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11/30/2007

Tharman the first non Chinese PM?

He has risen and risen, holding the two important portfolios of Education and Finance. And speculation is that he is meant for bigger things... perhaps the next PM. His credential is impeccable except for the little skirmish that was long forgiven. Now it is up to Tharman to win the hearts part is easier. Winning the voters confidence that he is going to be the next PM will be trickier. But all things can happen in the city of possibilities.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're too optimistic. One only has to look at the amount of scorn and hatred towards Indians and Malays in online forums such as Sammyboy, and you will realise having a non-Chinese PM is but a pipe dream. Racial harmony Singapore-style is as brittle as it was four decades ago.

Anonymous said...

Racial harmony is only a facade. Take out all the political hulla ballo and what you actually find is racial tolerance, the You stay out of my face and I'll stay out of your face variety. As with most of the other things in Singapore, it is a farce.

redbean said...

in every groupings, racial, religious or whatever, there will be the small group of extremists. in cyberspace, there are more than that. some are posting with their private agenda to create mischief.

racial harmony is a relative thing and very fragile. never take racial or religious harmony for granted. all it needs is a little spark or instigation and everything can be burn down.

relatively we are doing not too badly. but it must be handle with sensitivity and tender loving care.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Racial harmony has got fuck all to do with it.

In fact, if you bring "race" into any situation, it's guaranteed that sooner or later one race will say "how great it is to be such-and-such".

"Race" is the ULTIMATE example of human collectivism — the arbitrary grouping of human individuals such that they are stripped of their individuality and lumped into an ethnic group; thus suffering all the (especially negative) stereotypes of that group.

Perhaps there will come a day when S'poreans will be able to accept a human being as a human being — looking beyond and ignoring all the collective aspects of that person, and accepting that person as a unique individual with something special to offer.

Then again, pigs might fly before that societal shift occurs in S'pore, and Jesus might come first...and perhaps smite the shitty Red Dot, and her heathen idol-worshipers.

As an aside, you gentlemen out there might be reminded that it is good form to allow the woman to come first :-)

Anonymous said...

race aside, i think Tharman is the best choice for the office. he seems even tempered and rational. he has never appeared fiery or emotional. talents are rare, as a chinese i will be proud and elated if he gets to be our first non chinese PM as a result of meritocracy.

Matilah_Singapura said...

I agree. Tharman is well tempered and rational — as best as one can expect from someone who chooses to work for the state.

I would like to see him go back into private enterprise. This is where THE BEST people are, only the dunces decide to join a government.

redbean said...

i agree that tharman is the coolest cucumber of the lot. he is never rattled, or at least that is what i have seen so far.

he carries himself in a very cool and calm manner, even temper and quite charming.

Elfred said...

Pondering... Hmmm~

Matilah_Singapura said...

Exactly. Tharman is far too good to remain in government.

You need uptight assholes in government — people who can't make it in the real world, aka the private sector.

IMO TS would be a dolt to remain in government. He'd rock in the private sector, especially if the total privatisation of Singapore is taken seriously.

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