Amidst the elections frenzy, I am starting to questions if Singaporeans are opposing the political incumbant just because of their resentment against their current status, or is it due to a genuine realisation that the PAP has been running the country in a way that is disagreeable. To me, its the former.
While yes, it is our government who supported the influx of foreigners, the rise of GST taxes (note the drop in personal income tax) etc, it is up to us as individuals to live our own lives. Our lives are created by us and not the government. Don’t go around faulting the government for the current status of the lack of places of recreation, daily entertainment, or even the lack of creative people in Singapore. It is our own fault that we do not blame ourselves for who we are today. I do not come from a privileged family, and hence well understand the lives of those who feel that they have been taken for a ride by the PAP. One room flat, neighbourhood primary school (good ol’ days of seeing malaysian buses at my school carpark), applying for edusave bursaries etc, have all been part of it.
This might have no direct link to the elections, but all the anti-PAP frenzy has made me feel like sharing this popular quote by Guy Kawaski to all fellow Singaporeans:
“If you make meaning, you will probably make money.
But if you set out to make money,
you will probably not make meaning and you won’t make money.”
- Guy Kawasaki
How many of us study and work purely for money? How many of us take a sit back and enjoy the wonderful summer scenary in Singapore? Don’t just think of your starting pay upon graduation, or recollect in envy the beautiful scenary in europe witnessed during exchange. Think about what you can do, you like, and the meaning in life that you can create…right here, in our country.