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Sunday, May 1, 2011
Thoughts on this year's election
I had some thinking about this year's election.
I'm not going to stand on any stands and this a neutral post, well, I don't have to give any stand due to my birthday being 16 days away from the polling day.
First, let's talk about the opposition.
I am highly impressed with the standard of speech and the quality of content by the 24 years-old, Nicole Seah. Smart answers at interview, a powerful voice that spells no-nonsense-no-joke-no-rubbish. Between the two young nominees, I have to say, I am definitely rooting for her. Extra brownie points for taking the effort to translate her rally for the elderly whom might not understand English.
Compare her to the nominee, whom is 3 years her senior, but with "what the??" answers and a Minnie Mouse voice to match with (I admit, she sounds really cute. Now I know why my first video-ed interview became a laughingstock). But for the interview on her regrets, she totally blew it up.
Look at the Nicole Seah's rally. Power, power and more power. Jittery in the beginning but more confidence as she talks (unlike me, butterflies in stomach from the start and ends only 3 days after ANY interviews).
I know I am super thick-skinned to compare myself with some graduates and all. At least, I have the guts to admit my weakness and that is the hardest thing in life. Got to give it to me, yo!
Back to the topic. Now, to be fair, we have our ruling party.
Mentor Minister Lee, the father of Singapore (yes - not Sir Stamford Raffles), is the foundation and the root of what we have today. High standards of living might be the by-product but he improvised our lives, our education and subsidized hospitalization stay or medical treatments.
Take this point as a start. Would you have which countries' quality of life? I am an extremist and I shall use it to this case.
Pay for income taxes at a maximum of 10% of your yearly salary. Money collected provides security (investments in our DEAR law enforces), better healthcare equipment, efficient and trusty transport system, subsidized education for your children. First flat bought by newly-weds (if one opted for Housing Development Board's flats) is a "sure-to-make-money" investment. If one partner was to pass on before before the flats are fully paid for, it would be free - as an incentive for the family.
* Side note: Studies proved that Singapore might have a declining trend of suicide rates, compared to 2007, but still on the high side, in relativity to per 100,000 people. *
Civil servants are paid in fair amount and this keeps corruptions at bay. Strict laws and tight police petrols - it might have, but nevertheless safe and sound. One could just sleep soundly knowing that their child is out late.
Central Provision Funds that they forcefully got citizens to contribute is an extra insurance for rainy days. Right, how many people actually uses it? A lot. May it be blamed on the diet, the stress, amount of exercise or even the air we breathe, one have to admit, we'll all grow old one day. AND, in THIS CENTURY, PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY LIVING LONGER. What does this spells? Jia lat liao, heavy medical bills. -Touch wood, slap my bloody mouth- You know, I know, we know, and that's all I need to know.
* Side note: Studies have shown that Singaporeans are more prone to having LONG-TERMED ILLNESSES than the other Asian countries. *
Paying for Government Service Taxes, and no need to stress over tipping issues. Go to a posh restaurant and no fuss over, "Should I put a $1000 bill for my $980 meal as a tip or should I put a $100 note and be labelled for the rest of my life?"
* Side note: In other countries, not Japan, just use credit card. Whatever amount you spent, whatever amount it deducts. This point is not really a good one, isn't it? *
Hospitalization for the poor and needy. Affordable medications, highly subsidized in-house services. The Government Hospitals never turn a poor away. No money for medications, write to our Helplines and 90% (that's made up) off your bill immediately.
* Side note: My friend's father had cancer and his bill was around $900 plus per consultation. He was the only breadwinner with family and requested for help. The bill got to a low $200. But this is on case-by-case basis. *
Small country, easily accessible so that there is fast help if needed. "Got fire? On! Five minutes reach." or maybe, "Huh, accident? Two minutes."
Small is safe. I'd definitely appreciate neighbors staying in a shrieks' distance. One would think twice before harassing anyone in fear of getting recognized or stuck in a "damsel-in-distress" situation.
Economy is on the uprise. And one important factor for an investor on a particular country, the look at the banks. Have you heard of Singapore banks closing? Merging, yes, I have seen one in my lifetime (I am only twenty, as of today and I hate history so I won't look up the "OUB and UOB" thing), which is the POSB bank and the DBS bank.
* Side note: The stability of a country's economy, for layman, is indirectly reflected on the banks. No idea how to explain but read it up yourself. *
Others want to come here. But why are we running off in all directions? Grass is greener on the other side - as often seen by people. But are you ready for the below?
High taxing rates and the money doesn't go anywhere else but to feed junkies and jobless to "keep them out of trouble". Robberies, armed with guns or knives, happens so frequently that their local papers don't even cover them anymore. The highly taxed working personnel thinks it's fucked up having to slog their ass out and chooses to be "fed" by government. Then lazy butts just quits job conveniently and increase possibility of increasing tax (for MORE freeloaders). And the vicious cycle continues.
Bleeding profusely and pale-faced, one walks into a hospital, gasping for air and desperate for help. Staffs working merely looked at your with a straight stare, in a monotone voice, "Another gun blasting parade. What do they get out of this shit? Blood donation? Pay up before we get you the queue number." while at the same time thinking to herself, "Waste those fucking blood. We are paid peanuts and those troublesome idiots are adding to our job. Bleed away and spare the probability of the poor selling their blood for the blood bank."
* Side note: This is a true happening in one of the "developed" countries. Blood were sold to the hospital, along with it, other items that were bought were livers, lungs, bone marrows and other vital organs. Some doctors are known to sedate patients, who came to sell their lungs, and robbed the rest of the organs while at it. One lung costs $100,000 (their currency). They could have both and their heart which means more revenue.*
Corruptions due to poor salaries fetched, working as a civil servant. Can't help it, they need it. Justice is not bread. It doesn't keep one alive.
Housebreaking so often and being big in their size, houses are sparsely spaced and by the time one gets help, it's already too late. Countries are huge, One's neighbor might have passed away for months and would only come to light when her birthday arrives.
I am getting more and more stereotype and prejudice towards a certain country and I am close to spilling the beans so that list it shall ends.
Tell me what do you think?
We have been too sheltered. Too pampered. We forgot that we are very fortunate to be in a place free from natural disasters. People are struggling to get back on track from earthquakes, tsunami and volcanoes eruptions. They aren't complaining, so why should we?
Citizens stand together during National Day's parade, saying the pledge out loud - isn't it heartwarming?
Shoot me in the head. Full of pretentious people.
I remembered my mom commenting, "You kids, Chinese New Year also not excited. Your mother's time, Ah Ma only allows us to buy new clothes on Chinese New Year. Now you all want what, I give what. Until you all don't even feel the thrill from Chinese New Year's red packet collection. Forget the joy of giving presents on Christmas. Only know how to open mouth and say, 'Want this, want that.' Presents also no need to wait until Birthday then can receive. Aiyoh..." and walks off shaking her head in disapproval.
* But I never took my blissful life for granted, OKAY? I am contented that I am alive, and thankful for all the chances thrown my way. But I am damn mischievous and easily bored - that's all I can say. *
You forgot where all this comes from. 饮水思源 - means remembering where the water is from when drinking it (direct translation).
If our Mentor Minister is not able to convince the people, for the past 40-plus years, what makes one think that words from oppositions may not be empty promises? Sure, there are some things he may not have done but LOOK AT US NOW. Compare ourselves to those whose standards of living is equivalent to ours. Words can be spoken any-given-a-time. I can promise you the sun, the stars and the milky way. But keeping to it is another thing all together.
I am being really fair in my statements. I am just not happy that, because of novelty, or wanting someone "to hear your cries", a wrong decision is made. True, they might have more say in the Parliament. But with other citizens' requests, wants and troubles, what makes you think yours would be addressed? Piles of appeals at the desks, it's like drawing a winning lottery. Chances are there but close to nothing.
I may sound bias on my post, but I feel that it is time citizens wake up. Stop complaining and procrastinating on and on about your sad life BECAUSE someone out there is LEADING A LIFE WORSE OFF THAN YOURS.
For once, open your eyes wide, touch your heart and ask yourself this: Who is behind the success Singapore is in now. Who is the one with actions?
And I really am not interested in politics. I just hate it when COWARDS, like a wall flower drooping over to whichever directions the wind blows.
Just because people "seems" to have more support, they'll follow suit. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE ELECTIONS WERE HELD FOR THE PREVIOUS 46 YEARS?
YOU voted for them, YOU made the choice. Even if they are at fault, YOU ARE TO BLAME. So shut the shit on those crap about them. What, if you were to think properly, then thank them that YOUR CHILDREN could GROW UP BEING WHO THEY ARE TODAY - given the HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED EDUCATION and STANDARD OF SECURITY.
P.S: It is really none of my business but righteous doesn't let me sleep if I don't voice or address the bullies. It's not that I preferred whichever party. If Nicole Seah was not that "strong and determined", I would step to her too. But helping an innocent girl who is in the ruling party, and with my aim to force self-actualization in those cowards, it might seem a little too much support on People's Action Party, something which I won't want to.
In fact, this whole post is not even about it. I made use of the election, as an example to show how Singaporeans have no stand on their own (with exceptions to some) and are ganging up just to hide their weak self. Just hang around in huge groups and agrees at everything and anything the "leaders" said. Internet bullies are like that too. For all you know, they might be the nerds whom you met face to face and commented you are pretty. To be "cool", the just tries to do everything bad. We all know though, you aren't fooling anyone but yourself.
But baby, where they knock you down and out
Is where you're oughta stay