Friday, July 25, 2008

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

The world will look up and shout "Save us!"

... And I'll whisper "No."

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Actions speak louder than words.

It's funny how a maxim like that, cliched as it is, is so easily forgotten despite the constant repetition.

Our government says stuff about charity and how we should give. Do they ever lead by example?

One wonders.

PM's poignant speech on giving worth airing I HAD the privilege of attending the opening of The Giving Place, officiated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, on Monday.

Although a simple event, it was poignant, simply effective and manifestly well presented.

I hope PM Lee's speech will be aired in its entirety on TV so generations of Singaporeans will understand the self-help values of our forefathers. Only by knowing the past, can we fathom the present and shape the future.

In his speech, he noted the tradition of giving, which started even in the early days when well-off immigrants gave back to help others who had just arrived. Schools, hospitals and other infrastructures were built with this money. He also explained how we, as a small city state, have chosen the proven approach of a low- tax and high self-reliance regime to build the nation. In the light of volunteerism, this often-noted statement comes to unique clarity. Also, his mention of many great American philanthropists will help spur leading industrialists in Singapore to heightened serving. I believe this speech should be on the 'must listen' list for all leading corporate figures in Singapore to know the past and possible future of this small city state.

The other highlight was the speech by Mr Stanley Tan, chairman of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). His humble story of his beginning and personal life journey to philanthropy should serve as guiding values for future leaders in the giving sector.

I believe the dedication of staff of the NVPC and the invisible helping hands who made the centre possible deserve the support and accolade of all Singaporeans. If more Singaporeans experience what I did on Monday, I am sure this country will see greater passion for a shared vision for a better future.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Ordinary Miracle



Isn’t it remarkable?
Like every time a raindrop falls
It’s just another ordinary miracle today

~Sarah Mclachlan