Yesterday the government announced that Singapore will be able to move into Phase 2 of reopening the country. From 19 June 2359hrs, Singaporeans will once again be able to meet their family, friends and loved ones (no more than 5), dine in at F&B outlets, exercise at gyms and pools and students can resume their tuition classes.
This is despite having a spike in the number of community cases over the past weeks.
While many may rejoice at being able to resume their normal activities again, we need to question why the government is so eager to move into phase 2, especially after the 154 media keeps releasing new information about potential PAP candidates on the ground.
As it is, a few ministers have already hinted that the general elections have to be held soon. Heng Swee Keat even said “yes, elections are coming nearer by the day…The sooner we get it done, the earlier we can rally everybody together to deal with these very significant challenges ahead”
Means if got no elections, they cannot rally everyone together? But I digress.
So now that people are able to gather in groups of 5 albeit with social distancing, this means that it is not illegal for people to be out and about, which means that the PAP can start their door-to-door campaigning, meeting the electorate and start selling their koyok again.
But with the Covid virus still in our midst, as seen in the so many asymptomatic cases, it is still a risk to start physical campaign as they might be vectors in spreading the virus, unbeknown to them. Not to mention the potential clusters that could form at election polling stations.
So many countries now are facing a second wave of covid outbreaks. It is unwise for the government to open up now so that they can hold elections and risk having our country go through a second wave of outbreak.