Teo Ser Luck defends Lawrence Wong: We should allow PAP activists to contribute on the future of Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on September 25, 2012
Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck has spoken up in defence of his party colleague Lawrence Wong who was widely criticized by netizens following a post on his Facebook decrying those expressing skepticism at the ‘National Conversation.’
Mr Wong has earlier lambasted netizens for exposing the identities of PAP activists who were invited to participate in the first telecast forum with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and questioned their agenda:
“Indeed, the critics online clearly have their own political affiliations too, even though many have chosen to stay silent on this, or to hide their real identities behind anonymous online profiles.”
His post has drawn more than 400 comments so far, most of which condemn him for lacking real understanding on the ground sentiments.
However, Mr Teo, who is also the Young PAP Chairman felt otherwise. In a comment posted on Mr Wong’s Facebook, Mr Teo lend his support to him:
“Lawrence’s post is well intentioned. Yes, feedback about the need to change is important, should be considered and the discussion should be on the larger topics of what needs to be done to bring Singapore forward.”
He added that being Singaporeans as well, PAP activists should be allowed to contribute on the future of Singapore:
“However the spinoffs from the forum was a focus on some of the participants’ party affiliation. It has affected them, some of whom just wanted to share their views. I think the point has been made about their involvement and we should allow them to contribute like any other Singaporeans on the future of Singapore.”
Following a poor result in last year’s General Election which is largely attributed to the New Media, the PAP has responded by reaching out to ‘engage’ Singaporeans through all possible channels in a desperate attempt to claw back lost ground.