Let’s skip the formalities and let me get to the point.
Did you smoke till you got burnt before you did the National Rally thing? I don’t know what you smoked but I can’t believe that you are the same bloke who said sorry just before the last general election.
“Singaporeans must show a generosity of spirit to one another, including new arrivals,” Mr. Lee said in his speech Sunday. [Link]
Blimey, you said that? Geez, this sucks! It’s worse than “mee siam mai hum”! It leaves the same bitter taste in my mouth like when your dad told us to repent should we vote in Workers’ Party in Aljunied GRC.
Generosity of spirit? How about PAP leaders showing some to its citizens? Can you please stop berating us for the damned mistakes that you and your millionaire colleagues created. No dude, we are not the one-eyed dragons consumed by hatred, anger or unhappiness over xenophobia.
Hello, it is not the immigrants that we are against. It your policies of bringing in the tsunami of immigrants without any care or concern for the well-being of all of us (both local Singaporeans and new immigrants as well) that is infuriating! Why do you keep bringing them in without planning for the welfare and wellbeing of both Singaporeans and new immigrants? Transportation woes! Housing shocks! Lack of hospital beds for the sick! Look at the unhappiness you have created? Before calling Singaporeans small hearted, maybe you should check if you’ve got a heart in the first place! Why you and your elites keep pretending and ‘wayanging’ is simply beyond us.
We have been big-hearted in the coffeeshops and blogs letting you know about the crazy tsunami of immigration but you would not listen. We were treated as ‘noise’. Hello, you are not listening still!
Dear PM, do you have to stand in a queue in Singapore lately? Have you been shouted at and challenged to a fight by ’someone’ who jumped your queue when you politely tell him (and/or her too) to take his place at the back of the line? Until you get this constant bullying by these immigrants (so bloody pampered by you and your elites), don’t berate me for not being big-hearted!
Dear PM, do you ever buy food at hawkers centre or foodcourt? I doubt so. Just so you know, I have been screamed at when making an order because I cannot speak PRC Mandarin. It gets worse when he/she rubbed me deeper by saying, “Chinese do not know how to speak Chinese!” Instead of creating a scene, I usually cut the conversation short, stick up my middle finger, say “Up Yours!” and move to eat from another stall. That’s my way of preventing myself from further humiliation and getting another heart attack!
Please. It is not that we are small hearted. It is you and your colleagues in your race to achieve your crazy objectives that have created this sad state of affairs in Singapore.
While berating us for our lack of good spirit, you humiliated and downgraded us further by pampering and showing off the good character of new PRC immigrants by pointing out their greatness in their contribution to charities and community work.
What’s with you, dude?
Is this how you start a NATionalCONversation?
And please, do not tell us our ancestors were immigrants too. Dude, we know. While you welcome the new immigrants with your arms wide open, I’d like you to know that:
- My grandpa took the risks of coming on his own by sea in rickety boat.
- The Brits did not go the China to induce him to come to Singapore with free university education (with lodging and jobs guaranteed) or prize money in winning Olympic medals.
- The Brits did not welcome him with open arms nor supported him with special funds to help him integrate. He did it on his own by learning to speak Malay, SinEnglish and even Tamil and other dialects!
- Unlike you, the Brits did not mollycoddled him and put him on a pedestal by telling the early local Singaporeans how great he and his fellow immigrants were in building communities or doing charities. They did it on their own, quietly, without any song and dance. Of course, without which, Singapore would not be what it is today.
- The Brits did not tell the locals off for not being big-hearted in accepting their spitting and swearing and other dirty habits. Truth be told, the swear words I learned from my grandpa was far better than what I learned in NS anytime!
Hello, wake up! The angst, the discomfort is not felt by the locals alone. The immigrants feel it too! The small-heartedness is caused by the fact that this little dot of an island is too small to accommodate so many so soon. Geddit?
We need breathing space.
Oh, we can go to Gardens by the Bay? But we have to squeeze into bus or MRT to smell some armpits before we can get there! Fresh air?
Or you still smokin’?
Please lah. Don’t scold us for not helping you solve the problems you and your millionaire elites created.
I sincerely hope that you will not be consumed by hatred, anger and unhappiness by my ‘O’ level heartlander candour. If you need something more sophisticated, less raw, go read Tommy Koh’s “Reflections on immigration” in ST of 29 August 2012.[Link]
Taken positively, my contribution to SINgaporeCONversation may be worth much more than the “flatter-till-you-die” feedback that you are getting from your ‘porlumpars’ (testicles carriers in Hokkien) with hive minds and swarm intelligence.
* FeedMeToTheFish is an online blogger since Sep 2007. On his profile, he said: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. The double speak, the hubris that I get from the power that is especially the leeders irks me no end. The balls carrying sychophantic mainstream media suffocate me. I can hardly breathe. Some say I may get radicalised, but fortunately, the alternative news and views that I get from internet keeps me sane. The ability to write in this blog gets the elephant off my chest and helps me breathe easier. It lightens me up! When it’s all said and done, just feedmetothefish. With my crazy writing, my children and the greatgrandma of my granddaughter worry that the “legal/factual” big stick will come after me for being radicalised or for being ridiculous:) Hopefully, the fish will get me first:) He blogs at http://feedmetothefish.blogspot.com.
Editor’s note: Current UK’s Labour Party Chief, Ed Miliband, conceded that his party had “got things wrong” on immigration, in a speech in Jun 2012. He said that people who worry about immigration should not be characterised as bigots – a reference to an incident happened when Gordon Brown, the former Labour Party Chief, was the Prime Minister of UK.
During the 2010 UK election, a lady confronted Gordon Brown over the number of immigrants in Britain. Their conversation appeared to end on a friendly note but moments later, Brown was recorded by the media describing the lady as a “bigoted woman”. Gordon Brown and his Labour Party were eventually voted out and the Conservatory/Liberal coalition became the new UK Govt.
Miliband, who succeeded Brown as the new Labour Party Chief, said, “Worrying about immigration, talking about immigration, thinking about immigration, does not make them bigots. Not in any way.”