Photo of Murali Pillai from PAP campaign flyer

As an attempt to shore up his presence in the General Election, PAP MP Murali Pillai gave himself a Chinese nickname “Ah Mu” because residents are making fun of his Chinese-phonic term “Mou Na Li” (literal translated to “touch where?”):

“My close friends and colleagues already call me ‘Mu’ for short. In or around 2000, when I joined Bukit Batok as a community leader, the late Dr Ong introduced me to Mr Ng Soo Phio, then the Bukit Batok Citizens’ Consultative Committee chairman, as ‘Murali’. Almost immediately thereafter, the Chinese-speaking Mr Ng came up with a tongue-in-cheek Chinese name for me; “Mou Nah Lee”. Translated directly from Mandarin, it sounds like ‘touch where?’. Needless to say, I was alarmed. So I was grateful and relieved that he and the other Chinese-speaking community leaders whom I worked with later settled on a more palatable term of endearment, Ah Mu.”

In an interview with state propaganda media CNA on Friday (Sep 14), PAP MP Murali Pillai added that he believe Singaporeans are racist and that his Indian heritage is a great disadvantage during elections:

“I think this is something that’s sometimes primordial and people have views, maybe consciously or unconsciously, expressed in terms of the decisions they make. I do hope that at some point in time, race would not be a concern.”

The PAP MP then expressed support for the racist “reserved” Presidential Election in 2017, saying that Singaporeans must be forced to choose a Malay President or the Malays will feel “disenfranchised from society”:

“I think that’s a good ideal. The President is seen as a unifying force for the nation. Plus it’s still based on merit as the candidates have to fulfill the eligibility criteria. So it is to make sure that minority race candidates with merit are not ignored. The aspiration is that we won’t need to use this safety valve, but the question is when one race is excluded for such a long time, then what do we do to ensure there’s no disenfranchisement within society.”

However, when questioned about his position on the race of the Prime Minister – which has only been the Chinese race and dominated by the corrupted Lee family, the PAP MP twisted his forked tongue and said race doesn’t matter anymore for the PM position:

“It has to be the most capable person who can lead Singapore into the future, irrespective of his race.”

Singapore will likely see the next general election next year in 2019, as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is trying to avoid the negative influence of the GST increase in 2021.