The day has come: Sept 11, 2015. Singapore goes to the polls. The ruling party garnered 60.1% in total votes but gained 81/87 seats in 2011. The lowest in election history since 1959.
In a few hours where polling begins, we cast our precious vote, electing 89 members of parliament. The General Elections happens every 4-5 years and it’s an important event where the incumbent government measures the performance in the last term, citizens could use this vote to inform the incumbent of changes must be made.
many issues were brought up in the last 8 days of rallies. many articles were written and I have widely yet discreetly discussed about them with the people I meet.
an inclusive society seems priority. many find it difficult to integrate, with new members flowing into our lands in a short time. GDP grew significantly though it has slowed down since the last elections, the current government seemed to be hearing the pleads of the people.
policies were written, new laws were made. how will Singaporeans respond to the new changes? our nation celebrated SG50 this year. the Pioneer Generation were recognized in the past 2 years. our founding father LKY left us in March. he built the foundation of this land, and we have so much more potential as a country.
healthcare remains a growing problem. the over demand of proper healthcare, many were screaming of the long waiting hours even with the latest technology. measures were taken: high subsides for citizens and the elderly and children, more schemes were pushed out like Medishield Life to be launched in Nov 2015 are some actions taken by the government.
the daily life as a public transport commuter has been largely spent trapped in subways, or bus stops for the complimentary buses when the railway broke down. we have a first class transport system, but more precautions need to be taken. many have suggested for a government owned transport system instead of private companies.
the rise of an opposition party in a GRC in 2011 opened the eyes of many. not many knew about Town Councils and how they are run, many audits were done to ensure nothing goes wrong.
Singapore has been a safe, secure and lovely country for many of us. how far we will go as a nation remains to be seen. I for one, would love to see SG100, tell the tales of how LKY left us in 2015, how he made these swamps into a clean, metropolitan city.
the 2.4 million of us will be casting our votes in a few hours. this will be the first time all seats will be contested. it would be interesting to see how Singapore votes. not too sure about you, but I will be glued to my gadgets for the latest updates.
as our pledge goes “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.”
this post was typed entirely on the iPhone 6. changes to any typos and bad English is greatly appreciated.