Monday, March 27, 2006
Goodie Goodie Gumdrops
Saturday's Special Report painted a curious state of affairs in Hougang & Potong Pasir. It seemed to say: if you value an opposing voice full of mettle but weak in resources (and a consequential lack of comfort), vote opposition, but if you want a nice neighbourhood to live in, vote PAP.
Initially, I felt scandalized. How dare the PAP blatantly dangle upgrading carrots in their effort to solicit more votes. And they've been doing it for years! exclaimed a wide-eyed colleague dangling his imaginary tuber.
But what are elections really about? Why do people vote in a party at all? In other words, what is the politician supposed to offer and achieve for the people? Isn't he supposed to look after the welfare of his people and in that respect, hasn't the PAP done exactly that in ensuring that rubbish gets cleared and streets are well-lit at night? Going by this reasoning, it seems that the PAP certainly deserves to be voted for.
When I tried to press a friend as to why he would vote for the opposition, he failed to give me a satisfactory answer beyond the fact that we need an opposing voice. Instead he focused on how the PAP is oppressing any form of opposition and is crafty enough to shift the lines to their advantage. Perhaps, but we should be prudent in deciding whose voice we wish to represent us in parliament.
Another question: should Singapore aspire to Western states where values like freedom (of everything) and civil rights are championed as vocally as possible?
Food for thought this 27 Mar as S'poreans across the island receive their PP letters...
Posted by This is Ed at 10:33 PM