Tony Tan in his Parliamentary Speech talked about the threats from the Islamic State and terrorism. And several ministers came out to say Singaporeans must unite and stand together to fight against terrorism. The slight problem here is that the people are so divided by how much they earned and how much they have that they have become water and oil. There are people living in $50m or $100m bungalows and people living in 2rm and 3rm flats that they could not afford to pay and only hope that they could pay up in 30 years if they continue to have a job. Would the rich and the poor think the same, to fight together against terrorism regardless of how many millions they had in their bank accounts or how many dollars left inside their pockets, not enough for the next meal? Or would the losers turn around and say, ‘no one owes you a living’. You so rich you go and fight and defend your millions and your multi million dollar properties?
What about the millions of foreigners that are here taking the good jobs from the citizens and beating up citizens when they are unhappy? Are they going to help out in defending the citizens against terrorism? Or are the citizens supposed to defend, fight and die for these foreigners?
We have a fractured and fragmented society to the extent that to each his own, you die your business are the new normal. No one owes you a living is the mantra of the day. It applies both ways, not just one way.
What terrorism? What have the losers got to defend for, what have they got to lose? ‘Everyone has a part to play to keep Singapore and Singaporean safe’. What is that? And Vivian said, ‘The rise of nationalism, protectionism and the polarization of society in many regional countries have further exacerbated the challenges faced by Singapore.’ But these are other people’s problems. Singapore does not believe in nationalism, in protectionism, we believe in a borderless country, everyone can come here to live and work and to live in harmony. Singaporeans will protect them, their wealth and safety, even if these foreigners feel free to bash up Singaporeans for fun or for whatever reasons.
Singapore is a united people, foreigners and citizens will be protected from harm, from terrorism. Singaporeans will unite and stand together to fight terrorism. Not sure if the foreigners here think the same way.
How many people will be shouting, ‘You die your business’? How many people will be shouting,‘No one owes you a living’? How many people will be shouting, ‘Let’s stand together and fight together’?
Would the electorate vote for a politician to tell them he does not owe you a living? Why would the voters vote for someone to be paid in the millions only to hear him say, ‘No one owes you a living’?