Debunking Myths in a General Election

Myth 1: Politics has nothing to do with the man on the street like me.

Clarification 1: Yes, politics do affect everyone. Politics affect political parties. Political parties affect parliamentary seats. Parliamentarians in those seats affect parliamentary debates. Parliamentary debates affect national policies, laws, acts and strategies. All those, in turn, affect taxes, costs of living, quality of living, rebates, opportunities, barriers and futures of the country’s citizens.

Myth 2: Opposition parties in parliament will destroy the country.

Clarification 2: Destruction of a country is not easy as long as there are stringent checks and balances in a country. A multi-party parliament will make a country harder to destroy as no individual or group can make all the flawed, risky or rash decisions that may be destructive to the country and its citizens.

Myth 3: Opposition parties may be corrupt.

Clarification 3: Compared to a single-party parliament, a multi-party parliament is a much tougher environment for corruption to take root because every parliamentarian may have someone else from another political party looking over the shoulders to check for any under-the-table dealings. Conflicts of interests may be easier to expose due to cross-examinations, and checks and balances of each party’s policy proposals, affiliations, and networks of associates, friends and families.

Myth 4: Opposition parties will raid the reserves and bankrupt the country.

Clarification 4: Only a handful of people in the country knows the exact state of finances of the country right now. Without cross-examinations and legitimate inspections by a multi-party parliament, there is no way to prove beyond reasonable doubt if the monies of the country are always being put to good use for the interests of the country. Therefore, it is wiser to have different parliamentarians from different political parties guarding the national reserves of the country.

Myth 5: Opposition parties are inexperienced to lead the country.

Clarification 5: Such said experience can only be accumulated when a person is elected into public office. Denying more opposition parties into parliament means a smaller pool of experienced parliamentarians to draw ideas, suggestions and national leadership from. If the pool dries up, the country may be leaderless.

Myth 6: Opposition parties are unqualified to lead the country.

Clarification 6: Anyone, including opposition party members need legitimate public office appointments in order to lead the country in legal capacities. Parliamentary seats grant them the first level of such public leadership. Terms of public office are periods of time where voters can assess, retain or boot out unsuitable parliamentarians or leaders for the country.

Myth 7: Opposition parties may have ulterior motives to lead the country.

Clarification 7: A multi-party parliament may be more effective in stopping any individual’s or group’s ulterior motives from becoming realities through cross- examinations of policy proposals.

Myth 8: Opposition parties have not done anything for the country.

Clarification 8: Opposition parties have been doing what they can under existing laws of the country. They cannot do any more unless they have parliamentary seats and thus the legal authority to cross-examine documents, data and resources only available to public office holders in order to have the necessary information to formulate or cross-examine policy proposals.

Myth 9: Supermajority in a parliament is not important.

Clarification 9: Any political party with a supermajority in parliamentary seats in any country may be able to push through flawed, costly or even dangerous policies without the necessary checks and balances. If a policy is dubious, it is in the interests of the country to veto the policy and scrutinize it further rather than passed through the parliament via supermajority votes.

Myth 10: A single political party do everything.

Clarification 10: Every single political party in the world has its own party values and ideological biases. That means everything it says or does will have loopholes and weaknesses that its values and biases can blind its followers from. A multi-party parliament can reduce loopholes and weaknesses of policy proposals through cross-examinations of information and parliamentary debates.

Myth 11: A certain political party seems to attract more talents than other political parties.

Clarification 11: Talented people are not easy to recruit and retain to serve for any cause in any part of the world. A single political party may only attract certain types of talents for public office. A multi-party parliament may attract more diverse talents to join public office. The country needs more diverse talents to be leaders for 2020 and beyond in order to thrive.

Myth 12: The government under a certain political party gives me money, rebates, handouts and goodies.

Clarification 12: A government is an elected caretaker of a country’s monies. It collects, saves, invests, pays out, and distributes monies in accordance to policies passed in parliament. A government does not possess any money on its own and thus cannot “give” what it does not own. A multi-party parliament may also distribute the same or even more money, rebates, handouts and goodies if policy proposals are thoroughly cross-examined or even optimized.

Myth 13: It is scary to see the Members of Parliament quarreling on the media over policies.

Clarification 13: Debating, not quarreling, policy proposals is a key function of all parliamentarians. Policy debates bring out constructive changes in policy proposals that can translate into better lives for the citizens. Loopholes and weaknesses within those proposals may be detected, corrected or reformed if more political parties get to cross-examine them thoroughly.

Myth 14: The country would be vulnerable and defenseless if parliamentarians are locked in conflict over policy debates.

Clarification 14: One of the roles of the country’s civil service to keep the country safe and functional while policies are still being debated or formulated. All civil service branches, including military, law enforcement, healthcare, administration and utilities have their respective standing orders and protocols to ensure the country’s survivability and continuity during those times.

Myth 15: Voters should be grateful to certain parliamentarians and continue to vote for certain political parties.

Clarification 15: Without diminishing the contributions made by such parliamentarians, the country has already rewarded these parliamentarians with generous remuneration packages. These can also be viewed as completed transactions where services rendered have been paid for. Without being intoxicated over the memories of the past, the country can then move forward with new contributions from new parliamentarians and the country will reward or punish them accordingly to their new contributions to the country.

Myth 16: Votes are not secret in a General Elections.

Clarification 16: So far, there is no compelling evidence to show that votes in the country’s General Elections have been compromised in any way. If votes are found to be so, the country will need to hold a re-election or risk losing the country’s status in the international community as a democracy.

 

 Mohd Helmi Bin Abdullah

 

 

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7 Responses to “Debunking Myths in a General Election”

  • Prosperity and Poverty:

    More myth: PAP means prosperity.

    Truth: PAP means prosperity and poverty. Prosperity for a few. Poverty for the majority.

    Why?
    PAP makes our HDB $0.
    PAP sucks away our CPF investment, about $20 billions a year sucked out.
    PAP sucks out COE, rentals, which are spread to all consumers.

    PAP: People are Poor.

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  • The mother of all myths:

    Release CPF money at 55 will solve all problems!

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    All those myths can also apply to any party.

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  • The Opening Chapter:

    In the Name of God Most Compassionate & Merciful

    All Praises be unto the Lord of the Worlds.
    All Compassionate & Merciful One,
    Sovereign of the Day of Judgement.
    Thee do we worship & and thine aid do we seek.
    Lead us on the Straight Way,
    The Way upon which are your blessings.
    Not of those which incur your wrath,
    Nor of those who have gone astray.

    Amen.

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  • Reality of Dafts:

    The fact that so many are worried singaporeans do not want democracy and don’t understand it proves there is something wrong with the minds of citizens who are told democracy is bad and never told why singaporeans must ensure Singapore is a democracy.

    Why the education system does not teach the right form of democracy?
    Why the reluctance or insincere democracy?

    Why no one realise this Social Engineering?

    If Singapore keeps saying what is bad about democracy, why no education on what citizens should do to preserve a good democracy ?

    I predict that Singapore can become a dictatorship eventually.

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  • Vote wisely:

    Vote wisely.Hope for the best outcome.
    You get what you vote…

    By all measures …Singapore has done well compare to other countries…

    Singapore future in your hand…you can also destroy what we have achieve so far…

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  • trublu:

    There is but ONE MYTH.
    And that is,SG N sgs cannot do without this group of junkies called PAP.

    VOTE OPPO SGS!
    JUST DO IT!
    YOU WILL NOT REGRET.
    CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.
    CPF CAN BE RETURNED TO US IF THE GOVT WANTD IT.
    LOOK THEY CAN SPLASH A $100 BILLION LIKE SOME LOOSE CHANGE?

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