Friday, August 26, 2011
Ivy Singh Lim spoke at Tan Kin Lian's rally yesterday. If you missed the news a few months ago, Ivy kissed the floor of outside the Supreme Court when her brother was acquited by the court.
Unlike that General Elections campaign which focuses voters' attention on various policy issues, the PE is focused on the character and morality of the candidates. Each candidate in the PE is far more scrutinised than those running for seats in the parliament. Rightfully so because the president who is voted into the office by the entire population of eligible voters becomes the voice of the people - he represents the collective sense of justice...of what is right and wrong in our society.
In Sept 2008. tragedy struck thousands of Singaporeans who saw their life savings wiped out by the collapse of Lehman Brothers. They were sold complex financial products by banks that marketed them out as safe investments then covered themselves legally by getting the buyers to sign various forms.to declare they understand the risks and so on. I watched this saga closely as I wanted to see how our leaders and the authorities would respond - were they able to see that justice is not determined by rules but by outcomes? Which minister, which MP, which leader would step forward to help these Singaporeans? The minute MM Lee said that these Singaporeans "went in with their eyes open" and had no legal case, no PAP MP or minister dared to lend these people a hand. It was in those dark days than Mr. Tan Kin Lian stepped forward to speak up for these people - many of whom were illiterate, old and poor.
You see, Tan Kin Lian understood that justice does not come simply by applying the laws rigidly. The people who lost their savings trusted our big banks and never for one moment think that had to deciper the legal jargon of forms they sign. For ordinary folks, justice comes when you deal with people can trust - they are not educated as lawyers ...what good is the law anyway if it allows injustice? It was Tan Kin Lian who stepped forward, it was Tan Kin Lian who lend his hand to organise petitions and put pressure on the authorities. He didn't worry about offending the powerful banks, he didn't care if the authorities would come after him, all he cared about was justice...justice for the common people.
Whoever wins this election, Singaporeans have already won. Thanks to the candidates who stepped forward and offered much more, the Singapore presidency will never be the same again and the expectations for how the president can connect, represent and help the people will mean who ever wins this election will have to do the work of the people. The campaign process also brought out the prominent people like Ivy Singh Lim and Petrina Kow (hosted Tan Jee Say's rally) who came out to support the non-PAP endorsed candidates. They echo the same sentiment as those who feel that change is badly needed here and this country has "never been so divided, unhappy and sad". This feeling also drive Singaporeans to vote for a president who possess a strong moral purpose and values sorely missing in the leadership of this country for so many years.
When Singaporeans stand in front of the ballot box tomorrow, they are not to be bothered with what the govt experts say about the limited role and power of the president and that he should remain silent on policies that affect Singaporeans. Just like in those dark days following the Lehman Brothers collapse, if ever the people need a voice to speak up for them, they cannot afford to have a president who is silent or will say what the govt wants him to say. They will need someone who embodies the values, morality and courage to be able to stand up for them as an elected leader and representative of the people.
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Posted by Lucky Tan