Lim Swee Say Disses China and Malaysia in Just 1 Minute!
In his campaign speech, Mr Lim said he was “lucky he wasn’t a citizen of China or a Malaysian”.
Recalling how his father came to Singapore from China, he said:
“My father got to know my mother. They got married and had six children. So this year we celebrate SG50. I am thinking, ‘if my father didn’t get on the boat to Singapore, I might be a China citizen’.”In equal measure and similar fashion, Mr Lim also spoke about how lucky he was not to be Malaysian.
“In 1965, Singapore and Malaysia separated because Mr Lee Kuan Yew wanted a nation regardless of language, regardless of race, one that is equal. So we can’t stay in Malaysia, because Malaysia believes that Malaysia belongs to the Malays. So we had no choice, we could only separate. So I am thinking, if we didn’t separate in 1965, today you and I would be Malaysians. Heng ah. (Lucky ah).”read more
Lim Swee Say apologize to Malaysians and PRCs
After facing a tsunami of angry comments in a backlash by Malaysians and PRCs, former Manpower Minister and PAP candidate for East Coast GRC Lim Swee Say now apologizes to Malaysians and China citizens for his insensitive remark.
- “I see some people on the internet think that I am looking down on their country; that is not the case.
- Whether we are Singaporeans, Malaysians, or (mainland) Chinese, we all want to be proud of our country’s own progress.
- So I hope my (mainland) Chinese and Malaysian friends do not misunderstand; there was no ill-intention (in my statement)”
Malaysia: Lim Swee Say is an idiot, Singapore should be ashamed of having a minister like him
Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional condemned former Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say for his anti-Malaysian comments through the mainstream media The New Straits Times today (Sept 6). The candidate for East Coast GRC Lim Swee Say has implied that Malaysian and China citizens are of inferior quality by saying “HENG AH! I am not Malaysian.”
Malaysia’s ruling party UMNO also hit out at Lim Swee Say saying he is an “arrogant man who cared less about the sentiments of Malaysians”:
“Lim’s position as a minister does not reflect his position as a cabinet minister. Perhaps he is short of campaign material. He could have instead shared his vision and mission with his constituents rather than bad-mouthing other countries.”
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M’sian leaders angered by Lim’s insulting remarks
Minister Lim Swee Say with his famous toothpick (Photo: ST)
According to a news report from Malaysia’s New Straits Times yesterday (6 Sep), Malaysian leaders are hitting out at Singapore’s Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say over “unfair” remarks of Malaysia. Mr Lim, who is the PAP candidate for East Coast GRC, has earlier told media that he felt “lucky for not being a citizen of China and Malaysia” at a campaign rally on Thursday (3 Sep).
He recalled how his father came to Singapore from China. “Later my father got to know my mother, they got married and had six children. “So this year we celebrate SG50, (Singapore’s 50th anniversary) and I am thinking, if my father didn’t get on the boat to Singapore, I might be a China citizen,” he added.
He also believes that it was fortunate Singapore separated with Malaysia in 1965, otherwise Singaporeans would be Malaysians. “Then in 1965, Singapore and Malaysia separated, because Mr Lee Kuan Yew wanted a nation regardless of language, regardless of race – one that is equal.” “So we can’t stay in Malaysia, as the tenet of Malaysia is: Malaysia belongs to the Malays. So we had no choice, we could only separate. So I am thinking, if we didn’t separate in 1965, today you and I would be Malaysians, ‘heng’ (lucky) ah,” he said.
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Darth Zorro Lim Swee Say - Liar Or A Fool?
The black-masked member of Lee Kuan Yew's elite "Intellectual Class," who infamously coined the term "cheaper, better, faster" and sang the song "upturn the downturn" (see below), incidentally is paid more than $2 million a year for his costume-bearing antics and pretensions to the Singapore idol crown. Yet, Lim's assertion that Singapore is 'pro-worker' could hardly be further from the truth.
One of the most damning pieces of evidence contradicting Lim's assertion is Singapore's persistently low wage share of GDP. In 2000, a paper by the Singapore Statistics Department highlighted that Singapore's wage share was 42 per cent, lower than the United States' (58 per cent), Japan's (57 per cent) and France's (52 per cent). This low share accompanied conscious efforts by the Government to moderate wage increases and maintain high returns to investment from foreign multinational companies. It was thus not surprising that Singapore's company profit share was 48 per cent of GDP, higher than the profit shares of the same countries mentioned above, which were closer to 35 per cent.
Minister in Prime Minister's Office
Born on 13 July 1954, Mr Lim Swee Say studied at the Catholic High School and the National Junior College. He was awarded a Singapore Armed Forces (UK) Scholarship in 1973 and studied Electronics, Computer and Systems Engineering at Loughborough University of Technology in the United Kingdom.
He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 1976 and was admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Technology in 2006. He attended the Stanford Sloan Programme at Stanford University and graduated with a Master's Degree in Management in 1991.
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