This is my short reply drafted within half an hour. I could have expanded it to a complete article. Since, the request is for one or two paragraphs within 200 words, I just cut it short. Let them slash it down.
Last Sat (18/8/12), ST Insight wanted to interview me with my profile picture and exclusive write-up together with another seven others, I declined. I was too shy for the publicity.
This time, they dropped me an email requesting for my views on the coming PM’s rally speech. They never give up, do they? This time I relented. I didn’t know that my views are so much sought after by MSM! I’m really flattered.
Hope they will not ask me again to comment AFTER PM has given his rally speech. You know things like how you find the speech, you agree with what PM says, what do you think of his rally speech etc? Spew! I won’t be watching his live rally cuz I will be driving the train. I’ll be on PM shift. No pun intended!
Good luck to the PM. Hope he will give us the mother of all National Day rally speeches! It seems quite likely cuz this is the first time in 47 years that three cabinet ministers will be speaking ahead of him. Never happened before. Usually it’s a one man show with only the PM speaking! It’s something new. A refreshing change indeed. Is it the new normal? What do you think?
“This coming Sunday when PM addresses the whole nation in his rally, I earnestly wish to hear how the government is going to tackle our long-term challenges such as Climate Change, National Defence, Energy and Food Supply.
We must first get the neccessary survival basics right. Next, I hope PM will sketch out a broad blueprint to address our “time-bomb” of “Low Fertility & Aging” twin issues. Getting more immigrants is not a viable sustainable long-term option. More support need to be given to parents to encourage more babies. If only the government has the political will and commitment by crafting sensible policy to look after our babies from birth to age 16 years (maybe for the 2nd or 3rd child?), it will be great.
The widening income gap need to be addressed. Assistance should not be given only to those earning $1,000 and below. It should be extended up to $2,000. It’s those citizens earning between $1,500 to $2,000 that have fallen through the gap. They are the hardest hit.
No use being the richest country when the poor or have-nots do not get much help from the government. Many of them in that income group could not afford expensive medical costs, housing or higher education (Poly and Uni) for their children.”
On 23 Aug, 2012, at 19:55, “RC WQ” wrote:
Dear Mr Tang,
I hope this email finds you well! We’re launching a new Straits Times Political website just before the National Day Rally. As part of the launch we’ll have a bunch of stuff up – including one bit titled “What I want to hear from PM on Sunday..” i.e what issues/topics/ announcements you personally want to hear at the National Day Rally. We’re getting MPs, bloggers, observers etc. Do you mind contributing? Very brief – one or two paragraphs will suffice. We will copy and paste the whole thing in, so it’s not an interview style and it won’t be edited.
Would it be possible for you to contribute? If possible by late tonight or tomorrow morning? So sorry for the tight window but we just need like 200 words, max!
The Straits Times