The People’s Action Party has sent an election flier to my doorstep. Finally. The Opposition had sent out their fliers a long time ago. It’s almost like the PAP is trying to make up for its tardiness with photos, multiple languages, photos, glossy paper, photos, promises, and more photos. It’s closer to a booklet than a flier, really.
If the booklet is any indication, Palmer’s election platform is a variation of the PAP’s favourite combination:
1, Point out history of social programs and upgrading projects
2. State upcoming projects and promise to carry them out if elected
3. Ask voters to question the Opposition
4. Ignore concerns people have with the government
I am singularly unimpressed.
On the first and second points, I am unconvinced. The government’s job is to serve all people, not just those who voted for them. The real point here is that if the opposition wins, support and funding for those projects and programs would mysteriously dry up, and promised programs would be cancelled. This is akin to holding a hammer over a man’s foot and threatening to drop it if he doesn’t vote. I will not be coerced into voting for the PAP, and my vote cannot be bought with upgrading projects and programmes alone.
The third point is understandable, somewhat. Until yesterday, I didn’t know the name of the Workers’ Party candidate (it’s Lee Li Lian), and the SDA’s election platform is sketchy at best. There isn’t much for Palmer to address here, and anyway the point of an election flier is to brag about yourself. Attacking the other guy can wait for a different medium.
I’m most concerned about the last point. Current government policy brought us to where we are today: a nation straddled with rising costs of living, elderly men and women forced to work as cleaners in the twilight of their lives, censorship in arts and media, disequality for non-straight people, immigration-related concerns over job security and education and housing, and lack of government accountability. The flier failed to address these points. If Palmer had any views on them, they’re not in the flier. Not even a promise to talk about these issues. Even the SDA did better, just by pointing out the concerns that people have with new immigrants. The PAP seems to be whitewashing this altogether in Punggol East.
Nice try, Palmer. But if you want my vote, please try harder.
Side note: I will be working with The Online Citizen to cover the General Elections. Tonight, I will be going to cover the National Solidarity Party, but my permanent assignment is the Singapore People’s Party. I hope to tweet about things as soon as I get access to an Internet connection. My fingers are crossed. Stay tuned…