Singaporean chides Lawrence Wong: Do you really understand the resentment on the ground?
Posted by temasektimes on September 25, 2012
I do not agree with some of the points that you have raised.
Firstly, with regards to the British royal couple visit, i do agree with fellow Singaporeans that it was more of a “wayang” rather than what you have claimed, “giving them a glimpse of the diverse activities in our homeland”. If our government is sincere in showing our guest “a glimpse of the activities in our homeland, we could simply show them the HDB flats that provides the basic housing for most Singaporeans (we are proud of it!) and then the market / food centre in Queenstown which will show them that despite Singapore being a small country, our food culture speaks of a fusion of cultures from all parts of the world.
In Food Centre/ Market, the British royal couple would also get to see follow Singaporeans having their lunch break (if they were early for visit), retirees shopping for grocery, or some old folks playing chess and relaxing away on benches rather than the “exhibition” of elderly practising Tai-Chi and silat. You might as well just bring them to our local museums.
Some net citizens have also commented that our government was worried that the British royal couple might catch the real glimpse of the activities in our homeland such as elderly picking up drinking cans/paper cardboard. If that’s the case, be proud of it and tell the British Royal Couple that these citizens chose to be independent rather than depending on social welfare and the government respect their choice. Isn’t that what most of the PAP MPs like to say when we Singaporeans expressed unhappiness with regards to the lack of help for these needy elderly?
Next, with regards to the TV Forum with PM Lee, as much as Singaporeans appreciate the effort of PAP, we would prefer the presence of the so called “oppositions” to be in the TV Forum. The reason why PAP is still in power is because there is no quality oppositions to take over the role of governance and i firmly believe that most Singaporeans would agree with me that Singapore is too small for two political parties to run the country and it is not efficient for decision making. And I hope you will realize that PAP is slowly losing the support of native Singaporeans. In the past, PAP easily win election by more than 80%. However in the last election, PAP only got 60.1% support which includes the votes of New Citizens & “One Last Chance” votes. What do i mean by “One Last Chance” votes? I believe you still remember that PM Lee apologized to Singaporeans on the 3rd May 2011. Because of his apology, many Singaporeans have chose to give PAP another chance. But it seems that they have made the wrong choice. Seems that we are looking forward to more foreigners becoming new citizens rather than the govt looking into the root of all problems by helping Singaporeans to have more babies. (stop telling us that there’s a limit on how much the govt can do.)
PM Lee wants a 6 million population for Singapore.. There’s a phrase in the Chinese sayings “if you don’t have such big head, then don’t wear such big hat”. It means that don’t do something that you’re are not capable of doing. The current PAP obviously does not have what it takes to run a country of 6 million population. And also this is Singapore, not Hong Kong.
One moment, PAP claimed that due to land scarce, thus nursing home have to build within the heartland(for an example, Bishan). then next moment you claimed that we have more available lands to accommodate up to 6millions population? If we do have available lands, use it for nursing home since we have an aging population rather than bringing in more foreigners. So why aren’t PAP doing the RIGHT thing?
Singaporeans definitely appreciate how the past PAP has brought us to what we have today. But why are Singaporeans voting AGAINST PAP today? Do you really know the resentment on the ground? Why are there more support for the oppositions? Thus if PAP really wants to understand the resentment on the ground, they should invite the so called “oppositions” to the TV forum.
For an example, former PAP member, Dr Tan Cheng Bock could be invited to the forum rather than having the pro-PAP members that obviously won’t ask the “tough” question. If this is just another wayang effort, then seriously it won’t help. don’t waste the time. Spend more time in issuing more citizenship to foreigners to build up the votes. Or else, I can assured you that the word “sorry” would not be of any help in 2016.
Last but not least, I agree with you that I also don’t support how some of the net citizen attacked PAP members with their names being singled out and their phone numbers publicized online. We are all fellow Singaporeans, indeed we must put aside all differences and work together for a common future. Thus once again, sincerely urged PAP to make the real effort to understand the resentment on the ground and make the necessary changes!
*The above was first posted as a comment on Lawrence Wong’s Facebook.
*The above was first posted as a comment on Facebook.