Do you find them helpful, do you give a thumbs up?
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, you know better than anyone else that your wife Ho Ching is a most compulsive social media user. Her never-ending mishmash of social media shares and posts give Singaporeans – and even foreigners – plenty to chew over.
Take her recent post of a cryptic “Errr…” in response to news that Taiwan was donating face masks to Singapore. That was not the first time she caused a bit of a ruckus. PM Lee, did you go “Arghh” when you saw her “Errr…”?
Or when she posted a cheeky photo of a monkey making a rude gesture. Was that targeted at anyone?
And how did you react when your wife posted a spirited defence of seven-figure pay of politicians, arguing that Singapore’s political salary system is unique as it does not include perks or pension?
PM Lee, what ran through your mind when you saw that?
There must have been times when you felt a surge of pride. Like the numerous occasions when Ho Ching posted poems she penned, including one on flooding in Singapore and another on saving the environment.
PM Lee, did you compliment her when you read those poems?
PM Lee, you might be pleased to know that we have found some of your wife’s Facebook posts oddly fascinating. For example, we didn’t know that turtles cry and butterflies drink turtle tears for sodium which is a mineral missing from their diet.
Sometimes her advice isn’t so helpful though – like “any masks will be better than no masks.” Or that as a substitute for commercial hand sanitisers, “we can use a strong alcohol such as brandy, maotai or vodka!” Those of us who have such alcohol at home would only imbibe and never think of using them for hand washing. That’s a luxury we can ill afford.
PM Lee, we do have to say we are disappointed that Ho Ching delves into almost everything except her work. We would love to know what goes on at Temasek and what makes your wife tick as the CEO.
Nevertheless, Temasek aside, if Ho Ching isn’t relentlessly giving us stuff to nibble and chomp, we wouldn’t be talking about her. Perhaps that’s what keeps her going.
Finally, PM Lee, the silver lining is that your better half chooses to dabble in social media instead of some extravagant indulgence. Unlike Rosmah Mansor (wife of Nazib Razak) whose love for Hermes Birkin bags put her husband in a spot of bother.
It must also be said that Ho Ching’s open toe sandals are in stark contrast to the designer shoes of Imelda Marcos which became the stuff of legends.