“Vikram Nair: I should not have been sarcastic towards Chen Show Mao”. Err based on Rachael Chang’s ST report (see my take here) which Vikram has not denied, nor threatened with defamation claims, he wasn’t being sarcastic to Show Mao. He was, at the very least, being sarcastic towards the poor, bit like VivianB with his hawker food and restaurant remarks. Shumething that Nair later denied. Funnily, he has never ever disputed Rachael Chang’s reporting. So I assume he is happy with it. Yet he is upset with TOC, “It is extremely deceptive of TOC to attribute lies to me”. Want to clear your name, sue SPH and TOC.
And it gets better. In denying to the media that he is a PAP attack dog, he does not deny that he is a dog. Though my two mongrels tell me that they’d rather not be associated with him, thank you very much.
Maybe it’s time to stop using Tin Pei Ling as the exemplar of the PAP’s boast that only the best of the best get asked to be PAP MPs. There are other candidates, this Nair being one.
To recap about Ms Tin. She was the exemplar because of her woodenness in public speaking, shallowness (regrets: not taking mum to a theme park and no clue of what policy she wanted changed), hard-heartedness (poor should only be given enough to keep up with inflation), perceived “tai-tai”ness (Kate Spade bag, expensive Jap food), and her new media spasticity (never privatised her personal Facebook page and having fat-fingered Denise He as her Facebook administrator). Then to crown it all, LKY walked out of parliament when she rose to speak.
But there are now three new contenders for Tin’s title of PAP MP Imperial Stormtrooper Extraordinaire. One is the aforementioned Vikram Nair, the guy who drank water from a tank where the corpse of an FT was found. He loves FTs so much that he wants to imbibe their germs?
Another is BaeyYam Keng .
Baey Yam Keng shows us how much a PAP MP has to be a “FT tua kee” kind of person and FT-lover. He told us not to jump to the conclusion that all foreign students are like the Sun Xu (a PRC guy on a S’pore government scholarship) who insulted our senior citizens and insinuated that “there are more dogs than people in Singapore.”
He apologised saying in parliament, “It was never my intention to undermine Singaporeans. But to those whose feelings my words have hurt, I am sorry.But added, “If we care too much about what people call us, we will find it difficult to be more than the stereotype or inaccurate label. Let us be confident and quietly proud of ourselves, of what we are.”
All this from what as S’pore Notes says is the Managing Director (promoted effective 4th January, 2011) of Hill & Knowlton, a global public relations company with the corporate boast: “We create value by shaping conversations: we start them, we amplify them, we change them. We can connect seamlessly with all of your audiences.” His boss, Regional President & COO Vivian Lines, must be wringing his hands why he ever let him replace Jimmy Tay, who was named PR Agency Head of the Year at the Asia Pacific PR Awards 2009. Surely a humble copywriter would have done a better job than the doggone China lover.
Recently Baey dragged his daughter into the gutter to make a political point. How low can a PAP MP get?
Finally, there is Hri Kumar Nair. To quote Kate Spade, “What can I say?”
This Senior Counsel extraordinaire decided to take on a Clark Kent look-a-like NMP who had the audacity to challenge the PM’s claim that the PM alone had the unfettered authority to suka-suka call or not call a by-election to fill the empty seat in Hougang.
Hri Kumar not only did not discredit the critic but he made this wimpy NMP look like a super hero and sound like an ant-PAP standard-bearer, when this person, before he became an NMP, often came across as someone who was trying very, very hard to become a PAP candidate MP. He always seemed to have a nice thing to say about the government. Any criticism seemed to be wishy-washy, and milder than mild. But Hri changed this perceptions. Eugene Tan became Super Critic and a flag-waving dissident.
The exchange of letters can found here.
And Hri Kumar got some serious legal academics weighing in on the side of the view that the PM had to call a by-election.
Bottom-line, he made PM look silly and petty and according to S’pore Notes, “cowardly”: “But Hougang is a hot seat…The by-election will surely generate much heat and debate across the island.” He’s not just saying that the kitchen is too hot, and the PM should get out of it, he’s telling us that the PM is too cowardly to face the electorate.
Now the PM has conceded the pass. He will call a by-election sometime in the future.
Now not even Tin or Baey or the other Nair managed to do that: make PM appear cowardly, and concede the point. So let’s move on from Tin to Hri Nair?
But Hri should be looking over his shoulder if he inherits Tin’s title. Other than Baey, the other Nair and Kate Spade Tin, two more contenders have emerged: Low Yen Ling and Foo Mee Har. The latter is re-emerging. She was once seen as Tin’s slightly more intelligent (juz) elder “sister”.
BTW, waz the Nair clan up to? Trying to show the PAP that Devan Nair was a black sheep? That the Nairs deserve a cabinet post? All they show is that there are now three lawyer Nairs that say the dumbest things. There is another Nair that says the dumbest things. (Go google “Singapore Dissident”).