Secretary-General of the Workers’ Party, Mr Low Thia Khiang, whom yesterday won widespread support and praise in cyberspace for a ‘wonderful speech’ in Parliament, today expressed disappointment over PM Lee’s non-response and the lack of pursuit over the allegations made by the Lee siblings.
Low Thia Khiang questioned the PM’s decision not to sue, and asked if the PAP was showing a practice of double standards, as the former PM had sued WP member Tang Liang Hong for just making a police report. He pointed out that this could indicate that blood is thicker than water, but when it comes to ordinary citizens and political opponents, it’s “sue until your pants drop.”
He also said:
“For this Parliament session, it is the Prime Minister, the head of the government, and the Secretary-General of the PAP, accused of wrongdoing. This episode – there is no investigation done, it’s ‘ownself defend ownself’ in Parliament with the PAP MPs!”
Watch the full speech here: https://www.facebook.com/workersparty/videos/1768445169838725/
Secretary-General of the Workers’ Party, the biggest Opposition party in Singapore, has given LHL’s Cabinet Ministers a shelling in Parliament today.
“First, Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling should not make vague allegations in the public domains against the Prime Minister based on scattered evidence* centred on family displeasure.
Making allegations that appear to be calculated to undermine the Prime Minister’s authority does not make for constructive politics in Singapore. It is a reckless thing to do and I do not see how this is in the national interest.
If the accusers have details and concrete evidence that the Prime Minister has been lying and abusing his power, allowing his wife to influence the appointment of public officials, they should have made all of them public by now. They should not be waging a continuous media campaign to keep the nation in suspense.
However, the Government has also contributed to the squabble. It does not help that the Prime Minister and some of his Cabinet colleagues have responded in kind in Facebook and even making counter-allegations on the motive and character of the other party.
The Government should set an example and needs to maintain its dignity in the face of insults to its integrity. They should not get involved in Facebook brawl for the whole world to see. Cabinet members more than anyone else should refrain from making insinuations about the character and motivations of the accusers. The Government should not continue with this dispute in the public domain.”
Full text of speech can be found on: ST. *ST’s article wrongly wrote “scant evidence” when Low Thia Khiang said “scattered evidence”, as proven here, where he also corrected Indranee Rajah who tried to suggest LTK said “no evidence”.
Full video of speech can be found on: Gov.sg Youtube.
The Lee siblings have serious concerns with Lee Hsien Loong’s ‘attempt to cover-up and whitewash himself in Parliament on 3 July 2017.’
They said they ‘have begun to show evidence of his misuse of his position and influence to drive his personal agenda. This is yet another example.’
They also believe that key issues such as his abuse of power will be ‘simply swept under the carpet,’ as ‘the accused’ controls ‘both the process and outcome’ of the forum.
So the infamous, tail-waging, Jason Chua’s Fabrications About the PAP, bootlicking page, posted this link to try to convince readers that “Parliament, not Facebook, is the place” to discuss the “Oxley Road dispute”.
We all know how Jason Chua removes negative comments in quick haste, and literally removes/blocks people who disagree with his staunch pro-PAP views. But even that did not stop the comments section being filled with a vast majority disagreeing.
It is indeed evident that it is hard for the PAP/LHL to lie their way through this time.
I actually do not think that most Singaporeans are so stupid.
On the day of LWL and LHY’s first letter itself, many of my friends have said the letter is being spread like wild fire among circles of friends. They belong to the polytechnic graduating group (end-20s).
My own circle (also end-20s), though, being university graduates (and mostly civil servants), was very quiet and silent, with a number of them supporting LHL.
I just did a scheming of the comments section at Channel Newsasia’s news video of LHL’s statement last night, and compared it with Channel 8 News’s version, and the difference in opinion representation was shocking.
At Ch 8’s version, about 90% of the comments were against LHL, and the remaining 10% was quite neutral. Ch 8 viewers seemed to be able to discern LHL’s lies and smokescreens. They generally also, present their views in a very civilised, and yet critical manner, some being funnily sarcastic. Many also questioned the way LHL dealt with his siblings using the state’s resources and say they won’t be convinced in his ways. One said, take the matter to court!
At CNA, however, 90% of the comments were pro-LHL and pro-PAP. A check at the facebook profiles of those that got the most likes revealed their backgrounds to be either friends of Jason Chua Chin Seng (admin of Fab About PAP), or were very close with PAP MPs, if not are PAP members themselves. Most here express themselves like City Harvest cult members. With many saying ‘well said and well done’, praising LHL for apologising when he ‘does not need to’, demanding Lee siblings to apologise instead, outrightly criticising and chastising the Lee siblings for going against Big Brother, and posting ‘well wishes’ for LHL’s health.
Maybe the PAP IB hasn’t reached the Chinese online media yet. They have since focused their main influence in the English-language stream since that is the main forum for internet political discourse anyway. Also, most that are close to the LHL inner circle may be the more ‘educated’ ones who are more inclined to use English in facebook communication. Furthermore, CNA fb has a reach of 2 million, whereas Ch 8 fb pales in comparison at 300k, so it might make more sense to the PAP IB to target the English side.
But this contrast also tells us, very clearly: 1) the difference between the ‘opinion’ show at an IB-infested page, versus a non-IB-infested page. The ‘true-blue’ sentiment is most expressed in the non-IB-infested one; and 2) the Chinese-language readers seem more discerning in political review, and are also both more tactful and more expressive in political discourse.
As posted by Albert Tay on his fb page
Lauschke Amy responded to the post with the following comment:
My fb friend commented on one those pages with his negative opinion anout LHL. And his comment was deleted instantly.