Wednesday, February 17, 2010

15 year-old Kenneth Lin petitioning to ask MM Lee to apologize

Read about this news from The Termasek Review:
"..Kenneth Lin started an online petition against Singapore’s strongman Lee Kuan Yew for his disparaging remarks on Singaporeans made during his interview with the National Geographic Magazine...

The remarks in contention from the article are:

Over time, Singaporeans have become “less hard-driving and hard-striving. That is why it is a good thing that the nation has welcomed so many Chinese immigrants (25 percent of the population is now foreign-born).


But taking a typically Darwinian stance, the MM describes the country’s new subjects as “hungry,” with parents who “pushed the children very hard.” If native Singaporeans are falling behind because “the spurs are not stuck into the hide,” that is their problem.

He added that it is especially deplorable that such insensitive remarks can be issued forth from the very person responsible for the social engineering of Singapore to the state of being it is today:

By forcing through dubious policies that have largely tanked, such as the Stop At 2 policy, Graduate Mothers scheme, Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s irresponsible attempts at altering the demographics of our society have left the present leadership no choice but to import foreign workers in such large numbers in such a short period of time in order to make up for the shortfall in labour requirements. This has led to widespread disgruntlement and social unrest in amongst the citizenry.
Is the boy stupid, rebellious, or just doing what he thinks is right to do? Or, as some suspect, the boy is being manipulated by grown-ups to do that? I don't know. But he made a valid point that the current declining local Singaporean demography, hence the shortage of local talent, is the consequence of MM Lee's administration. So does that mean if MM Lee's remark to the National Geographic is true, then it is only possibly so due to his own making?


Terence said...

He seems like a niave kid with lots of guts. praise him for daring to challenge authority, but one hopes his views will mature.

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Terrence,

Thank you for your comment. Yes, a lot of guts indeed. He could well be a daring politician in the future. :)