Will Kee Chiu follow in the footsteps of Pinky and Woody?

By Augustine Low

It’s still up in the air as to who gets to be the next Prime Minister. So while the waiting goes on, we might as well entertain the intriguing possibility that destiny plays a part, that the stars could be aligned with the one with a nickname to go with the title of PM.

The three Prime Ministers of Singapore so far have all got nicknames.

Lee Kuan Yew went by the moniker LKY.

Goh Chok Tong is Woody, ever since LKY called him “wooden” and even suggested that he might have to see a psychiatrist about it.

As for PM Lee Hsien Loong, given his penchant for pink, the nickname Pinky came rather naturally. It is certainly the most colourful of the three nicknames, and one that he has not failed to live up to.

Of the three reputed front-runners to be PM – Heng Swee Keat, Chan Chun Sing and Ong Ye Kung – only one has a nickname to boast of.

Chan has been dubbed Kee Chiu following his early speeches when he asked the audience to Kee Chiu (Hokkien for raise your hand), a carry-on from his army days.

So for Kee Chiu to succeed Pinky, who succeeded Woody, who succeeded LKY, it would be simply carrying on the tradition. It may be an even more reliable gauge than reading the tea leaves. But Heng does mean ‘lucky’ in Hokkien so will luck triumph over destiny?

Besides the PMs, at least one Minister also has a flamboyant nickname – Lim Swee Say (who by the way has been rather quiet of late) is dubbed Zorro ever since he wore a Zorro outfit at a SingHealth Nurses’ Day celebration.

A Member of Parliament, Tin Pei Ling, has found it hard to shake off her derisive nickname Kate Spade – the result of her striking a cute pose with her designer handbag, a pose which went viral.

It’s not just politicians in Singapore who have earned nicknames. Examples that come to mind are Honest Abe (Abraham Lincoln), The Iron Lady (Margaret Thatcher), Teflon Blair (Tony Blair) and No Drama Obama (Barack Obama).

In this part of the world, the politician with the most swashbuckling nickname is surely President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. Given his cold-blooded approach to fighting crime, he is known as The Punisher or Duterte Harry – fashioned after the detective “Dirty” Harry Callahan, the character played by Clint Eastwood.

Nicknames often cut to the core and should not be scoffed at. You might recall that when PM Lee fainted during the televised National Day Rally in 2016, it was one of those very rare occasions when he wore a blue shirt.  So who can blame him for sticking to what works best for him – flamingo pink. Just don’t expect to see him in blue this Lunar New Year season.

50 COMMENTS

  1. Ah Chan the Village Idiot as PM would be a god-send………..Sinkies will never run out of laughs………and we all know laughter is the best medicine……..

  2. Has he covered ministries of defence, finance and trade? If not, unlikely . Unless someone is setting him up to fail then it’s possible …Minister without portfolio and NTUC Head… it’s worse than harakiri if he still thinks he is the choice…

  3. I UNDERSTAND CCS WAS RAISED UP BY A SINGLE PARENT.

    BUT WHEN THERE WAS A DISCRIMINATION AGAINST SINGLE PARENT BY HDB, THIS CRONY CCS KEPT SILENT. DOESN’T HE FEEL GRATEFUL AND PROUD OF HIS SINGLE PARENT WHO BROUGHT HIM UP?

  4. I pray not. This guy is a disaster!!! Wet behind the ears!!!! So inexperienced. Only bark commands as in the army!!!! Unless we want to be the laughing stock of the world!!!!

  5. He is my MP. Although l have few encounters with him n found him to be sincere in trying hard to mingle n blend in with the masses but clearly he posseses no PM material. IMHO.

  6. book smart, then became officer scholar…eq nada? public answers are all textbook model answers….daft for the pap cadres to pick him to be the party sec-gen even for the current incumbent

  7. He flunked his big audition when he gave a nonsense answer to queries on why MPs write to plea on their constituents behalf. Act 2 of this was even funnier as after an ex-judge invoked LKY’s edict that thou shalt not write to the courts, he did a u-turn.

    Based on this performance, he is not ministerial calibre much less PM calibre.

  8. What is the use if appointing not one but two deputies when none of them are in the running to step into the shoes of the premiership. Isn’t that a waste of tapayers’ money.?
    If a boy scout leader is made the PM, then this is a great disservice to Singapore. A dereliction of duty.

  9. SEE (B)
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    REMEMBER SHANMUGAM CANCELLED TGE SG CITIZENSHIP OF A MAN NOT TOO LONG AGO AND REPATRIATED HIM TO HIS ORIGINAL COUNTRY.

    I COUNTER ATTACKED SHANMUGAM THAT THE ONE WHOSE CITIZENSHIP SHOYLD BE CANCELLED ARE THESE TWO FOREIGN TRASH MINISTERS, KHAW AND THARMAN.

    BECOS THARMAN WAS THE ONE WHO COLLABORATED WITH KHAW AND WHO HAD INITIATED TO REPORT AHTC TO AGC, WITH THE GOAL OF DESTROYING OPPO PARTY.
    SO BOTH THARMAN AND KHAW ARE THE TWO MAIN CULPRITS BEHIND AHTC ISSUE, BASICALLY ON CONFLICT OF INTERESTS.

    I COUNTER ATTACKED SHANMUGAM ON ROTTONPAP’S BIGGEST CONFLICT OF INTEREST = LEADER LHL AS PM WHO APPOINTED HIS OWN WIFE AS CEO OF TEMASEK HOLDING. MY REBUTTALS ALSO POSTED IN MY FB.

    WHAT RIGHTS HV ROTTON PAP TO RAISE AND ATTACK WP ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST WHEN THEY (ROTTON PAP) THEMSELVES PRETEND NOT TO KNOW THE PROBLEM EXISTED WITHIN THEIR OWN PAP PARTY ITSELF AND IS EVEN LONGER THAN OPPO PARTY’S. OR DO ROTTON PAP ARE SLEEPING?

    LOOK AT KEPPEL ISSUE ALSO.

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    PLS READ THE FOLLOWING

    1) https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10208934453718809&id=1839725545

    2) https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10208930706425129&id=1839725545

    3) EDWIN TONG IS A CONTROVERSIAL PAP MP AND WHO CANNOT BE A GOOD POLITICIAN. ANOTHER CONFLICT OF INTEREST ISSUE!!

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10208913135065856&id=1839725545

    IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, YOU CAN FOLLOW MY FB POSTINGS (LIM LG) TO READ MORE OF ROTTON PAP

  10. SEE (A)
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    PAP IS TRULY DIRTY GOVT. TRULY SHAMEFUL!!

    PLS READ THIS:

    KHAW BW IS A FOREIGN TRASH MINISTER!!

    LAST TIME, PEOPLE THOUGHT HE WAS A PROBLEM SOLVER MINISTER.

    DO YOU KNOW THAT MANY OF HIS IDEAS OR INITIATIVES IMPLEMENTED WERE ACTUALLY “STOLEN” FROM ME?

    THEN, HE ATTACKED SG MONK, VEN. MINGYI, FORMER CEO OF RENZI HOSPITAL’S ACCOUNT MONIES AND CAUSED THE MONK TO GO TO JAIL.

    MAYBE PPL MIGHT KNOW THAT THE MONK IS SO SELFLESS WHO HAD RAISED FUND VERY SUCCESSFULLY TO HELP THE POOR AND DESTITUTES PATIENTS THRU ANNUAL TV CHARITY SHOWS AND PERFORMED DANGEROUS STUNTS.

    FIRST, KHAW WAS THEN HEALTHCARE MINISTER AND WAS JEALOUS A MONK COYLD OUTPERFORM HIM.

    KHAW KNEW ROTTON GOVT FAVOURS CHINA. AND CHINA ALWAYS ATTACK MY SPIRITUAL TEACHER, HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA. SIMILARLY, HE ATTACKS SG MONK.

    AND HE KNEW I RESIGNED FROM A PTE COMPANY BECOS OF A DISPUTE OVER ACCOUNTING ISSUE WITH ONE OF PAP’S MP, LIM BIOW CHUAN’S WIFE WHO WAS MY COLLEAGUE. AFTER MY RESIGNATION, ROTTON PAP RECRUITED LIM BIOW CHUAN TO BE MP.

    SO, KHAW KNEW HHDL IS MY SPIRITUAL TEACHER AND MY ACCOUNTING DISPUTE AND HE TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY OF BOTH TO HIS ADVANTAGE, NOT FORGETTING HE HAD STOLEN MANY OF MY IDEAS AND INITIATIVES AT THE SAME TIME.

    HOWEVER, OF ALL PEOPLE HE HARMED A MONK WHO HAS SUCH A KIND HEART AND WHO HOLDS VOWS, HE LITERALLY CREATED ALOT OF NEGATIVE KARMA.

    REMEMBER, KHAW LATER WENT FOR HEART SURGERY. AND HE COULD BOASTED THAT HE ONLY PAID FEW DOLLARS FOR HIS OPERATION, GIVEN HIS MILLION DOLLAR SALARY AS COMPARED TO PPL WITH MEAGRE SALARIES HV TO PAY HUGE MEDICAL FEES? DOES IT MAKE SENSE?

    AFTER SUCCESSFULLY USING ACCOUNTING ISSUE ON THE MONK, KHAW PROCEEDED TO USE IT AGAIN ON WP’S AHTC ACCOUNTING ISSUE TO SMEAR OPPO’S REPUTATION.

    KHAW CLAIMS HE IS A BUDDHIST AND YET HE IS DOING ALL THESE HARMFUL ACTIONS.

    OTHER CRONY MINISTERS LIKE THARMAN, SHANMUGAM, JOSEPHINE TEO, HENG SWEE KEAT, BALAKRISNAN ALL JOIN IN TO ATTACK WP IN THE PARLIAMENT.

  11. AS I HV SUGGESTED, WP TO BRING IT UP IN THE PARLIAMENT.

    LET CC ANSWERS FOR IT AS HE IS NOW PART OF THE COMMITTEE FIGHTING AGAINST FAKE NEWS.

    IS CC SPREADING FAKE NEWS HIMSELF?

    HOWEVER, A FB USER SAID NO USE BRINGING IT UP IN THE PARLIAMENT. BUT RATHER IT IS BETTER TO QUESTION IT IN THE COURT.

  12. A COMMERCIAL IRANIAN PLANE CRASHED ON FLIGHT FROM TEHRAN TO YASUJ, ALL ONBOARD LIKELY TO FEAR DEATH.

    IT HAPPENED DURING WHICH THE IRANIAN PRESIDENT’S VISIT TO NEW DELHI.

    BUT I NOTICED THAT INDIAN PM MODI DID “NOT” SHAKE HAND WITH THE IRANIAN MINISTER AT ALL.

    RECALLED
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    = FEW DAYS AGO, ENGINE OF PLANE FELL OFF.

    = FEW DAYS AGO, BENTONG HOTEL WALL COLLAPSED AT BUKIT TINGGI, PAHANG, WEST MALAYSIA

    CONCLUSION
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    “NO” RUNNING!!

  13. Tharman would be the choice of most Singaporeans, but unfortunately that’s not how a PM is picked. He has the nous, experience, global stature and an emotional connection to Singaporeans that the other putative candidates don’t. Let’s ‘kee chiu’ for Tharman.

  14. Hmmm…….I see a same same pattern but no difference here…! He is going to be likes lau goh? A transition position in preparation for the son of LHL to take over years later?

    Before: LKY -> GCT ->. LHL.

    Now: LHL -> KC -> LHL’s son?

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