I have seen and heard the four candidates running in the Punggol East By-election and I have to say, hand on heart, I really do not like all the three male candidates. Not being sexist in any way BTW.
Let me count the ways I do not like these alpha males:
a. PAP – KBK or is it KPK…a candidate with a name that is hard to remember and a face that is harder to forget. He looked quite cute at first, in a cartoony goofy way from the pictures. Then I read that some children had run away when they saw him. I finally saw and heard him on TV when he made a rally speech and I got a little scared too. Colorectal Doc Koh Poh Koon came across as intimidating with his steely eyes, his tone and finger wagging and it reminded me of all the hard-as-nails smiling white tigers. Besides, I am wary of instant politicians since he parachuted into PAP only a month before the BE.
b. Reform Party – That Kenneth Jeyaratnam is full of fire and brimstone. He has the heart to help Singapore, the super education and the passion to push forth. But where is his EQ? If only he didn’t go around badmouthing others and if only he wasn’t such a hotheaded man who reacts badly to the people’s criticisms. Mouthing off in person and on social media doesn’t show grace under pressure. No offence but papa JBJ was a way better politician than KJ who still has much to learn.
c. SDA -Desmond Lim. One line -“I dunno what to say!”. Tried watching his online rally video and I just couldn’t get past the first 5 seconds. It was too painful to watch and hear. Poor chap means well but think he needs to know his limits. The voters aren’t daft and they expect a helluva lot more than just good intentions from their MPs.
So, in a nutshell, that leaves me with just Workers’ Party candidate Lee Li Lian. She is no high-flying scholar, she doesn’t speak perfect English, and she can still work on being more polished. But she comes across as pretty dynamic, sensible and intelligent. And she doesn’t make me cringe unlike with the other three men.
Li Lian is also backed by a hard-working party that has consistently shown dexterity, sincerity and integrity in how it deals with the people and in Parliament. The WP also doesn’t resort to “goodies-bribes”, threats and dirty politics to win an election. And that is much more than we can say about a certain party that is full of hypocrisy and questionable principles.
Hopefully, when V Day comes this Saturday, the residents of Punggol East will consider the bigger picture when they cast their vote. That person should be someone who not only brings value to their constituency but who also brings hope in the remaking of a new and better Singapore. We all deserve better.
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