My maiden political speech at a rally on First World Parliament theme.
(greetings in Mandarin)
On 18 April, SM Goh Chok Tong urged Singaporeans to examine the motivations of opposition candidates. I think this is a good idea, I think all Singaporeans should examine the motivations behind all their candidates, not just the opposition ones.
Seriously, what answers was the Senior Minister expecting?
That my colleagues and I are here because
- There is a pot of gold waiting for us?
- Will we get a better job or more business by being in opposition?
- We can get into Parliament on the backs of other established ministers?
Instead SM Goh actually knows very well that there are so many obstacles of being in opposition:
- A common reaction by residents after I introduce myself as having taught computer science at NUS, am an entrepreneur and has served on a number of government committees: “WHY? Am I not afraid?”
- This is SINGAPORE and the road in politics in Singapore is especially long – just think 2 elected opposition out of 84 after how many years.
We are the underdogs in this election. So when your PAP candidates come to visit you, you should all ask them what is their motivation for joining politics.
I joined opposition because like all of us, the candidates sitting here, I believe we cannot have only 1 dominant voice in Parliament.. There must be a choice for the people. There should be alternative ideas and your voices need to be heard! Like Mr Low has said, we need to make ourselves into the co-driver of the Singapore car so that if PAP government doesn’t drive properly, we can guide them, talk to them and even wake them up if they are sleeping!
This is the election where The Workers’ Party will get its driving license. Vote The Workers’ Party, toward a first world parliament!
My colleagues and I have come to the Workers’ Party willingly. We believe passionately in our country and in our mission. We doing so on our own free will. We love our country, we love Singapore.
2 weeks ago, Dr Yacoob Ibrahim said “Don’t play with your votes. This is the only country we have. There’s no margin for error.” He is trying to frighten you. The PAP likes to say that that the opposition will come in and make a lot of errors. But over the last 5 years, I wonder who is making the errors?
- Who allowed so many foreigners in without building enough houses for them or making sure our transport system is good enough?
- Who couldn’t handle the flood and then said it’s once in 50 years? And then it flooded again soon afterwards.
- Who miscalculated the YOG budget?
- Who let a crippled terrorist escape?
Well, it seems like people make mistakes, including the PAP, no matter how much salaries you pay the ministers.
Yes, we should all listen to Dr Yacoob Ibrahim. Don’t play with your vote.
Vote the Workers’ Party. Vote for a first world parliament where there can be a checks and balance system in your Parliament so fewer mistakes like these will keep happening.
Next, the PAP also tries to frighten you by telling you that it would be really damaging for Singapore if we have a freak results if all of you vote opposition.
Let me ask you another question . Are you afraid we could have another kind of freak result, that come 7 May, we may have no opposition in parliament? Then you have no elected member of parliament to speak up for you!
The Workers’ Party has taken the step to come out and contest hard to win at least one GRC to move Singapore towards a first world parliament.
The PAP had a strong mandate in 2006 and GST was raised from 5% to 7% soon afterwards. If you have no more elected voice in parliament, you better be frightened, be very, very frightened. They can do anything they want again. Do you want that to happen?
-Fellow Singaporean, your vote is secret. Your vote is your right. You have a right to vote who you want. We will show them we are not frightened to vote for who you believe in.
The PAP is afraid . They are afraid of losing their grip on absolute power. They tell you they are the only smart people who can run this country. They try to frighten you that investors will run away from Singapore if you vote more opposition into parliament.
But I say to you, Stand up Singapore! Stand up for the Workers Party! Majulah Singapore! You don’t have to be frightened.
As and an entrepreneur and a businessman for the last 11 year, I know monopoly is bad. It is bad for you the consumers. Remember those days when your telephone bills were very high because there was only Singapore Telecoms? Then we had competition and your handphone costs and bills came down. Competition forces the companies to become more innovative. If you have a monopoly, the company can charge a very high price and afford to be complacent. The managers in that company can afford to pay themselves a big fat salary and they don’t have to be innovative because you just have to buy from them.
The government also knows monopoly in business is bad. That’s why they passed a competition or anti-trust law to prevent monopolies from taking place. Yet when it comes to politics, they conveniently ignore this. They say they want to have monopoly of the parliament. So it is up to you, dear voters, to make sure that we will never have this monopoly in parliament again. We want to have a proper and responsible debate, alternative views and checks and balances.
I like to end with a quote from a famous person, President Barrack Obama of the USA. He said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
The General Elections come once every 5 years. At the last elections, we had very strong support just like tonight. But when the ballots were counted, it was 82-2.
Think carefully – can you live with whatever decision you are making for the next 5 years? This election, we have a good slate of candidates for you. The press and everyone agree that this is the best opposition fielded since independence. This is a golden opportunity for you. The time for change is now. It’s time to move towards a first world parliament. Vote The Workers’ Party!