Category: Current Affairs
Published on Thursday, 06 August 2015 00:00
Written by Shawn Danker
The following is a conversation overheard at a coffee shop after the electoral boundary changes were announced. The names have been changed to protect the conversationalists’ identities but here's the gist of their conversation. (Note: In case you hadn't realized by now, this conversation is completely made up!)
Johnny: Wah our tjeng hu (hokkien for Government) very efficient. Come out with the full electoral boundaries within two months liao. And thanks to them we're confirm gonna get another public holiday in September! Huat ah! Wah liao.
Lup Cheong: Ya lah, move fast so opposition will be caught flat footed. Once again follow the same dirty playbook and divide up all the boundaries to "quarantine" by surrounding the unfavorable wards with their "sweet" ones. Yee Jenn Jong must be super du lan (hokkien for angry), four plus years of preparing Joo Chiat up in smoke just like that. I see I also feel damn buey song (hokkien for unhappy) for him.
Johnny: Eh if the MIW really wanted to cheat their way to victory, they would have also disappeared Potong Pasir into Bishan Toa Payoh, and carve up the Aljunied Ward into two smaller GRCs la. Lina Chiam has not complained at all about any set backs. The only thing she has said is how she is going to double down and fight for Potong Pasir even though two other contingents have tried to lay their claim to the Potong Pasir SMC. It's very undignified to see Yee Jenn Jong publicly complain about Joo Chiat's dissolution. It made me wonder if he cared more about his wasted effort than the needs of the residents. But hey, maybe that's just me. I have seen him around Marine Parade though...soooo if he really was completely focused on Joo Chiat why has he been spotted in Marine Parade?!
Lup Cheong: Maybe he had a feeling Joo Chiat was gonna be gone for this coming election? Eh, are you saying we should be grateful they didn't pull out Anson and disappear Potong Pasir?
Johnny: Not exactly.
Lup Cheong: And what is this about PM saying he wants smaller GRCs and more SMCs? We still ended up with two giant GRCs in Ang Mo Kio and Pasir Ris Punggol!
Johnny: Yes, but look at how we now have more four-men GRCs instead of five-men GRCs. It's a good development because the MPs will not be spread as thin and can focus more on looking after the residents. So how? You die die still voting against PAP again right?
Lup Cheong: Oei! My vote is secret okay! Haiz. Honestly I don't know.
Johnny: Huh? I thought you already made up your mind liao.
Lup Cheong: Aiyah, you look at the opposition. Can't even consistently get anything done. Every time end up wasting the good-will they gain. I'm really sick of the hypocrisy and negativity. Especially now want to have horse trading talks to avoid multi corner fights?! Please la if they really pro democracy they should definitely go for multi corner fights! Democracy is about choice after all. I really HATE the fact the opposition is treating the electorate like some piece of meat to be carved up amongst themselves.
Lup Cheong: We have nine parties fighting to be king for this GE. Nine seems like we have a lot to choose from, but the reality is we really don't have much of a choice. This isn't the kind of politics I want where everyone squabbles over petty matters like who contests where. I want someone who will solve the problems of inflation, stagnant wages, retirement adequacy… Someone who will actually make my life better for me. Maybe I'll just spoil my vote to send a signal to both sides, that both the PAP and the opposition do not deserve my vote.
Johnny: I wonder if more and more Singaporeans are feeling disillusioned with the political process like you are. Because that doesn't bode well for our collective future.
Lup Cheong: Yeah. It really does not.