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Tan Jee Say: Foreigners Despise Singaporeans Because the Gahmen Despises Us

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“They despise Singaporeans because the Government despises Singaporeans. That is wrong. They have destroyed our self-esteem – we must restore our country and take it back from the Government.”

Strong words by SingFirst leader Tan Jee Say yesterday (26 Aug), at a meeting of opposition parties to launch a badge emblazoned with the phrase “Vote for Change”.

Speaking on the issue of foreigners in Singapore, Mr Tan said that Singaporeans are not xenophobic.

” We know their importance. But we are for responsible immigration – not 100,000 a year, that’s irresponsible. We want a smaller number, which will not take away jobs or rob our space in housing and transport, or take away our pride.”

People’s Power Party chief Mr Goh Meng Seng was also at the badge launch.

Weighing in on the issue, he said that Singaporeans have to stand up for their rights.

“When we walk the ground, people are angry. Not just because of jobs, but cultural differences between the locals and foreigners. They are actually imposing their cultural behavior on us. Things like – they don’t like curry. Curry is Singapore’s national dish. When they complain, we have to make a point. We are the host. We are not a third-class citizen in Singapore. The problems are not caused by us.”

Mr Goh also spoke about the need for the opposition to stand up for the National Solidarity, which has been attacked online for wanting to field seasoned election candidates Steve Chia in MacPherson GRC – a move that would have led to a 3-cornered fight the Workers’ Party and the PAP’s Tin Pei Ling.

Mr Chia has since pulled out and said he will not be contesting in the coming General Election.

Said Mr Goh:

“In the last few days, there has been a lot of heckling of Opposition. We now show a united front to speak up for NSP, and from now on the campaigning is all about policies. If NSP has problems fielding candidates, we will help but we will not cannibalise them.”

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The launch of the “Vote for Change” badge by the 5 opposition parties is a show of unity.

Besides SingFirst and the PPP, other parties involved in the badge project include the NSP, Singapore Democrats, Reform Party, Singapore Democratic Alliance and Democratic Progressive Party.

SDP and NSP representatives did not attend the launch due to election preparations.

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