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You can’t buy national pride with money, nor produce champions with just passion

Finally, our local swimming champion from the 1980s era “spoke” – Mr Ang Peng Siong.

But “silence” actually speaks louder — whether (A) during the euphoria of Joseph Schooling’s Olympic gold medal win or (B) after the euphoria has settled down — Peng Siong didn’t and couldn’t speak, respectively.  Do watch this video clip:

– If you have a Facebook account:

– If you don’t have a FB a/c, pls scroll down just a little to play the short video clip:

Peng Siong is being obviously “politically correct” in avoiding any mention of government support.

Joseph’s parents (Colin and May Schooling) were financially able to support their son’s Olympic-standard training – even then, the Schoolings had to sell their overseas investment property to fund Joseph.  And there were public accounts of the uphill battles Joseph’s mum fought to get NS deferral for her son in order not to lose the momentum of his swimming development.

Peng Siong’s parents did NOT have that level of financial resources.  But that didn’t make Peng Siong any less of a “champion” in the true sense of the word.  Swimming remains Peng Siong’s love to this day.

Whilst I wouldn’t deny the achievements of our PRC-turned-Singaporean ping-pong players, I think the hearts of ALL Singaporeans rule (rather than our collective heads) ….. when it was (or if it had been) Ang Peng Siong, or Joseph Schooling, or C Kunalan (in 1968 Olympics semi-final heat, he broke Singapore’s national record for 100m sprint that stood for 33 years after that), or Tan Howe Liang (1960 Olympics silver medallist in weight-lifting) who stood on the highest rostrum whilst our Majullah Singapura national anthem was being played.

2016: When Majullah Singapura was played in the Rio de Janeiro stadium (Olympic Games), did you get goose bumps?

2010: When Majullah Singapura was played in the New Delhi stadium (Commonwealth Games), did you get goose bumps?

Somehow, the goose bumps for some of us don’t come out at will ….. even the PAP with all their might could NOT command that, eh?  Sorry, lah, it is hard to “feel” it in your heart when your head “knows” as fact that the talented PRC came to Singapore in 2007, became citizen in 2008 (unlike love at first sight, somehow I don’t believe patriotism takes root at the drop of a hat) and won the gold medal in 2010 for Commonwealth Games’ table tennis.  You can “buy” a citizen-by-document, but you can’t “buy” a Singaporean-in-soul.

We are not robots – if it doesn’t “ping” us, it must be “pong” ….

The Pariah is a veteran commentator on Singapore politics.

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