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5/03/2011

Vote for a govt of the people

The election is about voting for a govt to run the country for the people regardless of race, language or religion. This must be amended to add in ‘regardless of political party.’ The govt must be the govt of the people, and treat everyone fairly and equally. Once a govt thinks that it can be biased, it has the right to look after one group of the people more or better, because of political affiliation, then the govt is not a people’s govt but the govt for a political party. It has taken a divisive policy of dividing the people by the simple act of which party they voted for. This is contrary to what a democratically elected govt and system is all about. The people and resources of the country, the reserves, etc, belong to all the people irrespective of which party they favoured at any time in their lives. Another big flaw is that by claiming that they will give priority to provide benefits to its supporters, it denies the fact that the ruling party does not know exactly who voted for or against them, except the activists. Or is there is a way of telling who vote for who? The denying of upgrading or govt programmes to opposition wards is an exceptionally crude and callous way of managing the country and the people. No govt must be allowed to favour any section of the populace under any excuses. To officially make it a govt policy is tantamount to discrimination. Some may call it abuses of power. Some will have stronger words to use. The people must not sanction such a political culture. Any political party that is voted to power must treat every citizen equally. Doing otherwise is unacceptable. Definitely third world mentality.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are few scenarios that Singaporeans must understand in this GE2011:

1. More voices but no change - To have less than 1/3 opposition seats in parliament will not change anything already done, e.g. cost of living, FTs, property prices, etc except that opposition MPs can make more noises and suggestions that PAP in majority may not listen. There is also a risk that PAP back in power will find ways to suppress all oppositions so that there will not be any chance of voting like in this GE2011.

2. Partial change - To have more than 1/3 and less than 2/3 opposition seats will be likely to change some already done as above but will not change the Constitution that allows GRC, NMP, NCMP, and election boundary redrawing. PAP will still be in power or sharing power with oppositions. This may be harder for PAP in power to diminish the oppositions.

3. Complete change - To have more than 2/3 opposition seats means the alternative party will be the government and PAP the opposition. This can change everything including the Constitution. However, Singaporeans must make sure the elected government rewrites the Constitution to abolish those ill clauses and introduce check and balance clause. Also, to ensure Constitution is not allowed to change without referendum. Otherwise, the next non-PAP government may have the chance to abuse the Constitution as well.

Basically, this GE2011 is not about local town upgrading, FTs, or cost of living, etc. It is about whether Singaporeans would like to take back the political power and have a say on the future of Singapore. Once the people take back the power, they can then have a say on how to run this country and all those policies and problems will be resolved to their preference.

Singaporeans must vote wisely on 7 May to decide what they want in the future.

Anonymous said...

We want change. We want more opposition voices in Parliament. We do not want NCMPs that cannot vote on issues debated. It is a sham arrangement. It is a dirty trick that we will regret for the rest of our lives. Just like the GRC system.

Vote for short term gain but long term pain, or

Vote for long term gain but short term pain.

I prefer the second scenario.

Anonymous said...

For many GEs, the huge turnout in opposition party rallies did not turn into votes. Would this time be different?

Are there anything new that could make the difference? Or come 8 May life goes back to normal, and the 10 days of feeling good, like masters, will be reversed again?

Would it be another wet dream?

Anonymous said...

My fellow countrymen, let me ask you this question:

"Is your PAIN more than your FEAR?"

If your answer is still a NO, then this GE will change NOTHING at all!

In fact, a 87-0 whitewash is highly possible!

Zenho

Anonymous said...

There are jitters and worries written all over the faces of many strong men in Sin. It is a sign that a tidal wave is just days away. Though not a tsunami, it is enough to turn strongmen into chicken. There are signs of desperations and they are making many plans for the electorates. If the electorates buy into them again then they deserve to be fried and not boiled.

Anonymous said...

I concur with Anon 8.32.

Never have I seen such desperation. Admission of mistakes, apologies, contradicting each other, raising petty issues to confuse and practically clutching at straws, all signs of a party under siege.

There are so many things being trotted out during the last few days to pacify. But why just the last few days, I wonder, and of which many are also asking? Why didn't they do it much earlier? It would have made some difference and saved some votes.

Never have I seen the PAP like this? They probably did not learn much from the Malaysian experience during their last election. They really underestimated the effects of cyberspace, its videos, blogs and their commentaries. And they bet on the assumption that Singaporeans succumb easily to threats, as always. They were wrong.

The results are not a foregone conclusion uet, but the fear and worries are surfacing and becoming evident.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

There are big changes in the way the PAP conducts its election campaign. In the past they were the one attacking from the first whistle. And they were the rough one, hitting everyone with knuckle duster.

There is a surprising change in the approach this time, more humble, are approaching, and more civil. Would this be the style of govt after the GE? Or it would be deaf frogs and arrogance once again?

Anonymous said...

Hard to believe a leopard will change its spots, leh?!

Renho

Anonymous said...

The spots of the leopard can only disappear when its' skin starts to rot and not otherwise.