The fear of the PAP in our elderly certainly contributes to their vote bank!

I read the news about the trial of an elderly woman who used Lee Kuan Yew’s name to cheat an elderly petrol pump attendant cum cleaner of more than S130,000 in a decade. As sad as it is, I am able to empathise with many of our hardworking, law abiding but utterly gullible elderly citizens.

I live in a mature HDB estate with many elderly people. On weekends, I mingle with them at the nearby coffee shops and hawker centres. My sense of many of them is that their fear and awe of the PAP government is real and deep.

On a past Sunday, I was in the queue to buy some soya bean curd and the MP for that constituency came calling. The stall holder put down everything that he was doing and shook hands warmly with the PAP MP.

Later on, I asked him why was it that he had always complained about the PAP government, but he behaved so differently when the MP came calling. His reply was that he was “doing business here and we cannot afford to offend government people”.

Another case was an elderly uncle who used to sell fruits in his younger days. He told me that the PAP government is able to give him money, be it GST voucher or others. All other things and considerations are unimportant to him and to put it in our local parlance: Who give me money, I will vote for who.

Rightly or wrongly, their fear of the government is real.

Given all that and more about many of our heartland elderly folks, with their long years of fear and conditioning, help contribute to the PAP vote bank.

Many years of fear conditioning in our people certainly pay handsome political dividends.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

 

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28 Responses to “The fear of the PAP in our elderly certainly contributes to their vote bank!”

  • 柑林内:

    怕老李?

    怕老李还敢用老李的名义去行骗?

    真的是胡说八道!

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  • MarBowling:

    After Mai Hum has uttered the famous quote : “Mee Siam w/o HUMS”, old folks everywhere in SinKapore have made a beeline to join the Loong queue for Mee Siam stalls near their home. Understand some Mee Siam stall sellers have overnight become thousandaire or even millionaire$, staying in condo or landed property next to Nassim Jade! Some would go for the real McCoy, Mee Siam w/o HUMS. Some very STUBBORN ones insist having Mee Siam WITH HUMS! No need to say and guess, ALL these folks will VOTE for Mai Hum in the coming GE!

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  • MikeB:

    It’s a pity that these folks are still living in fear. Their minds and thinking has never left that era.

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  • We need a miracle:

    SG is still doomed till all these sg amahs and ah kongs are called back to their maker.
    Then count in the new citizens who brought in their whole village incl their old folk.
    My heart just sank at the thought! Reality bites.

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  • problem of a pliant parleement:

    well said, Simon.

    we also notice the same fear of older folks in our vicinity. good thing is, they are dying off in numbers.

    which means the days of pap are numbered.

    bad thing is, we are getting old ourselves. YET hoping to be alive to see the demise of pap, we hope it can happen soon.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    Here is a lesson for opposition political parties. Their policies and intent should be communicated in such a way as to be easily understood by the elderly.

    One needs to address the fear of the elderly so that they can vote with a clear conscience. How policies work should be explained carefully in order to address the anxieties of citizens and from their point of view as well.

    While it is important to see the big picture, elderly folk would like to hear the impact of policies on them and their closest. That is how opposition parties should respond.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Simon Lim, A LOT OF ELDERLY will take LEE-jiapore together with them to TERN SUA, never to return for both. And the generations to come after them wallow in misery. The elderly won’t live long enough to see their grandchildren rotting away under oppression.

    Sometimes, it makes you wonder why their own children abandoned them in old age…when they have not no morals in them. A little money from Satanic source can buy their souls.

    At least 70% of them are really TOO STUPID TO EVEN BEGIN TO DISCOVER THEY ARE STUPID TO IMPOSSIBILITY. They want things better (for themselves) but WON’T CHANGE (let the minority to do all the heavy lifting), so let them rot on the way to Tern Sua.

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  • PC Ong:

    Please lah, it is not about fear. The elderly have seen how PAP policies have greatly contributed to higher living standards, and they are grateful for it, especially if they have experienced WW2. It is only right they believe in PAP. But not just the elderly. The younger generation think very highly of our govt also because they know it is govt policies that made Singapore a top place to live and work. Even middle – aged Singaporean are happy with our govt because they are successful, have a nice property, and own cars. It is only a very small minority in Singapore that are unhappy with the govt

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    Sad but true observation!
    Too many of the heartlanders are “beholden” to the coverment.

    The PA has done plenty all these years.

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  • Lee vs Lee:

    The elderly sgs are mainly LKY supporters.
    They simply vote PAP even if it was DR CHEE at AMK instead of Lee Hsien Tau.

    Dont believe?

    But DR CHEE rather not do this,he is full if dignity u like thick-skin Lee.

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  • Get Real:

    Don’t pinned your hopes on them, they’re a foregone conclusion. Let them be. As for the younger ones, it takes real hardship & poverty to wake them up. Period.

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  • Abuse of power = Fear:

    The recent case of AGC prosecuting a civil servant of abuse of power is really a political joke of the century. Why is the bean curb hawker afraid of offending the ego of his MP? Is it because he may lose his tenancy of his store if he irks the MP that the hawker has slighted him? But his store tenancy is HDB or the owner of the establishment n has nothing to do with the MP unless if the owner is govt related n the words of LHY/LWL r true about compliance. If the establishment is privately own, why would a private company would do what the hawker thinks he would do unless he knows n that where the fear arises.

    Even all these r really unfounded, the MP should try to unwrap himself from the myth n not happily capitalizing it n allow Simon to see it. This has been a real stink in PAP n the sting is
    felt esp by the Seniors when it affects their children. CCS Facebook threat that he has no problem to import foreigners to displace Singaporeans from the jobs affect many seniors’ children n grandchildren n this has soured PAP ground n carrots r now considered to be poisons.

    Today report on the international call for design of Founder Park ehich would mean billions which to many PRCs in Singapore mean a lot of oily water n a big opportunity for their relatives n friends n the closer the colony dream so said a home away from home. Of late from some Indian colleagues n friend, there is a similar feeling among the those from Imdian continent n the triangular historical feud would soon be enacted away from home. To many seniors esp the enlightened PGs, why PAP is doing this amidst the kpkb of rising cost of living esp healthcare n the incessant threat n implementation of increase in various taxes n impending GST. This really reflects that PAP has come to the dead end where arrogance n greed have grown to such extent that they r bursting out which most historians see them as impending change of regime. Some netizens r probably correct that PAP is on track in suicidal mode built on personal vendetta of indelible memory of suicide of first love n the encasement in gorilla strangle hold. These signs appear very rapidly with the recent seemingly sweetening with inexplainable moronic subterranean very obvious time bomb like the infamous self destruction mentality of terrorists.

    Concerning Singaporeans r hoping plp professionals to come to their senses before they r ytrapped within the devious self destruct plot n save their homeland. They should by their intellects they have before they pulverize it like the Soild as a Rock icon disintegrated with the greed swollen stupidity extreme of plp. Loyalty to one’s motherland cannot be replaced by the transiento gains regardless how enormous they r from succumbing to the filth of power. Signs of Karma excite…

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  • daft liddat:

    Liddat one lah.

    Not only the old but the young ones oso liddat one lah. Wot, me worry?

    You will be amazed that many people care less about politics – they are happy just to stir kopi watching the world go by, watch TV, got shopping centres, got 4d and toto to buy, can oreadi. Just give them these, happy like sheep.

    Sinkies actually very easy to control.

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  • Old fears and new hopes:

    To be always conscious of Almighty Lord Sustainer wherever one is, and to follow up a bad deed with a good deed that would erase the evil stain, and to behave with propriety towards other people: aren’t these the formula to combat our own insecurities?

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  • opposition dude:

    And as long as these elderly are still around they will continue voting PAP until they leave this world. These elderly mentioned in the article do not use the internet much if at all and most of them can’t read english either.

    Whatever they imagine it’s always that the government is above them simply because they do not see that their votes can make a difference. This concept is just alien to them and they have never thought about it, it’s just fear fear fear all the way.

    At least the younger generations do not have this silly and lahughable kind of thinking. Singapore will be counting on those born in the 80s and after to keep PAP in check.

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  • Tom lee:

    Since they fear the PAP so much the younger generation should help them a step further. Just leave them to their fear and later send them to JB nursing home like the PAP recommends.

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  • Tom lee:

    Their irrational fear is destroying the future of their grandchildren.

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  • dolphin81:

    The mainly baby boomer & some pre-WW2 generation core PAP supporters had good reason to support PAP between 1968 and 1990.

    After 1990, the shift from governance for the people to governance for the rich was a gradual process. it took a long time for more oldies to be economically marginalised.

    Becos of firm PAP entrenchment, these oldies understand voting against PAP will require trade-offs. Eg slower immigration means having to forgo asset enhancement.

    Therefore the oldies hesitated.

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  • Bobo:

    That’s true about Singaporeans. Love to KPKBs, then KS, KS and KB. These people will never mature. Like some said, no matter how you cook them, they are still raw somewhere.

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  • oxygen:

    @ dolphin 81

    BUT ASSET ENHANCEMENT IS A FICTION OF FADING DREAMS – so these people are STUPIDLY WRONG.

    dolphin81: Becos of firm PAP entrenchment, these oldies understand voting against PAP will require trade-offs. Eg slower immigration means having to forgo asset enhancement.

    Therefore the oldies hesitated.

    In this sinking place, there won’t be big influx of wealthy buyers anymore. New FOREIGN arrivals are meeting with DEPRESSED WAGES – the same fate as those natives they displaced.

    Given aging demographic, the demand for property is also declining – NATURALLY – just like Japan where the former departed owners left their rural houses to be given away. There is simply no buyers TO BUY THESE SUPER CHEAP HOUSES as retirees numbers far exceeded replacement births forming new family units.

    And as for inflated mortgage funded out of debt-financing, newly-formed family nucleus is stuck with this un-resolvable dilemma – over-inflated mortgage at skyrocketing exponential prices entrapment and wage rising, if any for those lucky ones only, growing at slower than linear pace. On retrenchment, bankruptcy at the door to knock the sanity into their faces. Healthcare is particularly expensive because of constraints of labor supply – doctors and nursing services – will be exorbitant when the collapsed asset enhancement (scam in reality) won’t supply affordability reach.

    So the bottomline is a LOSE, LOSING proposition all the way for these baby boomers and their children.

    They are really stupid to think that the scam of asset enhancement politics will save their dumb arses.

    SELF-DELUSION OF STUPIDITY I WOULD SAY.

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    why dont these old idiots just go and die.. pulling the young people down with them with their stupid fear..

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  • Tom Lee:

    These old folks should start thinking for their grandchildren’s future. if they do they will overcome their fear.

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  • pap sure win.:

    This labelling of Elderlies as blind with unquestioning loyalty to the PAP is outdated and behind time.

    This stereotype labelling of Elderlies is meant to describe Singaporeans in the same generation of the Lau Cheebye LKY.

    If you are now in your middle age the elderly label is referring to your parents in the same generation gap as LKY. Many of these elderlies had passed on and their numbers are dwindling day by day.

    The PAP supporters now comprises of people in their middle ages and those younger in their 50s and below. These PAP supporters are now widely referred to as the 70 percent. It is a Mix of Older and Younger Singaporeans, professionals and normal working class type.

    TS will be be shocked if he finds out the numbers of hard cores with unquestioning loyalty for the PAP now are actually very young people >> Young people starting out with a young families and who are also blind or refuses to see that their beloved PAP had brought in planeloads of foreigners to compete and take away their rice bowls in the job market.

    Within the 70 percent there are the swing voters who can be won over to vote for the oppostions.

    The opposition supporters are those in the 30 percent. But it is the same, this group can also swing over to become part of the 70 percent if they find out all they have on offer is people like Gek More Sai and the likes

    Remaining outdated, behind time and not knowing the true makeup of the current electorate and making useless futile rant about the ELDERLIES, it is no wonder the PAP keep winning elections after elections.

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  • pap sure win.:

    pap sure win.:
    This labelling of Elderlies as blind with unquestioning loyalty to the PAP is outdated and behind time.

    This stereotype labelling of Elderlies is meant to describe Singaporeans in the same generation of the Lau Cheebye LKY.

    If you are now in your middle age the elderly label is referring to your parents in the same generation gap as LKY. Many of these elderlies had passed on and their numbers are dwindling day by day.

    The PAP supporters now comprises of people in their middle ages and those younger in their 50s and below. These PAP supporters are now widely referred to as the 70 percent. It is a Mix of Older and Younger Singaporeans, professionals and normal working class type.

    TS will be be shocked if he finds out the numbers of hard cores with unquestioning loyalty for the PAP now are actually very young people >> Young people starting out with a young families and who are also blind or refuses to see that their beloved PAP had brought in planeloads of foreigners to compete and take away their rice bowls in the job market.

    Within the 70 percent there are the swing voters who can be won over to vote for the oppostions.

    The opposition supporters are those in the 30 percent. But it is the same, this group can also swing over to become part of the 70 percent if they find out all they have on offer is people like Gek More Sai and the likes

    Remaining outdated, behind time and not knowing the true makeup of the current electorate and making useless futile rant about the ELDERLIES, it is no wonder the PAP keep winning elections after elections.

    the only accurate and always correct description of sinkies is come to TRE to kpkb, rant and swear at the pappys but during election they will diam diam vote for the pappys.

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  • Sperm Whale:

    Some elderlies can think independently. But most are brainwashed requiring spoon-fed info. They base on trust. They are spoon-fed propaganda.

    They,mostly, do not use internet. They have little knowledge of the world.

    They form the bulk of support base.
    They not dying but living longer and longer.
    We are blessed.

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  • oxygen:

    @ pap sure win

    OI OI OI,IS THAT YOU of self-reflection?

    pap sure win.: the only accurate and always correct description of sinkies is come to TRE to kpkb, rant and swear at the pappys but during election they will diam diam vote for the pappys.

    Hilarious.

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  • 4G Leaders Must Act!:

    Don’t wait to be told what to do!

    Must have the iron in you to lead!

    Correct all the wrongs, don’t keep quiet!

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  • Doomocracy for sgs:

    Some millionaire should send all those old foggies who love LKY so much and cant think beyond the PAP,on a cruise on polling day..
    So they wont be around to vote.
    Hahaha…just joking .

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