Have faith in the Singapore spirit

Have faith in the Singapore spirit

SINGAPORE- While Mr Mano Sabnani has identified key areas of concern for Singapore, I disagree with his pessimistic view ("Challenges for S'pore in 2014"; Monday).

Singaporeans cannot be accused of complaining excessively.

Immigration and Internet culture are not issues that are solely confined to Singapore society. Developed states all over the world, such as Britain and the United States, are also grappling with these same issues.

Reactions in these countries are very much similar to Singaporeans' reactions. Our people are, thus, exhibiting the natural response to these impending challenges.

The key to resolving this problem is to actively engage the people and gain their confidence.

This can be done by the Government constantly reaching out to Singaporeans, taking their views into account and providing them with assurances that it is trying its best.

As governments worldwide try to overcome an increasing lack of trust by their people, it is important that our Government redouble its efforts in building rapport with its people.

Singaporeans are not a weak people. We have behind us a history of unity and determination to succeed.

In 2003, we united to fight Sars. During the haze crisis last year, people went out to distribute face masks to residents.

We may complain, but when faced with a common threat, we rise to the occasion.

As 2014 gets under way, let us have a little faith in the Singapore spirit - that as one united people, with perseverance and diligence, we can overcome the challenges that we meet, and make 2014 a better year than the last.

Ng Qi Siang

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