PAP politicians should overhaul policies that deter Singaporeans from starting families, rather than engage in melodrama

October 27, 2013 by · 5 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
26 October 2013

Those PAP politicians who speak up strongly against Ashley Madison: if you really want to support families, FIRSTLY you should seriously rethink your core policies which are pushing the COST OF LIVING sky high, as well as your immigration and manpower policies.

SECONDLY, you should give assistance not just to needy father-mother family units, but also to SINGLE PARENTS who are bravely raising kids on their own and who are currently facing continued discrimination just because they don’t form what you term a “traditional family unit”. AND THIRDLY, end your discrimination against LGBTs and don’t demonize someone just because he or she does not fit into your traditional model.

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What should be the meaning of “Singaporeans First”?

October 24, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
24 October 2013

What should be the meaning of the phrase “Singaporeans First”? Certainly, any civilized country must put its own citizens first, or else what would be the purpose of having a nation and national boundaries? But what exactly does the phrase “Singaporeans First” mean in the context of how we relate to foreigners, and how the government should calibrate its policies with regard to immigration?

Carelessly using the phrase “Singaporeans First” can lead to a slippery slope in which discrimination and xenophobia is justified on the grounds that everyone except Singaporeans are to be regarded as “second class” people. That should not be the case. Our notion of what constitutes “Singaporeans First” must be more enlightened, more nuanced, lest we use that phrase to embolden our baser instincts and inflict unto others the same set of injustices that we perceive as being inflicted unto ourselves.

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Labelling people as xenophobic

October 16, 2013 by · 3 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
16 October 2013

There are plenty of xenophobic people these days who rail unjustly against foreigners and cite them for alleged misconduct which they themselves might be guilty of at some other place and time. Whilst these people should be taken to task, it is equally unfair to use the “xenophobic” label to tar others who are merely speaking up against government policies and genuine grievances, but who may not phrase themselves with exactly the right amount of nuance and sensitivity.

It is very easy to be labelled as a xenophobe. All you have to do is to say “Singaporeans should come first”. Then you will be accused of perpetuating a “them versus us” mentality and playing into the PAP’s hands. The logic escapes me.

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