Ha ha ha. This is really a good one. They go round asking people to vote for the opposition while they are voting for the PAP themselves. See! What did I tell you about the opposition...they cannot be trusted. Yaw Shin Leong of the Worker's Party admitted voting for PAP's Teo Ho Pin over Ling How Doong. As a PAP supporter I find it difficult to understand why people would vote for Ling given his performance in parliament but I guess members of the opposition "die die" have to support the opposition. Those are the ground rules. Let me explain further.
The opposition recruits people for their rabid hatred of the PAP govt. Before someone is allowed into the opposition he is asked 3 questions (1) Do you hate the PAP? (2) Do you hate all their policies (3) Do you hate everyone that works for the PAP govt? The answer has to be "yes" for the person to be admitted into the opposition party. Apparently, the Worker's Party slipped up when they recruited Yaw, his level of PAP hatred is too low for him to be a worthy opposition member. His hatred for the PAP is not even high enough to overcome his unwillingness to support Ling How Doong, a former MP who couldn't speak one line of proper English and whose Chinese is equally bad..... after one term in parliament, the constituents really "tak buleh tahan" him and couldn't wait to voted him out. Still, as an oppositiom member, Yaw Shin Leong does not have the luxury of choice that other citizens have, he "die die" must vote for the opposition. If anything, he has to show how rabid his hatred for the PAP is to be acceptable to diehard opposition supporters. Rational thinking is simply out of the question.
As a PAP supporter, I welcome hateful opposition members. You see our MM has prepared the system well for this kind of opposition. At this point, it is time for a story from the book "No Man is an Island" to illustrate this. MM Lee (who was PM at that time) in the 70s was rehearsing for a TV broadcast at RTS (now known as MediaCorp). While rehearsing, an irritating fly was buzzing around him and he couldn't get on with his speech. There was panic among the staff at RTS who didn't know what to do. MM Lee ordered all the lights to be turned off and asked for a flashlight. He turned on the flashlight at one corner of the room and waited patiently. The fly flew towards the flashlight and was expediently destroyed. The next day, the walls were sprayed with fly repellent to make sure the same thing did not happen. You see, over the years, our MM treated the opposition as expediently as the fly. Our laws are strengthened to make sure that the opposition can be taken care of the moment they are not careful in their speech, their actions or their publications. The ordinary citizens who are generally well fed and well entertained by the media wouldn't care much if a few pesky opposition members are bankrupted, detained, arrested or jailed. But what has this whole thing got to do with the Yaw Shin Leong episode. Everything......
Being an opposition has to be perceived by the public as being involved in something very risky so people wouldn't join the opposition and the recruitment of opposition members will fail. To show how risky it is, opposition members have to be arrested, jailed or sued for defamation. This can only be done if they break one of the many laws the PAP govt created over the years. Certain opposition members are the easiest to handle under the system, they just get low ranking police officers who are paid to enforce the law to do it....they don't even need to waste their time and get their hands dirty. The next day the newspapers reported that the police acted because laws are broken and the public get the message that "opposition politics = breaking the law = jail". So how to recruit people like that? Only heroes need to apply.........but our society won't appreciate self-proclaimed heroes and despises martyrs we did not ask for.
The problem with Mr. Yaw is he is a moderate. Arresting him is like arresting the man on the street. Criticizing him is like criticizing ordinary Singaporeans. It is a problem when nothing can be done to people like Mr. Yew. He is very cunning too. By saying he voted for PAP's Teo, if anything is done to him it is like the PAP going after the people who voted for them. As a PAP supporter, I fear opposition members like Yaw who appeals to the ordinary Singaporeans and make themselves palatable to the majority. The bigger problem is if Yaw does not get into trouble, people may perceive joining the opposition is something safe and worthwhile doing. People like Mr. Yaw are the real danger to system because if they manage to get into parliament in large enough numbers they can demand changes. I warn my fellow PAP supporters that while we are vigilant against the vocal activist opposition members who are easily handled by our laws and police, it is those that work quietly among the population to gain support that threatens our beloved system.
May 15, 2008 I voted for PAP in 2006 elections: WP candidate
Opposition party leader Yaw Shin Leong draws online flak for revelation in his blog
By Sue-Ann Chia
HOW should an opposition leader vote in a general election (GE), especially one who is contesting the polls?
For Workers' Party leader, he voted for the ruling People's Action Party candidate in the 2006 GE - and has now found himself in the eye of an online storm.
Mr Yaw, a Bukit Panjang resident, had revealed in his blog that he voted for the PAP's Teo Ho Pin who was contesting the single-member ward against Singapore Democratic Party chairman and former opposition MP Ling How Doong.
The disclosure was just a one-liner: - Teo Ho Pin (MP) - Good MP. I voted for him in GE06.
And it was hyperlinked to Dr Teo's blog.
However, it soon appeared on a popular online forum and sparked a furore among netizens who registered their ire and disappointment in more than 100 postings.