‘Pinoy drummer’ saga: MP Alex Yam raps CCK residents for not ‘understanding’ the plight of Filipino family
Posted by temasektimes on April 16, 2012
After being exposed rather embarrassingly that the ‘pinoy drummer’ issue has not been resolved yet, PAP MP Alex Yam now changes tact and raps Choa Chu Kang residents for not ‘understanding’ the plight of the Filipino family while insinuating that they are being ‘targeted’ because they are foreigners.
For months, Choa Chu Kang residents living in Block 608 of Choa Chu Kang Street 62 had to put up with the awful drumming of a Filipino boy who refused to tone down the volume despite numerous requests from neighbors, HDB officers and grassroots activists to do so.
Mr Yam has earlier said the issue has been ‘resolved’ on 24 March when the family acceded to the request for their child to play the drum only between 12pm-1pm and 6pm-7pm. However, when one resident Chong Li Ling pointed out that they did not adhere to what they have promised and ought to be issued with a summon, Mr Yam retorted callously that she should not make it ‘personal’.
“Is it more acute because it is a foreigner family? Has anyone tried to approach and clarify the situation? Does anyone know that the person drumming is a special needs person in a special school? Did anyone try to find out that the family is trying to save up to soundproof their place? Just so that their son to develop what they believe is his innate talent despite his special needs?”, Mr Yam posted on his Facebook, his tone appearing to blame Singaporeans for not being ‘understanding’ enough.
It appears from Mr Yam’s postings that the Filipino boy is a ‘special needs’ child and HDB is ‘bending over’ to appease the family to ensure their boy has the opportunity to develop his ‘innate talent’ regardless of the inconveniences it caused to other residents living in the same block.
Mr Yam then urged the resident to ‘empathize’ with the Filipino family:
“Please consider that it is not going to be easy to have a special needs child whether local or foreign. And I fully empathise with all residents.”
Mr Yam’s empathy towards the Filipino family appears to contrast the response of a former PAP MP Lim Hwee Hua towards an earlier incident in which a Singaporean teenager who is mentally challenged smashed a chair against the door during a Meet-the-People session. A police report was lodged and he was arrested the very next day.
Though the boy apologized in person to her two days later, Ms Lim rejected the apology and refused to ask the police to withdraw the case. She further claimed that his chair “could have killed somebody”.
It is not revealed if the Filipino family are new citizens or PRs. One thing for sure, they certainly enjoy special privileges in Singapore and are a ‘protected’ species even as locals continue to be exhorted day in and out by PAP leaders to ‘integrate’ the newcomers and make them feel welcomed, accepted and welcomed here.