No lack of sophistry from the government concerning the homeless

April 29, 2010 by · 8 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
29 April 2010

It appears that there is absolutely no lack of sophistry and intellectual dishonesty on the part of the PAP government concerning the homeless in Singapore.

It is widely noted that every nation has its share of homeless folk. But our government leaders, who insist on paying themselves multi-million dollar salaries independent of the wishes of the electorate, have thus far taken a reactive, rather than proactive approach in dealing with the situation.

Worse still, the government has engaged in repeated acts of chicanery and sophistry with regards to the homeless.

It is therefore the height of ludicrousness that Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, has recently slammed alternative media channels for selective reporting of the facts, when in reality it is the government’s abhorrent track record in addressing the social problems associated with the homeless in Singapore that should be put under intense scrutiny.

Is this a government that truly cares, or is this a government that merely wishes to save face and put up a show when the spotlight has been placed on it? My answer is unequivocally the latter.

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Lui Tuck Yew’s admonishment of netizens misses the forest, the trees, and even the overhead bridge

February 6, 2009 by · 13 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
06 Feb 2009

There is a common saying, “don’t miss the forest for the trees”, which cautions us not to get so caught up in the details that we miss the more important message in the big picture.

Senior Minister of State (Information, Communications and the Arts) Lui Tuck Yew’s vociferous admonition of netizens over the Seng Han Thong saga in Parliament on Wednesday 04 Feb not only misses the forest, it is also misses the trees, and even the overhead bridge.

Rear-Admiral (NS) Lui Tuck Yew was referring to the numerous blog and forum postings made by netizens poking fun at the story of MP Seng Han Thong being set ablaze by an elderly Yio Chu Kang resident last month at a bursary and hong bao presentation ceremony. Mr Seng was admitted to the Singapore General Hospital with between 10 and 15 per cent burns and had to undergo two skin graft operations.

RADM Lui noted that while there were some comments sympathetic to Mr Seng, “the vast majority were unhelpful, a significant number were unkind, a small number were downright outrageous”. (Straits Times, “Online attacks: Minister rues lack of self-policing”, 05 Feb 2009)

RADM Lui singled out for special mention a posting made on the popular socio-political website on a list of 10 things Mr Seng should “be thankful for” in spite of being attacked. The contents of that post were originally found in the Sammyboy forum.

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