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PM’s gaffe is a case of bad diplomacy

On the 25 November 2016, a shipment of 9 Singapore made Armored Personal Carriers (APCs) were seized by the Hong Kong customs and immigration for inspection. The Hong Kong customs then referred the matter to the China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

There is widespread speculation this action was done in retaliation for Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong’s antagonistic remarks to China during the South China Sea dispute between China and Philippines, in which Singapore is NOT a party. Lee Hsien Loong’s remarks that China respect the Hague’s ruling drew condemnation from China’s military and political leaders. Not being contended, PM Lee then taunted China once more during a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting that China should not see itself as a “Middle Kingdom” in this region.

Since China and Hong Kong have not stated officially the reason for the detainment of Singapore’s military shipment, we cannot conclude a link at this time.

Regardless of our individual positions on the South China Sea dispute, we feel that our PM’s gaffe is a case of bad diplomacybecause China did nothing to Singapore to warrant such a response. We categorically state that his remarks does not represent all Singaporeans. We feel that by making those remarks, he is acting against our interest and his actions puts in jeopardy our warm and stable relationship with China that former Prime Ministers, including the father of our current PM, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew helped cultivate over the years. Its understandable for China’s leaders to feel annoyed. We would like PM Lee to apologise to China and help restore our peaceful relationship, while supporting Singapore’s call for the speedy and safe return of our property.

We are not anti-West, anti-China or against any country. We don’t have to agree with any country or do anything against our will. Equally, we don’t have to support and agree with everything China does either. Our neutrality on the world stage is an asset that makes us a friend to most countries.

So remember – we don’t have to agree with the provocative actions of our PM, but we are allowed freedom of opinion in Singapore to express this and still have loyalty to our country

Apologise

 

 

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37 Responses to “PM’s gaffe is a case of bad diplomacy”

  • 张爷爷:

    哎,新加坡的处境实在令人担扰,我認为其领导层要即时悬崖勒馬见风使舵,要以大局为重,不要一意弧行,所谓识时務者为俊傑嘛,在政治上既没有永遠的朋友也没有永遠的敌人,我还是那句老话 “遠親不如近邻” 可能那一般领导层雖然黄皮肤但只限於会讲华语,中国文化太粗浅了吧。

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  • SG Sovereignty:

    Maybe we can invoke Darwinder to talk to China?
    Or Shanmugam?
    We have Google Translate can already.

    PAP Number 1 lah!!!

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  • Sharon Ann Gabriel:

    PM Lee had acted imperiously. He forgot that China once stripped an Uncle Sam spy plane and sent it back in boxes. China would have done the same to the 9 APCs if it wanted to. It would have taught PM Lee not to act like a heavyweight when he is only a featherweight. China is probably waiting for an apology before another gaffe triggers off Round Two. When that happens, Singaporeans will end up as collateral damage.

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  • zika:

    When it comes to interview time, must have prepared script. When it comes to talking down others, all the vocab start flying impromptu.

    One wonders whether Pinky Ass cheated on his English papers.

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  • SG needs badly a reboot:

    After landslide, Ah Long believes he will surpass his dad, not just locally but internationally. This is why every single global issue as far as Europe, MFA will issue statements when even big countries like Australia isn’t bothered. He wants to create an international image of a global statesman, surpassing his dad. So he made international statement requesting China to abide to Haque’s to show that he is a global strong man on par with Obama and global leaders. This antagonized China, SG is put on a blacklist for action.

    After the visit to White House, dining with Democracts, his balls got inflated, he actually believe HRC would win. When HRC did not win, he was first to show his frustration with Trump win.

    I reckon this clown with 70% landslide victory had sort gotten his head too big, too conceited. Started to lecture countries how to run and tell them what to do. He lost his head, forgot this is outside SG, there is no GRC, no 77 yes man to his bidding and few people respect him like his DAD.

    Singaporeans are sheeps, don dare to stand up. And look at Chinese response, it’s karma, he is meek like a mice, don’t even dare to say a word.

    What a clown ha ha ha surpasssing his dad? Dream on. Even his Dad knows where is stand and won’t do such clown antic.

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  • 李家王:

    Ah Long’s arrogance had brought shame and fear to SGs. The detaining of our armoured vehicles may not the first action by China, and is very likely the relationship may further drifting down. They are beginning to talk of SG letting America to base their vessels here. This is getting very serious. See how this big mouth idiot had cause anxiety to SGs.

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  • Disgusted!:

    While one may be totally appalled over the PM’s remarks on
    China, and his political behaviour on the world stage, at
    times like these, we need to pull together as ONE, rather
    than criticise his attitude, actions and responses in public.
    It does not mean we can’t lambast him (stupid a**hole) in
    private, but in public, we really need to show togetherness.

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  • Hi!:

    THE MAN’S SUPPORTING US MILITARY TO BE ON CONFLICTING COURSE N POTENTIAL WAR AGAINST CHINA; it is up to S’poreans to state whether this is right or wrong?. If it were so, then where is the so called “neutrality”?.

    If Phillipines’s Duterte CAN SEE FIT TO RESOLVE S CHINA SEA DISPUTE W PEACEABLENESS, CALM AND AMICABLE DIALOGUE, THEN WHY SHOULD WE OR ANYONE BE CONDONING L** TO AGITATE A NON PEACEFUL BUT CONTENTIOUS ESCALATION OF CONFRONTATION?!.

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  • You Are Not L*Y!:

    Not even near, so don’t try to be one!

    Obama may back you, but not Trump!

    Better mind what is said to the Superpowers!

    Don’t ‘sabo’ Singapore!

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  • LIONS:

    Dont PLAY PLAY With Giant Panda,it may look cute but it can do great harm if aggravated.
    Even Mad Donald can talk loudly but be assured he wont dare to offend The Panda once he takes OFFICE.
    Dont we ever think we can lean on the USA to agitate the PANDA .

    Who to send as emissary is vital for future relations.

    We mediated for CHINA-TAIWAN but we mess up on our own bilateral relations,how ironic?!

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  • Josephine Teo Gao Gan:

    Must we downplay this?
    Will people forget about this disaster after a while? People forgot about coe and accepted it as part of nature.

    Or should we call upon old mcdonald to rise?

    Can sg survive without the oracle?

    Will USA defend sg for sg?

    Was mcdonald right about obama?
    Yee ai yee ai ohhh!

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  • Go Fuck Spider:

    SG Sovereignty:
    Maybe we can invoke Darwinder to talk to China?
    Or Shanmugam?
    We have Google Translate can already.

    PAP Number 1 lah!!!

    Ask them to hold a university English debate with Xi JP., Sure win one.
    Vivian Baka can show off his oratory skill.

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  • Samuel S:

    Maybe the died hard 70% supporters still think he is the best! I wonder if Singaporeans will be discriminated when in China? Can we request he (LHL) be more sensitive here forth? Don’t treat others the way he treats oppositions in Singapore.

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  • No-eyed dragon:

    讲话没有经过大脑!

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  • SingaPaul:

    PM Lee, show them the finger and tell those China whiners to bugger off.
    Ask them compare paycheck and see whose is larger. They sure lose.
    Show them the spurs sticking out your butt! Ask them they have or not! (Spurs not butt)

    Ask them if they know what meaning Elite?? They don’t know?
    Get your ka kia, Paper general “Kee Chui” Chan and Zorro “toothpick” Lim to go China attack! Cannot convince, then confuse and what better idiots than these two.

    Victory is ours!!

    Mah-jur-lah Sing-a-bulan!

    Viva El Presidente (EP) x 3 times

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  • Bebe:

    How can he be paid so much when he talk without thinking of the consequences?
    He is worse than Roy.
    Sabo the whole cuntry – should give him a blanket party and give him a dishonorable discharge from service!

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  • Stink Bean:

    @ China is probably waiting for an apology before another gaffe triggers off Round Two. When that happens, Singaporeans will end up as collateral damage.

    That’s good for opposition and opposition supporters right ? What there to complain ?

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  • conu the snake:

    PM LEE HUM LOONG u are a FUCKING DISGRACE and an embrasement to ALL SINGAPOREANS.

    You are a NOBODY TO THE SUPERPOWERS.Do not OPEN YOUR FUCKING MOUTH and make SINGAPOREANS suffer because of your FUCKING MOUTH.

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  • William C:

    Ask that bugger MP who said Ministers must be paid well so that they are not looked down when they negotiate with CEO.

    This guy earnings x times more than Xi Jinping. I am sure he will have no problem to be the FM to engage China.

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  • Ray:

    OMG !!! Unbelievable !!!
    USD 25K president XJP looks down on USD 2 million PM.

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  • amdew:

    If Ah Kong is around, this event for sure will not happen. Ah Loong not very wise causes us Singaporeans to be laughed about by other countries. Kana warning and keep quiet
    What to do. Happened already.

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  • opposition dude:

    You want goondu PM to say sorry ah? No can do man, he doesn’t even know what sorry means, just like his dad.

    Goondu Loong is one of those type of people that has to be taught things the hard way, only then will he learn. He thought he was being very clever by trying to por LP with the US but it backfired. He cannot be seen to suddenly do a 180 and side with China, otherwise he would lose face and piss the US off.

    As the old saying goes, you reap what you sow. China may be du lan with him now but whether they follow up with anything more severe remains to be seen.

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  • Send:

    Punish Singaporeans very fast, now kana hammer internationally by PRC. Sure give you face LLLHL

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  • ToTo:

    LHL is really a piece of shit statesman. Too arrogant. His bunch of balls licking generals are just like him. Come to war time, LHL and his bootlickers should pick up arms and charge first into the enemy. If they ask me to charge, I’ll run road. Sad to say, I got no pride being a citizen here anymore. Only sad memories of a happier childhood where this country was a place I used to be proud to call home.

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  • ownself masturbate ownself:

    SG Sovereignty:
    Maybe we can invoke Darwinder to talk to China?
    Or Shanmugam?
    We have Google Translate can already.

    PAP Number 1 lah!!!

    Can Darwinder win in such a situation?

    XJP got open bank account here or not?

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  • PAP to discuss in Parliament:

    Eh firstly, the writer very strangely in the second last paragraph claimed of Sg neutrality – motherboard cock lie.

    Secondly, shouldn’t the super excellent lawyer Shan be representing the PAP Patriotic politicians to PUT Into SOLID ACTION – take China to task WITH THE SAME VIGOR he argued WPs counter on the EP, like the Senate that WP proposed.

    All THESE GOES TO SHOW the big big ULTRA HYPOCRISY and LOCAL bullies FACADE of PAP useless ministers.

    If the PAP don’t take China to task, to show so called punching above weight, then how can citizens have ANY RESPECT of PAP leaders who now seemed to be WORST THEM TIMID MICE.

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  • Change We Must:

    The current PM is the worst of all threes. He tried to follow his father footsteps but he is not capable. Poor judgement , poor foresight, poor communication, poor poor…etc.

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  • Hell o:

    The leaders of Singapore practice head they win tail you lose. Mana boleh that not right. How you expect others to stomach this type of game. Be a gentleman go for head you win tail leaders of Singapore lose. This is a better methodology for international and domestic uses.

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  • Whats PAP thinking of SG?:

    The writer trying very hard indeed but not smart sadly to portray this an accident just has to happe, and move on.

    Obviously PAP self gloat from international praise of them punching its own ‘face’ (when actually PAP bought into the sarcasm of punching above its weight), thought that they can get away ‘with bad diplomacy’ as writer sought to play it down.

    Want us to believe its a simple mistake, or honest verbal accident?

    Truth is PAP has Freudianly mistaken that bullying of citizens tactics can be applied internationally.

    Besides common sense which are now gradually diminished from useless millionaire cock politicians.

    Thank u PRC for slapping the driver.

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  • Fainted:

    Ah long , better make public appearance soon , otherwise people will think you fainted everyday .

    Sick got two cancers better have a good rest and retire .

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  • BuyMeBakKutTeh:

    Set up electronic poll on this and send it to the PMO! Let’s get him to apologize! I have biz interest here in China and will be the first to sign. I believe other will too!

    Sia Suay la you Mr Lee!

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  • darwinder mati already?:

    SG Sovereignty:
    Maybe we can invoke Darwinder to talk to China?
    Or Shanmugam?
    We have Google Translate can already.

    PAP Number 1 lah!!!

    darwinder mati already?

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  • G39:

    Its not Gaffe but plain STUPIDITY!

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  • Says President Abe Lincoln:

    “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think about it. The tree is the real thing.”

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  • PM Jokes - coming 2 haunt?:

    -
    Uh Oh, is this becos of PM jokes about
    “BeiJing Free Smoke” n
    “Shanghai Pork Soup” ? ? ?
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/singapore-pm-draws-laughs-us-speech-111914557–politics.html?ref=gs

    -

    The AristoCATS got sophisticated sense of “humor”.
    Trying to be funny at someone’s else expense ?
    -
    Definitely, it does not help foreign relation. :(

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  • I don't know what to say.:

    SingaPaul: PM Lee, show them the finger and tell those China whiners to bugger off.Ask them compare paycheck and see whose is larger. They sure lose.Show them the spurs sticking out your butt! Ask them they have or not! (Spurs not butt) Ask them if they know what meaning Elite?? They don’t know?Get your ka kia, Paper general “Kee Chui” Chan and Zorro “toothpick” Lim to go China attack! Cannot convince, then confuse and what better idiots than these two. Victory is ours!! Mah-jur-lah Sing-a-bulan!Viva El Presidente (EP) x 3 times

    If cannot win, ask them “What do you think” Hahaha

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  • Dosh:

    李家王:
    Ah Long’s arrogance had brought shame and fear to SGs. The detaining of our armoured vehicles may not the first action by China, and is very likely the relationship may further drifting down. They are beginning to talk of SG letting America to base their vessels here. This is getting very serious. See how this big mouth idiot had cause anxiety to SGs.

    Response:

    The Cantonese said it so aptly: ‘Moh Sway Lor Lay Sway’. Literally, No bad luck but we bring the bad luck to ourselves.

    With the pattern of silly remarks locally and serious international gaffes with serious adverse implications for us PM LHL is indeed the supreme dolt.

    The world will laugh at us for having a clown and idiot leading us.

    We Will SUFFER.

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