My Thoughts On Singapore GE2015

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The General Elections Singapore 2015 has ended with the People’s Action Party (PAP) win its nation’s vote of 69.9%, up from 60.1% in 2011.

This post is not about how PAP won the elections. This post is just my personal thoughts and observations of this election. This post is not about Singapore politics.

Firstly, there were two candidates that I took notice.

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The first was Dr. Chee Soon Juan from the Singapore Democractic Party (SDP). I remembered him vividly (I was never keen on politics) about his lawsuit with the Prime Ministers and this time round, I had a better understanding of who he is through a video shared on Youtube titled “Behind The Man” about his family and his life. I must say I was impressed with the way they brought up their children as they shared good values that I wish for my children to have. You can check his video here.

I believe the video touched many hearts in Singapore, for it did touch mine. For once, I paid attention to this gentleman and I started reading more about him, learning more about him and wanted to find out how he can help Singapore. I also know that his support this time round has increased so much, and his public image is so different, as compared to his past.

However, when there was a second video that features his children sending their well wishes for their beloved dad Dr. Chee Soon Juan, I began to feel that the videos are made and designed to win voters’ hearts (my personal opinion) and I felt it a little too much for them to bring the children in at this point. To me, the message was more like “well-crafted” now.

I made my choice.

Next, it was a little lady named Tin Pei Ling, from the People’s Action Party (PAP).

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Again, I emphasise that I am never someone that follows politics closely. But I know from Facebook that years ago, Miss Tin was the least popular MP and there were many people who mocked at her for various reasons like immature and inexperienced. There was even a Facebook group (Petition to Remove Tin Pei Ling as a MP) created. Fast forward to GE2015 and the posts I see about her is totally different. People have not only accepted her, Miss Tin has grown to be a widely accepted candidate for the MAcPherson Constituency. I see people posting on Facebook wishing her all the best in this election.

Now why do I share this? And what have I learned from these two people?

I learned about passion, dedication and perseverance. Both of them demonstrated passion in what they do, and they persevered against obstacles regardless of how big they are, and how difficult they can be. Today, Miss Tin has earn ed herself a little success through her perseverance. As for Dr. Chee, I believe he may one day win his peoples’ hearts too, if he keeps his passion, reasons and ways right.

Again, I emphasise that this post is not political in nature. It is just my personal thoughts and opinions.


 

The next thing I noticed was the difference between pre-election rallies and the actual polling results. We can see the huge turn out in many opposition party rallies and many expected the results to be in their favour this time round. However, the final results ‘surprised’ many people. So what did these people do?

They do what Singaporeans do best. They complain.

I see Facebook posts of people complaining asking others not to complain if prices go up further, if more foreigners come into Singapore and more.

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I see many people ‘surprised’ at the results and moan in disbelief.

I see… Well, I see people in my business actually.

The thing is in my business as a networking marketing profession, I often meet people who are not exactly very happy with their work. I meet people who are not happy with their bosses, with their partners, with their colleagues. I see people who thinks they are overworked and underpaid. I also see people who complains they have no time for their family due to their heavy workload. So what do I do? I offer them an opportunity for change. I offer them a chance to start afresh. I offer them a chance to ‘get out’ of their situation and to work on something that may give them the outcome they want. I offer them a chance to change.

And what does majority of these people do? They go back to their notebooks, they go back to their offices.

“It’s too risky. I don’t have my basic salary.”

“What if I fail?”

“What if my friends laugh at me and leave me?”

These are just some of the questions they ask and then they say, “I think I better continue to do what I am good at.”

One month later, they complain about things around them again.

I see the same thing in this election. People complaining, getting excited about promises of change, getting geared up for new things that may give them a better life. Getting hopeful… and then at the moment of decision, decide it is better to remain status quo.

“It’s better this way.”

“What if it doesn’t turn out the way I expected it to be? What if Singapore becomes worse?”

It’s a cycle. Things will not change unless we decide it’s time for things to change, and we start the change.

To end my post, let me share a quote from the late Zig Ziglar. Complaining won’t change anything. Making the choice to take the chance can.

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Victor Lee is the owner of imVictorLee.com. Passionate in Affiliate Marketing, Personal Development and Training, Victor hopes to equip more people with skills and knowledge not just to make money online, but to have financial and time freedom for the things that matter most.
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Victor Lee

Victor Lee is the owner of imVictorLee.com. Passionate in Affiliate Marketing, Personal Development and Training, Victor hopes to equip more people with skills and knowledge not just to make money online, but to have financial and time freedom for the things that matter most. Click Here if you would like an opportunity to work with Victor.

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