‘Fight on… even when the person you are trying to help curses you’

Dear Ms Denise Phua,

I refer to the 28 Nov 2011 Straits Times report of your speech at the PAP annual convention.

You quoted Theodore Roosevelt saying “the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly .. the man who actually tries to do the deed.” Sadly that description does not befit some PAP ministers.

First, they are not in the arena, but in their cushy offices. Second, their face is not marred by dust, sweat or blood but swathed in money, millions of them. Lastly, they strive not to do the deed but to deny any wrong deed. That is their first and their last motto, to deny, deny and deny any wrong deed even when it is already so blatantly obvious to all.

The person whom you help will not curse you. He curses the people in charge who made things worse to begin with, for why would they have needed help if not for those mistakes in the first place?


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