There was never any doubt in my mind that the bill would be passed since parliament is dominated by MPs from the ruling party.
As Singaporeans would know, the Singapore Pledge starts with We, the citizens of Singapore..
We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.
Ever since the ruling party came to power in 1959, we, the citizens of Singapore kept giving in till they climbed over our heads and lorded over us.
And we, the citizens of Singapore still kept giving in.
And one of the major ways in which we, the citizens of Singapore did that was the votes cast in General Elections. The ruling party and its parliament will keep passing such laws, which they have done since they came to power, because they believe they have the mandate from we, the citizens of Singapore to pass such laws.
And also because they know the majority of we, the citizens of Singapore won’t do anything due to a number of reasons, by themselves or in combination: de-politicised over decades; scared out of their wits by intimidation, threats and ‘kill the chicken to scare the monkey tactics’; just plain apathy and don’t give a damn; go with the system and don’t care about such ‘silly stuff’; hardcore believers in the system even when injustices stare them in their faces, etc.
We, the citizens of Singapore can rightly blame the PAP government, the pro-govt news media, etc but at the same time should also take the blame or at least, some of the blame for the situation.
We, the citizens of Singapore should ask for, and demand, why we can’t have safety AND civil liberties instead of the PAP government’s decades old safety OR civil liberties stance. Too many trade-offs over so many years have led us to this current situation in which such laws are passed willy-nilly.
Some, even most, may find what i’ve said is too harsh and maybe even offensive. I didn’t write this to win a popularity contest.