He who thinks he is the special one

The one thing you cannot say about Chan Chun Sing is that he is lacking in self-belief and self-confidence. In fact, you can hardly come across anyone who is as dead sure of everything, above all himself.

His demeanour is that of a person overflowing with intelligence. To the extent that he reeks of the idiom too clever by half – defined by the Oxford dictionary as persons “annoyingly proud of their intelligence or skill, and liable to overreach themselves.”

Somehow this conjures up the image of Chan Chun Sing in full flow.

To recap what he is like, Chan told Parliament last year during the debate on the water price hike that much more needed to be done to “socialise our people to the challenges that we are facing on the water front.” There must be agreement by everyone that “water is existential,” he repeatedly stressed with a flourish.

It’s no exaggeration to say that the existentialism of water went over the heads of those sitting in Parliament, so how could ordinary Singaporeans have figured out what Chan was alluding to? But the Minister in full flow is liable to launch into platitudes of the sort.

During the state funeral service of former President S R Nathan at the NUS, Chan gave the sixth of seven eulogies. It was fine until he started shouting Majulah Singapura on stage! It was most awkward; was it a solemn funeral service or a political rally? But Chan aka Kee Chiu in full flow is prone to such theatrics.

He also has the regrettable tendency to wade in on issues without restraint. This was why recently, in less than a week, Chan as the PAP Whip had to make a U-turn over whether MPs should write letters on behalf of constituents to the courts.

Again this harks back to the fact that Chan is super confident of his ability to pull everything off. The politics of restraint and circumspection is not in his DNA.

Chan’s rhetoric and soundbites are also an uncanny regurgitation of PAP party lines and catchphrases. Consider these standard platitudes of Chan, actual lines and phrases he has used which we have heard before, word-for-word or with very slight variations:

- Singapore faces life and death struggles
- No one owes Singaporeans a living
- Singaporeans can be the agents of change
- There’s no problem with having highly skilled foreign talent
- The government must be accountable and responsive to the people’s needs
- Trust needs to be earned and maintained by each generation of leaders
- We overcame challenges and thrive as one united people regardless of race, language or religion

It is as if parroting these well-worn motherhood lines and putting on a moral posture would put Chan in line to be the next PM.

And he not only does it on home ground, he even went to the World Economic Forum in Davos last month and mimicked a global leader. He expressed his confidence in the Chinese winning the trust and confidence of the world. “The Chinese have a saying yi de fu ren – use your benevolence to bring about a global community,” he said.

Nice one, except that this was the exact same phrase deftly and memorably used by President Xi Jinping at the same Davos forum the previous year to assure the world of Chinese good intentions.

But kudos to Chan for effort; at least you know he wants to be PM as opposed to someone who is ambivalent about it. He is spilling over with ambition, his demeanour says it all and he has tried hard to stamp his mark and engage in one-upmanship.

By sticking resolutely to his script, even if predictably so, Chan Chun Sing could claim the biggest prize, the prime ministership. Too clever by half he may well be, but will he have the last laugh?

 

Augustine Low

 

 

 

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27 Responses to “He who thinks he is the special one”

  • Great Asia:

    Could you imagine what would happen to Singapore if this Banana is the next PM and 呆 becoming the Minister Mentor, and the rule Singapore for the next 10 years?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Wo:

    The biggest joker. We must hope that he becomes PM. He will bring the PAP down!

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  • Ann:

    He is the one to take Sg to the moon! Haha he will make Sg a laughing stock. Very special one indeed.

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  • Fong:

    The day is near when a fool becomes the head of the PAP. Bravo!!

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  • MM:

    Smart Aleck and buck tooth Chan will be the downfall of the PAP. Yes let’s support him. Let’s throw our weight behind him.

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  • Maxchewy:

    Before he is sworn in as PM, he has to straighten his goofy teeth first. Absolutely necessary for public image for a PM of a nation! I recommend Dr O Hennidige of Camden tower. Not only best for mini implants but also art of teeth straightening! Personal experience.
    MC
    11.3.18

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  • bgkl:

    A politically tone-deaf dumb ass. Can’t imagine seeing this hokkien peng in international forums. Putin will eat him for lunch.

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  • MarBowling:

    Cartoon character Bugs Bunny will have the last laugh:what’s up Doc?

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  • Bad Boy:

    @ “The Chinese have a saying yi de fu ren – use your benevolence to bring about a global community,”

    以德服人 ???
    China ??? Others aside . Just alone in copyright infringement I already have doubts man. Remember su zhou Ind park, not too long ago the boss of crab house also kena .

    https://m.wallstreetcn.com/articles/3247585
    马斯克@特朗普:中美汽车贸易不公你管不管?

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  • United sgs not divided:

    The end is surely near.
    How he had the gall to plaglarise another leaders words !at least give credit to the author of those words.
    Shameful.
    Just imagine if he has to go to PRC for a political meeting.
    President XJP oredi got no patience with SG present PM…wat more this JOKER.

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  • Sinners:

    It is the House that maketh the man, not the man maketh the House. The House decides your fate. If you have concluded the House is corrupted, then all the candidates entering the House is also corrupted(know clearly how you define corruption)

    The ground by which the House sits on must be good ground. You have none of those. You are hence at the mercy of your father, the founder.

    Also a case of a man whose words cannot stand the test of time and begets children who are blind, deaf and dumb.

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  • Twisted truisms:

    Existentialism is to water as thirst is to the soul.

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  • Give him enough rope:

    Do not get pissed off by Kee Chiu making an attempt to look and sound like a national, regional or global leader. The good outcome is that he will bring the white party to history soon.

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  • For Singapore Sake:

    For Singapore Sake, may the best man be the Next PM…

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  • Red dot is finished:

    Send in the CLOWN

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  • HarderTruths:

    I really really really hope he gets to be the PM. As I am old now and possibly will be replaced by FT very soon – I want to see some fun.

    I hope to see $G becoming an FT paradise like India or Bangladesh or even Syria with FT sponsored gangland rapes and riots everyday. Also FT police and judges and civil servants who will openly act like criminals and will look at $G locals like they are trash.

    If any local can get a job other than a menial worker or in Desker Road I will be surprised.

    Let the good times roll.

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  • opposition dude:

    Chan Chun Choy is always good for comedy when he says something cheem. So we need to have large reserves to thwart investors attacking our currency, sure no problem. The real test comes when investors actually attack the currency, then we see just how well prepared the government is.

    All together now, KEECHIU!!

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  • Anonymous incognito:

    It’s clear about the water we’re wasteful ingrates who simply don’t fathom the existential stress to Singaporw.
    It’s a chance for him to practice the aristocratic facepalming(tm) because we’re still the embarrassing people from the kampongs.
    To this day the aristocrats still think it’s August 10 1965.

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  • Maxchewy:

    Not surprised Nor shocked that the bugs bunny minister will likely be our next PM. THe way things are going south downhill since the 4G cabinet took over portend to a bleak future. The day he is anointed the PM whether seatwarmer or permanent will be the climax of the last 15 years of incompetent governance of Singapore.
    The 70% who voted pap in 2015 deserves CCS aka B.B. Ah Beng as their new PM
    MC
    11.3.18

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  • Vote Dr Tan into Parliment:

    Ann:
    Haha he will make Sg a laughing stock. Very special one indeed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct1vDnqatWk

    Yes, indeed!! Even his own party laughed at his stupidity.
    Really Fxxking stupid.

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  • Amos exposed PAP hypocrisy:

    bgkl:
    A politically tone-deaf dumb ass. Can’t imagine seeing this hokkien peng in international forums. Putin will eat him for lunch.

    Why would Putin he eat shit? Please do not insult him.

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  • Problem of succession resolved:

    XJP will be supreme leader for life for ah tiongs soon.

    How about Loony too? For life or drop dead in office or kenna third C, whichever comes first.

    No need for any more suspicion or allegation which one to be lah. Kee chui, stroke man Heng or rat eye Ong.

    What do you think?

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  • LIONS:

    He thinks he is THE ANNOINTED ONE.
    Me thinks he is the ANNOYING one?

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  • HSK will be PM:

    So leave this guy alone and stop bashing him. Only when he becomes PM then you may criticise him if he is bad PM.

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  • Bad Boy:

    Xjp ?

    Don’t worry about China.

    Obviously not all PRC support xjp .we see Mao’s Secretary against . we see prcs oversea students against .

    Pro PRC fans said China go cashless but
    http://news.ifeng.com/a/20180312/56661308_0.shtml
    刘长乐:发行大面额人民币时机已成熟

    Pro PRC fans said China take care of elderly Everything free but

    http://news.ifeng.com/a/20180312/56667300_0.shtml
    新华社例举国外养老:不能全靠政府 趁早增加个人投入

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  • rukidding:

    Don’t laugh leh !

    If an Indian can be made and turn inot a Malay,….whats there to say that Pappy will not be prepared to put this “Clown” there ???

    They have MAJORITY seats there,…don’t forget !

    o kept their “Obscene salaries”,….all these “Dogs” up ther will again be too happy to “support”,…even when they know that they are supporting an idiot !

    Like they say,….all their eyes got stuck with $tamps

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  • Bystander:

    Ya lor, we sincerely hope he’s the next PM, would be the spark to eventually bring PAP down, with him clowning around Singapore’s Parliament and the world’s stage, tainting us with shame and embarrassment.
    We are pumping for you, boy soldier.

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