I'm silently following the news regarding GE and refraining from commenting cuz everyone has their own opinion and I'm not the most informed about politics so I chose to stay silent instead of sounding ignorant. BUT recently there has been a lot of stupid comments on Twitter and FB and shit, by people who are around MY age and can't even vote, yet acting all self righteous and saying things along the lines of "NSP is No Substance Party", "If you vote opposition, how stupid is that", "How can you be so ungrateful to LKY?!" (regarding the FB likes nonsense)
I am far from being politically involved, I hardly read the newspapers, whatever info I gather I get off short articles online or read the different FB notes floating around. So yes, call me ignorant, but frankly, so are most of YOU. (Not referring to the people who genuinely believe in the PAP then by all means go vote for PAP la. Or for those who are voting opposition because they want to, and trust that they can represent you better than PAP, then okay you all are rational people who are entitled to your own opinion very good! This is to the people who have been tweeting like PAP DID SO MUCH FOR US HOW DARE YOU NOT VOTE FOR THEM -esque things, when you are not even of age to vote much less feel the brunt of most policies in Singapore )
I'm not pro-PAP, or pro-Opposition. I'm pro-LKY because of what he has done for us and our country, bringing us to where we are now. Yes, because of that he deserves all due respect and admiration (and FB likes). BUT I don't think it is right to say that people are ungrateful to the PAP and to LKY if they vote opposition. Where is the sense in voting based on what they've DONE not what they're DOING or promise to DO. So far, from the PAP, I hear threats of "Vote for opposition and live with the consequences", admissions that PAP wards get priority for upgrading (SERIOUSLY. What happened to ONE nation, ONE people, ONE Singapore?!?!) etc. The opposition is inexperienced and has done nothing to prove themselves worthy of your vote, I agree, but can you hold it against them for LACKING the opportunity and resources to do so?
The money used to win over Singaporeans - Taxpayers' money, money used for PAP campaigns, for the food, drinks, shuttle buses at PAP rallies - Taxpayers' money, the annoying vans replaying campaign slogans - Taxpayers' money, the big banners and posters plastered on lamp posts- Taxpayers' money. This all only goes to show the great great hold PAP has over our country and it's political scene. IF all the money being used to campaign is coming from the ministers' very very very fat paycheques + private sector salaries, fine I concede. But I highly doubt so. Meanwhile, we have opposition parties struggling to raise money just to RUN as candidates. Not to mention the subsequent campaigning costs draining their personal pockets. IS THAT FAIR? No.
I'm not against the PAP, I'm happy with my life in Singapore, but I'm aware that that's because I'm sheltered in my middle-class lifestyle and Mummy's prudence and thrift have given us little money woes (or not any that she has told us about anyway). I'm too young to feel the impact of rising oil prices, raising the GST, not being able to buy HDB flats because we own private property, the influx of foreign workers stealing available jobs while I remain jobless etc. Therefore, I am content with my life here. But I know others aren't.
I do not agree however with how PAP has chosen to run their campaign, with scare tactics and dangling the carrot or whatever. I do think that there should be more voices in Parliament simply because the PAP is getting too damn complacent. They have helped us lead a good life thus far, I'm not complaining. But I'm sure there are others ignored who would want a chance to raise their voices? If the opposition proves to be substance-less and provides no value for our country, then vote for the PAP in the next GE lah. But give them a chance can? Plus how much wrong can they do, I doubt they'll win a substantial number of seats anyway but give them that opportunity nonetheless!
Just needed to put that out there and add to the never ending views on this very interesting GE. If you're more well read than me (which you probably are) and my words sound damn stupid/foolish then ignore k. But this is what I know and feel regardless.
To end this very unlike-me rant, IT IS 5AM AND I CANNOT BLOODY SLEEP BECAUSE MY BODY CLOCK IS SCREWED. I'm supposed to have a productive day but how to do that if I wake up at 2pm?! Uggghhhh ok shall close my eyes and listen to my breathing trying to fall asleep GOODNIGHT. (Hahahahha sound more normal now right I sound like I got personality disorder hahahaha ok bye.) Oh wow I think I just heard the newspaper man dropping our newspapers at the doorstep kns.................................. Bye.
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