Read something on the newspaper today that pissed me off a little.
The article was summarising what was said during a dialogue that SM Goh had at NTU.
and NO I was not annoyed at what SM Goh said>
I was annoyed at what this guy said.
He said that young Singaporeans these days are losing their sense of belonging to Singapore due to the foreign worker influx and that they as NSFs WONDER “WHAT ARE WE DEFENDING???”
Sometimes I think people think too much.
Yes, I admit that we do have to compete with foreigners for jobs,
Yes, I admit that many of the expats have the higher end jobs and are much preferred by firms for their expertise and a tendency to have more creativity then us Singaporeans who tend to learn by just memorising.
Yes, I admit that they do not have to do NS and that sometimes they look down on us.
BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN.
WE BELONG TO SINGAPORE.
The cultivation of a sense of belonging is not the SOLE RESPONSIBILITY of the GOVERNMENT.
you have to- as an individual- be willing to want to love the country and accept it for all its faults.
It’s like the love you have for a partner.
You will be willing to accept the little faults and idiosyncrasies that your partner has out of LOVE.
I know that the influx of foreign workers causes a lot of raised tensions but we just have to remember that this is our LAND.
where OUR FAMILY,FRIENDS and ALL THAT WE CARE ABOUT IS!
So what if the protection of our country means the protection of the foreigners?
We just have to remember that this is our homeland that we are defending and that if we can help protect some other souls why not?
Besides when it really does come down to it,
if we dont protect our country,
In the years that I’ve lived here,
I have learnt that Singapore like ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD has its fair share of problems
but despite all that I still love my country and am proud of what we have achieved.
the other countries may feel that we do not have a lot of freedom but do we really need that little bit of “freedom” to be happy?
I for one am living contented here.
My school years may have been extra stressful and have aged me but I am thankful to God that I am growing up in this peaceful island state and have the opportunity to an education.
We really have to learn to count our blessings because there are so many other places in the world that have greater problems than we will ever face!
NATURAL DISASTERS, UNSTABLE AND CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS,WORKERS ON STRIKE (I dont find it particularly funny that the Brit Royal Mail strikes every year do you?),etc etc.
Sure US is the land of freedom but the price they PAY FOR THAT KIND OF FREEDOM? – students going on killing sprees in schools and armed robberies.
God has blessed us so much and if ONLY THAT PERSON could OPEN HIS EYES and SEE what the government has done for us and just stop complaining about how we DONT FEEL LIKE WE BELONG HERE and comparing to other countries.
globalisation is widespread and without those workers our houses WILL NOT BE BUILT.
our forefathers were migrants as well.
Give thanks for the blood sweat and tears that they have put in.
I for one love Singapore.
I may feel that my calling is in Taiwan and I love Taiwan A WHOLE LOT
but in my heart,
there will always be a special place for Singapore as well as the knowledge that
THIS IS MY HOME.
I hope the guy wakes up.
who is he to represent the “people on the ground” and all the youths in Singapore?