ALVIN KOH: I’m an unabashed opposition supporter. I’ve listened to the WP’s rhetoric that Singapore needs an alternative voice in parliament to check on the ruling power, and I believe in that. That’s why I’m upset that when it comes to important matters to do with social cohesion, WP MPs seem to have gone all quiet. I’m referring to your story on “Denise Phua’s “Xenophobic” Speech Smacks Sorely of Class and Race Segregation“.
Leon Perera was quick to go on a witch hunt againt the MOH to demand more accountability. Faisal Manap has demanded more rights for Malays in the military. But when it comes to matters involving foreigners like the recent “walking time-bombs” comment and “ring-fencing” proposal made by Denise Phua, it seems that the WP doesn’t care two hoots about our foreign friends and their rights to live amongst us as equals.
I haven’t heard anything from WP MPs about this, so I take it they aren’t interested in pursuing this cause with as much vigour as they’ve shown in the past when attacking the government. Why is this so? I hope that the MPs and NMPs, especially Mr Daniel Goh who is a sociologist and should know better the potential destructiveness of Ms Phua’s ideas, can speak up for our foreign friends. They are here to stay, at least for now, and they should be given respect and dignity too.
Thank you Alvin for this letter.
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