Perpetuating cynism and mistrust in society

Recently, I saw one of my friends sharing a post from someone prominent. This individual was a receiver of a prestigious award in Singapore for good work done in the community. It also comes with a cash award of $20,000. In some sense, this figure can be considered some sort of a community leader. However, I did not know this individual because of the award, but because of a viral post made some time back regarding a criminal case that triggered an outcry in Singapore.

In this post, the writer suggested that the case was badly managed because of the offender’s demographics. I do not know if there is any reason why this direction was pointed and I have not found any reason why it should be even today. Such allegations also prompted an official statement from authorities, sharing the exact background of the offender.

Equality in society should be pursued. It is important and it is one of the founding principles of our nation. However, we need to keep our emotions in check, as well as our cynicism. If there are good reasons to investigate further, we should. But we should not “think out loud” and make suggestions that are unfounded in the public domain as it risks inciting tension and mistrust in society. Especially if you are a prominent figure.

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Hi, I am Benjamin. I am a Singaporean son, born and bred. I came from a modest background, just like most Singaporeans and went to mainstream schools like most middle-class Singaporeans. What makes me different is my unconventional choices and journey in life, giving me more profound insights. Entering a secondary school infested with secret societies in the earlier days exposed me to a different side of Singapore. I graduated well despite having a volatile phase. I chose one of the youngest polytechnics despite having a score good enough for JC, even as others tell me it is not recognised, and I would not make it into university through that path. During my National Service, I also went through a difficult phase of rediscovering the purpose of serving. My university was another defining chapter, spanning over nine years, involving many adventures and endeavours. As you can see, I seldom bother myself with dogmas. I strongly believe in Steve Job's speech at Stanford University. I hope to lead others by example, inspire them to do the same and empower the decisions they have to make in their lives. Reach me at

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