Nothing special happened today. As the festive mood finally wears off, I’m starting to get back into work seriously. 🙂
So it’s back to writing articles, setting up my site and preparing for video shoots later this month and in March.
If anything, 2017 has been kind to me so far. Nothing horribly bad has happened and I’ve been earning quite a bit of money. Family relationships are okay, so are the friendships.
But somehow 2017 still feels surreal. Unreal.
Everyday I’d catch up on the news of Trump’s Administration, and reflecting on how things are in Singapore.
PAP has been in power for a long time. For every election as far as I can remember, we’ve always been told to ‘vote wisely’ and not to fall for the unrealistic goals pitched by the oppositions. We’ve always been told how it’s dangerous if there’s a change in government and how those fighting to be in the parliament mostly don’t qualify to be there.
But no radical change has taken place in Singapore… yet. So it all seemed like just talk. But the Trump Administration put things in perspective for me.
Yes, sometimes when the leadership is steady for too long, people get complacent and the newer generation of leaders may not be half as competent. That’s the problem in Singapore’s leadership. Thanks to the GRC system, so many random candidates managed to get into the parliament when we know very little about them.
Many people laughed at the old Singapore, saying that under Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s iron fist ruling, the people don’t have much say.
But I kind of miss that Singapore. The PAP that is unified vocally, where the leaders are careful about what they say. They are efficient, practical and strict. Unlike now. You can say all you want via your social media platforms – hey see, I’m at this GRC meeting residents now, hugging a little kid in my estate, checking out how the work is done. But we’ve got eyes to see what’s being done, right and wrong.
I’ve always believed that Singapore government needed some competition to brush up their act. But Trump’s Administration is a warning that balance is the key in every revolution, especially in a small country like Singapore.
As much as I abhor Trump’s demeanor, you have to admit that he has proposed some really enticing changes. Similar to the GE2011, where Singaporeans were enticed by changes proposed to reduce the number of foreign talents and improvement to our transport infrastructure.
After all the noises and fanfare, unlike Trump, our oppositions were still defeated, even in the recent election. But does that mean that we have lost hope in change totally? Not really.
With competition, it has somewhat reminded our leaders the importance of looking after the people’s needs, listening to what we have to say, what we really want. In a sense, the defeat of the opposition has still helped our country in a great way.
Quite the contrary in US case. Trump won the hearts of the people with his radical plans but the changes I’ve seen in the past week or so has only made me sick. But yes, a reminder of how we must not resolve our problems.
Yes, you can say that immigrants may pose danger to national security and there has to be a better system of checking up people. But you have to keep in mind that for the most part, those immigrants are just trying to lead a better life.
Yes you can say that radicalized religions can pose a danger, but no, you can’t pinpoint a certain religion and ruin ties with countries where that religion is a majority.
We have had our own cases where radicalized foreign workers were caught, cases where religious leaders had done their followers wrong in many ways, cases where foreign talents have deprived our people of jobs.
But if you are going to ‘unfriend’ communities and groups of people with every single mistake that was done against you, who would you have left at the end of the day?
So far, what Trump has done is worrying in my opinion. But I think it’s also a great chance for Singaporeans to see the extreme methods and reflect on how we can strike a balance in our election the next time.
How are we going to strike a balance between ideals and reality? How do we manage our expectation of changes, time-wise?
Most importantly, to see the importance of foreign relations, racial & religious harmony, and the quality of leaders we vote into the parliament.
One thing I really appreciate though, is how the media is working to relay the people’s sentiments. To point out when the leaders have said something wrong or worrying, unlike Singapore where the mainstream media is so much about protecting the leaders.
Feature photo from Storify.