Majulah Singapura

April 29, 2011 / Opinion, Politics / 5 Comments

I am just your average Singapore citizen – one who has not grown up here, but a proud patriot nevertheless.

I am not here to pass shallow judgments on you based on your voting preferences. Your vote is your choice and your right to govern our country.

I just want to bring to your attention that politics isn’t only about the candidates, the parties or even the issues. For a young nation like ours, it is also about ensuring that we have a system of government that is honest, accountable and transparent – one that empowers the people, one that represents our views.

Don’t just vote solely based on your feelings or your instincts. If you lack political knowledge, seek it. If you lack details on an issue, clarify it. Don’t allow yourselves to be swayed by the media – both traditional and social. Don’t allow yourselves to be easily persuaded by powerful but potentially empty rhetoric of politicians.

Take a moment and think.

In the case of the opposition parties, think about the feasibility of their promises. Can it be done? At what cost? In the case of the ruling party, think about why it wasn’t done before.

Don’t let yourselves be blindly swayed by the fervor of anger or the shame of ingratitude. Don’t let yourselves fall prey to empty threats and empty promises. Fellow Singaporeans, we have risen beyond this. I am sure we have!

And when you’ve calmed yourselves down, think about the future you envision for the country – and then decide which system of government is best positioned to realize it. Remember that politics extends far beyond the candidates and the parties. It’s also about having a power balance between the state, the media and the people.

Realize that we, as the citizens, have power. Power to determine our future. Power to hold the government, your rightful servants, accountable. Power to ensure Singapore progresses. No, evolves to the next stage.

Exercise your power purposefully and strategically, so we can proudly proclaim Majulah Singapura once again.

  • I wish that politics worked like that. I don’t know about over there, but I feel like here, I vote, I write letters and all the politicians just give us a big FUCK THE PEOPLE! I’m gonna do whatever I can to make the businesses happy so they keep me in office. The majority of americans were against the bailouts, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, did it matter? NJ has it’s own budget issues and they got education a lot and everyone was pissed, but we’re like, OK, if they have to, because we have no money. And then they turn around and pay Panasonic a ridiculous amount of money to move from one city in NJ to another 9 miles away. What the hell?????? //end rant. Sorry, the whole politics thing really frustrates the hell out of me.

    • Ivy

      That is a major problem in the US. The gov’t is fairly weak compared to the businesses, so a lot of policies are designed to benefit them instead of the people. Doesn’t help that your gov’t is in a lot of debt either! I am very glad Singapore does not suffer from much of this.

      We do have our own problems though. We’ve had only one ruling party since our independence and unlike the US we don’t have a Senate and other structures to provide proper checks and balances to the gov’t. So that is one of the hot topics for us this election – to push for more multi-party representation in the Parliament.

  • Vote for! Free beer for everyone!

    The problem in my own very democratic country is that all politicians are swine (in sum). The more time I use getting to know the issues and investigating the different parties’ views, the more I am appalled at the great incompetence, greed and stupidity that rule our land, and I am wanting not to vote. But that is not the democratic answer. If you don’t have a clue, vote blank. Not voting is free votes to the democratic system.

    I’ve decided to take over the world and declare world peace once and eternal happiness. It’s the only way.

    • Ivy

      At least you have a choice not to vote. In Singapore, voting is compulsory! You’ll be taken off the registrar of electors in subsequent elections, if you don’t. And there’s no “none of the above” option, in case you’re wondering.

      So for those who are apathetic or don’t agree with all the parties, they’re still forced to vote one way or another. Those who are more fearless have begun to deliberately spoil their votes. What a shame!

  • That sounds v silly.