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8/23/2008

Why so much cynicism?

Why so much cynicism? We are going to have more freedom. We are going to have a bigger space to talk about political issues. Aren't these happenings great? It should be for bloggers who have been warned or subtlely told to watch their steps. The insurgent squads are still there lurking in every corners. Now it is officially sanctioned from the highest authority here, that it is ok to kpkb in cyberspace. Would the insurgents go away? Actually many things are still unsettle. The details on how much liberalisation or what liberalisation means are still on the drawing table. Down the line, the power crazy or those used to run roughshod over people, or those who have been enjoying the freedom to talk nonsense with impunity, would still want to hang the noose on the tree branch, just in case it is needed, or as a warning that it can be brought back. The comfort zone of no one talking back is now threatened and the feeling is not very easy. Then for the believers of human rights, individual rights, rights to freedom of expression, these people will be angrier. To them, these are our basic rights. What is there to give back to the people? It is akin to the money collected from GST. It is our money in the first place. What's the big deal giving them back as handouts and we are supposed to be grateful? For the time being, there will be a lot of discussion on definitions, how much to give and what to give or not to give. The opposition corner may want to try organising big walks or mass cycling events to test the water. Would the same reasons be given not to approve such events? Take it positively, it is always good to have something return to you when they have been taken away or not consider yours in the first place. I would like to see some liberalisation in the CPF so that we can take some of our money back, those that are kept to a point that we may not see them until after we die. Even a few dollars will also be good. Better than not having them back at all. And Singaporeans will be eternally grateful. We are very easy to please. Let's enjoy the new freedom as much as we can and stop bickering about it. Time to open that dusty bottle of champagne. Singaporeans are so lucky that they need not have to fight for their rights. We have a listening govt that will give us our rights as we mature as responsible and thinking people.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Singaporeans are never satisfied. Given an inch you start asking for a mile. Why don't you people just be grateful and be think yourself lucky for having such a wonderful govt. Jst look at all the other SE asian countries and you will see how lucky you are.

There is always a good solution if you are unhappy with the way things are in Singapore. Just pack up and leave. Make room for the newcomers who will not be complaining all the time.

Anonymous said...

If you are unhappy with how things are unfolding, why don't you, yes, YOU pack up and LEAVE!

Anonymous said...

That is exactly what I said, if unhappy just leave.

redbean said...

if this is just a hotel, those who are happy should leave. but this is home. if we are not happy, we will try to do something about it. we must.

we a house/home is being run down, we refurbish it and make it more liveable.

there will be those who would want singaporeans to go away so that they could inherit everything, similar to those who would want to give everything away.

singaporeans will not abandon their homes and neither will they be chased out.

Anonymous said...

and why not? if you are not happy here, then the best thing is to leave and be happy elsewhere.

redbean said...

that's the difference between owners of the land and temporary visitors.

Anonymous said...

whether new or old Singaporeans they should all be the same. well, at least the new singaporeans do not complain and whinge. if the old singaporeans feel cornered because they cannot compete, then good riddance to them. let them be quitters. we certainly do not need the.

redbean said...

ok you win. all the singaporeans here agrees with you : )