Thursday, 14 July 2011
Belief, Sacrifice And Independence.
I was deeply touched and heartened when I read the ST Interview of the civil service veteran Mr Philip Yeo on 13 July 2011. Speaking of the limited Government Scholarships available, he said, I quote "Because if you live in a bungalow, do you really need a scholarship? Government money is finite." Many ordinary Singapore families will think it is within their right and entitlement to apply for such Scholarships for their children even though they can afford them. But Mr Yeo' s children's overseas expenses came from his own pocket although his 2 children qualified for the Scholarships. His belief and his sacrifice for the more needy and deserving children in the heartlands deserves Singaporeans notice and admiration! I wonder how many of our Ministers' children are on Government's Scholarships. It will not speak well of their belief and values system considering the Million Dollars salaries they draw yearly! With the impending Elected Presidency Election getting closer, I will be voting for a President - mind you all 3 candidates professing their "Independence" - who possesses such inherent qualities of belief, sacrifice and independence that all Singaporeans can be proud of! This is what I hope for the next level of excellence for the Elected President!