SINGAPORE-- THE talking point in the political scene leading up to the General Elections this coming Saturday has been James Gomez's application for a minority certificate. Or to be more precise, his lack thereof. The Straits Times have focused on this issue for many days, with screaming headlines attacking James Gomez about his form. He was also alleged to have threatened an officer at the Elections Department with 'consequences'.
James Gomez was asked about how he felt about the entire saga. 'They are playing the race card,' he replied. When queried about what he meant by 'consequences', he promptly said, 'I meant what consequences it will have on me. And look at me now, the consequences of being in the limelight for all this truly undeserved media adoration.'
Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng continued to pursue the issue. 'This is not a simple administrative matter. It is a recalcitrant act especially when he has not filled in the form properly five years ago too. What is he? Stupid or something?' He was unable to accept Gomez's explanation that he was distracted. 'What could he have possibly been distracted about? The outcome of the elections is a foregone conclusion any way I look at it.'
Straits Times Senior Political Correspondent Chua Lee Hoong commented that there is 'more, much more, than meets the eye.' When asked about her point of view, she explained, 'Singapore's very foundations are built on form over substance. The idea of minority representation itself in a GRC is an excellent example of maintaining an appearance of minority representation. This is clear since minorities themselves cannot vote for who to represent them but have to make do with the James Gomezes of the opposition. To actually have James Gomez fill in his form wrongly threatens the entire structure of form within the GRC.' She continues, 'If the form is incomplete, we would actually have to look at the substance of his character.' It is her opinion that this would open the floodgates where all forms and appearances will be deconstructed in various aspects of the Singapore life. This will be highly destabilizing since 'we don't want to become like Taiwan, do we?'
The saga of Gomez's form continues in The Straits Times.
1 May 2006
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