PRC new citizen accuses Low Thia Kiang of ‘inciting xenophobia’
Posted by temasektimes on February 19, 2013
A PRC new citizen has accused WP Chief Low Thia Kiang of ‘inciting xenophobia’ in his speech made in parliament last week during a debate on the White Paper in which he proposed capping the inflow of foreign workers.
In a letter to a Chinese paper yesterday, Mr Li Yeming, vice-chairman of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, research and publications committee, accused Low of fanning anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiments and dividing Singaporeans by distinguishing between ‘native-born’ Singaporeans and those born overseas.
Low counter-accused Li of selectively interpreting his speech, claiming that he made no distinction in his speech and he had called for equal treatment for all citizens.
No WP MP was present at a protest held at Hong Lim Park last Saturday evening against the White Paper. Speaking to queries from the state media, WP Chairwoman Sylvia Lim said:
“It is healthy for the issue to be canvassed on appropriate and multiple fronts. WP has made its stance in Parliament.”
Low has earlier endorsed the PAP publicly, praising it as a ‘competent’ government and urging Singaporeans to give it ‘more time’ to solve the numerous problems besieging the nation. He also repeated WP’s pledge to work ‘constructively’ with the PAP.
In the aftermath of the 2011 General Election, WP newbie MP Pritam Singh proclaimed proudly that the Workers Party is ready to form a coalition government with the PAP should the latter fail to gain a simple majority in the next general election.