You might know Seah Kian Peng as the CEO of Fairprice or the MP of Marine Parade GRC who ran from unit to unit during last year's hustings.
But the 55-year-old as a rapper/poet?
Why a rapper/poet? Given its slow meter and cumbersome pacing, we are not sure what was coming out of his mouth.
In his speech in Parliament yesterday (Jan. 26), Seah touched on the topic of nation building and collaboration among citizens.
Talking about a situation that happened during one of his meet-the-people session that consisted of letters and a senior but young civil servant whose position Seah described as "unpropitious", he said:
"Madam Speaker, as a politician, I am very seldom speechless."
And that's the harbinger of things (or poem, or rap) to come, y'all.
Later in his speech, he then asked: "So what are we? Who is this - 'Singaporean'?"
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Rapper/Poet Seah.
"My answer, is not cheem
But every week I walk around Braddell Heights, Marine Parade,
Serangoon Central (and yes Aljunied too)
I can see
Our language, is one kind,
Our style, you don’t mind I say
Is other places cannot find.
Nasi Lemak and Roti Prata,
Our yong tao foo got halal one.
Who is the Singaporean?
I ask you, you just listen, can tell lah.
By the way, I ask you, what is this - “Eu-no-ia”?"
Check out the vid (from 8:05 onwards):
Lily Neo is certainly tickled. That said, Denise Phua twitched a little.
To be fair, he was leading up to this key point:
"Madam Speaker – I know you may be thinking whether to stop me now because dialects are not allowed in Parliament – but is Singlish a dialect? I don’t know but I do know that our language is like us - we are Malay and Chinese and Indian - and we are “others” too."
Rapper/Poet Seah's speech was so good, it won The Straits Times' Speech of the Day.
Madam Speaker, you can encourage Seah to speak in Singapore's official languages for easy translation - he will perhaps get the hint.
Unlike American politicians who campaign in poetry and govern in prose, Seah campaign in prose and govern in poetry.