TOM will be the second Deepavali since the cabinet reshuffle after last year’s May GE.
And my contacts among the Indians in the PAP have plenty to raise their glasses to as they feast and booze. Two out of four of PM’s most trusted ministers are Indians, the Indian PAPpies crow to their Chinese and Malay comrades. One is, allegedly, descended from the wolf in Red Riding Hood, and the three-headed dog with a serpent’s tail, a mane of snakes, and a lion’s claws, that guarded Hades. The other is the PM’s Brains and Heart. The other two Chinese ministers are the PM’s hewers of wood and water? I.e. Dalits crow the Indian PAPpies. Some even wonder if they should PM an “honorary” Indian.
And VivianB is being given a chance (final one?) to show what he can do: tame the regular 50-year floods that happen three times in two years.
And there is another “countryman” cabinet minister in the PMO’s office. Earlier this year, ignorant Americans in the US State Department might be forgiven for thinking that S’pore is on the Indian sub-continent or in the Indian Ocean given that he and Tharman visited the US at about the same time.
Then there is the Hard Truth that no Chinese or Malay has become a minister after becoming a divorcee.
And juz recently, another Indian has been made senior junior minister.
Juz calculate the percentage of Indian MPs to the total.
Funnily, Indians are the most vocal critics of the PAP or the government. Take a stone a throw it into that crowd, and you are more likely to hit a Wijeysingha, Ravi, Yadav, Nair, Tambi, Cherian or Braema than a Kum Hong, Alex Au, Teo Soh Lung Dr Chee or his sister.
The other funny thing is that the local Indian population are not impressed by the important role that Indians play in the the governance of S’pore. They grumble about the “lack of meritocracy in the admin service and senior management of government ministries and agencies, Temasek and its TLCs, and other GLCs, and in private companies. This even though they dominate the legal profession and the print media.
We Chinese should be happy that there is division among the Indians. Imagine if the PAP Indians and the anti-PAP Indians unite: they will run S’pore. Err maybe taz why Wong Kan Seng allowed the Aryans in. They tend to look down on their S’porean cousins because they are darker than said self-proclaimed Aryans and high castes. LOL
And because of a Hard Truth (that Indians have been discriminated against) they are great sniffers of perceived discrimination, being able to sniff a Higgs particle of discrimination in the atmosphere. This helps keep MNC employers on their toes: not to discriminate in favour of Pinoys, ang mohs etc.
Have to a good holiday all.