I guess its their way or the highway - Alex refused to abide by the "rules". Alex Tan, 22-yr old engineer, has been barred from YPAP's Facebook. I haven't gone through most of what he wrote but read his face to face encounter with Sam Tan accusing the PAP govt of being the cause of apathy among the young[Link]. One participant even asked him to leave Singapore if he was that unhappy with the PAP govt. Gee.....Alex Tan should have realised that when the YPAP members meet their leaders the rule is they have to balance any criticism with a whole truck load of praise. You're not suppose to embarrass your great leaders in front of a live audience by directly assigning blame to their actions. However, what Alex Tan said about apathy was rather mild, as least according to what was reported in the papers:
"He pointed his finger especially at the PAP's dominance and the lack of press freedom. The 22-year-old also said the PAP may feel it is helping the people but the people feel disadvantaged by its policies, from foreign talent to national service." - Straits Times Report
Lets put it this way. Apathy wasn't widespread when the British was ruling us otherwise how do you organised people to get them thrown out? The reason for this apathy. in addition to what Alex said about press freedom. is the harsh treatment of people who stood out for the rights of the people such as detention for decades without trial and bankruptcy. Seeing what has happened from the 70s right up to the 80s what do you think parents tell their children..."mind your business, never criticise the govt and steer clear of political issues". The widespread fear of people growing up during that time is very real and this fear is still prevalent today.
Alex Tan is not apathetic. If the PAP and the media it controls makes an example of him by smearing his character, the rest of us will probably stay anonymous, keep quiet and mind our own business.
At least Alex put up a fight against the PAP ideas and their rules. Way to go Alex Tan.
Young PAP bars user from its Facebook page Youth wing blocks 22-year-old for starting flame war.
Sun, Dec 13, 2009The Straits Times
The youth wing of the People's Action Party has blocked a 22-year-old project engineer from its Facebook recruitment page.
It has also deleted his posts after a war of words between the two sides last month.
Mr Alex Tan has been banned from the page until he agrees to 'abide by the rules', according to a message sent to him on Nov 29 by the administrators, who are members of the Young PAP (YP).