Nicknamed the “blogfather” of Singapore, Lee Kin Mun’s posts under the moniker “mrbrown” have highlighted issues from housing to transport, and brought him to national attention. Prime Minister Lee pointed to his influence in his 2011 state of the nation address and has invited him to the presidential palace for tea.
The blogger has more than 187,000 followers on Twitter and 25,000 on Facebook -- more than each of Singapore’s two deputy prime ministers. He’s poked fun at politicians from both the PAP and the opposition, including a recent video which satirized the pageantry of unveiling new candidates.
Election season “is very busy for me,” said Lee, 46. “When I kicked off the first few shows, there were replies saying, OK, it has begun. The elections have formally begun because mrbrown has begun.”
Wah, on the same page as Sylvia Lim and DPM Tharman. You can tell this is an old photo because that iMac is retro sia.
“In a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it.” ― Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War.
In Singapore, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself that next round, he can always tompang a coattail.
Recently a series of the age-old "You Have Two Cows" joke went viral. For example:
Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbour.
Communism: You have two cows. You give them to the government, and the government then gives you some milk.
Fascism: You have two cows. You give them to the government, and the government then sells you some milk.
Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
So I thought we ought to have an Asian edition.
In fact, this series of images, a larger collection of which was first shared on my Facebook Page , became so viral I thought what the heck, I would write some more Two Cows slides and create a video slideshow of it.