The Opposition Election Strategy | Singapore Election 2015

Election, election, election.

Bullets flying all over the place.

Taken from this Facebook page,

https://www.facebook.com/wakeupSG/posts/537931096372520?fref=nf

The PAP’s Election Strategy

by the Facebook account “Wake Up, Singapore”

  • Keep talking about the WP’s lapses town council blah blah blah.
  • Mention Lee Kuan Yew’s name in literally every sentence.
  • Use blatant threats such as witholding HDB upgrades.
  • Cry in front of the camera to gain sympathy.
  • Deploy the IBs and the mainstream media to run their propaganda barage.

The Opposition Election Strategy

What I commented,”

  • Keep talking about the hardship and high living expense in Singapore, but everywhere I go, restaurant full house, more and more high end shops in Singapore. Children, student eat happy at MacDonald, holding the latest phone on the market.
  • Stirring hatred emotion by focusing attention to poor old people picking cupboard, cleaning the table in food courts, MP crying, so that it rise our blood and perceive PAP as evil pigs.
  • Use “Animal Farms Story” to relate to you how the people up there control your life, when everything about our life can only be controlled by our very own.
  • Installing fear, telling you that local FT is stealing your jobs which is the created by the gov policy, when in fact we are all along competing with the whole world, and the whole world is competing for our rice bowl.
  • Insisting that the mainstream media is propaganda while their online media as the truth and not propaganda.
  • Making people feel that Singapore is poorly managed by focusing on the poor in every society. The fact that in any society, in any situation, there will always be people who are running behind people. There will always be a last position.

People Loves to hear Stories causing their Suffering

Believing in the words of hatred can psychology put people into a state of helplessness, believing that we are not to be blame for our own suffering. And that external events are to be blame for all our suffering.

We all want to change others. But in reality, there is No Way to demand others to change, demanding for higher salary, demanding for cheaper goods and services in life, demands from bosses to lower down our salary. When we cannot control other people submitting to our wants, we will feels as though we have no control over our own life and job. An emotion of helplessness, and that the only way out is by the very vote in our own hand on the polling day. Making us believe that by the vote in our hands, our life will change for a better.

I am confident enough to say, no matter which party takes over the government, our life will remain fairly our own life. No one owns us a living. Rich will still be as rich, poor will still be as poor. Employer who cannot afford to pay us a higher salary will still not be able to pay us a higher salary. Your food taste lousy, not good to eat, your business will still be as poor. Do not expect miracle to happen.

How much we can earn and make a better life for ourselves, depends on the value we create for others. It doesn’t matter which government takes over. We cannot change this fundamental facts, and this is how the economy works in the reality. People still choose goods and services that are value for money. The law of nature doesn’t change because of the vote in our hand.

Waking Up to Reality of Life

The only way to improve people’s life, is to get them to wake up to the reality. The reality that our life sucks because it is due to our own fault. It is only when we realised that we are the creator of these faults, we will know that we are also the creator of our own success. To wake up to the fact that the power that control over our life has all along been in our very own hand.

All Singaporean are face with the same rules and regulation set by the government, the same stress and challenges in life. Why is it that there are people who are successful, and there are also people who are not? Why is it that some restaurant are always full-house, people who can afford chasing for high branded goods, and we have some people who can’t.

In every class room, there will people who will be the first in class, and there will always be a student in the last position. This is a reality that there will be strong and the weak. Why opposition always show you the weak? A coward way to stir negative emotion that the society is unfair, so that people empathy on their vision. If every classroom has a 1st and last, it will be the same for every society around the world. There will be the rich and the poor. These are things that they can use as a bullet to stir emotion, sow discord to achieve what they want to achieve. Those who listen to them without doing your own thinking and judgement are simply becoming a pawn in their chess game.

Why PAP so Evil but still get Voted in?

Just ask ourselves, why if the policies are indeed so cruel, so bad, so heartless? Why people still vote for evil pigs? They will start to find excuses to reason out by saying that those Singaporean who vote them are stupid, they are fearful, scare to change. These are stories to help them justified that their version of stories are the truth and that the rest are fake.

以小人之心,度君子之腹. Even if PAP sincerely offer you a drink, you will have your way of justifying that they put poison in the cup.

No One Loves to Blame Themselves

These are bullshit stories to make yourself feel better, and that you have the right thoughts. No one loves to blame themselves for their own suffering and have the courage to say that they are stupid.

Trusting People Who Only Talk?

If the mindset of these stories that you have, of these alternative democratic way of debating, a better way of managing Singapore, really works, your life would have been the first to experience the truth. Your life will not be sucks. Your life will be smooth without hardship and suffering. The fact that our life sucks because we do not have an idea how to make our life better.

We just need accept the fact that we are the problem of our own life and we need to learn from people who are more successful than we are, who knows how to navigate through the reality with ease. It is only when we start to wake up to this reality, will we start to look for ways to improve our own life. If we keep blaming others for our own suffering, it will make us feel as if there is nothing we can do to improve our life (because there is no way to control other people in a society of freedom).

But for a moment if we starts to think again. Accept the fact that we have in control of our own life, and empower yourself to make a change in your life for a better. No one owns us a living.

Future of Singapore

The future of Singapore lies in our own hand. Vote wisely with your own judgement, and not be influenced to the extreme of either side. For every 1 negative things that comes to our thoughts, we should also brings in 1 positive thoughts. Keep views in balance. Always stand in the middle and judge both side fairly. The decision that we made will always be right.

Vote and sleep with a peace of mind. Happy Voting.

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Lee Kuan Yew Rules Singpore with Ruthless Fist

One of the shocking video that I have seen,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6NTRAOaIwU

It was about how GRC concept get formed. With Mr Chiam fighting against Mr Lee Kuan Yew. It was clear that the concept of GRC will be a disadvantage to the opposition party.

This was the video that convince how ruthless Lee Kuan Yew was. Video tells a thousand words. He was a kind looking grandfather to me, but this video had changed my impression about him. I saw how he forcefully interrupted the opposition without any respect for him.

Ever since I woke up that day, from the world of hatred and suppression in 2013. I finally get to see Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s perspective of Singapore.

I Was Looking at the Wrong Perspective

I have to admit, I was caught into the mental state, got trap. If not for the TV interview and soul searching, I will probably still not wake up from the reality. While I always talk about this story as it was a an instant flip of my mind, in reality there are definitely many small little instances that lead me to the mind set that I have today.

A Story of a Wise Ruling

I would like to share with you this story, which helps brings out the emotional side of what I am trying to express. A story a mother who’s baby is stolen by another mother. I manage to find the story online,

A Wise Ruling

Most of the time, we are speaking in a perspective of our own. The disagreement and argument arises are also because of the difference in the thoughts that each individual has in their whole mental whole.

Both sides, be it the government or anti-government supporters, often starts with a good intention in their mind for Singapore. Both are often right and logical in their way of articulating their thoughts. As a judge not knowing who is right who is wrong, having to make a rationale decision to cast our vote can be a dilemma. A vote for our future, who should you trust?

Mr Lee Kuan Yew Truly Loves our Nation and Singaporean

I can finally understand why Mr Lee Kuan Yew acted like a hooligan in that video. I thought he was just a hooligan trying push his weight through whatever he wants to do.

Opposition like to says whatever they like to say, freely, freedom of speech, because they are not holding any stake in their hand when they speak. On their hand they have nothing. No mandate from the citizens of Singapore, no experience, not holding any form of responsibility. What they are focusing on is how to speaks out the people’s mind and win the heart of the people at all cost. I had resonated so well to their speeches. It brings up a sense of justice and equally in people wanting to fight for our own right which will benefits ourselves.

On the other side, there is a mother who is always careful in her words. She knows the consequences what what her word can brings to her baby. One wrong speech, one wrong action, and her baby can be gone for good. The real mother cares about her baby, love her baby, and is responsible for her baby. She even has to lie about the real truth, to the best interest for her child. The stake the real mother has, is way way bigger than the other mother who is trying to get what she wants.

The Story Applies to Reality

We may not feel the pitch that the leader’s are feeling if we are not able to get into their shoes. Into the issues that they are worrying day in day out for Singapore and Singaporean. After all we only need to take care of our families and not the rest of our fellow Singaporean.

The same goes to the companies and staffs trying their best to protect the image of their company, because the company reputation is going to affect their rice bowl directly.

Media Control is Nothing But Protecting All Singporean

These thoughts applies to media control. Why on earth would people want to protect and choose PAP as the ruling party? Can’t people see what evil policies the government has came up with? Why are majority of the people so stupid? Who are they actually protecting? Protecting the PAP? As an opposition supporter, it is natural that they would want to use this bullet to their fullest advantage. To do whatever it takes, regardless of anything.

They are all protecting our home, protecting our own people’s rice bowl. Including me, joining in now. I can’t help it after I woke up. I too know now that the stake is too high to ignore and let the nature run its course. It is a mother’s instinct naturally come to me, to want to stand up and protect this home.

PM will definitely feel the pitch as he is directly accountable, LKY will feel more pitch as he is the one building up the home. If someone wants to break the very things that we are protecting, for sure we feel the pitch too. If you don’t feel a thing for something (stranger, not yours), you will not feel the pitch.

I can now understand what some people across the nation are protecting. They are not protecting their seats. They are protecting our home. They have a bigger heart and regards Singapore as their home, Singaporean as their family. People with smaller hearts only look at things from their own perspective and benefits. Because only those things behind their door is their home, and those outside their door is other people business. There are people who thinks and act like that.

It Sounds Really Easy to make a Judgement, in Reality it will not be.

While having say so many things, it can still difficult be difficult to make a judgement who right who wrong, who should you follow, who should you vote for. I can’t make a decision for other Singaporeans. I can only advise, to vote with a rationale mind weighting the factors that determine Singapore’s future. The power is in each of our own hand. If it is really that difficult to decide, I would suggest to vote for the team who respect and practice, peace and harmony, justice and equality. This one it is all about your own judgement.

How GST Can Help the Poor | Singapore

When it comes to GST, most citizen on the ground will think it is a liability to them. Of course. No one will be in the right set of mind to love paying tax to the government. The less the better. It is an addition expense that do not bring us tangible benefits.

Tax is going to be here for sure, because a nation needs money to operate. The roads/shelter that have path for us, the street lamps traffic lights, the civil service man and woman who help in the running of our nation, police force, army, air force, etc… There are things that aren’t directly related to us in a tangible way, that makes us who we are, the better lifestyle we enjoyed today.

Of so many tax method, why did the government introduce the GST? A tax that will affect directly those who are poor? This is a questions in many people’s mind. Some more, leaders are saying that GST helps the poor. To many people, this is a ridiculous statement. How can GST, take additional money away from you when you buy daily necessity, be benefiting the poor? It ponder me for a moment, but I understand why it is.

It is probably the experience and knowledge I had which help me understand the reality on the ground.

Before I had Joined the Work Force

I was a student. Excited about the coming working life, I have many questions regarding the tax. What is tax? I learned that tax is collecting a fair share of money from the people for the purpose of running a nation. Every Singaporean contribute their fair share of tax for nation building. What I did back then in school was to visit the library and borrow the “Singapore Master Tax Guide Handbook 2003” read. I knew I would need it in future, and photo copied the whole book. This handbook is still with me after all these while.

The tax system in Singapore is clearly a fair and empathy system. The poor pays no personal tax if they earn little, and those who earn more pay more tax. It is an incremental tax system. It reflect our a mediocrity system, allowing the poor opportunities, or a better advantage compare to the more successful ones to stand up in the society.

There are Flaws in Tax System

This personal tax system seems pretty good and decent. Low income fellow Singaporean pay less personal income tax. Poor people should benefit more then people who are already successful. But in reality, it doesn’t work this way. Why?

How Tax Look like On the Ground

As I recall my first encounter with taxation in Singapore.

I was still in my first year of working life. My salary was not that high. It was also my first year. I did not received any tax letter from IRAS, because I was not tax by the nation. Wanting to get to know more about taxation, an opportunity came along and I volunteer myself to help people file their tax using IRAS online tax filing. It was still a new system back then. Convenient, but many still don’t know how to use it. This system can help to reduce the long physical queue at IRAS office during the annual tax filing period. We were giving a quick training how to use the system, how to help resident file the tax. I was assigned to Radin Mas community centre which is near Mount Faber.

Uncles aunties in the queue waiting to be serve by us. Not very crowded, the environment is rather clam and relax (as far as I can remember). Most people who do their own tax reporting is sole proprietary type, insurance agent, . Those under employment type usually has a form from the company stating the information that they need to report. Nowadays, employee don’t even need to report much as company are submitting for them on their behalf.

There is this one incident that left a deep impression on me. An uncle who was then an insurance agent came to my desk. We started off by me asking him some simple questions, which allow me to fill in on their behalf. He told me how much he earn as income for the previous year, claim on deductible allowance from the IRAS. There are a number of tax deductible like NSman, taking care of mom, etc… Something like that.

As a volunteer, we are only making the declaration on their behalf. They have to acknowledge. At the end of the submission, I shown him the income amount that he has declare for the year, and the tax amount that he is expected to pay. Ponder for a while, he ask me to go back to the top of the page to adjust the income. He explained that as an agent he also has expenses like name card, marketing material, etc… There was no requirement that they need to show proof on their income or things like that. I act upon his request and started to deduct his income base on his verbal instruction. After we are done, I scroll down to the declaration page. This time round after the adjustment, his income is below the taxable amount, and no tax is required from him. This was what the system indicate.

From that moment onward, the impression upon me was that actually IRAS is actually quite lenient about how people declare their income tax. You can declare how much income you earn, and this open opportunity for people to under declare their income. For employee working for companies, they are into the auto-inclusive scheme, so all income reporting are done by the company, which is more efficient and much more fairness.

I always thought that it should be a strict process. How much we earn, we will need to declare. Everyone should contribute a fair share to help run the nation. The reality is, people don’t like to pay tax. If can avoid, why would people not? I can also understand that it will cost more money to hire investigator to check if people declare their tax correctly. The approach used by IRAS is usually to catch those big of tax evasion case and report the news big big on the newspaper, hoping to deterrent other people from doing the same thing. This is clearly not a fair and equality system that Singapore has installed into me.

Personal Income Tax is not Fair

Personal income taxation may look very innocent in theory which many people believed, is actually a loop hole for people who have the thoughts of evading their tax. If people can avoid paying for tax so openly, then it is also possible that there are many more who can do it formerly.

For those employee who are working honestly for a living, they contribute a fair share to the nation building. For another group of people who are smart and wants to evade tax, it is natural that they do whatever to help them conserve their resources. It is human nature that we want to keep more money for ourselves. This is clearly not fair.

Running a Nation, Needs Money

A nation need money to run the nation. Money is collected through tax. If more and more people don’t pay their fair share of tax, the running of the nation will be tougher. More people to take care, but the tax collected is not enough to run the nation well. Naturally, pressure for the government to rise the tax will be there.

But the thing is if the government rise the tax, those honest hardworking people will be paying more. While those smart people who wants and know how to evade tax can continue to pay no or less tax. Rising tax is clearly not a good choice. It punishes those hardworking people and it has a loop hole which allow smart people to evade tax. If this system is allowed to be continue, the lower income, hardworking group of Singaporean will suffer more in long run. Rich is going to get richer and poor unknowingly get poorer.

Although I see other people do it, in my mind I know it should be this way. It makes me want to learn and understand the proper way to account for our income. It was a time when I started to learn and understand more about tax. From the tax master guide, I also read about GST.

Why GST is a Fair Form of Taxation?

This is where I start to appreciate the GST method of taxation. The very first policy I see in Singapore which provide every citizen a fair systematic way of contributing funds for nation building.

GST start in the early 90s at 3%. At the same time personal income tax was reduced. It is a policy to shift the collecting of tax from goods and services, instead of from income tax. If you are wealthy, spend more, you pay more tax. You are poor, spend less, you pay less tax. If you are wealthy, you save & spend less, you pay less tax, money keep in the bank waiting for inflation, your money will be depleting in no time. If you are poor, you spend a lot of money, it simply means you are not poor.

People can declare that they are poor, but if they can spend a lot, it simply means they belong to the category of selfish people who earn more money but keep saying that they are poor. It was impossible to catch people evading tax, because people can declare lower income. With GST things change. Everyone pays the same percentage regardless of how much you earn. If you don’t spend, what for you earn your income for. For display?

GST is a fair tax system because it is difficult to avoid paying tax.

Helping Nation to Collect Tax

Businesses who choose to be GST registered are helping the nation to collect the tax from people. At the same time, they are able to claim back the GST that they have spend on. The GST collected will be most of the time higher the GST claim. This means that there is almost always a surplus GST tax to be handled over to IRAS. GST is essentially a system of collect fair share of taxes on behalf of the government. All income and GST claim, collected has to be accounted through invoices, receipts. Accountable.

Businesses who registered as a GST company will not be affected by the GST. In fact GST reduces their cost of business compared to business who didn’t register. It become a self sustain system whereby businesses will automatically opt in to help the nation collecting tax. GST is a very efficient tax collecting system, collecting the right amount of tax from the right people.

Businesses who do not register for GST will be like normal consumer. They are not able to claim for the GST they consumed. Especially for sole proprietary business, some may not be honest and do not do proper accounting. Most of the time they are not check upon, and can easily escape paying tax. They declare tax similar to declaring personal tax. They can choose to evade personal income tax, but they will find it very difficult to avoid paying GST.

I often encourage businesses to register for GST. Some business owner is very stubborn and instead that they don’t want to be GST registered in their own perspective. They insist that they don’t want to have their customer pay the GST tax. Yes, you may have see this before. “No GST”. Customer no need to pay for GST, make customer happy. But in reality, customers are paying the GST that the business cannot claim for his business expenses. For business which do not have much expense except employee’s salary, it is better for them not to be GST registered.

Competitors who are GST registered are able to claim back the GST paid. This makes their goods cheaper compare to a competitor selling the same product.

GST for Poor People

“GST is to help the poor” statement made by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Many thinks that it is the most ridiculous statement that they have heard. GST is taking money from everyone, including the poor and announce boldly that GST is helping the poor. It is understandable that most people find it ridiculous.

When I first heard about this statement, it was quite ridiculous statement even for me because at that time I have not yet be able to link GST helping poor people. I was aware that GST is a fair system. And because of what of the many numerous experience I have with the tax system, reading the tax guide, going to IRAS seminar, volunteering, it started to sink into my mind that what Mr Tharman said is correct.

If you have read through what I wrote above, you should have right now a better understanding of the perspective that I am coming from, and why GST is fair and is helping the lower income group of people.

GST helps the nation to collect the correct amount of tax from the people. No bias, regardless of race, language or religion, rich or poor, everyone pays their fair share of GST 7%. This is in line with a mediocrity society that the government is pitching. You can cheat by claiming that you belong to the low income group, but GST never collect the wrong tax, because it is collected base on percentage all across the board.

GST Rebate

When you open the windows for fresh air, there will also be fly’s and mosquito flying in. On one policy can be perfect. This is true for GST. The government also understand that the GST though is effective in capturing the right amount of tax that should be collected, it can be a burden to the poor people. This is where the money collected is return back to the people.

Government has collected GST, but a portion of the collected tax is redistributed to the people base on our declare or physical situation. It is difficult to assess people’s wealth individually. Who will enjoy declaring that they are rich, and get less GST rebate. Simpler method has to be used across the board. How big your house is, an example can fairly indicate the income level that you represent. The bigger house you live, the less you get. I think it is a fair assumption.

Of course big house means you are rich, may not be totally true, but as government, you need to think about the execution. Checking on individual takes up expenses, wasting public funds. Instead of spending money to hire someone to check on your citizens, might as well save the money and distribute to the people.

The GST rebate is enough to differential and covers back the GST paid for daily necessity. If a lower income family receive $300 as their GST rebate, it will mean that about $4000 dollar of their spending is GST free for each individual. It turns out to be $333.33 for your monthly necessity expense, about $10 spent everyday is GST free.

There is always a line that the government have to draw. Those who is sandwiched in between will want more. There will people who wish they don’t have to pay GST.

Everyone Play Our Part to Build Our Nation

Everyone plays a part in nation building, everyone contribute a fair share. Fair share will be defined by the government and not individual’s standard. Everyone face the same tax burden and level of expenses in Singapore. If these doesn’t not create a fair level playing field. I really don’t how any other policies will.

If there is a choice, I would rather to be tax with a higher GST and $0 income tax.

Think about it. All Singaporean and people have ideal. Ideal almost always starts with a good in mind. The reality may not often be the ideal that we want to have in life.

If not for the GST, we may be as bad as Malaysia now. Slow economy, reduce in subsidies, and now citizen protest across the country, making economy worst. An even more difficult time for the PM to implement GST, which will takes years to see any result, and a day to see protest on the street. They are rejecting a scheme that is going to help them create a fair and equal society that they are wanting to have. Counter initiative isn’t it.

In the fast pace of internet today, it is important that we analyse the situation with a fair and balance mind. Every policy has it pros and cons balanced. 5 disadvantages that you can think of, you will need to dig out 5 other advantages that a policy can create.

At the end of the day we individual Singaporean are making an individual choice. The future that we want is in our own hand. I can only present what I understand from my own perspective, to minimise misunderstanding or hatred, if any. No government is so stupid to make a policy to want to make citizen angry. A government who dare to make a difficult decision which for sure know people will throw stone at them, and probably be voted out, is to me a good government with courage and care a lot for her people.

Foriegner Stealing Jobs from Singaporean | Good or Bad?

The most common opposition supporters like to use is using the fact that foreigner is coming here to replace Singaporean. They would think of all the negative aspect of it making it seems to put Singaporean at a lower level playing field.

It sounds logical on the surface, but if you think carefully the implication of this, why on earth would a government do these, and yet dispute this obvious disadvantage that the government is putting pressure onto its citizen, majority of the Singaporean still vote and stand together with the government.

Government Allowed Foreigner to Steal Singaporean’s Jobs

Questions thrown at me at the following forum,

https://disqus.com/home/discussion/tocsg/is_growth_always_the_answer/?utm_source=reply&utm_medium=email&utm_content=read_more#comment-2213294706

by someone known as “Prometheus”,

“Then I guess as a consolation worst off Singaporean should go and reside in those countries where the worst off Singaporean are better than those worst off in those countries.

Sound logical to you ? If yes by you, then the same logic goes to those worst off students here, go and study somewhere where the students’ results there are worse off than yours.

The difference here being those governments in those worst off countries with those worst off people are not that generous as our government in allowing our worst off Singaporean to go into their countries to “steal” their worst off peoples’ lunches or compete with their worst off students.

Hope you get the point I am getting dizzy trying to articulate my point.

Actually Government is saving our Rice Bowl

I mean yes, a lot of foreigner coming here is not sustainable. It will probably have to be this manner until we can find a gold mine which shield us from competition, or bring up our productivity. Meanwhile, we still have to feed our family.

The following was my reply to ….”Prometheus”

Singapore is an Open Economy

“In an open economy, people don’t have to travel here to steal your lunch. If you are living in North Korea then maybe.

Good flows freely. Just look at the goods you have at home, most are made in China. Even high end quality products like iPhone are from China.

If every Singaporean all buy from China, then local business/factory all can close down already. Do we restrict Singaporean to import cheap products from overseas? Do we force Singaporean to buy only made in Singapore goods? We cannot do that because we are an open economy.

Why Singapore has to be a Open Economy

The reason Singapore need to be open economy because we cannot sustain by ourselves. No natural resources like oil, metal, woods not enough land for farming our own food. We can only buy from other nations.

Where do we get the money to buy? We need to sell our services. We value add to products and re-sell them to overseas. Get oil in and refine then sell out. Get ships, repair and earn from others nations.

Why should the other nation buy from you when they can buy direct from other nations, where raw materials, product and services are cheaper?

Technologies Make the World Smaller

With the technologies in today’s era, jobs can be steal anything anywhere. IT programmers are cheap and work can be done virtually online without having to come to Singapore. There is no way Singapore can stop the trend, there is no way you can stop people from stealing your job.

It seem to be worrying If you only focus on the negative sides of the situation. On the positive side, it also means there is no way other people can stop you from stealing their jobs. No one can stop you from earning more income if you decide to earn more. In this new era open economy, if you don’t improve yourself, you will get left out from the rest. The fact that one is having difficulty in coping with the higher living expense, is also an indicator telling us that we are behind average. Use it as a feedback to improve yourself, and not an excuse to justify why your life sucks.

Jobs Lost, Opportunity Still Here

You may lose a job to foreigner here, but at least the business is here. You still have an opportunity locally to steal back your job when you becomes better. Other business can still offer products, services and earn income from it. Customers who need this business to survive  can still continue their operation. Foreigner worker working here will still need to spend on local products, services, daily food and expenses. You job may be temporary lost due to your incompetent but business opportunities are not. They are transformed into another form. We just need to keep ourselves updated to the changing world and adopt accordingly.

If the goods and services can flow freely in Singapore for the benefits of Singaporean, the same should goes for the manpower. Singapore has all along been a very open economy. It was never a close economy.

Start Your Own Business

Why need to rely on employer for a stable monthly pay? Why not start your own business? Why not determine your own pay? Not only no one can steal your job, you have the opportunity to create more jobs. Government has a lesser headache because they don’t have to worry about creating a job for you. And not only that, you are creating more jobs for more people in the economy.

Network with Foreigner Friends

Why treat foreigner as competitors? Why not make friends and forge friend with their network at home? Working towards win win. Do business with them!

The Only Thing We need to Fear

The only thing Singaporean need to fear will be that we Singaporean, are becoming too comfortable with our lifestyle. Failed to put down our high ego to acknowledge that the people from all over the world are getting more and more hungrier than we are, running much faster than we are. Just because we are successful today, doesn’t mean we will be successful forever. Just because we have now climbed higher than the rest, doesn’t we will forever be higher than the rest.

Media Control | Singapore is a Control Freak

Singapore media control. A topic that took me quite some time to ponder upon. It was not easy to over come the fact that our media is controlled. When I first learned about it, it was quite shocking to me. No wonder the opposition party leave such a bad impression all along in my mind. I thought they were bad people. The very first evident that government is trying to hide something from the citizen, the beginning of my hatred for the government.

I understood there was this thing call media control, but I have yet to experience it. It was a great night after attending a WP rally. The crowd was extraordinary. I have never in my life see so many Singaporean coming to listen to a talk. The crowd were huge compare to the PAP rally. The very next morning, I brought The Strait Times. Indeed as voice out in the internet, our media is obviously controlled. The crowd that I see last night turn out to be like a few cats and dogs standing by the hill to listen to rally. I was furious. The voice from the internet become so much creditable to be even since.

Many Felt Injustice to tight Media Control

Opposition supporter like I was, often have this question in their mind. The following was from one of the opposition supporter. It was much longer, I just extract out the relevant portion for this topic.

“How to do that, when dissenters have limited information, little transparency, and collective voices ? With all the gerrymandering, fixing opposition, punishing electorates daring to change leaders, mainstream media control and dissemination of biased information etc. Think examples. Last night on TV was an SG50 show with ex LKY’s pictures flashed intermittently throughout. Subliminal brainwashing ? to remind gratefulness to one person only ? I believe Advertising Codes of Conduct should ban that.So if feedback is not taken as a healthy process, the dissenters have to question the Leader/s of each policy, the Policy and the way it is Implemented. Like, is Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Keng Swee, Goh Chok Tong, Lee Hsien Loong, Mah Bow Tan, Koh Boon Wan, Tin Pei Ling, Yaacob Ibrahim suitable as leaders to create policies and control the Implementation process ? Being “highly educated” doesn’t mean you can create good policies by having all your “yes” men around you. Similarly for the Implementation process.”

A Fresh New Perspective to Media Control

The benefit of media control which many other nations do not have. We have media control, but not as controlled as North Korea, perhaps. Why Singapore media control make sense? Media control doesn’t mean they control your hands and legs. Media control is the control of our mind mentally. It seems evil from the surface but many stuffs we do on a daily basis is also similar to media control.

Just like sexual content, which we do not wish our young child to watch before they reach the age of their adults. It takes time for our mind to be matured in order to interpret the content, the right manner.

For company and business, they interact with reporters and media to gain a better positive publicity. Treat nice nice to the media, pay the media to advertise, and write good about them. When there are bad news affecting their businesses, company will try to hide it, and prevent media from further reporting. I mean, media control is normal.

If Sony company is facing a crisis which is affecting their business and the living hood of their employee world wide. Then it is reasonable to at least find a way to minimise the negative impact that will affect them. No one knows, maybe your competitor is the master mind behind spreading the news and trying to beat Sony down so that they can gain business advantages. We will never be able to judge what really happen behind the scene. What we can is to see, hear and think. What is actually real, what aren’t real. What is the truth, what is not the truth.

People control media is here and definitely not the sake of fun. People control media for a reason. In Singapore’s context, media control is basically protecting the rice bowl of our nation as a whole. Many thinks that it is to protect the ruling leaders. Yes, on the surface it is obviously seems to be protecting their sits on the top. It can be tricky here, you just need to think deeper beyond the surface.

My Reply to Media Control Thoughts

This is how I view media control now, how I have replied to that question above.

“It depends on how you position yourself with regards to Singapore in your heart. Do you treat Singapore as your home, and Singaporeans as your family members. Yes, I think you would.

Position yourself as a leader of a big company. You are held responsible to take care of a huge number of employee. Making a profit so that everyone gets to bring food home every month, is a huge responsibility.

One day your employee John found out that department X has a problem. John has 2 choices he can choose to take action. To report to you, CEO so that you can rectify the problem. Second choice, he can choice to report to the media, gain attention and through the intense publicity, your CEO will take notice of it and rectify the problem.

Both solution will eventually leads to CEO solving the problem, but both will end up a result different in the macro view. As a CEO of the company holding the responsibility of your employee’s living hood, which would you prefer.

Do you prefer John to announce to the whole world that your company got a problem that needs to be solve? Telling people how bad your company is, scaring businesses, customers and investor away from your customer. Suddenly you found yourself out of cash flow to feed your employee and your business’s operation.

Or you prefer the employee to report the problem directly to you, so that you can rectify it? Solving the problem and yet not alarming your customers.

Hiding something do sounds somehow evil, but as a CEO, you have the responsibility to lead those staffs under you. You have many mouths waiting for you to feed them every month. The employee only has for himself to worry about, only needs to think about himself.

For John being honest and seek for truth and justice, it doesn’t seems to make much difference between the two choices. As a person of justice and truth, publicity seems the better options. In the CEO perspective, holding the responsibility of the people working for the business, you have little choice, but to bring the damage down to the minimum, because you are responsible for much more people. The stake is much much larger that any other people in the company can carry or had carried before.

If the employee truly love the company and loves all the fellow colleagues. He/she would probably not choose to resolve the problem through publicity, as this can have an impact on damaging the reputation of the company. A company was not built overnight. It is built over the decades with sweat and hardwork by all the staffs.

I mean, have you seen a bad publicity of a company and the CEO and the staffs of the companies are not doing anything about it? Everyone is doing something about it because everyone knows that if the boat is hit, the whole boat will sink. You boat got hit, if you care for your home, you will automatically minimise the damage yourself, without even any instruction from your CEO.

What Media Control Truly is

Media control is an automatic response from people who understand where the stakes are, how big the stakes are, and how it can affect their fellow family members rice bowl. To be exact Singaporean rice bowl.

People who find wrong in media control do not understand the stake. They care for Singapore, but they do not understand what’s beyond, because they only have awareness about themselves because they aren’t having any responsibility for the rest of the Singaporean. They believe in digging out the truth and forget the price that they will create when they dig. They are not treating other Singaporeans as their family members, nor they think that Singapore is their own home. They only care for themselves, what’s inside their house is their home, what’s outside their house is not their home. I have seen many little examples on the ground which refers this selfish behavior. I know we may not be like Japan with perfect social behavior, but Singaporean should be able to do better.

People are not even holding themselves responsible for the rice bowl of the rest of the Singaporean. They sow distrust and stir hatred among the people. Those who read the hatred speech and do not bother to think will be caught into the mental trap as well. Hatred spread like wild fire.

I don’t mean that those minority Singaporean are selfish, I want to express that a real love for Singapore is not about digging out the dirty truth. These hatred speech, stirring emotional stuff, do makes people feel good but it doesn’t do any good but damage to Singapore. It should be about finding out where are the problem and quickly fixed it up.

Media control may seem to be a bad thing on a personal level, but in fact it is meant for the good at a national level. If you can care enough to understand, every Singaporean is dependence on our reputation and branding to earn ourselves a living. The money that we earn today, a significant of it comes from our branding, and not our capability. If I were to born in another country, my life will not be the same as I have now in Singapore. Someone with the same capability as me may work the same number of hours, contribute the same number of effort, but our rewards will different, all because I am born in Singapore, and he is born in China. Singaporean’s enjoy today, because of the good will that Singaporeans have built over the years.

Singapore is a Fragile Nation

Singapore do not have natural resource nor even any land to farm for our own food. Our motherland is not as rich as other mother has under their soil. Singapore only have human resource. We had these human resource who work hard, built the reputation, gaining world recognition that we all enjoying now. And there are people, for the reasons of self suffering or another, don’t give it a moment to think and tear it down as you wish. Yet thinking that you are doing a patriotic thing and helping other Singaporean (which are on paper still consider the minority group). If this is not define as an act of a traitor, I don’t know what else I can label these people as.

Only a competitor will want to see us dead, because if we become weak, they become stronger. Singaporean, has to know what are the right and wrong thing to do.

Singapore is Nothing

Singapore has nothing but human resources, competing for income, so that we can use it to trade for our daily necessity. Human resource that Singapore has is nothing compare to China & India who has far more than we have, and are much much cheaper some more. If customers want to buy products or services, it makes more sense to buy directly from the country of origin rather than through Singapore. Look at how many stuffs at your own home is made in China. Even the iPhone that people are queuing up day and night is made from China, not Singapore.

Singapore depends on higher form of good will to survive in today’s context, and if you are not bother about these stuffs and trash it like you think it should, the first wave of people who will get the hit will be those lower income group. Rich will have the resource to sustain for a while.

Life Sucks and You are still the one in Control

Yes. everyone love a story to explain why their life sucks. Who would like to hear a story that says that I am the one who makes my own life sucks? These atmosphere of hatred creates a society who are waiting for a solution, blaming things they cannot control, and not taking action to do things that they can have control over, to make their life better.

Is this the future Singapore that you people like to see? I cannot control the choice of Singaporean. What I can do, is to speak truthfully from my heart and be able to live my life everyday without any regrets.

Yes. Many say other nations can do this why Singapore cannot? Because Singapore is not like any other countries. Only those who truly treat Singapore as their own home will understand what I am trying to say. I don’t waste my time here for nothing. I am here for the future I believe in. I only believe in what’s real on the ground. Idealistic is only an idea. If you can use your idea and lead a big cooperation/company, then it is worth listening to your formula of success. If you don’t even have the means to take care of your own family in this very real world, then please for a moment, listen to those people who are successful in what they are doing. Listen humbly, learn from them to improve your life.

How to Differential Right / Wrong

We all love Singapore. I can tell because all people here spend their time to fight for Singapore. Do it the right way and not let others 挑拨离间 and influence your own thoughts. We (including me) don’t really knows who have the good or bad intention. I could be helping WP to create for hatred towards PAP, and you could be send by PAP to make the community believe that opposition are a bunch of xenophobic people. Nobody knows what goes behind. But this doesn’t means that there are no way to differential between right and wrong. There are ways, not easy.

This is when the pledge of Singapore helps. Peace, harmony. Those who follow these principle will win my heart, will be the one I should follows, because this is what I want to see in Singapore. And the only party that demonstrate this principle is clearly that only one.
If you may, I would love you to read “leadership and self-deception”. It is a good book to read. Read more positive stuffs. We have the power in our hands to build a better life for ourselves.
No matter who takes over the government at this coming election, let’s still stay united as one people, and follow the choice of the majority. Row the boat as one united people in the same direction. No point throwing down other people just because you don’t get what you chosen. This is the true democratic. I don’t want to see Singapore like other nations where after every election, they still quarrel. This brings them to no where. Respect democratic, respect the choice of the majority. Stay united, peace and harmony.”

Singapore Leader’s has Ridiculous High Pay. The Bullet Opposition Like to Use

Opposition and PAP are the same Singaporean, caring for the good of Singapore.

The only difference is the perspective. One know what they want, and they articulate what they want. The other, take action, and indirectly delivers what they want.

The Battle for Injustice & Ridiculous High Pay

Many opposition like to use the fact that government leaders pay themselves highly. Many thinks it is not fair. Some likes to compare our leader pay to Obama (USA president). The following is a typical comment that we will see from the opposition supporters.

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“Lol… methink your comprehension failed badly when we weren’t even talking about who pay higher taxes… pls get it straight into your numbskull that whatever funds they used come from all taxpayers… and that includes their obnoxiiously ridiculous salaries & bonuses…

Using taxpayers funds and try to 脸上贴金 by promising upgrading carrots and or swimming pool to lure the unthinking old folks… is just despicably underhanded tactics and undermining our intelligence and integrity…

This shows they have absolutely zilch substance group of yes men with self vested interests… only inderjit singh is an upright man who walked away from the party whip when PWP was passed in Parliament without a referendum…”

How We Should Not Think Like Loser

This was not an easy question to tackle. How to convince people to accept that you deserve a high high pay? The only way is to understand this from the perspective of successful people. There is a reason why successful people are successful, and why loser keeps losing. It is all about the mindset. I was fortunate to have an encounter with a very successful Singapore, Adam Khoo, who is a very popular coach helping many many people exceed in their life. The free seminar/talks that he used to provide, indeed helped me into a better person than I was before I met him.

In short, if your life sucks, then acknowledge it, accept the fact that you do not have the skills to make your life better. Then learn from people whom you are inspired to be, learn from people who have successful demonstrated to you that they are successful themselves. It is only when you realise you are not good, will you look for a solution to improve yourself.

Do not be like those people who find life sucks, yet think that they are mighty, knows everything, and their views are correct. If these people are that great, and understand how the world works in the reality, their life will definitely not be suck. If you glass is fill full of water, you will not be able to take in more water. Acknowledge that you do not know what you do not know, be humble and learn from people who are more successful than we are.

The question is obvious trying to use the fact that most people having low income, making the high salary looks ridiculous. Focusing on the tax that we common citizen are paying are for the high salary of the leader. It is a powerful point which can stir hatred emotion in the people. Not something I like to see in a harmony, and united Singapore. Even I do felt that emotion deeply, whispering to me that life can be so unfair.

The following was how I comment back to her.

“How much tax do you pay? How much tax do poor people pay?
Besides our leader’s pay. We pay tax for everything in Singapore.
– for the road we use
– for the public parks and facilities
– for our home land defenses
– for the goods and services
– for our properties
– etc…

Not only you and I pay taxes, business also pay taxes. And rich is definitely pay more. The amount I pay can hardly pay for the basic quality infrastructure that we as Singaporean enjoy. This is the basic gratitude that Singaporean should have.
Companies and business tax paid are much much more than enough to cover the salary.
Opposition like to use words to focus on the little money that we individual earns, and stir people’s emotion to influence them to think that their tax contribution is all towards those evil leader’s pocket. Of course people who don’t really think, will be angry. This is a nice bullet for the opposition to shot down their target, of course to achieve their agenda. I don’t blame them because it is the people who likes to hear this kind of stories, listening to a story which explains why they face difficulty in their life, and opposition are the hero they can vote for to turn their life around. Yes, I was caught up with the emotions thinking that the world will change with my vote. If you think really logically, it shouldn’t. Will the unsuccessful people do nothing for themselves, but with the vote on their hand suddenly becomes richer and better off in life. Will the rich get penalise just because of the change in government? The rich will still be the rich, the poor will still be the poor, if they continue to do what they are doing now.

Don’t act as if you are the owner of all the tax payer money. Taxes are collective collected and managed by the government. If majority of the people trusted the government’s integrity to take care of the money, then for goodness sake, let them manage the.
Opposition always says democratic from their mouth, but when it comes to real democratic on the real ground, they seems not to understand democratic. Majority 60% of the Singaporean has given the mandate to the government to run the country. Respect our democratic, and trust the government to use the money properly. If majority say ok, please listen to the wishes of the majority. Democratic is respecting the choice of the majority and be abide to that choice. If most of your friend wants to eat western food then everyone go eat that, and not having the minority acting like a spoiled brat demanding that he/she is right in his/her own way.
It is also a loser mindset, to think that people cannot earn a lot of money, and that if they earn a lot, the rest of the citizen is losing a lot. That’s a loser way of thinking. Yes, you are right, if rich people earn the million dollar and keep those money at home in a box. Rich people also need to spend their money. The dollar they spent will be earn by another person in the economy, that person will in turns spend that very dollar and another person will benefits. Money will flows around the economy. It is not like they take all the cakes, and other people left nothing to eat.

Opposition just wants to stir up emotion in people, sow distrust in the government so that more people will hate them and they can win.
If as Singaporean and if you truly treat Singapore as your own family, you will never want to see quarrel and breakup within the family. The only group of people who would like to see that are those who are your enemy, your competitors and those who are mentally ill. Open up your eyes and not get 挑拨离间. Recognise who are the actual family members standing at your side, who are those who do not regards Singapore as their home and act recklessly without knowing the damage they are doing for the future of Singapore.
There are real challenges Singapore has to face to bring food back home to the family. Dealing with these internal conflicts with the loser’s mindset are a waste of resources.
Singaporean are all educated people. Learn to recognise who are those who truly cares for the future of Singapore, and who are meanly only using words to emotionally makes you feel good about yourself. The future is and always has been in our own hand. You have your own choice. Use them wisely.”

Why some People get So Much Pay?

It is indeed ridiculous pay, I must admit. Not easy to accept when their annual year pay is my life time pay. The important thing we should learn from successful people is that the pay is linked to the value that they add to the society, and not the time we spend working. Normal quite of mindset relates the time to the money they earn. The more time they spend, the more they should earn.

Successful people has a different mindset; realistic I would think. They link their income to how much value they have created. This may be a difficult to understand mindset for those people who are used to trade time for their income. Let me provide a simple example.

If you can help your company earn at least 5 million dollar profit every month, wouldn’t you think that the company can easily pay you 1 million dollar as your monthly salary. Even if you ask for 4.5 millions of dollars as your salary, it is a no brain-er for the company to pay you that ridiculous amount. This is because you are a positive assets to the company. With you around their assets rise, even if the rise is only $1, it is a rise. There is no risk in hiring you for the job because you contribute more than you are being paid.

Many opposition support wants to compare the salary of USA president Obama to Singapore’s leader pay saying that a leader who is looking after a bigger piece of land deserve a higher pay than leader who is looking after a small population and smaller piece of land. Yes, this explanation looks logical, and I was once also caught into that kind of mindset, that kind of thinking. What I want to voice out now is that people who has succeed in life do not think this way. It is actually a stupid logic. I can explain in a simple manner.

Do you pay your CEO running the company by the size of the company? Yes, CEO running a multi-national company with 10,000 employee under him. Does the CEO deserve more pay? It should depends on how much value he/she leads in for his company and employee. If he can brings in more income for the companies, and employee all getting bonus and salary rise because of his leadership, the CEO deserve a high high pay for his contribution and the huge load of responsibility that he/she has to bare for those people under his/her leadership. If the company is not making much profit or worst still in debt, do you think this CEO deserve more pay just because he is managing a MNC and 10,000 employee? No you wouldn’t. Shareholder and investor will run away if you do that. That will be paying yourself high even if you cannot perform.

The same goes to CEO managing a small team. If the company makes profit, CEO will deserve the pay.

This analogy is the same for Obama managing USA, and our leader managing Singapore. USA is still in debt, do you think he should give himself a high pay? Maybe… since he did improve the debt, but they are still holding a lot of debt. Ours get higher pay, we linked that to our GDP. Surplus for our trade, they deserve the rewards. The economy has a surplus and it is up to individual to grab that surplus flowing around the local economy. Don’t expect to sleep at home and expect your life will become better just because our GDP grow. We as individual will still need to go out and grab what we think we deserved.

What it really means for Singaporean?

GDP growing means more economy opportunity for Singaporean to grab in our home land. If GDP is negative, then less opportunities at home. We have to go outside Singapore to earn. No matter how good or bad the economy is, individual still has to work hard for themselves. At individual level, the life that we have is absolutely controlled by ourselves. Higher GDP just makes it easier for us, as compare to lower GDP.

Opposition support like to create a story that your life is controlled, and that you have no way to improve your life until you change the thing that controls you. While I cannot say this story is absolutely false, but it is a matter of mindset and story you tell to yourself, which allows you to take the right action to make your life better. If you believe in opposition supporter’s version of the story, of course, you will use the vote to make your life better. But facts is fact. Don’t expect that by sitting comfortably on your nice sofa, and with the powerful vote that you have on your hand, your life will be changed forever.

Be realistic and think for the future for your next generation. The power to control over your own life has always been on your very own hand. Only by realising and empower yourself, will you build a better future for yourself and the people that are around you.

Opposition is idealistic, PAP is realistic

Opposition hate governments and act like hooligan are in fact also caring people, and nice people who cares for the society. Just that they do not have enough experience to understand the dynamic of a real society. A real society consist of many type of people with many many characters. Good, bad, rich, poor, generous, selfish, etc…

Yes opposition cares for you, but they care for you in a wrong manner. But in an election rally, speeches that are smooth to our ears, moves our emotion more than the dry, realistic real life on the ground.

This is how a typical opposition thinks

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“Depends on how you define Success… if your definition of success is by having the materialistic gains, I think I am blessed enough… IF dining in top restaurants, drinking expensive wine, travelling to many cities for holidays several times per year and staying in 5 star hotels etc are your key success measures to quantify if one is successful, then I should have fulfilled these criteria…

But I would like to think I’m better… for the above aspirations and achievements are just some form of smoky mirage… because at the end of the day what you really want is to have a happy healthy family with a cozy home to return to after a hard day work, have a group of close friends whom you can really rely on and be able to have fun and laugh over dinner gatherings (which can just be a bowl of noodles and or porridge with simple dishes); and doing some meaningful social work… To me, that’s the ultimate success to achieve in life… can’t say that about you…

But I’ve come to realize that the last part is unattainable in a way that more and more people require financial assistance be it the loss of income and or the need of medical attention… and that is blatantly obvious when our gini coefficient reached 0.478… about 30% are under poverty line with 15% living in abject poverty… and that calls for soul searching… how did SG become so mercenary?

That’s where I started to take note and realized that govt policies are the main causes of our current predicament…

Pls do not tell me that there are lots of social centres with various schemes to assist them as they are just addressing the symptoms and or doing reactionary firefighting only…

And if you being one of the educated learned ones failed to see what are the root causes of our social disharmony, disunity and or high living costs with highly inflated flats + frequent train breakdowns (which are co-related to implementations of relentless PWP & AES etc), then I’m sorry, I can’t really help you…”

This is how I think

Yes. I agree with you. Often people define success as materialistic gain. I am glad you are not.

Success to me means the ability to take care of yourself. This also means less relying from our government, or your employer. The next level of success is to take care of your own family. If you are truly capable enough, take care of the people outside of your family.
I don’t earn much, but I have considered myself more success than working for employer which I get more than double my current income. I don’t evi what other people are earning. If people are willing to pay you for that amount, you are worth the pay that you are receiving. Many people in the forum just can’t to get this concept right.

If success needs you to reply on government support to reduce transport cost, reduce housing for you, give you cheap cheap COE so that you can buy a car, then I don’t think you are successful in coping with your life.

In any society there will be people who fall behind the society. Importantly is not to drag the whole society back, asking people to help you, asking people to sell you things cheap cheap just because one cannot afford it. Other people are running fast, other nations are running even faster.

What is truly important is to teach people, pass them the knowledge to run faster then the rest, so that they have the skills to self-sustain for the rest of their life without relying on social safety network. Provided these people have the open minded, and are willing to learn.
Those people who have an able hand leg and mind but do not wish to improve themselves with knowledge and skills to catch up with the society, we can’t do anything to them. Everyone has a choice, we can’t do anything to them. There will be these group of people. If they choose it to be this way, then they have to prepare to accept the negative impact it will bring them. You want to be successful but no want to work hard for yourself, probably the only way is to buy toto.

The last group of people are those with difficult like poor health, disabled, etc… These group of people will find themselves not able to cope because of their physical/mental disadvantage. The society can teach them to fish for their food, but it is limited in what they can do. These will be the group that we need to collectively help them.

Anyone can help them, and we do not always need to wait for the government. People who are selfish and do not wish to contribute to the society will always like to push these non-of-their-business stuff to the government.

So wake up your idea now, and recognise who deserve help, who don’t deserve help. Everyone including me definitely like our living expense to be cheap cheap. Who don’t like it? cheap cheap. It is using this psychology factor that the opposition stir the emotion into our people, so that they can achieve their own agenda.

Yes. They make you like them, make you see them as hero like I seen. In fact, when you really bother to think, they are nothing but cowards. Cowards who do not dare to bring the real issue and challenges that Singapore is facing on the table. What we need is leader who have the knowledge and track record to leads.

See the Difference

Both sides cares for the people in their own ways. It is like different parenting method you have for your child. No one is right or wrong, it is a matter of choice.

But I do like people to think beyond what is sustainable. This has been always the type of govern Singapore is. A change in government simply means the change of a whole new mindset. I can’t tell what the difference might be. I am worried for Singapore for the quality of speech and “so call” solutions from the mouth of the inexperience opposition.

Maybe it is a faith that we will have a change due to trend and new dynamic of the people. We may just have to accept the fact that the society is changing. If we gone the wrong way, the society will learn from the mistake because sometimes it is “不见棺材 不落泪”. People need to make a mistake in order to learn. Singapore has seldom make much mistake because of the good leadership who has been sheltering Singapore for the past 50 years. It may not be a bad thing but will Singapore will able to get back straight after this kind of blow. I will doubt it. Today’s world is much more different than the world we live in 50 years ago. Singapore is nothing to the rest of the world. The world can easily continue to live without Singapore, but Singapore will not be able to sustain without the world.

Singapore General Election 2015 | Bloodshed Election

The begin of the anticipated Bloodshed Election 2015

Singapore General Election is near the corner. Every Singaporean can smell it.

I don’t really had the idea of what my vote actually represents to Singapore. I didn’t understand my virgin vote in 2011 as deeply as how I feel now. This time round, I am completely convince that my vote plays an important part for our Singapore’s future.

This year 2015 Singapore General Election, is indeed the most important one that I am looking forward to. It is a bloodshed general election that determine the choice of the Singaporean, how we want to move into the future. Given the good will the government has achieved, done over the pass years, the election results will strongly indicate the future government of Singapore for the next 50 years.

I was once Young

Like all Singaporeans, I am educated here from young. I had never understand what those people wearing white on national day is all about, as I see them on every national day parade. Every election, I never give a damn thought, and it is natural that they should be voted. PAP is probably the only brand I know.

It was that during my university days, we studied politics in Engineering school. I believe it is a national education that was injected into the system that all graduate has to go through. It was during that period I became more aware about politics. For the studies, we often had to do research and reading outside our lecture notes. It was the time that I learned a lot from internet, and also from books from the library. So much so that, during examination period, I was so hook into the history of Singapore that I didn’t give a damn to my core exam, engineering subjects. I am just addicted to reading history books about Singapore. They were not even related to my exams.

The Hatred I had

I still couldn’t understand a lot of things reading the history. Nothing gets too deep into my head, because I was not living in those era. The internet provides more alternative interesting politics the the books. What I learned and had understood from the internet, is a strong message that we are all being controlled by the government. Of course I had to research further from the internet to verify all these are not made up. The more I search from the internet, the more I think these are real and true. How many people get jail and made bankrupt by LKY. A video showing LKY rudeness toward Chiam, trying to drown his speech. As what the internet says, we are all blinded by PAP. Media cover for the opposition rally were tone down by the media. It was as though there were people trying to hide something from the general public. It reinforce my believe system that the government is indeed up to something. At that time, my mind was filled with hatred for PAP, and I too feel that justice must be done. All these were around the year 2003-2005.

My Virgin Vote

In 2011, things get excited. Finally I had the first chance to vote. Many Singporean too was their first time. For the very first time of my life, after PAP dominated the poll for so long. It was simply ridiculous. Opposition finally got organised and provide almost everyone the opportunity to vote. I was emotional, listening to opposition’s speech when ever there was a rally. The mass rally by the opposition was so exciting, like a rock concert, with sea of supporters covering the ground. Unlike what was reported and see in the newspaper, opposition looks strong and powerful.

As a person who want a balance of view, I also compare by going to the PAP rally. It is like a loser speaking because the atmosphere is much much different. Much much less people watching the rally. Seems like no supporters except Ah ma, Ah gong which was reported to be there because of chicken rice dinner. Many were given air balloon which can be used to hit to make pong pong noise, a sound for support. These are all true, seen by my own eyes. There was no doubt in my mind, that what was being told in the internet world were true. And eventually, I cast my very first, virgin vote to the opposition. I had hated it when LKY said that we will repent. When opposition won the GRC, it was like finally, our voice are heard, we are getting stronger. A sense of happiness. Opposition won their very first GRC, once thought to be impenetrable.

Punggol by-election was also a happy moment. Joining the happy celebration at Hougang with friends outside the famous coffeshop that very night. Everyone was rallying loud late at night along the road. Police were there, which I find them annoying, trying to stop our happiness. They are simply control freak.

I felt a Weird sense deep within my Heart

I was happy but really feel weird inside me. While I was indeed happy but didn’t merge into the cheering well. When I think back now, it was probably the experience that I had gone through. For the past 5 years, I was working with government related organisation. Quit my job during that year 2011 May, which shortly after was the election period. The way government organisation do things are done is fair and systematic. There may be some bureaucracy, but Gov is walking the talk. Whatever I had encounter in the organisation matched the Singapore image that was projected. It was like two different world pushing me left and right. The real world and media publicity, and the internet world. Two extremely different view. Both has reasoned out their point of view in a logical manner. I can’t tell any discrepancy. I can’t really tell who to believe, who not to believe. But I choose opposition, because I felt that if there is something to hide from the people, there must be a problem with the white side. I couldn’t understand that kind of big bully behavior. The truth, I was in fact a fence sitter. I had find it difficult to side with either side, and was unable to differential what is right and what is wrong. Both sides seems so right in their reasoning.

The day after Punggol By-Election

This was the turning point for me. All these changes, the following day after the last Punggol by-election in 2013. Once again WP won. I had the same feeling of “I knew it” (not surprise), sense of future that WP is growing its strength. Finally Singaporean starts to wake up one by one. I was happy for them that WP managed to snatch over Punggol which PAP MP was elected in 2011. The very morning, I stay tuned to the TV. I remember clearly this outdoor interview on ChannelNewsAsia at Punggol along one of the main road. A reporter interview a young lady about how she felt about the by-election. I can see from her face a sense of happiness, just like mine. She said she is very happy that the opposition had won. Her next statement really caught my attention. The was a big contrast when she spoke her next statement. Her face expression changed completely and said that her father is however very very sad about the result. And this experience opened up my mind to more.

Who will love PAP?

This two extreme thoughts hit me hard on my brain. The next question, I started to question myself. Why would someone love PAP for the evil things that they have done to us? At that time, I thought it is “no brainer” that everyone should be loving the Opposition not the evil PAP. Opposition talks for the people, opposition are the one who cares for the people.

So the questions I asked myself. Who love the “Pappies”. I recall my mom’s mention before, she knew who my Dad would vote for the presidential election in 2011. I recall my neighbour who is the fans of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, putting his portrait as if he is worshiping Guan Kong (God of Righteousness). I started to see the other side which I almost forgot. I forgot to ask them why they like these leader so much. I forgot to ask why on earth there are still 60+% of the population who support PAP in this era.

These started to open up my mind to the possibility and assumption that the PAP are the good guys. Things started to make sense for me a bit now. I started looking from the perspective that PAP have good intention for Singaporean, and started to re-reasoning those topics that I already know from that perspective.

The system we have now, GST tax system, how personal tax works, how government encourage us and supported us to be entrepreneur, the history books that I have read. The experience I went through as an entrepreneur myself. And surprisingly, I managed to look at the same topic with a fresh new perspective. It is like a flipped of a switch in my brain. I started to see the things the government see. The policies which many hated, can in fact be explained in another perspective, that I could not see. My confident for the leader went up a little.

The very One event that Shock and Convince me.

There are some topics that I am still not confident to explain. This is until the white paper was out shortly after the by-election 2013 Jan. I said, “What?” You have just lost your 3 territory and shortly after, you announce the population white paper. For sure more people will hate you to the core. Brought the propaganda newspaper “The Straits Times” and read about the report on the population white paper. But that time, my mind was clam. I know it should be good for Singaporean. I could not understand yet at that time, but I know it is a serious announcement.

Why it is so serious?

It was an obvious announcement, that I know for sure people will throw stone and rotten egg at my face, if I said that on the stage. This was a shocking policy and they announce it as if it is the only choice. I am sure I am not as courage as our PM Mr Lee Hsien Loong to announce such a policy to the public. But this move also provide me with further understanding, give me the full confident that we have a good government on place that will do whatever it takes to put Singaporean first regardless of everything else. It is a difficult choice any government would have to make, as it can easy throw them out of politics. No brainer, a huge risk.

I started to understand the policy from the assumption that it is for the good of Singaporean. Through reasoning again, I manage to understand why a government could have to come up with such a shocking policy.

Learning from the Right Perspective

Throughout these few years, I learn from the policies where the nation is moving towards. Attending many many of the forum and talks by the minister, confirms that my understanding are in sync with theirs.

Since then 2013, I managed to understand a lot of things through reasoning and experience. I can say I have the confident in our government the position we are taking.

Like what Mr Lee Kuan Yew said during the 2011 election, I am now deeply remorse and repent for my choice. During the week Singapore’s mourning for our founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the understanding of what Singapore was meant to be, intensified.

Understand Policy is no Easy Task

It is no easy task to explain everything in a few short paragraphs to let people understand the challenges that Singapore is and will be facing. It has to start from a believe, that government has the very good intention for Singaporean. From this episode, I learn that if I started from the assumption that those people are evil, whatever they do will look evil to me. Even if they sincerely offer you a drink to make friend with you, you will think that they are trying to poison you. That’s why it is important to start first by thinking positively or at least stay neutral view first until you have heard clearly both sides of the stories. It should be a position that you should feel difficult to stay side with. If a policy has 10 negative thoughts, then we should look for the 10 positive advantages. No policy is perfect, every policy has its pros and cons.

WP starts to understand PAP

From the WP party speeches in the recently NUSS dialogue on the 18 Aug 2015 at NUS, I can see that WP’s is more and more mature, and understood the difficulty in making a public policy from the prospective of the government. WP was putting on good words from the perspective of a government, when one of the audience starts to question government is a negative way. In fact, WP is acting more and closer to PAP way of thoughts, and is clearly very different from the rest of the inexperience parties leaders who were at the forum, who had never stayed in parliament or formula national policies. You can watch the full unedited dialogue here at Political Dialogue @ NUSS: General Election 2015.

Why I am here?

What I am doing here, I have made a promise to myself. If a good policy can be twisted so realistically by the people on the internet, influencing people even to a degree holder like myself to believe in their version of the stories, then why can’t a good policy do the same and influence people. How can a good policy lose to those twisted stories? How can the truth lose to the fabricated stories?

To understand what is it meant to be a Singaporean living in Singapore.

At the time when I was ignorance, practically no one on the internet are protecting our government policies or explain how the policies are good for Singaporean. Now I see more and more people standing up to voice up online, to stand up for what they truly believe in, of our Singapore govern. I have promised myself, I will have to serve my national service duty for at least until the next election to redeem for my once, ignorance.

This is my home, if I don’t step forward to protect it, then who will?