Thanks, PAP. It’s Christmas.

In the spirit of the season, I’d like to thank our ruling party for what they have been doing for us over the years. Maybe I’ll cop some flak from friends for this, but I believe that a man’s faults do not mean that he has no merits. After all, we’ve been taught to be thankful – for life, for friends, in good times and bad, yes, even for government.

I’m not keeping score here, not analysing the angles and motives, not trying to make any political point. This is me being thankful for what is, no matter if I or anyone else thinks that credit should be diminished, or that we paid too high a price for it. So thanks, PAP for:

A job I can raise my family on thanks to a stable, if inflationary, economy. Here’s hoping everyone, white collar or blue, will be able to enjoy this as well.

A country that is physically safe thanks to conscription and a tough judiciary. It is priceless not to have to worry about your family’s safety.

Public transport that works frequently enough for me to come face-to-face with hundreds of my fellow Singapore residents every day.

An awesome neighborhood that came free with the 3-room HDB I paid a small fortune for.

Religious freedom, so that atheists can tell me that what I believe in is garbage, after which I can insist it’s all true and invite them to church.

A future for my kids. Not a better future, because “better” is just “different” with plastic surgery done, but one that’s not dark and cold, and where robots rule the world.

So there it is – I live in a great country, and the PAP has been and is a big part of what has made it great. Injustice, failure, inhumanity, unfairness and weakness are still problems for the PAP but here, today, I’m just saying thanks for the good stuff.

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