The phrase “let’s move on” and its variants (like “moving on”) has long been associated with the governing party even though it has not moved on (i.e. out of power) since 1959. Among countries that hold free elections, only UMNO in M’sia (since 1957) has been longer in power. And LKY has not moved on. He is still in the PAP.
I cannot remember who in PAP first used or popularised the phrase, or even when it was first uttered.
If the phrase or a variant was first uttered or popularised by MightyMind, then perhaps the late Mrs Lee Kuan Yew may have drawn this verse to her husband’s attention, inspiring his use of “move on”.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
As we know she loved the classics of English Literature, she is likely to have read the Edward Fitzgerald translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the Persian astronomer, poet and sufi master. To be fair to her husband, he may have been aware of the poem. It might have been taught in RI.
(The Fitzgerald translation is a classic of English literature, and a favourite of mine. I must admit that I’m so stupid that I did not associate the PAP phase with this verse until earlier this year. And it’s a poem I read regularly, and I can recite some verses from memory.)
Sometime back, an editor from MediaCorp’s freesheet, did a piece saying S’pore must name sumething- anything- after her, while another Today reporter tried to link her to a book on orchids: the links were a link too far.
I think the continued use of “move on” is a worthy tribute to her, if she gave MightyMind the idea to use or popularise the phrase. Where would S’pore be without “move on”?