(just some thoughts..)
I found myself asking this question today – is this a country I want to live in, where the country has become so divided and endless bickerings play out on the national stage, and where innocent people are maligned just so a certain political party can allow themselves to get ahead.
The state of our country is becoming so childish, so wilful.
Sometimes you wonder if the person running the country is the son of his father or if he has even learnt to come into his own.
Of course, bickerings happen all over the world, many worse than Singapore.
This does not mean that just because it happens that we can pretend that such petty politics should be acceptable.
I think let’s dispense with the niceties, and call out what is happening in Singapore for what it is.
My case is known. I have been sued, lost my job, and then they let the police at me.
The only thing left that the PAP would wish they could do would be to push a giant knife into my back or to run me down with a Ferrari.
But of course, they’ve knived me through and through, so what’s the difference?
So, let’s put my case aside. Even I am tired of it.
Now, we read about news of the PAP attacking the Worker’s Party (WP) on an almost daily basis, accusing the WP of everything but the toilet sink.
But I look at the PAP with disgust. And at this point, please may I ask of readers to stop pretending for the PAP.
The PAP is black. We know it. No matter how much washing powder it tries to rub onto its white costumes, it cannot cover up for how slimy the party is.
To see the PAP accuse another party of doing something they are even worse at doing, I do not even know what to say.
If you cannot get your own house in order, if you cannot even be transparent and accountable to Singaporeans, what makes you think you are even in a position to utter those very words to another?
The PAP makes transparent opaque.
It makes accountable discounted.
And then it thumps its own chest and say: we care for the people, we believe in equality, we…
Oh, spare me the bulls***, please.
If there is one thing that the PAP cares about, it is their money.
And that is the only thing.
If you seriously believe in wanting to protect Singaporeans, when you hear of stories of people choosing to die instead of go to a hospital, you will change your policies to make sure that they can at least go to a hospital. You will make sure that their first thought is not whether they can pay for their hospital bills but whether they can receive immediate quality care.
If you sincerely believe in wanting Singaporeans to earn a decent living, you would calculate how much Singaporeans need to survive and give them that amount of salary so that they can actually survive. You will not give someone $1,000, show off that you have raised it by 20 percent from a miserly $800, then when it is (still obviously) not enough, give the worker some extra cash then lament that the worker is begging you for it, when it was you who made the worker beg in the first place.
Look, if the PAP does its job, do you think Singaporeans would be angry with them?
Do you think Singaporeans would throw their support behind the opposition, if the PAP actually cares for Singaporeans?
And then when Singaporeans speak up, the PAP would crush them like a cockroach.
Honestly, be a gentleman. If you cannot take care of the people, then please vacate your seats and let someone else do it.
How can anyone justify that by paying themselves millions while paying tens of thousands of Singaporeans only S$1,000 every month in the most expensive country in the world, that they actually have the interests of the people at heart?
If the PAP actually cares for Singaporeans, then Santa Claus is also real.
Yes, what’s my point.
My point is that Singapore does not need to be in the mess it is in now.
Because the PAP wants to stay in power so that it can continue to protect its own wealth, it will attack the opposition and innocent Singaporeans just so it will get its way.
The PAP then uses the other estates of government, such as the civil service, and then turn it into their personal tools to attack Singaporeans.
We are no longer a country, if you have not noticed.
Who among us feel proud to be here?
Who among us are still proud to call Singapore home?
But why do we have to languish to this extent?
Not too long ago – maybe two decades ago – our country was still on its way to becoming the pride of our people.
Because the PAP played dirt-cheap politics and would do anything it can just to stay in power.
Today, our country is divided because the PAP would protect the rich over the poor and the middle-class, foreigners over Singaporeans (because of the agreements they have signed with the other countries) and their own cronies over Singaporeans.
Of course, the PAP’s support is built on a very weak base. How many among its supporters genuinely believe that the PAP has its heart for its people? How many who swear by the PAP swear because of the money they get to earn just by swearing?
It saddens me to see how our country has become so divided, where the large majority of Singaporeans who are poor and the middle class, and where those who cannot help the PAP make the money they want, are cast aside as leeches.
I find it very sad.
Maybe pardon me for being so blatant about my disdain today. I do not know if there are other ways to frame this.
I have come to a point where I realise that Singapore is in a state of limbo.
And if we truly want change for our country, we have to decide to want it.
The problem is, Singaporeans do not really know what we want.
And so we keep dancing cha-cha. Back, forth, cha cha cha.
And then we hope that at some point, things will change and the country will become a better place!
How so, we do not know. Just not too drastic, not too harsh, I will not be able to take it, we think.
OK, sure, then what is it we really want?
I think we have reached a point where we have to ask ourselves some very honest questions.
How much are we willing to risk to see change come to Singapore?
How far are we willing to admit that the PAP does not care for Singaporeans and stop living in the denial that they might, one day, some day?
How far are we willing to fight, instead of hide behind the frontline and hope that the truth will not hit us as long as we pretend not to see it?
Basically, Singapore is at a turning point, or in a state of limbo rather. And we will be stuck in limbo until Singaporeans decide what to do with ourselves.
And we will not be stuck in a nice limbo. As long we cannot decide what we want for the country, the PAP will continue to create policies to divide Singapore and Singaporeans, income inequality will continue to widen and life will be tougher.
So it will be a hard limbo. It will be like dancing cha-cha with 5-foot heels. OK, I kid, but you get my drift.
But at the very end of it, there is just one thing to ask. How ready are you to face up to the reality of things in Singapore and how willing are you to not deny what you see.
You see, these few weeks have been particularly hard for me. I am beginning to understand why Singaporeans live with a veil over our eyes.
You have to understand that I grew up being different and have been mocked for years. Growing up requires me to face up to the harsh realities of life, to understand why people hurl insults at me, and to pretty much confront these directly and learn to deal with them.
It requires me to be very honest to myself and to others.
But recent events have allowed me to once again understand why people would choose to live in denial – to pretend that these realities do not exist.
If there is one thing I have learnt about my life so far, it is that when we are willing to be truthful to ourselves, that it will give us the strength to deal with things, face up to things and actually change things.
And this is something that can needs to done in Singapore too.
But before we see change come to Singapore, it requires the people to take a hard look at ourselves, to ask ourselves if we are ready, and whether we are willing to be honest to the reality of things and face up to things.
And then change things.
My question to you is – are you ready?