Whenever a General Election (GE) looms in Singapore, a group of Singaporeans are skeptical that their choices are really anonymous because of the presence of numbers on the voting slip, which conveniently traces the identity of the voter. In fact, some have wondered if their failure to get a HDB flat has anything to do with them voting for the opposition in the previous elections. This mentality is understandable if "things hadn’t been smooth" when they have indeed voted for the opposition. The government was of course quick to refute all such claims, maintaining that everything is really kept private and confidential.

However, if indeed the votes are being monitored, what’s the worse thing that can happen? You may probably "not be able to get a HDB flat", although some of us do think that it’s preposterous for something like this to happen. After all, the government does want more people to get married and set up families, isn’t it? Now, if you look at Myanmar and what the people are thinking and saying, you’d understand what freedom of choice really is.

Fellow Singaporeans, it’s time to appreciate our government who has worked so hard to maintain corruption-free and to put the priorities of the people above everything else. Importantly, whatever it’s done is for the own good of the people although it’s sometimes a bitter pill to swallow. =)

Yangon – Voters in regions devastated by the cyclone cast ballots yesterday in a referendum that many say is meaningless, as Myanmar’s junta has already declared victory.

The regime says the charter was overwhelmingly approved by 92.4per cent in the first round of voting on May10.

Even though their votes will not change the outcome, hundreds of thousands of people left their patched-up homes and makeshift shelters to cast ballots at schools, temples and community centres.

‘I will tick Yes,’ said 30-year-old shop assistant Khin Min. ‘I’m afraid I will be put in jail if I vote No.’


Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 25th May 2008

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