Kee Chui misreps our views on FT gladiators

In Media, Political governance on 09/08/2012 at 5:15 am

(Or “We don’t like cheating or cheaters”)

But first things first. It’s National Day and let’s celebrate it even if the PAPpies insist on trying to confuse us that the PAP is S’pore and S’pore is the PAP. Reclaim the Crescent and Stars. We can be proud to be S’poreans without subscribing to the Gospel of Harry.

Now back to Kee Chui and his misrepresentations

“Let’s not just look at where people come from. It’s not just where people come from that we should be concerned with, it’s also what they’ve done for the country,” said Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Chan Chun Sing, commenting on public criticisms at the “buying” of Olympic medals by the use of foreign-born sportsmen.

S’poreans who criticise the use of FT gladiators to win medals are doing so largely because they do not believe that national sporting glory should be bought by using “instant citizens”, the way the Parks Division plants “instant” trees.  

We would view things differently if our talent scouts brought in kids from overseas, and these kids are nurtured into champions here, and then later overseas. Our wimmin ping-pong team became S’poreans when they were already mother hens, not chicks. And it is rumoured that even their toilet cleaner had to be imported from China (OK, OK, I made that one up).

The critics of this FT gladiator policy are not uniquely S’porean.

A lady who writes regularly on British affairs and who is an advocate of a more liberal immigration policy, a controversial issue there too, writes: To come in late in the day with imported talent and claim they are British success stories isn’t about being open to migrants. It’s just cheating. Nobody watching will be fooled. If they get medals, we’ll feel a little embarrassed. Whether it’s swimming or anything else, let’s have a sporting culture strong enough for us to know, when we win, that it’s a real, homegrown achievement, not a fiddle. Otherwise, frankly, I’d rather we lost.

Taz my view, and I know the view of many of my fellow citizens. We have nothing against these FT gladiators who fight for S’pore, and I’m sure many of those who don’t think much of the FT gladiators policy, honour these women as Olympians. My only exception is that lady who attacked the German table tennis federation after she lost her match.

Want us to agree with the government on the use of FT gladiators? Switch  from the emphasis on national pride and glory to the monetary benefits of sponsoring these gladiators. Show us the cost benefit analysis

If the numbers stack up, I’m sure I and my others would have no problem with S’pore sponsoring them: bit like Nike sponsoring athletes.

Finally on an unrelated topic, did you know that a M’sian Chinese air condition repairman can be a PR? ST revealed this yesterday. Add him to slutty looking, violent cheating shop assistants, and hawkers who became PRs from PRC.

  1. Kee Chui should arrange a meeting with former PAP government high flyer Ngiam Tong Dow who spoke for majority of Spore citizens.
    Adjunct Professor
    MPA, Harvard University
    Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
    National University of Singapore
    469C Bukit Timah Road
    Singapore 259772

  2. The problem is the gap between how Kee Chiu and his ilk view sporting events and how normal man on the street (let’s not say Singaporeans since as you said it, any normal human being will feel the same way) view it.

    For those involved directly in the sport, they probably see it as things which they can translate to hitting KPIs and acclaim for themselves. Their reasoning is probably, “Who doesn’t like winners?” and they probably pretty offended when Singaporeans aren’t that enthusiastic about cheering the newly bemedalled athletes.

    For the man on the street, since hitting KPIs is not on their agenda, they cannot identify with it since there’s no common ground (i.e. a lack of a national sporting culture + tradition).

    Kee Chiu is probably intelligent enough to realize this. But he probably will go with the flow instead of directing his ministry to engage with other ministries (particularly MOE, etc) to start looking to craft a long term plan to create that elusive sporting culture.

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