Yeah so what? In my 20+ years as an eligible voter, I have never voted. For some reason Opposition ever shows up in my GRC. This coming election, the biggest decision for me is which budget airlines to take for a short tour out of the country on polling day - 99% chance I won't get to vote again. Hope no opposition turns up to spoil my tour - their chances of winning is zero anyway. Does the opposition still exist in a meaningful way? Beside Chiam & Low, who are the rest of the opposition anyway? Are there really issues worthy of discussion in Utopian Singapore? Is having an opposition necessary? After studying the Straits Times this past year, my conclusion is NO.
1. No Significant Election issues. The economy is fine and every one is doing well except the bottom 30%. Who cares as long as you're in the upper 70% which is the majority of the people, it does not affect you. Everyone welcomes the casino which the govt has explained is good for us. The govt has handled the NKF saga well, as long as it is contained to the NKF and does not spill to other organisations, I guess people are alright with it. As for fee hikes, don't worry about it, the govt will not hike anything until after the elections so you'll feel very good when you enter the polling station - by then you would have forgotten all the previous fee hikes. Other issues such as human rights, death penalty, transparency, accountability, democracy and freedom, means little to Singaporeans so they are not important.
2. No significat opposition. I guess people who consider joining the opposition realised it will bring bad luck! Yes, suddenly to your horror, you might find that your income tax has been filed incorrectly, you might vebally defame someone unintentionally, your past employers might start talking about your lack of competence and the Straits Times might publish certain parts of what you write or say and unluckily those parts always seem to make the opposition guys look stupid. You might fill up a form wrongly and get disqualified. By sheer coincidence, the area where you've been trying to build support can be redrawn to another GRC so you have to redo all your hard work....see how unlucky it is to be an Opposition member. Of course worst things might occur like the pain of bankruptcy or being forced to leave this wonderful island. Although there's no logical explanation why people bad things happen to the opposition, my take is Singaporeans are all born lucky but once they join the Opposition that luck disappears instantly.
3. Is the Opposition necessary? Obviously not. Singapore didn't have an opposition until that historic win by JBJ. We were doing well and humming along until JBJ started pointing out various forms of injustice in our society. Hey, come on doesn't he get it? Singaporeans like to believe they are living in a more or less perfect lucky society. We don't need to know that our Chief Justice is appointed by the PM and hence there is no proper separation of executive and judicial powers. Who cares about that or even understand its importance? Good thing JBJ like many opposition members suffered a bout of bad luck and was 'brought to his knees' - bankrupt and powerless. The other day at City Hall MRT, while discussing with a friend which buffet dinner to eat that day, I almost bang into JBJ. When I look into his eyes, he still has that fiece look and anger. I guess he is angry about all his bad luck this past few years. He was selling a book called "Hatchet man of Singapore", not wanting to invite any bad luck upon myself, I decided not to buy the book.
What is important is the Selection System in Singapore. You see once you're selected into the PAP, your chance of winning the election is almost 100%. The election has zero value! What better system than to have elites select the best of the best into parliament. They will select like minded members to preserve the success of Singapore. With a selection system in place our system can only be strengthened and there will be no stopping Singapore. We can keep going in the same direction as before operating with the same logic as before and thus we can tackle a fast changing world with certainty. Elitism has served us well and because the 'best of the best' are selected, there is no question they deserve the best of the best salaries and perks. By paying them the highest salaries in the world, they will be able to solve our everyday problems such as high medical costs, high transport costs, high utilities and housing costs with great sympathy and empathy.
We, Singaporeans are such lucky people, we have almost elminated the need for elections and yet we are able to call ourselves a democratic society. Like many Singaporeans, my hope for this election is that I don't have to queue up but get a walkover in my GRC so that I can spend my time on an overseas tour. We should just hand power to the people who have been selected the PAP, and without question hand them our trust, why trouble yourself to think so much. Don't worry we will get endless convincing reassurance from Straits Times that system is superb ....we will be able to sleep soundly at night.....it can't get more blissful than that!