Friday, April 22, 2011

A Valley Of Elah, In Marine Parade

The PAP's champion, Mr.Goh Chok Tong, like an aged Goliath, has strode forth for almost 3 decades now, shouting his challenge. For the last 20 years, his challenge has gone unmet.

But this election, a Singaporean David steps forward, in the unexpected form of Ms.Nicole Seah. Like David, she is young, and like David, she is courageous. She could have taken the easy route by throwing in her lot with the PAP, but she has chosen the hard and thankless path, of being an oppositionist in Singapore.

Mr.Goh is hampered now, by many things. By the weight of a too-long incumbency, by association with the NKF scandal, by his scolding of Singaporeans for complaining about the PAP's haplessness in the face of floods, by his mammoth salary, by his many foot-in-the-mouth comments, and not least, by the burden of Ms.Tin Pei Ling tightly clinging on to his coat-tails.

If at all a message is to be sent to the PAP, it will be sent by speeding Mr.Goh on his way to his long overdue retirement.

We hope Ms.Seah does not blanch at Mr.Goh's inevitable arms-flailing charge, and that she aims well.

It would be a pity indeed if Goliath wins, though those modern day philistines, the PAP, will rejoice.

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