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GE2015 Singapore – 8 ways How To Vote Wisely….

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Today is my birthday. It is also one day before our big day… Singapore’s General Election GE2015. It is my wish that when we all visit the polling station tomorrow, Singaporeans vote wisely and remember it will determine the road we want for Singapore in our next journey towards the next 10, 25,and 50 years.

Read these before you head to the polling station for GE2015 Singapore vote:

  1. Do your research and due diligence and listen to voice of reasons with compassion.
  2. Which party can be trusted and who are the candidates who have both the will and skill to do the best job?
  3. What are their track records & their past report cards in leading, managing, and serving your constituency and our beloved Singapore?
  4. Whoever you vote must have the Character and the Competency to solve or at least look into the complex problems facing Singapore and how we can respond to the global challenges.
  5. How are they going to work collectively in partnership with us to understand and engage us in the policy making process.
  6. They must have the compelling vision enough to help us to grow economically and continue to build Singapore into a unique and special place.
  7. We must vote as if you are buying a house of your Dreams & vote with clarity plus conviction. Together, for the next 5, 10, 25, and 50 years we still can call Singapore our…Home sweet Home.

    Remember, One vote can make a BIG different. So let us vote wisely.

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What If… There If A Freak Election Result for Singapore GE2015?

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I am writing as a very concerned 62 year old citizen who loves Singapore very much.

As I attended the election rallies, I can’t help but asked myself what will MM Lee feel and how will he view this historical SG 2015 election? Despite no apparent cracks in Singapore’s dominant ruling party, many have asked “Will the PAP last?” PAP’s continual success was something MM Lee refused to take for granted.

MM Lee does not care whether the PAP exists in perpetuity, saying “What is important is that Singapore perpetuates itself.” His party had clawed its way up from a very tense and emotionally charged rowdy opposition, succeeding against Colonialism and Communism in his time.

Yet even in 1955, MM Lee said: “Singapore must be aware of the dangers looking ahead in an age of great changes and uncertainty. We take our future for granted only at our own peril, we have survived because we are practical and realistic people.” This words of wisdom still hold true even now.

In this year’s Singapore GE2015 election, let us ask ourselves a possible and real question: What ifthere is a freak Election result?   

  • Are we ready to have a disparage and disunited opposition parties who can paralyze the Parliament which will be dragged down with the quarrels & constant debates over short term & petty issues, to score political points against one another? Is this the government we want?
  • Do we really have authentic opposition parties who can come up with sustainable and  balanced alternatives to solve our complex internal and external problems?
  • What will be the massive reactions from the international market? Foreign investors will not take the risk and foreign funds will take flight out of Singapore. As we have observed the last few months, political unrest have caused the ringgit to free-fall.
  • What will happen if unwise labour policies gain traction and is implemented? It could   cause perverse impact both short-long term effect to the PMET and retrenchment, especially to youth unemployment, that we can see in many countries around the world.

The country of Greece, where the Democracy originated, once had everything but today, Greece have not much, in fact…nothing. Today, Singapore has almost everything. What if, one day, by default of a bad government, we are also reduced to nothing?

Always remember:We shall be governed no better than we deserve.”

Silence is therefore not golden in this case. We cannot be the silence majority. We must speak up because our vote is very serious and important.

To borrow MM Lee’s illustration again, he said: “This place is like a Chronometer- you drop it, you will break it, it is finished. Singapore is like a very unique timepiece that is tested and against all odds certified to meet the First World’s standards. But we must always guard & treasure this timepiece.” MM Lee also said: “Some countries, you get a second chance, you buy spare parts, you put it back again.” MM Lee said “I am not sure we’ll ever get a second chance.”

We must not be conceited & become “big head”. Like Humpty Dumpty who sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, could not put Humpty Dumpty together again. I pray that Singapore will never experience such fate especially with this election.

The General Elections is not a gamble; it is not game of cards. We cannot play dice with our future. This is about our life and our family. Don’t ever leave it to chance and in the first place, it is not a game.

Our country today is at the crossroad.  We have succeeded as one united people to be an exceptional country for 50 years. This GE2015 election will determine how we should start our next journey towards the next 10, 25, and 50 years.

When we vote, don’t look at the Immediate but look at the Ultimate. So that, together, we get to write the chapters of our Next Singapore Story.

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GE2015 – Are you voting for Character or Charisma

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As Singapore’s  GE2015 draws nears, it is crucial to vote wisely to avoid a freak election result. I would like to point out the distinction between Character and Charisma.

You may have noticed it by now, in both their definition and derivation.

  • It doesn’t refer to having power over other people.
  • It doesn’t use force on other people to follow.
  • It doesn’t try to please people at all costs.

Character is not what you have but who you are.

  • You could be with the powerful and rich, or the weak and poor.

In every situation, the consistency of your character is very important. In time of testing or trial, Charisma does not do you any good at all.

  • Charisma flourishes when everything suits them well.
  • Charisma shines bright during sunny weather.
  • Charisma requires the presence of their followers. But Character is all about you, especially when you are alone.

How do character and charisma play out in the real world especially when we are voting for our leaders?

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Here are four scenarios that can easily occur:

  1. Charismatic leaders can make people believe that there is a pie in the sky or that the sky is going to fall tomorrow. They can trick or terrify many until the overblown scenario is proven false. But a leader with CHARACTER doesn’t need to be anyone’s Pied Piper. Instead, they look within for the real source of inspiration.
  1. Charismatic leaders can “hype up” devoted and fanatical followers. Personalities like these often resist delegating authority. A leader with CHARACTER refrains from trying to be indispensable.
  1. Charismatic leaders have to constantly pull out “rabbits” out of their hats to make sure their followers are not getting bored. But a leader with CHARACTER is a person of stamina and honesty.
  1. Charismatic leader don’t necessarily lead from the front but say “I’m behind you” – but when problems arise, true enough, they are far behind. A leader with character may not be colourful, but they are what you see is what you get. They make it clear they should stand for the truth even though it hurts.

Come let’s vote for our future leaders & MPs who seek to be honourable than crave to be honoured”

Remember when we vote, we are voting for good future leaders that guide and not bad leaders that misguide the next 5 years and beyond. Together we will write our Next Singapore Story. This is our moment in history, let’s vote wisely.

Happy Birthday Singapore

Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

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The celebration has begun, and how we wish only if MM Lee can be here. We will always remember you MM Lee.

Our memories can either bless or burn us. Yes, we had a blessed 50 years and we must press forward to a better Singapore otherwise our memories can burn us, should we drop into a drastic decline.

We pray that Singaporeans can play our part to preserve the Values that have served us a good guide and be a moral compass in our future unchartered journey.

More “discordant views” may arise in the passing of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. We must let the Voices be heard, discuss and let the Singapore Conversation be continued and be done with civil discourse. Such new Voices – we should live with it, manage it and with growing maturity, learn to accommodate it.

In almost every generation, they say, “There will not be another generation like us,” but I strongly disagree, even though I am part of the old. I believe the Millennial Generation will bring new energy and excitement to a better and brighter Singapore.

May the next 50 years be gracious and glorious that will again shock many naysayers who once thought Singapore can’t make it, but we did, and we going to do it again and again until our next SG100. This is our Next Singapore Story to be written by Singaporeans, especially the Millennial Generation.

We must always remember the lessons the past generation had taught us. That is, to be Humble, Hardworking, Honest, stay Hungry and live in Harmony. When these Values converge, it will give us the Singaporean Character that will anchor us in bad times of global uncertainty to develop our strong Singapore Identity. With that, we can stand on new Heights and have a new Vision of our next growth with true confidence.

Happy 50th Birthday Singapore. As Singaporeans, let’s treasure this special Golden Jubilee!!