The heat is on here in Singapore as it's election time. Last April 27, 2011 politicians have filed their candidacy and opposition has contested in various parts of Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and Single Member Constituency (SMC). Some GRC's has a three-cornered fight while others have a head-to-head battle.
People's Action Party (PAP) lead by the founding-father of Singapore, Lee Kwan Yew,also father of the incumbent Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong being the ruling party has the most candidates. But the ruling party faces a lot of criticism among the Singaporeans. Locals are not happy with the present government for various reasons amongst of them are the rising cost of living, affordability of the housing, high salaries of the ministers and the rising influx of the foreigners which Singaporeans views as a big competitor when it comes to employment, housing affordability, and many others. Singaporeans feel threatened having the foreigners around (and sad to say I'm one of those foreigners). This turns-out to be one of the debate and issues for this year’s election and gives the opposition a chance to contest and push forward.
But for me, the government has done a lot of things for their locals. Moving from a third world country to first world was indeed a great achievement. They have alleviated the living condition of their citizens. Provides comfortable living, housing, transportation and education system. But having said that I can still hear locals who have expressed disappointments in their government. Maybe because I only see the facade or the surface of their political situation. But whatever the outcome of this election maybe it will surely impacted all of us here in Singapore, citizens, permanent residents, investors, foreign-workers and maybe tourist.
Come May 7, 2011 Singaporeans will cast their votes. I together with the other people (who doesn’t have the right to choose but has a high interest on this election) will be monitoring the result of this election. Whoever Singaporeans will vote for I hope and wish that they choose the “best" for all.
Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.
~ Jean Luc Picard ~