Many bought the book because of the spin that the book is a distillation of MM’s wisdom. Now six weeks after its publication, MM has said “I stand corrected” on one Hard Truth: how the Malays have integrated better than he said they had.
SPH, can get refund?
MM now seems dismissive of the book, what with his statement to the media that the book was based on 32 interviews over a period of two years and that the comment on Muslims integrating with other communities was made probably two or three years ago.
What other Hard Truths he will “stand corrected on”? Genetics? FT policy? Defence? High ministerial salaries? How can S’poreans be assured that facts on the ground have not changed on other Hard Truths for MM to “stand corrected”?
There was misrepresentation when it was spun that the book represented MM’s “Summing Up” of his experiences. So a refund is only fair.
Seriously, the problem with the book was that it was edited in such a way that the Hard Truths come across as a package. One has to accept them as a package, not pick and choose among them. So if one Hard Truth is wrong, it follows that the entire structure totters,if not, collapses. Bit like the holy scripture of any religion. One error and the sacred text is rubbish.
It’s sad because there are pearls of wisdom in the book, like the tolerance of gays, why S’pore should not be too trusting of its neighbours, the importance of honest government, and the acceptance that S’pore, the nation, is a work-in-progress.
Time for a new revised edition? An edition that will correct MM’s view of Malays, confirm that he hasn’t recanted on other Hard Truths, and make clear that one can accept some HTs without buying into the entire package, or vice versa. I’m sure that this would be more in-line with MM’s tots on the matter. A Malay MP from NTUC assures us of “his humility”.
And rather than a refund for HT, the original, buyers can trade in their copies for the revised version. The less copies circulating of HT, the original, the better for everyone, especially that Malay lady who, it seems did not correct MM when she had the opportunity to do so. Wonder what her bruddder, the Malay and Water minister thinks of his sis?
I guess the editor excluded her, the deputy editor, when he said the ST team was fearless in challenging MM.