Lawrence Wong attacks netizens for ‘targeting’ PAP members in forum with PM Lee
Posted by temasektimes on September 24, 2012
Minister of State for Education Mr Lawrence Wong has lashed out at netizens for ‘targeting’ PAP members who participated in two recent forums with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hosted by state broadcasting station Channel News Asia.
In a lengthy post on his Facebook, Mr Wong claimed that nobody was invited to the forum based on his or her political affiliation.
“When Mediacorp organized a TV forum with the PM, they invited a group of 50 people from all walks of life….No one was invited because of his or her political affiliation. But it so happens that among the group of 50, a handful were PAP members.”
Despite evidence showing otherwise, Mr Wong is adamant that the PAP members form only a ‘small minority’ of the participants in the forum and expressed his disappointment at the treatment dished out by netizens:
“They were a small minority. But on the internet, there was a campaign targeted against these PAP members, with their names being singled out and attacked, and their phone numbers publicised online.”
Mr Wong then asked netizens to ‘reflect’ on themselves:
“More importantly, when decent people step forward to be part of a genuine national effort to welcome our overseas guests, or volunteer their time to be part of a national TV forum with the PM, and yet get vilified by their fellow citizens, then we really should pause and reflect, and ask ourselves whether this is the kind of society we want.”
Though the ‘conversation’ was supposedly a ‘national’ one to engage all Singaporeans, no opposition members were invited including those from the PAP’s subsidiary party, the Workers Party.