There are flags everywhere in New York city. Not just Govt buildings, but everywhere: offices, businesses, shopping malls, hotels, homes, even work sites and trucks.
For a country where flag burning is Constitutional, it’s amazing how many Americans love their flag, and by implication, their country.
Compare that with Singapore, where RC leaders have to “urge” HDB residents to hang up flags near National Day. And still it doesn’t work– they now resort to having Banglas do it in the common spaces.
Americans are very clear on one thing: the State is not the same as the party in power. Many Americans don’t even believe in Republican or Democrat any more. They have lost faith in their Govt and in politicians in general; they don’t trust politicians; they don’t even bother to vote.
But they still love their country.
The same cannot be said of Singapore. The PAP has tried to equate itself with the State, tried to portray General Elections as an issue of Party leadership renewal, tried to use Govt organisations such as the People’s Association for its partisan interest.
And it wonders why Singaporeans don’t want to fly the flag.
This has nothing to do with how “young” a country Singapore is, or that we lack a national “identity”.
PAP, the answer is in the mirror.