by Willy Sum
As I read of reports unfolding by only a few social media outlets about how S’poreans are purportedly “unhappy” with a passing comment made by the new Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad on our political situation here, I can’t help but wonder how those minor voices have made it seem like the entire nation is displeased? I personally think Dr Mahathir’s comment was made in good faith!
On the contrary, we are largely unfazed and unbothered by whatever drama goes on across the causeway as we have similar battles in the form of an impending GST hike, allegations of rampant abuse of unchecked power, unemployment or the underemployed, multiple unjustified price hikes, artificial suppression of wages and the continued, unsustainable increase of population against the wishes of the people.
In the first place, Dr Mahathir is elected to make decisions favourable to M’sians who elected him and is not bound by what citizens of other countries think about him, whether it be S’pore or China. He has, after all, promised to review each and every project inked by the previous corrupt administration and his actions have instead had the opposite effect of attracting even more bids from China!
By acting like spoilsports complaining about the actions of others, we have only proven ourselves to be systematic failures of what we thought was a first-class education system as we are unable to adapt to a fast-changing world and political realities. Our system of government and ruling party is already among the top 5 longest ruling in the world which have records of human rights abuses and questionable democratic practices. Mind you, it is against this backdrop that M’sians voted to change the status quo!
Hence, I am very perplexed by the actions of some so-called opposition camp people like “Angela Tan” and “Tina Mercury” who keep lambasting Dr Mahathir of purposely wanting to “victimize” S’pore by harboring ill intentions against us, which to me sounds quite far-fetched. Why would Dr Mahathir want to do so and what will he obtain out of it when cleaning his country’s mess is already eating into so much of his time? However, what I do believe is, Dr Mahathir probably has an axe to grind with our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as he believes LHL to be undeserving of his position which was not obtained through honest hard work like the rest of us! I also think this is our ripen “karma” of being indifferent to the hardships and injustices of society, by pursuing our own selfish and greedy agendas. Our mega prosperity churches and temples in such a small State attest to the fact we are on the wrong path of spirituality!
In any instance, let us not lose sight on the goals ahead of us in 2020 which is, a more humane and caring society that truly embraces our less fortunate and takes care of all citizens instead of attracting more expats and building infrastructures that will not outlast our generation, Majulah Singapura! Singaporeans less satisfied with quality of life and democratic rights: survey