Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong defends Filipinos against the negative comments made by some Singaporeans on Facebook to protest the planned Philippine Independence Day celebration next month.
According to report, Lee called on Singaporeans to treat Filipinos in Singapore “the way we ourselves expect to be treated overseas.”
He encouraged Singaporeans to show that “we are generous of spirit and welcome visitors into our midst, even as we manage the foreign population here”.
In a statement posted Friday on his official Facebook account, Lee continued by saying “Many Singaporeans live overseas, and are warmly welcomed in their adopted homes.” Lee signed his personal post with his initials “LHL”.
“I was appalled to read about those who harassed the organizers of the Philippine Independence Day celebrations, and spammed their Facebook page. They are a disgrace to Singapore,” Singapore PM Lee added.
The negative comments from Singaporeans had come after the Philippine organisers posted an announcement of the event on Facebook, many of them on a page that campaigns against “an overpopulated Singapore”. The organisers were also reportedly harassed by anonymous callers.
As the Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party (PAP), Lee became Prime Minister in August 2004, succeeding Goh Chok Tong. File Image / Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg