I was shell-shocked when I read this article.
This particular sentence really made me see red!
“They (residents) should thank the Town Council for working hard to come up with a diversified portfolio to generate income so that residents do not have to fork out more money.”
Never mind if the Town Council had made a mistake a not or whether the figures reported were right a not, but the fact that these money were made up from the $20, $30, $40, $50 or even $60 collected from per household per month, would an apology be better? If an apology is so difficult and have nothing nice to say, keep quiet. Be it whether it is a household that is poor or well to do, its still hard-earned money!
This has to be the silliest reply. This reply had made people who were not interested in who the government is as long as they have a job and can make ends meet, to sit up and get angry too!
I've got a few telephone calls and sms today from several friends expressing their views on this matter. They were terribly upset by that insensitive reply amidst difficult times. Colleagues at work were appalled by it too.
Remember the speech that SM Goh gave in Hougang during a National Day dinner? In case you had forgotten, here it is again. Mr. Low's reply to that speech can be found here.
Read point 3...ironic isn't? Who should we send to learn from Hougang Town Council, to keep PAP MPs on their toes?
We really should have a 2-political party system in Singapore.