I am embarking on a project starting from this very day(301105) to make a small effort in preserving Singapore history, heritage and culture.
1. To preserve our heritage, monuments, culture in writing and pictorial before it disappeared all together.
2.To discover and explore unknown facts surrounding Singapore and its history and heritage.
3. To allow Singaporeans to better understand our history, heritage, and the process of nation-building
Origins of Street Names, Landmarks, Monuments, Historical Sites etc. and where are they now ?
Personnel that have contributed to Singapore;i.e. Governors, Businessmen, Philanthropists etc.
I'm currently looking for interested parties to join me in this endeavor and I would most appreciate anyone who has information, pictures, videos, books etc. that are related to the past or any other useful materials or personnels that would aid me in any way towards fulfilling this dream of mine..
For more information, kindly contact me (Bernard Chen Jiaxi) @ 96788872 or you can choose to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much.
Who is the Prime Minister of Singapore
Name the Education Minister of Singapore?
When was Singapore founded?
How old is Singapore?
Looks easy enough I guess, but I would not be surprised that Singapore youths could have diffculty answering such questions relating to the history and all the relevant on-goings in Singapore. Why is this the case?
The education system and the relevant curriculum that Singapore students are exposed to are not inclined towards "nationalising the masses". There's a lack of learning on the history, politics and national issues which constitutes a critical aspect of being a Singaporean. Education forms an important aspect of forging a national identity among Singapore youths. 1. Why were young German men willing to take the instructions of a maniac in the form of Adolf Hilter, and risk their young, precious life on the battlefield?
2. Why is it that Japanese soliders pledge their life to the Emperor and the success of Japan's war effort during the Second World War?
3. Why do Chinese still very much hate the Japanese?
In order to answer the above questions, one only have to look at what the respective governments do with education with the young. From a young age, they were taught to love their country, busk in the achievements of their nation. They were always being reminded of their history, heritage and knowledge of their nation which they hold dear. This is what the Singapore education system is sorely lacking. Singaporeans, especially the young (3rd generation Singaporeans)lack a sense of national identity!
I propose a radical way to solve this serious problem that might in the long run threaten our very survivial; especially during times of a national crisis and/or diffculties which many Singapore youths are not accustomed to. We need a war but we should not initiate one. War is the best tool in the "nationalisation of the masses".
War will be the catalyst for our political and nationalistic awakening. War serves to transform the existing system of individualistic pursuits, uniting the entire population under one cause in the process; to rid our land of enemies and invaders. In short, War acts as a melting pot of regionalism from which a geniunely united Singapore could be forged.
Unless we revamp the education system with respect to nationalistic teachings or we risk having Singaporeans who might, at the end of the day, be shallow, ignorant and even naive.Canada -- the Problematics of National Identity
Would there be any chance in the foreseeable future that there would be a change of government in Singapore? An examination of some key factors behind the fall of any politcal party would give us a clue to the sustainability of PAP’s rule in Singapore. 1. Disillusionment with the government.
It’s worth noting that any government must keep the faith of the people intact. The role of the government is a simple one: to ensure that there’s peace, progress, development, and the multiplying of wealth within the nation itself. (Bread and butter issues) Failure to do so would only incur the frustration, disillusionment of the masses and this would set the motion of change in place and the eventually downfall of the government is inevitable.
The Great Depression of 1929 made Hitler possible. Without the experience of poverty, the humiliation of Germany, and the upheaval of a total economic meltdown, Hitler would not have rose to power on a wave of popular discontent with the Weimar Republic led by Gustav Stresemann. The German people realized that the Weimar republic could not solve their problems and offer them what they needed, thus the look for an alternative began and ended with the election of Hitler into government. In short, the Weimar Republic had lost all forms of credibility in the eyes of the majority of Germans and it’s time to initiate changes.
Similarly, in Argentina in 2001, we see the effect of a disillusioned populace in initiating the changing of the guard not once but 4 times in a matter of months. The cause of the people’s grievances stemmed from the inability of the government to prevent Argentina from defaulting on its debts, leading eventually to an economic crisis. Confrontations between the police and citizens became a common sight, and fires were also set on Buenos Aires avenues. The violent protests of December 20 and 21, 2001 in Plaza de Mayo, where demonstrators clashed with the police, ended with several dead, and precipitated the fall of the government. President Fernando de la Rúa fled the Casa Rosada in a helicopter on December 21.2. A Credible Opposition
Sometimes, the only way that there could be changes in the leadership of the nation depends on the opposition themselves. If the opposition is able to potray itself as being better than the ruling party and convince the masses that life would be better under the opposition, then in this case, the opposition stands a great chance in toppling the ruling party.
The way to go about doing this is to present sound arguments which question the ruling party’s ability to run the country. In such a scernario, the ruling party would be answerable to the people and failure to do so, would incur the warth of the people that brought them to power in the 1st place. A look at Thai Rak Thai led by Thaksin in the Thai parliamentary elections of 2001, PAS in Kelantan and Terengganu in the GE of 2001, the British Labour party in 2001, The Republicans led by Bush in 2000, and more recently in Poland this year would more than justify the fact that any party with capable, honest leaders, well-oiled politcal machinery and most important of all, a credible and justifiable challenge to the ruling party could derail the ruling party from power. Why Thaksin succeeds?3. Allegiance of the military
Mao Zedong once remarked, “ Power comes out of the barrel of the gun.”
For this instance, the facts will bring across the message that the military is the passport to power.
1936: Part of the army seizes control of parts of Spain commencing the Spanish Civil War. Later General Francisco Franco assumes control of the country.
1937: Brazilian president Getúlio Vargas, governating democratically until then, launches a self-coup and becomes the Dictator of Brazilian Estado Novo.
1943: Military coup in Argentina leads to the ascent of extremely popular President Juan Perón.
1958: Military coup in Pakistan. Army Chief and Defence Minister Gen. Ayub Khan overthrows the government of Iskander Mirza and becomes President after a winning a rigged referendum.
1973: Military coup in Chile. The democratically elected Marxist president Salvador Allende is replaced by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
1999: Military coup in Pakistan. Army refuses to obey Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government. General Pervez Musharraf becomes dictator (with the title "Chief Executive") and exiles Nawaz Sharif to Saudi Arabia.
2005: Military coup in Mauritania overthrows president Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, who came to power after a coup, in 1984.
Thus, in a nutshell, it is highly impossible that the PAP will lose power any time soon. Their stranghold on power would not be very much affected by the weak and ineffectual opposition in Singapore. As long as Singapore doesn't plunges into an unprecedented economic collapse (remember the PAP lost the most number of seats during the 1997 GE; the year of the Asian Financial crisis) where the livelihood of every Singaporeans is affected on a widespread and lasting scale, the PAP will contiune as the paramount and supreme leader of Singapore,
unless of course the military decides to take things into thier own hands.
*The motion of a revolution is in place. A change is now very much inevitable !
One day, we will rise !
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