Netizens slam Edwin Tong for Pope visit , praise WP’s Pritam for restarting home visits

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Singapore — Juxtaposing pictures of cupboard minister Edwin Tong and Opposition chief Pritam Singh,  netizens couldn’t resist contrasting the photographs to criticise Mr Tong for visiting the Vatican and lauding Mr Singh for restarting visits and in-person Meet-the-People periods (MPS).

If the 2 males had deliberate it on goal, the distinction couldn’t have been higher.

One shot confirmed Pope Francis with Mr Tong in a proper go well with and tie. The  Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Second Minister for Law had led a diplomatic delegation to the Vatican to re-affirm bilateral ties between the 2 city-states.

In the opposite shot was Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh in a workaday short-sleeved shirt, resuming visits to constituents’ houses.  Mr Singh has additionally restarted his common face-to-face MPS rounds.

On Thursday (Jan 6), Mr Singh used social media to report the welcome return to in-person conferences.

In his Facebook publish, Mr Singh wrote {that a} “long-awaited restart to housevisits and physical Meet-the-People sessions (MPS) for The Workers’ Party MPs began this week across the Aljunied, Hougang and Sengkang constituencies”. Aljunied and Hougang are served by the Aljunied Hougang Town Council, generally known as AHTC.

When face-to-face visits had been suspended due to Covid-19, the direct engagement with residents was one thing he missed essentially the most.

“Today was an evening of house visits – a very important touch-point for me and my colleagues. Grateful for the support of residents at Blk 609 for the work carried out by the AHTC team and for your feedback”, Mr Singh wrote.

The identical day, Mr Tong wrote that he was “honoured to have been granted a ‘Baciamano’ (a brief Audience) with His Holiness Pope Francis this morning at the Vatican City”, and spoke to the Pope about “social cohesion, multi religiosity and harmony, issues in which we have a deep mutual interest”.

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Netizens praised Mr Singh for making home visits, even throughout a non-election yr, whereas questioning why Mr Tong visited the Pope.

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