The US Embassy
22 Apr 2014
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
SUBJECT: Defending Policies instead of The Constitution
1. Initial innocuous events of the past week offer signals that our reliable ally, LRD (Little Red Dot), added another episode to the US concern for what has, for decades, been a SE Asia oasis of reliability supporting our national interest since the Viet war.
2. Briefly, on Apr 16, a brief blogpost was published in The Real Singapore, < http://therealsingapore.com/content/ban-philippines-independence-day-singapore-soil> reporting and calling for the ban of a Philippines Independence Day Celebration in Singapore slated for the downtown venue of Ngee Ann City, Orchard Rd on Jun 8, 2014 Sunday.
The blogger wrote, reasonably enough, to basically point out that certain events of other nationalities celebrated on LRD soil for cultural and tourism purposes are fair enough. But “on the other hand, celebrating your country’s Independence Day and flying your national flag in another country simply means invasion and disrespect to the host country. This event should not be tolerated at all.” The publication attracted almost as much comments in support of as against the call to ban the event.
One Goh Wei Kian, Singaporean, spoke for the supporters of the ban when he commented in the Manila Bulletin, ‘“Our Independence, Our Interdependence”. These two slogans together hints at the host country is ALSO dependent on the OFWs. I believe this would generate similar uproars in other Asian countries. Most Singaporeans have nothing against the National Say celebration; its the way the event is themed in an insensitive manners.”’
3. Matters might have developed differently but for the quick and forceful intervention by Acting Manpower Minister, TAN Chuan-Jin (note: like 5 of his cabinet colleagues, he is another one paper general too many as seen by most Singaporeans), who wrote on his FB the next day, ‘These actions by those who peddle hate are not acceptable, repulsive even. We should make a stand to say no to such bigotry. They do not reflect who we are as a people and as a nation.”
The PM (aka Pinky) chipped in on his FB Apr 18,, “I was appalled to read about those who harassed the organisers of the Philippine Independence Day celebrations, and spammed their Facebook page. They are a disgrace to Singapore.
Fortunately this appears to be the work of few trolls. Heartened that many sensible Singaporeans condemn this thuggish behaviour,.. I just attended our Singapore Day in London. How would we have felt if British netizens had spammed our website, and abused Singaporeans living in Britain?
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. – LHL”
4. It is worth highlighting that the PAP cabinet more often than not these days appear to prefer to rush to judgement instead of first engaging those whose views may not sit so easily with theirs. Or any views that appear on the surface to hint at the falling concrete and crumbling pillars of their various policies. In this instance, it’s their amazingly liberal ‘Foreign Talent’ employment policy whereby anyone can arrive on a tourist visa, extend it till he/she lands a job!
Notice that in both the ministers’ posts, they also use rather strong words, such as ‘repulsive…bigotry…appalled…a disgrace to Singapore’ against their own.
Pinky himself appears to show his cluelessness again – sign of aging or just another itsy bitsy proof that he’s just LKY’s son with little to show for his lineage – he compares the SGP Day in London (a sociocultural event similar to the NY one) with the Filipino’s 116th Independence Day celebration!
Just how does he to build a sense of nationhood in LRD with a Pinky PM like this? Next time, you are better off shooting the breeze in Bali with the Indonesians than engage this fading dynasty.
5. I requested our Manila office to supplement this report, having alerted him to a thread in the Manila Bulletin (http://www.mb.com.ph/upcoming-independence-day-celebration-of-ofws-offends-singaporeans/). In this thread, one commentator going by the moniker, Wo Shi Xiong Mao (or ‘I’m a panda’) appears to be a well-read and sharp Singapore, holding his own against the onslaught and barrage of the Filipinos against his comments. He is singled out for notice because he articulated the most salient reasons calling for the ban, not of the event, but the venue and the, to our mind, insensitive, arrogant Filipino way the event is promoted. Our Manila office has always confirmed that the Philippines is no more than a corrupted, hopelessly-run, spread of highly dispersed villages with a Catholic Church screwing their own poor and an abiding Islamic population out to harm the US interests.
6. To illustrate, here’s Wo Shi Xiong Mao response to a vitriol against LRD Chinese’s role in WWII, “During WWII, Philippines was under American influence and USA was attempting to sign a peace treaty which would remove them from the war…but never imagined the japs were faking the negotiations..(then) the pearl harbour attack.
Before all these the straits Chinese were donating money for the war effort in China where the chinks and the japs were battling it out.
…Pinoys were dragged into the war because of the American link.If it wasn’t for the Americans, pinoyland would have a peaceful transition into serfdom under the japs without the fighting.
Then when the japs fought their way south..the chinks died en mass…For pinoyland, the way Filipinos died in battle, you can’t tell if they really loved mcarthur so much or they’re really that brave. But they died overwhelmed poorly trained, poorly equipped. And remained under jap control until the end of the war when the Americans won..in Europe. And came back.
Without the Americans you’re probably going to go konichiwa every time you greet anyone.”
Hilariously written! And how true! Chotto matte kudasai please excuse me while I hehehe.
Here’s the bit summarizing what’s offensive about the Pinoys in LRD, mostly accurate; ‘Increased crime firstly .
Religious differences, referring to muslims as terrorists and others as “pagans” who don’t believe in the saviour and are going to hell.
Uppity attitudes towards the average singaporeans who had no idea Philippines exists in the first place.
Claiming to be a purer race / Aryan ( not that fair skin isn’t favoured here, openly boasting about it is a taboo subject )
Changing family names during job interviews for increased success (a taboo, especially when the interviewer noticed your chink surname isn’t on your passport )
Telling Singaporeans, Filipinos are more loved and will be in charge one day. This one’s pretty common.
Already breeding the next generation of pinoy haters before they realised there are pinoys by bullying kids at basketball courts.
National service is a sacred institution among guys in Singapore. Openly ridiculed and scorned by Filipinos. Filipinos who converted to pr are considered leeches for benefits like CPF and public housing yet sending their children away before they can serve in the army.
Cultural differences, or plain insensitive? A kid that plays his drums at night refuses to stop and his parents ain’t stopping him either. And Singaporeans who complained about the noise are told they’re not tolerant enough.
We generally go to crowded public areas for mass NOISY celebrations. But my immediate neighbors (palm leaves at the door so guess the nationality? ) celebrated until 2am for Christmas with loud music singing and dancing. I don’t suppose they’re an isolated incident…
We’re boring and quiet and love it that way. Don’t like the environment? Gtfo.”
One, the fissures in LRD can only increase and enlarge with the PAP not appearing prepared to consider any doctrinal shifts in their governing policies.
The PIDC incident shows, in one sense, that PAP currently appear too quick, too eager, too thin-skin to opposing views. So, instead of going back to first principles of their ministerial OATH OF ALLEGIANCE (“..solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Republic of Singapore and that l will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore.”), PAP react to each and every pressure by defending their failing POLICIES.
Two, a leadership in sure decline together with a people never less united of a once certain ally changes all our calculus in our Pivot to Asia. We will need to cultivate the opposition parties in earnest. A good thing.
Three, how will Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and, yes, India and China will be reviewing their narratives in the light of this PIDC event? The Pinoys are known to be more united than Singaporeans and they sense a weakness in the PAP; a card to play when called for in their national interests. And, yes, it is not inconceivable that the Chinese Secret Service may use the PIDC event to create a ruckus to put the Pinoys in negative light not just in LRD but to the wider region – as it helps their Spratly cause.
Separately, we are contemplating to encourage Gilbert Goh of Transitioning to organize a protest. He should do it! It’s a slam-dunk – like the PWP event, the ground is palpable with anger on this PIDC issue. Either way, the PAP will lose this one however the event proceed…if only dimmy Gilbert can see that. Sigh.
End of report