PRC woman’s attempt at self-immolation: why it’s NOT surprising

According to the Chinese tabloids, a PRC woman attempted self-immolation outside the Istana yesterday. 

It comes as no surprise to me at all. It was only a matter of time!

It seems that she had gone to seek the President’s assistance because her daughter’s private school refused a fee refund.

The Chinese have had a long history of rebelliousness against authority, and are prepared to fight for their rights, hang the consequences.

For instance, in 2009 in Chengdu a woman burnt herself to death in protest against the demolition of her home. 

Again in 2009, Beijing residents staged a protest outside the new CCTV complex against demolition of their homes.

The Singapore government seems  infatuated with the Chinese, lauding them as “harder-striving” and “harder-driving”. So it opened the flood-gates to a Chinese invasion of Singapore.

But they are also harder-fighting. 

Mark my word, the attempt at self-immolation yesterday will spark other copy-cat acts of defiance by PRC people.

 

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One Response to “PRC woman’s attempt at self-immolation: why it’s NOT surprising”

  1. The Chinese have had a long history of rebelliousness against authority, and are prepared to fight for their rights, hang the consequences.
    Another possible reason is this newly-arrived foreigner (not limited to just Chinese nationals) naively did not realize that S’pore authorities would not deign to render assistance, listen to reason, repent in response to rightful rebellion, or consign her sacrifice to glorious historical legacy — even if she were to burn herself or her whole family to death in front of the Istana. By large, born & bred S’poreans are very unlikely to perform such acts of utter futility in S’pore, because we already know since a long time ago what the foregone conclusion is.

    Mark my word, the attempt at self-immolation yesterday will spark other copy-cat acts of defiance by PRC people.
    I hope for humanity’s sake that your prediction would not come true. Sad to say, all of us lowly beings — locals & foreigners alike — are merely dispensable cogs in the economic production-line of S’pore’s authorities. I think after sufficient years of residence here, many foreigners do come to the realization that if they were to self-immolate (or merely drive a spray-painted vehicle to some state premises), the typical official response would be, “So what ?” At most, one is rewarded with a lifetime criminal record & an IMH record for being a defiant nuisance.

    Afterall, S’pore is the ONLY state left on this planet where self-initiated attempted suicide is still a crime AND also actively prosecuted. (India, the only other remaining country that criminalizes & prosecutes suicide is in the process of repealing the relevant section in its penal code.) Uniquely S’pore is again unique — not because the authorities are genuinely concerned for our individual welfare, but because (as indirectly explained by mainstream media not that long ago) suicide attempts & the resultant police deployments, traffic disruptions (ref: MRT train stoppages), incident reports, etc. constitute a waste of state resources. As things stand, I suppose even if every single one of us on this island were to self-immolate, the authorities would simply move on to import replacement cogs.


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