Singaporeans have no right to object to foreigners holding their national events or parades publicly anywhere in this city state of migrants
Rappler.com, 20 Apr 2014
MANILA, Philippines – Is he standing up for his country's ideals or did he miss the point entirely?
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took to Facebook on Saturday, April 19, to express his dismay over online reaction to the planned Philippine Independence Day celebrations in the city-state.
"I was appalled to read about those who harassed the organizers of the Philippine Independence Day celebrations, and spammed their Facebook page. They are a disgrace to Singapore," said Lee.
"We must show that we are generous of spirit and welcome visitors into our midst, even as we manage the foreign population here. Otherwise we will lower our standing in the eyes of the world, and have every reason to be ashamed of ourselves," he added.
Reaction to Lee's post – both by Singaporeans and foreigners – have been mixed, with some locals saying Lee missed the point entirely.
"PM, I'm appalled by your appalled. (sic) You are comparing Singapore Day celebrations with another country's Independence Day celebrations," wrote Alvin Chin in the comments section.
Sabrina Nasir, in a comment, said it wasn't fair for Lee to compare London to Singapore. "We are a small nation and allowing too many fts had caused (sic) too much inconvenience, overpopulation and an unjust employment system to your own people... Try walking in our shoes instead and understand more of your people's plights," she wrote. Full story
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