WHEN I walk around my estate in Tampines, I find that many Singaporeans are not displaying our flag. Other than a few blocks decorated with flags by grassroots members, fewer blocks are adorned with symbols of our national pride this year.
I visited another part of Singapore and observed the same trend.
In my block, there is only one flag flying – from my apartment. I cannot help but ask if Singaporeans have lost their national pride.
Could it be that they are demonstrating their unhappiness with life in Singapore? Or could it be a show of unhappiness with the Government, which they equate with the country?
National pride and political affiliation are separate issues. I fly my flag because I love my country and want to show the world that I stand united with my fellow Singaporeans, regardless of race, language, religion and political affiliation.
We will be a laughing stock if we continually complain about the influx of foreigners, yet do not even bother to fly our flag in the lead-up to National Day. How would other countries view us? Would they regard us as a country united on the surface but divided at the core?
We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary of nation-building next year and it would be very sad if Singaporeans do not feel proud about it.
I urge my fellow citizens to fly the flag and be proud Singaporeans.
With National Day around the corner, what better time to demonstrate national pride?
David Tan Kok Kheng
Sengkang MP He Ting Ru said she was dismayed that many Singaporeans are living with racism. "There is no place in our society for racism, sexism or xenophobia," she wrote.