Chiam See Tong on his Facebook [ http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=141268129239308] said:
"I ask myself today, what is my dream?
I can humbly say, my dream, at 75 years of age, is to be able to fly the flag for the opposition in Singapore by Fighting a Good Fight, to win a GRC in the coming elections.
Some people say to me, “Why do you still want to fight the next election in a GRC? It’s time to retire. It’s getting too hard for you.”
But you know, this isn’t a hard job.
In fact, it is harder to bring up a family with little income.
It is harder competing for jobs with foreign talents.
It is harder to look after a disabled child, or an elderly parent
It is harder to afford hospital bills for your family.
These, are hard jobs that Singaporeans are facing. And it will get tougher.
If Singapore Parliament is dominated by just the PAP, there will be a monopoly of ideas, and your voices may not be heard. I have chosen to fight my next election battle in a GRC, so that hopefully at least 3 to 4 other opposition candidates will be returned to Parliament together with me"
When Singaporeans go the ballot box in the not too distant future, they will ask themselves a few very simple questions - did my life improve in the last 4 years or not? Is it harder to buy the things I need? How do I make my life better in the coming years? For the common people, the govt's job is not to build a magnifiicent city (that they cannot afford) or grow the economy as fast as possible (by importing labor) or build the most extravagent sovereign wealth fund in the world or be the world class hub for everything under the sun. For the common people, the govt's job is to make their lives better. When a govt does not do its job of taking care of the people and life become harder because of that, that govt does not deserve our support.
When medical cost increased, this govts response was simply to pass on the increased cost to the sick and their families by implementing means testing increasing the financial burden of Singaporeans during the most painful part of their life. When CPF was no longer sufficient for old age due in part to bad policies of the govt liberalising it for housing, children's education and medical care, the govt pushed the burden to us by forcing everyone to buy annuities stretching our already insufficient retirement funds further. Public transport fares are hiked often when companies running them claim that operating cost has increased. The burden is passed on to Singaporeans who later find out that the profits of these companies have increased...so did the pay of their CEOs. The govt's desire to turn this into a city of 6M caused our population density to rise to the highest in the world above New York and Hong Kong. We are packed like sardines in the buses and MRT and our housing cost has escalated much faster than our stagnant wages - dashing the dream of the ordinary Singaporeans to own a better home.
The answers to the questions Singaporeans will be asking at the ballot box are very clear. We need to bring this govt back to focus on the people, their quality of life and the promise of a better future.