Let the dust settle, Get the ball rolling — Singapore election 2011 thoughts on MM Lee’s & SM Goh’s pending departure. May 14, 2011Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Singapore.
Tags: MM Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore elections 2011, SM Goh Chok Tong, Social media
Was listening to the news;went online to find a similar copy and there it was on Youtiube. With today’s technology, very little time is lapsed to get the latest news despite the huge geographical gap. That’s what I felt what social media has done to the world. It has given an entirely new dimension to different areas of industry and governance. I wouldn’t doubt a cinch that our age old convention in education, health, innovation, et cetra could still remain in its old form. Obviously it will not and it will change.
Barely a week after the General Elections, lots of changes have been happening in lightning speed. First, we have a slew of Singaporeans writing open letters to the PM (Prime Minister) via Facebook. I wonder if that had something to do with the decisions made by SM (senior minister) and MM (minister mentor). The passing on the baton to the young to govern our country appears to be too abrupt and has a strong bearing to the recent watershed election results. With the departure of BG (Brigadier General) George Yeo, this appears to be another setback to the ruling party.Though their resignations are pending and awaiting approval by the PM; I think the signal is there that the previous government style is on its way into a whole new era.
MM Lee Kuan Yew and SM Goh Chok Tong may leave the ruling party as MM and SM respectively pending PM Lee Hsien Loong’s approval, which the PM (Prime Minister) will reply on next Monday. However, I am wondering how would the new climate be like without them, espeially with the retirement of MM Lee ? I was thinking and am thinking. This country has been clinging on to MM Lee for more than half a century. His might and hold of the country is indisputable. Everyone listens to him though there are clearly some grudges behind the scene mainly because of the style of delivery. Regardless, many people still respect what he has to say. As I look upon the current elected ministers, I do not have the same sense of security as yet as they haven’t done anything yet apart from the talk and walk. They seem to be short of the kind of foresight that is needed in policy making. Though not all his ideas are deemed correct, I feel that his relevance in politics is still present. The new govenment style will certainly be more in tune to our generation where people speak out their minds and go forth to realise our dreams. The grip will soon be gone. But I feel that seasoned advise is still relevant and cannot be totally dismissed until we see another formidable leader in place of him.The type that shows no fear, and give no damn to obstacles. Walk tall and set forth in almost flawless execution of policies that is very credible and respected.
A heightened interest in politics has made a lot more Singaporeans going up online into various social media like facebook and especailly on twitter, for political and election updates. People started to take close notice on their various social media tools to catch up of the latest news. This has never been the case in the past when walkovers were generally expected. But since the past few years, a general sentiment has grown, and with the upcoming of younger Singaporeans walking into the opposite camp, it is clear that the tide has come. People are more daring to voice directly about what and how they feel about politicians. The mist and the musk has come to dawn. What they will need, I think, would be to get hold on to the realities of politics and how this tiny dot can continue to prosper into the future; apart from how to solve the damage that is already done. Nevertheless, what they can do now is to regulate the policies in favour to citizens and subsequently replace them with totally new policies.
The national unity is there. The Singapore Spirit is there. We need to be very level headed about what’s needed to get things rolling. Let the dust settle, but get the ball rolling. — Karen Fu
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