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“Stop testing the foreign workers:” Tan Kin Lian draws sarcasm from netizens for blatant statement

The Independent logo The Independent 21/5/2020 Beatrice Del Rosario

Singaporean businessman and social activist Tan Kin Lian has recently drawn sarcasm from netizens after publishing a blatant proposition to stop testing foreign workers in order to lower the Covid-19 count in Singapore. Lost for words, many Singaporeans resorted to commenting on Mr Tan’s post with sarcastic remarks. One even suggested giving Mr Tan a Harvard scholarship.

Mr Tan on Monday (May 18) took to Facebook to publish a short but impactful post regarding the Covid-19 situation in Singapore. To him, the solution is simple–stop testing foreign workers.

305 new coronavirus cases in Singapore, bringing total to 28,343How to bring down the number below 10? Simple, stop…

Posted by Tan Kin Lian on Monday, May 18, 2020

With the Government scrambling to get a handle on one of Singapore’s most at-risk groups, recent testing initiatives have been taken in order to control the virus in the notoriously cramped dormitories which house migrant workers. Since the Covid-19 virus revealed the horrible living conditions in the foreign dormitories, many Singaporeans have expressed solidarity with the vulnerable minority group, and news of citizens extending acts of kindness to the workers have been circulating on the internet. An example would be a woman who had S$100 worth of food delivered to Bangladeshi workers.

In stark contrast to such empathetic sentiments, Mr Tan added “Even my grand daughter knows it,” to his post.

Mr Tan’s cut-throat proposal left many shaking their heads and resorting to commenting with sarcasm in response to his post. While some tried testing his logic with rather humorous applications, others sarcastically teased that he should be given a scholarship for proposing such a groundbreaking idea.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Tan Kin Lian

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Tan Kin Lian
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