I didn’t want to write the first part of this piece because the presidential election is over and Tony Tan has been sworn in as the new president. Let’s move on. But the behaviour of Tan Kin Lian and some of his supporters annoys me no end. Hence the first part of the piece.
Tan Kin Lian and some of his supporters are behaving as though the election is still on. They are trying to prove that although he lost his deposit and cost S’poreans the opportunity to have a president that was not the PAP’s preferred candidate, it wasn’t his fault.
The blame is put on Yahoo! (Who other than TKL takes online polls seriously, certainly not Dr Tan Cheng Bock. Otherwise he would be complaining to TOC for a survey that showed him last) and Tan Jee Say (Hey he got 25% of all the votes cast, 10 percentage points behind the winner and runner-up, and 20 percentage points more than TKL).
For those 95% of S’poreans that didn’t vote for him, there is no need to feel sorry for him for losing his deposit. Even his supporters should not feel sorry that he lost his deposit. The reason?
He loves publicity. Go ask anyone who has worked for him. And the election gave him lots of it.
Spending $48,000 is money well spent on a cost benefit analysis. Look at the coverage he got on TV: MediaCorp debates etc, RazorTV and TOC TV. And all those pixs and articles in print media and on the internet. And then there is radio.
True his campaign cost $120,000 but then the balance of $72,000 is other people’s money, not his. Even if it were his money, $120,000 is peanuts compared to the millions NTUC Income must have spent on TV ads and print ads featuring Tan Kin Lian when he was CEO of Income.
But then maybe TKL wants publicity free of charge, like when he was CEO of Income. Other people’s money, but his publicity.
BTW, the blogger Think Happiness, a TKL groupie, is not AWOL, hiding in shame for endorsing TKL. He assures me he was away. He will be writing again soon.
That leaves only Goh Meng Seng and De Leviathan unaccounted for. Hope to hear from them soon, esp from GMS.
Seventy percent of voters rejected his idea of using the Elected Presidency to provide “some real checks and balances”. They didn’t want, by the back door, a separate centre of power formed from, or advised by people, who could not win seats in parliament. http://singaporealternatives.blogspot.com/
Worse, 95% of voters certainly didn’t want his preferred candidate, Tan Kin Lian.
What does he think abt his PE reverses, and the chaos in TKL’s campaigning? Does he accept any reponsibility for the latter? I still get indignant when I recall TKL and his team attending a memorial service in their campaign tee-shirts. And chuckle when I recall him squeezing out of his car. And the car was a Jaguar, certainly not a car of the people. He should have stuck to his Toyota, a People’s Car.
Update on 5 September 2011 at 7.20am
This is a great, mean analysis of TKL’s statement after the election from a non-political blogger http://ryangoh.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/thoughts-on-tan-kin-lians-post-pe-press-statement/