Why ppl want to vote for the opposition now?
Due to my lack of interest in newspapers/politics, i am still wondering why everyone is so unhappy with the PAP and want to vote for the opposition now. are they corrupted or what? please enlighten me and maybe give a few examples of why ppl think they are corrupted...
Perhaps the people of Singapore have now become more concerned for their own nation and are upset about the way the current govt conducts itself (at times unethically) during elections 'buying votes' ['Upgrading should be a separate issue from the General Election'], 'fixing the opposition' [26June2006: 'GRCs make it easier to find top talent: SM'], [22Oct2009: '‘Adviser over MP’ raises many questions'], gerrymandering [27Apr2010: 'GRCs and gerrymandering – the root causes of problems: Sylvia Lim'] etc.
The numbers tell it all, Singapore is now divided along financial lines:
[16Oct2009: 'Countries with the Biggest Gaps Between Rich and Poor' by Bruce Einhorn] whilst PAP leaders have bench marked their salaries to the most well paid in society [23Mar2007: 'Why pay must go up'], it appears that the poor in Singapore have been forgotten by our "first-class political leadership and Judiciary".
Mr Einhorn's report shows, Singapore has the world's second largest gap between rich and poor, "Ratio of income or expenditure, share of top 10% to lowest 10%: 17.7".
A Singapore divided is a Singapore sold. We must strive not to let this happen too soon.
Vote with your eyes open, and vote for the good of Singapore and the world at large. Do not support gerrymandering and reject pork-barrel-politicians.
That is the duty of every good citizen of this world.
- 'PM Lee says countries worldwide respect and admire Singapore's proven system' (CNA03May2006): "Suppose you had 10, 15, 20 opposition members in Parliament. Instead of spending my time thinking what is the right policy for Singapore, I'm going to spend all my time thinking what's the right way to fix them, to buy my supporters votes, how can I solve this week's problem and forget about next year's challenges?" [YouTube, #1m10s]
- 'Singapore ministers set for million-dollar pay hike': "The government defends the high salaries as necessary to attract the brightest people and to prevent corruption."If we don't do that ... corruption will set in and we will become like many other countries," Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean was quoted as saying in the Straits Times last week." [Reuters: 5Apr2007]
- 'Upgrading should be a separate issue from the General Election': "It is important not to turn our parliamentary elections into local council contests. The government should be elected based on their policies and plans for Singapore - not municipal issues. To intimidate voters with withholding upgrading programmes seems to suggest that the ruling party is trying to avoid serious debates on national policies. " [petitiononline.com]
- 'GRCs make it easier to find top talent: SM': "Without some assurance of a good chance of winning at least their first election, many able and successful young Singaporeans may not risk their careers to join politics" ; with hosting site footnote: "In Singapore, a Group Representation Constituency is a super-sized constituency where 5 or 6 candidates from the same party have to stand for election as a team. Voters vote for the party, not for individuals, thus weak candidates can still win a seat in Parliament by riding the coattails of stronger candidates."- [ST 26June2006]
- '‘Adviser over MP’ raises many questions': "PAP MPs are appointed as advisers to the grassroots organisations in their wards by the People’s Association (PA). In the two opposition wards, the PA picked the PAP candidates who contested but lost in the wards in the last two polls as the grassroots advisers." [ST22Oct2009(hosted by TR website)]
- 'GRCs and gerrymandering – the root causes of problems: Sylvia Lim': "Sir, the other twin pillar of the double-whammy is gerrymandering. The entire electoral boundary re-drawing process is completely shrouded in secrecy, chaired by the secretary to the Cabinet. There are no public hearings, no minutes of meetings published. The revised boundaries are released weeks or even days before Nomination Day." [TOC: 27Apr2010]
- 'Freedom for Sale': "Don’t risk real freedom for short-term material gain.. Our civil liberties are in jeopardy and we are to blame. We have reduced democracy to the right to make and spend money... (in return for) a temporary blanket of security and what turned out to be an illusory prosperity" [The Times, 7Sept2009]
- "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."-- Benjamin Franklin
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