At the National Day Rally 2021, PM Lee delivered a speech which focused on the topics of Lower Wage Workers and Race & Religion, along with the huge announcement that Muslim nurses in the public healthcare sector will be allowed to wear tudung with their uniforms from November 2021.
While it was enough for most Singaporeans, it wasn’t enough for PSP’s Jess Chua, who took to Facebook to share that she wished PM Lee spoke about mental health. It is important to note that the ‘wish’ is no longer valid, and upon writing the post, her wish for the topic of mental health to have been written in PM Lee’s speech became a thing of the past. The English language is a funny thing.
PSP’s Jess Chua then goes on a full rant about the obvious.
Aside from dishing some statistics from the internet on the increase in suicide rates in Singapore, Jess Chua also made it a point to emphasize that mental health wellness is a priority for PSP. Which is strange since we’ve all witnessed the party’s members going in many different directions to, perhaps, discourage vaccination amongst Singaporeans, or going all out against a specific FTA that Singapore has with a partner nation.
The party started talks on the topic of mental health last week.
Meanwhile, other leaders have been talking about mental health issues in Singapore for months now. Along with just 6 spirited youths, MOS Sun Xue Ling had started a project to share mental health stories from Singaporean youth with everyone in a bid to de-stigmatise mental health issues, and to encourage open discussions on the topic. This was in March.
If we go as far back as last year, SMS Amy Khor gave a speech about mental health, and the impact that the pandemic must have on Singaporeans. She spoke about the new 24-hour National CARE Hotline (NCH), which provides support to the larger community on mental health concerns such as anxiety and adjustment issues related to COVID-19. She also emphasised that MOH, together with the relevant partners and agencies, will continue to ensure that mental health support and services are accessible to persons in need.
So what was PSP doing till late August, if mental health is a priority for the party?
The answer: house parties, and party gatherings at the Singapore Island Country Club.
Ex-PSP Member Firdaus finally had enough. He exposed Jess Chua, and the party for not just being elitist, but also insensitive towards other party members.
Firdaus also shared in one of his posts, that Jess Chua was not the most pleasant house guest to host. At a house party, Jess had enquired about the absence of toilet paper in the bathroom. The host explained that the bathroom bidet was sufficient. To which, Jess Chua responded with disgust and ridicule.
It is also alarming that the party has been allegedly running political activities at the Singapore Island Country club – which charges $24,000 a year for membership. It’s amazing how NCMPs like PSP’s Leong Mun Wai spend their NCMP salaries.
Jess Chua also seems to think it’s normal to take rides home alone with a married man
And text him late at night too. It also seems to have leaked that she had called her fellow PSP member ‘weird’ and ‘creepy’, which all things considered, sounds a little like cyberbullying. And as we circle back to the topic of mental health, which Jess Chua claims to care a whole lot for, it may seem like the Youth Wing Leader may be something of a hypocrite.
Perhaps ex-member Firdaus could be reading too much into this because this certainly does not sound like a racist comment. More like a case of bullying. Or Jess Chua just being mean.
For such an elitist and blatantly discriminatory party, it’s pretty amazing how they still have supporters. Or perhaps this is reflective of the type of supporters the party has.