Singapore may be a tiny nation but we are definitely no push-overs. Heck we came from swamps to become a metropolis within 50 years by no chance or fluke.
We have leaders that serve with their heart and make decisions with Singaporeans interest in mind.
We have proved time and again that we neither bow down to external pressure nor take a populist stance for policies.
We do what we have to do to make Singapore work for all of us and our future generations. Period.
United Nations Assembly
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 20 April, our dear minister K.Shanmuggam just told everyone at the meeting to “Fark off and Die”.
There is a growing rift among countries on how to tackle drugs use. Some are sticking to continuing with their hardline stance while others are switching to an approach known as harm reduction which effectively concedes that a drug-free world is impossible and therefore policies should be designed to minimise the harm associated with drug use.
They wanted Singapore to consider policies that make our fight against illicit drugs less punitive and to perhaps legalise certain drugs such as cannabis.
(Singapore has some of the toughest anti-drugs laws in the world, and its customs forms warn arriving travelers of “death for drug traffickers” in no uncertain terms. Singapore has hanged dozens of foreigners and locals for narcotics offences in the last decade alone)
(It was then that something in Shanmuggam snapped!)
Shan initially replied that every country “should have the right to choose” the approach that works best for them, based on their unique norms and circumstances.
“We are not very impressed with rhethoric alone. Good speeches are one thing, enjoying safety and security … that is different,” he said. “letting your 10-year-old child take public transport alone – that is different,…”
“I say to anyone with a different view – come forward. I am prepared to compare our experiences with any city that you choose. Show us a model that works better, that delivers a better outcome for citizens, and we will consider changing. “If that cannot be done, then don’t ask us to change,”
What a man!.
Thank you Sir!
(For his full speech. Click here!)