Permits & Passes
Monday with the Editor: Reincarnate as a Singaporean?
evening, my wife's uncle - in response to my
wife's remarks about not knowing where her
deceased father was or what he was now doing in
the afterlife - said that most likely her father
was now reincarnated as someone here in Singapore.
added that reincarnation as a Singaporean was
something very good - her father would have a
"hor mia" (Hokkien for good life). I am
inclined to agree with him.
uncle of hers is now in his sixties. He has been
through the good and the bad times in the last
sixty-plus years here. He has also seen Singapore
in good times as well as in bad. So he is in a
better position than most people younger than him
to pronounce judgment on the type of life
available here in Singapore.
pretty sure most of you know we are living a
comfortable life here. You also know that we are
living in, perhaps, the safest country in
have doubts, just look around you first. We can
walk around any time of the day and night and
still feel safe. We don't get bombs going off
every now and then, though from time to time we
have had some crazy people who think they can have
some fun by calling up the authorities and saying
some bomb's going off here or there.
There's no rebel
soldiers or insurgents preying on us or kidnapping
our people for ransom or other reasons. We also
don't get lynch mobs openly chopping off people's
heads in the streets.
In fact, I think when
we watch the news on television and catch flitting
sequences of such gruesome acts, deep down in our
heart we heave a sigh of relief that such terrible
things do not happen in our homeland.
when you next get a chance to see such horrendous
acts on television, keep this in mind - such
despicable acts which we never believe will happen
in Singapore are carried out by narrow-minded
people who are prepared to create a blood bath to
ensure they attain their goals. And as long as we
belong in this human race, we have to accept the
possibility that such people will always
we have a choice. We don't need to succumb to
their threats because we have the power to stop
these terrorists from ever setting up shop in
Singapore. What power is it that we have? The
power to continue electing the same team that has
led us through the early years of independence to
progress and prosperity in the new millennium.
long as we have the right team in government, we
will not need to fear terrorists, for this team
will nib the terrorists in the bud. I am not
rallying support for the present government's
re-election in the coming years. I am just telling
you not to ignore the peace and prosperity in
Singapore that you and I have been taking for
granted up to now.
no pure coincidence that we have been enjoying
peace and prosperity for as long as we have been
having the present government in power.
- the violent scenes that you have seen being
aired on television news programmes in the past
few nights could very well have happened here in
Singapore. But, they didn't. Let's make sure they
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