Lessons From The US Presidential Election

by Patrick Liew on November 14, 2016

A key takeaway for Singapore from the US presidential election is that we are not shielded from downsides of an election campaign and neither are we protected from its unintended consequences.

To ring fence ourselves from falling prey to these issues, the authorities should continue to educate our voters.

They have to ensure that even the ignorant and the apathetic are politically-matured enough to be objective, rational, balanced and pragmatic.

These voters will never use their votes as instruments to express their unhappiness and discontent because of personal experiences.

Some politicians can be opportunists who will not hesitate to offer socio-economic benefits in exchange for political currency.

They may compromise long-term growth for short-term gains, especially if the electorate is less inclined to take bitter medicine to achieve positive improvements.

They can leverage sophisticated systems to help them tug at heart strings for the purpose of winning votes.

Voters should be mindful not to be sold on appealing lies, half-truths, and misconceptions.

They should also not be moved by well- packaged promises, propaganda and persuasive pitches.

One vote can potentially change the fate of our nation.

Voters should put in effort to conduct appropriate research, think critically, and make better-informed judgements.


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

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