Friday, September 11, 2015
This will be the first time I'm voting in the General Elections, the first time I got a "direct" say about the future of Singapore or maybe just the area I live in. I wasn't interested in politics in the past and didn't pay any attention to it, but looking at how rapidly Singapore has changed over the years, I decided that I'm better off making an informed decision.
Initially, I couldn't choose at all.
On one hand, the PAP is the ruling government so all I see is the things they've promised but failed to deliver. On the other hand, the opposition parties are making promises that I am not sure they can keep.
It felt like apples and oranges.
Even if all the opposition party win in their respective constituencies, the ruling government will still remain PAP. I'm not saying that it's the right choice to overthrow our 50 year-old political party, because they still have the say in the parliament. It will be easier for new policies and the citizens' concerns to be brought up and better received if the PAP was representing them.
On the other hand, the opposition parties seems to be the ones who have a connection to our worries and frustrations and Singaporeans. They seem to be the one who be speaking out from their heart and not giving us some cold hard numbers.
After watching quite a few rallies, I have came to a conclusion about what my choice really is about.
If I vote for the opposition party, they generally give me more freedom over how to live my life. Generally giving us more monetary power and for us to choose how we want to spend them. That includes the issues surrounding our CPF and housing.
If I vote for the PAP, they tell me what's good for me. It's up to me if me want to believe them or not, but they have stated their case very clearly and gave numbers to back up their claims. It feels like we have less freedom to choose how we want to live our life, but they say that it's for our own good.
Hence if I vote opposition, can I trust myself to make a decision best suited for my life? Am I smarter than my 50 year-old government to know which policies are best suited for my interests?
If I vote the PAP, am I able to buy into what they say is good for me? Am I willing to sacrifice my "freedom" to choose (not to accept) what they say is best for me?
Decisions, decisions, decisions.