[PC-BSD Public] Fwd: Public Apology to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore

Jules Gilbert jules.stocks at gmail.com
Sat Apr 30 22:38:26 PDT 2011

Actually I would like to apologize.  It wasn't Teo, it was me.

And something else too.  If he had actually done something wrong,  
that would be fine, then make an example of him.  Make his life  

But Minister Yew, you should know that people in public life are  
frequently the target of such talk.  Our societies are not perfect  
and sometimes it helps to just speak up a little.  That's what Ming  
did.  I'm not saying he was right, I'm saying that he's human and  
imperfect -- but what you're doing is showing that you're pretty  
imperfect too.

If he had actually been offensive, well then, you'd be justified to  
cause him this embarrassment.  But what most of us think, seeing  
this, we're not likely to want to visit your country anytime soon.   
It's not that we like hooligans, we don't. but their is a certain  
price to be paid when someone goes into public life.  Sometimes  
people like Ming are wrong, that's certainly true.  But in this case  
what you're making him go through simply makes all of Singapore look  
like a good place to avoid.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Singapore Citizen Mr. Teo En Ming (Zhang Enming) 张恩鸣 "  
> <space.time.universe at gmail.com>
> Date: April 30, 2011 11:17:11 AM EDT
> To: public at lists.pcbsd.org
> Subject: [PC-BSD Public] Public Apology to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan  
> Yew and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore
> Reply-To: space.time.universe at gmail.com
> I was misconstrued as having insulted Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.  
> My words were twisted and misinterpreted and I feel that there is a  
> need to explain myself and set the record straight.
> [b]What really happened[/b]
> It was sometime in Aug/Sep in the year 2009. The setting was in the  
> Tampines Central office of Asiasoft Online Pte Ltd. I was having a  
> ***verbal*** conversation with Melvin Lee, my new I.T. department  
> manager, when he challenged me to complete an I.T. assignment  
> within a specified period of time. In response to his challenge, I  
> replied in Mandarin: "If I cannot complete the I.T. assignment  
> within a specified period of time, then Lee Kuan Yew is wang ba  
> dan". I used to be fond of using other people's names to "bet" with  
> people but now no more. The Minister Mentor's name came into my  
> mind spontaneously and I used it to "bet" with my I.T. department  
> manager.
> [b]Explanations[/b]
> 1. It was not my intention to insult the Minister Mentor at that  
> time. Please note the use of the IF... THEN... statement in my  
> verbal conversation.
> 2. I did not know wang ba dan [hanyu pinyin] means bastard at all  
> until I consulted Goh Meng Seng much later.
> I would like to apologize to the Minister Mentor and the Prime  
> Minister of Singapore if I have offended them in any way. I swear  
> it was not my intention to insult the Minister Mentor. Please  
> forgive me for using your name carelessly to "bet" with my former  
> I.T. department manager.
> Yours sincerely,
> Singapore Citizen Mr. Teo En Ming (Zhang Enming) Dip BEng(Hons)
> Alma Maters:
> (1) Singapore Polytechnic
> (2) National University of Singapore
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