Singapore democracy: towards a democratic society via National Pledge

Malaysian human rights groups and political parties have vigorously protested against the unprofessional manner in which the police dealt with protesters at anti-iSA (Internal Security Act) vigils.

They accused the police of
-arbitrary arrests
-use of excessive force 

They want the authorities to review the various laws that hinder an individual’s righs to freedom of assembly.

By now you may be curious as to what all this has to do with Singapore. 

Those who follow events in Malaysia are struck by how Malaysians strenuously attempt to build a democratic society. 

Unlike Malaysia, Singapore has the National Pledge which students recite daily, and ministers and MPs, movers and shakers of society and citizens on National Day, all solemnly pledging to build a democratic Singapore. 

Shockingly, after 45 years of independence and pledging to build a democratic country, we are still light years away from our objective. 

Singaporeans can say The Pledge ten times a day but if the sincerity is lacking, Singapore will still not have achieved democratic ideals in the next 45 years. 

If this is not lip service, then I don’t know what is. 


3 Responses to “Singapore democracy: towards a democratic society via National Pledge”

  1. Democracy itself is an ideal and exactly whose democracy are we emulating? US? India? The government keep telling us, we are not ready for US kind of democracy.

    The gist of the pledge is what follows. Based on justice and equality, you have this society framework so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.

    • As it’s universally acknowledged, democratic ideals encompass, among other things, freedom of speech and assembly.

      It surprises no one at the assertion that Singapore is not ready for democracy. Every ruling party desires to hang onto power as long as they could.

  2. Malaysia also has a pledge. It is called Rukunegara. But the school kids only recite it weekly, for those in public schools.

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