Conversation with a foreigner in Singapore and why PAP support will grow

I want to share a conversation that i had with a PRC colleague of mine. Let me say this that i don’t hate the foreigners that are here but i am against the policies and the attitude of the PAP that allowed these foreigners to enter Singapore in an uncontrolled manner. The PAP themselves admitted that they were taken “by surprise” by the large number of foreigners.

Btw, this PRC colleague has a Singaporean husband and they live in Aljunied GRC. The conversation goes like this. I asked who would they be supporting during this GE. Her reply was that her husband is supporting PAP. I asked why. She said that she had asked her husband to support the PAP because the PAP can “write letters” for her. I told her voting based on such self-interests did not consider the larger picture, which is the need for greater accountability and for real debate in Parliament. And also for social equality and political justice, including towards opposition candidates.

I sincerely implore all Singaporeans to really think carefully of what they are voting for. Do you wish to continue to vote for your personal self-interests, such as the promise of upgrading, instead of looking at the larger picture, which is for greater transparency and accountability in Parliament. Only through greater accountability and real debate, i feel that better policies will emerge that considers the needs of Singaporeans. For example, upgrading should be based on fair and objective criteria, such as the age of flats and the demograhics of the estate and not voting outcome. This is not forgetting that upgrading is funded by tax payers’ monies and not PAP’s own funds!

Foreigners already make up one third of the total Singapore population of more than 5 million people. Please dont forget that new citizens are not included in this one third. Therefore, actual number of foreigners or new citizens may actually be larger and statistically (and from my anecdote above), these new migrants will vote for the incumbent party. If there is a conspiracy theory, this is perhaps the PAP’s strategy to retain its power perpetually. If the opposition does not score a strong win (i dont mean just one GRC and 2 SMC seats), the next election will probably include these new migrants voters and guess how the votes will swing! I hate to think of this. The opposition needs to win at least a third of the Parliament seats, ie about 27-30 seats, so that the PAP cannot amend the constitution at its free will.

Dear Singaporean brothers and sisters and Singaporeans with foreign spouses, girl friends or boy friends, etc, pls consider the larger issues at hand and vote with your conscience. Please also do not vote out of fear. See link below for facts on voting and counting process. Pls also go out today and speak to everyone you know to ask that they support the need for more opposition in Parliament.

For those who sincerely believe in the opposition cause, pls speak up now before it’s too late. We can and must do something about it. United, our voices will be heard. United, we can make Singapore a better home for all Singaporeans. Majulah Singapura.

Facts on voting secrecy and the voting and counting process:
https://lohcheemeng.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/your-vote-is-secret-please-vote-with-your-conscience-and-not-out-of-fear/

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