Prince William amused by PAP’s grand ‘wayang’ at Queenstown
Posted by temasektimes on September 14, 2012
The grand ‘wayang kulit’ put up by the PAP at Queenstown to welcome Prince William not only failed to impress, but made Singapore a laughing stock in the world.
The usually quiet and deserted playground at Queenstown was suddenly filled with children playing and elderly practising Tai-Chi and silat to welcome the royal couple who are on a tour of the Asia-Pacific region to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond jubilee:
Obviously amused and befuddled by the spectacle, Prince William asked the MP for the area Indranee Rajah who accompanying him if it is common for senior citizens to practise tai chi in the playground to whom she replied rather embarrassingly ‘yes, but not at 3 in the afternoon’.
Speaking to queries from the state media later, Ms Rajah said the photos were ‘taken out of context’:
“The presentation was a collaboration between HDB and the People’s Association. We want to show the royal couple the latest generation of Singapore’s public housing and to exhibit our community activities as well as the multiracial, multicultural aspect of life in Singapore.”
Ms Indranee Rajanee should have saved taxpayers’ monies by bringing the royal couple to visit Tanglin Halt a stone’s throw away where elderly can be seen scavenging for cardboard in the streets to showcase the real Singapore.
Singapore is one of the few countries in the world to stage such ‘wayangs’ for foreign dignitaries together with other repressive regimes like China, North Korea and Myanmar.