Politics and Responsibility

Su-chen Christine Lim

'In law, every act has a consequence. You do something, something else will follow. If you, a towkay, gets deported because of politics then you set ...er...a precedent.' He paused and struggled to find its equivalent in the Hokkien dialect. 'It's, er, it's like throwing a rock impulsively into the pool, without thinking, and that first rock will cause many ripples in the calm pool. Think of your friends and associates, Kor. Which one among is not involved in China's politics? Secretly or openly. And all have families and businesses to protect. Are you going to sacrifice your friends, associates and family because you can't be a blade of grass and bend a little?'

-- A Bit of Earth (404).

Postcolonial Web Singapore OV Singaporean Literature Su-chen Christine Lim

Last Modified: 8 August 2002