Thoughts : Singapore (Human Rights & Freedom)

PAP Should Strengthen its Alternatives for Singapore’s Greater Good: An unpublished letter sent to The Straits Times on the 4th of February, 2005 in which I argue that the purpose of any political party in a country is to govern the country for the benefit of the people, and not for the purpose of being in power for its own sake. And if Singapore’s future would be better with more than one dominant party, then the PAP should, for the sake of Singapore’s greater good, cease from unfairly suppressing the opposition and instead help the opposition to strengthen itself.

Please Allow Singaporeans to Mature: An unpublished letter sent to The Straits Times on the 20th of February, 2003, calling for the government to allow for more freedom of expression by Singaporeans. Such may be a risky thought for a benign-dictatorial government which wants the best for the people and thinks it knows better than the people. However, if we’re to see Singaporeans be mature and thoughtful global citizens, the government needs to allow the people the freedom to express themselves, even if such means the risk of failure – for in the end it ultimately means the maturing of the Singapore society.

The Peacefulness of Protests: An unpublished letter sent to The Straits Times on the 17th of February, 2003, in response to the government’s tiring and anachronistic justification of disallowing protests because of the instability it creates in Singapore.

Apathy of Singaporeans Towards International Affairs: An unpublished letter sent to The Straits Times on the 24th of November, 2002, about the causes of political apathy among Singaporeans.

Graciousness Epitomized; Graciousness Lacking…: An unpublished letter in 2001 about the contrast between our Prime Minister’s lack of graciousness shown in suing opposition leader Dr. Chee Soon Juan and the graciousness and forgiveness extended by the parents of a dead girl to her killer.

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