Khaw learns and will survive the AIM saga

The latest developments in the AIM saga have thrown up quite a few lessons for politicians in Singapore in the “new normal”. Take heed, you future (and existing) PAP MPs and learn lessons for your political survival.

LESSON 1: Play nice with the free press.

Gone are the days when state media could hang a shroud of silence over any abuse or screw-up. When Alex Au first broke this story, state media held off reporting for over a week before the pressure online finally forced their hand. The “new normal” for Singaporeans is the online press – a 4th estate that isn’t in your pocket and who don’t fawn over you. Your PAP Internet Brigades don’t qualify, sorry. So if you want to be a real representative of the people, engage.

Dude, lawyer’s letters don’t count.

Not all of us want to bite your head off (but some of us do, so choose wisely). Give real media interviews, learn to engage, be forthcoming, transparent… oh, wait, you don’t have to do any of that because…

LESSON 2: He who has the gold (or parliamentary dominance) makes the rules.

Who else can call for a non-independent “review” and call it “transparency”? Who else can sell public property to a private entity owned by a political party and still have followed all the regulations? When your party holds all the cards, there is no need to worry. You have absolute power, and might makes right, so…

LESSON 3: Shut up and stop trying to prove you are right.

With regards to issues of public outrage, PAP MPs who say anything generally come off looking like idiots. First, Teo Ho Pin makes statements that bring to light further dubious elements about the transaction. Second, Grace Fu, in trying to draw attention away from the issue, incorrectly accused the WP of terminating the contract first. Third, Baey Yam Keng claims during a Facebook session that Town Councils are private institutions run by political parties, not public servants, opening up an even bigger can of worms.

from newnation.sg

Now not all of these have been established as factually wrong or idiotic, but when you start TELLING people about how much power you have over their lives, you will just make them upset. But silence is a hard discipline for those who suddenly come into great power, so…

LESSON 4: Learn from Khaw.

Having suffered a setback for initially defending the NParks purchase during the Brompton Bike saga, dissing WP for Yaw, and telling us that our flats are still the same size after all these years, Khaw Boon Wan has shown why the PAP places such faith in a man who told your grandmother to go and die in JB.

“They removed my heart, now being a minister is so much easier.”

He’s smiling because he learned his lesson. As Chairman of the PAP that owns AIM and as Minister of the MHA that has authority over TCs, Khaw has said absolutely zilch about the AIM saga, which leads me to believe that he will go very far indeed as a politician.

It seems TPL has taken some lessons from Khaw. Haven’t heard much from her for a while – where’s all the fun gone?

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4 thoughts on “Khaw learns and will survive the AIM saga

  1. That was a very good presentation of the present situation. It is fun reading it, yet it indirectly conveys a lot of messages without so many words.

    Any political party (in the whole world) that has enjoyed the total power of the PAP for almost half a century would be as arrogant and as blinded as it is. How can any sage expect this monstrous bayan tree to learn any lesson from any blunder? What has been learnt from the Mas Selamat’s Easy Limping Escape? What has been learnt from the NKF fiasco? What has been learnt from selling National Power Stations to foreign countries? These are only a three examples. I am sure others can think of many more.

    Power corrupts the heart and then the mind. Absolute power corrupts absolutely both the heart and mind concurrently.

    • Thanks for reading! I hope that by corrupt you mean “fails to do what it is originally intended for” :). In that sense the corruption is widespread. Lines and functions are crossed so badly that the system will only work for a PAP government. After that, who knows?

  2. Daily SG: 9 Jan 2013 | The Singapore Daily

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