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  • Rock^Star's Avatar
    11,142 posts since Jul '05
    • Following is the extract from page 150 of Ross Worthington’s book, “Governance in Singapore”(Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc, Dec 2002):

      In 1990, an incident occurred in a pre-cabinet meeting which was the beginning of entrenching further among the many in the core executive, resistance to Lee Hsien Loong’s long term ambitions for prime ministership. Prior to this meeting Lee Hsien Loong had gone to the office of Richard Hu, the Minister of Finance, and removed a number of files without Hu’s permission. At that time Lee’s office was on the 48th floor of what is now Temasek Tower and Hu’s was on the 50th floor.

      At the pre-cabinet meeting Hu took Lee to task for doing this and was supported by Tony Tan. Lee’s response was aggressive and insulting, he directly insulted Tan and Hu, a man of his father’s age. This was a double insult to Hu, who was Lee’s superior in cabinet and a person of an age who should of itself deserve respect in Chinese society. Suppiah Dhanabalan intervened and chastised Lee for his behaviour, demanding that he apologise to Hu, withdraw his remarks and not interfere in other minister’s portfolios. A heated exchange occurred into which a number of other issues intruded and eventually Lee lost his temper, and reportedly reached across the table and slapped Dhanabalan across the face.

      This caused an uproar in the cabinet and Lee was severely chastised by Goh Chok Tong. Dhanabalan stormed out of the room and did not return for some time. Lee, in response to a demand from Goh, subsequently apologised to Dhanabalan, Hu and Tan. Hu, Dhanabalan and Tan all initially stated that they would leave the cabinet as a result of this incident. Goh later took up the matter with Lee Kuan Yew who reportedly verbally thrashed his son over the matter.

      This was apparently followed by a more sober, educational but equally critical assessment from Lee Hsien Loong’s mother, a talented though background political adviser. Lee Kuan Yew reportedly met later that day with Hu, Tan and Dhanabalan, apologised for his son’s behaviour and requested that they not resign, supported by a similar request from Goh Chok Tong.

      All held out for some time, eventually Hu agreed to stay, but Dhanabalan and Tan both resolved to leave. This they did the following August 1991 elections, all without a public word against Lee Hsien Loong, continuing to subscribe to the tenet of all secrets staying within the PAP family.

  • charlize's Avatar
    31,783 posts since Mar '05
  • Rock^Star's Avatar
    11,142 posts since Jul '05
    • With little effort :) Extracted from TR. As the saying goes: "There's no smoke without fire." Even GCT had to come out and clarify in a national rally.

      I've always noticed a streak of bad temper about the PM. On the surface, he looks all smiley and approachable but deep beneath is a control freak.

      If any of you had tuned in to the moment back in April 2006, when the results of AMK GRC were announced, he had only garnered 66% of the votes. Lim Boon Heng forecasted something like 80%. His face turned really black and sombre, reporters tried to ask him questions but he ordered them to wait. Funny...this must be the only country in the world where reporters listen to the PM....well, he's their boss right lol.

  • charlize's Avatar
    31,783 posts since Mar '05
    • Originally posted by Rock^Star:

      With little effort :) Extracted from TR. As the saying goes: "There's no smoke without fire." Even GCT had to come out and clarify in a national rally.

      I've always noticed a streak of bad temper about the PM. On the surface, he looks all smiley and approachable but deep beneath is a control freak.

      If any of you had tuned in to the moment back in April 2006, when the results of AMK GRC were announced, he had only garnered 66% of the votes. Lim Boon Heng forecasted something like 80%. His face turned really black and sombre, reporters tried to ask him questions but he ordered them to wait. Funny...this must be the only country in the world where reporters listen to the PM....well, he's their boss right lol.

      There are possibly a lot of things that happen behind closed doors that we will never know of.

       

      Who knows, one day somebody close will spill it all out in a "Hard Truth" book next time. icon_lol.gif

    • http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/03/06/too-hard-to-swallow-the-outstretched-hand/

       

      Oh yeah, it's from TR. icon_lol.gif

  • mancha's Avatar
    8,961 posts since Sep '04
    • A person don't just slap another person.

      Before the slap, the character must already have a foundation of aggressive behaviour. This cannot be hidden.

      Staff talk. In Singapore nothing is a secret for long. When LHL first son was born, within days the whole of Singapore knew. And in the following events, Singapore knew before the newspapers reported it. 

      LHL slap Dhanabalan everyone lap it up whole sale. LHL shake hands with Dhanabalan and thank him for his services no one gives a damn.

      Shit taste good?

  • Asromanista2001's Avatar
    3,957 posts since May '10
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      AIYAH......................Richard Hu and Dhanabalan also lah...................

       

      when you serve LKY....................of course you must also be submissive to LHL what.................

       

      since they already sold their souls to LKY for fat salaries...................kana slap kana slap lah...............

       

      unless LHL screw their daughters................then that one cannot lah.............

    • Originally posted by Rock^Star:

      With little effort :) Extracted from TR. As the saying goes: "There's no smoke without fire." Even GCT had to come out and clarify in a national rally.

      I've always noticed a streak of bad temper about the PM. On the surface, he looks all smiley and approachable but deep beneath is a control freak.

      If any of you had tuned in to the moment back in April 2006, when the results of AMK GRC were announced, he had only garnered 66% of the votes. Lim Boon Heng forecasted something like 80%. His face turned really black and sombre, reporters tried to ask him questions but he ordered them to wait. Funny...this must be the only country in the world where reporters listen to the PM....well, he's their boss right lol.

       

       

      maybe one fine day, LHL decided to ''overthrow'' his daddy.....................

      finally tired of being his daddy'd front-man..................

       

      ###  by the way, as part of the playacting...................LHL was frequently spotted prior to him being PM....................driving an old cheap car slowly while his bodyguards drive a brand new Volvo behind him........................

      wayang lor........................

  • reyes's Avatar
    3,473 posts since Feb '04
    • well well well.. that why, the son of former prime minister should and never join politics. As they tend to be proud, and show no respect.

  • Ice kosong's Avatar
    161 posts since Mar '11
  • Asromanista2001's Avatar
    3,957 posts since May '10
    •  

       

      problem is former PM wants a dynasty.................when that happens...............

       

      talented people will never get chance in government.................becoz they might be a threat to dynasty................

       

      only useless farts and bootlickers are allowed...................

       

      reason why all the old ministers are kicked out while super-old LKY is still around is becoz the old fart scared they rebel against the son....................

  • Nelstar's Avatar
    18,470 posts since Nov '00
    • Wah you all twisted the story until like that.

      Li only molested Mr Dharma because Mr Li thought Dharma is his wife la.

      Ric Hart was upset because he had one leg with Dharma, now Li got one hand with Dharma.

      icon_lol.gif

  • Veggie Bao's Avatar
    1,714 posts since Aug '09
    • Actually is this true or not true.

      Because sometimes stories like this get spread and exaggerated, and become some kind of mutated story which is totally different from original.

       

  • Asromanista2001's Avatar
    3,957 posts since May '10
    •  

       

      if my life depends on it........................i'll bet it's true.....................

       

      heard it from ex-police people that were bodyguards to these top running dogs...........

  • Kaizer56's Avatar
    104 posts since Feb '11
    • Originally posted by Rock^Star:

      With little effort :) Extracted from TR. As the saying goes: "There's no smoke without fire." Even GCT had to come out and clarify in a national rally.

      I've always noticed a streak of bad temper about the PM. On the surface, he looks all smiley and approachable but deep beneath is a control freak.

      If any of you had tuned in to the moment back in April 2006, when the results of AMK GRC were announced, he had only garnered 66% of the votes. Lim Boon Heng forecasted something like 80%. His face turned really black and sombre, reporters tried to ask him questions but he ordered them to wait. Funny...this must be the only country in the world where reporters listen to the PM....well, he's their boss right lol.

      lol.

    • Think this is true,like some ppl say here,"there is no smoke without fire".

  • mancha's Avatar
    8,961 posts since Sep '04
    • Possible to have smoke without fire.

      Is it impossible to invent a story out of thin air?

  • Vote PAP OUT to Save SG's Avatar
    2,215 posts since Apr '10
  • Leomanz's Avatar
    247 posts since Feb '11
    • GCT once said, (someting like this) : If people talking abt u n not true..... sue them. If u dont sue, then they r talking d true"

      So far, none of them sue d writers...........SO IT MUZ B TRUE!!

  • likeyou's Avatar
    9,394 posts since Sep '06
    • Originally posted by charlize:

      You bothered to dig this up ? icon_lol.gif


      Yeah why dig this up?

      Any particular reason behind it?

  • Asromanista2001's Avatar
    3,957 posts since May '10
  • Vote PAP OUT to Save SG's Avatar
    2,215 posts since Apr '10
    • Originally posted by Leomanz:

      GCT once said, (someting like this) : If people talking abt u n not true..... sue them. If u dont sue, then they r talking d true"

       

      don't know what kind of rubbish is that.

  • iveco's Avatar
    16,777 posts since Mar '04
    • When LHL kena cancer along with OTC, Tony Tan had to return to Cabinet, staying for another 14 years.

       

      LHL should have died back then and OTC lived. Lee dynasty should have ended there and then.

       

      Voters, choose your MP wisely. Make sure PAP only returns as nothing more than a minority government this time.

  • Rock^Star's Avatar
    11,142 posts since Jul '05
    • yeh don't worry. Make them the minority. Change the whole dynamics of how the different stat boards report to their new political masters. It can only benefit singaporeans.

  • Junyang700's Avatar
    8,041 posts since Feb '08
    • Originally posted by Rock^Star:

      yeh don't worry. Make them the minority. Change the whole dynamics of how the different stat boards report to their new political masters. It can only benefit singaporeans.

      Yeah. =)

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