"It was already quite directionless as the panelists presented their carefully prepared seven minutes each, but at question time, the wheels fell off the whole project."
- Alex Au, reporting on the "Opposition - where to" forum.
I suggest before talking about opposition unity, they should discuss how to get out of each other's way and avoid opposing each other instead of the PAP. Before I get on with the topic, I have a few trekking stories to share.
When I was in JC, I joined the Outward Bounds Activity Club(OAC). One of the goals of the club was to nuture leadership qualities of participants but it bred many Indian chiefs through its activities instead. During one of the trekking trips, the group split into 2 - one wanted to take a short cut through the forest as they were dead tired, the other wanted to take out seemed to be longer but safer route. They couldn't agree and went separate ways but both groups manage to the same destination. The moral from this simple story is there is more than one way to skin a cat....and different people may choose different methods to get the same outcome based on their inherent strengths and weaknesses.
9 years ago, I went to Taman Negara, the huge nature reserve in Malaysia, with a friend. Being cheapskates we decided to trek from our resort to one of the many caves without hiring a guide. We made a few wrong turns and found ourselves in big trouble. We were three quarters of the way there and it was getting dark. There was no way we could get back to the resort before dark. We decided to turn back anyway because we passed by a village on our way to the cave and that was one possible place to sleep during the night without getting eaten by wild animals. Just as we started making our way back we met a guide and told him about our plight. He had a walkie talkie and was able to arrange for a boat from the resort to pick us up along a river that was located next to the cave. We were delighted our problem was solved and we resumed our trek to the cave. We got to the cave and found the entrance. The entrance was really narrow and one would have to enter sideways. We didn't enter the cave because the cave was pitch dark and we forgot to pack the flashlight. We were damn angry with each other because we expected the other person to remember this piece of critical equipment to explore the cave....and we trekked for 7 hours through muddy terrain for nothing! We gave up on cave exploration and made our way to the river. The boat arrived to bring us back to the resort. The boatman chatted with us and asked us what we were up to. When we mentioned that cave, he looked a bit stunned. He told us that the cave was full of cobras..had we gone in, I probably wouldn't live to tell this story. The moral is this - when the journey is uncertain, you can't be sure of the right way to get things done so don't waste time fighting about it....sometimes you can get lucky and your mistakes can actually save you. Okay enough trekking stories...lets go back to those opposition chaps.
If you have been a netizen long enough, you would have figured there are broadly speaking 2 camps in the opposition. One believes that effort should be expended on changing the political system by pushing the boundaries and the other believes it can live with the system and gain some power within it to make changes later. One wants to eliminate GRCs, the other is actually trying to win a GRC and build some support. Who is right?
.....I will continue with this post and let you know what I think a little later but please post your views on this. Would like very much to hear you on this one.