I have always been apathetic about politics, having lived in a GRC with weak/no contest from opposition parties, and grown up feeling that no matter who we vote for, things are just going to be the same, or not too different. It’s the same this year, despite the heated debate and emotional status updates appearing on my Facebook news feed.
Unlike most from the older generation, my parents are outspoken about their support for the Opposition, “not necessarily because we support what they advocate, but we just don’t want the PAP to be so ya-ya”. I second that, especially since watching this video showing ex-Army Chief Chan Chun Sing speaking like a rogue. I cannot believe he was a President’s Scholar, and that the PAP has fielded a candidate of this “calibre”. We are an educated electorate, but he spoke to the audience like they were idiots. (Alright they probably were, since you can hear them clapping and laughing at his unfunny jokes.)
The PAP will definitely win in my GRC (Pasir Ris-Punggol) since the opposition is so weak, and there is no particular PAP candidate that has sparked the ire of Singaporeans here. However, there are some things that I’m buay song about. It’s not at all about the bread and butter issues, but the injustice prevalent in Singapore. Why are GRCs served by the opposition deprived of upgrades? (That’s not really my problem since I live in a PAP stronghold, but the people in those wards pay taxes, serve NS and contribute to the economy like the rest of us – why the unfairness?)
Perhaps the ruling party forgot that the money came from the people, not out of their own pockets.
I am also buay song that the PAP uses money to entice public servants. Whatever happened to the spirit of service?
Also media censorship: we are human beings capable of critical thinking. Let us decide for ourselves.
I can go on, but most of the things I’m unhappy about is what others are unhappy about.
But I must admit I am not as passionate as some of them in expressing their displeasure and advocating for change. I still am watching all the fervour with dispassion. I cannot be bothered to examine what each party promises because whether they can deliver or not is another thing altogether. But I do believe that alternative voices in the Parliament is a healthy thing, and we are ready for pursuing understanding instead of tolerance, representing the low-middle income segments instead of the rich and the elite, and not labeling opposition as trouble makers, but a voice for the voiceless. Hopefully they can do their job well!