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FTs more equal than the “wrong” S’poreans? Why liddat PM?

In Political governance on 28/04/2014 at 4:47 am

Quite a number of S’preans (think TOC, TRE posters, and Goh Meng Seng) were incensed at the Filipinos’ attempt to “capture” or “trespass” (GMS’ choice of word) a public space for one day.

They also mentioned, in passing, at the the double standards in, as they tot, [A]llowing all FTs to hold events in public spaces while preventing some S’poreans  (Think the PAP’s light blue clones and various civil groups) from doing the same on the grounds of “law and order” issues, even if the FTs in question are from a country where people believe in the power of the people to overthrow elected govts while the S’poreans are juz sheep who dream different from the “right” dreams.

Turns out no permit has been sought, so far, this yr. My take.

Took the wind out of their sails.

But the validity and reasonableness of this argument remains (I wish these unhappy S’poreans had it made it the core argument not talk about sovereignty etc and then mention it in passing, and had kept on talking about the point. They didn’t, so I’m elaborating on it).

If Filipinos think they can be allowed to hold an event in such a public space (even if it is across the road from Filipino Lucky Plaza) why can’t the “wrong” S’poreans hold events in public spaces (other than Hong Lim Green) too?

FTs more equal than the “wrong” S’poreans is it, PM, PAP? While Filipinos can party in public year after year, those S’poreans not thinking the “right” tots (despite many of them having done NS) are being ghettoised in Hong Lim? Juz because they don’t think the “right” tots, like PA or NTUC running dogs activists? Apologies to the dogs. My dogs complain that I’m defaming them by comparing them to PA and NTUC activists.

True, no incidents arose.in the past when the Filipinos were granted permission to hold events in public spaces.

But given the track record of “people power” in the Philippines in overthrowing elected presidents, why were the Filipinos given permission in the first place, while the “wrong” S’poreans are denied the opportunity to show that they too can be as peacefully and law abiding as Filipinos? Many of these S’poreans did NS, people like GMS, Gilbert Goh, KennethJ, M Ravi, Garbra Gomez. They were trusted with live rounds and M16s. So shouldn’t they be given the benefit of the presumption that they, like the Filipinos, can be trusted not to cause public order problems? OK, OK, I concede that based on some commentates that was put up on his FB wall (now taken down), there is every right to be concerned that GG is advocating violence. [Update at 5.46am GG makes police report allegung posting was fake http://singaporenewsalternative.blogspot.sg/2014/04/singapore-activist-gilbert-goh-made.html%5D

A TRE poster makes another point on this “FTs more equal” attitude

Just1more:

Problem with Singapore is that we are harsh on our own people and soft to the point of bending over for foreigners. If an organisation has planned for such event and advertised in social media, the Police would have called up the organisers and “advise” them to apply for permit first. Police may threaten to charge the organisers. See what happened in this case. All quiet. So, what is the super efficient government’s position? Don’t just take the million salary and keep quiet when we want answers.

This allegation is one that I’ve heard over the yrs: that the police are pro-active in monitoring some S’poreans’ tots to hold public events. Doesn’t take an application to get asked to discuss their plans with the police. I’ve heard allegations that even talking among “friends” about organising an event in a public space could lead to call to have a cup of coffee.

Now I applaud such pro-active behaviour: if applied to everyone. But I’m left wondering why the police doesn’t seem (at least going by their statement) to have been more pro-active with the Filipinos despite the Filipinos making it clear of their intention to party on 8 June in a public space despite not yet applying for a permit (I’m sure they have every intention of applying for the licence and will cancel the event if they don’t get approval)? Shouldn’t the polic3e be calling the Filipino ornaisers? FTs more equal than the “wrong” S’poreans?

Wonder if FTs realise that there are S’poreans (numbers unknown, and who include rational, conservative people like me, thru the woolly, good-hearted, soft middle like TOC and P Ravi, thru to GMS,  to Gilbert Goh, nutter,  and friends) who think that the govt treats them better than it does S’poreans because FTs help repress the wages of locals esp PMETs, thereby making S’pore a more attractive place for MNCs and landlords?

But maybe they do realise this but think that with people like Kirsten Han, and BG MoM on their side, labeling S’poreans, “xenophobes” and “bigots” for daring to question the govt’s FT policies,  they can safely give S’poreans the bird. Sadly, they are unlikely to be wrong.

Somewhat related post

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/how-many-of-them-were-males-did-ns/

 

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  1. You hit it right on the head. It is important to be politically correct these days and so you have the likes of Kirsten Han trying to impress with the I do not agree with you but I will defend your right to your views bravado. Your point about the Filipinos’ “track record” needs emphasising. The TR Emeritus on 27 April reported that the Manila Times dug up the Flor Contemplacion case alleging that there was hostility in Singapore over her murder of a fellow Filipino maid and her employer’s 4 year old son. Nothing could be further from the truth.Singaporeans did nothing to show their hostility over the incident. She was charged and convicted of their murders and the Filipino President Fidel Ramos tried to get the Singapore government to pardon her. She was executed on 17 March, 1995.The Filipinos demonstrated outside the Singapore embassy and Singapore flags were burned. The embassy received threats against Singaporeans and their properties in the Philippines. Diplomatic relations were soured when the Philippine government recalled its Ambassador to Singapore and downgraded its diplomatic representation to charge d’ affairs and PM Goh’s scheduled visit to the Philippines was postponed. Still the Filipinos were not satisfied. Ramos threatened to break off diplomatic relations if the Commission they set up found that Contemplacion was the victim of injustice. The Commission found that Contemplacion might have been innocent. The Singapore government rejected this finding but agreed to re-examine the remains.Two autopsies were conducted by experts on both sides. We spent much time and expense just to cater to their unfounded suspicions. TR Emeritus also reported the other day of the Filipino group, Migrante, is warning that they will be monitoring the case of a Filipino maid who had jumped to her death, hinting at some misdeeds by locals. I will leave it to your readers to draw their own conclusions as to the propriety of the quick and over the top reactions from the PM , his colleague TCJ and their surrogates in the MSM. Should they not have commended the vast majority of Singaporeans who did not react in the same way as the few trolls instead? Should they not have warned the Filipino organisers to be mindful of the sensitivities of Singaporeans as they did to the Indonesians over the naming of the naval vessels?

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