The vulnerable Madam Wongs are those housewives of the baby boomer generation, the golden age when one salary was sufficient to support a household, and pay for the flat. Her husband may have seen his CPF contribution trimmed gradually from 40% over the years, his age of withdrawal continually extended, but his workingman's grouses are alien to her. To her, the government has always been there to provide for her needs. That's why she's so grateful for the free bus ride to the rally and the packaged meal.
|Boy-boy, auntie sure vote for you one|
Is it any wonder politicians are dropping by their households when an election is on? It could well be the rare occasion when these old and lonely folks have any visitors at all. They would not be likely to ask, like the NUS undergraduate, "can I pay less tax, and maybe take one or two years off my NS?" since their ward has always been short changed when it comes to state funds for Interim Upgrading Program (IUP), Main Upgrading Program (MUP) and CIPC (Community Improvement Projects Committee).
It's not too late to pick up dialects. This week is a good time as any to start a conversation with grandma. Plus, Low Thia Khiang's rally speeches are so much more acerbic in the original Teochew.