Citizen’s political opinion or perspective on past political events should not be seen as a test of patriotism

In an op-ed piece in today’s Straits Times, the author wrote:

Younger generations of Singaporeans immersed in such skewed interpretations of the past by Dr Thum and similar voices may develop historical amnesia and, worse, outright cynicism towards public institutions. This may have a corrosive effect over the longer term on Singapore’s ability to produce critical masses of psychologically and emotionally committed local talent to meet future administrative, civil society and… economic leadership needs.

By all means, let us debate the facts and establish what interpretations of history are more consistent with them.

But it would be a sad day for Singapore if any citizen’s political opinion or perspective on past political events is seen as a test of patriotism. Whatever our (responsible) political views, we can and should be equally committed to the cause of Singapore.

In fact, if a citizen disagrees with past political decisions by the government, that could well become a reason for them to become passionately involved in the effort to change Singapore for the better. It could lead to more psychological and emotional commitment to Singapore, not less.

Commitment to the country is not a function of the degree to which one agrees with past actions by the government of the day.

What is important is that we believe (as I do) that Singapore is a beautiful country and worth fighting for, regardless of our political views today or perspective on past political events.

 

* Facebook post by Leon Perera.

 

 

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20 Responses to “Citizen’s political opinion or perspective on past political events should not be seen as a test of patriotism”

  • Bapak:

    Sinkapore under PAP rules has never been a matured system. They expect only one united YES from all. NO, is not their option.

    There were many great men both in private and public sectors before. But the moment anyone of them criticizes them their life is ‘made’ very difficult and hard to bear and eventually they are gotten rid of, one way or another.

    To name a few, you can read the stories on JBJ, Tan Wah Piow, Francis Seow, Dr Chee and lately Prof Donald Low. There are many more. Oh, also our late President Ong Teng Cheong. These are great and intelligent men with characters. If we know how to harvest their talents Singapore has great future. Instead, they are ‘put’ down for one very selfish political party’s survival. Whenever a master is afraid the students are smarter than him, that system will eventually go down.

    But at the end, we really can’t blame them, because they are given many blank cheques to take whatever amount they like. We have to blame our own extremely stupidest of stupids citizen. Sinkapore is sinking fast under PAP.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    The sad thing about Singapore today owes to a man who sold his soul and people for Power & Money…as a little dot the size of a peanut or NoseShit it is easily manipulated and CONTROLLED especially by FEAR and INSECURITY…trading our LIVES and lifestyle for foreign or BLOOD MONEY is easily done especially with a Nation as Great as the USA…when Kissinger and his NewWorldOrder agenda was conceived to Destroy the weak and needy to rule and build a world where the Elites and Aristocrats rule like the days of Athen…Loas-Cambodia and Vietnam were BOMBED with more than all the BOMBS dropped in WW2 to annihilate a 3rdWorld country to submission and an Evil man in a little DOT gleefully agreed to Benefit out of this EVIL DEED…

    Was it WORTH the $$$Money??? we lost our children through LEEGAL ABORTION and [email protected] and we need to bring in Fake Foreign Talents to replace our LOST SOULS!!!…The Price for EVIL and it will haunt us till an Evil Dynasty is DESTROYED!!!

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  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    State-controlled ST has no credibility. It is corrupt and dishonest beyond repair. Its parochial style of disseminating news is an outrageous example of smear and censorship by omission. Always genuflecting in its eagerness to do the PAP’s biddings, it has no compunction and forfeits the right to teach the younger generations how to think. Leon Perera sounds more convincing in rebutting the ST.

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  • MarBowling:

    Great comments by Leon P!

    To the Bugger who wrote that co-ed piece in the Shits Times, your PLP piece of work for the PAPigs is all Craps and BS, period. Karma and retribution will call and catch up with your lot sooner or later. Just look at the great example how karma and retribution have called and caught up with the Lee Kayu FAMILEE! Akan Datang for you folks and Gang.

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  • opposition dude:

    The younger generations won’t be too obsessed with history. They never experienced what happened in the 60s and 70s anyway.

    What they would be more worried about is whether they can hanf onto their jobs, whether they can pay off that BTO and whether their own children can get jobs in future.

    When you read reports about how 60% of ITE and poly graduates have found jobs you would worry too if your children were close to graduating in a year’s time.

    As a parent would you want to see your children work freelance/part time long term?

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  • Author of quoted passage:

    It is clear that the author of the passage is a perfection of the destructive forces on the vibrancy of the citizenry, a sustaining value of a citizenry in promoting a healthy nation. This is a integral part of the shrewd evil plan towads establishing the dynasty the siblingsnot directing at the second neotic regime. This is why erosion of trust in the nepotic regime progresses at such a gradual rate till 70%. Despite of the 30% awakening, the nepotic regime still maintains a majority with the capability equivalent to absolute control. No apptoval is required from the opposition is necessary for whatever pap wants to do including those in party or personal interests and benefits.

    Only when citizens like the author is willing to unlock the indoctrinaton locks and begin to think independently will Singapore really succeed as a true democratic country with alher fundamental tenets including freedom of speech, press and non violent assembly. Then patroitism will really have its real meaning and value. Otherwise it is just wayang and subjugation to the greed, hunger and agression as recently advocated by the party leader in the context of gaining employment which the absolute power has randomly and irresponsibly imported to fill as one of the aspirant for Premiership has openly threatened the few remaining Singaporean PMETs that he has “no problem to import foreign PMETs” to absolutelt displace them. If such threat is taken to mean he has the interest and benefits of Singaporeans, then not only the Biws but also the citizenry is what the plps discarded princess of the previous regime was quoted by ST as her opinion of the Miniserial Committee of Oxley and their options submission.

    Wayang of the worst performance of the hungry, greedy and brutish harlem of polanpas and nepotists.

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  • End of Gestapo Times:

    After 50+ years of Gestapo Times brainwashing, the rot in the braincells of two and a half generations is coming to an end.
    No right thinking youth or adult reads the Gestapo Times anymore–except some of the propaganda junkies that are constantly living in fear and anxiety.
    This group will take their psychosis to the grave, good riddance.
    We do indeed need two COI; one each for Op Coldstore and Op Spectrum to cleanse the soul of the nation.
    S Dhana who resign from Cabinet because he thought Op Spectrum was fake news would make a good Chair for the Op Spectrum COI.
    Do we have the political courage to redeem the soul of this nation; doubt it–it will spell the death nell of the papigs and their stooges.

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  • Amos proved PAP hypocrisy:

    Blame the arrogant, self-serving LKY only wanted yes-men. His son is trying to do the same and failing badly because he is basically incompetent just like his self-serving wife.

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  • RDB:

    An electorate that will be easily bribed for about 10% more to be convinced by PG 3x$300 with the last $300 to be credited into their accounts AFTER GE2015 Sept 11 says a lot of the pap voters intellect.. or rather their lack of it.

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  • Say NO to PAP PIGS:

    Once again Shitty Times confirmed why it’s ranked 154th world wide.

    In typical fashion, it proves beyond any doubt it is a PAP mouthpiece. Boycott ST!

    When the water tariff was increased ST had an article by a balls carrier on how to save water.

    Now we have another balls carrier here defending the regime.

    I’m lucky I’ve migrated. In my adopted country, my two Subaru Forester cost me only about $30000 SGD each
    PAP voters pay about $100,000 for the same car.

    As a senior citizen I pay only half the road tax. And parking is free almost everywhere except downtown.

    I used to live in a HDB pigeon hole but in my adopted country I live in a bungalow with a big garden front and back.
    Swiss standard of living.

    In SG, PAP conned you. Swiss standard of living is only for them.

    Haha, serve you right all you brainwashed SG voters.

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  • Intellectual Reflexivity:

    Did the ST editor spell out in no uncertain terms what he means by “skewed interpretations” and conversely, would he care to delineate his exhaustive criteria for “authentic interpretations” of historical events?

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  • Walking down a slippery curve:

    The worse character is one who is already blindsided and beholden to his master , like a puppy in obedience to its master , forever gladful of his fortunes and wealth power and position in society. Such selfish manifestation and greed have cause amnesia of the mind; it too showed the weakness of a human being after he is being nurture and groomed into a job; he thought his selflessness is similar to patriotism, in reality is a person devoid of any decency to be able to see the alternate views. It will be sad singaporean will buy into this one track attempt to alter what in real are historical records of actors, detractors, and back-stabbers. It sad group thinkers are like a cult without any grey matters who will nope their heads in unison.. sad this boy from Nee soon need to go back to his Mother day to find his beginnings.. similarly chai yong x2 been given good food forget those who came from humble backgrounds. Chai yong yong need to go play with Longkang waters to feel for the ground sentiments. Singapore under these new leaders are heading down and down a slippery curve.

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  • Losing grounds and respect:

    Just heard my friend lost his job after 20years at it, cute to watch the general Chee pain trying hard on his charms offfensive, u can see through the faciL expression and eyeballs , this person got not much ball and acting through like a great pretender.. yu trust this fella to run our country. We are finished.

    Our system had become so fake that yu can see it in their faces . The other Phua Sister happily collecting her salaries, yu can almost see the arrogance.

    The country enterprise handed over to a s*ake charmer.. Singapore is heading to a historical low with these clueless headless ministers .

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  • HarderTruths:

    Enlightenment will come to the masses when the pile of stinking sh*t which is the pappy government collapses on them. Maybe not even then.

    Just don’t stand too close to it when it happens.

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  • Haigen-diaz:

    The problem might be if schools taught students “politically correctness” which is nothing more than a form of fascist political activist force designed to shame critics and non-conformists into silence and submission and thus undemocratically shutting down and killing debate. And we are on fertile ground because the ignorant and fearful are standing ready to be incited and agitated at any moment: Fascism. Dress it up with new words, such as single party rule. But it boils down to government by a thug, of the thugs and for the thugs. Let a social Darwinism where the biggest thug surrounds himself with lessor thugs, writhing in their self-created turmoil until they implode? We need to find the resolve to do something about them. Or, to use old fashioned language, be a light upon a hill so that those who are enslaved can see that there is a better world. That means we have to get rid of those in our own nation who want to snuff out that light. Shut them out; You just have to find the resolve to do something about them.

    Leon Perera:

    But it would be a sad day for Singapore if any citizen’s political opinion or perspective on past political events is seen as a test of patriotism. Whatever our (responsible) political views, we can and should be equally committed to the cause of Singapore.

    In fact, if a citizen disagrees with past political decisions by the government, that could well become a reason for them to become passionately involved in the effort to change Singapore for the better. It could lead to more psychological and emotional commitment to Singapore, not less.

    Commitment to the country is not a function of the degree to which one agrees with past actions by the government of the day.

    What is important is that we believe (as I do) that Singapore is a beautiful country and worth fighting for, regardless of our political views today or perspective on past political events.

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  • ganeshsk:

    So much for patriotism seeing of boys in blue hiding and taking flight when their lives were in danger during
    the so called Little India fiasco in Dec of 2013.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Dr Thum’s sort of view, which he shares with at least two other historians, one “tenured” one, I believe, at Oxford (Shanmugam thought it so important, in order to discredit Thum, to establish that he isn’t tenured Oxford staff), and the other an Australian academic, Shanmugam declared in Facebook to be “serious”, and thus called for his six hour, bullying interrogation of Thum. Those theses had long been published and discussed at forums and social media, and yet Shanmugam and government, and of course the Straits Times, etc., had all along kept very quiet about it, as far as I know. We had had to learn of those views from Chee Soon Juan at al, and the social media. And then, and only after government, in the person of Shanmugam, had no choice but to mention it because of the submission of it to the Committee (not quite the appropriate forum and format for government to push back the issue), we have had the national newspaper mentioning it seemingly the first time, and only in the form of probably a solicited rebuttal of a viewpoint ST readers had never been informed existed before. But now that the rebuttal is published, will ST readers be given to catch up with things, say with a full explaining and rejoinder by Dr Thum published?

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  • LIONS:

    Firstly,WHAT EXACTLY IS PATRIOTism?
    Is a person who takes away JOBS from his fellow countrymen,his comPATRIOTS and hand them to foreigners,more PATRIOTIC than those who lost their livelihoods unfairLEE just brcos the self-proclaimed PATRIOT wants HIGH GDP N HIGH GDP PER CAPITA to show off?

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  • CCK:

    A commie is also a patriot right ?

    Who fought harder against the Japs ? Chin Peng or one LKY ?

    Only PAP dafts are patriots ? Or are they LKY worshipers ? Royalty to country and loyalty to a mini god are two different things…

    Go study history (not PAP textbook history) and learn yourself some real truth …

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  • Suppression is destructive:

    Suppression of political opinion is destructive to the nation. Only a vibrant citizenry with free expression for or against the power of the day is healthy and a definition force against any foreign aggression or interference. Just for party interests and absolute control by a leader or a team leadership, freedom of expression particular political opinion for or against leading to a subdued citizenry thru threat and self gratifying amendement to the Constitution or laws of the land, the leadership is essentially consistent to the political cliché that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Such scenario is evidenced by a deliberate nurture of a bootlicking, brownnosing or polanpa culture meaning a compliant bureaucracy working to satisfy the interests and benefits of the source of bootlicking, brownnosing or polanpaing with additional financial load on the taxpayers by way of rewards for the bootlicking efforts. Professionalism will be totally annihilated with considerable risk in all professional performance which will adversely affects and endanger the lives of the inhabitants. Justice and other democratic tenets would be compromised and the health of the nation vibrancy will be rapidly destroyed. A zombic society results. If a government is working diligently in compliance with their sworn oath of office for the interests and benefits of the citizenry and not for foreigners or self gratification and benefits, why should there be a need to gag information and suppress political opinions or free expression and free assembly as these may be staged as appreciation rather than brickbats. it is only the evil will need to work in opacity and requiring a harlem of polanpas for self sustenance and cover for the activities that need to be gagged from the citizenry. Is GCT rationale for paying mlllions to minimized corruptive tendency justifiable? LHL in his Labour Day address urge the citizens to be more hungry, more greedy and more aggressive to steal the jobs from the foreigners shows that if you have a dollar, your corruptive appetite is of that order, which means the more you get the more you want and that is exactly the message.
    The exchange between Dr Thum and Shamm shows undoubtedly in favour of Dr Thum for is there really a necessity to defend if Dr Thum is incorrect. All it takes to convince the populace is to come clean with evidence without need of interpretation. There have been expressions of doubts within PAP rank and file even within the ministerial ranks. Shammy desperate efforts remove whatever doubts in the citizenry that the operation is self gratifying and not for national security as claimed or fake news or falsehood the theme of concern of the Select Committee.

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