Monday, April 25, 2011

The logistics behind the campaign and importance of volunteers....

This is an interesting video that explains what goes on behind an election campaign in Singapore.

"There is an old saying in warfare that amatuers deal with strategy and professionals with logistics"
- Dr. Cunha

"The well oiled PAP election machine can get its election posters on all lamp-post in contested wards within 24 hrs....in 2006 one of the better organised opposition can do it within 36 hours....on day 5 of the election campaign one of the less organised opposition party was still struggling to get its posters up" - Dr. Cunha.

"In 2006 the WP team in Ang Moh Kio had 50 volunteers during the campaign. ...he  (WP volunteer) claimed the PAP team led by the prime minister had 2000 volunters" - Dr. Cunha

If you want your party to win and represent you in parliament, there is more you can do than voting for them. For the opposition parties competing against a well oil engine with vast resources, they need many hands to help run the campaign. Posters don't magically hang themselves on lamp-posts, flyers don't distribute themselves,and it is in our hands to make the playing field level.

Those who are ready to do more, you can sign up through the party's websites.

WP, NSPSDP, SPP, RP

25 comments:

The Pariah said...

PAP "Rule Singapore" or "Fool Singapore"?

The Pariah, www.singaporeenbloc.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Poster and banners that important and critical, when even huge opposition election rallies don't mean much, speaking from experience.

Anonymous said...

Speaking only for myself:

a)I'll be voting for the Opposition.

b)Posters & banners don't tell me anything. And does not sway my vote.

c)I've converted 2 of my relatives to join me in voting Opposition. I'm in the process of converting a 3rd.

"I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do.
And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do."
-- Edward Everett Hale

Source:
http://freedomkeys.com/vigil.htm

Anonymous said...

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
-- Bertrand de Jouvenal

"There is no safe political refuge for those afraid to take responsibility for their own lives." -- James Bovard

"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."
-- Plato

Source:
http://freedomkeys.com/vigil.htm

Anonymous said...

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
-- Bertrand de Jouvenal
Anon 25/4/11 18:42

If the local sheep perish and not enough are born, replace them with foreign sheep!

And there will be more than enough foreign sheep for as much as the wolf government want to take in.

So after 50 years or even longer, there will still be sheep, even with wolves as government.

Anonymous said...

You can also start a conversation by spreading this message:

http://geraldgiam.sg/2010/10/start-a-conversation/

Anonymous said...

"Not voting is just as bad as voting for evil men because it allows evil to succeed by default.
Take a stand with people who support what you really support.
Stop cowering and merely complaining about America's pending demise and act in such a way as to truly make a difference."
-- Tom Ambrose

Source:
http://freedomkeys.com/vigil.htm

observer said...

PAP has finally decided on their election bogeyman: Vincent Wejeyasingha and the gay community. Not a supporter or what but very disappointed that they have chosen to resort to this again. Online citizen and temasek review down under attack. ST website has started to heavily censor and moderate the relentless wave of negative comments on almost all their articles on government leaders. This shows that the PAP team currently running this election campaign (LHL and his coterie of advisors) is extremely rattled, and have no idea on how to respond to issues at hand so are resorting to gutter politics. Watch if rifts start to open up in PAP - you can already see how LBH and SM Goh have been arm twisted into making comments backtracking on some of their statements earlier in the week. This election is going to be interesting. Show some gumption this time, fellow Singaporeans!!!

Anonymous said...

Why bother now can ask FT to do this job, During nation day the people are the poor bangala that are putting up our flag

Amused said...

Lucky, thank you for doing this public service!

Yes, opposition parties need a lot of help and financial support to contest in this election. Please do whatever you can to make it happen in the next 2 weeks.

Any voter that you convince to vote for opposition affects the tally by 2 votes (+1 -1). If PAP loses even 5% support, their share of votes will drop from 66% to 56%!

Start with your parents, your relatives, your neighbors, and your GRC.

Best of luck.

Anonymous said...

Seeing this video I realize I should volunteer to help.

Anonymous said...

//Any voter that you convince to vote for opposition affects the tally by 2 votes (+1 -1). If PAP loses even 5% support, their share of votes will drop from 66% to 56%!

Start with your parents, your relatives, your neighbors, and your GRC.//

It is tough to convince our own parents/relatives and friends because they have been brainwashed by the MSM (they prefer to watch TV and read Straits Times/Lianhe Zoabao) for over 40years.

But it would be easier if we have information such as:

1) how much are our ministers’ pay and our national median pay?
2) HDB prices increase versus our national median pay increase from 2006 to 2010
3) ministers’ pay increase versus our national median pay increase from 2006 to 2010
4) number of months of bonus our ministers received versus the average Singaporean workers received from 2006 to 2010
5) our GDP increase versus our national median pay increase from 2006 to 2010
6) ……….

Hope oppositions provide the above information in the election pamphlet so that we can use it convince our relatives & friends.

Naptha trader said...

You know why PAP have so many Supporters last time round. It is because these assholes believes that by serving PAP they have a better chance of getting some rewards by having a post in any PAP affliated organisations. Whether this is true or not, i cannot confirmed. dont want to be sacrificed just in case PAP sue me.

The same group of assholes will become Opposition volunteers when they know PAP is unable to hold on to absolute power.

I will be voting the opposition simply because the PAP refuse to raise interest rates, allow foreign money to push u assest prices, let in too much employment pass holder and thus depriving well educated singaporeans that nice paying job which he could have received and spend his salary in singapore rather than let the foreigner hoard it in offshore accounts before remmitting the full sum back to his home country.

After 30 years og living in a cocoon, this old batch of ministers are not battle ready. MM Lee will live to see his empire fold away....

Lets make it happen!

Amused said...

"It is tough to convince our own parents/relatives and friends because they have been brainwashed by the MSM (they prefer to watch TV and read Straits Times/Lianhe Zoabao) for over 40years"

Well, if you look at past election results, PAP support has swinged wildly from election to election (e.g. 2001 vs 2006.) People do change their mind. If you can't convince your own parents, how are you going to convince other people's parents (in a walk about)?

Nothing is impossible. What's happening in Africa and Middle East shows you that everything is possible. This is something young Singaporeans need to learn. Be unafraid of challenge!

Perhaps someone will compile a list of talking points to sell to electorate. PAP has been doing this quite well in the past (I am not so sure about this election though.) To succeed, you have to have a plan. Listen to Lucky and many other wise Bloggers. They have much more experience and knowledge to help change the outcome of this election.

Best of luck!

P.s. Some anti-establishment website(s) have been having significant difficulties lately. So help to spread the message whenever you can.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, lucky. I have been reading your blog n temasek review. But since last week, I can't access temasek review. Luckily I still got you! I just resigned from govt service. I will change my vote to opposition this round. Trying to convert my hubby...

Anonymous said...

I have just signed up as a volunteer for one of the opposition party that is contesting in my ward. I think it is time to get involve directly instead of just casting my vote on polling day. As I feel that it is now or never. This will be a watershed election before we the local borned Singaproeans are outnumbered by the new citizens.

During my conversations with my elderly relatives, it is obvious that most of them are very unhappy with the current pap. The reason why they feel uneasy about voting for the opposition is that almost all of them think that pap will be able to find out if they were vote for the opposition.

I tried explaining to them that their vote is secret and the process in place to ensure that nobody knows who they have voted. Some of them seems more willing to vote for change after my explanation.

I just tell them to vote for the oppostion and when anybody asks them who they voted just say PAP lor.

Amused said...

When you sign up to volunteer for the opposition campaign, why not bring a friend with you? Things like these go viral very fast, and in no time, everyone wants to be part of it. Just witness how fast events unfold in Tunisia, Egypt, you will soon find the energy and enthusiasm in the crowd. If Obama can become the President of the United States, surly everything is possible with the human spirit.

Best of luck!

P.s. Even though it is fewer than 2 weeks to go, a lot can happen. Take care!

Anonymous said...

I believe many may be voting for the first time while others will be voting after many years of walkovers in their constituencies. Remember to exercise your democratic right, stand up and be counted. Every vote counts! It's time for change before it's too late!

Anonymous said...

Either win big or lose big lah.

No such thing as win only 20, 30 or 40 seats. Because if can win like that, definitely will also win more than 75 seats out of 87 due to GRC and little red dot effect.

So PAP win big or opposition win big?

Trebuchet said...

Just one minor, minor point. It's 'Dr da Cunha', not 'Dr Cunha'. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow Mr Lucky

IT only took you 6 months to agree with me ... must be some sort of record ... now about the very vocal gay lobby sabotaging the opposition cause ...

Anonymous said...

Ghee this bloke is rather antiquated. What he awfully missed is that we are no more into banners or lorries that blared their mounted speakers. We are in a generation where internet campaigns, face book and twitters rule. A generation that interacts and debate wirelessly. The speaker are just counting flags? to win an election? He grossly overlooked the power of uncensored media. I strongly believe that this 2011 balloting in Singapore could be a very excellent case for intense, interesting studies and research on political reach and its consequences based on 'virtual world' century. We are in era where whoever skillfully control and manipulated uncensored media wins. Wake up buddy!

Anonymous said...

Putting out more banners and posters is just a waste of money. If not, there would be zero opposition the parliament today.

muebles madrid said...

It can't succeed in fact, that is what I think.

www.muebles-en-avila.com said...

In my opinion everyone must look at it.