Singaporeans complain a lot most of the time, about the mundane really. Many years ago I left Singapore to travel abroad, I found Singapore to be a bored. Now, a decade passed; I’m back… What did I get myself into? Do you think people complain because there is nothing to do or because there is nothing they can do?
Nothing to Do
This morning I went for a walk, put my sunglasses on and a hat for shades. I noticed not a lot of people wear hats; what a shame? Then again there seems to be more trees on both sides of the street I was on; more like big umbrellas. And people complain… what is there to complain about when the government things about every detail.
Nothing Can Be Done
Singaporeans tell me that their freedom is restricted. …That they can’t make too much noise or “Big Brother” will clamp down on them. I was at one of NTUC talking to an uncle. He asked, “Are you a graduate?” “Why?” I asked. With a slight frown he lean sideway and said, “Most graduates don’t want to stay in Singapore. Many live overseas.” Is he trying to tell me that if I’m a graduate I must be from oversea?
Not Worth the Time?
Is Singapore that bad? I was thinking, when I remembered an uncle taxi driver once told me, “Singapore is expensive. It’s hard.” I’m assuming that if you’re not a graduate it could be difficult, with half a million dollar HDB and million dollar condo everywhere. Am I getting this right? Most graduates work and live abroad because they can, while non-graduates have to settle for Singapore because they can’t. What a grim outlook?
Do you think Singaporeans are like spoiled children whose parent caters to their every need; the ones that always wanted to plot a-get-away? I don’t know really. Perhaps you could say living abroad is not all that is crack up to be. Think about the high tax, expensive childcare, high tuition and low benefit (for when you retire); and now no pay because there are no jobs (US and Europe). Not for me; not now anyway.
Go On and Make a Difference, Just Try It!
What is one to do? If you have time and or simply wants to do something other than complain; let me tell you about a little known project. This one is different; I don’t think there is any chance for success. We are talking about going against the grain here. …Against big money… Against everyone who has any authority. You are not going to be rewarded… Most couldn’t be bothered. But if you… I’m talking about you who have a burning desire, just this once, want to see if you can make a difference in your very own Singapore. Think about mission impossible. Do you think you can make it possible? If you answer, “Yes”. Read on…
There is a Singaporean I know who needs to get the word out about Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. She has a mission impossible; trying to get Singaporeans to save the site as a historical and cultural centre. Think perhaps along the line of symbolic gesture of collaboration between Malaysia and Singapore – maybe even a bridge between the past and future. Whatever you think, I don’t think it will make a difference really. She has about 1000 fans on a facebook page for this cause. I think she needs at least 30,000 fans just to get noticed. Like I said, mission impossible – if you are keen to buck the trend join the cause. Here’s the link: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.