Americans laud PM Lee for not speaking in his “native tongue” at White House


Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong concluded his first official visit to the White House since President of the United States of America Donald Trump took office.

President Trump and PM Lee reaffirmed the relationship between the US and Singapore at the meeting, where the POTUS claimed that the US-Singapore relationship has “never been closer than now” and “won’t ever be stronger.”

After exchanging pleasantries, the world leaders observed a contract signing between Singapore Airlines and Boeing over a US$13.8 billion deal for the purchase of 39 aircrafts. They proceeded to the Rose Garden later for a joint press conference.

Interestingly, the comments section of a video of the joint conference uploaded on YouTube has provided endless laughs for Singaporeans, since some Americans lauded PM Lee on his English and for not speaking in his native language.

Though some netizens clarified that English is the main language used in Singapore it appears that despite the advancements Singapore has made over the years, many people around the world still do not know much about the little red dot.

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  1. Correct. I was in Switzerland in 2015. At a restuarant on the Alps, the cashier asked where we came from. I told them Singapore. It was only when we were back that I noticed she had put us down as from China in the receipt. Wonder whether Singapore existed in her database?

  2. Mainly the highly educated elites and the big businesses from the Western world know about Singapore but even then, their knowledge is very superficial as they probably only read about and interact with our own elites. The mainstream media is also rather insular as these are big countries with many provincial cities, towns and states, which only report their local news. So the ordinary people will not know much about Asia, and even less about Singapore. Hence, stereotypes continue to exist.

  3. Well, it’s understandable because some of them still refer to us as ‘Chinks’ – Thinking it’s an acceptable nickname like they call Mexicans, latinos. Their ignorance isn’t intentional, it’s simply a result of poor education (and lack of general knowledge) on their part. Many of them can’t even tell you about their own country’s history.

    • I would have to disagree , in fact I feel rather ashamed to be associate with a bunch of monkeys called sinkies and PAP …. Singapore is not longer a place where I call home …. look at the number of foreigners and that middle age lady at that corner of the street peeing in the open seeming to be from China …. 70% supported the idea of being screwed in the ass while our kids are not even safe in the hands of school fancy being taken to station by 5 big guys from CID …..
      when some are seen handcuffed by the same hands who are vowed to protect them ..
      Old granny in wheelchair who is unable to retire at her age seeming to rely on selling tissue at bus interchange , are shoo away by yet the ones who vowed to serve and protect . She should have alot of money locked within the vault of CPF tho ….
      Next time if you are trying to get home by the subway , do consider bring along a life jacket
      Am I really home ? Guess not .