|What mistake has he made?|
Goh cried, "What mistake has he made? You can take a minister and criticise him for not delivering on perhaps housing (Mah Bow Tan) and transport (Raymond Lim). Like Wong Kan Seng you can say he let Mas Selamat escape. George Yeo, what has he done to deserve this? And he is a core member." Before we move on, we need to thank Goh for reminding us that the defects Mah, Lim and Wong are still core members in the PAP line up, their unrepented sins apparently forgiven even before the election is run.
For starters, George Yeo is immortalised for telling the barefaced lie to the people, "An IR is not a casino." During GE 2006, he was known in Aljunied as the "travelling minister".
Then there's this bit about intelligence, competence, ability to deliver results, and judgement which can be trusted. If he were so good at foreign relations, why were things so patchy with the Indonesians that they refused to sell us sand? Mahathir's quarrel is with Lee Kuan Yew, but Yeo hasn't exactly cultivated a friendlier rapport with Badawi or Najib Razak. After Mas Selamat was captured in Johore, and throughout his detention across the causeway, the Malaysians didn't grant our police commissioner permission to access the terrorist (Wong probably thought it too malu to ask) and find out how he crossed the straits, with flotation devices like empty NEWater bottles or rubber duckies (and we still don't know). Ain't it the role of diplomats to assist in this cross border co-operation? Oh, Yeo did his share of strutting on the world stage alright, much to the consternation of Taiwan foreign minister Chen Tan-sun. Thanks to his (unsolicited) showmanship expertise on Taiwan independence, Chen declared in front of all the nations on planet earth, "Even Singapore, a country the size of a piece of snot, can swagger around to criticise Taiwan at the United Nations".
Ngiam Tong Dow explained that the Ministry of Finance had no budget for the Esplanade, latter will need all its seats filled at $300+ prices to break even. George Yeo tweaked the system, and used the Singapore Pools to finance the project through "future earnings". Yeo's just another Vivian Balakrishnan, lavishly signing away others' money, and expressing “no regrets” because the event was “value for money”. Another one too important to lose?