ST Online Forum, Nov 17, 2006
MP's remarks about 'complaining' S'poreans are unfair
I agree fully with the views expressed by Mr Benny Tan Seng Hee and Mr Wang Tiancheng, who reacted to Dr Mohd Maliki Osman's statement that Singapore is becoming a nation of problem-identifiers, not problem-solvers.
As an ordinary Singapore citizen, I would like to state that words cannot describe my disappointment with Dr Maliki.
I would take this opportunity to raise some questions and seek further clarifications on his statements in Parliament.
Isn't it ironic that Dr Maliki, an MP and community leader who was elected by Singaporeans who believe and have trust in his abilities to serve them, complain about Singaporeans' complaints?
I hope that it is not a sign that the MP is getting sidetracked from the tasks at hand by making statements and raising issues which do not significantly benefit anyone.
Exactly what is wrong with Singaporeans requesting assistance from the authorities when there is a problem?
Isn't this the most logical and civilised thing to do? Dr Maliki cited an example of residents calling their town councils when the lift landings are dirty. Is it wrong for residents who contribute monthly to the conservancy and maintenance costs of the estate to do so?
I strongly disagree with the statement that by 'giving feedback' to government agencies, many adults are bad role models for their children.
Filing complaints or 'giving feedback' is a legal and peaceful means of seeking redress, change and improvements.
This process educates the young to respect the nation's laws and raises awareness on the proper channels that are available to citizens. This will also provide them with the assurance that their views will not go unheard.
Dr Maliki's labelling of Singaporeans as 'problem identifiers' and 'problem referrers' is condescending, unfair and uncalled for. As far as I'm concerned, these negative labels have the potential to cause many Singaporeans to be upset, especially those who have voted for him to represent them in Parliament.
With all due respect, Dr Maliki should realise that delivering promises and staying focused on serving the needs of Singaporeans, regardless of how big or small the issue is, is part and parcel of his challenges as an elected Member of Parliament.
I invite Dr Maliki to clarify and explain his statements.
Mohammad Fahmi Bin Ahmad Abu Bakar
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