Famous Local Artists and Activists Start Petition Against PAP’s “Gutter Politics”

Posted on May 4 2016 - 3:56pm by Redwire Singapore

redwire-singapore-local-artists-speak-out-against-pap-gutter-politics
“We are deeply saddened at the manner in which the campaign is run, having deteriorated to a level that undermines our Singaporean values. It is indeed a sad state of affairs when people who have been entrusted with positions of power and leadership perpetuate such unbecoming behaviour.”

Over 2400 people have signed a petition started by famous local artists and activists, urging a stop to the strategy of “personal attacks” practised by PAP cadres in the ongoing Bukit Batok by-election.

This was prompted by comments made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, against Dr Chee Soon Juan of the SDP.

Among the more notable signatories are local playwright Glen Goei, poet Alfian Sa’at, former Nominated MP Siew Kum Hong, as well as TV and theatre lao jiaos Lim Kay Siu and his wife, Neo Swee Lin.

PM Lee has been in the limelight recently, for statements which have been construed in some quarters as playing to race and personal integrity.

Others such as Ms Fu, have questioned Dr Chee’s ability to run the Bukit Batok town council given his years of being unemployed.

This is the petition put up on Change.org:

“We are a group of Singaporeans who have been following the progress of the current Bukit Batok by-elections.

We would like to categorically state that we do not condone the personal attacks and character assassination made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, against Dr Chee Soon Juan of the SDP.

We are deeply saddened at the manner in which the campaign is run, having deteriorated to a level that undermines our Singaporean values. It is indeed a sad state of affairs when people who have been entrusted with positions of power and leadership perpetuate such unbecoming behaviour.

We want an election campaign that addresses the pertinent issues facing Singaporeans, rather than one that is marred primarily by the vilification of anyone’s person.

Sincerely,

Alfian Sa’at, Alfred Dowel, Andrew Loh, Ariffin Sha, Braema Mathi, Dana Lam, Fong Hoe Beng, Glen Goei, Goh Ming Siu, Howard Lee, Jasmine Teo, Jeanne Lim, Jolovan Wham, Kevin Ho, Kirsten Han, Lee Hui Min, Leona Yuen, Leslie Chew, Leslie Low, Lim Kay Siu, Lynn Lee, M. Ravi, Neo Swee Lin, Peter Low, Rachel Zeng, Ravi Philemon, Siew Kum Hong, T. Sasitharan, Tay Bee Pin, Terry Xu, Vanessa Ho, Vivian Wang, Yeng Pway Ngon”

Leave A Response