When Dhanabalan bade farewell to his staff at Ministry of National Development, he was asked what he would be doing after stepping down as minister. His reply was as fake as could be, "I'll be helping out at my church". He ends up helping Ho Ching at Temasek Holdings, wife of the guy who originated the slap that was used frequently in the election rally analogies. The same dose of scepticism can also apply to George Yeo's "need a break to spend more time with the family."
His last hurrah before polling day was all about "the importance of transforming the PAP". He claimed to have committed 23 years of service to the residents, and yet got to understand their aspirations only in the 9 days of campaigning. He quoted Low Thia Kiang saying they won Aljunied not because the Aljunied team did not do a good job, but because the voters wanted WP to be their voice in Parliament. Well, if Yeo and his team did a good job speaking up for the Aljunied residents all those years, why would they want someone else to represent their voice in parliament? For 23 years he watched his MIW comrades speak down on the citizenry, treating them as compliant fodder for their economic plans. Like them, all he cared for was his GDP linked bonus.
Yeo said he would help in" whatever way I can" to bring about this transformation of the PAP. But his offer was conditional upon the Aljunied people returning him his $2 million a year salary. No money, no honey. The term pro bono does not figure much in his vocabulary. All his fancy speeches, all his superior intellectual ideas, he was merely hawking them like the way the denizens of the night at Geylang ply their wares.
Where in Yeo's public statement did the reporters find the words to conclude "Foreign Minister George Yeo calls it quits in politics"? All he said was that, despite the wishes of his supporters, he would not stay on to win back Aljunied in five years time. Maybe another GRC, one that requires less work. He has been on auto-pilot for so long, he has forgotten how to use manual controls. Pressed by a reporter, he actually said, "So I don't think I'll ever retire from politics." Low thought he would be meeting a tiger in Aljunied, it turned out to be a pussy cat.
When Singaporeans lose their jobs, whether because of retrenchment or displacement by a foreign talent, they simply brush up their resume and plunge straight back into the employment market. They don't have the luxury of waiting around for a juicy appointment from their political master. Yeo is about to find out that private sector salaries are hard to come by for damaged goods, soiled reputations and used douche bags. The real world is quirky like that.