Some of you may not know, but I am not a Singapore-born Singaporean.
I was born in Selangor, Malaysia. When I was three years old, my parents brought me to Singapore, and we've been living here since. I got my Singapore citizenship when I was about 10 years old. So, I am practically a Singaporean from head to toe - I look like a Singaporean, dress like a Singaporean and talk like a Singaporean. Most importantly of all, I feel totally Singaporean.
I feel blessed that I live in a country like this. Singapore, to me, is a beautiful and clean country with much to offer. Even though many people complain about how controlling the government is at times, I don't really feel the same. I like it that our government is upright and uncorrupted. I like it that Singaporeans are 'obedient' because of the culture that has been built up in this country. I know that's weird, because most people like to talk about more freedom of speech and public voice, but I strangely think that it is the very thing that has kept our country peaceful and stable all these years. I, for one, do not think I will feel happier if there are strikes on the streets everyday, because public voices prevail. I'd much prefer a peaceful life where everything is orderly. But of course, purely my personal opinion.
Even though I wish all the time that the education system in Singapore can be less regimental, I know it's just an inevitable phenomena. I do wish my kids can grow up in a more carefree environment and not have to be so competitive since young. I wish we have more open spaces for kids to run around freely, but I guess that's a very lavish idea to have considering how scarce and expensive land is in Singapore.
I like it that I feel safe wherever I am in Singapore. I thank God for the low crime rate here, and I can have an assurance of heart that my kids are not in danger all the time. I like it that I can find food and shopping at any time of the day or night in Singapore, unlike some countries where they practically become dead towns after 5pm. I like it that we are a big melting pot of races, cultures and religions, and yet all dwelling together in harmony. It's the one precious thing that our country has, but many have taken it for granted. In many other countries, strife happens on a daily basis, and I cannot imagine how tiring that must be.
On this year's National Day, I pray that Singapore will become even more prosperous and economically viable. I pray that we will continue to sustain the order, security and safety in this country. I pray that this place I call my home, will continue to be a wonderful place of living for my kids for generations to come.
God bless Singapore! :)
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