Sorry Lee Bee Wah, but the Government is #notmyAhGong

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Hokkien is rarely heard in Parliament so when Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah uttered the phrase si gui kia, used to describe ungrateful children, it got people talking. All the more because she did so during the recent debate on the Government's Budget and in a way that seemed to equate Singaporeans who were critical of the Budget with ingrates.

Video clips of her relating a story in Mandarin about a grandson named Ah Seng and his grandfather or Ah Gong, have since gone viral.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline Sorry Lee Bee Wah, but the Government is #notmyAhGong. Subscribe