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我不知道我是为了什么去保家卫国

06/11/10

作者/来源:singaporemind (31-10-2010)
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我不知道我是为了什么去保家卫国…
当Lim Zi Rui在部长与南理大学生对话论坛上,提出这一课题时吴资政必定是感到十分愕然,所以给了一个相当糟糕的回答。身为资政加上有着担任总理超达10个年头的经验,我们期待他会对这一个问题给于一个更好的答复,因为作为这个国家的高层领袖,他的责任是维护新加坡人对国家的归属感 – 他必须在由他领导的人民之间培育这种精神。

‘在年幼时,我以身为新加坡人而感到骄傲,但是,那是5到10年之前的事。时隔5年之后,随着政策的改变和外来人才的涌入,我确实再也不知道我是为了什么去保家卫国’ – 南理大学生Lim Zi Rui

‘你要住房子,谁去为你建政府组屋?’ – 吴作栋资政

我对吴资政给予的回答感到十分惊讶。新加坡人从来没有把建筑商引进的建筑工人看成是一个问题。他们不会成为公民或者永久居民,他们是填补新加坡人不愿意干的工种。他们自1980年代开始来新加坡工作,如今已经有近30年之久,这些工人都是短暂的寄宿在工地的工人。这和近10年蜂拥而至的人口不一样,他们带来过热的竞争不论在就业和住房…这个延伸的政策带来各种各样的劳动力,他们争夺原本属于新加坡人的工作 – 这才是问题所在。

‘这是你的国家’,吴资政回答,‘你要我作些什么以让你有归属感?’

‘你无须为我操心’,林先生说‘我会为新加坡,如果行的说,做出贡献。但我要诚恳的告诉你许多普通人民的想法并非如此’。

‘如果有这么一回事,那是十分严重的’,吴资政说。

‘如果大多数的人都不认为这是属于他们自已的地方,那么,我们面对着的是一个重大的问题,那我会问我自已,我为何要在这里?我为何要为这一群不认为自已是属于这个地方的人服务?’吴资政问。

在上面的对话,吴资政问林先生他要做些什么使他能有归属感。这不是很吊诡吗?

身为领袖,他本来不就有必要为他所领导的人民详尽讲述一个共同愿景,建立一个共同目标?林先生在发言时早已经解释了为什么他会丢失了归属感…然而,吴资政否定了林先生的说法(外来人口的涌入)反而要他提出应该如何应对的做法。

在对话刚开始时资政指出将会在2012年2月之前举行的下一届大选,是一个选出第4任总理与新一代部长人选的分水岭大选。

我同意吴资政的下一届大选是分水岭大选的看法但不是基于他所提出的理由。许多新加坡人已经觉醒,开始看到人民行动党的政策与其组织的政府所带来的后果。对众多的普通新加坡人而言,人民行动党政府的半吊子政策把新加坡人推向一个他们不愿意见到的处境。新加坡人觉悟到如果人民行动党继续以多数议席再次执政,事情是不会有所改善 – 它会把人民的支持看成是理所当然,从而继续推出同样的半吊子政策。只要能够以一人一票制度选举,那就会有机会让普通新加坡人摆脱这种恶性循环…这会是一个分水岭选举因为比以往更多的人乐意支持正面的改革,这必定会发生如果他们能够理智的投票。

原文来源:http://singaporemind.blogspot.com/2010/10/lim-zi-rui-i-dont-know-what-im.html

I don’t know what I’m defending anymore..
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lim Zi Rui : I don’t know what I’m defending anymore….
When Lim Zi Rui brought up this issue during a Ministerial Forum dialog between SM Goh and NTU students, SM Goh must have been caught ‘off guard’ because he gave a very poor response. As an SM and PM for more than a decade, we expect him to have a good answer to this question because as a high ranking leader of this country and it is his responsibility to preserve the sense of belonging among Singaporeans – it is something he has to foster among the people he leads.

“When I was younger, I was very proud of being a Singaporean. But that was about five, ten years ago. Five years later, with all the changes in policies and the influx of foreign talent, I really don’t know what I’m defending any more..” – NTU Student, Lim Rui Zi

“You want to have a home. Who’s going to build your HDB flat?” – SM Goh Chok Tong

I’m really surprised at the answer given by SM Goh. Singaporeans have never taken issue with the construction workers brought here by the construction industry. They don’t take up citizenship or permanent residency here and they fill jobs Singaporeans have moved away from. They have been here for almost 3 decades since the early 80s and they stay at temporary housing at the construction sites and dorms. This is different from the recent influx of the past 10 years that intensified competition for jobs and housing….and it is this extension of the policy that brought in workers at all levels for jobs that are normally filled by Singaporeans that is the issue.

“This is your country,” SM Goh replied. “What do you want me to do to make you feel you belong?”

“For my part, don’t worry about me,” Mr Lim said. “I will definitely do something, if I can, for Singapore. But I can tell you honestly that the sentiment on the ground is a bit different.”

“If this is happening, it is very serious,” said SM Goh.

“If the majority feel they don’t belong here, then we have a fundamental problem. Then I would ask myself: What am I doing here? Why should I be working for people who don’t feel they belong over here?” asked SM Goh.
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In the above exchange, SM Goh asked Mr. Lim what he can do to make him feel that he belongs. That is strange isn’t it? As a leader, isn’t he suppose to articulate a common vision and create a sense of purpose for the people he leads? Mr. Lim had already explained clearly earlier in the dialogue why he felt the the sense of belonging has disappeared….yet SM Goh denied Mr. Lim’s explanation (high foreign influx) and asked him what has to be done.

Earlier on during the dialogue session, the Minister made the point that the next General Elections, due to be held by February 2012, would be a “watershed” for the future of Singapore from which a “fourth Prime Minister and a core team of younger ministers will emerge”.
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I agree with SM Goh that the coming elections will be a ‘watershed’ but not for the reasons he gave. Many Singaporeans have woken up and begun to see the outcome of the PAP policies and its form of govt. For many ordinary Singaporeans, the PAP govt is taking us to a place we don’t want to go with their lopsided unbalanced policies. Singaporeans also understand that nothing is going to change if the PAP is again swept into power with an overwhelming majority – it will just take the people’s support for granted and dish out more of the same unbalanced policies. As long as the one-man-one vote system is in place, there is a way out of this vicious cycle for ordinary Singaporeans…and this election will be a watershed because more people than ever before are willing to support positive change and it will come only when they exercise their vote wisely.

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