Going back to the 60s
When Hsien Loong asked if Singaporeans want to go back to the 60s, I thought he was using that as a reminder that going back to the 60s was a bad thing. The things that are happening today point to one direction. It seems that it has all been planned for Singaporeans to go back to the good old 60s.
Just look at what Singaporeans have been told and how their lives are changing. The first thing is that they have been told to live in smaller flats and mentally prepared to think that small is good. They have also been prepared to go around in bicycles or take public transport. In the good old days, only the very rich drove cars, the rest took buses and private taxis. This too could become a reality.
Today I heard that Singaporeans are encouraged to become hawkers. What about the dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers and engineers? Actually becoming hawkers or pasar malam stall owners isn’t a bad thing. Hawkers can make big money and many are driving Mercedes and living in landed properties. I concur that this is an extremely good idea. No need to waste so much time and money for a university education only to buy a 3 rm flat on graduation, and maybe ended as a taxi driver or a hawker.
I am reminiscing the great times of those good old days of the 60s, carefree as a substitute to being out of jobs, and yes, our womenfolk were factory workers or maids. And my favourite, and in support of the govt policies, to integrate the foreigners, let’s live together with them under the same roof. Singaporeans can rent or share their flats with them, or they can rent or share their flats with Singaporeans. Then they can communicate and learn to live with each other happily and learning another culture and way of life. Singaporean’s life will be so much richer with the experience.
And of course there will be more hawker centres selling cheap and better food and faster in serving as well. Sounds like cbf. All the mothers need not worry so much about queuing for the best schools and wasting money on tuitions. Back then the aspirations were very low and thus not much stress in education. How much stress can there be if the aspiration is to be a hawker or a taxi or bus driver? Oops, actually taxi driving is the new ambition of PMETs when they can become their own bosses, independent, no one to breathe down their necks, a new breed of entrepreneurs or SME businessmen. Very 1960s.
We are progressing to the 60s. The new ambition of school children, 'I want to be a hawker.'