Filipino student shut down and dismissed by Lee Kuan Yew for asking irrelevant question

In this profoundly cringe-inducing video, Filipino student Harvey Campos suffers an epic smacking down by Singapore Elder Statesman and former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. During the question-and-answer segment of some sort of convention, Campos had attempted to inquire into how Lee’s work was influenced by his late wife (jumping of the “old adage” that behind every successful man is a woman).

Lee responded by saying that he was there to discuss public matters and not family matters.

Campos was clearly out of his depth in the presence of the Elder Statesman. He…

(1) Spent an unnecessary amount of time introducing himself and his personal circumstances, within which time he;

(2) Weaved a lame attempt at flattery into his protracted lead up to the point he was going to make which, as it turns out;

(3) Was completely irrelevant to the objectives of the forum.

Suffice to say, Campos grossly misread the situation and, most appallingly Lee himself.

This episode is reminiscent of the Filipino celebrity journalist Ricky Lo’s gaffe while interviewing Les Misrables star Anne Hathaway last year.

Like Lo, Campos fell into the trap of regarding Lee through the lens of a typical way Filipinos communicate with celebrities or people of stature. Rather than step up to speak at their level, it seems a common approach Filipinos take is to try to bring the level of the dialogue down to a more comfortable but substandard level of discourse.

You can swear, these episodes were something that came straight out of a Ricky Gervais script.

Ouch!

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Amir Al Bahr
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Oh boy, just wait for butthurt Pinoys to twist this into “Lee Kuan Yew belittling the entire Filipino people…”

domo
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Or even worse, what da pinoys did after the execution of Flor “bagong bayani” Contemplacion in Singapore. Oh the humanity!

oldbread
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time to burn singapore flags again

muhammad tan
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LOL even Americans do that even on ESPN? You want to ridicule your countryman again?

Johnny Derp
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Butthurt much? If you don’t like this article then I suggest you go to sites that support your “pinoy praydist” mentality.
Otherwise, don’t waste our time with your butthurt.

I'm nobody
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Yes it’s true. Americans do this. But that doesn’t make it smart. It’s still both stupid and irrelevant. A lot of what Americans do is stupid and entitled emotional bullshit.

muhammad tan
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LOL this is a 2011 issue You Singapore worshipper. If you go there, I bet you would wish you will be back in the Philippines.

domo
Guest

Estas loco drama queen?

TaengGorbachev
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@domo

*Eres loco

Dirch
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You’re right, you’ll wish to be back in the Philippines because you’ll be too embarrassed to stay there.

muhammad tan
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Even Barrack Obama experienced being asked silly questions. What is the big deal?

WinterSoldier
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Troll comments detected.

Requesting for deletion.

Chunkyshit
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Even Barrack Obama experienced being asked silly questions. What is the big deal?

The big deal is that they are also EPIC FAIL

Just like your example

Cadiz
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The big deal is that was a waste of time and had no impact on the issues being discussed. Who was this simple minded guy who wanted to chat about himself and talk about birthday wishes?

Masha Tan
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Because not everyone has Barack Obama’s tolerance level in receiving silly questions and you have to respect that.

James Rocket
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Go home, goat worshipper.

domo
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I bet he’s watching too much boy abunda interviews. His mindset is sooo showbiz.

cynicjam
Member

This reminds me of how Boy Abunda interviewed Angel Locsin on TV when the latter was involved in a sex scandal years ago. The question of “How do you feel about the situation?” was pointless and redundant.

Seriously, I would like to question that guy why did he ask that irrelevant question of all things.

victor hernandez
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That’s simply a cultural difference, which Mr. Lee Kuan Yew didn’t appreciate, and go to business right away. It’s well taken, anyway.

Sean Barrett
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This is not a cultural difference it is a intilectual difference between the two countries. Filipinos always seem to want to know about personal lives when they interview someone of prominence. Why is this? My take is because they don’t have a strong command of world politics let alone filipino politics so they cant develop a relevant question. He also spent to much time introducing himself, it was good to see him get smacked down, maybe filipinos should take note of his mistakes and learn from it, however I am sure they were all Butt hurt and whiney!
peisokk
Guest

e anu kaya kung ikaw ung maginterview?
kung mkapagsalita kah akala mu kung cn0 k magaling ah!! putng ina k b?
cgurad0 worse k p s kanya kac pag lapit mu palang eh itatab0y ka kaagad ni tanda! alam mu b kung bk8?
kac ang pangit mu at muka kang basahan, ayus ayusin mu muna yang pagmumuka mu kasi at nang di ka tinatab0y huh!

Johnny Derp
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Troll and retarded comment detected.
Requesting for immediate deletion.

cynicjam
Member

Jejemon post detected.

Obvious butthurt is obvious.

Sean
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Ang bobo mo. Kilala mo ba si Lee Kuan Yew?

Delete pl0x!

Sanzo
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Tama na nga yang kakafliptop mo, di ka naman makata kung makabanat na akala mo eh mahusay.

Obvious naman na sablay yung tanong kung anu-ano pa pinagsasabi mo dyan.

meiji_era
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Papatulan ko ba ang Jejemon na ito?

StahlNacht
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Hahahahahahahaha. Stupid move.

neutral
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ganyang talaga mga singaporean. ang mga amo kong lokal hindi masyadong nag oopen ng personal na buhay nila at hindi rin sila nagtatanong ng personal na bagay. hindi gaya ng mga pinoy na pag nakikipagchismisan sa kaopisina lahat ng problema sa pamilya ay kinekwento. magkakaiba lang kultura natin. baka hindi na kayo makatulog nian?

Sanzo
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Yes, different cultures indeed so it is up to that guy who asked the question that he should have thought about it first that asking that kind of question would be shut down. He should have known better to be culturally sensitive in that situation. Perhaps he has not traveled that much, and even if he did his outlook of the world has not even changed that much I feel sad for the guy. The discussion was about policies and not about families it was way out of bounds.

ciorrinahkl
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Oo nga. Dapat inadjust nya yung pagiisip nya, especially since representing the philippines sya

oldbread
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he’s on a singaporean scholarship, I doubt he didn’t know the differences.

more like he thinks he’s on a talk show

Victor
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*owned

Rico Gloria
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Much ado about nothing. It was a valid question in leadership. Of course, a leader of Lew Kwan Yew’s stature whose views on public issues influence government policy, the question of who are the people that influences his perspective becomes a public matter. Lee Kwan Yew didn’t want to divulge how much or how little his wife’s influence. Well within his rights. There was no epic smack down. What is cringe-inducing is the author’s clear inferior stance with regard to foreign nationals. IN this case, it was just a valid question being refused by the tight-guarded LKY. He does not… Read more »
domo
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And I bet you’re just another of those showbiz-minded chikadoras who always want to know someone’s personal matters even if it’s private. What’s the big deal on knowing LKY’s personal matters you showbiz-minded inutil?

cynicjam
Member

“There was no epic smack down. What is cringe-inducing is the author’s clear inferior stance with regard to foreign nationals.” – Where in this article does it say that the author has an inferior stance with regard to foreign nationals? I don’t see it.

If your post is just your way of masking your insecurity about the truth, then you didn’t learn anything from this article at all.

In short, you got butthurt without even realizing it.

Krauss
Guest

“In this case, it was just a valid question being refused by the…” No, no, no, no. It wasn’t a valid question. Period. No questions asked.

Sanzo
Guest

Yes, different cultures indeed so it is up to that guy who asked the question that he should have thought about it first that asking that kind of question would be shut down. He should have known better to be culturally sensitive in that situation. Perhaps he has not traveled that much, and even if he did his outlook of the world has not even changed that much I feel sad for the guy. The discussion was about policies and not about families it was way out of bounds.

ciorrinahkl
Guest

Pero hindi ba sya scholar sa Singapore or something?

CCCm
Guest

Ung writer pinoy n pinoy talaga, pinapalaki ung pag refuse ni LKY na sumagot sa tanong. Straight forward lang talaga sila.

Alam mo ung scenario dito sa pinas na halimbawa may nabarang tao, ayun inaasar asar yung nabara, parang “wala ka pala eh”. imbes n magmove on n lng. Clash of culture ang nangyari so bakit masyado nman natin minamaliit ung nagtanong. Intindihin n lng natin, sa susunod matuto na yan

Noel
Guest

the next Ricky Lo!

Sanzo
Guest

And with that no wonder the locals are really pissed off with the FT’s like the our OFW’s there because of this.

oldbread
Guest

i think singaporeans being told in the face pinoys have:

purer white Spanish blood

smarter brains

better religion

are the true owners of singapore

singapore would die without filipinos

…….. are the usual reasons we’re pissed.

while I do laugh at being called a ching chong fun in private settings with close friends, having the terms used on me in public within earshot isn’t pleasant, nor is having my fellow countrymen referred to as a “terrorist” or having a “terrorist religion” charming

we also don’t really appreciate being informed we’re going to hell for not being goo Christians

ChinoF
Member

Moral of the lesson: Never assume that your culture is applicable to other people, especially when you’re in their country.

Somehow, it reminds me of what Kiko Pangilinan said as the height of the Bus Hostage Crisis fiasco: “what may be prohibited and banned in their nation may not be so in ours.” Epic fail.

cynicjam
Member

“what may be prohibited and banned in their nation may not be so in ours.”

Translation: We have the right to be disrespectful because we do not follow their culture.

Sophia Andaluz
Guest

Baka humingi na naman ng public apology ang mg Pinoy kay LKY? Ang dami kasing kaartehan.

domo
Guest

Along with pnoy’s refusal of apologizing to HK about the Manila Hostage crisis, I think patunay iyan na ang mga bobong pinoy na katulad ng mga balat-sibuyas na nag-comment dito ay parang naghahanap ng away.

ChinoF
Member

What, is someone doing that? Never heard of it yet, but if someone is asking for it, that’s stupid.

ChinoF
Member

I can list other fauxs in this situation:

1. Never assume things. For example, assuming that Lee’s wife is behind his success as a politician. Or assume that family values is part of politics. Really, we’re too spoiled with Imelda Marcos and Filipino nepotism.

2. Better to avoid buttering up. Flattery is baloney. Cut to the chase. Ask the question.

ChinoF
Member

Why avoid buttering up? Because using it means that you really had nothing to ask.

Sanzo
Guest

Assume..it makes an Ass of U and Me =)) and apparently this is a trend in our society..so yeah..that’s just sad.

Krauss
Guest

If you ask me, what Harvey Campos exhibited is exactly what fuels pinoy pride. Not an ounce of humility on these praydist buffons.

ChinoF
Member

Hmmm, Mr. Campos could’ve asked another, more relevant question, that could save face. Since he didn’t, that made it look like he was after only the tsismis things, and it made him look bad.

Conquistador
Guest

….ok lang yan…next time mas baduy pang tanong! dapat ganito ” tsekwa rin ba kayo?”

Sanzo
Guest

Paano tayo gagalangin ng ibang lahi kung isa tayong dakilang bastos…nakakalungkot lang.

Chunkyshit
Guest

Eh ano naman kung malaman natin
ung halaga ng asawa niya??

WOULD THAT TACKLE SOCIAL ISSUES??

Wala tayong pake

Alam nyo kain nalang tayo ng Bulalo.

Ot
Guest

Mag-english ka then magtatagalog…
So pinoy ka na nagcocomment dito…
In what you are all doing right now, sino mas malala, ung nagkamali ng tanong or ikaw?
Public site ito pero kung makapagsabi ka ng bobong pinoy or kung makapang lait ka, kala mo di ka pinoy. Ano kaya sasabihin ng ibang lahi dito?

Nagkamali siya… nakakahiya sa mga pinoy… may mababago ba kapag nagcomment ka dito ng panglalalit mo sa kanya?

Isip isip muna… baka hindi niyo alam, senio din bumalik yan…

Remember, if you point 1 finger to someone, 3 fingers are pointing back at you…

Mature natin noh??

domo
Guest

Asshurt much apologist drama queen? Totoo namang kabobohan yung tinanong ni campos kay Lee Kuan Yew e. Sa comment mo pa lang, halatang sobra na ang kapapanood mo ng mga telebasura kaya masyado kang emo. pinoy nga naman oo ginagamit palagi ang puso hindi ang utak.

Krauss
Guest

Awwwwww…nasaktan si baby. Eto o, tsupon na puno ng gatas. Huwag ka nang umiyak baby. 🙁

cynicjam
Member

Too much emotion begets idiocy. That is the true nature of a Filipino.

Feeling mature ka rin ano kaso wala namang kabuluhan ang post mo e. Hindi ba halata naman na wala sa lugar naman talaga ang tanong nya?

Pwes, may karapatan akong sabihin sa iyo na mas bobo ka kaysa sa taong nagtanong kay Lee Kuan Yew.

Sanzo
Guest

I don’t use 1 finger when pointing at someone I use all five to make it is not pointing back at me. 😀

When I use 1 finger…well..that is when I flip off other people.

Anung pag-iisipan? No wonder that we follow this kind of logic kaya no wonder din ang ating bansa..ayun nganga..

Wag mo na lang pansinin yung iba..nasobrahan lang sa kakafliptop yan..

MidwayHaven
Guest

@Ot, how exactly are your appeals to emotion relevant to how Lee Kwan Yew handled the situation?

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