断魂客

星期六, 七月 08, 2006

I am a Singaporean! 我是新加坡人!

Below was written by a blogger, Urbanrant。 很值得深思!

I was born in Kendang Kerbau Hospital in 1971.
I went to schools here in Singapore my entire life.
I used to stay in the Beach Road area and I remember the fond memories of staying up all night watching the seventh month Ghost Festival "ge-tai".
The two storey house which we stayed in was in a strategic location where they often erect the makeshift stage.
This house was rented and it housed many relatives. Many people in the extended family stayed in this large house.

Soon each of us moved out.
My dad bought a flat in Ang Mo Kio.
We later moved to Hougang.
I got married and bought a second hand Bishan flat, which I later sold to move to a private apartment in Katong.
I had fond memories of all my homes.
Sadly, I do not feel too dissapointed whenever I had the chance to move.
I hope that I do not feel the same about my country.

I live in Singapore with my wife and daughter.
I live in a country where the Prime Minister is the son of current Minister Mentor, who for a long period was the country's Prime Minister.
I live in a country where the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister is the same person.
I live in a country where the wife of the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister is the chief investment officer for the country.
I live in a country where the election commission reports to the government's Prime Mnister's office.
I live in a country where I need to have suggestions to improve and comment on public policies before I can have an opinion on it.
I live in a country where the government has enough money to give our more than S$2 billion in progress package money.
I live in a country where the government retrenches its civil servants when they no longer fit.
I live in a country where civil suits between political parties can be summarily judged without calling for witnesses in defamation suits.
I live in a country where two policemen are slashed by a criminal, chased for three blocks, called in the Special operations squad and the criminal still remains at large.
I live in a country where dengue fever is prevalent, but we are not a third world country.
I live in a country where politicians have to be coaxed by the most popular political party to join the election.
I live in a country where we sometimes get to vote.
I have never voted in my entire life for my constituency.
I live in a country where democracy means we get to vote into parliament teams of three, four, five or six members.
Other countries' elections are one-to-one single tennis contests.
But my country's is more like sepak takraw, basketball and volleyball.
I live in a country where 33% of opposition votes give the electorate 2% of the parliamentary seats.
My country is not the richest in the world but my ministers are the best paid on the planet.

I have eyes but I cannot see.
I have a brain but I cannot use.
I have a throat but no voice.
I have a house but no home.
I love my country but not everyday.

(So well said! I really need to 静思!)

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