This, despite the job in question being a low-level one, and despite both PAP and Opposition clarifying that everyone's vote is secret. If that isn't convincing enough, then I don't know what is!
4. "I am in the military, and we must vote for PAP."
This is probably more attributable to ignorance than fear. But again, if you believe that your vote is secret, isn't this point moot?
|Singapore is no Nazi Germany. But to those in the force: do you still have your own conscience and moral compass? Or does blind faith in your leaders suffice?|
Sometimes, I don't know if these people are trolling me, afraid of revealing their vote regardless of who they voted for, or afraid of revealing that they voted for the opposition. I got some of these responses before we started our blog - NRSC - by the way. So it can't be a case of being afraid of becoming an example on this blog.
6. "I'm all for more opposition in Parliament for (insert myriad of reasons). But look at Hougang and Potong Pasir. I don't want my constituency to become like that!"
These voters want more opposition, but not in their backyard. For them, it's the fear of the unknown, rather like in point 1. One cannot discount the possibility that the recent hoo ha whipped up by the MSM over Aljunied could contribute further to this sentiment. Incidentally, I heard this in the past two GEs, and I guess it smacks of selfishness to a certain extent as well.
|The SDP still has an uphill task ahead of it in terms of its image. As a think-tank, I admire it. As a political party, IMHO it's still going nowhere. And no, I am not in this picture...|
|Well, they did let Mas Selamat escape, only for our friendly neighbours to 'help' us recapture him...|
In part 2, I plan to cover the mechanisms in which the PAP has instilled fear. In part 3, what We, the citizens of Singapore, can do to combat such irrational fears. Stay tuned!