Thursday, August 5, 2010

Family Business

The non-news today in Singapore is the announcement by opposition leader Chiam See Tong that he has chosen his wife Lina to be his successor in Mr Chiam’s Singapore People’s Party (SPP).

The response from Singaporeans has been overwhelming negative as Mrs Chiam has never contested in an election before (though that may/will change in this coming election). Personally I’m not filled with enthusiasm on his choice but no one can say they didn’t this coming.

Word is that Mrs Chiam will be contesting the single-seat constituency of Potong Pasir in this coming election, a seat her husband has held since 1984. Also it’s not of a stretch politics is a family affair. Our current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the son of Lee Kuan Yew, and they are hardly unique. George Bush the 41th and George Bush the 43th anyone?

Compare to the examples above, what’s the big deal of Mr Chiam handing his seat and party to his wife? He’s trying to keep things in the family; that’s normal.

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