Friday, May 06, 2011

See you on 8 May 2011....

I created this blog before the 2006 elections because I saw the need for change in the country. In 2006, various problems started to show up and worsen in Singapore.  I posted my observations and thinking on what was going on in this country. The most serious problem I thought had to be addressed was the widening income gap, We had people so old and poor they had to collect cardboard boxes and did the trash for aluminium cans for a living at the same time we were creating the most millionaires per capita in the world. I was quite surprised after the 2006 elections, the PAP govt just went on in the same direction - increasing the foreign influx, raising the GST, opening casinos, raising bus fares etc. The rising cost of living eventually started to hurt the middle class in the form of higher cost of housing, cars and medical care. The PAP govt embraced free market capitalism with GDP growth as its primary goal. We as citizens were supposed to accept the consequences of its policies because they think higher GDP always result in overall good for the citizens. However, wealth created has been not been distributed to the majority of Singaporeans and concentrated in the top few % of the populace.

Other govts in developed countries have always intervened to bring about greater equality with social safety nets, universal healthcare, minimum wage etc. The PAP's political solution to falling support for its policies has been to erect barriers of entry to its opponents. In the past they jailed, sued and bankrupted their opponents. They tweaked the system with GRCs and linking vote to upgrading. They control the mass media to influence the publc. When you put all this together, you get a govt that retain its dominant power without having to address the most pressing problems faced by the citizens. Many people who don't like the PAP policies vote for them because of upgrading. These barriers to keep the opposition out of parliament also causes frustration among the people to rise.

The opposition has put up a strong spirited fight this time. The % of votes is expected to swing in their favor even as the PAP dangle billions of upgrading carrots to entice voters. However, with the GRC system in place we do not know if the rise in support will translate to (non-NCMP) seats in parliament. I worry for Singapore and Singaporeans if it does not. The PAP has selected "next generation"  leaders who look like they will simply preserve the status quo and without a strong opposition voice in parliament and willingness of voters to overcome the barriers of upgrading and GRCs, the PAP will not be motivated to make the necessary changes that will bring about a better quality of life for Singaporeans.

We will only know on 8 May 2011 if change will come to Singapore. We can only hope for the best. See you then.

66 comments:

Lye Khuen Way said...

If a FREAK result of 0 Opposition were to materialised, you can be sure the MM will freak-out !

Why ? Then the rest of the Woorld will wonder if Singaporeans are really daft or is Singapore is really a democracy !

Lucky Tan said...

I was pondering if that will actually happen. Suppose we have an 8% swing against the PAP. That will mean 58 to 42%. I think with this swing Hougang and Potong Pasir should remain in opposition hands. A bit more precarious in Potong Pasir but they will pull through.

But an 8% swing is not sufficient to take any GRCs except Aljunied which saw 45-55% in 2006. An 8% swing will result in a win by WP. However, the PAP redrew the boundary to take up 29,000 voters. This translate to 2-3% gain by George Yeo's team.

So we are 50:50 at Aljunied down to thin hairline situation. The PAP step up effort to promise more upgrading to Aljunied residents.

Imagine if the total votes is 58-42% an the oppositon only has 1-2 seats again. Frustration with the political system will just rocket.

In the long run the PAP may be better off losing Aljunied to prevent the polarisation effects of the GRC. They are really complacent and need this kick.

There is always some unknown until the results are out but having watched so many elections....I learn to control my own optimism.

From Down Under said...

I am just an outsider observing politic events from afar. But I do hope the change will come to Singapore on 8 May. I think your opposition teams have done all they can this time. It is now come down to Singaporean to make the right choice tomorrow.

Whatever the outcome, it is your choice. So use your brain, your heart and vote wisely.

Good luck to the deserving Singaporean.

P/s, I have been reading your blog almost since day 1 you started it. I have a lot of respect for you for the width and depth of knowledge you have and your tireless effort in guiding Singaporean. Kudo to you.

Anonymous said...

I wondered if demographics could be use to predict a breakdown of voting patterns/intention...

Going by age groups and enthicity.

Roughly, very much guessing percent voting for opposition

20-34 = 540,000 * 60%, 324

35-44 = 600,000 * 55%, 330

45-55 = 620,000 * 50%, 310

55 above = 710,000 * 40%, 284

total percentage = 1248/2470 = 50.5%

If I have to bets a dollar, it is very marginal, say if including voting along enthic background, say minority race suffered more, the skew should be +ve

Anonymous said...

Lucky,

I share the same sentiments, all that's done has been done. This is by far the strongest opposition fielded in recent times and the 1st real challenge for those walkover MPs.

I hope Singaporeans are aware that this vote will reflect the things to come in 4 to 5 years time.

Let's await the results on 8th May.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lucky,

Like many Singaporeans, I have been politically apathetic for the most part. It does feel like GE2011 has been coincident with both a spike in political awareness and a change in sentiment. For the first time in my life, I have been reading as many political blogs I can get my hands on.

Thanks for your daily contributions over the recent past. As French philosopher, Joseph Marie de Maistre, famously said. 'Every country has the government it deserves'.

Let us see what this weekend brings.

melbournechia said...

Thanks Lucky for your extensive coverage. I rely on honest blogs like yours to read about the true situation and their analysis in Singapore. I have followed your blog from a distance (I live in Singapore) and I am glad that people like your goodselves have fearlessly stand in between the truth and the slanted MSM.

Anonymous said...

Well, Lucky, you and the online blogosphere have done all you can to educate and persuade the citizentry who can vote. The opposition is the strongest as the above poster has said. I am, too, worried about the income disparity, esp. seeing so many young couples cannot afford their first flat.
This might be the last best hope for S'pore-born citizens to effect a change in the direction the gahmen is taking us. This is because if the PAP still wins by a wide margin, they will let in 900K FTs to fill their target population of 6 million in 1-2 years. Chances are these 900K will become S'pore citizens and vote PAP in 5 years' time. By that time, the number of S'pre-born citizens who can vote may be under 50% of the voters.

Anonymous said...

dejavu is what it will be ...

Anonymous said...

If it doesn't happen tomorrow, it NEVER will!

Eileen said...

Thank you Lucky Tan, whoever you are. I love Singapore and fellow Singaporeans, I am voting for change.

Anonymous said...

86-1. PM/MM suckers S'pore with good cop, bad cop routine?

I've been discussing the elections with two friends - one is an experienced political consultant and the other a psychiatry expert witness. I've been in a daze in the last few hours about what just happened and how the PAP has seemed to come back from the dead in Aljunied. These two helped make sense of it all.

As you well know, with 24 hours to go to Polling Day....the ground sentiment seemed to have swung in PAP's favour.

Basically, their expert opinion is that it appears that the Singapore electorate has fallen for one of the oldest tricks on the political playbook, albeit one immaculately executed - The Good Cop, Bad Cop Routine! This is commonly used in US foreign policy and domestic politics...the best example of this would be the Bush-Cheney act in the 2004 US presidential elections. US vice-presidential incumbent Dick Cheney played Bad Cop to devastating effect, taking out presidential challenger John Kerry and cleared the way for George Bush to win re-election in the starring role of Good Cop.

We have just witnessed the Singapore version in the last 3 days.

First, you have Bad Cop LKY come out blundering with threats, blackmail and his usual bully-boy ways. Now, this scares an estimated 15-20% of the swing voters into going back into the arms of the PAP but it also alienates an approximately equal or slightly smaller percentage of voters against the PAP. So zero-minimal net loss for opposition

The second step is Good Cop LSL coming out and saying sorry. This brings back the LKY-alienated voters while keeping the fearful voters in the PAP fold. The result is a huge net gain in the swing votes. What aids the Lees is that the electorate does not know which cop is more powerful - is it the Bad Cop or the Good Cop? You are confused, you are uncertain, and in that uncertainty is when you are most susceptible.

Hours later, it is polling day. You cast your vote. What has happened, the Good Cop Bad Cop routine, is still in your subconscious. Most people who fall for it will never know they've been suckered. A few will slowly realise it.

The electorate wakes up on Sunday, and everyone is amazed that the PAP has won 86-1.

Impossible they think, the ground was so bitter! How did the PAP perform a near clean sweep.

Welcome....the will of the Singapore people has just been thwarted by the Good Cop, Bad Cop routine.

Anonymous said...

"If it doesn't happen tomorrow, it NEVER will!"
Anon 6/5/11 08:10

Yes, that's right.

But if it happens, it will be a big happening. The opposition may even win majority seats!

Singapore politics and elections is and has been very boring (so far) or will it turn out to be very earthshaking on 7 May 2011?

And why not, since for the whole world, we already have quite a few earthshaking events this year, both natural and man-made.

So why not Singapore?

Anonymous said...

Singaporeans are daft anyway. They do not see through how GRC system actually work. They only are concerned with those daily or materialistic issues. They do not understand democracy, inclusiveness and social justice.

Singapore needs a strong leader like LKY in the early days of national building, very much like China needs a Mao to bring the country to a new China. But, after the country has been stabilized and progress, the country needs to go back to the people hand and not just a few hands of elites.

If there is no change on 7 May, Singaporeans deserve what their choice is. For those who are disappointed, you probably have to find another country where you like to live.

Hang Seng Parasite said...

lets give some predictions guys.

1. PAP lose 2 GRC.

Anonymous said...

If PAP can lose 1 GRC, it will lose all GRCs!

If opposition can win 1 GRC, it can win all GRCs!

And even if Singapore is just one big GRC, PAP will win. Hence every GRC is a mini Singapore!

Why people still don't undertstand this GRC thing?

Don't they realise PAP win big all the time is due to this?

Unless you all are ready to make opposition win big. Are you?

If not, then as usual lah.

Anonymous said...

We still have NSP, SDP, and RP.
I am sure (100% guarantee plus stamp) they will make our voices heard, loud and clear.

I hope I have the honour to "repent" for the next 5 years.

Dear singaporeans,
Pls grant my wish. Pleaseeeee...

Anonymous said...

I think opposition can only have chance to win when they say:

"We are ready to form the next government."

And not just say but also be seen to be able to do it.

How? By having a lot of Chen Show Maos, Tan Jee Says, Lucky Tans etc etc to contest.

If not ah, kang kor (difficult) lah. PAP will clean sweep, or almost clean sweep, again.

Anonymous said...

Vote for opposition. Now or never. In future we will be so badly suppress we will never be able to rise like this GE2011. Marked my words that PAP will continue to tweak the election when they win this time round because they themselves don't want this uncertainty especially this election where Lee HL has to apologize twice to gain sympathy votes. Everything is at stake tomorrow. May all the oppositions win The GRC to back fire the PAP for creating this unlevel, unfair and undemocratic practice. Hopefully PAP have 5 years to reflect and repent. I am a resident in Ang Mo Kio GRC and I will be voting for the opposition not becasue they are the A team but I want my pain and suffering to end.
Thank you. Unfortunate Singaporean who has served national service and reserve duties.

Anonymous said...

Its anybody's guess this GE. Many constituencies have never been contested for decades, and after so much gerrymandering by the PAP, I bet even they won't know which way the voters there will swing.

PAP could well lose their 2/3 majority or they could still sashay into parliament without losing any seats.

Anonymous said...

I am afraid that a uniquely Singapore election result will happen on 7th May 2011. The overall percentage vote for pap is 53% and the opposition 47% but the number of seats in parliament will be pap=87 and opposition=0. Uniquely Singapore! I hope I am wrong.

Anonymous said...

Hey Lucky Tan,
Do you think that what's happened in the Middle East could happen here -- as in, people could mobilize and take to the streets, demanding a new government?

Also, why are so few opposition parties/citizens asking for more civil liberties, like freedom of speech?

I'm a journalist from the UK (not for the ST, I promise!) and am writing a story about the elections. Your blog is really interesting and outspoken and I'd love to interview you if you have some time in the next 2 hours....

Thanks!
(I also tweeted you)
Kate

Anonymous said...

I pray that only the results will be of help to Singapore in both the short and long run. What we do know is this: when the PAP wins again, even if by a narrow margin, they will bring in another 900 thousand foreign workers of various stripes and colours, whatever their background, convert them to permanent residents and maybe even citizens, and the floodgates will be opened even more. Wages will still continue to be suppressed and costs of living will still rise. As born Singaporeans, we have to learn to see beyond all the incumbent's politicking and their attempts to win sympathy votes, and to take back our rights whatever the system may be. I had been so optimistic for the 2006 GE but have learnt to control it, and now am only just praying. Even if it means migrating in time to come, I know that I will, but I will not let a horde of politicians take away my birthrights as a Singaporean and I will not let their policies become tools to marginalize me and my family(who will still remain here no matter what) as strangers in our own land!

Anonymous said...

The ball is in the court of us the citizens of singapore, do we want to delude ourselves and allow our future generations to ask why we did Nothing to change for their well being ?
why we were apathetic, why we delayed, why we sold out?
lets do what we should and must do, lets vote for a level playing field.
No more straight A cronies and nepotism
No more half truths and arrogance

Ser Ming said...

Hi Lucky,

I follow your blog for years and I will like to thank you for contributions. You have made politics and economics much easier to read for a layman like me.

Thank you.

To the Anon talking about the good cop and bad cop,

Well, I will simply ask you a question, will you (and your two friends) vote for change?

All these speculation and strategies and whatever can only use to gain votes from people who have no idea of what is going on. So if you (and your friends) sincerely feel that the vote for change is worthy, then help to vote for change!

Every vote counts!

I am voting for change.

Anonymous said...

Yes, thank you for your tireless coverage, analysis and perspectives of the socio-political scene in Singapore.

I appreciate it.
It has been enlightening and at times entertaining ( from comments )

I too feel that the incumbent appears to have played a well timed card.. the sorry, the heart felt pain, the recognition of marginalised people. The self reflection that they need to do more to listen and reform from within.

This alone seems to tug at many voters. It is a known fact that Singaporeans are very willing to donate but are not willing to spend time. Therefore, it is very convienient for voters to conlcude that: ".. well, AT LEAST they said sorry. They say they will change, so I will give them another chance"

We are by nature, a yielding people

We give way very easily..meek and mild until we return home and then begin to complain and curse.

It will take another generation.

Anonymous said...

Damnit lahz. If the Opposition doesn't win any seats or wins poorly, think I can go and shoot myself liaoz.

Anonymous said...

The people do not hate PAP, but the general dislike of Tin Pei Ling from the people may just bring the PAP down.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/I-do-not-want-Tin-Pei-Ling-in-Parliament/144764052259319

Anonymous said...

Are Singaporeans capable of a political tsunami?

http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/163244

Anonymous said...

My 90% chance prediction.

PAP will win 55-60% of the votes.

PAP will win Aljunied with 50-55% of the votes.

PAP will win 87-0. Never mind high cost of living, housing, wide income gap and too many foreigners.

Tin Pei Ling will make history as the youngest elected (not walkover)MP in 34 years. Never mind Kate Spade, feet stomping and what not.

For the 1st time in 30 years (since 1981) Parliament will again have no opposition.

Majulah GRC System.

Majulah PAP.

Majulah Singapura.

Kevin Jang said...

Singapore is my homeland, until the day I give up my citizenship or settle down elsewhere or pass away. Till then, I have a right, a duty, not only to myself, but also to others to make it a better place to live in. Putting all the speculations about the results aside, putting aside all optimism and pessimism, all I will say is this: this is and will still be my home, and I will not surrender my rights to any government that will not care for its citizens(including the less-than-fortunate ones and underprivileged and unprivileged ones), and brushes us under the carpet with various policies in place which displace us in the name of figures and stats and GDP growth. Singapore is not a company; Singapore is a country with its people, its culture, its national identity, contrary to what people have denied of it. It has a right to a good future ahead of it, and so do its citizens.

Anonymous said...

Mr lucky

You cannot sit on your arse again!
The cooling day is a psychological weapon to allow FUD.
You sit back and everyone will lose.

Anonymous said...

I'm voting for change in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC. And I'm talking to everyone who walks into the lift with me to vote for change. You'll be surprised how many is willing to vote for opposition. Don't be such pessimists, do something about it!

Anonymous said...

Are Singaporeans capable of a political tsunami?

http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/163244
Anon 6/5/11 13:02

Yes of course. And a PAP tsunami, of course.

Because Singapore is not Malaysia. We are one of a kind in the whole world.

Uniquely Singapore is not just advertising slogan or catchword for tourism. It is real, very real.

Amused said...

It's been exciting in the past few days. I will also offer my prediction here.

WP wins Aljunied GRC. Why? Just look at the size of the crowd compared to that of 2006. This is as scientific as it gets without polling (currently outlawed.)

SDP has an image handicap but the team make-up and performance is among the best. SPP has CST. Both GRCs are up for grab. I would bet one of them goes to opposition.

I like NSP but GCT wins. They have given GCT a run for the money. NSP still garners over 40% votes.

The opposition will retain 2 SMCs and make inroad with two other SMC wins. So PAP will NOT revert to SMC (4 out of 8!) If anything, they will INCREASE the size of GRCs to make life near impossible for opposition. But they are taking a huge gamble if they do so. But who knows? They like casinos - not one but two!

Overall, PAP wins with around 55% votes.

After the election, LHL will be busy fixing the election system to ensure PAP takes back the lost ground in 5 years. With LKY around, I won't be surprised that they will tinker with the current 1-man-1-vote system which LKY dislikes. Of course they will be many more FT Singaporeans to ‘balance’ the ground. The opposition will have to fight hard on both points because they will lose next election otherwise. More people will then fund their emigration with the “enhanced” values of HDB flats.

Thanks Lucky for the hard work. He is not getting paid to do this. He is simply a good person with a heart.

Anonymous said...

Lucky,
whatever the outcome this sunday morning, thank you for the effort!

let's hope it will not be eery silence on the streets this sunday morning but boisterous expression of joy...anti-PAP crowd!

perhaps Lucky will reveal his identity if PAP becomes the minority.

Anonymous said...

Take a look at past GRC results where PAP has lowest winning margins in the year of elections.

1988 Eunos GRC 92,728 voters
PAP 52.4% WP 47.6%

1997 Cheng San GRC 103,323 voters
PAP 54.8% WP 45.2%

2006 Aljunied GRC 145,141 voters
PAP 56.1% WP 43.9%

2011 Aljunied GRC 143,148 voters
PAP ?? % WP ?? %

You will see that PAP winning margins increased from 52% (Eunos 1988) to 56% (Aljunied 2006)

So going by the trend, PAP will most likely win Aljunied 2011, right?

So can WP win Aljunied? Statistically, I would say quite tough lah.

Not that they don't have good candidates but from past cases, even good opposition candidates also lost. People vote the party brand rather than the individual, never mind Kate Spade, feet stomping, wooden or even mee siam mai hum.

Anonymous said...

to anon @14.25pm,
you should have advised Lee Hsien Loong much earlier, convinced him that Aljunied sure win and hence spare him the embarassment of apologising and wetting his pants in public.
what's the point telling us when you should be telling him or LKY? LOL

Anonymous said...

Hi all

We need to do our part on this cooling day, that is, to continue advocating our friends and relatives for Change in Singapore. No need for the oppos to form new government, such change will not happen overnight but it eventually come. The tide of Change is in motion, nothing can stop it but we, Singaporeans can push along. Thus, the oppos need to secure at least 30% of seats in parliament to make a strong stance.

Fyi, How dirty political tactics can be?

http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/05/pap-leaflets-a-cheap-attempt-to-frighten-voters-wp/

The oppos can't open their mouths on cooling day but we can. I urge you to use whatever means to share the inevitable reality of a NEW & BETTER Singapore, without pappies iron rule, with your close ones. We need to have our own voices heard in the parliament. The pappies cannot be our voice anymore.

Anonymous said...

Cooling off day is a time to chill out and see some hard truths. For example, see what Singaporeans pay for their “sorry” bunch of crybabies:

http://politics.sgforums.com/forums/10/topics/358067

“The TOP 30 highest paid politicians in the world
The TOP 30 highest paid politicians in the world are all from Singapore:
1. Elected President SR Nathan – S$3.9 million.
2. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – S$3.8 million.
3. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew – S$3.5 million.
4. Senior Minister Goh Chok Thong – S$3.5 million.
5. Senior Minister Prof Jayakumar – S$3.2 million.
6. DPM & Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng – S$2.9 million.
7. DPM & Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean – $2.9 million
8. Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo – S$2.8 million.
9. National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan – S$2.7 million.
10. PMO Miniser Lim Boon Heng – S$2.7 million.
11. Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang – S$2.7 million.
12. PMO Minister Lim Swee Say – S$2.6 million.
13. Environment Minister & Muslim Affairs Minister Dr Yaccob Ibrahim – S$2.6 million.
14. Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan – S$2.6 million.
15. Finance Minister S Tharman – S$2.6 million.
16. Education Minister & 2nd Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen – S$2.6 million.
17. Community Development Youth and Sports Minister – Dr Vivian Balakrishnan – S$2.5 million.
18. Transport Minister & 2nd Minister for Foreign Affairs Raymond Lim Siang Kiat – S$2.5 million.
19. Law Minister & 2nd Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam – S$2.4 million.
20. Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong – S$2.2 million.
21. PMO Minister Lim Hwee Hwa – S$2.2 million
22. Acting ICA Minister – Lui Tuck Yew – S$2.0 million.
23 to 30 = Senior Ministers of State and Ministers of State – each getting between S$1.8 million to S$1.5 million.

Note: 1. The above pay does not include MP allowances, pensions and other sources of income such as Directorship, Chairmnship, Advisory, Consultancy, etc to Gov-linked and gov-related organisations or foreign MNCs such as Citigroup, etc.
2. Though it is based on an estimate, the data cannot be far off the official salary scales.

Next list of highest paid politician around te world.

1. Donald Tsang Yum-Kuen – Hong Kong

Salary in dollars – $516,000

Salary in local currency – HK$4 million

2. Barack Obama – United States

Salary in dollars – $400,000

3. Brian Cowen – Ireland

Salary in dollars – $341,000

Salary in local currency – €257,000

4. Nicolas Sarkozy – France

Salary in dollars – $318,000

Salary in local currency – €240,000

5. Angela Merkel – Germany

Salary in dollars – $303,000

Salary in local currency – €228,000

6. Gordon Brown – UK

Salary in dollars – $279,000

Salary in local currency – £194,250

7. Stephen Harper – Canada

Salary in dollars – $246,000

Salary in local currency – C$311,000

8. Taro Aso – Japan

Salary in dollars – $243,000

Salary in local currency – Y24 million

9. Kevin Rudd – Australia

Salary in dollars – $229,000

Salary in local currency – A$330,000″

Anonymous said...

This is a decisive watershed elections. Best so far I've seen where opposition have put up a very credible, united fight against the Goliath.

I don't need a cooling down day to cool my heart..my decisions is already made with both my heart and mind, clearly.

Also, my family and I will decide to stay or emigrate based on the outcome of this elections. I am full of hopes, and hope my fellow singaporeans will not let us /or future generations down.

Like CSM said " Remember this 5th of May 2011. Because 20 years down the road, your children will ask your "Did you do your part"?" And that's myy guiding light to the polls tomorrow.

Good luck all, and thanks Lucky for your great contributions and education to all out there

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Anonymous said...

It was indeed a very exhausting time for many Singaporeans and the opposition parties. Not just for the last few weeks of rally but the last 5 years of being turned on deaf ears by the ruling party. Today is cooling day and it is a good moment to reflect what have actually happened in the past 5 years. Why are Singaporeans across the board so unhappy and why now, ony now, than Pap start to see and hear us? My heart and mind still reel back the the years we were being talked down such that no crocodile tears or superficial apology can really appease my decision to vote fo change

Anonymous said...

Thank You very much for some of the most interesting political comments and your kind intention for a better society for the people.
You have done much for us and You know how we appreciate your effort.

As for the Election Result; anything beyond 15 seats for the Alternative Parties would be very comforting. Such a result will allow the Alternative Parties to build their foundations and make inroads later.

Me am cautiously optimistic that Alternative Parties would perform better this Coming Election due very much to Bloggers like You. The New Media should have some impact though not in creating tsunami, it is capable of sentiment tidal waves.

Surely, much conscience had been lost in the Leadership and it is my wish that when Leaders read your blogs which me believes they do, they will be stopped from losing it totally, better if they could recover some.

Hope that You will carry on blogging regardless of the Election Result.

patriot

Anonymous said...

Tomorrow will be the first time in a decade that I will have the opportunity to vote. It will also be the first time my vote will be cast for the opposition.
The reasons for my disenchantment with government policies are many and you have covered them all in great detail with your blogs.

The straw that finally "broke the camel's back" and swayed me towards the opposition is the climate of isolation that the various PAP policies have created for our senior citizens.

A loyal citizen is a valuable resource. The effort our seniors have invested in growing our economy during their productive years must be remembered and repaid during the latter days of their lives.

We need leaders who understand and value this very basic truth of life. Otherwise the result will be poorer family ties, disrespect for the elderly and an "every man for himself" approach where the ablest succeed at the expense of the weak. A situation which will ensure that Singapore never emerges as a proud nation with a united and loyal citizenry.

I remember how proud I was on Singapore's first National Day when that promise of a united and equitable nation was so bright and inspiring. I still retain that dream and share it with my grandchildren whenever the opportunity arises. Unfortunately, after a truly outstanding start in Nation building the PAP lost its way on many issues and has forgotten our more needy citizens.

This is why i am voting for the opposition tomorrow; together with my family and close friends.

I have enjoyed reading your blogs and take comfort from the fact that we still have a generation of younger citizens, who soldier on, advocating ideals that we seniors hold dear.

Anonymous said...

PAP is all out to destroy NSP's Spencer Ng. But read this for the true side of the story...

http://interestingtruth.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/the-truth-you-want-to-know/

Now you know why PAPSmear is not called PAPSmear for nothing.

Anonymous said...

I left Singapore many years ago but my heart remains in Singapore. I have been following Lucky's blog since 2 years ago when my husband stumbled upon it. It has been a revelation reading this blog. To do my little bit for Singapore, since I am unable to vote, I have been spamming my friends with numerous emails and articles from blgospheres relating to this GE. Well, my husband has also called his friends in Sngapore to "preach" to them about vote for change. To my surprise, I realized how ignorant they have been, or rather, how deprived of alternative views/news. Sadly, most of them are fence sitters and undecided. Well, they are professionals and probably think it's better to be conservative and stick with pappies. Why fix something when it is not broken. However, I have another group of friends, who made up their minds about an imminent change for Singapore.

Emperor Yeo said...

Please remember your place in society before talking to me - Emperor Yeo, 1994

sam/PRAY, it works said...

There is a tide in the affairs of man which taken at the head leads on to fortune. The time is NOW.The time is HERE. HIT pap where it hurts. At least give them a bloody nose to wake them up

Anonymous said...

Do prisoners who are citizens get to vote?
How do they know the various party's
manefesto?

Anonymous said...

This much is clear to me. I would not stay in a country whose incumbent party members call me and my countrymen "daft". But even before I get any chance to leave for anywhere else, this is my HOME, and I would not allow people in power to just say that we are not a nation and even imply that national and cultural identity can be moulded as and when one pleases! We are Singapore and Singaporeans. This is OUR nation, OUR country, OUR HOME, not just anybody else's, not just any party's!

Anonymous said...

This is it, Mr Tan.

The result will clearly proof how conscious Singaporeans are. Or how dafter they have become.

Believe you me, people are so busy earning a living...they don't even have time to read the papers.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the people of aljunied can see that the future and voices of millions of citizens should not rest on the fate of one man. To achieve great things for the interests of people, there are always sacrifices but let's not forget for those who are sacrificed in the process. It is to path the way to real democracy. Whoever loses tomorrow is a great loss to the country but the hopes and futures of our fellow citizens cannot be compromised. We need different voices in parliament becos we need to really debate about issues which cannot be taken on fully by someone from a same team even though one may not agree with the issue. In the same way, would you challenge your boss and jeopardize your career when you dun see eye to eye with your boss. It is an inconvenient role which can only be conveniently filled by another party who is able to do the 'dirty' job. Come May 7, may true democracy be able to raise it's head on this soil, without which will be our greatest loss.

"We change for the better not becos we need a mandate to do so but simply becos it is the right thing to do".

Anonymous said...

I agree with the many posters here. If it doesn't happen tomorrow, it never will.

This is because Singaporeans will be a minority in their own population in GE 2015 and it will be irreversible damage.

Anonymous said...

If you compare the number of likes on facebook of MM Lee and Nicole Seah, I think the PAP will at least win 50% of the seats.

Anonymous said...

God bless Singapore

Anonymous said...

If there were no GRC and PAP won 87-0, then I would say the voters have spoken. But GRC is a scam masquerading as minority representation. It is so skewed in favour of the incumbent that it does not a truly represent our choices. We must get rid of the GRC system - VOTE FOR CHANGE!!!

Anonymous said...

If the opposition wins. We will still have a transformed PAP. They may review the GRC and avoid future sacrifices by their team mates. Most important of all we will have true democracy. Of course, someone will be sacrificed. Weigh the gain and losses.

Anonymous said...

Local Medical Professor with NUH vouch that Singapore's healthcare is in serious trouble.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B8umAsZnzc

Anonymous said...

I want to highlight that under Section 10.1 of the Handbook for Parliamentary
Election Candidates 2011

"The following acts constitute corrupt practices under the Parliamentary
Elections Act:
(d) make or publish, before or during any election, for the purpose of
affecting the return of any candidate, any false statement of fact
in relation to the personal character or conduct of the candidate;"

Does the following statement by Lim Hwee Hua
"Is it messy or are they holding back till after the elections so that whoever wins Hougang will then inherit the accounts? The Worker's Party has always emphasised transparency and accountability of the town council."
constitutes to a violation of the rule above?

Can someone ask the Election Department?

Anonymous said...

Dear God,

If you do exists, please do justice to the people of Singapore.

Let the people remove Mah Bow Tan, George Yeo, Lim Swee Suay, Kow Boon Kwan, Vivian Balakrishnan and Wong Kan Seng.

Amen.

Anonymous said...

with the imported 90,000 new citizens in 2006, what is the chance that 10% of these group are within each grc? assuming the worst scenario that there are 10,000 new citizens that support the incumbent, it is as good as playing an election game with a starting handicap of 10,000 on their side. in the next 5 years, if they going to import another 900,000 new citizens, opposition votes will be drown out and diluted to 10% probably.

Anonymous said...

The ruling party is high up in the skies. They couldn't hear our shouts and cries. After pride comes the fall. When they pick themselves up, we shall walk side by side.

Anonymous said...

Our country can only be saved if we replace the headcounts with our own. Forget abt all the burdens that may accompany each births. If they want 6 million population, we just give it to them. Whatever problems that come as a result of it, leave it to the govt to solve simply becos that's what they are here for. They need to be challenged. Without showing the full blown effects of our population, the govt doesn't know what to use their money for and how much is needed to sustain it.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ms Lucky,

i hope u can join the WP with your talents and your insights!

I sincerely hope u do.

Tony 。

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