One day Willie was not his usual self at the office. His brother was shot dead in a bar brawl. He was always hot headed, Willie told us.
Fortunately for Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew, Singaporeans are not as emotional or incendiary as hot blooded Filipinos. Writing in TODAY, someone going by the monicker of Avi Liran, a economist supposedly living here for past 15 years, expressed support for the Filipino extremes ("What S'pore can learn from emotional Philippines", pg 14, Fri 14 Dec 2012). Mr Liran doesn't sound very Singaporean.
Hell bent on taxing the threshhold of our emotional limits, Lui (tuck you! tuck you!) expressed determination in his own conflagrative Facebook posting to increase bus fares. Calmer minds at Workers' Party (Aljunied, Hougang and maybe Punggol East) reminded him that "the Government should not assume nor suggest that this cost increase must automatically be borne by commuters." Perhaps, with more foreigners taking up citizenship in line with Government plans, Lui may one day end up with more explosive responses. The kerosene bottle that ruined Seng Han Thong's evening could do worse if it was a Molotov cocktail. Is the minister planning to fiddle while our city burns?