What’s all this angst about “losing” a foreign minister?
First, in real democracies, ministers change regularly with changes of govt, and even sometimes mid-term, when the PM does a cabinet reshuffle to boost popularity. No one should assume that a minister should sit forever, or is indispensable.
Second, we got five good MP’s for the price of one George Yeo.
Five good men and women, who will speak the truth in Parliament, not just provide token “debate”.
Five good men and women, who have earned their spurs from being on the ground, listening to the ordinary people.
Five good men and women, who fought against all odds to get into Parliament, not riding on the coat-tails of ministers.
Is that not worth one George Yeo?
Remember, PAP asked for this, with the GRC system and their strategy of “anchor” ministers. Since they want opp parties to go for broke, they must be responsible for the consequences.
So don’t blame the people of Aljunied, don’t blame WP, and don’t blame the system.
Blame the PAP for the way they want to play this game.
To me, the tragedy is not that we lost George Yeo, but we could have lost Chen Showmao. A real humanist, a brilliant lawyer and a scholar with even better qualifications than any PAP minister, George Yeo included.
Instead of saying we lost George Yeo, say that instead that we lost Nicole Seah, or Michelle Lee, or even Vincent W, because the system forced them to be grouped with other candidates that could have cause them to lose votes.
We’ve lost so many good candidates over the last 20 years, because of the way PAP plays this game.
That’s what PAP has caused politics to become in Singapore.