A desperate cry in Hong Lim
I was at Hong Lim Park this evening to soak up the mood of the victims of the minibonds and high notes and low notes. There was a little sadness, a little despair, and a little resignation in their faces. Many of these people would not have known how to go about trying to seek recourse for their plight. They need a helping hand. Now who can they turn to for help? Fortunately there is Tan Kin Lian who took the initiative to clobber up a petition for these helpless senior citizens. And Goh Meng Seng was there to repeat Kin Lian’s speech in Mandarin. I think there was still a group there that could only understand dialects and they found it necessary to be there. I wonder what would have happen to these people if Kin Lian had not taken up their case. I wonder whether the case would have been closed and forgotten, nothing heard except a few whimpers in cyberspace. You took your risk, made your decision to invest your money, who can you blame? One corner would have said this to them. Can Singaporeans afford to remain voiceless when they are in trouble? This case is a good example of how things would have turned out, or turned down, when Singaporeans simply accept that it is water under the bridge. Caveat emptor, they went in for higher returns and must bear the consequences of their decisions. I think this case would be much stronger if some MPs were to give Kin Lian their support by appearing at Hong Lim Park this evening. It was also a great opportunity for the MPs to be standing side by side with the people in distress, to be with the people in good time or bad time. If attending a citizen’s funeral wake is important, I think this is even more deserving of their presence. I sense that this is missing and is felt be the people there. Or maybe MPs should not be seen in Hong Lim Park. They have their own Speakers Corner in Parliament House. Yes, they will be asking many questions on Monday.