Goh Chok Tong: Speakers’ rhetoric at White Paper protest too ‘political’
Posted by temasektimes on February 18, 2013
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has criticized the speakers at the White Paper protest held on Saturday evening as indulging in mere rhetoric and being too ‘political’.
The protest was organized by ordinary Singaporeans one week after the government released and endorsed a White Paper to increase Singapore’s population to 6.9 million people by 2030 via immigration, sparking an unprecedented public outcry.
In a reply to a query from a netizen on his Facebook page, ESM Goh said he did not think out of the speakers’ rhetoric:
“Too political, too one-sided, appealing to emotions only and not shedding light on important issues,” he wrote.
A former Prime Minister of Singapore from 1991 to 2002, ESM Goh promised Singaporeans a ‘Swiss standard of living’, but it appears that they are now burdened with a Swiss cost of living minus its quality of life instead.