neverfail wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:56 am
Very well cassowary. I will concede here that I may not have known all of the relevant facts in this case. Thanks for informing me.
Thank you Neverfail. You have always been a gentleman and pleasant to talk to.
I do know that even though these people did not have to come to Singapore and did so in their own best interests, as guest workers they do not have the same status as Singapore citizens. They are not even second class citizens; only temporary residents valued only for the work they do. How many ever have the possibility of becoming naturalised citizens of Singapore?
That is true. They are just temporary workers who want to return home once they have enough money. Some bought land to farm with their savings. Others started small businesses.
The fact that the rioters were Tamils tells me nothing (we have no shortage of Tamil immigrant-settlers here in Australia; so I know the type). A street accident can happen to anyone anywhere. So why should that accidental death of a Tamil pedestrian have triggered off a riot?
According to press reports, they were drunk. That's all. They first attacked the bus that knocked down their friend. When the driver drove off in panic, they attacked other cars out of frustration. Our police were stunned and did not know what to do. This is the first time they encountered a riot in more than 40 years.
P.S. I compared Wham to Solzhenitsyn only in the sense that Wham, like Solzhenitsyn in his time and country, keeps on pushing back against the limits imposed on his freedom of political self-expression by a repressive state that treats politics as the monopoly of a ruling party that has arguably been entrenched in power for far too long unchallenged and has likely become smug, arrogant and insensitive over the years as a consequence. The fact that the PAP does not promote the same party line as the Communist Party of the old USSR is beside the point. The fact that Wham (and other Singapore dissidents, needs to employ the same cautious tactics as Solzhenitsyn speaks for itself.
The labor employed in the gulag that Solzhenitsyn stayed in were slave labour. The foreign workers in Singapore came with their own accord to better their lives. Singapore might have been authoritarian in LKY's time but today it is classified by EIU as a democracy albeit a flawed one.
The USSR that Solzhenitsyn criticized was a dictatorship. No elections in the USSR and no opposition party. Singapore has elections and opposition party in Parliament. Wham was arrested not for demonstrating but not doing it in the right place which is Hong Lim Park. No demonstrations were allowed in the USSR.