Blogger slammed for 'blame it on your own poverty' remark

Blogger slammed for 'blame it on your own poverty' remark
Miss Cheryl Seow apologised on The Real Singapore website, saying the post was "badly written".

SINGAPORE - As a Malaysian with Singapore permanent residency (PR), she was upset when she read a Singaporean's complaint about wealthy foreigners using our island as their "playground".

Her response in her blog, implying that Singaporeans should blame themselves for their "own poverty", has sparked an online storm, with several local netizens slamming her for being insensitive and a "spoilt brat", among other things.

The blogger, Miss Cheryl Seow, 21, a business management undergraduate at Australia's University of Queensland in Brisbane, wrote in a post on her blog that there were "disagreements among many Singaporeans" on a local forum about the Government's move to "loosen the immigration criteria" and approve "more PR applications".

She said that her father is a Singaporean while her Malaysian mother is, like her, a Singapore PR.

Miss Seow, who studied Business Enterprise IT at Nanyang Polytechnic, said that although she was born in Malaysia, she had been living in Singapore since she was a baby.

"I don't see how my Malaysian mum and I had no contributions to Singapore's society for the past 20- over years. At least, our shopping taxes fed a lot of Singaporeans!" she wrote.

"Some Singaporeans commented on a forum that Singapore is no longer a country nor a city, it's now a rich men's playground.

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