Why keep stressing “small” In today’s global climate, as compared to the 1930-sass, there is less emphasis on the stereotyped advantages that comes with “big countries” and results in political clout on the global scene. Things like military might, wealth and technology are still important, but today most of the world talks more about (at least on the surface) issues such as environmental issues and morality, more of co-operation rather than blatant dominance. There is a strong sentiment over the use of force in the global scene, as seen in the situation with North Korea.
All this leads to a general negative impression of “big” countries, such as US (for the mess they made on their own economy that also affects the global economy) and China (who is one of the main culprit of environmental pollution as well as the main player in the Sprat’s Island conflict in the South China Sea). After all, ever since the Cold War, not one country would be pleased to have the world divided into 2 political blocs and be at the mercy of either. In such a light, Singapore could have been wise to keep stressing that it is a small” country.
At the same time our own government could also be emphasizing and reminding locals of the “smallness” of Singapore, firstly to prevent complacency from building up in the mind of its citizens. After all, though Singapore is well-established in its reputation as a Global City with effective and able citizens contributing to the world stage, it still lacks the natural defense of a “big” country, namely natural resources and a strong military force. In the event that our immediate neighbors decide to engage in a military conquest against us, there is little that we can do beyond requesting aid from our allies.
Therefore citizens must not be foolish in thinking that our existing prosperity and reputation will be enough to secure our success in future years, but rather continue to build upon the existing positive state of affairs. The second reason could possibly be to imbue national pride into Gingersnaps, who does not have much of a national history. Our nation is made up of multi-cultural citizens with a national history of less than 50 years. Our experiences with WWW, the Japanese Occupation and the fight for Independence cannot be said to have McCollum us into a united country.
As a common method to build national identity, the government may want to portray our natural weakness, “small”, as a meaner to keep citizens fixed on our vulnerability in the past and how this nation have overcome it together, resulting in the prosperous nation that is the Singapore now. This difficult time and past that Gingersnaps of all ethnicity share is an appropriate reminder hat Singapore may be a young state, but it is also legitimately struggled for its prosperity and is capable in its own right. ND other implications of “smallness”. Targeted as other states which have rich natural resources. The lack of natural resources is a push factor for territorial conquest (the issue of the South China Sea islands reveal Just how small land with rich natural resources, in this case oil, can be a doom-bringer and attract unwanted interest). At the same time, there was probably a lot of prejudice against the possibility of Singapore becoming a strong and effective action.
Our neighbors probably wrote us off, which explains why there is not excessive intervention in this country’s politics and affairs. (I’m referring here to the “big” states such as USSR. ) This could prove crucial in how Singapore strategies by the Singapore government then, Lee Swan Yew and the PAP, could have worked to the prospering of Singapore. It would be hard to imagine the ease by which the government can implement its policies should there be the presence of resource- hungry states like US who are intervening directly with Singapore politics.