A FB acquaintance was making a case for Lina-ah soh to be an MP. I’d said Lina was totally unsuitable, she can’t even run a town council, much less debate Bills intelligently in Parliament.
She countered that not all “opp” MP’s can be as intellectual as Sylvia, and noted that not all PAP MP’s are articulate, literate types. Even PAP has MP’s like Ong Ah Heng, who reflect kopitiam ah pek’s concerns in Parliament, she pointed out. So if we can allow PAP such MP’s, why can’t we accept Lina in Parliament, she countered. What’s wrong with having her in Parliament as long as she does her best, she cried.
My response was that if Lina screws up in Parliament, she’ll set back the “opp” cause 10 years.
A PAP MP can get away with much less because sheer numbers. But at this stage, with 2 vs 82, I just don’t believe “opp” MP’s can do the same.
If an opp MP can’t hold her ground, the TV broadcasts are just going to show her always being attacked by PAP ministers and MP’s.
The “opp” wants more presence in parliament. I hope they will achieve their GRC breakthroughs. However, if the guys who break thru are not the very best that the “opp” has to offer, it will be self-defeating.
Remember what happened to “Don’t talk cock” Lim How Doong and forgettable Neo Chai Chen. Basically, their poor parliamentary performance lost SDP its leader of the opposition mantle, and set back the “opposition” 10 years.
If an Ah Sou like Lina enters Parliament and embarrasses herself, people are not going to have a positive impression of “opp” in future, and it will be a massive setback for the “opp”.
This is about 大局.
That’s why “opp” have to be held to an even higher standard than PAP MP’s.