Oh Elections, Elections

Though it’s not like me to be passionately devoted to politics (I still am not), it’s really interesting to read (I love to read) the various manifestos of the various parties contesting in this election. and then one realises… the more social media one views, it’s getting harder and harder to trust the ST. If there was any a time to doubt the trustworthiness of our local newspapers, it would be now.

Granted, I’m not asking for ST to have news features for every single opposition candidate like it does for the PAP, but at least accomodate for the opposition’s response to the PAP’s criticisms, no?

  1. NSP’s response to Gan Kim Yong
  2. WP’s response to PAP criticisms of its vision of a First World Parliament
It’s disheartening to see our local media fail so badly – but it is precisely because of this failure, that people are turning more and more towards social media. As a few have observed: when it comes to social media, people hype and create news that they want to see. It’s really the most liberal form of news reporting.
That said, it’s not very encouraging seeing how our PAP minsters are dealing with the opposition
  1. Vivan Balakrishnan says SDP is “a team of strange bedfellows” <– seriously what kind of outdated term is “bedfellows”? It’s practically unheard of these days… or it might just show how out-of-sync Balakrishnan is with our current society, explaining the YOG fiasco lol. and he also rejects SDP’s proposal to have a public debate to explain and rationalize YOG’s inflated budget (which might actually work in Balakrishnan’s favour if he bothers to contemplate the horror of preparing himself)
  2. Similarly, Mah Bow Tan rejects NSP’s offer to debate on housing issues (obviously)
Rather than these rejections being a great show of PAP’s greatness (and hence no need to deal with the little ones), it comes off high-handed and cavalier. And it’s not like our Ministers are dealing with any Tom, Dick or Harry – rather, these are opposition parties with (some) members who are successful, well-educated and articulate. The least I think, a PAP minister should do, is meet their requests with mutual respect and at least consider debate, even if it’s under a set of restrictions. This should be essential to the PAP’s strategy in order to deflate claims and allegations against its policies and practices, especially in a time when its manifesto seems to pale so badly in comparison on specificity of plans, its acceptance and dealing with of problems and issues in our society.
  1. NSP’s manifesto
  2. SDP’s manifesto (which you have to buy… zz bad move.)
  3. RP’s manifesto
If it’s one thing about Singaporeans – our policy of meritocracy has made us into a society that treasures and rewards people who work hard. It’s something our own political leaders have taught us. Work hard, work well and you will reap the rewards and benefit the nation.

A prime example of this would be the contrasts of the youngest candidates this election: Tin Pei Ling (PAP) and Nicole Seah (NSP)

In comparison to her younger peer, Tin Pei Ling looks so much less prepared and less knowledgeable. Moreover, it doesn’t seem to help that unlike Nicole Seah, Tin Pei Ling doesn’t have much of an original voice that suggests her own contribution to her party – whilst Nicole stands firmly for the voices of the disengaged youth and the lower income group.
Amidst all the furor surrounding Tin Pei Ling, I’d like to note that this is practically nothing compared to what Ris Low experienced -and as we all know, she rose merrily from the ashes to promote her unique vocabulary over the radio waves and even has a horse named after her now… Tin Pei Ling should’ve learnt from her, no? Rather than have SM Goh and other PAP heavyweight ministers support her and speak up for her, I believe Singaporeans as a whole would’ve respected Tin Pei Ling more had she stood up for herself instead of letting her superiors speak up for her. Contrast Nicole Seah’s response to a reporter asking about vulgarities on her twitter feed at 5.00 of the video below:

Of course, one cannot judge the elections by two young women alone – and this post is merely meant to be an informative and thought-provoking one, as well as a call to the PAP to please step it up for these elections because it’s not very convincing or reassuring when certain PAP candidates don’t seem to be working hard at all, and brushing aside the opposition and social media as “noise”. Election day is coming, and when it dawns, I’d like to see the PAP working hard, working hard for my future, my nation’s future and not slackening the pace due to its own complacency.

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Posted on April 24, 2011, in 2011, Life and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You captured a lot that was on my mind as well.

    Strange bedfellows is such an archaic term to use and I don’t like the use of distractions or scare tactics or low blows during an election. Seems to be used quite a bit. It undermines and patronizes the electorate. We do have a mind of our own.

    I am loving the energy of Nicole Seah and Vincent Wijeysingha. They have good solid points and I think it should be this way – about the policies and how they will help us. As a Singaporean that is what interests me.

    • Yes I completely agree with you on both points! It’s heartening to see the younger generation (both TPL & Nicole Seah, regardless of their inclinations) take part in the GE2011.

      I’m still confused as to why our ministers still refuse to debate. It’s not as if their points are invalid – in fact I think the PAP could come up with a pretty good argument themselves, which would be far better than VB taking potshots at SDP’s VW’s alleged sexuality :S perhaps that’s why he called them “a team of strange bedfellows” ? lol.

      That said, perhaps they’ll tighten up their approach to GE 2011 nearer the election date :) I’m so happy I get to vote!

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