How Then Should You Vote In The General Election (GE) 2015?

by Patrick Liew on August 30, 2015

First, I should clarify that I’m pro-Singapore.
As a responsible citizen, I will not take my right to vote and the candidate that I vote for lightly.
That’s my responsibility and the responsibility of every Singaporean when we insert our vote into the balloting box.
How then should you vote?
1. Make an informed judgement.
Keep your mind open. Read about the candidates from credible sources of information.
These sources of information should not be politically-motivated and therefore, have a tendency to propagate lies, half-truths, and misinformation.
In other words, be very careful about information from the informational machinery of political parties, and other sites that are influenced by them to communicate their position and propaganda.
Be careful about being caught up by the candidate’s fiery speeches and appealing words from his/her supporters.
Do not accept any information as gospel truth. Verify them so as to ascertain the fact and truth.
2. Focus on achieving the best outcome for your constituency and Singapore.
Be mindful that through your vote and fellow Singaporeans’ votes, you will choose the leader for your constituency and Singapore.
Your vote will help determine the political party that will form the government to run the affairs of Singapore.
In short, your vote will help shape the system of governance and future of Singapore.
Therefore, in local colloquial, do not “play play with your vote.
3. Craft an effective criteria to evaluate the candidates.
Use the 4Cs, namely Character, Commitment, Competence, and Compassion to help determine which candidate deserves to have your vote.
For a better understanding of the 4Cs, go to:
As a Singapore citizen, you are responsible for voting the best candidate.
4. Vote wisely for the sake of our future.
There are no perfect national policy and every policy has trade-offs and downsides.
Do not based your voting decision on the trade-offs and downsides, especially if the policy is not in your favor or you suffered because of it.
Please do not vote because of negative experiences with the candidate or political party, and out of anger.
Don’t use your vote as an instrument to express your vengeance, unhappiness, disappointment, and discomfort.
Do not oppose for the sake of opposition and just to remove the incumbent.
Do not put the wrong candidate into the Parliament and as result affect the effective proceeding of the Parliament.
Worst, do not unwittingly cause a checkmate to the ruling party and restrict and limit its sound governance and results.
Be careful that you don’t sink the ship just because you’re not happy with the table in your cabin.
Therefore, vote with your head and not with your heart.
Support the best candidate for the job and the best party to run Singapore.
The future of Singapore is in your hands.
Vote wisely for the sake of your children and your children’s children.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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