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Another wave of embarrassment for MOM

The latest fracas between foreign workers and the authorities at the 3,400-bedder Westlite dormitory at Jalan Tukang marks another sad day for Singapore when video footages of their plights were widely circulated on Weixin, the localized version of WeChat in China, and was subsequently reported on several international news.

With many being unvaccinated and not provided with access to medical support, and when a quarter of its residents tested positive for Covid-19, the fear of infection or even death can be terrifying for many of these workers.

Being locked-up in a prison-like facility while being unable to survive on the poor quality of food, and as complaints of food hygiene start surfacing, the whole incident is just like a ticking time-bomb waiting to explode.

Bad Behaviour, Bad Faith, Bad Precedent:

It is extremely troubling that even a major employer like Sembcorp Marine, who is a GLC, was not even bothered to act with urgency in addressing the concerns and plights of their foreign workers despite the explicit assurance given by PM Lee to families of foreign workers that they have nothing to be worried about as his government will take good care of them.

Did they take their assurances seriously?

This was despite the Manpower and Health Ministries having set up a health protocols for dormitory operators after earlier pandemic outbreaks, and it begets a question – why isn’t the operator or Sembcorp Marine complying with these health and safety regulations?

If only they had acted in good faith given that 1,400 beds at the dormitory were occupied by Sembcorp Marine’s workers, Singapore would not have been embarrassed by this latest incident.

As for worms found in their food, where is NEA and SFA when they are needed to address a serious food hygiene lapse by the appointed food caterer?

To make matters worse, it is purely incomprehensible as to why the Ministers of Manpower and the Home Affairs have to prematurely mobilize the riot police if their intention is to engage and assure the workers.

In so doing, the heavy presence of armoured riot police and vehicles from the Special Operations Command shows their lack of sincerity in addressing the concerns and plights of the workers and gives an impression that massive force may be used against them if they do not cooperate with the authorities.

As the tertified workers are already crying out for help to convey infected workers to recovery facilities, shouldn’t our authorities be sending ambulances and doctors instead of these armoured vehicles and riot police?

In good faith, why can’t these “forces” be stationed discreetly some distance away so as not to further terrify an already terrified group of workers?

Are we giving our government too much power and is this wise?

What if a few of our ministers were to go rogue and start using these “forces” on fellow Singaporeans over petty issues?

The whole incident shows just how our government has been tolerating the bad behavious at our ministries and GLCs, and just how troubling precedents are being set for all the wrong reasons when bad faith becomes entrenched as the new normal in our government.

This incident clearly reflects several major systemic failures across our ministries, and unless more effort is put into managing potential risks and issues at our dormitories, more embarrassments will be coming our way soon.

Wider Implications:

By adopting an attitude of arrogance in being outright dismissive of constructive criticisms and feedbacks, the 4G PAP politicians have yet again embarrassed the good name of Singapore.

If only they have been bothered to listen to the plights and sufferings of fellow Singaporeans, they would have acquired the skill-sets and critical knowledge in dealing with real issues and challenges on the ground much more effectively.

Instead, the PAP government prefers to pride itself for having mastered the arts in skillfully ignoring the plights and sufferings of fellow Singaporeans, and the skill in instilling fear in them to comply and behave.

Some even have the audacity to even ask fellow Singaporeans to leave the country if they are not happy.
Remember those audacious PAP politicians?

But foreign workers from China, India and other larger economies are no pushovers as incidents like this and the Little India Riot have shown us.

In the face of adversity, they have learnt to unite in solidarity.

It is precisely because they are able to unite to voice out their concerns against the shortcomings of their government and that is keeping their governments on their toes.

In this incident, we can see how this correlation is at work when the Chinese embassy in Singapore was prompted into addressing the plights and concerns of their citizens with our authorities.

Has socialist-China become more democratic and citizen-centric than us?

Yes, we may be “First World” and a democracy but where are we when it comes to addressing social injustice against fellow Singaporeans and the never-ending governmental failures these days?

Having witnessed how those Chinese workers from a socialist country like China are smart in using social disobedience to civilly garner public attention to their plight after being forced to their breaking point, what does it says about us?

Are Singaporeans overly submissive or have we become a nation of pushovers?

It is important for every Singaporean to be asking ourselves this vital question because if we are indeed overly submissive and/or has become a nation of pushovers, then we must not blame the 4G PAP politicians for our miseries and sufferings, and take full responsibility for it.

Until this vital question is addressed reflectively by more Singaporeans, there is simply no reason in asking if Singaporeans deserve better…

 

Joseph Nathan

 

 

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15 Responses to “Another wave of embarrassment for MOM”

  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Joseph,
    You ask:
    Are Singaporeans overly submissive or have we become a nation of pushovers?

    You want Singaporeans to be canon fodders and riot everyday like stopid Hong Kees ?

    How much humanity you want our best PAP government give the dorm workers ?

    Let’s assume each infected dorm workers cost 4K for treatment and follow up, will you donate money to them to upkeep their health recovery ?

    Talk is cheap…Talk c0ck sing song is even cheaper.

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • C’est la vie:

    ***
    Poreans deserve better ??? !!!

    Why !!!

    This is as “good as it gets”, … from a nation of leaseholders who’ve voted in their millions, for this very kind of “master” for 5️⃣ decades.

    They do not deserve anything else, … let alone “better” !!!

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  • Billy ma:

    PAP deserved to be punished for their anti-citizen policies that drive Singaporeans to a corner.

    But after watching & suffering thru & still suffering by the manner PAP is handling the current situation, PAP MUST BE THOROUGHLY PUNISHED.

    Because PAP is holding absolute power, the only way for citizens is our votes.

    PAP fears nothing more than a vote against them.

    The angers & frustrations are boiling over & Singaporeans had have enough of nonsense from PAP.

    And yes, that pink shirt is not just silly but males him looks like the clown that he is.

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  • Open your eyes:

    “What if a few of our ministers were to go rogue and start using these “forces” on fellow Singaporeans over petty issues?”

    WHAT IF?
    WHAT IF??
    WHAT IF???

    What if the sun rises from the east?

    Are you blind?

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  • Oligarchies never work for all:

    (If only they have been bothered to listen to the plights and sufferings of fellow Singaporeans, they would have acquired the skill-sets and critical knowledge in dealing with real issues and challenges on the ground much more effectively.)

    It was only in Pinky’s wildest dreams that he imagined himself a natural aristocrat and pronounced himself as such to Singaporeans, several years ago…. $oldier, wake up your idea! Our society has long been encumbered by a host of obscenely overpaid, self-entitled big brasses luxuriating in every branch of government….. and many are not even scholars for all their $cholarships. You’ve let down many an intelligent and enterprising civil and bureaucratic officer with decades of dedicated service, through your wilfull parachuting of unproven generals and colonels right to the top of public organisations and GLCs to preserve your presumptuous sovereignty.

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  • opposition dude:

    Singaporeans know that raising issues through official channels is futile since nothing is done so we do all that in an election.

    After the high of winning 70% thanks to the gratitude voters in 2015 the PAP promptly paid for it last year when 9% of the gratitude voters woke up and decided to voice their displeasure. Good thing that a good percentage of these 9% were residing in Sengkang too or else PAP might not have lost it.

    We are a few years away from the next election, let’s see if we are still battling Covid by then and if any new mutations are as transmissible or even more so compared to Delta.

    Who knows, goondu PM might want to try his luck again and think that Singaporeans will fully support him in the continuing fight against the virus and yet again ask for a strong mandate only to be slapped in the face when he lose yet another GRC and his vote share goes below 60%!

    WA HA HA HA HA!!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “PAP deserved to be punished for their anti-citizen policies that drive Singaporeans to a corner.”

    @Billy; do you think Singaporeans are driven to a corner yet? It has not! Just look at those people who still temperature checked themselves when entering malls and building, when the MTF already said “no need”! Do you see people still doing the QR code scanning, when the MTF already said Trace together app/token at main entrance of malls and buildings will do?

    What about those vaccinated agree to discriminate those unvaccinated to dine-in in hawker centers? Are the vaccinated worry that those unvaccinated would infect them? It should be those unvaccinated to be worry, not the vaccinated!

    During the pandemic GE2020, did you see how those in Bukit Panjang SMC voted? 53% voted AGAINST a virologist doctor who could help in the fight of the pandemic! Do you call that driven to a corner?

    61% of Singaporeans love to be in the corner where every four or five years they are fed with chicken wings or chicken rice! When they were told they would received $23K, but happy with receiving only $600!

    Anyway even if Singaporeans were driven to a corner, do you think the 61% would know? They may think POFMA and FICA are to protect them!!

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  • When will they wake up:

    Another tight slap on PAPs faces!
    Too full with mil$ salaries till become complacent & arrogant.

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  • Need to improve:

    The Dorm need to improve…

    Get the Dorn operators do their act together.

    Set higher standard for them and enforced it…

    Before we have another Covid crisis in the Dorm again…

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  • Observer:

    It is better to just give the workers food allowance and housing allowance, it becomes their choice.

    If you provide dorms and catered food, then it becomes your responsibility. It invites gossip and criticism about your performance.

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  • Trust only myself:

    Singaporeans deserve better?

    Must be mad, Singaporeans deserve to be screwed……….

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  • Harder Truths:

    The Regime will never be punished because the ballsless citizens will never change anything as long as they themselves are not suffering. You can pile up dead bodies in front of citizens’ house or unit. They will still vote Regime because none of the dead are from their own house.

    This is the real $G. Where people don’t give a shit about other people. And this is why LKY knew that citizens were so pathetic he could create a slave nation and the people would keep kissing his a**.

    Do not try to reason with $heeple, or use logic or empathy. It does not work. The only real solution is when the people see death and destruction in their own homes. And by that time it will be too late.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    I lick cum blowjob my eunuchs and my great grandmaster of the infamous PAP – Pandemic Asshole Party.

    I did nothing else.
    But only to repeat every motherhood statements and rhetorics issued from the edicts by the emperor without clothes of the forbidden city.

    I am purposely intended to be incapable of general debate or to appreciate factual and truthful criticisms because my tongue was cut off by a Chasity Belt worn by my great grandmaster when giving him pleasure in my job.

    I cannot wag my tongue any longer since I have already lost it,  but will instead waggle my tail like a loyal puppy for him.

    In all my postings on this TRE platform, you would notice I copied and pasted whatever feaces that came out from the forbidden city.

    I will echo, agitate and rile up TRE readers with those feaces and repeat this activity on every article.

    Especially with articles referencing to ROC President Dr Tsai Ing Wen, CCP President Xi JinPing and Demo ratic Ang Moh Tua Kee Americunts.
    Yes, it pained my Ass when these are mentioned !!

    So dear READERS, if you are clever enough you should totally avoid all of my copy and paste feaces.
    Ignore them and don’t even try to thumb me down or  attempt to counter reply my posts.

    Just leave the hell of me alone.
    Then you be alright !
    PAP blowjobbers like me will then feel insulted, humiliated and failed if I cannot get a response from any of you.

    UNDERSTAND ??

    YOU OPPIE READERS ARE STUPID FOOLS IF YOU EVER RESPOND TO ANY OF MY POSTS.
    IN DOING SO YOU FALL FOR MY BAIT TO ONLY SERVE MY PAPIGS’ PURPOSE.

    THINK

    PAP SUCKERS please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    Money Talk$     Bullshit Walk$      Blowjob Stalk$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • MarBowling:

    Harder Truths:
    October 16, 2021 at 1:49 pm (Quote)
    The Regime will never be punished because the ballsless citizens will never change anything as long as they themselves are not suffering. You can pile up dead bodies in front of citizens’ house or unit. They will still vote Regime because none of the dead are from their own house.

    This is the real $G. Where people don’t give a shit about other people. And this is why LKY knew that citizens were so pathetic he could create a slave nation and the people would keep kissing his a**.

    Do not try to reason with $heeple, or use logic or empathy. It does not work. The only real solution is when the people see death and destruction in their own homes. And by that time it will be too late.

    Response: well said. Chinese saying: Umm kin koon Choy, umm Lou anh lui aka don’t shed tears till you see a coffin right in front of him or her!

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  • @MarBowling

    Ah… so in your opinion, for daft people to ‘learn’, it has to be via the hard way, i.e. of the 10,000 – 80,000 people who will die (my estimate based on 4 million infected) every family should preferably lose 1 loved one, so they can wake up?

    Wah, your heart very the black lor.

    On a related note, with 10s of people dropping like flies daily, I wonder how much bonus would the [email protected] be paying themselves at the end of the year, any guesses?

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