It isn’t the first day that I am concerned with matters of the nation. Unlike the bulk of my peers, I thought it is interesting and important to think through policies and participate in the exchange of ideas. This is because politics is going to affect our daily lives. COE, ERP, HDB and the likes are the results of policies. It is also interesting that there are many smart people around with different ideas to improve existing systems.
But I just found it very frustrating. Sometimes I feel sad for Singapore. It is like we have a bunch of not very smart people who just like to band together as an anti-government force. The things that they say or do seem to be so extreme that it is hard to digest. There are a couple of sites there with alternating viewpoints. One of it is The Temasek Review, which is the source of my frustration. The other is The Online Citizen, which is a good site to read compared to The Temasek Review.
I find it laughable and pathetic when all some people do is band together to give shows of support. The things they say lack in content and substance, and are uttered by everyone before them. Grassroots leader found taking upskirt photos? PAP’s fault. Demand why PAP people thought he was a good leader before they found out about his crimes. The way they assign blame is absurd. How do you see if a person is a pervert before you catch him? Are they born with a certain look? Or pervert written on his face?
Next, NIE teacher found to have sex with 12 year old student. Clamour for education minister to step down. HUH? How is he personally accountable for ill-hires? You do not fire a CEO if the accounting assistant is found guilty of being a paedophile? And people then demand to know why such people are hired. The question remains, how would we know? The situation is already drastic. Most people do not want to become a teacher. The hours are long, you have to be assigned to a CCA, parents can scold you and you cannot touch the kids to punish them. And if you tighten the way they hire people, not only are you unable to guarantee no sex pervert will pass through, you’ll lose many potentially good teachers.
And the best thing is that the site that claims to be an unbiased source of news, and points it’s fingers to The Straits Times for being biased towards PAP, is itself biased. Claiming on Facebook it is time to focus attention on the most promising party and encourage voters to vote for it? Isn’t it becoming exactly like what it says of The Straits Times?
Who gave the website the moral authority to decide who to focus on anyway. I pointed out that this has high potential for abuse, but instead of realizing what a huge problem it is, people choose to say stupid things. My logic is warped? See the things I wrote in the past paragraphs and you’ll realize most Singaporeans have lousier logic than me.
The best thing is to say I’m a PAP troll. Classic move. It happens all the time. Someone is against you? Must be from the PAP. In my defence, I never saw a more warp-er logic, if such a word exists.
Which is why I think it is scary to remain in Singapore if such people go into power. With fingers pointing, they claim the ruling party lost touch with the population, yet they censure alternate ideas and brandish people as PAP if they have a different opinion as them. These self righteous people have become the very devil they seek to eradicate, right before they even had power. I shudder to think what will happen if people like them ever take over.
Hence if I were to recommend a website to read if anyone is interested in national issues, it would be The Online Citizen. For one, they censor articles and comments that do not contribute to any discussion about the topic, hence everything is done nicely and ideas are encouraged. Furthermore they did a very interesting thing. They gathered members of the different parties to come together and face the public in a Q&A session.
What made me more impressed was the quality of the article submissions. People are able to point out that the forum did not produce anything new. He noted something which I too noted. That the forum ended up being a place where people make cynical remarks about the PAP and then all the supporters clapping. It did nothing to improve the idea exchange or the creation of better policies. Exactly the same as The Temasek Review. A lot of noise but no content.