It’s 5 days to Polling Day and Singaporeans are definitely excited about putting that big cross in the box as many have never had the chance to vote before.
In the lead up to the polls, one GRC which looks almost certain to go to the opposition is Aljunied GRC helmed by PAP’s George Yeo. During this period of rallies, members of the PAP who hold office positions in Singapore’s cabinet has gone to defend George Yeo, attack Aljunied voters and undermined the opposition contesting there, WP.
The Aljunied voters have been emotionally blackmailed at a national level as PAP members go on the offensive by telling Aljunied voters that Singapore will lose a Foreign Minister and an upcoming Speaker of Parliament.
Further to that, PAP’s Lee Kuan Yew also stated that should Aljunied GRC go to WP, the Aljunied voters will have much to regret and repent as well and also stated that Aljunied voters are having a hard time to decide because the opposition has decided to contest there.
Shouldn’t the PAP instead do a reflection of itself should it lose?
Wouldn’t that be magnanimous in light of lose to perform self-reflection, to re-look at what went wrong rather than to push the blame to others.
Statements made by the PAP on the Aljunied GRC electorate makes the PAP looks a lot like a party that forgot they had implemented a system which allows for the ‘Best Losers’ to still contribute to parliament via the NCMP scheme.
Are these NCMP schemes only meant for the opposition parties?
I’m sure PAP members would be able to fill the NCMP seats comfortably as well because all seats there are made of the same material by the same vendor and are in the same location.
But it seems like George Yeo and his team knows that they look very likely to lose and has decided to call on the boss, Lee Hsien Loong to come down with his team as well to woo voters just this morning.
Further from Aljunied GRC, the PAP has also took on issue with the SDP by undermining their credibility to be a Member of Parliament because one of their members has been speculated to be gay.
Didn’t PAP state once in Parliament that the sexual orientation of an individual shouldn’t be a yardstick of what the person is able to do? Perhaps, the PAP forgot that they once said that and has decided to distract voters from the real issues that is being addressed.
I’d strongly disagree with the PAP on this point because there are governments around the world which has proven that there are Members of Parliament who are gay but have been able to positively contribute to society. As long as they do not contravene the law, I don’t see why as voters, we should be bought in PAP’s condemnation of a good potential Member of Parliament who’s been accused of being a gay, Dr Vincent of SDP.
If PAP disapproves of a gay as a Member of Parliament, I question their ability to work well other international leaders who may be gay.
Would they then not be willing to work closer with them personally because they are gay?
This issue worry me much as someone who’s been said to be ‘gay-friendly’. Now, I’m not a gay but I do know and do have many friends who are gay.
If the PAP really disapproves of gays as Members of Parliament, it is also perhaps a strong indication that they have an issue with gays working in government organisations and we could probably see many people in the civil service unemployed because of the pressures in the office – especially if the gays are holding high level positions and work closely with Ministers who are PAP members.
I hope that Singaporeans realise that PAP’s unwillingness to have a gay in parliament could also lead to anti-gay policies in Singapore. If this does happen, Singapore would no doubt lose a significant number of smart and good Singaporeans. This would also affect population and employment and also eventually, result in more foreigners being brought in to occupy jobs left behind by people affected by these policies because they feel undermined.
As a Muslim, it is widely understood that it is prohibited to be a gay but who are we as humans to judge another. One also needs to remember that no one was ever perfect and we’re constantly on the road to searching ourselves and in the journey, we probably discover certain traits about ourselves. Eventually, we all want to be accepted.
This election, I think we can clearly see what the PAP will do when it’s being put under pressure – lack of tact (low EQ) and not able to address issues directly (distracting voters).