A former firm believer of the PAP and an active party volunteer has left the ruling party for NSP saying that the party is more focused on itself rather than the country. He added that PAP does not listen to its members and volunteers except for the inner cadre.
Former Briton and now Singaporean, Brad Bowyer wrote on his FB, “A little quote for the day for my friends who are confused at my decision to seperate from the PAP and begin the long journey with the NSP….
“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.” – Teddy Roosevelt.
I stand solidly for my country and I hope others will take a long hard look at the reality behind the mask and the direction we are being taken in and do what they think is best for our nation.”
On how alternative voices in the PAP have been ignored, Bowyer wrote, “Tried that for 5 years.. Learnt the hard way everyone outside the Inner Cadre is window dressing and only those that will follow the CEC will get invited in.. I know there are many good and passionate people within the PAP and I will miss working with them but many decisions since the last election, not least of which include the pushing of the TPP and the elected presidency issue, have made it clear that I can’t support a party more focused on itself than the country and from the inside my voice falls on deaf ears.”
Bowyer’s father took up the job of heading Singapore Polytechnic computer centre in 1985 and he ended up attended Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) when his family relocated here. After two years at ACJC, Mr Bowyer returned to Britain to sign on with the Royal Marines, the navy’s elite commando force – an ambition that ended after 18 months, when he damaged both knees during training.
After returning to Singapore, where he started working in theatre and television and now handling sales for a regional animation firm. He is married to Singaporean and they have a son.
He has been volunteering at Meet-the-People Sessions in Moulmein since he got his pink identity card in 2011. He is also an active grassroots volunteer, and is assistant secretary to the Cambridge Neighbourhood Committee, the grassroots arm for private estate residents in his area. On his decision to get involved, he said: “It gets to a point where you realise the world you live in is what you make of it. If you’ve got the ability to do something, you have a responsibility to do so.”
Brad joined PAP because he thinks things could change and the PAP was becoming more consultative and he wanted to see if he could add “an alternative voice” to the conversation.