Delicious Fengshan and the WP pot

From ‘Vote for a party whom you trust to manage your money and town council’, 14 Aug 2015, article by Edric Sng, CNA

…Referring to a post by WP chairman Sylvia Lim on her recently-started Instagram account, the Deputy Prime Minister said: “Now we see the chairman of the town council saying that Fengshan SMC looks quite delicious. What’s going to happen? 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 to the pot? And help the town council with the deficit?”

In her first post on Instagram On Tuesday, Ms Lim posted a picture of herself at Fengshan hawker centre with the caption, “The taste of Fengshan — heavenly!” The post was accompanied by the hashtag #reasonstowin.

    In the poison’d entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!

                                – Three Witches, Macbeth

WP announced over the weekend that their A-team would continue to stay in Aljunied GRC, probably to the chagrin of our DPM who was hoping to bash the team further on their money troubles and adding things to their pot. TCH always had a ‘trust’ issue with the WP, and picked on meeting minutes before the 2012 Hougang by-election  in an attempt to expose the ‘integrity’ problem with Png Eng Huat. TCH also called out Low Thia Khiang for shedding ‘crocodile tears’ at the departure of Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, that he was seizing on the chance to ‘squeeze political mileage’. Well, when is anything that the ruling party, or any party for that matter, has done so far NOT for the intention of gaining ‘political mileage’? It’s just a fancy term for ‘winning favour’.

I suppose once you’re in an indomitable position within government, you’ve no qualms about taking catty swipes at opponents, even more so now that WP’s champions will not be infiltrating the Pasir Ris-Punggol 6-member fortress as an answer to the ‘orh luak’ challenge after all. If TCH responds to the Fengshan deceit in his usual candour, it would make him look like Mr Wilson throwing a hissy fit at Dennis the Menace for trodding on his tulips #reasonstokaopeh. Low Thia Khiang has deftly parried TCH’s assault with the rhetoric about whether this is the ‘kind of politics‘ that Singaporeans want to have. Wonder if Sylvia Lim will post a picture of a longkang (gutter) next.

Outgoing minister Lui would know a thing or two about swallowing. His Moulmein-Kallang GRC was ravaged, chewed, spat out and engulfed by surrounding PAP-owned GRCs. Joo Chiat SMC, known as a foodie Mecca, was eaten up by Goh Chok Tong’s Marine Parade GRC. For now, Fengshan remains up for grabs, with even retiring Raymond Lim having had his fill of it already. There’s more to Fengshan than just a hawker centre famous for Bak Chor Mee, though. There’s Bedok Simpang and a florist called ‘Katong’ Flower Shop for some reason. In Chinese, Fengshan is literally ‘Wind Mountain’. We have a complaining Minister who’s ‘full of wind’, anchoring his ward like a ‘Tiger in the Mountain’.

At this point, the Fengshan Instagram debacle turned out to be less a teaser than strategic PAP bait, and TCH eagerly snapped it up. As a military man he should be all too familiar with psychological warfare, and with the WP vanguard using social media to play mind games, he should be careful not to fall for anymore traps that make him look, well, silly. If there’s anyone actually ‘winning’ out of this, it’s the Fengshan orh luak stall. They happen to sell Chai Tau Quay too. Maybe Chan Chun Sing can pop over and swallow that up. Not the XO version though.

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  1. […] Parrying of the WP – TOC: Eat orh luak oso kena scold – Everything Also Complain: Delicious Fengshan and the WP pot – Zhun Bo, Singapore?!: Looking into Sylvia’s oyster omelette – L.A.M.: What DPM Teo […]

  2. […] “Now we see the chairman of the town council saying that Fengshan SMC looks quite delicious. What’s going to happen? 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 to the pot? And help the town council with the deficit?” TCH always had a ‘trust’ issue with the WP, and picked on meeting minutes before the 2012 Hougang by-election in an attempt to expose the ‘integrity’ problem with Png Eng Huat. TCH also called out Low Thia Khiang for shedding ‘crocodile tears’ at the departure of Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, that he was seizing on the chance to ‘squeeze political mileage’. Well, when is anything that the ruling party, or any party for that matter, has done so far NOT for the intention of gaining ‘political mileage’? It’s just a fancy term for ‘winning favour’. I suppose once you’re in an indomitable position within government, you’ve no qualms about taking catty swipes at opponents, even more so now that WP’s champions will not be infiltrating the Pasir Ris-Punggol 6-member fortress as an answer to the ‘orh luak’ challenge after all. If TCH responds to the Fengshan deceit in his usual candour, it would make him look like Mr Wilson throwing a hissy fit at Dennis the Menace for trodding on his tulips #reasonstokaopeh. Low Thia Khiang has deftly parried TCH’s assault with the rhetoric about whether this is the ‘kind of politics‘ that Singaporeans want to have. Wonder if Sylvia Lim will post a picture of a longkang (gutter) next. Outgoing minister Lui would know a thing or two about swallowing. His Moulmein-Kallang GRC was ravaged, chewed, spat out and engulfed by surrounding PAP-owned GRCs.  […]

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