by M Ravi
Elections are looming. Activity and preparations are well under way – coffee shop talks about Politics have begun.
This happens every time, and though I feel flattered, I must reiterate that politics is just not for me. I have been swayed into it in the past, but I am quite decided now.
There is argument that Politics is the best way to effect change. Growing up in Singapore and being within the circles of so many inspiring leaders and intellectuals, we all agree that one’s voice is important, and one’s responsibility is to participate.
Sometimes, my supporters even say, “I have a moral duty to participate.” But for those of you who really know me, Law is my best tool. The more I use my tool, the better I become. I feel there is a lot I can contribute by staying in the field that I am in.
There are only 24 hours in a day and I am not prepared to split my time further and detract myself from my own pursuits, my clients, my pro bono work, my network in the region and my causes and campaigns. The one thing I have always done in my life, even if I had no title for it, has always been about helping people get justice and about finding legal solutions.
I have tremendous respect for those who stand for politics. They always come in from the correct angle. They are full of hope and being passionate for their causes, are determined to pursue them vigorously.
Law or Politics, my message is clear, if you cannot stand for politics, but want to effect change, value your voice, your deeds and your VOTE.
… and so, to my backers and supporters, “Thanks, but No Thanks,” (for now anyway).