Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Chan Chun Sing, on 1 March lectured parliament that water is an ‘existential’ issue for Singapore. Touching on the Budget 2017 announcement that water price will go up by 30 per cent over two years, he said, “I can understand the angst of our people with the water price increase … how it will feed through to the cost of living.”
He then went into a “kee chiu” kind of speech he gave when he was introduced as a PAP candidate in 2011. In emphasising that water is ‘existential’ for Singapore, he said that when he was in primary school, he was taught that Singapore had three reservoirs, and asked Members if they knew how many reservoirs Singapore now had.
"How many more desalination plants and NEWater plants must we build in order for water to never be a weapon pointing at our head?": Chan Chun Sing. #SGBudget2017
Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Minister Ong Ye Kung can be seen staring at Mr Chan with a quizzical look on his face throughout the Speech.
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam can be seen scratching his his head.
Commenting on Mr Chan’s lecture in Parliament, political activist Teo Soh Lung said that if the Minister was talking about “existential”, he may be having an existential crisis.
Mr Chan’s ‘Kee Chiu’ speech (a reminder).
A parody of Mr Chan’s ‘kee chiu’ speech.