Lawrence Wong implores Singaporeans: Treat one another with ‘dignity and respect’
Posted by temasektimes on September 3, 2012
In the aftermath of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s inspiring National Day Rally, PAP leaders have come out one after another exhorting Singaporeans to heed his call to treat one another with dignity and respect.
In a Facebook post last night Senior Minister of State for Education and Information, Communications and the Arts, Lawrence Wong said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s comments at the National Day Rally about being big-hearted Singaporeans struck a chord with many.
Using the example of Singaporeans complaining about their neighbors throwing rubbish or cigarette ash from their balcony windows, Mr Wong said:
“Since then, there has been a lot of focus on our attitudes towards non-Singaporeans. But the way we behave towards our neighbours is also an important aspect of having a big heart.”
He added that ultimately, it is up to Singaporeans themselves to decide how they want to behave and what kind of people they want to be.
“At its core, it is about how we can show empathy and kindness to others; how we can treat each other with dignity and respect. We may be a small island, but let us demonstrate with our actions that we can be a people and a nation with a big heart!” urged Mr Wong, who is also part of the committee tasked with steering the national conversation on Singapore’s future.