Engaging The Political Playground In Singapore.

Plenty of issues came and went and whatever they were, they were both important and unimportant to me in real. In this entry, we’d start off by touching Elaina Olivia Chong’s comment on NMP Calvin Cheng merely because it’s an interesting story. Nothing else.

With reference to this http://theonlinecitizen.com/2009/07/new-nmp-has-discredited-yp-publicly-says-exco-member/, it obviously brings YoungPAP into the spotlight. And yes… I am aware of some agitation from the veterans over Elaina’s comment on Calvin, which will be ironical to many laymen including Elaina and many in the women’s wing. Elfred is not here to berate Elaina, for one can’t afford to offend the girls… isn’t that so? Hahahahahaha…

Just some… political education for the girls.

No no, no ‘shut up and sit down’…

Firstly, I hope the public remember that Singapore is… not exactly that good in politics. It can’t be helped, and we can understand that Elaina is pretty young. There is no need to be over-reacting to her insensitive comments on Calvin from a political point of view…

Put it this way, politically speaking, Calvin didn’t discredit YoungPAP with his remarks, but an Exco must understand that being umm… so sensitive towards a new NMP selected by the government, by a select committee of seniors and approved by the party Sec-Gen in the capacity of Prime Minister and endorsed by the President… I hope Elaina and the entire Women’s Wing learn from this case and try to understand the real stance in politics to take. I am trying very hard not to sound lecturing…

Put it this way, some Chinese officials visited PAP before, and were curious about how the party could be invisible yet so strong in numbers. Those officials were both curious and not involved in the party, but them being frank didn’t discredit PAP nor YP. The point is, it has been obvious that PAP is ‘invisible’ as the incumbent in Singapore among Singaporeans. If we don’t blame foreigners for being frank being curious, there is no need to be so sensitive towards our own people… or ex-comrades.

Hence given the nature of the party, there is nothing wrong for a local to be taking up a membership with PAP out of curiousity. Scientifically speaking, the interest in anything starts mostly from curiousity… including interest in the opposite sex, interest in politics, or… interest to be the next President of United State. On the other hand, if Calvin didn’t join YoungPAP out of curiousity, would he be exposed to party works and matters? Would the party simply open up details and meetings to any Tom, Dick and Hairy?

Being not involved is pretty common in politics, especially for a large organisation as PAP, sleeping members happen commonly in various times in common organisational behavior… Just because some people with common sense in SDP don’t join Dr Chee’s protest doesn’t mean they are disloyal or discrediting SDP where in certain times, those sleepers may perform in elections or provide fundings or legal expertise and so on.

Calvin’s experience in YP is decided also by a match of himself to what the party was having, and to load him with accusations merely for his frankness in the involvement with PAP won’t go well with the Party motto. His new appointment as the NMP is backed or approved by the incumbent government, the appointment to perform for the interest of the state overrides the need of such sensitivity over such insignificant remarks. Before Calvin even proves himself in the parliament, being over-sensitive over the government’s selection decision would not reflect well on both the government and the party; Doing so merely discredits the government’s credibility in appointing…

Not very the nice. That’s especially when this new NMP was commenting in his own capacity and the exco was commenting on his comments as a YP exco member. Always remember, YP is the political side of PAP and is not the grassroot. There is no need to be sad for the would-be voice in Parliament over such insignificant comment. Any policy or plight of the poor would be of higher priority to an NMP’s ‘resume’ than to raise the concern of ‘in-fighting’ among members of public.

If Calvin can’t perform better than the Beauty Queen, I’d be sad. As an exco member, there is no need to be bothered about non-important issue. Put it this way, if this chap can perform well in parliament and assist the state, does it matter if, well… he did join PAP out of curiousity? We should be sad if this would-be voice ends up hollow…

So before he even gets to perform, Elaina may be more appropriate to give the government and the party leaders some face. One can criticise any NMP, nonetheless to do so with the correct focus.

I don’t even care if he brushed his teeth with or without the PAP card…

I don’t really understand why the concern of in-fighting springs out from nowhere with Elaina’s comments. She’s just a young girl in the exco as a member, she’s just a Singaporean, and it’s just an innocent case of being sensitive needing a fine-tune. She’s not Elfred, people should take it easy. So now the government has a brand new team of NMPs injected into the parliament, only time will tell if it should be sad or otherwise. Different views don’t strictly imply what in-fighting. All Elaina needs is merely a political education. Even Michael Jackson had his fans and haters…

NMP: Of Future Leaders.

The NMP selection this round, well… according to the Prime Minister, is about future leadership. Before the current batch of NMPs got too excited, the Prime Minister subsequently mentioned about this ‘people sector’ of which the government can get NMPs from.

Anyway, Siew Cum Hong has no more future as what NMP. And recently, our good NKF hero in the Law Ministry is allowing the government to bestow people the government needs with lawyers’ powers… or legal qualifications that will, for one, make anyone the government needs Judges. And my old MPS colleague suggested the idea of NMP minister once again…

Firstly, Elfred won’t bite the idea of NMP minister. Here clears the fog.

As I have said ever before, the local political circle for the younger generation is really pretty small… and with the internet, it gets even smaller. Hahahahaha… Recently, I caught the idea that that motherfucker Chia Ti Lik is like wanting to quit politics… that is, after his big talks with Elfred in the old and removed YPforum about being big during a lifetime…

Obviously, his libido is not small nonetheless…

Just because Elfred appears inactive and vanished from cyberspace doesn’t mean he’s blind and deaf on development so far. Ti Lik obviously doesn’t understand politics, and he probably wanted to be Chairman… Hahahahahahahahahahaha… … As I have said before, politics is no joke, it’s not as if happy happy you enter the fray, then no happy you press the ‘stop’ button. What baptism of fire? It’s just hot air…

Unfortunately, the YPforum has been removed and he won’t get to revise Elfredian views…

Future leaders… are not those only online chasing high hits, pumping up links to friends and definitely not one day in day out acting tough challenging Elfred challenging authorities. No man is an island, it’s especially true in this desert. As I have already mentioned… look at MM, did he take even a bamboo to confront the Japanese or the British Colonial masters, even when one was going to be crushed and the latter to lose power?

While everyone is acting tough enjoying the illusion of being an hero, Elfred is and has been offering the display of weaknesses and suffering alongside with the population. I have the calibre to be a minister, but that is not because of blind ambition… this calibre includes being able to understand and grasp Singapore’s future, and most importantly… to know the need to wait. There is no hurrying in politics when time offers no need for hurrying. So many things need to be done to clear the mess and float this tiny boat… what’s the hurry?

Future leaders…

What is the future, anyone?

If you don’t know the future, talking about future leaders is more or less not really appropriate. History… in simple philosophy, amidst weaknesses how many emperors could support or install pillars? Talented officers glow as the skies turn dark, their honorable hearts brighten up the souls of men as corruption befalls, and… really high calibre political minds don’t lust after being NMPs and hurry as if they will risk losing out in a wet market fire-sale.

In this power game, it’s still power or no power. And being an NMP means you will have no real power. How can you save Singapore and be the Father of Singapore with no power? How can you rebuild Singapore with only ideology, dreams and hot air? It’s precisely a mess a new Father of Singapore shalt rise, and it’s precisely of powerful trashes to confront and tough nutshells to crack that a prosperous situation could be ushered in, and there is no space for hot air or the luxury of underestimating the need of power for the grand project. Being an NMP also means you discard the boat and swim alone…

The last point is not exactly valid, especially to the infamous neutral element in PAP… or the fence-sitter who sounds anti-PAP by fellow comrades and sounds anti-oppositions by fellow Singaporeans… Hahahahahahahahahaha… Which actually means that even if Elfred becomes an NMP, his reputation as a neutral element is more than enough to stand tall with a PAP card and to provide a neutral voice in parliament. But the reason for being neutral is a necessity for the future and not for the craving to enter parliament as an NMP. At the moment, the correct stance to take is merely to stay out of the main fight.

As I have told Panter92, I have no intention to catch the bloody knife.

However, I am quite sure the MM would definitely want someone to catch the knife… if a knife does come by, and if he does see one. And in Singapore, I don’t think he has another option for this stunt. He should have realised that by now… as everybody would have realised the bullshits about the huge fanciful Keynesian strategy of pumping in big money to deal with a seemingly big but… not really that big crisis. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha~ Sad for Obama, he’s wasting big money because many are thinking like that silly Panter92. How Obama’s going to handle Phase 3 would be a big question mark… We’d cover the economic part later, if Elfred’s got the mood to. But USA’s problem is not really my problem, so… …

I am not really bothered about what tsunami is to come… It’s as if, apparently so, that there is anyone else who can clear up the mess. Where God has flooded the lands, he has sent someone to recover the lands…

There is nothing arrogant here… but there is no future with fortune tellers. The snobs predicted Singapore would fail decades back if we were left alone, but we survived. We survived not because of the snobs nor of the fortune tellers but merely because we had the talents leading. We will still have a future… provided we still want the talents.

Point is, politics… it comes in all shapes and sizes, that while anything can happen, it must happen somewhere.

I have read several articles regarding the NMPs in the aftermath, and one touched on the selection criteria of NMPs… Put it this way, it was a well-written piece but with nothing really nourishing. Recently, the top is talking about the new PM from the coming batch of election candidates. It’s a precise timing why Elfred has mentioned years back that now is the time to stay relatively quiet, and fade off. But the point about this new PM is on the point that the others in the hall must be agreeable to… And please, who in the regards of appointing anyone anything would risk being discarded by being disagreeable to the new PM in the hall…?

Political appointment is… always like this, as already explained before, by the need and the power in working. Which is to say, if the MM still holds the power, the appointment of anyone would likely to go by his need… or the perceived need of his. Which is to say, in the reported article I only read ‘PAP is going to pull a PM out from the coming new batch of election candidates in his/her 30s~40s’, and I don’t really bother about what majority would support he or she to be PM.  If the MM or the PM is strong enough, their words would be a verdict… because it’d be a test on their influence over their party, not anything of the new PM-in-wait. Which is also why I read the article of the selection criteria of NMP as if I am reading like no reading. I suppose Calvin Cheng knows this already, better than anyone else… …

In real, NMP is a path into politics, into the election, and to become even a PM. However, if one knows the MM… he’d probably suggest that all critical elements he needs to be in politics to be pushed into GRCs for field testing or entrenchment. Which means, in the layers of selection, an NMP is probably the last of possibilities to be a ‘future leader’. It could be, but the possibility is close to 0%. Which is actually why I was laughing at one online remark years back that… well, suggested NMPs selected is to test them for the future election candidates’ selection… or for what bigger roles to come.

There are 80 over party members, and how many members are really cut out to be the next Father of Singapore to take over from Mr Lee Kuan Yew? Tell me… Not to say of a handful of NMPs. What bigger roles to come in the political sphere? As one minister said… reportedly quoted by the online noises: You are only an MP

Elfred is telling the NMPs hence that… ‘You are only an NMP‘.

Perhaps one or two NMPs may end up standing as a candidate for PAP during election in the future. But in real, there are really too many people including the 80 over political secretaries of MPs in the party who are not yet MPs… and of course, in order to represent the population better, in such understanding, the simplest way is to have new faces for the NMPs batch after batch. Which means you’d have these future leaders changed pretty quickly.

Talents of high political calibre never lust after becoming NMPs; It might be better to be a quiet grassroot leader appearing and disappearing at events with ministers and MPs… years after years.

NMPs are best for those people outside the party. However, in order to get a ‘pass’ you must get into the radar, and how do you get within the narrow radar range and to subsequently get selected… as an outsider? All in all, it’s still fundamental political understanding: Are you inside the circle of trust? If you are talking about criteria, it’d be only of which circle of association you’re likely to be in. If nobody knows you, and when they know you you are not in the right valuable circles… it’d be rather tricky.

So You Want To Be The Next PM?

Some folks naughtily suggested that I could apply for this… to be the next PM of Singapore. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha…

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha…

Quite true, no matter it’s a joke. Since the New Father of Singapore is the only one who can clear up the mess and build a nation out of this messed up state, Elfred should be applying to be the next PM. Why not? The point is, Elfred is not an element of leadership. Remember, in every political organisation Elfredian classification of leaders is: Leader, Advisor, Worker. Elfred belongs to the Advisor class, and one who loathes politics…

A Leader doesn’t need to know what sort of crisis is coming or would you need to touch the reserve and what to look out for and what to do… He needs leadership and the wisdom of leading. I am the one who would be laughing at Panter92, Bohemian, Stray Cat, Friedlice and the bunch for their idiotic notions, to suggest what sort of crisis, to touch the reserve or not and why, what to look out for and what to do.

Elfred can’t be a Prime Minister, but that doesn’t mean he is lower than a Leader class Prime Minister. A powerful Advisor class must also lead Leader class as the Leader class must lead the Advisor class and the Worker class leaders. The Prime Minister is a soul, the Advisors are the brains. The soul influences the brains as the brains in turn shalt influence the soul, and to heaven or hell the entire body would move to. In a way, Liu Bei could slight and kill Zhuge Liang just as he wished to commit suicide and moved Shu into void. Liu Bei’s fatal error was his own ignorance that he could be anything and instead of maximising his Leadership, he tried to be his own brains…

Admit it; Leader class are not known generally for their wisdom and many encountered such fatal error as Liu Bei’s. Before him, Qi King Huan made the same error, Qin Emperor too… and after him tons of such… leaders. The rise of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was also due to him being surrounded by leaders of his time. He was leading the leaders, hence he became great. Man of greatness are great for their abilities and luck to lead leaders whereby those leaders in turn led him to glory.

Nowadays, the younger generations view leadership in classrooms as deputies who said yes, and sounded obedient… I have heard the leadership course of one school… transfering such similar or related leadership philosophy to those young leaders. Hahahahahahahahahaha…

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha… …

I see the shadows of such whacky leadership thinking in not just Goh Meng Seng, Ti Lik but also in many many more others. Politics has become in Singapore something so simple and easy that Zhuge Liang won’t need to be so accomplished, Li Si won’t need so much substance, and Xiao He won’t need any depth anymore…

With regards to the comments on theonlinecitizen.com and using them to illustrate some points of this topic, firstly… will comrade Teo Ser Luck be the PM? There have been talks about him being given bigger roles and going bigger… Well… As Elfred has already suggested, the MM probably hadn’t anyone in parliament in mind that he perceived capable of becoming the next PM. We have to understand something… MM’d need a highly talented element in politics but must not be able to threaten the position of the Prime Minister, his beloved son. This person must not only be in the 30s, but also is ridiculously good in the understanding of global politics and in handling domestic affairs… and most importantly, to be best acceptable to himself.

Comrade Teo, as comrade Josephine is, is not perceived as somewhere close to ministerial calibre. Put it this way, especially after this crisis, it is obvious to the MM that he will need people of even higher calibre for the much more difficult future his son would be embracing. In spite of his public remark that he trusted the current team, he won’t retire and is very busy taking on the real show. The New Father of Singapore, meanwhile, is sidelining and observing… The Old Father of Singapore probably realized already why the New Father of Singapore could have been eating snakes on the fence, distancing himself from the main lines of fire while keeping taps on almost everything.

Somebody will have to clean up the mess and rebuild everything from scratches again, and only the New Father of Singapore can do that. So he’s in real not in a hurry. And he is definitely not an enemy of the Old Father, since their roles are not really  in conflicts but somewhat complementary. Whoever shalt become the next PM must be able to tackle even more serious crisis than from the Golden Era alongside with a very complex international relations that could wipe out Singapore. MM won’t expect comrade Teo to have such calibre. Whoever shalt become the next PM is also expected to assist the current PM on critical fronts. Comrade Teo’s becoming YP’s chef has seen YP forum being closed down… Doing so is a signal in politics that PAP started something it was not prepared for… or is backing out from. It’s like a slap on (eg) the birth policy if one simply shuts down the baby bonus and throws in the towels. This is a taboo in politics.

So comrade Teo is ‘safe’. It’s very unlikely that he can become Prime Minister since he’d need more calibre to handle beyond that of managing YP. If the Prime Minister falls, so would the entire boat. MM doesn’t deal in chances.

As for comrade Tharman, if he were to have any chances at all, the public ‘support’ or calls for him to become the first minority PM even in the mainstream media would have undermined his chances… If I am not wrong about the MM, the more there are such calls, the more unsafe comrade Tharman would be. The biggest support would be just to keep quiet. MM is someone who had gone through internal fights, he is alert and… he doesn’t trust people. The more the calls for Tharman to be PM, the likelihood of a rising threat cannot be ruled out. The more powerful is the candidate, the more concern it would be. Which is why I have ruled out this possibility.

The PMO has already publicly declined the possibility of a minority PM. Expectedly so…

The only guy among us to become PM ends up to be BG Yeo… dangling from the attacks after attacks from the oppositions, and his job demands him to be exposed to international partners… Remember Singapore is a cosmopolitan and most importantly, foreign affairs is the real killer. And BG Yeo has been quietly moving here and there away from the main field overseas while progressing among the international traders and administrations, and not to mention of his past affliation with the YPs. But even that… he’d be likely to be the PM of last resort… ie, if anything does happen to PM Lee.

If I am not wrong, MM’s biggest concern about the future PM is… if he is not around, who would be powerful enough to threaten the PM and to attract a possible break up of the boat. Then the other concern is, many simple issues are left to the leaders… those issues either blow up big times or are not settled for a rather long long time… then, the crisis probably gave him a heart attack… Which is, he must be pretty concerned about getting people of political calibre in. When he is not around, the PM needs pillars to move on in a more challenging era, or in their own words: times of gross uncertainty.

When he is still around, situation has come to this… it’s only rational that given his wisdom, he’d probably be concerned about what if he were not to be around anymore? How much more reserve would be at risk?

Before anything, political stablity is still the priority.

So~ The next PM must not only be young but must be good in politics and economics and he himself must be a pillar in such messed-up times, which means a requirement on characters in preparation to take on Durai, Ming Yi and the rots without batting an eye, and to unite Singapore amidst the rise of oppositions.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha… …

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha… …

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha… …

Pardon my laughter, but as explained, it’s easier to make me believe cows can fly than to expect such a person does exist in Singapore.

Basically, the next PM hence should basically basically basically be someone who can lead leaders. Here comes the major problem… In the current environment whereby snobbery is so much more concentrated, such elements would be one in a few millions… and how big is the population of true blue Singaporeans…?

So it is no wonder Elfred is all eyes and ears when the top suggested a new candidate in the coming election would be probably the next Prime Minister. Who will be the next Lee Kuan Yew they might have spotted, or is it just another Prime Minister? If he is anyone lesser… God bless this tiny boat entering a storm…

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