Baey Yam Keng slammed for ‘sympathizing’ with PRs for paying more for upgrading
Posted by temasektimes on March 30, 2012
It seemed to be an innocuous statement from PAP MP Baey Yam Keng, but it drew flak from netizens again after his controversial remarks on PRC scholar Sun Xu has barely died down.
Mr Baey posted a comment on his Facebook last night sharing his experience during his latest walkabout in his ward of Tampines North:
“Visited residents of Tampines Blk 402 and 404 last evening. They are looking forward to their new lifts which will be ready by Jun. Met a couple of PR families who are resigned to paying the full cost of their share of $20-30k, while Singaporean families pay only about 10%.”
[Source: Baey Yam Keng’s Facebook]
His comment immediately prompted a torrent of criticisms from netizens who lampooned him for ‘sympathizing’ the plight of PRs.
Casey Kwan wrote:
“This update is so open ended… So whats ur point!? There are many other policies in undue favor to PRCs here as well especially the scholarships and foreign ownerships of properties. Its pretty interesting to see such subtle publicity gimmicks at work to justify local benefits over foreigners… Kids’s play.”
Richard Chua asked if there is any nation in the world which offers public housing to PRs like Singapore:
“Actually how many countries in the world offer public housing for sale to their PRs, which can be sold for a profit when they return to their homeland. Anyone knows??”
Over at Hardwarezone Forum, netizens continue to slam Mr Baey:
“They got pity us when we serve NS and go for ICT? They are NOT paying more, it’s just that Citizens are paying less. It’s different.” – LightTrial
“what is there to resign about??? if the PR pay same as stinkies then what for have pink n blue IC” -zzzboy
“this guy is cant be a MP la.. he has no understanding for sgreans..” – buttery
Mr Baey should reflect on himself carefully if he is serving the interests of Singaporeans or foreigners. Singaporeans voted for him to speak up for them and fight for their interest in parliament and not for him to whine about the predicament of PRs which is really none of his business.