In the latest open letter addressed to PAP leaders that has gone viral, a young Singaporean implores the elected members of the ruling party, “Please, if you know what’s good for you and the nation, please, step down and stop dragging this country deeper into hell.”
This open letter comes as founder and Executive Director Christian relief and development agency, RADION International, Mr Eugene Wee expressed dismay at the disconnect between Government Ministers and the general public in another letter that also went viral.
In this latest letter, that was posted to Facebook group United Singaporean, young local Zorrow Chan opines that she feels PAP leaders are treating the country like a business empire instead of a nation and asks the Government to “stop dragging the rest of the nation down together with you.”
Claiming that she is “not a hardcore PAP hater,” Chan continued: “Let us have a go at running this country. You are free to pursue your own interests, and if you were really able to do as well in the private sector as you claimed you could, go ahead and make as much money as you can there. The public sector however, is about serving the people.”
Chan’s post has garnered over 400 shares and over 430 reactions on United Singaporean, as well as an additional 240 reactions and over 170 reactions on another Facebook page where it was re-posted. Read her letter in full here:
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In case you cannot read the above:
“I am a born and bred Singaporean. My grandfather was here long before Singapore’s independence, when it was still a British colony. We survived World War 2 and the Japanese invasion of Singapore. We thought that things would get better for us after independence. However, this is not the case when the PAP is treating the country like their business empire instead of a country.
“I am not a hardcore PAP hater. If they were doing things right and people were happy, I would have no reason to hate them. I don’t hate them for the sake of finding someone to hate or to vent my frustrations on. In the past 14 years, I feel that they have lost the mandate and will to lead us properly. I have observed silently from a distance. I did not want to be too quick to jump to conclusions or to judge them prematurely. However, enough time has passed and they have shown that they are not up to the mark.
“Granted, it is not easy to manage Singapore. Despite it being a small country that is much smaller than Malaysia and Indonesia, it has still survived. But we are not just looking at survival here. We don’t just want to survive. We want to thrive. Would you be happy with your life if all the money you earned was just enough to buy you food and water? There is a lot more to life than surviving. Unfortunately, the PAP has created an environment whereby Singaporeans are struggling to make ends meet.
“I don’t want to rub salt into PAP’s wound. Unfortunately, if they keep sufferring setback after setback, maybe they are just not cut out for the job. They reward themselves with high salaries despite not performing well. This is unacceptable. You do not receive the prize before winning the competition. You cannot put the bullcart in front of the horse. There is a proper way to do things.
“I have seen enough and I say that enough is enough. Stop dragging the rest of the nation down together with you. You have squandered enough of our reserves on stupid and foolish overseas investments. You do not know what you are doing. I implore the PAP to really take a good hard look at yourselves and ask yourselves what are you doing with this country.
“We do not have the luxury of time. The more you insist on your erroneous ways, the further away you bring us from success. I don’t want to see Singapore fail just because the PAP couldn’t bear to let someone else more capable take over. You had your chance and you failed. Get over it and move on. Move along and let someone who knows what they are doing take over. You keep putting people like Lui Tuck Yew and Khaw Boon Wan in charge, it really is not funny any more.
“So many have sufferred because of your incessant train breakdowns. So many were late for work, so many man hours of productivity lost. Can you ever adequately compensate these people and their companies for their losses? Why is there this stubborness within you that you think you can do it? Some people are just not cut out for certain jobs, they were just made that way. And I do not think you guys are cut out to be leaders. Let us take over, let us show you how it is done.
“Let us make Singapore into a better place that all of us can be proud of. Let us all work together to bring Singapore to greater heights and restore its former glory. However, people must be willing to accept their new places as not everyone can be a leader. Sometimes, leadership can be a burden, but we are young and we are willing to bear the burden as it is part and parcel of advancing and growing. Most of the PAP cadres are old uncles and aunties who seriously should be retired, not struggling to fight with the outside world which you guys have proven you are not adept or capable of doing.
“It is a big and complicated world out there. We face many challenges. It is a very diverse environment where people may have conflicting values and they may not mean what they say or say what they mean. But we know how to handle such people as we’ve been there and done that. Let us have a go at running this country. You are free to pursue your own interests, and if you were really able to do as well in the private sector as you claimed you could, go ahead and make as much money as you can there. The public sector however, is about serving the people. This is why when you look at the best Presidents in the world, they do not work for money. Money works for them. Look at people like Donald Trump, Dr Mahathir and Rodrigo Duterte. They have smashed your argument that you need to be paid handsomely in order to attract good and capable people.
“Please, if you know what’s good for you and the nation, please, step down and stop dragging this country deeper into hell.”