Upcoming film – 1965: Dark of the Malaya

Tony Leung is Lee Kuan Yew.

Tony Leung, the famous Hong Kong actor, is Lee Kuan Yew, the father of modern Singapore.

In case you forget who Tony Leung is, this is him:

 

 

(Taken from neogogo)

 

He’s a handsome actor.

This is Lee Kuan Yew during his younger days.

If you’re wondering where I’m going with this, hang on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous for acting in films such as Infernal Affairs and Lust, Caution, Tony may be playing Lee Kuan Yew in the political triller 1965.

Don’t believe me?

Check this out:

 

 

(Link here.)

 

I several niggling questions though.

1) Why Tony? I don’t see any resemblance between him and LKY.

2) Why choose a Hong Kong actor instead of a Singaporean actor? Wait, I can actually answer that. Instead of portraying Lee Kuan Yew, the Singaporean actor will be portraying Lee Hauntu (Malay for ghost). Most Singaporean film and television actors have the acting range of a zombie. Only a well-rounded actor like Tony will be able to play LKY.

3) Why is Julianne Moore slated to be in this film? Not that I’m complaining though. But I can picture two roles that she’ll most likely be playing:

  • A intrepid, hardnose BBC journalist chronicling the turbulent months before Singapore got its independence. Jeff Goldblum, pissed that BBC sent his girlfriend to a dangerous region, rushed down from the U.S. and saved her before the entire Singapore implodes.
  • Or, she is the wife of an Englishman residing in either the Malaya Peninsular or Singapore, who is played by Jeff Goldblum.

If you’re wondering why I keep mentioning Jeff Goldblum, it’s because I keep thinking of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. And the reason I keep thinking of JP 2 is because of this:

 

 

(Website here)

 

Munich and Empire of the Sun are directed by Steven Spielberg. Do you see the connection now? DO YOU? IT’S A CONSPIRACY!!!! 

Sorry guys, I’m not the one shouting. It’s this guy:

 

 

(Taken from Wikipedia)

 

John Turturro, starring as:

 

 

(Taken from Wikipedia)

 

David Saul Marshall, Singapore’s 1st Chief Minister and firebrand politician.

Now add in Michael Bay as director and Steven Spielberg as producer and you’ll get the most explosive, blockbuster political thriller ever. 

1965: Dark of the Malaya, a film not to be missed.

Shia LaBeouf might get a part.

Now all I need is to find the film poster.

 

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Check out some of mrbrown’s photos of Tony Leung as LKY here.

 

 

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Why the Rapture did not happen

May 21st came and went.

The Rapture did not happen. 

Rapture? What Rapture?

Wait, what is a Rapture?

It is not a rapture, it is the Rapture. According to Christian theology, or more accurately, the premillennial theology, the Rapture is an event where God takes up his elected people to heaven before the end of the world. So basically when the Rapture happens, all of God’s elected people will disappear from the face of earth and go to heaven.

Just like that, poof!

So what has May 21st got to do with the Rapture?

Well, this American Christian radio host, Harold Camping, predicted that the Rapture will occur on 21st May 2011 and that the end of the world will take place four months later on 21st October 2011. He predicted that the Rapture will occur across the world at 6pm local time, “…sweeping the globe time zone by time zone.” Wiki link here.

It’s as if God decided to have the Rapture while respecting our time zones. I can imagine this scene taking place in Heaven:

GOD: “The time is nigh! I shall call my elected people to be with me! Begin the Rapture now! Earth will… what’s that, Gabriel? Time zones? “

Gabriel: “Lord, you have forgotten that humans measure their day according to different time zones. “

GOD: “Oh, thank you for reminding me, Gabriel. Let’s start again, shall we? Ahem, one, two. The time has come! The Rapture shall begin at 6pm local time!”

Wait a minute, isn’t God infallible? So if Gabriel corrected God and God accepted the correction, doesn’t it means that God has become fallible? And if all existence rest on the assumption that God is infallible, doesn’t Gabriel’s action proves that God is fallible and thus negating existence? I guess this is the part where Metatron goes: “My Lord, NOooooo……”

(Kevin Smith’s movie reference).

Another thing, does God includes Daylight Saving Time?

Anyway, Since I stay in Sydney, Australia, I had the honour of getting front row seats to see the Rapture.

6pm came and went.

Nothing happened.  There were no news of mass panic on the streets of Sydney (except from the usual weekend crowds) and life went on as usual. As Earth rotated on its axis to complete its… rotation, there were no news of Rapture taking place in other countries.

May 21st came and went.

So what went wrong?

I have two theories on why the Rapture did not take place. Bear with me.

The first theory involves Lee Hsien Loong’s swearing in ceremony. On May 21st, Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong and his Cabinet were sworn into office.

I have a strong feeling that the PAP must had an agreement with God to postpone the Rapture. After all, you can’t have any event overshadowing the swearing in ceremony. Imagine this:

Gabriel: “The time now is SGT 6pm, UTC +0800 hours. Location, Singapore.”

GOD: “Begin the Raptur….”

Lee Hsien Loong: “Wah piang, eh. Don’t like that, eh, God. Can postpone or not? Today my swearing in ceremony as Prime Minister.” 

GOD: “Give me one good reason why I should postpone the Rapture.”

Lee Hsien Loong: “My father is Lee Kuan Yew.”

GOD: “Oh… very well then.”

The second theory is that Lee Kuan Yew asked God to postpone the Rapture for five years so as to allow the Aljunied voters to reflect on their mistake and repent:

Gabriel: “The time now is SGT 6pm, UTC +0800 hours. Location, Singapore.”

GOD: “Begin the Raptur….”

Lee Kuan Yew: “Not yet!”

GOD: “Oh, I damn it! What is it now?”

Lee Kuan Yew: “You have to change the date of the Rapture.”

GOD: “There better be a good reason for this.”

Lee Kuan Yew: “Aljunied. They have not repent yet. I’ll need five more years.”

See lah, Aljunied, who asked you to vote for Opposition? Now you screwed up God’s schedule.

Sorry, Harold Camping, you had your predictions derailed because of one small, city-state in Southeast Asia.

But if the Rapture were to happen, I would prefer if it happens this way:

GOD: “Release Kirby.”

Gabriel: “Lord?”

GOD: “Release Kirby!”

Gabriel: “But why, Lord?”

GOD: “RELEASE KIRBY!”



Taken from Daily Doodly



So watch out for the pink, fluffy ball in the sky. 

Discussing the issues brought up in the 2011 GE

The Singapore 2011 General Elections are over and the PAP has been voted back into government with 60.14% of the votes, down from 66.6% in 2006. The PAP captured 81 seats out of the 87 seats, with the remaining 6 seats going to Worker’s Party.

This GE has certainly been a watershed event. It marks the first time an Opposition party captured a GRC (Group Representative Constituency) since the system’s inception in 1988. 

Even though I was in Sydney, I stayed up till 4:30am (Sydney Time) watching the live broadcast of the election results through the Internet. I managed to convince my housemate to watch the elections and while we were waiting for the results, we were debating about which constituency would go to PAP or the Opposition. So it was much more fun instead of watching it alone.

But now that the Singapore GE is over, I have a few things I would like to reflect on.

I had a discussion with this a guy on reddit about the 2011 GE. Below is our entire discussion word for word. However for easier reading, I’ve arranged it according important themes and questions. I’ve also corrected some minor grammatical and spelling mistakes.

It’s going to be an extremely long post. My response is in black while my friend’s response is in red.

**I realized I left out an entire section of our discussion. I have added it back in. The missing section is in italics (and the most important one too)**


On the 2011 GE results

Zareth: Frankly speaking, I was disappointed with the results. I wanted WP to win East Coast GRC and when I saw that Linda Chiam lost Potong Pasir, I was very upset. I also hoped that SDP would have won Holland-Bukit Timah. But we can’t ask for everything. At least WP gained ground by winning Aljunied GRC.

DR: VERY disappointing results, but VERY proud of the Aljunied & Hougang residents who stood up for what they thought was best. Especially disappointed with Potong Pasir for having no loyalty to the guy who served them for like 20 years!

Z: I agree, WP is now entering a new era! Hopefully they capitalize on that. I was very upset when SPP lost Potong Pasir. I don’t know why that happened, but I think Chiam’s mistake was to let his wife take over. No disrespect to Chiam or his wife, but when Chiam took the strategy on contesting Bishan-Toa Payoh (my constituency!), he made the mistake of not developing more nation wide polices.

Regardless, Chiam has left behind a strong legacy for parliamentary democracy.

Z: And screw TPL (Tin Pei Ling)

DR: Amen to that!


On establishing an alternative voice in the Parliament

DR: While the percentages surely reflect that the up-and-coming Opposition put up a good fight, (40+% in most constituencies is no joke), there is no denying that a clear majority would have been most encouraging. I was hoping to hit at least double digits of Opposition in Parliament.

The good thing they did, that I appreciate is the fact that they competed independently in most constituencies save one, thus avoiding competition among themselves.

However, this may have also hurt them. If every party was in some way fighting for the “co-driver” position, knowing for sure that alone they could not form the Parliament, they should have formed a temporary coalition at least this time around, to contest mega-party vs. mega-party. The paradox of choice, and the size of the individual parties, may not have won that much confidence. It allowed PAP to deftly play the “Disadvantages of coalition government” card too easily. The temporary coalition could have played the “Unity in Diversity” card to counter this. That it’s ok to have different viewpoints within the same party.

Z: I disagree with your first point on an Opposition coalition to challenge against the PAP. The problem is that many of the parties such like Reform Party and NSP are relatively new; they want to create a brand and name for themselves first. If they had join in a coalition, they would have been completely overshadowed by Worker’s Party and SDP. I feel that it is important for the newer parties to fight in this election and establish themselves. NSP has proved themselves although I felt that they depended too much on Nicole Seah. Reform Party was a bit of a disappointment to me though, but I guess that’s due to many people leaving the party.

Furthermore, the opposition themselves were advocating for a multi-party parliament where different parties can come together and help in the nation-building process. To form a coalition would only appear to the voters that there were two big mega parties and will probably work against the opposition. Sure, it will help the opposition to appear united and who knows, East Coast GRC, Joo Chiat and Pasir Potong might have went to the Opposition. But personally, I feel a coalition is not a good idea. Perhaps the opposition can form a coalition in 2016.

DR: I see your point. However, this watershed election wasn’t the time to worry about branding and popularity. It was too big a gamble. And now, the PAP will be better prepared to block their advances the next time round. I worry…

Z: True that. However, in order for the Opposition parties to come together, you always need a leader. Before 2011 GE, no party was strong enough to carry that weight, so it was every man for himself. Even during the 2011 GE, no one knew how well the Opposition parties would do.

But with WP retaining Hougang and gaining Aljunied, they have become the de facto Opposition leader. I hope that WP can capitalize on this and rally the other parties around them so we can have a true coalition.

I think this GE show Singaporeans that you have to be willing to fight and voice your opinions, no matter how small you may be. Call me idealistic but I hope that Singaporeans will take note of this.


On George Yeo’s defeat

Z: By the way, what do you think about George Yeo’s loss? He was a good Foreign Minister and it is a loss for Singapore. But there’s many PAP supporters blaming the residents of Aljunied that they have drag down the entire Singapore with them.

In my opinion, I think that’s too harsh. Yes, George Yeo was a formidable Foreign Minister but I don’t think the entire Singapore foreign policy will collapse without him. Also, PAP supporters said that the people at Aljunied should have choose responsibly and voted for the most reliable candidate: George Yeo. I have to disagree; they seem to forget that Worker’s Party has Chen Show Mao.

It was the GRC system that defeated George Yeo. Of course, the PAP supporters will have none of that. It’s all Aljunied’s fault because they voted based on emotions.

Overall, Aljunied took a brave step and I’m supporting them all the way.

DR: Truthfully, I’ve never even known most of these people’s names before these elections because previously it never mattered. Knowing their names wouldn’t have changed my perception of them, and even if it did, wouldn’t have changed whether they get a seat in the Parliament.

From hearsay though, and some viral FB video, George Yeo seems to be a crowd favourite and he seems like a nice person (definitely the elitist vibe that’s exuded by the rest of the cronies) but the loss of 1 good minister for 5 Opposition voices is a good deal if you ask me. Ministers are just people, they should remain replaceable. Even the illusion of irreplaceability will just result in the system now where the silent majority reveres/fears one frail 87 yo who probably can’t even fire a pistol.

I refuse to believe that this is mass gratitude. That’s not a very Singaporean quality, in general. In fact I am even convinced that Tanjong Pagar was uncontested because LKY was part of the team and it would have been bad PR if by any chance, the opposition had won against LKY in a landslide. That kind of damage would have riddled his ego, and more importantly shaken the foundations of fear nationwide.

Z: Sorry, I don’t quite get your last paragraph. So what you’re saying is that Aljunied didn’t vote in WP based on gratitude? Or are you referring to George Yeo?

George Yeo is definitely a crowd favourite of PAP supporters and other opposition supporters also admit he’s one of the better ones. But I agree with you, no one is irreplaceable. But Lee Kuan Yew thinks otherwise, he said in the recent Strait Times interview that Singapore cannot function on ‘auto-pilot’.

It’s sad that none of the opposition parties made a concentrated effort to contest in Tanjong Pagar. I agree, if they had won, it will definitely show Singaporeans that nothing is irreplaceable and that LKY is not a demi-god. Hopefully this will be his last term as an MP. At least in the recent interview he said that PM Lee and his team will analyze and adapt their polices and that he cannot comment on it further. So hopefully it’s a sign that he’s finally retiring, like what he should have done 10 – 15 years ago.

DR: Oh I was referring generically to the silent majority’s support for PAP being less of gratitude and more of fear.

Did you watch the video about why the Opposition was disbarred from getting votes at Tanjong Pagar? There’s a video in r/Singapore, it’s a U2B video. The Opposition did submit their nominations before 12pm; they were in the nomination hall 20-30 minutes before and done taking oaths. On a technicality, AFTER passing the form to the nomination officer, the team leader stepped back 10m away to a different table to settle some issue with the rest of his team. By the time he came back, he was told nomination period was over, even though the form was already submitted. Literally in the hands of the officer.

Z: Ah… I get it.

I’ve read articles about it on TOC, Temasek Review and Alex Au’s blog. I haven’t seen the video but I’ll search for it. I think it’s a big joke that the officer would disqualify them for being 35 seconds late. But no, die die has to be on time. Although it was a eleventh hour bid to contest for TP and they were disorganized, to disqualify them on a technicality is like saying President Obama cannot be the president because the Supreme Court judge messed up the speech during the swearing in ceremony.


On the Opposition parties’ performance in the GE

DR: I also think that the Opposition plays a bit too much on populist sentiment such as overly harsh criticism of foreign talent, for one thing. It’s one thing to recognize the failings of a liberal immigration policy, but it’s quite another to effectively demonize an increasingly significant population of the country, some of whom also have citizenships. In future, their kids will have citizenships too, and this population will grow. Of course they wouldn’t vote for a party that mandates that it doesn’t want them around.

And blaming everything else on foreigners is a really negative sentiment, that also sends out an ugly image to the rest of the world. Housing prices increase are due to the market-price policy, merely accelerated by but not caused by foreigners.

Crowded buses & trains are a function of crowded roads in a country where cars are seen as status symbols instead of tools that may be unnecessary. Crowded buses & trains are a function of frequencies and regular timings. Even in bigger cities with bigger populations elsewhere in the world, similar metro systems adopt different techniques to achieve efficiency. More time learning those methods, less time blaming foreigners?

And the #1 reason foreigners are preferred; blame the government & its educational policies thus far. Every education policy is geared towards producing overachieving slave drones who’re engineered to be good at gaming the system they study in.

Even historically, the local universities were set up to supply undergraduates to the growing economy, not to educate future industrial leaders. And it shows. Even the University rankings are gamed, and not entirely deserved. Every course offered in University is a course that the local economy looks for, but nothing more.

Compare with even a country like China? After their high school examinations the best stay in China in local Ivy universities, while the next best get scholarships to go everywhere else in the world. In Singapore, the best are only considered the best if they are educated outside of Singapore.

Z: Ah, the big number issue: foreigners. I agree with you that the Opposition played a bit too much with populists sentiments. I thought they nearly crossed the line to a protectionism policy in Singapore. While I’m very, very pissed off at the influx of foreigners, my anger is more directed to the immigration policy. Also, I felt that the Opposition could have gone at PAP’s jugular by stating that even though foreigners come to Singapore by the masses, a huge majority of them are underpaid, lack workplace safety and insurance and live in unsanitary conditions. By doing this, it would have pointed straight back to the failures of PAP’s immigration policy and their failure to improve the infrastructure to accommodate the massive influx of foreigners.

DR: Nice! totally agree!

Z: But sometimes, I think why the Opposition parties worked the sentiments of Singaporeans is because during the past five years, when we tried to express our displeasures against certain policies, the PAP dismissed us, saying we don’t know anything. That, plus major cock-ups, led to five years of simmering frustrations that boiled over during the elections. It’s already hard to talk sense to people during the election period, much more harder if people are very angry.

DR: But in doing so, they won the battles but not the war. It was too divisive. If everyone agrees Singaporeans are more educated, more open-minded than previous generations, then we don’t just want yaya politicians who basically regurgitate our displeasures as points to not vote incumbent.

Rather it would have been nice if they had instead come up with solid meta-solutions. Pointed out clearly that foreigner population was a symptom and the anger should be directed at the root cause and these are our suggestions for fixing that root cause, then, everyone might’ve been impressed with the foresight of so-and-so party and confidence might’ve been raise.

Z: I agree that the Opposition parties should give more solid solutions. That is where they failed. I was hoping that SDP and WP would make more headway because they were the ones who came up with solid counter-solutions (SDP’s Shadow Budget and Tan’s economic report; WP’s comprehensive manifesto). Unfortunately, they reduced and simplified their message. They could have referred to those but instead harped too much on foreign workers. The one week campaign time limit was also part of the reason that limited the amount of ideas they could get across.


On engaging the silent minority

DR: Then there’s this silent majority? What are the best ways to draw them out? Since establishing that the local new outlets are nothing more than PAP lackeys.

Z: As for the silent majority, it’s difficult. Some people are really, really political apathetic. To them, a different political party means nothing, the day will go on, Singapore will still be running but with a different political party at the helm. So they’ll probably just vote PAP again. It’s hard to reach them because they won’t actively search out alternative political blogs and forums to discuss about policies. The only way, as Alex Au recently posted on his blog this morning is to actively work the ground, like what WP did.

DR: What can we (as youth, as more active members) do to help with this phenomenon? Organizing events, pamphlets (even during non-election years?), things like printing receipts on the back of mini-messages of the local supportive businesses etc would such things help?

Surely it must be super-lame to most citizens that politicians only crawl out of the woodwork when it’s time to garner votes.

Z: Should have made myself clear. What I meant, or what I assumed Alex Au meant was that the Opposition parties need to work the ground years before the GE. WP gained Aljunied was because Sylvia Lim has been consistently working the ground there for years. That’s what all Opposition parties has to do, work the ground for years instead of crawling out of the woodwork during a GE.

It’s a great idea that more Singaporeans should volunteer and be more politically active. I like your idea about printing parties’ messages on back of supportive business receipts. Hopefully, this GE will spur Singaporeans to be more politically active.

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This year 2011 GE has been extremely exciting. While the results are not what I expected, at least Singapore is heading towards the right direction.

As for the Opposition supporters and PAP supporters who are still flaming on the Internet. Get off the computer. Go to sleep. It’s already Monday. It’s been over 24 hours since the results are out. As a friend of mine posted on Facebook: “Whether you voted PAP or WP, Monday we are all gonna go back to school, work, see our friends and return back to our lives. It was good fun though.”

Good fun it was. But I would like to add something. Be more politically proactive. Don’t just come out during General Elections. Volunteer for your political parties. You don’t just have to be politically involved during General Elections, you can always be politically involved throughout your lifetime. After all, Singapore is your country as much as it’s mine. 


Alex Au’s blog post on the importance of groundwork.

Alex Au’s blog post on the importance of groundwork Part 2.

A Potong Pasir resident’s reaction to SPP’s loss.

A Potong Pasir resident pay tributes to Chiam See Tong and Lina Loh.

Lee Kuan Yew says Singapore cannot fly on ‘auto-pilot’.


Blogs on Singapore’s social and political scene

DR’s website

Alex Au

Mr. Wang Says So

MrBrown

The Online Citizen (TOC)

Temasek Review


Last but not least, the Returning Officer. Seriously, my housemate and I died of laughter every time he announced the election results.


Vote For Singapore

I am turning 23 this year. By Singapore’s laws, I am eligible to vote in Singapore’s 2011 General Elections. Yet I cannot do that. Although my constituency is being contested for the first time since 1991, I failed to enrol my name into the Registrar of Electors.

If I had registered my name before President S.R. Nathan announced the writ, even going down to Canberra to register my vote on Polling Day would not have deterred me. For the first time, I can exercise my right to vote. But I can only stand by the sidelines of history and watch as my generation makes their decision.

Voting aside, I have to get this off my chest. It may seem to you as prejudiced, temperamental and judgemental. It may seem to you as some random rant by a young man. Yet, these are the opinions that have been fermenting in me for a couple of years.

I’ll start of with the first issue.


Increasing Productivity and Our GDP

Each year, our ministers exhort us to increase our productivity, to work cheaper, better and faster, all in the name of increasing our GDP. To what end? To demonstrate Singapore’s economic prowess? What is the point if we do not have a decent standard of living, if we cannot enjoy the fruits of our labour? Do we really want to be mere cogs in the machinery of Singapore Inc.? We exist to live; we do not live to exist.

Furthermore, there are people who did not get to enjoy the fruits of Singapore’s economic boom. Everyday, the poor are faced with rising costs, working harder to pay the bills, to pay the housing loan, and to provide for their families and themselves.  In the past five years, there were GST hikes, rising house prices and increasing cost of living but yet, our wages have stagnated and the gap between the poor and rich has increased. In chase for economic growth, the PAP has not addressed these social issues adequately.


Past Achievements Do Not Beget Future Accomplishments

I do not deny the PAP any credit. Yes, they led Singapore to where it is now: a global, vibrant city. Yes, they led Singaporeans through the dark period when we gained our unexpected independence from the Federation of Malaysia.

But the PAP who led Singapore is not the same as the current PAP. The first generation PAP team was an extremely capable team, led by a capable leader. But the current PAP team is complacent. 52 years in power and they believe it is their mandate to rule Singapore continuously.

It’s not their mandate. It is our mandate. We, the citizens, are the ones who vote for them at elections. It is our mandate to choose which political party to lead Singapore.

Some cite the PAP’s track record as a legitimacy of its power. Past achievements do not beget future accomplishments. I am grateful for what the PAP had done in the past. But to constantly harp on past achievements while ignoring or belittling their current errors is nothing short of complacent and contemptuous.

What is the big deal, you ask, humans make mistakes. Yes, we all make errors. But to brush aside citizens’ concerns as mere “noise” and to belittle us by saying that we know nothing about the complexities of national policies is nothing short of arrogance. Is it wrong for the PAP to deal with well-founded criticisms? If we have to deal with criticisms from the PAP daily, shouldn’t the PAP be brave enough to face our criticisms? We, after all, elected them to run the country for us. As citizens, we should demand accountability as the standard of legitimacy.


The Opposition Parties are Inexperienced

The current PAP team believes that renewal of Singapore’s leadership can only come from within the party, their party. I disagree. Renewal can come from outside the PAP, from other political parties. The PAP do not have a stranglehold on the ‘best and brightest’ of Singaporeans. The current General Elections has demonstrated this. The Opposition parties have fielded the best political candidates; most are of higher calibre than the new political candidates fielded by the PAP.

Yet, some Singaporeans say that the opposition have no credibility and experience in leading a nation. The first generation of PAP leaders had no credibility and experience but was voted and given a chance by the people to lead a fledging city-state. I believe this time round, the Opposition parties are more than credible; they are more than ready to lead the country. They understand the average Singaporean’s needs and concerns. A majority of them do not receive fat paychecks for their political and social contributions to Singapore; they invest their own time and efforts into the nation building of the Singapore society.

Some cite political inexperience as the reason for not voting for the Opposition. They say that they are afraid that if the Opposition wins, if they form a government, they lack the skills to deal with foreign affairs and may make Singapore the laughing stock of the world. Besides, the Opposition always focus on mundane national issues.

How are issues such as the increasing costs of living and housing mundane? If the Opposition focus on these issues, what say, does the PAP focus on? Supreme national issues? Furthermore, How can we deal with international affairs in the first place if we cannot deal with our own national affairs?

No, all national issues are important. As a small island city-state, these mundane national issues will affect each and every Singaporean. We have to come together as a nation first, if we want to deal with international affairs effectively. Besides, many of the Opposition candidates such as Worker’s Party candidate Chen Show Mao has experiences negotiating and dealing with large corporations, skills that can be parlay into international relations


If a ‘Freak’ Election Occurs, Singapore Will Descend Into Chaos

Some say Singapore will descend into chaos if the Opposition parties win majority of the seats. Lee Kuan Yew told the voters not to rock the foundation. We are not rocking the foundation. Our parents, our grandparents and the first generation PAP team laid a solid foundation for us. We are reinforcing the structure with more democratic and pluralistic means.  After all, does our national pledge not contain the sentence: “To build a democratic society, based on justice and equality” ? We need to reinforce our democratic structure, based on social justice and equality.

If our grandparents and parents can help to build a nation without a stable foundation, why are we not able to do the same thing with a strong foundation supporting us? Do we have so little faith in our own abilities? Must we believe in the apocalyptic scenario painted for us by the PAP?


A Credible, Alternative Voice

Voting for the Opposition parties will allow for a credible, alternative voice in the Parliament. It will be the check and balance, the standard of accountability. No longer can the PAP hide behind their unchecked power to avoid accountability for their errors, to push through policies without any proper debate. For a political party so hell-bent on insisting the citizens to ‘upgrade’ their working capabilities so as to be better, faster and cheaper, having a powerful alternative voice in the Parliament will ensure that the Members of Parliament be cheaper and better (although not faster in this case).

For the current General Elections where 82 out of the 87 seats are contested, it is the first time in many years where the majority of Singaporeans can vote. But we have to ask ourselves; do we still want a political party to maintain power for the sake of power? Where it views power not as a means to end but as the end?

So vote for Singapore. Vote for the Opposition parties so that we can have an alternative voice and can truly be represented, instead of being dictated by the PAP constantly.

Vote for Singapore. Vote for us.

The PAP is not Singapore. We are Singapore.