Those who want Malaysia to be like Singapore which they claim to be better because of the republic's strict adherence to meritocracy should read this report,
Singaporeans want 'compassionate meritocracy'
For those who are too lazy to go to the link, I had lifted for them some points from the report which was about a survey carried out by the Singapore's Institute of Policy Studies,
- Singaporeans want a more compassionate society that is less stressful, with more family time
- respondents want a less competitive, more holistic education system, and one that is more inclusive, where students learn with others of different abilities and backgrounds.
- strong support for values such as honesty, politeness and graciousness, while risk-taking and enterprise took a backseat.
- the survey indicates "we want to move towards being a more inclusive, matured and gracious society".
- "There are certain aspects of Singapore society which have grown disproportionately in certain dimensions and other dimensions may have been neglected - very broadly speaking, the quality of life aspects."
Okay, Iet me start on this by saying that I have never really consider myself to be one of those anti-Singapore Malaysians. In fact, I do enjoy my regular visits across the Causeway back then when I was based in JB. I particularly like hanging out at the beautiful and very clean public parks during weekends and holidays.
But I don't think I would like to live in Singapore as I don't think I can have a better quality of life there compared to the one I'm having here in Malaysia.
Yes, maybe I can earn a higher income, but I think life in Singapore can be quite stressful due to the hyper competitive level at work place and also in everyday life.
My Singaporean cousins for instance started this being competitive business since they were in kindergarten. There's the kindergarten classes, lots of homework, tuition, ballet classes, piano classes etc. They were as busy as their hard working parents. All that in the hope of them being competitive so that when they grow up, they may survive the Singapore's meritocracy system.
Well, maybe things are now changing there. Maybe the Singaporeans have begun to appreciate a more laid back lifestyle...such as the one we are having in Malaysia.
I think the most ideal is to find a formula of balancing between the two.
I think Singaporeans need to relax a bit and not be too kiasu while Malaysians should cut down on bullshitting (especially of the political variety) as well as be more disciplined and productive.