Some of my Western friends who have never lived here for any period of time have sometimes self-righteously proclaimed, no doubt after reading the cliches in the media, that they could never live under the "stifling and draconian" laws that we have.
My answer to them is simple: Are you the sort to urinate in public when a toilet isn't available, the sort to vandalise public property, the sort that would leave a mess in a public toilet that you share with others?
In short, are you a civilised person who wants to live in a civilised society? Because the things you cannot do in Singapore are precisely the sort that civilised people should not do anyway. If you are, you have nothing to fear.
We are eternally grateful to you and for you. You will always be loved, cherished and fondly remembered. Our assurance to you: we will continue to stand together as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion.... We believe that you are in a better place now.
Undeniably a proud post-independent Singaporean, XXXX ~ Written by a friend