‘I will fight for democracy in Singapore’ – Pre-U seminar participants tell it straight in the face of DPM Teo
Posted by temasektimes on June 2, 2012
During the Pre-university seminar held recently which was graced by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, students from polytechnics, junior colleges and centralized institutes were asked to leave comments about their aspirations in a miniforum.
The comments were projected on a screen and when one comment “I will fight for democracy in Singapore“, the participants broke into loud applause much to the surprise of DPM Teo who appeared momentarily stunned before putting up a fake smile.
Another ‘popular’ comment welcomed by the participants is – “I will fight for Hougang Teochew Porridge”
One participant later blogged:
“Clearly the future leaders of our nation knows their shit. If these was a forum of “average” apathetic youth, none of that would have happened. The mainstream media tried to spin it as a constructive dialogue. But we were there. We saw the patheticness of it all.”
According to another participant, DPM Teo was bombarded with sensitive questions from the students such as the state control of the Singapore media, Singapore’s one-party system and the lack of an effective opposition to check on the ruling party which he either ‘act blur’ and did not reply directly, skirt the question altogether or counter with another question to confuse the audience.’
Despite the desperate attempt of the mainstream media to spin the session as a ‘constructive dialogue’ between DPM Teo and Singapore youth, the reality is far away from the truth and judging from the responses so far, it is pretty obvious that the PAP is completely disconnected from the ground and it will be severely punished by disgruntled young voters in the next General Election.