I’m offended by a comment posted on this post about appreciating Singapore. The commenter came and criticize me to urge me to read BBC and what not to get more “world view”.
Well, its not that I do not like criticisms. I do in fact welcome criticisms as long as you can show me that you have a valid point to make. I do not appreciate people telling me what to read, as if I am a utterly ignorant frog in the well, whilst not contributing anything factual to the discussion.
The comment in question?
Someone sent me this link to read. Suffice it to say that when I read your praises for Xiaxue, I knew what to expect. Pls go read onlinecitizen, NYT and BBC to have a more open world view. My 80+ yr old mother used to be a loyal PAP supporter. She voted the opposition in the last election and expressed her happiness that at least one of her children emigrated. She wished more could do so. Sheâ€™s seen how badly the gahmen has treated her citizens in the last few years. Enough said , go widen your world view firstâ€¦.All the best!
I don’t see how much the commenter has a wider world view than me. In fact, he has not told me which parts of my post showed that I am a frog in the well.
He has made some generalizations, of which I feel that it is my duty to convey my own opinion.
I feel that I should not be flamed as a xiaxue supporter. Just because I am a reader of her blog does not mean that I am ignorant and lack world view. I don’t see how my praise for Xiaxue makes people “know what to expect”. My post is about my feelings that we should appreciate Singapore and make it a better place instead of whining and whining. Ironically, thats what the commenter seemed to be doing. The exact thing I posted that people should not do.
Has the poster helped in the discussion? Not really. So what exactly is the bad things that the government is doing to its people? Not mentioned. All he mentioned is about his 80 year old mother who wished that more people could emigrate. I’m not saying his mother’s opinion is wrong. His mum has his own opinion and I have mine. They are just different. They do not mean she is right and I am wrong. Older people are not necessarily right.
“onlinecitizen, NYT and BBC” are worthy reads? I do not doubt them but I do not fully believe that they carry absolute accuracy either. Why should I listen to foreigners when I am staying here? If the issue in contention is about the British situation or the current Myanmar situation, then i believe I should read widely in those publications to gain more insight. However, this issue is about me saying that people should stop whining. Will I change my opinion if I read BBC? No. I am a loyal citizen of this country no matter who the government is.
Besides, please stop linking Singapore = PAP. It is not the same. When I blog about my love for Singapore, its Singapore the country and not the party. Whilst I do not have problems with the current administration, it has absolutely nothing to do with my blog post.
I want to make it known that my reading Xiaxue has nothing to do with the quality of my posts. I support Xiaxue for certain blog posts and I do not support her blindly. I do see the facts and I can see for myself that she is right in some aspects. If you do not like her, so be it. But do not demean me just because I am a supporter.
Stop generalizing me. I’m not truly ignorant.