Singapore PM apologises for government`s shortfalls
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has apologised to Singaporeans, saying his government should have acted fast in addressing the shortfalls in housing and transportation.
Singapore: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien
Loong has apologised to Singaporeans, saying his government
should have acted fast in addressing the shortfalls in housing
Saying sorry during a lunchtime rally in the central
district business yesterday, Lee assured that his team was
doing its best to fix the problems.
Lee`s apology came in the midst political campaigns for
the May 7 general elections and was response to
disappointments expressed by Singaporeans on a number of
issues, including the influx of foreign workers who are blamed
for packing up the transportation system and foreign
expatriates for having raised the prices of houses in the
prosperous city state.
Among the issues are hundreds of thousands foreign
workers who are being blamed for taking over Singaporeans`
jobs at lower wages.
But the government had been stressing their importance in
running the construction and services sectors, where
low-paying jobs are shunned by Singaporeans.
Lee addressed the mistakes of his government that have
riled Singaporeans who are to vote during the general
elections, where the ruling People`s Action Party (PAP) is
being challenged for 82 of the 87 parliamentary seats.
PAP had 82 of the 84 seats from the 2006 general
"When these problems vex you or disturb you or upset your
lives, please bear with us. We`re trying our best on your
behalf. And if didn`t quite get it right, I`m sorry but we
will try and do better the next time," The Straits Times
quoted Lee as saying.
Lee said his government had not expected the economy to
rebound so quickly in mid-2009 after the 2008 global financial
Otherwise, it would have ramped up the public housing
construction to cope with increased demand, saving many
Singaporeans "angst" over high prices for apartments, said
Some 84 per cent of Singaporeans live in the state-built