By: Kheng Liang Tan
Facebook user Sanson Ng wrote in a post on how the Marine Parade Town Council (MPTC) had been lacking in their “help or compassion” towards his friend allegedly because the family stayed in the opposition-held Aljunied GRC.
The father of his good friend had passed away on the 26 Aug. Unfortunately, the family was unable to secure a location for his wake at their Serangoon Avenue 4 block due to home improvement works.
They then tried to book a location at the multi-purpose hall accross their block. However, the request was rejected on the first day of the wake itself as the family was “not a resident of that area”.
Ng later reflected that the words meant that the family was a resident of Aljunied GRC and questioned: “Just because their residence belongs to the Aljunied GRC (run by Worker’s Party), they are not allowed to use PAP run facilities?”
To make matters worse, the multi-purpose hall that the family wanted to book was not occupied by anyone else. In addition, they had also received a call from the MPTC two days later to reiterate what has already been communicated.
He went on to say, “Am I assuming too much political play in this? I do not think so. Are we back to the whole game of ‘if you vote for me, then you will enjoy privileges?’ tactics which the old regime is so fond of using?
Why is there the biased assumption that just because their residence is in Aljunied GRC, they voted for the Workers’ Party? We are all Singaporeans. Sure, Politics is a dirty game. But there are OB markers as to where games cannot be played. A bereaving moment qualifies!”
What do you think?