Singapore, For Better Or Worse

Anger is a dangerous. And to feed my anger as I write is uncalled for. I am fully aware of the power of written work and I try not to relay negative emotions in my writing. Words and phrases can stick with you long enough to haunt you in the shower or when you’re falling asleep. I will try to not let the pent up bitterness wipe away the objectivity as I write.

Few days back, I came across a trending Twitter post on my timeline. A Singaporean shared what he/she has to say about Singapore.

Singapore is a contradicting country.

1) sells cigarettes yet fine people for smoking.

2) expect the people’s to have bigger family yet building the houses so small.

3) promotes people to spend more time with family yet giving low pay and expects people to work OT to survive.

4) always teaching people to stay stress-free yet push the standard of living till so high making every stressful.

5) wanting us to get married and have own family yet housing is so expensive and not enough to accomodate to all newly weds.

6) such a small piece of land yet still want to increase popularity when already not enough houses for own people.

7) promotes security and avoid scams yet scam own people of their money by asking them to pay tax on their payable taxes.

Seriously why do we have to pay so much just to have a roof above our head in the country where we are given birth to?

It’s not like we have the chance to choose where we want to be birth at.

How to expect your own people to be happy when the government itself is so contradicting?

Singapore government receive such high pay when the only time they do something is when the election is coming, is this fair?

Source: http://therealsingapore.com/content/singapore-contradicting-country

There are several points I felt that are falsely claimed and rebuttable. However, what infuriated me wasn’t the contents of the post. What I am most mad at is the fact that this post was receiving enough recognition to have it trended and appearing on my timeline.

Social media gifts us with voices – a voice that is different from that reverberated from our voice box, a voice that speaks more opinionatedly and with more expressionism. I appreciate how much of a voice social media has presented to an introvert like me. I am a meek girl who swallows my words hard before they make it out of me. But the good news is, I am slowly changing – both the swallowing and the meek.

Social media is wonderful but is also a double-edged sword. As it gifts us with voices, it gives rise to sense of self-righteousness to some people. Oftentimes, they speak as though all things are wrong in the world and with every ‘like’ and ‘retweet’, their sense of self-righteousness feeds on.

It’s upsetting how things are attracting attention for the wrong reasons. It is also upsetting how many Singaporeans are getting less appreciative and increasingly nitpicky.

I would like you to imagine raising a family. It is already a painful task but now; imagine raising four children of different ethnicity and backgrounds. They are nothing the same – from the tones of their skin, way of dressing, cultures and practices etc. One may love curry and the other hated it to death.

With immense love for your children, you managed to raise them anyway. You worked hard for your children, moved them out of thatched huts to high rise apartments. You made sure all of your kids receive quality education while some of your neighbor’s kids travel miles to their makeshift schools.

You return home one day and your eldest kid decided to confront you. You weren’t doing enough. Houses weren’t built big enough and you shouldn’t discourage them to smoke because it’s their damned right to do so. You thought it was just a little tantrum but to your horror, all of your three other kids stood by the eldest, nodding in agreement.

I might have exaggerated but I hope you get the point. I love Singapore and appreciate what our forefathers did for us. Even though I am leaving Singapore for 2 years of studies abroad, it doesn’t lessen my love. And just because I’m interested in another culture, studying their language, it doesn’t reduce my patriotism and it shouldn’t.

It’s August 9th today, the day we celebrate our country’s independence. I realized that I am no different from this self-righteous bunch relying on social media to vent my emotions unless my actions prove otherwise. Even though using age as a defense is a lame excuse, but I feel that the 20 year old me lack in many aspects to promise anything great to the country I was born and bred. However, there’s one thing I promise and that is to return to Singapore 2 years later as a matured lady. Then, I hope to have an answer to what I’ll be able to contribute as a citizen of Singapore.

Happy 49th Birthday, Singapore!