Don't take Singapore's successful multiracial experiment for granted

It was good that common sense prevailed in the Bukit Batok by-election ("Murali thanks voters, says he is humbled by win, not triumphant"; May 8).

In the wider context, it could be seen as a reflection of Singapore's largely successful experiment in multiracialism, multiculturalism, multilingualism and, most of all, its multi-religious composition, which bodes well for the future.

There is no other country quite like ours in the world, and we should be proud of it.

Still, there are those who would disregard it.

To these people, I say, look around, especially at countries that have failed to respect their diversity. There are many, and mostly failed states, in that there is tension, even open conflict, and with it, suffering for all.

Perhaps there are those who do not remember the issues that nearly ruined us in the 1960s.

It was not a pleasant time for Singapore, and our development plans for the future could have been derailed.

But we pulled through and built up this place.

There is no need for us to go down that road again.

Capability and integrity must be at the forefront of our consideration when voting for a candidate.

This is what is needed if Singapore is to proceed to SG100, where it can continue to be proud of its achievements.

But any attempt to test what we have, ignoring the safety features in place and the consequences that could follow, would be disastrous.

And once that happens, it will be very difficult to put everything back in place.

It is, therefore, important to seriously consider what we have, and how fortunate we are, when making our choices.

Thankfully, the majority have, and rightfully so.

Manoraj Rajathurai