Hri Kumar fires new salvo at WP for staying 'silent'

Hri Kumar fires new salvo at WP for staying 'silent'

THREE weeks after attacking the Workers' Party (WP) for not taking a stand on contentious issues, People's Action Party MP Hri Kumar Nair went on the offensive againon Friday.

In a Facebook post titled "The Sounds of Silence", he questioned why the opposition party had yet to respond to his earlier post.

"The Straits Times on 18 November 2013 reported that it was considering whether to respond. Three weeks have passed, and not a squeak from them," wrote Mr Hri Kumar, an MP in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.

Many had commented on his initial post, he added, and while there was a diversity of reactions, "nobody, not a single soul, disagreed with the assertion that the WP runs away from difficult issues".

His Nov 16 post had 236 comments at press time.

On Friday, he said some who responded had highlighted other matters the WP had kept mum on. These included the recent hacking of government websites, and where the State should draw the line on welfare and social assistance programmes.

His earlier post had cited examples, like the issue of whether uniformed public servants should be allowed to don the hijab as one in which the WP was sitting on the fence.

On Friday, he gave another example of the WP not taking a stand when the opportunity arose. It was a panel discussion scheduled for October titled "Is it safe to say... there is freedom of expression in Singapore".

He had been invited by organisers to take part. But two days before the event, he received a call, saying it was cancelled as the WP, though invited, declined to send a representative.

"One would have thought that this was the kind of platform the opposition would jump at to share their views," he wrote.

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