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NDP 2021 – Pure arrogance and recklessness

NDP to continue as planned with MINDEF reviewing scale of parade and safety measures- page A9, ST, 21 July 21.

Our National Day (ND) is under 3 weeks away but this year’s ND is much different from past NDs.

This year’s ND comes at a time when we as a country is literally fighting a war against an invisible but no less dangerous and deadly enemy.

Our patriotism and our love for our country is not only displayed during our ND and the NDP only. It is shown and manifested in many ways throughout the year by citizens who care, who are concerned and their love for this little red dot such as helping the weaker members of our society, speaking out when unfairness and injustice prick our conscience such as the lack of a living wage for the most vulnerable wage earners among us or choosing not to be a coward or a sucker but to call out loud and clear when the king is naked and unfortunately, our king is often naked nowadays.

We must never, never forget that Safety is Always First. Safety of our citizens is never second or third. In a time like now when C19, especially the mutated and highly transmissible Delta variant is circulating in our midst, mass vaccination is below target and unlinked cases are in the double digits, it is pure arrogance and recklessness of the pap government if it presses on with the NDP.

Extraordinary times must demand extraordinary courage, extraordinary wisdom, extraordinary discipline and extraordinary judgement from the political leaders and sadly, I am not convinced that we have that.

Pap ministars must not repeat the mistake of ignoring calls by Singaporeans to ban DP and STVP holders from India etc when C19 was ravaging India just not too long ago.

Even though the government has assured Singaporeans that safety measures will be stepped up, still, NDP crowd’s favourites such as the chinook state flag and fighter plane flypasts, the Red Lion free fall parachuting and the fireworks etc never fail to attract large gatherings of crowds and crowds do not only form around the floating platform. Pockets of crowds form from MBS to Gardens by the Bay to MBF Centre to Collyer Quay and elsewhere etc.

Our sense of priority between holding even a scaled down NDP vs the risk of further transmission and infection must not be miscalculated. If it does, it will be the people who will pay the price for their government’s vanity, stubbornness and recklessness.

To the 4G pap government, you have been warned.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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12 Responses to “NDP 2021 – Pure arrogance and recklessness”

  • ah chik:

    National Day should really be Nationals’ Day,ya?
    Whats there to celebrate when nationals are treated worse than non-nationals in one’s own country?

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  • 4D Leaders - Where's Yr Brain?:

    Please do not your brains in the drain (especially Lawrence}.

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  • MarBowling:

    The annual NDP is the SHOWCASE and SHOWPIECE of Mai Hum to show PROUDLY to EVERYONE especially foreign investors and the 61.24% the MARVELLOUS ECONOMIC ACHIEVEMENT the PAST YEAR under the armpit of him and by extension his Wifey Holee Jinx. So die die must carry on. Moreover, lucrative and lubricating contracts have LOONG ago given to those USUAL organizers of this annual event that involve lots of $$$ and eager folks. If cancelled, what to do with those decorative and expensive stuffs? Keep for next next NDP or Dump into the Marina Barrage?

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  • Prata Man:

    If they can close down the MICE industry, how can they can go ahead with such large-scale gathering event. All those who were fine, visa revolted & deported for breaching social gathering were penalized unfairly. The law is not consistently applied.

    Great leader leads by example, lousy one leads by flipping pratas.

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  • Billy ma:

    Ever since PAP hijacked our National Day to become PAP Day, many Singaporeans no longer have much or any interest on this day.

    This is not about loyalty or whatever, we can still feel & care about our nation in our way.

    PAP had turn our independent day for it’s own party display.
    It’s by PAP, for PAP, to PAP.

    Even national rally has become a bragging time for PAP.

    So there or not, many no longer pay attention to nation day.

    Just count how many households put up the national flag & you can gauge the sentiment of the people.

    Even PAP & the PAP president had given up encouraging people to display the flag.

    Sad. Very sad that it has degenerated to this pathetic state.

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  • John Richards:

    It’s always PAP before the interests of the citizens and country.

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  • Harder Truths:

    The reason is they HAVE to spend your money. Or they will not be able to claim their huge salaries and other stuff as an excuse, when in reality they do practically nothing anyway.

    Every year they need to spend more and more while you have to fork out more and live with less and less.

    Why this? Because they can. who is goingto stop them? The Ballsless? Good luck with that.

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  • C wong:

    In advanced countries it’s just called Founders Day and a quiet public holiday. Here it’s just to glorify the paper. And prey I ask why mist it be celebrate d every year. Total waste of money. Biannually will do if u ask me. They spend a whole year preparing for it all these mindef pp.

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  • opposition dude:

    If those with tickets refrain from going then this would not be an issue. But you guys all know about human stupidity so I shall say no more. Same goe for the crowds who gather, we can only hope that no one is carrying the virus since they won’t be observing safe distancing and will be cheering loudly as well as making other loud noises.

    Most of us can’t be at the parade anyway, Covid or not, so just stay home and watch it instead. Here’s to hoping cases come down to below 30 daily by the start of August!

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  • Tremendous:

    What the chiefs mean is the villagers cannot have large gatherings on their own even if they mask up, but when THE PARADE is here, LARGER gatherings are permitted. No matter what fanciful excuse they give, anyone must be idiots not to see the problem. Haha.

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  • 61:

    The problem is we have 61% here don’t see the problem. Our education institutions don’t teach them to think. We are doomed.

    Tremendous:
    What the chiefs mean is the villagers cannot have large gatherings on their own even if they mask up, but when THE PARADE is here, LARGER gatherings are permitted. No matter what fanciful excuse they give, anyone must be idiots not to see the problem. Haha.

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  • NarcissistDiabolicalPerversion:

    “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is Fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt

    It’s a macho infantile thing – this Incorporated Nationalism of the Pappy Crony Capitalists

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