Thank you, dear supporters

I have reached the end of campaigning. In minutes, it will be cooling day.

What an experience it has been, a truly humbling experience. I started very simply, walking the streets next to my house with just my election agent Shaun less than 2 months ago. It has now snowballed into over 40 people helping in so many ways even though I have nothing to offer to benefit them in return. Help in so many ways; walking the streets with me, help to fix the posters when the contractor failed to do the job properly, being my assentors, help to upload stuff for my facebook posts, defending me against baseless posts, buying food and drinks and so much more. 

The selfless help my family members, friends, friends of friends, and complete strangers have given me has truly touched my heart. I have walked the entire Joo Chiat SMC at least once, and have gone door-to-door in more than half the condo population. I have visited all the coffeeshops many times over. The energy that I have found is from all of you. Every time I get tired, I see the energy in all of you to want to visit the extra house, to talk to an extra person, to convince an additonal swing voter, I just have to press on. I want to give the best fight I can, because it is for all of you.

I truly believe that this election will signal the start of a new era of politics in Singapore, one in which the people’s voices will be heard, where the ruling party will be forced to play it fair, where the ruling party will have to listen more humbly to you. This change can only come because all of you have come forward to make it happen. I have seen for myself how much the people want a change to happen. I have seen genuine outpouring of support. I have found new faith in Singaporeans, that we will embrace this change no matter how difficult the road may turn out to be.

Thank you. Thank you for supporting me in my political journey. It has been my deepest honour to be your candidate for the Joo Chiat SMC.


37 comments on “Thank you, dear supporters

  1. Dear Jenn Jong, thank you. You and your comrades in the past few weeks have have made me so proud to be Singaporean. I wish you all the very best. Whatever the result of the elections, I hope that you will stay on to be a voice for the voters of Joo Chiat, and I promise that I will do what I can to support you. =)

  2. I am a supporter and a volunteer of your opposing camp becos of ideology and views, and as such i will be voting for them, but I must thank you for your courage to stand out. I thanked your wife before but didn’t get to talk to you much. It takes great courage to stand out, and greater courage to stand out in the opposition. Remember which ever camp we are standing on, we just want the best for Singapore. With the small chat that I had with you, I can sense both you and Charles Chong are decent and humble people that only wants the best for us. Sometimes the same destination, there can be different paths.

    Let us work together after the elections in repairing the increasing polarized society to make a better singapore for all of us, no matter who wins. At the end of the day, please be remind everyone that we are all fellow Singaporeans.

  3. I am impressed by the way you answer the question on how to encourage entrepreneurship in Singapore. You manage to put the issues across succinctly in which no minister in our cabinet is able to do so for that question. I believe your humble and servanthood attitude will be good for the Joo Chiat residents!

  4. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It took a lot of courage to come forward to give Singaporeans a choice. More importantly, through you and all the opposition parties candidates, many Singaporeans have spoken.

    Whatever the outcome, I thank you and every opposition parties candidates for your efforts and sacrifices.

  5. JJ,
    It is also our honour to support you and to do something for the country. You will have many volunteers for your grassroots movement if you win, and if you don’t, we will help you again come 2016!

  6. Hi JJ,
    I know this is a very late comment as I finally found the time to search online and stumbled upon your blog. I would like to say a big thank you for posting up your rally speech such that I am able to read on what has been spoken in your rally. I lost my hearing 4 years ago and am now hearing impaired. Being able to read what you have spoken during the rally brought me joy. Not much people have considered the difficulties we hearing impaired face like keeping up with the daily ongoing so thank you very much!

    I am living near you too and am truly glad that someone has understood the plight regards to lower to middle income people living in private housing. Almost everyone I speak to seems to think because we live in private housing, we all are rich. It is also upsetting because we are in private housing, we get lower healthcare subsidy etc.

    Indeed people like me with long term healthcare issue ( I have a rare illness called NF2) and aging mother who is trying to help with my medical cost and hers greatly appreciate what you have said regards to other countries with better health benefits. I hope more is done on this.

    I wished I had a chance to meet you during your walkabout. Will definitely give you my support. All the best for tomorrow! God bless!

  7. Indeed!. Earlier I txt my vote for you.
    I just read your blog. We are just round the bend (TuaKong)
    We look forward to the change and your plans to bear fruit.


  8. Well, I can definately second JJ entrepreneurship spirit and humble background.

    I used to be a small little fresh grad freshie under his previous start-up company (he was CEO then) and he has many countless occasions, goes to his sales consultants aid in dealing with over promise but underdelivered case. He seriously don’t have to do that as a CEO.

    Definately remember those time when he is willing to give us fresh grad rookies chances to undertake tenders. Many companies will not allow freshies to even touch tender level (normally managers duties) but JJ believe in giving freshies a chance to prove themselve if they are willing to learn.

    He is even willing to get us to submit the proposal to him first so that he can point out the mistake for us and suggest ways for improvement. I definately has learnt alot from his personal coaching and it is very difficult to find a CEO today willing to dirty one hands, believe in giving opportunites to fresh grad (at company risk) and spending time to coach fresh grad at CEO capacity.

    So I guess Joo Chiat residents have to try with your vote to taste the sweetness 🙂

    To be fair, I have not decide who to vote yet as I don’t stay in Joo Chiat… but credit have to be given to the person if one have benefited from it previously 🙂


    by Richard Seah on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 9:05pm

    This sharing is dedicated especially to younger Singaporeans who may not be aware of some events in Singapore’s more distant political past. And to older Singaporeans who, like me, never made much previous effort to find out.

    Some people are concerned about whether their vote will be secret. I am not. I want as many people to know that, on May 7, I will be voting for an Alternative Party – the Reform Party in my Ang Mo Kio GRC. I will be voting against the PAP, as I had done so in past elections. Here are my reasons why.

    The past five years have given Singaporeans plenty reasons to be disillusioned with the PAP – the astronomical salaries of its ministers, their incompetence and blunders, their refusal to take responsibility for those blunders, their arrogance and disconnect with ordinary citizens, and so on… along with rising costs of living, rising HDB prices, high medical costs, the influx of foreigners, over-crowded public transport and other issues of daily living.

    I, too, identify with these issues. But my primary reason for voting against PAP goes deeper. I articulated it recently during a whatsapp (similar to sms) chat with one of my younger friends, who is about 25 years younger than me. It began quite innocently…

    “I dun care about the elections, hahaha,” my young friend messaged. We had, as usual, been joking and engaging in casual chat. I decided to get serious.

    “You dun care because you dun have friends who were imprisoned without trial for doing social work and helping the poor,” I replied. “You dun have friends who cannot come home to Singapore, you dun have friends who were made bankrupt and had their lives destroyed by the PAP government.”

    “Wah! So serious arh?” my young friend replied. She then went on to say… “But if you vote opposition you won’t get upgrading… Ya I know the PAP is unfair… But I am the logic (pragmatic) type.”

    Haiz! I gave up and resumed the nonsense talk. But my heart won’t give up. I have to speak out what I feel deep inside.

    Let me share a story… I will never forget one night, around 1990 or 1991, when my doorbell rang, I opened the door and I saw a small, timid-looking man with a sheepish smile. “I am Vincent Cheng,” he announced.

    Whoa! I had been ‘forewarned’ – by a Catholic nun – that she would introduce someone to me. But she never said who it would be and I never expected that it would be Vincent Cheng, the man whom the PAP government had arrested in May 1987, accused of being “the chief Marxist conspirator” and imprisoned without trial for three years.

    Vincent had sought me out because I was teaching natural health and he was interested in the subject, as he had taught himself reflexology while under detention. There were no political motives for his visit.

    I was well aware of his background. I worked as a journalist with the Business Times from 1980 till 1989 and had written several articles related to his arrest, along with that of his other alleged “conspirators”, including Father Edgar D’Souza, a Catholic priest whom I knew (and who has since migrated to Australia and left the priesthood).

    From the onset, I never believed the story that they were out to topple the government via a Marxist revolution. As far as I was concerned, they were do-gooders working through the church to help the poor and the exploited. As I got to know Vincent better, I became fully convinced that he was not the evil conspirator that the government made him out to be. Nor were Teo Soh Lung and the rest of the “gang”, 22 of them altogether.

    As the years went by, I began to see more and more cases of people either made bankrupt, forced to flee the country or otherwise portrayed as crooks and liars simply because they opposed the PAP. The late J B Jeyaretnam, Tang Liang Hong, Francis Seow… all had their characters assassinated.

    (Speaking of Jeyaretnam, I will never forget the night he won the Anson by-elections in 1981. When it was time for the news, I ran to my car and turned on the radio. The first headline story was about some development in the Middle East. Oh, he did not win, I thought. Then the news came, as the second story. So you see, the unique bias of the Singapore media is old news. And Jeyaretnam’s win led to the introduction of the GRC system, yet another reason why I am against the PAP.)

    Even former comrades, raised to the highest office of the presidency, were not spared. The late President Devan Nair was painted as someone who hopelessly misbehaved. The much beloved late President Ong Teng Cheong, who tried to perform his duties as a President instead of just being a ceremonial rubber stamp, was denied a state funeral while the late wife of Lee Kuan Yew, not even a public servant but just the wife, received one of the grandest send-offs that Singapore has seen.

    More recently, from the 2006 General Election, the ferocious attack on then Workers’ Party candidate James Gomez remains fresh in the mind, with the PAP pulling back only when it realized its attacks might have back-fired.

    Still, I tended to believe the PAP. For a long time, I believed the PAP’s portrayal of Singapore Democratic Party leader Chee Soon Juan as a disruptive force, possibly even a nut case. But the Internet changed all that. Through forum posts and forwarded emails, I began to hear good things said about Chee Soon Juan, by respected members of society that included Singapore’s “father of counseling” the late Anthony Yeo. Then YouTube came along and I saw and heard Chee Soon Juan speak. I realized he is not that bad a person after all. Good, in fact.

    The SDP was driven almost to the ground by the PAP and, for some years, looked like it was left with Dr Chee, his sister and a handful of loyalists. Its ability to attract some top talents in the 2011 General Election, including Tan Jee Say, former Principal Private Secretary to Goh Chok Tong when he was Deputy Prime Minister, only goes to show that Dr Chee is, indeed, a man of substance.

    Or course, I could have acquainted myself better with Dr Chee through his books. Me penning this article might make it seem that I am one who takes a strong interest in politics, the sort who would read political books like The Fajar Generation. No. All I know of that book is its title and that it is about a group of political activists. As I said earlier, I never made much effort to find out.

    And so I never found out about earlier PAP opponents, like Chia Thye Poh, who probably holds the world record for being the longest serving political prisoner, locked away without trial for 23 years before being “freed” to live a hermit’s life on Sentosa for another nine years. Till today I don’t know much about him. But I no longer view him to be the dangerous communist that, for decades, I was made to believe he was.

    The Internet did introduce me, however, to Dr Lim Hock Siew, Singapore’s second longest serving political prisoner after Chia, imprisoned for 19 years from 1963 to 1982. That happened only last year. First, I read an article about him – at The Online Citizen – and then I watched a banned video of him speaking at the book launch of The Fajar Generaion.

    Like Vincent Cheng, he, too, turned out to be a mild and gentle man. And greatly intelligent too. Nah. Dr Lim was no terrorist. He merely disagreed with Lee Kuan Yew and the PAP.

    How many Vincent Chengs and Dr Lims are there in Singapore’s political history? Tens? A couple of hundred? Never mind the actual number. One is already too many.

    Every life is sacred. Every person has a sacred right, not just to breathe and have a heartbeat, but also to lead a normal, regular life without unjustified persecution, harassment and victimisation. When politicians and political parties destroy the lives of innocent people in order to preserve their own power, that, to me, is evil. Or, to use a milder term, let’s just say it is immoral.

    This is my bottom line: The PAP has no morals and no moral authority to govern Singapore. Because it does not uphold the life and freedom of individuals. Its stubborn refusal to drop the death penalty – including mandatory death penalty for drug traffickers, giving judges no room to consider specific circumstances of a case – only reinforces this lack of respect for life.

    The PAP comes across as a party that looks more to numbers and statistics such as GDP growth and it will sacrifice lives and livelihoods in order to achieve those numbers. It runs Singapore as a corporation, a ruthless one at that. More evidence of this comes from the recent public tears of retired Minister Lim Boon Heng over the casino issue and his subsequent affirmation that casinos did benefit the economy. Sure, the PAP acknowledges that promotion of gambling could lead to the downfall of individuals and the breakup of families. But it’s okay. The GDP will benefit.

    Its pegging of its Ministers’ salaries to the GDP – whilst at the same time arguing till the cows come home just to increase public assistance to the poorest of the poor by $30 a month – only makes the PAP all the more immoral.


    Richard Seah

    * Richard Seah was an ex-SPH journalist

    • We need to return the power to the people of Singapore to choose their destiny and that of their children… Yes, i voted for the alternative voice in my area!

    • Can you please enlighten me and my friends where does GRC sysytem originated from ? thank you.
      Europe ? or PAP own creation ?

      • From my knowledge, I am not aware of such a system. Uniquely Singapore. It is also not right that boundaries are declared just a couple of months before each General Election and it is up to the Boundary Committee to decide which is a GRC, how many in it, etc. It should be more transparent so all parties can work the ground earlier.

  10. There is a tide in the affairs of man which taken at the head leads on to fortune. The time is NOW.The time is HERE. HIT pap where it hurts. At least give them a bloody nose to wake them up

  11. hope u can elected!
    my whole family of 4 will vote for u

    we stay in JC SMC
    elected or not
    i hope to be able to help and volun in yr future works
    for JC or WP

    Cheers and Good LUCK!

    • Thanks Elizabeth. Even though I am not your MP, I will find ways to make the alternative voice heard, whether through parliament, through my community work or through my writings.

  12. just swing in 200 votes from PAP!
    So close! next time!

    do a good job as NCMP!
    then ppl in JC will vote for u in the next GE!

  13. You did an AWESOME job! Thank you so much!
    I look forward to seeing you take your place right up there with the new MPs of Aljunied!

    X marks the spot and in you and the Workers Party – we’ve found the gold!
    Thank you for giving it your all!

  14. Hi, sadly it was not enough. However, I’m sure you can outshine CC as an NCMP and as a member of his ward and work towards the next election. I hope to see your work through your NCMP post, especially in the area of public speaking. I think you can capture more votes if you can articulate yourself much better. Also, hopefully I’ll see you walking around this SMC and fight to ensure that this SMC does not get absorbed into a GRC next election. I’m sure WP can support you through till the next election seeing that this was a VERY close shave and that WP has a GRC now. So, hope to vote for you again next election.

  15. Mr Yee Jenn Jong, thank you for your efforts to serve Joo Chiat SMC. I sincerely hope we’ll see you in parliament still, albeit as an NCMP. See you along the streets of Siglap sir! Killiney kopitiam ai mai?

  16. Mr Yee,

    You shouldn’t have lost. I am very certain some didn’t vote for you out of fear, and the result could’ve been very different if they weren’t afraid. I am proud to have played my part in helping you. Do hope you’ll take up that NCMP seat and continue to serve Joo Chiat.

    The people of Joo Chiat SMC are proud of you. Bravo.

  17. Mr Yee,
    Not sure whether you can recall in your recent campaign walkabout, my girl was so excited to meet you and show you her support with her toy hammer.

    We are sad that you have lost by a small margin, however we are confident that you will win in the next GE. You have done extremely well to make Workers Party and opposition supporters proud.

    I hope you will accept the NCMP post that is offered as it will develop you further and make people notice you even more. Sylvia Lim is an example, I am very impressed with her performance in the parliament as a NCMP and she is now a NMP.

    We wish you all the best.

  18. While representing JJ at a polling station for 4 hours I saw a significant number of elderly citizens with not a small number being wheeled in and I know JJ will and can be their voice. I cried when he lost by a narrow margin but I am proud to have cast that one vote for WP at Aljunied. JJ be encouraged and walk tall in Joo Chiat.!

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