In the run up to the National Day Parade 2014, Dr Tan Cheng Bock has once again raised the issue that he was not invited. On his Facebook page, Dr Tan feinted humility by claiming that a former grassroots leader had asked him about his attendance at the parade and how he “magnanimously” responded that he believed a policy change has excluded some people including himself. This is very similar to how he also “magnanimously” informed Singaporeans that he was “un-invited” to the annual Chinese New Year Garden Party at the Istana.
For a presidential hopeful, I am rather surprised that Dr Tan does not know how ridiculous his comments about being no longer invited sound. To me, how Dr Tan Cheng Bock is being treated by his former party, is really no different from how any company would treat a former trusted employee. The moment a former employee sets-up another company to compete with them, or joins their direct competitor, the former employee automatically forfeits any goodwill to be invited to future company events.
If logical Singaporeans can accept this is how a private sector company would treat a former employee that “turns on them”, I wonder why the same logical Singaporean cannot seem to accept it when the government treats a former MP the same way.
So, Dr Tan Cheng Bock, while I do have great respect for you, I have serious doubt when you continue to harp about being slighted when you are no longer given special treatment as a former member of the People’s Action Party (PAP). Your own actions have brought this upon yourself. So stop trying to push the blame to your former friends and colleague. The sympathy card will not work on thinking Singaporeans. In fact, your act of turning on your former colleagues in government does, in my opinion, allude to you having a questionable character.
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