"The MRT is much more than a transport investment, and must be viewed in its wider economic perspective. The boost it'll provide to long term investors' confidence, the multiplier effect and how MRT will lead to the enhancement of the intrinsic value of Singapore's real estate are spin-offs that cannot be ignored."
- 28 March 1982
"The MRT will usher in a new phase in Singapore's development and bring about a better life for all of us."
On the other hand, we had a "visionary" Minister who went out of his way to deliberately, publicly, and rudely slam President Ong - the chief advocate for the MRT system - as being "FOOLISH ENOUGH":
"The construction industry has become over-heated and if Singapore were to be foolish enough to want to build its proposed mass rapid transit (MRT) system now, it will find itself in trouble."
- Forum on economic affairs at NUS, 17 December 1981.
Question: So, who was this "visionary" Minister who was not as "foolish enough" as President Ong?
Answer: Who else, but (again!) that very same man who "face thick thick", is now everyday busily (passively) shaking the hands of fishmongers and saving fainting children (on camera), desperately hoping that such comical last-minute manoeuvre can help him to get $4,000,000 per year as our President.
Meet Tony Tan, the "not-foolish-enough" Minister for Trade and Industry in 1981.
Yes, this is the same Tony Tan whose forecast that Singapore had too many university graduate went wrong (again!), and whose forecast that pumping billions of dollars into failed western banks is good investment went wrong (again!)
Oh, by the way, when he made that wrong forecast on education, he was the Minister for Education.
When he made that wrong forecast on investment, he was in charge of GIC.
And yes, you guessed it, when he made that wrong forecast on the impact of MRT on the construction industry, he was the Minister for Trade and Industry!
Just what's wrong with this Minister? 他妈的，he made the wrong forecast in every ministry he headed and when he had finally done enough screwing up all these ministries, he went right into the "private" sector (i.e. GIC) and immediately proceed to lose billions of dollars of our CPF money!
Is this the kind of President you want?
I am not "foolish enough" to want to listen to any of his Presidential "visions"!
More importantly, I am not "foolish enough" to vote him to let him scold me; Notice that President Ong Teng Cheong was then his colleague in the cabinet and yet, despite having already had the opportunity to counter Mr. Ong privately during cabinet meetings, he was not contented. No, not enough! He had to 'suan' his colleague publicly and make sure the "nation-building" newspaper reported on it!
So, do you think he will have any problem labelling you - an ordinary citizen - as "foolish enough", when he becomes the President.
His good friend LKY has already called you "daft". Not enough meh? You want to be called "foolish enough" next?
So, Singapore did "foolishly enough" went ahead with the MRT construction. Did Singapore "find itself in trouble"?