Building A “Gotong Royong” Spirit

by Patrick Liew on July 31, 2018

Building A “Gotong Royong” Spirit

In the final analysis, the motives, means and ends of any government policy and initative is to strengthen Singapore and improve quality of life.

That should be the focus and basis for evaluating success of the 4G and future generations of government.

The 4G political leaders should therefore catalyze our people to take a stronger ownership of our communities and country.

Together, we will create more initiatives to build on the “one united people” spirit and strengthen families and communities.

Develop a home where we will have a deeper sense of rootedness and belonging.

Help to take care of each other and look after the last, the least, the lonely, and the lost among us.

We should hold on to a deeper belief that it’s in our Little Bright Red Dot that we can find purpose for living, happiness and fulfillment on individual, family and community levels.

In rolling out any plan, we should aim to build on such a “gotong royong” spirit by incentivizing more bottom-up and peer-to-peer initiatives.

It should encourage more partnerships between the public, private and people sectors and encourage key stakeholders to connect, collaborate and co-create solutions for our communities and society.

We certainly need to foster more helping hands, including non-governmental organizations and volunteers to strengthen the bond between families and communities.

These helping hands can also be deployed to help address challenges of an aging population and potential fault lines that can divide and polarize our people, including xenophobia, not-in-my-backyard syndrome, and even racial or religious misunderstandings.

As a people, we must have the self-efficacy to believe that we can battle all odds as a country.

Every one of us carry equal responsibility to strengthen our social ecosystem and make Singapore a livable and lovable home.

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