Flanked by ex-rear admiral Teo Chee Hean, architect of the Hougang rout, the colorectal doctor said, "My strategy is the same: listen more, empathise more, interact more." Same of what? The doc doesn't exactly have much of a track record to recall. Dr Francis Seow-Choen, of the same Fortis Colorectal Hospital, said Koh told his colleagues "about three weeks to a month back" that he had been called up by the Prime Minister for a "tea session". Someone should read the tea leaves in that cup.
Support will definitely be forthcoming from other traditional sources too. Look out for extra traffic wardens posted at carparks adjacent to opposition party rally sites. Parking lots will be mysteriously "reserved", but the signs will not indicate for who or for what. Squads of mobile policemen will be at their vigilant best, ever ready to book the slightest parking infringement. Don't expect the opposition party MPs to accomplish what MP Seah Kian Peng (Marine Parade GRC) did, which was to ask the officer to "apply a light touch and not issue any summons". Even if, as LTA claims, "the vehicles were parked in an orderly manner and did not cause any obstructions."
Relax. The people who attend opposition parties are extra nice. There's a perceptible gotong-royong spirit in the air. Looking after each other's backs. Extend to you the shade of their umbrella, offer a sitting space on their ground sheets. During those magic moments, you get a glimpse of what a caring society Singapore could be like. Without those invasive foreign elements, and rid of those posturing politicians in white.