Year 2001: It's a familiar scene.
the usual grouses about long healthcare queues, education
and transport costs, the Ruling Party is set to return to
power with a sizeable majority.
the end result a foregone conclusion, the Opposition - about
to experience its second crushing defeat since the 1997
polls - has all but conceded the field, opting instead to
court sympathy votes and whittle down the Ruling Party's
share at the polls.
statements have been made of an unchecked Government steamrolling
its agenda through the Legislature.
Ruling Party would ''marginalise Parliament, manipulate
the media and seek to suppress all dissent or disagreement
with them'' if they win by another landslide, warned the
Cabinet ministers have also accused Opposition leaders of
chauvinism and fanning racial tensions.
incumbent Government claims full credit for economic recovery
and healthy national surpluses.
we can take pride in many achievements...we know we still
have so much to do, so many challenges to overcome,'' said
the Prime Minister.
all the pre-election rhetoric has failed to inspire voters,
who have become increasingly apathetic to political platforms
saturated with slogans, sound bites and meaningless statistics.
Ruling Party government, however, has been warning the electorate
not to be ''complacent'' at election time, in case the Opposition
gets voted in ''by the back door''.
pundit commented: ''Politics has become just another business,
the business of managing government and elections are increasingly
like the annual general meetings of a big utility company:
Less frequent, but just as dull.''
is why an alarmingly low voter turnout is expected for this
year's General Elections in Britain.
that won't happen in Singapore, should the General Elections
be called this year.
all, there's one aspect, at least, where our politics differs
from the UK:
us, voting is compulsory.