Dr Chee Soon Juan: PM Lee just doesn’t get it
Posted by temasektimes on August 30, 2012
Singapore’s opposition leader and Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party Dr Chee Soon Chuan has criticized Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech, describing it as ‘rich in style, but offers little in substance.’
Dr Chee said PM Lee fails to address in a meaningful way, Singaporeans’ concerns about the country’s immigration policies.
“The Prime Minister just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t get it that the influx of foreign workers has caused our wages to fall…..he doesn’t get it that foreigners are competing with our children for places in schools…he doesn’t get it, that foreigners are driving HDB prices to an insane level…he doesn’t get it, that the government’s abject mismanagement of the immigration policy that has produced an opposite and equal reaction from Singaporeans.”
PM Lee had earlier castigated Singaporeans for posting ‘nasty’ comments about foreigners online and urged them to be generous to them. However, Dr Chee felt the Prime Minister has missed the point completely:
“Singaporeans are tolerant people. We has always been that way…..We welcome and accept foreign people living amongst us and working in our country, but no people in this world would accept a government which imports foreigners with the view of replacing locals and making them a minority in their own country.”
While Dr Chee has stoutly defended and spoken up for Singaporeans, the ‘elected’ opposition in parliament has remained SILENT on PM Lee’s National Day Rally so far, other than a ringing public ‘endorsement’ of it by one of its NCMP.
An opposition which does not oppose is better off dead for it only serves to lend a veneer of legitimacy and respectability to an otherwise autocratic regime and to enable it to masquerade Singapore as a ‘democracy’ to the international community.
Singaporeans must decide if they want a real opposition which can speak up for them fearlessly in parliament or one which does nothing but plagiarize the work of anonymous netizens to ‘wayang’ in parliament so that they can collect their fat MP allowance monthly from the government.
Listen to Dr Chee’s speech below: