We, the undersigned, request for the full, unreserved and
public apology to the people of Singapore from Mr Lee Kuan Yew, NRIC
S0000003E of 10 Oxley Rise, Singapore 090001, elected Minister Mentor of the
Singaporean Parliament, which we very much deserve over the spate of remarks that he made in an interview to the
National Geographic magazine(http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/01/singapore/jacobson-text/3
The remarks in contention from the article are "Over time, the MM says,
Singaporeans have become "less hard-driving and hard-striving." This is why it
is a good thing, the MM says, that the nation has welcomed so many Chinese
immigrants (25 percent of the population is now foreign-born). He is aware that
many Singaporeans are unhappy with the influx of immigrants, especially those
educated newcomers prepared to fight for higher paying jobs. But taking a
typically Darwinian stance, the MM describes the country's new subjects as
"hungry," with parents who "pushed the children very hard." If native
Singaporeans are falling behind because "the spurs are not stuck into the hide,"
that is their problem."
It is especially deplorable that such insensitive remarks can be issued forth
from the very person responsible for the social engineering of our Nation to the
state of being it is today. By forcing through dubious policies that have
largely tanked, such as the Stop At 2 policy, Graduate Mothers scheme, Mr Lee
Kuan Yew's irresponsible attempts at altering the demographics of our society
have left the present leadership no choice but to import foreign workers in such
large numbers in such a short period of time in order to make up for the
shortfall in labour requirements. This has led to widespread disgruntlement and
social unrest in amongst the citizenry.
To then turn around and put the blame on the citizenry for being "less
hard-driving and hard-striving" is utterly reprehensible, when Singaporeans are
already clocking one of the longest working hours in the world, but yet their
wages continue to slip (source:http://www.asiaone.com/Business/News/Office/Story/A1Story20100105-189718.html
This act of hitting at Singaporeans through the international media,
of the very people he had been elected to serve, in the midst of what many claim
to be the worst recession in this present era, shows an appalling lack of
empathy to the hardships of the citizenry.
We, the citizens of Singapore, did not elect him into his current position,
pay him one of the highest salary amongst all the politicians in the world, only
to have him talk down to us.
The phrase "the spurs are not stuck into the hide" is a term used only for animals, and I think I speak for all Singaporeans when I say that I certainly do not approve of him saying that. In order to assuage
this grievous insult he has inflicted upon the collective psyche of the
Singaporean people, we ask that a full, unreserved public
apology be made if he hopes to retain any semblance of goodwill amongst the