Reproduced from The Straits Times.
Wee Siew Kim apologises for remarks
By Ken Kwek
26 October 2006
MP Wee Siew Kim has said sorry for remarks he and his 18-year-old daughter, Shu Min, made about Singaporeans who worry about jobs.
In a statement issued to The Straits Times last night, he apologised for the comments he made in an earlier interview on his daughter’s criticism of another blogger, Mr Derek Wee, 35, on her internet journal.
“We both apologise to the people whom we have offended, and especially Mr Derek Wee,” the MP said.
Miss Wee, a Raffles Junior College (RJC) student had last week called Mr Derek Wee “old” and “undermotivated” after he wrote in his blog that the Government should try to be more understanding of Singaporeans’ employment woes.
Many on the internet slammed her for her remarks. She subsequently shut down her blog and was later counselled by her tutor at RJC.
In an interview with The Straits Times published on Tuesday, her father tried to smooth things over by acknownledgng that she had used insensitive language.
However, he said he stood by his daughter’s “basic point”, saying well-educated Singaporeans such as Mr Derek Wee should “get on with the challenges in life” rather than complain to the Government about them. “I think if you cut through the insensitivity of the language, her basic point is reasonable,” he had said.
“Some people cannot take the brutal truth and that sort of language, so she ought to learn from it,” he added.
The MP’s comment drew further criticism, especially online.
Yesterday, in his apology, he said: “I should not have said what I did about people’s inability to take the brutal truth and strong language.”
Esteemed Mr Wee Siew Kim, MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC
“I am sorry that my statements carried in The Straits Times of Oct 24 offended some readers.
I should not have said what I did about people’s inability to take the brutal truth and strong language.
I have also counselled my daughter Shu Min. She is fully aware and remorseful over her tone, insensitivity and lack of empathy.
I have advised her to learn from this.
We both apologise to the people whom we have offended, and especially Mr Derek Wee.”
AH? Wait a minute, didn’t he said something about standing by what one says?
Since she’s 18, I will not gag her, since sheâ€™s 18 and should be able to stand by what she says.
OH I SEE! So if you’re 46 years old then you can don’t stand by what you said? Enlightening words from a great man indeed.
Don’t you love that they both have the same smirk on their faces? Like father like daughter.
So hot right?2006-10-27