Singapore Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say: Luckily, we’re not Malaysians

Lim Swee Say responds to online comments about him being glad he was born in Singapore

IF YOU’RE A MINISTER, YOU CAN’T BE BLUNT ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOURS. You can’t call a spade a spade.

Never mind, just apologize…

At least he is humble enough to apologies. Give him some credit.

Lim Swee Say apologize to Malaysians and PRCs

After facing a tsunami of angry comments in a backlash by Malaysians and PRCs, former Manpower Minister and PAP candidate for East Coast GRC Lim Swee Say now apologizes to Malaysians and China citizens for his insensitive remark.

“I see some people on the internet think that I am looking down on their country; that is not the case.

Whether we are Singaporeans, Malaysians, or (mainland) Chinese, we all want to be proud of our country’s own progress.

So I hope my (mainland) Chinese and Malaysian friends do not misunderstand; there was no ill-intention (in my statement)”

http://statestimesreview.com/2015/09/05/lim-swee-say-apologize-to-malaysians-and-prcs/

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Lim Swee Say criticised for remarks on M’sia and China

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S’pore minister now says didn’t meant to insult M’sia, China

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After Singapore’s Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say sparked an internet firestorm by saying that he was “lucky” he was not from Malaysia or China, he has now said that he did not mean to offend people of those countries.

Lim said it was only natural that as a Singaporean, he would speak better of his own country.

“I see some people on the internet think that I am looking down on their country; that is not the case.

“Whether we are Singaporeans, Malaysians, or (mainland) Chinese, we all want to be proud of our country’s own progress.

“So I hope my (mainland) Chinese and Malaysian friends do not misunderstand; there was no ill-intention (in my statement),” he was quoted as saying in a video uploaded on Oriental Daily.

Lim said he was sure people from other countries would also make similar arguments.

“I believe in China, there would also be many (mainland) Chinese who would say they were glad their parents did not come to Singapore and are lucky to be (mainland) Chinese,” he said.

“…if we hadn’t separated that year (1965), you and I would be Malaysian right now. Heng ah.” – Lim Swee Say

Lim Swee Say said he’s lucky to be a Singaporean instead of M’sian. He’s an asshole for saying that but damn it’d be difficult to rebut him.

Singapore left Malaysia because they wanted a government that doesn’t have racial discrimination written into its…

: Lim Swee Say clarifies comment on being glad to be born in S’pore & not China/M’sia

S’pore minister: Luckily, we’re not M’sians

Sep 4th, 2015 8:00 pm     Sep 4th, 2015 11:35 pm

Singapore minister Lim Swee Say: Luckily, we’re not Malaysians

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Singapore Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say considers himself fortunate to be a citizen of the republic, but at the same time ignited a controversy on social media with his remarks.

In a campaign speech yesterday, the People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate for East Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC) said he is “lucky for not being a citizen of China or a Malaysian”.

Lim recalled how his father came to Singapore from China.

“Later my father got to know my mother, they got married and had six children.

“So this year we celebrate SG50, (Singapore’s 50th anniversary) and I am thinking, if my father didn’t get on the boat to Singapore, I might be a China citizen,” he added.

Lim also believes that it was fortunate Singapore separated with Malaysia in 1965, otherwise Singaporeans would be Malaysians.

“Then in 1965, Singapore and Malaysia separated, because (founding father) Mr Lee Kuan Yew wanted a nation regardless of language, regardless of race – one that is equal.

“So we can’t stay in Malaysia, as the tenet of Malaysia is: Malaysia belongs to the Malays. So we had no choice, we could only separate.

“So I am thinking, if we didn’t separate in 1965, today you and I would be Malaysians, ‘heng’ (lucky) ah,” he said.

TOC | Lim Swee Say criticised for remarks on M’sia and China

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Reaction to Mr Lim’s remarks was swift with many criticising him for belittling other countries’ economic progress.

“It’s shocking to see a minister from a supposedly “successfully developed” nation to talk n behave so insensitive like this,” Mr Kenny Low posted in the Malaysiakini Facebook page. “Very arrogant n I hope he will lose in the GE for him to learn a lesson.”

Ms Eunice Lee said, “No wonder I was told that Singapore is a country without much caring. Malaysia is far behind Singapore now and yes this is truth. But it’s not necessary to bring other ppl down for brighten you up. This is shallow and lame.”

“Surprise that Singapore has such Minister!” Hema Anandan said. “Making such remarks only shows you are no different! See who makes Singapore good by visiting the causeway every morning and evening to know what Malaysians gave Singapore! Just because of s few don’t imply All Malaysians!”

Jack Wong said, “So sorry, our Singapore minister here not too smart. One should never praise oneself at the expense of others.”

There were however others who agreed with Mr Lim.

“While what Minister Lim said may be politically insensitive,” Moo Tan said, “what he said were merely undeniable facts.”

http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/09/lim-swee-say-criticised-for-remarks-on-msia-and-china/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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3 Responses to Singapore Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say: Luckily, we’re not Malaysians

  1. jackson says:

    He is lucky to be in PAP party, why PAP and his supporters vote him, but I do not think all Singaporean are lucky as he said, if so why he use China and Malaysia as his tool to get vote. Please have a deep study details on between how Majority of Malaysian and Singaporean enjoy and benefits way of living from generation to next.
    As different countries have their own advantage and disadvantage, I will never vote Minister who give such a statement to get support.

  2. Martin says:

    The late LKY would have been disappointed with such a politician, which is rude and crude in not outright condisending! He does seem to recognize that many capable Malaysians, current and those who took up Singapore citizenship, have contributed much for Singapore to what it has become of SG50. Why can’t you be just a bit grateful?

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