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When succession plan is likened to a Squid Game

“I do not have a spare”, remarks PM Lee when asked about his succession plan at the recent Bloomberg News Forum, where he had earlier stated that he has “put two of his potential successors onto the Covid-19 task force to see how they do.”

When John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News likened it to a Squid Game, where contestants compete and eliminate one another to win, Lee was asked if he has any idea how they are performing and if he is thinking of eliminating or continuing with them.

I am surprised as to why Lee did not object when our pandemic fight was likened to a Squid Game and seen as part of his succession planning.

You see, if his shortlisted successors are actually allowed to fight each other like in the Squid Game while our country is struggling in its war against the pandemic, aren’t their infightings tantamount to treacherous acts of subversion against Singapore?

Maybe Lee was just trying to be candid as it is obviously more stressful talking about his failed succession plan or the underperformance of his task force.

Where Are All The Contestants?

As Lee has previously stated that the pandemic is “a crisis of a generation”, why did he only put two of his “best-of-best” instead of all of his contestants or squids into the task force and challenge them to help Singapore get out of this protracted pandemic as a team?

Here lies the problem with Lee’s Squid Game – missing contestants.

Backstage Drama & Missing Contestants:

Looking back, it looks like ever since DPM Heng Swee Keat decided not to play in Lee’s Squid Game, he has regained his composure and is now back to his normal self, and is no longer burdened with making senseless motherhood statements that makes him look like a clown.

Like a growing number of Singaporeans, I am starting to like him as I think he is wise to put his health and the well-being of his family ahead of all the promises of wealth and power.

With his departure from the Squid Game, that role is now shared by two contestants, Ong Ye Kung and Lawrence Wong.

For Lawrence, he seems to be happy in taking over the portfolio of the Finance Minister from Heng and also his seat in the task force, and is looking contented in playing along with the Squid Game.

Ong on the other hand, was cruising along well as the Transport Minister until April 2021 when he was suddenly thrust, not just into the task force but also took over the hot-seat from Gan Kim Yong as the Health Minister a month later, and suddenly, he found himself facing endless barrage of public criticisms.

Can he survive this “double-whammy” before he can even get started?

Interestingly, where is Chan Chun Sing and Desmond Lee, and why aren’t these contestants or “Squids” put into the ring of fire?

Testing Or Eliminating Ong Ye Kung:

Think about it – our Health Ministry was already overwhelmed by the pandemic way before Ong was given the hot seat and the task force was already deep into its own narrative and its vaccination strategies were already in motion, and so, do you think for a moment that the government will allow Ong the option to make a full U-turn or change their pandemic strategy?

From the perspective of the Squid Game, was Ong put into the hot seat and the task force concurrently as a form of test or was this done to eliminate him from the contest before he can even get started?

Coincidence & More Coincidences:

When news broke early this month that more healthcare workers in Singapore were quitting amid growing fatigue, Ong was savagely bombarded by some Singaporeans.

But if we read the article closely, “close to 500 foreign doctors and nurses have resigned in the first half of this year, compared with around 500 for the whole of 2020, and 600 in 2019” and the reasons cited were that fatigue is setting in “after 20 months of continuous daily battles against the pandemic” and that “a large proportion of them (were) unable to take leave since last year.”

So why is this segment of Singaporeans putting the blame on Ong for this high turnover and MOH’s failure to provide adequate care and support for our frontline workers when these took place under the former Health Minister?

If the task force is a game, then it may be worthwhile to be asking who is quietly smiling at a distance while watching their competitors get butchered by negative public resentments.

Are these Singaporeans even aware that they could well be used deplorably by some “hidden” contestants in Lee’s Squid Game?

Think about it – why wasn’t such “bad news” released much earlier, when the former Health Minister was being replaced and was it deliberately embargoed to hurt the new Health Minister?

Yes, we have a right to be angry but it should be targeted at the right minister, but in light of the task force being likened to a Squid Game, shouldn’t we be careful so that we do not end up being used as a free agent by some scheming PM-wannabes?

Going Forward – Do Right By The People:

For a start, Ong should wise up by making more effort in visiting our frontline workers at the various public hospitals and hear their frustrations and feedbacks directly instead of relying on “sugar-coated” feedbacks.

Yes, the S$4,000 one-off financial support to our medical workers is a good initiative by Ong but does he realize that auxiliary frontline workers, like our auxiliary nurses, ambulance drivers and nursing aides have been excluded?

How can we be fighting a war against the pandemic without these auxiliary frontliners?

Go visit other essential frontline workers, like our taxi drivers, PHV-drivers, couriers, hawkers, small business operators etc and understand how some of the decisions by the task force are impacting them and do something about it.

Better still, ask all their HR departments and unions to start implementing meaningful action plan for our frontliners and to do it with urgency.

Point is, Ong needs to accept the Hard Truth that he is already “as compromised as Heng” and should instead, be standing up for fellow Singaporeans and our frontline workers, and stop playing politics like a game.

We already know who the winner of Lee’s Squid Game is so let us stop the play-acting.

Why not roll out the red carpet for him and see how well he and his legion of ex-generals can perform in the war against the pandemic.

Bloomberg likening of Lee’s succession plan to the Squid Game helps us to see the “game” politics.

Can that be good for Singapore and do Singaporeans still believe that they deserve better?

 

Joseph Nathan

 

 

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26 Responses to “When succession plan is likened to a Squid Game”

  • LEEs betrayed Singapore:

    The HARD TRUTH is LHL is a WEAK LEADER and does not have the BALLS nor THE GUTS to take on someone or an suituation BIGGER THAN HIM.
    It is an EPIC FAILURE on the part of LHL not to name the next PM after all this while. He is pass his prime and is looking VERY SICK and WORN OUT LATELY.

    If for some reason he were to drop dead today we will not have a PM. As old fart LEE CON U once said “One who governs Singapore must have the iron in ‘It is not a game of cards” LHL most definatly does not that THE IRON IN HIM.

    For one he is more interested in suing anyone who disagrees or have a different view than him. He is SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT for someone who was an OJT for twenty years. He was held by the hand by his late father and Goh for twenty years as a result he NEVER LEARNT TO WALK BY HIMSELVE. He is a NOBODY is the EYES OF SINGAPOREANS when compared to his father and the first generation of leaders.

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  • MarBowling:

    Hat off and salute JN!

    Alas he has written a Masterpiece to EXPOSE the SNEAKY oops Squeaky Squid Game Plan designed and PLAYED BY THE HUSBAND(Mai Hum) and Wifey(Holee Jinx)Tag Team!

    JN has raised a very IMPORTANT point: WHY THE HELL Heavyweight contestants or SQUIDS like CCS(Cotton Comes from shits) and Smiling Tiger Son of A Gan And Lightweight Desmond Lee, aren’t PUT into the RING OF FIRE? Looks like part of the Squid Game Plan of the Tag Team is to let the 2 STOOGES of the MTF, namely Ong Yee Con and Son of Wangsa to BATTLE OUT AS GLADIATORS MACHAM LIKE THOSE FOLKS WHO FOUGHT IN THE COLISEUM IN ANCIENT ROME watched like HAWK FROM A SAFE DISTANCE by THE CHOSEN AND SPECIALLY SELECTED SQUID CONTESTANT WHO WILL EVENTUALLY SQUAT ON THE IMPERIAL THRONE AS A SEATWARMER CUM 4th PeeM!

    Don’t have to second guess: end of the day and the HOLEE SQUID GAME CONTEST, EITHER OF THE 2 STOOGES will END UP WITH BRUISES AND SERIOUS INJURIES ALL OVER THEIR BODIES AND MIND IN THIS EPIC “CHICKEN FEATHERS AND DUCK BLOOD” BATTLE, PERIOD.

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  • LEEs betrayed Singapore:

    To compare the succession of the next PM of Singapore to THE SQUID GAMES is an insult to LHL and the PAP. It is a SLAP ON LHLs face.
    Singaporeans have voted in the WRONG LEADER and there are to be MANY MANY more insults and disappointments.

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  • Naked Truth:

    The Emporer is putting his best men to squeeze every juice from them in his Squeeze Game. In turn, his best men turned out to squeeze all the juices from netizens who are the losers. While hiding under the skirt, the Emporer claimed he is making progress.

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  • Hu Meng:

    Wanted to read article. But, wah! So long. Forget it!

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    “…So why is this segment of Singaporeans putting the blame on Ong for this high turnover and MOH’s failure to provide adequate care and support for our frontline workers when these took place under the former Health Minister?…”

    Honestly, perhaps sometimes we are thinking too MUCH out of the box. Remember our state-media is ranked 160, not for nothing – it gives some truths, mingles with some half-truths, much propaganda/BS and probably lots of untold/unreported/massaging, etc. When ppl are not given the right information, they can’t draw the right conclusions – this seems to be the game of our 3G team, to cover its own inadequacy. Loong said this covid situation is the “most critical crisis since independence”, yet the public is not inform of much information (besides that it is safe for arrivals if they transit thru Nepal, hor) – does that sounds sincerity, honesty with citizens to build mutual trust …. or that sounds like someone is very insecure, to the point of blaming voters as Free Riders?

    Anyway back to the question of OYK and comparison with the former Health Minister. The fact that the former MH can now be the chairman of the PAP CEC tells the real story – it is not about Singaporeans’ well-being, it is not about handling the covid well, it is not about who is best as PM for our nation, it is certainly not about meritocracy. It is about rewarding themselves even if they had fuxked up over and over again.

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  • Trust only myself:

    “do Singaporeans …….deserve better”?

    This must be a joke when the majority are unthinking Singaporeans………

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  • Harder Truths:

    When sinful monkeys run the country, they pay you peanuts.

    Monkeys can be erratic. Be thankful they don’t throw turd at you instead.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “I do not have a spare”, remarks PM Lee.

    There are over 80 PAP’s MPs in Parliament, was he trying to insult the rest.

    We even have 5 mayors in little Singapore doing the same things. We cannot even get a prime minister out of the more than 80 MPs.

    What I could reckon is all of them are useless! No one dares to stand out on the plate!

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  • John Richards:

    WELL, THE GENERAL IS DELIBERATELY BEING KEPT OUT OF THE LINE OF FIRE. HE WILL SHOW HIMSELF WHEN THE BATTLE IS ALMOST OVER AND TAKE ALL THE PLAUDITS.

    This has always been the strategy of the PM himself. When there is any major potentially negative issue brewing, keep your head down and wait for it to blow over. Remember the Mas Selamat incident?

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  • xoxo:

    Ah Long’s *succession plan* seems to foster the feeling that there is no one *good enough* to match up n to succeed him?
    Maybe,if without TRIBAL PAPypolitics,THARMAN COULD OUTSHINE him.

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    Don’t be so stupid lah.

    Squid Game, in all sense and purpose, means the elimination of the losers. Killed.

    in pap parlance, no such thing. The pap losers, all of them, get parked into Temasek and GIC entities, continuing to collect S$m pa with zero responsibility.

    Truth is, it is more like a pap charade. The end goal is to ensure the Lee wealth is never investigated and so the appointed must be proven to be 100% loyal to the end goal.

    That is why pap dies. because even cotton sheep sees through this end goal, clear as day self serving.

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  • KT2:

    In my opinion, I don’t think OYK is the right “contestant” for Piss-Am post. Rmbr he lost in his first GE in Alj GRC with his team candidates, he did not re-contest the same GRC. He shld not have backed off to stand in another safe GRC to win it. Hence, I think he is not a true fighter unlike Mr Sitoh who re-contested Potong Pasir SMC and won it in his 3rd or 4th attempts. Mr Sitoh never run away to look for an easy constituency. Perhaps, his only excuse was the emperor asked him to try another GRC ! The rest is history.

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  • Notanothernameicannotuse:

    It’s no secret that Chan Chun Sing is LHL’s blue-eyed boy and LHL’s choice to succeed him if LHL had his way. This is why CCS was placed in a safe Ministry and not on the MTF so that he won’t screw things up for himself, because that’s the only thing he knows how to do.

    OYK and LW have been given radioactive portfolios for them to trip up at every possible stage. It’s clear that there has been infighting and these 2 don’t see eye to eye. Once they destroy each other, it’s CCS left to pick up the pieces.

    Squid games indeed.

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  • left behind:

    The people who incompetent PM choose will incompetent like incompetent PM. Why? An incompetent PM has all the resources to use but do a bad job because he has a bad judgement in choosing people to do the job. The idea of choosing a team is stupid. As we know, when a new PM come to power, he will reshuffle the cabinet, so nobody in the team will survive only the PM who has the power. US president choose his own team as any leader choose his own team. Does choosing a team means future PM will have no power and is a puppet? We all know once the new PM become powerful, he will kick out all so called team members who are to control his power or share his power because Singapore is a dictatorship. US never invite Singapore to Summit for democracy. So there is no meaning in team.

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  • What's a Pappy Squid like?:

    It’s good for nothing but its own fortunes – in GIC Temasek’s trickle-down papeconomics. The rest is just collateral parliamentary routine lah….. primarily for fleecing Ahgong’s $heeples; also to resemble other first world countries and their so-called democratic socialism (not that we the atasan want it, hehehe).
    Now, how will The Kaiser install the next seat-warmer huh?

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  • Mait-ministry Terror Force:

    FGS la! Do you think that our LEEder even knows what is Squid Game when he was asked about it by the Bloomberg News chief editor?

    Do you remember him saying he puts them (referring to LW & OYK) there not as a BEAUTY CONTEST? It was Squid Game that Micklethwait was referring to but it became a Beauty Contest when LEEder replied. Obviously he avoided using Squid Game because he doesn’t know anything about it at all!

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  • Proceeding:

    The health of Singapore is the portrayed

    As a gauge of our nation.(Having a bad

    health cannot get things done.)

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  • opposition dude:

    The usual blah blah nonsense from the party we love to hate. They just reused the same old shit from last year below

    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/pap-convention-2021-lee-hsien-loong-leadership-succession-4g-2343086

    Same shit, different person. Needs more time again. Oh what a real headache this is turning out to be with incompetent clown comedians fumbling over this endemic pandemic. As one idiotic minister said earlier in the year, he was having “sleepless” nights about TraceTogether being used by the mata. So this good for nothing PM must be fretting over who should be succeeding him too.

    Whoever this successor is will fail so just waste all the time you want PAP. It would be hilarious if the successor does a Heng Swee Keat and gets a mere 53% in the GRC this person is helming!

    And after that we will get a rehash of runway not long enough, 4G STILL not ready and all other excuses…..

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Yes, the S$4,000 one-off financial support to our medical workers is a good initiative by Ong but does he realize that auxiliary frontline workers, like our auxiliary nurses, ambulance drivers and nursing aides have been excluded?

    How can we be fighting a war against the pandemic without these auxiliary frontliners?
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    dear Joseph,
    Resources are limited and we have to use our resources wisely.

    Also, have you forgotten that our great PAP had already given some individual 14,000 but they spent it all on women ?

    By Singaporean ZhenZiDan own words, he rather spend the S$14000 to sex with young meimei than to support opposition cause.

    fACTS 1: http://www.tremeritus.net/2020/09/05/updates-on-in-house-techie-medical-condition-5-sep/
    fACTS 2: http://www.tremeritus.net/2020/11/13/tr-emeritus-in-semi-hiatus-status/

    Ok lah… why you talk so much? First, have you donate to TRE to keep TRE in operation ?

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  • mrWie:

    regardless who the next pm is
    he/she will remain a marionette serving the current emperor’s & empress’s interests, instead of the people’s.

    the only solution is to vote them out!

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  • Nought will change:

    Whoever gets picked wont change anything …xcept for the worse..
    It’ll be business as usual cuz theyre “all cut from the same cloth”.
    From the top down to the minions…all a bunch of clown puppets!

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  • Stupid Singaporeans:

    Why is this mass gathering allowed to carry on when the whole country cannot even dine in 6? Simi limitation to weddings, funerals, exhibitions are all bullshit by them. Even one person sit wrongly in hawker centre get fine.

    The MF who told his herdsmen to listen to the ground is not listening the ground. What a hypocrite.

    I hope many OMGicrons visit them that night, especially the front few rolls. Then our problems are solved overnight.

    Leader set example, you set the rules yet you break the rules. Simi leadership convention. All other conventions have to cancel whereas theirs can carry out? You are a bad leader.

    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/pap-convention-2021-lee-hsien-loong-leadership-succession-4g-2343086

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  • The Star Wars of Blur Sotongs:

    Why did Anakin Skywalker (Death Vader) cross over the road?
    To get to the Dark Side lah….

    And why did Pinky Pappylord cross the road in pursuit of Vader?
    A: He was drowning in the bright transparency of Sheeple inquiry. It was time to rub shoulders with his true pals in the powerful kingdom of Dark Opacity. Power to the Shit Lords!

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/world/story/north-korean-man-death-selling-netflix-squid-game-life-term-1880554-2021-11-25

    North Korean man gets death for selling Netflix’s Squid Game, life term for boy who bought copy

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  • Python 5:

    John Richards:
    WELL, THE GENERAL IS DELIBERATELY BEING KEPT OUT OF THE LINE OF FIRE. HE WILL SHOW HIMSELF WHEN THE BATTLE IS ALMOST OVER AND TAKE ALL THE PLAUDITS.

    This has always been the strategy of the PM himself. When there is any major potentially negative issue brewing, keep your head down and wait for it to blow over. Remember the Mas Selamat incident?

    exactly like the Gladiator movie. (Russell Crowe)

    “He enters Rome like a conquering hero.. but what has he conquered?”

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