|Er, I think Seet Ai Mee said it was a pork seller, not fish-monger|
Still, it's an improvement over Ng Eng Hen alluding to the dire consequences of a freak election result; in party parlance that means an opposition win at the polls. Catherine Lim asked the rhetorical question once, "Suppose a freak election took place; what would the PAP do? Would MM send in the army?" Her query is not that facetious, given what the old man actually articulated, "Without the elected president and if there is a freak result, within two or three years, the army would have to come in and stop it." (Reuters, 16 Sep 2006)
Ng makes it blatantly plain, "Every election, it is never about just alternative voices in Parliament." Like the son, Ng rubbishes the proud historical moments of our once charismatic leader, "If we say we believe in democracy, if we say that the fabric of a democratic society in one which allows the free play of ideas, which avoids revolution by violence because revolution by peaceful methods of persuasion is allowed, then, in the names of all the gods we have in this country, give that free play a chance to work within the constitutional frame-work. If you do not, then you will face outright opposition, an armed revolt, and eventually an armed victory. Then the whole social fabric of this society, will collapse." (Hansard, October 4, 1956, Lee Kuan Yew deploring the arrests of trade union and civic leaders)
It is no comfort that Ng, a non-military man, is rattling the sabers instead of his stethoscope. What more to expect from the prima donna generals in their ranks? Like that General Patton wannabe of a brigadier-general, strutting on stage like a North Korean demagogue, who says we won't last longer than the Langfang republic (which happened to be slightly longer than a HDB 99-year-lease). Hello, that was a bunch of coolies working the gold and tin mines of 18th century Borneo. If mighty Qing China could not repel the British Royal Naval warships dispatched by Lord Palmerston, did he really expect them to overwhelm the Dutch maritime command? No wonder PM Lee is asking the voters to stop listening to the crap.