Workers’ Party star catch: PAP is insulting

At an age when most 50- year-olds prefer to take it easy, Chen Show Mao has opted for the rough and tumble of politics. And in the context of the one-party state that’s Singapore, and a ruling party that is hostile to a political opposition, it’s  even more admirable. 

Unlike some other politicians, it’s certainly not for the money.  

Curious to know how the Chinese- educated react to Chen, I asked a 70-year-old former civil servant.

He said, “When I read in the paper, they asked what’s Chen’s motive I was very angry. After 30 years abroad he’s still a Singaporean. He never gives up his citizenship, he and his whole family, you know. 

“Now he comes back PAP asks what’s your motive? How can. Very insulting. You know Chinese have a saying LUO YE GUI GEN.”

I asked, “What does it mean?”

He said, “Fallen leaves return to their roots.”

I said, ” A beautiful idiom.”

“Now Chen comes back to serve his country you ask what’s his motive. PAP too much. Don’t forget he did his national service.”
“If we had considered them serious political figures, we would not have kept them politically alive for so long. We could have bankrupted them earlier.”
– Lee Kuan Yew on political opposition, Straits Times, Sept 14 2003


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