Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Bloomberg on Roy's fund raising
Roy Ngerng surprised with raising 72K in four days. AFP beat everyone to the punch for the international audience. I decided to wait for more media companies to pick this up especially Bloomberg and the WSJ. Now that Bloomberg has it, WSJ version will appear. We can expect this in the NYT and coming Friday our copy of the Economist....countless other publications, cable and TV.
Like I had blogged previously, this absurd action by the PM will only cause Singapore to lose. He will be judged the bully and with good reasons.
Now that the foreign media is telling the story, the local media would follow suit or lose credibility.
When Bloomberg earlier asked his press secretary for comment, she had none. Now the PM in damage control mode. The timing is just too convenient. At this rate all politicians here will possess much smaller respect capital. Citizens would be more suspicious and less trusting of leaders. Yet another example accumulated in this blog that we are becoming like elsewhere and less special.
Why can't the PM and his ministers be more patient and give ourselves more time from the ground up to take Roy Ngerng to task? This isn't like the littering problem of old when we did not have enough time to wait for society to be educated and needed results quicky, so we imposed stiff fines for littering. If the government acted to quickly we lose the chance to learn and make something special and admirable which differentiate us from other societies. Again this is the top boy government in a class of failures passing up the chance to score a distinction.
Over time don't blame us for treating politicians and policy makers with suspicion like in every other nation. People don't lead, they respond to cues from their leaders.
Update: June 4, 10:00am
"Bo pian", since the international media has it, ST cannot ignore it and I bet some SPH journalists are privately reacting to this with glee.
Update: June 6 10:05am
Look! the Economist didn't report on this lawsuit. In the WSJ, it only appear in their blog and not the paper. That's good. Good to be wrong.
Posted by PengYou at 2:47 PM