Monday, May 02, 2011
Is the great leader PAP’s loose cannon?
I must thank The New Paper for inspiring me to write this. The New Paper stands by its story but I think there is an arguable case of bad journalism here. I was at the said rally, and I can confirm that no such incident happened.
The New Paper's report probably did no justice to the police. I understand from certain sources that additional police resources have been activated for duty at such rallies.
The police on duty may also have been taken to task for the disclosures in the report, which is why at another similar rally yesterday police were following the relevant opposition leader closely with portable cameras.
Neither am I a subscriber of The New Paper nor a purchaser of that particular copy of the newspaper. If you are and you feel this story is an example of journalism you would not like to see in Singapore, you should make your views known to the Media Development Authority. They have an advisory committee to look into such matters. Feel free to let me have a copy of your complaint.
Coming back to the point of my posting, I will use three examples to illustrate the motivation behind this posting.
Some days back, MM Lee said, “If they choose (the opposition), then I say, good luck to them. They have five years to ruminate and to regret what they did. And I have no doubts they will regret it.” (emphasis added)
With respect to the great leader, ruminate is what mammals like cows and sheep do. This may have been insensitive to the voters of Aljunied GRC.
MM Lee must have realised the additional meaning behind his words. One day later, he repeated what he meant differently. He remarked, "If Aljunied decides to go that way, well Aljunied has five years to live and repent."
Secondly, in the same interview, MM Lee added it will not be “a major setback if the People's Action Party (PAP) loses” Aljunied and not “the end of the world”.
PM Lee has now had to come out openly and disagree with his father. He rebutted, “I am running the election, MM is expressing his views.”
Thirdly, MM Lee has also stated that Aljunied was the “only hot seat”. The PAP rank-and-file appear to be at odds with this position. One candidate has said, “MM has his own opinions, some of which I may not 100 per cent agree with.”
Is he, the great leader, PAP’s loose cannon? You decide.
Please consider the environment - do you really need to print this?
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