Leadership or Lackeys
Fast unofficial response
How long did the official channels react to Singapore MM Lee remarks? He made the remark last Sunday on the 23rd and the reply from the government came only on Friday.
On Friday 28th January 2011, Berita Harian finally acknowledged the issue. And this piece of news have been going around the Internet nearly immediately after the report was filed in by AFP. 1,583 people have shared the article on Facebook.
A Facebook called “Islam isn’t a hindrance to national integration. MM Lee, apologise” was set up. As at Sunday, there are already 769 people liking the page. Could be more after you read this post.
The Malaysian response was fast with a lot of websites articulating their views. In Malaysia they tell it as it is.
Singapore’s Official Channels
Officials from Singapore finally responded and gave their views.
Initially I thought there was some gumption in him. After reading again the article, I just realized that he didn’t disagree. He was trying to excuse his boss for the remarks.
It was very disingenuous way of him by saying that he didn’t agree with his boss, MM Lee and explaining it away that MM Lee was describing a “worst-case scenario”.
The Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) response was more spirited, although it took them 4 days to issue a statement.
The Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Singapura (PKMS) aka Singapore Malay National Organisation issued a statement condemning and asking Lee Kuan Yew to be investigated under ISA.
That was a lot of smoke from PKMS. They should instead make a police report and issue a statement about it. That would have carried more weight.
PKMS is not really desirable as the Malay community representation. They can’t even have their house in order.
Did the Internet play a part
In a way I think it did. The local print media, from Straits Times to Berita Harian, didn’t even carry the article from Monday to Thursday. It was only on Friday 28th January 2011, the reports appeared. And Berita Harian tries to placate readers after the fact.
On the internet, there was a lot of unhappiness. Actually I have set-up this blog some time back. It was a private blog. I was just thinking of what will be the theme or focus of the blog.
My first public post was about MM Lee statement.
The print media as well as the PAP government in Singapore should be ahead of the curve. Do they really think that by not printing it in the papers, alternative views doesn’t exist?
Malay/Muslim leadership? More like lackeys to me rather than leadership.
What about the man himself? Did he apologize?
Off course not. He’s the so-called “founding father” of Singapore and he is entitled to his own view.
And by the way, the races in Singapore have always been well-integrated and she’s a cosmopolitan city way before PAP came into power.
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