During the last election, Minister Lim Swee Say said heng ah, he was born in Singapore and many Singaporeans agreed with him.
But the truth is, you don’t have to be born in Singapore to be heng in Singapore:
1) Minster Khaw Boon Wan, Senior Minister of State Amy Khor are amongst those who weren’t born in Singapore but who heng heng became Singapore’s political elites.
2) DBS CEO wasn’t born in Singapore but still heng heng became a top banker in Singapore.
3) Hyflux CEO wasn’t born in Singapore but still heng heng became a top entrepreneur in Singapore.
4) Many of our SIA pilots are foreign born but are heng just the same in Singapore.
5) There have been so many generations of bright foreign born students who were heng heng given scholarships to study in Singapore and eventually succeeded in Singapore.
6) We have athletes born in relatively poorer East Europe and dirt poor Africa who heng heng became Singapore’s top footballers.
So if you think you are heng to be born in Singapore, think again. You could have been born anywhere in the world and still be heng in Singapore.
To say otherwise would be to suggest that you are less deserving than your foreign born counterpart and have been given a good life only because you are Singapore born and not because you are actually good.
But we know that is not the case because in Singapore, meritocracy trumps everything else including nationality and origin of birth. So no, you don’t have to be born in Singapore to be heng in Singapore.