ESTHER: I’m writing in response to your story The Real Family David Ong Destroyed, and the Poor Fanboy Who Got Flamed by Mistake.
Yes, I voted for this. Laugh all you want. I voted for David Ong in the last General Election because I thought he was the better choice compared to the SDP’s candidate to tend to residents’ needs. When I met him, he came across as lively, earnest and willing to serve. Needless to say, I’ve discovered that my confidence has been misplaced.
I’m not too pre-occupied with Ong’s extra-marital affair. It’s a personal transgression, and I’ve lived long enough to know that such things happen. What I’m not happy with is why we still haven’t gotten an answer about what exactly went on. It isn’t enough to say “personal reasons” and then goodbye. People have trusted you with their lives and they expect more than just a signed farewell letter. Your family needs to heal, yes, but what about those who have been left in the dust without any explanations?
PAP whip Chan Chun Sing has trumpeted the PAP’s “decisive action” and says there are “standards” which the party wants to uphold. What action has the PAP and the government taken? We as Bukit Batok residents still don’t know if there even was an extra-marital affair at the heart of his resignation because everyone’s just shutting their mouths. It is terribly disappointing when we have to turn to alternative media for accountability rather than our national leaders. (Ed’s note: Wah lau eh, lady, you hantam the gahmen then side swipe us also, damn chek ark leh).
It’s been 4 days, and still there’s we’ve received no truth, just rumours that have neither been confirmed nor denied. Is this the standard that the PAP says it wants to uphold? At least with the Michael Palmer case, Punggol people got a proper account, an apology and then a new elected MP. Here, we have just been herded towards a by-election, without any clue why our MP just upped and left. What about all the promises and the proposed developments? What’s going to happen to us?
It’s utterly disappointing, especially when Chan says that “Circumstances themselves will not necessarily define us – how we respond to circumstances will define us. We want to do the right thing for the residents, for the country. That is what people have come to expect of us.”
Can we expect more, Mr Chan, or are we expected to vote for another representative of a party that has shown nothing but shadiness in the wake of this affair?
Thank you Esther for this letter.
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