27 March, 2012

为什么在乎饶欣龙 · Why Yaw Matters

这是一篇自饶欣龙事件发生之后就很想写的博文。
This is an entry I have been wanting to write eversince the Yaw scandal came to light.

Source: news.asiaone.com

年轻人在成长的时期难免叛逆,而反对党的存在是任何政府所需要的推动力。就像是U频道的出现大大提高了8频道的节目素质,这是一种竞争和压力下会带来的进步和蜕变。
It's inevitable for youth to be rebellious at some points of growing up, and that shows the importance of an opposition party in making Singapore grow. It's like how competition and pressure from Channel U's existence significantly raised the standards of Channel 8. It's the kind of change that competition and pressure brings about.

身为年轻人,我很尊敬工人党的尊敬,却也讨厌他们的沉默。
As a youth, I respect WP, but hate their silence at the same time.

为什么那么在乎后港?
Why do I care about Hougang?

后港仿佛就是新加坡叛逆的肋骨,绝对不能少。暂且别说权利的问题,后港传承的是一种不随波逐流、败给好处的精神和情操。
Hougang is like a rebellious part of Singapore, a part we can't do without. Power and authorities aside, Hougang has kept the fighting spirit alive, passing on the courage of never fearing to be going against the flow.

Source: forums.hardwarezone.com.sg

刘程强固然是英雄,但是没有一位好汉能够陪着国家土壤成长一辈子。
Liu is a hero, but there's not a single hero who can be growing with the country for eternity.

恰巧到了蜕变和交棒的十字路口,刘程强等人勇敢地跨出了第一步,是经过推敲的慎重决定。
Just as we are at the crossroads of passing the baton to the younger generation, Liu took the first carefully-considered step out of his comfort zone.

为什么那么在乎饶欣龙?
Why do I care about Yaw?

因为他是站在十字路口另一端的主力选手,能够得到刘程强支持者的信任,后港精神就又能传承几轮大选。那是工人党的成长,更是新一代年轻人接棒的第一步。
He was the person catching the baton from Liu, the one who should endorse the spirit and continue the race, continue passing on the Hougang spirit. That's growth of the party, and there's the first step of handing over to the younger generation.

在那么多的迷惑和疑问中,他的立场和决心如如不动,总算成功接棒了。
Amidst so much doubts during the election period, Yaw never waivered, and eventually got the deal.

Source: anonymousxwrites.blogspot.com

套句俗话,又能安稳做个四、五年。
As commonly said, "the territory is safe for another four or five years for now."

有谁会想到他会那么让人失望呢?
Who would have thought that he would be such a letdown?

Source: therealthingis.wordpress.com

他的名誉在一夕之间扫地,让随波逐流的人能够说句风凉话,让选择相信该党数十年的老人、成人、年轻人大失所望。
His reputation dropped to pit bottom overnight, giving those who support the ruling party a chance to say "I told you so!" and leaving the life-long supporters of WP feeling disappointed.

其实后港就在虎口乃人人皆知的事实。前一位不受青睐,后浪却稳扎稳打,不时高调行善,有时又选择高调地宣布保持低调。在周围徘徊,那是一种轻轻一碰就会瓦解的险境。
It's a well-known fact that Hougang is a prey that's constantly eyed by some candidates. The first one never made it, the second one worked his way up and in. Occasionally appearing on the papers for some good deeds, other times announcing his low-profile style in a high-profile manner. With these people around, the stability of Hougang spirit is so vulnerable to the slightest touch.

Source: sgforums.com/forums/3518/topics/420874
Source: financetwitter.com

忽然想起大选期间有人问了我那么一个问题——为什么支持、相信刘程强、陈硕茂、饶欣龙?
Suddenly thought of a question someone posed to me during GE last year - why do/should I support and believe them?

除了媒体、报纸上看到的履历,选民对于每位可能成为议院的参选者有多少确切的认识?这个人从哪里来、名誉怎么样、做了哪些事、人品怎么样、待人怎么样?
Media reports and black-and-white qualifications aside, exactly how much do we know about these candidates that are brought before us? Where are they from? How's their reputation? What have they been doing? How's their character? How do they treat people?

讽刺的是本地所强调的“看清楚”和本地教育界的问题一样——文凭似乎证明了一切。
It's ironic of our ignorance, because it clearly shows that who we trust is decided just like how it was in school - qualifications are The Thing.

最后,悄悄地说,工人党加油,每一次的挫败都是成长的机会,对于别人的毁谤请继续保持那份有品德的沉默,对于他人的怀疑请用后港的精神精髓慢慢证明你们的实力和努力。
Lastly, as a personal and silent note, I wish WP all the best for this latest challenge. Every setback is a chance to grow, and I hope you maintain the respectful silence in face of those who put you down intentionally. May you prove your worth in time with your capability and right mindset.

只要你们的步伐跟着那把为自己定的尺,成功就在前进步伐的不远处。
So long as what you do remain in line with what you limit yourself in the first place, your success is never too far from where you are as you grow.