Elections in Singapore

This is the scene taken of the Workers' party (an opposition party in SIngapore) election rally on April 28 2006.

This picture is at an open field. Its surrounded by high-rise public housing all round. And eyewitnesses say that the stairs and floors of these public housing flats (more than 10 floors) were filled with pple. Crowd attendance was in the 5-digits., about 10,000-15,000.

Why are opposition election rallies so well attended? Are the opposition politicians striking a chord with the public vis a vis the ruling-party (PAP)'s own poorly-attended election rallies? Are the sizes of attendance figures a barometer of actual vote count? Or just plain curiousity that have no political consequence?

All i know is, the popularity of the opposition is understated in Singapore media. We don;t seem to have objective opinions in our local mainstream media and it seems to be hindering public opinion of our local political scene and making it very biased towards the ruling party when it might not be the case.

Are you a Singaporean? Voting for the first time? Dunno who to vote?

  • Do not succumb to apathy.
  • Do not link your vote to $ or material desires.
  • Attend political rallies with an open mind.
  • Do your own research. Read the manifestos. Some parties spent 2 years writing them (PAP and WP)
  • Vote for Singapore's Soul.

More on the Hougang Election Rally here.

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10 thoughts on “Elections in Singapore

  1. But will the winning of opposition parties promise a brighter future for Singapore and its people? What will the opposition party be able to offer to its citizens? Will the well-established racial harmony be threatened in any way if any, should the opposition party gains more votes? Look at what’s happening around the world, such as Germany, Italy, Canada…, I think, it may be too early to make a judgment… Greater political freedom should not come at the expense of hard-to-build-and-maintain social harmony… However, there will never be a breakthrough if the FIRST step is not taken…

  2. hmm, greater political freedom? this is the “normal” level of political freedom as guaranteed by the constitution. “Greater” political freedom would be China holding multi-party elections.

    IF people having a choice is seen as “greater than normal/allowable levels of freedom”, then there is a problem. And it is systemic.

  3. as chiam see tong mentioned in his party political broadcast: absolute power corrupts absolutely. one party rule is stifling singapore. we need diversity checks and balances otherwise we will have to eat whatever that is shoved down to us.

    just having more opposition in parliament doesn’t mean that society will degenerate so easily. we will not loose our social harmony so easily. i don’t think our opposition are radicals. they are more moderate.

    as for younger people, we really need to have more diversity, more choices more space. consider maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we look around us, we have nice surroudings, a roof over our heads, education, internet, yet a climate of fear hangs over us. I think self-actualization is starting to play a bigger part since we say we are first world already.

  4. Pardon me for my ignorance on Singapore’s politics. I read a text message today and think it is quite interesting. “This morning one guy named LEE asked me for your phone number. I didn’t know who he was, so I refused to tell him. Then he cried like a baby and said he was KUAN YEW. He wanted to wish you a happy labor’s day although he is busy with the Singapore polling.”

  5. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the amount of votes garnered for the opposition on polling day. The attendance for the opposition rallies has been encouraging but whether it is going to matter in the election remains a question.

  6. Hi Bjorn, good advice to first time voters. Hopefully, the less discerning voters will not be swayed by the biased opinions of the press. The biasness of the mass media is inevitable since SPH is partially owned by Temasek Holdings… and we all know who runs Temasek. Here’s an interesting website on Singaporean ministers’ salaries and how everyone important is somehow linked to the Lee family. http://www.yeocheowtong.com/Salaries.html

  7. dude..i haven’t really kept myself abreast with the singapore politics scene.

    but i’m curious as to what the opposition has to offer? and on what issues are they attacking PAP? fuck..i shud be on lvl 3 rite now hahaaha.

    perhaps you could post smthing on that.


  8. arpit, sammyboy is the place to go.. all the action comes from there.. it’s the digg/slashdot of singapore now.

  9. hmmm.. interesting site … Was so honoured to be mentioned by iBjorn

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