I know very well that Singapore is not all it seems to be. I’ve lived here all my life, and I can see what is presented to the world is not what we really are.
Democracy and freedom is something we sacrificed in Singapore’s formation years in the name of progress. In order to grow as a nation, the people let go of these two ideals and chose to follow whatever the government says.
GRC is an unfair system, there’s no denying of that. In fact I feel that it’s a ridiculous system together with the fact that you have to put money down to run in the elections. I did not write down these opinions in the previous post as that post was meant to be informative and not argumentative.
I believe that you need to understand something well before you can argue against it, the better you understand it, the more you can fault it. Plus, a basic knowledge of the subject you are arguing about is the basic requirement that one needs before they can argue. Take it that I was laying down the framework for further debate with that post.
Back to GRC, let’s talk about the money part later and talk about having 5 candidates run together. That is unfair in itself. Singapore is small, so we only have this many people who are talented enough to run our country. What’s the chance of getting 5 talented people to meet and decide to contest in the elections? Plus, our non-ruling parties are small to start with, it’s not saying that they are not smart and talented, but how many really shines? It’s hard enough to contest for 1 seat, now it’s 5 we’re talking about.
Together with the plights of the current outspoken politicians, how many are willing to join the non-ruling parties?
Ok, the law about political donations. First of all, it must come from a permissible donor, which can be an individual citizen who is at least 21 years old and must show his identification card to prove his identity, the other can be a company which is Singapore controlled and does its business wholly or mainly in Singapore. Of course, all the names would have to be recorded down.
When a donor makes small donations amounting to over 10k in a year, the donor needs to submit a declaration form to the Registrar of Political Donations.
If there is any anonymous donation, the political association have to check if they had received a total of 5k of such donations in a year. If they had exceeded 5k, they would have to, quoting directly from the political donations handbook “The political association can return the entire donation to the person who transmitted it (other than the donor) or the financial institution or if that is not possible, surrender to the Registrar of Political Donations as a last resort.”
So what implications does those rules have on political parties?
The lack of funds to run of course. Both the daily expenses of the party, as well as running for election, as Anonymous had kindly pointed out, a deposit of 30k is required before they can even contest in the election.
Other than donations, there are very few means that the parties can use to raise funds. One of the other means would be to publish books but sales will never be really great. So this is a huge barrier for our non-PAP parties to compete in elections.
I can see why such rules are being put in place, I sure don’t want dirty money to start flowing into politics and turn the whole political scene into a monkey show like in somewhere else in the world. But I feel that the 30k deposit is unreasonable. What’s the rationale behind that? Can someone enlighten me?
Why do a person have to place a deposit before they contest in elections? It’s not as if they’re under investigations and needs bail money to be let free, just in case they run away. It’s like treating election candidates as criminals. That’s ridiculous.
Voting secrecy.. I really don’t care about it. Best if they do know about my opinion of them. It’s ok if my block is at the end of the list for upgrading. Coz to me, upgrading is pretty much a waste of time. After the initial hype of it, people realised that it does not raise the value of their homes anyway. Plus the years and years of inconvenience, dust, noise and having to pay thousands of dollars for something which does not serve its aim (of the residents).
Of course upgrading is good in general for the people, lift to every floor, better lighting and such, but most have increase in home value on their minds when they voted Yes for upgrading. In the end it’s all a waste of time, money and effort.
Another question, what is a by-election?
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