Yes, it was indeed Speaker of Parl Tan Chuan-Jin eating bak kut teh with WP chief Low Thia Khiang

We could use more of this cohesion in Singapore.

By Jeanette Tan | October 11, 2017

It was a curious, two-images-stitched-together collage of two portrait images, both grainy.

But sure enough, it really was a picture of Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin and opposition Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang at what was said to be a bak kut teh restaurant in Singapore.

Eating, and talking.


Here is the image, first uploaded to a Facebook page called Sure Boh Singapore:

Photo via Sure Boh Singapore Facebook page

In its photo caption, the page said Tan and Low were eating and conversing over bak kut teh, but did not state where they were, or when the pictures were taken.

(By the way, Tan is in a pink polo tee, while Low is in a dark grey collared long-sleeved shirt. In case you were wondering.)

One curious person shared the photo to Tan’s personal Facebook page, just to check if it really was him —

And as it turns out, it really was:

Screenshot via Chuan-Jin Tan’s Facebook page

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we must of course acknowledge that it’s just a meal, and honestly, who knows what they were talking about.

We asked Tan, as a matter of fact, and he would only reveal this,

“Just catching up over lunch with Mr Low. Had a nice long chat with him on a range of issues. Will keep content private.”

Sure didn’t stop some from drawing their own astute observations:

Screenshot from Chuan-Jin Tan’s page

Although we were pleased to know that at least one commenter in the room had his priorities straight:

Screenshot from Chuan-Jin Tan’s page

But hey, it’s always nice to see that members of opposing political sides can still come together and have a nice conversation — and indeed, crucially, over some solid food (yep, Tan confirmed that the bak kut teh was “not bad”).

Kudos to both Tan and Low, too, for not exploiting this as a self-plugging opportunity, and for not revealing what they spoke about.

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Top photos: Screenshot of video, Bob Lee via Tan Chuan-Jin’s Facebook page

About Jeanette Tan

Jeanette takes pride in her ability to sing the complete lyrics to Hakuna Matata and a host of other Disney songs. She holds out hope to someday be talent-spotted to do voice-overs for documentaries, lifts and automated telephone answering systems.

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