Singapore can’t delay GE forever even amid virus outbreak

A big question is whether the next general election will be held this year. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, many political parties have voiced their concerns about having the elections this year.

But what if Covid-19 does not go away until 2023? That would be more than seven years since the last general election. The elections cannot be delayed forever.

It would be a disaster for Singapore to spend 100 per cent of its attention on Covid-19. Life has to go on. I still go out to shop, eat at hawker centres and visit friends.

I have noticed that most hawker centres are crowded and almost back to how they were before the outbreak.

As long as Singaporeans take care of their personal hygiene and take precautions, they can overcome this difficult period.

I look forward to the coming general election, Covid-19 or not.

Charlie

 

 

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45 Responses to “Singapore can’t delay GE forever even amid virus outbreak”

  • opposition dude:

    There is no hurry for an election, combating Covid comes first. This is simple basic common sense. No one is saying that there will NEVER be an election ever again, it’s just postponed for a much more important thing which can affect anyone. and cause deaths. No election in Singapore has ever resulted in anyone dying as far as I can remember.

    No one will say PAP is using this as an excuse to not hold an election since people have far more common sense than PAP gives us credit for. It’s just that with Covid being far more important compared to an election (we are talking about peoples’ lives here hor) the natural thinking is to wait until the crisis is over before holding the election.

    No hurry to kick out more of PAP lah, it’s just a matter of time only.

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  • Dr. Chan:

    If GE voting can be done online and print out a hard copy receipt.
    All political parties are given equal air time campaign rallies televised.
    Have independent party monitor the online voting systems etc.
    Maybe GE could happen safely.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    China took about 4 months to achieve zero infection, including in Wuhan.

    How long you think PAP would take? Forever?

    If PAP has the will, we can do it too. But it seems we would be having NDP cluster and F1 cluster.

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  • Self-Evict:

    You mean we end with “Designated Survivor”, the day where uncaring PAPi select who gets to live and who must die?

    One facade of thought is the human finite energy “Qi”. Our body repair itself. As old cells die, new cells are developed. This moderation of cells “as needed” repair determines how long you live. With finite “Qi energy” theory, these can’t last forever. As the “Qi energy” gets depleted, human age and dies. When the Covit-19 attack the bodies, it clones and duplicate itself using the “Qi energy”, thus the “energy” gets depleted. Thus it can be thought that the live will be shortened.

    One camp of thought is the unscrupulous would send people like Charlie to sell street side medicine that the Covit-19 is just like nothing to worry about common flu so that unknowing citizens would continue to chunk the economy for them, while risking their lives. You see, When any leader is not serious, the citizens don’t get to know the consequence of the permanent damage.

    The people in other countries would not take it too lightly when their leader would neglect and failed them.

    No one knows exactly, but the sensible and responsible action would be to hold off until finally as required by LAW, example by April 2021 or where the death toll is so high, they can self-evict themselves from the Shame.

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  • TruBlu:

    charlie,
    you are asking for trouble.
    having GE now is stupid when covid is still running high.
    we have 1 year to mandatory GE.

    WE CAN WAIT ANOTHER 6 MONTHS to see how things go.cant we?

    maybe you should GO N BUY SOME TEMASICK STOCKS SINCE YOU SOUND SO ‘BULLISH’???

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  • Small chaly:

    You have small brain?

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  • Jman:

    All this talk from the opp of deferring the elections is just unrealistic.

    You look at the trajectory, does anyone have any certainty that the virus is going to die down well before Apr 2021 (before which the elections must mandatorily be held)?

    It is almost early Apr 2020. The virus has been with us for about 2 months or so. European and American epidemics are just getting off the ground, and given the size of those countries this epidemic is not likely to disappear so quickly. The truth is that this virus is likely to last quite a while.

    Ideally the scenario painted by the opp is preferred. But that is likely to push things to the last minute, and that cannot be right.

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  • oxygen:

    IDIOT IN FACILE FART of illogical. Even in remote (safe distance from urban dense population risks spread of coronavirus), mining business is shutting down mines and its construction to protect employee’s life and communities where they are operating.

    Here is a good example.

    Teck halts Chile mine construction amid virus fears

    https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/teck-halts-chile-mine-construction-amid-virus-fears-1.1408267

    Teck is Canada’s largest base metal miner. Shutting down and re-starting mine construction is very expensive – it could costs them maybe anything up to another C$1 billion or more for this disruption.

    BUT IS WILL SAVE LIVES.

    Teck Resources Ltd. says it is suspending construction at a copper mine expansion in Chile, affecting about 15,000 workers there, as reaction by South American governments to the COVID-19 outbreak hits home for foreign mining companies.

    The Vancouver-based miner says work will stop on the US$4.7-billion Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 project for an initial two-week period and then be reassessed.

    Teck is the operator and owns a 60 per cent stake in the project, which is expected to start production in 2021.

    why can’t election be postponed for 12 months but instead compromising the lives and safety for all its inhabitants of LEE-jiapore???

    @ Charlie is an idiot.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Charlie

    Take a read at these for your little self-education – life is more important or your business and politics more important?

    McEwen Mining withdraws output guidance after temporary mine suspension

    https://www.kitco.com/news/2020-03-20/McEwen-Mining-withdraws-output-guidance-after-temporary-mine-suspension.html

    Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines reviews operations due to coronavirus

    https://www.kitco.com/news/2020-03-20/Glencore-s-Mopani-Copper-Mines-reviews-operations-due-to-coronavirus.html

    As coronavirus rages, Rusal puts brakes on Nornickel’s palladium JV

    https://www.kitco.com/news/2020-03-20/As-coronavirus-rages-Rusal-puts-brakes-on-Nornickel-s-palladium-JV.html

    Agnico Eagle sends Nunavut mine workers home amid outbreak

    https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/agnico-eagle-sends-nunavut-mine-workers-home-amid-outbreak-1.1409052

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  • delay until 2023 or 209989:

    //But what if Covid-19 does not go away until 2023?//

    aiyoh ? if possible, delay until 2023 or 209989 ? of course with review every 3-6 mths after dateline (about apr 2021 ???) lar ?

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  • PAPVID-20:

    Ah-hey! How contradicting you are, Charlie?!

    First you asked, “what if Covid-19 does not go away until 2023”? Then you say, “as long as Singaporeans take care of their personal hygiene and take precautions, they can overcome this difficult period”.

    So, if you think that we can overcome this difficult period, then it means Covid-19 won’t stay until 2023, isn’t it? Which also means the election will not be “delayed forever”, no?

    So why can’t we wait for the situation to be more stabilised then we hold the election? No political party or nobody is saying Covid-19 has to be completely eliminated before holding the GE.

    But don’t you worry lah. You won’t have to wait long to get to vote for your pap again. With the EBRC report already released and opposition parties have already seen the new boundaries, pap will die die have to hold the elections asap coz they won’t want to give oppositions more time to walk the ground and gain more supporters, agree?

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  • Weird:

    // ” I still go out to shop, eat at hawker centres and visit friends”

    @charlie, You need a brain scan urgently…..

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  • Bobo:

    GE now or later got any difference or not since everyone knows that the winner is still going to be PAP even before the count result is announced. It is a destined karma for Singaporeans.

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  • John Lim:

    For ever? Whose talking about for ever?? Of course we can’t delay for ever. What a silly thing to say. But we can delay for 6 months or even a year!!

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  • No Independent Audit:

    The reasons by the EBRC is not clear.

    The GDP is never independently audited by opposition.

    AGO chief is appointed right ? No?

    So we are basing on Believing? Why not base on evidence by transparency? Why are singkees accepting this allowing a flaw in the system? Fear ? Does this not prove singkism ? Does this not prove Singaporeans can accept reluctantly a Constitution stripped of Elections to ensure stability ?

    GE is not so straight forward and innocent a event. Charlie is not thinking comprehensively and see enough.

    If not out if self interest and political advantage the GE will not be called during the World Pandemic where the rest countries delay OR postpone GE based on good commonsense .

    Charlie, ask yourself , would you be so insecure and KiaSu if you really have landslides for 53years?

    Erection Agents determine this GE

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Charlie, the evil “Crown of Thorns” is still lurking around to crown anyone but the IDIOT who is well Hidden & Protected while the people are EXPOSED…

    Wait & see how the WHO and Positive Nations reacts in the months ahead…should it be tapering off then Why Not…till THAN wait lah!!! and why are you so impatient besides the Negative Narrative of a few years B4 the Evil Crown goes away???

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  • Asd:

    Military rule la

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  • Hopelesslyuseless:

    WHO ARE YOU ?

    SOME WORM FROM PARASITE COUNTRY.

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  • Better to die fast than slow:

    GE should be held asap even if the pandemic is still on. Better to take the RISK of dying fast from the virus than the CERTAINTY of being squeezed to death by the PAP.

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  • TL Tan:

    Fully agree with the writer. Life goes on as per normal, it would be foolish to allow this episode to overly disrupt our lives. The usual crowds at the hawker centres is testimony to the excellent job the government is doing in protecting citizens. The GE must proceed and it is only right that the government be returned to power with a big majority.

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  • Flabbergasted:

    Hi Charlie …couldn’t agree with you more. Yes we need to be wary of Covid-19 and everyone has to be responsible for their own well being. Life goes on. I can’t wait to VTO. Bring it on …the elections..

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    At Bukit Timah Hawker Center, hawkers with bad attitude will disappear. It’s crowded but certain stores kena avoided like the plaque.

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  • dont forget:

    whatever, remember to take your brain along when going to vote ….
    just like PAP giving out 500ml of santizer, but u have to bring your own bottles.

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  • Steven:

    If the opposition is very adamant that it is irresponsible and idiotic to hold the GE during this virus crisis, why not boycott the elections?

    That way, the PAP will “win” the elections 100% but will be humiliated because there will be no legitimacy – the whole world will laugh at the PAP government.

    But I doubt if the opposition will be gutsy enough to “challenge” the PAP party.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    delay until 2023 or 209989:
    //But what if Covid-19 does not go away until 2023?//

    aiyoh ? if possible, delay until 2023 or 209989 ? of course with review every 3-6 mths after dateline (about apr 2021 ???) lar ?

    If we have to wait til 2023, then the taskforce needs to be replaced.

    Covid-19 will not go away. All we need is zero infection for say 14 days then we can say it is under control. That’s what China is doing, that includes Macau & Hong Kong.

    I think during SARS, we did the same. SARS only took less than 6 months to contain.

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  • Realistically:

    @ TL Tan:
    March 23, 2020 at 3:05 pm (Quote)

    “Fully agree with the writer. Life goes on as per normal, it would be foolish to allow this episode to overly disrupt our lives. The usual crowds at the hawker centres is testimony to the excellent job the government is doing in protecting citizens. The GE must proceed and it is only right that the government be returned to power with a big majority.”

    What “crowd @ hawker centres” are You toking about?

    My observation is that the crowd has thinned considerably on Saturdays & Sundays. During the week, people hv no choice but to eat their lunches @ hawker centres & other eating places.

    And Hello, life does NOT go on as usual lah………….even the PAPies tok about increasing social distancing & people hv to endure the inconvenience of wearing mask etc.

    Talking like you do as the PAPie runnindg puppy only goes to show how bankrupt the emperor without clothes really is, morally & intellectually ……..he had no ideas of how to run a country….even Lawrence Wong has said that he doesn’t have the time to think about GE, what with the pressing need to deal with COVID-19.

    And a delay would give the PAPie more time to think about how to hold a GE before April 2021……….

    People should know that the emperor without clothes only thinks about his own interest in holding the GE ASAP…….

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  • Victory at benefit of epidemic:

    The whole world is busy fighting for the COVID-19, but Singapore is fighting for election. Are we so special to ignore the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you mean that Singapore has a bulletproof preventive measurement and no epidemic can attack us? Are you looking forward to more death figure?

    Please be patient! People life cannot wait, but the election can remain. This is simple logic; even kids can understand. Why do we want to have a premature ejection for our history? If the government want to tag along with the pandemic to 100% victory in history, then it is better to self declare and do not need to go for election. Why are we wasting time to debate to have or not have an election?

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  • And that is:

    Small chaly:
    You have small brain?

    that means ….. banana soil-kee.

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  • And that is:

    Better to die fast than slow:
    GE should be held asap even if the pandemic is still on. Better to take the RISK of dying fast from the virus than the CERTAINTY of being squeezed to death by the PAP.

    the wisest quote for this thread. Better to take some of those squeezers with you. Thanks a lot.

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  • no cleaners now:

    and this morning news on radio reported that citizens to note that our enviroments will be less clean due to cleaners not being able to return from o/s.
    why not start recruiting locals then…many ppl no jobs..pay them fair wages in sure there will be takers.

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  • S&CC Bills should cut:

    Since solar roofs installed on flats, s&cc bills not reduced. But saves TV money.

    This pandemic reduced the frequency of refuse removal in flats. More dengue is possible ?

    And still no s&cc bill reduction.

    Singaporeans are being shortchanged and too idiotic to discern.

    https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/possible-delay-in-trash-collection-lower-cleaning-frequency-due-to-shortage-of-cleaners

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  • only the virus is sensitive:

    //I think during SARS, we did the same. SARS only took less than 6 months to contain.//

    i would want to believe (and hope that) CONVICT-1900 would go away in 6 months or even better less ? the damage is too much for many – loss of lives, businesses and jobs (and for some irreparable damage) ???

    but every variant of virus is different in its unique way and it may have their own ‘code’ that human may not be able to decipher or take a long time to decipher ?? or hopefully it may well disappear on its own given the change of ‘environment’ (whatever that is ??) that only the virus is sensitive to ???

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  • N.Jungne:

    He plays god or puppy???

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  • Charlie, Great suggestion!:

    Charlie got a good point. It is time to test out our health system, otherwise, We cannot show the world how robust is our system.

    Based on the below news, the system is still no good enough to prove that the Singapore health system is the best.

    https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/coronavirus-90-of-imported-cases-in-recent-days-did-not-show-symptoms-at

    So excited to see how it put in a bigger test and let the system filter out the worst virus on earth. Let proved it to the world that we can.

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  • Why Many Countries Postpone ?:

    Many countries in the world have decided to postpone their elections because they are responsible people unlike our PAP government who are do not care about the people as long as they get their million dollar salaries.

    If I die because of getting the virus during the election. I will come back daily and haunt Pinky and the rest of the Ministers.

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  • Do not the blind to lead us!:

    Why Many Countries Postpone ?:
    Many countries in the world have decided to postpone their elections because they are responsible people unlike our PAP government who are do not care about the people as long as they get their million dollar salaries.

    If I die because of getting the virus during the election. I will come back daily and haunt Pinky and the rest of the Ministers.

    Our government want to boost the world for political reasons to tell them that we have the best health systems to detect the virus. We are lucky but does mean we have low risk. We still have to be cautious before the situation settles down. Not sure what is this Charlie intention. If our government cannot ensure our safety, then we have to voice out for the sake of our family and friends. We should let the blind to lead us to a black hole.

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  • Keep it simple:

    Dr. Chan:
    If GE voting can be done online and print out a hard copy receipt.
    All political parties are given equal air time campaign rallies televised.
    Have independent party monitor the online voting systems etc.
    Maybe GE could happen safely.

    Allow voting by mail. Even if PAP finds out who you voted for so what? They cannot “fix” 30% of Singaporeans.

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  • Why government is indecisive?:

    Based on the present situation, our government should know whether it is appropriate to have an election. Why is the decision hanging there for so long? If the changes should one for all, either live or die, just do it. Why ruminating for so long? There is only two option: Ejection or Election and not a pre-mature ejection.

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  • Sinkie:

    If it’s public health versus the General Election, the only choice is public health. You cannot put a value on human life.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    It was reported that 90% of new covid-19 infection were imported.

    How was that possible? I always have the impression that all returned residents from overseas are to be isolated, regardless with or without symptom!!

    Or were these people allowed to go wondering in the community. Only when symptom appeared then hospitalised and contacts tracing activated.

    I think because of such arrangement, we start to suspect our colleagues, our clients, customers, even friends. In this situation can we say “business as usual”?

    Is our government know any of such situation? We have Minister suggested that we cannot talk in MRT and buses! That shows how far and high the ivory tower is!

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  • Fear and Fear:

    PAP is actually FAF [fear and fear]; it has always been a Party that used FEAR to gain votes; since day one–1959.
    If there is no crisis, create one.
    Except Wuhan is god-send in terms of timing.
    FAF will not let this crisis go to waste.
    A couple of more deaths, too bad.
    Common sense dictates that all walk-abouts should be stopped.
    As LawlessWong was advising sinkies to stay at home, pinkie was doing his wayang in the market with his bottle of sanitiser.
    Psychologists will tell you, sanitiser represent FEAR remover for the pathological fearful.

    Kia-Si,Kia-Boar,Kia-ChengHU, Kia-Wuhan,Kia-KeeChiu…..Sin-KIA-Pore …indeed.
    Yes even in our name.

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  • A Charlie Is A Clown:

    When people call you “Charlie”, it means you are a clown. It started from Charlie Chaplin’s time.

    When you use “Charlie” as your pen name to write something to influence public opinions, that means you are actually joking. Your words are meant to make people laugh at you. Entertainment. Not meant to be serious.

    Thank you Charlie for entertaining all of us at this anxious and uncertain time!

    CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!

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  • Belief is Psychological:

    Why the sense of EXTREME INSECURITY in winning GE when it’s reportedly the undisputed landslide champion for over half a century?

    How many Election Agents are still in shortage ? They could determine everything this GE.

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  • Stick and carrot:

    Wuhan gave the stick for papigs to instill fear.
    Wuhan also gave them the excuse to throw helicopter money to sinkies–in billions.
    Best time for them to call GE; what is a few more deaths to them.
    The top 20 or so highest paid politicians in the world are in papigs.
    Our money or your lives–papig manifesto in GE 2020.
    Charlie—do not use the word ‘forever’

    TruBlu:
    charlie,
    you are asking for trouble.
    having GE now is stupid when covid is still running high.
    we have 1 year to mandatory GE.

    WE CAN WAIT ANOTHER 6 MONTHS to see how things go.cant we?

    maybe you should GO N BUY SOME TEMASICK STOCKS SINCE YOU SOUND SO ‘BULLISH’???

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  • Realistically:

    @ Charlie

    “But what if Covid-19 does not go away until 2023? That would be more than seven years since the last general election. The elections cannot be delayed forever.”

    B4 talking about ‘what if”, the FACT is that the GE is NOT due until April 2021. Even if the pandemic is not declared over by then, it would not be any different if the GE is held in May 2020………..

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic is being tackled internationally, there is better chance that better days are ahead in April 2021 than now with the latest figure crossing the 8K mark.

    Stop your discredited PAPie propaganda…….sinkies should NO LONGER believe whatever originates from the emperor without clothes regime………he has been shown to be utterly incompetent.

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