The Roaring Tide Has Come – Singapore Elections 2011 May 5, 2011Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Singapore.
Tags: National Pledge, Singapore elections 2011
The National Pledge :
- ‘We, the citizens of Singapore,
- pledge ourselves as one united people,
- regardless of race, language or religion,
- to build a democratic society
- based on justice and equality
- so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
- progress for our nation.’
Am stunned by this crowd. This is not led by the ruling party as what some people may have thought; but by the Worker’s Party. Note the crowd’s roaring the Singapore national pledge, which is even louder than the national day.
Like many, I’m still staying up to catch the wind of the coming elections through the social media. I get the feeling that we will not see the final outcome until the 8 May 2011.
The 2011 Elections has shown a lot of firsts: from the largest number of contituencies being contested to the number of people actually attending the rallies. And a rare apology from the Prime Minister was an eye opener, especially when it comes in just 3 days before polling day. This is an election unlike the 14 others before. You could see this as a maturity of a very young nation seeking for a change of political culture. A change which Singaporeans, both new and native, want to be part of this huge stake and that’s great leap forward. Much of the action has come off from the physical groung into virtual space, where social media is heavily used. Even the Prime Minister had his first taste of conversing with youngsters on facebook for an hour where there were some 5500+ people online. Opposition parties sprung up to media platforms like facebook and twitter overnight, widening their audience reach online.
A politcially apathetic country has suddently turned alive. For whatever it is, there is a heightened sense of national identity and patriotism that is never seen before. Coming in less than 2 days, Singapore citizens will go to the ballots to cast their votes. I have in mind what the elections would turn out and have a couple of scenarios. The results will show the minds of the people and the future course of governence. Hopefully all will go on well and that promises will not be broken as they have been made during the campaign. It is clear that many people want the best for this country. And certainly, the tide has come for us to learn about the lessons picked during this election, that anyone with the heart and brains can suddenly pop out from somewhere big. And things could swirl in whirl of action. But we must truly learn from them and progress it from here. Then can we call that a ‘Change’– Karen Fu