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Singaporean chides Lawrence Wong: Do you really understand the resentment on the ground?

Posted by temasektimes on September 25, 2012

Dear Mr. Lawrence Wong,

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!

BAO HENG

*The above was first posted as a comment on Lawrence Wong’s Facebook.

*The above was first posted as a comment on Facebook.

30 Responses to “Singaporean chides Lawrence Wong: Do you really understand the resentment on the ground?”

  1. Helen said

    Lawrence Wong should join DPM Tharman and both should “CATCH UP” with the reality Singaporeans face living in Singapore instead of just talking about the usual PAP propaganda.

    • Singkaypoh said

      Justice Bao, well said!

      But the real reason cannot be expressed more eloquently than by the humanist author Upton Sinclair :
      “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

      “What is truth?” asked Pontius Pilate, but would not stay to listen…

  2. Lim said

    Quote: “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?”
    BRAVO!! Exactly the kind of flip flop reasoning where the argument is taliored to fit the ends – want to build nursing home in Bishan – not enough land. But to let in more foreigners to make 6 million – got land for them. The contradiction means we can’t trust your words anymore.

    • Edmund said

      Its the case of what the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. One minutw have enough land to take in 6 million, next minute not enough land to build old age home for the elderly.With that kind of statement, can we still trust the ruling party on what they are going to do in the future? Making promises cannot keep is a very serious thing and would have disastrous results in 2016 election.

  3. Deepak Chowdury said

    Minister surprised at ‘deep level of resentment’
    By Alicia Wong | SingaporeScene – Wed, May 11, 2011

    Singapore’s first woman Cabinet minister Lim Hwee Hua says she was caught by surprise at the “deep level of resentment” felt towards the ruling People’s Action Party.

    At a press conference to announce her decision to quit politics on Wednesday, she said, “It is a surprise for us that the resentment is so deep and the unhappiness is so deep.”

    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/minister-lim-hwee-hua-not-contest-ge-2016-050609920.html

    If Mr Wong is totally clueless about the “deep level of resenment” felt towards his party, maybe he should have a heart to heart talk with Ms Lim Hwee Hua.

    Instead of saying something intelligent to soothe the feelings of angry Singaporeans, Mr Wong shows that he is absolutely out of touch with the people by saying something that further fuels the anger of the people.

    Looks like he is destined to be a one term MP.

  4. Fred Lambert said

    “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.”

    This appears to be the real reason why they put up the wayang for the royal couple. They wanted to present a sanitized version of life in a HDB estate so that the royal couple wouldn’t have to see so many elderly struggling to sweep the roads and clear the tables in the coffeeshop.

    From what I gather, now other country presented with royal couple with a wayang show.

  5. Populist said

    Perhaps we could draw conclusion netizen resented that those who are politically affiliated to PAP should be barred from National conversation. Only opposition supporters should participate in such conversation. In a first world parliament, the 60% majority should keep quite, only the 40% is entitled to make noise.

    • Think Harder said

      Populist, it’s interesting that you draw this conclusion.
      Think harder… I don’t think the netizen would echo your conclusion….

    • Majority of Singaporeans said

      Unfortunately, you are seriously deluded & daft!

      We, Majority of Singaporeans use to vote for the Pro Alien Party in the past but unfortunately, we are switching our votes whatever it takes to the opposition parties come GE2016!

  6. Daft Peasant said

    Bao Heng……very the well said…..bit you must know how pappies tinks……that is: building nursing house for the old folks ARE WASTING MONEY…….whereas getting more foreigners and giving out more citizenships ARE EARNING MONEY !!!!!

    Tell you wat lah…… no need to ‘ try ‘ to tell them wat they must do, how sinkies are unhappy blah blah blah…….bcos thay ARE NOT LISTENING AND THEY DON EVEN BOTHER loh……..

    JUST DO WAT WE SUPPOSE TO DO IN GE2016……..I WISH ALL SINGAPOREANS WILL BE UNITED BY THEN !!!!

    PAP….. 还我河山!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. True sinkie said

    Kudos. My exact sentiments.

  8. Nico said

    In fact, Mr Lawrence Wong should just shut it, listen and reflect. He does not need to speak.

  9. sporeoboriginal said

    All boils down to human emotion and its called “greed”. For power and money.. even moses if im not mistaken can share a freaking piece of bread with thousands but u know.. Some people jus wan to remain in power and have the pie all for himself. And i can see spore being nurtured to such a country as well. Wake up your idea politicians and sporeans!

  10. Henry said

    Well said, Bao Heng

  11. True BLUE Sinkie said

    Hello Lawless Wong, instead of hiring the props from the Community Centres and making use of the old men and woman practicing Tai Chi at 3.00pm, You should have arranged a reality tour and bring the Prince and Duchess to see the old men and woman hunching over & picking discarded card boxes and card boards, empty tin cans and even those picking up left over cigarette butts from the trash bins to smoke. You huh!!! you got nothing between your two ears despite being paid million-dollar salaries.

  12. kinman said

    Bao Heng, you have written all the concerns of Singaporeans. Thank you. I doubt the present PAP knows what to do. They seemed loss without the founding father in the cabinet. LoL

  13. PAP are good at wayang all the time said

    PAP are good at wayang, and they allow only “minimum” freedom for citizen to air their view on newspaper, that is controlled by PAP government.

  14. Naivety said

    Great & excellent analysis, many thanks…Bao Heng

  15. biccherry said

    The contrived display of elders doing silat/ taichi in the blazing sun only goes to show how contrived the Royal’s visit to Singapore was.
    Perhaps it is the deepest desire of the leaders of Singapore to once again return Singapore to be a colony of the UK with their stooping so low by filling the visit with such extravagant pomp and pomposity.

    The royals on their part should be ashamed of not requisiting a more unobtrusive visit, with their indulgence for such pomp and pomposity, can anyone blame the public for the insatiable demand of updates from the paparazzi, about their whereabouts, and especially in their most private moments- of them frolicking in the buff?

  16. Pink Panty Loong said

    Bao Heng, thank you so much for voicing out and reflecting the true sentiments on the ground! Damn well written!!! The Papigs is trying blardy hard to distort facts & reality for their failed policies and forced every bits down Singaporeans’ throats!!!

  17. solaris8899 said

    well said.

  18. Cronies said

    The new batch of MPs is nothing but cronies. Unlike the older batch, they make sense when they talk.

  19. Melvin said

    This Bao Heng never fails to speak up for us… He wrote to PM Lee before and now rebuke that LW. We need more people like him!!!! Thank you!

    https://temasektimes.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/grassroots-leader-and-pap-supporter-asked-pm-lee-to-feel-the-real-resentment-of-singaporeans-on-the-ground/

  20. wah ka li kong said

    this is power speech! I raised both hands and legs up to say, Yes!

  21. Bai Hu said

    Thank u Mr Justice Bao Heng for bringing up this issue. It really takes much effort & thought to write such an article like this.

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