OPINION; False charges of xenophobia and racism against Singaporeans


Trulysingapore.wordpress.com, 3 Jun 2014
I refer to the 28 May 2014 Straits Times article “Nasty comments mar Filipinos’ Independence Day preparations”.
The Philipino Independence Day Council Singapore supposedly cancelled this year’s Philippines Independence Day celebration due to unavailability, inaccessibility or capacity constraints of alternative venues. But one alternative venue, Labrador Park is much larger than Ngee Ann City and is served by the Labrador Park MRT station. There are also other open spaces located away from public eyes like Pearl’s Hill City Park just behind Outram Park MRT and Fort Canning Park near Dhoby Gaut MRT. The organisers have no one else but themselves to blame when so many alternative venues are available to them.
Sociologist Paulin Straughan worried that those who protested against the event will see this as a victory. Ms Straughan was unduly worried, the protestors didn’t gloat over their success because right from the start, their purpose has always been for the country rather than against anybody so there is no one to gloat against. Full story
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