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30 April 2011

Turning Headcount Into Votes

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The first election rallies kick started on 28 Apr 2011.

What you see above is the Worker's Party's rally held at Hougang. What you see below is the People's Action Party's rally held nearby at Buangkok.




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See the huge difference in turnout? It was the same situation during the last election where opposition rallies are the more popular ones.

It almost seems like it would be a landslide victory for the opposition parties, judging from what we see in the photos.

YET, during the last elections, the opposition parties only garnered 33.40% of the overall popular vote. COMBINED.

Yes, PAP despite the very poor showing at the rallies was still able to be sworn in with 66.60% of the popular vote.

Where did the opposition go wrong? They need to figure out how to turn those headcounts into valid votes. It is very obvious that the hearts of a lot of people are with the opposition, which judging from the rally response, easily surpass 33.40%. So how to turn more of these hearts into valid votes that can be counted?

Going forward, it was obvious that Goh Chok Tong was the more popular PM, comparing with Lee Hsien Loong. The former won the 2001 elections with an increase of over 10% of the popular vote while Lee Hsien Loong's first stint as PM lost almost 9% right away.

The numbers speak for themselves. Many people do not like Lee Hsien Loong very much and if it is any consolation, the opposition momentum will continue to build.

If PAP popular votes dropped to 66.6% in 2006, I believe this time round, the opposition should be able to shave PAP to under 60%.

Yes, PAP will return to power as the ruling party and Lee Hsien Loong gets to keep his job for another term.

I look forward to 2016. That's when the real fun begins.


Image Credit: http://darrensoh.com/elections
- Voxeros

29 April 2011

Dumbass Of The Week XVII


It was a close call deciding between Vivian Balakrishnan for his gutter smear tactics and this totally brainless comment.

Here we have a lass who has the passion to want to do something for the people of Singapore and ended up being labeled irritating, self-righteous and unlikeable.

Well Wendy, here's a label for you in return.

Dumbass.


Image Credit: http://www.twitter.com

- Voxeros

28 April 2011

Smell No Smoke



Once again the media has pitted Tin Pei Ling against Nicole Seah.

Allow me to add one more phrase to the earlier mentioned "No Horse Run".


Smell No Smoke.


One we have a robotic speech executed in a level of Mandarin that would have awed Goh Chok Tong to the floor. Ok fine. So it wasn't a very high bar to begin with.

Then, we have the other stealing the show with a passionate speech that captured the silent attention of the audience.

Were both rehearsed and scripted? Most definitely yes.

But only one put in the effort to execute it nicely.

Can you guess which one?


p.s. As much as you can see how the crowd is responding to the NSP in contrast to the PAP, my greatest fear is perhaps that they do not translate to valid and effective votes.

Even when I am not a voter in the Marine Parade GRC, I would be just as gutted if we do not get such talented potential in Parliament representing and serving the people.


- Voxeros

27 April 2011

Sian XMM Episode XXI


Long time never sian xmm liao and so decided to seize this opportunity and played a "Jacques Cousteau" on queenofejungle.

LOL.

- Voxeros

24 April 2011

Easter Sunday 2011



Got this plurk off someone I know online back in Jan 2011 and decided to screen capture it for this year's Easter Sunday entry.

Yes. I do sometimes plan my blog entry very far ahead.

I think I am so going to die (no pun intended) for this when she finds out.

- Voxeros

22 April 2011

Nicole Seah



I just saw Nicole Seah for the first time and I was blown away.

Comparing her side-by-side with Tin Pei Ling, I can only use this Hokkien saying to describe.


No Horse Run.

I like the confidence when she speaks. She spoke like she really know what she is talking about and not some regurgitating robot that I suspect of some other candidates, regardless of party.

I like the way she engages her audience and taking control of the press conference.

Her body language, energy, mannerisms and all, I felt that fire in the belly to want to do something.

The last time I was that impressed, it was a flight attendant from Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. It got me to write an unsolicited mail commending her to Fernandes himself.

The skeptic in me would be wondering if all that were rehearsed.

If so, then kudos for the effort where some other candidates couldn't even step up to when they had the chance.


If not, then I say "Singapore, we have a keeper here".

Yes, she has some short-comings which she readily admitted. That candidness has won me over. She has scored more points from me despite that fact that we were talking about her weakness. There is strength in being open and frank which I feel should be enough to compensate for the weaker areas.

Now begs the next question. Who would I vote if I were in the Marine Parade GRC?

We have the PAP strongman Goh Chok Tong at the helm of his team and so if we were to vote for Goh Chok Tong, we will be losing Nicole Seah in the election process.

So how like that?

I mentioned earlier that the GRC can work both ways. Either your shining star will lift the entire team to the promised land or your Sabo King/Queen will drag everybody down with him/her.

We have a shining star on each side.

Goh Chok Tong vs Nicole Seah.

Sorry Tin Pei Ling. Please step aside. Thank you.

I have to admit that Goh Chok Tong was one heck of a popular figure back in the 90s. However, that sheen has been losing luster steadily over the years. One good example was his presence at Potong Pasir during the 2006 GE, promising lift upgrading to the constituents of Potong Pasir SMC. Yet Chiam See Tong ran away with even more votes than the 2001 General Elections.

Lao Kwee much? Well, add Lao Hong to the list too.

So what would I do, if I were a constituent of the Marine Parade GRC?

Personally, I guess I would sacrifice Goh Chok Tong to make way for Nicole Seah coz I see a new hope for Singapore in this girl. The Senior Minister has passed his prime and should make way for the next generation.

Oh and I get to save Singapore close to $20 million until the next election.


p.s. The last time I mentioned that when Goh Chok Tong was tasked to help pull votes in the Potong Pasir SMC, I was thinking if he was handed a poisoned chalice.

This time he was "offered" Tin Pei Ling. Could this be yet another case of "tio tuar jeet kee tua tua kee"?

For those who subscribed to the consipiracy theory that GCT is a mere transitional seat warmer between LKY and LHL, then now that LHL is the PM, wouldn't you say that GCT is now an expendable asset?

- Voxeros

20 April 2011

Singapore General Elections 2011


The long awaited General Elections has finally arrived. The day where the people judge and approve their servants has dawned.

Those who have served well during the last term would certainly receive the mandate to carry on, should the candidates desire so.

Those who have fooled and disappointed us, our voices of discontent would most certainly be heard.

I have long advocated against "voting the village idiot just to spite the arrogant incumbent".

However, I have also said before that "It is only a matter of time when the Gahmen hits bottom and voting ANYBODY would still be better."

I am not happy with the Gahmen of today.

If there is one word I would us to describe the current PAP and that would be:


The idea of paying millions of dollars salaries to our cabinet ministers does not go down well with me AT ALL.

If the Lee & Co. feel underpaid if we don't give them multi-million per annum salaries, then by all means do not take the job.

NOBODY FORCE YOU TO TAKE THE JOB WHAT?

NOT HAPPY WITH THE PAY? DON'T TAKE THE JOB LOR. VERY DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND MEH?

I would gladly accept the alternative candidates who are willing to serve the country for less. MUCH less.

I have come to the realisation that some of the great policies implemented by PAP in the past are not exclusively the copyright of the PAP. Anyone from any party can do the same as long as given the opportunity.

The SMRT train system, for example, was a great forward thinking idea but would any one say that without the PAP this would not materialise?

Thus the call to ballot is not to vote for what can or will be done for Singapore. Vote instead for the person that can and would do it for Singapore

The other issue that has long been a thorn at my side is the blatantly zoning and re-zoning of the various constituencies as well as the dishonest idea of the GRC where untested candidates get smuggled into Parliament.

This coming elections at Marine Parade GRC would be interesting as Tin Pei Ling will attempt to sneak in under the cloak of incumbent GCK.

Here's the best part. NSP has also decided to field a young lass, a 24-year old at that, to contest in the Marine Parade GRC.

If people feel that PAP created a joke fielding Tin Pei Ling, then NSP simply added the finishing touches, turning the joke into a full blown circus with Nicole Seah.

Many have voiced their concerns over Ms Tin's relatively young age and most certainly Ms Seah's as well, given the latter is even younger. Personally, I do not have an issue with age. If they can do a good job. Why not?

But hor, let us be the one to decide. Can?

Hey. I have an idea.

How about a 1-to-1 contest between Tin Pei Ling and Nicole Seah in the Mountbatten SMC? That would be most interesting. No?

In the past, candidate smuggling works only because people are too afraid to lose the incumbent who has done a great job during the last term(s).

However, this method can work both ways for now that people are wiser and more able to see through the whole smokescreen, it may end up that the incumbent fails in his/her election simply because the voters do not approve of his/her team mate(s).

Thus, would end up the case of 不怕狼对手, 只怕猪队友. The weakest candidate ending up playing the role of the Sabo King/Queen/Princess.

Many people buay song the PAP gahmen long long time already but somehow the MIW are still oblivious to it.

The unhappiness voiced out by some were even classified as mere "noise".

Many have disapprove of Dr Chee Soon Juan's confrontation tactics. There is however, one good thing that came out from it and that is exposing the high-handed tactics deployed by the PAP gahmen "fixing" him.




That is just one of the several examples that we have seen over years.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have hit bottom.

It's time to vote.

- Voxeros

18 April 2011

The Unyielding Spirit Of Mr Chiam



Above is a video clip courtesy of The Online Citizen featuring Mr Chiam See Tong on a walkabout in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC on 10 Apr 2011.

At first look, one may wonder if a person so frail is able to be a part of the Gahmen, representing the people?

Before anyone jump to any premature conclusion, I urge all to watch further and you will be able to see that unyielding spirit within.

Here is a great man serving the people for almost 30 years. Despite suffering from a stroke and is still recovering, you see a man not backing down against adversity. Even with great physical impairment, here is a great man with great determination to walk around unassisted. Even if it meant having to walk with more effort than a healthy person and hunched over.

Mr Chiam See Tong, sir. I salute you.

- Voxeros

16 April 2011

Most Awesome Xylophone



That is one heck of a lot of effort to create a xylophone.

A+ for the effort!!

- Voxeros

08 April 2011

KLM, You Are Doing It Right



Looks like KLM scores another huge point on the social media front after the recent Christmas surprise.

Here they are again responding to a customer's tweet to reschedule their inaugural Amsterdam-Miami flight.

Oh and did I mention that there was a party in the air? And a Guinness record to boot!

I like the way KLM interact with the customers. Instead of responding directly to the customer, they threw the ball back into the customer's court saying if he can fill up the flight, they will fly.

Awesome. Simply awesome.

- Voxeros
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