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Son of Punggol Koh Poh Koon is forever alone

Son of Punggol Koh Poh Koon is forever alone

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Even though he has that smile on his face, you can sense there’s sadness in his heart.

At the Workers’ Party victory parade around Punggol East SMC on Sunday yesterday, you can witness hordes of people surrounding the truck the party members were on.

Note how the photos are taken with a wide angle featuring everyone involved: Party members, crowd and media.

All photos stolen from Yahoo!

Waving at trees. [Photo stolen from Yahoo!]

Now take a look at PAP’s anti-victory parade on Sunday too.

All photos only show close-up shots of Dr Koh Poh Koon. Because he is mostly waving at trees.

Waving at trees

Waving at trees [Photo stolen from Yahoo!]

Or else, thumbs up birds.

Thumbs up birds

Thumbs up birds [Photo stolen from Yahoo!]

Because no chicken rice, means no crowd.

GIF stolen from 9gag Singapore.

GIF stolen from 9gag Singapore.

 

 

 

 

 











Dr Koh Poh Koon is forever alone

Dr Koh Poh Koon is forever alone

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Even though he has that smile on his face, you can sense there’s sadness in his heart.

At the Workers’ Party victory parade around Punggol East SMC on Sunday yesterday, you can witness hordes of people surrounding the truck the party members were on.

Note how the photos are taken with a wide angle featuring everyone involved: Party members, crowd and media.

All photos stolen from Yahoo!

Waving at trees. [Photo stolen from Yahoo!]

Now take a look at PAP’s anti-victory parade on Sunday too.

All photos only show close-up shots of Dr Koh Poh Koon. Because he is mostly waving at trees.

Waving at trees

Waving at trees [Photo stolen from Yahoo!]

Or else, thumbs up birds.

Thumbs up birds

Thumbs up birds [Photo stolen from Yahoo!]

Because no chicken rice, means no crowd.

GIF stolen from 9gag Singapore.

GIF stolen from 9gag Singapore.

 

 

 

 

 











The PAP’s biggest problem: The Silent Majority

The PAP’s biggest problem: The Silent Majority

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It is scary to think that no one who considers Seng Han Thong a friend has come out publicly to put in a good word for him.

By Belmont Lay

Why hasn't an ex-colleague, friend, acquaintance or constituent bothered to put in a kind word for Seng Han Thong?

I’m not here to ask those big philosophical questions.

I don’t have a proper answer as to whether Seng Han Thong is a bit thick or just unable to express himself properly in English.

I’m not here to act pious. Neither am I here to toss in the righteous card.

All I want to ask is this: Why hasn’t anybody – especially a friend or even an acquaintance or an ex-colleague or a fellow card-carrying cadre from the PAP or grassroots organisations – come out to personally put in a good word for SHT or at least defend him publicly on Facebook?

If you go take a look at his Facebook wall, every single user in there has been tearing him a new one for two consecutive days. (Even as I’m completing this article at 3 a.m., the page is refreshing every three minutes with threats and violence! Holy cow!)

Look. Seng has been a seat-warming back bencher since 1996. So altogether, he has been a member of parliament for 15 years.

That’s one-and-a-half decades of his life spent in the midst of Yio Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio constituents signing letters, shooting the breeze, doing karaoke sessions, attending kindergarten show-and-tells, carrying babies, walking the wet market, bird-watching, chasing horses, gallivanting or whatever.

In those 15 years, he must have made a few personal friends here, a few drinking buddies there, worked well with some people or exerted his influence enough to help several residents who might consider repaying him a favour in the future.

But look. What have we got?

Nought. None. Zero.

The thing that disturbs me the most as a casual observer of everything that has unfolded in the past two days since Seng got lynched, is the absence of people who might think it necessary to put in a good word or two for him.

He can’t be that bad ass, is he? I mean, he got punched on one occasion and set on fire on another, but other than that, he must still be quite alright to warrant some respectability as a public servant who is duty-oriented enough to have some friends, no?

It seems that none of the people he knows on a personal basis deem it necessary to defend another fellow human being from character assassination.

Even me being a complete asshole some times, I can think of at least five people who will step up to the plate to protect my name from being sullied when the time comes. Terence, you in, right?

So here’s the upsetting thing about the PAP: You can boast about having thousands of members in your party who are Singapore-centric, peace-loving, status quo-maintaining, law-abiding, qualified achievers and having the most organised bunch of senior citizens and retirees in any modern society, but yet, when the time comes and the shit has splattered from the fan, no one even wants to volunteer to come out to defend your own kind.

And I’m not even saying the people who want to come out and defend Seng must write a robust, thesis-like argument.

I’m not asking K Shanmugam and his ilk to come out guns blazing with a 400-page legal argument formulated overnight.

All anyone can do – anyone who feels an ounce of sincerity as a friend can, should and have to do – is to simply say on Seng’s behalf, using a proper Facebook account with a face and name that is legit:

“I know Han Thong. He is not a racist fucktard that everyone here on his Facebook wall is saying he is. He can be a sweet man if he wants to be, but he is somewhat thick and hollow at times, and rather unfortunately, just cannot express himself properly in English. But other than that, he’s fine.”

How tough is that?

And this is the same kind of absence that was pretty evident when the whole Internet was tearing Tin Pei Ling a new one during the May election.

Where are her friends from university? Where are the colleagues and grassroots volunteers who know her better than everyone else on the web? Where are her sisters? (Not the biological ones, but the hang-out-go-shopping-sip-tea kind.) Where are the people who might feel some responsibility towards her?

So the next time you hear the PAP bitch and whine about how hard it is to get qualified people to join them, you know why.

If you’re ever stuck in the lurch, forget it. You die alone. And in this age of social media, you die by mob lynching and Seng won’t be the last.

You can have all the money, but no one gives two shits about you.

No one wants to defend you on a personal capacity. No one would protect you from the mob. No one wants to be a friend during your times of need.

(Even with a fatwa to his name demanding he dies since 1989, Salman Rushdie has his defenders.)

But in the PAP, sorry, you’re on your own, buddy.

Which brings me to my point of today’s missive: I have new found respect for Halimah Yacob.

She took the initiative to speak out against Seng, on Facebook, nonetheless.

If you recall, two months ago, I wrote a piece about the 9 ways the PAP can engage people online.

And one of the points involves repudiating a fellow PAP all-white, especially on issues you cannot agree with.

Halimah, you go girl.