Lessons For Singapore

by Patrick Liew on November 15, 2019

Lessons For Singapore

We should be mindful that the protests in Hong Kong may be microcosms of what can happen to many parts of the world, especially when countries are confronted with a major crisis that tear into the established fabric of their society.

And their electorate is not willing to take bitter medicine, and make deep changes to reform and strengthen their communities and societies.

To inoculate Singapore from such a crisis, every Singaporean must continue to do his or her part to build on our “One United People” spirit.

We must help each other to be constantly inspired
to have a deeper sense of commitment in terms of ownership, rootedness, and active contribution, to the progress of Singapore.

Second, the authorities should continue to be proactive in dealing with challenges that can divide and polarize Singaporeans, including political and ideological divides, racial and religious disharmony, socioeconomic class differences, immigration issues, and social inequality and mobility.

Respond to angry Singaporeans living in our midst who can be influenced by others, or who can influence others to trigger social challenges.

Last but not least, The Singapore government should help to educate our people to do proper research, think critically, and make wise decisions.

And if possible, involve the people in the crafting and implementation of major plans, policies and other initiatives.

Through this consultative and inclusive process, citizens can become more matured politically and wiser about sociopolitical issues, and develop stronger commitment to improving the country.

For democracy to work, it should be supported by a matured citizenry, comprising of people who take an objective, balanced and pragmatic approach to election of political leaders and running of a country.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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