Malaysian Lockdown is More Reason Why we Cannot Have GE Now

Malaysia’s announcement of a lockdown within its borders will have significant repercussions for Singapore in the worsening Covid-19 crisis.

Just after the announcement by the Malaysian PM that the restriction will take effect from 18-31 March, people in Malaysia started making their way to Singapore last night and will undoubtedly continue today.

Tens of thousands of workers, many of whom may already be infected with the virus but show no symptoms, are crossing the causeway into Singapore undetected.

It may take a couple of weeks more before their health deteriorates by which time they may have spread the disease even wider among Singaporeans.

Already, we have seen a surge in cases over the past week with a record 17 new infections just yesterday with many of them coming from overseas.

The already precarious situation in Singapore may be stretched to breaking point where drastic action of our own may have to be taken.

Given such developments, it is even more reason for the GE not to be held at this time. If infections escalate to a point where thousands need to be quarantined or issued Stay Home Notices, these voters would be denied their right to elect their MPs.

Also, electors, especially the elderly who are more vulnerable to infection, may be deterred from coming out to vote.

And if candidates are affected, they may not be able to campaign or manage their campaigns. Worse, they may not even be able to register as candidates if they are not allowed to be present at nomination centres to present their papers.

The whole GE process will be thrown into chaos. The voting process will be riddled with irregularities and results disputed. What will this do to the nation going forward?

Elections are about major national issues that will determine our nation’s future. These issues and policies must be properly debated.

In Singapore, the nine days of a GE campaign are probably the only times that the Singaporeans get to hear frank and open public debates about the policies that affect their daily lives. They allow the public to be informed of what is at stake and the nation to go to the polls with clarity of will and purpose.

A mandate obtained from a properly held election will give a government moral and political gravitas to govern.

But an election held in the midst of a chaotic pandemic will only cause confusion among the people. The collective anxiety will obscure grave and long-term issues such as foreigner influx, housing, job security and the cost of living that need to be nationally debated.

A government elected under such circumstances based on political opportunism will cause much unhappiness among the electorate. This will further divide the nation.

In light of the latest announcement in Malaysia and our own deteriorating circumstances, it would be unconscionable for the PAP to call for the GE at this time.

The Covid-19 outbreak will pass. When the international community gains control over the pandemic and resources are mobilised globally, things will start to improve. The GE can be held then, not before.

 

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8 Responses to “Malaysian Lockdown is More Reason Why we Cannot Have GE Now”

  • Just take a look at the World infections rate and figures, how can then Sinkapore (who discourages use of mask) have such low count?

    http://www.tremeritus.net/2020/02/10/coronavirus-infection-worldwide-feb-3-0130-hours/

    When it started in Wuhan in December last year, Wuhan only had a few infected and the figures sky-rocketted to hundreds within a week. Don’t tell me the coronavirus in Sinkapore issit a very tame and timid version?

    And some more, most countries with lesser infections than Sinkapore have reported deaths and Sinkapore has no death but has faster rate of discharge than other countries with same lesser infected?

    Either Sinkapore has superb very sibei top medical specialists or someone or some agency is lying.

    I am very inclined to believe its the latter, what do you think?

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  • A good n thinking leader 4 SG:

    Malaysia’s announcement of a lockdown, Singapore is planning for the 2020 election. This will be the biggest laughing stock on earth in history. Not sure who has the better wisdom in managing our nation. Perhaps, after LKY is gone, we are still fighting on irrelevant issues on Town council, and family-related cases which do not matter to our quality of life.

    It seems that we lack a good leader who has the vision and foresight to lead us toward the right path. Sad to say that our 4G is not ready, we still in needs of opposition to scrutinise our policies.

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  • whats up doc?:

    with the gov spending $bils to bail out nearly every sector of our businesses, im just wondering how thats going to affect our cpf, bank accounts and investments?
    can any experts share some thoughts?

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  • nihon:

    the wuhan virus is man made by communists scientist and leaked from the p4 lab in wuhan.

    Now it has become a pandemic. muhidin is crazy to impose a lockdown for 2 weeks, it will not work. after 2 weeks then what? the pandemic is still not under control.

    anyway, we here have been ranting day n night that over reliance on cheap forein labour will imperil sg.

    why can’t the papigs not rely so much on chew hu workers?

    we should set a quota on them, and make sure the chew hu kias don’t free load on us by getting pr and evade ns + reservists. and then wait til they are in their 30s to get nric, like that small boy puthucherry.

    these are the worst free loaders. to hell with chew hu kias n boos.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Chee is quick to ” block ” GE.

    Understood as it is known during crisis, people vote PAP.

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  • Dont jump the gun:

    It’s not unusual for neighbour to reverse his/her formal policy or decision.

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  • Very Critical Stage:

    PAP has been reporting that many patients are in critical stage in ICU for a long time, but no deaths so far.

    There is a case of the Bangladesh worker who need special respiratory equipment to help him breathe.

    Do you believe the PAP ?

    They have been known to cover things up especially before an election. All liars.

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  • Proveit:

    TRE Techie:
    Just take a look at the World infections rate and figures, how can then Sinkapore (who discourages use of mask) have such low count?

    http://www.tremeritus.net/2020/02/10/coronavirus-infection-worldwide-feb-3-0130-hours/

    When it started in Wuhan in December last year, Wuhan only had a few infected and the figures sky-rocketted to hundreds within a week. Don’t tell me the coronavirus in Sinkapore issit a very tame and timid version?

    And some more, most countries with lesser infections than Sinkapore have reported deaths and Sinkapore has no death but has faster rate of discharge than other countries with same lesser infected?

    Either Sinkapore has superb very sibei top medical specialists or someone or some agency is lying.

    I am very inclined to believe its the latter, what do you think?

    SG should send out medical specialists to Italy, Iran, Japan, UK, USA and other badly affected countries to help the infected with speedy recovery & discharge. How come these badly affected countries never send in their representatives to SG to learn about our super healing abilities? Are they that “stupid” or “proud” to learn from “the best result”?

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