Nostalgia for PAP’s past glory won’t cure SG’s ills


Recently, PAP has been on a drive to make Singaporeans feel nostalgia for the PAP days.

Starting with LKY’s Battle for Merger book, to inviting Singaporeans to compose the national song and the opening of the SG Heart Map.

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Singaporeans are invited to share their special places where special memories, big and small, have been made — be it watching the sunset along a bridge or sipping teh tarik in Little India — on the SG Heart Map, a giant collective map of places that define Singapore as home over the years.

Netizens reminisce about the good old days of Singapore. Said one, “I still remember how the Katong Laksa was when I skipped lunch outside of my school just to savour it.”

Another rued, “Those were the good ol’ days of Singapore when Dr Goh Keng Swee was in charge.”

With just a few months until the upcoming elections in Singapore, the political system has never been more in a state of flux across the political spectrum.

The past 5 years of economic distress and suppressed wages and immigration have put pressure on the country’s political dynamics while prompting many Singaporeans to reevaluate their basic values.

The result has been general revulsion at the status quo, prompting a rise in the popularity of opposition political parties.

Nostalgia for the past is rising along with the popularity of pro-PAP movements. Rhetoric reminding Singaporeans of their turbulent years of independence and the communist threats have been resurfacing on television, among politicians, and people more generally.

Yet rhetoric cannot replace today’s economic and political realities. Five years after the GE2011, Singaporeans still feel the heat.

For Singaporeans who may ‘sayang’ and pity PAP and choose to vote for PAP for sentimental nostalgic reasons, PAP may make them feel better, but is likely to do little to improve the lot of the average Singaporean.

Therein lies the danger. Singaporean voters need to become more mature politically, so as to be able to choose new candidates, parties, and party affiliations, with no links to the past.

We need to trust a younger generation of politicians and select credible opposition to push for change and not to reminisce about the good ol’ days.

CJ, on TRE


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