It was a bad durian day for WP’s Png Eng Huat, according to his FB post.
The Hougang MP had gone on a 1-Day Desaru Tour with residents yesterday (highlight of the trip was probably the eating of durians). But apparently, the durians were bad.
Another episode on his way back home made Mr Png’s day even worse. At the Tuas immigration checkpoint, Mr Png bumped into Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who was also on his way back from an outing with residents.
To Mr Png’s dismal, a special counter was opened to Minister Tan and his entourage, while Mr Png, his entourage and other Singaporean travelers had to queue and wait for their turn.
Here’s Mr Png’s post in full:
“The durians were not the only bad thing we encountered during the 1-Day Desaru Tour yesterday.
Upon returning home, both immigration checkpoints were overwhelmed. In the midst of waiting patiently to clear the Singapore custom, suddenly there was a commotion and a certain excitement in the air. Many tired travellers were relieved to see another counter opened but to their dismay, it was only to allow Minister Tan Chuan-Jin to clear as he had joined his residents for a day of outing and fun too.
Most people in the queue probably did not mind that as being a Minister does come with privileges. However, along with him, an entourage of grassroots leaders and members with shopping bags in tow also enjoyed the privilege of fast clearance at the custom without needing to join the crowd. No one else could use that counter.
In the long queue at the immigration check point yesterday were many travellers, some of whom are old and tired, but they all had to wait patiently for hours for their turn.
One of my residents is 89 years old and another was injured during the tour. If these two elderly residents can wait in queue patiently for their turns, so can all my volunteers and grassroots members. After all, we are supposed to enjoy a day of fun TOGETHER. No one should not be accorded more ‘fun’.
The chaos, anger and confusion at the Tuas Immigration check point certainly made us forget how bad the durians were yesterday, and how bad the system needs to change.”
Hell no fury like a man deprived of good durian. Looks like the durian isn’t the only thorny one around. Hur hur.
We also wonder what Tan Chuan-Jin has to say about this. Will be interesting to hear his side of the story.