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

A quote from “

“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.

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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?

Why I started this post…

Long Story…

It was 2011 when I quit my job, followed shortly by our Singapore election. The 2011 election was on a never before scale. The whole of Singapore, all Singaporean gets to vote.
I was age 33, never had the chance to vote. I finally got to vote for the first time, my virgin vote. I was so frustrated by the government that I vote for the opposition.

I do know that government policies are in general with a good will behind, but the people managing/executing the policies was just doing it wrongly. That was how I think. There are many things I couldn’t understand at that time. People online say that, you go see opposition rally, and compare the report from the official newspaper, sure different one. Indeed when I go rally, it was massive. Opposition got many strong support. Go PAP rally, significantly much fewer people and the supporters were not passionate for the leader they were supporting. This is unlike the opposite party, where people roar with hope. Why newspaper want to hide the truth from the readers? The news paper shot an angle which makes me feel like only a few dogs and cats who were listening to opposition rally. This is very different from the experience that I had had. It was the same rally that I had attended, which was reported on the newspaper. So what those others said about media being controlled by government is probably truth. The ruling party must be hiding something from us. If they didn’t do any bad things, why should they control the media, why do they have to hide from us.

If PAP is so good why do they need to form GRC, which is a form of barrier to the other parties. Not fair, I was thinking. I had made a statement, as long as they don’t abolish this GRC thingy, I will never vote for them. And from the net, I can read many many articles regarding the bad side of PAP, and their evil doings. Many many.
When I was young, I always think that PAP is a good party where many people support. As I got older, I realised that actually the opposition are good kind hearted people who cares for our people. What they said makes sense. They project a better society, an ideal society that we should enjoy. Freedom of speech, care for the needy, etc… many many…
During my university days, I got so interested, that I read books regarding Singapore history, even during my examination period. I just couldn’t stop reading. I also found out that PAP doing forceful act like implementing ISA, suing opposition until they go bankrupt, flee to another country, etc… If they are so good, why don’t they stand up like a real man and convince the people that we should support them. Instead, they act like a coward bulldozing their way through.

In short, they were evil in my eyes. And for my first ever virgin vote in 2011, I voted the opposition. For the presidential election held also in the same year 2011, I also chosen a non PAP candidate. When I watch the Channel News Asia, I can heard clearly people bulling loudly when Dr Tony Tan appear on TV. It was a clear sign to me that many people don’t like him. I am standing on the correct side. I voted correctly. I always had believed that I am standing on the righteous side.

Even during the Punggol East by-election in 2013, I attended WP rally for 3 days consecutive days.  It was the 2nd by election, due to the 2nd MP (Michael Palmer) involvement in a relationship scandal. The previous one was Hougang by-election in 2012 where the worker party’s MP (Yaw Shin Leong) who also involved in a relationship scandal. Good and great speech. I couldn’t vote, because I don’t live there. Yes, WP won. I am quite glad that more and more people are joining into the opposition. More and more people are awaken, finally.

This is also a time which I started to wake up. I have to thanks the media for broadcasting one section of the news on TV the very first morning after the voting. I cannot forget the moment, when a news reporter interview a young girl. She looks happy being interview by the reporter and seems to look glad with the election results. Then followed by a last statement which catches my attention. She said something like this “but my father is really really sad about the result, really really sad”. The expression from this young lady is genuine.

This statement ponder hardly upon me. I thought PAP has no supporter. Why would people in the right frame of mind, support such an evil party. People support PAP, because of wayang, some voted because they were civil servants, government related, so was said to be force to vote. They did so many irrational things, why would anyone passionate about this wayang Party.
Then I started to recall many many things, many flash back. I started to understand why my father’s vote was given to Tony Tan during the presidential election in 2011. It was a short chat with my mom. My mom told me she know who I will vote for, who my dad will vote for. She said she will vote different from us. There were 4 person competing in this presidential election. I recalled she told, that my father (Taxi driver) once worked under Tony Tan. My father mentioned to her that Tony Tan is really a very nice person, good temper, etc… This perception is too much difference from what I learned from the opposition supporter. I came to realised, maybe the young girl’s father and my father were right in their perspective. They are a supporter for a reason. I realise I do not have a valid reason to hate them. I have never be in touch with the leaders. I do not know them as a person. How can I judge them base on the opinions of other people, and words from the internet. How can I trust the people whom I didn’t even know on the internet, and believe in whatever they wrote. It was that moment I started to view the whole situation positively. And it was also the positive perspective that I had understood, I started to re-understand the policies in that positive perspective, believing that our leaders is doing for the best interest for our fellow Singaporean.

One by one, I revisited the policies with the faith that they are good people. I started to understand the policy in detail, in good faith. It was a flip of the mind experience for me, because I had once perceive PAP as angels (as a child), then evil (when I started touching politics issues), then angels again (a new perspective, with varies adults experience I had with gov organisation). I finally managed to see the goods in most of the policy. I then realised that it was all along my ignorance. I was too ignorance to be sweep easily by what people spread on the internet. Easily sow into distrust and into disbelieve in my own nation and my own leader. If the people who are spreading is our nation’s enemy or people who are jealous of our nation’s progress, I would have been that idiot who is their chess pawn who help them achieve their goals.

I also started to see a clear difference between how supporters from respective party spread their patriot. PAP promoting harmony, and helping people within the community. Encourage people and citizen to help one another, while opposition is creating hatred by stirring emotion and sowing distrust within the citizen, breaking up our community harmony and peace. If you treat Singaporean as a big family, wouldn’t you want to live in a harmony family, rather then blame this and that. Wouldn’t we want to help another family member when they get into trouble. When your family member make a mistake, be open hearten, correct the mistake, forgive, forget, and carry on improving our home. People make mistake at times, but opposition (or people who oppose them) will make use of this golden opportunity to gain more supports. Isn’t this putting fuel onto the frame at the back yard of our own home.

Not long after the PE by-election 2013, they launch the ultimate unpopular white paper on population. Many citizen are cursing… I read the newspaper, and from PM Lee words, can feel that they are prepare to lose their seats with the launch of this policy. They are going to increase our population, by bringing in foreigners due to low birth rate. Are they insane or what? For sure they are be putting themselves into the grave. Why do they still do these?

It was also this time, I started to contribute to the comments found at the bottom of every Yahoo’s online news. Topics regarding Singapore policies, white paper etc… You can see many comments swearing and cursing the government. I was writing faithfully trying to provide an alternative, positive views on why it could be good for Singaporeans. Thumbs down were usually more then thumbs up. It was expected. Many have deep hatred for the government. No matter good news or bad news related to the government, they will throw their negative views, sowing distrust, stirring emotions.  No superman will be able to convince them that the government is doing good. It is deeply rooted inside their heart.

The writing that I did also help me to focus thinking deeper into the policies’ good intention. As time goes, I get to see more and more people writing positively. It was also this time that I realised that my previous posting were gone. My people thought that I had deleted my own posting, thinking that I was just there only to sabotage, I was a PAP dog. It could be a software bugs, I thought. Or perhaps many people who hate my post clicked “Report Abuse”, which triggers the Yahoo to automatically delete my posting. So for most of the last year, I keep on writing while my comments were constantly getting deleted. I write over hundreds of comments but only 30+ comments were left. Knowing this problem, what I did was to save a copy of every of my posting, for my own references. Sometimes I re-post, if they got deleted. These were my thoughts which I spent hours and hours thinking and writing. I have since accumulated about 1.5mb of pure text. Everyday I spent on average about 3 hours just on this. Having experienced from hatred to understanding positively, I believe people should be given a chance to understand why things had to be done in a perspective that doesn’t seems to benefit them. Our nation need people with positive mindset, building nation in a cohesive and harmony manner. I don’t wish to see that our future generation get influence by only negative thoughts, and like Thailand riot last year, people acting like hooligan, showing no respect for democracy. If acting like a hooligan can solve nation problem, then why do we even bother to vote in a democratic way. There will always be people not having and there will be no peace, no matter who gets elected. People will just choose to protest, like in Taiwan. This is not the Singapore that we used to have. The Singapore which brings us peace, law/order and prosperity.

Recently this week, I tried to create a new yahoo user account. This time with better password and protection. I was able to write my comments without getting delete. I am monitoring the number of post that I put on line. I was thinking perhaps I was right, it is just a software bug. I managed to write about 35 comments under the recent Yahoo news report, May Day protest, May Day rally. Today I saw my comments gone down to 6. Probably it could still be the software bugs, it could also be moderator deleting my comments… Many comments from other writer remains, while mine gets deleted. Some accumulating 900+ over comment which talks negatively about our home. The comments under the yahoo news are generally anti-governments words. If there was a moderator behind, his/her agenda is quite obvious. It is to encourage negative comments to spread within our society.

I have decided that my comments shouldn’t be deleted just like that. People should have the chance to view our nation positively. This is the reason why I start my blog today. From today till 2016, all my words my thoughts will remain online. No one will be able to delete my post again.

Everyone has the rights to make their own comments or thoughts. But if the comments contains stuff that can ruin our nation’s reputation, which can affects our fellow Singaporean rice bowl, it has to be stopped. If there is a person behind trying to stir emotion, sow distrust and create hatred among our fellow Singaporean, it is my duty as a Singaporean to stop these people from destroy our home, our nation’s and leader’s reputation that we have been building for decades. It takes decades to build and can easily destroy instantly. Singapore has nothing, and our reputation that our early generation built and is still building, is what that keeps Singaporean survive. Our fellow people’s rice bowl depends on it. As what Lee Kuan Yew said during 2011, I sincerely repent the thoughts that I used to have. This is a way I repay my debts to our nation. Doing Nation Service everyday till at least 2016, the blogging way.

There is always a positive side to the negative thoughts.