Singapore elections is over!

After more than a week, the elections is finally over!

In what is touted as the historical elections since independence, majority of the Singaporeans found themselves thrust with the responsibility of making a decision to vote for the first time.

And I was one of them.

Besides wanting to make my vote count, I was determined to ride on this tide of change towards democracy in our nation.

For the first time, I went on a walkabout with the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Ms Teo Soh Lung whom I know personally. It was her first election and so I was there to lend my support at Yuhua SMC.

Having attended almost all the rallies on each evening, I was also assigned by TheOnlineCitizen to cover a PAP rally. And so I contributed a coverage article during this elections; a differing perspective from what our media propagates for Singaporeans to read.  

Finally, I got to volunteer as a polling agent for one of the opposition parties. Being my first time, it was interesting to observe the voting process first-hand and to understand the procedures. 

Although I think the process needs to be upgraded with technology, but I can attest that our votes are kept secret. Haha…

Being non-partisan and pro-Singapore, I’m thankful that I could play a part in the opportunities given as an active citizen.

Majulah Singapura! 

A Door Cracks Open in the Little Red Dot

With Singapore in the midst of a historical elections, I would like to reproduce an interesting observation of our current political landscape made by a foreign expert.

The PAP is staring at the beginning of the end in this election.

The opposition has organized, mobilized and taken advantage of the limited political space afforded to it by the manipulated electoral system.

The PAP has reacted slowly and awkwardly to the opposition’s energetic display.

It therefore sits on the horns of a dilemma: accept that power sharing is inevitable over the short term and rotation in government office is quite possible within a few years (or at least much sooner than expected), or use its election victory to reassert its political supremacy, by force if necessary, over pretenders to its throne.

That will influence the context in which the power struggles following Lew Kuan Yew’s death will occur, which in turn will determine whether or not the slow process of authoritarian liberalization will continue or be halted.

At that point the moment of truth will have arrived for a country struggling with its identity as a modern bridge between East and West.

Read the full article here>>>

GE 2011: What is God doing?

This year, the general elections in Singapore looks to be a watershed one!

Since independence, this is the first time all (87) seats are contested except 5 seats namely from Tanjong Pagar GRC. And this was due to a controversial incident.

Nonetheless, this remains a significant progress for Singapore’s political scene especially with majority of Singaporeans voting for the very first time after countless walkovers.

From the last election that happened in 2006, I’ve observed two key factors that are distinctive in shaping this election.

First is the increased numbers of young voters or Gen-Ys who are eligible above the age of 21 years old, and the other is the influence of social media, in particularly Facebook that is shaping the opinions of Singaporeans.

These two are inter-linked because it is the Gen-Ys that are more savvy or in tuned to such online social media platforms. And together, they prove to be a lethal force to be reckoned with.

It has contributed in addressing the general lack of apathy among the average Singaporean towards political issues and appealed to more citizens to join the opposition parties.

Because information is now no longer just confined or belonging to the higher echelon of society or baby boomers. The Internet has levelled the playing field where vital information is easily accessible and shared among people.

That said, amidst all the buzz and excitement, I’m trying to discern what is God’s agenda or move in this overall political situation.

I strongly believe that He’s taking Singapore to the next level where this nation and the Church can fulfill its full potential towards advancing His global redemptive plan.

So in this elections, let’s pray and vote wisely.

Singapore: What Do I See?

What I see of Singapore is that of a country that is nothing short of a miracle.

Who would have imagined that this tiny island would transformed into a metropolitan city state some 44 years ago?

The main strategy

It’s plain to see that our government’s main strategy for progress has been economic growth in delivering the “bread and butter” – to provide employment opportunities for that every Singaporean.

Though this pragmatic strategy has been highly criticised by many, but it has worked over the years so I believe that focus has remain unchanged.

Economic growth and increasing employment opportunities is a safe and sure-to-work approach in ensuring stability and peace in our nation.

With people gainfully employed with a steady stream of income, societal upheaval and crimes of sorts naturally will or should be minimised.

A place to live and achieve

Though I’m usually not an ardent fan (nor am I anti) of our government, but I have to admit that I’m grateful that they have provided Singaporeans (majority of us) like myself a place where we can fulfill our dreams and destinies (to a larger extend).

I speak for myself that if the “bread and butter” issues in accordance of the Maslow Hierarchy of needs are not met, I don’t think I would be in a privileged position to live out my beliefs and values.

Given the constraints of limited land and natural resources, I think some credit should be given to our government who have dictated harnessed well the strengths of its people in achieving overall progress.

My Singapore in the future

However, in the pursuit of economic progress that empahsises on high productivity and efficiency, as a nation we have paid a price by overlooking or compromising over virtues such as compassion and graciousness.

Now we can observe more caregivers taking over the role of parenting in families; more elderly folks being deported housed in nursing homes and are denied cheaper fares for public transport; and the introduction of new restrictions over the withdrawal of our CPF monies at retired age.

These are just a few of the tell-tale signs of the lack of compassion and graciousness in our society.

Personally, I believe that one should measure the greatness of a nation by its moral progress; by looking at how it treats the poor and needy.

Thus, what I do hope to see, is a Singapore that is more compassionate and gracious as a people in the years to come.

I’m confident this is achieveable when each one of us begin to genuinely look out for those who might have fallen into the “cracks” and provide them a leg up towards an inclusive society.

The Singapore PM’s Joke

This following joke is by an anonymous source. It’s really funny and makes a great tribute to our PM for his leadership as Singapore crosses her 44th year of independence.

The Prime Ministers from UK and Singapore and the President of USA, were traveling on a warship that was cruising near S.Arabia.

The 3 were talking about how brave their soldiers were when their cordial discussion soon turned into an argument where each wanted to prove the bravery of their own soldiers.

The President of USA said, “let me show u what is guts”, where upon he called his Colonel and said “Jump into the sea and swim 3 rounds around this ship!”.

The Colonel replied “Anything for Uncle Sam, Sir”, and jumped into the shark infested sea and swam 3 rounds around the ship, with the sharks chasing him like mad! After the successful 3 rounds, the Colonel came up to the deck and said, “I did it for Uncle Sam Mr. President!”.

The proud US President replied “That’s what I call guts!”.

The Prime Minister of UK became aggressive and quickly called his General and said “General, jump into the sea and swim 10 rounds around this ship!”.

The General replied “Anything for the Queen, Sir”, and jumped into the shark infested sea and swam 10 rounds around the ship, with the sharks chasing him frantically. After the successful 10 rounds the 3-star General came up to the deck and said, “Long Live the Queen!”.

The proud UK PM replied “That’s what I call guts!”

The Prime Minister of Singapore cannot control himself. He had to show that his soldiers have it too. He called one of his Private and said “Soldier, jump into the sea and swim 15 rounds around this ship!”

The Private replied “Oi, you siao (crazy) izzit?” I juz bought my 4-room and I am paying through my nose. Now, U want me to jump and die, eh? If u want to hao lian (show off), you jump into the sea yourself!

The Singapore PM smiled and said “Now, that’s what I call guts”.

My Wish-list for My Singapore 2009

This may be wishful thinking, but I thought to myself, “What the heck! Anything is possible rite???” LOL…

Here’s a compilation of nine wishes for a better and more fun Singapore to live in for 2009:

  1. Change the repeated and boring format of our annual National Day Parade (NDP). Cut the “show-off” parade and bring back SWING Singapore!
  2. Housing Development Board (HDB) to make housing more affordable for Singaporeans with a non-for-profit approach.
  3. Abolish the People’s Association (PA) as a needless organisation since there are already so many communities and clubs available for Singaporeans and they can do a better job in helping residences.
  4. Emergence of a visionary, credible, competence and rich political leader and party to take on our ruling party on leveled ground.
  5. The liberation of alternative voices with another mainstream paper to give another perspective from the ruling party’s- The Online Citizen goes mainstream. Yes I’m biased. Ha ha…
  6. Singapore and Malaysia re-merged as a sovereign nation giving our elderly more choices to decide where they would like to retire. And also encourages a diverse and synergistic economy.
  7. More flexibility and control over our CPF savings. Being able to decide when we want to use it and how we want to use it. E.g. Capital for starting a business.
  8. A new current affairs talk show that highlights some of the societal gaps in Singapore as we work towards nation building. This is a great form of feedback for our government. But I reckon they’re not so ready for open criticisms and discussions of their shortfalls in full display on national tv..
  9. The retirement of our Minister Mentor. Though he has my utmost respect, I think he should let the Prime Minister be the Prime Minister for his generation.

Which of these do you think will happen first??