Do Have some
humility for P. Patto's family.
The renaming of
Jalan Silibin to Jalan P.Patto had caused an
unusually large uproar from the businesses and
residents in this particular area.
Although it is
natural to have opposition to this plan to change
the road name but it must be contained within the
precinct of fair comment and good faith.
After reading the
two news reports in The Star (18-11-08 and
19-11-08), one cannot deny the fact that there is
a smack of insensitivity permeating into this
whole affair of renaming.
If one has scant
respect for P. Patto and has an unstoppable urge
to comment, please do exercise some humility
because P. Patto's wife and his two daughters are
still around and most important of all, P. Patto
is not here to defend his name.
some of the comments had apparently gone
overboard. As it stand, these have undeniably
inflicted injury upon P. Patto's family as it
degrades what they have cherished so much of him
as a good husband, a good father and an upright
For being fair in
one's comments means that one should not utter
comments like "Patto would not be unhappy
even if a pub is named after him". One
cannot miss an intentional sprinkle of cruelty in
implies that P. Patto had spent his life time
centre around pubs and wouldn't be unhappy if a
pub is named after him.
P. Patto once told
me that when he leaves this world only his name
True to the point,
but I do not wish to speculate whether he
approves or disapproves of having a road sign
named after him but I am very sure that he would
have be offended that his name is being toss
about in disrespect.
Please let him be
respected as a fine, honest and humble gentleman
for in the name of justice he had fought without
fear or favour and for this very same reason a
road will be named after him.
When I spoke to
P.Patto's wife over the phone a very short while
ago, she was clearly upset by the whole episode
and I could hear her sobbing and she said,
"what did my husband done to deserve all
this?" "My daughters and I did not
demand or ask that a road be name after my
husband." "Why all these?"
No, he does not
deserve all these - let us have some decency.
Choo Sing Chye
(former P Patto