WITH the upcoming 2017 Presidential Election reserved for Malay candidates, many Singaporeans have started quoting the pledge to express their unhappiness with the G.
Sadly, whether it is deliberate, or whether they had failed their English exams, the Government is doing exactly what the pledge says.
Let’s break it down ….
“We, the citizens of Singapore, pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.”
When you read the sentence, the part about “regardless of race, language or religion” refers to being “one united people”.
It does not reference the point about having a democratic society. The part where the G has indeed contradicted the pledge is when they have opted to choose equity or equality. Our pledge say that we will build a “democratic society based on justice and equality”.
But do Singaporeans really understand the meaning of equality? The diagram below says it all. If the G does not help the Malays, then we would be doing them a great injustice.
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