Inexplicable Protests

The enthusiasm with which some Singaporeans, incl. some ‘opposition’ politicians, have taken to the recent controversial General Election in Malaysia, strikes me as a little weird.

Constant reporting and updating of election-related postings in their Facebook and blogs. Sharing of wild rumours and unsubstantiated allegations during the campaign period. Decrying the official results of the polls. Changing their profile pictures to all-black to reflect their feelings that the election was unfair. Live-streaming of the post-election rally by PKR. And now even organising a ‘Singaporeans in Solidarity with Malaysians’ protest at Hong Lim Park to show they sympathise with Malaysians angered by the poll results.

All to what end? I don’t get it.

First, it’s not our country, what happens in Malaysia doesn’t affect Singapore. Malaysia has its own problems, we have ours.

Second, Malaysia is not the only country where there are claims of electoral fraud. What about Thailand for example? Indonesia? Philippines? Or even Afghanistan or Iraq? Why no interest or protest over their electoral issues?

Third, what do these people really hope to achieve with all their posts, all their protests? To bring down the Govt of Malaysia? To get more people concerned about this issue? Or to somehow link what BN allegedly did to what could happen in Singapore? That would be dangerous ground to tread indeed.

While it is perfectly understandable for people to commiserate with their Malaysian friends, share juicy gossip and even spread wild rumours, I don’t see any reason for Singaporeans to protest what happened in Malaysia or try to link it to how Singapore conducts elections.

Malaysians will have to decide if they accept the legitimacy of the Najib Govt. If they do, so be it. If they don’t, that’s also their call.

What is clear from history is that one cannot go against the people. Cheating merely delays the inevitable. It happened to Marcos. It happened to Thaksin. If Najib has really lost the confidence of the people of Malaysia, his day of reckoning will surely come.


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10 Responses to Inexplicable Protests

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  2. Dawan says:

    I would think it is because of the close link between Singapore and Malaysia. We used to be from the same country, and many families were torn into different nationalities during the separation.

    Besides that, many families have Malaysian or ex-Malaysian in their families as well, thus the feeling is more intense than say what’s happening in Philippines, Thailand, and etc.

  3. Xmen says:

    Would you argue that it’s legitimate for PAP to win the general election with 40% popular votes? What about PAP mobilizing the tanks to correct a “freak” election result? Do you think overseas Singaporeans or foreigners will leave Singapore/PAP alone? Quote from you – “(Singaporeans) will have to decide if they accept the legitimacy of the (PAP) Govt. If they do, so be it. If they don’t, that’s also their call.” If you put North Korea in your own quote, you may see things clearer.

    • 1. 40% popular votes– probably not legitimate, but that is the system we have, do you think that if you complain enough, PAP will change the system?

      2. Tanks no, but in any case, that’s just a hypothetical assertion. Do you really believe that? In any case, even if you believe that, it is a second-order problem. If you haven’t got enough guys who can win an election from the PAP, what’s the point of imagining such doomsday scenarios?

      3. I wouldn’t know if others will leave Singapore alone. But I’ve never seen others protest Singapore electon results.

      • Xmen says:

        1. So you agree that 40% is not legitimate. What about 47%? What percentage do you consider “legitimate”? You see, this is a slippery slope.

        2. The reason that 40% could possibly win in a Singapore election, a statistical impossibility, is a result of frauds in electoral engineering and other extreme tactics. If someone plans to go all out to fraudulently hold on to power, why will he hand over power peacefully? The martial law threat comes from no one other than LKY. Further, you can’t claim that there aren’t enough guys who can win an election from the PAP when the playing field is tilted heavily. Just look at the extent PAP is willing to change the constitution and electoral laws to maintain their parliamentary dominance.

        3. We have not witnessed such protests against Malaysia election results until now. So perhaps we will witness similar protests against Singapore results someday. There is nothing wrong with protests against frauds. What other venues do these people have in a stolen election?

    • 1. Don’t know what slippery slope you’re referring to. My only point is that you can continue bitching if you want, see if that makes PAP change the system.

      2. I believe the ‘tanks’ threat was a bluster which Mr Lee later regretted. I do not agree with you that PAP will resort to violence to retain power. As for unlevel playing field, please continue bitching about it, see if that will make PAP change it.

      3. I see no purpose in Singaporeans protesting against other people’s election results. It’s not their election that was stolen.

      • Xmen says:

        If we continue to bitch about the injustice, it will force some changes. Take the PWP, PAP has been backpedaling from the initial plan because of citizens’ outcry. They may even make a 180 degree U-turn if they lose a few more seats.

      • There are things you can bitch about that will create change, because the electorate is concerned about them. Jobs. HDB prices. Minister salaries. Etc.

        Other things you can bitch about forever. Do you really expect PAP will abolish GRC’s, change libel laws, etc? These are things that help keep them in power.

        Please continue to bitch if you wish.

      • Xmen says:

        I don’t think there was this level of bitching in the 80s and 90s simply because there were no outlets. But Internet and social media have began to change things in the last decade. Will they recognize LGBT? I believe they will in the next decade. Change is coming although slowly…

  4. auntielucia says:

    Legitimacy n below 50% of popular vote: didn’t the world accept George Bush (the son) or did I miss something? 🙄

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