My residential zone is no longer under West Coast GRC but standing on its own as Pioneer SMC. Mr. Cedric Foo of the incumbent ruling party (i.e. People's Action Party, PAP) will be contesting against Mr. Steve Chia of the National Solidatry Party (NSP). I attended a rally held by NSP last Sunday at Jurong West (JW) Stadium.
|Scene from the stand at NSP rally in JW stadium|
Mr. Chia also shared his response from the prime minister when asked about the ministers' high pay (in fact S'pore's ministers are one of the highest paid in the world). Minister's pay is written in their contract and cannot be amended. Mr Chia then compared why our Central Provision Fund savings (equivalent to U.S. social security) withdrawal age can be amended, and the minimum cap amount can also be amended. While I do not understand why minister's pay in S'pore is pegged to fifteen top earning industries in S'pore, I do understand the government's initiative in revising the CPF's minimum cap and withdrawal age to reflect the older retirement age and higher cost of living in S'pore. I can see how relatively easy it is for the political opponents to find fault with government's policy and incumbent ruling party, and to raise the stake of the issue by hinging upon people's emotions.
It may not easy to differentiate what is at stake in this election. I do pray for the wisdom of my fellow citizens in electing our candidates to represent us in the parliament.