Are we entering a phase of history in the making when the mantra of the day is to abolish everything, or slaying everything? Maybe it is good huh, destruction is the mother of creation.
A couple of days ago there was this big news calling for abolishing the PSLE. Why don’t abolish examinations altogether. Why must there be winners that are so happy about their achievements and losers that feel so sore and painful even in sports? Give prizes to everyone and make sports a game for happiness, no winners and no losers. Give every child a degree of his choice. Won’t that be wonderful?
Today’s big hit is the withdrawal of a letter by the Archbishop Nicholas Chia of a letter to a group called Function 8. The letter was purportedly in support of the abolition of ISA. And it seemed that the Archbishop had had several visitors and invited for tea before he changed his mind and withdrew the letter.
What is really important about the ISA and the PSLE or for that matter, the death sentence? They are all instruments that are invented for some purpose, presumably good. They were useful before and could still be. Should they be abolished or replaced, and replaced by what? If they have a purpose for their existence, abolishing them would only see something else cropping up to take their place.
Actually these are neutral tools and in the hands of the good and wise, can do a lot of good and save a lot of lives. In the wrong hands, in the hands of the wicked, in the hands of people who think about their own vested interests first, these instruments, or any instrument, could be misused to do harm.
What really matters is a good heart, good intention and a little wisdom. Without them, even a simple thing like building homes for the people can become a big problem, messing people’s lives. Or an excellent savings scheme can become a pain to many, a farce to many. Without good intention, even the civil servants or the soldiers/police who are there to defend country and people could be turned against the people.
Stop beating around the bush and barking up the wrong tree. It is the people in control, applying the rules and laws that matters. Do you people believe the rules and regulations for purchasing of inventory for the civil service is so flawed? Or is it the people that are flawed?