Thứ Tư, 18 tháng 6, 2014

Resolve disenchantment through proper channels

I refer to the report “Consul-General rebuts HK report on open letter by Catherine Lim” (June 14). Some may disagree with the Consul-General, as he is appointed by the Government.

Nevertheless, he speaks the mind of the silent majority, especially many of the pioneers and those who were born in the ’50s and early ’60s.

People in our age group would ask ourselves how much we have contributed to Singapore and not what Singapore has done for us.

In contrast, I notice an unhealthy trend of unsound and unfounded criticism being posted online on many issues, which can lead to accusations and defamation.

Many people have forgotten the social obligation of maintaining a peaceful, harmonious community, the backbone of a progressive country. I thus wish to add to the Consul-General’s rebuttal.

Singapore was once referred to, disparagingly, as a little red dot on the world map. However, even without the abundant natural resources of our neighbours, Singapore was the first in South-east Asia to evolve into a First World country.

High education standards and the upholding of meritocracy, along with first-class governance by leaders from all segments, helped lead Singapore to where it is today. How often do political scandals and instability erupt elsewhere?

A baby in some countries will need to share the national debt, whereas Singaporean babies will have money saved for them, which comes from the hard work of managing the nation’s finances.

Some may argue that Singaporean students must suffer through the bilingual education system. Just across the Causeway, though, many students are trilingual.

Globalisation has a great impact on everyone and every country. My observation, which may agonise some, is that children of overprotective parents are like flowers in a greenhouse, unable to withstand strong winds.

Any disenchantment should be resolved amicably through proper channels.

To end off with a Jewish proverb: “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.” Lies and defamation should be stopped by civic-minded people.

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