Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!
Another year has passed, this year we have plenty to be happy about. According to PM Lee's recent Chinese New Year speech, there is no reason to be unhappy.
As I woke up this morning on Chinese New Year, looking out my HDB flat window, everything seemed quiet. Total silence. No cars on the road as many stayed up quite late during the reunion dinner celebrations yesterday. For those old enough to remember, Chinese New Year day wasn't so silent in the past....
About 30+ years ago, the sound of firecrackers awakened everyone on Chinese New Year day. I used to stay in a kampung like many other Singaporeans, for the children besides the ang pow, playing with firecrackers is the highlight of Chinese New Year. However, as the kampung houses were entirely made of wood once in a while somebody's home would burn down. To solve
this problem expediently the govt banned firecrackers. For our own safety, this dangerous 2000 yr old toy has to be banned or used under strict supervision. Children today who have never played with firecrackers don't know what they missed and won't long for the joy of playing with it.
With the all the kampungs demolished to make way for concrete HDB flats and the danger of such fires gone, the firecracker remain banned. See it doesn't matter anymore, because everyone has gotten used to the silence of Chinese New Year Day and those who want to hear the sound of firecrackers would go to JB, China etc. Besides who will take responsibility should someone complain about about the noise or if one silly kid decide to light one in his mouth like a cigarette.
We used to have a vibrant Democracy, several newspapers with alternative views, strong independent unions and an idealistic university student that wanted to change the world. However, the geopolitical situation of the day including the threat of communism and the need to get our economic act together, numerous controls and rules were put in place. ...they are still in place to control us until today for our own good. People have forgotten what real freedom is anyway after so many years so it is easier to keep all the controls in place. For those who can't live without true freedom & democracy, just like those who go to JB just to hear the sound of firecrackers, they migrate to other countries.
Now can you see why the Workers' Party Manifesto is dangerous? It is dangerous because the PAP until today continues to ensure the safety of Singaporeans from past dangers even as the world and society has changed. Singaporeans are so lucky to have the PAP govt protect them from all the perceived dangers for years ahead.....and many more Happy Chinese New Years to come.