Response to an online interview with a Sembawang GRC Voter:-
Currently, I am an office manager, working part-time hours as I have failed to get myself fully-employed for reasons only the HR people knows after being unemployed for more than 1.5years. I live in a 3-Room flat and I am taking care of my aging mother.
How many times have you voted before and what will you be specifically looking for during this coming election?
I was fortunate enough to vote twice in 4 elections. The two times I were unable to vote was due to walkovers.
I seek for a more compassionate and humane leaders whose main agenda should be helping out Singaporean citizens and not just themselves or their family and cronies.
Do you think that the opposition finally has a chance to win a GRC during this election and why so or why not?
I believe they are targeting the wrong demographics and they engrossed in chasing the ‘popular’ vote.
Majority of Singaporeans, don’t care about the unemployed, the old, the needy or the homeless, minority rights, and freedom of speech (platforms the AP have been voicing out) as long as their bread and butter issues are resolved and their home value goes up.
And the APs need to target the typical Chinese Singaporean woman who are the majority supporters of the PAP.
What are the pertinent issues that affect you locally during these past few years?
The ever increasing costs of living and poor job stability.
Do you think that Singapore will be better off with a few more opposition parties in Parliament?
Unless, the APs have the majority seats and can override PAP’s votes, there is nothing much the APs can do.
You have told me that you are unsure yet about which party to vote for in Sembawang GRC – what will be the one crucial thing that will affect your decision during polling day?
I will vote even a Monkey as long as it is from the AP
Do you think that the current crop of opposition party candidates are credible and qualified enough to win the votes of the general population?
No, they have not come out and inform us what they can or will do if they are voted into Parliament, other than being ‘the people’s voice’.
What do you think that the opposition parties can do more to campaign effectively during this election?
They need reach out more to potential voters on top of taking advantage of ICT to increase their media presence. This way, their intention is known.
Why do you think that all along the opposition parties have fared poorly in the past few general elections?
Most APs are centred around one ‘anchor man’, examples of such ‘man’ is Chiam See Tong, Low Thia Kiang, JBJ, Chee Soon Juan and so on.
When people talk about the APs, they will always equate the APs to the above-mentioned men.
APs need to move away from ‘character’-based to ‘agenda’-based platform.
Finally, will you vote for the opposition team contesting in Sembawang GRC given the limited knowledge you have of the team?
Come Woodlands and I will vote for you.
End of interview.