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President Halimah Yacob to face difficulty visiting Donald Trump’s America

President Halimah Yacob to face difficulty visiting Donald Trump’s America

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Singaporeans to start Facebook page highlighting her credentials.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who can foresee foreseeable problems before they officially unfold, are calling out one major problem.

This after they noticed that President Halimah Yacob will face difficulty visiting Donald Trump’s America as there is a strict vetting of foreigners now with border security stepped up to enhance nationalist sentiments.

One Singaporean, Jiak Hong, said: “It is tough for anyone who is not blonde-haired and blue-eyed to visit America these days.”

“There are all sorts of problems with entering the US as extreme vetting has been taken to its logical conclusion since the executive order barring immigrants has been signed by President Trump.”

Other locals said having a new president of Singapore face this kind of problem is unprecedented and more can be done to ensure this does not blow out of proportion and Singapore becoming unpresidented when Halimah Yacob is denied entry there.

Another local, Ang Moh Kwee, said: “To raise the profile of Halimah Yacob, we will start a Facebook page to highlight her credentials.”

“One way is to emphasise how she is a president who is similar to President Donald Trump.”

“Both of them came out of nowhere to get elected and become presidents without winning the popular vote.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans congratulate Halimah Yacob for becoming new president

S’poreans congratulate Halimah Yacob for becoming new president

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Singaporeans know she will be the one.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who can see the future without even having to see it, are lining up to take turns to congratulate Halimah Yacob.

This after they know that Halimah Yacob will be the next president of Singapore when the presidential election is held in September 2017.

One Singaporean, Gong Xi Nee, said: “It is great that Singapore now has a female president. This is a step forward for Singapore.”

“It is good to be decisive so early on.”

“The presidency is the highest office in the land and it shouldn’t be left to chance to decide who gets to own it.”

Other locals said Singaporeans are clever to avoid falling into the trap other countries have inevitably fallen into.

Another local, Tou Piao, said: “We don’t want to end up in a situation like the United States, where a person can actually become president without winning the popular vote.”

“Okay, in Singapore you can also become president without winning the popular vote, but you get the drift.”

 

 

 

 

 

 





Lee Kuan Yew: Not easily ditched

Lee Kuan Yew: Not easily ditched

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As much as The Cabinet wants to maintain a distance, His Leeness could still spring a surprise at an inopportune moment.

By Belmont Lay

It's about time for His Leeness to leave The Cabinet.

SO, what does it REALLY mean for His Leeness and SM Goh Chok Tong to leave The Cabinet?

Honestly, I don’t know and I won’t pretend like I do.

But I’m game enough to hazard a guess.

And truth be told, anyone’s guess is just as good because quite apparently, no one knows what on Earth stepping down entails (because it has never happened before, and hence, shows you the extent of the problem in the first place), although it is driving everyone into a tizzy.

But before we move on with the topic, let’s do everyone a favour and recap who said what.

First in line, Chiam See Tong (bless his soul) claims to be “surprised”. So, he doesn’t exactly know what happens next but his sentiment is shared by 2 million other Singaporeans.

Just so he is famous, his natural reaction becomes news. But that’s ok.

Nothing new here.

Moving along, PAP’s Halimah Yacob says that Singapore is ready to surge ahead without the two ex-Prime Ministers.

Ok, sounds about right, because maybe she knows something we don’t.

Then again, not. This sentiment is probably shared by one million other Singaporeans, especially those who have felt this way since 1959 and who have voted for the Opposition for as long as there were elections (or opposition candidates).

Nothing new here either. So maybe we should check up on the younger folks from the incumbent.

In the all-white corner, Baey Yam Keng feels that rookie MPs like him will finally get a chance to speak out against policies that were implemented during the two ex-rulers’ regime.

Because since they are now gone from The Cabinet, His Leeness and Goh can’t give him a tongue-lashing of a rebuttal.

But sadly, no one agrees with him on this one because everyone knows that wearing all-white means there can be no disagreement.

Because if you were to ask all the PAP MPs if there is groupthink, they will all say “No!” – in unison.

Therefore, never mind that Baey is in the business of public relations. And never mind about the groupthink. And never mind about the irony.

We have the son of a firebrand calling his bluff: Kenneth Jeyaratnam thinks stepping down now is a public relations exercise and all hogwash.

And this view is probably only shared by one thousand other Singaporeans – those who still believe that Kenneth is channeling Joshua Benjamin, his father.

So never mind Kenneth too, because we need someone astute who can give us something piercingly insightful.

And on comes Dr Vincent Wijeysingha (who is awesome) as he welcomes the news of the retirement from The Cabinet as long as such steps to relinquish power is not cosmetic and more widespread, especially in government-linked sectors.

His thinking is so brilliant and so far ahead, I actually thought it is the most enlightening thought of all.

And his running mate, Tan Jee Say, even suggested calling for by-elections in Tanjong Pagar and Marine Parade GRC, because voters voted PAP on the assumption that His Leeness and SM Goh will live as long as there is a Singapore left to serve the constiuents.

Amen.

Finally, there is even a bear that reckons stepping down is really all arsed.

He can be inside or outside The Cabinet, it doesn’t really matter. His Leeness can easily ditch the title and the salary. But can The Cabinet easily ditch him?

So, to re-iterate, what can any sane Singaporean with an average IQ, take away from all these?

As you can tell by now, the answer is nowhere in between: It is all over the place.

But, well, one can always take a cue from the most quotable quote that sears right into the brain without having to exercise any critical faculties.

We shall bring on Halimah Yacob again.

The Jurong GRC MP said it best with her description of His Leeness: “Singapore is Him and He is Singapore.”

Wow.

Even though I’m here pulling faces, I kind of feel that she might just be right.

His Leeness might have been taken out of The Cabinet. But surely, there is no way The Cabinet can be taken out of His Leeness.

Simply put, as Halimah has mentioned, He is essentially Singapore.

The fact is that His Leeness is influential, omnipotent and omnipresent. And will be for as long as he is alive and kicking.

He can be inside or outside The Cabinet, it doesn’t really matter.

His Leeness can easily ditch the title and the salary.

But can The Cabinet easily ditch him?

So, here’s the point of today’s missive: His Leeness gives the phrase “old age creeping up on you” a whole new different meaning.

Literally. All 88 years of it.

When you least expect it, he might just sneak up from behind and beat you over the head with a stick.

Just ask George Yeo.

But just don’t ask if the blunt force trauma was intentional or unintentional.

Because uncertainty is the mother of all warnings.

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