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This is what we should remember Chiam for

In Uncategorized on 09/10/2019 at 11:27 am

I’m glad for this article

“The opposition used to be undesirable and unelectable, and Chiam has made it more acceptable to Singaporeans. He really revamped the whole opposition’s image and brought in credible candidates,” says Loke.

“His contribution surpasses JBJ’s, in terms of changing the opposition’s image.”

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chiam-see-tong-changed-the-face-of-the-opposition-analyst-065549351.html

As Mr Chiam gets more and more frail, the actions of Mrs Chiam in trying to bostler his image and the way the PAP manipulates her had me thinking that he was the PAP’s useful idiot

True Chiam wasn’t honoured in these ways [Soed and made bankrupt or disinvited from Istana functions] but maybe they didn’t think he was that dangerous an opponent? Maybe they saw him as a “useful idiot”?

Seriously, Chiam, was given a great honour by one Harry Lee. He was one of Harry’s honorary pall-bearers. Given Harry’s status in S’pore’s official narrative (Coldstore: Why Harry’s narrative or the highway), Chiam’s honour ranks higher than the Order of Temasek.

But I suppose P Ravi would rather forget about this great honour conferred on Mr Chiam because it could be interpreted as double-confirming to cynics that the PAP thinks Chiam is their useful idiot.

Nonsense: 1 Oppo leaders are not honoured by PAP govt 2 More adversarial politics won’t be good for S’pore’

I knew Chiam well from the mid 70s to the early 80s. He handled several civil matters for my father and his friends in the early 80s, very competently. Lost touch after I went walkabout for several yrs.

Thought highly of him even though by the late 1990s I realised that he was not capable of building an effective opposition party unlike WP Low because he had EQ: Chiam: The importance of EQ. But when he anointed first s/o JBJ as his probable successor as oppo leader (KennethJ: Dice not falling his way) and then Lena as his potential successor in Potong Pasir (Time for the Chiams to step back?), and failed both times, I’ve been a reluctant critic.

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