Overthinking It

Chan Chun Sing wears a Mao Jacket and delivers his speech on Globalisation

It’s no news that your wardrobe says a lot about you.

What you wear can inform passersby of your type of employment, as well as your ambitions, emotions and spending habits.

And now it’s even launched a whole new type of psychology and politics.

 Remember how PM Lee and his entourage wore the batik outfit during their retreat with Jokowi in Indonesia recently.


That’s one heck of an example of subtle public diplomacy.

Yesterday, Chan Chun Sing, Secretary-General of the National Trade Union Congress. (NTUC), told an awards dinner audience that Singapore remains focused on becoming even more open and connected to the rest of the world while wearing a MAO JACKET (Chinese version of a Western business suit.)


We did a double take on him just to make sure that it is indeed a MAO SUIT.

Singapore has always remained neutral on the claims in the South China Sea between China and US and the Philippines. With the recent collapse Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal between US and Singapore, are we sending a signal that we might be looking at China to boost our economic trade?

The answer, as they say, is all in the clothes.

You bet China would have noticed this.

Good Job Chan Chun Sing?


1 Comment

  1. It’s diplomacy relations in terms of fashion choices and soft cultural power. Singapore ministers do need to take into consideration of the balance of power in international relations. 🙂

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