|Actually, hor, before I joined the grassroots organisation, I didn't know that there were poor people in developed countries.|
Now listen to what one opposition party said: Unless you vote strongly for WP, Singaporeans can’t secure their future because we’ll never have a second line of defence should the PAP abuse us again with lies and deceit. To refresh our short term memories, Sylvia Lim recalled how in 2006 Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan had proposed, just before the general election, means testing for those who wanted to enjoy the subsidies that came with C-class hospital wards. The Workers’ Party spoke for all of us when they argued strongly against it during the campaign as the party’s view is that “health care is an essential public good”. Faced with potential public outrage, Khaw held back on its implementation. Having secured "the mandate of the people" for another term of office, the government quietly reintroduced it two years later, after the excitement of the polls had died down. This year the cooling off period actually starts before the balloting begins.
This year we are told there is no need to vote strongly for opposition parties because they were assured of NCMP seats - at least 9 non-PAP members (whether non-constituency — NCMP — or fully elected) and 9 nominated members of parliament. What they don't tell us as clearly is that NCMPs have limited voting rights, and therefore their views are easily dismissed by the government. See, the deceit goes on.