Some thoughts on Syonan and the backtracking
Backtracking barely after a week, a hastily crafted apology, and eggs on the faces of the PAP. Yaacob was grabbed by his banana and ate humble pie.
How could a team of scholars come up with such an incendiary name without anyone pointing out the obvious consequences. Did they even talk to a Pioneer G person before the naming?
Here's what would have been different under the LKY Old Guard:
(i) LKY Old Guard would have better sense than to name the gallery Syonan which translates into Light of the South. Basically calling it the Light of the South Gallery. It is a name given by the aggressor, and a name not recognized by every brave soul and every courageous nation who fought and opposed the aggressor.
(ii) And if LKY Old Guard had gone ahead and done something unpopular, the cabinet, the MPs, and the grassroots would have worked in unison to manage and temper public opinion. The flames of discontent no matter how strong would have been significantly reduced after some time.
So we have:
(a) an establishment made up by nerdy scholars out of touch with the real world - a product of decades of a failed scholar system
(b) an incompetent govt with no basic common sense
(c) unable to manage public opinion in the same way LKY old guard would have, and essentially caved in after a week
"When you conceal your will from others, that is Thick. When you impose your will on others, that is Black." -- Lee Zhong Wu.
"Thick face is a shield; Black heart is a spear." -- Chin-Ning Chu.