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12/01/2008

Relentless attacks on Tan Kin Lian

There is increasing momemtum in cyberspace to run down Tan Kin Lian. The attacks and biased questioning of his intent and his integrity appear to be quite coordinated. It is relentless and will get wilder if no one is putting a stop to it. I do not know Tan Kin Lian nor have met in socially. But from what I have seen and heard, he is no better and no worst than the best politician we have today. Just like in hollywood, Richard Gere, George Clooney, and who else, are the perfect screen idols that the media is churning out. Do you know the other side of the story? Everyone has many facets in their lives, the good and the not so good, and the warts. Let the one who has not sinned be the first to cast the stone. Human beans shall not pretend to be as white as gods, no blemishes. And small people shall not be used to go around tarnishing other good men with small blemishes. Your gods may have warts the size of a mountain. At this stage of our political development we need more able and good men to stand out to serve the people. The last thing we want to do is to run everyone down just because he is not one of us. A little graciousness is the order of the day. Those who are ungracious shall not talk about graciousness. Let the thugs be thugs and good men be good men.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is no smoke without fire.

While it is not my intention to cast any doubts on the character of the above-mentioned Singaporean man, it would be of public interest to find out what are the causes of those criticisms, to be fair to the critics. Having said the above, the above-mentioned Singaporean man is also well-known for doing his fair share of good deeds.

Francis Chua, Singapore

redbean said...

ya, we must put all these opposition candidates under the microscope. presumed guilty till proven. wrong parentage!

Anonymous said...

First, I think during his days as CEO of NTUC Income he must have stepped on many toes. Secondly, someone must have decided that he should not be allowed to stand for political or presidential office, therefore the obvious procedure is 'give a dog a bad name and hang him'

redbean said...

professional differences or wrong decisions should be accepted as part and parcel of working life. if we can forgive people who lost millions, if we can forgive people who mismanagement millions to the point of corruption, i don't think tan kin lian has come close to that.

i have heard some stories and i don't agree with tan kin lian on his decisions. but he was the man in charge and he called the shot. disagreeing with his decision does not mean that he is a bad man.

if we cannot forgive another for a bad decision, and want to hang him, then many people need to be hanged.

where is kindness and forgiveness? or is it just a clash of political fortunes that it is either i die or you die?

Anonymous said...

'To err is human, to forgive divine'

In Singapore, how many years have we been taking about kindness, but what is the result? If leaders don't lead by example, how can it ever work? Oh, the American system cannot work in Singapore, in every aspect, good or bad.

Anonymous said...

Please do not worry for him. Let him navigate his way to his desired positive outcome. He will be happy that you and I do not put obstacles in front of him.

Sgcynic said...

"There is no smoke without fire."

Then PAP, GIC, Temasek Holdings must be on fire. There's so much smoke... Self-generated or otherwise

redbean said...

hi Sgcynic, welcome to the blog.

wow, i told i am the perpetual cynic, now you have outdone me by calling yourself sgcnic: )

my personal view is that all human beans have their flaws and little indiscretions here and there. we should have a bigger heart and accept people as they, with all their little warts. i don't believe that anyone is as perfect as god. only hypocricies.

many are so flawed that they are much worst than kin lian, but only not advertised.

people should not condemn another for the wrong reason in the guise of wanting to right a wrong.

Anonymous said...

To the bad-mouthed and arm-chair critics against Tan Kim Lian, I'd suggest they search their own conscience if they've one before throwing their vomits on TKL. I admire him not because I know or do not know him, for leaving his comfort zone to help the gullible, naive and helpless victims in a modern world of financial predators of one kind or another. Singaporeans are not sophisticated, let alone educated in our modern world of finance. Whether he has ulterior motives is irrelevant. He becomes one of the victims too or feels vicarious enough to want to help the down-trodden victims. I trust TKL will move on far more relentlessly than his attackers. Obama didn't give a damn to any of his critics, rivals and foes. You have to have the guts, gumption and gusto to believe in yourself and what you're doing is right and in the interest of Mainstreet and the underdogs. GO TKL GO!!!

RED-man said...

Judge by what he do and not where he come from. The funny side about Singaporean is, despite PAP wave and wave of bad action. Their past good deed last seem forever! No one dare to stand out to speak against them!

However, it is so much easier to attack people that are not a threat. Sigh....

Anonymous said...

George says:

TKL started out to help investors affected by the Lehman Bro debacle. He has been consistently doing things related to the issue, ever since. So why should anyone talk about anything else in relation to him. The one who started it was a ST report asking about his ambition for the presidency. He gave a reply which to me simply says he is not interested in it when he asked for 100,000 signatures.

By the conspirators wouldn't let it rest because they have been tasked to 'take him out' for standing up for the poor investors.

It would do us well not to be naive as to fall into the trap of discussing his ambitions etc. Those who do are prime suspects for being in league with the PAP. Leave the issue alone, leave him to do what he has set out to do would be the best thing you can do for Singaporeans.

redbean said...

aspiring to be the president, the pm or a minister, is a lofty ambition and the more able and decent singaporeans having such an ambition the better will be for the country. why should people regard such an ambition as something so sinister?

do we want to let the gangsters or thugs to take over this country and shun the good men? taiwan is a good example of gangsters aspiring to the country's leadership.

in the schools, students were applauded to aspire to be a national leader. how can something so good be so bad? some people really have screwy minds.

RED-man said...

Hi REDBEAN

That is because majority of the Singaporean say 66% like to screw the rest of the country up. Like USA did in the last election choosing Brush to screw them up for good. Now they get what they wished for.

redbean said...

i am still wondering why are there people dead set to attack tan kin lian. what is their motives? are they sincerely interested in exposing the skeletons in people's cupboards for the good of the public? or are they being instructed to do so for mercenary reasons?

what would people think of such people who would do anything for money? what would people think of the master behind them, if there is one, and his moral standing?