Did They Boo Tony Tan? Or Someone Else?

This will be a short post, as I’m 1/3 into my political fact-finding mission in UK.

Apparently Dr Tony Tan was booed by Tan Jee Say supporters and the latter had to admit this was “not right”.

But I don’t think it was Tony Tan they were booing, per se.

They were booing the PAP, and Tony Tan happens to be the personification of the party.

They were booing the system that allows only a very select group of candidates to contest the Election, and Tony Tan happens to be the most “select” candidate.

They were booing the Constitutional amendments, which only empower the President in five small areas and requires him to keep quiet in every other area, and Dr Tan happens to be the staunchest supporter of the “quiet” President system.

They were booing Mindef’s “explanation” of Patrick Tan’s long NS deferment and unusual NS vocation, and Tony Tan happens to be at the centre of it.

They were booing PM Lee’s endorsement of Tony Tan, and Tony Tan happens to be the subject of that endorsement.

They were booing PM Lee’s assertion that not everyone who got a COE is well-qualified to be a President, and Tony Tan happens to be the candidate PM Lee says is qualified.

And most of all, they were booing the idea that the PAP Govt wants to push a particular candidate for the Presidential Election when the post is supposed to be apolitical.

To Dr Tony Tan– please don’t take the booing personally. It’s not you who’s being booed. It’s who’s behind you, who supports you, who you were, what you did, what others did and how the system works that’s being booed.

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7 Responses to Did They Boo Tony Tan? Or Someone Else?

  1. Kojakbt says:

    bro, ok to submit this to TR? good write-up, btw,,,, 🙂

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  3. Kojakbt says:

    Bro, it’s published on TR 🙂

    http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/08/21/did-they-boo-tony-tan-or-someone-else/

    I think most readers support you 🙂

    • TR readers will support anything anti-PAP.

      • Qiang Tou Cao says:

        First, I humbly suggest that you rephrase your assertion as “TR readers who comment on articles will support anything anti-PAP”. Given TRE’s massive readership, it appears that only a small fraction of their readers comment on articles. And given that most of these comments are anti-establishment, one can easily come to the tempting but unsubstantiated conclusion that TRE readers are on the fringes of lunacy or that TRE is the equivalent of a meta cowboy town.

        On your article, I don’t understand your last paragraph “To Dr Tony Tan– please don’t take the booing personally. It’s not you who’s being booed. It’s who’s behind you, who supports you, who you were, what you did, what others did and how the system works that’s being booed.”

        If you claim that the ‘booers’ were booing him because of “who you were” and “what you did” amongst other reason, then why shouldn’t Tony Tan take the booing personally. Are you saying that “who you were” is intrinsically different “who you are”? Or are you saying that “what you did” can be forgiven and forgotten as long as it isn’t “what you do” or “what you will do”?

        Furthermore, surely Tony Tan has the liberty to choose who he wants to associate with, i.e. the PAP govt. Hence isn’t it fair that he incur his share of the collateral damage? Similarly, I’m sure he will receive votes from some PAP sympathizers simply from association.

  4. Henry says:

    The office of the President is actually quite impotent.
    It comes alive only when the Cabinet needs the key to the reserves, appoint office holders, detain people under the ISA. Even then, it is upon guidance from the Presidential Council.

    That being the case, I believe having someone who is not the PAP’s “friend” will certainly be very annoying. Imagine the photograph of this man staring at Lee HL and his team everyday.
    It will cause great stress, and indeed, may cause many PAP people to think carefully any appointments, and detentions that they plan to do.

    Certainly, it will not be a smooth ride. That is what I want. With a pro-PAP man inside, it will all be too easy to rubber stamp. With a non-PAP man, it will be a tedious task to explain and convince.

    I just want an annual or quarterly report on what the Office has been doing.

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