Expressing his gratitude to the Prime Minister for roping him into Parliament through the Group Representative Constituency (GRC) ticket, MP Dr Koh Poh Koon praised Lee Hsien Loong as “the coolest Prime Minister ever”.
During a one-to-one single member constituency contest in 2013, Dr Koh lost over 56% of the votes. However, as the Prime Minister’s favourite, he was invited to join Lee Hsien Loong in Ang Mo Kio GRC – a pro-PAP majority constituency.
The photo of the dictator jumping with his ministers and his wife – Ho Ching, CEO of the country’s sovereign wealth company Temasek Holdings – taken on Youth Day (July 3) was received positively by many PAP supporters. Some young Singaporeans submitted similar photos of themselves jumping to praise the Singaporean dictator.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong captioned the photo telling the young not to commit mistakes. However, anonymous online feedback were less welcoming with many criticising him for being the only person in Singapore to make mistakes without suffering consequences because his father is Lee Kuan Yew. To-date, most Singaporeans do not believe Lee Hsien Loong was promoted to his position through meritocracy, but this is a taboo topic because the dictator has jailed and bankrupted many critics who dared criticised him.
The current ruling party PAP is marred by nepotism, with MPs being selected for their loyalty as opposed to capabilities. Most PAP MPs are army personnel and rich professionals who have little or no experience in policies, although the party proclaims to be meritocratic and uncorrupted. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his majority government passed laws to pay themselves the highest political salaries in the world, in what he argues, “to curb corruption and attract talents to take up political offices”.