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Why should anyone care if Yaw Shin Leong screws a goat?

Why should anyone care if Yaw Shin Leong screws a goat?

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By Fang Shihan
(nah, got byline now. happy?)

Still lost for words

Opposition supporters have found their panties in a knotted twist after the anointed WP heir of Hougang, Yaw Shin Leong, was exposed for impregnating a married party member who was not his wife. Supposedly.

And why wouldn’t they be squeamish?

Fresh faced, dedicated and having just taken over an opposition stronghold, Yaw held the hopes and dreams of many a non-PAP fan (read: people who dislike the PAP but not enough to vote Dr. Chee).

But as it stands, the allegations against Yaw are unproven, the informants in question still have not demonstrated that they are more than a figment of a jealous politician’s imagination, and the lady in question, Ms Angela Oon, has not owned up to any pregnancy.

In all honesty maybe she was just having a fat day.

A non-fat photo of Angela Oon from last year

Yaw’s not the first prominent male personality whose sexual indiscretions (proven or otherwise) have been under scrutiny by the moral public. Jack Neo, Bill Clinton, Anwar are among the better known names. Among the less popular rumors are the tales of Lee Hsien Yang’s mischief in Australia with his alleged mistress (again, its true that the rumors exist, though the truthfulness of the rumor is debatable).

But who’s to say that being sexually monogomous was the only way of testing the character of a man?

Politicians like former U.S. president George W. Bush never cheated on his wife. But he started two wars in his tenure and got out of office just in time to miss the 2008 financial crisis. Our own PM Lee and former President S R Nathan were renowned family-men. But they’ve refused to pardon an illiterate young man who by his circumstances of borderline poverty, ended up trafficking drugs unknowingly and is now facing the death sentence.

If we’re talking about moral outrage, at least be fair about it. Sexual indiscretion simply does not have the same level of moral failure as war-mongering, and what some could argue, negligent murder.

Good leaders have to serve as moral examples for the nation. But only when it counts.

Just as the government has no business interfering with the private lives of its citizens, neither should the public be privy to the private lives of its statesmen.

This rule, of course, breaks down depending on the moral image of the person. People like the Pope or Jack Neo are held to a higher benchmark when it comes to being family-friendly, simply because of the stuff they preach for a living.

Yaw Shin Leong could have been a real fucker for all we know. We, being the people making noise about his alleged affair. But he could have been screwing a goat for all I care. Does cheating on his wife make him any less of an MP? Yes, if being an MP meant Yaw had to set a monogomous example for his constituency. And definitely yes, if Yaw had been known to punish those guilty of sexual indiscretion.

(Or if that had been my goat.)

The point is, if I had to pick between a sexually immoral man who does no harm to the world, like Mr Bunga Bunga Berlusconi for example, or a God-fearing, family-loving man like George W. Bush who declares war on the third world country without adequate proof that they could actually destroy the world as we know it, give me Berlusconi any day.

Mistress or not, illegitimate baby or not, what Yaw Shin Leong does in his limited free time (he’s an opposition MP, we’re already working him to death remember?) should not be the business of online commentators. Or the general public.

Unless it affects his work performance. In which case we could probably just dock his pay.

Bikers in white back PAP

Bikers in white back PAP

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Opposition candidates can expect uphill battle in Sembawang and Nee Soon GRCs, which has strong grassroots support for the People’s Action Party.

By Terence Lee

Bikers gathered at a PAP Community Foundation branch outside Admiralty Secondary School. Photo: TERENCE LEE (Click photo to view gallery in Flickr)

AS expected, PAP supporters of all shapes and sizes arrived by the busload to a vicinity near Admiralty Secondary School, which is the nomination centre for Sembawang GRC and Nee Soon GRC.

Amidst the sea of white, a group of motorcycle riders stood out: Grown men (some really grown), decked out in sunglasses and leather jackets, chit-chatting besides their Harley-Davidsons and shiny choppers.

It was truly a sight to behold; a couple of angmohs who would look perfectly comfortable in the movie Wild Hogs, a bunch of young and old Malay dudes, and some Chinese riders who don’t quite measure up on the cool quotient.

Soon, their hero emerged out of nowhere and pro-PAP cheers erupted from this group of unlikely PAP supporters. The man at the centre of it all? None other than Law Minister K. Shanmugam.

It turns out that the Minister has been giving moral encouragement to Rider’s Aid, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts that actively participates in community events.

In return, the group decided to show up on Nomination Day to lend their support.

“I know they’re good people,” Mohd Salleh, a 60-year-old rider, says of the PAP team competing in the two GRCs: Sembawang and Nee Soon. “The government has been doing a good job so far. We should be grateful we have a good system. It’s not perfect, but they’ve done their best.”

Given their decades of presence among grassroots leaders, PAP supporters outnumbered opposition ones by about ten-to-one that day, and while we may chalk that up to logistical advantage, it’s much harder to rebut the genuine affection pouring out from the ruling party supporters.

But not all who wear white are fervent Lee & Lee fans.

“I’m ashamed to have the same surname as Tin Pei Ling, and you can put that down!” – Mr Tin

A friend I had bumped into was asked to support the PAP because one of the Ministers assisted in a community project she was doing. So she thought she’d see what the fuss was all about.

“Nah, politics is not really my thing,” she said, clad in white, “maybe this is the first and last time I’ll be involved this elections.”

I’m sure there are many like her, not passionate about politics, but generally pro-PAP and willing to carry the party symbol. And they’re likely to vote them into power too.

Then again, the opposition parties can expect modest gains this elections, since the PAP has not resorted to legal action so far to stymie opposition voices.

Disenfranchised voters, as well as Virgin Voters would form a significant voting bloc for both the SDP and WP, with bread-and-butter issues foremost on their minds.

I spoke to a 36-year-old unemployed man who came to the nomination centre dressed in jogging attire, wearing a blue singlet in support of the WP. He declined to give his full name, but says I can call him Mr Tin.

“I’m ashamed to have the same surname as Tin Pei Ling, and you can put that down!” he tells me.

Tin goes on to rattle off a list of concerns he has, which include: Rising costs of living, ERP gantries, expensive parking charges in the CBD, crowded trains.

“And you call this Swiss standard of living?”

Bryan Wong, a 19-year-old student from Temasek Polytechnic, may not be able to vote, but he’s a keen opposition supporter. His political awakening began two months ago, after doing research on his own and talking with friends. Affordable housing is a chief concern for him.

“If you have a $2,000 salary, it takes you three to four years to save enough money to pay for the ten percent downpayment,” he says, “that is too expensive.”

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