Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Our founder S. Rajaratnam has passed on....

Our Pledge

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.
- S Rajaratnam, 1966.
As we march on, let us never forget the ideals that our founding father has laid out. Democracy, Justice and Equality, these were the ideals that motivated us to break free from our colonial masters. I'm so glad that the PAP continues to strive for these ideals especially Democracy.
"As we march on it is crucial to have leaders who are able to see through the illusions, the confluence of positive events and the lucky mistakes of our enemies - this is one off and will never ever happen again. Singapore is always on a one way path, we are either going up or down. But when we go down, we will stay down...." - S. Rajaratnam.


Anonymous said...

first things we ask ourselves: do we care for others? i afraid not all us..

Anonymous said...

Our great leaders are so efficient that they roll out documentary to remember the great man in such a short time. But dunno why they got to disrupt our favourite past time and routine: cancellation of my favourite chinese drama in ch U. Now my life is not complete

Typical Gemini said...

Certainly a question we S'poreans have to ask aloud these days. Just the other day I spoke to my colleague (I work in a US University now) about our island nation's pledge... he said that is what the US pledge should be... he felt that the US places too much attention on religion rather than equal rights. I just nodded, but I was chuckling in my mind, laughing at the sickening irony of the degradation of what should be our nation's most important line - "to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality" ... Next on the menu, Totalitarian Rule, anyone?

gayle said...

well, at least a couple of singapore's founding fathers had a rather different vision for singapore than what actually came to be. in the wordings of this pledge it would appear that rajaratnam's was one of them. one would also recall toh chin chye who lamented the loss of soul in our society, and the averseness of our youth to taking political risk. toh chin chye, who had a strong fortress in the rochore constituency during the 1980s and likely would continue to have if it hadn't conveniently been erased by redrawing election boundaries. i mean, among the PAP itself i'd say there were (and i bet, are) different views on how open, free and democratic we should be. i wonder if vivian balakrishnan still has his ideals for example, he used to speak out strongly against the PAP prior to becoming a member.

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