As a common man, I don’t ask much from my Gahmen. I appreciate the good food, good education, good housing and so on that I get without much effort.
(Pity they can’t fix the weather though)
I also don’t mind when they give out nice goodies like estate upgrading or one-off cash rewards.
But dear geniuses running the country (as well as those who desire to), you want to stoke the flames of national passion for your party? Think a bit harder joes, or try the following long term goodies for us common men and women:
- Cut public transport costs by 10% for the next 2 years, regardless of oil price fluctuations.
- Put more trains and buses in place for goodness sake. It’s crazy to have packed trains during lunch time. Can’t regulate the private transport firms? Surely it cannot be true!
- Promise a better education for our kids – less school hours, less emphasis on paper achievements, more fun. Eg. ACS back in the 1980s (I can’t speak for it these days)
- Make Singapore wheelchair-friendly NOW. It’s not just the disabled but parents with strollers who benefit. Obviously your baby bonus plan isn’t well thought out.
- Tell us what we want to know, not what you need to fill your office document folders with. For eg. nobody I know really bothers about Parliament debates, no matter how interesting they get.
- ERP rebates – For every 100th ERP gantry you visit, you get $5 back for your contribution to nation building.
- And the popular consensus is that Saturday should be free parking in HDBland too.
The rise of the scholar class in society has caused a greater divide between what people want and what other people assume they want. People don’t want the intelligentsia’s lofty visions of the future, they want immediate attention to the small things that bug them daily.
I’m an ex-scholar too (bond ended already yay), but I’ve always felt that many scholars have no idea what the real world is like. Sheltered by A-level friends, huddled in their books, they think the rest of the world is like them.
For eg. I’m starting to forget what public transport is like, since I drive so much. But I’ll never forget the crap me and Goy experienced on the trains when she was pregnant with Ah Jun.