National Day

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2013 at 6:10 am

National Day in Singapore should be a time to celebrate our progress as one people, regardless of race, language, religion–or political views. Singapore has progressed at an astoundingly rapid pace in the last 48 years, perhaps because there was little opposition and little obstruction to what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it.

But times have changed. Loving Singapore is no longer synonymous to loving the ruling party. Today we know that political opposition is not necessarily an obstruction to progress or a hindrance to efficiency.

As more Singaporeans begin to embrace the idea of criticism and discourse and debate, it’s baffling that during National Day, we don’t give Opposition parties the same kind of “celebration” as we give the PAP. NTUC, PUB, and needless to say, the PAP are all given the opportunity to march at the National Day Parade; we recognise them as organisations that work for the country’s benefit. Yet Opposition parties like the Workers’ Party or the Singapore Democratic Party are not given that same privilege and recognition. Despite more Singaporeans supporting the Opposition, I guess this is symbolic that old habits die hard.

Perhaps in due time, this will change, and Singapore’s very nascent democracy will begin to embrace Opposition and discourse as an essential part of government. That is something worth celebrating today: Harmony  and Unity, regardless of race, language, religion, or politics.


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