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Waiting for the final moment (Singapore Presidential Election 2011) August 27, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in Singapore.
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I am still all ears and eyes on the internet, the TV and even the radio like my family members and neighbours here. For the past decades, no presidential election is like this one, which requires recounts to make a final mark. It signals an evolutional change for the country, her people and system of governance. Instantly, the social environment has changed into a far more engaging and patriotic atmosphere that this country is coming to be. Singaporeans everywhere here and abroad are using their social media tools, following up closely to every bit of news at home. It wasn’t this way when I was a child. Not even this much when I was at college. And for this very matter, I feel heart-warmed.

During the process, I have come to witness how the *4 candidates make their stand. Of those, I really put my head up to Mr Tan Jee Say. Honestly, I have always forgotten his name up until the past 2 weeks. He’s got guts and the character to keep it up despite some strong opposition against him in which some areas can be really visible. That prompted me to read more about him, who is coming from a modest background with no big backing from the so-called powerful, apart from the many supporters running against the common grain of the incumbent powerful political party. I salute him for his courage to stand up to what he believes in; though I know he would not stand to win this current election because of 1 main reason: it will be difficult for him to make a collaboration with the running government and that is not good for all of us here. For a country to run smoothly, the president must be in consensus with the government to work as team. He didn’t give that impression. Nonetheless, I am proud of what who he is. He definitely will make his supporters proud despite his lost.

I always liken the fact that the new president to have tact with the pragmatics; and the wisdom to look after all the people in different classes. I have thought through carefully yesterday that I shall pick one who gives his heart and time, effort and soul to his people. I always have this belief that a person, who understands life physically and metaphysically, will do whatever is right for the people and will serve the people. Especially when he has genuinely done the acts of serving the underprivileged class; and personally gave his time, his life and skills directly. This is sure hall mark of a fine president.

All the 4 candidates are strong contenders for the top post. Most of my prediction has come true with one missing puzzle of who is the chosen President. I have expected a tiny margin but I don’t know who will be in. I certainly hope my choice gets in. I am also mentally prepared if my choice doesn’t come in. In any case, work continues in the positive light of value-adding human lives in any form that my modest skills could do. I wish I could do more. In areas that I can’t, I will assist those who can. Thats about the best I can do for now. And I hope more will come in as one people to serve for the betterment of deserving Singaporeans who are good citizens of this country.— Karen Fu


* 4 candidates:

Dr Tony Tan: http://www.tonytan.sg/

Dr Tan Cheng Bock: http://www.tanchengbock.org/

Mr Tan Kin Lian: http://tankinlian.blogspot.com/

Mr Tan Jee Say: http://www.tanjeesay.com/

Sleepless in Singapore – voting in our nation’s progress (Singapore’s Presidential Election 2011) August 26, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Singapore.
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Long time no post…and here I am, back at my own blog doing some thinking as I write.  Have been digging it all through and decided to return to facebook to see the latest developments of the 4 candidates. It’s pretty much a difficult vote tomorrow, and I ask myself how I should vote. The president, or indeed any other political figure, has to instill a strong social-ethical mandate for the people and be a service to all deserving citizens of the country.  We are living in an economic turbulent time when the world’s economy is in an unstable form with all kinds of ethical issues needed to be requestioned. I am not against modern technology. Nor do I oppose commerce and capitalism itself. But I do worry about the way things work. And we appear to be following the negative trends that will lead to an unsustainable life. We have created a lot more waste than we realise and I often think its the shades of grey and the lack of voice for the commoners alike that marks some of these problems.

I had thought this election would be easy. And why not? For the past 46 years of independence, we citizens of this tiny dot had found voting the president a walk-over. Not  until the first elected president was voted in some 18 years ago that we started to see some contest. But the real heat is only on today, when the political environment has changed.Ever since the recent General Election that was done just 3 months ago, the entire political climate has altered. And I think it’s healthy for many more have stood up and question about the way things have been done.  For some, its a call for new grounds. For a few, it can be a pain that is hard to swallow. But I feel it may well be a healthy lesson to be learnt for all. Whatever it is, the coming president will be one that will genuinely start a new era; and I get the feeling that people will more likely to rule over money and cents if I have not mistaken the results from polls, comments and rounds of rallies. Since Friday is a cooling day before polling day, I have been sitting before the internet studying whom to pick. I have easily eliminated 2 without much thought. But the final 2, its a struggle. Which ‘Tan’ should I pick ?

Clearly, many people are flared up with some policies. Many more people are far more aware of what this world is getting to be like — over materialistic & in some cases getting pretty callous on human issues. The world over, for that very matter, appears to suffer from this rising phenomenon. On this tiny dot, where people could be extremely docile, many are beginning to figure out that we need modifications to our existing system to make it better by removing certain flaws — one of which pertains to the existing changing societal trends that may not be good for all. We are one of the safest countries in the world to live in; but we cannot risk the comfort and the peace to pending problems that may arise from complacency. Neither can we ignore the minority of Singapore citizens (or even to a large percentage of the general population), who are marginalised by the pragmatic culture of material advancement without a true sense of understanding how they feel. Everyone has a heart and a mind. Everyone wants to progress and definitely does not like the idea of being left behind or being unheard. It’s just a perfect sense of thought that people would think this way when certain ideas just run over without much consensus from all the peoples in the country. Our basis for peace and prosperity has always been based on equality and tolerance and a respect for cultures and things alike. When this social equilibrium is disturbed by unforseen circumstances, we should have someone of top authority to speak up for us in our light.

The President of Singapore may not be able to execute the exact same powers like that of the President in the United States. Perhaps that should change. Tentatively, this prospective president must have the integrity to go against the tide if necessary, and must understand the different social problems experienced by all people from all walks of life; not merely monetary matters. Money does make the world spin. But money cannot buy everything. At least, we need a soul power to keep the peace, happiness and these will generate prosperity. Our national aim should be to create a unwavering first class, first world nation that everyone anywhere will come to respect and envy. I wouldn’t want a nation to be rich to only some groups of people; & yet laden with latent problems of any kind of unrest or social distaste that stems out from the have’s and have not’s.  Hopefully tomorrow will be an excellent day where a new president will send a signal of positive change where the hearts will fill and the minds refreshed. We need a social mindset change. That kind of  change which will invigorate creativity, innovation that will spur this tiny dot into greater space. And I am sincerely looking forward to that moment of victory.  As I write to this point, I know whom to pencil in my ‘X’ in the polls tomorrow. — Karen Fu