Last week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong encouraged parents to nurture “intangible but essential values” in their children, so they show care and concern for classmates and fellow citizens.
He was quoted saying,
"We must also understand the world around us, feel a sense of nationhood and community that we are one people, and have the resilience and determination to overcome adversity, defend ourselves, prosper and thrive in the world.
"That depends not just on what knowledge you have picked up in school - language, science and mathematics, economics and history - but also the intangible but essential values - caring for your classmates and fellow citizens, being willing to contribute to the common good, taking pride in our country, and standing up for it."
The richness of the irony is clear to see, considering that he is continuing to sue fellow citizens and his family feud has taken yet another ugly turn.
While he preaches care for fellow citizens, the Prime Minister resolutely keeps to the mantra of winning ugly and winning at all cost. In fact, he previously talked about spending time thinking of how to “fix” the opposition and urged Singaporeans to “steal other people’s lunches.”
Not surprisingly, winning ugly has become the cornerstone of the ongoing Lee family feud, also known as Oxleygate.
The siblings, nephew and sister-in-law of the Prime Minister simply do not stand a chance. As alleged by Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Wei Ling, even “organs of state” and a “secret” ministerial committee have been used against them because the idea is to win at all cost.
The family members can cry foul but PM Lee, as Singapore’s most powerful man, married to the country’s most powerful woman, holds all the cards.
He could easily vanquish all who stand in his way and emerge victorious in Oxleygate.
But at what cost?
What is the message he is sending to our children?
Why preach the importance of “intangible but essential values” but practise anything but that?