The CPF Protest and Bad Manners


From a real protest in Hong Kong, the CPF protest a few days ago is a bad comedy in comparison. There is finally closure of sorts. Roy Ngerng offered an apology fo disrupting the YMCA event at Hong Lim Park on Saturday. No sound from shrieking Han Hui Hui, the other chief culprit. Maybe she was not so contrite as Roy because Roy is the one that needs long term unwavering public support in his legal wrangle with the PM.

The facts are clear. The CPF protesters were louts and gatecrashed into the YMCA charity event. They were uncooperative in sharing the park, blamed other parties and desperate for attention, seeing confrontation as a tactic to make the their quite tiresome CPF protest newsworthy. The PAP and the media were very quick to see a mistake by a  clumsy foe and pounced on Roy and Hui Hui’s bad judgement and manners. However, the PAP arguably harped a bit too much on an obvious shoot in the foot by the CPF protesters. The PAP’s gloating and mock indignation was also bad manners, but on a lesser scale.

Roy Ngerng issues apology over carnival disruption: Teo Ser Luck
AsiaOneMonday, Sep 29, 2014

SINGAPORE – In his most recent Facebook status updated about three hours ago, Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck has confirmed that Roy Ngerng issued an apology for disrupting a weekend charity carnival at Hong Lim Park.

On Facebook, Mr Teo said: “Since Roy Ngerng offered the apology, it’s a step forward. I think he should especially for the children.

“The protesters were going after me but it affected the children and the event. For this I feel sorry and would apologise to YMCA and the children for this inconvenience caused because of my presence,” added Mr Teo.
Mr Teo was the guest-of-honour at YMCA’s Proms @ the Park carnival, which was held last Saturday afternoon.
Mr Ngerng and another blogger, Ms Han Hui Hui, had organised a protest on CPF issues at the park, coinciding with the charity carnival at the same venue.

According to The Straits Times, Mr Ngerng, 33, and Ms Han, 22 had led several hundred people on a march through the YMCA event, and allegedly heckling special-needs children who were on stage.

The protesters, some of whom were waving the Singapore flag, were chanting “Vote them out, PAP” and “Return our CPF”, just as the children were about to perform a dance item.

Videos of the encounter have been circulating on social media and drew criticism from netizens.

Ending off with a smiley on his recent status, Mr Teo said: “It’s supposed to be a happy event. We will all learn something from here.”
stephluo@sph.com.sg

4 responses

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  2. Xmen

    How about “The CPF Protest and Malicious Reporting” –

    “allegedly heckling special-needs children who were on stage” – No one in his right mind would believe this lie.

    Conveniently not reporting the part when YMCA organizers taunted the CPF protesters with “We love our CPF” chants.

    October 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm

  3. chemgen

    That sort of reporting, both sides do. Part of the game to see who can be more misleading and win over the naive.

    October 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

    • Xmen

      True. But PAP Times is what many people subscribe and read daily. It’s like trying to read about the HK protest in mainland China right now. Or believing that MH-17 was shot down by the Ukraine government as reported by the Russian press. Btw, Singapore press is ranked behind the Russians. That’s how corrupt this government controlled MSM is.

      October 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm

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