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PEOPLE'S ACTION PARTY|
Is based on the need for action, not as a consequence of forethought and planning, but as a fundamental basis for SURVIVAL.
At any one moment, Singapore, as a country, is in ACTION. It is either acting correctly, or else, it is acting incorrectly. Some courses of action are forced on it by circumstance. Others have taken place by chance. Still others are initiated and sustained by conscious effort and will power.
Alleviation of poverty, of homelessness, of crime and corruption, are basic actions that any government should be ACTING on, all the time, whether it be in the early days of the founding of Singapore, in its zenith of wealth, or in its current moment of sorrow and loss.
The question, therefore, of what Singapore should do or ACT ON is silly. It should be alleviating poverty. It should be reducing homelessness. It should be preventing crime. It should be preventing and rooting out corruption. Yesterday, TODAY, and tomorrow.
As to how to invest its sovereign wealth, to invent its role in a changed world, to preserve its successes in technology, defense, banking and trade, these are questions of WHAT TO THINK, HOW TO THINK, AND HOW TO IMPLEMENT SUCH THINKING.
In matters of what to think, Singapore should privately invite thinkers who are not beholden to any foreign government, and foreign so-called "think tank", or foreign banking institute, but not limited to its own local talents. Like Japan, it should seek out its own ex-pats in foreign countries who know these resources, technologies, markets and regulations, bring them back to Singapore for a series of discussions, because to know where to go, how to get there, and what steps to avoid, Singapore needs EYES, EARS and TOUCH. This is where Singapore has failed in the past decade. Its eyes have become blurry with cataracts, its ears deaf from noise pollution, and its fingers and toes, numb with the execesses of the sweet life.
Wake up, Singapore. See the world again with new eyes. Hear the world with new ears. And touch the world with new hands. Then, think of where to go with new minds. But always keep your feet planted firmly on the needs of the citizens of Singapore - food, shelter, transportation, education, and a well-paying job enough to meet all these needs without social welfare. Above all, ACT now, as Lee Kuan Yew would have yelled to his troops in the early days of the founding of Singapore. Do not let your mind paralyze your body, your depleted senses paralyze your mind, and your sadness paralyze your heart. Live, like Lee Kuan Yew, would have wanted you to do. You live only when you ACT.