This is just a personal note to say that I am quite uncomfortable with the polarisation that seem to be happening in Singapore. Ok, people went on a frenzy in the lead up to the General Election and that is fine. But now, since the GE is over, there is absolutely no necessity to remain in gear five. A good driver would know that you cannot remain in gear five all the time and not avoid accidents; and that you cannot negotiate turns without switching gears down.
I am not saying that the perceived injustices have already been corrected or that there are no issues to be discussed. I am not even saying that we should opt for quiet diplomacy to change status quo over loud activism. What I am uncomfortable about is how these issues are highlighted.
I did say something about the Black Sunday movement some weeks ago on TOC. One of the reasons I said what I said, was not to intimidate anybody or to monger fear; but because I was concerned that people would go into events such as these and not know what they are getting in to. I felt that the organisers of such events should do proper homework and give enough information to the people who would turn up, to make an informed decision as to whether they should support such protests actively, or remain passive sympathisers.
I must say that I am also uncomfortable with colour-coded activism. I am reminded of the problems in Thailand over such colour-coded political activism, where the red shirts are pitted against the yellow shirts. I am convinced that a country like Singapore, cannot afford to go into such a situtation, and that such a movement would be detrimental to Singapore.
Injusctices and wrongs are here to stay with us. Even if the opposition forms the next government, there will be other injustices and perceived wrongs which activists must continue to fight.
I know that I may be criticised for writing this note. Maybe even flamed somewhere, but I must say what I have to say.
I have supported and personally championed many issues in the past few years, and have not shied away from something out of fear. Yes, I do get angry when I see injustices, but I do not rage all the time. I also am not hateful towards anybody.
Rage and hatred are bad for society and that is not the kind of Singapore I want my children and their children to grow up in.