November 22, 2007
However, in melding Western democratic ideals with an authoritarian government where citizen participation is minimal, the PAP has manufactured generations of Singaporeans that are driven but politically apathetic, hardworking but lacking in originality. In removing the teeth of citizen involvement from the mouth of the Democratic tiger, the PAP has disarmed the greatest asset it possesses: the people.
In essence, we have assassinated the Singapore Hero even before he or she was born.
Singapore has been desperately trying to produce sporting heroes. Millions have been pumped into the various Sports Associations with the hopes of producing the nation's first Olympic champion since Tan Howe Liang in the 1960 Olympic Games.
While there is nothing wrong with seeding funds for a national cause, we must remember that heroes are not manufactured; they are shaped by circumstances. Better financial backing alone is not enough to create a hero: what it takes is tremendous character and substance.
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