Everyone’s favourite former Nominated Member of Parliament Calvin Cheng has weighed in on the Chee-Chan fracas. On his Facebook page, Cheng cut down the Huffington Post, slammed the opposition, and raised his hand in favour of the minister commonly known as Kee Chiu, or “raise hand”.
Here are former NMP Calvin Cheng’s musings:
Min Chan Chun Sing has written an excellent letter to Huffington Post informing the people behind this ultra-liberal, left-wing American publication that Chee Soon Juan is not a serious political figure in Singapore. No doubt, this sanctimonious online newspaper, founded by the quintessential champagne-socialist Arianna Huffington, will ignore it in the name of ‘freedom of speech’.
What is more interesting is the numerous extremists – hardcore opposition supporters – who have piled in to excoriate Min. Chan and defend Chee Soon Juan.
The thing is that Singapore would benefit from a GOOD opposition – any country would. Senior PAP members themselves have said as much. There are far better opposition figures that have done much for Singapore, not least of all Chiam See Tong whom Min Chan has called ‘an honourable man’.
And by far the man who has achieved the most for the opposition cause has been Low Thia Kiang, who took down a GRC packed with PAP heavyweights, and held Hougang without histrionics, without slandering people, without pandering to Western provocateurs, without the kind of ineffective and absurd political drama of Chee Soon Juan. These are the opposition figures that the world should know about.
People who support the Opposition without care about WHO the politician is and what he stands for are a blight on our hopes of having an enlightened electorate, and a constructive democracy. They are a grave danger to Singapore, and a knife in the heart of opposition activists who have worked hard through the years to build up a credible, constructive, and moderate Opposition.
Both ruling party supporters and moderate, reasonable opposition members must unite in the face of the extreme and destructive ideology of opposing for the sake of opposing. Otherwise Singapore will be ruined.
Nowhere in his article to Huffington Post was Min. Chan Chun Sing ‘stigmatising failure’ or defining success
Min. Chan called Chee Soon Juan a political failure and that’s a fact. Even by the most stretched definitions, I don’t see how Chee could possibly be called a ‘political success’.
That is however completely different from calling the man a failure, something Min. Chan never did. Neither did he define success for the society, as some have even more absurdly charged.