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Vikram Nair now admits: I was too ‘harsh’ on Chen Show Mao in an interview by his RJC schoolmate

Posted by temasektimes on March 16, 2012

Less than a month after attacking WP MP Chen Show Mao ferociously in Parliament during a heated exchange on the Budget, newbie PAP MP Vikram Nair now did an abrupt U-turn and admitted that he was too ‘harsh’ on his political opponent in what appeared to be a desperate attempt to salvage his battered image among some young Singaporeans.

Mr Chen’s call to the government to invest more money in Singaporeans was challenged by Mr Nair who asked him to ‘show’ the money, comparing his ideas to a ‘Nigerian scam’.

”Let’s do more, let’s spend more,’ (they say), and, of course, they never talk of where this money is going to come from…I think many of us here have been working year in, year out, helping the vulnerable groups, and it is pretty hurtful coming from Mr Chen because he might have held this belief for a long time, but he came back only quite recently to help in this,” Mr Nair said then.

Mr Nair was severely criticized by netizens for his remarks after which he threatened to sue socio-political blog The Online Citizen (TOC) for defamation in an interview with inSing news:

“I hope not to take legal action but if there’s lingering damage I might have to consider it. It also depends on what they (The Online Citizen) do and how they respond to the matter. I just want to clear my name.”

Not only did Mr Nair ‘chicken out’ in the end and let TOC off the hook without taking legal action against the site as promised, he is now offering an ‘olive branch’ to Mr Chen to placate him and supporters of the Workers Party.

In an interview with Lianhe Zaobao which was coincidentally conducted by his schoolmate from Raffles Junior College class of 1995/1996 Ms Yew Lun Tian, Mr Nair said:

“The tone I used during the Budget debate was too sarcastic which caused me to be misunderstood. If there is a repeat, I will be more direct.”

(“我参与预算案辩论时用的语气,嘲讽意味太重了。这使我被误会,效果不好。要是可以重来,我会直截了当得多。”)

He tried desperately hard to explain that though he was ‘mocking’ Mr Chen at that time, he was hoping Mr Chen would explain how the government can improve on the Budget.

“I initially thought that since Mr Chen is a lawyer and an economist at the same time, he would be able to explain himself clearly. But he didn’t bother to do so.”

(“我本以为陈硕茂既然当过律师,也是经济学者,理应对我展开火力十足的反击并解释立场。但他却没有,只说对我的演讲没有要澄清或提问的。我为此感到非常过意不去,所以没有继续问下去。”)

Mr Nair’s repeated flip-flops like flipping a roti-prata is not only going to win him new fans from the opposition camp, but will cost him supporters from the PAP camp as well who are not used to seeing their leaders making capitulating to populist sentiments and making ‘concessions’ to the opposition so easily.

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Vikram Nair to Chen Show Mao: Show me the money

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12 Responses to “Vikram Nair now admits: I was too ‘harsh’ on Chen Show Mao in an interview by his RJC schoolmate”

  1. Our politicians have a knack for being misunderstood and being quoted out of context all the time.

    Hello ah-neh, can come up with something new or not ?

  2. who cares said

    go fuck urself like wise u can always drink more maid juice to redeem urself. do 10 more good deeds for singaporeans and my impression of u might change for the better.

  3. LG guy said

    I just realized both Sun Xu and this Vikram Nair were from the same JC.
    Both are failed products of the same JC.

  4. Empty Vessels make the most noise.

  5. Ken Lee said

    Mr Chen’s call to the government to invest more money in Singaporeans was challenged by Mr Nair who asked him to ‘show’ the money, comparing his ideas to a ‘Nigerian scam’.
    FROM YOUR PAY OF COURSE MR NAIR!

  6. lol… agreed Emptry vessels make the most noise.

  7. 最低限度陳碩茂沒有必要喝屍水。人家喝了屍水,鬼話連篇。

  8. Exaggerated said

    Shoot first, apologize if confronted. Typical modus operandi.

    Low class.

  9. Avi said

    lol… agreed

  10. evil said

    if i could, i want to castrate his two balls and feed to the pigs

    this is how disgusting he is

    he got no balls

    he must be a enuch serving the old emperor , lickin the old emperors balls since he has none

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