Saturday, August 09, 2008

National Day 2008 : Celebrating the Singapore Spirit !

Those who have children always want that their children's future to be better than their own. If they have struggled, they want their children to have an easier life. My parents experienced the turmoil of the post World War 2 era when Singapore was a colony under British rule and we no say in its future. Our forefathers fought hard against colonialism for the right to determine Singapore's future and they fought even harder for its survival. What we have today is what our parents fought for yesterday. What we fight for today will be what our children will have tomorrow.
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This year's theme for National Day is "Celebrating the Singapore Spirit". The most important spirit in a people is their fighting spirit. I'm not talking just about the willingness to stand up and fight for Singapore in times of war but the also the spirit to fight for what we believe is right. To fight and shape our destiny:

"Beneath the load how we
yearned to be free
Then came the day of liberty
when we took our destiny...."
- Rony Tan's Singapore Song

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We fought so hard against colonialism to take back our destiny and be free. Our forefathers. my grandfather and yours were not obedient serfs who accepted the rules and laws our colonial masters laid out. They fought to build this nation so that their children and their children's children can call this place home and have the liberty to shape our destiny.
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The 5 stars on our flag represents 5 ideals we are to uphold - democracy, justice, equality, progress and peace. While we evolve in this increasingly globalised world, we must never lose sight of our ideals. We must never allow our democracy to be weakened or we will end up serfs in our own society without a say in our destiny. If we allow inequality to widen there will be unnecessary suffering among the poorest and weakest members of our society. The best way to preserve these ideals will be to elect leaders who sincerely believe in them.
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In recent weeks, the issue of Singaporeans not wanting to have children and emigrating to Western countries cropped up again. It has been more than a decade since these issues surfaced. People leave the country when they feel no sense of ownership. For many people there are many genuine economic advantages if they leave Singapore - higher pay, better housing, better medical care etc. The best way to retain our people will be to give them a sense of ownership and we can do that by upholding the ideal of democracy in which everyone has a say in the way the country is run. People have to lose the fear of speaking up for this sense of ownership to be felt. The surest way to perpetuate this fear is to bankrupt and jail those who speak the loudest...when you do that, those who speak softly become silent and slowly people will stop speaking up and sense of ownership disappears. Singapore becomes just another city ...another place to make a living ...a hotel rather than a home.

In the past decade the income gap among Singaporeans have ballooned to 3rd world levels. Equality is an ideal we have to strive for....we cannot continue to implement pro-business policies at a time when corporate profits are at record highs, we cannot continue to implement regressive taxation such as GST to cut the taxes of the richest 1% of the population at the expense of the poorest, we cannot continue to depress the wages by opening the floodgates to foreign labor while state own monopolies increase fees and fares to grow their profits. On this National Day, we should never forget the ideals of equality and justice as we transform our socio economic system. We should never put money above people in our priorities and GDP above the well being of our poorest citizens.

"We pledge our hearts and lives
So in this homeland we vow
to live and die"- The Singapore Song
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Our future depends on our courage to do what is right. Like our forefathers who fought against colonialism, we have to continue to honor our pledge to build a democratic society based on justice and equality. We cannot afford to be complacent and leave the fate of our home in the hands of those who may not care for our ideals.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

The standard of living in Singapore is horrible. Everything is very overpriced, and it has to be the most boring place on earth.
It amazes me that day after day, year after year, the government tries to convince people that is so wonderful. Take a look around poeple.

Anonymous said...

The PAP scums are trying to sell their bullshit illusion that everyone is SO LUCKY to be in Singapore. Trying to keep the hype up together with their bullshit propaganda mass media mouthpiece while they quietly collect millions of dollars in salaries and siphon out billions of OUR CPF and state reserves.

When these vampires are done with their sucking, Singapore will be done for, only an empty shell remains.

Anonymous said...

Lucky Tan, is that really you who writing the post ?

YOu ought to be the next president ! Not the useless Nathan-type of bootlicker president

Anonymous said...

as first poster said, everything is just an illusion and most Singaporeans are willingly plugged into it.

Wake up from your MATRIX Singapore!

Anonymous said...

Lucky, is that really you? For the first time, you are not using satire to mock at the problems created by our 'talented' leaders.

Anonymous said...

I personally think that Singapore is STILL being colonised! Why?
Despite Malay as National Language...many Singaporeans don't know Malay and regard English as First Language of Singapore (and yes, Singapore is using British English; not American English). Isn't that colonialisation?

and there's Raffles statue...Raffles Place, Raffles Institution...and many "Raffles"....

what u think?

Onlooker said...

We still have the spirit lah but sometimes it take a bit coaxing action on their part.
The more proPaPganda try to play down their "Practically miss the point" actions like (pre inflation minister pay hike, >>>GST<<<, Transport hike ,MSK , ERP and under qualified FTs).
The more annoyed we are of their "Complacent and take our trust of goodwill for granted" actions.
They should take a symbolic paycut then but now really too late liao.
And they still haven't found what they are looking for.
After all, wasn't there a one million bounty on someone who crawl out of a toilet guarded by maoist FTs? :|
But then, I still wish all my Fellow Citizens Happy National >>>Independence<<< Day.:)
Our nation gain Independence from colonialism through the will of our forefathers. Isn't it time for us the children to do the same to preserve that independence? and the freedom of choice? :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Lucky

Simple message. Repeat. Burn in.
The 66.6 believes. That is all that matters.

So do you think the market has bottomed?
Buy SBS\SMRT\Comfort?

NoName

Anonymous said...

Well said and to the point. I don't feel I belong here anymore. On this 43rd National Day, I am not able to feel any sense of pride in Singapore's economic achievments. Materialism has taken centre stage and everything here is an illusion. Everything Singapore does, whether it be the CPF, Means Testing, GST, ERP, etc is geared towards enriching the elites. Life is pretty meaningless if our dreams and pursuit of happiness is in chasing for material wealth. I suppose, Singapore is deemed as a successful nation if it is one of the richest country in the world. Everything Singapore has is just pure illusion because money is actually a debt. Every nation is printing this paper which represent the country's Promise To Pay. The US Dollar is being prop up by many countries as they too will be badly affected should the US Dollar fall to it's real value. If you think and analyse it properly, the US of A is actually a debtor nation. They are living on wealth they do not own and the value of the US Dollar is based on face value that the US of A Promise To Pay in future. How long can this carry on? So if this is the case then what is Singapore's wealth if everything just falls like a pack of cards? Think about it.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone still remember what it feels to be masters of your own destiny where your words matters and your opinion counts?

The day power returns to the people is when National Day should be celebrated.

Anonymous said...

Everyone so angry, should watch the Olympics! Tao Li, our Made in China import has been very successful in the 100m Butterfly. She is in good shape for a bronze in the final, if lucky, Karh Ching!

Anonymous said...

Need to instill fear in those PAP dogs.

How?

Target their children.

Anonymous said...

I disagree Lucky Tan. Our esteemed Straits Times have explained to us in great details that GST is to help the poor and foreign labours are necessary for Singapore's survival. And I never read anything about Singapore's GINI coefficient in the Straits Times, so it must be Western propaganda spread by Western countries that are jealous of Singapore's achievements. Indeed, I feel so lucky and honored to be allowed to live in this promised land.

Anonymous said...

For an original not-a-plagiarism "Shine for Singapore" video choreographed to the original tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LWQ-LgPAuE


For the one completely with a diff tune and 30,000 hits in 3 weeks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HpeTQY_xo0

For those who want to leave:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JjJgnYwZUw

For those who want to stay:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oJX-hzNY8U

And for those who just arrived:
This is our flag and this is our Emperor. Welcome!

Happy National day, everyone!

Anonymous said...

Did someone mentioned "Matrix"? Yeah, the 4th commentator from the top.

The matrix is here :)

Anonymous said...

Need to instill fear in those PAP dogs.

How?

Target their children.


I walked by Oxley recently. The last time I walked by was some five years ago. The security has noticeably tightened. It is like a fortress. Inside the compound there are Gurkhas toting submachine guns.

The PAP dogs are certainly aware they are despised. That is why they amended laws last year to increase jail term and penalty for offenses against MPs a.k.a. Seng Han Tong punched by cabbie case.

Anonymous said...

Somebody get Lucky Tan to the nearest hospital! He is not feeling well!

Anonymous said...

Tao li is at 5th place.Wow that performance for you :) lol rofl and her fellow chinese athletes did better.Now I"m even more convinced they are sport rejects doll up to look like they can make it.
Anyway The Singapore spirit is still alive and well. The rejects can never learn that spirit if they never serve NS.

Anonymous said...

oh guys - don't get me started on the olympics.
Why is it that Li Jiawei can hold the Spore olympic council by the balls and 'request' to carry the Singapore flag. And we can't say no and give it to some young born and bred Singapore Sailors or shooter?
We all complain about foreign talent, it even happens at the top where our top atheletes born in Singapore gets nudged out of carrying a flag by a china gal.
Sigh. And all the ST is supporting the decision. Is this the pulse of Singapore, or am I all wrong??

Anonymous said...

Singaporenas like yourself ought to organise themselves and fight the PAP , Be bold, time is now, yes we can!!!!

Anonymous said...

And rejects like yourself (anon 2.25)should not interfere or just go back and be a patriot like these.

Anonymous said...

Lucky Tan;

it is my belief that we are still under colonial rule, but this time, the Masters happened to be local lords that are far worse than the Previous Master.

Gone are all the Welfares that those born before the Early Fifties were having. Like some Malaysians who prefer British Rule, me too thinks the Pre Independent Days were more liveable.

There was nothing bad or wrong been a fishing village, living was certainly more satisfying, like the Bruneians are living now on their stilt houses. They are rich yet simple. Bruneians are not greedy for tourists and foreign immigrants even if the Lasts are talents. Please do not tell me that Brunei does not want to develop itself, it is wise to preserve its' own culture.

patriot.

Anonymous said...

Year ago when I went to China, I felt like I have come home. I ask myself why? Then I realized that in China, I can feel the culture as a chinese (race) but in Singapore, i feel empty.

When I watch the Olympic opening, I feel quite moved but I did not bother to watch the National day reclone as Birthday (what the fu??) I asked myself why?

I believe you already know the reasons.

Anonymous said...

You guys clearly don't understand SSC FT program, when you are a rich country, you can easily afford to 'buy' talent, why put born and bred Singaporean through a sports program when you obviously can't make a career out of it?

How many APS swimming school can Singapore accommodate? Tan Howe Liang, Singapore's only Olympic medalist is a Jagah in a Gym for God sake!

Also not being a welfare state, unlike the US, where an athlete can go on living like a bum on state handout (US$36,000 per year)with no consideration of getting a REAL job.

Anyhow, Quah Ting Wen broke Joscelin 9 year old national record in Beijing, oh, and she is local stock.

Anonymous said...

Someone mentioned Li Jiawei awarded the honour of carrying our flag in Beijing. Well, she did a mess out of the whole thing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZpuAJtZe_M

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain to me what is the connection between the propaganda messages and the new generation of singaporeans? I mean it is obvious that the leaders of this country have lost touch. The propaganda was ok maybe 15 years ago but now? It is pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Check this out....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5w8-zFDdoE

Anonymous said...

Time to read George Orwell's 1984 in year 2008!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four

Anonymous said...

I was surprised, to put it mildly, that they now record your particulars (passport) to purchase a MRT pass. I can't think of any reason for this except for tracking the whereabouts of the purchasers.

In addition, the pass costs $8, practically nonrefundable, for a foreign visitor. How could they tolerate such ripoffs in public transportation? I have used public transportations in Europe and USA and have never seen anything like it.

This place is truly unique (in a bad way.)

Anonymous said...

I went to buy some glue and they asked me for my passport.
I mean really....

Anonymous said...

"Year ago when I went to China, I felt like I have come home. I ask myself why? Then I realized that in China, I can feel the culture as a chinese (race) but in Singapore, i feel empty.

When I watch the Olympic opening, I feel quite moved but I did not bother to watch the National day reclone as Birthday (what the fu??) I asked myself why?

I believe you already know the reasons."

I know! I know! Is it because you are a traitor?

Anonymous said...

Those China imports proved to be more durable than expected, Singapore's first medal since 1960, can't help but feel a bit hollow...

Anonymous said...

Good what......now the gahmen can point to our imported table tennis players and brag: "See?! I told you all along that foreign talents are indispensable to Singapore. Now we are fully vindicated with our FT-friendly policy!!!"

Mark my words.....they will take credit for it (front page of Straits Times, New Paper, Today etc) and then use it as another justified reason to increase their ministers' pay in the future. Also to welcome more FTs.

Aren't we glad we are born and serve National Service in this wonderful country?

Anonymous said...

Yup, we'll never be allowed to forget about this medal or to whom the lion's share of the credit should go (and it really isn't the athletes'...) Another so-called success story that is possible only in LKY and PAP's time...

Anonymous said...

http://www.straitstimes.com/Singapor...ry_268233.html

http://lwb.lawnet.com.sg/legal/lgl/r...rts/58276.html

Anonymous said...

http://www.straitstimes.com/Singapore/Story/STIStory_268233.html

http://lwb.lawnet.com.sg/legal/lgl/rss/subcourts/58276.html

DarKScoRpioN said...

It's sad that Quah Ting Wen is putting personal reasons ahead of National glory. Read more about it here.

http://singaporetrends.com/sg/2011/11/quah-ting-wen-opt-out-of-sea-games/