For the last 3 days,
But seeing their actions, local Singaporeans who would never have the courage to even imagine going on strike, an action which is normal behavior in any other civilized country, should not only be inspired by it, they should also be ashamed.
The Chinese nationals who are my heroes, had legitimate right to complain. Malaysian and
The manner in which Lee Kuan Yew's
The mistakes of the Lee regime in using cheap foreign labor are many. He mistakenly thinks that foreign workers would be as docile, timid and submissive as his Singaporeans. Not true.
Second, he houses them in dormitories together with cheap labor workers from many other countries. By doing this, it enables disgruntled workers at any one time, to let others know of their grievance and persuade others to join. This housing arrangement is a perfect recipe for mass demonstrations. As to this particular protest, by now it must be certain that the Chinese bus drivers have already spread the news of their strike to several other hundreds of workers, who are now aware of their plight, and who may now themselves consider going on strike.
Third, foreign workers are not as desperate as the local timid Singaporeans. They don't really have to take any nonsense. They came to
Fourth, this sort of courage to stand up to an unfair unscrupulous employer becomes an example to local Singaporeans who would see them as their champions. They would begin to feel that if the Chinese nationals could do it, so could we.
Finally it draws home the ruthlessness and cruelty of these
Thank you Chinese bus drivers. You have contributed greatly towards advancing human rights in
I am glad I am in
A Singaporean by birth in exile
Attorney at Law
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