At the "Singapore at 50: What lies ahead?" dialogue with American journalist and author Fareed Zakaria in July, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Tharman Shanmugaratnam had reiterated that Singapore is in a fortunate situation “where there is a great deal of trust and confidence” in the current leadership and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 63. “Fortunately, he is very healthy. And we have, very importantly in the wings, a group of younger people.”
That explains the colour choice of his shirts, to assure his supporters he is indeed in the pink of heath.
But in an interview with the media on 14 Aug, DPM Teo Chee Hean tells Singaporeans not to take things for granted:
“The Prime Minister is already 63, and had a bout of illness recently. Many of the senior members of the Cabinet are already in our 60s, and come the next General Election a good many of us will be in our 60s.”
As for Ng Eng Hen's advisory about negative campaigning, Teo seems to relish wallowing in the mud. First he derided Low Thia Khiang for shedding "crocodile tears" over the quixotic departure of Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, next he lampooned Sylvia Lim for sampling the culinary delights at Fengshan Hawker Center:
"You're going to swallow up Fengshan for what purpose? To serve the residents of Fengshan? Or is Fengshan delicious because you want to add it into the pot to help the town council with the deficit?"
Ad-hominem attacks are, and has always been, par for the course with the men in white. Leopards do not change their spots overnight. The horrible person has taught them well.
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) seems to have problems with enforcing their own advisory as well: trying to keep election campaigning activities and the Chinese Seventh Month Hungry Ghost Festival events separate. Ghostly images of a dead politician should "strictly not be allowed before, during or after election rallies."
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