Internet users support PSP to debate ECSC in parliament and criticize Minister Ong Ye Kung for his “false allegations” against the party

Netizens are supporting the Progress Party of Singapore (PSP) for its decision to debate the issue of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) in Parliament, demanding evidence by Health Minister Ong Ye Kung to support his allegations against the alternative party on Thursday July 1.

In one Facebook post Yesterday Mr Ong claimed that the dissatisfaction with Indian immigrants in Singapore is largely fueled by false allegations made by PSP about how the ECSC has made it easy for Indian professionals to come here to work.

Mr Ong said that while there are concerns about racist behavior in Singapore that need to be addressed, PSP’s “false allegations” about the ECSC have made matters worse here.

“The two recent incidents of verbal and physical assaults on Indians were disturbing and did not reflect who Singaporeans are,” the minister noted.

He added, “They are occurring amid an undercurrent of sentiment against Indian immigrants over the past 2 years. There are concerns of Singaporeans that need to be addressed, but the discontent is also fueled in large part by false claims by the Singapore Progress Party (PSP) about how the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) has given Indian SMEs a free hand to come and work here.

The two recent racial incidents Mr Ong was referring to are – the first is a senior lecturer who verbally made racist remarks to an interracial couple, and the second concerns an Indian woman who was verbally assaulted for her apparently incorrect face mask by a Singaporean.

In the message, Ong said that in the last parliamentary session in May this year, Law Minister K Shanmugam urged the PSP to table a motion to debate FTAs ​​and the ECSC in parliament.

As Leong Mun Wai, a non-member of the PSP constituency, recently accepted Mr. Shanmugam’s challenge to seek “further clarification” on overseas employment policies and the ECSC, Mr. Ong said he and Minister of Manpower Dr Tan See Leng would deliver ministerial statements regarding the issue during this month’s parliamentary session.

“In view of the tabling of the motion proposed by PSP, we have received numerous parliamentary questions on this subject, including several from PSP.

“To answer these questions, Dr Tan See Leng and I will be making ministerial statements at next week’s meeting – him as Minister of Manpower and Second Minister of Trade and Industry, and me as a former trade negotiator, ”said Ong.

The health minister continued by noting that the duo will talk about how important FTAs ​​are to Singaporeans and how they work. They will also address “false claims” that free trade agreements allow foreign professionals to live and work freely in Singapore.

“We will also proceed to open our ministerial statements for debate. This will allow PSP members to respond to our statements if they wish, ”he concluded.

Shortly thereafter, PSP General Secretary Francis Yuen issued a declaration on the party’s Facebook page saying that PSP is refuting the “false allegations” put forward by Ong.

“We are baffled by Mr. Ong’s baseless allegations that we have contributed in large part to the underlying sentiment against Indian immigrants through PSP that the ECSC has given Indian PMETs carte blanche to work here,” said the communicated.

He went on to state that Mr. Ong’s statement is a serious allegation made without facts as to when and where these alleged false statements were made by PSP.

“Unless there is evidence to support his claim, the minister should withdraw his statement and apologize,” PSP noted.

The PSP says it welcomes Ong’s forthcoming response to his questions which will be tabled in Parliament next Monday and urges the government to provide all employment data to Parliament.

However, he stressed that this is a debate on Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMET) which will be vigorously debated in Parliament by its non-Constituent Members of Parliament (NCMP), and not on racial tensions.

Internet users support the PSP to debate the ECSC and FTAs ​​in Parliament

Penning their thoughts in the comments section of CNA, Mothership, and that of Mr. Ong In Facebook posts, many netizens support the PSP in debating the issue of FTAs ​​and the ECSC, claiming that the party is “doing its job” to protect the rights of Singaporeans.

They are demanding evidence from the minister to back up his claim that the PSP is fueling racial tensions among the citizens of Singapore.

One netizen wrote: “If you have no independently verifiable evidence, then aren’t you wildly speculating on the basis of your partisan political OPINION?” Or worse, deliberately spreading a lie online, spreading libel against PSP / NCMP Leong MW? “

“The PSP is doing its job and its duty to audit the PAP government and protect the interests of the Sinkies when the PAP government has failed to do so. Your attack on PSP is unwarranted and unfair because it has raised a relevant issue of public importance and public interest, ”said another internet user.

One netizen noted that the alternative party has “done its job” in opening the debate on the issue, as many Singaporeans have been eagerly awaiting it.

A Facebook user said Ong “blamed the PSP” when it was the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) that created the ECSC in the first place. Several other netizens have indicated that they are eagerly awaiting the debate, urging the minister to provide “all the data” concerning the FTAs ​​and the ECSC, and hope that the government will be more transparent on the matter.

“I look forward to more transparency regarding this FTA. Honestly, it has nothing to do with the PSP. There are a lot of worried citizens like me who hope that the government can be more open on this subject, ”said one Internet user.

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