Ah Huat: Wrong of Customs to Allow Tan Chuan-Jin and Grassroots Kakis to Cut Queue

Png Eng Huat isn’t just dissatisfied with his Malaysia durians.

The Workers’ Party MP for Hougang GRC is also very unhappy that Singapore customs cleared the way for PAP MP and Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan Jin and his “entourage of grassroots leaders and members with shopping bags” on the way home.

In a Facebook post, Ah Huat said that it isn’t right for the Minister Tan to “cut queue” at the expense of others, especially the elderly:

“The durians were not the only bad thing we encountered during the 1-Day Desaru Tour yesterday.

Upon returning home, both immigration checkpoints were overwhelmed. In the midst of waiting patiently to clear the Singapore custom, suddenly there was a commotion and a certain excitement in the air. Many tired travellers were relieved to see another counter opened but to their dismay, it was only to allow Minister Tan Chuan-Jin to clear as he had joined his residents for a day of outing and fun too.

Most people in the queue probably did not mind that as being a Minister does come with privileges. However, along with him, an entourage of grassroots leaders and members with shopping bags in tow also enjoyed the privilege of fast clearance at the custom without needing to join the crowd. No one else could use that counter.

In the long queue at the immigration check point yesterday were many travellers, some of whom are old and tired, but they all had to wait patiently for hours for their turn.

One of my residents is 89 years old and another was injured during the tour. If these two elderly residents can wait in queue patiently for their turns, so can all my volunteers and grassroots members. After all, we are supposed to enjoy a day of fun TOGETHER. No one should not be accorded more ‘fun’.

The chaos, anger and confusion at the Tuas Immigration check point certainly made us forget how bad the durians were yesterday, and how bad the system needs to change.”



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