Saturday, August 22, 2009

Is Our Pledge an Aspiration Leading to Expiration?

I read MM's Pledge/Aspiration Tsunami but after watching the video [link], my heart skipped a beat or two and I almost had another heart attack!

As a Singaporean Cheena who's old enough to sing "God Save The Queen"; "Negara Ku" and "Majulah Singapura" as a National Anthem, I'm shocked by MM's retort to Viswa Sadasivan. It was uncalled for.

In his typical pompous way (though not as loud now) of demolishing what he finds irksome, MM gave examples of Indians (Brahmins not in Sinda and Non-Brahmin in Sinda) and Malays (getting pregnant at a young age) which I and many of my Mat, Neh and Grago friends find racially sick and nauseating. Hello, does he not know that young unmarried Singaporean Cheena girls get pregnant too?
Wouldn't it be more politically correct to use young Chinese prego instead of Malay as an example?

Isn't the rich/poor divide, the elites/heartlanders divide a greater cause for concern than the divide within each race. For heavens sake, there are arseholes and good guys in each and every race! Let the Brahmins and the Indians be. And please, the history
lesson of America (with crazy dates all jumbled up) is better left unheard.

Instead of tackling Viswa's pleas for government's accountability in gerrymandeering; media control; locals losing out because of foreign workers/talents influx; helping the poor and, the elites/peasants divide, MM went on with his "knuckle-duster-meet-you-at-the cul-de-sac" rhetoric to bring Viswa and everybody else "down to earth" by saying that the Pledge is an Aspiration.

If that's not enough, the guy who mocks all 55-year-old male Singaporeans for their active libido [sad link here] has to put in his $3millon worth. Extracted below is Channelnewsasia's report
on Ng Eng Hen's response to NMP Viswa Sadasivan maiden speech in parliament.

"Singapore and Singaporeans cannot afford to ape any model, but must choose or create a solution which is best suited to our nation."

Dr Ng added that the government had consistently presented a "frank accounting" of the realities facing the republic, and if the PAP government was corrupt or incompetent, it would be voted out.

Mr Viswa, in reply, said he had been misunderstood on some points. "I'm not saying that the government is stuffing ballot boxes or doing things that are unconstitutional," he said.

"I was highlighting a lingering perception that I sensed on the ground that politically it's not a level playing field, and if you don't address this, there'll be growing cynicism, especially among our youth, who choose to express their displeasure through angry postings on the Net, which is not useful," he added.

Mr Viswa also clarified that when calling for a repoliticisation of Singaporeans, what he envisaged was not riots on every street corner, but simply getting more people interested in politics. He said he believed this would help Singapore going forward.

And this came from the mighty MM: "We’re here today, we have this building, we have all these facilities, and all around us is evidence of our accountability. Without being accountable, we would not have been re-elected and there would have been no Singapore of today.” [link]

Just when will they stop their chest-thumping? It eats me up because we are here today not because of Lee Kuan Yew or Ng Eng Hen alone.

We are where we are today because:

We, the citizens of Singapore
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society,
based on justice and equality,
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.

And we bloody well did our part by working hard (in whatever job/vocation we did/still do) to improve this land that we call home. And yes, I treat my Mat, Neh, Grago and cheena friends as my brothers with racial and religious sensitivity as we are sensitive souls who accept the funny labels that we give each other! Instead of aspiring, my Mat, Neh, Grago and Cheena friends whom I've grown up with have been doing and living the Pledge since we were playing marbles and huntam bola! In our tiny ways, though we joke about ourselves like Kumar does [link], we've done our part in making the Singapore what it is today. Please lah, it's the people, the citizens regardless of race, language or religion that make it! Without the co-operation and hardwork of its citizens, the government can't do squat!

So please be sensitive to the sensitivities of others. It's just not nice as a Cheena (in whatever high falutin postion one may be) to draw ill examples of other races to justify one's paid contribution to society.

In 1965, Lee Kuan Yew cried when a Malaysian Malaysia could not be a reality.

In 2009, a 58-year-old Singaporean choked when he heard that a Singaporean Singapore is just an Aspiration.

To every life, a little rain must fall.

My concern is whether Aspiration will end up as Expiration?

feedmetothefish

21 Comments:

At August 24, 2009 at 4:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for writing.

I really hope change is coming soon to Singapore.

How much longer can this sort of nonsense keep going on?

Long time ago, I used to think of LKY as God like, father of the nation and all that. Now, I just wish he would pass on.

- An Ex-Singaporean

 
At August 24, 2009 at 6:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicely put together Fish.

In order to ensure the Pledge is not just an Aspiration, citizens have to collectively work towards the expiration of the PAP.

 
At August 24, 2009 at 6:16 PM , Blogger kuching said...

I have no issues with the exchange but was shocked to learn about the Brahmins and SINDA! Its just too weird for Brahmins to keep themselves out of SINDA when SINDA is about helping the general Indian community (non-Indians too if I am not wrong). Am keen to know more about this cos it is so strange!.

Nat

 
At August 24, 2009 at 11:42 PM , Anonymous Pledge is not for hypocrites said...

Mr Fish,
I have nothing but contempt for the PAP and what it stands for when LKY openly degraded the Pledge to an aspiration.

He is the biggest hypocrite for the past 44 years to recite the Pledge, putting a hand to his heart, shamelessly with no intention to honour it.

 
At August 25, 2009 at 7:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kucing -

do not believe everything MM Lee says about Brahmins.

The last thing you want to hear is MM Lee telling you no Hakkas join CDAC :P

 
At August 25, 2009 at 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a sad sad day for the nation when its leader believe that equality is just an aspiration, beyond the reach of actualization.

Though the route to equality is hard, or even factually impossible, no one have the right to stop anyone who still believe in it to keep trying to realize it.

Let us join hands and continue to believe in the possibility of equality for all Singaporean, regardless of race, language, religion, physically/mental limitation, gender, and even sexual preference.

 
At August 25, 2009 at 12:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only the 66.6% can wake up to facts.... Sigh.... Only they can do something to change this.
Whatever reasons, fears (true or unfounded), doubts, ignorance or plain stupidity, I hope they will come around in the next GE.

 
At August 25, 2009 at 12:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only the 66.6% can wake up to facts.... Sigh.... Only they can do something to change this.
Whatever reasons, fears (true or unfounded), doubts, ignorance or plain stupidity, I hope they will come around in the next GE.

 
At August 25, 2009 at 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Singapore and Singaporeans cannot afford to ape any model....'

Tell that to Mediacorpse. Everything, every gameshow, travelogue etc is copied wholesale from either US or Taiwan. And some even had the cheek to say they just borrowed the plot for their drama production. No wonder the Hong Kong screen media can't even be bothered with our so-called best directing talent. How shameful!

 
At August 25, 2009 at 6:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The PAP and in particular LKY things he's at least a king.

"Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings. For there is none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth and sea obey". King Cnut (Canute)

He will come unto his own, but lets hope he and his party do not drag ordinary Singaporeans down with them.

 
At August 25, 2009 at 10:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

parliament house must smell real bad now.. who farted??!??!?! ooeeii.. own up hor!!!

 
At August 30, 2009 at 12:05 PM , Anonymous PAPa Scholar said...

Oh my gosh...

"Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed -- and no republic can survive" - JFK.

And yet, every time I hear of Singaporean debates, I get a headache.

Most of us are peace loving ppl who are somewhat apathetic and apolitical. The majority of us trusted that generally (and we can even say usually), our leaders 'get it right'. So we will leave them to do the day to day running of the country and we can go party or watch the lady hitting the guy's dick in stomp or… queue overnight for condo or …ponder whether we should eat the korean saba set at $5.50 or opt for the NTUC $1.40 breakfast set instead or… wonder whether to write in to Otelli Edward and let your aspirations be known or …whether to waste a great Sunday trying to molly-coddle hopelessly incorrigible nose-picking-nit pickers nit-wits?

Don’t wish too hard for change unless you are sure the change is what you can stomach.

Sadasivan was only trying to do a great maiden speech. LKY was concerned (and rightly so if I may add), about lower intelligent life forms’ perceived injustice and inequality.

Hey, nothing in this world is 100% fair. You tried your best not to wet the toilet basin so that the poor cleaner need not wipe it again and again, but that dick head intentionally squeezied the puddle right at you…

Got my drift?

 
At August 31, 2009 at 3:29 PM , Anonymous Singapore Democrats said...

Thank you for the insightful blogpost. The Singapore Democrats have featured your post in our blogs of the week section – http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/blogs-of-the-week

 
At September 2, 2009 at 9:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We now know that the National Pledge is just an aspiration. What then is the National Anthem? Masak-masak?!?!

What a load of bull-crap!!!!!!!!!!

 
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