Parliamentary Cat Fight on International Women’s Day!

Wah wah wah, you guys saw already? Today Sylvia Lim and Grace Fu had a fierce verbal sparring session in Parliament.

If Grace Fu had expected Sylvia Lim to simply just roll over, she couldn’t be more wrong. It turns out, Sylvia Lim’s claws were sharper. Grace Fu wasn’t able to address Sylvia Lim’s points – especially Sylvia’s point that she was doing her job as an MP to raise ground concerns in Parliament, and there was nothing dishonorable in that.

In the end, poor Heng Swee Keat had to jump into the fray to help out!

Luckily for the PAP, Heng Swee Keat didn’t do as badly as Grace Fu, who utterly disgraced herself. +1 for Heng in the race to become PM I guess.

Heng Swee Keat actually made a good point – why is it so difficult for Sylvia Lim to retract her statement, and admit that her assertions are wrong? Note that Sylvia Lim qualified her statements, and said that she could have been wrong. Semantics, semantics..

PAP might have been the bullies, but WP was being mischievous. Even though the government had repeatedly said that they wouldn’t be raising the GST in the current term, Sylvia still raised the assertion of the floating balloon. For what? Political mileage, of course, knowing that any tax hike would be extremely unpopular.

At the end of the day, politicians will be politicians. All trying to claim moral high ground for political advantage.

Separate question – how come Chen Show Mao isn’t in Daniel Goh’s picture? He didn’t come to Parliament to show support for Sylvia Lim and add some firepower?