Constant complaining about govt and foreigners will not do us any good
Posted by temasektimes on August 11, 2012
In recent years, there have been a number of forums (HWZ, Stomp), FB pages & websites moaning about the PAP government, its policy of bringing in the foreign talents, & how crap life is in Singapore. I think it’s okay to feel demoralized at times when we are feeling weighed down by the realities of life, but do we have to be so pessimistic that we have to let this feeling go viral on the internet & make the entire nation feel crap? There are friends & families, & little things springing up in various moments of our daily lives, & if we ignore the small things that can possibly delight us & make our day, then no wonder we always feel Singapore is a shit place.
Perhaps, by complaining about the government’s policies & blaming the foreign talents’ competition for our jobs, it is a way of expressing our feelings of “national victimization” & also a way of consoling ourselves for our own lack of competence & inability to compete.
We tend to look back at Singapore of the earlier generation, when the neighbourhoods were safe, families were larger, & kids were easier to raise. We think about those simpler times when public housing, healthcare & education were not as expensive. Now, social discord between locals & foreigners & income inequality has caused us to feel that Singapore is a much less friendly, secure place.
However, we should stop being pessimistic nor feel victimized by the situation we are in. No government is perfect, & it’s easy to blame the PAP for not doing enough. Despite the challenging times that we are living through, we should not “go against ourselves”. In Chinese, it’s called “别跟自己过意不去”. If we continue feeling victimized & depressed, & conveniently put the blame on the government & the circumstances, we will continue to lay stuck in the rut & be unable to move on in life. 做人就要积极面对困境，不要处于消极的状态. 否则,你就只是在跟自己过意不去罢了. In fact, we have plenty to be grateful for in terms of the advances in internet computing & social networking, etc. We now have the tools & gadgets that have brought us the conveniences that our forefathers could never have imagined. Hence, we should strive to transcend beyond our circumstances & keep moving forward. Perennially complaining against the government & foreigners may bring solace & comfort to you, but it won’t personally do you any good for your advancement in life. 所谓路不转，人转. 怨天怨地，就是跟自己过意不去.
I’d like to wish all Singaporeans, whether you’re an old or new citizen, HAPPY 47th BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE!
*The above was first posted as a comment on PM Lee’s Facebook.