A good friend of ours, Mr Ji Pa Ban has been following Dr Chee Soon Juan’s GE2015 activities and his thoughts are appended below.
RTSN is not a fan of CSJ simply because he has loyalty issues. Ousting Mr Chiam See Tong out of SDP earned you the death penalty.
We are sharing Mr Ji Pa Ban’s article because it contains many good points on how people view CSJ(regardless you know the history of this man) and how marketing oneself is important.
GEs come and GEs go. Ten days ago, the 70% cheered, roared and made “Couldn’t have done it without you” speeches while the 30% though desponded, made “We will do better next time” speeches. Now, I have to admit that I am someone who isn’t really political savvy but do know just enough to get by. Naturally, we were bombarded with mainstream and alternative media during the 9 days of election hustings but what really stood out was the meteoric rise of SDP and Dr Chee Soon Juan (CSJ) and then his fall.
Initially, I never had a great impression of him as somehow, I always knew him as the guy who betrayed his mentor Chiam See Tong whom I have great respect for.
Plus he was not contesting in my area and I was more interested in the happening Workers’ Party. However, my FB news feed was filled with friends commenting that he was the best speaker they have heard so I started paying attention.
So I apprehensively checked out the viral so called documentary “Behind the Man”on CSJ’s family so I can say “18 minutes of my life that I cannot get back.” Unfortunately, the video had me tearing up. Must be his kids playing chopsticks on the piano or that tune from Prison on Fire.
But I unconvincing told myself not to be fooled by the propaganda. Then, a colleague shared the youtube clip “Dr Chee sings my favourite Hokkien song Ji Ba Ban!” which really made me laugh by the use of cheesy graphics although the message was received loud and clear. Put it this way, I don’t speak or understand dialects but any politicians who can, score points in my books.
After a couple of rally speeches, he begin to win fans especially his messages which really resonated with me because I also go to Giant but can only afford Walls ice cream.
Then the clip of Sim “Chu pattern” Ann became viral. Don’t think I need to say more about it. But just for fun.
Then, another clip of To Chee Soon Juan, from family made its round. Wah lau, made me tear up again and I really wanted to say it is propaganda that tugs at your heartstrings but what was said in the clip cannot be faked.
It is then when I realise I had to make it to his final rally at Clementi. No need to rehash what was said as it was well documented in the media but noticed the following.
• His volunteers within the crowds were top notch and showed they really want to be there. They were enthusiastic, handing out flags to adults and kids, and chatting with the attendees. They cheered and booed with the crowd, which came across as quality folks.
• The emcee had a great intro for him, building the crowd up and final introducing him as “Rocky” Chee Soon Juan.
• His followers are almost cult-like as they lap up and cheered everything he said, even though the message was already repeated by his fellow team mates earlier.
• The story of the cleaning lady in her 60s who gave him $5 when he was selling his book at Raffles Place a few years ago really resonated. He tried to return her money but she said “The Country is Mine too and I have a share in it.” He kept the $5 as a reminder why he got into politics 25 years ago. It is about speaking up for people.
Is CSJ worthy of being a part of parliament? Like I said earlier, politics is a dirty game and it can all be a big smokescreen but today…CSJ doesn’t seem like a gangster, a liar and a cheat. He is a family man, a “rich man”, a Bruce Lee fan, a Rocky Balboa who gets up despite constantly get beaten down. He is a fighter for truth and justice and like most true blue Singaporeans, born Singaporean, raised Singaporean and will die a Singaporean. Even though this guy lost, but he is a rich man.
“I am not a rich man. Don’t drive a big car, have a big house, or even a credit card. But when I walk into my house and hear my children call me papa, I feel like the richest man in the world.”
Mr Ji Pa Ban
Rise of The Strawberry Generation (RTSN): Firstly, kids should not be used in videos and social media. Our view is that children should be kept away from politics. We don’t wish to see his children get flame online.
Next, Terrific use of anecdotes. Fantastic speaker. Speaker of GE2015.
The ability to influence IS an important skill.
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