By: B Goode
So finally, the `cool cucumber’ mask that Dr Tan Cheng Bock slathered on his own face dried-up and cracked to reveal what lie underneath; the face of a bitter man. A salty man.
Throughout the debate on the changes to the Elected Presidency (EP), Dr Tan has tried to put on a veneer of respectability and surrounded himself with an aura of propriety and uprightness by staying above the fray even to the extent of giving a compliment (albeit a back-handed one) to the men of virtue.
But now that it appeared that those same men of virtue were not about to make any concession to allow Dr Tan to contest in the EP, Dr Tan issued a statement via his facebook:
SINGAPOREANS ARE VERY CONCERNED
Thank you all for your encouraging responses to my last post.
It reached 324,411 people with 1,369 shares as at 23sept.
I would particularly like to share a comment by a Mr. Cheah Kok Keong to my post. He wrote:
“When the Head of State is defined more by his wealth and race rather than his character, integrity and his track record of leadership in public, community, charity, volunteer, social services, what legacies are we leaving for our future generations?”
On the surface, that little posting seemed innocuous but if you removed the pretence, you’d expose and bring to the fore Dr Tan’s character flaw; a self-centred man who thinks that the world revolves around him.
First thing first. By using another person’s comment to enunciate his own feelings on the issue is smacked of political cowardice. Here is a man who said that he’d be the perfect foil to the government. Yet, he had to hide behind someone else’s comment to whack the men of virtue. Getting your minions to do all the dirty work is easier than doing it yourself, isn’t it?
Now let’s look at that `I didn’t say it, someone else’s did but I am going it put it up anyway’ statement.
Personally, I find it utterly disturbing coming from someone with the obsessive desire to be Singapore’s Head Of State.
If Dr Tan thinks that race is not an issue, then he must read-up more and understand what the term `Head-Of-State’ means; what are the other equally important roles and responsibilities of a President; what the Office represents: and most importantly to fathom the kind of State Singapore is. Hint: Does the concept of multi-racialism ring a bell?
If I was a Malay, and there had not been a President from my own race for about half a century, I’d feel slighted and I’d question the notion that Singapore is a multi-racial society. I’d quietly question why the other races are not prepared to accept a Malay to be the President.
And if Dr Tan thinks that you have to be wealthy to be the President, then he has to read up on the proposed changes to the EP, again. And again.
But what takes the cake is Dr Tan alluding to ‘his track record of leadership in public, community, charity, volunteer, social services’.
If the word `his’ is replaced by `her’ you might think that he was talking about Halimah Yacob. But we will get there later.
Since the last PE, what has Dr Tan achieved vis-à-vis that statement of his? Acting all Presidential when he has yet to be the President by going on walk-a-abouts, more recently to Coney Island, surrounded by his entourage for photo-ops does not count.
Being a good charitable Doctor (which he is) does not count either because he is not the only doctor who does that.
Being able to stand up to the government when he was the MP does not count either because then Sylvia Lim would far surpass his achievement.
What notable public, community, charity, volunteer, social services work has he done? Please tell. Inquiring mind needs to know.
Lastly, if Dr Tan and his rabble-rousers truly believed in what he had posted on his facebook, and I mean truly, sincerely, honestly and have I mentioned truly (?), I would like to challenge them on this:
Sit down and make an honest assessment and compare the achievement of these two personalities. Discount the race factor and solely based on the `criteria’ that Dr Tan had alluded to, tell us who would be more eligible to be the President of Singapore?
Dr Tan Cheng Bock Vs Mdm Speaker Halimah Yacob