27 Oct 2006

A Dissonant Cacophony of Callouness and Insensitivity

From Sg Review
Dear All

I had on the morning of 25th October 2006 responded with biting criticism to the Straits Times report on MP Wee Siew Kim’s comments in defiant defence of his dear daughter.

I was totally disgusted by MP Wee’s comments which I will not let go pass untouched.

The ST’s Forum Editor had passed over my response and published another letter which was far less critical.

I am a strong proponent of freedom of expression, I will not stop at being silenced by elements of the mainstream press. Attached below is the letter that was targeted at our PAP AMK GRC MP Wee Siew Kim.

My purpose for publishing this letter is to encourage greater freedom of expression stronger and unrestrained criticism of the Ruling Party by all and I am taking the lead here.

Coincidentally, MP Wee made a statement in the press today which was of course published. This statement claims to be apologizing to the readers who were offended.

I have read MP Wee’s statement and I am not of the view that the apology is full and unreserved. I trust Singaporeans can come to their own conclusions on the matter.

“RESPONSE TO PAP MP FOR AMK GRC MR. WEE SIEW KIM’S COMMENTS IN STRAITS TIMES REPORT OF 24TH COTOBER 2006.

I had read in amazement of what Ms Wee Shu Min had written in her blog. I ruminated on her statements and her lineage and illustrious background and after much thought, decided not to criticize her in spite of the callousness she had exhibited at such a tender age.

For to me, there is simply no reason to overreact to the ignorant bigotry of an 18 year old girl and that the matter is best left to rest after the barrage of criticism she met with on the internet.

However, when I saw the Straits Times report of 24th October 2006, I read with disgust what Ms Wee Shu Min’s father PAP MP for AMK GRC, Mr. Wee Siew Kim had said in brazen defence of his dear daughter justifying her callousness and adding further insult and injury to Singaporeans.

MP Wee, in his dismal attempt to soften the effect of his daughter’s ramblings, had sought to downplay the incident as a lack of sensitivity on her part and to quote him “Some people cannot take the brutal truth and that sort of language, so she ought to learn from it.”

Whilst the less discerning may opine that MP Wee has apologized on behalf of his daughter, in truth both father and daughter have exhibited no more empathy or remorse than when the remarks were first made in Ms Wee’s blog. MP Wee’s remarks albeit more diplomatic had in fact exhibited an even higher level of arrogance and lack of empathy.

MP Wee must note that her daughter has since removed the offending posting from her blog. That is itself discordant with the stance he exhibited in his interview in the Straits Times. One wonders whether the removal of the posting was a father-sanctioned public perception management exercise for damage control or was it a true indication of remorse and regret?

If indeed MP Wee had similarly been just as careless with his callous remarks, he ought to acknowledge so and then extend nothing short of an unreserved apology to all Singaporeans especially those who are in situations similar to that of Mr. Derek Wee.

And upon doing so, MP Wee should also take steps to inculcate the appropriate level of humility in his daughter and do so in an early stage of her life, for MP Wee must remember that the government that he backs has taken bloggers to court, punished and shamed them for the undue comments they have made similarly for a limited audience.

Whilst I do not hope that the current establishment gets richer as a result of whatever discussion that takes place, I do hope that the former does get a lot humbler and wiser for Singapore will need leaders who can truly empathize with the people instead of having to live with parrots perched tree high above ground and their dissonant cacophony of callouness and insensitivity.”

The PAP and its supporters are invited to attack this posting with unrestrained fervour.

Regards

Chia Ti Lik


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The little virginal WEE girl is the epitome of singapores young ladies. mindless,caressing the latest mobile phone rather than a boyfried, and clasping the key of ther chastidy belt which they are willing to hand over to the nearest monied expat willing to buy them a meal. SPG's in disguise.

I suggest the wee girl goes down to Geylang and gets a solid shagging to wake her up.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps perhaps perhaps the reason for the exclusion is far less sinister and conspiratorial.. Perhaps the letter simply failed the 400 word count limit on the ST forum...

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys! I believe this was a serious posting, so some serious comments should be in order.

Anonymous said...

perhaps this whole blog is dying? there are lesser and lesser people commenting which perhaps indicates a lesser number of people coming here at all? hahaha...

Anonymous said...

I have both contributed articles and made comments in the past; I found it a hard job getting others to pay attention; they usually keep quiet

Anonymous said...

Want to give dearest MP Wee a piece of your mind?
Here're his contact numbers.. Spread the word!!!

weesk@stengg.com
Tel: 64569714
Tel: 64834341

From: http://www.parliament.gov.sg/AboutUs/Org-MP-MP-Prof-WeeSiewKim.htm

I've sent him an email already, but being the indifferent elitist bastard that he is, I don't expect a reply.

clyde said...

I have both contributed articles and made comments in the past; I found it a hard job getting others to pay attention; they usually keep quiet"

Hello anonymous person. It does help any serious discussion if everybody didn't post anonymously.

Anonymous said...

why? you should be addressing the content; by not doing so, you confirmed what I said, that people seldom pay attention

(I happen to be the cnotributor who showed real name etc in personal profile; did you?)

Anonymous said...

wake up singaporeans. you think the elites need to hide their real intentions? come on, we voted them in. so who's to be blamed? who was the one who said something about fixing opposition and getting away scot free. and of course there's mee siam my-harm. these are all tests to see how far they can go. to quote that wacko aussie muslim cleric: if we leave naked flesh around, cats and dogs would eat it. so we should veil the flesh. but alas, that veil came and left in may. let's wait for another five years. in teh meantime, worry about your job! there's a ft coming at you!
ps: rememeber a certain bg said he couldn't care two hoots about losing some votes over gomezgate?