Thank you Workers’ Party, Singapore Democratic Party, National Solidarity Party, Reform Party, Singapore People’s Party and the Singapore Democratic Alliance for rallying concerned and committed Singaporeans to stand for the Parliamentary Elections 2011. It is a pity that we missed out standing in the Tanjong Pagar GRC. Nevermind, there will be a by-election there in the not too distant future.
Finally, after 45 years of independence, the vast majority of Singaporeans get to cast their vote. We can finally throw out the “you-better-vote-for-me-or-else” threats of the People’s Action Party that put in the hearts of two generations of Singaporeans the fear that if they vote for any one else, they will be penalized. We will still have those people in the voting population, but I think the fact that we have a very new set of citizens (including those born on or before January 1, 1990), many getting to vote for the first time in their adult life, can only make this country better and stronger.
We are entering the post-LKY era. Yes, LKY has been able to do many things, but his ways of doing stuff was for an era that has long gone. The challenges Singapore will face will be different and his methods will not work. Unless we have fresh thinking – ie no more group think – we cannot tackle issues as rapidly as we need.
I only wish that my Dad was still alive to be able to vote in Radin Mas. At least Mom will.
Let’s show the world that this is Singapore and we manage our regime change peacefully, professionally and with dignity – all via the ballot box. Yes there will be smear campaigns, legal suits for defamation etc etc etc. But as a nation, this is our coming-of-age election. Forty-five years as “one nation under Lee” is enough.
So, fellow citizens. Don’t spoil your vote. Vote with full confidence that your vote is secret in the ballot box. Do share your real vote with you friends and family. There is no shame in doing that. You have the right to put in a blank vote, a vote with all the boxes crossed or only one crossed. You can do what you please. The constitution and the UN human rights charter guarantees that. Every vote counts. Vote to make this country of ours the best country on the planet!