PM Lee’s election comments

Dear PM Lee,

I refer to the 3 May 2011 Straits Times report ‘Govt’s duty is to do good for Singapore’.

You said the NCMPs are voted in. At the same time, you also said that one-third of Singaporeans vote against PAP rather than vote for an elected opposition. Why the contradiction? Those who voted for the best losing opposition candidate who eventually becomes an NCMP, you say they are not voting for that candidate but yet you say the candidate was voted in.

The chicken who crows story is best used on the PAP. When global economy recovers and lifts our economy, the PAP says it’s because of them. On the other hand, when the opposition challenge is weak, we see little impetus for PAP to change. But when the opposition mounts a strong challenge, we see a strong impetus for PAP to change. This is equivalent to the chicken keeps quiet, the sun doesn’t come out but when the chicken crows, the sun comes out. It’s quite clear to everyone that we need a strong opposition to make sure that the PAP does the right thing.

I refer to the 3 May 2011 Straits Times report ‘PAP’s goal is a better life for all: PM’.

You said most PAP policies benefit the middle income. Actually, they are designed to extract as much as possible from the middle income to feed the reserves which gets lost in bad investment decisions. You said the party consistently provided jobs for Singaporeans but are they jobs that Singaporeans want?

I refer to the 4 May 2011 Straits Times report ‘Please take good care of Singapore. It’s a precious jewel’.

You asked first time voters to please take good care of Singapore because the country belongs to the young people. But Singapore belongs to all Singaporeans so you should ask all Singaporeans to take good care of Singapore. But how to take good care of Singapore when we don’t have a say in anything? We don’t have a say in the casino issue. We don’t have a say in housing matters. We don’t have a say in the direction the country is headed towards. So I think it’s better you tell this to yourself instead. Please take good care of Singapore and don’t play with our lives and our future.

You said our parents vote on gut instinct, loyalty and long experience of what works in Singapore. That is the problem. If we vote on the basis of our gut, we cease to think about what is good for Singapore. If we vote on the basis of loyalty, we may end up voting out of blind loyalty. If we vote on the basis of what has worked for Singapore in the past, we may end up voting for the past instead of for our future.

You said our parents know what can go wrong if we have a bad government. In any period of power struggle, things would be quite unsettled. But that should not not be mistaken to be a period of bad government. When things go wrong in times of peace like now, it is a sign of bad government.

I refer to the 6 May 2011 Straits Times report ‘S’pore belongs to you, PM tells the young’.

You said you are slogging so that young Singaporeans can have a better future. But you have tied your work to the GDP and have relentlessly increased GDP without increasing incomes by as much while causing housing prices to shoot up tremendously. If this is the better future you are offering to young Singaporeans, they have reason to worry.

I refer to the 7 May 2011 Straits Times report ‘Your vote will decide your children’s future’.

If you consider the vast amounts of problems we have brought to ourselves, we have not done well by being different from others. There is a reason why other nations do not mindlessly import people en masse. Our exceptional performance becomes not so exceptional when you divide it out by the extra people we have had to bring in. What is the point of enlarging the pie when we end up having to share it with even more people?

You asked older Singaporeans to also consider their children when they vote. Considering that rising HDB prices means higher burden for our children, you should ask Singaporeans to vote against the PAP.

You said we are also voting the next government. After so much struggle, the result is still a miserable 6 opposition to 81 PAP MPs. The next government was never in question.

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