I am not at all into politics.
But I do have some thoughts with regards to the on-going General Elections. Frankly, I am appalled that there are so many ignorant people who are choosing to support the opposition, for no reason other than they are just generally unhappy with the PAP and dont want to vote for them.
I feel like this situation is similar to the anti-vaxxers who vehemently insist that vaccines are dangerous and detrimental to health, DESPITE overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccines are not dangerous, and in fact extremely vital and necessary.
These people are experts on the human body and how vaccines work after only reading a few articles online. (Nah. Here’s your MBBS.) Not only do they choose not to vaccinate themselves and their offspring, they are usually very passionate about spreading their “wisdom” about the “dangers” of vaccines and also to encourage others not to vaccinate.
Sure of course, you wouldnt want to take any chances with autism but perhaps you would prefer that your child die from diphtheria instead. What? Never heard of diphtheria??
Gee, I wonder why.
Ignorance can be deadly. This is another topic which I really want to write about, but for now I shall stick to the elections.
Here’s my view:
If you are poor and/ or your life sucks, and you blame the PAP, then you are a fucking moron.
Im not Krispy Kreme, Im not in the business of sugar-coating anything. Nobody is paying me to be politically correct on my own blog, unfortunately. So if you are unhappy with or cannot accept my blunt honesty, go away.
Here’s something everyone needs to know:
The government is NOT YOUR SUGAR DADDY.
What, you want a 3-day work week? Free housing? Free or heavily-subsidized transportation? Why not throw in a free Porsche and annual vacays to the Maldives for every Singaporean too? I want a sponsored lifetime supply of Llao Llao, Chanel bags and Christian Louboutin shoes can? All mien zhogang also can!
Wait for the PAP to spoon-feed you, find you a hot and sexy woman/ man to please you in bed, pay all your bills, babysit your kids and wipe your ass after you shit.
Then you will confirm plus chop vote for them, yes?
Just in case you think I come from a privileged background, let me assure you that I dont. My parents were dirt poor. I grew up in a 3 room HDB flat in Bukit Batok. We were so poor, we had our water and electricity cut off many times because we could not afford to pay the utility bills. I remember having to do my homework in candlelight. (No, its not romantic at all.)
Ever tried turning on the tap and not have water flow out? We had to borrow pails of water from our neighbors for our daily usage. So if you think you are poor just because you cant afford that BMW or because you cannot afford yearly holidays to Europe, think again.
So nope, I am not rich by any means. You know what else I am not?
I am not UNGRATEFUL.
I dont blame the government for my family being poor. Its not their damn job to ensure that every Singaporean gets to live in comfort and luxury. My parents are poor because they are lazy, uneducated and unskilled. My father gambled and drank away his money, then had to go around borrowing from relatives & loan sharks to finance his gambling and drinking habits. They have nobody else to blame for their lack of money management skills and sheer irresponsibility.
I had a friend who loves to blame the PAP for EVERYTHING. She blamed the govt for how the haze was handled back in 2013. She criticized their efforts and was upset/ resentful that they did not issue a stop-work order due to the haze. For someone who cannot even manage her own family and her own life, she sure has plenty of great ideas on how to run a country with millions of people.
Unfortunately there are plenty of such people around- people who make $2k-$3k monthly salary & have to work their butts off, therefore they are resentful about ministers’ salaries, because they THINK they can do a way better job at running the show. Its so much easier to pick at the faults and shortcomings of the govt (and other people), than to acknowledge your own shortcomings. Lets just say that she’s not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer.
The irony is that stupid people always think they’re very smart, and smart people often question their own capabilities. Agree?
We Singaporeans have been so bloody lucky for so long that so many of us have become complacent, ungrateful and ENTITLED.
Right from the second we are born in this country, we have everything we can possibly need to thrive and do well.
Every. Single. One. Of. Us.
All of us have access to heavily subsidized primary, secondary and tertiary education. We have clean water flowing from our taps 24/7, water so bloody clean we can drink directly from the tap. That did not happen by chance, btw. You think a kid in a third world country gets clean potable water simply by turning a tap clockwise in his house?
Where else in the world can you drink water directly from the tap? Whenever I am overseas, I have to go to the nearest 7-11/ supermarket to buy bottled water to boil so I can make hot beverages. Clean drinkable water from the tap is something that most Singaporeans have taken for granted.
We have plenty of coffee shops, hawker centers and food courts- cheap and delicious food that is readily available to everyone. Hygiene standards of all dining places are monitored and regulated. Anyone can have a decent meal for only $2-$3. (Not necessarily healthy or nutritious, but decent.) Even a bowl of CCYD instant noodles with one egg from a grubby cha chan teng in Hong Kong costs at least HKD$20, which is roughly S$4. This was back in 2008- 2009, when I travelled to HK on a monthly basis, so chances are the food now is even more expensive.
We have an extremely efficient, clean and convenient transportation system. For such a tiny country, we have this many MRT lines and bus services.
The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the world, and jobs are aplenty. Provided that you are not nit-picky and unrealistic, of course. Ive heard stories of people rejecting good jobs because of all kinds of stupid reasons- they dont like the boss, the location is “too inconvenient” etc
We have 24/7 access to excellent world-class healthcare. There are clinics everywhere- I can count SIX clinics (six!!!) within the immediate vicinity (5-10 minute walk) of my home, not to mention the many polyclinics and government hospitals which are heavily subsidized by the government.
(I have been seeing a specialist in CGH in the past few months, and it only costs me $41 per visit, because of the government subsidy. Im somehow automatically qualified as a subsidized patient, just for being Singaporean. Did not need any referral letter from polyclinic or whatever.) If you have deeper pockets, there are tons of private clinics and hospitals. We are quite literally spoilt for choice.
Do you know there are millions of people in the world who do not have access to basic healthcare at all and have to travel for miles to the nearest hospital where they have to wait for days just to be seen by a doctor, and therefore die from very ordinary and simple illnesses? Are you aware that there are millions of people in the world who die from stupid things like diarrhea and flu? These people are usually the very young (infants and children) and the old, because their immune systems are weaker.
By the way, there is something called INSURANCE and it is not the government’s responsibility to pay for your medical bills. I pay a couple of hundred dollars in insurance premium every month so that I am well-insured in the event of illness. Even if I require surgery and hospitalization in a private hospital, I do not have to pay a single cent because my insurance provides 100% coverage. I believe that paying for/ being ABLE to pay for my healthcare is MY responsibility, NOT the government’s.
Our crime rate is one of the lowest in the world, and there is no other place in the world where I would dare to walk alone on the streets at night. I did not dare to take the subway (be it day or night) when I was in New York CIty, for fear of getting mugged or worse. I did not dare to take the subway in Taipei because some nutcase had gone on a stabbing spree and stabbed a few people in the subway and I did not feel safe. I have to be extra careful with my belongings whenever i travel outside of Singapore. Not to say that this country is totally crime-free of course, but thanks to our very strict no-nonsense laws, people tend to behave themselves. There is no better deterrent than strict punishment for breaking the law.
Whenever I hear news stories of women being attacked in other countries, I am very glad and grateful that we have these strict laws in place.
We have top-notch world class everything. What more do you want?
Do you think all these happened by chance? If our country did not start out with outstanding leaders, do you think we would be where we are today?
We are so accustomed to all of these good things that most of us have taken everything for granted.
Of course we should not compare ourselves with the third world countries, and we must look towards the first world countries such as Switzerland & Sweden, so that we can continue to improve and upgrade ourselves. But really, can anyone in GOOD CONSCIENCE say that our government is terrible?
I know I cant.
No government is perfect and it is impossible to please everyone. The fact that even a great man like the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew can have haters show that no matter how good you are, and what you do, there will be people who can find reasons to dislike and criticize you.
I have not watched all the videos being shared on Facebook, however I keep hearing of the opposition making promises of free money to Singaporeans.
“We will give every Singaporean $300/ $500 every month. Blah blah…”
EH. WHERE IS THIS MONEY COMING FROM?
Your dog’s arse?
Why only $300?? Why not $3000? Or $30,000?? Our reserves are unlimited what. Its a bottomless pit! No meh? While you are at it, give every Singaporean a free bungalow in Sentosa Cove also.
The lure of free money only attracts the lazy and unskilled who feel entitled to subsidies and freebies just because others have more. I want to believe that Singaporeans are better than this.
I do not need a government who doles out free money, nor one which makes tons of empty promises but has NOTHING TANGIBLE to show. I do not want my country to end up in massive debt like Greece because of a shite government.
There are reasons why things have to be done a certain way here in Singapore. I will leave this for the analysts and economists to elaborate and explain in detail why because I lack the knowledge and expertise to do so, but if you think you’re suffering, that the government is horrendous, that you’re being bullied by the ruling party and their unfair policies, then please by all means move some place else.
Take your talents to another country which will welcome you with open arms and give you everything you’ve ever wanted- plus freebies, goodies and no taxes. YAY.
Do send a postcard every now and then so we know how much better off you are.
I am voting for the very first time in my life come 11 Sept. Ive moved around so much in the past decade that Ive never belonged to any place for more than 1-2 years, hence I was never required to vote.
I really really hope that the majority of Singaporeans will be wise enough to vote wisely.