[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

[Singapore Idol]
1. It was fun being there when the results were announced. The crowd had a good time. Some stood up to rock to the music.

2. Singapore being Singapore, there were sensitivities. Having only come back from New York that morning, I did not know that the dark blue shirt I wore indicated support for Hady. Lucas Chow, the CEO of MediaCorp, who was dressed in a white jacket, said he would 'balance' me since white was for Jonathan. I was given two clappers, one white and one blue, to be politically correct. Boy, sometimes I wish I weren't a minister.

3. But I did observe the audience critically to see whether the support for Hady and Jonathan was divided along ethnic lines. I was glad to learn later that the results showed a decisive 70% win for Hady, meaning that many Chinese Singaporeans voted for him. He had the better voice although I thought Jonathan had stronger stage presence. My wife said he had the Korean K-pop look. But the murmurs persist in social conversations. Some say that Hady received support from JB which I find hard to believe. One Chinese friend said that we can't have Malays winning every time. Well, this is multi-racial Singapore. Anyway, 70% is much better than my 56% win in Aljunied.


Blogger Ellipsis said...

i couldn't resist commenting, but i'm really curious about the thinking here; how does getting 70% of the votes translate to "many chinese singaporeans" voting for Hady? because singapore has an ethnic chinese majority?

Thursday, September 28, 2006 12:38:00 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

singapore idol aside, I like this entry a lot. keep them coming, Min!


Thursday, September 28, 2006 12:39:00 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

By observing the crowd of supporters?

Thursday, September 28, 2006 12:57:00 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Aljunied, you won, Sylvia won (by entering Parliament as NCMP), the people won coz they have two MPs to serve them.

Thursday, September 28, 2006 4:08:00 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Chinese and I would have voted for Hady if the voting is based on one vote per person. Hady is, in my opinion, in a league of his own. If Jon and Hady are to cut an album each, I will spend the money on Hady's album. As for Jon, I think I have better use of the money.

Friday, September 29, 2006 1:03:00 pm

Blogger Guan said...

So it is true indeed! Our minister is on blog! In fact, Minister Gorge Yeo, you are my Singapore idol!...*shy*..I hope it doesn’t sound offensive… but I am sincere, I have thought that you are a wise man since I saw you making speeches 15 years back when I was still in high school and aspired to be someone like you. I share a certain extent of patriotism toward Singapore with you and I had wished to participate in politics and make Singapore a better place … but it seems there’s always a limit I can achieve in regards to paper qualification…sigh…and I will never be worthy enough like you to serve Singapore. Nonetheless, I trust that Singapore is in safe hands with someone like you working in the cabinet. And I shall continue to show my support to your great work whenever possible.

Back to the topic on Singapore idol, is a pity that there can only be an idol, although, I personally feel that both have their own strength. Though Hady has a upper hand in terms of stage performance and singing technique, Jonathan has a nice and unique color tone as well. Jonathan has a natural gift, I thought, and he would be great star should he received more professional training.

On the stunning percentage gap in terms of votes…it is fascinating to wonder the actual demographical structure underlying these votes. Nonetheless, one would never get the actual answer unless the Telco Company releases this mystery to the public.

I think it is quite safe to make the statement that 70% of the votes to Hady should include Chinese supporters due to the fact that there is a high percentage of Chinese community Singapore. Although one cannot be 100% sure of the 70% covers a high percentage of Chinese voters, it is likewise less certain to say that the 70% covers a high percentage of Malay voters due to the same face…..

In any case, although some had questioned over the truth of the demographical structure behind the vote to solve the mystery on whether or not ethnicity does matter…I say we shall not even try ask about this question…lets live harmoniously!


Friday, September 29, 2006 2:36:00 pm

Blogger eahy said...

I voted for Jon, partly because we share the same alma mater (SJI). He may not have won, but I'm sure he'll go far!

Friday, September 29, 2006 10:13:00 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minister yeo, i truly admire your attitude towards this era of this rising of new media. I like your humour, especially the last part of this entry.

Friday, September 29, 2006 10:55:00 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're forgetting that Singapore Idol allows multiple votes per person. It allows people to express their opinion, and how strongly they feel about it.
Instead of congratulating the effectiveness of the multi-racial policies (we cannot take racial harmony for granted...blablablabla), why not ask why did you think that the Malays would vote for Hady instead of Jon?
You assume Singaporeans to be innately racist, perhaps especially the Chinese? Perhaps it would be better to first assume that we do have good musical sense to vote for the better singer, instead of just someone along the same ethnic lines to fulfil some sort of ethnic balance which we feel is 'necessary'.
Dude, we're all Singaporeans.

Saturday, October 07, 2006 9:07:00 pm

Blogger Gerald said...

a.ballofyarn and guan - I attempted a mathematical, albeit admittedly less-than-scientific analysis on my blog to explain why I concluded that Hady could not have won if not for a significant number of Chinese votes. I think this parallels our general elections in some ways.

Idol results: What happened to communalism?

Saturday, October 14, 2006 1:30:00 am


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