Law student defends Baey Yam Keng and reminds Singaporeans that their forefathers were foreigners too
Posted by temasektimes on March 5, 2012
A first year Law student Ng Bin Hong has written to TODAY online defending PAP MP Baey Yam Keng after he was forced to issue an apology for his remarks on the Sun Xu saga which upset many Singaporeans.
A final year student in Mechanical Engineering in NUS and recipient of a MOE PRC undergraduate scholarship, Sun Xu sparked near nationwide outrage with his now infamous remarks on there ‘being more dogs than humans in Singapore.’ In the interview with the media, Mr Baey asked Singaporeans to reflect on their behavior instead of condemning Sun Xu thereby giving the perception that he was standing on his side.
Mr Ng urged Singaporeans not to make foreigners a scapegoat:
“However, it is not their fault if Singapore has more foreigners than it can accommodate. To demonise them for coming here to make a decent living is to make them a scapegoat. One should not forget that our forefathers, when they migrated here, were no different from the foreign nationals now.”
He also praised Mr Baey for acknowledging the social problem faced by Singaporeans:
“Mr Baey, in urging us to examine if our society is walking in a healthy direction, was one of the few voices acknowledging the social problem we face today. His comments did not undermine Singaporeans but, rather, cautioned against discrimination and bigoted behaviour. It is unfortunate that he ultimately apologised because of irrational, populist sentiments.”
Besides Mr Ng, another writer Pavin Limanont also defended Sun Xu and Mr Baey:
“Mr Baey, on Facebook, said that Singaporeans could be more open to criticism. I agree. Offense is always taken, never given. Let us not regress into a nation of bigots and intellectual decay.”