My Choice for President

Singapore is in
the midst of another election fever barely 3 months after the General
Elections. This time round the stake is much lower. It is a race to be the next
President of Singapore. Now I really don’t know what the 4 candidates see in
this job to be vying so hard for it since as far as I can see from what the
previous Presidents have done, it is more a Wave hand, hello smile for the
camera job. Certainly it can’t be about the money since all of them san 1 has
agreed that the $4m paycheck is too big and is prepared to settle for less. But
it have been 2 interesting weeks as the candidates slugged it out in the media
and went about from Jurong to Tampines, Kaki Bukit to Bukit Timah canvassing
for our votes. Isn’t it great to feel so wanted?

But
that leave me now with the dilemma of which candidate to vote for. The gel/mol-lat model? The hi-5 guy? The good old doctor or the pro-opposition candidate?
From
reading of the ground, it is clear that there are 2 camps – the ABTT and the
pro-establishment ie PAP. Me? I am firmly in the ABTT camp. Why?
1. I
can’t stand his pompous arrogant gel/’mo-lat’ look. To be fair, I don’t know
him personally and therefore shouldn’t judge a person by his appearance but how
to vote for somebody you don’t even want to look at?
2. I
don’t and I suspect many Singaporean don’t like threats and the more threats
thrown at us from the government, business leaders and unionists about how the
economy and businesses will be affected if the ‘wrong’ guy is voted in, the
more determined I am to prove that we can live with our decisions.
3.
He does not appear to be able to relate to the people on the ground. Born with
a silver spoon and fast track all the way, there is no way that he can
understand how the common people feel, unlike say President Nathan or the
late Mr Wee Kim Wee who came from more humble background. Just imagine – at
yesterday lunch time rally – after the rally, he took a taxi to his car which
was just parked like 2 buildings away! Can such a person understand our issues with
the packed MRT and the poor bus services?

Right,
so I moved on to the hi-5 guy. When he was in NTUC Income, a fair bit of friends
working there didn’t like him. I think it is his management style. But I was
impressed when he stepped forward to help the investor during the Lehman
Brother crisis. However, I think he will garner the least votes and while I
could like to give him my support, I think it will not be enough to put him in
office and I could prefer the vote be given to a candidate and hopefully tipped
the scale against the mo-lat guy.
Third the good old doctor. I always have a good impression of him. Much has been said
about his charitable deeds and willingness to help his patients. His PAP roots
notwithstanding, I like that he has went against party whip, declared openly
more than once his opposition to various policies of the PAP and finally his
latest act – to resign from the Board of the new Ng Teng Fong Hospital in
protest against the naming of the hospital after the late property magnate Ng
Teng Fong which the hospital did in return for a sizable donation from his estate. But will he
eventually prevail in the battle of the 4 Tans?
The
last guy standing is the former and pro-opposition guy. I think he will have
the 2nd highest number of votes after the mo-lat guy, most of which
will come from the hardliner anti-PAP camp. I too am tempted to vote for him
but unfortunately as some friends have commented, the photo of a “Lam-a-Chan”
looking Mrs Tan in public areas is downright frightening! Yeah it is
not his fault his wife look like that but how? And her dress sense? OMG! Okay I
can’t resist that but coming back to the election, he got the best chance so
maybe just maybe he can get into office with all the little votes here and
there. And I will love to see the look on the Dragon Prince and LKY when they
have to stand up and show him respect at public events!
So
who am I gonna go for? Tough question but maybe, if maybe somebody is willing to
give me his half of the salary.. then maybe……..
And finally for the resident of Singapore, I leave you with this little sms I got:
Make sure you vote for the right Tan. 
If not, you may end up with a 笨 Tan
Or worse, a 坏 Tan 
who will 捣 Tan and 
Singapore will be 完 Tan

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