Saturday, February 22, 2014
Tan Cheng Bock on the Pioneer Generation
The good Dr. Tan Cheng Bock articulated my thoughts on this matter completely. How I wished he shared them with us in the capacity of President. What he had said complemented Tharman's budget speech perfectly in Parliament yesterday.
The President has tremendous soft power at his disposal which the incumbent Tony Tan do not have the right heart, personality and skill to use. He only knows how to use hard power. In fact, I think Tony Tan is the worst President we ever had and I hope he would choose to step down when his term ends as he is likely to suffer a humiliating defeat otherwise.
My kids call Dr Tony Tan the rabbit President. Clearly they don't take him seriously. As for me, he is superfluous. Among my friends, many of us think he looks like the KFC man. Fortunately for him none of us are the types who would get invited to tea with him at the Istana.
So what had good doc done right this time? He has given us the words that helps us bind ourselves into a common thread. This is the first and most important job of a President. Queen Elizabeth does this regularly with distinction for decades. No American President could survive without performing this role on top of his often contradictory political duties and short term pressure. Meanwhile Tony Tan could not even give good sound bites for the media to use with the many opportunities open to him. Tony Tan is failing to connect and for that he deserves a fail grade.
Posted by PengYou at 11:35 AM