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After watching <a href="http://imdb.com/title/tt0113071/">First Knight</a> it dawns on me that I've been fascinated by mythical places like Camelot or the utopian society in Star Trek. These places, fictional as they are, embody the universal good. Not good that is for the here and now, or good that applies only for a select few.
It was only then I realised that I had no idea what Singapore's ruling class stands for. I've watched quite a bit of the going-ons in parliament and the only message I get is that we want to create a place where "if you work hard you'll get there".
"There" has always been dictated to us. Now with talk of the creation of a Singaporean elite, I can't help but feel like I'm living in an RPG. We can't relax, we can't take it easy. We're not "there yet".
Our children carry school bags the size of giant sacks of rice and most have every single minute of their little lives crammed with extra tuition, music lessons or golf instruction. Many of them are primed for an adulthood their parents want them to have.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels a need to end the oppression and give our children back their childhood. I want to bring up my kids in a place where they can find time to chill without having to feel like they're falling behind.
With the government's decision to create a Singaporean elite, as well as the building of casinos in spite of the majority who oppose the idea, I am really not so sure about staying here. There is an emphasis on the moral obligation to contribute back, but the steps the new government has taken demolishes my attempts to reconcile my physical presence on the island and my yearning to leave it.
I want a Singapore where the voice of the people is heard and given real credibility (the casino is going to be five minutes away from where I bring up my first child); a Singapore where we are all considered equals (I don't have to work hard to get into the elite before my existence matters), and a Singapore where we strive for the greater good. A Singapore that tries.

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