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...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

grassroot committees are said to be politically neutral by one of our ministers after SDP/WP had mentioned that they are the "eyes" for PAP.
Refer to the case of the missing girl in Potong Pasir. PAP man Mr Sitoh Yih Pin was called by the grassroot committee to return the girl back to the family instead of the elected MP, Mr Chiam See Tong for the ward.

Can we consider Town Councils to be politically neutral also? Town councils are for the town and if the boundaries are re-drawn, splitting and merging of town councils are fine. However, if an opposition party is to take control of that ward, it is fair to take the funds of the the town council back and leave it to the opposition party to fund the town council? Don't the residents there pay taxes and their dues?

Anonymous said...

Rubbish! All rubbish! I was disgusted at what the now SM said when I saw his interview over the news.

I was disappointed with his comment and it almost felt like I had lost almost all the respect I had for him. He was "sent by the Prime Minister to win back the 2 opposition strongholds - Hougang & Potong Pasir"...and so, these 2 towns don't get upgrading because they vote for opposition? Its almost like a boss telling his subordinate in a 360-feedback session that he'd better give him a good review or he won't get his bonus.

So, take an extreme situation of the opposition winning half of the seats, does that then mean that half of the neighbourhoods in Singapore won't get upgrading? Trash. Utter trash.

Period.

Aragorn said...

very nice carrots!

i like

Aragorn said...

mildly interesting comments, but why not take action?

Aragorn said...

agree with edmund.
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"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."

-edmund