Photo of Lee Hsien Loong from Straits Times

PAP MPs and right-wing academics are rallying behind dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally Speech, after he was lambasted for being out-of-touch with reality by refusing to address more pertinent issues like unemployment and public transport.

Former PAP Nominated MP Eugene Tan from the Singapore Management University poured praises on Lee Hsien Loong’s speech:

“It was very much a back-to-basics NDR speech with a different tack altogether that some may find surprising or even underwhelming for such a platform. The approach spotlights three topics that are often taken for granted or given inadequate attention. It was very relatable to the man on the street even if some preferred the ‘traditional’ approach of weighty affairs of state.”

Right-wing academic Iseas-Yusof Ishak research fellow Mustafa Izzuddin, said:

“These are not the traditional type of concerns, and don’t get quite as much attention as hard issues. But they are just as important. I also welcome the absence of political issues such as the elected presidency in the speech, as their presence would distract Singaporeans from PM Lee’s three key messages.”

PAP MP Joan Pereira told state media Straits Times that the National Day Rally speech is the “best platform” to give health tips:

“Many are not aware of the urgency of our diabetes problem, and hence, discussing it during NDR is one of the best ways as it is a platform that has the nation’s attention, to get everyone aware, sit up and watch their health.”

PAP Zaqy Mohamad joined in the galore praising Lee Hsien Loong for “addressing income gap”:

“Many also underestimate the impact quality pre-schools on a child’s development. Low-income families tend to see pre-school as optional. The Government’s moves to improve the quality of pre-schools and make it more affordable could encourage more low-income families to send their children to pre-school, and thus close the gap between the haves and the have-nots.”

Propaganda minister, Yaacob Ibrahim praised Lee Hsien Loong for “digging deep into issues”:

“These are long term issues for all Singaporeans to be concerned about, and I’m glad that he spent a lot of time to dig deep into these issues and see what we can do about them as ordinary Singaporeans.”