Saturday, August 11, 2007

NSP National Day Message 2007

The following is the National Day Message printed on flyers given out on National Day.

National Day Message 2007

National Day is upon Singapore again. It should be an occasion for joy, pride, and hope as the nation and its citizens celebrate nationhood, especially in what the government touted the "Golden Period". Yet, the reality is more sombre.

The liberal policies on indiscriminate admission of immigrants and foreign workers into Singapore have created a massive challenge for citizens. Workers fight for survival against an influx of cheaper alternatives, constantly uncertain about the earning power of their income as they age. While places like Hong Kong are aiming to have 60% of the cohort students getting a degree, our local students are fighting over lesser allotments in schools as the government reserves 20% of places in our universities for foreign students which results in lesser enrolment of local students. Retirement becomes a fantasy as citizens forgo the luxury and work to their last breath.

A declining birth rate means that the ambitious plan to increase the population could only be realised by massive import of immigrants. But how will the rickety infrastructure cope with the accelerated pace of population growth? Are citizens expected to accept, as a way of life, shortages of hospital bed, blood and doctors, crowded buses and trains, traffic jams and more ERP gantries, more compact but costly housing estates?

Citizens have for many years been languishing under the continual horde of increments in taxes, charges, fees, and levies. Healthcare cost continues to leap ahead even as services to citizens are sacrificed to pander to foreign medical tourists. University tuition fees for citizens increased even as government grants state scholarships funded by taxpayers to foreign students, to the point of depriving citizens a place in tertiary institutions.

The broiling property market adds to the chaos for citizens as valuable land is demarcated for more property development. In the process, the property bubble inflates and induces cost of living to rise in tandem. Rent-pressure (notably on Small-Medium enterprises) forces businesses to pass the cost to consumers. All these translate to lesser savings for citizens to cope with daily expenses, emergencies, and old age.

Property bubble benefits foreign speculators and buyers who have no qualms on cashing out their assets at the right opportunity, possibly causing a massive plunge in property price with disastrous consequences for the country and its citizens. Citizens should not have to live with the consequence of being the 'ATM of the world'.

In the midst of these punishments, citizens are further burdened with an incredulous GST hike, which invariably creates an upward inflationary spiral which the government refused to acknowledge is hurting the people.

When national policies reduce citizens to a sense of unfairness, marginalisation, and oppression, can citizens be expected to cultivate a sense of belonging and ownership? Should we be surprised that citizens are fleeing Singapore, and rebuffing government effort to lure them back?

And will our national identity fade away as foreigners and naturalised citizens outnumber the original citizens? Can we expect the foreign arrivals to assimilate overnight? Or are we to accept the dilution of our national identity?

Do Singapore citizens have substantial reasons to celebrate National Day with a real inner sense of joy, pride, and hope? Do you want to leave this legacy for your future generations?

National Solidarity Party
Central Executive Council

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

National Day Specials

It is yet another National Day. I have planned to write a special article about "Core Values" of our Nation initially but it seems that I will have to do it later in the month.

Today is a busy day for both my NSP colleagues, my ex-WP colleagues and I. WP members have gone around this morning to wish Singaporeans Happy National Day. NSP members have also gone to Tampines & City Hall MRT station to wish Singaporeans a Happy National Day. We have also given out a very well designed flier which contains our National Day Message to Singaporeans. At the same time, we also gave out free National flags to children.

Early this morning, I received a SMS about Martyn See's latest social film specially released on National Day. This is one of the best local films I have watched so far on the net. I love the way he uses the recording of Hokkien (a Chinese dialect) song for the first part of the film. It adds local favor to the whole production. This production is basically showing the plight of the under-class, under privileged, financially poor citizens we have in Singapore, in spite of the many self-proclaimed World Class achievements PAP government have made.

Incidentally, I have written a Chinese poem today based on the inspirations I get from yesterday's Chinese evening newspaper:



It somehow coincides with Martyn See's theme.

In this PAP's self-proclaimed "Golden Period", there are still many Singaporeans are living just above porverty line by an urban standards/. There are still people picking cans to make a living. There are still people begging for money and there are still people selling tissues to make enough for their three meals.

Just let us pause for a moment in this celebration mood to ponder about what we have achieved for these citizens of ours. They may not be "elites" or "talents"" but they are definitely one of us.

Goh Meng Seng