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Saturday November 30th 2019

Three new phenomenons which may affect the out come of the coming election

There are several new phenomenons happening in the country right now which may influence the outcome of the coming general election – suspected to be held next month in December 2019:-

1.  Rise of the people – Grab riders

There seems to be a new-found freedom in citizen uprising viz-a-viz the PMB ban resulting in the gathering of a few hundred Grab riders affected by the ban to show up at different locations during Meet-The-People (MPS) sessions.

It was something innovative and fresh bringing those affected by the PMD ban to face decision makers directly. Previously, in the past,many would simply shrug it off and a couple of people may even see their MPs to voice out their grievances but not in a mass manner like what the Grab riders have done.

When aggrieved citizens grouped themselves together and see their MPs by the hundreds, it will make the authorities wake up and of course the incidents will most likely make the news generating more publicity which will definitely bring more people to empathsize with their cause.

The PMD ban is an example of a failed government move as it totters too much on indecisiveness – a by-product of a regime that has shows sign of weakness and intolerance.

The Grab riders have shown to many how effective unity is when it comes to showing appropriate dissent and that it can be done peacefully and without violence- all the while focusing on sending the right message across to policy makers.

Hopefully, Singaporeans who are affected by government’s policies in the future can group themselves up together and approach the issue in a constructive and yet forceful way.

We also have to learn that the government is elected by the people and that the power of the people is greater than the government itself.

2. Rise of the people – CECA/Ramesh

The way netizens rose up in unity and hammered Ramesh for a solid one week culminating in a protest held at Speakers’ Corner have also surprised many.

Petition after petition were launched during that short period of fury – unleashed ground-up in typical online Singaporean fashion.

There were petition to remove his employment pass before netizens found out that he is a new citizen and many also wanted JP Morgan to remove him from his position.

Cyber CSI teams went through his data and found out that his IT education is a educational mill kind and MOM has to come out later to ascertain that his educational qualification is valid and legit.

By then, Ramesh is left hanging dry and he is public enemy number one despite the fact that he is a new citizen now.

More importantly, the incident reveals that CECA is a all-Indian free trade treaty which favours the Indians from India more and that many local jobs were robbed by them.

CECA became the most googled item during that period with Ramesh trailing not far behind.

Our government continues to make meaningless remarks on the matter with Chan Chun Sing saying that the many free trade agreements have created 400,000 jobs for Singaporeans. He was widely criticised for making such a statement as Singaporeans continue to face a slowing economy which have impacted many.

The common complaint is why import so many foreigners of all nationalities when we have so many jobless among us? The heart of the government remains in question now as Singaporeans grabble with the disappointing fact that PAP may be more pro-foreigner than it dares to admit.

Many have also lamented that we have undertaken India’s unemployment problem by allowing more than 400,000 Indians from India to work among us with very little restrictions due to the agreement.

I am sure that this will be a hot topic for the coming election and one can only guess how this issue will influence the outcome at the polls.

3. Rise of PSP

The rise of a new political party – PSP – ambly led by Dr Tan Cheng Bock – has sent forth some optimism in the opposition camp currently reeling from the Aljunied Town Council’s court case.

Without Dr Tan’s new party, the opposition will likely enter a dark era not unlike that of the 1980s when Jb Jeyeretnam is the lone opposition voice.

The court case will likely affects WP’s chance at re-election in Aljuned GRC and there is talk that both Low Thiang Kiang and Sylvia Lim will be heavily fined so that they will not be able to stand for election if they are bankrupted.

The whole situation smells of a political fix but PAP will do everything within their legal right to stem the rise of WP.

PSP’s island-wide double campaigning so far not only reveals to us the strong ground-up political muscle they have managed to muster in a short period of time but also their ambition in wanting to make an impact at the coming election.

Besides WP and SDP, there is no party so far which could garner so much support in so short a time – giving much hope and optimism to the opposition camp dying for something fresh and positive.

The ability of the party to win seats at the coming election will prove crucial as Dr Tan is rather matured in age and time is not on his side.

Without any seat in Parliament, the party may just fall out of favour and fade away like many other new opposition parties in the past.

Written by: Gilbert Goh

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