What Next After The Bukit Batok By-Election?

by Patrick Liew on May 10, 2016

Throughout the by-election campaign, we have seen different forces dividing our nation and tearing the fabric of society apart.

We have witnessed individuals and groups fighting each other to support their favored political candidate and party.

Now that the hustings are over, I pray and hope that we will close rank and fight for Singapore as one united people.

Lets not allow our opposing views to divide our country and polarize our people.

Let’s have unity amidst diversity.

Let’s talk to and not talk down at one another.

Let’s debate the message but not decimate the messenger.

Let our differences help us to grow and not put us in a gridlock.

Let’s be objective and not oppose for opposition sake

Let’s be rational and not emotional.

Let’s be calm and collected and not be taken up with angst and anger.

We may be different but that does not mean we cannot be tolerant.

We may be divided in our views but we don’t have to be divisive.

We may not agree but that does not mean we need to aggravate each other.

It’s time we realise we may have uncommon ideology but we share common ideals for a better life, a better world.

We may not share the same desire but we share the same destiny as a human race.

Our enemies are out there and not amongst patriots.

Within our body flows similar blood, air and water. We also share a similar structure of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

We may not share the same manifesto but we can choose to:

Respect – not retaliate;

Progress – not regress;

Be constructive – not destructive;

Forgive – not begrudge;

Heal – not harm; and

Love – not hate.

Together, as one united people, we can forgive and forget and press on to make Singapore a “special” country.

We can find ways to work with the authorities and other organisations to help overcome the challenges facing us in a complex and fast-changing world.

Majulah Singapura!


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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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