Why celebrate at Orchard Rd if it is not special, Cynical Investor?

I refer to the 12 May 2014 TR Emeritus article “What’s so special about downtown Orchard Rd, Gilbert?” by Cynical Investor.

Mr Investor dismisses Mr Gibert Goh’s claim that our sovereignty will be threatened by the Filipino’s celebration of Independence Day at Orchard Road on the basis of his belief that the Filipinos are not claiming sovereignty; that they would rather claim Lucky Plaza instead and that Filipino pride is no more than just always relying on big brother Uncle Sam.

Mr Investor is mistaken. Our sovereignty doesn’t have to be coveted in order for it to be compromised or threatened just as one’s pride, honour or dignity need not be coveted in order for it to be injured. As such, the Fillippinos need not covet Orchard Road or Lucky Plaza in order for our sovereignty to be compromised; they only have to do things that go against our sovereign rights. It is not just the Philippines but Singapore too and practically all other nation states that ultimately rely on Uncle Sam. Even mighty Japan has to rely on Uncle Sam, there are not many nations in this world that can afford not to rely on Uncle Sam.

Mr Investor points to the fact that the event had been held at a public park last year. But the event wasn’t broadcast so widely to Singaporeans last year so how could Singaporeans have protested last year when we didn’t even know about it? Just because the authorities made the mistake of allowing it last year doesn’t make it right to allow it this year.

Mr Investor asks what’s so special about downtown Orchard Road. Orchard Road is to Singaporeans what Champs-Élysées is to the French.

Mr Investor claims that Gilbert doesn’t understand what sovereignty means. On the contrary, it is Mr Investor who doesn’t know what sovereignty means. Mr Investor should first look at this video of a Philippines Independence Day celebration in Hong Kong last year (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbTgJlbxTZI). The video clearly shows the Philippines flag flown in many instances and a march past by men wearing what looked like military uniform. Can Mr Investor say in all honesty and conscience that these do not compromise our sovereignty if they had happened in Singapore instead? Does Mr Investor deny that our constitution forbids the flying of flags other than that of Singapore’s in public places? Does Mr Investor not understand that this part of our constitution upholds our sovereignty in our own land? So if the Filipinos fly their national flag at Orchard Road in celebration of their independence day, wouldn’t that contravene that part of our constitution that upholds our sovereignty and hence compromise our sovereignty?

Mr Investor should understand that a territory need not be in dispute in order for its sovereignty to be compromised. If we cannot even uphold our constitution in our own land, isn’t that a clear compromise to our sovereignty? Our sovereignty cannot exclude our ability to uphold our constitution in our own land can it?

Having lived in Manila, Mr Investor is confident that the Filipinos wouldn’t mind Singaporeans waving their national flag by the thousands in the open in Manila. Mr Investor should understand that confidence is not evidence. Without evidence, confidence alone is not good enough reason to believe him.

Mr Investor claims that the antics of Gilbert Goh and Goh Meng Seng make it easier for the PM and Kirsten Han to tar anti-FT-policy people like himself as being irrational. On the contrary, the tarnishing by the PM and Kirsten Han has become more muted as the issue of sovereignty begins to come to the fore.


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