Parties contesting in the General Elections 2015 have by now taken to stage and put forth their vision and ideas for Singapore. They claimed that their new policies for housing, healthcare, education and employment will put Singaporeans in a much better position and that our children will inherit a better Singapore.

After listening to them, I realise that what they really want is for the government to be less Kiasu in their policies and their expectations of growth so that Singaporeans can slow down and savour the fruits of their labour.

Daniel Goh rally speech at Hougang SMC summarised this perfectly “The problem is for 50 years, the PAP government has created a huge system that makes us all face these feelings of fear every day. Life however, is too short and special to be Kiasu, Kiasi and Kiagui.” (source)

Its funny how uniquely Singapore we are. The same Kiasu attitude that has brought us from being slumps to a shining metropolis is now threatening to divide the nation from the inside out. For the first time in independent Singapore history, all 89 seats are being contested – because apparently the level of Kiasuism is just too damn high

Since every alternative policy that the opposition parties are proposing stems from the government kiasu policies, we think it is time to look if we want to remove the word kiasu in Singaporeans dictionary completely – for a better Singapore.



Kiasu – (of a person) very anxious not to miss an opportunity, grasping.

Our grandfathers were immigrants;. Their Kiasuism saw them taking a chance in seeking a better life with Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew’s kiasuism when fighting for Singaporeans to be treated equally got us thrown out of the Malaysia. His Kiasuism for Singapore’s survival than saw us developed into a ‘shining red dot’.

The current government kiasuism for Singaporeans not to be left behind in a rapidly changing world made Singaporeans adapt and innovate so that they can be a global citizen who can value add wherever they go. They made us think about our place in this world and gave ample opportunities (regardless of race language or religion) for education and the upgrading of skills. They raise our standard of living, made our economy one of the best in the world and our people a highly valued commodity.

At the general elections this year, kiasuism is why the government is coming forward and telling you that there is so much more to do and that Singapore in the next 50 years can be even better.

Yet, opposition parties are coming forward to tell you that Singapore do not need Kiasu policies anymore – because we  already have so much and it is time to enjoy the fruits of our labour.

As kiasu Singaporeans , their policies should immediately raise red flags, who’s going to pay for them, can it last, is it really better, how does it actually work, will my child still be a global citizen and have jobs when he grows us, will our Sing dollar still be at least twice that of Malaysia ringgit?

Yes, being Kiasu is really really tiring because you are always afraid to lose out. But I would want my government to have no other attitude when planning for my future. – Their kiasu policies will not only ensure that we have a Singapore to come back to but also that we will be one of the best in the world. A future where tomorrow is always better than today, that the young can live lives better than their parents.

Policies have to be kiasu to be good, it is up to us to adapt accordingly if we chose to take a step back.

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