It was reported that a 76-year-old former teacher was seen in tears when she spoke at a CPF dialogue session organised by MP Hri Kumar at Thompson Community Centre yesterday (14 Jun) [Link].
The elderly lady was clearly in distress. She mentioned that she had a teaching career prior to retirement. She is single and does not have any dependent. She spoke up on the CPF issue and begged that her CPF money be returned to her as she wants to use her money to settle down while she still can.
“What I want is my money back and I want to arrange for my funeral and I want to arrange for my rice and I want to arrange for a nice settlement. Can I have it?” she asked.
The video of her speaking can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA80X5pHj_o
At the end of her speech, it was observed that another lady in white cheongsum was gesturing with her hands (at 5:33 minute mark of the video). The cheongsum lady was seen twirling her fingers in the air around her head.
A reader who wrote in, said, “The cheongsum lady sat in the front row. Her actions seemed to suggest that the old lady is either crazy or a desperado.”
“She has this ‘not my problem, get her to stop talking’ attitude. Reminds me of the ‘get out of my uncaring face’ attitude of Wee Shu Ming, the daughter of ex-PAP MP Wee Siew Kim, who made the insensitive remark against the heartlanders,” the reader added.
The reader cropped out the part of the video to show the cheongsum lady gesturing with the “crazy” sign:
Opposition member, Kenneth Jeyaretnam, was at the dialogue session yesterday. According to Kenneth, the cheongsam lady is a grassroots leader. In fact, Kenneth complained that the cheongsam lady and her friends were disrupting him with laughter when he spoke:
From various sources, including CSI work by netizens, the cheongsam lady has been identified to be Jean Ang Yee Mei Lin. Indeed, she is a known grassroots leader of Thomson-Inglewood private estate, part of Thomson-Toa Payoh ward led by MP Hri Kumar. His ward is, of course, part of Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.
In one of the posts on the Facebook page of Thomson-Toa Payoh ward [Link], Ms Ang was seen cutting a cake next to MP Hri Kumar at the Thomson-Ingelwood Resident’s Day [Link] held on 18th May last month:
Ms Ang herself work in NTUC Income as a financial consultant [Link].
The reader continued, “Sadly, if she is a grassroots leader, it is damn disrespectful to do a ‘crazy’ sign to a resident. I know grassroots leaders do many thankless work, but you have to educate the residents, not look down on them and think they are nuts, especially when they come to you with their problems.”
“Mocking an old lady is really unbecoming of a grassroots leader. A total disgrace!” he added.
Not surprisingly, she listed the following Facebook pages as her favorites:
- NTUC Income
- Tan Suee Chieh (CEO of NTUC Enterprise, overseeing NTUC Income)
- People’s Action Party
- Singapore Airlines
- Feng Tianwei
- Dr Tony Tan for President
- Dr Tony Tan
The reader added, “The elderly auntie’s woes is real feedback from the ground and they just tried to brush her off with lame reasons. Can they really blame the citizens for thinking that PAP does not listen?”
“The retiree who worked hard all her life and trusted the government to guard her retirement fund, now just wants her money back to retire comfortably and without worries. Yet, the ones she voted for and trusted, have shifted the CPF goalpost… she has the right to be angry!” he said.
“Can the PAP blame us when we want to revamp the system and to vote in more oppositions to correct the wrong and to take back what is rightfully ours?” the reader asked.