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Gan Thiam Poh to be named Speaker of Parliament

Gan Thiam Poh to be named Speaker of Parliament

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Speaker role is to help improve his spoken Engrish and is part of government’s skills upgrading effort.

Use it or lose it — speaking Engrish more often leads to better spoken Engrish.

Pasir Ris-Punggol PAP backbencher MP Gan Thiam Poh is slated to be the next Speaker of Parliament.

He is to take over Michael Palmer, the ex-PAP MP and Eurasian heartthrob, who sacked himself from the role this past week after he made public that he was porking another woman who is not his wife.

Gan is the current hot favourite to preside over the Speaker’s role because he is well-known for his poor Engrish skills.

He was chosen specifically for the job as this is part of his skills upgrading and the only way to improve his spoken Engrish.

He can either use it or lose it.

And this is part of the Singapore Government’s emphasis in recent years on the importance of staying relevant by improving one’s skills in the face of a volatile job market.

This is especially so for Gan, as the next general election is coming by 2016.

A government spokesperson, Tok Eng Lish said: “The Government advocates lifelong learning for the elderly and allowing this programme to be started in Parliament will show that we mean business and not just talking talking.”

However, nomination for the prestigious Speaker of Parliament role did not come easy with tough competition looming.

Lui Tuck Yew, the current Transport Minister who is always having a hard time communicating with the electorate, commuters and taxpayers as he finds himself frequently misunderstood or misquoted, was the second hot favourite for the job.

But no one actually believes Lui Tuck Yew’s communication skills can be fixed.

Each citizen is worth less than 0.5 cents to PAP MPs

Each citizen is worth less than 0.5 cents to PAP MPs

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Figure derived from PAP MP Gan Thiam Poh’s superior logic.

Another day goes by and another PAP MP tempts fate by putting a smelly foot into his mouth.

This time, it is non-Engrish speaking backbencher and relatively unknown, Gan Thiam Poh.

Check out his FAIL in parliament on Dec. 10, 2012:

Gan Thiam Poh balls-carrying achievement unlocked.

Basically, this was what he said: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is generous to give everyone a discount because he is drawing an annual salary of $2.2 million instead of $3.5 million, as each citizen is deemed to be worth $1 per pax.

Therefore, using Gan’s superior logic of calculating the population size and placing it at 3.5 million;

We’ll divide his monthly MP allowance of $16,000 by 3.5 million population size;

This means…

16,000 / 3,500,000 = 0.0045 cents = less than half a cent

… each citizen is worth less than half a cent in Gan Thiam Poh’s eyes.

Dear Singaporeans, this is how much you are worth in the eyes of PAP MPs. Logic courtesy of Pasir Ris-Pungol GRC MP Gan Thiam Poh.

“… and I told Gan, my GRC buddy, I would support everything he says in parliament… But I didn’t…”