SDP became the latest opposition party, after WP, to stop their ground campaigning and outreach program for the General Election, due to being socially responsible and keeping to the rules of social distancing introduced by the government.
However, the PAP Government had failed to apply this only set of brakes. Instead, the PAP Government reacted to crises as how a doctor would treat a patient with infection by observing the patient's progress or regress before deciding on whether to enhance the medication or not. This means they did a gradual and systematic increase in the medication and its strength based on observation. This cannot be the way to prevent an importation of a viral outbreak that had turned pandemic.
We are not going to be like America where its Government released billions of taxpayer monies in a bailout during hard times, only to find out these organizations mishandled public funds to line their executives' pocket.
It is alarming when a video clip of PM Lee himself circulating hand sanitizer to a group crowding around him. Where was safe-distancing in this case even though he has to be more visible to the public at the time when the GE maybe upon us? Remember, this safe distancing thing has been preached by the Government themselves, yet here was the leader going around happily disregarding his own Government's sound advice.
In the past, they warned you that if you vote opposition, your estate's HDB upgrading will be delayed, you'll be in the back in the queue, they also threatened you with withdrawal of services - such as buses and kindergartens. They also alarmed you that voting opposition will mean rubbish piling 3 storeys high in your estate, investors will run away, "your women will become maids in other countries".
This also comes across as the government's conceited arrogance through its total disregard for how students and teachers will have to travel in crowded public transport to make their way to and from schools, and also while they are in school. Is this not a contradiction of the government's call for social distancing?
So the reluctance of the PAP Ministers to rule out the General Elections from happening soon speaks volume to Singaporeans. it does seem that the GE would be happening, not in April 2021, but most likely during this year itself. As the COVID19 virus is not likely to disappear anytime soon, Yee ponders how elections can go on as per normal.
Pritam indicated that these private bus drivers met him at his meet-the-people session, and they told him of their difficulties in meeting the lease payment of their vehicles, and even some having their buses repossessed as they cannot afford to pay for the installments. He ended his post by indicating that he will be writing to the relevant government authorities to ask for support for this group of private bus drivers.
Chee also accused the PAP MP of not learning from the community spread of the SAFRA Jurong dinner, in which over 30 cases have been linked to it, the most in one cluster in Singapore. This also comes amidst the backdrop of PAP Ministers calling out those showing COVID19 symptoms and yet going out for social events as being socially irresponsible. And yet, we have a PAP MP who says it was ok for the event to carry on, despite not being in line with being socially responsible.