It’s like the circus has arrived at the once-upon-a-time pig farming land’s end. For those living nearby, it is possible to get a whiff of what’s going on when the wind is in the right direction.
What a surge of activity in the past few days and the high energy is expected to continue for the next week before the spotlight shifts elsewhere. Politicians are busy and considerate people. They try not to disturb their voters until election time.
In the backdrop of all the excitement, I was searching for air tickets to the States, starting with the familiar and most trusted – Singapore Airlines. It is also the most expensive so I searched for the best value fare for my trip which happens to be Emirates. I’ve not tried this before but willing to check it out a bit more.
Then my focus went back to the Punggol elections. On what basis would the residents vote for their MP, I wonder? Do they decide based on the party or the candidate?
People’s Action Party has an excellent track record, is reliable and extremely credible. The candidate Koh Poh Koon is relatively unknown, seems like a man who commits to his words but appears stoic and perhaps too detached from regular folks.
Workers’ Party colloquial approach and astute style leads the opposition pack. The candidate Lee Li Lian has the girl-next-door personality, is sporty and ready-to-go.
Reform Party’s Kenneth Jeyaretnam is as determined a politician as his father, J B Jeyaretnam. Kenneth is the only full-time politician in this running.
Singapore Democratic Alliance Desmond Koh contested in the 2011 general elections in the same ward and had only 4.5% votes. A fighter prepared to give this another try.
I must say the last minute decision by Chee Soon Juan to withdraw from contesting is sensible and respectable especially when it took him such a long time to be able to stand as a candidate.
Back to the question – would one vote for the party or the candidate?
If I go by the airline selection, then SIA is my obvious choice. The quality, timeliness, bag handling and safety are reputable. However in-flight service really depends on the crew. There are periods when the standard dropped and the experience can be quite unpleasant. It also depends on the section service staff, the supervisor and other human factors.
An airline that I’ve not tried before will be a new experience. If it’s bad, I won’t try it again. If it’s good, it will be a useful alternative.
So should I go for the familiar or should I try something new? At the end of the day, there must be a single compelling reason. Be it cost, arrival time or route duration. My decision will be based on what’s important to me. The good thing is there are more choices today.
Likewise, the voters of Punggol East will decide what is important for them. To support a familiar party or a new party depending on which candidate they believe can represent them better in Parliament.
The campaigning begins now.
May the best man or woman wins.