Straits Times has given front page coverage to a speech given by PM Lee at an international forum held in Singapore. In his speech PM Lee explained why it is not wise to protest against the Chinese because:
"The outrage in China, especially among the young can be read on flooded internet bulletin boards, all carrying virulent anti-foreign sentiments....Were they in English, young Americans and Europeans would realise that their displays of contempt for China and things Chinese will have consequences in their lifetime, well beyond the Olympic Games" - PM Lee
Gee, I'm Chinese too. I thought those protests were against an evil regime that committed human rights abuses in Tibet. Now I'm really angry after reading PM Lee's speech, those protestors are actually out to condemn ME because I'm Chinese. Thanks to Straits Times and PM Lee, I'm really angry with those Westerners who are protesting against my race and the country that my grandfather come from. It is really strange that the Herald Tribune and all the useless western media said that they were protesting against human rights abuses and the crackdown on Tibet. No! They were protesting against me and trying the humiliate the country of my forefathers.
"No government can give ground to any core issue under such public duress whatever the merits of the argument" - PM Lee
Whatever grievences those people have, they should file a complaint with the department that handles such issues in the Chinese bureaucracy. Although the Chinese govt may be a bit behind us, I'm sure they have such a feedback department to take care of such issues. Protests are simply a waste of time:
"The protests have no impact on China's policy in Tibet or against dissendents" - PM Lee
The protests have no impact on China's policy in Tibet although it is beamed around the world and caused the European Parliament to pass a resolution urging a boycott of the opening ceremony. The Tibetans should not have such protests around the world to highlight the plight of their love ones in Tibet who have been jailed for standing up against unpopular rule by the Communists. They should keep silent and go about their own lives and spend their time making money and shopping.
I'm glad that protests are banned in Singapore so that Singaporeans don't waste their time doing something unproductive and useless. Protests have no impact on governments. MinisterVivian Balakrishnan recent said, "I believe it is vital to keep sporting competitions and politics separate. We must not let politics obstruct the celebration of sports and all that it stands for" when he was asked about Tibet. Yes, I agree we should not mix politics and sports - but why did we participate in the American led boycott of the Moscow Olympics in 1980 . I guess the human rights abuses in Afghanistan committed by the Soviet Union was just too great to ignore and we have to let our compassion override our principles for that particular olympics games. We, Singaporeans are so lucky to be led by wise, compassionate and principled leaders. ...leaders whom we can trust to guard our rights, interests and freedom....