PAP MPs, who are generally very quiet when things go wrong in Singapore, have suddenly woken up to condemn the marching incident at Hong Lim Park yesterday (27 Sep), criticizing on social media the actions of the organizers for the #ReturnOurCPF event.
Chua Chu Kang GRC MP Zaqy Mohamad posted on his Facebook page [Link]:
Just saw this newsflash. A pity that special needs children were heckled by protesters at event by YMCA at Hong Lim Park. One thing to want to make a statement, and another to cross the line in this manner.
Jurong GRC MP Ang Wei Neng wrote [Link]:
The behaviour of the few bloggers is uncalled for, regardless of whether it is directed towards any group of people, but is especially so towards such a vulnerable group as children with special needs.
Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Janil Puthucheary, who thinks that working in KK hospital to save babies is equivalent to serving National Service, said on his Facebook page [Link]:
What sort of public discourse do we want? No excuse for bad behaviour, but especially not directed at kids.
He later posted a link to a blog post and added:
Another commentary on the bad behaviour today. Just not acceptable –
Even the Minister for Social and Family Development has jumped into the fray and said [Link]:
Read with dismay what happened at Hong Lim Park today. One may hold different viewpoints and try to seek attention to one’s cause. But to do so with no regard or respect to the elderly and special needs children present is most unbecoming.
To cause alarm and distress to special needs children, and disrupting their routine cannot be right no matter how righteous you think your own cause may be. This cannot be the type of behaviour that represents Singaporeans – Chan Chun Sing.
But the most puzzling thing is this – when netizens were “heckling” Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Intan on her Facebook page for 3 long weeks, demanding if she had supported the PR application of PRC tour guide Yang Yin, none of the MPs came forward to condemn the netizen “hecklers”. They did not even try to defend her on the matter.
Later, with no support and with the unrelenting demands of the public ringing in her ears, Dr Intan capitulated. She finally admitted writing an appeal letter for Yang’s PR application (‘MP Intan finally admits writing PR appeal letter for Yang‘).
Still, no PAP MPs came out in Dr Intan’s defence on the matter. It was as if she had suddenly contracted SARS and everybody was trying to disassociate themselves from her.
Why are our MPs behaving this way?
What do you think?