Thursday, May 24, 2012
Khaw Boon Wan resonates
An excerpt from Khaw BW speech:
"Voters in HG. I believe you are no different from Singaporeans living elsewhere. You have your dreams, just as we have our dreams. We all want our children to grow up in a safe, peaceful country, with opportunities aplenty to stretch their potential. We want others to respect us, Singaporeans, as decent rational people. We want to carry our Singapore passport proud.
Look around you, and match it against the negative messages that you have heard from WP in the past 21 years. Their rhetorics are effective in arousing anger but are they fair?
It is easy to criticise but it is hard work to come up with solutions. And there are no solutions which can satisfy all. When I volunteered to be the Housing Minister, many urged me to bring down property prices. I received even more emails warning me against bringing the prices down! We are building more studio apartments and nursing homes because there is a high demand. But we encounter local resistance when we try to build them near their blocks.
This is the difficulty of being in Government and to do the right thing for Singaporeans. Fortunately, Singapore has made progress because the vast majority supports a good responsible Government. And we always stay united as one people. The world we live in is getting tougher, more competitive. We wish our life can be less stressful, but the world marches on, regardless of our preference.
If we do not also move on, we get left behind. This unfortunately is the truth.
Tomorrow is Cooling Off Day, let’s take a pause and reflect on our achievements, despite the odds. How far we have come. Living in the little red dot is not easy, but this is our home." – Excerpt from Minister Khaw’s Speech @ PAP Rally
Campaign rules do not allow singing, so Khaw BW took the chorus of Kit Chan's "Home" to recite with the audience. People are not Vulcans, you have to reach them at the heart level too.
Posted by PengYou at 8:59 PM