Former South African President Nelson Mandela also had no steady job
It may be of interest for Ms Fu to know that Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, also did not have a steady job for many years. That did not stop him from running for president to govern a country of 50 million.
In fact, Mr Mandela was put in prison for some 30 years, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. He was later released by the white apartheid government of South Africa in 1990…
with this picture:
and we’re like ?!?!?!
Then, PAP added
that Chee Soon Juan’s character “had not changed”. This time it is PM Lee Hsien Loong who shares that he would be concerned if Dr Chee were to be elected in the Bukit Batok by-election, adding: “What he says is one thing, but the reality is quite different”
Then, SDP said
“It’s not right to question his character. A person is not defined by his or her actions or words. In my own field, a person is not defined by their disease… We need to debate the issues, not engage in character assassination.” – Paul Tambyah (in a video uploaded on Facebook)
Then, PM replied
“Character goes to the heart of the fitness of a candidate, whether to be an MP, or indeed to hold any public office. It is understandable why SDP, and particularly Dr Chee Soon Juan, should wish it to be otherwise. But anyone standing for public office should be prepared to have his past actions examined, transparently and honestly, so that voters can make informed, responsible decisions as to who is fit and best qualified to represent them.”
Our point is, all this sounds like Election stuff alright… but comparing CSJ to Nelson Mandela…? That’s just too much la.
Chee Soon Juan ≠ Nelson Mandela
Like hello, Mr Mandela was in prison for some 30 years, during which he was assigned to assigned to break rocks into gravel and work in a lime quarry, while constantly enduring the abuses from prison guards. The glare from the lime would eventually damage his eyesight.
Nelson Mandela is an awesome man!
After his release in 1990, he went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. And in 1994, he led his ANC party to victory and became South Africa’s first black president. Mr Mandela went on to introduce measures to encourage land reform, combat poverty, and expand healthcare services after he became president. In fact, Mr Mandela was considered such a great man that in November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, as “Mandela Day”.