PRC NETIZENS CURSE & SWEAR AT PM LEE
Despite Singapore’s pro-China immigration policies and the desperate attempts of the government to establishment good ties with China, the mainland Chinese do not appear to have a favorable impression of the island state.
PM Lee’s state visit to China from 2 to 7 September this year was greeted with derision and ridicule by netizens, judging from the vitriol poured forth on Sina.com, a popular PRC forum (see picture above).
PM Lee has earlier called on Singaporeans to refrain from posting ‘nasty’ things about foreigners online during his National Day Rally speech last week:
“There will be social frictions from time to time. We should deal with these incidents maturely. It’s alright to express disapproval of what happened, it’s necessary even. It’s not alright to be a one-eyed dragon, or to condemn all non-Singaporeans or Singaporeans based on the actions of a few bad apples. Also it’s wrong to slam the shortcomings of others, but ignore our own transgressions.”
The number of mainland Chinese flocking to Singapore to study, work and live at the invitation of the Singapore government has increased over the years, prompting some to give Singapore a derogatory label of “坡县” or Singapore county (of China).
In an infamous interview with National Geographic magazine, PM Lee’s father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew said it is a ‘good thing’ that Singapore is welcoming so many Chinese immigrants from China as they are ‘harder-driving’ and ‘harder-striving’ than Singaporeans. He also said of Singaporeans:
“If native Singaporeans are falling behind because the ’spurs are not stuck into the hide’, that is their problem…”