"If someone believes in a system that's so fundamentally different from
Singapore's, it would be hard for him to accept how we do things," he
"You have to persuade others that your view makes more sense, makes
for Singapore a better decision, a better framework." - Ng Eng Hen[Link]
In my last posting, I wrote that the PAP candidates look like people who won't rock the boat. I looked through the next few candidates the PAP announced - CEO of NTUC Employment & Employability Institute, Ang Hin Kee and an MAS managing director who has stepped down and expected to be officially announced as a candidate soon[Link]. Yes-men? ...Perhaps people who cannot say NO.[Link].
At this point, I would urge my fellow netizens to refrain from personal attacks and getting carried away with speculation about a candidate's personal life. I support Siew Kum Hong call for netizens to stay out of the gutterLink]. While we disagree with them on policies and ideas, we should not drag people's personal's life into the fray - it is not only unconstructive, it will discourage capable people from entering politics. Although the PAP has engaged in this type of politics in the past to preserve its dominant power - remember the campaign against Francis Seow? - we should be mindful never to put our own interests above the interests of Singapore.
Recently the PAP introduced a young candidate, Tin Pei Ling, to "connect" with Generation Y. Our restless youth today, like those of many other countries, are starting to ask fundamental questions about our socio-political system. I like to think many visit my blog because they are starting to ask "deep" questions and have taken an interest in politics because they are looking for answers and ideas that will shape their future in Singapore. You don't coonect with Generation Y just by being young ...it is about ideas....and change.
"To be honest I don’t have any specific policies I feel strongly against” - Tin Pei Ling in reply to a reporter on RazorTV[Link].
Here is a speech by Tin Pei Ling in which she "explained" why the widening income gap is not the responsibility of the govt[Link]. I suggest you click on the link to read the speech yourself to appreciate for yourself how deeply rooted PAP ideology is in the mind of this candidate. It is mindboogling how someone can say that about a dominant govt like the PAP that controls influx of foreign labor, tax structure, medical care system, labour uniions, public housing etc is not responsible for the income gap. Singapore has the highest income gap in the developed world yet the govt is not responsible? If a young candidate from the PAP thinks like that can you imagine the thinking of people who are in the PAP establishment for a loinger time.
It is wishful thinking to expect najor positive change to come from the PAP internally. Looking at the type of candidates they have chosen, it looks like they are looking to preserve the status quo at a time when many Singaporeans can see the need to remake and reshape our future. We have seen the outcome of PAP policies for the past 10 years. Voting for the PAP will mean we will continue along the same trajectory for the next 10 years. The income gap will continue to widen, the cost of living will continue to go up with housing going up faster than wages, poverty will continue to spread, pace of life (stress) will keep going up, quality of life down and the quality of retirement will keep going down that is if retirement does not become history. You cannot vote the same type of people with the same mindset and expect a different outcome for you, your family and your future. If you struggle and falter due to the challenges they create to make life difficult for you, your PAP MPs will say the govt is not responsible for your plight. If you get sick and you're burdened by bills that wiped out your savings, the PAP men will not say that medical cost is too high due to the PAP''s aspiration to turn this place into a medical hub for the rich putting profits above people ....they will keep shifting the financial burden to the sick and their families and take no responsibility. They have taken no responsibility for depressing the wages of the bottom 30% by opening the floodgates to cheap foreign labor ....they don't take responsibility for the sharp rise in the cost of housing that has resulted in the lower income families not able to afford housing anymore.
This is a dominant, govt that pays its ministers' millions but it is not responsible for the deterioration in the quality of life of ordinary Singaporeans.