Everyone loves an underdog success story. How can we get more of such stories? Tharman went to ask the school principal how their kids were able to beat the likes of NUS High which is full of Science and Math whizzes who are also much older. He wanted to know the special sauce and how to reproduce them elsewhere.
I believe other than being one of the smartest if not the brightest minister in cabinet, a key reason why Tharman is appreciated is because his heart in in the right place. Wasn't he also the one who popularize the term Compassionate Meritocracy? I can tell you that is rare. My daughter in NUS, her team just failed the compassionate meritocracy test. All these straight As students only understand fighting fair in the narrowest possible sense. Very much like the animal kingdom, if you are seen as a runt (you are not), you are finished. Nobody would slow the train for you to hop on. They will just leave you behind to die.
Humans would choose to be animal than human like. You know what happen to the militaries that leave their injured and dead behind.