30 Jan '15, 8am

Priceless expressions in parl as Minister Khaw made reference to Chinese opera to explain the government’s slip:

“A very popular Chinese opera: Butterfly Lovers, Liang Zhu. It described a period in old China when girls, unfortunately, no matter how talented are not allowed to join schools. So there was this young, beautiful, talented young lady, Zhu Ying Tai, who wanted to study. So she disguised herself as a boy (at this moment, camera cuts to Lee Lilian. We don’t know why) and succeeded in attending the school for two years. And nobody, because people just assume that girls won’t turn up. And because they made that assumption, only to discover it later. So on hindsight “why didn’t you know?” So they thought this one looks a bit girlish but turns out to be a butterf… to be a girl. So it’s a similar situation here, that the officers assessing the tender just assume that it must be a company affiliated to some religious organisation.”

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2015/01/priceless-expressions-in-par...

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