Back in 2011, I gave my vote to WP. Why?
As a young adult, I wanted change. Don’t ask me why I wanted change; all I know is change is good. At the back of my mind, a voice is telling me that we need more opposition in Singapore. I should have given Uncle George Yeo a chance and at least read PAP’s manifesto.
The Blue Wave
On hindsight, the brainchild of WP’s campaigning in 2011 was a genius. No wonder they are “the” opposition.
Messages that targeted the heartstrings:
- Promising “Checks and Balances” to the government
- Need for different views
- Important to have opposition in parliament
- Star candidates and for once, there are genuine good opposition
- Labelling PAP as high and mighty, losing touch with the ground
These are simple, straight forward and smart messaging. I particularly like the “Checks and Balances”; it was infectious and resonates well with me. The rest of the messaging goes well with the average Singaporean too.
Rally at Serangoon Stadium
I attended the rally at Serangoon Stadium. It was mind-blowing! I’ve never seen the stadium so packed before.
(Photo from Wikipedia)
Couple of days later, images of PAP’s rallies versus WP’s started circulating. : )
4 years later
Four years later, life is pretty much the same. I’ve never seen any WP MPs on my estate. I don’t hear anything concrete coming from WP in parliament and the AHPETC saga is irritating. Why can’t WP come clean, admit the errors and move on? Don’t they need the grants from Ministry of National Development to maintain the estate?
What should a voter do now?
1) Flip through the manifesto of parties contesting in your area and think:
- Do the proposals make sense?
- Are there any long-term plans?
2) Be objective, don’t be influenced by blogs like RTSN
If you’re feeling like what I’m feeling – White Party is not my ideal choice and the opposition kind of hopeless, you can always spoil your votes. Yes, spoil your votes but do it properly.
Spoil your votes by casting a blank vote.
How to spoil your vote? I’ll get Jamie to do a post on it.
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