"Anyone who examines the online comments about the foreigners will realise that much of the anger is actually not directed at the foreigners, but at the Government for its liberal immigration policies."
In other words, hate the sin, not the sinner. If it's not a sin to strain our little country's resources of housing, transportation, healthcare, education and job opportunities, why did the Government bother to make another U-turn and tighten the flow of immigration? Are we witnessing an act of repentance?
Sim Ann wrote about her personal experience of real-life disquiet on the ground, and ended up admitting as much: "I support the shift". In her tale of two neighbors bickering over common corridor space, she excluded the wife of one family from the mediation table because she had originated from a province in southern China. In her own words, the other disputing husband and wife were "true-blue locals". Why the discrimination against the PRC housewife if she still quotes PM Lee's personal appeal for fair play: "Singaporeans, let us treat foreigners as we would want to be treated ourselves"?
The word is hate for her political adversary. Hate to be reminded that from 2009, she was the Director of the National Population Secretariat, working under "population czar" Wong Kan Seng at the Ministry of Home Affairs to unleash the tsunami of foreign invaders. Hate to be at the receiving end of her own faulted policy making. Hate to have the skeletons in her cupboard exposed.
Sim Ann used the mainstream media disingenuously to claim support of vigorous and honest, but civil, debate. If that's the truth we wants us to believe, she should engage the Workers' Party in parliamentary debate on the subject. Not resort to underhanded tactics with a sycophantic press ranked 150th by U.S. NGO Freedom House.