"While I may only be a 2nd lieutenant, I am a citizen of this country. And as a citizen I have the right to demand high standards from the leaders of the SAF. While it is true that high standards are hard to come by and even harder to enforce, for such events to come to light and yet nothing be done about it is to say the very least, unacceptable and disappointing. "
- Li Hongyi (son of PM Lee)
"Yes, anyone CAN DEMAND but whether your demand is
met really depends on who you are....:
As an ordinary worker and citizen of this country, I have the right to demand a more equitable economic system one that distributes wealth fairly to everyone. I want my leaders to go beyond the simplistic approach of just focussing on GDP growth and maximise the gains for ordinary citizens. A worker who has a full time job should make enough for basic necessities and not have to accumulate arrears with our state own enterprises (GLCs) for utilities, rental and healthcare. Every tradeoff has to benefit ordinary citizens, not govt-linked-entities, corporations and a handful of elites.
As a citizen of this country, I have the right to choose the best person to represent me and my interests in parliament. I do not want to be held hostage by threats of living in a degraded environment if I do so. The old and sick should not be forced to walk the stairs because they voted for someone of their choice and not someone selected for them. I want to be able to listen to all the competing views so that I can make an objective assessment when I exercise my right to vote as a citizen.
As a citizen of this country, I demand the right to all information held by my govt as long as it does not compromise national security. Such information will allow me to have input into government decisions that affect me. It also enhances increase the openness and transparency of government.
I'm a citizen of Singapore, I live in a nation led by extraordinary leaders whose integrity, ability and commitment to its citizens can make leadership in many 1st world nations look mediocre. That is why they truly deserve the highest renumeration in the world. I'm sure a few basic demands is not beyond them. Let us have transparency so we can see how truly extraordinary they are and clear all our doubts. Let us have fair elections, they should have no problems winning since they work wholeheartedly for the interests of all Singaporeans...they have nothing to worry about.