Why PAP won in every election despite a suffering population?

As Singaporeans faced yet another unjustificable slew of price increases in essential utilities this month – electricity tariffs and water – many are left wondering if both the companies are caught in the red resulting in the price increase.

On the contrary, for example, SP group has made an average net profit of almost $1 billion each year for the past 13 years but it has raised electricity tariff again – the third time this year of a hefty 16.8% in total raising doubts about its rationale.

There is also no tenable reason given on why it raises the price of both the essential services as electricity and water are household daily usages that no one can do without. In short, there is no need to explain why it has to raise prices as there is no one to account to except its loss-making major shareholders Temasek Holdings.

The government also tries to pacify the population by giving back an average of $300 in GST voucher to 1.6 million needy Singaporeans earning $28,000/ year and below but this is small change compared to the increase in monthly utilities bills they have to pay. With the increase, each household is expected to pay an average of 6-8% more in utilities on a permanent monthly basis compared to the one-off GST voucher to be handed out early next month.

So why does a intelligent-sounding government like ours kept increasing the cost of essential services that will naturally infuriate the average population though it has being making profits all along? Moreover, there is actually nothing much to gain from the percentage increase other than another tens of millions added to the two utilities’ giant coffers but to the average Joe earning less than $2000/month, it will definitely eat into the household’s consumable income.

They will have less to spend on the kids’ Macdonald outing, no more movies during the weekend or trips to the zoo. More significantly, its ability to be financially independent is crippled due to the tightening grip of the government on household expenditure.

One feasible reason we can think of the government’s move is in the politics of control. The more the country is in the firm grip of a totalitarian government, the more it will feel that it has no power to free itself of resulting in less personal empowerment to change things individually.

Alice LoCicero, a Cambridge-based clinical psychologist and researcher on leadership and terrorism says:  “It’s easier to understand why it’s adaptive and common for people to bond to powerful leaders. In Darwinian evolution, the people who bonded with the leader survived. That instinct got passed along.”

We saw that here when many young professionals join the RC or CCC in the overt attempt to associate themselves with the ruling party so as to gain some flavour from that close association.

Thus, according to LoCicero, the more power a government holds over it’s people, the more they will feel powerless  without the elements in control. They have effectively surrender whatever individual rights they have to the rulers sometimes voluntarily and often blindly without knowing the devastating result it has on totalitarianism.

Dictators like Hitler, Stalin and Gaddafi all enjoyed tremendous popularity with their subjects despite their autocratic ways and merciless purging of dissent. Millions died at their hands but yet people still adore them sometimes blindly. We also witnessed how the country went into a nationalistic mourning when Lee Kuan Yew passed away and though he is not in the tyrannical mould of Hitler or Stalin he is certainly no true democratic ruler.

Nevertheless, our government has so far control everything in our lives and has made a living hell out of many people. For example, there is no minimum wage so people could not earn a decent living – another stripping-off of personal empowerment as the population struggles to survive in the world’s costliest city without any reprieve in sight. So, the safer way to survive is to conform and play along and left the dangerous role of implementing changes to the few heroic ones.

If everybody is to earn sufficient wages and live decently, the need to depend on the government’s periodical welfare hand-out will be lessened as there is no need to depend on them anymore effectively loosening the grip of the rulers on its subjects. Giving out cash vouchers regularly is a cheap but effective vote-buying strategy and for the poor it is something that they will think of before casting their votes during election.

More than 15% of our population (estimated 300,000)  live below the poverty line i.e $1500/month income and below and giving out money prior to a general election is a tried-and-tested way of getting in the votes and it is no wonder why the PAP is not keen on really trying to improve the livelihood of our working poor.

Thus, in a cruel attempt at total control, PAP has no desire to really improve the livelihood of the population and the poor struggles to get out of poverty often pushing them to the feeble welfare arms of social services to make ends meet. Besides weakening the poor’s personal empowerment at looking for a permanent change, it also drove them to the ones that could temporarily improve their condition abeit momentarily by way of cash freebies.

Nevertheless, totalitarianism also has its own personal appeal to the population as it leaves everything in control to the ruler – decades of absolute power means the people know nothing about exercising its personal right and often they witnessed how opponents are mercilessly crushed resulting in a climate of fear.

You will always find a voter who has cursed at the ruling party vehemently because of certain policies but yet they will cast their vote for the incumbent come polling day!

Repression is a multi-feared tool aims at repressing dissent so invaluable for regime change as it takes massive ground reaction to trigger change.

Many non-Singaporeans marvelled at the high percentage votes the ruling party receives for the last election even though hundreds of thousands of foreigners were allowed in to snatch away jobs from Singaporeans and the high cost of living has affected many people resulting in a mini exodus to JB.

In fact, many of the poor who are left suffering from the many erroneous policies of the government voted them back in for another five more years of pain and turmoil as they could not see how they can find another better alternative than the current totalitarian regime they are so used to. Thus, total control is psychological and sometimes it is so ingrained that to escape from its grip is unthinkable.

Propaganda has also driven a country to believe that without the PAP, our country will be in shambles and left to perish. We see them day in and out on our TV channels and gradually people start to believe that without the PAP our country will suffer.

Nevertheless, the recent regime change in Malaysia provided us with a glimmer of hope that if the people unite and rise up together, change is still possible!

Right now, we just have to suffer along with the majority who is still swayed by a totalitarian government and let’s hope that it won’t be for too long…

 

Gilbert Goh

 

 

 

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16 Responses to “Why PAP won in every election despite a suffering population?”

  • oxygen:

    BECAUSE A LARGE PORTION OF 70% DAFTS are too stupid to even begin to discover they are stupid to impossibility.

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  • Pseudo PAP cronism:

    A credible politician is one who can account for his actions towards the people. Oh power that be, you sugar us with sweet words and promises but we know what’s really in your heart by how our lives are affected by your policies and your behavior.

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  • Diu Niah Seng:

    This is a very well written piece from Gilbert. It fully describes the so-called “Stockholm’s Syndrome” so prevalent in our current SG kiasu, kiasee & kia chenghoo voters mindset.

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  • never voted pap:

    Had a family gathering on Aug 9.

    As usual, we told everyone present we are OPPO supporters and have never voted pap. As usual too, the rest of the clan all ask what is so good about OPPO. after telling them the reasons, they, as usual say, nah, OPPO is untested.

    ffff. what can we do but to wait for their offspring to be jobless in land of birth and driving grab despite SMU NTU NUS degrees.

    Here is an interesting fact. These clan members who say OPPO is untested is from first to last all born within the years 1960 to 1969. Not all have degree. Some just O levels. Yet they to the last one all say, OPPO is untested. Interesting. sad to say, nothing much we can do.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Agree with most of Gilbert’s POST except the FEAR Factor not factored in…that is the Mother of all reason why the Bastard left this LEEgacy to be carried out even after Death and the Attack & Barking Dogs make sure of that

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  • LeeHouseOfSin:

    You live and serve under a “body of Sin”. The people wants prosperity and religious values. Your leaders gave what the people wanted(through democracy). PAP has delivered the “prosperity” the people wanted. PAP has also delivered “religious values”( through the rule of law) people wanted.

    But why it seems so wrong and the “fruits”, bitter-sweet and about to rot or has rotted?

    Because, you barked up “the wrong tree”. You ignored the “three temptations”( crucial to peace and stability ) relating to your base animal instincts and political and religious power.

    You have also, in the pursuit of “prosperity” brought EVIL into the land and to other nations.

    You also imported and worshipped “talents”(a form of idolatry)

    Hence, you are blind, deaf and dumb( no conscience)

    Such people are wicked yet they are “religious” or outwardly appeared righteous.

    Do you think there shall be no consequences in violating the “10 biggies”? Do you think that shall be no consequences to leading the people into “temptations and Evil”?

    The people who holds the key(of salvation) and the book of life are living in Sin.

    They are clueless who the “author of life” is and the only prayer that will set you free.

    ” thy kingdom come against all other kingdoms so thy will be done( not the will of the strongman)…..lead us NOT into temptations( three in particular which gives power to tyranny)…deliver us from evil ( root of all evil – the market place of deceptions)

    Your people who holds the key are useless and worthless to the book they kiss in their slumber and hence, the world is in a very dark abyss!

    Sin is the leading army of men in sheep’s clothing deceiving nations to get rich( at their expense and stupidity) – many cities are collapsing and you, still merry making, eating and drunkenly intoxicated by your “deceptive prosperity ” by way of the rule of hypocrisy (lawlessness)

    And folks, that’s why.

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  • RDB:

    Trapped minds are like those locked up in maximum security prisons with armed guards patrolling up and down outside of their prison cell iron gates.

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  • Harder Truths:

    You really want to know? Remembering the pappies are still people and can be voted out – then why not?.

    Simply – because $V voters have balls smaller than fish. (I am not talking bout fishball in noodles – I mean the real thing)

    So until the voters change their mindset things will never change. Oh – you can plead with them, try to reason with them – even threaten them.

    But if they cannot find their balls the oppo’s work becomes useless. That is why so many brilliant young people leave the oppo because they get disillusioned. Soon only the old timers will be standing for election from the retirement homes.

    Perhaps that is a good thing. Let us call a spade a spade.

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  • MarBowling:

    Think the 69.9% Kenna “GONG TAU” or the Saying “Kuai Seong Sun” aka “DEVIL ENTER THEIR BODY”….only Pastor Con Hee of CHC(Con Hee Church)is the ONLY Holee person who could help to EXPEL the Evil Spirit from their Body/Mind and Soul!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Never voted PAP

    MATE, you have just CONFIRM

    never voted pap: As usual, we told everyone present we are OPPO supporters and have never voted pap. As usual too, the rest of the clan all ask what is so good about OPPO. after telling them the reasons, they, as usual say, nah, OPPO is untested……Here is an interesting fact. These clan members who say OPPO is untested is from first to last all born within the years 1960 to 1969. Not all have degree. Some just O levels. Yet they to the last one all say, OPPO is untested. Interesting. sad to say, nothing much we can do.

    WHAT I SAID above.

    oxygen: BECAUSE A LARGE PORTION OF 70% DAFTS are too stupid to even begin to discover they are stupid to impossibility.

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  • Hi!:

    DEMOCRACY CAN RUIN A COUNTRY IF IT IS HIJACKED N MANIPULATED AT THE PEOPLE’S EXPENSE, CAUSING THE CITIZENS TO SUFFER AND THE COUNTRY TO COLLAPSE (LOW TFR & PWP10MIL PROPOSAL).Not that democracy is bad, it is best way to chg gov peacefully, but it is a hijacked platform otherwise if there is no HONESTY & NO HONORABILITY on those running for the votes. Coupled w no education for voters. Worse where there is “dumbing down” on electorates.

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  • What if Mee Siam meets ah kong:

    Will change cum faster if mee Siam goes to meet his maker hum?

    Who is left after he is gone?

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  • Solution Untamperable Ballots:

    In the past few GEs , photos showed extremely huge turnouts for Opposition rallies. These easily Dwarfed pap rallies. Every of their rallies.

    The sentiments were also very bad.

    But when the votes were COUNTED,
    Surprise!

    So, i put this upfront, I BELIEVE (cos I cannot prove it) the votes are untampered.

    Many reasons could have caused a person disapproving P▲P to vote for P▲P.

    I dun know what are the reasons. Fear? Ignorance? It cannot be MAGIC right?

    What is a printed serial number?
    To me , a paper with printed serial number is not the same as a ballot with a handwritten signature. A serial number is just printed. A signature uniquely identifies more robustly.

    A cross marking the candidate of choice’s name is not unique enough.
    If person A marks a cross in the box and then person B marks also a cross on another ballot. Can the cross uniquely identify like how a signature can?

    When votes are being counted and volunteers witness the ballot marking, what can volunteers from the cross? Can they tell the voter draw the cross?

    I propose :

    Signature be included in a ballot.
    During vote counting, ballots are randomly counter checked with the signature of the voter.

    2ndly, security cameras must surveil the ballot boxes AT ALL TIMES and this footage be streamed Live .

    These are ways to guarantee the ballots Untamperable.

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  • Great Asia:

    In China, there is always a QR code displayed on each table in the restaurants. Dinners just need to use WeChat to scan the QR code and the menu will appear on their phones, and they just need to pick the food they want and the add to cart and make payment. And wait for the food to be served.

    Here, many resutarants have installed expensive iPad at each table, dinners have to order using these iPads.

    Why?

    Because all these productivity improvement equipment are paid by the taxpayers through PAP. Most of the time, the prices of these toys are heavily inflated, so that the towkays don’t have to pay a single cent.

    PAP fat cats have been using the taxpayers’ money to feed rich towkays.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Seriously?:

    Why?

    Because after all that is said and done, many of us will elect leaders who will lead us into battle, and come out victorious at the end of it. By battle, it is a figure of speech, meaning formulating and implementing appropriate economic strategies and coming out on top. Despite some scrapes here and there, in general the PAP is able to deliver this sort of outcome.

    The opposition has raised many valid points, and has some occasional alternative ideas. But the kind of policies they champion, and the kind of leaders they are, many have serious doubts whether we’d survive if they lead us into battle. This is the primary role and responsibility of a leader. Those who cannot fulfill this should not win.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Seriously?

    YOU MUST BE HALLUCINATING about CPF/HDB little hypocritical wonders beyond the stratospheric heights of achievement of our SWF, particularly in the natural resources sector.

    THAT IS WHY YOUR CPF CAN ONLY PAYS YOU 2.5% return, my ozzie super supply me more than 8% per annum for decades.

    Seriously….come out victorious at the end of it????

    WHAT DID YOU SMOKE BEFORE YOU ENGAGE IN HIS DISHONEST, STUPID RANTING?

    Seriously?:
    Because after all that is said and done, many of us will elect leaders who will lead us into battle, and come out victorious at the end of it. By battle, it is a figure of speech, meaning formulating and implementing appropriate economic strategies and coming out on top. Despite some scrapes here and there, in general the PAP is able to deliver this sort of outcome

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