The purpose of being one united people is "to build a democratic society based on justice and equility". On this unity rest the purpose of our nationhood. We, as a people who were formerly controlled by colonial masters, want a democratic society so that our voices will be heard and we can become the masters of our own fate. Our collective interest addressed based on priciples of justice and equality. We are not a corporation in which the people who have the most money have the greatest control - everyone's interest matters because among our forefathers were coolies and the poor who labored hard to build this nation.
Today is our 44th National Day. We are still a evolving young nation and we can still choose how we want to go forward as a nation - whether we uphold the ideals in our pledge or we forget those ideals for short term gains. We can stick together and succeed or let the self interest of a small segment of our society widen the gap in our society and tear our nation apart.
When we recite the pledge at 8:22pm today, we should recite it with sincerity and an understanding its truth meaning.
Happy National Day!