I got some interesting SMSes from friends about a whole lot of misconception about how the country works.
First, no matter who wins the election and forms the government, the underlying commonality is that the Singapore Civil Service will continue to function. They are the glue that keeps the machinery of government going while the top brass get replaced/renewed. If there was no Civil Service, yes, we will have a problem.
The fact that the Civil Service exists means the following:
a) The Singapore Police Force, the Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Armed Forces will continue to function.
b) The Monetary Authority of Singapore, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Maritime Port Authority, Health Sciences Authority, Land Transport Authority all function.
I can go on and list all the agencies but you get the point.
Changes in the civilian leadership does not mean that these entities stop.
Here’s the SMS I received:
From a friend who lived in Mountbatten. And a very highly educated one. Singaporeans are just so stupid…… Was discussing with colleague who lives nearby. She’s worried if Jeanette wins the police and other services will slacken, then our estate property prices will fall. Sigh … Singaporeans are so brainwashed into equating PAP with civil service!
So, whoever gets to walk into Parliament after all the votes are cast and counted on May 7th, the system will continue to function. Just because there are fewer numbers of PAP MPs in the new parliament does not mean that the country will fall apart. If that was the case, we have been shortchanged. It will be like a cancer cell. A cancer cell that infects other good cells. I don’t think the PAP is a cancer cell that the failure of a PAP candidate to win a seat would mean bringing down the system.
Singaporeans have not seen how we can all make this country better. Too many of us have been deprived of an opportunity to decide on our collective futures. This 2011 election changes that.
Mind you, there will be the usual “freak election” sky-is-falling shrills from the PAP. Just shunt that out.