TL;DR – Have some self-respect and loyalty please.
A Facebook user, Surya Kumar, published a Facebook post explaining why he’s surprised by the anti-government sentiments expressed by some Singaporeans after the revolutionary Malaysian General Election of 2018 (GE14).
Here are the four points he made:
1. Singapore shouldn’t follow Malaysia
Surya highlighted that some Singaporeans are saying that Singapore “should follow Malaysia and create a wind of change here”. But Surya wondered who we would replace the PAP after ousting them.
He believes that the PAP is “a clean, efficient and extremely forward looking goverment who have always had the people at heart”. He suggested that most citizens in the region would wish for a government like ours.
2. No reason for PAP to be scared
Some Singaporeans say that Barisan Nasional’s loss have shown that a dominant party can lose. These same Singaporeans think that should cause PAP to be scared that the same thing would happen to them.
Surya pointed out that this isn’t the first time that regimes have changed in the region. Suharto ousted Soekarno, Suharto himself was ousted, Marcos fell, Aung San Suu Kyi rose to “power”. But none of that really worried the PAP. They are still in power. And PAP’s 60 % popular vote in 2011 became 70 % in 2015.
3. No need for PAP to apologise to Dr Mahathir
Some Singaporeans think that PAP has somehow “wronged” Dr Mahathir and should thus apologise to him.
Yes, relationship between Singapore and Malaysia was rocky the last time Dr Mahathir was PM of Malaysia. But that was because we were standing our ground, not letting another country intimidate us, and advancing our interests.
Some of the demands that Dr Mahathir made of Singapore when he was last PM weren’t reasonable. Would we be happier if we gave in to those demands and had to pay more for water? Would we rather have replaced the causeway with a crooked bridge that in no way served our interests?
Surya pointed out:
“Singapore works with other nations through diplomacy and relationship building ….. not by sucking up to others. If we did the latter, I would most likely be posting this in Bahasa … with apologies to the people of all ASEAN countries.”
4. Changing our government won’t solve all our problems
Surya pointed out that Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand changed governments many, many times whilst the PAP has remained in power. And it’s clear that Singapore is still in a far better shape than those countries.
In fact, Dr Mahathir had even said that he wants Malaysia to be more like Singapore. He’d said in his Lunch with Sumiko interview a couple of months back that he sees Singapore as both a competitor as well as model.
Happy for Malaysia, but no need to be anti-government in Singapore
Surya ended his post by pointing out that while it’s true that Singapore isn’t perfect, there really isn’t a place that is indeed perfect. So, while we should be happy that Malaysia has gotten a new beginning that might allow them to get to where it can be, or should have been right now, the situations in Malaysia and Singapore are very different.