?

    How about “Kayu Sombong Gila Wang”?

    Almost any sect or cult will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so. The Pappies have done just that with the MachiaveLee cult – the Attorney-General, Auditor-General, President profess which Corporate creed?

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Under PM Lee’s governance, we have seen our country regress into a place where the rich have everything , while the poor cannot even afford their next meal. The middle-class is getting squeezed & suffering badly as well, with incessant cost of living rises in everything from electricity to bus fares to COEs.

    Confirmed boh ? If say like that why WP and PSP not sounding the bell.

    Sounds like as if many people cannot have a simple meal e.g. Chicken rice or economic rice or nasi lemak or bread ( if you can cook fried eggs or french toast ) ?

    Of course no denying there will be a certain percentage of poor facing problems.

    But just look at the take up rate of HDB at prime areas.

    11 11 so many packages delivered to so many estates. You observe the amount of carton boxes dispose at void deck bin or recycle bin.

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  • 3G again or totally new:

    Why must be 1 of these 3?
    3G still very young. Biden is almost 80!

    Why must be from PAP?
    We Singaporeans want to get someone with fresh idea. Not another fixated on 10 million population.

    limpei:
    3 of them all failed miserably. only Tharman can be candidate for PM.

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  • opposition dude:

    One of these 3 monkeys will be PM……..or maybe not?

    Never underestimate PAP to do the unexpected. For all we know the next PM might not even be 1 of these donkeys and be simply announced as THE ONE with report after report praising said person of exceptional capability and foresight, never mind the fact that this person hardly is mentioned and might not even be a minister currently.

    If 1 of these 3 bums does become PM it’s not a big deal too because none of them have got what it takes for the job. And none have ever been impressive so who would want to support them except for the kiasees?

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  • Trust only myself:

    Now learn a better description to replace stupid guys and goons…………..”unthinking Singaporeans”.

    Of course the three liars if in another country cannot even be elected as MP, how to be PM?
    Only unthinking Singaporeans don’t think so.

    They do not have spares because usually if there are some with potential very likely they will be charged for “crimes” and lock up without trial and sometimes can be for more than 30 years…….

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  • Chara:

    DPM also don’t want already.PM worse!

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  • Taiyongong:

    The United States of America has more than five hundred and sixty thousand homeless people, they are still the best governed country in the world.

    There are definitely people in Sinkiland who are homeless and don’t know if they will have food for the next meal, that doesn’t mean that the 4G could not measure up.

    So far, the 4G has done well. They are capable leaders who could safeguard Sinkiland in the decades to come.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    “… even though it is clear since April that a new ‘top man’ is needed….”

    April 2021? 2020? Again, this is not the whole picture. Already in Jan/Feb 2018, Ah Goh already warned Ah Loong to get moving on the 4G succession issue, even advising him to settle it BY END 2018. Of course that led to a public spate between the two, showing all is not well in PAP. And now almost end 2021, the 4G succession is still in limbo. Whose fault (or incompetency), hor?

    It is wrong also to focus on the 4G’s 3 clowns because who brought in clowns? Chan, Ong and Wong are all “Ah Loong’s men” so to speak, only Heng was a leftover from the 1G/2G teams – and he “declined” to be the 4G leader (read: “declined” in quotes – power struggle?).

    It is said that only a leader can produce another leader. Of course, a leader might only produce a good follower – that’s what happened with the 2G. Now, how can a good follower produce a leader for SG? At best a good follower can only produce another good follower. At worst (or near worst), a good follower produces a Failure dressed as a mediocre leader – that’s what happened with the 3G. So it is not surprised that we now have a Failure/fake mediocre leader producing CLOWNS for the 4G. And ppl still wonder why the oft question that a regime/dynasty seldom last past 3 generations, hor.

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  • oxygen:

    POLITICAL GROOMING IS NEVER GOING TO WORK – it is all in history and in the corporate world too.

    Why?

    Because the longevity-ending soon-to-depart choose who he/she likes, not what is best for the shifting circumstances of stormy turbulence in the geopolitical and economic landscape (and now the pandemic to add to the confusion turmoil).

    There are evidences in research that apart from family/dynastic kinship pre-set, political succession is likely to be, subconsciously, more intriguing than beauty contest – EXACTLY LIKE SPOUSAL CHOICES. How many times when you walk on the street and notice couples that looks MORE LIKE brother/sister than husband/wife coupling? Just walk the busy streets and shopping malls in LEE-jiapore.

    Who choose a life-long spouse (not a date of benefit arrangement) that in his/her mind looks more like a monkey face than a human beauty (of his/her imagined self-beauty construct)?

    I KNOW THIS IS A BIT OF EXTRAPOLATION – but it is true reflection and psychological dynamic – subconsciously at least – WE CHOOSE WHO WE LIKE, NOT WHO IS BEST FIT FOR THE JOB!

    And remember this, throughout history, the emperor’s throne is rotational. Why? Because grooming is based on the presumption that there is no better ones available and waiting to be invited or ascend on his/her own momentum (the throne is reserved!!) to handle the challenges that is compelling.

    ONCE THAT FAILED, THE CONSEQUENCES IS DURABLE OF LASTING DAMAGE very difficult to reconstruct to future beneficial fruitful outcome.

    And who would groom and protect the next ascendancy if he/she know that his/her successor is going to be carrying a big broom to sweep clean at the next baton change opportunity of his/her legacy/history? Or worst still, the next incumbent – instead of clapping on his/her same butt*ck of stupidity – is going to throw a bucket of excrement at the soon-to-be-departed mentor’s failed history?

    Not likely, right?

    The world outside is shifting of turbulence, political grooming seeks to maintain the status quo of continuity, HOW CAN POLITICAL GROOMING EVER GOING TO WORK in this turbulent world of DISCONTINUITIES?

    When the political architecture (GRCs by design let worms crawling in) fails, how can the engineering (building) not collapse in a crisis (earthquake/pandemic) management/mismanagement?

    I see a horizon of hopelessness forward!

    Just look at this – the pandemic containment promise of zero-covid shifted to living with endemic and the extent of cunning public delusion of mass deception via POWERFUL SOPHISTICATION of simplicity and specious mathematic now going on in the pandemic mismanagement.

    Just read this TRE article, as one example, for your own informed judgment.

    https://www.tremeritus.net/2021/11/20/how-did-moh-arrive-at-the-death-figures/

    Is the point statistics of X fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants meaningful?

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  • Naked Truth:

    There blind mice running around blindly going no where. The blind is leading the blinds.

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  • Kasi:

    Planets of the apes disguised as Human.

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  • KT2:

    Limpeh said only Tharman can be candidate for PM post, but he didn’t read what he had previously said. He, at that time was one of the DPMs, had then indicated strongly that he was not interested for PM post. And to make the matter worst still was that a DPM had indicated publicly that Sinkieland was not ready for a non-Chinese emperor. So, don’t talk about Tharman anymore. He is now holding a SM, and the next post is an exit door to retirement, perhaps next GE I think.

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  • MarBowling:

    ONE of these 3 jokers will DEFINITELY be the 4th PeeM BUT only as a Seatwarmer, period.

    The ONE HAND THAT COVERS THE WHOLE SKY OF HEAVEN OOPS SINKAPORE WILL ENSURE that he is squatting there ONLY TEMPORARILY. Eventually, this Joker will be ORDERED to go fly kite and FARK Spider to MAKE WAY FOR LI HORNY, the RIGHTFUL AND APPROPRIATE ANGEL TO SQUAT ON THE IMPERIAL THRONE!

    HEAVEN HAS EYES. MAN PROPOSES GOD DISPOSES!

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Agreed. But I will not support anyone from PAP. Period. Once they take the white, they are done.

    limpei:
    3 of them all failed miserably. only Tharman can be candidate for PM.

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  • John Dough:

    Looks as though these 3 monkeys

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    limpei:
    3 of them all failed miserably. only Tharman can be candidate for PM.

    In a way, we agree Tharman makes a better PM than everyone now in pap clan.

    But, to be honest, we also say it is time for Singapore to have a female PM. And the best candidates are Ms Sylvia Lim of WP and Ms Hazel Poa of PSP.

    If die die must have a male PM, then, look no further. Dr Jamus of WP or Mr Leong of PSP are the better humans to look after Singaporeans.

    Tech: I respectfully disagree to all you have proposed. Politicians yes, PM nop for these oppos. If I have to choose, still my choice is Tharman or Shanmugam, they more presentable on the world stage.

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  • Not too sure:

    limpei:
    3 of them all failed miserably. only Tharman can be candidate for PM.

    Be careful what you wish for.

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  • YouGotWhatYouVotedfor:

    How in the blazers did our SG digress to this state?
    Oh yeah i remember now..the 61%selfish cowards.

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  • Ab is Back Again:

    The best option is Pritam Singh. Likely though that PAP will win. So how about PAP co-opt Pritam to be the PM? it will be a new Era, a first in the world. Spore has done many things first in the world like restricted zone, so why not this?

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  • Manchu Ruled China:

    @ Tech:

    I can never be ready for a non-chinese PM.

    Many of the people I meet and my kopitiam kakis oso are not ready.

    They only read chinese newspapers. Cannot understand ingrise. Educated in local “High” schools (formerly chinese helicopter schools).

    Local Confectionery Swee Heng is right.

    Just like waiting for Malu-siah to have a chinese PM.

    And better still wait for the abolishment of the BUMI economic plan policy ONLY THEN come and talk.

    Taman Jurong with a shiny skin head is a NO-NOK.

    So is the neighing shunned Morgan horse.

    Aiyo ! TRE Techie tsk! tsk! you really got no world stage vision lah.

    Remember The Tengku booted SG out of Malusean federation becos of its strong chineseness.

    Tech: I respectfully disagree to all you have proposed. Politicians yes, PM nop for these oppos. If I have to choose, still my choice is Tharman or Shanmugam, they more presentable on the world stage.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    Homeless Cat:
    Agreed. But I will not support anyone from PAP. Period. Once they take the white, they are done.

    Agree it is time to move away from the pappies; they had served SG well IN THE PAST, but the current 3G/4G lot are such a rotten entitled bunch. Singaporeans must understand that we don’t owe them anything, more so since they already paying themselves million$ to do fuxk.

    However moving away from PAP doesn’t mean the various self-interest groups can take the opportunity to push their self-agenda for a female PM or a non-Chinese PM; we need the BEST person now in terms of CAPABILITY, not based on preferred bias like race, gender or pedigree. Just look at the Kelong President – how have the status of women or Malays improved under the tokenism of a reserved president?

    Most disturbing is Tech even suggesting that Shanmugam can be a choice becos he is more “presentable on the world stage”. Might as well nominate Himmler as UN chief since that A-Hole also looked presentable back in the 1930-40s.

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  • xoxo:

    Even as the people get misled and the three $tooges wrangle out,be prepared for a surprise- Ho Jinx or something like that?

    By merit,among current available PAPsters,THARMAN IS MOST LOGICAL CHOICE but PAP IS RACIST AND AGAINST A NON-CHINESE SEC-general?

    Next,recall George Yeo,maybe better than the 3 green horn$ still?But looks like GY will not be recalled for *NATIONAL SERVICE* by Ah Long.

    So,left with no one of fair standing.
    Go back to Square One.
    3 stooges to choose from.
    Even TCH looks drained.
    And,he,rich man’s son probably prefers to enjoy a slower pace,RELAK bro?

    Actually,TAN SEE MENG can be a contender but he is newly minted.He is still in ON-YHE-JOB TRAINING.

    Left with STREET-WISE SHAN-MOO-GUM.
    But again,no non-chinese SG?

    So,in conclusion,NO CHOICE BUT TO PUT OWN FAMILEE BLOOD-LINE or *WIFE*?

    At

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  • John Doe:

    The monkey leadership of PAP Administration percolate towards NOL, SPH, SMRT, Keppel.

    The Umbrager SUNK the ENTIRE FLEET OF NOL ships, including the American President Lines Fleet.

    The SMRT chief, friend of Who Qing – remember the MASSIVE MASSIVE DELAYS over the years. How many many 1000s and 1000s of man hours, PRECIOUS work HOURS lost via these UNNECESSARY train broke downs?

    Look at the ENTIRE MANAGEMENT AND BOARD of Keppel, where there were corrupted monkeys sitting whose time when they were there, massive Millions of BRIBES changed hands.

    Where WERE THE POLITICAL oversight on these PAP regime linked Companies some of which funded via public money belonging to Singaporeans, right?

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  • John Doe:

    Looks as though these 3 monkeys

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  • 123:

    Whoever is selected to be the pm is inconsequential.
    The new pm is just a puppet controlled by a bastard master.

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  • CB destroys nation:

    A nation power base hinghing on compliant bureaucracy implies beyond any shred of doubt the criminal stupidity drenched in greed n self glorification resulting invariably tragic criminal ends of death n eternal shame. Foregone example should be an eye opener n reminding the populace by their own blood compounds the crimes n eternal destruction n disgrace.

    Papic version of accountability n service drenched in extreme greed n devious self gratification is G forbidden. Covid sigals but ignored. Repetitive signs deepens the bottomless n lies. Indianee warping of honor n justice will meet its ends when least expected in the plunge to self destruction.

    CBs aid evil n destined to full destruction with all the accomplists. False prophets have met hell fires n messaged back to warn its stupidified self glorfied criminals induling in the depth of evil. Covid comes to square the debts but deepens the evil to be destructed to bring a more levelled n justifiable world. But the sign is the greeds deepens. Time of karma to bring justice to the children of real to dump the fakes n evils.

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