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Jakarta's move 'reflects disrespect': Singapore ministers

Two more Singapore ministers criticise naming of Indonesian Navy ship

Published on Feb 8, 2014 6:52 AM
 
The warship KRI Usman Harun (right) with other new Indonesian Navy frigates at a shipyard in Britain. Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said that ''there is nothing heroic about killing innocent civilians''. -- PHOTO: INDONESIAN NAVY

Two Cabinet ministers with military backgrounds took issue yesterday with Indonesia's decision to name a navy ship after two marines who bombed an Orchard Road building in 1965.

In separate Facebook posts, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing and Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said it reflected disrespect, callousness and insensitivity.

Mr Tan, a one-star general before he entered politics, wrote in a Facebook post: "It is one thing to remember your heroes from your wars of independence, or those who have built your nation.

"But it is another thing altogether when you celebrate those who had acted in a brutal and cowardly manner. There is nothing heroic about killing innocent civilians."

 
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HEROES AND KILLERS

It is one thing to remember your heroes from your wars of independence, or those who have built your nation. But it is another thing altogether when you celebrate those who had acted in a brutal and cowardly manner. There is nothing heroic about killing innocent civilians.

- Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin


CRYING CHICKEN

Let Singapore keep shrieking, like a chicken beaten by a stick.

- Golkar MP Hajriyanto Thohari, deputy chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly