2015 National Day Musing

waihanWe don’t have to be someone important to give a National Day message. Anyone can give a message to the nation. Of course, whether people receive your message, read it, think about what you have said – that’s not for you to control.

An elderly person said that it is wrong to say that Singapore is celebrating 50 years of nation building; it should be 50 years of independence. In Chinese, it shouldn’t be 建国五十周年, but 独立五十周年.

One might venture to say, flying in the face of all the celebratory mood, 败国五十周年, 50 years since the destruction of a nation – the death of Malaysia as it was supposed to be, with Singapore an integral part of peninsular Malaya. Just look at the shape of Singapore’s northern coastline and Johor’s southern coastline, the two really fit well like jigsaw pieces!
What caused the split 50 years ago?

One factor in my understanding of history, is the clash of personalities between leaders of the Federal government and those of Singapore. Pride, impatience, I’m-smarter-than-you attitude.

Therein the purpose of this message: now that we have lost that towering dominant personality in our country, we no longer need to look over our shoulders to see if papa is pleased with our performance. We should level the playing field of politics and let the best men/women win. No one party has a monopoly on looking after the welfare of the country and her citizens. We should allow anyone with pure heart, good ideas and willingness to sacrifice, come forward and serve.

Utopian? I will not settle for anything less.

By Chan Wai Han

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