To Antagonize or Advocate?

by Patrick Liew on October 6, 2019

With Hong Kong’s past and current protests as the backstop, I wonder how anybody can make ambiguous statements at best, incendiary statements at worst, to instigate anti-establishment movements.

Obviously, she can clarify her position and put the blame on  miscommunication.

However, her statements are open for public preview.
“So it’s already happening, and I think it’s important for us to acknowledge that, because a social movement is not 500,000 people [in the streets]… it’s all the work that goes into potentially one day having 500,000 people in the streets. And that work is as, if not more important, than getting huge numbers to attract the media attention, because the groundwork, that foundational work is what sustains the network after the 500,000 people go home. “

“…when the government says, you know, foreigners should not influence domestic affairs, or foreigners should not bring their country’s politics into Singapore, we should push back on that as well, because why not, because solidarity is important.”
As a public person and a specialist in mass communication, she should be responsible for the miscommunication and if not, for the potential provocation to incite open protests on Singapore streets.

If nothing else, at the least she can provide the essential balance of encouraging collaboration with the authorities to unite Singaporeans, co-create solutions, and make Singapore a stronger and more secure, stable and sustainable place.

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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