In the world of politics, politicians always try to gain political mileage. What this means, in my humble opinion, is using regular events, incidents, activities and even tragedies to gain an advantage for their political career, increase their visibility and even gain more “likes” (traction) on their facebook page. Nothing wrong with that actually. Even the World Leader Obama does it.
Obama, the basketball player? Obama, the Comedian? Sure, we can believe it if it jives with his persona.
Even our Prime Minister does it. Lee Hsien Loong, the movie critic? Sure! Although I guess I better watch Jack Neo’s A Long Long Time Ago before it ends its run. Apparently, he goes to other movies too.
Then of course, the fairy tale ending of Leicester City winning the Premiership over the likes of Man Utd, Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea, won the hearts of the people, including our politicians.
Not sure what is dilly dong though.
Even Chee jumped on the bandwagon.
Then, I am sure you have all heard of what happened to Minister Heng Swee Keat and we will pray for his recovery. Naturally,well wishes from everyone with the hashtags #PrayForSweeKeat, #getwellsoonsweekeat
Now at that time, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong informed the public about Minister Heng Swee Keat’s stroke on his Facebook page, he mentioned 3 doctors that came to his aid. One of those doctors did not post immediately on his Facebook while the other two did.
In the end, that doctor Janil Puthucheary, Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, came out the biggest winner coz the big boss himself mentioned him in great detail of his heroic actions in a letter to SCDF Commissioner.
Then he was quick to post giving credit to SCDF. In the end, he was not only an unsung hero but gained the most political mileage in the most legitimate way.
Thank you Dr Janil. Rise of the Strawberry Nation salutes you.
Mr Teh Terik
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