The Ego Has Landed – Goh Meng Seng’s Attempt At Americanising Singapore


Would you vote for a goreng pisang seller….?

By: B Goode

As expected, Goh Meng Seng, the political driftwood has applied to form a political party;  People’s Power Party. The late Corazon Aquino would like to have a word with him.

And he has drafted in the who’s who of the local political fraternity. They are so who’s WHO(?) that I am having problem trying to google their names.

They are former members of the WP and NSP. People who are like-minded. Just like Goh Meng Seng. Like-minded as in party-hopping from one party to another hoping to get that golden ticket of an MP allowance.

And he has also listed out the main objectives of the party; more presidential powers, separation of powers, freedom of the press. You know, the usual un-original claptrap.

The funny part is that, he couldn’t even come out with original ideas despite him thinking that he is a political advisor, heavyweight, mentor, maestro and whatever. So what did he do? He did what any third-rated politicians would. Kopipasta.

He thought of a political system that he believed had worked. The United States of America and copy-pasted their system and wanted to transplant it into Singapore.

The problem is, I doubt he understands American history like the fact that when the American constitution was first promulgated, the founding fathers had no idea that American politics would turn out to be a two-party system. Or that they did not even consider universal suffrage.

Let’s take Goh Meng Seng’s idea of separation of powers and start with the separation between the President (executive) and Congress (legislature). Does he know that there have been many occasions when the President also belonged to the party that controlled Congress? So what separation of powers is he talking about?

And during times, like the present, when Congress is controlled by a different party from that of the president, the government is basically rendered ineffectual so much so that the government almost went bankrupt not once, but twice.

Now let’s talk about the separation of powers involving the Judiciary. The way Goh Meng Seng understand it is that the Judges just appeared from thin air. I doubt he knows that the Judges are nominated by the President and approved by Congress. So again, what separation of powers is he talking about?

There is a difference between ideal and practice.

In fact, if the American system is so good, ask him to name one country that has adopted the American system. I can think of one. The Philippines. But just look at what the country has become.

So finally the ego has landed. And now that he has formed his own party, he could no longer ride on the coat-tails of others. He would have to lead and formulate his own plan and strategy. The question is, can he do it?

All he has ever done is fault-finding. Incessant whining and whingeing. Now, he has to build a political party from scratch. It is easier to demolish a building than to build one.

But why bother when he could just copy-paste from others.

And by the way, if he has not thought of a symbol for his party, I’d suggest a banana. You know. Yellow outside but white inside.

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